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.