10.15.2008

Custom Christmas cards made to order, just like McDonald's does it.

Paper Miniskirt is gearing up for its first craft show this weekend. I've been tossing around the idea of doing cards for awhile in addition to my picture frames, but most people just aren't willing to pay the money, even though they'll pay $4 for a Hallmark card. Or $6, if you are my husband and go all out, thinking this is an ok thing to do when his wife has $82 billion dollars worth of stamping/cardmaking scrapbooking stuff at his fingertips. So I have come up with a solution. I am going to showcase 4-6 different cards - different stamp sets, colors, styles, and let the buyer choose from those samples. None of this starting from scratch, whipping up something new everytime. After all, when you go to McDonald's, they don't have 9 new sandwiches each week, do they?! No, you know that if you go on Wednesday or Sunday, the #1 Value Meal is always going to be the Big Mac. Hey, if it works for them.....So I started working on these samples today, and my first one was inspired by this card by Angie Tieman. I get her blog posts daily. I get about 60 blogposts daily -- and hers are usually the only ones that make me ooh and aah. Her style is very similar to how I like to create. Her lines are very clean and symmetrical, and not a lot of coloring, which is one thing I don't love.
Now, originally I made this card to stand vertically, but when I moved it the other way, I realized it looked MUCH better. So horizontal it is. Do you love the scallop circle? It is the 3" one. Now that's a big scallop. They've become an obsession, and punches seem to be what I spend my coupons on each week.

New favorite paper line

http://websterspages.typepad.com/webstershome/2008/10/ready-for-more.html?cid=134880169#comments Webster's Pages!! They are deee-lish. I found them through Stephanie's website. And if you don't know Stephanie, you're missing out. This gal can SCRAP. She has the most adorable little girls, and does the sweetest, most raw, truthful journaling. And, her husband is deployed, so if you're ever feeling down, think of what she's enduring. I know I do, and I instantly feel guilty with myself. She is a true artist. Anyhow, back to Webster's Pages. They have a program where you take a form to your LSS and ask them to carry Webster's. If they order the product, and use your name, Webster's sends you a goodie box. And GOODIE it is! I received mine last week, and it was filled with journaling cards and paper. I am in LOVE. Zack's pages are starting to look a little more feminine, but I don't care. I love this stuff.

10.07.2008

Altered Clipboard - Wanted Cowboy

Here's one of the altered clipboards that I've been working on for my show next week. I've finished about 10 of these, all in different styles. This one used Stampin' Up's Wanted papers (now retired) and Cosmo Cricket's die cuts, which happened to match perfectly. Love when that happens. You can fit a 5x7 or two 4x6 photos on here. I plan to stick some photos on with removable adhesive so that people understand what it's for. I also will sell the easel's with them.

Dream Street Papers

Here's a couple layouts that I made last week using Dream Street Papers. These were made on Zack's 3rd birthday last week. It was so weird to be doing this layout of him 2 months old, when he was turning 3 that day. I can remember having that picture taken at Target. It was one of the first times we were out all by ourselves, and he threw a fit afterward, spit up all over that outfit. Have you seen the new Webster's Pages paper? Ohhhhhh....cute. And, on their website, they have a little form, that if you take it into your LSS, and the store then orders Webster's Pages and gives you credit, Webster's will send you a gift pack. Well, I took it in to my LSS, and my gift pack arrived today. Gotta love free supplies. And these are CUTE. And they send a catalog, so you can order more stuff. Isn't that cool?!? I finally got my pictures uploaded at ordered from the past month at Scrapbook Pictures.com. If you don't have your photos printed here, you should. They have so many different sizes, and you can do b/w or sepia. AND their shipping is only $2. No matter how much you order. I love how you can crop the pics however you'd like. I usually spend a ton of time editing them once I've uploaded them. The whole process can take awhile, if you leave all your photos until the end of the summer live I have done, but when you get them in 4x7, or 5x5 size and they are just PERFECT for layouts, then it's worth it.