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Old 08-24-2009, 01:24 PM   #2001
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These are sooo cute!!! Could you post the pattern? Pretty please!!
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Ok, the basic instructions are on the blog.

But I'll try to shoot a video tutorial tomorrow!

Take care and thanks for the compliments!
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Just got back from Home Depot on my quest for coaster tiles.
WELL! They have gotten pretty sneaky at my store - none of the tiles are in boxes anymore....they are all shrink-wrapped!
So no sitting on the floor digging through boxes for me!

I asked one of the employees about the potential of tiles being un-usable or broken since you can't see each one....he told me that they have had a lot of "women" complain about that and to bring those tiles back and they would replace them if I want. Not sure how they will do that since they are all packaged - but worth a try I guess? Then he asked "what do you ladies do with these things anyway?" LOL!

I'll let you know what I find once I get a chance to open them.

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I just came from the Lowes in Oklahoma City and found some sand colored "tumbled" type tiles on clearance for 28 cents each!

Needless to say, I bought a bunch of them.
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It's me again. I'm all wound up about going to a craft fair in November and wanted to share this.

I'm making little tea bag holders like this one:

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/re.../teabagholder/

I saw a really cute verse (sorry don't remember where) to put on the inside. It was a Christmas version:

On Christmas Day
At half past three,
Have yourself a cup of tea.

I'll think of you,
You'll think of me
Sitting around the Christmas Tree!

I made another version for any occasion:

On a busy day
At half past three,
Have yourself a cup of tea.

I'll think of you,
You'll think of me,
And hope that friends we'll always be.
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For Hot Cocoa Holders, here is a verse for the inside of the folder. I found it with google, and tweaked it a bit:

A little cup of cocoa
I'm sending your way,
For you to enjoy
On a cold winter day.

As you sip the hot chocolate,
It's warmth will fill your heart,
Like your friendship warmed mine,
Right from the start!
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Hi! I am wanting to make the paper clip bookmarks and was wondering if anyone has used the smaller paper clips that are 2" long? I have been able to find a few of the jumbo 4" ones, but not many and I found a big box today of the 2 " ones. I tried one and it looks good, but just wondered if anyone had used the smaller ones before? I was thinking about charging either 50 cents or 75 cents each for them....Is that an ok price? The larger ones would sell for either $1.00 or $1.50 each...Thanks!!

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Yep! I've used the smaller ones. They sold really, really well actually. I ran out and I should get some more so that I can make more. Those little items really do seem to sell out fast. I sold them for 50 cents each. I did all the prep-work for them in advance so the assembly was the only thing that took any time and even that went very quickly since I already had everything ready.
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Yep! I've used the smaller ones. They sold really, really well actually. I ran out and I should get some more so that I can make more. Those little items really do seem to sell out fast. I sold them for 50 cents each. I did all the prep-work for them in advance so the assembly was the only thing that took any time and even that went very quickly since I already had everything ready.
I'm doing a show in November and thinking about making some of these. Can you use glue dots to hold them together, or do you have to use that "awful" E6000 glue stuff that everyone talks about because it holds to the metal?
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I saw a tutorial that suggested the glue dots as an alternative. I'm thinking of trying them too...maybe I'll make one and then try to pull it apart and see how well it holds up!
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I don't have E6000 and haven't been able to find it anywhere. On some I used Crystal Effects and others I used a regular old hot glue gun. I love my glue gun. It holds things forever!
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I'm doing a show in November and thinking about making some of these. Can you use glue dots to hold them together, or do you have to use that "awful" E6000 glue stuff that everyone talks about because it holds to the metal?
Tombow makes a great glue that's designed to adhere paper to metal -- it's in a gray bottle, shaped just like the one for the Mono Multi, and I've purchased it from Michael's.
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I don't have E6000 and haven't been able to find it anywhere. On some I used Crystal Effects and others I used a regular old hot glue gun. I love my glue gun. It holds things forever!
Wonderful! Thanks for reminding me about the glue gun! Of course it will work on the bookmarks. I just haven't thought about using it since I got all involved in paper stuff and paper adhesives.

Off to buy paperclips and get busy.
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I have a sizzix flower, I add the paper flowers to it the an extra large brad, that I got from staples, they are 4 times the size of the cheap paper ones.

