My sister-in-law’s 25th birthday is on the 29th of March and my husband and I thought we should do something special for her big 25!
I had hand stamped plan light gray cardstock for the base and used yellow for the top which was also hand stamped around the edges. One flap has a card to take out and write a personal note on which will be done by my husband! He has this neat even writing and he is less likely to make spelling mistakes. lol
One of the reasons I wanted a Cricut, is to be able to produce banners for birthdays, weddings, retirements etc. This banner turned out really well and didn’t take very long to complete! You can find it here in my shop.
After a lot of research I decided (well my husband got me for Christmas rather) a Cricut Expression 2. I have had a few bumps but after running the sync software and updating the system then doing a factory reset I think it is good to go! I am pretty excited about this machine as it will open up so many more possibilities in my shop like paper banners for parties and such!
On Friday me and three good friends when to Creating Keepsakes Scrapbooking Convention. Even though I don’t scrapbook, card-making uses the same stuff as scrap booker’s mostly. I good a lot of good stuff and was uber impressed by what I got in the reusable shopping bag I bought for $15.00 at the start.
Stampin’ Up! My Digital Studio V1.01
4.5 x 6.5 The Luxury Stack: Pearlized and Metallic 60 sheet stack of cardstock
Clear 12 x 12 scrap book page keeper or you can use this to store clear stamps etc.
7 sheets of variety stickers (not a real fan of stickers but I will find a use)
12 – 12 x 12 sheets of Le Cirque Collection made by graphic 45unique papercrafting
Bling from Candy Shoppe
Clear stamp from Snag’ em Stamps
I am most excited about the Stampin’ Up! My Digital Studio just for card layout alone! I have played with it a little bit and was able to come up with 3 card layouts in less than 5 minutes that looked nice (normally this processes involves me making some cards I don’t like). Now I can create a digital mock up and decide to make or not with no lost materials, yay! I will use the cardstock and the designer paper from graphic 45these are both pretty nice. I got my monies worth if it only had the My Digital Studio as that is a $39.00 value or about that.
By the end of the show I ended up with 2 clear packs of Christmas Stamps, 2 layered die (framelit/thinlit style) of Christmas trees, Flower Layers by Sizzix die cut, Egg shapped nested die cut (framelit/thinlit style), awesome microfine glitter, 3 different types of glue and some tape from Sparkle N Sprinkle.
Sparkle N Sprinkle’s booth was where we spent the majority of our time as Demo Donna captivated us with her demo’s of the microfine glitter. We were seriously engrossed and to boot she was hilarious! By far the best booth! Most of the other women were nice but she connected with us and I spent the most money … in fact I think we all did!
I have learned so much in the past year. Not just about Etsy or how online selling works but also about myself. I am actually amazed how much time I really do put into Vandicrafts. I seem to have this endless supply of energy to make beads and cards, set up treasuries, read forums, blog and read other blogs. It comes down to one simple factor, I simply love what I do! It’s not a “job” or a “chore”, it’s a pleasure to do all this.
My goal has been since I started Vandicrafts to one day make this my full-time source of income and I strive for that goal every day. The last few months have been picking up nicely with October being my best-selling month to date! My goals for remainder of 2013 and 2014 are to advertise more! A great product can’t be discovered if its hiding from the world.
A heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to all my current and future customers as I know you have a choice and I am over joyed you chose me! ~ Melissa Vandridge
I am so excited about my new Pandora Bead Roller that I got from Etsy shop Mason Meals & More. These have a 5mm hole and a metal core which give it a finished look. These can be set with any kind of glaze also I recently watched a You Tube video here that used heat embossing powder which made the bead look like it was a glass bead. Here is a picture of the bead roller:
Stay tuned for beads I made with this fabulous tool!
Update: Click here to go to a YouTube video for how the original machine works and here for the Pandora style machine. Enjoy!
I love pottery and wish I had more space for it in my kitchen. Going through my group Etsy board I found this lovely mug that is just stunning! Naturally I had to check out Droste Pottery and found this particular mug has been sold, which I am not surprised! However she has a nice stock of other pottery just as gorgeous!