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21  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: The Guild of Fairy Godmothers on: June 22, 2010 10:30:20 AM
This is so awesome! I absolutely love it. Smiley Thank you for sharing it.
22  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Wonderland trinket book box on: June 22, 2010 10:13:23 AM
I'm in the middle of trying this out but I used a cereal box as the cardboard and it doesn't seem to be thick enough to make a distinct shape under the paper towel. What sort of cardboard did you use for this? It doesn't say in his blog either, just that he used the back cover of a sketch pad... I ended up covering the design with puffy paint to make sure it will be high enough but... the edges are not crisp like a cut piece of cardboard. And it was a pain in the butt Cheesy!

I've done a similar technique for painting on canvas...I've used poster board, sometimes in layers, to get it in various thicknesses. I've used part of a shipping box. I've used shoe boxes. I've used foam core too. You can really use any kind of cardboard. If it's not thick enough, just glue several pieces together first.
23  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Wonderland trinket book box on: June 22, 2010 10:04:11 AM
I absolutely love this. So neat! Great job. Smiley
24  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Are there any shop owners around here? on: June 21, 2010 04:20:58 PM
You might also consider selling on a Blogger blog. It's free, after all, and Blogs get indexed well (and quickly, in most cases) in the search engines. You can use Pay Pal buttons to sell your items (either Buy it Now, or Add to Cart buttons). You can also use Google Checkout's gadget that is totally compatible with Blogger to create a shopping cart on your Blogger blog.

You can even use the blog to direct traffic toward your Etsy shoppe, if that's what you'd want. But overall, Blogger can be a great (free) way to have an online store, without all the fees associated with other sites like Etsy. And if you are building up your backlinks and doing proper SEO on your blog, then you're going to get good standings in the SERP's (Search Engine Results Pages) as well.
25  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Blogger vs. WordPress on: June 21, 2010 04:10:36 PM
i'm kind of stuck.

i already maintain my photo blog on Wordpress - and their dashboard system makes it really easy for me to manage more than one blog - which is why i was thinking of also hosting my craft blog there.

BUT, virtually the entire crafting community is over on blogger.

so i'm wondering if it's important to position myself there, for the sense of community and support (and traffic), or if i should stick with wordpress, where i already host one blog.

and if i DO decide to go with blogger - 1. how customizable are the templates? (wordpress makes up upgrade to do any real customization) and 2. do i also move my photo blog over to blogger, for continuity's sake?

these things are important to me because i'm getting ready to open an etsy shop that will feature items from both blogs....

and a PS - on which platform do you blog, and why?

I have blogs on Blogger and I self-host several Wordpress blog sites too. I like WP better, but I use both for various reasons. I like the self-hosted WP blogs because they have a lot more features, and I like all the plug-ins etc.

Blogger lets you customize a LOT more than the free Wordpress blogs do. If you self-host Wordpress, you can customize far more, but most people use the free Wordpress sites, which and they don't let you customize without paying to upgrade. So if you're looking for a free blog that will also let you do a lot of customization, I'd recommend Blogger. Blogger also does let you create some static pages now, so that's a nice feature to have, but I believe there is a limit to how many you can create.

I don't think it really matters what blog platform you use, or if you use both. But if you want to have a free blog that is much more customizable (as a means to make your blogs look similar or something) then I recommend Blogger. There are lots of great blog themes out there you can download and use with Blogger--even some that were designed for WP and modified to work on Blogger. So there are lots of options for it.
26  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: Dreams of Paris ATC on: June 16, 2010 09:19:21 AM
Thanks a bunch!
27  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 2 Altered Hangtgs on: June 16, 2010 09:18:02 AM
Thanks very much!
28  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Post your photography in here :D on: June 16, 2010 07:21:10 AM
Here are some of my photos...







29  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 2 Altered Hangtgs on: May 29, 2010 08:55:01 AM
Thanks so much!
30  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: Flower Fairy ATCs on: May 29, 2010 08:51:18 AM
Barker's fairies are so lovely. You did a great job with them on your ATC's. They're great!
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