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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Use What You Have Challenge, Card #2

Here is another card I made for the same challenge, which you can find  here.

For this one, I wanted to use some sequin trim I had bought in the dollar section at Target, thinking, who couldn't use sequins that cost $1?  I had no idea sequins were going to become a trend!

The stash:

The card:

Although the sequins on a string looked like they would be much easier to deal with, I decided that individual sequins would have been much easier.  I pulled some of them off to add some of the accents at the top.  The sentiment is stamped Colorbox ink and then embossed in clear.

Use What You Have Challenge, Card #1

This card is one of my entries into Sweet Stamp Shop's "Use What You Have Challenge".

The challenge is to use some old supplies that we've neglected, to make something new.  For this first card, I wanted to use some Kelly Purkey letter stickers that I got with a card kit.

The stash:

The card:

Using a technique I learned in Summer Card Camp 2 on layering die cuts, I layered the stickers for a little more dimension, especially since they were going onto an embossed panel.  They were white, and I colored them with a Sharpie (Copics didn't work, the stickers were too glossy.)  The sun is also a die cut made from a couple of layers of cardstic, but I wanted it match the rays, so I inked it with Memento Dandelion, the same ink I used for the rays.  Then I covered the sun with some Glossy Accents.  Love that stuff!

Cuddlepill Designs update

I have a few more cards to share today, but I've also been up to some fun business-promoting things lately.

1.  I participated in SLAM (the Saturday Local Artists' Market) here in Somerville, which was on the same day as ArtBeat, a huge street fair.  While I didn't sell as many cards as I had previously, I got the chance to chat with people and give out some business cards.

2.  I met with a librarian friend who helped me tag my items on Etsy so that they can be more searchable.

3.  I signed up to participate in Assembled, another craft fair in Somerville.  I will be there twice - once on August 24th, and again on Sept. 21.  More info here:

4.  I contacted a local store about selling my cards there, and the manager told me to contact him again in October.  At least it's not flat out no, right??

5.  I've been working with a photographer friend of mine to help take better pictures of my cards.  I hope you can see the difference!

Meanwhile, I've mostly been working on those Rosh Hashanah cards for my friend who ordered some, but I also have some other ones to share with you today.

These two were made from ideas and sketches from Summer Card Camp:

And the rest are just general cards that I made so that I would have inventory for the craft fair!

Enjoy the rest of your week!