Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I'm Back!

Hello friends - I am happy to be blogging again!  My hysterectomy went well, but the recovery took longer than I anticipated.  Before surgery, I actually thought that I could probably begin painting the bathroom during recuperation.  Ha!  I had grandiose ideas of what I would do.  Instead, I felt like a zombie for a week and a half.  Now I feel pretty terrific and actually got to make a card last night.

You know my friend, Andrea Ewen, right?  She's recently been accepted to several Design Teams, including Ribbon Carousel.  She issued her first challenge with them and I wanted to play, no matter what!  Her challenge is Pillow Talk with Andrea and here's the inspiration pic --

I pounced on the ruffly details and made this:

It's so girly, I love it!!  I used papers from Lost & Found by My Mind's Eye (thank you, Emily!), and a sentiment from Verve's Fairy Tales.  The daisy lace is from Wal-Mart - really and truly.  And of course, it was a great price.  ;)  The bit of venise lace at the bottom of the card was bought on eBay a while back. 

The pleated pink ribbon is retired Stampin' Up!, and really helped make this challenge easy for me.

If you don't mind hanging in there a bit more, I want to share pix of my very first craft fair with you, which was just a few days ago:

My sister-in-law and 10 YO help get the knitted items on display.

A sampling of my cards.

I printed out my blog header and website address and framed it.

My sister-in-law's knit display.

My Punkin mans (or is that wo-man's?) the table.
My sister-in-law, the fabulous knitter, and I shared a table in the basement of a local church.  There were about 30 vendors there, and we had a primo spot by the entrance.  (pure luck)  We each were pleased with our first fair, and plan to do others.  Of course, this was a learning experience, and got a better feel for what to do next time.  One major thing I've got to do is get business cards made for myself.  I was so absorbed by my looming surgery, that I didn't have time to investigate that bit. 

I was curious what people would ask for, to get to know the general public better.  I noted that some wanted congratulations, graduation, and - for one woman - French themed cards.  Well, I do love the French stuff too, so that was no problem!  I am lacking in the other departments though.  Good to know for next time.

Before I go, I am pleased to say that my anniversary card for my hubby won a Spotlight Artist spot over at City Crafter.  Yay!

Thank you all SO MUCH for waiting for me.  I'm sorry to be gone so long.  It's good to be back!!


Stamps:  Fairy Tales - Verve
Paper:  white - PTI; Lost & Found dp - My Mind's Eye
Ink:  Antique Linen, Walnut Stain distress - Ranger; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko
Punch:  Swirl border - EK Success
Other:  Big Shot; Fancy Tags die - Spellbinders; lace; pink and kraft ribbons - SU; pearls - Queen & Co; pearl brad - Bride's


Linda Breedlove said...

So happy to see you've posted and are doing so well. I'm really interested in your selling cards at a craft fair. The Penmaker and I have been thinking of trying it with our wares. Just not sure we want to work. LOL
Glad you're back... and still have the knack for making beautiful cards!

Unknown said...

I'm so happy you're feeling better! Your display is the idea of printing out your blog header. Your card is beautiful too! Looking forward to seeing more of your work :)

Marisa said...

Yeah, your back!! And with a bang too :) Lovely card with the lace layers and lovely framed sentiment. Great to hear you are up and raring to go again :) As per the business cards, you can get sheets of printed card backgrounds at some office supply stores and then you just print your own.

Linda Callahan said...

I'll say you are back! Back with one gorgeous card! And your craft display looks wonderful! I am sure folks loved your work - I do :) So glad you are feeling better!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Welcome back! I love the header idea -- well done! Great set up too -- Glad you had luck with your fair!

Gorgeous card made for Andrea's challenge! Back with a bang! :)

Ann Schach said...

It's great to have you back Colleen! Woo hoo! Your card is so perfect for the challenge! And I LOVED seeing pictures of the Craft Fair!

farmhouse-story said...

your card is so gorgeous, colleen! congrats on your spotlight, too! glad you are feeling better:)

Bev J. said...

Glad things went well and you are back to crafting-just don't try to do too much (voice of experience here).

Love the lace you used on your pretty card and happy you had a good craft fair experience!

Stella said...

it's wonderful to see you're back. I missed you and your lovely creations. I am so happy to read it all went so well on your first craft fair; you and your SIL are an amazingly talented couple. Fab idea to print out your blog header...and that card is breathtaking. Such a perfect card for the challenge and filled to the brim with!

Bumblebee said...

Glad you're on the mend, its good to hear your back into full crafty mode. love that you went to a craft fair, it must have been so exciting to sell your cards!

Lisa Elton said...

So happy to have you back..I've missed you and your beautiful cards!!! My SIL & I did craft shows for a few years and it sure seems that no matter how much you have they're always looking for something you don't LOL!!! Glad it went well for you, take care ;)

~Tammy~ said...

So very happy you are back and doing well!

Congrats on your spotlight and success your craft show.

Your card for the challenge is insanely gorgeous! Love Love love me so soft pink bliss with wonderful delicate touches! No mojo lost on you!!!! Love it!

Jinny Newlin said...

So glad to hear you're doing so much better! Your lack of creative time sure didn't effect your mojo! That card is BEAUTIFUL!

And what great pics! TFS!

