Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Little Update

Hello Blogland! We've been preparing for a family reunion this weekend so I haven't been crafting as much as usual, but I wanted to share a photo from the fair. On Friday night I decided I needed new table signage, so I whipped up this little pennant banner.

The show itself was ok. I enjoyed being out and spending time with others in my community. I only ate a little fair food (fried stuff and I aren't really friends anymore), but I did get to see baby animals, hear some good music, and pick up an amazing Clinton Reno Crafty Expo poster (it's not on his website, but you should totally check out his work because it's straight awesome). Thanks again to everyone that came out! I'll see you a little more next week...

Friday, August 7, 2009

Saturday, Saturday, Saturday

Hello Blogland! I'm sorry for my absence this week. I've been preparing for the Handmade Expo at the Ohio State Fair this weekend. You can read more about the Expo at the Columbus Crafty Cotillion blog. I hope to see some familiar faces tomorrow! We'll be there from noon to 7:00 with vendors selling everything from ceramics to jewelry and apparel. Come on out and support local arts!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Floral Fusion

Hi everyone! Today's card features Papertrey's Floral Fusion stamp set. I am so excited about the special edition stamp set that they were giving away at CHA last weekend! In fact, I love it so much that I couldn't help but make a card with it when I got home yesterday. It's such a sweet and classic floral set and the sentiments included are versatile basics that I absolutely know I'll use.

I started by stamping a background from Background Basics: Retro onto Kraft cardstock using watermark ink. Then I stamped the circle and sentiment in white ink and sponged the edges. I set that aside while I stamped the flowers and stems onto Rustic White cardstock. I saw this in person at the show and I knew immediately that I would love it. The lightly woodsy feel goes perfectly with Kraft and adds a little subtle visual texture to your image. I punched out parts of my stamped images using a 1 1/4" square punch. Then, I tied a piece of Spring Moss twill around the Kraft layer before adhering it to a Melon Berry base. Finally, I mounted my floral squares over top the ribbon using foam tape. Easy peasy!

Thanks for stopping by today! See you soon...

Cardstock: Melon Berry, Kraft, Rustic White - Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Floral Fusion (Special Edition Set), Background Basics: Retro, Borders & Corners: Circle - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Spring Moss, Melon Berry - Papertrey Ink; Frost White - Colorbox; Versamark - Tsukineko
Tools: 1 1/4" square punch (yellow one) - Marvy
Fibers: Spring Moss Twill Ribbon - Papertrey Ink
Other: Foam Tape - Scotch

Sunday, August 2, 2009

CHA Supershow

Hello Blogland! I'm home from CHA and I had the greatest time! Joan Bardee is a riot. She had me in a state of giggles for two whole days. I also had the opportunity to meet all of the talented women of Papertrey (and their hard working gentlemen stockers). Nichole, Heather, Debbie, Dawn, Mish, Julie and Jane are just as sweet in person as you would imagine. I found myself returning time after time to chat with the lovely ladies and study their beautiful samples. The make and takes were tons of fun, too (I did all three on Saturday)!

I could probably have done the whole show in one day, but I really enjoyed being able to take my time and look through everything carefully. I was hoping to see the new Quickutz letterpress demonstration, but they were already gone by the time I checked into the hotel and made my way to the event on Friday. I talked to a couple of people that said it really looked worthwhile and I'm super excited about its release (October 2009, I believe). Letterpress and I go way back. We're like this (imagine tightly crossed fingers).

When Joan and I returned to our room the first day we (well, Joan actually) noticed a beautiful flower arrangement awaiting our arrival. My dear, sweet, loving husband conspired with Sabrina at the concierge desk to send flowers. They were pink and orange (very close to Hibiscus Burst and Summer Sunrise for those of you familiar with Papertrey colors) gerbera daisies and Queen Anne's Lace. He's a keeper folks. He's a keeper.

Well, I had a lot of fun and I heard whispers of some really fun new products on the horizon. I can't wait to see what the next few months bring. I hope you all had a great weekend, too! See you soon...