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Craft Fairs!

My apologies for the long absence in posts.  My excuse is that I’ve been pouring my creative energy into cards and other papercrafts, rather than writing. I am a vendor at two holiday craft fairs this year and the first one is tomorrow — November 1, 2014 – in Delmar, New York; it is being sponsored by the St. Thomas the Apostle School PTO. The second one is the Somers (NY) Primrose School Holiday Happiness Craft Fair on Saturday, December 6th. This will be my second year at the St. Thomas PTO Craft Fair (though the first with my own booth), and my first year at Holiday Happiness. Needless to say, I’m EXCITED!

Since the St. Thomas fair is so early, I’m going to have both Thanksgiving / fall cards and Christmas cards and gift card holders / gift tags available for sale. At both fairs I’ll also have a small selection (ok, who am I kidding, I’m bringing along way too many than I’ll ever have room to display) of my various “occasion” cards – thank you, thinking of you, sympathy, birthday, etc.  These include items I’ve listed on my Etsy shop. Visitors to each craft fair who express interest in the cards, but not in purchasing at the fair, will receive a coupon with a code for free shipping from my Etsy shop.    I thought that might be a way to generate traffic to my shop even after the fairs are over.  I’m still working on building up the number of visitors to my shop.

Here is a sneak-peek at two of the gift card holders that I made early this morning:

Gift Card Holders. Images c. Stampin' Up!

Gift Card Holders. (images c. Stampin’ Up!)

I’m hoping these will be big sellers – they are just so darn cute!

Depending on how things go tomorrow (and I’m hoping they go well!) I’ll either spend November restocking or retinkering.  I still have many design ideas for Christmas cards that I haven’t made yet, so those will probably be the focus of my efforts the next few weeks.  And perhaps writing more here!

’til next time…..





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My Fall Cards

Alas, no time to write this week; I’ve been busy posting my fall line up of handmade cards on my Etsy shop.  Despite the shorter days and the onset of cooler weather, I love the rich colors that fall brings.  Stampin’ Up!, whose products I use to make my cards, brings those colors to life in their papers and inks, making it easy to produce gorgeous fall designs.  Here are some of my favorites creations:

Give Thanks on Ivory

Give Thanks Card with Five Leaves and Embossed Background


Maple Leaf Trio "Thankful For..."

Maple Leaf Trio “Thankful For…”


Maple Leaf Duo - Gratitude Can Transform

Maple Leaf Duo – Gratitude Can Transform


Happy Thanksgiving Card


Falling Leaves Thankful For Card

Falling Leaves Thankful For Card

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