Monday, December 1, 2008

Using Twitter as an Effective Business Tool

Many large, nationally known businesses use Twitter as a marketing tool.  Even CNN has it's own twitter account.  Twitter has also recently sparked a lot of interest with the indie sect of the business world.  With everyone jumping on the Twitter bandwagon, how can you find your niche and use it successfully?

  1. Don't follow 100s of people and unfollow them when they don't follow you back.  And especially don't keep trying to follow me to trick me into hitting follow.  If you are following 500 people and 20 are following you, I won't follow you and neither will most people.  No matter how many times you delete and refollow me.
  2. Fellow Etsians and other small business owners are great to follow in that they are a wealth of information about marketing, Etsy, supply sources, and other tips and tricks.  They are also potential customers since they have Etsy accounts and most sellers are buyers as well.
  3. That said, using Twitter to it's maximum capacity means getting non-Etsians to follow you.  These are brand new customers and probably new to Etsy as well.  The so called "mommy bloggers" are great to follow.  They will re-tweet your message and maybe even feature you on a blog.
  4. Use hash tags.  You must follow hashtags for them to work.  Hash tags are using a pound sign before the key term so other users can search for that term easily.  Popular ones right now are #christmas and #gifts.
  5. Go to http://search.twitter.com to see the most popular searches.  If you can fit those terms in your tweets try to as much as you can.  If you are tweeting about a new item and a popular term is "christmas", mention that it can be a Christmas gift in your tweet.  
  6. Be personable, but not personal.  I mention that I have three kids.  I won't mention their names, interests, post pictures.  I don't mention every detail of my life or my schedule.  I might mention I'm headed to pick up supplies.  Or ask for a good recipe for dinner.  That gets my followers interacting with me, but doesn't get too personal or controversial.  
  7. I use tr.im to...well...trim URLs and it gives a few stats.  It has a handy feature in that you paste the URL and a box on the next screen has the trimmed URL and you can enter text before and after it and send it right to Twitter.  
  8. Please don't bombard with item after item from your shop.  Spread them out during the day.
  9. I check my hit count at craftcult  before posting a new link.  After about 5 minutes I compare how many clicks I got through tr.im and how many hits I've increased on craftcult to get a general idea if people are looking around my shop or just clicking that link and closing the window.  This isn't a very reliable way to get stats, but it's better than what Etsy has...none.  
  10. I feel like I should end this on ten just to keep it neat.  I don't really have another tip so number 10 is....follow me!





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Friday, November 21, 2008

I'm still alive!

Barely!  LOL  I moved almost two weeks ago and it's been CRAZY insane to say the least.  My craft table just arrived today- got a new one!- so I'll have it set up this weekend.  

In the meantime, I have managed to get three tins made.

First is a cute Tinkerbell altered tin that would be adorable on a little or big girl's dresser.  My daughters room is purple and green so I'll have to make another one for her hehe


Arrrrr Matey!  Here's one for the boy's to hide all of their little treasures.



I'll post the cupcake one when I get it listed tomorrow.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Kitchy Cool Earrings

Always Amy is a pretty powerful presence on the Etsy boards with over 3,500 sales!  Wow!  *bows down* I'm not worthy....I'm not worthy...

*giggle*

Anywho, she's having an awesome contest on her blog.

Here's are just 6 awesome stud earrings from her Etsy shop.







PURPLE TWEETER Bird Stud Post Earrings - Nickel Free

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Friday Favorites PoE Edition

This week I'd like to feature some gorgeous photographs from members of the Photographers of Etsy street team.







3 Trees 3 Benches 1 Crow by Ketzelphotography





Spider and Cat by WhiteWolfPhotography





Rusted pumpkins by allieart4children






Enchanted by octoberphotography





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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

