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Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, United Kingdom
This is a blog I use to share my papercraft projects. I make them for friends and family, as well as selling them to fund my craft stash. You can get in touch with me at loumac03@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to place a commissioned order.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Sentimental Sundays #66 - Garden Party

The last day of July '11 - seriously.. WHERE is this year going?! Whizzing past my eyes. Blink and you'll miss it guys. Geezz.

Anywho, another sunday another Sentimental Sundays Challenge!! Yeah!! I'll admit I had a bit of trouble getting my head around this challenge theme - so if you find yourself stuck make sure you head over to the Sentimental Sundays Challenge Blog and see what amazing inspiration the other ladies have got for ya.

This week.. we want have a theme of..


Interpret this any way you wish. You could use things you find in your garden, or you could include loads of flowers and foliage, fences and trellis, food and bbqs, tables and chairs. You get the idea.. I hope.

I have come up with another little accordian tag project. I love creating these - the ways in which you can make three little tags look so different is amazing.

The first thing I wanted to achieve with this project was a little picket fence sort of design. So I used 3/4" strips of patterned paper to attach all three tags together and then used a little template to make all of the upright 'sticks' the same shape. It looks sorta cute if I do say so.

I have added my Frayed Burlap distressing and brown doodles to my patterned paper and around the outside of the tags. Of course. As for the flowers - all part of a garden party.. a pretty garden - I have used various blooms from WOC on each tag.

I have used a gorgeous Embellished Square - Leaves with Sentiment digi from Raindrop Echo Designs. This set coordinates perfectly with Labels Sixteen nesties. I have coloured various leaves using a Ginger ProMarker to make the panel stand out slightly more.

Here is the middle tag with a slice of gorgeous patterned paper from MME. I have added a few mini postage stamps from Whimsy Stamps as well as some WOC goodness.

This is the third tag. With a journaling spot as well as another postage stamp and patterned paper.

Here is the back of the design. I have left most of the space blank for journaling or small photographs. I have added my handmade stamp which I add to every project. This shot gives you a better idea of the whole picket fence design. Thank goodness for double sided patterned paper, eh?

I would like to enter these tags into the following challenges:
× Paper Playtime - Summer Theme using a Digi and/ or Stamps
× Anything Goes Challenge - Flowers
× Bearly Mine - #15 Tag You're It
Everybody Art Challenge - #152 Garden

Cardstock: WhSmith - Luggage Tags
Tags: SU! Very Vanilla
Patterned Paper: MME - Stella and Rose Mabel
Stamps/Digi: Raindrop Echo Designs - Embellished Square Leaves with Sentiment; Whimsy Stamps - Everyday Mini Postage Stamp sentiments
Ink: DI - Frayed Burlap
Dies: Nesties - Labels Sixteen; Whimsy Stamps - Mini Postage die
Tools: 1 1/4" square punch
Colour: ProMarkers: Leaves Ginger
Misc: brown fineliner

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Sunday's with Santa

Okay, I've scheduled this post to go live today whilst I start my first day of proper, paid employment! HA! My friend from school got me a little part time job at a local Home Bargains store, so by the time you're reading this I'll be getting trained on the tills. Exciting times! I'll give you all an update (for anyone who is even remotely interested) once I get into the swing of things.  I sat last night and filled out all of the application forms and stuff and got my makeshift 'uniform' ready. I won't have the official shirt yet, but my manager said a dark shirt/ top will do for now. So there ya have it! ;)

So.. the whole point of this post. Here's me rambling on about poop. I recently discovered Sunday's with Santa over on FB. It's a fab little group that has a theme to follow each week as a way to get that stash of Christmas cards built up sometime BEFORE 20th December! LOL.

THE perfect images arrived at my house just the other day. A few stamps from the new LOTV Christmas release. SO! CUTE! I couldn't resist. It's been aaaages since I bought myself some LOTV rubber! This one is called Feathered Friends and I think I love it! HA! Looking at the card now I wish I had added some brown/beige dots around about the image as it appears a little harsh.

