Thursday, March 21, 2013

Bordering on Romance

The Paper Doilies in the Spring Catalog are a  nice accent.  With no cutting needed, they are really easy to add to your project, and create a  nice background.
My card base of Wisteria Wonder Card Stock was embossed with the Honeycomb Embossing Folder.   Using a bigger piece of Whisper White Card Stock I stamped my  flower image on with Early Espresso ink, and then colored it in using my markers.  I then cut this out using my Big Shot and a Designer Frame and then a larger Oval Framelit.  My Thank You  is from Itty Bitty Banners and was cut with the Itty Bitty Banners Framelits.
Change the sentiment, and this is a nice card for many different occasions.
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Wisteria Wonder #122922, Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder #126985, Early Espresso #12974   Markers:  2011-13 In Color #123002
Stamp Sets:  Bordering on Romance #125480 w or #125482, Itty Bitty Banners #126255 w or #126257 c
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Ovals Collection Framelits #129381, Honeycomb Embossing Folder #129378, Designer Frame Folders #123130, Bitty Banner Framelits #129267
Embellishment:  Paper Doilies #129399

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Tea for Two - Memories

I still love playing with my products from the Spring Catalog.  I know it has been around for a few months now, but because I am making more cards for spring and summer I get to play a bit more with the pretty Tea for Two Designer Series Paper, and of course another one of my favorites, the 5/8" Flower Trim.
My card base is So Saffron Card Stock with a layer of Calypso Coral, and then the pretty Designer Paper.  The paper had enough pattern in it that the only things I added were some Crumb Cake 1/2" Seam Binding, one flower, and my sentiment.  Really not a lot on this card, but yet one of my favorites.  When the paper and embellishments are so pretty, I really don't like to add a lot more.
The following were used:
Card Stock:  So Saffron #105118, Calypso Coral 122925, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Tea for Two #129311
Stamp Set:  Loving Thoughts #125843 w or #125845 c
Ink:  Calypso Coral #126983
Punch:  Modern Label #119849
Embellishment:  5/8" Flower Trim #126869
Ribbon:  Crumb Cake 1/2" Seam Binding #122332

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Summer Silhouettes

It is so nice to be bringing out the bright colors, and I feel like I can start using my Floral District Designer Series Paper again too! 
My card base is Daffodil Delight Card stock, that I layered with a piece of Whisper White and the Designer Paper.  To my White Card Stock I stamped my flowers and leaves and then added some Rich Razzleberry Ribbon.    You could use your Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up your flowers onto your stems and leaves, but I just eyed it up and stamped since I didn't think the flowers needed to be placed on perfectly.  I added my happy birthday to the card using dimensionals to add dimension.
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Daffodl Delight #119683, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Floral District #126919
Ink:  Lucky Limeade #126984, Rich Razzleberry #126950
Ribbon:  Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain #127876
Punch:  Extra-Large Oval #1119839
Stamp Sets:  Summer Silhouettes #126445 w or #126447 c, Perfect Punches #117022 w or #120516 c
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430, Snail #104332

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Coffee Break Anyone?

Using the Petite Pocket Bigz XL Die, I made these coffee treats that would be nice for thinking of you, get well, thank you, mother's day,  birthday wishes and more.   I created them for my spring craft fairs, leaving the buyer the option of adding their own personal tag. 
I cut card stock that coordinated with the Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper that I received for FREE with my Sale-a-bration rewards.  I embossed the pockets with the Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, put in my coffee packets, and added two punched Blossom Flowers.  A coordinating brad was placed in the center of each flower and I attached them to the pocket using dimensionals.
I really am going to miss the Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper.  You can still get it FREE during Sale-a-bration by purchasing $50 in Stampin' Up! merchandise.  But hurry, the Sale-a-bration sale ends March 22, 2013.   
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Tangerine Tango #126946, Island Indigo #122923, Rich Razzleberry #115316, Pool Party #122924, Summer Starfruit #126991
Designer Series Paper:  Sycamore Street #127540 (Sale-a-bration)
Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wises #115370 w or #127802 c
Ink:  Early Espresso #126974
Punches:  Word Window #119857, Blossom #125603
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Lacy Brocade Embossing Foder #127819, Petite Pocket Bigz XL Die #123131
Embellishments:  3/8" Designer Printed Brads #122940 - and I used some retired Corduroy Brads too.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

It's a boy!