10 Things Tuesday

My top 10 favorite tools for scrapping

  1. Silhouette Cameo!  I have no idea how I scrapped without it
  2. Zig two way glue pen.  Wonderful for restickying mats and also a great permanent adhesive.  
  3. Sanding block.  I'm  using one from a 2 pack from $ Tree and it works wonderfully to distress. 
  4. Ink.  I rarely stamp, but I have the basic colors to ink edges and stamp on a rare occasion.  
  5. Creative Memories tape runner.  I was drooling over the 3M ATG gun (did I get that right) but after comparing refill costs and space constraints, I decided to order more tape runner refills.
  6. Stylus.  I use it to score, poke itty bitty bits of paper from Silhouette cuts, hold buttons down while the glue dries.
  7. Vellum quotes.  They are so convenient and you can attach them with vellum stickers or brads.  I tear them and ink the edges and it looks awesome!
  8. Corner rounder.  Or is it corner adorner now?  I haven't sold in a few years.  Anywho, it's so versatile and you can use it on every page without them looking all the same, kwim?
  9. Brads.  See last weeks post for all the uses.
  10. Ribbon.  Again, sooooo many uses!  I have a lot of ribbon but I really do use it so it's all good.  
Ok so some aren't tools.  I guess I don't use a whole lot of tools, I just use them a lot.

Notice eyelet setter isn't on the list and for very good reason.  Me and that thing don't get along.  At all.
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Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday Favorites Funky Jewelry

Here is a funky ice cream sundae brooch from MichellesCharmWorld.  




Here's a funky necklace called Heaven Help Her, Granny Loved Her Gin by outoftheblue.




A Funky Friday Bracelet from lacedlinks.





Last but not least are pizza earrings from CuteAbility.





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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

10 Things Tuesday

10 ways to use brads on a scrapbook layout

  1. To attatch a transparency or vellum
  2. Frame a photo
  3. At the top of a tag
  4. Connectors on paper piecing for moveable parts 
  5. Center of flowers 
  6. Corners of picture mat 
  7. Bullets in journaling
  8. Use with scrappers floss to make shoelaces
  9. In the corners of a photo mat or journal block.
  10. Make a design or shape embellishment
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Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday Favorites Steampunk!

I had never heard of Steampunk before Etsy and I didn't quite get it until I read the wiki article.  Steampunk is so not my style, but for some odd reason, I really love the jewelry.  I have some hearted that I love and really, and I mean really, want.  Someday... 

Just in time for Halloween is this Witch's Point steampunk pendant from poetsummer.




Jim Croce's Time in A Bottle is a favorite song of mine and my husbands, so this necklace has a little more meaning for me.  It's from TimelessTrinkets and called, appropriately, Time in a Bottle.  





Here's a very romantic Shadowbox Heart steampunk necklace from JewelsByNature.  Maybe I shouldn't feature this one so it doesn't sell?  * smile *






I didn't mean to feature only necklaces.  I had Align Leftwanted to feature rings but it's 1:30 AM and I need to get up and get the tallest of the munchkins off to school early tomorrow.  Hope you enjoyed this weeks picks and show them some Etsy love!
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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Ten Things Tuesday Scrapbooking Tips

  1. If you buy a paper pack and there's an ugly sheet, flip it over and use it for white paper.
  2. To get a perfect knot in the middle of a photo mat, tie ribbon around a 1 inch diameter circle (bottle neck, glue stick, etc) and then cut the ribbon opposite of the knot.  Now you have a perfect knot and can glue the ribbon behind the photo mat on both sides.
  3. If you are using a piece of paper as a photo mat, punch shapes from the paper where the photo will hide it.  
  4. Use the positive and negative of a punch to get two for one.
  5. Use chalk, ink, and markers to create your own embellishment from a store bought one.
  6. If using a tape runner, just use adhesive on the corners.  No need to line the entire perimeter.
  7. If using squares of adhesive (like the Creative Memories vellum adhesive), cut in half to make them last twice as long.
  8. Use a marker on the opposite side of vellum to personalize it.
  9. Tear your paper and vellum!  I love this look and it looks great with inked edges.
  10. When using sticker letters, if you run out of a letter see if you can create it from another letter.  You can make an "r" from a "p", make an "i" from an "l".  
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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Friday Favorites Cupcakes Edition!

Who can resist this adorable fad?  Not me!  All the ooey, gooey cuteness with zero guilt.  

Here's an adorable pair of cupcake earrings from FauxFoodFun.  While you're there, check out the rest of her shop, she makes lovely items.



Another lovely shop with the cuuuutest hats, this cupcake hat is from Artology.  I'm seriously eyeballing one of these hats for my 1 year old.  Hey, I can only get away with a hat like that for so long I should go for it, right?  Let's just forget about the other 5 hats I bought her on clearance last year.





Cupcakes and Halloween?  Together?  But....how...???  Leave it to an Etsian to mix the two and have it turn out great.  Here's an original painting by jessieoleson.




