Monday, November 30, 2009

"Antique" Composition Book Gift Set

I have been such a bad blogger! I haven't been doing much in the way of crafty stuff lately because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Nevermind how exhausted I was after that last craft show. But I am back now. :) I took these pictures before my craft show, but was too lazy to upload to my blog. How's that for honesty? LOL I think this was my favorite set out of everything that I did. While I absolutely love bright colors and what not I was just tickled at how well this turned out. Believe it or not, both the rose and the wishing well images were stamped on white cardstock. I received them in an image swap and thought they matched the paper perfectly...they just needed to be antiqued a bit. I used watercolor pencils for the coloring and used Antique Linen Distress Ink to give it that aged look.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Answers to Questions...

Sorry I have taken so long to get back to each of you who have had questions about how I make something. I'll try to answer all the questions and hopefully make sense. I survived Saturday's craft show and am now battling a cold. I don't exactly think clearly on cold medicine! LOL

For those who are curious, Saturday's show went well. I had $375 in sales ($50 less than this same show last year). I also have a couple of orders for custom items (not included in that total). So it was nice to walk away with a couple hundred in profit. :) I only sold one of my mini-albums...they just didn't sell well this year. Most of the stuff that I sold was $6 or less with the exception of the ornament sets ($10 each) and several sets of cards (6 for $10). The gift sets with the clippy boards, magnets, small spiral notebook and composition book didn't sell at all. :( Anyways, thanks all for sticking with me. I'll be back soon with more artwork just as soon as I feel better. I hope everyone has a fabulous week!

Leslie posted this about the Elf Ornaments:

Great idea!! I just love the little elves....I have a question though, could you tell me the dimensions of the scallop circle and the size of your glass gems? Thank you for an awesome idea!!

I used the Mini-Monograms cartridge for my Cricut to cut out the circles and scalloped circles. The glass gems are approximately 2 3/8" in diameter. Little over 2 1/4" but not quite 2 1/2". For both circles that I cut out, I used the 3 1/2 setting on my cricut. The glass gems are called Glass Drops and are made by Sierra Pacific. I found them at Porter's, but they are only a local craft store. I've not seen them at Michael's, but I would think you could find them maybe at Hobby Lobby or a floral supply store. At Porter's they showcase them near where all of the vinyl cut-out stuff and magnets are.

scubasubie asked what E6000 is on the Magnets post:

E-6000 is a super sticky and stinky all purpose craft glue that can be found in just about any craft store where the other glues are. At my local Robert's, it is on the aisle with the Mod-Podge and other glues in the general art supply area. A little bit of it goes a long way, and once you glue something with it, it's NOT gonna come off. I use it for anything where I want to make sure it's gonna hold.


Beth Jacobs posted this about the Christmas Fudge Kits: cute idea!!! Can you post a pic of the kit? How much will you sell them for?? thanks!

Alas Beth, I meant to take a picture of the Christmas Fudge kits this last time I made them and I completely spaced it again! So sorry! Here is what I did though....hopefully this will help. :)

I cut a piece of patterned paper large enough to cover up the candy bar wrapper (width), and then long enough to wrap completely around the candy bar. Important note about this....some of the larger candy bars are 4.25 oz. and some are larger yet. Make sure that your customers know what size bar it is meant for. I had one made up that wasn't for sale to show my customers not only how it would look when done, but also what size bar it was for.

I printed the poem out on white cardstock, inked the edges, and then matted it onto a colored piece of cardstock that also had inked edges.

I then used my Cricut to cut out the circle and scalloped circle. I stamped an image on the white circle, inked the edges, and matted it with the scalloped circle. I put foam dots on the back of it but did not remove the paper backing.

I cut a piece of ribbon long enough to wrap around the candy bar and tie.

