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Visit Ruby Doo Dah for handmade cards – now in the Customer Gallery

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This personalised stamp by Firefly Stamps is on its way to Amanda of Ruby Doo Dah.

Ruby Doo Dah the place to visit for handcrafted greeting cards.

Find a link for Ruby Doo Dah now listed in the Customer Gallery.

Special delivery stamp – would you like one personalised?

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There are so many ways you can use this stamp:

– stamp envelopes and packaging

– create tags

– make your own Christmas gift or greeting cards

– stamp your own wrapping paper

– use for scrapbooking or photo album embellishment

We can personalise these stamps too!  We’ll remove North Pole and 25 December and replace them with your name or business name eg. From Sarah & Patrick, From the Smiths, From Grandma & Grandpa or Firefly Stamps.

Personalised version of this stamp 5 x 7.5cm timber handle  – $27.95 plus $6.90 trackable postage within AUS

Stamp as is (Special delivery,North Pole, 25 December) 5 x 7.5 cm – $12.00 plus $6.90 trackable postage within AUS

If you’re interested send us an email to fireflystamps@gmail.com or visit our online stores madeit.com.au/fireflystamps or craftumi.com.au/fireflystamps

Cheers,

The Crafty Firefly

 

Want to stamp on fabric? A useful comparison of stamp pads

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Want to stamp on fabric?  Many of the people who want me to create a stamp for them also wish to use their stamp on fabric to create tags and stamp their fabric products.  I don’t have a lot of experience stamping on fabric however I do know that some stamp pads claim to work on a variety of surfaces including fabric.  So this week I decided to do a bit of research to find out which stamp pad might work best on fabric.

Image from: crafttestdummies.com

 

I found this great article on crafttestdummies.com which compares a whole range of craft stamp pads commonly available in crafting and scrapbooking/paper craft shops and of course online.  All the stamp pads were stamped on fabric, ironed to set them and then washed.  You can read the article here:

http://www.crafttestdummies.com/craft-product-reviews/comparison-of-stamp-pad-inks-on-fabric/

 

There also seems to be a new stamp pad available which is specifically for stamping fabric.  I haven’t yet been able to find anyone who has “tested” it and reported back on how well they work.  Scribbles Fabric Stamp Pads claim to be permanent, machine washable and non-toxic.  You can see the colour range and buy them online at Createforless and other online craft stores:

 

http://www.createforless.com/Scribbles+Fabric+Stamp+Pad/plid15970.aspx

 

Good luck with your stamping on fabric!  I’d love to hear your views on which stamp pad you find works best on fabric.

Cheers,

Crafty Firefly

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 tags and packaging ideas!

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A couple of posts ago I provided some ideas about creating simple and professional looking tags for your packaging and wrapping.   Today I’m back with more tags!  Ways to enhance your tags further and incorporate them into your existing packaging with only one or two simple extra steps.  Today’s examples also focus more on colour.

Create tag by stamping image on to thin card. Place a decorative strip of paper behind the tag and wrap around top of bag, box, parcel, envelope etc.

My first example tag (left) and packaging uses a square stamped cream tag and a background  strip of complementary decorative paper.  The colour scheme and style of this packaging creates a classic look.  I can imagine you’d find a hand dyed scarf or handmade soaps inside this package.  You can easily change the look and feel of your packaging by using your own business logo, stamping on coloured card/paper and selecting an appropriate background stripe.

Change the look of the square tag by turning on an angle and using it as a diamond shape. In the next example (below right) I have added a larger backing in

Using a coloured and/or textured backing card can add an extra dimension to your tag. Tie the colour or texture to your product style/type or brand.

bright green card which has an embossed 3D effect to it.  With the matching ribbon this packaging looks energetic and fun.

Add a 3d element just as an adhesive pearl, crystal or button.

Next, this cute little noodle box (left) has a tag with a matching Asian feel. The white stamped tag is backed with a larger multi coloured flower designed circle.  I’ve added an extra detail to this tag with a self adhesive black pearl.

This heart shaped tag (below left) is my attempt at a freehand shape.  I stamped the stamp onto the card first and then cut the shape around the stamp.  It’s simple, but quite effective.

