Monday, January 30, 2012

Let's shell-ebrate!

Hi friends!  How cute is this little turtle friend from Paper Smooches!??  I have to admit I've been neglecting my PS stamps.  They keep coming every month and it's hard to keep up!  :)  I made this card for my cousin who's turning 26 this week.  I decided not to try and tone down the cutesy since this is my style and it's what I do best.  I think it'll make him smile, don't you??  I used lots of patterned papers from Imaginisce's B-Day Bash line and kraft cardstock.  I discovered a little trick, by the way.  I had die-cut the kraft cardstock into a scalloped circle but the kraft got washed out behind the green circle, so I colored the scalloped circle with a dark brown Copic marker and voila!  A contrasting color in a flash!  :D  I'll be using that shortcut again, for sure!  The sketch is courtesy of Sweet Sunday:

I'm digging this week's sketch so much I think I'm going to use it again tonight to make another birthday card!  :D  I hope you like my spunky card, thanks SO much for stopping by!

-Suzanne :O )

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Honey Bear

Hi friends!  Just popping in with a quick Valentine!  I have to make about 10 more before the holiday arrives, so I better get moving!  :)  This card used up some scraps from last year.  I can't remember the manufacturer of the "I love You" patterned paper, but I bought it from Target and the paper with Cupid's arrows is DCWV.  I stamped PJ onto some X-Press Blend It cardstock and colored him with my Copics.  I die-cut the main image with my Nestabilities and added some epoxy corners by Making Memories.  I picked up the frilly lace at a yard sale for 10 cents, probably.  I love hunting for things like that!  :)  

I'm going to add this card to The Cat's Pajamas' Valentine's Day blog hop, you should link up too if you have any of their stamps!  

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you're having a lovely weekend!

-Suzanne :O )

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

2 Cute Ink Blog Hop: Week 3!!

Hi everyone!  Today is the final day of new releases for the 2 Cute Ink Valentine's Day digital stamps!  I colored up this cutie called "Bee Mine" with my Copics and added some Prisma glitter to her wings and the edges of the clouds.  I used my Nestabilities to cut the focal image and the hand cut the mat.  I used up some old patterned paper, paired up with some black and yellow cardstock to mimic the colors of her "outfit."  hehe :)  The chipboard hearts are from Little Yellow Bicycle (I can't seem to stop using these!) and I stamped "Bee" on the yellow heart to make a punny sentiment.  I believe the "Bee" stamp is from The Cat's Pajamas.  

Your next stop on our blog hop is Sandy!  Go check out her adorable card and make sure you comment along the way for a chance to win some digis!  Thanks for hopping by!

-Suzanne :O )
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

New Items in my Etsy Shop!

Hi there!  I posted some new card packs in my Etsy shop this weekend, so head on over and check them out for more details!  

The Card Garden

Hope you're having a great week!

-Suzanne :O )
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Saturday, January 21, 2012

2 Cute Ink Blog Hop, Week 2!

Hi, hoppers!  Hopefully you've already been to the 2 Cute Ink blog, but if not, head over there now and check out this week's releases!  I chose to work with "Patches"- isn't he super sweet??!  I have a feeling he's being a little naughty opening that box of chocolates!  ;)  I colored him with my Copics and matted him with some blue cardstock.  The striped paper is some older DCWV and the chipboard hearts are by Little Yellow Bicycle.  It's a pretty simple card, but that's why I love when the image takes up most of the space!  :)

Your next stop on the hop is the uber-talented Melissa!  Have fun hopping and don't forget to comment if you want to win some free digis!  :D

-Suzanne :O )  
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Stuck on You!

Hi friends! Just popping in with a quick post to share this super cute Inky Antics card!  I'm working on a set of 4 Valentine's Day cards to put up in my Etsy shop and this porcupine is the second of punny characters.  I colored him with Copics and used my Nestabilities for the circles and banners.  The patterned papers are all Doodlebug, matted with black cardstock.  The sketch is this week's Sweet Sunday sketch:

I also realized this card fits with this week's TCP Tuesday challenge to use these colors:

I hope you enjoy my card, thanks for stopping by!  I'll be posting the other 3 in the set in the next few days and you can check out my Etsy shop when they're up for sale!

-Suzanne :O )

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

2 Cute Ink Blog Hop!

Hi everyone!  Hopefully you've made it here from Melissa's blog, and if not, head on over to the start of our hop at the 2 Cute Ink blog!  Heidi is releasing 3 super cute Valentine's Day images today, and I chose to work with this adorable "Owl You Need is Love" image!  I think I love cookies as much (or more than!) he does!  LOL  I colored my little friend with Copics and cut him out with my Nestabilities.  I used lots of scraps on this card and the SFYTT for this month.  The sentiment is from Studio G- pretty perfect for this image, huh?!  :)  

Be sure to check out all of the DT blogs, we've got some super cute inspiration for you!  Heidi is releasing 3 more images next Saturday.  One lucky person will have a chance to win one of the digital stamps, so make sure you check out the 2 Cute Ink blog for more details!