 The challenge over on the FB group this week is Week 29 - Anything Goes. Nice and easy! :) I've used some gorgeous deep red cardstock from Papercuts for my cardbase and a slice of paper from Basic Grey Wassail collection. I have followed the sketch over at LOTV this week - it's nice and simple and open to interpretation.

I have coloured the cute little image with a combo of ProMarkers and Copics - as usual! This is the first card I've made using the PM Ultra Fine Nibs - SO cool. They get into the smallest of spaces, which is really handy for these images especially - as they're tiny small. I can see me ordering more, more, more. The possibilities with PM's are really endless now. I only wish there were more colours!!

I have cut close to the edge of the scene and distressed the edges using some Frayed Burlap DI and brown doodles. I have added Star Dust Stickles to the snowy parts of the scene as well as the little girls fluffy hat and collar! Adorable.

Here is a peak of the inside! I have used a piece of paper from the same Basic Grey collection alongside some gorgeous little snowflakes I cut with my slice out of cream linen paper to match the front. I cut a small corner from the same patterned paper as on the front and stamped a Christmas sentiment from LOTV in Frayed Burlap.

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:
× LOTV - Sketch
image × CCEE Stampers - Winter or Summer
× Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes
× Sassy Studio Designs - Christmas in July
× Stampin' B's - Use Ribbon
× Crafty Creations - Christmas in July
× Creative Belli - Christmas in July
× I Love ProMarkers - Anything Goes
I'll add my card to these challenges once I get in from.. work.. ! ;)

Cardstock: Papecuts - Deep Red
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey - Wassail
Stamps/Digi: Lili of the Valley - Feathered Friends, A5 Verses; SU! Circle of Friendship
Ink: DI - Frayed Burlap
Embellishments: Cream and Red Stitched Ribbon; Beige Feather; WOC - 20mm roses
Colour: Copics: Skin E00, 11, R30 Hair E35, 37 Robins E18, 35, 57, Red, Ruby ProMarkers: Reds Crimson, Burgundy, Burnt Umber Greens Marsh Green, Pine
Tools: MM Slice - Fa La La DC
Misc: brown fineliner, Star Dust Stickles

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Tickled Pink Stamp Challenges #30 - Anything But a Square

Time for another Tickled Pink Challenge guys! ;) I'm settling into this roll well and am SO chuffed that Kellie asked me to stay. This would have been my official last post.. but not anymore *big grin* I've got tonnes more to come.

This week we want to see..


Fun, right?! Sometimes we get into a rut and always create square/rectangle card designs. Well it's time to break out of your comfort zone - I can't wait to see the sort of fun shapes you guys come up with.

I decided to have a flick through my nesties and I come across a rather unloved set - Labels 10 - which I thought would be the perfect shape for a little easel card.

I have used some delicious blue cardstock from Papercuts for my cardbase and cut three shapes from the nesties for the base of my easel card. I have doodled all edges using a brown fineliner.

All patterned paper is from MME and has been paired up with aqua embellishments from The Ribbon Girl and Prima. Gotta love aqua!! I tried to keep the card simple as it is relatively small.

I have used Prima pearls to decorate the front as well as create a wedge to prop (not sure of the technical term? Wedge?! LOL!!) my easel card up when it is open. I'll have to keep checking whether they're stuck strong - I've read a lot lately about pearls and other self adhesive embellishments falling off of cards and stuff lately!

This side shot shows the dimension on the card front and the burnt edges of my seam binding. I love the effect this gives. I burn all the edges of my ribbon to seal it from fraying and the seam binding always burns to create a lovely effect. Gotta be careful the flame don't travel all the way up the ribbon though! ;)

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:
× 2 Sisters - Anything Goes
× Just some Lines - Easel Cards
× Daisy Doodles - Anything Goes with a Digi
× Kaboodle Doodles - Real of Faux Stitching
× Make it Monday - Anything Goes
× Corrosive Challenge - All About the Kids

