Monday, May 4, 2015

Flower Pot Card

The end of this calendar year is arriving very fast and many products are retiring.  So, for the next week I'm going to make a card featuring some retired products.

 Tonight I made a  Flower Pot card using the tutorial from splitcoaststampers

The base for the flower pot card is Baked Brown sugar cardstock, which was decorated with Park Lane DSP on the front.  Natural 5/8" Chevron ribbon tied around the top of the card keeps it closed.

Three flowers from the stamp set "Mixed Bunch" are stamped using Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantalope, and Coastal Cabana inks.  They are punched using the coordinating punch, the Blossom Petal Punch.  The center of each flower  stamped with Hello Honey ink,are punched with the 3/4" circle punch and adhered to the flower using a dimensional.  A clay button is also adhered to each of the flower centers.


The flowers are adhered to the top of the card which slides into the flower pot at the back.

The sentiment is from "Many More Thanks"

Here are the products used to make the card:
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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Eggshell Mosaic Technique - Technostamper 361

It`s finally nice to have some time to just make cards and do some challenges.  I`ve been so busy the last few months with craft shows, classes, tutoring sessions that I just haven`t had the time for anything else.

Today was such a beautiful day, that I started outside this morning splitting perennials and getting ready for a plant sale the end of May.  My son had done the digging last night, and today I split the plants and put them in little pots.  The sun felt so warm, the birds were singing, and you could almost hear the trees bursting out in bud.

But this afternoon, I came inside and started mading cards.  I wanted to make a card using the Eggshell Mosaic background technique as I am doing that in class this week.  Splitcoaststampers have a wonderful tutorial that I followed, except I used reinkers instead of alcohol inks.

I`ve been saving eggshells since Christmas, and the shells are well disinfected and dry, so I don`t have to worry about the students getting ill with Salmonella.




 

 I made a 5 by 5`square card using Old Olive as my base, matted with Whisper White, and then Flowerpot DSP.

I used the tutorial to make the Eggshell mosaic background, starting by die cutting an oval using Vanilla Coasterboard.  It was fun breaking the eggshells onto this oval which had matte Modgepodge all over it.  I made quite a mess!

Instead of using Alcohol Inks, I used Reinkers - Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, and Pink Pirouette.  The eggshells were sprayed with 90% rubbing alcohol before applying the reinkers, and again after.  I just allowed the eggshells to dry at room temperature, but the process could be increased by using a heating tool (very cautiously).  Prior to applying the gloss Modgepodge I sprayed the background with a glitter spray, and when this was dry I applied the Modgepodge.

It took about an hour for the background to dry, but when it did, the edges were sponged with Tempting Turquoise ink, and matted with a Tempting Turquoise oval die cut using the Oval framelits.  The mosaic background was adhered to the die cut using dimensionals.

Close up of Eggshell Mosaic background

To add interest to the eggshell background, I added some tiny pink pirouette flowers punched with the flower punch, and rhinestones were placed in their centers.

Behind the oval focal point, an Old Olive banner was embossed with the Zigzag embossing folder, and the edges then sponged with Old Olive ink.

The sentiment is from Butterfly Basics, die cut using the smallest of the Ovals Framelit.

Here are the supplies I used:

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In addition, I used:
  • Matte Modgpodge
  • Glossy Nodgpodge
  • 90% rubbing alcohol
  • Home made glimmer mist
  • Eggshells

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Craft Event at Peterborough Public Library

Today's event at the Peterborough Public Library was a disappointing event.  Although my sales were not bad, the attendance was poor. 
Despite heavy advertising, only 150 people attended this event - 100 less than last year.  To say the organizers were upset puts it mildly.

I was able to book a second booth because there was a cancellation of a vendor at the last moment - so I had 2 tables side by side.  Believe me when I say that I made full use of this space.

When a local craft store closed, I was able to purchase 2 large crates, and a shelf unit, which is used in this event.  You'll see them in the pictures below.  These items enabled me to build my display up rather than across.

What sold today?  Mother's Day cards, baby cards, owl book marks, telephone/address books, decorated note pads, stepper box, magnets, and a few other assorted items.  I was rather disappointed that the Mother's Day baskets did not sell.  However, I had the foresight to not label them as Mother's Day baskets, but rather a more generic "thinking of you".  I can now sell them in a craft show in the middle of May.

Here are some pictures:





I am tired, and I am disappointed!
However, a contributing factor, I believe, is the weather. 
Today's weather was absolutely gorgeous!!  It was the warmest day of the week, and if I weren't a vendor at a craft show I too would be spending time outdoors.  

Well, on to planning for the next show in 2 weeks.
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