Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Easter Jewellery Contest


It's that time again! The new contest is now open, and anyone can participate. Only one entry per person please.

It seemed fitting to select a bead that was somewhat shaped like an egg. These earrings are obviously representative of Easter. For this reason I have named them 'Rebirth'.

Many people celebrate Easter and this day is celebrated in different ways depending on who you are. Whether you will be alone or with family for this celebration, you will surely come in contact with an egg in some form or another. Mine will be filled with chocolate. Lots of yummy chocolate!

These earrings are made with acrylic vintage, light topaz swirls, silver tone flower bead caps, and one seed bead on each earring. They are adorned with real silver plated ear hooks. They measure 1 1/2 inches in length. The vintage swirls are 20mm x 14mm. They were made before the 1980's and are no longer being manufactured. For that reason they are collectibles.

To enter your name for a chance to win just send an email to joanniel.contest@gmail.com - Please include your first name, city, and contact email. I have set up my account so that it sends an automated message, so you know your entry has been received. If this is your first time entering in one of my contests, please let me know if you would like to be added to the mailing list. This way you can stay up to date on sales, contests, and more. You do not need to request to be added every time you enter in my contests. If you have asked to be informed of future contests and/or sales previously, you can be certain that you are already on the mailing list.

Contest ends on May 15, 2010. The winner will be chosen at random. The winner will be notified via email on May 16, 2010. Good luck!

Monday, March 29, 2010

March Jewellery Contest Winner


Drum roll please! And the winner of the March contest is...Eva from Israel! Congratulations to Eva on winning my lovely pair of gemstone and Swarovski crystal earrings!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the March contest. The April contest will be posted here on my blog in the coming days.

Have a great week everyone. Thanks for supporting handmade art.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Confessions of a Paper Addict


Although I have more than 400 business cards left from my Vistaprint order, I've decided to make myself a coordinated set. I couldn't resist. I love paper and I wanted a new look that would be unique to me. I've made myself some pillow boxes, earring cards of various sizes, and business cards to match. I'm very happy with the result, and I'm also quite pleased that it all matches my etsy shop banner. But don't worry, I will use up the rest of my 400+ business cards so they don't go to waste.

Here is a link to the pillow box template I used if you would like to make your own.

As stated in the title, I am a paper addict. lol. I buy craft paper sheets all the time. In fact, I often find reasons to go the the craft store just to look at all the paper designs they have. It makes me happy. I even scan them so I don't have to use the originals. Plus, this way I can change the colors if I want. I always have lots of fun creating paper crafts such as cards and other creations.



Here is a small card I made two weeks ago. The background image is paper that has been scanned and printed on a regular sheet of paper. I also used off-white fibrous paper, color card stock, and lace paper sticker ribbon. The green pattern paper under the lace ribbon is also paper that I scanned and then printed a section of. I finished this card by adding a paper flower. I must say that I had a great time making this card and I am looking forward to making more. As soon as I have some spare time.

Have fun and don't be afraid to get creative when making paper crafts of your own!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Child Crafter Extraordinaire!



I came upon a little shop on etsy a few weeks ago. Annabelle's Art. It is full of wonderful items. So carefully crafted and with such great color combinations. These creations are put together by a very unique little girl who clearly has a gift for art. The incredible part is that she, Annabelle is only 10 years old. To be able to create such lovely items at this tender age is remarkable.

In the photo above is a set of beautiful stitch markers made by Annabelle. You can buy these and many other sets of stitch markers at Annabelleart.etsy.com.

At Annabelle's shop you will also find handmade cards. I have purchased two of these cards and I can say for sure that they are just beautiful, so don't be shy and check out this great shop today! You won't be disappointed.

You might want to hurry. Items are going pretty fast. She has developed quite a customer base, and in a very short time. She has had many sales since I discovered her creations a few weeks back. So you don't want to miss out on a great gift for that special someone! And you might even find a little something for yourself, too.

