Chalk Couture

Lately, I have been playing with a product called Chalk Couture. Have you heard of it? It’s the latest and greatest product for those who like to chalk. And it’s not just chalk…it’s ink too! I absolutely love it. Chalk Couture uses these silk screen transfers and specially formulated chalk pastes and inks so you can make the most awesome DIY décor for your home. I saw a video on it and was afraid to start ANOTHER hobby but then one day a lady whose Facebook page I follow because I liked her crafts and furniture did a video on it and mentioned joining her team. So I did. My designer kit cost me about $99 but had over $240 dollars worth of product.

My kits finally arrived and I will admit it sat for a while. I was afraid I would not be good at it or would mess up. I watched a ton of how-to videos and it looked so easy but I was still afraid. One night my sponsor Amy had a chalk workshop at her house and I went to that. I was hooked after that!

Now because I am a crafter, I decided to base my Chalk Couture business on pre-made items. I would purchase the transfers and then make things with them. I was chalking on everything…..chalk boards, re-purposed things, wood signs, glass, plastic and even paper. I did pretty good at the first and only craft show I attended last year. My favorite transfer was a big Rooster and one of the reasons I signed up. I still love that Rooster…LOL.

Then I discovered the ink. I had only used the ink once or twice then I wanted to make T-shirts for everyone using every transfer. The ink is so easy to use and make the shirts way more professional than using iron on vinyl and my Cricut.

This year I am branching out to sell the transfers,surfaces, paste and ink as well as finished projects so this will have me even more busy but it’s a product I really love.

If you want to check out some things about Chalk Couture. Start with my Facebook page.

If you are interesting in trying Chalk Couture for yourself, please message me for details.

You won’t believe the beautiful creations you can make no matter what your artistic experience level is.

2019 Designer Kit


My Mixed Media – Pets


I love mixed media art.  I took a short class at the scrapbook expo last year but had already learned some techniques from YouTube.  I decided to do a series of mixed media featuring cats and dogs.  I used my Cricut to cut out the animal.fb_img_1475975423869

I used different papers to give it some quirkiness. The first layer is some patterned tissue paper. The rest is a combination of inks, pastes, stamps, and acrylic paints.

Oh and the most important part….Trial and error…there is really no right way to do mixed media and that makes it fun!

SVG Cuts with the Cricut

I got inspired recently to break out my Cricut and make some cute little boxes for an up coming craft show. I got the hippo and pig from and they are so cute. It was easy to purchase them and upload into Design Space. They easy to put together too! The hippos mouth opens up and you can see all his hippo teeth. I filled the hippo with hershey kisses and the pig with cookies.

I also purchased this box that fits a box of andes mints perfectly. I improvised the decorations on a few. I can’t seem to stick to one brand of scrapbook supplies. Most of my crafts or pages contain inspiration from Close to My Heart, Stampin Up and Fun Stamper Journey. It is so easy to mix and match their elements.

These pigs were so cute.  They make a great little gift box or fill them with cookies or candy.

Craft Show Lessons Learned

12193887_1493768014251638_5260774068347462232_nThere are a lot of lessons to be learned when you set up your first craft show. Every night I would pile up to watch TV and pin ideas from PINTEREST. It was my dream to start a small craft business and do craft shows. I enjoyed making things and I enjoyed talking to people about crafts and scrapbooking.

So I pinned and I pinned. I pinned craft show layouts, do’s and don’t, and several ideas of things to make for craft shows that where made several years ago. These were the things I liked and I focused on certain things. I think had even called my PINTEREST Board “Future Endeavors” because I didn’t think I would ever do it. But I did! I chose a small venue for my first show. It was for one day from 9:00 till 3:00. It was one that was actually geared towards items for children but had expanded. The craft I focused on was paper & candy stocking-stuffers, teachers gifts, classroom gifts etc. I had also planned to make some softies too but I ended up with no time for that. It didn’t help that I stared at my fancy sewing machine for days afraid to use it.

I started planning around June/July when I turned in my application for the show. Luckily I started following them on Facebook and kinda remembered when they started planning and taking applications from the year before. I asked a couple of friends if they wanted to make a few things too. I was actually afraid I wouldn’t be able to make enough. Again, this was a six hour small show. But I worked 9 hour days and have a young child so my time was limited. Well let me tell you my friend and I went crazy pinning more pins and buying craft supplies to make all these different things. We started making things and finding more things that inspired us. There are so many cute paper crafts to be made!

