Friday, December 12, 2008

Big projects, part 2

My friend and fellow crafter, Sarah, recently requested an order of 40 holiday cards for her coworkers at Allan Hancock College. After tossing around several ideas that would fit her budget, we landed on the design of ornaments hanging from ribbon, all in Hancock blue and yellow.

I was fortunate enough to have two circle punches of just the right sizes, so I didn't have to cut out all the circles with scissors...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Big projects, part 1

I've had my hands full with custom orders lately, which is why I haven't had time to blog about my latest projects... Now that I've finished one of the two biggest orders, I can share it with you.

A friend from church asked me to make ornaments for all the children in our congregation. It turned out that when she called, I happened to be making paper ornaments with my mom, so I had several ideas to draw from. I chose this old-fashioned fan ornament with scalloped edges. I made 42 of these, complete with the kids' names, our church's name, and the year.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A special gift

Yesterday, I received a wonderful gift in the mail: a handmade stitchery hoop from my friend Flo. I am very touched by her creativity and craftsmanship -- embroidery (and all fabric crafts) is something I love and admire but don't have the patience for... Thank you, dear friend! This will have a place of honor in my craft room!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A card for all seasons

I made these two cards with one of my newest stamp sets. I love how versatile the tree is with its leaves, flowers, snowflakes, and little birdie (I didn't use the bird in these cards).

I sent this one to my mom for her birthday... (the colors are off because I photographed it in my kitchen at night)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

New trick

I recently learned how to use a setting on my digital camera to help improve the colors in my card photos. A professional photographer told me about the "custom white balance" setting, which allows the user to tell the camera what white should look like in the current lighting. This is particularly handy for me because I've been relying on the indirect lighting in my dining room for my Etsy photos, but the light is changing with the seasons. I've noticed that my photos look a little dim at times and some light blues are the most difficult to capture....

Observe the difference between the automatic setting on my camera ("before") and the custom white-balance setting ("after"):



The colors look less washed out in the second photo -- hurray! The only problem is that I now want to go back and re-photograph all my cards in my store. Unfortunately (fortunately?) I don't have that kind of time!

(The box in this post is the gift set that I plan to upload to Etsy today or tomorrow -- eight mini cards with eight polka-dot envelopes and eight gift tags -- made with one of my newest stamp sets.)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

More seasonal designs

I recently made a couple of fall-themed thank-you cards using my newest Stampin' Up! stuff...

When my mom and my aunt visited a couple of weeks ago, they noticed a cute pinwheel flower in a catalog and were wondering about how to make it. Well, for their thank-you cards, I figured out how to construct it using a scalloped-square-punch and a brad.

I've also been scrambling to produce more Christmas cards on top of making cards, ornaments, and decorations for an article in the New Times Holiday Guide (and then writing that article). I'll share those designs soon...

I can't complain at all--I love having deadlines, and I am thoroughly enjoying every minute I get to spend on crafts, and I'm thoroughly enjoying every minute I spend with my daughter.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Space mobile

I finished it! I made four of these mobiles, and I couldn't be happier with how they came out. One is already claimed, I'm keeping one, and I'll offer two on my store (I'll upload them in the next couple of days, as soon as I figure out how to package and ship them!).

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Ornament No. 1

I just have to share my squeals of delight!!! I love this ornament! I loved it when I saw it in the Stampin' Up! catalog, and I was sorely tempted to buy the kit. But then I thought that I could probably figure out how to make it from scraps of paper. Sure enough, 25* circle punches and 35 minutes later, I made my own adorable ornament! I'm going to feature this style of ornament (but made out of a secret ingredient) in the upcoming New Times/Santa Maria Sun Holiday Guide.

*I counted wrong -- it takes 20 circles to make this ornament.

Updated Christmas preview--lots of photos

If you'd like to pre-order any of these cards, e-mail me or contact me through my Etsy store, and I'll send you a price list (they're priced in singly and in sets of 4, 8, and 12, but you can request as many as you want/need and I'll work out prices for you). I'll make the cards and create a reserved listing for you in my Etsy store. Give me about two weeks to complete your pre-order.

I've also added some notes about the cards, since these are my prototypes and I've got some limited quantities of these specific papers and/or ribbon. Plus, I have some new supplies on the way, so I'll continue to upload new samples as I make them.

I also plan to upload different cards to my store as inspiration strikes me, so keep checking in...

I also have some lovely new striped wide ribbon on order. I'll make a new sample when I get it

The blue background has stamped swirls in an off-white ink, but I broke that ink pad (yes, it's possible!) and will use white ink in future cards

I plan to group the trees a little closer together, and I also have more traditional Christmas printed papers to use for the trees. Let me know which you'd prefer.

I don't have much of this red background paper left, so subsequent cards will be made with a red paper with subtle darker red snowflakes or polka dots.

E (gift card pocket on the inside left)
Limited paper quantities (I could probably make 6 to 8 of these)

(I will also use a wider version of this ribbon)

(Limited ribbon supply -- I can make 2 to 4 more with this exact ribbon)



(I can also make this design on a moss green card)



M (the "merry" is part of a set of stickers -- each one is different)






Back in August, my sister-in-law and I began talking about Christmas designs. Since then, I've been having fun coming up with cards that she would like, that I could make dozens of, and that I could also sell on Etsy.