Thursday, September 29, 2011

crafts for sale! :)

One of my favorite childhood books is, Caps For Sale.  I don't have any caps for sale, but I will have some CRAFTS for sale, (but hopefully I won't have to balance them on my head, and hopefully they won't be stolen by monkeys . . .if you're confused, read the book!) Next month my church is having a craft fair and I've decided to have a booth.  My plan was to try and sell of the 200 or so cards that are sitting ALL OVER MY HOUSE.  But I've gone a little crazy, making OTHER things to sell as well.  Hopefully they will sell, otherwise I'll have a lot more than just cards sitting around!
The Christmas tags are about the only things (other than cards) that are fully packaged and ready to go. There are assorted patterns of paper, but they all have a red base, and extra twine for hanging. I LOVE the way these turned out!

a mini composition book.  these books are a little less sturdy than the ones shown below.  I think I'm going do do some kid-themed ones, and package them with a few crayons.

 Thanksgiving Place Cards . . . .loved pulling out my old Kim Hughes stamps from Cornish Heritage Farms, to make these.  They took some time, with all the cutting - but I enjoyed it.  I'll probably sell them for less than what my time is worth, but I had fun - so it's okay!
 A full sized composition book.  I have one all packed and ready to go, but I forgot to photo it.  This one is sort of a vacation/beach theme - a vacation or summer journal maybe????
 another set of Christmas gift tags.  These will have self adhesive on the back.  Pretty quick and simple.  I'm hoping to make up a bunch more of these.  I wasn't originally planning to sell them in the tin, but they might be kind of cute - a tin of tags?????
These are the "nicer" mini composition books.  They have the nice binding on them, and they are a little more detailed.  I love the way they turned out!!!

I haven't finished them yet, to photograph them, but I've done a bunch of candy pails (like the plain pail shown above) They are decorated and have lots of ribbon tied on them.  I'm going to fill some with candy, and some with crayons.  I'll show them to you when they're ready!!!!  I have a few other projects I am hoping to get done.  I still have some time!

This has been a great project to use up a lot of STUFF. . .patterned paper that's been sitting around, and the MASSIVE tangle of baker's twine that a couple of friends and I bought in bulk.  :)  I promise I'll share more pictures when it gets closer!!!

Also, speaking of SALE. . .I still have stamps for sale at 2Peas - you can find the threads here:
assorted stamps for sale
Close To My Heart stamps for sale
PM me at 2Peas if you are interested, or email me at TomatoL at aol dot com.

(project goodies: patterned paper on all of these projects is October Afternoon, all cardstock is Discount Cardstock,  felt pineapple - Sassafras Lass, Thanksgiving stamps - Cornish Heritage Farms, to/from and "just a note" stamps - The {Stamps} of Life, "tooty fruity. . " stamp - My Favorite Things, frame stamps on mini comps - Gina K)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

my heart is spinning. . .for markers!

Remember those Touch Twin markers I told you about last week? The ones I am wishing for? Well. . . .it's not a lot, but I did win TWO of them this past week!  Remember to visit their blog every day for a chance to win!  I actually had a very winning weekend, because I also won a set of baker's twine, in The Twinery blog hop! Pretty exciting! :)
Anyway, back on track - this week's challenge is a color challenge.  I used my dear friend, Angie's markers, and it was really fun! I also used brand new stamps from The Cat's Pajamas  and of course, coordinating cardstock from Discount Cardstock.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

CPS ketchup

No, not THAT kind of ketchup. . . .CATCHUP.  I just wanted to get your attention!
I have a few CPS cards that I haven't posted here yet. . . .so here they are, for your daily procrastination from whatever you (and I) should be doing.

 This first card was last week's. . .I think.  Our sponsor was EAD Designs.  They make the MOST FABULOUS rub-ons and stickers.  I used stickers on this card. (Aren't they COOL!?!)  They are really thin, and smooth, and you can hardly tell they are stickers at all! LOVE THEM.  Check out EAD Designs HERE!
 I have LOVED this sock stamp since the day I saw it! Unity Stamp Co sponsored us a few weeks ago, and we could choose two of their Itty Bitties.  I chose this one, as well as the stamps in the card below.  Tons of fun, and I loved the way this bright crazy colors came together.  Visit Unity Stamp Co HERE!

