I just wanted to share my latest edition to my Etsy shop IndigoWings. I've spent the last few days completing a new batch of my teacher appreciation bookmark cards. It was so much fun working with the Cosmo Cricket papers from their Early Bird collection. I've been coveting them ever since they were released mid year and have finally gotten my hands on them. I thought the bold and bright primary colors that they chose for this collection would work so well for my bookmark cards.
I will have all of these cards listed in my Etsy shop by the weekend.
I recently made a custom card set order featuring the name of the customers blog. The cards can be used as thank yous for orders or for corresponding (snail mail style) with other blog friends.
I had a lot of fun with this request and was happy for the chance to take out some time and be creative and original. The set featured six individual note cards made with papers from gcd Studio's "Loverly" collection and six hand stamped envelopes.
Also, I launched a store on ArtFire today;http://www.artfire.com/users/IndigoWings. I will be offering the same types of items as I am in my Etsy shop, handmade cards and paper crafting supplies. Two advantages to ArtFire that I have already discovered are that you can list your items absolutely free of cost and there is a direct button to twitter on the page with your listing. What that means is that as soon as you list your item you can easily jump over to twitter and post a link and a blurb about it. Although I haven't gotten any sales yet, I've already gotten nearly half as many hits in a day on ArtFire compared to the number of hits for the past month on Etsy. It's true what I've heard about Twitter--it's an amazing marketing tool--I will definitely be spending more time exploring that option and it's potential in the near future.
Wow- it's really been awhile since I managed to post on my blog. I was off to a really good start back in May when I was finally done with my part time teaching job and was really putting in an effort to blog and participate in card challenges. Seems like night and day when I think about then and now--but I have a really great excuse for being lazy. I am happy to say that my husband and I are expecting our second child! It's a very exciting time for us and we are so happy to welcome a new edition to our family.
I've spent the last month and a half sleeping away all of my free time though, but I am definitely not complaining about it, actually I'm really grateful to have the time during the day to rest as needed. I didn't have that opportunity when I was pregnant with my son and working a full time job and taking graduate courses at night--those were happy times too but exhausting.
Well, although I have slowed down considerably these days I find that my obsession with paper crafting has yet to subside. I'm trying to enjoy my hobby when I can because I know that soon enough I won't have enough free time to sneak in a shower let alone indulge in my hobby.
Being pregnant and dealing with the exhaustion and nausea has zapped my creativity a bit. One of the ways I was able to jump start it again was by spending time making cards with my friend Vicki who's a Stampin' Up demonstrator and the other ladies in her Card Club.
Vicki organized a stamping class at our public library that I have been participating in and I am now a member of her monthly card club. It's been so much fun; stamping, crafting and chatting with friends. Vicki comes up with some great designs for the cards that she has us make and I always come away having learned a new technique or two.
All the cards pictured here are one's that I've made recently with card club and just thought I would share them with you today for a little of your own inspiration. I've been working on a few other original projects too that I plan on sharing soon enough and watch out for a tutorial on how to make your own spinner card similar to the one pictured here;