Cardstock: Papecuts - Blue
Patterned Paper: MME Stella and Rose - Hattie
Stamps/Digi: Tickled Pink Stamps Digi - Lil Pinkette Tom Boyz - Truckie Bobbie; Whimsy Stamps - Everyday Mini Postage Stamp Sentiments
Ink: SU! Soft Suede
Dies: Nesties - Labels Ten; Whimsy Stamps - Mini Postage Stamp die
Embellishments: The Ribbon Girl - Paradise Aqua seam binding, small aqua polka dot buttonaqua bakers twine; blue Prima pearls/gem
Colour: Copics: Skin E00, 11, R30 Hair E30, 31, 35 ProMarkers: Shirt and Trainers Cool Aqua, Duck Egg, Denim Blue Trousers Blue Pearl, Cornflower, China Blue Cap Cornflower, China Blue, Buttercup, Mustard Truck Buttercup, Mustard, Pastel Beige, Khaki
Misc: brown fineliner

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

New email

Hey friends,

Just a quick post to let you all know I have a new email address. I couldn't put up with Hotmails flaws anymore! Loads of people haven't been receiving the emails I've been sending them.

So I've switched to Gmail - I've heard nothing but good things about it so hopefully my emails will start behaving again. Now I've just gotta play catch up with everyone who has been thinking I've been ignoring them for the past month or so!!

You can get me on loumac03@gmail.com from now on! :)

Whimsy Inspirations Challenge Blog

Is it just me, or have you all been seeing a lot of this around blogland lately?!

Exciting much?!

I cannot WAIT for this to start! I LOVE Whimsy Stamps stuff, especially the sentiments and dies! The great thing is.. everyone can enter! You don't have to use Whimsy products, but it would be great if you did!

Their first challenge is launched on 10th August - a day before my 21st! :D - and I can't WAIT to see what the theme is!


There is a prize up for grabs too!! If you help them spread the word by posting about it on your blog or popping their image on your sidebar and entering your name into the draw there is a mystery prize.

The winner will be announced alongside the new challenge on the 10th August!!

What are you waiting for?!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

My Favourite Things #July

You all know Kellie Waffle Winnell, right? Check out her blog HERE. She is the owner of Tickled Pink Stamps  and runs the awesome Tickled Pink Stamps Challenges which I am a proud DT member of for the next 6 months! Well over at her blog she has a run down of her fave things over a couple of months at a time - see her recent ones HERE.

Aside from this being a good read, I thought it would be a brilliant idea for meto do. I think it would make me appriciate the things I already have, instead of 'needing' to buy all of the lastest things you see out there in blogland.

Hopefully if I schedule one of these posts for the end of each month I can keep adding to it so it will be ready to post on the day with the stuff I have favourited (sp? - infact, that aint even a real word!) over the month.


*Labels Fourteen Nestablities*

Whether I use them for a backdrop behind my image or as the main focal point on my card I just love the unusual shape of them. The largest shape is perfect for 4.4/4.5" high images so things like Some Odd Girl digis and the standing Pinkettes fit perfectly and are a lovely size to colour. The inward curves down the sides are just right to fit some WOC goodies, such as 10mm and 15mm roses. Which leads me onto one of my other faves.

Which leads me onto one of my other faves.

*Wild Orchid Craft Supplies*

I am quite literally in LOVE with the flowers they supply. I am a relative newbie to the whole deal, but I have learnt a lot. Enough to know that these will be firm favourites of mine for a long time to come. I started out with a few bags of cherry blossoms and 15mm roses in various colours back in March.. and now I am hooked. I have like 6 boxes FULL all seperated into colour family. You know what I'm like.. I mainly use the smaller sizes, such as 8mm, 10mm, 15mm roses, cherry blossoms and aster daisies, but I'm going to challenge myself to use the bigger 20mm and 25mm ones. I try to list ones I've used in specific projects in my supplies at the end of each post - loads of people have found this helpful so I'll keep trying to do the same in the future.

I'll try and update the post with a picture of my boxes. :)

Talking of colour coordinating stuff (you see how everything is linking up here, HA! I've planned this well, yes?)

*SU! & PTI Cardstock*

I recently sorted out all of my SU! and PTI cardstock into ringbinders. A seperate wallet for the full a4 slices and a one behind for the scraps. Nothing can ever go to waste - the cardstock from these two companies is just too delicious! I love being able to coordinate stuff with the patterned papers I'm using at the time. Finding products that match is one of the fun things for me about piecing a project together.