Pricing was hard to do too. I know they always say to factor in the cost of material and your time and then double or triple that but a lot of the things I made were from paper I already had and frankly I go blank when it comes to math. I am also a bargain hunter. Even knowing how much time and material goes into things I still don’t want to pay some of the prices I see out there. I had to also factor that in because I am sure there are others like me out there. So I winged it. I found a few prices on the similar items I found on PINTEREST from others craft shows but those posts where sometimes 5 years old or more. I factored that in too. Bottom-line whether right or wrong I priced my items on what I thought I would pay.

Long story short, it was time for the show. I had planned out in my head what I wanted my booth to look like. I wanted something inviting yet practical. I went with a country shabby theme using yellows since my booth was called Yellow Kitten. I found an inexpensive set of queen size yellow sheets at Steinmart that had small yellow flowers on them (almost gingham) and some old table clothes I had from my grandmothers. I used a couple of old metal shelves that I spray pained yellow and brought in crates and baskets along with an old watering can I put yellow daisies in. I used chalk boards for some of the signs but then decided my handwriting was not nice enough and ended up typing up some signs.

We did pretty good considering it was a short show and that many of our items were very inexpensive. Afterwards I got some invites for some other shows but I was too worn out and I had to start focusing on the family again and the upcoming holiday planning. I plan on doing it again this year which is why I want to share some of the things I learned and hope to remember once I get started again.

  1. Start planning early. Know what you want to make and stick to it.
  2. Lay out what you want your booth to look like. If you have room set it up ahead of time in your home.
  3. Know your craft venue and the space you’ll have ahead of time. We were lucky we got to set up a day early but I didn’t realize how small each booth really was.
  4. Make good use of your space. I googled different booth layouts and found I liked it better in the shape of an “L” with us being on the inside of the “L” so we could talk to people. I got lucky there too since my booth was on a corner.
  5. Use things you have at home to use to decorate your booth. I did this for the most part but did end up buying some baskets and the sheets but I bought things I could use after the show. I also already had two long tables which cuts down on renting them from the venue hosts.
  6. Start small. I starting with a show that only charged $35 to set up. Prices vary with different venues and I didn’t want to pay a $200 fee and make less than that for my first show. There are so many smaller venue shows you can start with for your first show.
  7. If you show is less than a day long…..don’t make 20-30 of each item unless you plan to do multiple shows. Several of our stocking stuffers had candy in them and since I only did the one show I ended up wasting candy. Even the things that were selling very well I still ended up with leftovers.
  8. Focus on what you planned on making and not on all the different ideas you found on Pinterest after you made your plan. We made so many different items. As the holidays got closer we’d see so many different little items pop up on Pinterest and we wanted to make them all!!!!!
  9. If you do make too much. Make things you can give as gifts yourself. After all, you have friends and family too and some people enjoy handmade things. I made a goody basket for my son’s teacher and fancy treats for the class with some of my leftover items
  10. One point I want to point out is since we made so many different things and were limited on space….some of our cute or even larger items didn’t stand out. Our booth was slightly overwhelming and you really had to stop and take it all in to see what you were interested in. I do like booths with lots of things to chose from but don’t try and shove too much into your small space. When we picked everything up afterwards there were so many really cute things that no one even noticed.
  11. Talk to the customers that come up to your booth but don’t hover. I said hi to everyone who even walked by. I didn’t hover but if I saw them pick up an item and start to talk about it with their friend I might point out something about the item which might answer their questions. We had some really cute mini-coffee cups like you get at a coffee stand. My friend Lori decorated them and put some coffee flavored candy inside. They were really cute and people did swoon but wondered what was inside…so that strikes up a conversation. I don’t always like people at craft show booths to talk too much to me as a customer so I tried to keep that in mind.
  12. Have items in different price ranges. I tried to have a good variety of price ranges and even had things children could buy with a dollar since many of our paper items were kid friendly and things children liked.
  13. Know how you will accept money. I had know all along I wanted to accept credit cards. Even though most of our inventory were lower cost I did have some more expensive items and had hoped people would buy multiples of the lower cost items. I went with a SQUARE credit card reader and it seemed to be the lowest cost credit card reader I found. You can start for free and it costs about 2.75% per swipe to use. After one of my friends showed me how to use it and finding out the password to the show’s WiFi, I was good to go but my day didn’t start out that way. Almost missed a few sales from not knowing this up front so figure it out before the show starts and that will make things a whole lot easier for you. Using Square also helped track our sales and whose item it was. Oh and I didn’t accept credit cards on all sales. They needed to spend at least $10 for me to accept a credit card. Bring plenty of change. I was up at 6 in the morning to run to money machine because I forgot to get change. I raided my son’s piggy bank for quarters and small change too….so sad. But I did write down how much I “borrowed” LOL.
  14. Pricing is going to be difficult. I have to say this. Or at least it was for us. Like I said before there are many formulas out there on how to price your handmade things. I didn’t find those formulas worked for every item. I just tried to price them on what I would pay and tried not to lose money. I did lose money but that’s mostly from making too much and only doing one show.
  15. Be sure and track all your expenses and claim them on your taxes.
  16. Have someone to help you. You will eventually have to eat or go to the restroom. Make sure you have someone there knowledgeable about your items who can stand in for you. You may also want to do a little shopping yourself. Next year the hosts of this craft show plan on setting aside some vendor shopping time. But try not to spend all YOUR profits doing this…..
  17. Lastly……Just have fun. Enjoy your craft and enjoy the experience of meeting new people both customers and fellow crafts/ direct sales people.

