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Card Making for Beginners #7 Social Media

Welcome to the final episode in this seven part step by step series of card making for beginners – Join me for live chat during YouTube premiere

Thank you for visiting the blog today this is the last in the card making for beginners series.  In this episode we are looking at all the social media options for promoting your hobby or business. All of the content of this blog are my views based on personal experience only.  However, I hope that the information is of some use to you.  I’d love your feedback on the whole series if you have a spare moment to Contact Me and let me know thank you.

Hi everyone thanks for joining me at week seven, the last episode of this mini-series, cardmaking for beginners. Before you read on, please be reminded the previous 6 YouTube videos are linked below just in case you wish to revisit any, or have missed one or two.

We are going to look at working online – websites, social media platforms and YouTube.  This blog contains information on my personal experience and opinions but not everyone will use all of these platforms but I’d like to talk to you about how I use them and give tips and tricks where I can.

Please note that I have linked some further information within this blog to external sites such as Facebook, etc. I am not responsible for these external links so please do, as you should whilst online, be careful.

The main most popular starting point is:

Facebook Business Page (and Groups)

It is really easy to make a business Facebook page.  The benefits of having a business page is that you can invite friends to like your page and also people you don’t know can choose to like your page.

You can share posts, photographs, and links to your website. You can add a shop now button that would take the visitor to your online store. For me, my customers are redirected to my Stampin’ Up! Shop page which is great.

Customers can contact you via direct messaging to ask questions too. You are able to advise people of your business description, contact details, opening hours and can even add products. The option to add “special offers” is there too.

Customers are also able to leave you a review via your business page which is good for any new people visiting your page and great for your reputation – provided you have a good one lol!

You also have the option to feature a post on “your story” that will appear at the top of your profile when visitors view your page.

Facebook Features

Some of the features on Facebook that I enjoy are:  I can schedule my posts up to 8 or 10 weeks ahead, specially good if you want to schedule a post, say on Valentine’s Day, etc.; I can also create events for my craft classes and workshops; I can create a post with a poll on it to gain followers views; I can 

Another good feature is the Community section. Here you can create…..

Facebook Groups

I use Facebook groups for the following reasons:

  • A specific group page for customers and crafty friends where we have weekly challenges, share our projects and generally inspire each other. I also share any offers or events coming up in this group before posting to my main page. My group is called the “crafty stamping club”.
  • I also have a groups especially for my team of demonstrators. This is a private secret group that only my team have access too.

One tip I would suggest, that I learned from my upline, is that your business page is for exactly that…. business posts, don’t be tempted to share crafty makes, speak to friends on it etc., and keep that within your group.

You can learn more directly from Facebook link here (external link to Facebook):
More information on how to make a Facebook Business Page (external link)

Blogging Website

Now, this is a relatively sore point for me at present (as I am currently going through swapping my website over to a cheaper, better option).

WordPress coding is used by around 30% of the overall worldwide market, and it is getting more popular. 

For the past year I have used a site through WordPress dot com not realising that it was a separate entity to WordPress dot org which meant that whilst I could develop a website easy, and do blogging and sharing my business – because I want more now, and want to analyse it more – I can’t, unless I pay up to £200 to upgrade to a business site. Now – one good thing was, if you are new to website blogging, this option is more than suffice. Quick to use, easy to learn. 

Low and behold, I finally found a cheaper annual hosting company who use WordPress coding and they are currently migrating my site over to their servers.  I will need to rebuild the whole theme of my site (that’s the layout for those who don’t know what a theme is) and this could take me a good few weeks.  I’m working with them to ensure I don’t lose my actual content such as my years’ worth of blog posts and media files….. So I’m still pretty nerve wracked at the minute – knowing that I’ve got lots of work to do…. it will be worth it.

Moral of the story…. go with your capabilities, choose what’s easiest and will work best for you. I learn very quickly in terms of programs, etc. so I am always pushing for more…

To learn more about WordPress Websites please see this link (external link)
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With most blogs you can schedule your posts, you can set them to share automatically to your social media channels (mainly Facebook and Twitter on a basic package).  

In a website you create a menu with all of the options to link to other pages which describe other parts of your business such as: about me; shop; blog; contact me; gallery etc. etc. You don’t want too many menus for people to choose from – keep it simple.

The main thing is start simple, learn the programme, get a feel for it and don’t do too much and risk breaking your website lol.

Top Tip keep your content fresh and up to date, people (and Google) likes new content and this can help improve where you sit on that search list on google.

Instagram

Instagram is an affiliate programme of Facebook and the two can link together for ease of use via settings “linked accounts”

In both programmes you can create a post and automatically share it with the other one and vice versa. It’s good.

