This is a tough year. I don’t have to say it or to type it, we all know it. Even my Annual Holiday Stamp Camp was not happening.
In case you wanted to know why-1. Crafters get awfully close, 2. I have a large older clientele, and 3. My usual venues were not allowing groups and or events. Occasionally I do hold an online class/Demonstration. My goal is to hold more, Facebook Live classes, in the next few months but issues with our WIFI and cable in our home for a while now. I updated the router then the Modem box. I am trying to update my spot in the basement that I normally hold my Facebook Live. Mesh system is my next “big thing”. Ahh, technology! I want it, need it, gotta have it. In order to get to plan H, you need to go through a lot of hoops, etc. As you know, It’s never one thing, you start working and many things begin to unfold around to be worked on. It describes 202o, perfectly.
Throughout the year, I have been work on different projects, hoping that all my events “happen! My Autumn Craft Fair at Hawks View in Lake Geneva, Early October, went through perfectly. My Halloween/Autumn Craft fair in Rockford, Il was canceled. Bummer! That one was rescheduled for later in December. I have three more Autumn/Holiday markets happening, so far, in Wisconsin. Many of my Crafty fellow demonstrators, all over the USA and Canada, have had them canceled or rescheduled. it’s been rough for everyone, and I am still, plugging along.
Today, I created ornaments with leftover tags I bought and used at my, very small, Open House in August. I saw an ornament at a local Orchard shop and knew I could recreate it with Stampin’ Up! It’s what I do. I am so excited to share them with you. The metal is no longer available (contraband-Spellbinders use to carry as did Walnut Hollow) except in a found stash! Now, you can use Aluminium cans, cut up, but I’m not sure how our Thinlit dies would cut through. So with that being said, I am sure our Foil sheets or our new Brushed Mettalic Cardstock would work just as well. Since I wanted the actual “metal” look and feel, I used them for my crafts to sell.
I know, they look like regular foil. All are inked with Whisper White Craft ink, embossed in white embossing powder. Each metal ornament is popped up with thick double sticky tape or dimensionals.
This is the one that got me started. I saw one that was similar for sale and I knew I needed to get busy and create it. This came out just the way I wanted.
For the bell, I didn’t have the Red and Green foil so I used our Stampin’ Blends. I just added Scotch tape to the backside to hold the leaves and berries in place. I added dimensionals to pop up.
A bit of Blue. Our new Balmy Blue Glimmer paper was just the right touch. I used Fine Tip Glue to keep the blue snowflake from going anywhere.
Now, this is my favorite one:
The star came from our All the Trimmings Embellishments. I colored the metal with Mossy Meadow Green Stampin’ Blend pen, and let dry. Next, I used the Pine Woods Dies and cut out. This metal was a thinner gauge so I used the paper backing/chipboard, and cut out a set of trees, and glued to the green metal trees. Popped up with dimensionals. So much fun. It really was a great day to craft. I will plan on pricing at $3.50-$4.00.
No matter what you are doing, take a little time, and craft some fun.
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