I just found out that my friend's son and his wife are having a boy!  It is her first grandchild, and I am so happy for all of them, and made this card to say congratulations!
My card base is Marina Mist Card Stock, with a layer of Soft Suede Designer Series Paper.  I then added my image which I stamped onto Watercolor Paper, and used  blender pens and ink to color it in.  Some Marina Mist 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon was added at the bottom for extra embellishment.
This is a really nice stamp set to watercolor.  You can use either a Blender Pen or an Aqua Painter to add you ink, and the watercolor paper absorbs water to keep the paper flat for a great look.
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Marina Mist #119682, Watercolor Paper #122959
Designer Series Paper:  Neutral Paper Stack #117157
Stamp Set:  Two by Two #126788
Ink:  Soft Suede #126978, Marina Mist #126962, Daffodil Delight #124966, Basic Gray #126981, Pumpkin Pie #126945, Earl Espresso #126974
Ribbon:  Marina Mist 1/2" Scallop Dots #122986
Tools:  Blender Pens #102845

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Craft Fair Set Up

Center display rack showcasing the Easter products.  Also in this picture Sticky Note Easels and a lot of cards with matching purses marketed for Mother's Day and Teacher Gifts.

A closer look at my Bunny Peeps, Bunny Poop, Carrots, and Mini Milk Cartons.
On the left hand side you can see my display of birthday lollipops made with leftover brad containers. 

Large Hershey Chocolate Bunny Bars, Sticky Note Easels, Cards with Matching Purse

Gift bags and Mothers Day gifts. 

Card displays, head bands and bows

Easter Pencils and M & M Treats

Hershey Nougat Trays and Easter Chicks
I participated in my local community colleges annual Spring Craft Fair this weekend.  I was able to set up on Friday, the day before the event, and I always take advantage of the early set up.  So, as you can see in the pictures, there are still a lot of empty tables behind me, but on the day of the event the place was full of vendors, and thankfully customers too. 
I always take pictures before I leave just so I have proof that I did set up, just in case any large items would be missing.  But, I have never had any problem with leaving my items there over night, and it makes for an easier day when the fair actually takes place.  I can just go in the morning of the event, do any last minute changes to my display, and relax before the crowd arrives.  It was a great day, sold a lot of products, picked up some new customers, and was even asked to make items for a local historical museum on a consignment basis. 
A lot of the items pictured are already on my blog and can be found under the Easter or Craft Fair label. 
Craft fairs are a lot of work, but I find that they have helped me expand my business through networking with others at the event, by meeting new customers, and by talking to others about Stampin' Up! and getting my name out in the community that this is what I do, and this is what any one can do with the wonderful products made by Stampin' Up!.  

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Bunny Poop!

Well, I made Reindeer and Snowman Poop for Christmas, and it was a big hit.  So, I thought why not make Bunny Poop for Easter.  They were  big sellers at my craft fairs, and my grandchildren loved  them too. 
I used the Big Shot to cut the Top Note Bigz Die and folded it in half, stapled it to a 4 x 6 cellophane bag, and them added the saying which I typed on my computer.  I made boy and girl bunnies, and used markers to color in the images.  I added some retired grosgrain ribbon to make them easier to carry. 
The saying is:  I've heard that you've been naughty so here's the inside scoop...All you get for Easter is Bunny Poop? 
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Pretty in Pink #199458, Bashful Blue #105120, Whisper White #100730
Stamp Set:  A Little Bit of Spring #126009 w or #126011 c
Punch:  Extra Large Oval #119859
Ink:  Early Espresso #126974    Markers:  Subtles Collection #119700
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Top Note Bigz Die #113463
Packaging:  4" x 6" Cellophane Bags #102757

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Top Note Die = Easter Chick Bags