Thanks so much for hopping by!

-Suzanne :O )

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Woodware Thank You Set

Hi everyone!  I'm taking a break from my craft fair projects to share the set of Christmas thank you cards I made for the Woodware sketch challenge.  I used up some lovely DCVW papers I had been hoarding and die cut some circles with my Nestabilities.  I combined the penguin from Snow Globe Magic and the sentiment from Wedding Words and colored the penguin with my Copics.  I made a set of 12 cards in probably less than an hour- love those quick but fruitful projects!  :)  Here's a close up of one of the cards:

Hope you enjoyed my project!  If you want to join the sketch challenge, link up through the Woodware UK blog here:

Woodware UK

Thanks for stopping by!
-Suzanne :O )

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Craft Fair Merchandise: Tea Sets

Hi friends!  The next installment in the craft fair series is the tea gift set.  I found picked up several different tea pots or mug sets throughout the year with the idea that I would package them as a gift set.  I wound up with 6 different tea pots/mugs, so I bought several boxes of tea and packaged them in clear 3 x 3" boxes from Denami Design.  I wish I had remembered to take a picture of the contents before I wrapped them in cellophane, but that's what I get for crafting in a frenzy!  :)  The baskets needed a little something else, and I had originally wanted to get individually wrapped biscotti so they would stay fresh, but they were hard to find.  I did however find individually wrapped packages of vanilla wafters (about half the size of a normal package), so I wrapped some cute patterned paper around each package (you can see them peeking out if you zoom in) to dress them up.  

Of course I couldn't stop with just the contents of the basket, I had to make tags for each basket!  :)  I used various stamp sets and some kraft tags I had in my stash to add to the handmade feel.  Surprisingly, the baskets sold pretty well!  I sold them for $10 each and only had one left at the end of the season.  I gave that "you're tea-riffic" basket to my Secret Santa who is a physics teacher, so it all worked out in the end.  :)  

I'll be back tomorrow with a few more food gift ideas!  Thanks for stopping by today!

-Suzanne :O )

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Craft Fair Merchandise: Snowman Soup

Hey all!  I'm back again to share more craft fair goodies with you.  Snowman soup has always been a hit for as long as I've been doing shows.  I made 60 packets to start with and they sold out in one weekend!  :)  I charge a dollar a pack, which means people buy in multiples for stocking stuffers and inexpensive "just a little something"s. Here they are all nestled together before the show started:

I packaged 10 or so in mugs and charged $3 each.  Those also sold very well.. people don't mind paying only $3 for something that looks all fancy.  :)

Each soup comes with a packet of hot cocoa, a mini candy cane, a package of mini marshmallows, and 2 Hershey's kisses.  The bag toppers were made with my Nestabilities and these sets from Inky Antics:

Snowman Soup

Sweety Snowman #1

If you're looking for craft fair ideas, I would definitely recommend this.  People think they're so cute, and they can't resist for only a dollar.  I make a pretty nice profit, too!  :)  I pay $10-$12 for the cocoa, marshmallows, kisses, candy canes and clear bags, and get $60 in return.  Of course I don't charge for my time, but that's because I enjoy doing it.  Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my little project, and you can click on my "Snowman Soup" category to see the ones I've made in previous years.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

-Suzanne :O )

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Craft Fair Merchandise: Bookmarks

Hi blogland!  I'm trying hard to continue this series of posts about my craft fair merchandise.  These little guys are bookmarks (or giant paperclips!) that I sold for 50 cents each.  They sold okay, but I thought they would do better since I was selling them for such a small price.  You can never tell what the crowd wants- that's rule number 1 of craft fairs!!  :)  These were pretty easy to make.. I had a couple of packages of giant paperclips that I had bought at Walmart a while back and decided to put them to good use.  To embellish, I used this set from Inky Antics (Christmas Gift Tags) and a couple of paper punches. 

You're supposed to line the images up with the tag's rectangle, but it was just as cute to line them up with the edge of the circles.  I added them to the paperclips with some adhesive from my tape gun and a foam square in the middle to stabilize them.  This was a pretty quick and easy project, and I'll probably make them again next year with more small Christmas stamps.  I hope you enjoyed my little project, thanks for stopping by!

-Suzanne :O )

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy 2012!

Happy New Year, friends!  I hope you all had fun celebrating last night and will have a year full of joy and happy times.  I don't have many supplies to celebrate this occasion, but I used some patterned paper by DCWV, punch outs from an old page-a-day calendar and some colored cardstock.  The gold ribbon is American Crafts and the countdown stamp is by Technique Tuesday.  I don't know who made the clear clocks- those were something I got at a yard sale and they didn't come with the original packaging.  Anyway, I hope your year is off to a great start, enjoy this picture parade!

-Suzanne :O )

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