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For the many years that my Etsy store had been open, I struggled with how to manage inventory.

I think I’ve finally figured out my own system.

Fours.

I will be working on becoming a “ready to sell” card shop.  It’s much easier than making greeting cards on demand.  No one wants to wait for a card.  They want to order the card with minimal processing and wait time.

So, fours.

I will be making four copies of every card I make and then I will make it available in the store for purchase.  There will only be four copies of the card for sale.

Once all four cards sell, then it’s gone.

If a design is popular enough, I will create it again and restock the store.

It’s a great way for me to see what sells and what doesn’t.

Seems like a good idea, right?

To check out what I have in the shop, visit CutieQ Cards n Crafts on Etsy now!

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Last week, I introduced you to my very first card set for sale.  You can see the card set by clicking here.

My goal is to reveal one new card set a week.  I’m hoping to start adding them into my Etsy store, but I’m waiting until I get about 5 card sets before I do so.

This week, I’d like to show you the “Hello” Card Set.

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Haven’t you ever found yourself in need of a card and no time to go to the store?

If you purchase my card sets, you will always have a card on hand for those “just in case” moments!  This cards are perfect because they are no specified for just one type of occasion.  With a stamped “hello” sentiment, you can use these cards for a birthday, a thank you, or just a ‘thinking of you’ moment!

I had a lot of fun making these cards because they were using one of my favorite color combinations.  Red, black and white.  I always find myself super inspired when I make cards in these colors.

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UntitledEach card set revealed costs only $20 plus $5 shipping.  Please allow 1-2 weeks AFTER receipt of payment before I ship them out since I have to make them to order.  Like all things handmade, the finished product may not be exactly the same as what is shown in the picture, but it’s definitely made with the same love and care as the ones in the photo.  That’s the beauty of handmade, right?

Please follow me on Instagram, @shopcutieq, for more shop related posts.  Follow me @cutieqcards for a glimpse of my crafty life, from cardmaking to sewing and planners!

It’s been a long time coming, but I finally did it.

I’ve been making cards for awhile and I’ve been trying and trying to sell them.  I’ve had some success with having some of my cards at the flower shop that did the flowers for my wedding.

I also want to try to see if I can sell my cards on my own.

I’ve decided to make card sets.  They are a set of 5 cards.  Each set may vary.  They cost $20 with $5 shipping.

I’ve revealed my very first card set on Instagram (@shopcutieq).  You can also purchase through that Instagram account by contacting me through the comments.

Without further ado, here is my first card set, Watercolor Card Set.

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This card set features a watercolored background.  There are two ‘cheers,’ or congratulatory greeting cards, two birthday cards, and one ‘thank you’ card.

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UntitledEach card is watercolored by me.  Each card is hand-stamped by me.  Each card is put together by me.

While only ONE card set is available for immediate sale, if asked, I can create this card set again for you to own.  Just allow me a 1-2 weeks from ordering so I can recreate this set again. With all things handmade, subsequent sets may look slightly different from what is shown in the picture.  I promise you, the quality will be the same.

I haven’t posted this on Etsy yet, but if you are interested in owning a set like this, please follow me on Instagram, @shopcutieq, and contact me there.  I do plan on posting these sets on Etsy once I create about 5 more card sets.

If everything works out, I plan on releasing a card set a week.

Please consider shopping CutieQ for your greeting card needs!

Every year I tell myself that I want to sell Christmas cards.  Every year I tell myself I want to create card sets.

Every year I find myself so very behind on Christmas card production.

Not this year.

This year, I started early.

Christmas in July.

The goal is to have enough cards for the following:
1. Personal use
2. Sell via Etsy or Instagram
3. Sell at the flower shop
4. Sell to select family members that have been asking me for cards for their own use (ie. My mom).