Turn your Top Note Bigz Die into a cute Easter Chick.  Attach it to a small gift bag, fill it with candy, and your ready to give out some Easter Wishes.
I cut Daffodil Delight Card Stock with the Top Note Bigz Die, and sponged some Pumpkin Pie ink around the edges.  Using a variety of punches I created the rest of the face and body. I cut two of the dies, one to go in the front, and one in the back.  I attached them to bags I purchased at a local craft store using Sticky Strip for a good hold.
Punches used:
For the wings - 1 3/4" Scallop Circle - cut in half
For the feet - 2 3/8" Scallop Circle - used three of the scallops
The beak - 1" Square
Hair - Decorative Label - cut in 1/2
Eyes - 1" Circle for the white and Daffodil Delight pieces, 3/4" Circle - black pieces
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Daffodil Delight #119683, Whisper White #100730, Pumpkin Pie #105117, Basic Black #121045
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie #126945
Punches:  1 3/4" Scallop Circle #119854, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle #118874, 1" Square #124094, Decorative Label #120907. 1" Circle #119868, 3/4" Circle #119873
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Top Note Bigz Die #113463, Stamping Sponges #101610
Adhesive:  Sticky Strip #104294, Glue Dots #103683, Snail #104332
Note - This is not my original design but taken from different ideas from other talented Stampin' Up! demonstrators.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Mother's Day Card and Purse Ensemble

Well, I know Mother's Day is still a few months away, but I am planning for my spring craft fairs, and I thought the Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper was the perfect paper to make a cute purse and matching card.  The purse holds four Hershey Miniature Chocolates, and they were wrapped with the same paper as the purse. 
The Petite Purse Die goes together quickly, and you only need a few small pieces of adhesive to hold the sides together.  I used Sticky Strip to give it a good hold.  I placed the handle on with brads, and added the extra scallop punch and large pearl for a bit more embellishment.
The card was made by embossing the coordinating card stock with the Lacy Brocade Embossing folder, adding some ribbon, and a cut Labels Collection Framelit.   I added the happy mother's day sentiment to the center, but you could change the sentiment and give this cute gift set for many occasions.  Great for a birthday, thank you, get well, teacher gift, and so much more.
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Pool Party #122924, Summer Starfruit #126839, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Sycamore Street #127540 (Sale-a-bration)
Ink:  Summer Starfruit #126992, Tangerine Tango #126946
Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370 w or #127802 c
Ribbon:  Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Satin #126846, Tangering Tango 1/2" Scallop Dots #124144
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Labels Collection Framelits #125598, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder #127819, Petite Purse Bigz Die #123131
Punches:  Scallop Oval #119856, 7/8" Scallop Circle #129404
Adhesive:  Sticky Strip #104294, Snail #104332, Glue Dots #103683
Embellishment:  Large Basic Pearls #125577, Dimensionals #104430


Friday, March 1, 2013

Bunny Peeps

I  made Bunny Peeps last year, but had to adjust how I created them this year to accomodate for the larger Cellophane Bags.  Last year I used the smaller 3" x 5" bags, but Stampin' Up! no longer carries them, and I wanted to use a clear bag, not like the smaller cloudy looking ones you get in the craft stores.  So, I used the 4" x 6" bags and actually like how they turned out better.  There was more room for my candy, and the bunnies don't look so squished.  You can see last year's bags here if you want to compare.
Using colors that matched the peeps, I cut the bag topper using the Top Note Bigz Die.  I then made my bunny using a variety of punches.  They are really easy to make, but do take a lot of time.  But, I like the bright colors, and my grandchildren just love their peeps, so I had to make sure to make them again this year. 
The following were used:
Card Stock:  Tempting Turquoise #102067, Pretty in Pink #100459, Daffodil Delight #119683, Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise  #126952, Pretty in Pink #126955, Daffodil Delight #126944
Marker:  Basic Black #100082 - for the eyes and whiskers
Stamp Set:  Everybunny #122705 w or #122707 c
Punches:  Extra-Large Oval #119859, Large Oval #119855, 1" Circle #119868, 3/4" Circle #119873, Modern Label #119849
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Top Note Bigz Die #113563
Accessories:  4" x 6" Cellophane Bags #102757