Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Call For Crafty Ohioans!

The Columbus Crafty Cotillion Handmade Expo at the Ohio State Fair is now accepting applications! The Cotillion is a great local (group of which I am a part) that is sponsoring a craft show at this year's state fair (on Saturday, August 8th). To view more information and download the application visit the Cotillion's blog. The application deadline is June 1st, so get those applications in soon!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hey, Look...She's Alive!

I'm sorry I've been absent for the past few weeks. I've been swamped. Not even time to photograph and edit and post. I just wanted to pop on today to remind anyone that is interested that tomorrow is Craftstravaganza at the Columbus Torah Academy. Early bird shopping starts at 2:00 and regular doors are open from 2:30 to 8:00. I hope any of you in the Central Ohio area will come by and pay me a visit! I've been working on a few new products including a series of 1" buttons. I will also have a selection of Mother's Day cards (plenty of time to write a lovely, heart-felt message and pop it in the mail) in addition to the usual suspects.

Also, Pistacia Vera in German Village has a small selection of Poshta mini gift cards in their shop now. They are all digital designs in fun colors that coordinate with Pistacia's amazing macarons. They're just right for topping a pretty pastry box filled with deliciousness!

On Paper will be carrying a small selection of Poshta Mother's Day cards starting next week, too. I aim to have those at the shop by Tuesday or Wednesday, but definitely by Gallery Hop on Saturday.

After all that things should return to "normal" for a week or two and I will have more projects to share. I'm going to try to be a little better prepared for the upcoming busy craft show months, but I hope you'll all stick with me in the event that I lapse again. Thanks for the understanding!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Agora 6

I just found out that I've been accepted into Agora 6 on May 16th. They have a few more spaces available so the application deadline has been extended to April 18. You can find the application here. The event runs from noon to midnight with a preview day (tickets are available at the Agora 6 website) on the 15th. Check out the website for more information!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Hold On To Your Shorts

Prepare for cuteness.

We have an early Easter dinner with Sean's family today and the past two days I have been working diligently on these cake pops (a la Bakerella) as my little gift for everyone. I followed Bakerella's instructions using Devils Food cake and vanilla icing. If I were to do these again (or another cake pop that would be covered in a light color) I would use a lighter colored cake (white, lemon, carrot, etc). I really love them though. And since this was my first attempt I destroyed, and therefore ate, my share of pops. They are incredibly yummy. Seriously. Yum.

I wanted to package them in a way that would allow them to be seen easily. I looked at all sorts of packaging and finally settled on these clear boxes from The Container Store. They look expensive, but they really aren't and they can be reused when the family is finished with their pops. I stuck a piece of styrofoam in the bottom of the box to keep the pops in place and covered that with a tuft of green crinkle shred. I also cut a piece of blue cardstock and punched the edges to create a strip to conceal the styrofoam from the outside of the box.

The top of the box is decorated with a little paper tag that I made using a few different die cuts, punches, and stamps. A paper ribbon keeps the tag in place without having to actually adhere anything to the box.

I hope you love them as much as I do. The only downer is the residual sugar headache. I can live with that though. Have a great weekend!

Recipe (for the tag & paper border):
Cardstock: Lemon Tart - Papertrey Ink; Pink - DCWV, White linen - Archivers; Blue - Bazzill Basics (I have no idea what color this is. I was got it directly from the manufacturer and I don't know if it was ever even on sale.)
Ink: Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise, Sweet Blush, Spring Moss - Papertrey Ink; Seascape - Palette; Lavender Chalk - Colorbox
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics, Faux Ribbon - Papertrey Ink
Tools: Egg Die - Sizzix; Labels 1 - Nestibilities; Scalloped Circle (purple) - Marvy; Scallops & Dots border punch - EK Success
Other: Foam Tape - Scotch

Thursday, April 2, 2009


The vendor list for CTA's Craftstravaganza has been updated and is available for viewing here. Now all of you happy central Ohioans can get a sneak peek before dropping by the event at the end of this month. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Dawn's Color Challenge Week 2

It's been awhile, but I was able to carve out some time to play along with Dawn McVey's second color challenge today. The colors were brown, white, turquoise, and mossy green.

It's a fairly simple card, but I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I stamped the row of stems in Spring Moss and added the flower blossoms in Water Lily Green and the bee in Burnt Umber. That strip was layered on a piece of dark brown cardstock that had been punched with the scalloped edge border punch. I wanted to get the turquoise in there again so I wrapped the stamped panel with a bit of double sided satin from American Crafts (the side that isn't showing is a diagonal stripe - I used the solid side). That entire thing was mounted to a Spring Moss base. The sentiment was stamped on a little piece of white cardstock and rounded with the small corner rounder (yellow) from EK Success. That was mounted to the scalloped border. I wanted the sentiment to stand out a little more so I added a pierced row just below it. The last step was to add tiny spots of glitter on each flower. Thanks for checking in today. I hope to be back again tomorrow!

Cardstock: Brown - Bazzill, Spring Moss - Papertrey Ink; Ultimate White - Strathmore
Stamps: Honey Bees, Simple Little Things, With Sympathy - Papertrey Ink
Inks: Burnt Umber, Water Lily Green - Palette; Spring Moss - Papertrey Ink
Tools: Scalloped Border - Fiskars; Small Corner Rounder, Medium Corner Rounder - EK Success
Ribbon: Double sided satin - American Crafts
Other: Glitter Pen - Sakura