Thursday, March 18, 2010

Types and Tweets

Good evening, all! I hope you ladies had a lovely day today. I was out most of the afternoon with my kids, and I'll be with them all day tomorrow, since they have off school. I'm looking forward to the nice, long weekend! Nothing planned as of yet, but if this beautiful weather keeps up we'll definitely have to do something outdoors.

Well, I'm feeling jazzed tonight because I just got back from my writers group where we had a special guest speaker. Author Holly Jacobs came and talked with us -- just chatted, really -- completely laid-back and casual, which was fun. It was so nice to learn more about the business from someone who has successfully navigated it for so long. I've never actually read any of her books, but she got me intrigued, and I definitely plan on picking up a few in the near future. She has a series of fairy godmother books that sound like a riot! I think I'll start with those.

Anyway, I was asked to make a Thank You card for our special guest, and knowing that she's a writer, I thought it would be the perfect time to break in that typewriter stamp that I picked up a few weeks ago. I colored it with Copics and layered it with some vintage blue cardstock and patterned papers from My Minds Eye.

I wasn't sure about the ribbon, since it has a white background and the papers are more of a dark distressed cream, but I couldn't find anything else I liked better, so I decided to just go with it. I also added that little flower for a pop of color.

I actually finished it up late last night, and I had a little time late this afternoon when we finally got home. I was trying to decide between making another card or doing the laundry... Hmm. Tough decision right? Guess which option won out?

This was using a new $1 stamp set from studio g that I just picked up this week from A.C. Moore. I used chalk inks to get those vibrant colors and the paper was from one of those little patterned cardstock pads from Debbie Mumm. I used a green card base to keep with that fresh, spring feel.

Annnnnnd, I sold my first card tonight! Woohoo! A friend in my writer's group asked to see my cards and bought that "Spring Is In The Air" butterfly card. I wasn't sure about pricing, so I did some research -- seems like most handcraft designers sell their cards for around $3.00-$3.50. Since I'm still learning, I decided to just charge $2 for now. That probably covers the cost of the supplies, or at least close to it, and that's all I'm really concerned with at this point. Maybe if I get better and my cards start looking more professional I can raise my rate slightly and turn a little profit. But for now, this is good. And hey, $2 is $2. I can buy two studio g stamp sets with that money! So I'm not complaining.

Well, that's it for me tonight! It's late, so I'm signing out. I hope you all have a fabulous friday! See you back here tomorrow.


  1. So cute! I love them all!!! The keyboard image is awesome!

  2. Don't you just love those $1 stamps. I know I do. I love it when I see cards with things I don't normally use...which is chalk ink. I have some but I hardly ever reach for it. Cute card...makes me want to "chalk".

  3. Thanks Alison! :o)

    Micki, I KNOW! They're so reasonably priced, I can almost always scrounge up at least a dollar in change, so I pick up a pack pretty much every time I enter a store that sells them. Plus, I've found a great way to store them (it will be an upcoming blog post) so now they're the first thing I reach for as far as stamping goes.

    I'm fairly new to papercrafting, so I don't have many stamp pads. But I did pick up two of those Colorbox chalk ink Qs because they're reasonably priced and easy to store, plus you get a variety of colors. I enjoy working with them.

  4. Both are great cards, but I must say I also adore the thank you card you made for the guest speaker. It is the bomb! Well done!!

  5. Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.


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