*The Ribbon Girl*

My most fave online shop for ribbon and charms. EVA. I don't shop anywhere else for the stuff. The service and quality of the products is second to none. Mary and Andrea are just lovely, I cannot praise them and their shop enough! I'll update this to add my two drawers full of ribbon from TRG and some odd lengths of some SU!

Finally for this month..


I have been a little bit ill towards the end of this month, so this little beauty has helped me get through the days without 10+ nana naps every hour! HA! I hope it clears up soon - it just zapps me of all energy, but I haven't let that stop me crafting! *big grin*

That's all I got for ya today, be sure to stop by on Thursday for the new Tickled Pink Stamps Challenge! ;)

Monday, 25 July 2011

Pollycraft Challenge #103 - *//HO HO HO\\* Christmas in July

Hey Pollycraft Fans.. we have a double whammy for ya today!! ;)

It's Monday - so that can only mean one thing.. a new challenge..

PLUS we have some Christmas digi previews for you. Can I get a *YIPPEEE*

The challenge theme this week is courtesy of the lovely Joey.. We want to see those


Christmas in July seems to be all over blog land right now so.. there is no shortage of inspiration out there. Be sure to stop by the Pollycraft Challenge Blog to see the inspiration from the awesome bunch of ladies on the DT. 

The lucky winner will receive a £10 voucher to spend in Crafty Emma's Store. She has brand new packs of MME and Basic Grey patterned paper and all sorts of other goodies. Makes me drool just thinking about it!!

For my card I have used the brand new Chesters Letter, his letter appears blank on the digi so you have room for your own sentiment - genius or what?! I stamped a cute sentiment from a Paper Makeup stamp set in Real Red SU! ink.

I have used some scrummy papers from Echo Park - Everybody Loves Christmas collection. I have so many Christmas papers I gotta use up, so I wasn't shy with this card. I love the none traditional colours in this collection so I teamed the papers up with some blue card from Papercuts and distressed and doodles the edges.

I added a die cut flourish from the same blue cardstock, along with a die cut vellum doily, some gorgeous WOC flowers, prima bling and some liquid pearls.

I have coloured Chester with the usual ProMarkers - and now I'm looking at the picture I remembered I was meant to add stickles to the pom pom on his hat and the fluff around the top of his boots - bummer.

Now is he not the sweetest. Be sure to stop by the Pollycraft Challenge Blog and then head over to the other ladies blogs to see the other images from this new release. All the price details will be on the blog.

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:
× Class Act Insider - Christmas
× Fun with Shapes - Christmas in July
× Jelly Park Friends - #1 Christmas in July
× Guylou's Inimitability Digistamps - It's a Recipe
× Polka Doodles - Christmas in July

Thanks for stopping by today guys! Take it easy.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Sentimental Sundays #65 - Focus on the Sentiment

Hey guys, how has your weekend been? Sunny around parts of the UK I hope. Warm thoughts winging their way to our friends in the Southern Hemisphere and my thoughts go out to the friends and family of lost and injured loved ones in Norway. It has been horrific to say the very least.
I have been really ill all weekend. I've been fetching up, for want of a better word, lots of large clumps of phlegm from the back of my throat. It makes me feel sick thinking about it - my boyfriend is worried incase it goes onto my chest, so I booking a docs appointment next week, just incase. A chest infection is the last thing I need!

Onto happier things please..
Time for a truely sentimental challenge today over at Sentimental Sundays..

We want to see


Couldn't be anymore fitting, right? We want to see those words and phrases taking centre stage on your projects this week. So show us what you've got!!

Head on over to the Sentimental Sundays Challenge Blog where you can find details of the prize up for grabs, get loads of amazing inspiration for the other sentimental fools AND grab the freebie sentiments for this week.

So here's the deal. I just wanna make sure that it's not just me.

