Saturday, August 10, 2013

Today was the Allegan County Vendor Group Event in downtown Otsego, MI.  This event had a back-to-school theme, so I tried to come up with a few ideas to follow the theme.  I decided to make my To Do List pads with school scrapbook themed papers.  As I was preparing these, I decided to add some matching Post It Note holders, owl bookmarks, and owl mini Post It Note holders.  The owl items were a huge hit!

Top row are attached to a jumbo paper clip, bottom row are made using the two tag die with a magnet enclosure.

To do lists made per Chiaki Haverstick's tutorial using assorted school themed scrapbook papers.  Below is an inside view of the to do list.

Post It Note holders using assorted scrapbook themed papers.  The apples on the top row were accented using Crystal Effects.

 At the July Vendor event one of the other vendors asked if I made baby shower announcements.  I told her that I would make her a few samples and bring them to the August event.  After struggling with ideas and much searching on the internet and Pinterest, I finally came up with some samples a few days before the show.  Below are the three I gave her....her daughter is expecting a boy.

Bashful Blue paper and ink (retired), Whisper White CS, Cuttlebug folder, Word Window and Modern Label Punch, retired stamp set.

Bashful Blue ink, ribbon,  and CS (retired), Stitched Stockings Punch (retired),  Cuttlebug embossing folder, Whisper White CS, and Rain or Shine stamp set.

Bashful Blue CS and ink (retired), Whisper White CS, 1 3/8 Square Punch, 2 1/2 Circle Punch, Baby feet stamp (non SU), Sincere Salutations stamp set (retired), Cuttlebug Dotted Swiss embossing folder.
(She loved all three and may want me to make an assortment for her instead of one design)!

 Thanks for stopping by......

Friday, August 9, 2013

Saturday is our August Allegan County Vendor event and the theme was "Back-to-School.  I found some cute school related scrapbooking paper at the craft shows and used it to create some Post-it note covers and to-do list covers.

I had a great time making bookmarks using the Owl punch and scraps of DSP I had laying around.  I made several magnetic bookmarks using the Two Tags Die and Scallop Circle punch.  I also made some owl bookmarks using the Scallop Circle punch and jumbo paper clips with scraps of ribbon for embellishment.

Earlier this year I viewed a tutorial on Stamp TV on how to make gift card boxes, so I made lots.  Well, I finally got around to making some cards to go in each of the boxes.  I used retired DSP as well as some cute scrapbooking paper I found at the craft stores.  Once the boxes were made I then tried to coordinate the cards with the colors and prints found on the box; most of the boxes have all occasion cards in them.

This is a long blog, so I guess I'll wait until tomorrow to upload other paper crafts I have been busy making.   Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, June 13, 2013

I joined a vendor group in our county in March and have found myself busy making a few things for each event.  The July event has a flip flop theme so I pulled out my beach type stamps and found some flip flops.   For the group drawing I made a "To Do List" notepad and two Post It Note holders.

The Notepad is made using 1/2 of a Jr. Legal pad.  The stamps are from Life's a Breeze (retired) and I used Crumb Cake CS as a base with Pool Party and Whisper White.  The embossing folder is from The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby) and is waves (I probably should have turned it the other way).  The inks used are Pool Party, Crumb Cake, and Creamy Caramel (retired); the ribbon is Crumb Cake Taffeta ribbon.

The 3 X 3 Post It Note holder has a Crumb Cake base with Pool Party mat.  The stamp set is by Great Impressions and I just love the flamingos!  Inks used were Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Crumb Cake.  The 2 X 2 Post It has the same base and mat as the larger and the stamps are from Life's a Breeze. 

In case you haven't noticed, I love making various notepads and am anxious to make some using the new colors and stamps I just got in the mail.  I am working on scheduling a class for those interested in making notepads.

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, March 22, 2013

March 22, 2013

 Boy, do I wish that winter would leave so that I can get back to my morning 4-mile walk and working outdoors.  I have been enjoying working in my craft room quite a bit, though.  I do spend a lot of time on Pinterest and the Stampin'Up demo site looking for some really cool ideas for cards and crafts to make.  Following are some of the cards and projects I've made over the last couple of months; I hope that you enjoy them, too!

Son's Birthday Card

Paper: So Saffron, Blue Bayou (retired), Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Black
Ink:  Blue Bayou, Black
Markers:  So Saffron, Always Artichoke
Stamps: Turtle and Co., Create a Cupcake
Punches:  Modern Label, Word  Window, various sized circle punches
Accessories: Square Lattice EF, wiggly eyes, Jelly Roll Clear Star Marker 
Square Box with 4 Mini Notecards

This is a square box of 3 X 3 mini notecards, using my favorite (retired) DSP, Everyday
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pool, Party, Peach Parfait (retired),Poppy Parade (retired), DSP
Ink: Soft Suede, Poppy Parade (retired)
Stamp: Vintage Labels, Fresh Vintage
Accessories: Embosslits Beautiful Wings, Poppy Parade ribbon, rhinestones, Dazzlin' Diamonds glitter, sticky strip, dimensionals, envelopes

