Tuesday, February 24, 2009

HIdden Notecard Stationary

I made these using Michelle Wooderson's idea for a Hidden Notecard.  I love these.  Using the nestability dies and PTI stamps make these just so beautiful.  Love them.  I made two sets of 4 cards each to sell and give as thank yous.

Teacher thanks and appreciation

I made these to sell for those who need to tell their child's teacher "thank you".

Baby announcements

Birthday greetings

It's All About Love

Some Valentine's and Anniversary cards.

Get well, thinking of you and sympathy cards

I used PapertreyInk stamps and some other images.

Christmas gift card holders

I made these for gift cards for my mom and dad.  They are his and her shirts.  I got the idea from Splitcoaststampers.

Christmas stationary gifts

I made 6 sets of these with various designer papers and colors for Christmas presents for a lot of ladies in our family and Sunday School teachers.  Pretty easy.  I used a template from Lauren Meador for these.  The box is from Splitcoaststampers.

Wall Decor for Our New House

Here are the wall pieces I made for our living room, master bedroom, and a dry erase board for the kitchen.

I used a variety of products on these pieces.  The wall art trio for my living room used canvases I got from a yard sale next door.  I painted them with acrylic paint, then used Royal Decoupage glue to add papers (Urban Garden).  Then I used Pretties flowers, pearls, ribbons, and punched out art to decorate them.  I have a variety of Bible verses I put on them to take to heart.  Grace, Faith and Love is for God's Grace is by Faith because of His Love.

The bedroom art uses Bella Rose paper, rub-ons, and some printed Bible Verses: 1 Corinthians 13 and Ephesians 5 on marriage.

The dry erase board is for my kitchen.  I have Pampered Chef striped bowls and serving ware, so I took the colors from that to go on my organizer/appointment/to do list board.  The glass can be used as a dry erase board.  Very cool. 

Monday, February 9, 2009

An Idea That Is Brewing

I have an idea brewing, but I haven't totally researched the "business" and "tax" implications of this, but I want to put a sort of feeler out there to see if I should invest the time to make a go of this.  I am thinking of offering an online "store" so to speak for cards, notecard packs, some gift packaging, and notecard packaging.  I make a lot of cards just to use new technique, color combos, and the supplies I have gathered over 7 years of stamping.  I have all this stuff, and I would like to generate a little money while using it.  I also love making cards for a purpose, to give to people.  If I could give the whole kit and kaboodle away I would as I just like doing this for a stress outlet and it's my quiet time alone to recharge when I get to stamp.  However, I have to find some way to pay for the consumable elements of this craft like paper, ribbons, embellishments and most importantly adhesives.  So I need to find a way to do what I love, recoup expenses on paper and such and give to you the card consumer.  

Ideally I would post pictures of the cards I have been making (I usually make more than one of each card I make), and the number I have available for sale.  Single cards will run about $1.50 each to $2.50 for really embellished or fancy cards.  I would simply charge shipping and handling of about $1 for regular postage and delivery confirmation for you.  I also want to offer some packs of notecards, thank you cards, or other gift sets of stationary packaged attractively.  These would of course be more expensive, probably come in packs of 6-8 and would cost more to ship.  I think eventually I would like to offer hand stamped one of a kind gifts like baby frames, home decor pieces, gift ensembles, gift packaging, etc. as time allows.  I know in this economy money will be tight, and I know we are all looking for ways to give and make meaningful gifts.  I know some people aren't gifted with creative ability or time to do this on their own.  I would like to offer one of a kind gifts at a reasonable price. 

So who out there would be interested in this card making store idea?  Now I won't be running around everyday mailing out packages, or killing myself to fill more orders than I can.  I will be updating my offerings as I make cards.  I won't be taking orders to make later, but rather you get to choose from what I already have on hand.  It's a kind of first come first served thing.  I'll be constantly updating and adding to the offerings as I make them.  Gift card sets, gift ideas and packaging will be handled a little differently, but I won't be taking tons of orders for those.  I don't have tons of extra time to be stamping every night.  I have to keep all this in balance.  But I would like to put a system in place to take orders for larger more complex items in such a way that I have time to work on them and get them to you in a timely manner.  That means advance planning on the customer's part of not asking for something like that for say the next day or the next week.  Just won't happen.  So anyway, in the next month or so after our big move I'll be trying to figure this out if I get some interest.  I just want to find a way to get these cards into the hands of someone who will use them.  I usually make more than I can use.  
So leave me a comment and let me know if you would consider buying a card from an online gallery here on my blog and if the price of $1.50 -$2.50 seems fair.  I know Hallmark sells their cards for way more these days.  This is a bargain even with the shipping added.