52 Weeks of Mail

52 Weeks of Mail

Friday, October 23, 2009

One of my favorite techniqes

I wanted to share with you a technique I like to use sometimes that is quick and easy, and that anyone can do. It's a great way to add texture to your cards or any project. Here is what I used:

A punch (any kind, I used 1 3/4 circle punch)
Files (I used a 3M file for the bigger circles and a small file for the half circles)

You also need textured cardstock with a white core. The white core is important because when you sand the punch, the white core comes through. This is what gives the card it's dimension.

I then punched some circles out of the textured cardstock. I cut some of the circles in half to use on the edge of the card. Then I sanded the circles and half circles with my files.

After all the circles are sanded, I rearrange them on the card until I get a pattern that feels right to me. The card consists of a white card with sage green cardstock cut slightly smaller, and then the purple textured cardstock cut slightly smaller than that. When I have a pattern that feels right with the circles, I place the cirlces in my Xyron machine. A Xyron machine can make anything you place into it a sticker. You can use any form of adhesive you feel comfortable with though.

Take the circles off the Xyron sheet and adhere to the card. I chose to put a polka-dot ribbon with a metal buckle at the bottom of the card.

Here's the finished product! This is a great technique to use for the up coming Holidays. All you need to do is use a Holiday punch and you can make your own pattern paper.
I hope you enjoyed learning this technique as much as I enjoy doing it.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

You never know when...

So I made a Halloween Card for my daughters gymnastics Teacher and gave it to her today. I made sure that on the back I had my label which has my name, my company's name, phone number, and shop addresses (because you never know who is going to receive your card and love it! ).

She was floored by it and loved it so much. It turns out her and her Mom own the place. She didn't know I made cards for a living and wanted to know if I could make Birthday Invitations for their upcoming parties that they are throwing. I told her I LOVE designing cards, so if she gives me the general idea and some colors, I could make up a sample for her, then she could okay it and I would make the cards.

Then she said she wanted to expand the front of the reception area to be more of a pro-shop and that she would also love to display my cards there for parents to buy! This is a perfect situation for me. The receptionist (a friend of mine) says that parents are always milling around their waiting for the kids to be done with their classes, and end up buying things just out of boredom. So what a perfect place to have my cards, I'll have a captive audience who most likely have expendable money (the classes aren't cheap, but thanks to my Mom, my daughter can go).

So I wanted to let you all know that you never know when opportunties will come up. That one free card can turn into many possiblitles to making money!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Light Box

So I purchased a light box to better my photo's. Thanks to some nice fellow card makers, I found the perfect one on Amazon.com and set it up with help. Above is a picture of the light box fully assembled. I went to Walmart and purchased 3 lights with two 25 watt Ott lights.
I was excited to see if it would make a difference in my photo's.

What do you think? Here is a picture of my new card Pumpkin Harvest.

And I re-took a picture of my Fairy Princess stick figure girl.

Here's my light box set-up.

Friday, September 25, 2009

I have lots of things planned for the future. I have many ideas for Halloween cards that I need to get creating before the holiday comes and passes me by! Especially if I want to sell them in my shops on Etsy or 1000 Markets. I actually should have posted Halloween cards 2 months ago, but I'm the kind of person who gets inspired by her surroundings...so it was kind of hard to create fall/Halloween stuff when it was the height of the summer.

I also have an order from one of my most loyal and best customer, Lisa. Love that girl, she always thinks of me when she needs to give a card. And she lets me go wild with creating whatever I want. She just gives me a theme and says, "Go at it!".

Then there's The Local Girl Gallery http://www.localgirlgallery.com/index.html . She contacted me saying I have a few checks coming in the mail from past sales (woo-hoo!), and that she needs more cards for her store. So I'm stopping by there next week with some cards...last time I went there she took all of my stock! Needless to say, I want to make as much cards as I can before I go so I'm not left empty handed again. :) Then she has two up-coming events in her Gallery that are both deserving causes. The first is October 17th. It's a benefit called Land Escaping with proceeds going to Lakewood Earth and Food (LEAF) Community. LEAF has over 125 community gardens in the city, and funds raised from this event will go toward the 2010 growing season. She asks any artist to donate their interpretation of a landscape or garden, and the finished artworks will go up for auction the evening of the benefit. The second benefit is October 24th for The Children's Glioma Cancer Foundation "Sunflowers of Hope". For this one she asks any artist for their interpretation of the sunflower, or hope. So I would love to create 2 cards for her for the silent auctions because they are great causes and any exposure is good exposure.

I need to start getting motivated on making Christmas cards too. A woman I've dealt with who has a boutique in Singapore has sent a call out for Christmas cards, tags, and 2010 Calendar's for wholesale. I would love to participate in that, but fear I might not be able to make enough Christmas cards for my Etsy and 1000 Markets, my personal Christmas cards, Christmas sets for both The Local Girl Gallery http://www.localgirlgallery.com/index.html and Artefino http://www.artefinogallery.com/ (the other Gallery my cards are in) AND for Paultette (the girl from Singapore).

Last, but not least, I need to re-take all my pictures of my cards for both my sites. I just ordered a Light Box off of Amazon. I'm excited because it wasn't expensive, and it collapses like a tent. I was going to make a homemade one for only $5....but was concerned where I was going to store it when I was through with taking pictures. But one of my Etsy Greetings Team members directed me to the one she purchased and uses, and her pictures are amazing. It was only $30, so I went for it. I can't wait for it to arrive! Now I can take pictures whenever I want, day or night, and it will reduce my time in editing on photo shop.

