Friday, November 26, 2010

a little holiday inspiration...

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! As of today, there are exactly 29 days until Christmas, so I wanted to share something I've found really inspiring and fun: Kristina Werner's Holiday Card Series. She's currently mid-way through her 2010 Series and I seriously suggest you check it out! But for today, here's last year's Holiday Card Series to help you get your Christmas juices flowing! :)


Sunday, November 21, 2010

my first craft fair

Wow, I really haven't blogged in a while! Been feeling pretty uninspired lately... working on packaging and displaying and not much else.

So, yesterday was my very first craft fair! :) It's one I look forward to going to every year, so I figured it would be a good place to start. I literally had zero expectations, and was pleasantly surprised. I made my table fee back in the first ten minutes (that was really the only thing I was hoping for). A couple items were sold out in an hour or two, with people asking if they could purchase my sample items over and over for the rest of the day. As I honestly expected, the things I thought would sell the best really didn't sell at all. But I did sell over $200 worth of items... not bad considering most things were priced at $3-6! :)

So if you've read my blog, I'm sure by now you're used to the mostly-crappy photos my little point-and-shoot takes. It's the best camera when you're outdoors on a sunny day, but yesterday we just could not get the lighting correct. But I wanted to share these pics, despite they're less-than-stellar quality!

Hope you're having a great weekend! Getting any Christmas shopping done? :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Caring Hearts: A Reminder

Hey all!

I've been busy getting ready for my *first* craft fair coming up a week from Saturday... mostly working on packaging and displays, and unfortunately, I haven't been feeling very crafty lately. BUT, I wanted to check in and remind you that all Caring Hearts Card Drive cards must be received by this Monday, November 15th. That means you've still got a couple days to get your cards into the mail!

Hope you had a great week!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

my new {obsession}


A quick post today to share some cards I made recently with The Girls' Paperie Tinsel and Twig line. These are seriously some stunning products. The papers are incredible and the colors are just perfection. And the embellishments? Don't even get me started! I haven't used any of them yet (except one button) because I can't suppress my hoarding instinct! ;)

My inspiration for all these cards was patchwork. One of the pieces of patterned paper has a gorgeous patchwork of some of the other papers' patterns, plus a couple that don't appear anywhere else in the collection.

Tinsel and Twig paper
Here's a card I made using a piece of this paper as my background.

(I also used Papertrey Ink's new Big and Bold Holiday Greetings set, which I am also in love with.)

For these next two cards, I made my own patchwork by gluing together 1 inch squares punched from all the different patterns.

(This one uses another new PTI stamp set, Merry Little Christmas - another current fave! It's inspired by an adorable card that PTI DT member Erin Lincoln made for the release countdown.)

And, lastly, a bit of a different spin on the concept of patchwork. This one didn't come out quite how I wanted... I wish the circles were a bit closer together, but I only have 1" and 1.5" punches and the larger circle was just too big. So... we make do, right? :)

Hope you had a great weekend! Wasn't it awesome to get an extra hour of sleep last night? :)