Tuesday, November 24, 2015

2016 shaker calendars

Hello!  Wow, can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving!  I have to get some pies tomorrow and then cook on Thursday.  My youngest one always looks forward to Thanksgiving, mostly because he likes to eat everything!

After a little bit of procrastination today, I completed my chores.  Then I had an hour or so to finish up my shaker calendars. 

I love the new Mama Elephant release!  I went a little overboard and bought the dies too.  Usually I don't because they are so pricey but boy, they sure make cutting out everything easy.  I made 10 of these in total.  Eight of them are listed in my Etsy store.  Took me a little bit of trial and error to get them the way I wanted.

I filled up little clear bags with sequins, glitter and microbeads.  I think the clear bags allow the glitter to move around more freely.  I still used clear cardstock over the clear bags cause it is stronger and sturdier.  I didn't use any foam to pop up the top layer.

I think I got a little carried away filling up some bags than others.  You really don't need much to fill these up.

The back has the Tim Holtz's easel die.

Hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!  Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Grouchy Christmas cards

Hello!  I had a lot of fun at the last craft fair talking with one of the vendors next to us selling fabric.  She is so nice and friendly!  And wow, she sews very well!  I think we did fairly well at the fair.  Sold a lot of cards and sequins and a little of this and that.  Slowly dwindling down on my used stash of stamps and dies.  But I still have some!  Totally wish I could sell them all before Christmas but looks like they'll be taking up some floor space still.  I am thinking that was my last fair for the year.  I'll be trying to keep my Etsy store better updated and supplied.

A while ago I hurt my right hand.  More specifically my thumb.  Every now and then the pain comes back and now it's back.  I guess I have been crafting more but everyday activities aggravate it.  Stuff like turning on the car ignition, pouring water, typing, using my phone, cutting vegetables, etc.  Even now!  I really want to rest it but here I am taking photos, editing photos and blogging.  But I really want to share these funny and grouchy winter/Christmas cards.

You may have to click on the photos to see the sentiments.  But they just crack me up.  I made simple cards with these images and sentiments from Taylored Expressions.

These are the last two.  They really remind me of something Grumpy Cat would say.  She cracks me up too.

Anyway, I must go prep some meals now and use my thumb some more.  Hopefully I'll have some time to let it rest later.  Grateful it doesn't hurt too much to color!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, November 13, 2015

winter birthdays & my next craft fair

Hello!  The weather here has turned to rainy and breezy.  I like that more than hot & humid. 

I discovered at the last craft fair that people still search for birthday cards during winter.  Well, of course they do cause birthdays happen every day all year round.  So I added more birthday cards just in time for the next Rubberstamp Expo happening this Sunday, November 15 at NBC Hawaii Suite.

People were searching for boy birthday cards specifically and even cards for grown up guys.  I don't know, I don't think I make much guy stuff.  And also handmade items for boys.  I don't think I have too much stuff guys would buy.  I guess that is something to think about.  Anyway, I took out my favorite Sister Stamps birthday kids and made a couple of boy birthday cards.  Simple and sweet cards that didn't take me too long.

Of course I had to make some girl cards too. 

I made three of these because she's just about my favorite image and she has a cupcake! 

I know I should be making more cards or something but I was tired yesterday and just could not get myself to making anything.  We had a busy couple of days with the kids and their activities that wiped me out.  My hubby is still tired but he has to go into work so I'm lucky I can just veg out a bit.  I don't know how our kids do it!  I know they must be tired too.  But I read a quote the other day, A busy life is a blessed life.  So true, right?  

Hope to see some of you at the fair!  Please come up and say hello.  It's nice to see familiar faces as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

a bit of this and that

Hello!  I have a little bit of this and that to share today.  Thought I'd jam everything into one post in case I don't get a chance to share them later. 

Here are some of the Mama Elephant reindeer shaker tags I made.  I sold some at the last fair but I should've take a photo of all 24 together before selling them!  I think these are about the cutest reindeer ever.  If only I can get my hands on the dies soon, I can make more projects with these.

Here is another set of tags.  I added red stars in some shakers and then green stars in others.  I think the green stars were more popular and sold better.  Did you see that Mama Elephant is releasing a new stamp set with the Chinese zodiac animals?  The set is so cute and I can't wait to get those.

I made some graduation cards too using Sister Stamps Graduate stamp. 

Green is the school color of the university here.

And lastly, I made this necklace the other day with the symbol/kanji for beautiful.  This one is already spoken for.  I've been selling some sterling silver jewelry mostly at fairs but I am wanting to add jewelry back into my Etsy store. 

I also stamped some initials.  These would look cute on the chain as well.  I stamped these for my daughter's friends but they will be hanging on some bracelets instead.  Cute and simple Christmas presents.  I'm also waiting on some metal bookmark and keychain supplies and hopefully I'll have those at the next fair as well.  Seems like my crafty to do list is getting longer.

Thanks so much for stopping by!