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Old 01-03-2012, 09:09 PM   #3801
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Oh I also wanted to add.....My children took the left over coaster calendar magnets I had from this year for gifts for teachers at school. Also some tic tac holders and a few other little things that I didnt want to store until next year. They went back for the first time today, and can I tell you how many notes I got from the teachers?? They all LOVED the calendars (including the male teachers) and most of the women loved the tic tac holders. Also my daughter taught her Girl Scout troop how to make candy trains from a roll of breath mints, rolos and hershey kisses. The girls loved them and she enjoyed being a "teacher" for a change (she is 8.) In addition she took each girl a snowman soup. Such a inexpensive gift, and she proudly told them she made them all, so it was a win-win!
The candy trains sound cute - have a pic?
It brings back memories of making men with lifesavers and yarn when I was younger.
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another place to find unique buttons would be "estate" sales in your newspaper. When we go to these we split up hubs and I and he is "trained" to keep an eye out for button's and lace and such... a lot of times there is a whole bedroom set aside in the house filled with fabric's and sewing notions and such. and so, just another thought.

I went to a craft store about 80 miles from me after Christmas and found some of those glass bauble things and magnets on sale so, I already have some e6000 and am going to tinker with these and then I got a M's gift card for Christmas and our tiny store didn't really have anything new, so went into the one in that other town and found some metal keys in the dollar bins ( but they don't ring up for a dollar they were 1.50 each) ( I bought them, but if I make "Santa Keys" out of them what would you charge for that?)
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Here is something I found on Pinterest - candy sleighs - very cute.
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Oh yes. I like these! But they might be a bit pricey to make to sell?
one full sized candy bar, 10 mini bars and 2 candy canes, plus ribbon.
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another place to find unique buttons would be "estate" sales in your newspaper. When we go to these we split up hubs and I and he is "trained" to keep an eye out for button's and lace and such... a lot of times there is a whole bedroom set aside in the house filled with fabric's and sewing notions and such. and so, just another thought.

I went to a craft store about 80 miles from me after Christmas and found some of those glass bauble things and magnets on sale so, I already have some e6000 and am going to tinker with these and then I got a M's gift card for Christmas and our tiny store didn't really have anything new, so went into the one in that other town and found some metal keys in the dollar bins ( but they don't ring up for a dollar they were 1.50 each) ( I bought them, but if I make "Santa Keys" out of them what would you charge for that?)

I think it depends on how you plan on making them. Are you going to keep it simple, or add ribbon and a fancy tag? Are you going to make a pouch for storage? Are you going to decorate an Altoid tin to go with it? I have seen them made many different ways.
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one full sized candy bar, 10 mini bars and 2 candy canes, plus ribbon.
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We made these many years ago. We used mini candy canes, a five stick pack of gum wrapped in tin foil, ad a small box of candy or raisins wrapped in wrapping paper. They were really cute, and much less expensive to make.
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ah
I have only seen the keys with a ribbon with a card/ tag that explains the thought process of the "santa" key...

may do some "love themed" things with "key to my heart" too. (probably a card/tag)

so it seems really a lot to me to have paid 1.50 a key haha.
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The candy trains sound cute - have a pic?
It brings back memories of making men with lifesavers and yarn when I was younger.
I only have it on my phone, but I will try to get it uploaded this weekend.
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These are very cute! But you'd have to find some sales on candy.
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We made these many years ago. We used mini candy canes, a five stick pack of gum wrapped in tin foil, ad a small box of candy or raisins wrapped in wrapping paper. They were really cute, and much less expensive to make.
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To anyone making pens to match notebooks: my Staples has the RSVP 5 pack on sale for $1.00 next week. They also have a 3 pack of mini writing pads for $1.00. The sale starts 1-22-12. This week they have the Xeno mini pens on sale for $1.00. I think it is a five pack. Now is the time to watch Staples ads for cheap stuff.
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That is awesome Judy! I will have to go take a look at the ad! Thanks for the heads up! I like to hit all of the back to schhol sales as well.
I found the candy train...trying to figure out how to upload it....
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Well......aparently the computer is messed up again....it is saying my photo folder is empty. Argh!!!! This computer is going to find itself sitting on the curb one day!!!! This is the third time since October we have had problems with it!
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Okay luckily we have online back ups....here's another attempt to post the candy train.
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Roll of Life Savers (our store only had Breath Savers brand), hershey kiss, rolo, and life savers. Although when my daughter (who is 8.) made them with Girl Scouts, they used Starlight mints.
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Okay luckily we have online back ups....here's another attempt to post the candy train.
I remember making those when I taught 3rd grade, the kids loved them! Have you seen the airplanes made with a stick of gum as the wings? I used a roll of smarties as the body of the plane. Two Lifesavers for the wheels - take a rubber band and thread through the wheels, that are placed on either side of the Smarties, bring both ends of the rubber band up to secure each end of the gum/wing.
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Hey ladies! I am doing a craft show in March and I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for a spring show?

