Monthly Archives: September 2012

Personalised Chrissy Stamps – for small business packaging, wrapping handmade gifts or general gift giving

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Personalised Christmas stamps by Firefly Stamps.

Was hoping  to have these up earlier in the week – better late than never!

These personalised stamps are ideal for small business packaging giving your current or special festive packaging a personalised Christmas message and a place to attach further product or business details.  Some ‘handmade’ business owners offer gift wrapping at Christmas time just add a ‘To:’ and ‘From:’ to the back of your stamped tag for your customers to add a special message to their friend or loved one.  If you choose to have your stamp made as a transparent stamp on a clear acrylic block I will provide  small ‘To:’ and ‘From:’ stamps in a matching font so that you can create your gift tags quickly and easily.  (I am unable to provide these extra stamps free of charge with a wood mounted stamp).

Choose your favourite graphic and font from the options provided, add your own greeting and name and you have a truly personalised stamp you can use for many years to come.  Price $24.90 plus $6.90 trackable postage (AUD).

Available through my madeit or craftumi stores or alternatively send me a message through facebook.

Less than 3 months to Christmas!!!

Cheers,

The Crafty Firefly

Thinking about Christmas wrapping? Firefly’s Personalised Christmas Stamps

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Is anyone starting to think about how to add a festive touch to their Christmas orders, or considering offering free gift wrapping with their products this year?  Use a personalised Christmas stamp to create your own Christmas tags and wrapping paper.

Add your business name and they will be perfect for wrapping business orders, or choose a stamp and personalise it for home use.

Here are a few cheap and cheerful ways to utilse a personalised Christmas stamp:

1)      Tags, tags, tags – add a Christmas tag and incorporate your business contact details on the reverse side, alternatively provide a To: and From:  on the reverse side, so your customer can write a message to their gift recipient.

Red ink stamped on white card, then attached to a larger red background.

Go all out with a Christmas theme, or alternatively keep it low key by adding a tag in colours that complement your business colours and/or logo.

2)      Stamp and wrap it – stamp brown paper in an organised or random pattern.  Once wrapped in the stamped paper you can leave your package as is, or add a matching ribbon depending on your budget.

Red ink stamped on brown paper.

3)      After wrapping your product in tissue paper, stamp a strip of contrasting paper with your stamp and place this around your package.  I’ve used brown paper in this example.  I love the look of brown paper and it is so cheap and versatile!

4)      I’ve recycled the cardboard backing of a notebook to create this rustic looking tag.  The box has been wrapped in plain dark green paper, wrapped multiple times with natural jute string and finally the tag was attached.

Firefly Stamp’s Christmas range will be a mix and match set of Christmas graphics and fonts.  I hope to have them listed in our craftumi & madeit stores as well as on facebook by the beginning of next week, please stop back to take a look.

Cheers,

Crafty Firefly

Perfect paper packaging – a book with inspiration!

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Paper perfect – 25 bright ideas for paper  Author: Labeena Ishaque (Lark Books)

 

I was attracted to this book because of its bright colours and gorgeous photos.  Even though the book is 2 dimensional you sense the tactile three dimensional nature of the paper through the pictures in this book.  This book is bright and vibrant without being over crowded.

It offers a range of projects made from paper, everything from household items such as storage boxes to a cute paper blind, handmade cards and lovely packaging ideas.

Although my interest is not in hand making paper I found the section covering the history of paper, methods of paper making and paper crafting techniques really interesting and came away with a greater appreciation for the processes involved in creating beautiful handmade paper – something to try down the track perhaps!

From my own point of view there are a number of projects in the book that are of particular interest providing inspiration for do it yourself gift wrapping and packaging:

“Funky Files” – are cute concertina envelope style folders which could be a perfect packaging for a set of handmade gift cards.

“Gift Glamour” – provides three gorgeous gift wrapping ideas using simple, cheap and easy to access materials.  The examples provided look really striking.

“Bags for all” – are cute gift bags you could easily make yourself.  Adjust the size of the template using the photocopier to create a bag to suit your gift exactly.

“Lime lozenges” – offer the perfect gift box for jewellery, sweets and other small items

“Bonbon boxes” – these are wedding style bonbonniere boxes, but create these out of bright colour, textured or patterned card and these boxes could package a whole range of gifts.

“Wacky wallets” – are a flatter style wallet compared to “Funky Files”. They would be perfect for flat art work, gift cards, note paper and other stationery.

The added bonus in this book is the section at the back with templates for all the projects including the envelopes and boxes.

