Saturday, November 10, 2007

Hi there! It's Angel from Babybearshop. I want to introduce you to some cute and cuddly friends we'll have available at the Mamamade Event. Our "Best Friends" doll is on the back row of the photo, they are made from recycled vintage fabric and stuffed with 100% cotton. At 18 inches tall they make great companions and can even be a stand in for a pillow in the car or out of town! In the front row are our 6.5 inch tall fairies, they are made of 100% cotton and stuffed with organic fill. Both items are handmade in the USA, sourced from small craft businesses. They can't wait to meet you!

To see a larger image, just click on the photo!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Just the perfect thing for getting in the holiday mood: Christmas tree ornaments!
These are completely hand-sewn coffee cup ornaments that capture the cozy warm feeling we get as the air is getting chilly and we're waiting for St. Nick.  Made of felt, stuffed, and embroidered with a creamy swirl, these colorful cups will be perfect on the tree, hanging in a wreath, or dangled from a lamp to cheer up your workspace.  Each ornament will be available at the Mamamade sale for $10, and comes with a modern ball chain loop for hanging, which is easily replaced by a more traditional length of ribbon, should you desire.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

From Julie:

I took some time this evening to put together some of the cards that will be available on the CD that I will have for sale at mamamade.

I had so much fun making them and can totally see this being a great thing to have on hand - I'm so excited about offering it at open house!

The CD will have a collection of 8 sets of cards - Within each set there are 4 printable cards with 2 different designs. Two of the cards are print-and-go and two are assemble yourself for a layered 3-D effect. Each set also includes 2 coordinating envelopes that you can print, fold, and glue (I use scotch tape).

I embellished the note cards with things I have laying around the house - some ribbon, a few random scrapbook brads and flowers, and even a few leaves from the back yard. All you need is a printer, some cardstock, scissors & some adhesive (glue or a glue stick, tape, or other adhesive like like zots). Optionally, you can add some embellishments like the ones I mentioned above.

My 4 year old has not mastered cutting things within the lines but she loves to play with her craft scissors. I print an extra set of cards and she cuts and glues right along with me.

The great thing about having these in digital form is that you can use them over and over again!

There are 2 Christmas Themed sets, 1 Patriotic Set, a Valentine Themed Set, a Sweet Pink and Blue set (perfect for baby announcements or thank you notes), a party themed set perfect for birthday invites or thank yous, and 2 other sets in shades of brown and pink.

Also included on the CD are bonus Lollipop Treat Covers for Valentine, Birthday and Christmas Party days and Mini Christmas Gift Card tags.

Lots of Fun!!!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Mamamade has been featured in Whip Up today!

If you've visited our site via Whip Up, get acquainted with our group by reading the participant bios (links to the left), and clicking on the individual site links of The Mamas. Lots of talent, and passion- you are sure to be inspired. The complete event details are here.

We'll see you in Nashville on November 17th!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Today I worked on hand-printing some linoleum block print cards (lino cards) from my Speech Bubble line.  I love these cards and use them myself.  Hand carved from natural linoleum, the artwork is then inked up with a brayer and printed.  Some people use printing presses, but I hand print them by rubbing on the back of the print with a wooden spoon.  I like this hands-on approach and the slightly rustic look that can be achieved this way.  Each print is an original, unique piece of art.  This particular line of is so fun to use!   The silly cards feature a character with an empty speech bubble- write in anything you want!  "Congratulations!", "Thank You", "Happy Gum Chewing Day!"... you name it.

Every white or ivory card is roughly 4x6" and comes with a matching envelope.  At Mamamade, I'll have all my cards available individually, but they may be purchased in multiples for a a better price- you pick and choose (like going to one of those bulk bin candy places- you only grab what you want).  And whether you choose one or 10, I'll have plastic sleeves on hand to protect your artwork, and package them nicely.