Production isn’t going as quickly as I would like it to go.  For each card design, I make four at a time.  Some cards take longer than one night to create because I use watercolors and need them to dry.  Finding time to create the cards is difficult too.  I try to make the most of my kid’s relatively early bedtime, but I also don’t want to find myself awake at 3am cardmaking…

But I’m pushing through.  I think I’m going to make a decent amount.  I’m determined.  I will make this happen this year.

Here are some of the card designs that I have completed so far…

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I’m hoping to have enough cards by mid-November so I can get them up on Etsy and my shop Instagram account for people to start browsing.

Follow @shopcutieq on Instagram to know when the cardsets and other crafty things go on sale.  That Instagram feed is solely to showcase items for sale by CutieQ Cards n Crafts.

For more of a behind the scenes look and other crafty things I’ve been playing around with, follow me on @cutieqcards on Instagram.  You can find a lot of behind the scenes crafty things, scrapbook layouts, and planner stuff.

 

 

Tis the season for graduating..

It’s been a busy week for me at the craft table.  I received two requests for two graduation cards each.

Here is what I came up with.

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It helps to know what the school colors are so I could make them more personal.

I think they came out really great and very festive.

I used Lawn Fawn and Sweet Stamp Shop stamps for these cards.

Next year, I know to start creating grad cards early. 

I made some with gift card pockets on the inner left hand panel. They fit any standard gift card, and it’s a nice neat way to tuck some cash into the card without it falling out. 

 
Don’t forget to check my crafting account on Instagram @cutieqcards!

If you’re into scrapbooking and card making, don’t forget to “like” my Facebook page, CutieQ Cards n Crafts

I’ve noticed that since I’ve officially become a stay at home mom, that I’ve been really exploring my artistic side.

I’ve spent most of my academic life and my career focused on the sciences.  To balance out my brain, I would make some cards and recently started scrapbooking.

Now that I don’t have to worry about working, I’ve started to try to expand my artsy side.  I’ve been playing with the paints that were left over from my daughter’s Christmas crafts.  I’ve been playing with my watercolor palette to make more cards.  I’ve also started a very rough and tumble version of ‘art journaling’ now that I am participating in the “listers gotta list” monthly challenge.

I have a Day Designer Today and To Do planner.  I find myself doodling and using colors to put in my daily tasks and reminders.

I have an artistic side.

I’m finding it very therapeutic and fun to do after a long day of trying to keep two little girls safe and fed and alive.  After a day of threenager tantrums and baby spit up, it’s nice to sit at my craft table and just create.  It eases my mind and I feel refreshed..

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I’ve been crafting.  I’m sure you can tell.

Quilts.  Pinterest projects.  Scrapbooks.  Cards.  Ricebags.

I do have a craft blog, CutieQ Cards n Crafts.  It’s a place where I concentrate soley on crafting, particular cards and scrapbooking.  The goal of that blog is to feature cards that I put on Etsy and hope to sell.

That blog has been stagnant since May 2014.

It’s hard to keep up a craft blog.  There is a lot of photography, watermarking, uploading.. technical stuff.

It got hard to balance this blog with that blog, then all the pregnancy issues came about… so my entire life was put on hold.

Now that things are relatively ok (modified bedrest allows me time to sit up and craft, type and actually do stuff), I’ve been thinking about that blog again.

I still have dreams and goals of selling my handmade cards and other goods, but I have to be realistic and put that on hold for awhile.  A new baby will make it hard to keep up with inventory and orders.

I know starting up the crafting blog while pushing 8 months into a pregnancy is not the best idea.  Things are going to get hectic again and I just might not be able to keep up with it all.  But I want to do this.  I need to do this.

So, I’m going to do it.

It’s going to be a once a week blog, updating every Monday.  I’m going to try to keep up with holidays and seasons.  I will try to make it a well-rounded blog about all the different methods of crafting that I am dabbling in.  Eventually, I will start to feature items that I intend on selling and will reactivate the Etsy store with all the featured items.

The blog relaunches on December 1st.  In the meantime, check out what I’ve done in the past by clicking the link, CutieQ Cards n Crafts.

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