The only difference really between the two is that Instagram is more of a visual platform – people use it to view actual photographs and pictures.

With Instagram, people can follow you and you can follow them. There is also a messaging section to make direct contact with people.

Instagram uses hashtags for search purposes so it is important to add four or five hash-tagged key words when posting. My key words are #stampinup #cardmaking #handmade #stamping #stampinupdemo amongst a few other ones specific to the photo I am sharing i.e. the product for instance #designerseriespaper or #giftcard

Have a look at other Instagram accounts and see how they are posting. There is no right or wrong way but there is always a better way 🙂 thus increasing your followers.

Instagram Features

Set up to auto share to Facebook and Twitter accounts (see twitter below). You also have the option to feature a post on “your story” that will appear at the top of your profile when visitors view your page.

You can not only post photos (up to 10 in one post I’m sure) but you can also post short videos under 1minute long i.e. 59mins 59 secs max. There is an option to share bigger videos via Instagram TV feature but I don’t use this at present.

Restrictions

You aren’t able to type in direct clickable links to your other pages i.e. your website. Followers, if they want to will simply copy and paste the link that you type in – they can’t click on it in the actual post and be redirected to another page – a bit frustrating but we can’t all be perfect right?  You can however, add a clickable link to your website in your Instagram description which shows at the top of your profile. Always make reference to where you want the viewer to go next within your post, and let them know how to get there “copy and paste link detailed below” or “link in description”.

You can reference Instagram’s official page for more information on creating a business page account via this link (external):   A guide to Instagram business account

Pinterest

Pinterest works by you creating a post and “pinning” it to a particular board.

What is a board?

You can create boards on your page that you can upload specific projects to for instance:

  • handmade cards
  • DIY and crafts
  • kindness quotes
  • hair styles

You would create a post and pin it to your board, most of us have many many boards, it won’t take your page long to be the same too lol.

When you create a post, you post a picture, a title, a description and a link back to your website or online shop.  People will see your post whilst searching for a particular topic that is why when titling your post, make it specific to your product. What I do for instance is Handmade card using To a Wild Rose Stampset by Stampin’ Up!

So people looking for a) handmade card b) wild rose stampset or c) Stampin’ up! are more likely to see your pin. The more people who see it and interact on it by clicking or zooming in, the more other people will see it and so on and so forth. People can also save your pin to their own boards, thus increasing the reach of your post, yet again.

The only downside I feel is that you manually have to share your initial post to other boards that you want it duplicated on, that’s okay if it’s okay two for instance, but I share among 9 or 12 other boards, some of which are other people’s (to have this functionality they need to add you as a collaborator to their board, likewise you can add people to your boards).

Twitter

Twitter is similar to Instagram in terms of hashtags used for search terms but it is a faster paced platform. What I mean is I feel it is more focused on the news right now, at that right point, and before you know it, there’s another piece of news that’s taken over so that first news is now old….. It’s fast paced let’s say. You can follow and have people follow your page just like Instagram, but more news related than photo related.  I’m not keen on it to be honest.

If you are going to do twitter, you need to commit yourself to making sure everything is as up to date in your post as possible to get best possible reach.

LinkedIn

This is more of a personal employment history profile app where you can share job opportunism and share your employment profile and history. I do have one but I use it to manage my day-job company profile.  That’s a new to do item on there for me – add “Smith’s Crafty Creations” to LinkedIn as a business!

Online Selling Platforms and Shops

This I am not familiar with but do know of some platforms such as eBay, etsy, etc. If you are going down this route remember it may cost you a monthly fee. Research carefully before you sign up.  AND please make sure you aren’t paying more in fees that you get back for your goods sold, you would be on to a no-winner 🙁  Been there, done that!

I use Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Business Web Site which I have a paid subscription to – great investment in my business for sure.  On that note, any new people joining as a demonstrator with Stampin’ Up! wishing to subscribe to the DWBS will get two months absolutely free – and if you change your mind, no harm done, but I would recommend it in a business sense.

Then people often move on to creating a YouTube channel to provide tutorials and vlogs, particularly if they are demonstrating or selling for a company – I always wanted to…. so I did.

YouTube Channel

You can create a FREE channel on YouTube – awesome. Use your business name if you wish.  Post videos and direct links to products used and other social media platforms and a link to your shop. You can then share direct link to other platforms and share your videos even further.

People can subscribe to your channel, they can thumbs up, thumbs down and comment (you can comment too).

You can set videos to be published at a later date, you can post private videos that aren’t visible to public (but you may need to view them), and you can do unlisted which is only those who you share link with, will be able to view the video.  Great.