Fun Stampers Journey

I had never heard of this company until I went to the Scrapbook Expo last summer. They didn’t sell anything at the expo but had a big area were they demonstrated their products and since it was a fairly new direct sales company they encouraged people to sign up and sell. When I got home that weekend I decided to sign up. I didn’t do it right away because basically I didn’t have time but when I did I was even more impressed by their products. Fun Stampers Journey specializes in stamps with Sizzix Die Cuts to match. They also have lots of mix media items and jewelry too. Their inks, paper and stamps are of the highest quality.
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If you are interested in checking this company out. Visit my page at

and let me be your coach to start your journey into a new world of paper crafting.

Here are something I made for Christmas using Fun Stampers Journey Stamps and Dies:
These lollipop cards where made with an envelope die cut and this precious little snowman stamp and die cut. It’s much more fun to bundle your stamp and die cut for the perfect fit.

Stay Tuned for more projects!!!
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My First Craft Show Experience

This past November I did my first craft show along with some friends.  It was only a one day show but drew a pretty big crowd for those few hours.  Considering our items were low price paper crafts I think we did pretty good.  Here are a few of the pictures I took.

Lots of little stocking stuffers


Headband holders, Plastic cups, Chargers etc


Jewelry, magnets, glass blocks



Hershey Kisses

Note Pads

Stocking Stuffers

Tooth Fairy Monsters

And much more!



Hershey Tins


It was a great experience. I learned a lot. And if it wasn’t for work, being exhausted from this one and the start of my son’s hockey season I probably would have done some other smaller shows.

Craft Space


My craft space 2014.  I guess I will keep organizing till I get it right!

Ain’t Nobody…

My favorite pop culture quote is this lady saying “Ain’t nobody got time for that”.  It is so true.  Some days as I add more things into my life I wonder where will I find the time…some days I do, some days I don’t.  Blogging is one of those things.  I think about it every week but to take the time to sit down and write is another story.  I have to really concentrate when I write and in my house it is never quite.  Where have I been you ask?  Well don’t get me wrong I have been busy thinking of ideas and new layouts to post and even started a video but that’s about as far as it got.  I have discovered some great new CTMH products that I wanted to share as well as some new techniques.  I promise I will post those soon.  I also have some very cute layouts to show you that me and my scrapbook pals did for a local charity auction to benefit the Spay and Neuter Foundation in our area.  I got wind they were having a silent auction as part of their fundraiser and I asked if they thought a pet-themed scrapbook would be something they’d be interested in.  The auction organizer thought that was a great idea.  Well then it dawned on me….”Ain’t nobody got time for that!”  What had I gotten myself into?!  I had already offered up one of those cute mesh and ribbon wreaths but I was going to ask a friend to actually make that since I can make them just not for a paying customer.  When was I going to find time to do TWO scrapbooks….with a 7 year old child, soccer, hockey, school, my work, husband, the holidays approaching, caring for my critters as well as volunteering to foster a pet,  and running my mom to doctor almost every other week?

Thankfully I have some great ladies who I scrapbook with twice a year.  We have a Facebook Page and I just went on there and said “Hey do ya’ll want to help?”  The response was more than I could have dreamed.  Most of them are dog lovers so doing something to help was totally up their alley.  I was the only true cat person so I ended up completing the cat album.  We ended up with a dog album, a cat album and an album with both cat and dog pages.  Once I got started I could whip out a page in nothing flat!  It was even fun and got me back into the mood to scrap.


I will share just this one I did for the cat album but there were so many others to share later.


The auction is this week so I hope we can raise some money for the cause!  Now I can get back to doing regular scrapbooking, work on a Christmas Wreath I want to make, some jewelry I want to make and oh yeah the rest of my life……Who’s got time for that!