Saturday, October 25, 2014

My First Outdoor Craft Fair

A couple of weeks ago I participated in a Pink Day Craft fair at a local nursery to support breast cancer research. This was my first outdoor craft fair and a completely different experience from the indoor fairs I've done in the past. For starters, the space was 10 ft x 10 ft, a much larger space than I was used to. Second, as a paper crafter I was a bit concerned over how my products would fair in the elements. Thankfully I was well prepared with extra adhesive just in case!

Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate and the day ended up being rainy and cool but I was prepared thanks to canopy sidewalls I purchased from my local sporting goods store and weight plates I borrowed from my neighbor! There were certainly some scary moments for some of the other vendors when the wind picked up though.

This is the view on the left side of my tent. On this table I displayed my paper rose topiaries, fall light blocks, candy treats and prepared card box sets.

On the back wall I included old screen doors to hang my wreaths and framed products. I brought the wrought iron plant stand from my home to give customers ideas on how to display the topiaries and frames. It made the space feel homey!

The right side of my tent displayed my Halloween light blocks, cards, gift card holders, and more treats! My only regret of the show is that I didn't have electricity to show off how awesome the glass blocks are! They certainly were the hit of the show and have been very popular on my Etsy store, MichellesPaperMagic, too!

Overall I'm very pleased with how my space turned out and received many compliments from both crafters and customers! My husband and son were away for a baseball tournament but thankfully my parents were able to help with my other kids and booth setup...oh, and to bring me lunch and hot was cold!

The best part of whole day had to be the people I met and talked to. Here I am (the one in the hat) with a lady I chatted with for quite a long time. Turns out her daughter and I used to work together years ago. I can't remember how we figured that one out but it was certainly one of the highlights of the day for me!

The event was a lot of work to prepare for and made for a very long and tiring day but I would gladly do it again! There is just something about sharing my paper passion with others that makes me so incredibly happy! Oh, and the sales are a pretty good perk too!

I hope to see you at my next craft fair!

~Michelle Battitori

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Journaling Cards Box Gift Set

I've been busy prepping for an upcoming craft fair this Saturday, October 11, and this is one of the items I'll have available for sale.

I decorated the Journaling Card Box with retired Lollydoodle papers and coordinating MyStickease Assortment along with some Shimmer Trim.

The cards were designed using the Lollydoodle Card Workshop On The Go Kits. While this set isn't available anymore you can make a similar project using any of the Card Wokshop On The Go Kits found HERE! The kits make it super easy since they include cutting directions, a stamp set, paper, and accessories!

I hope this inspires you to make something fun today. I look forward to sharing some of my other projects in the next few weeks.

~Michelle Battitori

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cut Above Halloween Treat Bags

Are you throwing a Halloween party or going to one this year? If so it's not to late to create these adorable treat bags with the new Cut Above line from CTMH! (If you are attending my monthly Creative Club this Friday or have ordered a kit you'll have a chance to make one of these!)

Each kit comes pre-cut and pre-scored with all the items shown above. All you have to do is get your treats and a stapler and in a matter of minutes you'll have some fun goodie bags for the kids (or adults).

The cut above line recommends using the coordinating Sweet Salutations Stamp Set (B1466) but since I don't have it yet I decided to use the tag from the Trick or Treat Sweets (B1460) set instead. It was cut wit the Art Philosophy Cartridge and stamped in Thistle Ink (Z2640).

Halloween not your thing? I've got you covered with this fun Holiday Treat Bag Kit! They'd be perfect for little mints or other holiday goodie!

If you would like to purchase any of the Cut Above kits please contact your CTMH representative or visit my shop!

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~Michelle Battitori

Monday, October 6, 2014

ShinHan Marker Blog Hop - Marbled Background

Welcome to our ShinHan Marker Blog Hop!  If you have come here from Kelly's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:

This month we have over 40 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the ShinHan Markers and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

Supply List: (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper: New England Ivy Cardstock (1282), 4x6 photo paper (Epson)
Ink: Archival Black (44751)
Stamp: In the Moment (C1565)
Other: ShinHan Markers (Vivid Green, Deep Olive Green, Mahogany, Carmine, Marigold, Barely Beige), Spray Pen (Z1380),  Magnets (Amazon), Rubbing Alcohol (CVS)

My project, a magnetic bookmark, was inspired by THIS alcohol marker marbling technique. Here's a detailed, step-by-step tutorial on how to make the marbled background:

1. Gather your supplies. You'll need ShinHan Markers (4-6 complimentary colors), Glossy Cardstock, Regular Cardstock, Ziploc-type bag, and Rubbing Alcohol Spray (a full list of products and item numbers can be found above).

 2. Insert cardstock into Ziploc bag. This is your template. I secured mine on my VersaMat with a little bit of scotch tape.

3. Color the top of the bag with ShinHan Markers making sure to cover the entire template. Actually, it's more like scribbling then coloring and you do not need to blend your colors.

4. Spritz bag with rubbing alcohol until inks look wet and droplets of liquid are visible. 

5. Place glossy cardstock (I used 4" x 6" photo paper) onto bag with glossy side down, pressing and holding for a few seconds. Lift glossy cardstock up. You can leave it as is or repeat steps 3-5 until you are satisfied with the color.

