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Heritage Handicrafts Brass Stencils 


Solid brass and stainless steel stencils.

$4.00 - $6.50

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How to Use Facebook To Boost Your Craft Business 
by Helen L Evans

Setting up a handmade crafts business can be a very daunting endeavour. There is so much to think about, such as where you are going to sell your crafts from, how much you should charge for your products, and what kind of advertising needs to be done.

However, as anyone who has gone through the experience of starting their own craft business will be sure to tell you, the task of setting up is nothing compared to the task of actually running the business and making it profitable. This is where the real challenge lies and it is the primary reason why many people often resolve to simply stay away from taking steps at all.

For those who actually resolve to pursue their craft business, the primary question that invariably persists is how can I increase my profits? Social media marketing can provide a useful avenue to boost the sales that you make from your handmade crafts and in the recent years, more people are appreciating its true value and turning to its use.

So what exactly is social media? Social media is an umbrella term to describe the use of different communication tools that allow you to connect to people around the world and start to engage with others on a more personal level. Social media is a great way to promote your craft business and better still its free! It can be used to advertise your business but not in the traditional way of paid advertising. In social media you won't last long writing on your accounts about what you are selling everyday. You'll have to be a bit more creative and build up relationships by letting your potential customers know more about you personally such as talking about your creative process or posting a 'how to video'.

It is not possible to talk about social media without referring to Facebook primarily due to the fact that it is the single largest social networking platform in use today both in terms of outreach and number of users. Learning how to implement Facebook to boost your craft business should be a priority for you if you want to reach people interested in your crafts. There are a number of things that you can do to make Facebook work for you in improving the performance and presence of your craft business, some of which are discussed below.

1. Build a separate Facebook page for your business. Most people have their own profile page but this should be kept separate from your business page. It's obviously not professional to have a photo of you drunk at a party next to your brand so keep it separate.

2. Create a 'group'. It can sometimes be tricky to find fans for your page if your handmade fairy wings business is under a name like 'Wendy's Wings'. So why not create a group page where people who like fairies can join. or people who like handmade crafts. This will attract hundreds of more fans for you to then share your business page with.

3. Get more 'likes' on your page. Facebook is a big popularity contest. It's all about getting 'likes' so how do you get them? Well, first of all start with your friends, send them a message and ask them to click the 'like' button. It's unfortunate but we all want to be part of the bigger group, it's a case of 'well if this many people like them they must be good' so why not cheat a little to get your numbers up? Check out fiverr.com where you can buy a few hundred fans for $5! Of course these probably wont be people interested in your crafts but having a larger number of likes will encourage more fans to join.

4. Use Facebook advertising. Have you ever noticed the advertising down the right hand side of your Facebook page seems like it is made just for you? That's not by accident. Facebook knows what you are looking for and personalises the advertising to each person. So what does that mean for your business? Targeted traffic! You choose who sees your adverts their gender, age group, what country they live in whatever is important to you, so your adverts are not wasted on the wrong people.

For more information on how to sell your crafts successfully visit http://www.sellcrafts.com.au/. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Helen_L_Evans
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Lace Die Cutting and Embossing Templates 


Suitable for the Provo Craft Cuttlebug die machine. When using these templates, you do not have to fit and cut, plus you can make perfect designs in no time. For the very best results, use duo-card or scrapbookpaper. Each template measures 4" x 4".

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How To Set Up A Booth At A Craft Fair  
by Jesse T Anastasio

The first thing you need to do in order to set up a booth at a craft fair is to make a plan. That means putting together an idea of what your craft show booth is going to look like in advance. Planning your craft show booth involves a couple of things: first, you want to talk to the craft show organizer to see how much space you have, and if there are any restrictions to what you can have in or around your booth. Also, ask if you have a reliable power supply to run your booth. This is important. The next thing you want to do is to get a floor plan of where your booth is located so you can figure out the best set up to keep people moving in and through your craft show display.

When you go to set up you craft show booth, there are a couple of things you must keep in mind, and the first is to reduce clutter. Keep your crafts well-organized into specific areas. If you are someone who knits and you have sweaters for kids and adults, you don't want them together because people will be frustrated with having to sort through the kids sweaters to find the one adult one in the pile.

