Friday, August 28, 2015

Christmas Penguins or Elephants?

Hello!  In an effort to gear up for the holidays, I started making some Christmas cards.  Now that I have reduced my stamp stash, I have more time to use the stamps I've neglected for so long.  I held onto some Wild Rose Studio stamps cause they are just too cute and I felt I never gave them the attention they needed.

Here are some Christmas elephants.  I stamped them on to watercolor cardstock and colored in the image with Copics.  I used distress inks to water color in the background.  Then of course I realized I didn't have to stamp the one on the left onto watercolor cardstock since I didn't do anything with the background, just kept it really simple.  Coloring on water colorcardstock with Copics not as smooth looking as the X-press It cardstock.  But overall I like how these turned out.  I also stamped some stars and heat embossed them in white.  There's some glittery-ness to the stars but difficult to see on here.

And here are the cute penguins.  I love these images!  So same process here with stamping onto watercolor cardstock, coloring the images with Copics and using distress inks to watercolor the background.  Then I stamped the stars again.  I left the inside of the cards blank.  I was gonna stamp a sentiment on the inside but then changed my mine and will leave that up to the person who uses these cards. 

It was another hot day today!  Sweating in this heat should count as some sort of exercise.  I can not do anything without perspiring.  Even washing the dishes or coloring in some image!  I don't think it's gonna let up soon either.  I need another fan.

Hope you are doing well.  Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Halloween shaker tags

Hello!  Well, it is still very humid these days with lots of rain in between.  Hope the winds come back soon so I can craft more.  It's hard to sew in hot weather! 

Here is my first set of shaker tags.  I used the tag dies from MFT and the sentiment and bat are from PTI.  I added some micro beads and sequins from Doodlebug.

Here is a set of spiders, also from PTI.  I thought these would look more fun with those wiggly eyes.

This is the back of the tags.  I think these would look cute to dress up some special goody bags.  The green ribbon is looped so you could easily tie them on to any treat bags.

I just got in these cute silver star sequins.  They are tiny too.  I'll be listing it in my Etsy shop on September 1st.  I think I will try to schedule any new listings for the first of the month just to keep myself from getting overwhelmed.

Thanks for stopping by!




Friday, August 21, 2015

fabric wine bottle bags

Hello!  Wow, it is a hot day today!  It's actually been very hot every day the past few weeks and I can't wait til it starts to cool down.  It's hard to craft or sew or do anything in this weather.

Anyway, today I'm sharing my fabric wine bottle bags.  I looked at a few tutorials online to see about sizing.  A lot of choices come up in a simple Google search.  So these bags will fit a standard 750 ml size bottle.  Not those huge Costco size ones.

Here is my first pair.  The fabric for all these bags are from Penny Rose Little Joys.  They have that vintage look.  But they also remind me of Japanese fabric prints.  So cute.  I paired them with Avery Elle's Cheers stamp set and used just a couple of sentiments on the kraft tags.  I got a great deal, I think, on this stamp set since it was on sale and shipping was only a couple of dollars or so from Scrapbook.com.  I'm surprised at how some places will charge more than $6 for shipping on one stamp set.  Just doesn't seem worth it and makes me empty my shopping cart and look else where.

This is my second pair.  I had to just switch the fabrics because my hubby didn't have too many bottles of liquor on hand that would fit.  So it's the same 2 bottles.  I love this print too.

I wasn't sure if I should leave the top up or cuff them down.  I kind of like showing the inner fabric too.  I just got different fabric so maybe I'll make more of these.  I might list them on my etsy store or not.  Ha, I haven't decided yet.  I think I would take these to my next craft fair.  Each set would include the bag, tag and ribbon to make gift giving a little easier.  You have to provide the wine!  Or your choice of beverage!

Thanks so much for visiting today!


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

quilted potholders & FREE shipping for sale items!

Hello!  Finally sharing some of the potholders I've been making.  I sold all the Christmas potholders at the last craft fair.  I had used Penny Rose Little Joys fabric line and a couple of nice ladies fell in love with the vintage look of them.  I love the Little Joys print too so I'm gonna make a few more but then that's the end of my Little Joys stash. 

Here is my stack of potholders.  I used Penny Rose Milk, Sugar & Flower line for these.  I love the prints on these too.  They are so pretty.

I'm not gonna share each print cause that would just take too long but this one is one of my favorite prints.  I love that they look like mini quilted blankets.  I hand sewed the binding on each potholder.  I just like the look of that more than seeing the stitches all around the binding when you use a sewing machine. 

They each have a little handle also in case you wanna hang them up.  I think these birdies are sweet too.

They have a different print on the back side and I realize I should've taken a photo of that too. 