I also used Unity Stamps here, along with jewels from Want2Scrap.  These are from their Nestabling collection - they fit about a million sizes of Nestability dies, but as you can see, they are terrific even if you don't have dies to use.  Check out Want2Scrap HERE!

All cardstock I used was from Discount Cardstock, and the ink is Clearsnap's Stephanie Barnard Collection.  (Those ink pads are so juicy and fabulous!!!!)

Have a BEAUTIFUL week!!!!! I've decided to break my rule, and get out our little bucket of Fall decorations before October 1st.  So THAT is what I am off to do!!!! xoxoxo

Thursday, September 22, 2011

loved and unloved . . .

I have QUITE the stash of October Afternoon papers and goodies, leftover from my stint as a "Designers We Love" at OA.  Apparently, somewhere along the way, us "designers they loved" were dropped, without a word,  but at least I have this big fat box of papers to ease my disappointment!  These are just two REALLY quick cards I made, using Campfire papers.  I have been a busy little bee making cards, and little goodies for the craft fair at my church next month.  Not too many cards, since I have about 200 of them already, but I needed a few more masculine looking cards for the selling-stash.

And now, onto my treasured Scenic Route paper.  I was THE saddest person the day I found out that Scenic Route was closing its doors.  I have HOARDED this paper ever since, but really, I NEED to use it up, and purge the stash of unused products.  SO, I have been making up card sets, using this super simple paper-strip design, with cute simple sentiments from Tami Mayberry's stamp set at Gina K.  I LOVE the hodge-podge feeling of the papers together, and the way all the cards come together in the set, coordinating . . .but NOT coordinating.  And it feels AWESOME to use up all this paper.  So far I've made about 40 of these cards.  (And yes, I am getting pretty sick of them now!)

I was going to use these sets as Christmas gifts, for teachers and such.  But I think I'll try to sell them first! If they don't sell, I'll have built-in gifts, but if they DO, it's not big deal to whip up some more simple card sets later in the year!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

this and that!

A few quick things today!
First up, you can find some instructions on how to make this fun back to school ensemble, that I made, on the Discount Cardstock blog.  (You'll also find a link to it, in my new TUTORIALS tab right underneath my blog banner.)

Also, I was blogging on my mom's Close To My Heart blog this week, and I shared this autumn card.  You can get the full scoop, on her blog!

And let's see. . . because I feel like giving you a BUNCH of cards today, here's a quick and simple card I made using some OLD Kim Hughes stamps, from Cornish Heritage Farms.  I colored my little germs with colored pencils, and added some purple twine from The Twinery.  Can't get much more clean and simple than this, but I LOVE it.  (Which either means, I am SUPER LAZY, or super minimalist! Or both!)

Okay, gotta go wrangle my toddler man, who is walking around with sticky pumpkin muffin fingers!!!! 
Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

what? what's that you say?

You say she blogged yesterday AND today? (too much Dr. Seuss in this house, I tell ya!)

So, I can't even SAY the last time I did a card simply for a blog challenge.  I do what I "need" to do - assignments, publication calls, and maybe some Christmas gifts, or a card that I need.  That's about IT.  But. . .you see, there are these markers.  These fabulous, make me swoon MARKERS.  If you know me, you know I don't color on my cards, hardly at ALL.  I'm a paper-piecer.  I LOVE paper-piecing.  But I think my love of paper-piecing grew because I didn't have great markers.  It was out of necessity!  But now, i am pining for the ShinHan Touch Twin Markers. . . .and they are giving some away.  (Which I shouldn't even TELL you, because you'll spoil my chances! ha!)

BUT for the sake of my pathetic cause, I stepped right up and made a card for their challenge. . .make a card with a PERSON, and color it with markers.  Easy enough.  (Except I had to hunt for a person.  People aren't always easy to paper-piece, so I don't HAVE lots of people in my stamp stash!) But I found this cute stick figure from Close To My Heart, and I pulled out the ten year old Tombow markers.  They streak, and they don't blend, and they just aren't magical (and I am quite sure that the Touch Twin markers ARE magical.)  And this, dear friends, is what I made.  My go-to colors of aqua and green, Jillibean Soup papers, and this cute little guy.  (The sentiment and circle are from The {Stamps} of Life. Something else I RARELY do - combine stamp companies!)

