Thursday, March 31, 2011

April Stamp Camp

I am really excited for my April Stamp Camp. First, I wasn't able to have my March one, which really was awful because that is my favorite month!
So in Winchester, which is where I work and is right around the corner from where I live, we have a festival every year called Apple Blossom. Its a BIG deal here. We even bring in famous people for Grand Marshals and such. Last year we had Val Kilmer! So this month we are doing an Easter Card, an Easter Treat, and an Apple Blossom flowers pin!
The ADORABLE cupcake bunnies and chick are a CASED item from http://www.simplysimplestamping.com/ 
I loved them so much that I didn't even change much! I really like Pink Pirouette right now, so instead of using the pink she used, I chose the lighter Pink Pirouette. These are super easy because it is just using the Big Shot and the Top Note die and a variety of punches! They are fairly inexpensive as well - especially if you buy the larger packs of cupcakes. I used the Happy Easter sentiment to cover up any of the sell by dates printed on the package.
The flower is like some of the others I have posted, using the Big Shot, Fun Flowers Die, buttons, fabric glue, starch, and a hot iron. Cut out your fabric, spray starch the flowers, then use a hot iron on them. While hot and damp, crinkle them up. Let them dry, then glue together! I love these! I have many different kinds, and I use them for pins and hair bows!

I wish I could say that this is all mine because it is soo cute! I wanted to do another punch card, because they are so fun and easy. And I wanted a bunny card, so I started playing with punches, but at the time I just didn't have the right ones. Its hard to visualize when you don't have the right tools! So I went searching on this great website for Demonstrators. And looky what I found! I changed it up a bit- it was originally a much more flowery and bright card, and the bunny was brown. I wanted to use the Sew Suite Paper shown here because it looks like little radishes! I also wanted to use the Good Egg stamp set. So, looking at her card, which she cased as well, I figured out which punches I needed!

I will post specific punches and such needed for the projects at another time. For now, I have assignments to finish grading!

Craft on!!!
Jean



Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Cupcake Challenge!

So I have not posted for awhile because I was busy baking, baking, baking, oh, and baking. I had 10 dozen  cupcakes to make, 5 for each category, and I made my stepmom, Laurie, some birthday cake balls.  The Cupcake Challenge was a fundraiser to benefit the Red Wagon Ministry and CCAP, providing diapers for those in need. I entered in the "Best Taste" and the "Best Decoration" categories. So here are my pics!!
 Here are my yummy Cherry Limeade Cupcakes. Complete with straw, cherry, and lime slice. I LOVE Sonics Cherry Limeade drinks, so I made them into a cupcake! These were loved by everyone and went pretty quick!
Here are the Best Decoration cupcakes. I cut out wrappers using my Cricut. I made honey vanilla cupcakes with no egg! I ran out of eggs, and didn't have time to run out. So I subsituted some things. They came out great! Then I did a lemon glaze with swirls of melty chocolates, then dusted pink luster dust over top. I was going for springy!
I did not win anything, but had a great time! Here is a picture of the cake balls I made Laurie. Cake balls/pops are so easy to make! I followed Bakerella's recipe of I baked cake, crumbled, with 1 can of frosting. Mix it all up and its like yummy playdough! 
I will be posting more soon, and more often! I will have April Stamp camp pictures soon!
Craft On!
Jean



Sunday, March 20, 2011

Its not all about paper!

So I also made a few other things for my craft show that are not made of paper. I made some flower pens. I love these! They are really simple, but fun! When I carried a bunch of these at work, people didn't even know they were pens!
Next I made some feather boa monsters/bunnies. A couple of students made these for our Go Pink! Week at MHS, and they inspired me to make some theme ones - Easter Bunnies and Apple Blossom Monsters! These are still on sale - for $8 and $7 so contact me if you are interested!
I also made pins/hairclips with the Fun Flowers Die and the Big Shot from Stampin' Up! I love that die! I use it for a ton of things. I make the flowers crumply by spraying with starch, then ironing them, then while they are hot and damp from the starch, I crumple the and rub them in my hands. I let them dry this way. Then I use fabric glue to glue each piece together and then hot glue the pins on. I like the look of the crumpled flowers better then just cutting them out and gluing them together. I sell these as well, only $2.00 each! I can customize them to your want/need.


