September 21, 2008

Creative event displays

This upcoming week I'm participating in SCRAPFEST and have been working on my booth display. I have been wanting to update my display for years but you know how time creeps up on you. So, this year I decided to buckle down and get it done.

My inspiration comes from the blogs I visit which showcase their goods creatively at large anitque shows and crafting events. Surprisingly, not many of them have to do with stamping. Remember though that inspiration comes from everywhere and many of these sites have ideas that can be easily incorporated into large events or your own home.

While I have MANY creative blogs book-marked, here are a few of my favorites.
  • Barnhouse, Vintage Home and Garden: I have to admit, I only discovered this blog a month ago. BEAUTIFUL images, great ideas. This site warms my heart.
  • Queen of Tarte: Love her blog banner and you have got to see her fabulous jumbo crepe paper flowers.
  • Curious Sofa: I discovered Debbie's site almost a year ago. Check out her awesome Halloween open house. Sooooooo creative! Be sure to scroll down far enough to see the house on the orange and black stocking covered legs.

Feeling inspired yet? I have many, many more links but my craft room awaits. Lots to do before next week and I'm pulling extra hours at the DAY JOB!

Before I go I'd like to share part of my new display with you. Tell me, what do you think?

I'm going for a "Fall/Winter" mix. I don't want it to be all Fall related, nor Christmassy, so I opted for a more natural look browns and blues (THE hottest colors). I LOVE this soft blue green silk fabric. This is the color I selected to paint our bedroom. It just so happens that this color matches the new SU! in-color Baja Breeze, the same colors I am using in the paper products. How's that for coordinating!!!

All of the products to create the banner can be purchased by selecting my "Place your roder online now" button located on my Blog Homepage. Here is a close-up of the banner along with links to close-ups of the supplies used. The new Pennant Bigz Die from SU! along with the Tulipe Bigz(LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it!) and the 4" Jumbo Scallop die. Jumbo brads, chocolate chip ribbon and Urban Garden designer paper. I think it came out really nice.

Here is a close-up of the center pennant. It needed more so I added additional flowers and the Baja Ribbon at the top.

The first and last pennant needed some extras also so I added the green ribbon at the top and the pewter brads at the base.

Here is a canvas I created using the Together Forever Circle Frame Decor Elements applique. It's attached to a 14 x 17 canvas that I painted in Cream acrylic. The "S" is the large monogram applique.

Well, that's it for now. I have so much to do before Wednesday when I leave for the show. If you get the chance and are in the Mandeville area, pop in to see me and get a chance to see everything up close. I'll have lots of discounted product and some retired sets (all of which will eventually be posted online). You will also get a chance to create a free Make and Take!

If I don't get to see you at Scrapfest, you can catch me next at Crop Celebration October 10Th and 11Th in Hammond, LA.

September 14, 2008

Scalloped Ornament

So, it's been two full weeks since I last posted. Not without reason. Hurricane Gustav had much to do with that (power was out for a week). We were lucky, there are still many others who are without electricity.

I took a few snapshots while out and about trying to get ice to keep in the cooler. Sadly, these photos are mild compared to some areas. I'll share them in a bit.

First, I'd like to show you something I created with one of the new SU! Bigz dies. This was the only thing I could concentrate on craft wise while we didn't have power (aside for cleaning my craft room). Here's the completed project, but I'll share the "How to" tomorrow. It's time to hit the sack!