A great bonus of scheduled posts is that you can set the post as “premiere” at the same time. What premiere does is it lets you have live chat during the broadcast of your pre-recorded video. A great way to increase views and interact with clients.

Channel Features

For those will 1000+ subscribers you can do live videos with your audience. You can also post general notification messages on your page – say a quick update stating “live in one hour” for instance.  You can also start monetizing your views – Something I don’t do as yet.

Restrictions for those under 1000 subscribers

You cannot have the aforementioned features 🙁  I’m almost at 700 and growing so soon my friends, soon……..

Recording Equipment

I use my phone to record tutorials, and it is held in a desk clamp that has a flexible arm. I attach mine to a shelf on my desk so this works well for me. I also have two led lights, one at each side of my video area, to ensure the best light possible.  All of this equipment (minus the phone) can be picked up really cheap to get you started.

You can upload to YouTube directly from your mobile phone, simply open up your YouTube app and upload video simples! Make sure you record in landscape mode as this is best viewing laying.

Editing Software

If you want to fancy up your videos using software, free versions of video editing software are available online if they aren’t already available on your MacBook, laptop or pc.  With any free programme you will be limited in its use and will most likely be prompted to upgrade to pro version.

Creating Your Channel

Easy, go to create new channel and follow the instructions.

Social Media Scheduling

Due to the vast volume of posts and projects that I post online I have invested in an online social media planner. This allows me to post to all my channels in one app – I don’t have to go in and out of every social platform that I use – this does cost me money. There are free versions, but again are limited to use i.e. 5 free posts per month before they ask you to upgrade.

Don’t forget…

Not everyone uses the internet… if you are aiming to sell your products you need to make sure you do not forget about the potential customers out there who are not on social media, etc.

That’s why I have weekly face to face contact with customers and friends via my weekly craft class.

Distributing flyers via your local school, church group, etc. is a great and free way to market your business to those not on the internet. Business cards are great too – give one out when you can – you never know, they may give your business at a later date.

Summary

In summary, keep your pages up to date and with fresh content. It is best to use your own photographs where possible and your own written pieces (blogs) as these are your own copyrighted content.  

Regular consistent posting will get you more followers / likers / subscribers. Most people like routine for instance, my simple stamping series on a Saturday, etc. etc.  They will get used to seeing the regularity of a particular thing / or tutorial and will actively look out for it…. if it’s not there – people will get bored and look elsewhere.

Make sure you regularly share your posts, pages, videos and keep that audience ever growing

I hope that this is of some use to you, like I said this is based on my own personal experience and is my own personal opinion.

So what are you going to do now in relation to your new craft business?

Thinking about joining Stampin’ Up!?

If you are thinking about joining Stampin’ Up! and going down the same small business venture I have what I recommend is.

  • that you research the demonstrator teams out there and join the team of someone you connect with, whether this is due to you following their journey online, knowing them personally, living close to them or just because you feel it’s right.
  • that you are able to set time aside each day or each week to grow and develop your business, you can work as little or as often as you are able – we all have our own pace and that’s absolutely fine.  How cool is it that whilst working on your business, you can continue to do what you love and that is to craft!

If you would like more information about joining Stampin’ Up! please visit Find a Demonstrator  on the Stampin’ Up! Website direct or see my “join my team” page

YouTube Link – Card Making for Beginners #7 Getting to Grips with Social Media

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How to make handmade cards - a guide to becoming a card maker

Week 6 – A free step by step guide to card making for beginners: Thinking about setting up your own card making business?

A Free Step by Step Guide to card making for beginners 

This is a one off unique blog series where you will learn everything you need to know about handmade cards

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Week 6 – A free step by step guide to card making for beginners: Thinking about setting up your own card making business?

Hi everyone thanks for joining me at week six of this mini series – cardmaking for beginners.

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We are going to look at setting up your own cardmaking business.

 

How to sell your handmade cards

If you are wishing to sell handmade cards to friends or family or at craft fayres you must make sure that you are not breaking any tax laws for your area (see above). If you sell handmade goods, as soon as you accept money for them that is classed as a business. In Scotland there are tax thresholds that you need to become clued up about – it is safer to give the tax office a call to make sure you are not breaking any laws or at risk of your benefits being affected or your PAYE being affected by your new extra earnings – keep yourself safe and within the law. I am still relatively new to all of this small business process so please ensure you fully investigate the ins and outs.

Okay – so that’s the boring part –

Find your buyer market

This could be friends and family, work colleagues or the general public via in person and/or online.  When I started out crafting I attended many craft fayres that unfortunately were not successful for me but this all depends on which area you live, what time of year it is, how your products look on your table, etc. I no longer sell my sample cards I donate or gift them away.

