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Christmas Past

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 I’ve been a Pinterest junkie for many years and have pinned hundreds of cards to copy!  Today I’d like to share some of my all-time favorite CopyCat Christmas cards from years past!  My first card is a natural beauty; just look at the glow in the center!!  I found THIS card on Pinterest a couple years ago, and ordered the Tim Holtz Great Outdoors set just so I could make it!  And believe me, I have more cards using this set in my Pinterest board to copy!  
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Karen Dunbrook is one of my favorite card artists and I’ve gotten to know her a little through social media lately, but when I found this card of hers a few years ago on Pinterest, I immediately saved it to copy!  I changed it up a little with the addition of die-cut pine needles but I wish I could claim this simple yet striking beauty as my own design!  
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You all know that I’m a huge fan of Stampendous stamps and this is one of the first ones I purchased after seeing THIS card on Pinterest!  I’ve made a number of cards using Christmas Cottage but this is one of my favorites!  Funny to see my old photography!  
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How adorable is this?!  This is Unity Stamp’s Owl Warm-hearted set and I just love how sweet these two are, perched on their little branch!  I don’t often use patterned paper but I like it here!  
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Is it any wonder that I love pointsettia stamps?!  I first discovered Stampendous’ Jumbo Pointsettia via Pinterest with THIS image which grabbed me by the throat!!  It’s a long-retired stamp but I hunted it down a number of years ago and found it on ebay.  I cannot stop making cards with it!!  
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Distress oxide inks are game-changers for me!  I’ve always loved distress inks and the cool effects you get with them, but the oxides velvety finish make my artist heart sing!  I used Stampin Up’s retired Snowflakes set on this card and a sentiment from Penny Black’s Believe set.  Gold glitter card stock is also a favorite!  
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Speaking of gold glitter stock, isn’t this ornate die-cut frame gorgeous?!  I bought it at AC Moore and just love it, paired here with Tim Holtz’ Holiday Greens Mini Thinlets, some distress ink, another sentiment from that Penny Black Believe set and a few golden Nuvo Drops!  
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This sweet image is one I found on Pinterest a couple years ago, resized it to A2 size and printed it out on my computer!  I had recently gotten my first Prismacolor pencils and just loved coloring these adorable little mice!  
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My final favorite CopyCatCard from Christmas’s past is this one featuring the AMAZING Snowy Postcard stamp by, of course, Stampendous!!  I’ve always been drawn to vintage images that are rendered in a realistic manner and Pinterest is overflowing with unbelievable cards made with this stamp!  Here’s one that I’ve saved to my board, and here’s another.  
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Craft Show Review and Observations

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Hello friends!  I just participated in my first craft show in a few years and at a larger venue (high school) than I’ve ever done before, and want to share with you my review of the day and observations!  Here I am, set up the night before and happily excited about the show!  This is an older banner with my non-married name!  If you plan to do shows more than once or twice, having a banner with your name/logo/info is an important part of your display.  I bought the one pictured above from Vistaprint about eight years ago and think I paid $35 for it.  Here’s the one that I’ve updated and just ordered today using a Black Friday discount which will make it $23!

