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Just Because

I’m not great at colouring floral images, so this set makes flower arranging and colouring a lot simpler! This is such a fun die set and features a flower I enjoy spotting when out and about – a sunflower never fails to elicit a smile.

Supplies Used:

This is a Layered Die set where you cut the pieces and layer them together to create a flower. You can cut these from patterned paper or cardstock you colour yourself.

The Greetery is a new stamp company and they have released a couple of gorgeous sets in the Botanicuts range, including Pine Boughs.
  • Neenah #80 and #110 cardstock
  • Watercolour cardstock
  • The Greetery Sunflower Botanicuts
  • Tim Holtz 3D texture embossing folder in Woodgrain
  • My Favorite Things Elegant Rectangles
  • My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangles
  • Concord & 9th Love Notes
  • Honey Bee Stamps Busy Bees
  • Distress Inks: Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, Vintage Photo
  • Copic Markers: R29, R27, R24, Y38, Y17, Y15, C9, C7, C5

I inked a large piece of watercolour cardstock with the yellow distress inks and die cut the sunflower pieces from it.

I added Vintage photo to any leftover spots large enough to cut the sunflower and leaf centres. The leaves themselves were cut from another panel I inked up with the green inks.

I taped two of the elegant rectangle dies together to cut a frame shape, which I embossed with the woodgrain effect 3D embossing folder. I cut a second frame from a piece of double sided foam adhesive sheet for dimension.

I stamped the sentiment inside the frame, added the buzzy bee and a red heart – in all honesty these elements covered up a couple of boo boos! I used glitter pen and added a layer of Nuvo Crystal Glaze onto the heart for shine. The glitter pen is also used on the buzzy bee’s wings. The bee trail is from the Honey Bee stamp set which I stamped twice and silver embossed.

The sunflowers are arranged at the bottom of the frame and glued down with liquid adhesive and foam tape.

If you have any questions regarding the putting together of this card, please feel free to message me – I’m only too happy to help!

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Christmas Market

Today I did my final market for the year – this sounds impressive but I only did two markets πŸ˜‚ a month apart!

I had my cards displayed on shelving and my tag packs along the front. My secret recipe Reindeer Oats were also given out to children for added magic. The shelves, white baskets, fake plants, battery operated light string and little Christmas tree are from Kmart, wire baskets from Briscoes, black plastic cardholders and plastic signs from Warehouse Stationery.

Craft markets take up so much creative energy, time and angst, so I knew I could realistically only manage a couple of events. This time of year is busy enough without adding unnecessary extra busy! I had a heap of fun though, and I sold a stack of my Christmas Gift Tags along with cards and this gives a healthy boost to ones esteem. (And replenishes the piggy bank for more fun inky and stampy type purchases).

My Christmas Gift Tags in their packaging.

If you are considering doing a market, start creating your product early and regularly throughout the year. Check out event information in your area (websites, Facebook pages etc) – often the closing date for stallholders is a few weeks or even months prior to the actual event. In Wellington, there is a Wellington Stallholder Facebook Page which is a handy start. There may be something similar in your area.

Usually, there is some type of online application form – what sort of product are you selling, how would you promote yourself, links to your social media or photos etc. This is important as the market organisers want to attract an array of different products and items being offered for sale – this in turn attracts buyers. No one wants to go to a market only to find 26 stallholders all selling cards or birdhouses!

Consider the costs of the table (anything from $10-$75 for your space depending on size of market, size of space and where it is situated), getting there, the display requirements and time of year. Simple, but tidy and eye-catching displays bring in the browsers and in turn, buyers. Sharing a table with a friend selling complimentary products may also be an option to minimise the costs.

Displaying your cards can be a tricky thing if the market is an outdoor event. I noted even in an indoor area, we were in the path of an open doorway which blew my cards over instantly, and we were constantly propping them back up again until we could get the door closed.

You can get your own stamps made by Rubber Stamps by Montarga

You definitely need some form of business card – something that tells people who you are and how to get a hold of you after the market when they discover how much they like your product. People do ask for these.

I die cut my own using a My Favorite Things Stitched Rounded Rectangle die and stamped and heat embossed my logo stamp. I also stamped my logo onto some large envelopes I obtained for free from Paper Plus Porirua (leftovers from their own card displays) which I used as bags for purchases.

Special Thank You

Jo Wilson (@card_pixi-creations) and I
Myself with Clarissa (@clasilvw)

I would like to extend a special thank you to friends Jo Wilson and Clarissa Vicencio-Wickens for their help and support with my markets – it really pays to have a fun buddy with you on the day. It means you both get to have a look around at other people’s wares, grab food and loo breaks!

I am so pleased that I have done these markets – the aim was to earn enough money to upgrade my poor old BigShot die cutting machine to an electric version. Mission Accomplished!

Next up – Christmas with the family (yay!) and then I’ll be working on new classes for the New Year at Scrapbook Central in Petone, so hit Follow to keep up to date with these developments!

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Best of the Basics Series

Hi all! I am still quietly building my Best of the Basics Series on my website – Adhesives and Heat Embossing pages have been added to the list (which already lists Cardstocks, Inks for Stamping, Die Cutting Machines & Trimmers).

I wanted to create a bunch of handy reference pages covering the basic techniques and supplies for New Zealand Crafters – tell me if you’d like to see something specifically covered.

Come and check it out – they even include shopping links so you don’t have to spend all your evening Googling πŸ˜€

There are still a couple more pages to come – covering Colour and Handy Tools – so follow my blog to see the updates.

Thank you so much for visiting!

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It’s an Aussie Christmas!

I have two cards featured on the Uniquely Creative Blog this month using the Aussie Christmas Mini Kit! I had so much fun with this little kit – which includes stamps, matching dies, a stencil, chipboard elements and cute sentiment strips.

The first card features the small emu with his antler hat, searching for his gifts – all instructions can be found here.

The second card is a multi-layered delight – completely see through AND has a shaker on the back for added special fun! All instructions (including photos!) can be found here.

Thanks for visiting!