Please ignore the trousers. They are not my usual attire. Those my friends.. are
PJ bottoms. I find them most comfy. The more comfy I am.. the
longer I can sit and craft for. That is my excuse and I'm sticking to it!
I count 13 pegs of ribbon, some pegs have two types of ribbon on. I'm not even going to count them all, because it pains me. It pains me to admit that even though I have ALL OF THESE SHADES OF BLUE I STILL couldn't find a shade I was happy with for this card. So in the end.. I went with the baby blue grosgrain 6 pegs from the left at the bottom of the peg. Shoot me now.

[Update: I placed an order with TRG and I got 3 more shades of blue ribbon + the aqua mini kit.. because of this whole ordeal!! Seriously. You can NEVER have enough ribbon, right? Tell me, you can never have enough ribbon!! LOL. Ribbon makes me happy! :)]

For my card I just HAD to use a sentiment from Raindrop Echo Designs Cute and Cuddly Set - Basic Grey Max and Whiskers collection was PERFECT for it!! My 6x6 pad had been sitting unloved for a while so this was the perfect excuse to break it out along with the coordinating rubons I found hiding down the side of the drawer!

I printed the digi onto some More Mustard cardstock from SU! - perfect match with this collection - and cut it out using a labels sixteen nestie, this set is growing on me, I gotta admit. I've had it for just as long as my labels four and fourteen but something about it didn't appeal to me right away - Goodness knows why I bought it in the first place. I embossed the die cut and lightly inked the edges and main panel using Frayed Burlap DI. I added some doodles and set it aside.

I searched Feline Playful for a sketch I thought would work well with this challenge and Mojo Monday did not disappoint. I cut a large circle from some cat patterned paper from the BG collection using another nestie and added that to my layout consisting of brown patterned paper and More Mustard cardstock layered together with a white stripe of patterned paper down the right hand side and some cream loopy trim from The Ribbon Girl to finish off the sketch.

Here is a close up of the sentiment. So funny, sooo cute, and sooo sooo true!! My friends cat recently had two kittens.. one ginger tom and a little tabby girl (wth are female cat's called?!). I literally begged my mam for the ginger tom but she said Shadow - our current cat - would probably leave home. I couldn't be coping with the trauma of that. No way. No how. I wish they stayed kittens forever. He could have quite happily lived in my pocket!!

Here is a photo of the inside of the card which I decorated with another die cut, a slice of patterned paper and a rub on fromthe same collection. I rarely show the inside of my cards - but I always decorate them. Good way to use up the scraps of paper and it makes the whole project more finished me thinks!!

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:
× Mojo Monday - #200
[Paper collection is O.L.D]
× Creative Craft Challenges - Let's 3D It

Friday, 22 July 2011

Random.Org Loves Me

Hey friends, just checking in. I was up til the early hours of the morning creating some goodness that I'll have to wait a few weeks to show you. But trust me, it's exciting.

Right, I'll say no more. It's not nice being teased, is it! LOL.

I'm still ILL. Like.. really. I can't even keep myself awake more than a few hours without a big mug of coffee to help me along. I've been cabbaged for the past two days, just cabbaging.

As for the title of this blog post.. HA! Some of you may know I won a clear stamp from the lastest Some Odd Girl release the other week, curtosy of Random.org.. and this morning I woke to find that I had won Dawny P's WOC Candy! Oh yes!! Thank you Random.org. Again. That has cheered me up no end! If you haven't stopped by Dawny's Blog click HERE. She is awesome.

Speaking of CANDY, have you seen Cathy Wallingtons Blog Candy?! Click HERE to check it out. Yumm! You won't want to miss out! ;)

I'm off to boil the kettle. Again. Hopefully the postman will be here with my TRG order today *fingers crossed*

Take it easy! xo

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Tickled Pink Stamp Challenges #29 - Spots and Stripes

Before I get started on my Ticked Pink project today, I just want to say a massive THANKYOU to everyone who has given me advice with regards to the craft fayres and the pricing products post HERE. I have taken everything on board, and all I'm going to say is.. I'll get myself prepared to be disheartened!! Ha. I guess my first one was always going to be nerve wracking and it will be a good way to gauge how future fayres are going to go.

