February 28, 2008

link: quick to blush - Stamping tiles...

i read some great crafting blogs, so i've decided to start highlighting projects that i think are fantastic... the first such project is from quick to blush, which is published by my friend, Jes... she recently shared this beautiful stamped tile she did and a mini-tutorial... i'm so excited to try it myself...

photo credit: Jessica @ quick to blush

February 24, 2008

All Occasion Criss Cross Cards

Started: February 23, 2008
Finished: February 23, 2008
Made For: me!
Inspiration: suen from SCS
Materials: SU Classic Stampin Pad in Ruby Red, Luxe Designs Multi-Coloured Floral rub ons, My Mind's Eye Confetti/Kaleidoscope pattern papers in Surprise "Summer" Dots / Yellow Orange, Surprise "Girlfriends" Polka Dots / Pink, and Surprise "Summer" Stripes / Light Pink
Tools: SU Curvy Verses, Edgy Eloquence, and Much Appreciated stamp sets, McGill Mini File Tab punch, rotary cutter, roller adhesive
Cost: $15
Would I Do It Again? i think i've done this style to death, so probably not...
Notes / Comments: these turned out really well, although i don't dig them as much as the birthday cards i just did...

i used rub ons for the first time since i've started paper crafting... i have memories of rub ons coming with McDonald's Happy Meals and had shied away from them because they never seemed to transfer correctly when i was a kid... as the fabulous Ms. M said last night, "The Hamburglar always ended up without a head." i was surprised at how easily the rub ons transferred and i only screwed it up once (i accidentally scraped the rub on away, as you can see in the last picture)... overall, i give Luxe Designs rub ons a big thumbs up!

February 17, 2008

Selling on Etsy...

Ms. Crafty says: i've asked some of the crafty ladies in my life to guest blog... first up are Spots and kasanika, who have tackled the world of Etsy, a hip online market place...

Etsy is "Your place to buy and sell all things handmade." It's sorta like a cross between eBay and a high-end craft fair. There truly is something for everyone.

Selling on Etsy is super easy and economical. All you need is an original art or craft you can ship, some good photographs, and a credit card. Etsy fees are currently in USD; it's 20 cents to list an item, plus 3.5% when you sell. Each item is listed until it sells, up to 4 months. Most buyers pay using PayPal, so having a PayPal account is a good idea.

The importance of taking good digital photos is crucial. An eye catching photograph draws people into your shop. It's also important to stagger your listings. Keyword searches bring up newest items first, it's ideal to always have one of your items at the top of the pile.

On the front page, the community button leads you into a wealth of information from policies and resources to workshops and chats. Be sure to visit the forums to get tips and tricks from others and to promote your own shop.

Feel free to stop by ours shops, say hi, and add us to your favourites too.



Ms. Crafty says: as an aside, and a very happy customer, i wanted to mention that kasanika was recently featured in The Storque (Etsy's online zine)... you can read all about it here...

February 14, 2008

Card Exchange - Birthday Theme

Started: February 13, 2008
Finished: February 14, 2008
Made For: message board card exchange
Inspiration: suen from SCS
Materials: SU Classic Stampin Pad in Not Quite Navy, My Mind's Eye Confetti/Kaleidoscope pattern papers in Celebrate "Boy" Dots / Yellow Green, Celebrate "Beach" Dots / Yellow Green, Celebrate "Boy" Harlequin / Light Blue, Celebrate "Brothers" Zig Zag / Dark Blue
Tools: SU Edgy Eloquence stamp set, McGill Mini File Tab punch, rotary cutter, roller adhesive
Cost: $15
Would I Do It Again? absolutely... i'm going out to buy more of the paper to make a whole stash...
Notes / Comments: what i love, love, love about this card is that it's relatively gender neutral... it's quirky without being frou frou, which i have a hard time avoiding... i bought some brads for embellishment and ended up leaving them off because it was just too much... as it is, i know that not everyone will dig the loud patterns... but anyone who knows me knows that it's pretty fitting...