The best thing that will help you sell handmade cards is to provide the envelope and package them up nicely. Make them attractive to the buyer. If you do decide to to crafty fayres, lay out goods on your table so that it is attractive to the eye and categorise your handmade cards. I find that generic cards such as birthday, wedding and sympathy sells more than say, a motivational card or a friendship card – everyone has a birthday but not everyone needs motivated lol. 

Make sure you are within the craft brand’s angel policy copyright guidelines.  See Week 5 tutorial for a recap

If you wish to sell online there are many selling platforms out there that you should research, most come with a fee of somesort, but this may not be an issue for you.  What you don’t want is for selling platform fees or craft fayre fees to cost more than you are making in monetary terms.

 

Insurance

This is one of the most important business tips I can give you as it will product you as the seller and your customers – particularly if selling handmade goods or providing a service such as craft classes etc. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money so make sure that you search round all of the insurers out there.

Copyright and Angel Policies

Whatever brand you use you need to make sure you are within their Angel policy and not at risk of breaching it. Please see brand guidelines which can usually be found on their website, alternatively, request a copy.

If you are selling cards made with Stampin’ Up! products we have a specific copyright stamp that we must use on the cards if we are selling them. This can be stamped on the back along with your own contact details. If you designed the card from your own imagination and creativity, mark your spot on your design by adding your own copyright watermark or label. Ensure you always give credit to Stampin’ Up! by using the copyright stamp (or label). We have a stamp set named “Make a difference” which has a copyright stamp, a handmade by stamp and a few others that are perfect for sellers. See Week 5 for more information.

Support for Small Businesses

In my area, we are lucky that we have a Business Gateway Service that offers various support and training to new small businesses. If you have one in your area I would most definately recommend getting in touch with them as they can advise you on the full process of setting up a business from start-up information to book keeping and social media training.  Worth a look :).  Complying with GDPR laws are also mandatory especially if you are obtain people’s personal information. It is your responsibility.  Contact the Information Commissioners Office for guidance.  There is a whole array of information sources out there – definately worth researching.

How did SmithsCraftyCreations.com come about?

I was lucky that I found Stampin’ Up! by accident online just over a year ago. I bought a few products and just new this was the brand for me. I love that everything co-ordinated from the ink, paper and DSP to the embellishments and ribbon. Alot of product also cross-co-ordinates with other stamp sets etc. The quality of products was a big attraction to me also.

It took me only a matter of weeks to decide I wanted to be an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  I joined a team and picked out my starter kit costing £99 and was able to order product to the value of £130 as well as free shipping costs and my new found 20% discount on orders going forward.

I always wanted to share my crafty side so weeks later I set up my Social media platforms and began doing tutorials, not all demonstrators do the videos some opt for a blog only and that’s absolutely grand too. Once you get over your initial shock at speaking to yourself you will be fine….however, we will look at this next week in the 7th and final episode (28th September)…

At this point I didn’t know if I would be successful, and I’m still growing today, but these things take time, but with consistence, commitment and drive… anything is achievable.

Thinking about joining Stampin’ Up!?

If you are thinking about joining Stampin’ Up! and going down the same small business venture I have what I recommend is.

  • that you research the demonstrator teams out there and join the team of someone you connect with, whether this is due to you following their journey online, knowing them personally, living close to them or just because you feel it’s right.
  • that you are able to set time aside each day or each week to grow and develop your business, you can work as little or as often as you are able – we all have our own pace and that’s absolutely fine.  How cool is it that whilst working on your business, you can continue to do what you love and that is to craft!

If you would like more information about joining Stampin’ Up! please visit Find a Demonstrator  on the Stampin’ Up! w ebsite direct or see my “join my team” page by clicking the image below.

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YouTube Link – live premiere at 9pm Saturday 21st September…. How to start a card making business

Previous Episodes

Week One    How to make a handmade card, supplies design and finding inspiration Click to view BLOG POST

 

 

Week Two    How to make a handmade card, basic card making techniques, equipment and terminology   Click to view BLOG POST

 

 

 

Week Three    How to make a handmade card look professional

 

 

 

Week Four    The benefits of cardmaking

Thank you so much for tuning in today, I hope that the information has been helpful. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Week Five  How to donate or sell your handmade cards

Next Week…

Next week (week 7) we will look at where to start with Social Media…

Thanks for tuning in 🙂

Love Tricia x

 

Remember if you shop with me in any month you will get a handmade card and a small gift / product share at the end of each month from me – as a thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator.

