Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Several Christmas cards posted on examiner.com

I have gotten behind on posting since I have been so focused on getting ready for craft shows and now Christmas.  I have had four cards posted on http://www.examiner.com/pat-yahner-in-national that I have not shared on my blog. These were all submissions for the Creative Team for GoneScrapbooking.com featured on the National Scrapbook Examiner site.
Noel Angel by Lockhart Stamps
Hand Mailed by Penny Black
Christmas Chickie Trio by Denami Designs
Tilda with Candy Cane by Magnolia

For more information and for a list of supplies used for each one, please check out the articles on http://www.examiner.com/pat-yahner-in-national.


Friday, December 3, 2010

My second craft show is tomorrow

I have been working really hard to get more product ready for the  St. Thomas More School Holiday Craft Shoppe this Saturday, December 4th.  Even though we go to church there, I have never been to the show.  I am hoping that there are lots of people there and that the sales are good.  I would love to go home with a fraction of my current inventory.

I worked tonight on my mock setup for the sale.  Since I will only have one 72" table, I had to rethink and rearrange my display.  I had 3 tables at the Holly Days Bazaar, so this is a lot less room and I have a few more items to sell.  I think it will be okay, just a little more crowded.

Here are a few pictures from the Holly Days Bazaar in Burlington that I did in November.  It was more successful than the prior year, but not quite as successful as I had hoped.

My booth with my pennant banner

Not a very good photo of me in my booth before the sale started

Some of the awesome cakes and pies at the bake sale
I am almost tired of making stuff for craft shows and to sell, but I am sure that will pass.  It is so gratifying to have someone buy something that I have made or to think that one of my creations would be a good gift for someone on their list!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Two Christmas Cards Posted on examiner.com

I have been lax on updating my blog the past several weeks.  I had my first craft show this past weekend and I was working feverishly to get some projects completed in time.  While I would have liked to have done better, I increased my sales over the prior year by over 30%, so I am happy with that.  It seemed like attendance was a little off from the prior year, but it was hard to tell for sure.  I am now starting to get ready for my show at St. Thomas More School on December 4th.

I have had two Christmas cards published on examiner.com as part of the Creative Team for GoneScrapbooking.com.  The first is this Victorian Santa Card that I made using paper from Graphic 45:

This next card is one of my favorites from Whiff of Joy,  It is called Melinda Christmas Angel and I used beautiful papers from the Figgy Pudding line from Basic Grey:

For more information and a complete list of ingredients, please refer to the articles on examiner.com.

I am looking forward to a special crop with friends this weekend.  I have a special order for 18 teacher Post-it note holders that I will be working on, along with more items for my next craft show.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Country Garden card on examiner.com

I have been really busy making things to sell in my upcoming craft fairs.  I have one in mid-November and another in early December.  In addition, I took a large amount of papercrafts to The Lemon Tree in Wake Forest to sell.  It is getting down to the wire and I still have many things to make.  I am going to have to scale back on a few things in order to be ready.

I submitted this card with an image from Sugar Nellie called Country Garden as part of the Creative Team for GoneScrapbooking.com.  It was featured on the National Scrapbook Site on examiner.com last week and I am just now getting around to posting it. For a complete list of supplies check out the article.

Sooner or later I will get around to posting more details of the Copic Intermediate Certification class that I took two weekends ago in Chicago. Right now I am really focused on making lots of craft show items.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tilda Santa's Little Helper on examiner.com

I have been busy making Christmas cards to sell at upcoming craft shows.  My latest submission for the Creative Team for GoneScrapbooking.com was this card made with the Tilda Santa's Little Helper image from Magnolia Stamps. It was published on the National Scrapbook column on examiner.com this past week. I used a single sheet of patterned paper that I bought in a large pack at a scrapbook garage sale.  For a complete list of supplies used, go to the article on examiner.com.

I was in Chicago this past weekend for the first ever Intermediate Copic Certification class.  I feel like I learned a lot and had a great time.


Monday, October 11, 2010

Willow Thanksgiving card on examiner.com

This image of Willow Holding Apron by Whiff of Joy was my last submission for the Creative Team for GoneScrapbooking.com.  It was published on the National Scrapbook column on examiner.com this past weekend. I used some papers from BoBunny that are fall colors and an epoxy sticker from the same line.  For a complete list of supplies used, go to the article on examiner.com.

