Sunday, October 25, 2009

Papertrey Blog Hop: Holiday Time!

Welcome to my Papertrey Blog Hop post! It's about the time to kick holiday preparations into high gear and I'm going to share my family Christmas card this evening. It's super simple, but it has just enough detail for my loved ones to know I spent a little extra time on them this busy season.

I started with a Kraft base stamped in watermark ink with the stitched background from Background Basics: Retro. Next, I stamped the wreath from Rustic Branches onto a Labels 1 die cut. I love that wreath. I use it for just about everything. Depending on the colors it works for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, you name it! I coated the berries in dimensional glaze and adhered a jute bow before setting it aside to dry.

I stamped my sentiment and sponged my edges and looked at the card. It needed something. I decided to stamp a row of the tiny polka dots from Polka Dot Basics II. That was just enough of a punch of color to bring the whole project together. Finally, I mounted the wreath image to the card base with foam adhesive and called it a day. I hope you've enjoyed my card this evening! Have fun hopping!

Stamps: Polka Dot Basics, Rustic Branches, Believe, Background Basics: Retro - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Kraft - Papertrey Ink; Ultimate White - Strathmore
Ink: Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss - Papertrey Ink; Frost White - Colorbox; Versamark - Tsukineko
Other: Rustic Jute Twine - Papertrey Ink; Glossy Accents - Ranger; Foam adhesive - Scotch

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Calendar Update

Unfortunately, the cardstock for this year's calendar is a little delayed and the calendar won't be in the shop for a little while longer. I apologize for the hold up, but I'll make sure to post when they are finished and available.

In other news, I just found out I was accepted into the Tiny Canary Indie Design Market again this year and I am super excited! The show will be November 14th & 15th from 10:00-6:00 each day (the first 100 customers through the door each day will receive a swag bag full of samples from the vendors!). The full vendor list should be available on the Tiny Canary website shortly.

Also, I dropped of a new set of greeting cards at On Paper this weekend. The group included birthday, Thanksgiving, and congratulations cards.

Hopefully, I will be able to share something crafty in the next couple of days. It's been busier than I expected and I haven't had much time for blogging this week.

And one last thing...thanks for all of the well wishes for Gus. He's home and doing better (though still a little under the weather). He seems to have handled the night away better than I did. Ok, see you again soon...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Not Today, I'm Sorry

Well, I took Gus (my kitters) to the vet this morning and things didn't go very well, so I'm afraid I'm not in the mood to create and share today. I'm a little (ok, a lot) distracted and mopey and perhaps not as cheerful as I prefer to be when crafting. He should be home tomorrow (barring any additional obstacles) and I will generally be more enthusiastic. Sorry for dropping the craft ball. Thanks for understanding. See you soon.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

2010 Desktop Calendar

Hello, Blogland! It's been busy around here lately. I've been prepping for holiday shows, designing this year's new holiday card designs, and putting the finishing touches on the 2010 calendar. Speaking of which, who wants to see a preview of my 2010 desktop calendar?

This is the cover page. It shows just a snippet of each month's pattern without giving too much away. I'm really happy with the calendar this time around. It will land in the Etsy shop before the end of the week. Thanks for stopping by today. I plan to have a new card to share tomorrow.

See you soon!