Spend time perfecting your merchandising skills. If you have a special stained glass window hanging, it would be time well spent to purchase or build a window that you can display in your booth with one of your window hangings in it. When people see the item in action, they can picture it in their own homes, or they can picture using it. If they can do this, then they are more likely to buy it.

Keep items no lower than waist level. No one really wants to bend over after they have been on their feet all day at a craft fair. Keep items within a person's reach and they will be more likely to pick it up and examine it closely, which will lead to more purchases. Leave some floor space for extra stock (in boxes) that you can fill your tables or racks with.

Price everything you have. Make it easy for people to buy your crafts. If you don't have a price, they may think twice about taking the time to ask, and they may just go elsewhere to purchase something at the craft show.

Eliminate log jams. There is nothing worse than having people frustrated by the lack of good flow in a craft show booth. Try and create a natural flow for people to look at your craft fair items. If you create too many spaces where people are bottle-necked or they have trouble maneuvering to see different crafts, you are limiting your sales. Keep your aisles wide and keep everything streamlined. The frustrated customer does not spend their money in a craft show booth that frustrates them.

Remember, you are running a business. Think of that store that you despise going into versus the one where everything flows so nicely, the displays are appealing and all of the price tags are on the items for sale. Make your craft show booth resemble the store you like, and you'll find that people will spend more money on your crafts!

Visit http://www.funandfreecrafts.com for more great, free craft ideas from fellow crafter and writer Jesse Anastasio. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Jesse_T_Anastasio
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Scrapbook Photo Frame and Verse Stickers 


Size: 20 x 23 cm - $4.00

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Quilling Projects - Greeting Cards 
by Claire Harris

A quilled greeting card is especially beautiful in that it's a unique piece of artwork made for someone special. And for added value, the recipient can frame their card to view and enjoy for many years. If your quilled cards are framed, be certain to make them with that eventuality in mind, so use good solid cardstock and extra care in gluing.

Pick a good quality cardstock in a solid color that is complimentary to your quilled pieces. Consider using a piece of foil or vellum as a front panel to further accent your quilling.

You can use rubber stamps to print your greeting, or you may experiment with various inks and paints to freehand the greeting. Be sure to use Jet Black solvent ink with your rubber stamp to ensure a clean, dark imprint.

Attach your quilled pieces to your card using small dabs of clear-drying glue. If the card might be framed, be sure to glue every piece well enough to ensure they will stay in place.

Creating a basic card decorated with quilled shapes should require scissors, tweezers, a rubber stamp of your choice, brushes or pens if you decide to freehand your greeting, and your glue applicator.

To begin this project, first decide on the size of your card. Next you need to decide on which quilled shapes you wish to use and the design for your card overall. You can arrange your quilling pieces on your board as a 'dry-fit', to make sure the arrangement will fit on the card attractively.

Next, decide which form of print you want to use for the greeting stamp or freehand and if then try both on scrap paper to make sure you can get the effect, or a clear imprint before going to the actual card. Once you feel comfortable with creating your greeting, do a final printing on the cardstock, then allow it to dry completely.

Now you are ready to apply your quillings. Have your tools ready: tweezers, scissors and glue applicator filled with glue. Carefully transfer each quilled shape from your 'dry-fit' area to the card, gluing each piece one-by-one, until all have been moved and glued to the card. Allow the work to dry completely. Before you move the card again, re-check all pieces to make sure your glue has set up and that all pieces are secured. Any quillings that seem loose should be carefully re-glued and then allowed to dry.

Your simple, yet beautifully decorated card is now ready to go to family, friends or anyone you wish to surprise with such a wonderful gift!

This basic card approach can be upgraded using a number of decorative techniques, adding beads, using a paper punch on paper overlays to expose the color of the underlying cardstock, using scribing tools to bring texture and depth to leaves and many, many others. You will, undoubtedly, find techniques from other crafts that can be utilized in your quilled cards, or other, projects.

Claire's website has a Step by Step guide on Quilling. Please visit her site for more info on quilling patterns. Article Source: Free Articles ArticleSnatch Article Directory

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