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I researched craft show/display/table arrangements/sale items etc for a couple months via Pinterest and picked the brains of other stampers via my Facebook stamping groups, and one thing mentioned was to create height in your display.  So I looked for and found the blue revolving rack on the left, the little wooden shelves in the center and a wire birdcage sort of thing, all at Goodwill!  Interesting though that most people didn’t even look up at my painted canvases on the top shelf; they all were looking down at the table as they perused!
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We saw a wonderful setup using bi-fold doors which looked like this but hers was wider, had no gap in the center and created a fabulous back “wall” for her space.  She had a table on either side of this, creating a U shape and it was very inviting.  Tim and I both loved it so now will go search at Goodwill and reStore for bi-fold doors!
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Another thing is that many crafter’s said NOT to display every single item you have but to arrange them in a pleasing way and only add more as needed.  I ended up removing a few of the post-it note holders from the bottom shelf and moving the items closer to the front.  And none of the post-it note holders sold but all the calendars did!  I bought my little calendars from Taylored Expressions!  Today they’re $2.10 for a pack of TEN!  :O  I may create prettier packaging for my clothespin magnets, and add five to a package but still sell individual ones.  Another stamper suggested using many different styles of paper on them, including holiday designs.  I made these the day before the show but will invest more time in them!
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Here is my display of alcohol ink prints.  I was disappointed not to sell more and wonder if I’d had them all standing and arranged nicely, if they’d be more visually appealing.  I enjoyed talking about the inks and some people were quite interested.  If we build the bi-fold doors display then these would go on that.
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Many experienced craft show vendors say to give your customers a deal or a freebie with your name/business info on them .  I didn’t want to take the time to make little freebies so opted for the bowl of chocolate and little sticker dots on the bottom of some with $2 off!  This was a hit and caused some people to find something to buy in order to use the “coupon”!  And only a couple little boys dug around to find the dot!  😀  *BTW, the one alcohol ink print that sold was because the customer got a $2 off sticker and that made them go for it!  Who knew that just $2 would make the difference!?
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This is a secondhand item I purchased for craft show display and yet I don’t love how it looked.  I attached the ornaments with little clothespins but two of them dropped and shattered.  We may just buy some really small S hooks to use instead and fill in some of the empty spaces with more clip-on pointsettias and little lights.  At least for holiday shows!  It also doesn’t revolve so perhaps a lazy susan beneath it would be more convenient.
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We displayed my cards in various vintage boxes, baskets and glass dishes and although they looked pretty, customers didn’t seem to spend much time rifling through the cards.  It seems that spinning card racks are a more popular and effective way to display cards, so I’ll be on the hunt for one or two!  I took the time to type out my price signs so that they were all consistent and easy to read.  If I continue to do shows, I’ll probably laminate them so they’ll last longer.
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It was sad to realize that so many of my beautiful cards weren’t seen!
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My daughter loaned us a rug to “cozy” up our space; it also helped to define the space a little more and I’ll be searching for something prettier that matches my color scheme!
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I spent most of the day standing, walking around my area, greeting customers as they approached, engaging them in conversation and asking them if they know anything about rubber stamping.  By about 2pm I had to sit down for a few minutes!  Wear comfortable shoes, bring a chair and do take time to rest if you can!  But be available for questions and to interact with people in a warm and welcoming manner!  They may remember that the next time!
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I loved having my three girls help out at the show and in the preparation beforehand.  Many hands make light work, so the break down, packing up and getting it all back home went quickly!  We ordered Chinese and watched a movie afterward!  The support of family and friends is such a blessing to this crafter!
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My husband, Tim, is my champion and right hand man!  He is always 100% supportive and encouraging of my work, takes care of all the technical stuff for my blog, hauls my stuff around for me and does everything he can to be a help!  He stayed all day at the craft show and that meant so much to me!  I hope you got some tips and pointers from this post and that you’ll consider doing a craft show yourself!  It’s a lot of work but can be so rewarding in ways that are not just monetary!  Thanks for reading!

 

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Imagine

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It’s been really fun to use Brutus Monroe‘s new Deco Foils in my cards the past week or so!  It’s not something I typically add and I’m really happy to be expanding my supplies and techniques!  I created this card to be featured on Brutus Monroe’s blog today, and want to share it with you here as well!  Isn’t it almost magical?!  This foil is called Tide Pool and it just shimmers with soft colors and pattern! Hence, my ocean theme!
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I used soft aqua and purple to bring out the colors in the foil. That beautifully textured embossing folder on the base card is called Waves by Spellbinders.  Using Marble clear toner sheet, I adhered the Tide Pool foil with my laminator then die-cut a circle from it.  A larger die-cut circle in dark purple gave it a nice frame which I adhered to the card base.  On a piece of watercolor cardstock, I heat-embossed in silver the coral, fish and seashell from Stampin Up’s retired By The Tide set, then colored them with my Zig markers.

 

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I arranged my pieces over the circles and attached them with glue and foam tape for dimension.  The sentiment is from Stampendous’ Laurel Burch Imagine Butterflies set and I silver embossed that onto a strip of dark purple card stock, then added a couple faux water droplets for accent.  I went a little crazy with my Crystal Effects by making more droplets all around the card, then to top it off, added sequins!  Sometimes I just can’t stop and yet, I think all the elements work well together!  I’m really happy with the overall design of this and think that the Tide Pool foil is the prettiest focal point!
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Unity Stamps Forever Beautiful

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How beautiful is this gorgeous spray of roses made by Unity Stamps?!  It’s called You Are Forever Beautiful and is on sale right now!  I chose to keep it simple by heat-embossing the image in gold onto a piece of Bristol Smooth paper, then did a wash of aqua using my Zig marker.  I adhered the panel to a base card of vanilla card stock.  
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I also embossed the sentiment in gold.  The addition of a few sequins were the final touch to this beautiful yet simple card!  
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Some of My Favorites!