I had a great time this weekend cropping in Hillsborough with SnippinSnaps.  I got a lot accomplished, even though spent time prepping for and teaching a Copic Christmas card class.  I love teaching others to use Copic markers and seeing them get hooked on them too!


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Our Garden Scrapbook Page on examiner.com

I submitted this page for publication on the National Scrapbook site on examiner.com.  I am part of the Creative Team for GoneScrapbooking.com that is published on this site. The paper is from the Basic Grey Sultry line that I have been hoarding because I think it is so pretty.  I finally found photos worthy of using it! For more details and a full list of supplies, please see the article on examiner.com.

This past weekend was good but the one before was not.  It is no fun to have back pain!  You don't realize how much it affects every move you make until it hits.  Fortunately, it subsided after less than a week and I seem to be almost back to normal now.

I am busy working on craft sale items and Christmas cards.  I hope to post pictures soon.


Monday, September 27, 2010

Fairy Princess card on examiner.com

I have been working on completing a Princess castle-shaped album using some beautiful papers from Best Creations with lots of pink, purple and glitter. I still have more to do on the album, but decided to use some of the papers to create a Princess birthday card. 
This card was published this past weekend on the National Examiner Scrapbook site.  It was my submission as part of the Creative Team for GoneScrapbooking.com.   

The image is from Stampendous and is called Fairy Princess #1. I colored it with Copic markers and popped it up on a pair of Blossom Nestabilities. All of the papers are glittery and shiny, which you can't really tell from this picture. For a complete list of ingredients, check out the article on examiner.com.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

I finally used up the last of this Doodlebug Designs Paper

I had a great time last weekend at a crop at Homeplace Bed and Breakfast in Lancaster, SC.  The crop was organized by Ribbon, Paper, Scissors and was for 4 nights.  I was only able to go for the weekend, but I did get a lot done.

I have been trying to use up some of my patterned papers that are leftover from making scrapbook pages.  I had several large pieces of patterned paper from the Obviously Orange line by Doodlebug Designs and some alphabet stickers.  Here are two more cards that I made from these papers:

Roses by Flourishes

Cakeabella by Stamping Bella

I think I made a total of 3 cards, 1 mini composition book, 1 post-it note holder and 1 gift tag out of the leftovers. I thought I was never going to be finished with it!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Gerbera Daisies on examiner.com

This is my latest contribution to be posted on the National Scrapbook page on examiner.com.  This card was made with an image from Flourishes Inc. of Gerbera Daisies.  This was my weekly submission as part of the Creative Team for GoneScrapbooking.com.

The card was made with some leftover papers and coordinating stickers from my stash. I do not normally use such bright colors but I think the card looks very cheerful. For a complete list of supplies used, see the posting on examiner.com.

Last weekend at Myrtle Beach was wonderful.  I had a great time scrapping, sunning, eating and laughing with some good friends.  We stayed in a wonderful condo at North Beach Towers.  It was beautiful with many different types and depths of pools.  Here is a picture of the Towers where we stayed:

I'm looking forward to another fun weekend doing some more scrapping!


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tilda Loves Me card on examiner.com

Today's posting on the National Scrapbook page on examiner.com featured a card that I made using the Tilda Loves Me image from Magnolia.  This was my weekly submission as part of the Creative Team for GoneScrapbooking.com.

I used patterned papers from the Basic Grey June Bug line.  For a complete list of supplies used, see the posting on examiner.com.

I usually add some embellishments to the inside of the card.  I think it looks more finished that way.

I am looking forward to doing some scrapbooking and cardmaking with friends this weekend.  I can't wait!


Saturday, September 4, 2010

I am going to Chicago for Intermediate Copic Certification!

I was so excited this week when I found out that I had been accepted for the first ever Intermediate Copic Certification class!  It is going to be held in Chicago in October and applicants were screened based on their submission of a page of samples of specific coloring techniques.  I am so honored to have been selected for the first class. 

I am going to have to practice my coloring more over the next month since I have been doing lots of scrapbooking and other papercrafting lately. With Christmas and craft shows coming up, I need to get busy and make a lot of cards.

For those who aren't familiar with Copic markers, they are very high quality alcohol-based markers that are used by stampers and artists.  They blend wonderfully, and allow even an accountant like me to color stamped images beautifully. While I certainly don't own all 334 colors, I will not admit in writing how many I have acquired!


Copic Certification classes use a "train the trainers" methodology to distribute Copic information and techniques.  I have taught a series of beginner Copic classes to a Copic Club at a local scrapbook retreat group, Snippin Snaps.  I am hoping to continue to teach others to use these markers to create amazing cards and to share my addiction.


