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Friday, March 28, 2014

Aren't Mothers Lovely?

Well here in the UK it is Mother's Day on Sunday.  I know I left it a bit late to buy cards and that became apparent when I went to choose said cards at the local shops.  The choice was totally rubbish - guess everyone else is super organised!  So I decided to make them myself.  I haven't made any cards in a while so it was fun to go looking for some card challenges to do and to get out the stamps, inks and punches.

I used the CASE Study Challenge for both cards and the Color Throwdown for the floral one.

The stamps for this floral one are from Stampin Up.  The Lovely You stamp is from Unity.  I cut the flowers out and raised them up on foam tape to add a bit of dimension.

The second one used a butterfly punch and a butterfly die.  I stitched the butterflies on and gave some of them trails.

If you're in the UK enjoy Mother's Day this Sunday!

I love CASE Study

Friday, March 21, 2014

Branding! plus 10% discount Moo Cards code!

I've been a bit absent from the blog this month.  Have been making heaps of items for class and for market.  Will share some of those with you soon.  

But this weeks posts will be all about branding!  I have been thinking for ages about getting myself a lovely logo designed which I have now and am super happy with!  It's up there in the blog header folks, what do you think?!

And now I have my lovely logo I needed business cards!  The cute little ones I want to share with you today come from Moo Cards, and are called MiniCards.  They are about half the size of a regular business card lengthways.  The great thing about Moo Cards is that you can have a different thing printed on the back of every single one in a pack of 100! The uses of them are endless!

I have my lovely logo on the front of everyone (bottom left in the picture above).  Then I have five different options for different purposes.  Top left is a loyalty card, if someone books three sewing classes then they get to bring a friend along for free to one of the classes, thereby introducing someone to my little business and to the joy of sewing!  Top right is a little thank you money off coupon to Etsy buyers.  Middle left is a little reminder card for class members to jot down the date of their next class.  Middle right is used as a swing tag for pricing items at craft markets, I just punch a hole in one end and thread up with some matching baker's twine.  Bottom right is a basic mini business card. Also to be used as a swing tag for Etsy purchases.  If you have any other ideas for how to use them, feel free to share with me!

The quality of these cards is really wonderful.  They are really thick and the colour is great.  I love the little organiser box they come in too.

Now the folks over at Moo offer a lovely referral program that means if you purchase cards using a referral from me you get 10% discount off your first order and I get points that translate into money off future orders of business cards! Win-Win situation me thinks.  So to get your 10% discount at Moo either click on the picture above or here!  Feel free to pin the top picture!! ;-)

I will share more about my Logo and where I got that designed next time.  Then we'll talk more about branding in general.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Fresh Sewing Day

Well when I looked back at February it didn't seem that I had made very much!

1. Burlap Bunting  2. Little Red Baby Quilt  3. Rainbow Paper Piecing  4. Dolly Quilt
But I did have a great tidy up in my crafting studio!

And this is what I'll be working on next.  A little quilt using these yummy fabrics.

Goals for March

  • To plan and make the above quilt (designed it last night, just in the middle of calculating the fabrics required)
  • Finish the rainbow cushion
  • Plan a couple more classes to add to the schedule.
Got heaps more but think I should keep it simple! And achievable!

Linking up to:
My Button
Lily's Quilts

Sunday, March 2, 2014

A Little Bit of Stash Building

Aaah just lost a whole blog post!! Gutted. So here goes again!

So this weekend I decided to go to the Make It show in Farnborough. Mainly because this year they advertised it as 'Stitch It' as well so that grabbed my attention.  However, sadly, I was so disappointed with the number of stalls for us Stitchers. Namely, three!  That is three fabric stalls. Only two of them were quilters fabric. I really felt that two stalls didn't warrant the £9.50 entrance fee.  

PLEASE more fabric stalls next year!!

As there were only two quilters stalls there though, they were doing a roaring trade so great for them. And obviously I did my bit to help!! They had some really lovely fabrics! 

Here is what I bought: 

Some bought with projects in mind. Others not.....

The two shops were: 
The Running Chicken based in West Reading
Jolly Stitcher based in Fareham.