Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Zig Zag Card Tutorial

Hi All!

I wanted to share with you a fun and exciting new way to create a card.  Let me first say that I did this tutorial with just a regular 80 lb. sheet of legal sized paper to make a mock-up first. You may want to do this, too, before you start to work with your favorite sheet of cardstock.  So - let's get started!

You Will Need:
1.  8.5x14 piece of cardstock;
2.  a ruler;
3.  something to score with (I use scissors+my ruler)
4.  craft knife + self-healing mat or protected surface.
5.  pencil

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To Do:
1. Cut down your 8.5x14 sheet of paper to 12x5.5.
2. Lengthwise, score at 2"; 4"; 8"; and 10".


3.  Now, along the first score line, measure 2" down from the top of the card. Mark with a dot.  Do the same on the 10" score line and, pressing LIGHTLY, connect the dots across lengthwise.  This is where you will cut.

4.  Now do the same, only measure 2" up from the bottom and do the same as you did before.

5. Trace your lightly penciled in lines with your craft knife.

6.  Now you should have a free flap in the middle of your paper. On the left hand side, pull the inside free part up and fold along the score line, and the others down and fold.  Do the reverse on the right hand side, like so:
And you're base of the card is finished! Embellish as you wish! :D
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. :)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Looking to the Future

Hi All,
Looking forward to the near future, Father's Day is just around the corner! I've already made my card for Dad, cuz when it comes to holidays I have to make/get things early, otherwise I'm late. hehe. Here is a simple card I came up with for Dad.
Really plain and simple, but I wanted the circle printed paper to speak for itself. The sentiment is embossed and the inside of the card is lined in fine white paper, with a matching envelope.

Here is another card that I recently made using Bombshell Stamps.

Originally I had posted this to my flickr group (Colorful Handmade Cards - http://www.flickr.com/groups/1247865@N22/) without the clippies or leg popped off the page, thinking it was finished. Something just didn't seem right, so I worked a little more on it and this is what I came up with. I like it much more now than I did before. I think the extra embellishments made all the difference. I really like these stamps, as well. They are cute and the only real pinup style on the web that I like. Other styles on the web seem to be off, somehow.
Anyways, I hope you like these cards and they provide a little inspiration to your own crafts.
Till next time.
Me

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Street Fair Recap!

Hi All,

Well, the street fair was fun! I was situated right next to a kettle corn guy who gave me free popcorn all weekend. :D I was right in front of a pakistani food joint, which would have been fine, but they insisted on blaring their (fucking) irritating music inconsiderately right in my booth. On the first day I had to ask them to turn it down 4 times because I couldn't hear my customers (or think)!!! And don't get me wrong, that music is fine for like, one or two songs, but playing it ALL day at high volume, the same cd over and over and over again...I wanted to take my wire cutters and snip the wires to their speakers. No I'm not joking.

The weather was GREAT for the street fair, and I made my booth fee, plus extra to boot, which is more than a lot of vendors there could say, I'm sure. Financially speaking, I don't think it was worth my time. But if we're talking strictly about reaching possible future customers, my work being seen AND making some sales on the side, then it was totally worth it.


However, I'm not sure I will do the UW Street Fair again, simply on the basis that it's so huge. There are *so* many vendors that participate and *so* much to see. (Most of it is the same ol' same ol' stuff you usually see at fairs.) And I found myself getting a lot of compliments on my work, but also a lot of the "we're just starting out and want to see what else there is" and "tire kickers". Also, there were a lot of kids touching my things with their grubby little hands. Only a couple parents told their children not to touch, which was nice. I wish ALL parents did that. (*I* was taught not to touch!) Anyways, it drove me up the wall. (I wanted yell at them, "don't touch the merchandise!!!" But I thought that might kind of kill my sales, so I refrained, HA.)

