Wednesday, September 3, 2008

More Craft Fair Goodies

It's official--I'll have a booth at St. Timothy's School's Craft Fair in Chantilly, VA on Nov. 22. Come visit! (I'll give you a lollipop! ;-) ) So, I've been busy making lots o' things to sell. Here are a few I've completed this week:

Altered Photo Clip This is an altered binder clip that had some kind of medical co. advertising on the white part. These are so cute to use as photo holders. I used rub-ons on the purple binder part. Then, I stamped on black cardstock in white craft ink & used Heat & Stick Powder to adhere blue glitter to the flowers (the flash muted the glitter). Then I spread Crystal Effects over the whole surface to give it a cohesive tile look. I did the same on the other side so if you wanted to use it as a paper clip, you'd have the decoration facing you too. Finally, I added just a dab of blue Stickles to the middle of the rub-on & added ribbon.
Altered Candy Jar These are plastic jars from Oriental Trading. I used more rub-ons on these. The felt flowers on the lids are either from SU!'s "Flower Fusion" (the olive green) or I cut them using SU!'s Basket & Blooms Sizzix die (white & black) & secured with a brad. Inside are Hershey's chocolate nuggets wrapped in stamped address labels. While these weren't hard to make, the rub-ons actually took a bit of time because you have to cut out the images & create your design, often with more than one color. I made 16 of them & each one is unique.

Altered Candy Purse I was really happy with how these little plastic purses turned out! I found the blank purse favors on clearance & got them without knowing what I'd do with them. I decided to make all ten the same with a straight Christmas theme (using up all my Silver Hodgepodge Designer Label holders in the process). I also used our new Holiday Treasures DSP & Baja Breeze 1" Grosgrain ribbon. I stamped the nuggest labels with the new "Snow-Swirled" stamp set.

One tip--to make the holes for the brads, I found it easier to secure the ribbon onto the paper first, place the whole thing onto the cushion in our Mat Pack & poke a hole with the paper piercer through both (instead of using the 1/16th" hole punch). You can then poke the brad through while it's still on the cushion & flip the whole thing over--the brads will stay put & then you can spread the prongs. This way, you don't bend the paper while trying to punch the brads through.

Whew. All I can say is, I've probably spent as much energy keeping these things out of my kids' hands as I have making them! My oldest (6 yrs.) is so cute--he keeps asking how much they are because he wants to save his money to buy them.



  1. Wow, you've been busy! I especially love the adorable plastic purse. That sweet six year old could probably pay you in legos:)

  2. Julie - wonderful ideas for a craft fair, thanks!

    I was wondering, where do you buy the actual Hershey Nuggets? Is there some place to get them in bulk so they are cheaper?


  3. Thanks Kerry :) I checked out your blog--cute stuff there too! I waited til the nuggets were on sale at our local Giant (2 for $5). There are about 36 nuggets to a bag. The chocolate lasts at least a year so I started watching the circulars in the summer for my holiday fairs. I sure wish I could find them in bulk though! Good luck with your fairs :)

  4. Your son's comment that he would like to buy your creations is the best compliment anyone could ever make!!! Certainly a scrappable page! Best wishes on your craft fair.

  5. Good luck at the craft fair. I really like the candy jars!

  6. These are just too cute. I have a bunch of these that were given to me after a baby shower. The hostess didn't want them so she gave them all to me. Thanks for the great idea.