So.. onto the fun stuff :)

Afternoon {PINK} Fans.. boy do I have some exciting news to share with you today.. HA! *happy dance* Kellie has asked me if I would like to stay with TPS for the next 6 months. I had to read her email like four times to make sure I had the right end of the stick.. then I thought about it for like 0.62 seconds and responded with a resounding YES OF COURSE! So there you have it.. Lou Mac Tickled {PINK} Designer for the next 6 months. I won't lie.. I done a happy jig in my chair! :D

Onto this weeks challenge which is..


Ohhhh.. you guys know I've a soft spot for polka dots, so I went all to town with this. I just wish I could have found some of those yummy little polka dot buttons from The Ribbon Girl which I KNOW I own. *rolls eyes* next time perhaps! *scratches head - where ARE they?!*

Head on over to the TPS Challenge Blog to see what other awesome inspiration the {PINK} ladies have got for ya, and make sure you check out the prize to be won this week!!

For my project I had to, had to, use one of my FAVE Pinkettes - Tom Boyz Bug Coraline.. I love her. Sorry if I'm getting boring but these girls just hit the spot for me. They are available from TPS Store.

I used Bazzill Kraft as my card base as usual alongside some GORGE papers from Bo Bunny Gabrielle Collection. Yummmmyyyy!! Blues and teals and browns.. with some pink.. Nice! :) I used both stripey and spotty paper for various elements on my card. I've matted my patterned paper onto some lovely cardstock from Papercuts and distressed the edges with Frayed Burlap DI and added some doodling with a brown fineliner.

I have coloured Coraline with both Copics and ProMarkers. I tried a new combo for her hair.. E15, 18 and 59. Not 100% sure about it but I'll give it a few more goes! :) I have fussy cut her out and placed her on dimensionals above a labels fourteen nestie which I have embossed and distressed again using Frayed Burlap DI and some obligatory doodles. I punched some grass using an MS punch using more stripey paper from the collection and added some punched MS butterflies to the design too.

I have used various WOC flowers [15mm rose - mint and two tone pink; 10mm rose - aqua; semi open 8mm rose - white] alongside some white liquid pearls and some white organza polka dot ribbon from The Ribbon Girl to bring more spots into the design. Lastly, I created my own tag using some linen cardstock - again from Papercuts - and stamped it using a greeting from PTI.

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:
× The Kraft Journal - My Favourite Things
[Kraft, doodles, Pinkette, WOC, liquid pearls]
× Make It Monday - Anything Goes
× Creative Inspirations - Use a Die that Inspires You
[Nesties - Label Fourteen - I use it all. of. the. time!! LOVE IT]
× Stamps R Us - Through the Garden Gate

Cardstock: Bazzil - Kraft; Papercuts - Cream Linen, Blue
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny - Gabrielle
Stamps/Digi: Tickled Pink Stamps Digi - Lil Pinkette Tom Boyz - Bug Coraline; Papertrey Ink - Mat Stack 3
Ink: DI - Frayed Burlap
Dies: Nesties - Labels Fourteen
Tools: 1 1/4" square punch; MS - Grass border punch
Embellishments: WOC - 15mm mint green rose, 15mm two tone pink rose, 10mm aqua rose, semi open 8mm white rose, The Ribbon Girl - white polka dot organza
Colour: Copics: Skin E00, 11, 13, R30 Hair E15, 18, 59 ProMarkers: Shirt Soft Green, Mint Green, Pale Pink, Baby Pink, Cocktail Pink Trousers Marine, Petrol Blue, Midnight Blue Tools Cool Grey 2, 3, Midnight Blue
Misc: white liquid pearls; brown fineliner

PaperPlay Challenges - "Ribbon, Lace and Buttons"

Another Thursday.. Another PaperPlay Challenge!! Can you believe it's almost the end of July?! Where has this year gone?! We have a super fun challenge for you girly girls this week!!

We want to see..


What a combo!! I had a pretty hard job, I won't lie. I used to LOVE using buttons on my cards.. and I have a TONNE.. but you know how novelties die off and you find something else that fascinates you.. well it was good to get those beautiful buttons out again!!

I knew which image I wanted to use from the off. I recently won the entire June release from TGF so wanted to use one of the princesses.. ribbon and lace suits those to a tee, right?!

