Craft Show Display Ideas: Greeting Card Vendors

Craft Show Display Ideas for Greeting Card Vendors It’s almost October, which means its time for holiday bazaars and craft shows to begin filling up our weekends.  A couple of years ago I participated in a craft show and I want to share with you my craft show display ideas for greeting card vendors. I had a few things that I imagined in my head of things that I wanted and, more importantly, that I didn’t want, my display to look like. I DID NOT WANT: to display my cards in baskets on tables have to depend on a lot of other people to help with set-up/take-down want to use anything too heavy for me to lift on my own to have my booth look like something out of a country fair.  That’s just not my style. I DID WANT: a glamorous booth the cards displayed at eye level something out-of-the-box something I could, if needed, set up and take down on my own I really wish I could remember my thought process for coming up with my final idea.  I know my thoughts went from hanging the cards on something to hanging the cards on Christmas trees, to hanging the cards on lighted trees.  I was really happy with the final outcome.  People even asked me if the show organizers were going to hand out prizes for the best booth. (Um…they didn’t even have a Facebook page for the event, so no, prizes didn’t enter their minds.  WARNING:  before you sign up to do a show, find out how the show will be promoted.  If the organizers don’t have a social media prescence, run!) Here is a look at the three tables I used.  I had a 10′ x 10′ booth, so I set the tables in an upside-down “U” formation, leaving room on the upper sides for chairs and supplies. Each table had two 4′ white trees with LED lights built into them, except for the back table, which only had one tree.  I used the back table as the “Welcome” table.  It is where I kept all of the signage and important info, like “We Accept All Major Credit Cards,” info about placing online orders, business cards, etc. I sold my cards in packages of eight.  I put each set of cards in a cello bag and tied the bag with hemp twine.  I used plain wooden clothespins to pin the packages to the trees.  Next to each tree I placed a sign with a display of each card in the package.  To take up table space, I put some single cards in baskets (which helped to increase sales) and added a little Christmas décor.   Here is the master list of the supplies I used: 3 tables 3 tablecloths (amazon.com) 5 LED white trees (kmart.com) black poster board (dollar store) plate stands to hold the posters (hobby lobby) clothespins (dollar store) miscellaneous Christmas décor (my house) electrical extension cords ******************** I was able to carry in and set up the entire display by myself, with the help of a dolly to haul in the heavy tables.  The only help I needed was from my dad, who rigged all of the extension cords so that they could all fit into one outlet thingy. The best part about my display was that all of the items I purchased can be re-purposed.  I have used the Christmas trees around the house as part of our family Christmas decorations and who doesn’t need a long white tablecloth every now and then, right? Good luck with your craft show endeavors!  Share your ideas in the comments section!!

Playful Pals Stamp Set ~ Cute Cards for Kids!

Playful Pals Stamp Set ~ Cute Cards for Kids! I have had the Playful Pals Stamp Set for several months now and I finally found some time to pull it out and make some really cute cards for kids.  I am a big fan of handwritten notes, and I believe it is really important to teach children how to write handwritten cards and thank you notes and MAIL THEM!  I remember my mother teaching me how to write thank you notes when I was little.  I think that is one of the reasons why I love cards and stationery so much today. Check out some of the cute animals you can create with the Playful Pals Stamp Set.  I also used the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies to make it a snap to cut the body parts.  NOTE:  there is NOT a corresponding die for every body part.  For example, you can only  die cut the elephant’s ear and the frog’s leg for one side.  There are two different stamps, one for the right side and one for the left side, but the die only cuts the body part for the left side.  Just use your paper snips to cut the corresponding body part. Of course I had to add googly eyes to my animals to make them even cuter! NOW is a great time to teach kids the importance of handwritten notes.  Make several of these Playful Pals cards WITH your kids and/or grandkids and have them bring a thank you card to their teachers on the first day of school, or make a pack of cards for the teacher.  Win, win!!  

Pyramid Pals Star

Pyramid Pals Star Have you seen the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies?  You might think that the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies and the coordinating Playful Pals Photopolymer Stamp Set are just for creating cards and projects for kids.  Wrong! Did you know that you can make a Pyramid Pals star?  I love to use Stampin’ Up! products to create out-of-the-box projects and the Pyramid Pals Thinlits shapes really spurred my creative juices. I used the new Flirty Flamingo Designer Series Paper from the 2016-2018 In-Color Designer Series Paper Pack to create five pyramids.  I attached the pyramids together on the inside with Tear and Tape Adhesive, added some crinkly paper and a candle. and that was all!  It was so, so easy.  SO easy, in fact, that I am going to keep this project in my memory bank to create for my daughters’ bridal showers and/or weddings.  (NO!  They are nowhere near getting married, I just have OCD.) Wouldn’t they be perfect table decorations?  You can also punch a tiny hole in the top of one of the points and hang a bunch of starts along a string or from the ceiling.  There are so many possibilities!  Don’t let the true intention of Stampin’ Up! products limit your creative ideas.  When I first saw the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies and the coordinating Playful Pals Photopolymer Stamp Set I quickly turned the page because I didn’t think I would have any use for a juvenile stamp set.  I was wrong! It was a real challenge to photograph the star to get the true Flirty Flamingo color.  I encourage you to take a look at the professional photographs in the 2016-17 Annual Catalog (I can mail you one if you would like – just leave a comment) and the slide show below to get a better taste of the beautiful new Flirty Flamingo products.