If you are looking for gift wrapping ideas or inspiration for creating our own packaging this book will definitely provide you with a feast of options.   If you’re interested in paper making, or paper crafts generally, you will be sure to find a project to create or a technique to use or adapt for use in your own projects.

Definitely worth a look!

Firefly Stamps @ Coastal Craft Handmade Markets 22 Sep 12

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The Coastal Craft Handmade Markets are on again in a couple of weeks – Saturday 22 September 12. If you are a lover of handmade craft living in or visiting the Illawarra region of NSW that weekend this is the place for you!

The address is: The Lighthouse Auditorium 4/9 Durgadin Drive Albion Park Rail (next to the Oak Flats interchange, in the light industrial area near Mitre 10 and Kollaras)

Time: 9am – 2pm

Visit The Coastal Craft Handmade Markets facebook page for a full list of stall holders for September.

Firefly Stamps have a special offer available at the market – receive a free black ink pad with any order for personalised stamp/s placed on the day!

Hope to see you there!

More packaging inspiration by Merchants of Milton!

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A lovely photo showing how Merchants of Milton are using their personalised stamp on packaging for their pendants. Visit their online store to view a fantastic range of gifts (or just splurge on yourself!) http://www.merchantsofmilton.com.au/ Products include arts & crafts, perfume, jewellery and fair trade goods. If you are on the south coast of NSW visit them in person at 1/65 Princes Highway Milton NSW.
Thanks for sharing your photo Rebecca!

Add character to your hand stamped business cards – add a 3d element!

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Used effectively your business cards can provide a little advertisement for the style and character of your business and products.  Here are some easy ideas for adding 3 dimensional embellishments to your cards.  An interesting business card will hopefully lead to your card being kept within view or passed on to the recipient’s family, friends or colleagues.

Try adding a charm

Glue on a charm – there are so many options available these days through beading/jewellery supply shops and paper crafting stores.  Choose something that is relevant to your brand’s colour scheme, your products or logo.  Play

Insert a brad. You’ll find many shapes and colours available from scrapbooking and paper craft supplies stores.

with the location on the card to find where it fits and looks the best. A custom business card stamp can be created to fit your embellishment by having the text left or right justified, with space in the centre of the card etc.

 Insert a brad – brads are miniature versions of split pins. You can get them in many colours, and with a variety of

decorative ends.  Use a sharp object like a pin or needle to create a pilot hole before inserting the brad, this will help reduce damage to the surrounding card as you push the brad through.

Try adding a strip of paper, or using a paper punch.

Add a strip of paper – these could be cut freehand with scissors to create an uneven effect  or guillotined for a perfectly even stripe, or even ripped to create a rough natural look, as in my example.  I’ve used brown kraft paper, but coloured or patterned paper could look very effective.

Use a paper punch – then tie on a pretty piece of twine, ribbon or lace.  Go one step further and attach a little charm or bright coloured bead to your twine.  In this example I just used my single hole punch, but there are so many

Give a button a go.

fantastic punch shapes you could incorporate into your business card design.

Attach a punched shape with a self adhesive pearl in the centre.

This time using the punch in reverse, punch shapes from a contrasting colour card or paper to your business card and glue them onto the business card.  You can always embellish further with a contrasting self adhesive or glue on pearl or rhinestone.

Buttons can provide an interesting decorative element to your business card and can be a cost effective option.

Hopefully my examples will give you a few ideas and get you thinking about quick and easy ways to create a mini advertisement for your business and products.  It’s worth spending time playing with colours, textures, patterns and layout before deciding on your final design.  Ask others for their advice about which design works best.  You could even put a few options together and ask your facebook or blog contacts for feedback or to vote  for which option they consider to be the most effective business card.

Look out for my next post when I’ll be reviewing a book with some packaging and wrapping inspiration.  Mmmm might just about be time to start considering Christmas packaging!

Cheers,

Crafty Firefly

Firefly Stamps 3 piece stamp set for children or teachers a madeit seller’s pick of the week!

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3 piece stamp set for children or teachers by Firefly Stamps

I was excited to get a message that our 3 piece stamp sets have been chosen by seller Kirsten Kelland as one of her picks of the week on  madeit!

A lovely gift for a child, great to use on a reward chart or a practical gift for a teacher.

Choose the set of 3 animals you like the best.  The stamp diameter is just under

2 cm, each stamp is mounted on a cute wooden handle.  $15.00 for the set of 3 stamps and available in the Firefly Stamps madeit store.