Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Getting ready for a sale...

So I'm starting a little bit of a mild panic while I assess how ready for a Christmas sale I've got in a couple of weeks. My pal Kari says I should have about 30-40 pieces to have a real show, and I think I'm 2/3 of the way there. The sale is all about my beading, and I'll throw in a couple of scarves I have as well. More items the better I figure.

I'm now working on the presentation side of things. I want things to be easy to view, and easy to take away. Here is the packaging I've come up with for wine charms and earrings. Of course, my business cards are the same design for that continuity. Next - figuring out display for necklaces and bracelets.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I forgot one...

These are the first two cards i made yesterday - how could I fortget the picture? Silver embossing powder on the reindeer - love this stamp! It was an SU special. I like the second one better than the first - gonna play with the stamp a little more. I love the antlers!

Holy Scrappin' Day, Batman!

Yesterday was our monthly Stampin' Up Day... it was a great day, very productive for card-making. I have been working on a UYS (Use your stash) challenge this month, and yesterday took me to the end of my challenge... not that I will stop working. There is alot more to do this month! Here is a look at what I did:

I made these using the Cricut DesignStudio software. I used the George font, and welded together the letters and a rectangle sized to fit the card. I've left it plain for now. Still undecided... should add ribbon at least I suppose.

I got a pile of mini-prints from dear Kari last year. Love the non-traditional aqua/pink/red print on this one.
I like this one - again, non-traditional colours. SU soft suede cardstock, snowflake stamp embossed with irridescent ice.
Love these gift card holders. Thanks to Laurette for the dimensions. One strip of paper, 4 1/2 x 11, scored at 3, 5 1/2 and 8.
Again, used the Cricut DesignStudio. THANKS is from George. Snowflakes are from Home Decor. Used Cuttlebug numbers on white core paper, sanded after embossing. SU caterpillar will be flocked. Inside is complimentary stamp "Sending worm wishes on your bugday" - corny, but a little boy will love it!
Love these - just free-cut the printed paper snowbank, then used MS snowflake punch to cover the seam.
Kept this very simple - I LOVE this background paper, couldn't bring myself to cover it up at all. Instead, just put the sheer ribbon on it.

I do have a couple others half-started from yesterday. Now that I've got my mojo going I will get them done, and the rest of my Christmas cards, this week.

Gift Tags

I wanted to make a box of assorted gift tags for my Mama Bear for Christmas. I made her some last year when i was first learning to play with my Cricut. I've gotten a bit more practice and a bit more sophisticated over time, so wanted to impress her a little bit more.

The lightbulb and snowflake were designed using DesignStudio software. These ones below were made with the Stretching Your Imagination cart. Aren't they adorable?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Waterfall cards.

We did this at a Technique Tuesday at my SU rep and buddy Sharon's last month, and I forgot to post them. I love the style of this card - will be making a series of them I'm sure!
It's a fun card to make, and looks way more fussy than it is! Cut all the pieces first, then assemble away. All you need is your paper, a couple of brads, ribbon for the pull, and your stamps.
There are lots of instructions out there for waterfall cards - three or four flap, different sizes, have fun with them!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

invitations done!

Jamie came over Saturday and we had a wonderful time talking, laughing and assembling. Invitations for her wedding cocktail party are done, treat boxes well on their way, it's all coming together. The invitations were purchased as a precut card. I used my MS snowflake punch on each panel, then glued in the red CS and white printed CS. Added the red ribbon and snowflake brad and we're done, very simple. Put the envelope flap through the snowflake cuttlebug embossing folder, made the envelope seal using SU punches and a snowflake stamp, and finishing touch stickles to add some glitter.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Card swap

Another card swap - and I'm done 2 of 3 items a month early, wow! I'm also using both in a "use your stash" challenge --- bonus points for using orange in your projects!

First up - a sympathy card. I prefer "thinking of you" cards because they're more versatile. Orange tri-fold card, ribbon woven through the front piece of printed cardstock, then attached this little metal butterfly to the scalloped circle. I love these SU punches, one of my fave purchases. Inside the first flap, a brown shimmer paper that I just love. Open the second flap and you have the whole card to write in.
Men's b-day card. Hard to see, but TSN is springing from the TV and Have a great day is stamped under it... yes boys, you can watch sports all day, it's your birthday!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Birdcage veil ingredients

More goodies for Jamie's wedding. I made her earrings some time ago - pearls with swarovsky crystals, very purty. Now it's time to make a little birdcage veil. Jamie isn't a fan of roses, so got this flower instead, looks like a gardenia. Add feathers and french netting and we're good to go.

But wait - we have a treasure... you can't see them very well, but in this second photo are some crystals sprinkled on the netting. Mom gave me a a cute little plastic heart container last time I visited, saying maybe we could use these for Jamie's wedding somehow. We're going to use them to make the center of the flower sparkle. The finished veil for Jamie will be a combination of Something Old and Something New. I can hardly wait to put this together!