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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

10 Things Tuesday

I remembered but I don't have a topic.  Eek!  

Think...think...think...

Top 10 Favorite trends right now
  1. Cupcakes.  Who can resist?  All the cuteness, none of the calories!
  2. Birds.
  3. Owls.  This took a while to grow on me, but they are kinda cute.
  4. Pink/brown.  Well anything and brown really.  Hated pink before, now I love it with brown.  Go figure.
  5. Square photos.  Love this look.  Love it.
  6. Eco friendly.  I love that we're putting the earth ahead of showing off or doing it just cuz we can.
  7. Handmade.  Not just on Etsy, but there's a definate trend towards the higher quality and not made in China.
  8. Kitch jewelry.  At 28 I shouldn't be attracted to it, but it's too darn cute!  
  9. Wooland creatures.  Again, cute as can be.  As long as my husband doesn't have them in the freezer!
  10. Repurposed items.  I've been doing this for years.  I guess I was a trend setter and had no idea LOL
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Friday, September 19, 2008

Friday Favorites

Just some random things I've heart-ed on Etsy recently.  

This adorable bracelet from topaz08 is so cool!  It looks so good I think it might give me an energy boost all day long.This shirt from fatamerican pretty much sums up my feelings of the House of Wal.  While you're at the listing, check out the rest of their shirts, there's some good stuff.



Sorry its a small edition.  I was up late with a teething baby.


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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

10 Things Tuesday Wednesday Edition

Yesterday was my birthday, I forgot about 10 Things.  I was a Tuesday baby (full of grace....I think not!) so it was cool to have a Tuesday birthday.  

10 things I want to create soon:
  1. Prayer altered tin
  2. Name/Address altered tin
  3. Recipe altered tin
  4. Teacher clipboards
  5. Books to Read mini notebook for myself, possibly to sell
  6. Baby's First Christmas mini album
  7. Travel word book
  8. Baby Boy word book
  9. School mini album
  10. Perpetual calendar book
Can you tell I stocked up on altered tins?  I think they will be great for Christmas gifts so I'm hoping to get some made up soon.  Lots of ideas, now if the kidlets will cooperate and let me get something done :)
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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Time To Destash

I am out of room for paper.  This means I spent the better part of an hour tonight making paper packs and will photograph them tomorrow and list this week.  I'm also going to do a special buy 4 and get one free!  My Stack 5 packs are already on sale since I found about 100 extra sheets of paper (that's about 600 sheets of 4x6 papers, 20 to a pack) Oopsie!

So yeah, lots of paper and supplies being destashed this week.  If you need anything in particular convo or email me and I'll get it up sooner.  I like to list one new thing a day or every other day but if there's a demand for it, I'll get it up sooner.  

I think I can also destash some eyelets and brads.  Possibly some stickers sets.  I have tons of partially used alpha sets I'd love to destash.  

So keep an eye on my Etsy shop for lots of great prices on scrapbooking and card making supplies.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

10 Things Tuesday

Ten Things I have waaaay too much of:
  1. Patterned paper
  2. Metal words, sayings, shapes
  3. Small brads
  4. Ribbon
  5. Buttons
  6. Different adhesives
  7. Cardstock
  8. Stickers
  9. Mini Albums
  10. Eyelets
Um, yeah, that's about all my stash.  Basically I have too much of everything *blush*
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Friday, September 5, 2008

Friday Favorites

Two weeks in a row I remembered!  Who else is shocked, show of hands...

K.

This week's theme is Back To School!  My 6 year old is finishing his third week of school today, but I know a lot of schools are just starting.

And just how cute is this bookmark from Ametista?  At only $6 for a handmade polymer clay piece, it's a bargain as well.  Don't raise the price on us, it would be a perfect stocking stuffer for my son.  If you get an order from S. Claus, it's for us, k?

Here's a reusable shopping bag from jenhintz.  She claims to get two loads of laundry in it so it would be perfect for your college student to bring laundry home on the weekends.





Here's a cell phone case on a caribeaner from FullHouseCrafts to attach to a bookbag, belt loop or laptop case.

Last, but certainly not least, is a cute school themed scarf from Handmadecrafter perfect for a teacher or recess monitor.  It gets cold out there in the winter!  