Have a look at our awesome occasions catalogue too!

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With the new catalogue finally here and LIVE online at my online shop, now is the time to start shopping. Simply click the Shop Now image above to get started (grab a cuppa first you could be while!)  If you prefer, I can send you a copy of the catalogue but it you will need to cover the £3.95 P&P (this will be refunded after you make your first order with me).  Alternatively, click link here 2019-2020_Annual_Catalogue to download a copy to save onto your PC.

Remember if you shop with me in any month you will get a handmade card and a small gift / product share at the end of each month from me – as a thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator.

Use my monthly Hostess Code

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Now remember to use my hostess code which you will find on the right hand side of this screnn and under my Hostess Code Page – this changes every month so make sure you use the correct one.  When customer orders cumulatively add up to £150 I can claim Stampin’ Rewards for free product to share amongst those who order that month.  If you plan to spend £150 on your own, do not use the code as you will earn your own rewards for free product at time of ordering!  If you are unsure please use my Contact Me page to ask any questions.

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We have a great joining offer on all year round – sign up today as a demonstrator for £99 and receive £130 worth of product! Yes – that’s £31 free Plus… no P&P costs on your starter kit. Why not join me in this wonderful crafty world that is Stampin’ Up! If I can do it, so can you!  Not to mention the 20% discount for  the first six months minimum. Please refer to my Join my Team page for full details and benefits 

Stampin’ Up! Offers such as clearance, product medley, freebies and new products

Stampin’Up! offer various promotions and offers throughout the year, and this is to keep things exciting for both you (the customer) and I (the demonstrator).  Click on any image below to view our current promotions individually –

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Contact Me: Tricia Smith, UK Indpendent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator based in Scotland, UK (Smithscraftycreations.com)

Telephone:  07864 306373 or Email: smithscraftycreations@gmail.com

Happy Shopping!
Love T x

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How to make handmade cards - a guide to becoming a card maker

Week 5 – A free step by step guide to card making for beginners: How to donate or sell your cards and copyright

A Free Step by Step Guide to card making for beginners 

This is a one off unique blog series where you will learn everything you need to know about handmade cards

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Week 5 – A free step by step guide to card making for beginners: How to donate or sell your cards and copyright

Hi everyone thanks for joining me at week five of this mini series – cardmaking for beginners.

We are going to look at how to donate and sell handmade cards as well as Angel Policies.

How to donate your handmade cards

Donating your cards is the easy part, especially if you make lots of cards, like I do.  The best way to donate cards is to either

a) Supply your cards direct to a charity shop, you may want to pick a charity that is close to your heart first, although, any donation to any charity is going to benefit someone somewhere.  If you are supplying to the shop, it is always more professional to supply not only an envelope for your card, but package it too in a card cello bag.

I donate my cards to the Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) charity and I advise them to price between £1 and £1.50 for the simple design cards and £2 for the fancy cards. My last lot of cards I donated there were 50 of them and if they price between the recommended amount – those could raise between £50 and £100 for the charity. (If you would like to take part in my card donations I am more than happy to accept cards with envelopes and cello bags if you have them – please contact me for more information).

or you can…

b) Donate the proceeds of the cards you sell as an individual or a business to the charity. This is particularly useful if you do a lot of crafty fayres, etc.  Remember though… as soon as you sell something and receive money for it… this is classed as a business. So it depends on what type of crafter you are, hobby or business. Please be careful and always check with the local tax office should you be worried about any come back on you as an individual. We need to look at copyright and angel policies too if you are selling cards which I speak about below.

How to sell your handmade cards

If you are wishing to sell handmade cards to friends or family or at craft fayres you must make sure that you are not breaking any tax laws for your area. If you sell handmade goods, as soon as you accept money for them that is classed as a business. In Scotland there are tax thresholds that you need to become clued up about – it is safer to give the tax office a call to make sure you are not breaking any laws or at risk of your benefits being affected too – keep yourself safe and within the law.

Okay – so that’s the boring part – the best thing that will help you sell handmade cards is to provide the envelope and package them up nicely. Make them attractive to the buyer. If you do crafty fayres, layout your table so that it is attractive to the eye and categorise your handmade cards. I find that generic cards such as birthday, wedding and sympathy sells more than say, a motivational card or a friendship card – everyone has a birthday but not everyone needs motivated lol. 

Make sure you are within the craft brand’s angel policy copyright guidelines.

Copyright and Angel Policies

Whatever brand you use you need to make sure you are within their Angel policy and not at risk of breaching it. Please see brand guidelines which can usually be found on their website, alternatively, request a copy.

