Here's my last craft fair post for the year. I really wanted to make some pastel japanese calendars, but again wanted to simplify. I brought out my stash of bunny washi I accumulated from Japan and hoped someone would give them a happy home. I originally tried to make my own bunnies, but didn't have time to perfect it, so I just used a sakura at the top instead.
Hope you enjoyed all of my craft fair projects!
Wrapping up the craft fair posts with some of my new calendars. At the last minute, I decided to make some asian calendars since I knew Hello Kitty is not for everyone. Wish I had thought of these earlier cause they sold out rather quickly! Since I didn't know what to do for the top, I cut some kanji from my Pagoda cartridge. The diamond looked bare on the happiness kanji, so I added another one to make double happiness.
Be back tomorrow with one more calendar to share!
My friend Tracy told me how to cover frames with paper. The first time I made them, I didn't have the technique quite down, but this time they came out much better. Thanks Tracy!
It's always a crap shoot at every craft fair. You never know what people will like or want. Last year, I made some Sister Stamps items that didn't sell all that well. This made me hesitant to start the stamp line, but I had confidence in my sister's work, so I still pursued it. While Hello Kitty is still a crowd pleaser, I actually got much more compliments on the Sister Stamps items I made this year. I was kinda hoping some of them wouldn't sell so I'd be able to give some away as gifts, but they all pretty much sold out. Here's some of our oldies but goodies. I made a few using some of our new images that will be coming out next year, but I'm saving those to show you once they are released (I can't wait!). For now, here's some of our favorites...
Not sure yet if I'll be doing another craft fair for Girl's Day, but I think these would sell great at that fair too.
In addition to the Lucky Cat tags, I also made some other kitty tags.. Hello Kitty that is.. She sold out too.
Wish I had more time to make more luggage tags! They always do well, so I really should make them all year yah?
My luggage tags seem to do pretty well during craft fairs, so I decided to make a few this time around. Decided to play around with a new image since all the Vegas goers might like it. Here's a sampling of some of the tags I made using this lucky cat image. He was very popular!
Got this idea from my FB friends... Coaster calendars are inexpensive to make and are good sellers. I attached some strip magnets to the back so you can put them on your refrigerator or filing cabinet, etc. Made some in Chococat and Hello Kitty.
I also made these using post it notes. Definitely a crowd pleaser. Thanks Crazy Crafters!
A surprise seller were these gift card boxes. When you open up the box, there's a place for your gift card, so its all ready to go! I love that these were so easy to make too and wish I made more now in retrospect. I'll have to stock up on these for future craft fairs.
Here's the Christmas versions...
And more all occasion ones..
Here's some of the Hello Kitty (and other friends) frames I came up with. Thanks to Tracy for helping me figure out an easier way to cover the frames! There's a lot of photos in this post, so bare with me...
First up is a frame that was inspired by a fellow crafter- Jen. We are both "Jenny" and hang out at Island Scrapbooking, so to avoid confusion, they call her "Jen" and me "Jenny". Anyway, I knew we'd be friends when I asked her for her email and it referenced Hello Kitty! Anyway, she has 2 daughters, so I totally thought of her when I made this frame... Bow on the left is Mimi and bow on the right is Kitty.
I was also inspired by other Hello Kitty friends, and this year came up with Chococat! He's one of my favorite characters. My boss (and friend) has a Chocoate mug at work and I look at it every day I meet with her. This inspired me to make some Chococat stuff this year. Oh yah, I even made that big rose too using the large flower punch and followed various tutorials on you tube. That was a bit challenging for me, but I like the results! Added in "tomodachi" since my daughter is learning Japanese and tries to use it daily.
And who doesn't like Princess Kitty?
So after I made the "Sisters" version, I decided to make a "BFF" version. If it didn't sell, I thought it would be perfect for my daughter and he BFF.
And another friendship frame..
Did a bit of altering again... Used Aloha Kitty die by Sizzix and then covered her sarong by making my own grass skirt! Now she really looks like a hula girl!
After covering this frame with ice cream treats, I was a bit stumped on what to accent it with. I finally remembered an old card I made using this HK Sizzlits die and adding in my own ice cream cone by using the Martha Stewart punch. Since the die is smaller, I filled the rest of the area with "Sweet".
And I still love cupcakes... I think this might be the last of this favorite Doodlebug Cupcake paper. The Sizzlet die is an old exclusive SU die, but not sure if its available anymore. It's one of my favorites. This frame reminds me of Sweetland Papercrafts!
I guess I was inspired by the other girls when I was making my own stuff. Thanks girls for participating in this year's craft fair! Couldn't have done it without you!