It seems Annabelle also likes to make jewellery. As a jewellery maker myself I can see that I'm going to be having some great competition here.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Jewellery Contest for March


(Contest is now closed. Thank you.)

Here are the new earrings for the March contest. The contest is open to everyone. Only one entry per person, please.

I am giving away a beautiful pair of yellow stone and crystal earrings. These real silver plated earrings have round swarovski crystals, fancy twisted rings, and genuine rare heliodor gemstone briolettes. The gemstones are wire wrapped in real sterling silver. These earrings measure 2 inches in length.

To enter your name for a chance to win just send an email to joanniel.contest@gmail.com - I have set up my account so that it sends an automated message, so you know your entry has been received. If this is your first time entering in one of my contests, please let me know if you would like to be added to the mailing list. This way you can stay up to date on sales, contests, and more. You do not need to request to be added every time you enter in my contests. If you have asked to be informed of future contests and/or sales previously, you can be certain that you are already on the mailing list.

Contest ends on March 28, 2010. The winner will be chosen by picking a name out of a hat. Okay, not an actual hat, but you get the idea. The winner will be notified via email on March 29, 2010. Good luck!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Jewellery Contest: Results Are In!


The drawing for my turquoise and brass earrings contest took place today. The winner is...Rebecca from Kentucky. Congratulations to Rebecca for winning these lovely earrings.

I am going to be having another giveaway for the month of March. I will be posting it in the next few days so keep an eye out.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to participate in my contest. I invite all of you to participate in my next giveaway. In the meantime, you are welcome to visit my shop to see more of my creations, joanniel.etsy.com

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Showcase or No Showcase?


This is one of the items that sold as a result of my showcase. I am very happy to have sold these beauties and I already have another showcase lined up.

I'm sure most of you etsyans at some point have wondered about the value of buying a showcase. Here's some information that may help you make an informed decision about it.

In my experience sales as a result of showcases are hit or miss. I have never purchased a main showcase. Why? Well, I've never been able to get one. It's always sold out. That in itself is pretty annoying. In all honesty, before I ever bought a showcase I never even noticed the main showcase bar at the top of the etsy site. I assume most people don't know it's there either. For that reason, I wouldn't bother buying one.

My first showcase was for a pendant. I was new to etsy and lucked out on a slot. The fact that they were always sold out was alluring and I just had to try it. Unfortunately, it was in a subcategory of the jewellery section. The pendant subcategry to be exact. At the time I was so excited. I didn't realize I was throwing my money away. I got less than a hundred hearts and one inquiry about my pendant. I replied and never heard from the lady again. A total waste of my time. I wouldn't recommend it now that I know more about showcases. The main category showcases are where the traffic is.

This week I had two showcases that resulted in some hearts and six sales. Out of the five showcases I have purchased since I started selling jewellery, this is the first time I have had sales out of it. This is what I mean by hit or miss. It's a good way to get some attention to your shop, but it doesn't necessarily equal sales.

How do you get a showcase? Except for the main showcase, the etsy storque showcase, and two others all other showcase slots open at 12:00 am eastern time. And I mean 12:00 am on the dot. By 12:05 am there are usually none left.

If you buy a showcase on a thursday then your showcase will be for a thursday. Check the date and keep note of it. If you click on showcase at the bottom left of the 'your etsy' page you will see the showcase you have purchased. You can line up your showcase items there. Just copy the listing number of the items you select from your shop and paste it into the bar and click 'add'.

You can feature as many items in a showcase as you want. That means that if you buy one showcase but want to promote four different items, all you have to do is rotate items every six hours. You go into your showcase. When you want to change the item that is being featured you pick the new item and click on 'move to the top'. After a few minutes your new item will be in the showcase.

I would definitely recommend buying a showcase at least once or twice to see for yourself. My advice is if you do get one, make sure your pictures look fantastic. If not, work on your photos before you invest $7 in a showcase.