6. Use your new background to complete your project! 

To finish my bookmark I cut a piece of cardstock to 8 1/2" x 1 3/4" and folded in half. Next, I trimmed my new background piece into 4" x 1 1/2" strips and mounted onto folded cardstock. I also used a couple different sentiments from the In The Moment stamp set using Archival Black ink. To finish it off I adhered two sets of magnets to the inside of the bookmark. That's it! So easy and now I'll never lose my place in my book! 

Thanks for sticking around and checking out my project! Now "Hop" on over to Jean's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! To purchase your own set of ShinHan Markers please contact your CTMH Consultant or visit my website HERE.

~Michelle Battitori

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Stamp Of The Month: Home for the Holidays

Each month Close to My Heart offers a D-size stamp, available for one month only, that you can purchase for just $5! For those math fans that's over 70% off retail.

This month's set, Home for the Holidays (S1410), is a set of 7 stamps that coordinates perfectly with the Art Philosophy Cartridge. Just think of all the cards and tags you can make with this set! Here's one example from the CTMH Art Department:

This set is available to purchase for $17.95. Or, when you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for the $5 special Stamp of the Month pricing.

To order please contact your CTMH Consultant or shop my website!

<<<<Start Shopping HERE>>>

Have a great day!

~Michelle Battitori

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Artfully Sent Handbook & Index

I'm still waiting for my Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge to arrive but in the meantime here are copies of what's included with this cartridge!! This is perfect for the Picture My Life/Project Life fans as well as any card maker who wants to take the their cards to the next level without all the fussy cutting! I'm really excited about this especially since the font stamp set that's included with the collection matches the cricut cuts! Now my scrapbooking page titles just got a whole lot easier!


I'll send you a free paper pack as a thank-you gift for your purchase!

If you're ready, ORDER HERE!

And here is the page that shows some finished card fronts. See it bigger HERE.

Ready to order? ORDER HERE!

Don't forget, as my thank you-for your order and your patience you can pick any of the new paper papers for free with the Artfully sent (or any other CTMH Cricut Cartridge) purchase! Email me which pack you'd like and it will ship directly to you in a separate package once I receive confirmation of cricut purchase!

~Michelle Battitori

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

September Newsletter

It's been a crazy busy few weeks with school and fall sports starting up again. I haven't been great at posting my upcoming events on my blog so here's a summary of what I have coming up:

Friday, September 12 - Creative Club (class is full but kits will be available for purchase)
Saturday, September 13 - Xi Delta Gamma Charity Crop
Friday, September 26 - Summer Hip-Pics Mini Album (must RSVP by Sept 16)
Friday, October 10 - Creative Club
Saturday, October 11 - Meadows Farms Pink Day Craft Fair (look for me under the Michelle's Paper Magic sign)

To learn more about my events or to RSVP please visit my group, Manassas Area Papercrafters!

Celebrate Your Creativity
September 2014A newsletter from Michelle
Your Stamp Happy Friend, Michelle
Michelle Battitori
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Celebrate National Stamping Month and 30 years of stamping success—together!
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September is National Stamping Month, and Close To My Heart will be celebrating all month long! When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September*, you will qualify to receive the exclusive C-size stamp set #30yearsofhappy FREE (a $13.95 USD / $15.25 CAD value)! This special offer is part of our celebration of National Stamping Month and honors the ongoing celebration of founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton's 30-year anniversary in the scrapbooking and stamping industry. The exclusive stamp set features 30 mini images and sentiments perfectly suited for 30 days of happy stamping! You can take part in the fun for the next 30 days by purchasing your own set! To follow all of the ways we're celebrating #30yearsofhappy, check out Close To My Heart's Facebook page and Instagram!

*Offer valid September 1–30, 2014. No tax will be charged on the free item(s). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the free item ($13.95 USD / $15.25 CAD). Excluded stamps include discounted Stamp of the Month sets, Hostess Rewards sets, Workshops on the Go® sets, and any other kit-exclusive stamps.

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September Stamp of the Month: Family Is Forever
Highlight your heritage with this exclusive stamp set.
September Stamp of the Month: Family Is Forever
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Make family connections with the sweet sentiments and images of a stamp set that celebrates the people that matter most to you. The September Stamp of the Month, Family Is Forever, will warm the pages you dedicate to your cherished family relationships. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products during the month of September, you can get this heartwarming set for just $5! Of course, this deal is not as timeless as your memories—it runs only through the month of September, so get your set right away!

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Cut Above™
It's the easy, affordable solution for the time-pressed crafter.
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Save time without compromising style with these ready-to-assemble treat bag and card kits! Each kit comes with almost everything you need to create either 10 trendy treat bags or 10 beautiful cards in themes including Halloween, Christmas, holiday, thank you, and birthday. All you need to do is add a single stamp from the coordinating set in the ink of your choice to make personalized gifts to share with friends. The coordinating stamp sets are sold separately to allow you to purchase as many kits as you desire, without collecting multiple stamp sets of the same design. Cut Above™ kits are simple, beautiful, and brand new from Close To My Heart. Enjoy them for yourself!

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