My final tag today (below right) is a slightly different take on a tag – it’s more of a rosette and ribbon.  I selected a gorgeous backing paper and placed a complementary coloured stamped centre on it.  Then I folded the ribbon and stapled it to hold the fold in place and sticky taped it to the back of the circle.

Try a freehand shape and coloured card.

A simple thank you rosette would look cute attached to any packaging.

The hardest part of creating any of these tags and packaging ideas is going to be pulling the elements together in the first place.  Once you have decided on the size, colour and shape of your tag and have your physical resources in place it might only take half an hour or so to create a batch of tags that you can have on hand ready to pack up your orders.

Some considerations:

–          Do you have an existing logo?  What is its style? Does it utilise any colours? Your packaging will look better if it works well with any existing elements of your brand.

–          Try a coloured card for your tag or stamping with coloured ink for a quick packaging pick-me-up.

–          Try attaching your tag with something interesting: string, bakers twine, wool, embroidery thread, ribbon etc.  It’s these small extra little touches that customers love when they receive a handmade product.

Resource links & inspiration:

Noodle boxes

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/15-SMALL-WHITE-NOODLE-BOXES-GIFT-WEDDING-BOMBONIERE-BOX-PARTY-FAVOURS-CRAFT-/120845500620?pt=AU_Party_Supplies&hash=item1c22f400cc

http://www.packagingproducts.com.au/shopping/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=169

Pearl adhesives

Lots of sizes and colours to browse here:

http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p3907.m570.l1313&_nkw=pearl+adhesives+scrapbooking&_sacat=See-All-Categories

Paper bags – brown, coloured, with and without handles:

http://www.createforless.com/search/paper+bags/a!3,p!0-inf-/results.aspx?SH=QT1wYXBlciBiYWdzfkI9cGFwZXIgYmFnc35DPTJ_RD0yMH5JPVByaWNlfks9NH5MPTF_TT0zfk49M34

http://www.packagingproducts.com.au/shopping/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=167

http://www.packagingproducts.com.au/shopping/c-bags.asp

Cello bags:

http://www.packagingproducts.com.au/shopping/shopdisplayproducts.asp?page=2

Pre-made tags & stickers etc:

Manilla hang tags

http://www.ebay.com/itm/30-Manilla-Blank-Hang-Tags-3-3-4-X-1-7-8-95mm-x-48mm-for-Gifts-Scrapbooks-/370629027291?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item564b3625db

Natural cardboard hang tags

http://www.ebay.com/itm/25-Large-Blank-Shipping-Tags-Natural-Paper-Scrapbooking-Gift-Tags-Card-/380451617414?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5894aefa86

A range of paper trimmers:

http://www.createforless.com/search/results.aspx?txtSearch=x%20acto%20paper%20trimmer

Bracket style tags in autumn colours

http://www.ebay.com/itm/20-SQUARE-BRACKET-HAND-PUNCHED-BLANK-CARDSTOCK-DIE-CUT-HANG-TAG-/200789983565?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item2ec004014d

Kraft traditional tag shape

http://www.ebay.com/itm/50-Blank-Kraft-Tags-Punched-Hole-Gift-Tags-Craft-Supply-Holidays-/360415665183?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53ea729c1f

Tags with patterns:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Calico-Hang-Tags-Gift-Tags-Blank-Tags-/110335177218?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19b07d3202

Scalloped edge:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/shabby-chic-cottage-rustic-Round-SCALLOP-KRAFT-card-blank-HANG-Tags-shop-labels-/170882664638?pt=UK_Home_Garden_Celebrations_GiftWrapping_ET&var=&hash=item6d78edd183

Coloured:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/30-recycled-card-MEDIUM-Scallop-DIY-swing-tag-labels-shop-price-tickets-wedding-/170889701227?pt=UK_Home_Garden_Celebrations_GiftWrapping_ET&var=&hash=item6d7950bb12

Also see my last post  which provides more tag creating ideas and links to resources, tools and inspiration.

Next week I’ll be back with a follow-up to last weeks post – more ideas for crafty business cards.  Hope to catch you then.

Cheers,

The Crafty Firefly