Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Art of the Bigger Sale - Use Beautiful Tags

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When selling vintage or handmade items, don't use any old generic sticker, use your own unique beautiful tag and you can increase your sales. I designed this digital tag with bold colors and striking images. It draws customers in to take a closer look and best of all, it's a digital sheet so you can print as many as you need; whenever you need.

Here are some very good reasons to have beautiful price tags:
1. Your tag is part of your brand and when people see it they know it is your product. It tells customers you care about your product and it sets you apart from other sellers.
2. They are little pieces of art. I always remember the artisans and their products when I see a beautiful tag.
3. A tag is tactile. People love to touch things when they shop.
4. Your tag gives information about your business, services, and products. 

Here's a great tip:
An artisan once told me she gets a large chunk of her business from one simple line she write on her tag - Custom Orders Welcomed 


Saturday, May 28, 2011

New Secret Garden Scrapbooking Kits

Sercet Garden - Set 05 - Mini Kit-Digital Scrapbooking Kit

Take a look at our dreamy new line of scrapbooking kits by my good friend, Kate Clegg, artist and owner of Optic Illusions.

 These kits are so popular, you'll want them all. Each one is filled to the brim.

The featured kit, SECRET GARDEN has 6 beautiful papers and 25 gorgeous elements.

To see more, please visit our web site Collage Sheet Girl (

Optic Illusions Scrapbooking Kits are featured on the home page and in Digital Scrapbooking Supplies

Thursday, May 19, 2011

3 Simple Things To Increase Your Shop Sales

Do you sell vintage jewelry or smaller items on Etsy, eBay or your website? Here are 3 simple things you can do for greater success!

1. Great Photos... This is the most important thing you can do to increase your sales. You don't have to be an award winning photographer but do the best you can. Let people really see what it is you sell. Add a few different views of your item. Add close-ups and use natural light. As you do this simple thing, you will naturally get better and better.

2. Display... Never underestimate the art of display. Beautifully themed displays are like going to an Art Gallery and they will keep your customers coming back just to see what you have new in your shop. I like to use old papers and vintage photos.

3. Inventory... Have lots of items to choose from in your shop and add new items often. It will give your shop a successful look and feel. It also encourages multiple sales.

Good Luck and I wish you many sales! Kate

Decoupage Jars with Vintage Photographs and Rhinestone Glam

I love to recyle jars and bottles. It is sooo simple. All you need is some old Flea Market rhinestone bracelets, old photograph copies, and glue.
Nothing could be easier, just look at the beautiful results!

Here's how I made mine.

Clean the bottle.
You could print out your old images using sticker sheets.
Cut out image and seal with clear contact paper.
Stick image on front of your jar.
Glue rhinestone border.

For the pendant top, I made mine with soldered glass and one of my images sheets titled 'Inspirational Words'.

 You can purchase something similar at the craft store.

Want to make your own jars? To purchase my $3.00 digital collage sheets visit

Have fun... kate

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Decoupage Furniture with Vintage Music Sheets

The name of my daytime business is www.periwinkle
We are interior painters, faux finishers and furniture painters. Here is a fun idea for decoupage I'd like to share with you.

 This is a lovely old Flea Market piece. We painted it a creamy white.
Then rubbed it with Burnt Umber oil paint just on the edges to give it a warm aged look.
I decoupaged strips of antique music sheet to the side panels and add a painted hydrangea on the drawer front.
Below are a few before images. Takes a lot of ugly to make pretty is what we say in the studio.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Making One Dollar Sweet Dream Baby Sign

Sweet Dreams Baby

I just love the Dollar Store and the $1.00 frames they sell. They are such a bargain! You can make oodles of these pretty little signs at that price.

How I made My Sign
I made 2 signs, one for a girl and one for a boy. Printed them out using a Glossy Kodak Photo Paper 4" x 6" using my home printer and simply framed them with my super $1.00 frame.

I did paint this frame a creamy white using Ben Moore Linen White paint just because I have that at home. You could use any creamy white paint and get the same results.
Want to make your own?

Have fun visiting my site
My signs are a bargain tooo. You are welcome to sell what you make. If you do, I wish you much success! Kate