Each kit had enough in it to do three candy bars: 3 pieces of patterned paper, 3 of the matted poems, three of the scalloped circle embellishments, and three pieces of ribbon. I put each kit into a gallon ziploc bag and sold them for $3.50 each. I might have been able to sell them for more, but I'm not sure. I guess it would depend on your area.

Hope this helps everyone!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Elf Ornaments

Out of the three sets of ornaments I made, these are my favorite. I'm probably biased simply because this is one of my all time favorite stamps sets. :) The ink/marker smeared a bit, but from a distance, it looks like there is a little halo of color around the elves.

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Supplies Used:
Papers: DCWV Metallic Cardstock
Inks: Staz-On Jet Black
Stamps: CTMH Merry Pursuits
Misc: CTMH Season's Greetings Ribbon, Prismacolor markers, Stickles

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Festive Tree Ornaments

Here's the 2nd set of ornaments I made. I wish I would've had some green stickles when I made these. It has since been added to my stash. :) I really love the Christmas tree stamps I used. Enjoy!

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Supplies Used:
Papers: CTMH Topiary CS
Stamps: CTMH December Word Puzzle, Fiskars Festive Trees, Don't remember the brand of the Joy & Noel stamps. They were singles that I bought a few years ago. I do know they are NOT Imaginisce.
Inks: Staz-On Jet Black, CTMH Topiary
Misc: Stickles, printed ribbon is I think from American Crafts

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Snowman Ornaments

I found these glass stones at my LSS and they had a cute set of ornaments made up with them. I thought it would be a fun thing to do for this week's craft show. I've made up 3 different sets, and while they were easy to make, I'm not sure if I'll make them again or not. As you will see in a couple of days, depending on the medium used, the effects are different. Markers and ink smear a bit and the glitter doesn't quite show up as well as I would've liked. Drying time was the biggest drawback to making these. My husband really likes them and says that if they don't sell they'll make great gifts. How's that for looking on the bright side of things? LOL

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Supplies Used:
Papers: DCWV Metallics CS
Stamps: CTMH Snow Friends, TCP Studio Vintage Christmas
Inks: Staz-On Jet Black
Misc: Stickles, ribbon

Monday, November 9, 2009

Quick & Simple Magnets

One of my best sellers at last year's craft show was magnets. I had made a whole bunch of little glass pebble and binder clip magnets. I even had little boys coming up and buying magnets. It was the funniest thing to see them debating over which ones they wanted. LOL Needless to say I don't think little boys will want these being that they are flowers, but I am sure they'll sell quickly! I had these glittered chipboard flowers in my stash and they've been there for what seems like forever. I think they are from Making Memories if I remember correctly. I simply used a little E-6000 to layer the flowers and put a magnet on the back. I used liquid glass or a clear sparkle to give a bit of dimension to the centers.

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Composition Book Gift Set

Here's another gift set for next week's craft show. I decided to make up a few of these because at my last craft show people kept picking up different notebooks and what not that were made out of the same papers, thereby creating their own gift sets. Let's hope they sell! :)

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Supplies Used:
Papers: DCWV 12x12 Sorbet Paper Stack
Stamps: Pea Pickin' from TAC
Inks: CTMH Juniper, Staz-On Jet Black
Misc: Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, Prima & Bazzill Flowers, misc buttons, self adhesive sparkles, liquid glass.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Altered Composition Books

I created these two books as gifts. The first one I gave to a dear sweet woman who took time out of her busy schedule to teach me and two of my friends how to make homemade lotions and soaps. She wouldn't let us pay her anything for her time or the supplies used, so I made this notebook for her.

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Supplies Used:
Papers: SU Tempting Turquoise CS, SU Kaleidoscope DSP
Stamps: House Mouse
Inks: Staz-On Jet Black, SU Tempting Turquoise
Misc: Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, Prismacolor markers, Self adhesive sparkles, liquid glass


This next notebook I created for one of my daughter's friends for her birthday.

