Awesome business cards for a fresh new look

Creating awesome business cards can give your company a fresh new look! Make an impact the first time someone receives your  business card.

Bead Lovers Korner launched a new website last year, with a new banner and color scheme, but the business cards remained the same old cards.

I spent a small fortune on the new website and updated the Etsy Shop and Ebay Store to match the website look, but never updated the business cards. Silly huh?

Old Business Cards
Bead Lovers Korner OLD Business Card Design

It was just too easy to hit reorder at Vista Print and keep using the same old cards.

Not being a graphic designer (I only know enough to be dangerous) attempting to update the business cards was something I needed to have done by a professional.

Procrastination could have been my middle name, because I just kept reordering the same old business cards.

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This year I was accepted into The Artisan Group and will be participating in events as well as selling online. I wanted my cards to match the new web design and really make an impact so that if a celebrity or influential person happened to see my card they might take notice and not just throw it in the trash.

I finally broke down and hired a friend who is a Professional Graphic Artist to design awesome new business cards for Bead Lovers Korner.

New Business Cards
Awesome NEW Business Cards

Jennifer Remias and I worked together for many years at a Catalog Publishing business, she was the Senior Graphic Designer and very talented in her trade. I contacted her to see if she would help me with the update to my cards.

She did an awesome job with the design of these NEW cards and they will be rolling out this summer!

p.s. She gave me print ready pdfs and now I hit reorder at Overnight Prints, who also has great pricing.

Let me know what you think?

Florida Artists Together with Florida History

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The Florida Etsy Street Team

This last weekend modern Florida Artists mixed together with Florida History at the Florida Market Days Fundraiser and Holiday Party at the Florida Agricultural Museum in Palm Coast, Florida. This was a fun event that featured many Florida Etsy Street Team artists. The Team Captain Rose did a terrific job of organizing and coordinating this event, and it was held in a spectacular rural setting at the Florida Agricultural Museum, which is rich with Florida History.

Florida Agricultural Museum
Florida Agricultural Museum

The Florida Agricultural Museum is a fully restored pioneer homestead from the 1890s with farm animals, hay ride tour, and a wealth of historical information of the early days and life in Florida.

Frosty the Snowman greeted everyone at the barn door

The weather was good on Sunday and the atmosphere was full of winter holiday fun, complete with Frosty the Snowman blowing snow to greet everyone at the barn door!

Santa and Mrs. Claus

Santa and Mrs. Claus were there to see all of the kids, both big and small, to find out if they were naughty or nice throughout the year and what they wanted for Christmas!

Florida Etsy Street Team Members were among many crafters that attended to display and sell their art, crafts and Holiday creations.

GypSea Blue Bags

GypSea Blue Bags creates beautiful handmade bicycle accessories and hand bags that are a little bit of gypsy and a little bit of hippie mixed with a touch of shabby chic and a dash of diva!

Tesslie Textile

Tessie Textile features handmade pot holders and mug rugs as well as quilts and wall hangings for the home, all hand sewn with love!

Twisted K’s Jewelry

Twisted K’s Jewelry had a table full of beautiful handmade jewelry and gifts.

Santa’s Elves drawing numbers for the Raffle

Along with Shopping for gifts and visiting with Santa Claus, there were Raffle Drawings held every hour for prizes that were donated by the Florida Etsy Street team members from all over the state.

SWAG bags were given to all who attended

FEST Team members also sent in samples, business cards and discount coupons that filled the SWAG bags that were given out to everyone who attended.

Face Painting for kids
There was an area just for kids with different games to play and other fun activities including face painting by Santa’s Elves!! Holiday related games included ring toss and bean bag toss! They were not so easy, actually, but lots of fun!!
Craft Area for kids

A craft table was set up for children to make crafts or cards, and Florida Etsy Team members were available to assist the youngsters and encourage them with their handmade creations.

I hope you enjoyed this visual tour of a really fun Florida day and perhaps you will visit some of these Etsy shops and help support Florida Artists.

Go Team FEST on Etsy!
********** Special Thanks to Etsy for donating to this event! **********

Crystal Boutonniere for the Groom

Crystal Boutonniere
Crystal Wedding Boutonniere for the Groom
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Choose a Crystal Boutonniere for the Groom as an accessory to have the most unique and memorable wedding.

Today I am featuring Rayvenwood Manor, a fellow Artist from Central Florida who I met on Etsy.

Rayvenwood Manor specializes in beautiful artisan jewelry and Swarovski Crystal Boutonnieres and Bridal Bouquets made with Swarovski Crystal Beads.

