Sunday, January 31, 2010

Studio Tour

Shane and I finally got all the components up last night in my new studio. When we finished the basement last year, the plan was always to have the bedroom double as a studio. My dream finally came true after a 4 hour shopping excursion at Ikea West Chester! Here are pics I took...while it's still clean.


Friday, January 29, 2010

My First Etsy Treasury

I (heart) the Etsy Greetings Team! Since I'm a new member, I thought it was important to jump in with both feet and participate in the Valentine's Day Promotion. You can do a search for "egvdaypromo" to find all the cards and shops participating.

The best part of being in a group is all the new stuff you learn and try because (1) you didn't know it existed before, (2) you were afraid, (3) you didn't think you had the time. I could go on and on. The thing I tried today for the first time was curating an Etsy Treasury. I had to wait until some expired as there are a limited number of showcases allowed. That was the hardest part. While waiting, I perused all the participating members' shops and kept those windows open on my laptop so I could pull them all quickly.

I'd love it if you would all go take a look, leave a comment and make sure to click through to all the listings. This is the part where I learned something new. The more views AND click throughs, the higher the ranking on the "hot" list. Let's see if we can get it to the top of the list and get some of us featured on the front page!

Here's the link:

Monday, January 25, 2010

Etsy Greetings Team VDay Promo

I joined one of the Etsy teams at the beginning of 2010...Etsy Greetings. I'm looking forward to participating and learning from the rest of the group which consists of over 300 members.

It didn't take long for me to get involved as we are hosting a VDay Promo. There are 33 shops, each one showcasing a Valentine's Day card (mine is in the 3rd row, 2nd from the left) and some are offering special deals. The really nice part is getting some additional exposure for my shop. We are all aware of the over-abundance of information on the web (just look how many people have blogs for goodness sake) and reaching people through multiple touchpoints is essential to e-commerce success. But more on that subject later.

For now, check out my VDay offerings at Pink Purse Creative. The promo runs through January 31 so don't wait to purchase the items quickly as they won't last long!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Wonderful World of Color

Our first encounter with a rainbow of colors probably all came from the same place...a Crayola crayon box. We all have our favorites; mine is, of course, purple. Even the smell is familiar and comforting. But have you ever really thought about the evolution of their color spectrum?

I came across an incredible chart that shows the progression from the original 8 crayon set (1903) to the massive set of 120 (present day)! The blog entry by Weather Sealed is cunningly written. I get the feeling we are about the same age because I know exactly what he's talking about when he heard a Styx song on an oldies station! The chart though is incredibly beautiful and graphic. I want to print it out really big and hang it on the wall.

I encourage you to take a step back in time, check out the chart, maybe even grab some of your kid's crayons and draw a little picture. Feel free to post your favorite Crayola color here. It'll be fun...just like the old days when we would play 4-square during recess.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ethan is Turning 8!

He wants to have a few friends over to celebrate this Saturday. You know, totally boy stuff: laser tag in a pirate-themed environment, all the pop and popcorn they can eat plus cake!

But back to the main reason for this post. I threw a few invitations together and wanted to share them with you. Quick and easy with lots of stamps. I used Strathmore Script White Heather (98# Cover) that I got for a steal from Xpedx. Paid $4.04 for an entire ream! The stamp set is Stampin' Up Extreme Elements. I love this set, part of my hostess rewards from the party with Blaise Hoopes. It's the perfect stamp set for boys who are not quite young anymore and I'm using it a lot on my latest custom project too, a Mardi Gras-themed gala. I incorporated three different ink colors from Stampin' Up as well; chocolate chip, crushed curry and green galore. And as Blaise always says, no naked envelopes.

Hope you like them!