This is gorgeous Princess no. 03. I have coloured her hair and skin using Copics, her crown using ProMarkers and paper pieced the rest of her using paper from Fancy Pants - It's the Little Things.

The cute little castle is from Pollycraft Cherry Kisses collection which have also coloured using ProMarkers. I thought this would be perfect. I have fussy cut the princess and used a circle nestie.

Both my pink twill stripe ribbon and white lace are from The Ribbon Girl, as for my buttons.. they're from various Basic Grey collections. I have added pink bakers twine to the largest button and added liquid pearls around and about the card. As usual I have used Frayed Burlap DI and a brown fineliner to add definition the the edges of my paper and cardstock.

A little Prima flower and a final tag of ribbon in the top corner finish off this card. Not a WOC flower in sight! ;)

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:
× Sparkles Forum - Elegance and Lace
× KB Challenges - #22 Use a digi stamp

Be sure to stop by the PaperPlay Challenge Blog and get some more inspiration from the other awesome ladies for this triple embellishment challenge and check out the prize the lucky winner will be receiving! :)

Cardstock: Bazzil - Kraft; Papercuts - Light Blue
Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants - It's the Little Things
Stamps/Digi: TGF - June Release Princess No. 03; Pollycraft Digi - Cherry Kisses Castle
Ink: SU! Bashful Blue; DI - Frayed Burlap; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Dies: Nesties - Standard Circle LG
Embellishments: The Ribbon Girl - pink twill stripe, white lace; Prima - Teal flower; Basic Grey buttons
Colour: Copics: Skin E00, 11, 13, YR00 Hair E35, 57, 59 ProMarkers: Crown Cool Grey 4, Baby Pink, Cocktail Pink
Misc: white liquid pearls; brown fineliner

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Pricing Products

Okay, so.. this morning I said I'd be back with a poll. My post this morning was very long winded.. so I'll try to keep this one a little more.. digestible. On top of that I feel like poop - and I need to go back to bed with my new Jeffery Deaver read.

So, once I get myself a little more organised in terms of the categories in which I will display my cards.. (any hints or tips welcome.. ;)) I will be making the plunge and buying a few little card display stands from eBay. I've shopped around and found that the ones I'm after will do the job just nicely and will NOT blow the bank.

So now there are two.. okay three.. things left to do.
1) Make more stock. Easy. That's what I'm best at.
2) Plan the layout of the table. Easy-ish.
and this is where my enthusiasm falls flat on its face.. 3) PRICE PRODUCTS

So, here's the deal. I want brutal honesty again.

I want you to tell me if the prices I list under each picture of a card/product are reasonable, underpriced or overpriced. Got it?!





£1.50 each






So please, spare my thoughts and tell me the truth. Have I totally missed the point or are those fair prices to charge?

You all know how I roll, almost all of my cards have a handcoloured image (not colour to the highest standard, but I try my best) and lots of other goodies. I was thinking somewhere in the region of £3.50 for the cards I put a lot of work into such as the ones listed above. Others with not so much embellishment perhaps £3.00.

The purple and blue Christmas card with the Sassy is a card I would charge £3.50 for, plus the envelopbox it would be £4.00.

I also plan on catering for the crafters at the fayre too - selling little bags of my handmade clay and resin embellishments at £2.50 for 6. When I get the energy I will also make goodie bags of die cuts and toppers in colour families. The last picture is of a little embellishment pack of buttons, flowers and twine, again in colour family.

I'm keeping my fingers so tightly crossed that all goes well they're starting to turn blue. How do you recommend pricing stuff?! Each individual item or set items in groups of price ranges? I have a rough idea of how I want the stall set out so hopefully all will work out.

I am planning on getting 100 or so business cards printed to take and I will inform customers that I can take custom orders if they wish and they can contact me via email.

Well, that's that. I shall await comments, and thank you all in advance!!

P.S I've just placed orders with The Ribbon Girl, Quixotic Paperie and Crafty Emma's Store - so hopefully when they arrive I will cheer right up. Oh, and a MASSIVE thank you to Elaine for sending me her unloved WOC flowers - I was drooling when I was tipping the never ending fountain of them out of the box this morning! Lots of love you lovely lady!!

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