a week of new designs – day 4

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This design is the first time I’ve played with layering scalloped paper.  I like the effect and it’s a great way to add depth without making the card too heavy.  The “thank you” was die cut out of white cardstock and I like how it stands out from the background paper.

Some customers have brought up concern about the darker card bases that I use.  Rest assured that there is a piece of lighter paper inside these cards so that you can write your message without having to invest in a white pen (although, those *are* quite cool and one of my favorite writing utensils these days).

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a week of new designs – day 3

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I fell in love with this stamp set when I first saw it on the Papertrey Ink website because of the fun arrow graphics.  And then when I saw the speech bubble die cut that they released, I couldn’t wait to pair them together for this card design.

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The grid paper in the background is from the Becky Higgins line of Project Life products that local Michaels stores recently began carrying.  I love that it’s a 3″ x 4″ size and already comes with the corners rounded.  And the “hi” words?  Those are puffy stickers!  Aren’t they cute?

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[Arrow stamps are by Maile Belles for Papertrey Ink; speech bubble is by Papertrey Ink; orange ink is “Tangerine Tango” by Stampin’ Up!; grey ink is “Dove Grey” by Tsukineko StazOn; the hand drawn black line in the speech bubble was done using a Spica glitter pen; and the grey cardstock base is “gravel” from Paper Source.]

a week of new designs – day 2

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A colorful and shimmery display of ginko leaves on this Happy Thanksgiving card.

[Ginko leaf image is by Paper Source.  The sentiment stamp is by Papertrey Ink.]

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a week of new designs – day 1

Exactly one week from today I’ll be standing at a table while greeting passersby at the Arlington Open Studios event.  That means it’s down to the wire this week for me to create new card designs.  This week’s posts will be a different design featured each day to give you a sneak peek at what I’ll have available at AOS next weekend – hope to see you there!

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This one is a super simple and clean design with a straight forward message: wishing you a very happy birthday.  I love the pop of color from the mixed patterned paper and have really been digging the white-on-white look.

[The stamped sentiment and die-cut birthday word are by Papertrey Ink.]

hello, october

I inadvertently took a break from blogging in August and September … but hello, October!

My first post for this month will be like a warning that if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll probably be overwhelmed by new greeting card designs over the next couple of weeks.  I’m prepping inventory for two upcoming shows (details on the right of my home page – click for more info): the Arlington Open Studios in October and a Holiday Craft Market in November.  Here are some of my latest creations to show what I’ve been up to at the wee hours of the night (errr, morning … whatever):

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I’m learning that with a toddler, that means super late nights and less productivity than I’m used to.  I’m also learning that her little friends have 2nd birthdays coming up everywhere, so I’ve been trying to come up with more “kid friendly” designs.  I made this one for her little buddy, James.

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new online shop :: store envy

I’m trying a new thing – Store Envy – when it comes to selling my cards online. Have you tried it out yet? It’s much like Etsy and full of pretty neat things from sellers around the world. You can click on things to save as your favorites and follow sellers to see their new items as they become available too. Here is what my new online shop looks like:

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Right now I have 32 card designs available online and will be working on adding things like hand embroidered decorative hoops, felt pins and hair clips so check it out.  And if you’re a fan of ShortcakeScraps on Facebook, use the special code for a 15% discount!

Happy shopping!  And in case you’re curious to see what goods I’ve found on Store Envy, click below:

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crafting lately

I have two reasons to be crafting lately: an upcoming show + a need to dwindle down my stash.  And one reason why that’s easier said than done: an adventurous toddler that can reach very high onto my work space.  Sigh.

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But I’m happy to say that I have the opportunity to participate in this year’s Somerville Open Studios event taking place the weekend of May 4+5.  SOS has always been my most favorite show to do because *so* many people come out to support local artists that weekend.  I’ll be at the Armory building on Highland Avenue this year with a ton of other great artists.  It’s from 12 to 6 pm each day that weekend, and there’s a parking lot behind the building.  It’s location #62 on the map, and it’s also a trolley stop (how convenient!).

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greeting cards :: 4 new designs

I’ll be at the Arlington Open Studios event this Sunday (10/14) so I’ve been busy trying to come up with new greeting card designs.  Here are just four that I’ve created over the past month or so, and I couldn’t have done it without my dear husband’s help and support!  I am lucky to have him at home watching our little one and allowing me time to get away to be creative.

I hope you can stop by to check them out at the show — they always looks much better in person!  🙂

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cards at gather here

I’m happy to announce that you can now purchase some of my craft themed greeting cards at Gather Here in Cambridge, MA!  Here are just two of the many designs sitting pretty in a red spinning card rack near the register.  Ideal for popping a GH gift card into, the cards vary in size and feature occasions from birthdays to thank yous to new baby.  More cute designs coming soon – and shoot me an email if you have any special requests, ideas or suggestions!

SOS 2012 :: day 2

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who made it out to check out some part of this year’s Somerville Open Studios event and to support local independent artists!  A special thanks again to everyone who came out to see me and my friend Rebecca of Jewelsfabulous at the Joy Street Studios this weekend.  It is always great to see old friends and to make new ones at these events!

I received an email from a friend showing me how her son immediately put the two magnets he picked out from my table onto his toy refrigerator at home – too cute!

Looking forward to doing more craft shows this year.  And I’m so glad to be back into a crafting groove after so long.  New card designs to come soon, and the shelves at Davis Squared will hopefully be replenished soon too!  Stay tuned folks!