Saturday, November 10, 2012

Hero Arts November Contest

I am actually particiapting in this month's Hero Arts contest, (I thought I would never find the time, but I did).  After making so many XMas cards and tags for the Craft Market I am so ready to change gears and I used this contest to nudge me along.

 
It wasn't easy because I kept gravitating towards my XMas paperpacks, I really had to have a serious talk with my brain!  So I put this card together, getting really confused about which elements to use on it.  So I took out my big binder that has all these plastic sleeves that hold six 4X6 photos and which now hold my Hero Arts clear stamps (thanks Trinh, this was actually an idea I got from you when you were visiting in Houston), and I saw that beautiful "Special Time" stamp set:



Paper: cardstock (PTI); Neenah; patterned paper (MME: Winter Wonderland) & (Simple Stories: Fabulous)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Festive Berries & Iced Spruce distress ink
Stamps: Hero Arts
Other: Twine; Clear Embossing Powder; Gem (HA)

I think I'll use it for a masculine birthday.

On another note, I am so happy for my buddies who are having a great success with their first Craft Market.  It has been jam packed every single day!

Not sure how my cards/tags are doing, and not sure I really want to know.  Here is a picture of my little spot in the market:

 
(Yes, that is the birthday decor I made for my friends' hubby, but she asked if she could recycle it and I said yes, she just replenished the suckers.)

People can be strange about "homemade" items.  You know, they say that they don't want mass produced items, they really want to support the locals etc... they really want something unique.....and then when it comes to the crunch they still have this "feeling" that handmade/homemade = cheap.  Human nature, it's a weird thing!  I just want my work to find a "good place" to go to, that's all.  Next year I am seriously going to look into a good "cause" for whom to make cards, the elderly, the sick, small children.... that gives me so much pleasure.

Well, that's it from me today!  Thank you all for always taking the time to come and visit!
 

16 comments:

Arlene said...

I love the card you made using all the HA colors for the November contest. Great guy card.

Thank you for sharing your little spot in the market. I bet this was fun.

Elizabeth Allan said...

The hanging banner is delightful in the upper corner with the fabulously offset "circle of time" overlapping the patterned paper strip!

Barb said...

Love the way you used this month's colors, Bren! Your design is wonderful too! How fun that your beautiful work is displayed at the craft market - looks awesome! :)

GrammySue's Creations said...

Hi Brenda, I love your awesome, beautiful card. The clock and sentiment are perfect and the flags are great, also. Love your craft corner. Take care and I hope that you are well. Hugs to you.

Lisa said...

Great choice pulling out this marvelous sentiment stamp Brenda, love this! Good luck with your craft market, your little spot looks cute!

Virginia L. said...

GREAT take on the color combo, Brenda! I love the little banners with the clock image. I don't use that stamp set enough, sadly. I also store part of my clear stamp collections in plastic sleeves--most economic and convenient way, I think! I love the look of your craft table at the market. I totally understand how you feel when it comes to handmade items! It's better that the handmade cards go to people who appreciate them! So for those people who didn't pull out their $$, it's their loss!

Dawn said...

Great card Brenda. Love the colours you used and the flag banner. Hope your crafts sold well.

walchowDesign said...

Love how your card turned out after your battle, Brenda!

Your craft corner looks beautifully decorated and I would be the first one to pop by your store if I were to be there! It's a pity that some people cannot appreciate handmade products but luckily there are still people out there who do appreciate!

sheila said...

this is a great little card! I love the whole design and think it is one that can be used over and over again... your kiosk looks great...and I hope you sell alot. I agree with you that too many people think that homemade means "cheap" instead of "slowly made with love".

Rosemary said...

super cute card, brenda! the little banner is so sweet! and your display is just adorable! i hope you sold lots and lots of items!!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

I'll bet your crafts are going like hotcakes, Brenda! Just love your masculine card with those fab colors!

alexandra s.m. said...

I love your card Brenda and I'm 200% with you about people and handmade stuff ;-)

Stella said...

You just nailed that cahllenge; wow! Love the font of your sentiment; on my wishlist now :)
And I know what you mean; people are strange; they want the best for free....or a dime....let them dream on:)

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE that sentiment with that FAB clock, Brenda! GREAT card!

Maureen Morton said...

A wonderful use of the colors, Brenda. And, I love the layout you have used. I have that set and didn't really like or use it, but now I will give it a second chance. Those little flags are adorable. Thanks for sharing all that you do - I feel like I really am getting to know you - and I sure love having you here!

Michelle said...

Love the off set banner...so pretty! Love the time piece and sentiment, too!