My First Craft Fair

I had my first craft fair Sunday, and it was so much fun! I chatted with several other fellow crafters, hung out with my mother-in-law and brother-in-law’s girlfriend, and sold some cards. I picked up a few pointers on what people are interested in, and was surprised to see that sympathy cards were the most requested card-type. I also noted that cards for men were requested quite a bit and Christmas cards weren’t really that popular. I am excited to take what I’ve learned and improve for the next one!
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Holiday Card Class | Day 9

Today is the last day of my online card class. Sad day! I’ve learned a ton, and created several cards using new techniques. The final day featured cards using sentiment stamps in unique ways. I created a card inspired by the faux metal technique that Kristina Werner demonstrated by heating metallic embossing powder several times, then pressing a stamp into the final layer when it was still warm.
Christmas is on its Way CardChristmas is on its Way - Side ViewThe two images have a slight difference in coloring, but hopefully you get the idea!

Ranger embossing powder
Christmas Gemstone paper pack from JoAnn’s
Fiskars scallop circle punch
Fiskars circle punch
Maroon ribbon
Inkadinkado Warm Holiday Wishes stamp set
Uni-Ball Signo white gel pen
Kraft card stock

Holiday Card Class | Day 8

The main focus for today’s cards was die cutting. I enjoyed using my brand new star border die and glitter paper to make a more classy-looking holiday card.
Joy to the World CardAlthough I invested in a Silhouette Cameo back in January, I ended up purchasing a Big Shot over the summer as well. I use my Big Shot so much I don’t know how I ever crafted without it. The more I use it, the more I’m convinced that all the cool dies out there are worth the investment. This was one of my favorite cards to make so far! 🙂 It’s a little similiar to my Day 3 card, but I’m ok with that!

Bazzill card stock
Simon Says Stamp star border
Tim Holtz Stacked Words: Christmas die
Sizzix Stars die
Sizzix embossing folder
Uni-Ball Signo Broad white gel pen
Ranger embossing tinsel
DCWV The Dazzle Stack glitter paper

Holiday Card Class | Day 7

Day 7 of my holiday card class was probably the most challenging so far. It featured reverse stamps, which are stamps that cover the negative area of the overall image. In my entire stamp stash, I only had 2 stamps that can be considered reverse stamps, so that’s what I needed to work with:
Greetings CardI love how the class forced me to use the supplies that I have in new ways, or use them for the first time ever. That was the case with these 2 flower stamps. I picked them up for $4 at an antique store, but hadn’t used them yet.

I didn’t do anything special for the middle, unstamped section of the stamps, but I think I might experiment with different coloring and distressing techniques eventually. I’m very happy with this card, mostly because it’s a design I never would have came up with if I wasn’t forced to use try something new.

DCWV patterned paper
Embossing powder from JoAnns
Martha Stewart scoring board
Hero Arts Daisy Petals and Star Flower Petals stamps
Stampendous Ornament Greetings stamp
Bazzill card stock

Holiday Card Class | Day 6

I was inspired by Shari Carroll’s stained glass star card, but I didn’t have any of the materials she used. …so I improvised! I ended up white embossing a swirly background stamp I picked up for cheap at an antique store awhile ago, colored it in with Copic markers, and cut it out with star dies. I also used the dry embossed strip down the center with the die-cut border as she did, but kept the rest of the card very simple. I think it helps the stars to pop.
Merry Christmas CardSupplies:
Ranger white embossing powder
Hampton Art background stamp
Paper Smooches Christmas Sampler stamp set
Sizzix star dies
Spellbinders Labels Four die
Sizzix dry embossing folder
Copic Ciao markers
Georgia Pacific card stock
We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper (3/8″)

Holiday Card Class | Bonus 2

The second bonus day for the holiday card class covered holiday cards using non-holiday stamps. This was a difficult design to come up with, but I ended up going with a heart stamp set. I thought it would look cool as a monochromatic color scheme with a dash of red. I’m not sure if it comes across as a holiday card, but I am happy with how it came out!
Good Cheer CardSupplies:
Hero Arts Untitled Heart stamp set
ColorBox Chestnut Roan chalk ink
Bazzill card stock
Kraft card stock
Paper Smooches Christmas Sampler stamp set
Spellbinders Grommet Tag die set
McGill label punch
Red thread
Tonic Studios heart punch
Recollections heart punch

Holiday Card Class | Bonus 1

The first bonus day for the holiday card class covered holiday cards with unusual color combinations, and I came up with the card below. I thought the cheery color scheme of the patterned paper was fitting with a “Joy” sentiment. I wasn’t exactly sure what to do with the center of the sentiment stamp, so I cut it out to look like a wreath.
Joy Holiday CardSupplies:
Inkadinkado Warm Holiday Wishes stamp set
DCVW Mango Frost paper pack
Bazzill card stock
White embossing powder
Cuttlebug embossing folder
White thread

Holiday Card Class | Day 5

Day 5 featured die and stamp set combos. I only have one of these sets with a holiday theme, so that’s what I used! I started with the basic design by Kristina Werner, and threw in a little bit of patterned paper and green embellishments. This was actually my first time using this die and stamp set, and I love how quick and easy it made things! I will need to invest in a few more sets…
Seasons Greetings CardSupplies:
Hero Arts/Studio Calico Lattice cling stamp
Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Seasons Greeting set
Oriental Trading Christmas paper pack
Spellbinders Lacey Ovals die
Friendship thread
Kraft card stock

Holiday Card Class | Day 4

This was my first attempt at creating a holiday card with watercolor pencils as ALMOST a one-layer card. I struggle with one-layer cards, because I love patterned paper so much, and because I always feel like something is missing when I’m finished.
Happy Holidays CardI am going to re-create this card a couple times, and play around with different color combinations. I also want to experiment with the shadowing behind the image just as Sandy Allnock demonstrated.

Stampin’ Up watercolor pencils
Hero Arts Holiday Dolls stamp set
Ebony embossing powder
Fiskars scallop punch
Bazzill card stock

Kitty Fix!

I was just about to post a photo of my kitties on Facebook when my husband said “Don’t be one of those people.” I’m not really a huge Facebook user anyway, so I decided to post it on my new blog instead!

Well, here is a picture of my kitties. My husband and I used to live in a tiny one-bedroom apartment and recently bought a 1,400 sq. ft house. It’s a huge difference for us! Well, even though my kitties have an entire house to roam around and explore, they choose to spend most of their time with me in my temporary office/craft room.

My Kitties - Riley and Ozzie

Come on, this was too cute NOT to share, right?