Emily Keaton said...

Welcome back, Colleen!! What a beauty this is--you dove right back in, in a big way. Just like you were never out of action!! Amazing. :) So glad you were able to use some of your new papers for your first project back!

LOVED seeing the photos from your craft fair!! Your booth looked super. Both your and your SIL's wares look fabulous--and your little helper womaned your both in a professional-looking way!!! So happy to hear all about it and that things went so well. I know I owe you some photos--I'll get to it as soon as I can!!

Donna B. said...

That is a beautiful, feminine card Colleen!! You have not lost your touch. You had a great booth at the craft fair - thanks for sharing your pics. And congrats on your Anniversary card - it was a great card - I remember it!!! So glad you're back!!!

Lindsay said...

So glad you are doing well and on your way to recovering!

Your card is gorgeous, love every detail! Thanks so much for joining us at the Ribbon Carousel this week Colleen!

Benzi said...

Great to see you back and I'm sure you're ready to roll out the cards.
I bet the craft fair was fun for all. Congrats on your win.

Benzi said...

Oops, I forgot to say how beautiful your card is and how girly and sweet. I love it!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

SOOOOOOOO happy you joined in the fun over at the RCC---this is a GORGEOUS card! LOOOOOOOOOVE those ribbons--beautiful punches and tags--LOVE the pearl brad in the center! JUST GORGEOUS all around:) LOVE LOVE LOVE! THANKS for joining in the fun and playing along with us over at the RCC:)

ps...OH MY GOOOOODNESS! You did amazing at your craft fair! LOVE your set up--great bins for your the the deals and the publication/pages of your stuff in print! YOU ROCK! I'm so proud of you!! CONGRATS and great job!!! LOVE YA!

chilli pip said...

Welcome back , glad you have come back with a bang your card is a beauty so soft and lacey.Love it .
Your stall at the craft fair looked wonderful

Kay said...

So glad you are back! Love your girly card with all the lace and frills. So beautiful!

Pauline said...

Wow, Collen, that's some major surgery, I'm so glad you're feeling better and up and about. I love this girly frothy pretty card with all the gorgeous touches of lace and ruffly ribbon! Too sweet! Your craft fair looks great too, your table looks fab!
So glad you're on the mend xx

Shirley said...

Would you mind sharing with me what you learned and how it went? My friend talked me into letting her take my cards to sell at her craft booth Saturday. I am getting them ready. I am price marking any card where I am asking more than $5 and I am putting every card in a plastic ziplock bag that allows you to open the card and see the inside and the envelope too. Seeing your pictures tells me I need to do something to identify Christmas, Fall, All Occasion, etc. Thanks Colleen for this post.

Stacey G.-2 Craf-t-4u said...

I am so glad you are doing better! Hope your recovery continues and you are back to where you want to be. I always set way to many goals for myself when I am sick or even on vacation. Sort of defeats the purpose of the ret time when you have other plans! Love this card Colleen! It is so elegant and girly! Love the lace! Congrats on your sale! I used to do dry flowers at fairs and one thing I noticed was people would put in a request at one show so I would make a gazillion of that and then at the next show there were new requests. So it is sometimes hard to judge, but your work is beautiful I am sure you have no problem moving them!

sparklygirl-Tina said...

Hi Colleen

So pleased that your op went well and that you are feeling so much better and are back in card making mode. I myself haven't been around in blogland much as I've been planning for a craft fayre that I'm doing this Saturday. Your stall looks fabulous for the craft fayre that you did and I'm sure you had great success.

Well take care and take it easy. Catch up again with you soon.

Big Hugs (done softly!!)


Anonymous said...

Good grief, that is some surgery - I thought you were just having something simple that needed to be taken care of like with a quick stay over night or something!

Your card is really pretty with all the pretty pink. I do believe you are back in the swing of things!

I enjoyed seeing your craft fair booth. Yes, business cards probably would have been a good thing. But, now you know for the future. Also, you could do commissioned pieces too if that was not in the grand scheme of things. I am thinking about the lady wanting French stuff. I have never done the craft fair other than at church and we were all making stuff. It is a learning experience!

So, glad you are up and around and creating. Oh, and congratulations on your card! So, now what is my problem with making cards? Take care.

Chris R. from Iowa

Carol Hurlock said...

Oh my gosh this card is so awesome, I want to wear it. I love the lace and frills and ultra feminine feel of it. So pretty.

Laura Davis said...

This is so pretty, love it!
Thanks for playing at the Ribbon Carousel!

Sue Lelli said...

So GLAD you're back! My Mom actually felt good enought to get up and dust her hospital room (good pain meds!)! Are you laughing yet??!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this card and all of the pink and lace and swirly details! Also LOVE the picks of the craft fair. Your daughter is too cute!

Andrea Ewen said...

Oh, Colleen...I absolutely adore this card! You're right, it's perfectly girly, frilly and yummy! That ribbon is just spectacular and the lace, border punching and sponging are phenomenal! You certainly knocked this one outta the park! Thanks for playing along in my first challenge, too! I really appreciate your support AND especially your friendship!

Andrea Ewen said...

Hey...this card was chosen as a 'Top Spool' over at the Ribbon Carousel Challenge blog! Huge congrats, my friend!

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