So it goes, brad, 2 paper flowers, sizzix silver flower, giant paperclip, sizzix silver flower, then I cut the brad so it's short. Squeeze it shut.

The I do it the other way, small brad, jump rings with charm, 2 paper flowers squeeze shut. Then I glue the two brads together. Works every time.

They sell for bout $2 each.
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Yep! I've used the smaller ones. They sold really, really well actually. I ran out and I should get some more so that I can make more. Those little items really do seem to sell out fast. I sold them for 50 cents each. I did all the prep-work for them in advance so the assembly was the only thing that took any time and even that went very quickly since I already had everything ready.
I used the smaller "jumbo" paperclips, about 2 inches, and made these little bookmarks. I didn't even stamp them because I found some really cute (gasp) stickers. I also put a little gem on each one.

Oh, and I used my mini-glue gun to stick them together and it worked like a charm.
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I have a sizzix flower, I add the paper flowers to it the an extra large brad, that I got from staples, they are 4 times the size of the cheap paper ones.

So it goes, brad, 2 paper flowers, sizzix silver flower, giant paperclip, sizzix silver flower, then I cut the brad so it's short. Squeeze it shut.

The I do it the other way, small brad, jump rings with charm, 2 paper flowers squeeze shut. Then I glue the two brads together. Works every time.

They sell for bout $2 each.
Would love to see a picture if you have one...These sound great!
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Ok, here is the 411 on making these.

First off, you will need to purchase CG6000 transparency film from your local office supply store. Don't be surprised they are expensive!

1. Use a sand bag to tack off the front and back of the transparency.

You will notice that one side of the transparency is slightly sticky, this is the side you will be stamping on. Ink Image using versamark ink and stamp as many as you can onto the transparency.

2. Cover the images with black detail embossing enamel, shake off excess and emboss. Use reasonable caution so you don't get too close as to melt or burn the plastic. Color the images with either paint pens or sharpie markers.

3. Stamp the image (two images make one butterfly) onto some scraps of green card stock (this is for the bugs body and where the pin will attach too).

4. Cut out one wing section (with a bit between them so they stay in one piece) and one entire butterfly.

5. Cut out just the body part of the butterfly and using crystal lacquer (crystal effects,glassy accents, all the same stuff) to put the body onto the butterfly.

6. Using E6000 glue, attach top wings to bottom body. I also use red liner tape to attach the pin back. I also use the crystal lacquer to attach the wiggle eyes.

Enjoy! If you have more questions, just let me know.

Designers tip: when cutting the bugs out, cut them out one at a time and move the work not your scissors, this way you have less chance of cracking the embossing or tearing the piece as you work along!
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For those of you who make wine charms, how do you melt them down? I punched 2 inch circles, but when I use the heat gun they fly all over the place; and when I put them in the oven, they get misshapen and don't flatten out right. Any help would be much appreciated!
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I get out one of the bowls that came with my dishes, you know, what you would use for soup or cereal. Put your shrink plastic item in there. I use a popsicle stick to help hold the plastic down and heat it with my embossing gun.

Move the stick around so the heat gets all over the plastic. It will get totally flat for me this way. Just keep heating and you'll get out all the little wrinkles. I love this method. It is quick and easy.
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For those of you who make wine charms, how do you melt them down? I punched 2 inch circles, but when I use the heat gun they fly all over the place; and when I put them in the oven, they get misshapen and don't flatten out right. Any help would be much appreciated!
I just stick my paper piercer or the tip of my tweezers in the hole I made in the charm (where the wire will go through). Then, I heat with the heat gun. It still moves around but as long as you keep heating it, it eventually flattens out. If it's still a little curved, I just roll the thick end of my paper piercer over it while it's still a little soft (have to be quick cuz it doesn't stay soft v. long).

The wooden stick sounds good to flatten too!
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For those who have sold the "Snowman Poop" at craft fairs, I have a question.

It looks like they usually sell for $1 or so. Does the "cuteness" factor of the package seem to make a big difference in sales?

By that I mean, I want them to look cute, but there is a limit to the trouble I want to go to for a $1 item. Not lots of layers, elaborate coloring, etc.

