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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

 

Add some fun by clipping it on!

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A quick and easy way to add a bit of fun to your packaging is to clip your tags (hand stamped using a stamp from Firefly Stamps – of course!) and business cards on to your packaging.  Clips are a perfect addition for posting out your handmade creations, displaying packaged goods at market stalls, or general gift wrapping – especially with Christmas just round the corner!

Hard to see, but a metalic spiral shaped paperclip

There are lots of options available if you search in your local craft shops, two dollar stores, office supplies stores and online.  Don’t forget to make sure they fit with your business colour scheme, style of your products, or packaging.

Some cheap and cheerful options include:

  • Cute mini wooden pegs
  • Add a dash of colour with mini coloured plastic pegs
  • Coloured paper clips – these are super cheap and easy to access
  • Create heart shaped paperclips yourself (I remember making this at school many years ago!) See this link forinstructions: http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com.au/2009/02/heart-shaped-paper-clips.html
    • Buy shaped paper clips – there are lots of cute options out there.  These are just a few of the good ones I found on ebay:

Mini wooden peg

Wooden Hearts

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/2×12-Note-Money-Clip-Clamp-Heart-Paper-Mini-Wood-Photo-/270807819510?pt=AU_Books_Accessories_Gift_Books&hash=item3f0d6764f6

Butterflies

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/4Pcs-Flying-Butterfly-Paper-Clip-Bookmark-HOT-Gift-/180740109536?pt=AU_Books_Accessories_Gift_Books&hash=item2a14f334e0

Colourful little people

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/6-pcs-Cute-Colorful-Man-Paper-Clip-Bookmark-Clip-Drink-/180740074419?pt=AU_Business_Industrial_Office_Supplies&hash=item2a14f2abb3

Mini plastic purple peg

Animals – (click on select to choose an animal)

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Paper-clips-Silver-Color-animals-Executive-box-30-/390176592732?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item99b021aa89

Some cute bicycles, planes cars and motorscooters

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Paper-clips-Silver-Color-vehicle-Executive-box-30-/260655795119?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item82635460e2

Silver wire paperclips

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Francheville-Heart-Clips-Silver-Pack-27-NEW-/221133568020?pt=AU_Scrapbooking&hash=item337c967814

Metal clips with coloured decorative discs

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/FRANCHEVILLE-DESIGNER-CLIPS-2-ASST-PACKS-/190734805564?pt=AU_Scrapbooking&hash=item2c68ae2a3c

Create your own heat shaped paperclips

More cute hearts

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/20-Heart-Mini-Pegs-Craft-Wedding-Favours-Photo-Clips-B17777-/280960007535?pt=AU_Scrapbooking&hash=item416a857d6f

I like these

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/6-mini-Bright-Fun-Clips-Scrapbooking-/220675502338?pt=AU_Scrapbooking&hash=item336148f102

Coloured flowers

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Springtime-Mini-Flower-Clips-Colour-Mix-17mm-More-my-Store-/160690261153?pt=AU_Scrapbooking&hash=item2569e2cca1

Coat hangers

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/TIM-HOLTZ-HANGER-CLIPS-24-pieces-/270810373446?pt=AU_Scrapbooking&hash=item3f0d8e5d46

Don’t forget, coming next week our free stamp pad with personalised or custom stamp orders offer.  This offer is limited so you will need to be quick!  Visit the Crafty Firefly Facebook page (you will find a link to it on the right hand menu of the blog) to order your stamp and receive your free stamp pad.  Instructions for how to do this will be posted in the middle of next week.

I’m heading away for a few days late this week and early next week.  I will be unable to make stamps during this time but I’m more than happy to answer questions and create designs if you would like to send me an email: fireflystamps@gmail.com    I will be back in full swing for stamp making on Thursday 18th October, and hopefully with some exciting new stamp designs shortly after that too!

Before I leave I am endeavouring to get our facebook gallery up to date so you will be able to view our full range of stamps there.  Firefly Stamp’s craftumi and madeit stores will be in holiday mode while I’m away.

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!

Quick fix for markets!

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Thanks to everyone who came to visit my market stall on Saturday.  I will be in touch with proofs for those people who placed orders very shortly, and will get your orders out as quickly as I can.

We also sold $84 worth of Madagascar charity cards (also available in my madeit store) and I will be depositing these funds into the fundraising account in the next couple of days.  Thanks to all those people who chose to purchase a ‘Salama’ Greetings for Madagascar card.   All proceeds from the sale of these cards go to Azafady, all materials and photographs have been donated by Artist Jacqui Malins and all madeit listing fees have been covered by Firefly Stamps.  $7 gets you an amazing greeting card with a high quality photograph of the people and environment of Madagascar and includes postage to you within Australia.  These cards will only be available for a short time, so if you are interested please hurry to purchase yours!

I thought I’d share some of my quick tips for market stall preparation with you today including my business cards.  I put these together in a bit of a rush.  I have grand plans for very creative business cards, but I have been finding it hard to get the time to create them, so with limited time to prepare for the market stall I decided to create some with a combination of printing and hand stamping.  I simply used a snapshot of my store banner to create the background for the cards which I printed on to ink jet/laser printer business cards and then hand stamped my business details over the top.

I also ran out of time to order my brown paper bags for placing customer purchases in.  So, my solution on Friday was to duck into the supermarket to grab some brown paper “lunch” bags.  I used a decorative edge punch to give the bags a bit of embellishment and stamped each one with one of my stamps.    These will look a lot better when I use proper packaging bags, but for a quick, short term fix, they did the job!

Here you can see my market stall setup.  I was quite happy, over all, with the look of the stall as I only decided to go ahead with the market a couple of weeks before it was scheduled.  I decided simple was the way to go, but having said that it was still a lot of work to get it all organised in time. It was an interesting challenge coming up with a way to market my predominantly custom order based business effectively in a market stall situation.  If anyone else is in a similar situation and has has suggestions for how this can be done effectively I’d love to hear your ideas.  Please leave me a comment below.

Next week I’ll be back with a follow-on from my previous business card post, ways to further enhance your business cards using a variety of embellishments.  See you then.

Cheers,

The Crafty Firefly