Anyway, I still have a lot of gently used items for sale under my sale tab at the top of my blog.  So in an effort to do more cleaning out of my stash, I will offer FREE shipping on orders of $10 or more.  US orders only.

Just email me craftingthisandthat@gmail.com.  Check it out and hopefully you'll find something!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

   

Friday, August 14, 2015

more sequins!

Hello!  So sorry, I am not very good with blogging these days.  I spent about 2 weeks sewing 8 tote bags in 3 different sizes.  Two more tote bags to go.  I also sewed up 6 pot holders and 4 fabric wine bags.  Lots to share but not today.  Ha, I'm not ready yet. 

The only thing I can share today is the sequins I just got and sorted.  Yes, I sort the sequins!  It's pretty time consuming and also gives me a sore back and shoulder.  But I don't want to pack up those tiny broken bits that are floating in the package and I try to pick out the deformed ones.

These are super tiny 3 mm flower shaped sequins.  Or confetti or glitter or whatever you'd like to call them.  They are so cute.

I just listed them in my etsy store.

Oh, did I blog about this one?  I love these too.  They are super tiny about 1 mm.  They are tiny little beads you can also mix into your shaker cards with sequins.  Or use them in resin crafts.  I think some people even put these on their nails!

I have other items to list as well.  I got my next batch of clothespins in white, pink and blue.  Just need to photo and list.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Next time I will share my potholders/wine bags.


Monday, August 3, 2015

kawaii supplies -- sequins!

Hello!  Just wanted to share that my Etsy store is open again.  There are less cards available so I'll have to make more.  But I did add in another section called kawaii supplies and my first additions are tiny little sequins.

These are 5 mm snowflake sequins.  They are very sparkly, tiny and so cute.  I can imagine lots of Christmas themed shaker cards with these.  I am still experimenting with taking photos of sequins.  So hard to get just the right lighting and then not to make them overblown during the photo editing.

These are about 3-4 mm stars and hollow stars.  These are very cute too.

Here is a pink version of the stars and hollow stars mix.  Again, these are tiny.

And the last set I added are pink hearts and hollow hearts.  They are also about 3-4 mm.  If you're interested in these just click on my Etsy store found on the side bar.

I'm hoping to add more supplies into my store and still also make handmade products.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

craft fair review

Hello!  I am taking a break from house chores.  Plus it is just too hot and humid to clean.  But I know the house has long been neglected while I crafted and packed and crafted and packed some more for the craft fair.  After I organized all my inventory, I cleaned my craft area and even wiped up the floor.  Amazingly dirty.  Hopefully I can get to vacuuming tomorrow and maybe some more laundry.

Anyway, for the most part, I think I enjoyed the craft fair.  There was a lot of waiting around but at least my hubby and daughter were there to keep me company.  I don't know how people can do this on their own.  It's nice to have some support especially when it gets busy. 

I finally met Linda from the Sister Stamps DT too.  And I met another person who mentioned she reads my blog!  How nice!  I wish I had asked her for her name.  But you know, I am kind of socially slow so hopefully next time.  It's a nice feeling to know others read my ramblings and I'm thankful for that.  So don't be shy if you do see me at a fair, say something!  Hmm, I should do some thing for people that mention my blog.  That would be fun.  I am thinking there could be a couple more fairs in the future for me this year.  Someplace indoors and with AC of course.  I'll let you know.

Here is my cute last minute logo.  I am thinking next time I will maybe iron on my image and name onto the table cloth so it looks less hobo and more professional.  Plus my table cloth was too short.  But oh well, gotta use what you have.

Here is the "used" section of my table.  Some people didn't get the concept of "surprise" and wanted to open the paper packs!  Was I mean to say no?  But I didn't want the bags to rip.  Trust me, there's nice paper in there!  But I still have lots of used items to sell.  My for sale tab is updated at the top of my blog if you're interested.

Sequins and clothespins, pretty popular.  I'll be adding the sequins into my Etsy shop, maybe at the end of the week?  And I have more clothespins on order too.

Handstamped metal items and earrings, not as popular but it's okay.  I know people are gonna want these soon like at Xmas time.

Sterling silver jewelry.

All my joy bags are gone for now.  They sold before the doors opened so no one saw them!  I'm glad some of my potholders found nice homes. 

Most of my cards are gone and all of my calendars too.  Yay for the people that bought them! 

Also had another bin of ribbon keychains and felt pins.  I have a lot of things I want to accomplish after I clean the house.  I'm working on sewing some fabric wine bags.  We don't drink wine but other people do, right?  I think those would be cute to give as Xmas gifts, and I might include some ribbon and handstamped tag or mini card.  Looks so cute in my imagination! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!