Monday, 31 May 2010

Perfection = 1 Mug, 1 Sofa, 1 box of chocs, 1 Fluffy Dressing Gown

Thanks to the long weekend I've been able to play more than usual, and have been adding to the box of cards at a fairly rapid rate...

...why???? well....  I've decided to take the plunge and do a (very) local farmers market in the middle of the month - assuming they'll have me, and the cost of the stall isn't too much...

This is why I've been creating in batches of two's and upwards for a few weeks.  As some of you know for the last three years I've been selling my my cards at the school fete and giving them 100% of the takings.

I think that in the last year my designs have become more intricate, more complicated, and as such more expensive and time consuming for me to make, and making the 150 cards plus that I need to sell at the fete would just take too long seeing as it's in 3 weeks! (and yes, the thought that I knew it was coming up and should have started sooner has occurred to me!)

 In the last three years I have given the school around £1000 and taken not a bean.  While rewarding it was so disheartening at times - we were selling handmade cards for £1 and some people were still sniffy about it.  I couldn't figure it out - they had the opportunity to purchase a unique card for one pound, all of which went to support their child's school fund, yet still they would rather go to the card shop, tesco's or wherever and buy something mass produced and pay 2, 3 or 4 times the price... go figure :-).   So, as I say I'm starting small and doing the local market... now I live in a very small community so I'm not expecting a lot, but it's only for a few hours... if I sell anything I'll be happy :-) 

So this explains the mass production... please don't blame me for doing more than one of each design, I could blame my corporate training, but it's actually more to do with the fact that I don't actually like to give things away and want to keep one of each for myself :-)

 So anyway, enough drivel from me... onto today's card...

Putting pins on a card are a first for me, but I LOVE them!!!!  

I got a big packet of the plain pins from Dunelm Mill for £2.49 and the beads cost 99p each for a pack of 25/30.  I will admit to getting a bit carried away and buying some beads that were FAR to big for cardmaking, but in my defence they were very pretty :-)

Slobbing Nikki  has been coloured using Copics

The basic layout is from the Friday Sketchers Blog, which is a great source of inspiration.

Cardstock: White Linen Card - Papermill; Verde - Bazzill
Papers: Bo Bunny Mulberry Dot, Jazmyne Mist and Jazmyne Terrace
Punch: Martha Stewart
Flowers: Prima
Brads: Papermania
Stamps: Slobbing Nikki and Sentiment, Ladybug Crafts Ink
Pins and Beads - Dunelm Mill

Thanks for looking

Sue xx


gayle said...

You've done a fantastic job with your cards for the various causes Sue. Good luck at the farmers market. I'm sure they will be snapped up. Love the purple and the green in the latest cards. x

vicky said...

Love that image, great coloursxx