So there ya go, my card with a person colored in marker, for the Touch Twin Marker challenge.  (And by the way, can I just mention this is the ONLY challenge I'm entering this card in? It's seriously driving me crazy how people create one card, and it's literally for like 15 challenges.  Come on.  Let's not be ridiculous people.  Two challenges, fine. Even three I can deal with, but stop workin' the system! Sorry if I offended you, but it's REALLY aggravating me!) Okay, I've rambled, I've rhymed, I've vented, and I've earned a chance to win markers.  Pretty good for one blog post.  ;)  (And a blog post which happened the day AFTER another blog post - two in a row baby!)
Happy weekend!!!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

a little more BOO for you!

Okay, so the days are just WHIZZING by.  Seriously, how does this HAPPEN!? I looked at my blog, and thought - NO, it was not MONDAY that I blogged.  It was like - um, YESTERDAY.  But clearly, it was not.  So here I am, finally back again with a few more projects from the new TSOL Halloween stamps!
I gotta make this snappy, because I need to head out the door to get mr. first grader from school, in like, TWO MINUTES.  (Why do I finally get motivated to blog, when I DON'T have time to!?)
First up, a super simple treat bag - seriously, you could whip this up in like three minutes. Finish it off with some rockin' twine from The Twinery, and away you go!
 I am SO in love with embossing lately, ever since I got the Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx. . .clear embossing powder, and these inks are a DREAM to use!!!! I used the black on both of these cards, and it gives it such a sharp crisp look.

Okay - did I do it? Did I blog in TWO MINUTES!? (It's sort of a sad excuse of a blog post, but lots of pictures will hopefully make up for my quick little ramblings!)
Have a FABULOUS weekend. . . .I sure plan to!!!!
(Especially since I just cleaned almost my WHOLE house today. . .which should last all of like ONE hour, if I'm lucky! ha!)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Making up for lost time!

Echo, echo, echo. 
Me + blogging = nonexistent lately! 
Not sure why, but TODAY I have NEW goodies to share with you! The special release stamps from TSOL this month are FUN FUN FUN!!!! These two projects feature the new Halloween set.  It's a solid set, which I LOVE, because I am not the biggest, or best colorer (is that a word?) No fancy markers in this house (although, I'm pining for the ShinHan Touch Twin Markers!!!)
Okay, so anyway, a quick easy card. . .featuring Stephanie Barnard's new Colorbox ink from Clearsnap! (LOVE IT!!!)
On the treat can, I didn't have much luck stamping RIGHT ON the can (although the stars are stamped directly on it) but I stamped the pumpkin on orange cardstock, and adhered it to the can, which was WAY easier!!! I used Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inxs and embossed it.  LOVE the way this ink embosses!
The can is filled with candy corn (just don't tell anyone that it's LAST YEARS candy corn, and it went immediately in the garbage after I took this picture!) ha! It will be filled with NEW candy corn when I try to sell it at my church's craft fair next month!!!!

SO there you have it, head on over the The {Stamps} of Life to check out the amazing samples in the gallery, and to see the full sets for sale!!!!!  And then head over to the ShinHan Touch Twin marker blog, for info about their new CHALLENGES. . .you (I mean I) could win some MARKERS!!!! On second though, DON'T go. . .it gives ME a better chance of winning! {giggle giggle!}

Saturday, September 3, 2011

to the sweetest friend

Featuring those cute, cute stamps from Sweet Stamp Shop!  (Psst. . . head over to their blog for a coupon code for FREE SHIPPING THIS WEEKEND!!!!!) This is my card for this week's CPS sketch, number 233. I made the gumballs with a hole punch, using the tiniest scraps of my Echo Park paper! Not going to waste a smidgen of that stuff! :)
The boys are running wild around me. . .I wish you could see my living room right now (well, really, I'm SO glad you CAN'T.)  So really, I REALLY should go. Must. Supervise. The. Monkeys. ;)
Happy Long Weekend!

PS I blogged over on my mom's blog today! Check out my fall card, and some Halloween links! :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Hoot Hoot! It's September!

September 1st. . . .slowly creeping toward the fall. SLOWWWWLY creeping.  But these cutie patootie owls will be perfect whether you are creating for fall - or any other seaon!  Meet owls2love . . .Stephanie's newest stamp set at The {Stamps} of Life!

 On both of these cards, I made party hats out of the pennant flag from the banners4all set.  It was perfect!
Super cute puns and sentiments, in a super cute and easy to read font.  Stephanie ROCKS!  You can find the set over on the Products page of The {Stamps} of Life website.