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They’re up!

The Mother’s Day greeting cards are up in the Etsy shop, CutieQ Cards n Crafts!

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There are three card designs.  I made four of each card design.  That means each of these cards are in very limited quanities, so if you would like to purchase one, act now!  Once these are all sold, then they are gone!

I’m also asking that if you want to make a purchase, please consider purchasing ON OR BEFORE APRIL 30TH.  This helps me make sure that they get shipped out in time for Mother’s Day.

I will also be sending limited quantities of all of these cards to the flower shop, All That Blooms, in Chino Hills, CA.  I sell my cards there.  If you find yourself in that area, please stop by and look at the cards I have for sale.

Are you ready for Mother’s Day?  Make sure you have the perfect card!

Click here to go straight to my Etsy shop!

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My shop has found much success with one item.

A banner.

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It was initially a custom order I had completed several months prior.  I was looking for more items on a “made to order” status, when I started searching through my old product phots.  I came up on this banner and thought it was a good idea to add it to my listings.

It was the best decision I had ever made.

Since January, I have gotten at least one order of this banner.  In one month, I had received three orders for this banner.

I’ve been more than happy to make this banner.  It’s created with the utmost care and love.  I use a special lined burlap.  Fraying isn’t an issue.

I really need to get my act together and create a girl banner.  I just wish I had at least one more hour in the day.  One day, there will be a girl banner similar to this one.

Ordering a custom girl banner just might give me enough of a push to really create one.  I’m always open to custom orders!

Click here to go to the banner’s actual shop listing!

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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!

If you’ve followed this blog for awhile, you should know that I have an Etsy shop.  This blog entry will most likely be one big shameless plug for my shop, but hey, I gotta do it sometimes!

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I’ve had it for years, but when we made the decision for me to quit my job to be a full-time stay-at-home mom, I wanted to put more effort into this shop and make it something worthwhile.

I decided that the shop won’t just be about cards.

The name says ‘cards n crafts’ so I wanted to also focus on some other crafts that I could sell.

I’ve always made banners for parties and occasions.  So I took one banner I had already completed, took a photo of it, and posted it in the shop.  That banner in the shop happens to be my best selling item.  I get at least one order for this banner a month, which actually fulfills my ‘one sale a month’ goal.  To view the best-selling banner, click here and it will send you directly to my Etsy shop.

I also started selling ribbon clips in my Etsy shop.  I’ve always been a fan of clean and simple designs, so these ribbon clips are the perfect reflection of my style.  Click here to see the various ribbon clip sets I have for sale.

Cards are still an important element in my shop, and I try to keep up to date with holidays, but it is pretty difficult.  I was barely able to get some Valentine’s Day cards into the shop.  Luckily, I put out a few and sold a few.

In the processing of moving back into the house and clearing/cleaning up my crafting work space, I found a bunch of cards.  I’m currently in the process of taking pictures of them and creating shop listings for those cards.  They will be one of a kind.  Once they sell, they probably won’t come back due to the new system of card making and selling I am implementing.

But I’ll save that for a blog post next week….

In the meantime, please feel free to visit my little Etsy shop, the link is above.

I do take custom orders, so if there is a banner or card you would like me to make, you can always begin a conversation with me on Etsy and I can help you with what you would like!

Ok, shameless blog post about the Etsy shop is over.. thanks for sticking around!

 

 

I love watching those little Instagram videos of all those people that can do brushlettering so well.  I only wish I can be as talented as all those people.

One thing they always emphasize when people ask them how they do it is “practice.”  They practice all the time.  They are always writing, they are always honing their craft.

I’ve always wanted to try it.

I was lucky enough to find a very inexpensive ($1.99) brush pen at a small Japanese shop inside of a mall we visited last weekend.  Needless to say, I was very excited and you can see the video where I show the pen and my first impressions here (don’t forget to ‘like’ the page too!).

I’m very much in love with the pen and I love practicing whenever I get a free moment.

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Random fact:  I spent an entire summer writing down “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” until my mom approved of my writing.  I guess I can credit her when people compliment my penmanship.

I actually enjoy writing with that brush pen.  I’m still getting used to manipulating the strokes and remember when to do thick and thin lines.  It’s definitely a process and practice really does help make things easier.

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I’m also trying to string the letters together and form words.  It’s a very different feeling with the pen to form words than just drawing letters.

Every day gets a little easier.  Figuring out how to hold the brush pen and how to move the brush pen is getting a little easier.  And I know that as I continue to practice, I will eventually develop my own style and flair to the brushlettering.  It just takes a little time.  I can’t wait to look back at these old writings and see how much my style has changed and improved (I hope!).

I do plan on participating in some Instagram lettering challenges next month.  Any recommendations?

Chevron Quilt Part 1

Progress on this quilt is a lot slower than I’d like to admit.  Ideally, this quilt should come together quickly.  It’s finding the time to get it done that is proving to be difficult.  I am determined to get this quilt completed before the weather starts to cool off.  Plus, posting progress on the blog gives me a bit of accountability.

Ok.. so here we go..

When we last left off, I was cutting fabric into triangles.  I finished that and began arranging the triangles into the chevron pattern I love so much.

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I laid out the entire quilt.  It gave me an idea of how big the quilt might be and how many triangles I really needed to create the quilt.

Then, I started putting the half-square triangles together.

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After sewing them together, I took them to the ironing board to set the seam on press it flat…

I learned a very important lesson from doing this…

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The final half-square triangles are smaller than the original square!  Ok.. maybe I should have known this, but I didn’t.  On the left is the 5in square I created all the triangles with.  On the right is the completed half-square triangle that is now a 4.5in square.

It changes things.  My original layout of the quilt showed how big the quilt will approximately be.  Now, I might have to add extra rows and columns to make it the size I desire.

Good thing I have a lot of extra triangles to play with.

I have to finish sewing all the half-square triangles together before I can decide if I need more.  I’m hoping at the next update, I’ll have a better idea of what I’m doing!

There are some techniques I have just learned to fall in love with.  Heat embossing and water color resisting is one of them.

I love the resulting look of this technique so much that I decided to create a card set around it.

That’s how the Birthday Stars Card Set was born.

UntitledBirthday cards!  Everyone needs birthday cards, right?

UntitledThere are people born everyday, hence, a birthday is celebrated everyday!  What better way to be prepared by having a card set of birthday cards on hand?!

UntitledDon’t be caught without a birthday card on someone’s birthday.  By owning this card set, you won’t have to drive out to the closest store to buy a birthday card at the last minute.

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Every card is handmade.  That means that the card set you receive may not look exactly like you see in the photos.  But that’s the beauty of handmade.  Give the gift of a one of a kind, handmade birthday card to someone special.

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This card set is $20 + $6.50 shipping. These cards are made to order.  Please allow approximately 1 week after receipt of payment for the card to be shipped out to you.

Please visit the Etsy listing here for more information.


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