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sweet Pea Squash Book on examiner.com

I made my very first squash book and I think it turned out well! This is the front cover of the book as it appeared on the National Scrapbook site on examiner.com yesterday.  This was my weekly submission for the Creative Team for GoneScrapbooking.com.

This is a baby girl album and would make a cute gift album or brag book.  Here is what it looks like when you open it up.

I used patterned papers from Heidi Grace and added lots of embellishments. I used my Silhouette Digital Cutter to cut out the Sweet Pea image for the front, the swirly hearts, several scrolls and several sayings.

Depending on the size of the pictures that are used, you can fit at least 14 photos in the album.

This album is currently for sale at The Lemon Tree shop in Wake Forest.  If you have never been there, it is a very cute store that sells all handmade items.  It is located in historic Wake Forest, a very quaint town.

Hopefully Hurricane Earl will be kind to the East Coast tonight and tomorrow!


Friday, August 27, 2010

Scrapbook Wedding Gift

Last weekend I went to NYC for a wedding reception.  The ceremony itself was private but they had a nice reception and dinner at a restaurant.  I decided to make a small scrapbook as a gift for the newlyweds.  I found this beautiful embroidered K & Company album on sale at AC Moore. 

8 1/2 " album cover with stock photo

I bought a package of shimmery K & Company papers from the Elegance line and a package of mat-sized papers from the same line. I added lots of bling, ribbon and flowers and some coordinating dimensional stickers. 

First page with "Our Special Day" title

I find it is hard to make gift albums because you have no idea what type of pictures they will have.  I try to use standard photo sizes, where possible, so that a non-scrapbooker can put the pictures in without having to do a lot of cropping.

The Ceremony Page

I used my Silhouette Digital Cutter to cut out the rings on the page above and the swirly heart vines on the page below.  They don't show up well in the photo but they turned out very nicely and help to fill in space since there are no pictures in the album yet.  I also used the Silhouette to cut out the word "Family" and the scroll tag.

Family Page

Whenever I make a gift album without pictures I like to use coordinating papers throughout. I try to adhere embellishments, like the swirls above, in a way that will allow the recipient to slide the pictures underneath.

Forever with You Page

These are just the first pages of the album.  The papers were really pretty with silver, white, almond and gray tones.  Unfortunately, I did not get good photos of them because I took them at night.

I hope the newlyweds like the album and wish them many years of happiness together.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Cuppacakeabella on examiner.com

My recent Creative Team submission to the GoneScrapbooking.com team was posted on examiner.com on Saturday.  This card was made using the Cuppacakeabella image from Stamping Bella and papers and embellishments from the Basic Gray Two Scoops line. I am still trying to use up my stash of this paper, but have a long way to go

See the article published on examiner.com for the supplies used for the front of the card.

Happy Wednesday!


Friday, August 13, 2010

Life in Honduras posted on examiner.com

My weekly submission for the Creative Team for GoneScrapbooking.com was published on Wednesday on the National Scrapbook site on examiner.com

This page is part of my album of our trip to Honduras in 2006 to visit my daughter who served there in the Peace Corps. For more details on this page and the supplies used, please check out the article on examiner.com.

Have a great weekend!


Sunday, August 8, 2010

It's getting hot in here!

A couple of days ago we noticed that our air conditioning was not cooling like it should be.  Now, there is no question about it, as it is over 80 degrees downstairs even with the air running full-time.  I guess we should be thankful that it is at least cooling a little since it is 95 degrees outside.  It will be Tuesday before we can get it serviced and repaired (we hope it is a repair not a replacement).

I have been busy making a couple of baby girl mini albums to sell at The Lemon Tree store in Wake Forest.  This is a really neat gift store that sells only handmade items including:  jewelry, bags, kid's clothes, glassware, cards, etc.  They are located in downtown Wake Forest, which is very quaint with many unique shops.  If you are ever in that area, be sure to check it out.

Here are some pictures from an acrylic album that I made to sell using Heidi Grace papers and loads of embellishments.

I hope your weekend has been relaxing!


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Charlie as a puppy on examiner.com

This was my latest submission for the Creative Team for GoneScrapbooking.com.  It was published on the National Scrapbook site on examiner.com yesterday.  There is lots of great inspiration on this site and the Creative Team has very different styles.

