Friday, December 19, 2014

Craft Fair Newbie

I was in a craft fair last month and I thought I would share my experience. It is a great way to meet new people and show others the love you have for your business. I share a booth with my friend Rosalynda, I think we make a great team! She sews and makes, purses, make-up bags, bookmarks, coasters, quilts, etc.

Lots of time and preparation go into having enough inventory for your booth. Procrastination does not pay off. It takes lots of planning and many hours to get things done, which I knew, I just underestimated. Lesson Learned. I had many late night craft sessions the week leading up to the event. I will mention, I do have a full time job during the day and two active kids. I just need to plan better next time!

In the end, it all worked out and I was very happy. I think our booth was really cute and pleasing to the eye. We met lots of fabulous people. It was fun watching everyone smile and enjoy our creations. This was the second year we participated in this Craft Fair. I can't wait until next year!

Many of the items I used to display my goods were thrift store finds. I will slowly add more items as I find them. I stacked some small boxes in the vintage suitcase and then laid some fabric over them so I had the products at different levels. Another handy tool is my Square Reader so customers have the option to pay by credit card. It comes in very handy.

I tried to have a variety of items like cards, boxes, treat bags, gift card holders, and other small items that could go to co-workers, classmates or use as stocking stuffers.

A rare photograph of me! Photo cred to my honey.

Quick Tip: an empty Altoid Tin was the perfect size for my business cards. I was inspired by this one from  Cute and easy to make and personalize.

Snacks and water are important in case you cannot step away for a long break. I give props to the coordinators at our event. They sent people around to see if you needed a break and they had a cart going around that sold water, pop and breakfast burritos. Make sure you have lots of change and small bills for cash sales.

I am by no means an expert, these are just a few things I have learned along the way! Do you have more tips or ideas to share? I would love to hear them for my next craft fair adventure!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

CPC "Tote"ally Terrific Golden Card Trio Gift Set

Who doesn't love a fashionable tote?  Just in time for the new year, this project features an elegant tote and three sophisticated cards, all featuring gold accents & embellishments.  Think Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape, Gold Foil sheets, Gold Glimmer papers, Gold Brushed cardstock, Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, gold heat embossing, Gold Glitter, and Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin' Ink Pad for a faux gold look.  This tutorial will show you step-by-step how to coordinate all these wonderful products together for an amazing, perfectly finished look.  This project is easy to assemble but looks like you spent hours on it.  It's a perfect New Year's gift for that stylish and chic friend on your list!

This lovely project was created by Carol Lovenstein. Would you like to see the full tutorial for this project? Be sure to head over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to December for all the tutorials this month! Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holiday Paper Pumpkin alternative! 

I transformed my giant snowflake into a mini snowflake wreath this week. I used the same card base, but I cut off the snowflake flap from each side. I punched out a half scallop in the middle of each flap to make the little window for the Happy Holidays to peek through the wreath. Then I glued the snowflakes around the words, added a bow from my ribbon stash and some rhinestones. Quick and easy alternative for the November kit. 

We would love to see your creations. Be sure to share them at the My Pumpkin Challenge website. There are so many great ideas. I hope you are having fun with your Paper Pumpkin kits. Don't forget, they make wonderful gifts! You can purchase prepaid subscriptions. Click here for more information. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

CPC Monogrammed Note Cards Gift Set

This festive set of note cards makes a wonderful gift for teachers, college students, and anyone else who might enjoy sending a personalized note. The handsome display case holds six single-sided note cards plus six folded note cards, for a total of twelve cards in three different designs. Wrapped in cellophane and finished with a tag, the completed project is ready for gift giving. This monogrammed gift pack is great for a stamp camp, a class, or making a gift for a friend.

This fabulous project was created by Yapha Mason. To get the full tutorial for this and all the projects this month be sure to subscribe to December at Craft Project Central. Thanks for stopping by!
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