Monday, 29 September 2008

Pencils and chocolates and cards, oh my!

Sunday was an incredible day – and I’m still exhausted! I had a stall at the Papercraft Show in Derby with two of my downlines – Alison and Tracey. It was a good job there were three of us as we were sooooooo busy! We reckon about 150 people visited our stall – many of them said they were attracted by the “lovely colours”. Yes, those colours which you are probably sick of seeing on here: Real Red and Old Olive.

I, on the other hand, don’t think I’ll ever tire of Old Olive. Pictures of our stand will have to wait but meanwhile, here are some of our display items, starting with these gorgeous pencil toppers. Yes I made them but yes I am allowed to say that as I totally stole the idea from another stamper, Danyelle. She kindly talked me through the tricky “getting the topper to stay on the pencil” bit as I was doing it completely wrong.

What you do is punch out your scallop, then cut two horizontal slits in it, with a craft knife. Make them about 7mm (about ¼”) apart. Then gently push the little strip out, while carefully pushing the rest of the scallop in the opposite direction. You now have a gap for your pencil (or pen, or straw, or one of those fancy glass stirrer thingies).

Decorate the scallop as you wish – just make sure you use really strong adhesive as the layers will have to curve.

Decorating jars is not my strength, so I left that to Alison, who turned this Douwe Egberts coffee jar into a funky pencil holder.

The scallops were a popular theme of our stand – cropping up on cards, bag toppers and, one of our favourite projects, the Elizabeth Shaw After Dinner Mints.

Stamps: Season of Joy, Woodcut Holly wheel, Happy Winter, True Friend
Cardstock: Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, textured Old Olive
Paper: Dashing
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive
Accessories: 1 ¼” circle punch, 1 3/8” circle punch, Scallop Circle Punch, ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon – Real Red, Crafters’ Toolkit

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  1. I loved everyone of your projects for the booth. I wish I could have been there in person to see it all come together so wonderfully. Congrats!

  2. Love ALL those projects. Your colour combo is wonderful - who doesn't love old olive and real red?! I, too, wish I could have been there in person - you did a GREAT job - it all looks so very professional. Well done. CC

  3. Helen, you are rockin' Real Red and Old Olive, beautifully. Love those pencils and that handsome tin from the previous post is fab.


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