The Vampire Diaries Stylist Gift
Gifted to the stylist of the hit TV show “The Vampire Diaries”

Crystal Boutonniere

Through The Artisan Group, Rayvenwood Manor created an all clear Swarovski Crystal Boutonniere that was submitted to the wardrobe stylist of “The Vampire Diaries” for consideration of use on the show, and this can be made with twelve Swarovski Crystal Beads in the color of your choice.

Vampire Gift Box
Vampire Bat Gift Box

This Limited Edition is handmade with Swarovski Crystal beads and is great for all Wedding Party members including the Groom, Best Man, Groomsmen, Fathers and more.

Crystal Boutonniere for man
James Bond material for your man

Matching Crystal Bridal Bouquets are also available in the Wedding Wonderland section of the Rayvenwood Manor Etsy shop, as well as bridesmaid bouquets in the same or smaller crystal quantities, flower girl bouquets, other boutonnieres, and corsages.

Ravyenwood Manor also brings you a variety of unique and alternative Gothic jewelry, haute couture Victorian fashion accessories with heirloom quality. These objects of desire make the perfect gift to cherish for eternity and beyond, so be sure to check them out!

Where to get Merchandise for Breaking Bad online

Etsy shops are where to get merchandise for “Breaking Bad” online, there are many Etsy shops that have really cool inspired merchandise for sale, made by small business and artists worldwide.

All Bad Things Must Come to an End

It was a good run, and a great TV series that you can watch over and over! Some viewers may just now be catching on to the hype.

I recently updated this treasury tribute and great merchandise because even if the series has ended, the fans will go on!

Check out the items below to find some great ideas for fans of this awesome show!

‘Let’s Cook!’ by beadloverskorner

My tribute to a great show (updated)!


Chemistry Set, Miniature Han…

$158

Breaking Bad RV Vintage Trav…

$16.5

Vintage military gas mask so…

$19.8

Walter White Heisenberg Brea…

$199.99

Heisenberg Cotton Soft Bed C…

$8.99

Blue Meth Candy Filled Test …

$12.95

Retro Periodic Table of Elem…

$32

Blue Meth Earrings Breaking …

$21

Cool Breaking Bad A1A Car Wa…

$2.95

Breaking Bad phenylacetic ac…

$18

Los Pollos Hermanos Coaster …

$1.99

Better Call Saul Breaking Ba…

$8.99

BLACK FRIDAY WEEK Personaliz…

$21.25

Humourous ‘Bitch’ Va…

$2.95

Breaking Bad – Walter White …

$30

periodic table tread lightly…

$45

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Collage Art a Personal Statement

Collage Art
Time is of the essence

Collage Art may not be popular with everyone, but when you realize the thought put into each piece it really becomes a personal masterpiece!

Collage Art

Every day people speak about issues concerning the world, write blogs about politics or campaign for human rights, animal rights and more.

Today I am featuring an artisan who makes a statement through unique Collage Art that is made from recycled materials.

Matthew Hoffman of Material Whirl Collage creates Unique Collage Art that sometimes touches on serious issues or is an expression of personal thoughts and feelings.

Six times as much

Each collage is made entirely from recycled paper and cardboard from a variety of items including magazines, discarded advertising, and dry packaging materials. Wrinkles, creases, odd cuts, and ragged edges add to the unique appeal of this process.

Scandal

Matthew’s Collage Art is signed and dated, and is suitable for framing or affixing to a blank note card. Great to give as a unique gift or use for personal mail as a note.

All of Matthew’s art is one of a kind or custom and is constantly changing. See his newest creations by visiting Material Whirl Collage on Etsy.

Making it to the Etsy Front Page

Pine Cone Dangle Bead

I had been on Etsy for about two years before I was finally successful at making it to the Etsy Front page. It was a wonderful thing, lots of views for my shop, but nothing magical happened nor did money fall from the sky in a windfall.

A Crisp Morning Etsy Front Page

Since the moment I opened Bead Lovers Korner shop on etsy, I have been trying to figure out:

  • How to improve traffic and get noticed
  • How to make the front page of Etsy
  • How to become a featured seller on Etsy or Ebay
  • Etc, etc.

So over the years herw is what I have discovered about the above:

  • Improve Traffic: Learn more about how to take pictures that will get noticed
  • Etsy Front Page: Making it to the Etsy Front Page does not equal tons of sales
  • Being a featured seller: Not sure exactly how you manage to become a featured seller on Etsy or Ebay, I gave up on that one!

I think to be successful you just need lots of followers and people sharing and favoring your items. Great product and customer service will keep them coming back.

Tell me what you think by leaving a comment below? What are the tricks you have discovered to get more sales on Etsy or Ebay?