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Supplies Used:
Papers: CTMH Daydream Paper Pack, Lilac Mist CS
Stamps: CMTH Heartthrob, Doodle Alpha
Inks: CTMH Spring Iris
Misc: ribbon, buttons, sparkles, liquid glass

Friday, November 6, 2009

More Altered Junior Legal Pads

Are you tired of these yet? These are the last of them for now. :)

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Altered Junior Legal Pads

Yet another idea I got from SCS. These are quick to make up and of course very fun! I like keeping one handy on my desk to make out my shopping list or plan menus, etc. Because of their size, they are really great to decorate up much like a card. The nice thing about decorating them like a card is that there are so many sketches out there to use, and the ideas are endless. At the craft shows I do, people pick them up thinking they are a card of some sort and are always pleasantly surprised to find a notepad inside!

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The picture doesn't do this one justice. I kept it simple, not wanting to detract from the paper. I really liked the paper, but DH absolutely hated it saying it was too busy and he just didn't like it. Not more than five minutes later, two of my DD's walked in and exclaimed how pretty it was and where did I get that cool paper?!?! LOL I guess beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. ;)

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Christmas Fudge

I wanted to make "Christmas Fudge" bars to sell at my last craft show, but couldn't find the large candy bars on sale. Wouldn't you know, the week AFTER I bought six of them for Boo kits at $2 each, they went on sale for $1.50 each and this week they are $1.25 each. Ugh! What I ended up doing was making up just this one as an example and then created kits that included the matted poem, the scalloped circle stamped embellishment, the paper, and ribbon, all coordinating of course. I put them in a gallon ziploc bag (enough to do 3 bars) and sold them as Christmas Fudge kits. Wouldn't you know it, I sold all four kits that I made in the first hour (along with the Boo kits). LOL I will definitely be making some more of these for the upcoming craft show.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mojo Monday Week 111

Two posts in one day....what a rarity! I've made a few of these gift sets for next week's craft show (as you will see in upcoming posts). I had one set left to make and decided to go back to the Mojo Monday blog for a bit of inspiration. I really like how this turned out and especially love the bright colors. As you can see I rotated the sketch to make it work. The crocheted flower is one that I made using Senso white metallic yarn. It is a white yarn with glints of a metallic sheen to it. I found the directions for the flowers on SCS and have fallen in love with them. More to come on those later though. :) I used liquid glass on the flowers on the composition book and crystal ice stickles on the mini-notebook.

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Supplies Used:
Papers: American Crafts Tea Party Papers, SU Tempting Turquoise CS, CTMH Tulip CS
Inks: CTMH Tulip, SU Tempting Turquoise
Stamps: Floral Friends(Unity)
Misc: Corduroy brad from MM, misc. brads, self adhesive gems (round and flower shaped), Liquid Glass, Prismacolor markers, Crystal Ice Stickles, Prima Flowers
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Christmas Mailboxes

Here's the other half of the mailboxes I decorated recently. I had them filled with candy for the previous craft show, but since I'm not allowed to sell anything candy related at the upcoming craft show, I think I'm going to put Snowman Soup in the three that didn't sell. :) I hope Target carries these cute little things again next spring. They are just so fun to do and the possibilities are endless! Enjoy!

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Supplies Used:
Papers: Imaginisce, and I think MME but I can't remember for sure, Bazzill Cardstock
Stamps: Imaginisce single stamps and CTMH December Word Puzzle
Inks: Staz-On Jet Black, CTMH Sweet Leaf & Tulip, SU Melon Mambo
Misc: Prismacolor Markers, Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, Liquid Glass, Liquid Applique, CTMH tiny sparkles

Monday, November 2, 2009

Lots & Lots of Nugget Boxes

I created these nugget boxes for the last craft show that I did. Alas, I am not allowed to sell candy at my upcoming craft show, so I'm not sure what I will do with the ones that are leftover. I found the pattern for these cute little boxes on SCS and had a ball making them. They're just so fun!

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