With Stampin’ Up! we have a specific copyright stamp that we must use on the cards if we are selling them. This can be stamped on the back along with your own contact details. If you designed the card from your own imagination and creativity, mark your spot on your design by adding your own copyright watermark or label. Ensure you always give credit to Stampin’ Up! by using the copyright stamp (or label). We have a stamp set named “Make a difference” which has a copyright stamp, a handmade by stamp and a few others that are perfect for sellers. You can have a look at it by clicking the image below (please watch the youtube video also as I show you how to make a custom stamp using this set):

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For more information on Stampin’ Up!’s Angel Policy please click on the link below:

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YouTube Handmade Card Tutorial (Stampin’ Up! 2019) live premiere at 9pm Saturday 14th September….

 

 

 

Previous Episodes

Week One    How to make a handmade card, supplies design and finding inspiration Click to view BLOG POST

 

 

 

Week Two    How to make a handmade card, basic card making techniques, equipment and terminology   Click to view BLOG POST

 

 

 

Week Three    How to make a handmade card look professional

 

 

 

Week Four    The benefits of cardmaking

 

 

Thank you so much for tuning in today, I hope that the information has been helpful. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Next Week…

Next week (week 6) we will look at how to set up a cardmaking business (from my own experience).

Thanks for tuning in 🙂

Love Tricia x

 

Remember if you shop with me in any month you will get a handmade card and a small gift / product share at the end of each month from me – as a thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator.

I still have my FREE GIFT offer running please see the Free Gift Offer Page Here  

Have a look at our awesome occasions catalogue too!

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With the new catalogue finally here and LIVE online at my online shop, now is the time to start shopping. Simply click the Shop Now image above to get started (grab a cuppa first you could be while!)  If you prefer, I can send you a copy of the catalogue but it you will need to cover the £3.95 P&P (this will be refunded after you make your first order with me) .  Alternatively, click link here 2019-2020_Annual_Catalogue to download a copy to save onto your PC.

Remember if you shop with me in any month you will get a handmade card and a small gift / product share at the end of each month from me – as a thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator.

Use my monthly Hostess Code

Click to view hostess

Now remember to use my hostess code which you will find on the right hand side of this screnn and under my Hostess Code Page – this changes every month so make sure you use the correct one.  When customer orders cumulatively add up to £150 I can claim Stampin’ Rewards for free product to share amongst those who order that month.  If you plan to spend £150 on your own, do not use the code as you will earn your own rewards for free product at time of ordering!  If you are unsure please use my Contact Me page to ask any questions.

Spending £99 or more?

Recruitment Stampin' Up! Become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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We have a great joining offer on all year round – sign up today as a demonstrator for £99 and receive £130 worth of product! Yes – that’s £31 free Plus… no P&P costs on your starter kit. Why not join me in this wonderful crafty world that is Stampin’ Up! If I can do it, so can you!  Not to mention the 20% discount for  the first six months minimum. Please refer to my Join my Team page for full details and benefits 

Stampin’ Up! Offers such as clearance, product medley, freebies and new products

Stampin’Up! offer various promotions and offers throughout the year, and this is to keep things exciting for both you (the customer) and I (the demonstrator).  Click on any image below to view our current promotions individually –

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If you have any questions please feel free to contact me any time 🙂

Contact Me: Tricia Smith, UK Indpendent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator based in Scotland, UK (Smithscraftycreations.com)

Telephone:  07864 306373 or Email: smithscraftycreations@gmail.com

Happy Shopping!
Love T x

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How to make handmade cards - a guide to becoming a card maker

Week 4 – A free step by step guide to card making for beginners: The benefits of cardmaking

A Free Step by Step Guide to card making for beginners 

This is a one off unique blog series where you will learn everything you need to know about handmade cards

 

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Week 4 – A free step by step guide to card making for beginners: The benefits of cardmaking

What are the benefits of cardmaking?

Well, for me, it’s all about bringing out that creative side of me as well as giving me a focal point of distraction to some health issues, low mood and chronic fatigue.

Secondly, it’s the new friendships that I have made through my social media channels and in person via my card classes. I love to share my creativity and it is great to have people join in with challenges on my pages, pushing themselves to try something new, and the support that we give each other in relation to our crafty projects is just amazing. It’s about all the new friendships and my team of #Teamsmithy ladies, my upline and my  fellow team mates, fellow demonstrators and the general Stampin’ Up! fans out there!

Thirdly, its seeing my crafty circle make friendships amongst themselves too which is really heart-warming for me.

