I attended another Readers & Stitchers meeting yesterday. It was a lot of fun. It’s nice to get out and socialize with other women once in a while. I should really go more often.
The theme of the meeting was “quick and thrifty crafts”, and I picked up some really cute tips. I may actually make some of them and post pictures. There was a tutorial on a really easy quilt, but I don’t think I can explain it properly myself. If I make one, I’ll take pics of each step and post with the usual “not my design” disclaimers.
I saw Mary Garrett there. She’s a regular at the crafting groups and the monthly Story Swap. She tells wonderful stories and is a lot of fun.
I also met a woman whose name I cannot remember. I’ll have to ask her to tell me again the next time I see her. (I’m awful with names.) She was very nice — as are all the ladies at R&S — and invited any interested parties to pitch in on a booth at a craft fair fundraiser at a school. The school makes money by renting stall space and tables to local crafters. I signed up. I’ll be making crafts for the next several weeks to sell there. I’m focusing on cards, but I’ll have a couple other things, too. I’ll take pictures.
I’ve never crafted for profit before, and I’m not sure about two aspects of it: how much stuff to make, and how to price it. I’ll have to figure that out. It’s completely new territory for me.
I just finished a sort of…I don’t know what to call it…picture(?) for this great frame I got at the Dollar Tree a few years ago. It has one snapshot-sized frame with three spinning frames above it that hold two photos each (one on each side). I wish I’d snatched up half a dozen of them because I can’t find anything like it anywhere. Anyway…do you think it’s okay to create a picture with stamps as long as I credit the maker of the stamps? I actually have a stamp to do that. Most of my stamps come from Stampin’ Up, and I purchased a set of brand name stamps so that I could sell cards using their stuff. But does that work for framed art, too? What do you think? If it’s not kosher, I can just keep it. It’s really cute. Here, I’ll show you, but please pardon my blur. The Wii tells me all the time that I’m too unbalanced to stay still.
As you can see, I’m not the world’s best photographer, but you get the idea.
I cut out the leaves and grouped them to look like tree branches. The bird is also cut out. I sponged the background (with Tempting Turquoise, for all you Stampin’ Up junkies) and colored the stamped images in with colored pencil. I wanted a more obvious 3-D look, but the frame wouldn’t allow for dimensional dots. I’m considering making another similar picture for myself, but with a quote from Emily Dickinson:
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all.
Okay, I just looked it up, and both Stampin’ Up! and Close To My Heart (where most of my stamps come from) have angel policies that include artwork as well as cards. Stampin’ Up! actually requires me to use the special copyright stamps I bought, but CTMH just requires me to note “Designs © CTMH Co.” on the back of my cards. I can do that.
Anyway…I’ll probably be making some more of those red flower cards I posted the other day, along with some other designs. Maybe I should throw in some Christmas cards? Or not. Do you think I should stick with all-occasion stuff? I do have this really cute thank you card idea using a crossword puzzle stamp. I fill in some of the spaces with things like THANKS, YOU ROCK (crossing each other at the “O”), I AM VERY GRATEFUL, etc. At the top, I put “In case you missed the clues, I’m filling you in.” Well, I think it’s cute. And super easy.
Okay, I’ve loitered about the computer enough for one day. I’ll keep y’all posted.