Saturday, December 15, 2007

Stocking Stuffer Gift Idea

Need a quick gift idea? These little bookmarks are quick and easy to make. They'd be great "little somethings" . . . you know . . . you've shopped and still need a "little something" else? Or for some "thinking of you" little gift or stocking stuffer, these are so cute. I used them as the "gift with purchase" at my recent craft fair.

Credit for the idea goes to Carol. (Hey, girlfriend, I hope you're feeling better!) I think this was a project shared at a regional SU meeting, but I got the directions from Carol.

Start with a square of designer paper (I think a small pattern looks best.) I used a 4 inch square (gotta stretch that 12x12 paper!), but you can use whatever size square you'd like. Fold diagonal corners together (looks like a big triangle) and score. Open and fold the other two diagonal corners together. Now remove one of the small triangles created by the folds (cut just on the outside of the crease for best results) and you should have something that looks like the third picture. Fold into a triangle, and re-crease. Then glue the top triangle to secure it. It should lay nice and flat if you cut outside the crease when removing the triangle and crease it good. Embellish as desired. I used a Sizzix Embosslit flower on these.
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Monday, December 10, 2007

Elzybells Bethlehem card

Well . . . my first experience selling my creations wasn't a total bust, but I probably will not do this particular one again. I don't think it was the right venue . . . . either that or my stuff sucks. Picture tons of elementary school age children running amok, hyped to see Santa and visit the "Holiday Boutique" where they can purchase gifts for family members for about $1 - $3. Then, outside the "boutique" area, 12 vendors (of which I was 1) were allowed to set up tables with items geared more toward the parents. Problem was the children weren't too keen on allowing the parents much time to peruse the tables. I lost count of the number of moms who said "I'll be back . . . " Anyway, I'm so glad I didn't stress too much over it, and I'm relieved it is over. Now I can make my own Christmas cards.

This card uses the Elzybells "Bethlehem" stamp. Since I made this card, I ordered more Elzybells and got the "Little Town of Bethlehem" that I will use for future "Bethlehem" cards. Prismacolor pencils and Copics were used for coloring. Bashful Blue and Shimmery White cardstock from Stampin' UP! was used and some beautiful shimmery brown for the base. I wish you could see this irl.

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Thursday, December 6, 2007

More Cards

I stamped these cards using versamark ink on some beautiful thick, shimmery quartz colored paper and embossed them with gold and red glitter embossing powders. Some Stampendous Class A Peel red dots were added as accents, and Stampin' UP stretchy gold cord adds the final touch. These are so sparkly irl.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Elzybells Penguin Treat Holder

I just love these little matchbook style candy holders. I'm thinking of making more of these to offer as a gift with purchase on Saturday . . . what do you think? I used the directions Dawn provided on her blog here and she credits someone else with the idea. Dawn's blog is fantastic, so check it out.

I'm still madly trying to get ready for the craft sale on Saturday. Not knowing what the heck will sell (if anything) is the most difficult. And I have so many ideas, that I keep flitting from one thing to another. Must focus.

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