Lets’ Get This Party Started!


Hi everyone,

Stampin’ Up! are still celebrating their 25th birthday and this week they are having 25% off 25 selected stamp sets. Check them out HERE. These are awesome savings. I will also be taking advantage of this and getting the few I have had my eye on. That’s right, even I cannot get them at these prices as a demonstrator.

Be quick and secure yours today, You can go to my SHOP and have them delivered straight to your door.

But be quick, this sale ends on the 28th October.

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Christmas in the Country Craft Show 2012!

Hello everyone!

Long time, no post! It has been a crazy few months here in the Brown household. I must confess at this point, about 2 months ago I was seriously considering stepping down as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator (that’s how crazy it got). A lot of factors were in play as to the reason for ceasing my role. The worst I think was when I had a very bad party/workshop experience. I had never met such a rude bunch of ladies. So bad in fact I drove away from the event crying vowing never to do another party and to date I have kept that promise. I also lost inspiration for new fun and creative ideas to do at my regular workshops/classes. Basically I felt I had done all I could do with my Stampin’ career. I also didn’t know whether I would be taking part in the BIG annual Christmas in the Country craft show I always attend.

I think though the fact that we had a lot of changes at home in regards to David starting a new career, which resulted in him being away for a week at a time, and my youngest starting school, which resulted in me taking on a lot more volunteer work at the school with tuckshop, uniform shop and in class work., has also been a factor in my near demise of being “Kirsty Brown Independent Stampin’ Up! Dempnstrator”.It was so bad in fact that until last week I hadn’t ordered anything out of the brand new Stampin’ UP! catalogues, which released in September. Hopefully my new goodies will be here early this week and I can have a good play with some fun new stamps.

Well as you can tell by the title of this post I did go ahead with the Craft Show and I have lots of pics to share of the event (something like 16 of them). I had a very similar display to last year but with loads of new projects. Take a look

So that’s it! If you are a liker of my FB page you would have already seen these over the past few days, as this event started Thursday night and finished Saturday afternoon. I am so glad I decided to do this event as I met a whole new bunch of ladies who would like to attend my workshops/classes and would love to learn how to create all the things they had seen at my stall. Not to mention the fabulous sales I had. This event is actually the main fundraiser for Peace Lutheran Primary School to which my children attend so it is quite special to me and I hope my stall has done them proud and made lots of money for them too. To all those people close to Gatton, you really should come check it out next year, it is absolutely fabulous with the best the valley has on offer. I always find fabulous Christmas gifts here every year, and everything is handmade. So I will see you next year!

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Festive Friday Challenge #30

Hello everyone,

It’s Festive Friday Challenge time, and this round is a sketch. I do apologise for getting this up late, but it has been a very hectic week……month, actually. I must also say that I was quite ill when I made this card and I don’t think I should do that again! LOL!

Here is my submission

I used the Letter’s to Santa DSP quite heavily and matched it with the Merry and Type stamp set. I dyed my hemp twine with Early Espresso ink. I wanted this to look a little more vintage and I used the distressing kit with the Tea Stain ink in it. I rubbed it over all pieces of cardstock using the rubber stamp block in the kit.

Don’t forget to head over to the Festive Friday Challenge blog and play along. I would love to see what you create with this sketch.

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Festive Friday Challenge #28

Hello everyone!

It’s time for another Festive Friday Challenge. This week it is an inspiration challenge. Here is the pic

and here is my submission

As you can see I took inspiration from the big giant baubles, particularly the glittery one in the back. I wanted to keep it CAS, with minimal layering. I think I did well. The bauble looks great and I used some of the Lucky Limeade bakers twine to embellish. I used the tree stamp out of Loads of Love to create the Christmas tree branch. I also used the Welcome Christmas stamp set to finish the card off, the tree trimming image suiting perfectly.

Well I hope you find time to join along with us this week, as it’s great to see what other people take from inspiration pics with limited possibilities, and they create something so different to the person before them. You just have to look at the DT’s creations to see that. They are all so different but I can see where they have drawn inspiration. They are so awesome!! LOL!

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Up in The Air

Hello everyone!

