Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Networking & Marketing

I came across this article at www.entrepreneur.com this morning while perusing the net as my coffee kicked in. Boy, Jeff Slutsky really hit the nail on the head! Some of the things he lists from a marketing standpoint are kind of basic, such as a firm handshake and a business card, but you wouldn't believe how many people who are in business and simply don't carry their cards on them.
This article is worth a read and gives some sound advice! take a look! http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223917

Cheers,

Sunday, July 8, 2012

July Sketch Challenge - Bombshell Stamps

Hi All!
This month's sketch challenge at Bombshell Stamps was really fun for me.

I took some liberties with this sketch and used it for inspiration and a jumping-off point. Here is what I ultimately came up with.

I created similar lines on the top and bottom, just like Kathi's sketch. Even tho I am missing a background piece on the left-hand side of my card, I feel like visually it is there with the pin up's drink and arm, down to her face, and with the music notes. It creates the visual line. And I just loved the die cuts!


I lined the inside of the card, which I rarely do. You can see more pictures here.

Thanks for checking in! 
Cheers,

Thursday, July 5, 2012

July Pin Up Challenge - Bombshell Stamps: Jewelry

This month's Pin Up Challenge was to make a piece of jewelry using our bombshell stamps. Since I've sold everything except my jeweler's pliers, I decided to make little trinkets instead. If I had any jump rings, I'd add them on!


Ingredients:
Tim Holtz trinkets
Glossy Accents (Aileen’s liquid applique might work too, but I haven’t tried it)
Your choice of images - stamps; paper or clippings (I'm using the three sugar skulls from Bombshell Stamps' Sugar Skull set.)
Scotch clear packing tape


I found that scotch clear wide packing tape works best on the reverse as kind of a sealer. You can use the normal thin scotch tape, but then you don’t get a smooth backing.



Before I start I like to trace the trinket first and cut it out. It always seems to be a little bigger than I need.
Simply stamp your image, adhere it to the   background, apply glossy accents. Make sure all the air bubbles are out of it, clean up the sides (I like to use a cotton swab to do this) and apply the tape to the back to seal it.

*Note that if you use glossy accents and just use your finger to clean up the excess product that squishes out the sides with you press the trinket to the paper to mount it, you should not touch the front of your trinket. It will leave a residue on the front of your trinket that will be insanely difficult to clean off.
Then, once your trinket is mounted to paper you've chosen, take the head of a pin and clean out the bail of the charm.


 

I love making these little charms, they're so much fun! I hope you like them. :-) 

Cheers, 

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