So there you have it! All the projects I have coming up in the future. And that doesn't include the trip I'm taking to Oregon the first week in October. That's going to eat up some creative time...but I'll be having a blast with my brother and his family! :)

Friday, September 11, 2009


I'm being featured today at my Etsy Greetings Team blog...check it out :)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Go team!!

I was contacted by someone who saw my stuff posted on Facebook, who gave me the nicest compliment. She said she loved my cards, and was trying to think of an occasion that she could use them for. Her daughter was starting her first day of middle school, and her son was beginning his first year in tackle Football. So she asked me if I could make cards for those two occasions. I was so excited! I love creating things for special events in people's lives.

So I sat down, and this is what I came up with for the little boy. His school colors are purple, black, and white and she wanted 'Good Luck' on there somewhere. I made this football from paper that looks like leather. I then pounded some eyelets in and used some thread as the laces.

It was so fun to do, and I think it turned out great! I hope little Jarod gets a big smile on his face when he gets it from his mom :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Local Girl Gallery

Well, good news and bad news. Good news is I just got back from The Local Girl Gallery (http://www.localgirlgallery.com/index.html) in Lakewood, Ohio and she loved my cards and decided to sell them in her Gallery. She's taking a dollar, and I get $3 for every sale. What's good about this gallery is that they support local literacy program, so a part of any sale goes towards that. She also said she would put my info up on the website and some of my cards, so that's cool!

The bad news is she took them all!!! :) Bad news because I'm totally out of cards now and have to hurry up to make more to put in my online shops.

I'm kind of in a bind because I went out on a limb and signed up to do something for the first time at Etsy Greetings Team on their blog. They picked me to do the Featured Sale next week and now I'm out of cards!! Of course, this is a good problem to have :)

So I better get on it and get busy creating some more.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Get on the ball

I really need to get on the ball and start creating some new cards!! My brother and his family were in town for 2 weeks over the Holiday, so I didn't get any work done then. Then my 2 year old decided to bite her binks and put holes in them, and the maker discontinued them...so I've been weening her off of binks during naptime and bedtime! Bedtime went great, naptime...not so much. So there went my creative alone time!

Well, she's back to napping (knock on wood!!) so time to get back to it!!

Here's a picture of a new card I made and just posted on Etsy and 1000 markets. Hope you like it :)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Closer look at my workspace

So here's the second part to my blog about organizing my workspace. As you can see, I reuse alot of things I had laying around the house and repurposed them to hold other things! Hope it helps you guys out a little. :)

I got this at Home Depot...it's supposed to hold nuts and bolts!

but I put all my embellishments in them (in alphabetically order)

I repurposed this box to hold my more frequently used adhesives

A top view of my stash of adhesives

These are two little containers I put my thread

A top view of my thread

A tin box I got with something I bought a long time ago...now I keep all my word chipboards.

As you can see I Xyron'd the chipboard so it's already for me to use when I feel the need.

These are the repurposed boxes I used to keep my thread in as a child...now it holds my buttons.

This came with a set I bought on QVC, now I use it to hold my spillover of buttons. It was made to orginally hold something else.

My button box closed up.

I can't remember where I got this clear plastic case from...but it was like the thing above, came with something else and I repurposed it to hold my many embellishments!

I have alphabet transfer, tiny buttons, flower buckles, metal party hats.....it goes on and on :)

And these little plastic tins come right out!

I bought these at Michael's I think.

They hold my ribbons now....

And one holds all my alphabets.

I put all the A's in one compartment, B's in another...that way when I need a letter I don't have to go searching.

This is where I store my stamps. I had these trays as a little girl too, don't remember what I kept in them.

but what's nice about them is that they accordian (or spin) so that I can access the bottom ones. They also lift off of each other if need be. I stamped all the stamps in a notebook, though, so I could see them all at a glance.

where I keep my sharp little scissors that I use all the time, my pens, chapstick, little eraser...

this is like the first picture, but littlier drawers. I keep all my embellishements here that i use the most....

...like mini brads

just another pic of my most frequently used things.

This is a standing plastic folder that I got at Orential Trading Magazine for really cheap. This one holds all the projects I'm working on, my notebook that has all my ideas in, the stamp notebook with all my stamp pics in.

These ones hold my 8 X 10 papers that I got at Hollo Papercrafts (this awesome store that sells paper by the pound so you can get TONS of papers for only a couple bucks. And they have great texture and heft to them)

these ones hold my 12 X 12 papers. Put in a rainbow order.

this is a filing cabinet one of parents had laying around....

...it now holds my 8 X 10 pics in rainbow order....

and the bottom drawer has folders with things like "seasons", or 'Halloween" papers, in alphabetical order

an old plastic container with drawers. As you can see it has my scissors, glue, .....

closer look of a drawer

an according folder that holds my 12 X 12 scraps

an inside view

this is how I hold my ribbons that came on a spool thingy . I got this at Joann Fabrics I think

closer look at my ribbons

this used to be my mom's cookie jar. Now it holds my silk flowers!

this is a tin container I got as a gift. It had lotions in it...i use it to hold my fabric paints!

This is a shoebox I use to hold the envelopes I got for free at Hallmark and American Greeting (did you know they will give you envelops for FREE!)

A basket my mom had that now holds all my envelopes

baskets I got at Michaels on sale. They hold my inks, chalk, some projects, pictures....

closer look inside the basket of inks and chalk

another old plastic container drawer. It now holds my pens and punches.

where I keep all my scrapbooks and idea books