Craft on!!!
Jean

Last of the paper Craft Show items..

So here is the last of the paper craft show items! So I saw something like these on www.kerryspapercrafts.com. I decided to jazz them up a bit. I love these because they are super easy to make and are easy to just slip in your purse! I am pretty sure I got my measurements from thesouthernstamper.blogspot.com. I love her stuff! 


This is the inside - see just big enough to hold a pen and the sticky notes. I love compact things. Hope you all enjoy - and feel free to message me if you want to purchase some!
Craft On!
Jean

More Craft Show Stuff

So I know its been awhile, and I promised more right away. I got a bad head cold and have been miserable all week. But, I am back! I am quite busy trying to get ready for this cupcake challenge. I am half wondering what in the world was I thinking!
Anywho,  here are some cute treat bags that I created. I have seen similar ones on several blogs - but can't find any of them at the moment. As soon as I find them I will post! I made these with the bottom of the Matchbox die and the Big Shot from Stampin' Up!. Then I cut paper to wrap around. My craft room is major disarray, but as soon as its not I will find my exact measurements! I kind of played with the paper to try and figure out how tall I wanted the bag to be. Each strap is 12" long - so be careful with how tall you are going with the bag if you use paper for the strap. I used ribbon for some and paper for others, the picture only shows a few, the only ones left after my craft show! You can see all of the ones I made in my craft show pictures. I used brads and the Decorative Label Punch to decorate the bags. Then I cut a strip of paper to go around the bottom - and used SU's! white gel pen to do the stitches.
I will post more in a bit!
Craft on!
Jean

Friday, March 11, 2011

And it continues...

So I am still going on with more Craft Fair Items! I made a lot and I don't want to cram the blog with them all at once! The next item I just love! I got the new Petal Cone Die from Stampin' Up! and love it! I sat down with it and wanted to do something where I could take a piece of DSP and just put it through once and have exactly what I need. For a normal petal cone you needed two, to paste together. Well, one crank through the Big Shot - a little Sticky Tape and whalla!! I love this because it took half a sheet of DSP - one crank through the Big Shot - and I had everything I needed! I did add a little tag - but it was totally not needed. I just used the flip side of the DSP to do the accent pieces. And I added a button, brad, or sticky gem. If I used brads, I didn't need tape to stick the flag on - but with the buttons and the gems, I used sticky tape to hold it on.  These are all I have left!


I also made some adorable pencil containers for Easter. The decoration on the front is an eraser! I got the template for making the box from the fabulous Southern Stamper (thesouthernstamper.blogspot.com). I love these and will be using what I have left/making more for my students as their Easter surprise - so shhhh! When the cardstock was cut out but not together yet  I used the same color ink pad and stamped it using Holiday Blitz Easter stamp and Teeny Tiny Wishes Easter Stamp. Except that one So Saffron box - I did use a bit of Melon Mambo on it!
More later/tomorrow!
Craft on!
Jean

Thursday, March 10, 2011

More Craft Fair Items..

Here are 2 more Craft Fair items from this past weekend. These were really good sellers too - especially the small ones! Super easy too! Just cut the notebooks, I did about an inch in on the little ones, and about 2 1/2 on the large ones. I used scissors and my hobby knife. Then I trimmed paper and glued it on with Tombow Liquid Glue from Stampin' Up! Make sure you put your ribbon on first though! I made two where I forgot, lol. Hope you enjoy! I have a few more, so feel free to message me if interested!

As always, Craft On!
                           Jean

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March Stamp Camp!

As all my friends know, St. Patty's Day is one of my favorite holidays! Couldn't be because I am Irish could it?  Here is what we will be doing this Saturday!

