Craft Fair Wrap-Up

Why did I sign up to do two craft fairs this month? I have no idea.

That’s how I roll sometimes, though! (Note: Sometimes = All the Time. As my long-suffering husband would tell you.)

I decided to up the difficulty level on this particular project by not ordering any additional Stampin’ Up! tools or supplies prior to the event. I could only use what I had on hand, as well as buying supplementary items that I could get locally (e.g., chapsticks for my chapstick holders).

Me at Vendor Splendor fair, November 3rd.

Here are the items I had for sale at the two fairs I attended – in addition to good old-fashioned greeting cards, which I was selling by the singles and in an acetate box as a five-pack.

Most of these projects were new for me, so I had lots of fun learning how to make them, and discovering along the way which ones were worth the time and effort, and which ones weren’t. Given more time (and more varied supplies), there is certainly no shortage of charming gift projects to make, and I found plenty of inspiration on the Craft Fairs, Stampin’ Style Facebook group.

I went for variety of products rather than huge quantity in any one product, which meant I sold out of a few things, including the beautiful candle cards below. On the second day of the two-day event, I had people coming back to my booth to ask about the candle cards they’d seen the previous day…. but they were all gone!

Front of candle card
Inside of candle card

I also sold out of the star photo albums I made several years ago, the last time I was doing craft fairs. Last time I offered these, they were not a hot item. I got them out of the box they were stored in, figuring I might as well give it a shot … and by noon on the second day, I had none left. You never know!

Surprise, surprise …. after making all those gift items, the biggest sellers were CARDS! I sold over 85 cards, in singles, trios, and 5-packs (which I packaged in clear acetate boxes).

Which of these projects would you like to make? Comment below, and I’ll share a tutorial in the coming weeks!

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Tutorial: Waterfall Card

I can’t believe I’ve never shared a waterfall card tutorial here before! The first time I made this card was for Mother’s Day last spring, and the beautiful DSP shown here is no longer available. However, read on and you’ll see the Christmas card I recently made with the same fold!

Cardbase: 8.5 x 5.5”

Cardstock ‘Puller Strip’ (same as card base): 9 ¾  x 2” – score at 2″, 2¾”, 3 ½”, and 4 ¼
Cardstock ‘Holder Strip’ (same as cardbase): 4 x 1.5”

DSP: 4 x 5.25”

4 White pieces: 2 ¾ x 1 ¾”
4 cardstock frames: 2 x 3” (can be same as cardbase, or different colour)

Attach the DSP to the front of your card. Set this piece aside.

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Stamp your four white pieces as desired and attach to the four frames. Put these aside.

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Burnish the score lines on the puller strip. Attach your puller strip to the holder strip, only along the right side of the holder strip (as shown with dotted line below).

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Attach each of your stamped images to the puller strip, applying adhesive only to the right side of each scoreline on the puller strip. (The green lines below show where to apply the adhesive.)

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Fold the long end of the puller strip behind the holder strip. Tag-punch the end and tie a short ribbon around the tag.

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Line up the pieces on the card as shown, so the holder strip lines up with the DSP and the tag doesn’t extend beyond the end of the card. Attach only at the top and bottom of the holder strip.

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Flip your waterfall several times so that it ‘flows’ easily before giving it to the recipient.

And here’s the Christmas card I made with the Making Christmas Bright stamp set. I used these awesome stamps to create a message that reads, “May your Christmas be merry and bright”!

 

Have you made any projects with the waterfall fold? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

 

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Mini Cards + Embossing Tip

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A few weeks ago I got to go see several of my theatre friends perform in a psychological thriller of a play, “Murder in Green Meadows”. Being a theatre person is so fun and keeps me busy, because the more productions I participate in, the more friends I make, and then I just HAVE to go see them in all the productions they participate in! And naturally, I had to make my friends some cards to congratulate them on their success!

I used the Broadway Birthday stamp set and the Broadway Bound DSP to make these cute mini-cards. The photo below shows the fabulous foil sparkle visible on every piece of this amazing DSP!

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I wanted to add some extra sparkle to my stamped image, so I decided to emboss the gold dots on the “Hooray” stamp. But the cardstock was so teeny, I would burn my fingers when I used the heat-embossing tool. Then I had a brainwave:

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Bone folder + binder clip = no more burnt fingers!

The play was terrific, and the cards were well-received (as was the box of chocolates that accompanied them!).

Have you made any projects with the Broadway Bound paper? Share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

 

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Tutorial: Doublefold Card

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Supplies Used (clockwise from top left):

  • Inkpads
  • Metallic Pearls
  • Take Your Pick tool
  • Broadway Birthday stamp setNot pictured:
  • Gray Granite, Lovely Lipstick and Whisper White Cardstock
  • Broadway Bound Designer Series Paper

This one has a lot of pieces and will look super impressive when it’s done … but it’s not all that hard to put together! You are basically assembling two separate cards.

Larger card:
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Gray Granite: 8.25 x 4.25”
Score at 2.75”
Lovely Lipstick: 4 x 5.25” and 2.5 x 4”
Broadway Bound DSP: 3.75 x 5” and 2.25 x 3.75”

Attach your small DSP panel to a Lovely Lipstick frame. Attach your large DSP panel to a Lovely Lipstick frame. Attach to your cardbase as shown.
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Inside (smaller card):

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Gray Granite: 8.5 x 2.75”
Lovely Lipstick: 4 x 2.5” (2 pieces)
Whisper White: 3.75 x 2” (2 pieces – one for stamping, one for handwriting)

Stamp one of the white rectangles with your desired design. Attach it to a Lovely Lipstick frame.

I used the Take Your Pick tool to add the metallic pearls to my project. So much easier than using my hands!

Leave the other white rectangle blank for your card insert. Attach it to a Lovely Lipstick frame.

Assemble as shown (note that this smaller card opens the opposite way to most cards, i.e., opens on the left side).

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Use adhesive to attach your small card to the large one as shown.

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Have you made any projects with this fold? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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