Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Giving Back, once again

These are the most fabulous turquoise earrings made by KatDesignsNYC. These could be worn either dressed up or down. I'd probably sport them with a black dress and a nice chunky turquoise necklace and maybe even a matching bracelet. Or even with a crisp white shirt and blue jeans and some smokin hot 4 inch heel boots. At $22 with $1.50 shipping, this is a tough deal to beat.

There are so many choices and so much to see at Etsy, where handmade is the norm. You could shop at the mall, but why would you?


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Yes. Already.

I'm going to start listing Valentine's Day cards.

I know Christmas is still here, but I cannot fill up my Etsy Shop with a bunch of holiday listings that won't even get glanced at in about three weeks. I've made what I made, have vowed not to list another Christmas tree, snowflake, or wreath in my shop. I'm done. I love you Christmas, but it's time to move on. On a marketing standpoint, that is.

I could not let this Valentine's Day card idea slip away. If money is tight in your home right now, like it is in mine, you get creative! I took shiny card stock and used my Big Shot and an embossing folder for the front, and since I don't have the Cricut cartridge that makes the scrolly tags, I used one of the floral designs from the Story Book cartridge and pieced it together with black card stock cut into a rectangle, then placed the sentiment on top. I really like the way it came out. I always say if it looks store bought, I did a good job. Also, if you don't have a bunch of rubber stamps with sentiments (and I don't!) make your own on the computer! I create mine in Publisher to the size I want, then print them, cut them out, and save the extras for future card purchases. Rubber stamps are great, but they do limit you as far as size and font. Creating sentiments yourself on your printer gives you lots of options. I can't remember this font, but if you want to know what it is, shoot me a message and I will be happy to post it. Isn't it FABULOUS?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Happy Holidays

I love Christmas. I think it's the woman in me, all the sparkles and lights and every one trying to be friendly to one another. I also like Christmas because it reminds us grown folk what it was like to be young, with so many wishes and dreams for the holidays and what Santa may stuff under the tree. Speaking of tree, I need to go to storage and get mine and put it up. I'm a week late, as we usually do it the evening of Thanksgiving, only we went out of town so didn't really have the option. Must.put.up.tree.

Ok, so here is one of my cards for the holidays for sale at Ruthie's Girl Designs. It's a cute little sleigh. I picked up both of the rubber stamps probably two years ago on clearance, and couldn't figure out how to use them. I found some cute treat bags with a great holdiday design and voila! Card. Find your supplies in everything you touch.