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Selling Some Card Creations

Selling Some Card Creations

Whew! I’ve been gone for almost a year! Luckily, I’m back 😉

I have the wonderful opportunity to sell some of my cards at the Paper Crane in Half Moon Bay, California. They are quite old school and magnificent. They do letter press on site and work with small companies and artisans (mainly local, hence me!) to fill the store. It’s also a family run business and, to be fully transparent, I’m friends with the son and daughter-in-law of the operation.

Here are some of my cards that will be going on sale in a few weeks:

I enjoyed creating cards that don’t come from any one company, as well as using some of my ATC skills.

I hope you enjoy and highly recommend you check out the Paper Crane, not just for my cards, but for the wonderful selection of unique cards and gifts.

Cheers, Gretchen

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Fun with My New Toy: a Cricut Explore One

My lovely hubby got me a Cricut Explore One for Christmas. I had been putting off getting one because I felt it was “cheating”. I was wrong. It takes a lot to make something original, even with design space. It is soooooooo much fun too!

I played around with it for a while before “printing” anything. I finally did for both my nephew’s and friend’s birthdays.

For my friend, I was more original though not fully. I used images, but didn’t do a full layout from the system. I used a flower image from the subscription and bought a Lia Griffith because, well, it was a gorgeous image! I then watercolored the background. Real watercolors, took me so long to get what I wanted, but I had completely forgotten that I could do it with a water pen and ink … eh, it worked out well in the end.

Anyway, here is the card I made for my friend with the Lia Griffith image (and the bottom bit the negative of the flower):

Owl Card

I’ve also used my lesson learned to make multiples when I figure out a good layout with good images, so here are the next three:

Flower and Owl Cards

Totally cheated for my nephew, as I just couldn’t think of something original. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of the card. I both forgot and didn’t much care to since it was direct from the Cricut subscription file. I was a T-Rex skeleton that said Happy B-Day. That is totally not my type of phrasing, but that whole mental block was my excuse. So, here’s another crafter (Angela Dodson at PollyPurpleHorse) who did the same card, but a little nicer and with a goggly eye (and in orange rather than green)!

As my most original I made stencils from freezer paper for onsie creation. I uploaded my “own” images and turned them into stencils. Have the Cricut cut the freezer paper from Design Space, gently separate, iron onto the onsies, wait to cool, sponge paint, wait to dry, remove freezer paper, and voila! (Reinforcement of geekhood: yes, that is a TARDIS from Doctor Who. We’re both fans 🙂 )

Owl and Android Onsies

TARDIS Onsies

Supply list: Cricut Explore One with tools and mat; Stampin’ Up paper in Basic Black, Kraft, Lost Lagoon, and (I think) Wisteria Wonder; Stampin’ Up Morning Meadow Clear-Mount Stamp Set (an old hostess set); watercolor paper and watercolors from Michaels (Artist Loft, nothing fancy); fabric paint, fabric paint medium, and acrylic paint (Martha Stewart) from Michaels; freezer paper (only seems to be available at the supermarket); onsies from Amazon.

A Baseball Playing Dinosaur Baby Shower

My friend (S.) is pregnant and fairly new to the country. They don’t really throw showers in Germany, so another German friend of hers (A.) and I worked out one for her with both traditional and non-traditional elements. As a side note, I have never thrown a baby shower and have been to very few.

Traditional: food (and lots of it), decorations, a game, wishes for the baby and parents

Non-Traditional: Baseball and Dinosaurs theme, only one game, no baby or blue/pink decorations, both men and women in attendance

A. took on the food. I love decorating for holidays and parties, so I took this part and all crafting bits on myself. Below is the scrapbook set-up with a request for wishes and ideas on how to present them. Project Life cards (I once had the idea to scrapbook and then I rediscovered Shutterfly for photo books) for writing those wishes, stickers, pens, etc. The strings you see are holding balloons to the the dinosaur jars full of jelly beans. A. did an amazing job on the food and you can see one of my hanging, non-crafted decorations.

People writing things for the baby and parents.

Dinosaur with Jelly Beans Give Away

Food!

I didn’t take pictures of the game, but it was a card deck with all the letters of the alphabet and some cards that said boy or girl. S. would pick a letter and a gender from the deck and the guests would have 1 minutes to write as many names as they could think of with those limitations.

I had a lot of fun decorating, but even more fun creating the gifts (some of which were also decorations). A. gave me Onsies that were leftovers from the last baby shower she threw. She said that the people at that party weren’t much interested in decorating them, so asked if I would like to. But of course! I had a few pre-made stencils, though only used one, and made the other two from online images and sticker paper. Do NOT use sticker paper on cloth for stencils. It took me longer to get the sticker off than to create and paint. At least they turned out nice. S. loves owls and Doctor Who, so those two were easy to figure out, and why not a squirrel, eh?

A. gave me onsies and I had fun. (Side note: don't use sticker paper for a stencil. So hard to get those last bits off!)

I made these for selfish purposes. I’ve been wanting to try this technique since I first saw it on Pinterest and now I had an excuse! Front side has the words used commonly in German and the back side has the English (American, Mommy and Daddy).

Mama and Papa Mugs

The actual present and card are below. The is the absolute best wrapping job I’ve ever done, so I had to take a picture. I didn’t mean for the colors to match; that just happened.

Seriously the best wrapping I have ever done on a present. Ever.

I made similar blocks before my daughter was born, but with a shimmery white background, rounded corner numbers, no baseball paper, and in English rather than German.

Age Blocks

I learned this one at my Bridal Shower: the hosts give the shower-e (?) a set of Thank You Cards, so they don’t have to buy them or much think about anything but writing. These were fun and easy to make.

Thank You Cards

So, I got my supplies from all over the place, including Amazon, Michaels, Etsy shops, Stampin’ Up, and probably somewhere else. Leave a comment if you would like to know where a specific product came from or how something was made.

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