Tuesday, May 31, 2011

We've got a winner!

There were seven blog comments in by midnight yesterday, so I ran the numbers through Random.org, and the winner is.....

Drumroll, please...

#1 Logan Manuel Carver

Blogger Logan Manuel Carver said...
Loved your make and take . . . I think it was the busiest one all night. I couldn't even get in. I hope I win so I could have your lovely creation! Can't wait for your Etsy to be filled . . . more yumminess for me!
May 30, 2011 10:42 AM

Thanks, so much to everyone who commented and congrats to the winner. And to the winner, please email me your contact info so I can send your package on its way:


Saturday, May 28, 2011


Greetings from beautiful Palm Springs! Although truth told I'm already back home. But since this post is all about my recent trip there, the postcard is still a nice touch. (Hey, don't we all sometimes get back home before our postcards arrive? ;-D)

I was in this lovely city to attend the Art-Full Horizons Grand Garden Tea, a lovely kick-off event to the weekend event. I brought along my traveling boutique and a little make-n-take project that you may have seen in previous posts.
One side of my 'booth'

Loved having BFF Julie at my side

The event took place at a truly gorgeous hotel, The Renaissance. Gonna have to get back there for a stay sometime soon. The event room was jam-packed with vendor tables, deminars and make-n-takes, lots of delicious goodies, and a mini garden tea vignette setting for taking fun photos. My only regret is that I was SO busy that I wasn't able to walk around and take photos. I'm looking forward to the photos that others have taken that will inevitably find their way to Facebook and blogs etc.

This is Tammy I's booth, with the delightful Tammy on hand. Her booth was so cheery and colorful and full of eye candy and delightful goodies that every papercrafter needs. You can find her "tammy i" Etsy store here.

tammy i Etsy boutique

Julie and I stop for a spot of tea

Sassy wisecracks lead to some general hysteria

I met some terrific ladies last night and just wish I could have spent more time getting to know everyone a little more, but we were on a schedule. To those of you who were there and follow my blogs or are friended with me on Facebook, thank you so much for introducing yourselves. I love putting faces to names. To the rest of you, thank you for visiting my 'booth', for taking the time to do a make-n-take with me and most of all thanks for your business! Be sure to stay tuned to my blog for more news on my Etsy store re-opening. (You can follow my blog by email now-- look for the button in the navigation column at right------>)
Make-n-Take table

We ended our night with a midnight breakfast at the local iHop and then we seriously CRASHED. Today was a fun day of kicking around some of the consignment shops that Palm Springs is known for. I was glad my good friend Julie was with me - we had a great time window shopping and real shopping and relaxing and dining and just seizing the day (something we both agreed we probably don't do enough of).

A dress once owned by Julie Andrews
Consignment furniture shop
A leisurely meal at Kaiser Grill
 Now that I'm back home, I'll be spending the rest of the weekend loading my Etsy store. I'll be sure to shout about it once the store is well stocked. Stay tuned...

Here's a piece of good news (and a reward for those of you who got this far in my chatty post), I was able to put together a few more of my make-n-take kits an I'd like to send out a little piece of Art-full Horizons to one lucky crafter. Just leave a comment here on this blog post and let me know what you think of the project. Post your comments by midnight PDT on Monday, 5/30. I'll pick a random poster and let you know who the winner is on Tuesday 5/31.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Art-Full Horizons Grand Garden Tea

Next on the agenda is the Art-Full Horizons Grand Garden Tea on May 27th. I'll be taking my boutique on the road and setting up shop for the tea in the lovely Renaissance Resort, Palm Springs.

I'll also be doing this little perfect bind mini book make-n-take, "Amour":

"Amour" mini book by PaperCraft Princess

This book features patterned papers from Making Memories and GCD Studio. We'll be creating the book and decorating the cover. The inside has six pages for attendees to decorate on their own later.

There is still time to snag a ticket for The Grand Garden Tea (even if you are not attending the rest of Art-Full Horizons event). Tickets are just $20 and include all the make n takes (free), gourmet appetizers, shopping til you drop, meeting the instructors, and more. Check it out here.

Hope I see you there!

ETA: Download basic instructions for this project here.

Photos from NSD 2-Day Crop

Here are some pics from the crop earlier this month. At nearly the last minute, I added a second table and I'm so glad I did because it gave me the chance to bring kits and have the samples on display as well. (Oops, my "slip is showing" in this first pic -lol!)

The new display pieces really worked well

I had such a marvelous time. Met lots of lovely scrappers and reunited with others that I just don't get to see often enough.

Me with Jennifer Priest (taken on her camera--notice the great quality)

With Kristen (and why oh why didn't I get a pic with Susanne?)

With PJ

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Taking My Show On The Road

I'm pretty excited that PaperCraft Princess will be vending its first 'public' crop. The crop is in one week and I'm as busy as can be prepping kits and products for my sales table.