Mini Tote with Notecards

I found this cute little mini tote with 6 mini notecards @  She is my go-to site for great ideas and wonderful directions.  You will find the directions on her instructions page.
Double Jr. Notepad Covers
 I made several of these notepads for my daughter-in-law to give to her Mary Kay downline at a recent convention.  I used various shades of pink cardstock, DSP, and scrapbook papers I found in my stash.  I made the flowers using the Big Shot Daisy Die.  The punches used are designer label punch and 1 3/8" circle punch.  The stamp is from the One of a Kind stamp set (retired).  I had some large pink gems that I used for the flower centers and put a little Dazzling Diamonds glitter around them.  These were very easy to make; I found this pattern at
Birthday Card
This is a CASed card from one that I made at this month's team gathering.  I used the 2012-2014 In-colors DSP, paper, and inks.  The stamp, Pretty Petites,  was part of this year's SAB promotion, which ends tonight.  I used the Curly Label and Petite Curly Label punches for the design.  The Petite Curly Label punch was also in the SAB....perhaps it will get carried over into the next catalog.  I will probably use this design for many more cards.
Easter Card
I created this Easter card for my mother-in-law.  I used the new Honeycomb embossing folder for the background and punched the eggs using the Extra Large Oval punch.  I used the Dotted Swiss embossing folder for the texture on the eggs.  The butterflies were punched out of DSP using the new Bitty Butterfly punch and were embellished with rhinestones.  
Butterfly Birthday Card
I saw this card on Pinterest using the Beautiful Wings Embosslits , but I decided to use the Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly punches instead and I really like how it turned out.  Once again I used my favorite DSP, Everyday Enchantment (retired), for the butterflies and the bottom trim.  Additional punches used were the Scallop Oval and Large Oval for the greeting.  I embellished each of the butterflies with a pearl and gave them depth using dimensionals between each layer.
Easter Basket
Last, but not least, is this cute little basket.  It is a 6 inch square that was scored at 2" and 4" on two sides.  The handle is a 1" X 6" strip. You can find directions on how to make a similar little basket @  Her measurements are a little different from mine and I didn't round the corners, but it is essentially the same.

I was a little long this time, but I had so much that I wanted to share with you.

Happy Stamping,

Friday, November 16, 2012

Saturday, November 3, 2012

My First Craft Show

!0 Rules of Chocolate

Santa Gum Holders
 Today I participated in my first craft show at a friend's annual open house.  I have been busy stamping and creating many paper crafts since early spring in anticipation of this new venture.   I was quite surprised when I set up my display as to the amount of items I had made and then came the fear that I had made too much and maybe it wouldn't sell.  I was pleasantly surprised at the end of the show at the amount of money I had made and now, I can't wait for the next time.  I'm not planning on doing much the next few days in my craft room besides cleaning up my work area and filling the orders that were placed this week; I need a little time to regroup and restock my supplies. 

I am posting pictures of several of the items that I sold today and earlier this week.  My all-time favorites were the card sets.  I got in such a zone that I ended up  making almost all of them Sympathy sets; I was going to make other varieties, too!  If you are interested in any of my goodies,  I would be happy to take orders and/or have a class to show you how to make them.  Thanks for stopping by.
Treat  or gift box with drawer

Hershey Nugget box with gift card  holder

Nugget Trays

Hanging snack-size Kit Kat bar holder

Small triangle shape Hershey Kiss holder

Snowman holder for snack-size chocolate bar

Treat holders for Hershey Kisses, Peppermint Patties, and Ghirardelli Chocolate

Handmade boxed sets of 4 Sympathy cards

Card samples from set of Sympathy cards

Handmade boxed set of 4 Birthday cards

6 Thinking of You cards in clear box

Variety of 6 cards in embellished gift bag

Gift bags with 6 cards

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Valentine Samples

Wild About You 

Happy Heart Day

Season of Friendship

My friend, Connie, and I got together on Wednesday evening to make some cards (something that we have been doing for several years now) and have some "girl talk" time.  I took over several samples and some products to use and we tweaked some ideas we had.  I had so much fun that I couldn't wait to get back at it the next morning.  I have now completed three valentines that need to go out in the mail.  Hopefully I will get into a regular stamping mode now that I have some projects on my "to-do" list. 

These samples have been CASed from some samples that I found on Stamping Connections and PINterest. 

Crazy for Cupcakes

Crazy for Cupcakes
Check out this cute birthday card I made for one of my dearest friends using the stamp set Crazy for Cupcakes. I used Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery, and Very Vanilla inks and cardstock, Tea Party DSP (retired), as well some Dazzling Diamonds, a Cuttlebug embossing folder, and co-ordinating ribbon and brads. The punches used were the Scallop Border punch, 1 3/4 " Scallop Circle, 3/4 ", and 1" circle punches. I made a second card using Almost Amethyst, Cameo Coral, and Whisper White inks and cardstock, with coordinating brads and ribbon. This is one of my favorite sets to use for birthdays.