Prepping for Fairs

pigscanflyI LOVE this stamp set!  I don’t know why.  I am not a HUGE pig fan.  But, I just love it!  As I have started to prepare for not only upcoming craft fairs but a Women’s Expo here in a week or so, I just needed this set to be a part of it.  This is a refillable notepad cover (I have the instructions on my blog here:  Anyway, This Little Piggy is a great set.  I will post more of these soon.

I used blender pens to water color in Soft Sky, Powder Pink, Smoky Slate and Blushing Bride.  The notepad cover is Melon Mambo with a Basic Black mat.  I stamped the pig and sentiments in Basic Black Archival.  What do you think of this one?

Easy “Clutch” card holder!

CCREW717TECoutsideSo I have a great new project to show you!  I did NOT design this.  It is super easy and super fun to make.  The hardest time I had was designing the cards that went on the inside.  I have an idea why.  See, when I started this project, I had an order come in of some new goodies…. like Embossing Paste.  I wanted so badly to break into it that I couldn’t function! Wait until you see the fun projects I made with it though (they are coming a couple of days)…. I have so much to show you!!

CCREW717TECAnyway, I got the idea from splitcoaststampers.  Have you visited that site yet?  OMG! You could get lost in just the techniques section alone! There are tons!  As part of the Creative Crew there, one of my challenges was to use the “Summer Lovin'” theme and use one of the techniques in the tutorials section.  It uses 1 – 12×12 piece of DSP.  The embellishements are totally up to you!  The photo to the right is what the inside looks like.  The Clutch holds 4 note cards with envelopes.  It could hold more but I didn’t want to “damage” the clutch before I got pics of it.

The entire collection is made with Natually Eclectic Suite.  Oh So Eclectic Clear-Mount Bundle and Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper are what I mostly used.  I added a few embellishments outside the suite…. Coz… I just had to!

Here is a few pictures of the cards that I created:


The Box-Lady Come-ith!

I’ve been fighting it… and now, there’s no stopping it!  I have to get ready for Christmas…. ALREADY!  Somewhere along the way, I picked up the nickname, the Box Lady!  At every craft fair, I hear it at least twice.  “Oh!  You’re the box lady!”  Anyway, this week, I am starting to gear up for “craft fair season”  (did you hear the deep echo-y voice that said that??  I know I heard it… I think I heard a crash of thunder too!).  Craft fair season is my busiest time of year.  The projects are made by the bushels and it takes a LOT of time and prep to get ready for these.  This year, instead of waiting until October, I am starting early!  I was inspired with this little beauty by a tutorial on  It was a lotion and nail file box.  Well, I altered it… completely! I didn’t have lotion and nail files… but I did have hand sanitizers.  Brilliant! *giggles*


Now, this isn’t the finished product.  I will probably roll a wheel over the box… It’s the prototype!  Typically, I use a lot of retired product for craft fairs… This item is no exception.  I used Lucky Limeade card stock, Lucky Limeade ink and Be of Good Cheer DSP… the ribbon is Cherry Cobbler 1/2″ Scallop Dots.  Now, everything else is current.  Here’s what I used:

So, what inspires you?  What is it that makes you get out of your chair and stamp?  Please post into the comments!  I would love to hear what you have to say!