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Scrapbook Supplies

I had known about Etsy for a few years now but I never thought of buying supplies there. I wish I had known much sooner! Paper packs seem to be more popular that whole sheets. There are handmade embellishments, buttons, brads, tins, ribbon, and sooooo much more!

In the search bar, you have to drop down to supplies to search supplies. It's not the best system, but it doesn't clog the handmade with supplies so they should be easier to find.

I sell paper packs, die cuts, silk flowers, and sometimes some extra eyelets and brads. I love to destash on Etsy. I love to buy as well since the costs seem to be lower than ebay and the shipping prices seem to be a lot more reasonable.
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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Frugal Scrapbooking

I always hesitated to start scrapping because of the cost. Then I found out I could very easily afford to scrap if I tried to be frugal.

  • I keep all my scraps. I put them in a binder by color and use them for later projects.
  • I love paper packs. It's a great way to get lots of coordinating papers for cheap.
  • I like the Creative Memories vellum adhesive squares but they are really expensive. I cut them in half and use one square per piece of vellum. I have page protectors in my personal albums so it works well.
  • I use Creative Memories albums exclusively but the pages and protectors can get really pricey. I bought packs of 10 page protectors from the Dollar Tree (Miss Elizabeth's brand) and used a paper punch to enlarge the holes to accomodate the strap.
  • I buy almost all of my open stock paper when J's has it for 6/96 cents.
  • I never pay full price at J's. I make sure I use my coupon on something I will need in the future.
  • I stalk Target when it's the scrapbook clearance time. I will be there Monday and Tuesday this week because I can't remember which day they mark down that aisle.
  • Buying the Cricut saves me so much money. I try to use it to make all of my embellishments. I went to a scrapbook store today and spent $2.
  • If I buy a paper pack with a few ugly sheets in it, I flip them over and use them for white paper.
  • On the rare occassion I do use a sheet of patterned paper that I just had to have at full price, I try to use it on more than one lay out by cutting/tearing and putting it over cardstock.
  • I only buy tools that are multifunctional or can be used very often. I really don't have the room to store anything that only has one purpose anyway.
  • Adhesives aren't the product to skimp on. I use the Creative Memories tape runner, but I do use the least amount possible to still get a strong hold.
  • I love to use found objects in my personal scrapbooking. Ribbons, buttons, metal embellies, charms, anything that wouldn't have acid in it.
  • Stay organized so you know what you have.
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Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday Favorites

I remembered! Aren't you all so proud of me?


This pendant necklace from stunningannak speaks the truth. I have two boys so this is very much a favorite of mine.


And keeping with the little boy theme, here's a toddler tshirt from Ozarknana that fits my youngest boy to, well, a T! My son needs to wear this every time we go in public :)




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Friday, August 22, 2008

Friday Favorites

I just did favorites a few days ago, but then figured we'd have a little alliteration and do Friday Favorites. That is, if I remember. I'm not so good at remembering this stuff. I haven't done 10 Things Tuesday on my other blog in a few months. I'll try harder on this one, k? K.

I shouldn't even feature this one because I really want it. Tink meet Harley. Love it!


I prefer Scrapbook Ho, but Paper Slut works as well.




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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Scrapbooking Sketches

If you've never used sketches before, you don't know what you're missing. When I have the time to scrap (which isn't as often as I'd like!) and I can't get my creative juices flowing I head to a Sketchy Place and get some ideas. They have seven very talented designers on staff. It's tagged by number of photos and there are a few sketches with pictures of layouts.
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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Cricut Mat Re Sticky

I have been wanting to include a tip section to my blog. Mainly scrapbooking or paper crafts tips, but tips for any craft is good as well. If you have ideas, comment here.
Cricut mats are super sticky for a few uses then...nothing. I was using spray repostionaly adhesive but by the time I masked off the mat, went outside to spray, let it dry...well it was a long, messy process. Then it was so sticky my paper would tear but the stickyness wore off quickly.
Someone on a Cricut board recommended Zig 2 Way Glue Pens


They are about $7 at Jo Anne (use 40% off coupon!) and come in 4 different tips. I got the widest one since I will be using it almost exclusively for my Cricut mat. It goes on blue so you can see where it is and dries clear. If you use it when it's blue it's permenant, let dry and it's repositionable.
It works wonderfully! I think it might even be better than a brand new mat! I've had my bug for 6 months and I use it a LOT and I'm only on my 2nd mat. My first mat could have lasted longer if I'd have known how to care for it.
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