And lastly, crafting, and in particular due to being an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I feel I belong…

Please watch my video below :

YouTube Handmade Card Tutorial (Stampin’ Up! 2019) live premiere at 9pm Saturday 7th September….

 

 

 

Previous Episodes

Week One    How to make a handmade card, supplies design and finding inspiration Click to view BLOG POST

 

Week Two    How to make a handmade card, basic card making techniques, equipment and terminology   Click to view BLOG POST

 

Week Three    How to make a handmade card look professional

 

 

Thank you so much for tuning in today, I hope that the information has been helpful. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Next Week…

Next week (week 65) we will look at how to go about donating or selling handmade cards and some information on copyright

Thanks for tuning in 🙂

Love Tricia x

 

Remember if you shop with me in any month you will get a handmade card and a small gift / product share at the end of each month from me – as a thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator.

Have a look at our awesome occasions catalogue too!

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stampin-up-online-shop-smithscraftycreations

With the new catalogue finally here and LIVE online at my online shop, now is the time to start shopping. Simply click the Shop Now image above to get started (grab a cuppa first you could be while!)  If you prefer, I can send you a copy of the catalogue but it you will need to cover the £3.95 P&P (this will be refunded after you make your first order with me).  Alternatively, click link here 2019-2020_Annual_Catalogue to download a copy to save onto your PC.

Remember if you shop with me in any month you will get a handmade card and a small gift / product share at the end of each month from me – as a thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator.

Use my monthly Hostess Code

Click to view hostess

Now remember to use my hostess code which you will find on the right hand side of this screnn and under my Hostess Code Page – this changes every month so make sure you use the correct one.  When customer orders cumulatively add up to £150 I can claim Stampin’ Rewards for free product to share amongst those who order that month.  If you plan to spend £150 on your own, do not use the code as you will earn your own rewards for free product at time of ordering!  If you are unsure please use my Contact Me page to ask any questions.

Spending £99 or more?

Recruitment Stampin' Up! Become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

stampinup-eng-recruitment-poster-join-my-team-teamsmithy

We have a great joining offer on all year round – sign up today as a demonstrator for £99 and receive £130 worth of product! Yes – that’s £31 free Plus… no P&P costs on your starter kit. Why not join me in this wonderful crafty world that is Stampin’ Up! If I can do it, so can you!  Not to mention the 20% discount for  the first six months minimum. Please refer to my Join my Team page for full details and benefits 

Stampin’ Up! Offers such as clearance, product medley, freebies and new products

Stampin’Up! offer various promotions and offers throughout the year, and this is to keep things exciting for both you (the customer) and I (the demonstrator).  Click on any image below to view our current promotions individually –

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Magnolia Lane

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If you have any questions please feel free to contact me any time 🙂

Contact Me: Tricia Smith, UK Indpendent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator based in Scotland, UK (Smithscraftycreations.com)

Telephone:  07864 306373 or Email: smithscraftycreations@gmail.com

Happy Shopping!
Love T x

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How to make handmade cards - a guide to becoming a card maker

Week 3 – A free step by step guide to card making for beginners: How to make your handmade cards look professional

A Free Step by Step Guide to card making for beginners 

This is a one off unique blog series where you will learn everything you need to know about handmade cards

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Week Three – A free step by step guide to card making for beginners: How to make your handmade cards look professional

How to make your handmade cards look professional

I’ll explain briefly some of the basic card making techniques out there and try not to overload you with too much information:

Now, as this is a guide aimed at beginner card makers I have pitched it to suit this specific audience. I will explain, from my point of view, what makes a handmade card look professional.  Please remember there are more advanced techniques out there to achieve even more professional results – but I want to keep this as easy as possible for you guys.

In my business I make sample cards almost everyday and I want them to not only be attractive to beginners, but also attractive to the eye too!  90% of my sample cards are donated to a Scottish Charity called Children’s Hospice Across Scotland #CHAS so that they can sell them in a store local to my area, and I want them to sell and make as much extra pennies for the charity as possible – every little really does help!

In my opinion, there is one easy, no fuss, no confusion, no wasted time standing in a shop looking at all the craft goodies… type of method to use to get professional looking cards. And that is…..two words.

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Now, if you do not know what a product suite is, let me explain.

Product suites are a fully co-ordinated collection of crafting goodies that were designed to co-ordinate altogether and… to make life a little easier for us crafters.  I swear by these suites which are available from the company I demonstrate for, that is Stampin’ Up!

Suites consist of not just consumables such as designer series paper, ribbon and embellishments, but also include stampsets, punches and dies too! Heaven right? Yes indeed.