I do have cards, scrapbook pages, altered frames, and scrapbook albums. I was looking for something different or even unique. Thanks for the help!
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Hey ladies! I am doing a craft show in March and I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for a spring show?

I do have cards, scrapbook pages, altered frames, and scrapbook albums. I was looking for something different or even unique. Thanks for the help!
Heather - I have one in March too but haven't started yet even though I said I would start in January! Yikes! Do you have scrapbook layouts completed for people to drop their pictures into? How well do those sell? Do you have pics of the things you prepared for your spring show so far?
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Think of what you could put into an Easter basket...decorate the mini hershey bars as bunnies, small altered notebooks, decorated pens, bags of candy.....
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I remember making those when I taught 3rd grade, the kids loved them! Have you seen the airplanes made with a stick of gum as the wings? I used a roll of smarties as the body of the plane. Two Lifesavers for the wheels - take a rubber band and thread through the wheels, that are placed on either side of the Smarties, bring both ends of the rubber band up to secure each end of the gum/wing.
I have seen airplanes with Push pops and the gum, but no rubber band. Thought about making some, but maybe with a wood wing? Push pops are $10 for 12 or 18 maybe at BJs.
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Can anyone tell me how to accept credit/debit payments? I think I may have asked before but I'm sure the t4echnology has changed.
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I have seen airplanes with Push pops and the gum, but no rubber band. Thought about making some, but maybe with a wood wing? Push pops are $10 for 12 or 18 maybe at BJs.
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If you have a smart phone/droid (internet access)ipod, i pad, you can get the square...square.com or at best buy..it is a little square thing that you plug into your device and after you set up an account, you can just swipe the card and it will process through the internet. There is no monthly fee or transaction fee..they charge 2.75% if you swipe, and more if you enter the number (check the site) I love it!! I would say my sales increased 40% at craft shows since taking the credit cards. I used to do the phone way with intuit but it just takes to long when you have people waiting
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If you have a smart phone/droid (internet access)ipod, i pad, you can get the square...square.com or at best buy..it is a little square thing that you plug into your device and after you set up an account, you can just swipe the card and it will process through the internet. There is no monthly fee or transaction fee..they charge 2.75% if you swipe, and more if you enter the number (check the site) I love it!! I would say my sales increased 40% at craft shows since taking the credit cards. I used to do the phone way with intuit but it just takes to long when you have people waiting
I agree! Go with the Square. After doing ALOT of research I started using it in my store with my droid and have had no complaints from people. It's great because it does not store the credit card number, just the last four digits. And it's deposited straight into your bank acount within 2 business days.
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Yep...SQUARE is the one for me, too! My hubby set it up for me...AND, the cost of the gizmo was off-set by a 'rebate' credited to my bank account when we activated...sweet! So, it really cost me nothing! Can't beat that! I do find that sometimes swiping the card takes a few runs...so that can be awkward, but its really a cinch and literally is no work on my part at all!! The customer can either have a reciept emailed or texted to their phone...

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I just checked out square.com and they will mail you the device for free. The app is also free.
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Just ordered Square. Free device. Free ap. What could be better than that? Thanks to everyone for the advice.
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I know we've all seen/done altered composition books, but I just posted one on my blog that would be good for a teacher. I am already thinking of teacher appreciation/end of the year gifts for my kids teachers.

