Sunday, November 29, 2009

Tis Christmas Custom Order

Just quickly popping by before I put Ethan to bed. This weekend I completed a custom order on top what I had in the shop (Winter Wonderland set of cards above). Below are 6 more cards with similar theme.

And these adorable holiday tags.

I'll be working on a new project tonight. Can't wait to share with you!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Prepping For Cyber Monday

This year I'll take the opportunity to participate in the biggest online shopping event. If you're Etsy sellers like myself, perhaps you can take this opportunity to promote your shop as well. Etsy sends weekly digest to its sellers and this time they remind us to prep for Cyber Monday. You can find the details here.

Or if you're doing the holiday shopping then this is good news for you too!

I'm offering FREE SHIPPING to the US and Canada for all of my cards! I could not afford to offer free shipping to other countries but I'm offering Half Off. That's right the cost is on me. I have never done this before so we'll see how it goes.

What's even better is that you can start shopping now cause the sale is already on starting today! See you at my shop! Sale ends on Monday, November 30th.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Spotted Tuesday: Red for Everyone

Holiday is fast approaching and it reminds me of how beautiful color red is. Above is a beautiful collection of handmade items you can find in Etsy.

Row 1 from the left:
Eco Dog Coat by anniessweatshop
Charm Bracelet by KatherineCooper
Venus Heart by
Not Cute Leather Journal by Kreativlink
Fa La La Fiesta Ornament by tracybdesigns

Row 2 from the left:
Spot the Dot by copycrafts
Prayers for Children book by scissorsavvy
Scallop Bookmarks by nitestamper
Monkey Business T-shirt by clothmothclothing
Red Ballerina by dollb

Row 3 from the left:
Red Bird Magnets by prettyoriginals
Woman with Birds by Basho
Buddy the Compact Messenger by ThongbaiTatong
Maroon Beanie Hat by BeaCreative
Barn Red Vase by OldNewAgain

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Using Scrap Papers to The Fullest

I think I said I love papers too many times. But do you know that I love them until they bec0me tiny pieces? This is one of my ways being GREEN and to save trees.

Here is a box where I store my scrap papers, thinking that I'll use them in my next projects. But I seem to be overpowered by them. These scrap papers tend to pile up real quick. Less than often, they're hardly used in the next projects.

So I decided a couple of days ago that I need to do something major about it. This also means that I need to spend major time doing it. I'm making TAGS. Tags in different sizes depending on what are available. All I need is a couple of punches: flower punch, corner punch, and hole punches. And of course, glue!

I made 100 Pretty Tags!! Woo Hoo!

They're great little tags that go in my packages to my sweet customers.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Etsy Greeting Team on ETSY FINDS

We made it!!

I'm a proud member of Etsy Greetings Team. This is one interactive helpful group. Great talented artists who are willing to share their knowledge.

From November 13 through November 15, artists from the EtsyGreetings Team will have special deals and goodies associated with purchases from their holiday collections.
I am participating in this event, and am offering
BUY 1 GET 1 HALF OFF (2nd item is 50% off, equal/less value) on any items at my shop.

This is one of my biggest sale so far.

Stop by the EtsyGreetings blog to see specials from over 40 great paper artists.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Little Peek on My Shelf

If you've been reading my blog, you know that it has been over 5 months since our relocation to Canada. I left Indonesia at the end of May without bringing much of paper supplies. In fact, none. Also, I could only bring a handful of my stamps due to baggage constraint.

During the first couple of months, things were uncertain for us. We intended to live in Toronto for a change but ended up staying in Vancouver as DH got a job here. Less than a month ago, we moved out from my parents' house to our apartment where we can call our own space.

In these past few months, in spite of our major changes in our life, I was able to complete 2 wholesale orders, attended a craft fair, and running up my Etsy shop after a short absence (and boy, it's hard to get back in track!).

I'm slowly building my supplies again.

A stack of gorgeous patterned papers that are slowly piling up. Buying them are always fun, in exception of spending the money of course. I was not able to get my hands on these papers while we were in Indonesia. I could only buy scrap papers as that's what is mostly available on-line without paying ridiculously expensive shipping cost. The only way I could get 12 x12 papers was when I made a trip to Singapore. And yes, they're still expensive there but I was in need to fix my addiction!!

A-must-have bazzill cardstocks in different colors.

Networking is important! I was able to purchase these cardstocks at wholesale price through an Etsy Greetings team member.

I try to justify my spending: I need to make more money before buying more supplies. Don't tell my DH but I sometimes fail to do that. These stamps are all new. I haven't gotten a chance to play with them and yet I'm always tempted to buy more (who wouldn't, right?).

Give me a break, I've used some of these stamps. Once. Or twice. :-)

With the holidays approaching, could you guess what is on my W.I.S.H list? Or is it too early to make the list? Lol.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Too Cute for Christmas

I have asked my dear friend who is SO talented to do a custom Christmas images for me. Truly, I just adore her creations. You can visit her shop here.

The cards and tags are available at my shop. Custom orders are always welcome.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

TGIF! Says Nat

I'm so glad to share with you that I was featured by Infinite, a Singapore-based company, started by 2-gals who are passionate about handmade. For details, please read here. You'll a bit more information about me and my cards :-) And if you're in Singapore, please come by at their shop and you'll find a bunch of great cards made by artists around the world.

Today I listed 2 more sets of tea bag holders, just in time for holidays. I had to deactive one set of tea bag holders simply because I screwed up making them this afternoon. I scored the paper too hard and ruined it, sadly :-( So yes, things are not always work as they should be. The good thing is that I can re-use the paper if I think creatively.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Third Etsy-Versary

♥♥♥ Celebrate my Etsy-versary with me! It has been a great 3 years with Etsy. BUY 3 GET 1 FREE. Simply provide me with the card number of the FREE item on the notes to seller.

ADDITIONAL 15% off for my FB Fans!! Simply let me know your username. ♥♥♥

Click here to go to my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Update on the Port Moody Craft Fair

Just a quick update on the fair that I participated. It was GOOD overall. I didn't make a lot of sales but good enough, actually considering the low traffic that we had, I made enough sales.

What is more important is that I met 8 other crafters who are very crafty in their fields. We managed to fit our tables in a basement where the craft fair was held. Some of them are Etsian sellers and some of them sell locally. We learned from each other, not only about crafting and turning a hobby into business but also sharing our life as a mom. Most of these crafters are moms of young toddler like myself.

Furthermore, an idea came up to do another fair at a different venue. Apparently one of the ladies lives in a great complex with 'captive' audience with a gym that we can book. Sharing the cost definitely can make the pricebecome reasonable. We'll see how it goes.

These teabag holder seems to be a hit. You can find them at my shop. They are really great for stocking stuffers.