Friday, October 5, 2018

Quilled Earrings for Christmas

Holiday Lights
Open Snowmen, Candy Canes, Angels
Snowflakes, Holly & Berries, Pink/Green Jingle Dangle, Xmas Trees

Polar Bears, Snowmen, Penguin Faces

Quilled Earrings



















Sea Turtles

Teddy Bears

Sunday, October 8, 2017

A New Twist
It's funny how life can throw a curve and have something wonderful happen!

Two years ago my career ended and I went looking for a new job.  To make a long story short, I ended up in a small mountain town in western Colorado.  This twist landed me in heaven.  My small town has an artists' co-op and I grabbed my stock of greeting cards and oddball paper items and went in for a jury session.  I was accepted and did OK my first month, but after talking with some of the members I was encouraged to try my hand at quilled earrings.  What a joy!  I love making them, they don't take too long to make and they're selling like hotcakes!
Here's an example of a few of my creations.




Our merchandisers do a wonderful job of setting up displays to make any item look great.


 And, of course, with Christmas right around the corner, I've got to get busy making inventory for the season.  I've heard that sales are outstanding during November and December and I hope to be able to keep up my numbers.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Motion Cards

Penny spinners, wobble action springs, and strange embellishments can make a card super fun.

The dog is suspended on 2 pennies surrounding the center circle, and with a twist of the wrist, the dog goes round and round and spins.  The inside verse warns "Not your tail!".

Loved this card idea and DH agreed with the suggestion to make "cans" to trail after the car!

Crafters, if you haven't found wobble action springs yet, go looking!  They turn an ordinary card into a masterpiece.  Not that mine are masterpieces, but I love creating them.  Just the slightest touch and the alarm clock shimmies and shakes!

Just having a little fun with this one.  The pointing finger is also a penny spinner.  The card says to "Go left!"  and the card opens on the left.

A little bowling theme.  Another penny spinner.

Again, the wobble action springs make these hands look like they are clapping.  Wonderful congratulations card!

Birds are Chirping

Birds are chirping, the sun is shining, the temp is warming...  I think Spring is almost here and that means Easter Cards!

Here's what I created this season:

Such cute bunny ears!
Still coloring!  Made a card around these 3 Easter eggs.

Need a new technique for this woven ribbon.

I think this is my favorite Easter card this year.  The colors are still Spring-like, yet not the usual pastels.

Love the bunny tail!

Still not crazy about this design.

My 2nd fave!  I turned out very well, although it took a long time to do.

Looks so innocent, but inside...

so cute!

The lily came out better this year.

So adorable!  I bet this one sells first!

And this one will go second!

Here's the inside.

Fixed the design after I made this one.  Next year's will be awesome!

Even found time to make some treat boxes. 

The pyramid box has a secret compartment.

The design took forever to create, but love the way it turned out!