Charlie was so adorable as a puppy.  He's still adorable now, but he is so much bigger. For more details on this page and the supplies used, please check out the article on examiner.com.


Sunday, August 1, 2010

Lots of Cute Post-it Note Holders

I have been making lots of Post-it Note holders lately. I am planning to do a couple of craft fairs in the fall and am starting to make items for those.  I have gotten great inspiration from others on Splitcoast Stampers.  This is a great way to find out what has been selling at shows and what supplies are on sale at different retail stores. 

I have made about 20 of these Post-it Note holders so far.  I created a template using my Silhouette digital cutter to cut and score the holders.  While it took me a bit to figure out how to create the template,  it has saved me lots of time in the long run.

I have a huge amount of scraps leftover from scrapbooking projects.  I currently have these organized in a container divided in sections by color.  I used scraps of papers, punches, small bits of ribbon and stickers to embellish these holders.

I hope these will sell well.  I think they are really cute and I like the way the mini gel pen fits into the holder on the side.

Hope you had a fun weekend!


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Honduras 2006 Scrapbook Page on examiner.com

This was my submission for my second week on the Creative Team for GoneScrapbooking.com and it was published on the National Scrapbook site on examiner.com.  Each member of the team is supposed to submit a scrapbook page or card each week and there are one or two posted each day.  The team is very talented and this is a great site to find inspiration.

This is the front page of my scrapbook for our trip to Honduras to visit Melanie in August, 2006.  For some reason, the first and last pages of each album are the ones that I typically fail to get done on time. I also have many pages with spots left for journalling that have not been done. For more details on this page and the supplies used, please see the article on examiner.com posted today.

Try to stay cool!


Thursday, July 22, 2010

A weekend full of papercrafting

Last weekend I spent all day Saturday at a Shoebox Swap making cards.  The next day I went to a 7 hour crop at Archivers.  At the crop I worked on two small albums, an 8x8 wedding album and an acrylic baby girl album.  I was trying to get more cards and gift albums ready to take to The Lemon Tree in Wake Forest to sell.  I am going to go to the store this coming Friday evening,. 

At the Shoebox swap, I made 16 different cards.  Each card was unique and it was interesting to see all of the different styles. I haven't taken pictures of all of them, but I will do so and post them later.

Here are two baby boy cards that I made recently using scraps of leftover patterned paper and images colored with Copic Markers.  The first one is using an image from Whiff of Joy called Willow Holding Baby:

This next card was made using more paper scraps and Mamabella from Stamping Bella:

I love to use charms and ribbon on cards.  I used a safety pin to attach the charm to the bow on both cards.

I am ready for some cooler weather but it looks like the rest of the week is going to be pretty hot.


Monday, July 19, 2010

My First Gonescrapbooking.com Creative Team Submission

It was exciting to see my first submission as part of the Creative Team for Gonescrapbooking.com and the National Scrapbook column at examiner.com posted online today.  I submitted a card that I made for the Shoebox Swap that I went to this weekend.

Here are the two sample cards that I made, one with a red cardfront and the other with a navy blue one:  

For those who have never participated in a Shoebox Swap, each person creates a card.  They provide a kit complete with all of the supplies necessary to make the card along with instructions and a completed card sample.  All of the supplies and tools are placed in a shoebox.  Each participant then goes around the room and completes all of the cards using the materials provided.
This picture is of the shoebox with the kits inside it ready to go:  

For this swap I had to make 26 kits.  I decided to use the Ruffled Butterfly stamp from Stampendous because I could stamp it in red ink and it would not require a lot of coloring or could be left plain. I also wanted to use supplies that I had on hand, but did not have enough sheets of any one patterned paper to make a full card front.  So I looked for a layout that used small pieces of patterned paper and where I could substitute different combinations of patterned papers.

This picture shows the baggies containing the completed kits: 
Following are instructions for assembling the card:

  • Adhere cardstock to front of card and adhere patterned papers to cardstock 
  • Cut out butterfly image and color with Copic markers, if desired 
  • Adhere yellow blossom nestability shape to card 
  • Use glue dot in center of butterfly and place on yellow blossom shape 
  • Use glue dots to adhere Dew Drops 
  • Tie ribbon and use glue dot to adhere to card 
  • Use drop of liquid glue to add yellow ribbon flower to bow 
  • If desired, add Lemon Ice stickles to center of butterfly and ends of antennas
Please check out the article on examiner.com and gonescrapbooking.com. The article includes a complete list of the supplies used.