Friday, May 28, 2010

Stamp Camp Card Exchange #2

I made 14 cards to exchange next week at stamp camp. I used my new Stampin' Up "Peddling Past" stamp set along with a Hero Arts sentiment set I won from Maura & Sheila. I also used CTMH papers, K & Co paper lace ribbon, Avery shipping tags, and some buttons. I hope the ladies will like them!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Summer Birthday Cards!

Summery birthday card for Jeff's best friend's sister, Kim, using Basic Grey patterned paper, pom pom trim from Walmart, EK Success punch, G Studio Sweet Stamp.
Birthday card for Jeff's niece, Jenna, using Cuttlebug die and embossing folder, foam sticker, googly eyes, CTMH birthday stamp, and my new Smooch shimmer spritz.
Birthday card for Jeff's nephew, Justin, using cuttlebug embossing folder, CTMH birthday stamp, foam sticker, and Colorbok wheel brads.

Birds, Bees & Winged Things ATCs

Here are the Birds & Bees ATCs that I made for my May swap in the In My Vintage Room Yahoo group. I love the DCWV Mariposa paper stack...along with some gel medium, prima flowers, some bird cage diecuts courtesy of Ginger's Cricut machine spritzed with my new Smooch Log Cabin Spray from Stampin' Up, other random doo-dads, ric-rack, and lovely bits, and some bird images from a Cosmo Cricket sheet of paper turned into these beauties. I even made an extra for me to add to my own collection. :o)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Festival of Windmills!

Well, Ginger and I got to St. Mary's in Amsterdam to set up around 9:15 am....and around 4:30 began to pack up. We were a little disappointed (yet again) at the turnout, but at least we got to visit with each other. We got alot of nice compliments on our work and a good response in general, but not a great sell through at all. Again, at least we won't have to do much to replenish our inventory for the next one, whenever that will be. These craft fairs seem like a lot of work for little return on time and investment--but I guess that's why you have to love your craft and just enjoy sharing it with others any way that you can--and I thankfully do. :o)

More Craft Fair Creations!

Here are more twinchie boxes and circle tile pendants that I made for the Festival of Windmills Craft Fair in Amsterdam, NY. I only sold one of my boxes and have quite a few pendants left, so if you happen to see one you like, feel free to post a message and I'd be happy to mail them out. I was charging $3.00 per trinket box, or 2 for $5.00 and $8.00 per necklace on a ball chain or 2 for $12.00.

April Showers LFB

Here is the little fat book page that I made for Fran's April Showers swap in the In My Vintage Room Yahoo Group. The pink umbrella paper on the back is actually vintage wrapping paper from the Washington County Antique Show, and its flocked! I have to admit, the back is a bit lame otherwise because I just put a few spring-y Jolee's boutique stickers on it to finish it off. I didn't want to cover too much of the pretty paper!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

November LFBs

Here are the dozen November LFBs I created for Ginger's In My Vintage Room Yahoo group's 12 Months of LFBs swap. I got assigned November and decided to commemorate Veteran's Day instead of going with perhaps the more obvious Thanksgiving theme. We will each get one of each month out of this swap, completing a whole year's worth of LFBs into one cute little book. Glad I finished in time for the exchange, June 5th.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Exciting News! My first Twinchie Box Custom Order!

After the Galway Fire Department craft fair last Saturday, I stopped at a small antique store on Rt 29 in Galway called Wisteria Lane. It's a sweet shabby chic store and I came to find out that the owner is very supportive of local artists and always looking for new and interesting things that fit in with the look and feel of her store. It just so happened that she loved my little trinket boxes and ordered a dozen for me to tailor to what appeals to her customers most: birds, cats, dogs, flappers and older vintage women. I'm so excited to have my first custom order to fill. I finished these and plan to drop them off on my way to work tomorrow. I'm hoping they will be just what she envisioned and more!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Mystery Blog Giveway goes to....