Another retreat card to share. Are you sick of them yet?! LOL! This was another challenge card. the challenge was make a card with butterflies and bling. Love that combo so that really wasn’t a hard challenge.

I used a couple of different stamp sets, Elementary Elegance, French Foliage and Up in The Air. The main image is from Up in The Air, though. After completing the card I thought it would have looked better if I did the flowers in Wisteria Wonder and the butterlies in Concord Crush. But that’s okay, I still like it.

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Birthday Treats!!

It was my sweet girl, Akayla’s Birthday on the second of December, and she loves everything pretty, and so do I. That’s why I have lots of fun making her card and wrapping her goodies. A very pink and green girl to! Loves a princess or two also! LOL!

Oohhh I love those colours. I used Regal Rose, Pear Pizzazz and Very Vanilla, with a little Early Espresso. Oh and the bow is Pretty in Pink 5/8″ Satin Ribbon.

The stamp sets used are Array of Sunshine and Happiest Birthday Wishes. Both sets are found in the hostess section of the Stampin’ Up! catalogue. They are both gorgeous sets and worth having.

Here are some pics of the nights festivities

So that’s another year done. I wish it would slow down, my babies are growing up too quickly. My youngest starts Prep next year and I am just not looking forward to being by myself with no one to entertain. I suppose after a couple of weeks of twiddling my thumbs I will find heaps to do……maybe even card making!! LOL!

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Christmas in the Country Art & Craft Show!

Hi everyone!

Most of you know what i have been up to lately, some of you don’t. For those who don’t, I have been extra super-duper busy creating lots of fun projects and creations for an annual Craft Show that is held here in Gatton. It is the major fundraiser for the school my children attend and it is quite a big event. It starts with an opening night (which includes some absolutely divine nibblies and drinks), and then followed by two jam-packed full days. I have taken some photos of my stall at the event and then for all the other demos out there with up and coming fetes and stalls I will share with you what and how! LOL!

I must say my hubby made me the best display board known to man-kind……wait til you see it!

Okay photos….

This is the best photo I could take of the whole stall. My good friend Anastasia made me a gorgeous table cover and matching bunting (which you can see on the display board). Speaking of the display board. I went to Spotlight to purchase the material they call WonderWall. It is that lovely soft fabric that velcro sticks to beautifully. But upon finding this fabulous stuff I found it was 1.2 metres wide and $39.95 /m. As much as I wanted this stuff I just couldn’t pay this, especially being so close to Christmas. I need at least 2 metres as well to make this large display wall. I decided to go to Bunnings. What I found was Utility carpet (I say carpet loosely, it was quite thin). It is usually used in the back of utes and inside caravans. It wasn’t as soft as WonderWall but velcro stuck to it like stink on a skunk, LOL! PLUS it was 2.4 metres wide and only $19.95/m I bought two metres and got double the amount of material for half the price. The added bonus was hubby had heaps left over to make me two 28″ x 28″ easel boards to use at workshops. I’m so very profesh now!! LOL!

Hubby made a light weight pine frame and staple gunned the material on and attached two eyes so I could hook it onto the pegboard. The cabinet, chicken wire frames and racks were wired on and my name, bunting and flowers were velcro on. The flowers are similar to the ones in the catalogue, but instead of using the Build a Blossom punch I used the Blossom Party, Fun Flowers dies and some flower punches to create them. Much easier to put together. I took this photo before I used chalk on the little chalkboard on the top left.

More photos….

My cards fitted beautifully into this old soft drink crate. I am so very lucky to have a wonderful and generous friend who let me use some gorgeous display items. The crate being one of them. The little timber park bench beside it is something I bought at a local giftware store. it is super cute! In front of it is a little mini crate I also bought from that store and it was the perfect size for decorated gift jars.

These two cute enamel bowls that held my little key ring notebooks were also borrowed. And the little chicken wire basket beside it was something I bought from Party Lite. It used to hold a big brick candle, it is now a useful display item. I clipped my decorated jumbo clips on it and had matching key ring post-it note books in it.

