On an Etsy BNS, (click HERE to read about this) I stumbled upon Wanda’s fabulous little shop Gagirl Jewelry and Gift. Knowing I was out of some spices and seasoning mixes I found myself quickly checking this section out. I found Mexican Style Fajita Mix which I hope she continues to sell because it was the best mix I have ever used!!! So much better than any store bought mixes. I also bought some Pumpkin Spice Mix and Gagirl’s Caribean/Jerk Seasoning Mix. My order came with a nice sample of Cajiun Creole mix! I can’t wait until I use the rest of my mixes. Thank you for reading. Melissa
I have been looking for a way to make cogs for my cards in a relatively cost efficient way. I decided to start with Etsy to attempt to find what I am looking for. After a few different tries with the search engine and Viola! I stumbled upon these great molds that can be used for all kinds of different mediums.
At the time I bought these, Blue Goat Studio was having a sale of ‘buy two get one free’ of equal or lesser value. They were fast at getting my item to me and my molds arrived in perfect condition.
Stop by and take a peek, they have a good selection and loads more I personally want to buy! Click HERE to visit Blue Goat Studio!
Not too long ago when I was browsing treasuries on Etsy, I found a treasury that had “BNS” in the title. Since I had never seen that before I felt compelled to check it out and see what it meant. Reading through the lengthy thread of comments I saw the normal “Thank You for listing my item” from the featured shops, but noticed that it also had a lot of chatting from the curator, who was calling out deals, reposting coupon codes and even hosting games (which can be just about anything). In a way it reminded me of a game show where the contestants are not only the shops being featured but also the people in the “lobby”.
It became clear to me that this was what I have been looking for! I, like many fellow Etsians, work hard to ensure I have a good product, but lack in exposure. I had been diligently working on my exposure using my blog, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and Facebook. Although these did bring me some likes and fav’s on Etsy, they hadn’t resulted in any sales. I knew more effort was needed on my part but my biggest dilemma was working out exactly what I could do.
For those of you that don’t know what a BNS is, BNS means Buy and Stay and the general concept is pretty simple. You buy from a shop and then in return you’re featured “x” amount of times in up and coming treasuries. I had the honor of being a spot light shop for the BNS picture to the left. Clicking the picture will bring you to the treasury. The team that produced this treasury can be found here.
So far I have participated in four BNS’s, which have resulted in four sales for me so far. Each time I “bought in” I earned more than one feature spot. I have more people who follow my shop which means when I post a new item, more people will see it. I think it is important to keep in mind that your fellow Etsy shop owners are also potential customers! We all make different products. I have been making sure to shop on Etsy more, as I see no reason not to support the very community you are a part of. If we were all shoppers then the Etsy economy will only thrive which is exactly what we all want!
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I created this card for my husband’s Aunt Gillian. She is super sweet and thought this sweet card would be perfect for her birthday!
I used spellbinders for the green cut out pieces and black, Certainly Celery (this is retired but Pistachio Pudding is close) and Pear Pizzazz cardstock by Stampin’ Up!.
For several months I had been eyeing these magnetic plates at Jo Anne Fabrics that work in the Cuttlebug in lieu of the plastic plates. I wanted them for two reasons; 1. They are long so I can use the longer die cuts like the Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip die – Paper Rosette by Tim Holtz which i haven’t been able to use since I had the short plates and 2. It’s magnetic and who wouldn’t want the thin metal piece that likes to slide to stay put!! Since they are $49.99 I waited to see if they would ever go on sale, which I know my husband would appreciate!
Last night I need to stop by Jo Anne’s on our way to Trader Joe’s to pick up one thing, and of course I did a quick perusal of the normal sections I buy from. I saw them again and thought “… I am just going to buy them!” So I go up to the check stand with my three items and find out that lo-and-behold it is actually on sale!!! Instead of being $49.99 its $29.99 which is much more palatable. I was happy when I got home and was able to test it out and was pleasantly surprised that my new plates also emboss the Spellbinders dies as it cuts it. This means I don’t have to use the rubber mat (although I had just bought this, now I need to find a different purpose for it) and it cut and embossed in one pass so this will save time. This item is totally worth it and I am so glad I finally got it!
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Long, long ago I had Adobe Creative Suite CS3. Back then I was going to school for web design (this is when I had no idea what I wanted to do when I grew up!). After two hard drive failures, which ate both my licenses for my CS3, I was “SOL” for creative suite unless I bought a new one. I did try to reinstate it with Adobe but I had some horrible luck, I would like to believe it’s not this hard for everyone. Eventually I gave up and thought “Right! Guess I will just have to buy a creative suite again …”, which I know my husband would never ever go for since retails for about $1300.00 (cs6). Which I am quite positive he would have a farm if I up and just bought it one day.
However recently I ran across creative cloud!! Which after reading some reviews and watching the helpful short video I think I have solved my dilemma! I want to start offering invitations, stationary, and digital downloads of patterned paper to also sell on my Etsy store. I am a fan of Adobe and as I understand it there is some intuitive integration between the cloud aps that the creative suites never really had.
I have just signed up for the trial and if it suites me well I will probably sign up for the whole shebang! The full blown membership for a single person is $50.00 per month. It is a bit pricy and I am not quite sure how I will sell my husband on that prospect either. If you have any suggestions please comment below I would love read them!
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