Spring seemed like the perfect time to spruce up my displays too and get some better risers to get more use of my table's real estate. Changing up the boutique gave me an excuse to do some shopping - yay! It wasn't all retail therapy (though there was some of that). I was also able to do some thrifting which is extra fun because it's such an adventure. You never know what you'll find --might be that what you find is even better than what you set off looking for.

I've already repainted everything I found before today.  I just wish I'd remembered to take "before" photos so that the "after" pics would be more meaningful. But here's a pic of a shelf I found today. What I liked about this is that the posts in the back look like a picket fence. They'll coordinate with a picket fence tiered shelf that I'll also be using.

Thrifted garden inspired shelf (before)
Picket fence shelf riser in background

Spring is the perfect season to freshen up. I'm adding touches of green and along with new white shelves & risers, I'm just loving the whole look. Can't wait to share photos of my finished table.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Sweet Things - interior pages

For those of you who have purchased the "Sweet Things" kit and need to see what the sample looks like, here are the inside pages. Let me know if you have any questions.

The papers in this book are all by "The Girls' Paperie" designed by Margie Romney-Aslett. The line is called "Paper Girl". (Also used papers by K & Company and Making Memories). The page shape is from a Sizzix die by Tim Holtz (the small tickets are by Tim Holtz too). Plastic tag is by American Crafts, and the decorative brads are by Making Memories. The entire book was inked with Colorbox Chalk Ink in Creamy Brown.

I have three "Sweet Things" kits available for purchase $7 (plus shpg/handling; also sales tax for CA residents). These kits do not include instructions, but the instructions are detailed below.

Also, I have limited quantities of "Paper Girl" patterned papers in stock now (ninety cents per sheet), and die cut chipboard 4/$1.50. Tim Holtz products are available by special order


Note: both front & back covers are made by attaching your patterned papers to chipboard. However, interior pages do not use chipboard --just glue your patterned papers and/or cardstock back-to-back. Be sure not to glue the back-to-back pages together until the end, so that you won't run into problems attaching brads and/or staples on some pages.

Ink all pieces, if desired. The "sweet things" title on page below was inked, then adhered to the pink cardstock, then cut with zig-zag decorative scissors (ink pink mat after cutting, if desired). The green dot frame was glued down flat, but the title was pop dotted up. I poked the tip of the hat pin into the green dot frame so that the sharp tip wouldn't be exposed and prick anyone.

Since all your background pages are double sided, you can choose to use whichever side you like best. You have plenty of borders too - cut down the ones you like to use on the pages as you please. IMPORTANT: be careful to put adhesive only along the lowest/furthest (straight) edge of borders so that you can tuck the photos behind the borders later.

Note: the pink plastic tag in your kit for the page pictured below may vary from the sample. I used a stamp with brown Stazon ink to decorate my tag, or you can use the tag for journaling (add the date of the photo, or tell who is in the pic), or decorate in some other way. You can even leave yours blank. If you decide to write on it, be sure to use a Slickwriter or Sharpie so that you won't run into trouble with the ink resisting on the shiny plastic. And be sure to let your stampwork or writing dry so it won't smear. (I added one of the brads to the tag, but you don't have to --you can save the brad for a different page.) Add the pink floss to tag (you won't be able to attach it to the snap ring until the end). After the book is finished and the ring is in, secure the tag to the page with a glue dot or other adhesive.

Once again, choose whichever side of paper you like best and choose the borders you like. Also remember to only glue the straight edge (furthest to right in pic below) so you can slip your photos underneath the decorative border.

The green patterned border on the pic below is the only one that is NOT in your long bag of borders. It will be with the smaller bag of pages. It is also already cut to the correct length and it's the only one cut with this particular style of punch. However you can substitute one of the other borders if you like.

Your background for the page below will be a different green pattern paper (from the Girls Paperie line and double-sided). The one I used on the sample was from Prima Marketing and is not double-sided). Once again, leave the scalloped edge of your border free so you can lift it and slide your photo underneath it. Same thing for your ticket --attach it with foam tape or pop dots that are only adhered to the side of the ticket that is not on top of the ledger paper mat. This is so your photo can easily slide under the ticket.

One note of caution on the page below - if you let your ticket hang over the edge of the page like I did *AND* if you use a brad in the bottom corner (like I did), it will show from the back and you will need to cover it with a small scrap or coordinating paper.  (By the way, you have extra tickets so you can use them throughout the book wherever you like - or save them for another project.)

The lace was attached with a Tiny Attacher by Tim Holtz, but if you don't have one any stapler will do, or just use adhesive (the Sticker Maker by Xyron would work well).

Below is the last interior page. Again, choose your favorite side for your background page and be sure to leave the decorate edge of your border free so that your photo can slip behind.

Lastly, the back cover (below). I left mine plain since it's a cover, but you can decorate yours if you want to with the  extra borders in your kit.

Once all the pages are assembled, punch holes (a Cropadile or heavy duty hole punch will do the trick), add your snap ring (go back and attach the tag on page 1 and secure it to the page) then decorate with ribbons and you're done!

Be sure and let me know if you have any questions!