Helen Bosherini, thanks for reading my blog! Your package containing a little bit of trendy and a little bit of vintage will go in the mail today! Trendy includes Colorbok Rub Ons, DCWV Butterflies & Blossoms Glitter and Foil paper, Prima flowers, and buttons. It should all coordinate to make beautiful cards. Vintage includes antique music papers in French and English, Russian and English children's primer pages, old year book and movie book pages, manilla tags, and a handmade glass tile necklace with a vintage image. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

My New, Shabby Chic Bathroom Decor

I just purchased this 11x14 vintage ad from Wisteria Lane Antique Store on Route 29 in Galway on Saturday and it inspired my whole design. It's a 1926 ad in Ladies' Home Journal for Mum Deodorant and I thought it was so cute and has all the colors I wanted to incorporate for a nice light summery bathroom redo.
I purchased the frame, vase, flowers, green moss, burlap fabric scrap, candles and soap holder at Walmart yesterday to put together a little grouping of knickknacks for decoration.

The shower curtain, bath mats, and yellow hand towels came from Kmart. And over all the look is the light shabby chic decor I was going for. I'm so happy with how this came out! Best of all, I was able to freshen up the look of the room without the tediousness of repainting it.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

My First Craft Show!

It feels like I've spent every spare waking minute in the last week preparing for this day...and while, I tried not to get my hopes up, the weather and the turn out for my first craft show in Galway today left much to be desired. Ginger, and a few other friends turned out to support me, but even my supporters were fewer in numbers than I'd hoped. It's Mother's day weekend and alot of other events around neighboring communities probably effected the lack of people arriving, as well as all the chilly rain. I guess at least now I won't have as much work to catch myself up in replenishing inventory for May 22nd's Festival of Windmills Craft Fair in Amsterdam with Ginger! Here are some photos of how my table looked all set up!

Friday, May 7, 2010

More Greeting Cards for tomorrow's craft fair!

I've been at it all day...and here are some more cards for my craft fair tomorrow. I sold all but two of my Mother's Day cards on Tuesday night so I focused on those for the most part...this time around using all different brands of stamps, papers, and supplies.

Twinchie Trinket Boxes for Craft Fair

I started with these blank two inch paper mache boxes that came in kraft and cream. Then I punched patterned paper or images into two inch squares to decorate the tops of the little boxes.
These are the tops of all 34 trinket boxes after the decorative paper has been trimmed closer to size and attached and sealed on with matte gel medium.

After the gel medium dried, the fun part was choosing various jewels, buttons, flowers and doo-dads to adorn the tops of the boxes.
Finally, I cut squares of quilter's batting to fit inside each one to cushion and protect the necklaces customers may or may not choose to put inside.
And voila! In one day I have a great set of little trinket boxes to sell at Galway's craft show tomorrow!

My first vendor fair!!!

Ginger was kind enough to go along with me to Burnt Hills this past Tuesday night and lug a table and chairs and her beautiful CTMH product inspired demo creations for me to use to set up my first vendor fair table. I had a great first time out, and although I would have liked to sell more of course, I am even more psyched to see how everything goes at tomorrow's craft fair in Galway. It was definitely a fun Ladies Night!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

It's a Mystery! Blog Giveaway

I'm excited, because I don't win things often, but I won Maura & Sheila's National Scrapbooking Day blog giveway which was an adorable and versatile sentiment stamp set from Hero Arts. In the spirit of giving and celebrating the hobbies we all love so much, I would like to pay it forward and share with one lucky winner a mystery supply package. All you have to do is leave a comment connected to this blog entry by Friday May 14th at 12pm eastern time.
In your comment, answer the following question: If you won the mystery package, which of the following would you be most excited to find inside: A one of a kind packet of vintage ephemera for collage and altered art, or some trendy more mainstream goodies for scrapping and stamping projects (or a little of both!) ?
Good luck and Happy creating!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Treasure Hunting

Here's a group shot of all the great treasures I found at the Washington County Antique Show and Flea Market on Saturday. Each item has already found a home in my kitchen, on my dining room hutch, or my living room fireplace mantel.
But some of my most exciting finds lie within the pages of those beat up old books. Photos of early movie stars, a child's primer in Russian, sheet music with the lyrics in French, an early 1900s Speller, and an unused workbook. The ephermera motherload, I might call it. I can't wait to post the creations I come up inspired by those hundred year old sheets of history.