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I pulled a number of cards from my photo files to share some of my all-time favorites!  I think you’ll like them too!  This card was copied from one I saw on Pinterest a couple years ago and LOVED!  I had to improvise a bit to create the gold frame behind the flowers; I used Altenew’s Beautiful Day set, heat-embossed in gold onto Bristol Smooth watercolor paper and fussy-cut them out.  I embossed the leaves onto vellum.  I didn’t have a frame die back then, so instead embossed the frame stamp and cut it out by hand.  I think the geometric black and white paper makes an interesting backing for the organic florals!  
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I’ve always loved the vintage feel of this card!  I used an old Stampin up set called Nature Walk and stamped the images onto a vintage book page, then cut it into panels.  I mounted them onto a layer of dark brown card stock, then onto a pretty yellow card base.  The flower is one I picked up at Michaels and after I scrunched up a length of silk binding tape and glued it to the strip of dark brown card stock, I glued the flower over it.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from another retired Stampin Up set called Warmest Regards and I stamped that onto a punched out label, sponged brown ink around the edges to soften and added a brass brad.  
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Here’s another favorite vintage/shabby chic styled card I made some years ago, using torn patterned paper, a bit of vintage book page and Stampin Up’s retired Toile Blossoms which I stamped in pink and brown ink onto a piece of card stock.  I smudged brown ink around the edges to soften, then roughed up the edges with my scissors.  A length of sheer ribbon, then velvet ribbon tied on completed this beautiful card!  
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I was really into vintage/shabby chic!!  Using patterned papers add interest to a card and I love the colors in this one!  Stampin Up’s retired Bloom With Hope blossom was colored with markers then clear embossed for shine.  I added a die-cut sprig of leaves, a length of crocheted lace and a twist of black string.  The sentiment is a Stampin Up stamp and mounted using a Stampin Up punch.  Two little golden jewels added the final detail!  
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I have several Stampendous scenery stamps and I’ve always loved this one, as it reminds me of Vermont!  I colored this with Zig markers, fussy-cut it out, mounted it onto levels of patterned paper then onto a dark brown base card.  The sentiment is from Stampin Up’s retired Botanicals set; I smudged brown ink all over it to “distress” it.  Copper brads add a little extra touch.  
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This Inkadinkado stamp was given to me by my step-daughter a number of years ago and I think it’s so beautiful!  I stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black permanent ink onto a piece of card stock then colored it using Zigs.  I cut the panel down and layered it over a piece of red card stock, then onto a base card which was layered with patterned papers.  I looped a length of narrow red ribbon and attached it along the edge to add a fun bit of texture!  
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Oooooo!!  More beautiful patterned paper!  I stamped, colored and then glazed with Glossy Accents the blossoms from Stampin Up’s Fabulous Florets set, die-cut the green leaves and layered them onto a strip of blue textured cardstock to which I’d added two little eyelets.   I stamped the Thinking of You sentiment over the patterned paper.  
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This is probably my favorite of ALL of these cards!  I made this for my daughter, Sara, a long time ago.  I embossed the base card with a folder then smudged a little gray ink onto it.  Layers of patterned paper, die-cut leaves, a store-bought paper rose and a length of ribbon held down with brads made for a very easy, but very beautiful card!  The sentiment is from a Tim Holtz set.  
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Simon Says Stamp Winter Flowers

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Can you believe this is a pointsettia?! It’s from Simon Says Stamp’s Winter Flowers set and I challenged another stamper on Instagram to use it in a non-holiday way and this is my take!  Unfortunately, I embossed the image in gold onto Neenah Index white cardstock instead of heavier watercolor paper, so as you can see, my coloring pilled the paper a bit.  I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers in shades of pink and peach.  Thankfully I had the coordinating dies to cut out the images, and just layered them to the faux wood panel using double-stick foam tape.  That was adhered to a base card of green Bazzill card stock.  A few sequins and a twist of gold cording, then the sentiment embossed in gold completed this fun card!

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