Etsy is a site that sells handmade or vintage type items. On this site, there is something called "Alchemy". People will go to "Alchemy" and make a request for a handmade item (free to make request). The sellers, like me, will search through all the requests. For the items we think we can make, we make an offer price and describe exactly what we will do. The person that made the request will either accept or reject our offer. If they reject it, nothing happens. If they accept it, then the seller will either agree to do the project or not. Then the project is started.
All that was to explain that I put on offer on ETSY's Alchemy to make some baby shower cards. The customer wanted a seashore type theme. I told her I would make several samples and she could look through them and see if she wanted to order the invitations from me. Below are the different samples that I just finished making.
The long ones fit inside a legal sized envelope. The others are made with blank note cards. I used my computer and printed the sample invitations on white cardstock. On the inside of the card with the silohuette of the 3 kids, I used a generic stamp that says You're invited, time, date, pace, RSVP and you would fill in the spots. The one that says Baby Show with the umbrella has a diecut of the words For, date, time, place, RSVP. The one that says new arrival is blank...because I feel like making anymore tonight.
I really enjoy the challenge of designing a card or a craft taylor made to meet my customers needs. It stimulates my creative juices and there is a certain satisfaction in knowing I made my customers happy. Often times they are pleasantly surprised by what I come up with. I'm often surprised with what I come up with. It seems like my hidden creative potential comes out when I take on these challenges and customer requests.
Thought I'd share this with you, in case you ever wanted to use ETSY or Alchemy or if you just wanted to see some more cards/crafts. Hope you are having an incredible year so far. Happy 2010!!!