The two white bookshelf cubes I bought a few years ago from Crazy Clarks. This was and still is my sons toy box. They usually have those bright coloured baskets in each cube. I found I could fit more goodies on my table if I had tiers and shelving. Plus goodies being at eye level was also advantageous. I used these for my gift boxes, Christmas crackers and decorated frames. You may have noticed the magnetic “to do” lists on the side of the shelving….well my hubby cut up an old washing machine, hot glued it to the side of the shelf so I could display them. Isn’t he super clever?!

My mini notebook holder was a three-tier shelf with drawers. I pulled all the draws open and stuffed it with shredded brown paper (the paper we get in our SU order boxes), I also put this paper in the white cubes. No special reason. It certainly looked the part anyway. Above that is an old fruit crate. I just tipped it on its side and it was a perfect size for the mini milk cartons. At the very bottom of the photo you can see the decorated jumbo paperclips. Some of them anyway.

In this tray I had the Ferrero Rocher gift boxes. With the Ferrero’s of course LOL! Plus a very cute cake stand for a decorated frame.

Just in front of my silly face pulling hubby is an old stationery box. I put my catalogues, business cards and large notebooks inside this.

This is a great piece of display furniture. It is an ex-display shop unit I used it for all the pre-packaged goodies, including embellishments, bookmarks, and money slips. I also used the shelving top and bottom by placing my retired stamp sets on it. What I love about it is that it spins.

That pretty much covered everything, except this wasn’t all of the projects displayed. With most of it I only displayed one of. The rest was under the table stored in underbed rollers. When an item sold I just replaced it until I ran out completely. There were a couple of “one only” items. Mostly being the frames.

I have been asked by a lot of people what was popular and how I priced everything. I will list the things that were popular for this particular event as this was not wholly and solely a papercafting show. It specialised in all sorts of hand crafting from quilting, beading, crocheting, mineral make-up, jewellery, woodwork, soaps, folk art, chocolate, knitting, sewing and so on. So it what was popular here may not be popular elsewhere. But I will say that stocking stuffers were the most popular.

  • Gift Boxes incl. #2 box, mini milk cartons and fancy favor. They loved acetate boxes and the Christmas themed boxes especially Rudolf. But do other themes as well, like Frankenstein. People liked them for birthday boy gift boxes.
  • Mini post-it note key rings
  • Decorated jumbo paperclips
  • Mini notebook key rings, I used the 2 3/8″ scallop circle, Full Heart, Fancy flower punches and the larger full butterfly on the Beautiful butterflies die.
  • Small notebooks with matching decorated pen (these are the ones with the fun flowers on the front)
  • Pre-packaged embellies (esp. the bird and owl ones)
  • Ferrero Rocher Boxes
  • Magnetic “to do” lists

The ones listed above either completely SOLD OUT or I was left with one or two. I am not saying that all the rest didn’t sell at all, they did, the above list was the most popular. Most people were looking for stocking stuffers and teachers gifts, so if you keep this in mind you should be on a winner! LOL!

Pricing your goodies is hard and is not a precise science with hand-made goods. It depends on what you used. You have to, of course, work out what the projects costs are to create it. You also have to take into account your stall cost. I also added a little more to cover the percentage the school was taking of my sales. As long as you price above your costs, you should be fine. As nice as it would be to add-on your time to create your project, it’s not always going to work. I would also look at my individual project and think about what I would pay for such an item.

For example my little Post-it note key rings-  They cost me .30c ea to make. I came up with a price I would pay and then made sure that price covered the takings by the school. With a lot of items you can tack on a little more. It depends on the item. I charged $1.50ea ($2 would have been a good price also) for these cute little things and they were an absolute hit. They were the cheapest thing on my stall and they all sold like hotcakes. Another example- The decorated jumbo paperclips cost me .60c ea to make and I charged $2.50 ea. They also sold out. I think if you just be realistic about your prices your things will sell well. I would rather have someone say “I would have paid more for that item” than “Holy Cow that’s expensive!” Quite a few had said they would have paid nearly 50% more for my gift boxes and were very happy with the price that was on them they decided to buy more. I of course was very happy. My costs were covered with at least 60%- 70% profit on most items. With the bigger items that wasn’t possible. For example the frames. One of the frames cost $11.70 to make. My price for that item was only $15. After the schools takings I barely broke even. But that is the problem with the bigger cost items. If you try to put 60%- 70% on top of that it is just too expensive and people won’t look at it. You can always drop prices if things are not shifting. Just don’t go below cost!