My mom and dad helped with the booth too! This was nice - mom would work the morning shift and dad would take her place when she left. I liked this cuz my mom has a great personality and easy to talk to, but my dad is very business-oriented and notices things that other people may not. For example, he was pointing out that people were seeing my things from across the street and making a b-line for the table. This made me happy when I started noticing it, too. :P

Now that I think about the actual literal booth, I remembered what else drove me crazy. People walking thru my booth. See, this was my first street fair, and I have only 1 table, two chairs, and a couple boxes and two fabric clothes and a canopy. My canopy is actually a lawn gazibo I got for a GREAT price, but it doesn't have side walls, or anything. I had the table pushed to the front of the booth, but people would just walk along the side of the opening between the next booth and mine and walk THRU the back of my booth. ARG. Now I know why people use side walls!! So I put up some boxes and a hand truck and draped some cloth over it to create a barrier. My dad suggested this, it was a good idea because it worked! I'm doing another fair in August and this time I think I'll hang some wall coverings I have as side walls.

So, overall I learned a lot! And I made some money that I've bought supplies with! And I know what to look for next time: 1. a booth not in front of a middle eastern food joint; 2. side walls; 3. presentation - I need more tables, and some professional display cases; and signage. And I *told* my dad I needed signage, but he didn't think I did, so....ah, c'est la vie.

I found some cute vendors from Seattle too! They're on etsy, too, which made me happy. I dunno why, but it did. lol

Laters!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Destash

Hi All,


In preparing for the street fair this weekend I have been going through my stash of goodies and trying to figure what I will use, and what is just taking up room in my storage containers. There are some items that I have purchased in the past that I haven’t been able to incorporate into my designs, so I’ve posted this on my etsy site as “destash” items. Check them out, you may find something that I haven’t been able to use, but that would be perfect for you or your pieces!

Talk to ya later!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

WOW!

Hi All,

Well, I finally have time to post this little update. The Ladies Night shopping craft show thing went REALLY well. I made a lot of profit (more than I thought I would) and there was a lot of foot traffic and my things were seen. I also noticed that people were more interested in my jewelry than my cards. I suspect that this is due mainly to my lack of merchandising for my cards. I need to figure out a better way than a table-top spinner display. Perhaps a tiered acrylic display? I'm not sure. But, I was invited to do the next Ladies Night event again, so that's great! A possible long-term event booking! :D

Now comes the big show! This weekend is my big street fair. I'm excited and horrified all at once. I'm not sure that I have enough product for the street fair, but I've been working my little fingers to the bone to make what I can in time. I don't think I will have enough time to get a new display for my cards in time for the street fair, but - that's alright. You live and learn, right?

Talk at ya later!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Today is the Day!

Hi All!

Well, today is the day of the Ladies Night street sale. It's not really a "street fair" but more of a sidewalk sale of sorts. I've been gearing up and prepping for it for about a week, but not really *creating* anything until the last few days. What I came up with kind of surprised me.
First I should explain that I'm not one to make cards or jewelry because I have to meet deadlines. If I feel crafty, I craft. (I don't push myself, but I *do* try to create something every day.) If not, I don't. I have found that if I set a goal, I automatically feel pressure from myself to get it done, and that takes the fun out of it for me. I've pretty much always been like that tho, if I feel like it's required, I won't do it. LOL Anyways, below are some things that I've come up with in the last few days for the sidewalk sale. They are also listed online in my shop if you are interested in purchasing. Also, if you would like more in-depth photos of my pieces, please visit my flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/reactionphotography/

I am continually posting new items to my shop, flickr, and on my blog so please stay tuned! :)



FYI: Most of this recent jewelry has been consigned to me by a friend and is not my original design. :-)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Invitation to Ladie's Night

Hi all!
Last Friday I was telephoned by a client of mine who invited me to do a "Ladie's Night" street fair table for my handmade cards and jewelry. I'm quite excited about this because it will give me the chance to 1. get exposure in my community as an artist, and 2. it will give the shop owner (my client) a chance to see how well my items will sell. She is still on the fence re: purchasing a wholesale order from me. In part, I beleive this is due to financials. When I originally proposed the wholesale purchase of my handmade cards and jewelry it was the slow months of her business. She runs an ice cream parlor and the summer months are her busiest months, so I think this would be a great opportunity to see how my products will be able to sell.
I've also made some new cards lately. Check 'em out and tell me whatcha think!!!


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