Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fall Craft Shows!!!

Yesterday marked the beginning of many weekend of fall craft events that I will be participating in, some repeats from previous years and a few new adventures!  
The show at Reavis High School in Burbank, IL, yesterday was a great way to get motivated.  It was the perfect way to get back into the "pack up the vehicle, set up the display, meet the customers, sell the products, take down the display" routine that goes with every show no matter how large or small.  Reavis HS is only ten miles away from the house.  I participated in the show last year and had many returning customers.
My trellis necklaces and scarves were popular, as were my ruffled scarves.  The yarns I use are from Turkey and Italy and are unique in color variations.  I am also selling my hand-knitted infinity scarves this year, which are in gorgeous shades of complimentary colors.  So soft and cozy! 

New this year are my rubberband bracelets -- the latest craze around here!  I designed Halloween bracelets using glow-in-the-dark skull beads, black/orange bracelets with a large spider -- adorable!  I also made some bracelets in the Illini and Bears colors which were big sellers as well.  

Today I will need to go thru my inventory and determine what items I need to replenish before next Sunday's show at Marian Catholic High School.  It is their 32nd annual Oktoberfest, supporting their band program.  Sounds like a fun day!  Hopefully the weather will cooperate and will bring in lots of customers!!!

I will also be creating Halloween and Christmas cards beginning this week -- my new Anna Griffin embellishments arrived last week and I can't wait to begin designing with them!

I have updated my calendar with all my fall craft show dates.  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Spring Time!!! New Yarns and Designs!!!

Thought I would update my blog background, keeping with the allergy season!
Aren't the dandelions and their seedlings blowing in the wind perfect for what is going on outside!  Thank goodness for my allergy medicine!!!

All my spring craft shows for this 2013 season are behind me -- thanks to everyone who was able to come out and support all the wonderful organizations who sponsored each show!  Lots of work for all the volunteers -- I do appreciate all their hard work in preparing for each show as well as their support both during and after the shows!  I participated in six shows this spring, running from March 2nd thru May 2nd (you can check out the link on the right-side of this blog for all my shows/dates/addresses).

I have decided not to do any shows this summer as I have done in previous years.  Instead, I will spend my time preparing for the fall shows, designing new items such as snowmen, cats, cards for all occasions as well as my popular scarves and necklaces!

I am excited that I found a retailer for some of the most gorgeous ladder/trellis yarns imported from Italy!  Gorgeous colors with both gold and silver metallic threads running thru them!  And the quality is absolutely top-notch!  I am in the process of crocheting my ever-so-popular ladder/trellis necklaces and scarves with this new yarn -- it works up like a dream!  Can't wait to post some pictures on my blog using these new yarns!

I also designed earrings using the ladder/trellis yarns.  I started selling them at my last two craft shows in the spring.  They were a big seller!  Lots of compliments!  These earrings are the perfect finishing touch to wear with the matching necklaces/scarves!  Lightweight, too -- you don't even know you are wearing them!  Both pierced and non-pierced styles of earrings are available for purchase!  I will post pictures of the earrings in the next few days.  So now I am busy buying jewelry findings, using crimping tools, and assembling earrings -- something I never would have guessed I would be doing!  But it really is fun to see the finished earrings after I insert them on the black velvet earring cards -- kind of a "wow" factor!!!

For those of you who love my ruffled scarves, I found a gorgeous new yarn called Allora manufactured in Turkey.  It is 100% acrylic and has beautiful intense colors, including some deep jewel tones.  I am hoping to knit one of these scarves over this weekend and will post it for you to see what I mean!

As you can see, I've been keeping busy, staying out of trouble (as much as possible!)

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Happy Wednesday!!!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Card for my Mother's 89th Birthday

Front of Card

Inside of Card

Those of you who know my Mother, you are very aware that she loves anything and everything Oriental!  It's been that way forever!  I made her a special card for her 89th birthday, pictured above.  I heat-embossed the elegant design on black cardstock with gold powder and framed it with a turquoise cardstock so it would really stand out.  I found some gorgeous new oriental cardstock papers at the local scrapbook store which I pieced together for the background.  I used one of the black-gold papers and scored it into a fan and tied it with gold metallic thread.  The word "mother" is from a KCompany sticker sheet that fit the color scheme perfectly!

The inside of the card needed to be elegant to match the front, so I used a border punch and added two black borders along the vertical sides of the inside verse.  I printed the verse on a gold-tone paper so it would once again reflect the colors and elegance of the front of the card.

Needless to say, my mother loved the card!!!  

What are your thoughts???!!!

One more Valentine's Day Card!

Front of Card
Inside o Card

I designed this card using some of my new Tim Holtz dies -- so much fun playing with them!  I love the layers, border strips, and distressing on this card!  Designed the inside of the card, too, after the original ink smeared !  Creative way to cover up a mistake!

Let me know what you think!!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Valentine's Day Cards!

Here are some Valentine's Day cards I designed for 2013.  

Each one is unique from the other!  You can click on the pictures to get a larger, more intricate view of the workmanship that goes into the making of each card.

Interested in buying any of my card designs?  Click on the pay pal link in the right column if you are interested in ordering any of these cards!  Allow a maximum of seven days to receive via US Mail.

Note:  Shipping and handling is included in the cost per card!

Let me know your thoughts!!!

Tweetie Bird Valentine's Day Card

Cost:  $3.00 each

Embossed red card stock background paper with heart border
Felt Die Cut Bird and Heart
"Tweet" die cut from pink card stock
Red Bakers Twine adds texture to the card.
Colorful, fun card!

dimensions: 4  1/4" x 5 1/2"

Vintage Cupid Valentine's Day Card

Cost:  $4.00 each
Cupid and heart die cut from sequined glitter cardstock
antique pin thru heart holds valentine verse in place
Lots of distressing makes this card special!
dimensions: 5" x 6 1/2" 

Valentine's Day Girl/Heart Card

Cost:  $4.00 each

Girl is stamped on watercolor paper and painted using special blended inks.
Three different papers are used as borders and each one has an edge that has a special border cut.
Doily is cut from a designer die and is embellished with five pearls along the top edge.
The vintage lace adds beautiful texture to this card as does the triangle piercing
along the top left corner of the girl's background paper.
A beautiful designed card guaranteed to get lots of "oohs" and "ahhs"!

dimensions: 5" x 6 1/2" 

Totally Vintage Valentine's Day Card

Cost:  $4.00 each

Another original designed vintage card with lots of embossing (queen of hearts card)
as well as distressing (die cut doily on core paper).
The silk flower is embellished with a large rhinestone, adding a little bling to the card!
The old-fashioned tag is attached to a metal heart paper clip.
Words are distressed and added to this card front.
Two words describe this card:
Absolutely gorgeous!

dimensions: 4  1/4" x 5 1/2"

Love Birds Valentine's Day Card

Cost:  $4.00 each

The intricate birdcage is a die cut, using white glitter paper.
The two love birds are also die cut, using a deep teal card stock.
The flowers are printed on the background card stock and are embellished
using a glitter pen for some muted "bling".
This card is stunning and would make a great wedding card as well!

dimensions: 5" x 6 1/2"