I am just blabbering now! LOL! It has certainly been one very long week, full of workshops, classes and one awesome Craft Show. I am beat.

I hope my info has helped you somewhat……..oh one more hint- Move things around on your stall. As crazy as this sounds it worked. I found when I put something in the place of something that sold very well, that item also started to sell well. I called it the “Sweet Spot”. It’s the spot your eye is drawn to, and it is usually the dead centre of the table. Give it a go….you will be quite surprised! LOL!

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Inkspiration Challenge #92

Hey everyone!

It’s Inkspiration time, and it is a colour challenge. The colours are very masculine or Christmassy! I went with masculine seeing as I haven’t done one in a while.

I did add some material to the design but I still the I pulled off the masculine theme by distressing the material by pulling threads and scrunching it up before tying a knot. Let me know if you think I pulled it off. Would you give it to a male recipient?

I tied a little Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding around the material knot for added boost of colour. To add my background colour I applied ink directly to my acrylic stamp blocks and stamped them onto the CS. I love this effect for masculine cards. You should give it a go too.

Don’t forget to go to the Inkspirations site to submit your design to this weeks challenge and check out the rest of the DT’s fabulous creations.

Well I best get back to all the goodies I am creating for the Christmas in the Country Craft Fair. I want to have a heap of goodies.

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Craft Show Creations!

Hey everyone!

It’s that time of year again and in a few short weeks I will be holding a stall at the Christmas in the Country Craft Show again here in Gatton. There are the most gorgeous handmade goodies you have ever seen at this event and is well worth the trip. I buy a lot of my Christmas presents here. There is always something new and exciting every year to look at and buy. Some absolutely talented crafters in every medium have their best work for sale and it is also the amin fundraising event for my kid’s school.

I thought I would share with you all today a sneak peek at what I will have there at my stall. And I mean a sneak peek. It is nowhere near what I will have on offer that day.

First up Bookmarks.

These little cuties were in our last Stampin’ Up! Impressions Magazine. They are so simple to create and I made a heap of them. Here are my two faves so far

I am loving the monster one. They couldn’t all be girl based,  I had to have some for boys you know, and I am currently working on a design for the older boys. Great Christmas gifts for teachers and dads.

Next I have some new embellishment packs designed with the Builder Owl punch

Some super cute reindeer’s with Santa and the next one I think is my favourite

Some super adorable monster embellishments. Use these on your cards or scrapbook LO’s. I am also working on some other designs I will let you know how I go.

The next lot of creations were lots of fun to make. I have seen these fabulous top note box creations getting around for quite a while. I found lots of Inspiration form two sites in particular for these. Gretchen Barron and Tammy Beaver are both very clever and actually have tutorials to sell and some are even free. You must check them out. They are both super talented, and I am totally in love with Tammy’s bunny! LOL!

The Christmas ones

How suoer cute are they?!

Next the Easter ones

Adorable aren’t they?

I have also made one Halloween one for now but I have plans for more so keep your eye out.

I have heaps more to do like put handles on them and I am currently on the look out for some plain dark coloured wire to use. Anyone have suggestions?

I have also been doing some more altered frames which are super cute if I say so myself! LOL! I will show you them soon too.

I best get back to it, I have a little helper here today with Tonsillitis so I better make the best of it! HAHA!

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Inkspiration Challenge #65

Hey everyone!

Well I have finally made it!! LOL! Not just the card but the post too! I apologise for not being here Friday night.Things are a little crazy here at the moment. But I am sure it will soon be over and things will be back to normal programming…..what ever that is!!! LOL!

Here is my sample

I am so in love with the stamp set, Nature Walk….can you tell?! I was in a bit of a blue mood this arvy and had a play with Marina Most and Not Quite Navy. They work nicely together.

Isn’t that bird gorgeous. These stamps have such intricate detail, simply beautiful. I coloured the image in with sponges and an ear bud for the finer details and shading.

Well  I hope you I have made up for being  late….LOL!

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