Hip Hip Hooray! Tag

I have a fun little tag to share with you today!  When coming up with designs to teach for my classes, I start by messing around with older stuff I have in my stash.  Once I come up with a design, I re-do it using the papers and embellishments I have set aside for the class.  This tag is a result of this process.  Probably not the most time efficient way of doing things, but it works for me (for now)!  :)

I have a new tab on my blog: CLASSES that lists out all the classes I’m teaching at any given time.  If you live in the San Diego area and are interested in taking one of my classes, please check out the schedule HERE.

Supplies used
Stamps: Sweet Stamp Shop (Scootin By) 
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream)
Patterned Paper: Echo Park (Sweet Summertime collection)
Ink: Clearsnap (raven black)
Accessories: Divine T wine (bakers twine); ribbon & buttons from stash
Tools:  Silhouette SD (tag); Stampin Up scallop border punch
Techniques: Paper piecing

CHA-W 2012: Designer Showcase

I have some picture to share of my Designer Showcase display from CHA!  The first one is of my whole display.  I spent a lot of time planning out every detail and I am *really* happy with how everything came together!  I decided to go with a party theme, so I included some things in my display you might see at a party: streamers, presents, guestbook and who could forget the desserts!

This next pic shows the circle garland that I sewed (so easy!!) and the framed banner to go with my booth colors/theme.  Since the Designer Showcase displays were all about “selling” ourselves, I made myself the subject of the framed banner.  I plan on switching out the pics of me and replacing them with crafty/inspirational quotes and hang it in my crafty space!

This next pic is a close-up of the right side of my display.  I made a couple of “cake stands” by glueing together glass saucers and goblets using E-6000 adhesive then spray painting them with primer, than a glossy apple red paint.  They turned out so good!  I filled a large glass cookie jar with lollipops (for display only) and then a purple basket that held my handmade business cards.

This next pic is a close-up of my handmade business cards.  I made about 220 of them and I would guess they took a full 24 hours total to make.  The backsides were covered with a coordinating patterned paper and a circle-punched piece of cardstock with the Designer Showcase info to give out to people on the showroom floor.  No two are the same and I *love* how they turned out.  They were definitely worth the time and effort to make them!

This next pic is a close-up of the presents.  For the two boxes, I covered empty boxes I’d saved from previous Amazon orders and covered them in white tissue paper.  I made the paper bow from instructions I found online and hand stamped each little pennant banner to match the “party” colors.  The gift bag was made using some shapes cut out with my Silhouette and adhered with my Xyron, so it came together fairly quick.

This next pic is a close-up of the tablecloth I made for the display.  I picked up a canvas painting drop cloth from Home Depot and used fabric glue to adhere strips of fabric onto the canvas.  I then adhered buttons threaded with twine on top of the fabric strips and it was done! It took about 2 hours from start to finish for this project.

My last pic is actually not part of my Designer Showcase display, but of an ornament I created for the Community Park.  CHA worked with a handful of charities for this show and the Designers were invited to pick one of the charities and create an ornament that was representative of that charity.  The charity I chose was the Girls & Boys Club.  I actually grew up going to a local B&GC after school and during the summertime for many years.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  To those of you that read my blog on a regularly, I hope to getting back to a more “normal” posting frequency now that CHA is over. I have a few things ready to be posted, so you’ll see me again real soon – maybe even tomorrow!  ;)

CHA-W 2012 – It’s Here!!

I know a bunch of you are en route or already at CHA soaking up the creativity bursting from the Anaheim Convention Center!  I head up tomorrow morning and I am SO ready to be there!!  For those of you going to CHA, I would LOVE it if you checked out the Designer Showcase happening on Monday/Tuesday during regular show hours.  It’s being held in Room# 204ABC and my display is at Table# 33.

I’m also demonstrating for Eco Green Crafts in Booth# 2688 Sunday/Monday/Tuesday for a couple of hours each afternoon.  I know they have some great new products coming out that you will LOVE!

Before I leave, I want to share with you one of the projects in my display!  It goes perfectly with Moxie Fab World’s die cutting challenge!  :)

The End of January

Where has the month gone?  It seems like we were ringing in the new year only a few days ago and now we’re almost to the end of January.  I’ve been busy, busy in my crafty area but nothing I can show just yet.  Once CHA is done I’ll have some things to share finally!

A couple people posted in the comments of a previous post asking about the CHA Designer Showcase and wanting to know what it is.  The CHA Designer Showcase is a room of table-top displays put together by CHA Designer Members that act as three-dimensional portfolios for the creative services designers can provide to the industry. I’ve been hard at work on my display for a couple weeks now and I am so happy to say it’s all coming together and I think I may finish it a day or two early.  I promise to show pictures of my display once I get home from CHA next week!  Until then, I have a simple but sparkly bookmark to share with you. You probably won’t hear from me again until Friday, so until then…Have a great week!

New Year, New Project!

Happy New Years!  I hope you ushered in the new year in a big, fun way!  We had a Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie marathon that wrapped up about 15 minutes before the clock struck midnight.  Very low-key and I was with family, so it was perfect! While watching the movies last night I finished up a project for our living room.  It will fit in perfectly with our red corduroy couch and turquoise area rug!  The painted frame is a $5 find at Tuesday Morning – got to love a good deal!

Chalkboard Tags

First off, thank you so much to those who left comments on my Tuesday Trigger win – I really appreciate it!!

The last couple of days have been busy for me!  I am a new designer member with CHA and will have a space in the Designer Showcase so I have been busy planning things out.  I know the show is still 6 weeks out, but the time will go by fast!!  Anyone else going to CHA?

I have a fun tag to share with you today.  I used a sheet of 1/64″ birch plywood and used my Spellbinders dies to cut out the shapes of my tag.  I then used some chalkboard paint and painted the cut out wood shapes.  I did two coats then let it dry overnight.  After rubbing chalk on the painted wood and then rubbing it off, it was ready to use!  This was a really easy project to make.  I love that you can use them over and over again!  A different theme/holiday – tons of possibilities!

ETA:  I have a card featured on the Paper Smooches blog today!  Yay!!

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Happy Holiday Penguin Tags

I have another holiday tag to share today.  This should be the last of them, as I haven’t made any new ones lately.  I think I’m finally all tagged out!  Holiday tags can be purchased here if you are interested.

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