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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Need help for my shopping party fundraiser on: September 27, 2008 06:45:00 AM
Hi all!

I am organizing an event scheduled for November 30th and it is looking really amazing! I have a lot of great participants from Etsy!
You can view them here:
http://shopaholicevents.com/sponsors.htm

For those that don't know, I am holding a shopping party fundraiser to benefit our local food bank, Sun Youth. Sun Youth provides food/toy baskets for needy families during the holidays. You can read more about Sun Youth here: http://sunyouthorg.com/

I am giving out goodie bags to the first 100 guests, but so far I only have 10 people donating goodies for the bags and not all of them are donating 100 pieces! I need help! Please! Whatever amount of items you can donate is fine, I just don't want to give out a bag with 3 or 4 items...

You can read all about the event on my site:
www.shopaholicevents.com

This is the first time that I am organizing this event and would love for it to be a success! I'd like to hold about 2 a year for different charities.

Thank you for taking the time to read this!! Smiley
Vira
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Some pictures of the new notebooks I just made! on: June 22, 2008 01:04:11 PM
What do you use as your thread? It looks like embroidery thread. I tried out coptic stitch binding and I don't know if I'm just not pulling tight enough or the thread is stretching, but it ends up being looser than I'd like.

I forgot to answer this question - I used embroidery floss...I bought a pack of 105 skeins at Walmart and they work perfectly.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Some pictures of the new notebooks I just made! on: June 22, 2008 01:01:43 PM
Wow! Thanks to all who posted! So sorry I took sooo long to answer! I've been 'birthday party mode' - planning my son's 1st birthday!

The paper I use is scrapbook paper, I buy mine at a Canadian store called "Omer de Serre", but I'm sure you can find them at any other scrapbooking store!

Here's a good tutorial for coptic stitching:
http://ideanet.doe.state.in.us/olr/grantprojects/books/Coptic%20Book.htm

4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: A boutique wants to buy my items!! Advice needed! on: May 05, 2008 03:02:44 PM
I'm not sure. She didn't mention anything. I sent her an email telling her that I was interested but I needed more info.
Consignment means that I send her my items, and if she sells them, then she'll give me a cut?
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / A boutique wants to buy my items!! Advice needed! on: May 04, 2008 02:21:28 PM
wow! I have only been on Etsy for a few days, and just today I received a message from someone who has a boutique in a nearby city that focuses on Canadian hand-crafted items. She is interested if buying some of my notebooks & organizer boxes for her store! She wants to know my 'conditions of sale'....but of course since I have never done this before, I have no idea what to tell her!! I'd love to be in her store, this is a great beginning for me since I just started making these notebooks this winter...

Any advice on what I should tell her??

Thanks so much!!!
Vira
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Some pictures of the new notebooks I just made! on: May 02, 2008 02:25:23 PM
I'm slowly getting the hang of coptic binding now...Here are a few notebooks that I just created this week! Your opinions on them would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks!
Vira













7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Need a critique of your Etsy shop? This is the place! on: May 01, 2008 03:27:01 PM
Hi!
I opened up my very first Etsy store this week! Yay! I'm selling coptic bound notebooks and mini-organizer boxes. I researched my competition on Etsy and I think I'm reasonably priced...or maybe not? There are quite a few notebooks that are selling for over $20 and I have mine at $13....anyway, I'd appreciate it if any of you can take a quick look and let me know what you think about my prices and my actual merchandise!
I'll be putting more items soon, as I make them...I recently sold them at a craft fair and did pretty well...almost everyone that past by my table showed interest.
Also, do you think I should focus on the smaller size notebooks (4.5"x5.75") or the larger ones (5.5" x 8.5")...

LittleLucaDesigns.etsy.com

Thanks in advance for all your help!!
Vira
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need Ideas for Carnival Birthday Invitation on: April 17, 2008 06:35:43 AM
Hi,
I googled Circus Tent pop up card, and found this link...
The link is down but it's in google's cache, so you can still see it here:
http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:uhNySVhaQUAJ:rock-paper-scissors.typepad.com/snowbear/2007/05/amys_book_all_a.html+circus+tent+pop+up+card&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=6&gl=ca

The pop-up circus tent is towards the bottom...she used this book for instructions:
http://www.amazon.com/Lets-Make-Pop-Up-James-Diaz/dp/0689865082/ref=sr_1_13/002-3106561-0101656?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1180675780&sr=1-13

Let me know if it works!
Vira
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: My paper keeps ripping - HELP! on: April 17, 2008 06:30:03 AM
Well I made it last night, touched up all the white spots with fine tip markers and then patched up the rips with clear glue...looks pretty good. You can't noticed unless you're looking for it.
thanks for the advice Shocked)
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / My paper keeps ripping - HELP! on: April 15, 2008 01:37:57 PM
I really need some advice! I sold at a craft fair this week and a customer wanted a special order...(I make notebooks). The paper that she chose for the cover doesn't fold well and it keeps ripping at the folds! I don't know what I can do to fix this! I really don't want to contact the customer to tell her that I can't make it for her....I could camouflage the rips with a black marker but I would feel bad if she notices....

Any ideas?

Thanks!
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