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My question is, how many cards should I include in an set?
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I haven't sold any sets like this, but I make them all the time for gifts for family and friends. I usually make 6 notecards.

I've made some really cute ones with white cardstock, embossed with the Cuttlebug swiss dots folder. Then just a 3/4" or 1" strip of pattern cardstock across about an inch from the bottom. Sometimes I embellish the pattern with a couple of jewels, sometimes I put a simple stamped image. They are always a hit and simple to make.
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My question is, how many cards should I include in an set?
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Those are cute! I took a CAS class and Jennifer Maguire stamped lots of sentiments on strips and added scor tape on back. She added them in a glassine envelope so a person could personize their cards themselves. Great class by the way!
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I love this site! Lots of great ideas!

I'll be following this thread for lots of ideas. I'm new to cardmaking since retiring and I am loving it. My girlfriend suggested going in with her at her church's craft fair in Nov. She is a quilter and will be making pillow tops, cosmetic bags, maybe runners. I was thinking of making bookmarks, individual cards, sets of note cards, Christmas tags, gc holders, maybe some dry erase boards and magnetic boards.

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Oh my I just got the worst customer service from my favorite online store. I had to return something and they have been giving me the go around and today they sent a snooty type email. I told them I'd be taking my business elsewhere.

On the crafting side I am full steam ahead on working on this years craft show projects.

Starry2 you just have to price your stuff at a price you might like to pay for it and then go from there. I don't think there is any magic number for pricing. Alot does depend on your area and the economy. Good luck and most of all just have fun
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My question is, how many cards should I include in an set?
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I too did 6 cards in a set, bagged them together, nothing fancy, and sold them for $10 a set. I sold all of them at my last sale. It was before Christmas, but I didnt have any Christmas ones, only every day ones (blank inside)
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I too did 6 cards in a set, bagged them together, nothing fancy, and sold them for $10 a set. I sold all of them at my last sale. It was before Christmas, but I didnt have any Christmas ones, only every day ones (blank inside)
Were people also looking for Christmas cards?
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I did also have Christmas cards, just not as a set. A lot of people were looking for gifts for friends, and one lady bought multiple sets. She said she was giving them as gifts to elderly neightbors, along with books of stamps. Because they didnt need the sugary treats, and with the book of stamps, they wouldn't need to go out to buy them, and they'd have cards to send out to their friends. Great idea!!!! I also made, in previous years an organizer with a few cards and a bookmark. There's a picture of one I made here: My Creations - Gina Thornton: Tart and Tangy Card organizer I found the pattern online some place and tweaked it. It had a magnetic bookmark, which folded in half. I just made a flat bookmark and added a tassle. I didnt get to make these this past year because I ran out of time, but everyone I had for sale last year sold. I think I did 3 cards in each one and charged $8 I think. Every one I had I sold. You could also add a RSVP pen that you've altered and go for maybe $10? I may try that this year.
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Old 02-27-2012, 02:52 PM   #3840
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I love this site! Lots of great ideas!

I'll be following this thread for lots of ideas. I'm new to cardmaking since retiring and I am loving it. My girlfriend suggested going in with her at her church's craft fair in Nov. She is a quilter and will be making pillow tops, cosmetic bags, maybe runners. I was thinking of making bookmarks, individual cards, sets of note cards, Christmas tags, gc holders, maybe some dry erase boards and magnetic boards.

I have no idea about what sells and how to price? Any suggestions?
I argee there is no magic pricing formula. For my cards I sell them $2 a piece or 6 for $10. I get "yelled" at all the time for underselling though. Now if someone asks me to make a special card for them, I do charge $3 a piece. I have also done Bridal party invites, bachelorette party invites, and recently baby shower invites. The recent baby shower invites I made 80 of them and charged $3 a piece. I just posted them on my blog here: Gina's Stamping Creations: Baby Shower Invites

It is true though you have to gauge what your customers will pay. I know one person who get's upwards of $10 for her cards! And that's per card!
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