Friday, April 15, 2011

Tax Day BLUE Blog Hop

Death and taxes ... both are inevitable, and both make me sad. Blech. Yup, makes me BLUE.  So when Angie decided to do this hop today, I figured I could use some CRAFT THERAPY and agreed.

I hope our projects make your day happy, too!

Here is mine:

This one was easy-peasy!  I was looking for some items that I could make or buy/alter, to sell at a few upcoming craft fairs.  I found an adorable but plain mini notebook in blue-and-white stripes, already made, at Michael's.  (And it came with a pen!) 

It was in the 90%-off bin, and its regular price was $1.00.  I had a 25% off coupon, too ... so got a bunch of these for $0.07 each. 

I simply cut some leaves using a new Sizzlit leaf die, embellished the leaves with three of my fabric flowers that I'd previously sprayed with homemade Glitter Mist and Stickles, and tied with a bow.  Done -- five minutes and VERY inexpensive. 

With pretty packaging, these could easily sell for $1 or $2 each, at a craft show, don't you think?  What would you sell them for?

BLOG CANDY:  For followers who leave a comment on this posting, there is an opportunity to win the current issue of PaperCrafts magazine, as well as a pair of my handmade CardMonkey Embellies Card Pins.  Deadline to post is Sunday, April 17 at midnight; winner will be selected an random by Random.Org, and announced on this blog on Monday, April 18. 

Now continue on your Tax Day Blue Blog Hop!  Your next stop is

In case you get lost along the BLUE BRICK ROAD, here's a list of the Blue-ooooo-ooo-oooo (yodeling) hop stops:

1. Angie at
2. Ellen at
3. Tristan at
4. Tammy at
5. Elaine at
6. Angelia at
7. Belinda at
8. Mary at
9. Wendy at
10. Jackie at
11. Jill at
12. Leah at
13. Mary J. at
14. Tiffany at
15. Monica at

Thank you for joining us here today!

I hope you're now a little less blue ... I am!


Pat N. said...

How cute! And what a beautiful bow. Terrific idea. Can easily sell for $2.00 I would think. Thanks for a chance to win your blog candy.

TuttleTime said...

I always love your blog posts!!! Fun. I am already a loyal follower. What an awesome idea with those notebooks! I love the flowers and who doesn't love BLUE! :) Thanks for being part of this hop...You're awesome.

Lizzie Laine said...

You always have so many wonderful ideas, I love visiting your blog!
This is so cute and def $2!
Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win:)

Tiffany said...

Way too cute!!! :)

Uhooi said...

A good card with a beautiful accessories

Nicole Doiron said...

wow! That was an excellent deal you got at Michael's! You made something great with it!

Lucy said...

Great card! I love your ideas. Thanks for the chance :)

Ashley said...

Very cool idea! Love the bow!

Star said...

Glad I'm back in the "world" where there is a Michael's to shop. Thanks for the great idea.

Vicki said...

Your notebooks are so pretty. Should easily sell at $1 to $2. You got a great deal. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

Tami B. said...

You should sell a ton of these. (Hope you made LOTS of them.)

Perfectly Unperfect Cards said...

I love altered notebooks, your bow on your's is amazing. thanks for sharing.

perfectlyunperfectcards at gmail dot com

Becky Dunham said...

wow Ellen - what a little bargain hunter you are! We could all take a lesson from you :) I love what you did with this notebook and yes i think you could definitely sell them for $1, $2 - maybe even more. I love your new blog look :)

rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

sweetlilscrapper said...

love it!! thanks for the chance to win!

Amanda said...

What a steal you have found. So love this simple but so so cute notebook. tfs.
ahaynes43055 at yahoo dot com

Nesting Pretty said...

This is so fun. and you have such a cute blog. Following ya.

Tam ♥

Jenni said...

what a bargain you got! i love how pretty you made them! TFS!

Jae said...

Oooh, beautifully decorated! And what a bargain! You could probably sell these at $2 easily, TFS!

Shannon Leffew Keith said...

Love it and a great deal also. I would definetely sell for $2.

Jackie said...

Cutie notebook! Love your blog header too! ;)

Mary Jaminski said...

Hi Ellen! I love the bow - so loopy! Thanks for sharing the great idea and your bargin hunting at Michaels - a woman after my own heart! Happy Day to you!

Donna said...

What a great deal you got and such a cute outcome!! I would definitely buy your notebook for $2--you would sell lots of them.

Becky Moore said...

This little notebook just looks so cheerful! It makes me smile!!

ShersL84bed said...

These are very pretty. At an arts and crafts show I think they could go for up to $3.00 Thats a nice inexpensive gift.

Smiles Sher

Bevy48 said...

Such a cute little notebook and 7 cents each??? How cool is that. TFS!! blanphear @ yahoo dot com

Tristan's Time 4 Craftin' said...

Ellen I really like yours Tin it is very nice Glad to be in hop with you

see ya

Tammy Schmitt said...

Super cool idea! I think they would make great gifts. $2 is a bargain!

happy hoppin'


Just call me Vic said...

Thanks for sharing! This is great!

Lisa said...

Wow - this is so great! You could definitely sell them for $2. I'm a new follower...if you get a chance, I'd love for you to stop by my blog! Thanks so much for the chance to win :)

chignon said...

love the little notebook idea! Lucky find in the clearance dollar bin :)

Lucila Ortega said...

I am Colombian. I love to participate in their blog hop, I apologize that I do not speak English, but it helped me a translator.

Crooked Scrapper said...

I love what a few flowers will do to a pre-made item. I say 3-4 dollars for the books. They are very cute. Good luck at your craft fairs. I'm a new follower. TFS!!

joydee1963 said...

great notebook,so cute.I am a follower,joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

BethA said...

I love to see fellow bargain shoppers! Great items. I am now a follower.

Sugarlips said...

Great job. It is so cute. Why doesn't my michaels have stuff like this. :(

at yahoo
dot com

Unknown said...

What a great altered project. Could easily sell for $2.00. Thanks for participating in this hop.
debbie_craine at hot mail dot com

jengd said...

Very cute- love those flowers! Nothing like a GREAT buy that you can make even better!

Rhonda Emery said...

love these and you should be able to get 2.oo for sure. love them. hugs

Jana said...

Hi Ellen,
Thanks for stopping by and leaving nice comments on my blog yesterday. i am now one of your followers and loce your blog. Now I am on to yet another hop. Thanks for helping to get rid of the tax day blues!

Wendy (aka Roo) said...

Hi Ellen, I'm a little late hopping about, but I love the altered notebook! Nice being on the hop with you!