Monday, December 18, 2017

Jolly Ol' St. Nick Challenge


For this week's Bitten by the Bug2 cricut challenge, Jolly Ol' St. Nick, I have Santa holding a tree. I love this Santa cut, especially so large, balancing a gift and a small tree. He is about 9 inches high. He is from the classic Joys of the Season cartridge. I matched Santa's coat to the "BELIEVE" under the tree, which is part of the scrapbook paper design, and am using that for the scrapbook page title. All that I need now is a photo from a Christmas past. Thanks for taking a closer look at my project!


Monday, December 11, 2017

Papercrafted Gifts Challenge

I am happy to be hosting this week's Bitten by the Bug2 Papercrafted Gifts challenge. I am a fan of to do lists and for the Holiday Season and created a cute wish list notebook for buying gifts or just keeping track of seasonal tasks. 

I had Staples cut down small legal sized notebooks and using sturdy cardstock, made covers. There are no measurements. I just traced the notebooks onto card stock and wished for the best! I embellished the covers with Stampin' Up! retired patterned papers. I used my cricut for the layered mats and the sentiment. 

The sentiment was one of my user fonts that I uploaded: Back to Black Bold. What's makes it special is that I cut the sentiment on white glittered paper. To speed glueing up and minimize gooey mistakes, I used my Zyron X adhesive. Still was work, but worth it. 

The mat is from Elegant Edges cart and is the Square Scallop Butterfly Label sans the butterfly label. I then sized and layered two squares and cut my mats on cardstock that matched the patterned papers. 

I have been selling these at my holiday craft fairs and have saved a few for gifts. Hope that it helps organize others - and that they love it!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Snowflake Sentiments Card



Finally, I can work on cards for me! With four shows finished and two more to go, I have a bit of a break. I've been dying to use the new Stampin' Up! Snowflake Sentiments Clear-Mount Bundle. It works great on the Big Shot - even the intricate cuts - I didn't even need the Precision Plate. 


Here is the bundle, still available from the Holiday catalog.


Photo copyright Stampin' Up!

Monday, November 27, 2017

It's Getting Cold Challenge


I am finally back to blogging! Been very busy with craft fairs and now since they are in full swing, I am ready for the crowds. Do have to replenish some items, but it is not as overwhelming as it has been for me. 

Here is a project made for the Bitten by the Bug2 It's Getting Cold challenge. Love this snowman and the shimmer and glitter papers - and that banner was tedious to glue together, but worth the effort. The Snowman is from the Winter Frolic cartridge and the banner from When I was a Kid. My stamped sentiment fit perfectly inside the banner and I was surprised to have clean stamped lines on the textured paper. And this card - and the dozen others that I made with similar colored patterned papers - have been big sellers this year so far.





Monday, November 6, 2017

Second Craft Fair of the Season


Here's some photos from last weekend's craft fair -- four more to go this season! It was a juried fair and the vendors offered some wonderful things for sale. This year, I tried something new - vinyl ornaments that I made with the cricut - coffee, beach, pet and Christmas themed. 

I used plastic ones that I bought on Amazon and Michaels. I chose plastic over glass because I don't want breakage for myself when attending vending events -- and as a customer, I prefer plastic because I have children and a dog. 

The best sellers were beach and pet, with the rest getting lots of attention. All images have commercial rights - so if you make these for sale, make sure that you get the license. I got some at lovesvgs.com (just search Christmas, beach and coffee) and DesignBundles-The-Free-SVG-Bundle-V2Here's a close up of some the ornaments that I had for sale:



I sold my typical items too - cards, covered notebooks, and what's left of my reindeer food tubes from last year. I did get a repeat request for my Santa Hershey bars - so guess what I am working on this week for the fair? And picking up some test tubes for the reindeer food.



Monday, September 18, 2017

Vinyl Snowflake Ornaments


Here's a few Christmas ornaments that I made and sold at my last craft fair. The ornaments above are embellished with vinyl and are filled with mini pinecones that I bought from Amazon.com. The pinecones fit right through the top opening of these large, round, plastic ornaments. The snowflakes are cricut images from When It's Cold Outside cut on vinyl. Cutting them was easy, yet transferring them onto the rounded surface was quite challenging. I smoothed the center of the images from transfer tape, working my way to the points of each "branch" of the snowflake. 



For the blue snowflake ornaments, I used a beautiful metallic vinyl on plastic "flat" shaped ornaments, which I found at Amazon.com too. The snow is "flakes" that you can find at any craft store during the Holiday season -- glad that I had them in my craft stash since it is only September. I used the Joy snowflake image from Holidays Through the Year Iron-On cartridge and added different sized adhesive rhinestones from Stampin' Up! to the snowflake centers. I also made beach-themed ornaments with sand and shells and coffee filled ornaments with cute sayings for Christmas gifts. I will share you photos in another post.







Sunday, September 17, 2017

September Craft Fair


Here are some (lol all) of my photo from my September Craft Fair. Will be posting how-tos, but in the meantime, here is my display:




I changed the price on mini memo pads to $2 and they sold.








Monday, August 21, 2017

Fairies Mason Jar Tea Lights


I love Bitten by the Bug2 challenges because it forces me to be creative in ways that I ordinarily wouldn't be. This current challenge is to use a fairy in a project - and since I found a bunch of mason jars in my crafting stash, I decided that fairies would look adorable on the jars.

First I mod podged the insides and added Tim Holtz dry stickles glitter to coat. I have seen many tutorials on these mason jar lights and didn't want to use tissue papers or coat the outside with glue, glitter, or paint because I want the jars to shine, not become dull or textured.




I bought the fairies silhouettes SVGs from GlowCave on Etsy. I cut vinyl with my cricut - and the intricate cuts came out crisp and smooth. Very happy with it. In fact, it cut better on vinyl, even at smaller size, than card stock. Look at the difference below. And weeding the vinyl was easy too (photo shows that it needs some weeding):




I added some paper flower embellishments with hot glue and inserted the battery votives. A few handmade gifts!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Thoughts & Prayers: Last in a Series


Here is my last in a series Sympathy card. I love the copper embossing powder against the browns and vanilla card stock. I added some copper sequins and used the classic: Thoughts & Prayers Clear-Mount Stamp Set.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Thoughts & Prayers: 2 in a Series


Here is my second in a series of Sympathy cards. This one uses a fancy diecut that I couldn't have cut without the Big Shot precision plate. I caught all of the detailed cuts and was so easy to clean up. I think that the muted gold ribbon gives this another elegant touch. I used the classic Thoughts & Prayers Clear-Mount Stamp Set. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Thoughts & Prayers: 1 in a Series


Here is my first in a series of Sympathy cards. At vending events, I am always asked for Sympathy cards - and as hard as they are to make, I try to make them in soft colors like vanilla and emboss in black, gold, or bronze. It just gives it an elegant look. I used the classic Thoughts & Prayers Clear-Mount Stamp Set. 

This one above is a card that customers have approached me - explaining how beautiful a sympathy card that they bought from a vendor - only for it to have been one of my cards. It is a compliment that they remember the card - and ok that they don't remember me lol.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Celebrate Card


Here is a quick and simple Celebrate card that I made with my cricut machine. I used "Celebrate" from Paper Lace 2. I matted it onto heavy glitter card stock and adhered it to stunning specialty paper. It was quick and easy and now I am ready for a wedding -- and had a card on hand for my 20 year-anniversary with hubby.