Decorative Three-Ring Binder

Decorative Three-Ring Binder If you are anything like me, you have a million different things going on at the same time.  I have a pile a mile high of notes in about twenty different notebooks…no kidding.  I decided to condense everything into one three-ring binder to keep in my purse so that I can have my notes with me all the time.  Of course I couldn’t use just any three-ring binder; I had to make myself a decorative three-ring binder.  Since these are the final few days of the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog, I decided to use the retiring Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper to decorate the binder.  I filmed myself making the decorative three-ring binder so that you could see for yourselves just how easy it is to make, but for some reason my computer keeps telling me that my files are corrupted.  Go figure.  I’ll try to do my best to write the directions while I uncorrupt my files. Start with a binder that has the plastic “clear view” sleeve Measure the size of the clear sleeve Cut the Designer Series Paper 1/4″ shorter than the size of the sleeve Decorate with embellishment, but be sure to use flat items That’s it!  Soooo easy, right??? In addition to running my Stampin’ Up! business, I am also heavily involved with Cosmetics for a Cause, a non-profit charity that collects and donates cosmetics to women and girls in need.  I have so many notes and paperwork and it sure is nice to finally have a “classy catch-all” binder to keep everything organized.  You should gather up your retiring Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper and make some decorative three-ring binders, too.  You can make the small size (7″ x 9″) or the regular size.  The best part is that you can use any embellishments that you want to make your decorative three-ring binder all your own to fit your personal style.

Paper Pumpkin Kits Are Perfect For Kids!

Paper Pumpkin Kits Are Perfect For Kids! Did you know that Paper Pumpkin Kits are perfect for kids?  I wanted to see just how easy and convenient Stampin’ Up!’s Paper Pumpkin Kits really are, so I put the March 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit to the test.  I enlisted my six-year-old nephew to help me assemble two cards from the kit and as you will see in the video we recorded, he enjoyed every minute of making cards with me.  It was a wonderful experience that he keeps talking about and wants to do over and over and over again! You have to pay close attention to what he says around the 8:45 mark when I show him that one of the pieces in the kit is a sticker.  I died!  Also, listen to the story he tells at the end of the video and you will see and hear for yourself what a wonderful little boy he is. I can’t wait until we can film our next video!  Be sure to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin so you can make the kits over the summer with your kids!  What is so wonderful about the Paper Pumpkin Kits is that each box contains everything you need to complete the project.  It is a perfect activity for long car rides and rainy days. Click HERE to subscribe and find out for yourself that Paper Pumpkin Kits are perfect for kids!  (Remember that the kits contain small parts that could be choking hazards for small children and Stampin’ Up! has not officially announced that Paper Pumpkin Kits are perfect for kids.  This is my personal opinion based on my own experience. Be sure that you provide adult supervision.)

My Top 5 Picks from the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack

My Top 5 Picks From the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack Take a look at my top 5 picks from the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack.  New items were added today from the 2015 Holiday Catalog.  Be sure to order the items right away, because once they sell out, they are gone for good.  Be sure to also check out the slideshow at the bottom of this post to view ALL of the Clearance Rack items.  There are many more items than just my top 5 pick. #1:  To You and Yours Shaker Card Kit  was $24.00 | now only $9.60 #2:  Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit  was $21 | now only $8.40 #3:  Hello December 2015 Project Life Accessory Pack was $15 | now $6 #4:  Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Project Life Card Collection was $16 | now $6.40 #5:  Real Red Pom Pom Trim was $6.00 | now $2.40 Before you freak out and say to yourself, “All of this is Christmas stuff!” just think back to the start of the Christmas season and remember how excited you were when you promised yourself that THIS would be the year when you would get everything done without being stressed.  Then think back to the middle of Christmas season when panic set in and you realized that your plan failed.  You can conquer the failure by ordering my top 5 picks from the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack.  Why?  Let me tell you. You can read about the features and benefits of the To You & Yours Shaker Card Kit HERE, and see examples of cards you can quickly assemble with the leftovers HERE, HERE, and HERE.  You will be a rock star when your friends receive these cards in the mail.  You can also give the kit as a gift to the card making lovers in your life. Who doesn’t want to open a present with the a tag from the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit?  What I love most about these fun Christmas tags is that you can add them to small gifts and gift bags that otherwise wouldn’t make a great first impression and turn what at first glance looks like an underwhelming gift into the first gift your friends want to open. I have included both the Hello December 2015 Project Life Accessory Pack  (just cut out the “2015”) and the Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Project Life Card Collection for the same reason.  Each kit provides enough materials for you to quickly assemble not only scrapbooks, but also fun greeting cards.  It takes no time to cut and score card stock and use the items in both of these kits to put together cute Christmas cards. Do I even need to explain why you need the Real Red Pom Pom Trim?  I mean just look at how adorable it is!  Use it to wrap presents, string it up and use our Mini Metallic Clothespins to hang up your Christmas cards, or use it as an embellishment on your cards.  And hey, its’ red, so you can also use it for Valentine’s Day and Fourth of July projects! Here is a look at ALL of the Clearance Rack items.  Have fun shopping!!