Adventures in Card-Making

Update on Fair – Day 2

Dear Fellow Crafters,

So Day 2 started off very slowly. The organizers had free donuts and coffee for all vendors which was unexpected but very much appreciated. The pace picked up around 11:00-1pm but most were lookers UNTIL one lady rushed over to my table. She exclaimed how excited she was that I was there as she had bought some of my cards last year. She proceeded to buy $16 worth of Christmas cards for her family!  While she was sorting through my display, another lady bought a reindeer and sleigh tabletop piece I had made.

The pace really picked up and pretty soon, I had “made” my table fee again! I ended up with a sizeable profit and almost all my holiday cards sold. Now, I am sure you are wondering how I will ever remember what cards were sold – well, due to the incredible generous gift from a good friend, I have a digital camera. I had taken pictures of every holiday card in my inventory, so now all I have to do is match up those I still have and voila, I will have the ones that were sold!

To top off the day, I won a beautiful hand-knit lap blanket from the raffle held after the fair. Local merchants from the town as well as vendors had donated baskets of products (baseball cards, gift cards, a crock pot with recipe books etc.) for the raffle.

Another worthwhile crafting experience. My advice for picking a venue is pick one that is popular in the town, a good date, craft vendors not vendors like Pampered Chef, and one that attracts younger and older buyers.

Happy crafting season,


Adventures in Card-Making

Is it to early to plan Holiday cards?

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Creating holiday cards can be a daunting task but if you start early it can turn into a fun and rewarding experience. First you have to write down all the people you plan to send cards to. Next put the people into categories i.e. Jenny- religious theme, Bill- Holiday song, Aunt Nancy- snowflakes etc. Believe it or not, this part is easy!

Next decide what design you want. This is made easier if you have a sketch book or a folder of cards you have made in the past or cards you want to make now, or finally a collection of card making magazines. After you decide on the designs, you can then decide if you want to embellish or not. For instance, the first card on the left below  is a simple design. The one on the right is more complicated.

My advice is to take the original list and put down next to the name what kind of card you are going to make for them. You might find that 1/3 of the people will have holiday images and the rest are religious-themed cards. Now, you can make all the cards the same if you wish. However, if you are sending cards to co-workers, try to make the cards slightly different from each other. If you are going to add embellishments, go for paper buttons, brads, ribbons etc. Your wallet will thank you.

Depending on how many cards you need to make set up an assembly line. Don’t forget to decorate the inside of the cards and the envelopes and of course, your individual hallmark on the back. My advice is to print out the sentiments and glue onto die-cut labels and then Xyron them. Then you can just peel off the sentiment and your card is done.  Time how long it takes to make one card. Multiply that times the number of cards you must make. Then schedule on your planning calendar. When I worked, I started making cards in late October/early November and strived for 2-3 cards a day. Don’t be afraid of asking for help from your family. Children love to glue!

You can see more of my cards on

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‘Til next time,



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What to say in a Holiday (Christmas) card

Dear Fellow Crafters,

I have never written a Holiday Newsletter to my friends/relatives/neighbors and enclosed it in  a Holiday card. But when it comes down to it, what do you say in a Christmas Card? Some ideas follow.


Has it been a whole year? Two? Ten? Don’t feel guilty!

You know that feeling when you check your holiday Christmas card list and get to that one cousin, niece, or friend you really meant to keep up with through the years, but didn’t? Instead of feeling stressed, take the opportunity of the holiday card sending and catch those special people up. Not sure where to start? Try these ideas to add a heartfelt message to your Christmas cards.

Send happy wishes
Sensational season’s greetings start with a just-right holiday message like “Wishing you every happy thing this year!”

Reconnect with a friend
Rebuild a bond or mend a strained relationship with a message that says “I wish we could see more of each other.”

Acknowledge a recent loss
Comfort someone who has lost a loved one with a tender message that says “Holding you and your family close in thought and in love.”

Difficult year
Celebrate the coming of a new year and fresh start with a struggling loved one. Include a message that says “Be good to yourself—nobody deserves it more.”

And here are some additional note starters if you still feel a little stuck:

  • I think of you whenever…
  • I have to laugh when…
  • You should see…
  • Remember how… or Remember that time?
  • I wish I had time to…
  • This year we decided to…
  • Know what I miss most?
  • I wish Grandma were still with us…
  • Those mittens you sent that time are still my favorites…
  • I did make time to…
  • Christmas always reminds me of…
  • We’ll have to get together and…

‘Til next time,