Product suites are close to my heart as they have really helped me bring on my crafting ability (we are all learning everyday regardless of experience) and has helped me to product quality professional looking sample cards to showcase to the world! 

I have been in that position whereby I have bought hundreds of budget craft papers, stamps, as well as more expensive ones but the issue is when we try to create a card.  Our cardstock doesn’t match our inks, or we have too much of one supply and not enough of the other – do we go vintage, shabby chic, modern or decoupage? All of that confusion and uncertaintly disappeared when I found Stampin’ Up! Now I’m not just saying this because I am an active demonstrator, but because it is true.

Here are just some of the suites on offer, you can click the links to see more detail if you have time: 

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These suites I have shown you above are availabe now in my online shop but we also have more suites that are available during certain times of the year such as the Autumn Winter Catalogue launching on 4th September and the Spring / Summer Catalogue that launches next year.  Let me know if you would like a copy of the Autumn Winter Catalogue posted out to you (UK) by clicking here

There are some basics tips to help too such as making sure your card is cut straight as is your card layers, that your envelope is the right size for your card – you can stamp on your envelope too to make it match!  If you sell your cards make sure they are protected in a cello card sleeve too, it will protect it.

Remember to make your card your own! Do some preparation beforehand to get an idea of what you want to do…. is it male, birthday, wedding, what colours do I need, do I need to die cut anything out, etc. etc. Whatever you make will be a one-off unique design, designed by you! and you should be proud of your creation!

One last tip…..three words….. WINK OF STELLA ! I add this to almost all of my projects to add some sparkle, you don’t need a lot and simply apply like a pen to whatever area you fancy blinging up.  I’m allergic to real glitter so find this wink of stella brilliant as there’s no residue that irritates my skin.

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YouTube Handmade Card Tutorial (Stampin’ Up! 2019) live premiere at 9pm Saturday 31st August….

 

 

Have a view of Stampin’ Up!s video which shows you what a fabulous item the wink of stella is!  Wink Of Stella (Stampin’ Up!)

Just incase you missed the last two episodes…….

Previous Episodes

Week One    How to make a handmade card, supplies design and finding inspiration Click to view BLOG POST

 

Week Two    How to make a handmade card, basic card making techniques, equipment and terminology   Click to view BLOG POST

 

Thank you so much for tuning in today, I hope that the information has been helpful. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Next Week…

Next week (week 4) we will look at the benefits of making hand made cards and taking up card making as a new hobby

Thanks for tuning in 🙂

Love Tricia x

 

Remember if you shop with me in any month you will get a handmade card and a small gift / product share at the end of each month from me – as a thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator.

stampin-up-online-shop-smithscraftycreations

With the new catalogue finally here and LIVE online at my online shop, now is the time to start shopping. Simply click the Shop Now image above to get started (grab a cuppa first you could be while!)  If you prefer, I can send you a copy of the catalogue but it you will need to cover the £3.95 P&P (this will be refunded after you make your first order with me).  Alternatively, click link here 2019-2020_Annual_Catalogue to download a copy to save onto your PC.

Remember if you shop with me in any month you will get a handmade card and a small gift / product share at the end of each month from me – as a thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator.

Use my monthly Hostess Code

Click to view hostess

 

Now remember to use my hostess code which you will find on the right hand side of this page and under my Hostess Code Page – this changes every month so make sure you use the correct one.  When customer orders cumulatively add up to £150 I can claim Stampin’ Rewards for free product to share amongst those who order that month.  If you plan to spend £150 on your own, do not use the code as you will earn your own rewards for free product at time of ordering!  If you are unsure please use my Contact Me page to ask any questions.

Spending £99 or more?

Recruitment Stampin' Up! Become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

stampinup-eng-recruitment-poster-join-my-team-teamsmithy

We have a great joining offer on all year round – sign up today as a demonstrator for £99 and receive £31 of free product! Plus… no P&P costs on your starter kit. Why not join me in this wonderful crafty world that is Stampin’ Up! If I can do it, so can you!  Not to mention the 20% discount for  the first six months minimum. Please refer to my Join my Team page for full details and benefits 

 

Stampin’ Up! Offers such as clearance, product medley, freebies and new products

Stampin’Up! offer various promotions and offers throughout the year, and this is to keep things exciting for both you (the customer) and I (the demonstrator).  Click on any image below to view our current promotions individually –

 

Magnolia Lane

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If you have any questions please feel free to contact me any time 🙂

Contact Me: Tricia Smith, UK Indepndent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator based in Scotland, UK (Smithscraftycreations.com)

Telephone:  07864 306373 or Email: smithscraftycreations@gmail.com

Happy Shopping!
Love T x

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Week 3