The candle is super simple! I love the new Bliss set that you can get for free during Sale-A-Bration!!! But hurry it ends March 31st!  Anywhoo, I stamped my image in Marina Mist first, then rolled the edges in Perfect Plum, then a quick dab onto Perfect Plum, This created the variation in color. Then I stamp it onto tissue paper.  Cut the image out. Place the paper against your candle, then wrap wax paper around it, and pull tight and smooth.  Then use your heat tool to heat the wax paper until its shiny (the wax has melted). Then just carefully pull your wax paper off and tadaa!
The next thing we will be doing is a St. Patty's day pocket to hold a cute crochet pin. No, for those of you coming, you will not have to make the pin! I have done that for you!  To make the pocket, you use a small square envelope and seal it. Then I used Versa Mark, the Good Luck Stamp from the Sale-A-Bration set, So Happy for You, Heat and Stick Powder, Celery glitter from the Cosmo set, and a heat tool, and I stamped/glittered all over the front.  Then I used Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, and Certainly Celery markers to stamp the fabulous Lucky Shamrock stamp from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I love to use markers to make my stamps different colors. Then I used the scallop edge punch to cut the side of the envelope off. I used a crimper and Certainly Celery paper to crinkle the paper, then just used scissors to cut some pieces off for the stuffing. Too lazy to go to my shredder!

Last but not least is the card. I did my measurements for the main card for the square 5 1/4 by 5 1/4 card, in Certainly Celery. Then you need a piece of Peach Parfait, cut to 4 3/4 by 4 3/4, and a piece of Whisper White, cut to 4 1/4 by 4 1/4. To make the clover, I used the large heart punch on Garden Green card stock, and the wider heart from the 3 Heart Punch, in Wild Wasabi. I used matching ink to sponge the edges, giving a nice dimension to them.  For the Pot of Gold I used the 1 3/4 circle punch, then trimmed the bottom, and the Word Window Punch for the top, and 5 scallops from the scallop circle punch for the gold. Next I used a variety of circle punches to layer Rose Red, Peach Parfait, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, and Perfect plum card stock. I used 1 3/4, 1 3/8, and 1 inch circle punches, using two colors per punch, going larger to smaller, glued together, and then cut them in half. For the cloud I used the top of the cupcake from the Build a Cupcake punch and sponged Bashful Blue on the edges. Finally I used the Lucky You part of the Lucky You stamp out of the Hostess set Afterthoughts. Sheesh it doesn't seem like that much work until I type it out!!!

Feel free to ask any questions if I was not clear! I hope to see lots of you at camp Saturday!

Craft on!!  
Jean



Monday, March 7, 2011

Craft Fair Item - Desktop Post Its!



So this is one of the favorites at the Shen. Co. Arts and Craft Show. I originally had the price at $5. It sold a few but sold much better when I dropped it to $4.  I still have a few left if anyone is interested! I will be posting on Etsy soon. As you can see there are two styles - one with larger post its, and one with smaller ones, but with flags as well. Those were made on the smaller 3by5 frames, while the larger ones were on 4 by 6 frames. I got the idea from thesouthernstamper.blogspot.com, and I think she got the idea from www.kerryspapercrafts.com. Both do a lot of fairs so I thought they would be great to CASE from! The idea for the smaller one was purely mine though, of course based upon the other.  The ones pictured above are what I have left!
Craft On!

Jean

Sunday, March 6, 2011

My First Craft Fair!

So yesterday I attended my very first craft fair as a vendor! I worked all week on my stuff, as I procrastinated way too much. I also think that I underestimated how much work everything was going to take. Not to mention I have to make sure everything is just right! Here are a few pictures of my tables. In my next few posts I will show off my creations!  I still have some items left, so if anyone is interested in purchasing them, let me know! I will be posting them to my etsy shop as well, paperbatterandstitch.etsy.com. The larger St. Pattys flowers were made by Erin Barker, a fabulous demonstrator! You can find her blog at http://www.stampingwitherin.blogspot.com/
Craft on!
Jean