I feel the same way about cooking, lol. I want it to be fairly easy but look and taste great and like I went to a lot of trouble.

What do you think?
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Here is something new I am trying this year. I have been altering jewelery boxes that I purchased at the thrift store to sell at my upcoming sales.
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hi bugga - I sell the snowman 'poop' and did real well with it last year...hoping for a repeat this season with the addition of other 'poop' - I used my print artist program, designed a tag and repeated it 6 times on a 8x11 1/2 white cardstock - then all I did was cut and score, fill the bags and staple...I, too, like things simple - the price was right and not alot of work - the design was mine, so I only feel a little guilty
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hi bugga - I sell the snowman 'poop' and did real well with it last year...hoping for a repeat this season with the addition of other 'poop' - I used my print artist program, designed a tag and repeated it 6 times on a 8x11 1/2 white cardstock - then all I did was cut and score, fill the bags and staple...I, too, like things simple - the price was right and not alot of work - the design was mine, so I only feel a little guilty

Thanks for your response. Mine is also printed on my computer, but with a cute snowman stamped on the side. I have colored his hat and scarf and "stickled" some of the snowflakes. I'll try to post a pic soon.

My fair is November 7 and is not specifically for Christmas, but the gal who organizes it said there are usually some Christmas items as well as other things. She told me they don't have anyone who does "paper", so I'm hoping that will help me. We'll see. I have no great expectations (except to sell everything I take.) Ha!
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Okay, here's my Snowman Poop package (sample). Sorry for the wonky scan - I don't have a digi camera at the moment. Also, that's a chocolate smudge on the left, courtesy of my 10 year old great-nephew.
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Glendelia - really like your aletered jewelry boxes!

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Thanks Rita...I have another set that I hope to upload soon, it is two pieces, one with a mirror.
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I have a charity event in September. I was thinking of making a sample set of monogrammed notecards/stationary and taking orders for personalized sets (to be delivered by Thanksgiving for holiday gifts). Has anyone done this before? How many cards did you include in a set?
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For those who have sold the "Snowman Poop" at craft fairs, I have a question.

It looks like they usually sell for $1 or so. Does the "cuteness" factor of the package seem to make a big difference in sales?

By that I mean, I want them to look cute, but there is a limit to the trouble I want to go to for a $1 item. Not lots of layers, elaborate coloring, etc.

I feel the same way about cooking, lol. I want it to be fairly easy but look and taste great and like I went to a lot of trouble.

What do you think?
whenever I do any poops (hehe) I keep it very simple. So much easier for mass production. I sell them for $1 each, and they FLY off the shelves.

Here is a link to photos & details of last years "Snowman Poop" that I made:

http://crafts.peteandkerry.com/?p=75

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I thought I would pop in here again & just link up some of my best sellers from last years Fairs.

These wooden purses can be found at AC Moore for $1 each. I got them on sale (all unfinished wood was 30% off just last week) - so I only paid 70 cents per purse! I spray paint them all at once (super quick & easy). You can them use them to make whatever you want: Candy Holders, Halloween, Xmas, Snowman Soup, etc. Here are some examples:

Halloween: http://crafts.peteandkerry.com/?p=77

Holiday: http://crafts.peteandkerry.com/cards/111108_01.JPG

Pumpkin POOP is always a fave!
http://crafts.peteandkerry.com/?p=66

Snowman SOUP:
http://crafts.peteandkerry.com/?p=92

Altered Decorative Letters:

"BOO": http://crafts.peteandkerry.com/?p=62

"MERRY": http://crafts.peteandkerry.com/?p=63

OK I hope those are some good ideas to start thinking about for this year. I am already getting lots of great ideas from you ladies for how I can do more of these this year, perhaps change them up a bit!
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I thought I would pop in here again & just link up some of my best sellers from last years Fairs.

These wooden purses can be found at AC Moore for $1 each. I got them on sale (all unfinished wood was 30% off just last week) - so I only paid 70 cents per purse! I spray paint them all at once (super quick & easy). You can them use them to make whatever you want: Candy Holders, Halloween, Xmas, Snowman Soup, etc. Here are some examples:

Halloween: http://crafts.peteandkerry.com/?p=77

Holiday: http://crafts.peteandkerry.com/cards/111108_01.JPG

Pumpkin POOP is always a fave!
http://crafts.peteandkerry.com/?p=66

Snowman SOUP:
http://crafts.peteandkerry.com/?p=92

Altered Decorative Letters:

"BOO": http://crafts.peteandkerry.com/?p=62

"MERRY": http://crafts.peteandkerry.com/?p=63

OK I hope those are some good ideas to start thinking about for this year. I am already getting lots of great ideas from you ladies for how I can do more of these this year, perhaps change them up a bit!
Thank you so much for posting, Kerry. Having feedback from someone who has actually DONE craft shows is very reassuring to me. I signed up to do my first one in November and have no idea what to expect, so I have been reading and re-reading this thread in preparation.

I think my poor dh is disturbed and afraid no one will buy anything, and I will be crushed, lol. Don't get me wrong, I do hope to sell things, but I am realistic and know that you never can tell what people will want to buy.

I am telling myself daily that if I don't sell much, I sure will have a headstart on Christmas gifts for all my extended family.

PS All your things are so lovely and beautifully done. You inspire me.
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Here are a few photos of some of the items I am doing for a December craft show... Let me know what you all think...I need help with pricing too! Thanks so much for this awesome thread!!

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http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b3...l/P8310917.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b3...l/P8310918.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b3...l/P8310920.jpg



sorry for the big pictures...I don't know how to make them smaller....lol
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Old 09-01-2009, 05:34 AM   #2035
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Good luck Buggainok!!! That first sale is the hardest! The climate this year is differant and am not sure what to expect as a result. I am doing 2 sales in Nov and did double the base of what I make,but the perishables I am being more carefull with. I did my coasters and have started clipboards,all things that if they don't sell I can save,yes some items I gift out to family and friends too. Have done a minimum of coaster calendars but as I have not done these before I hate to be out all the time and money if I do not sell,so we'll see. I always have high hopes and it is a lot of fun.
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Good luck Buggainok!!! That first sale is the hardest! The climate this year is differant and am not sure what to expect as a result. I am doing 2 sales in Nov and did double the base of what I make,but the perishables I am being more carefull with. I did my coasters and have started clipboards,all things that if they don't sell I can save,yes some items I gift out to family and friends too. Have done a minimum of coaster calendars but as I have not done these before I hate to be out all the time and money if I do not sell,so we'll see. I always have high hopes and it is a lot of fun.
Thanks for the encouragement, Barbiejo. I'm also being pretty sparing with my perishable stuff. I've been searching for bargain Hershey bars to make the Christmas Fudge and poem. Chocolate seems to be as pricey as gold these days, lol.

I am having a lot of fun just making things and planning my display, so whatever the outcome of sales is, I'm enjoying the process.

I have to share what my long-suffering dh said to me last night. I was showing him my latest effort, tiny little purses that hold a Hershey's nugget. They are really adorable, if I do say so.

He said, "I think I finally get it. You are selling "Cute!"
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Thanks for the encouragement, Barbiejo. I'm also being pretty sparing with my perishable stuff. I've been searching for bargain Hershey bars to make the Christmas Fudge and poem. Chocolate seems to be as pricey as gold these days, lol.

I am having a lot of fun just making things and planning my display, so whatever the outcome of sales is, I'm enjoying the process.

I have to share what my long-suffering dh said to me last night. I was showing him my latest effort, tiny little purses that hold a Hershey's nugget. They are really adorable, if I do say so.

He said, "I think I finally get it. You are selling "Cute!"
LOL!! LOL!!!
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Leslie - Your items are beautiful!!! I love the milk cartons and peppermints. Did you make the boxes for the mints?

Kerry - a few weeks ago I read about the boxes on your blog and bought one to give it a try - after this post I need more than one. Can't wait! Thanks for the inspiration.
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Thanks for the compliment!! I did make the box out of cardstock. There is actually gift tags in the box, but you just gave me another idea...to use the York peppermint patties in this box too!! LOL... I hope I do well.
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Thanks for the compliment!! I did make the box out of cardstock. There is actually gift tags in the box, but you just gave me another idea...to use the York peppermint patties in this box too!! LOL... I hope I do well.
Hi Leslie,
Can you share the pattern of that adorable box with us??? Pretty Please?!?!?!?

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