To overly simplify it, procreate is a digital medium to create pretty much anything you want. I’ve only had it for a couple of weeks so I haven’t even scratched the surface of what it can do. But I have watched a few tutorials and videos on YouTube and am excited to dive in further. These are two of the projects I've made so far with very limited drawing experience. I would highly recommend this app if you are thinking of trying digital art.
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Thursday, January 14, 2021
My issue was, and maybe it was just because of the kind of Etsy store I have, is that it didn't really fit in what I was looking for. My profit margin just wasn't there and I know I'm not alone. If you start off with a shirt that costs $13 and add in shipping, that shirt is costing you at minimum $17, say you are selling the shirt for $22-$25, your profit is less than $10 per shirt. Where as I can get a blank shirt from All Day Shirts for less than $2 each, cut out my own design from my vinyl stash for less than $1 and all of the profit is mine.
I don't sell a lot of shirts or physical products anymore anyway so losing the POD (Print on Demand) part of my Etsy won't hurt my sales much. In fact, my plan is to take the designs that I did have on Printful, redo and revamp some of them so they are SVG's and sell those. That way I can share my designs with other crafters and not have any of the overhead once the design is complete.
Monday, January 11, 2021
It's been a long time, but I finally redesigned the blog! I have wanted to do it for years, but like anything that is for myself I was being too picky and indecisive so I just put it off. And finally after the dumpster fire of a year that was 2020, I decided that I wouldn't put it off any longer and did the redesign for this year.
I used elements I downloaded from Creative Fabrica for the font and the graphic elements. I ended up making some adjustments but overall I'm really happy with the new, simple, elegant look. I will be uploading new designs to the shop soon, but my design time has been cut down with having the kids home doing virtual school.
Monday, July 20, 2020
But this post has some cool stuff in it. because recently I have discovered Creative Fabrica! This amaaazing website has literally tens of THOUSANDS of Fonts, Graphics and Craft files for you to choose from.
Friday, May 1, 2020
Sunday, December 29, 2019
This year my best sellers were the Christmas Elves and Moose from the Dollar Tree. Throw on some HTV to personalize and they were a huge hit.
Another set of really popular items were the customized pot holders and cutting boards. (Also from the Dollar Tree!)
I also made Santa Cams- which were made from Nightlights from the Dollar Tree and cell phone wide lenses also from, you guessed it, the Dollar Tree. Then I used Extreme glitter Mod Podge on the backs of the nightlights to add some sparkle and to cover the scratches that are on them. You can also use frost spray but I didn't like how they came out. Then I just added a small vinyl decal and a tiny rhinestone to look like a Record light. I love how they came out and they were a hit too.
Acrylic ornaments were something else that I really enjoyed making this year, I made dozens of them with names, images and they were a little challenging because they are so small but the finished product came out really pretty.
I also made some Teacher/Bus Driver appreciation gifts for my girls and their teachers and the Bus Driver/Montior enjoyed them.
Saturday, October 19, 2019
I won’t be making anymore promises of more frequent updates but I will post when I can here and I have been a bit more active on Instagram and Facebook.
For Mother’s Day this year my wonderfully sweet husband bought me a Cricut Air Explore 2! It took me a bit to bust it out and start crafting but I have made lots of items so far and now that he also gave me an Easy Press I can start making items with Heat Transfer Vinyl. I am so excited for all of the possibilities! One of the other projects I just discovered is Hair Bows!
They are so fun and easy to make I am addicted, for now I’m starting with Halloween bows but I also have my eye on some other holiday patterns as well as mermaid and unicorn bows!
The items I used are Faux Leather sheets from amazon, there are a TON of options to pick from but these are my favorite brand.
You also need alligator or French hair clips and of course your hot glue gun.
You will also need a template to cut out your bows. There are a bunch in Etsy or if you’re feeling creative you can make your own!
Oh and I also made the display cards using a template I purchased here and some card stock! So easy and fun!
Monday, January 14, 2019
Hello everyone! I am trying to post more this year so I am starting off with a new pattern from me! I have made this ADORABLE sack hat in 5, yes FIVE sizes. From little bitty baby heads to big noggins, I got you covered.
The easiest part of this hat believe it or not are the little hearts! With your main color on your hook, insert your hook, yarn over with your accent color, close out the stitch with the main color. That's it! Nice and easy! What's not easy for me was deciding how I was going to carry my yarn. This is a personal preference and you can do it however you're comfortable. You can either carry it UNDER your stitches and tuck the yarn in-
Pros- No yarn hanging out on the inside of the hat
-This drives me crazy so I went with option B.
Carry the yarn OUTSIDE of the stitches, this will cause yarn to hang on the inside of the hat, but I don't mind it much. it's the inside of the hat so I don't think it's a big deal, plus you can always go up a hook size and line with fabric.
Also, Pom Poms. yarn ones, fur ones, tassels, I would love to see people's projects with these added embellishments!
You can find the pattern either on Etsy or Ravelry
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Happy New Year Everyone!! I don't know about you but I am delighted to say goodbye to 2018 and welcoming 2019 with open arms. I had lost my craft-jo for a while and I'm happy to say it is back.
A few weeks ago I was browsing my favorite crochet group on Facebook and stumbled upon this gorgeous brown slouchy hat. It had texture and personality, and the designer was looking for testers! I crossed my fingers and applied to be a tester, once accepted I'm pretty sure I started working on it right away. I had the first hat done in a couple hours and I was quite literally hooked on this pattern. Since I have made about 5 of them and plan on many more.
The designer of this beautiful hat (and many other lovely designs) is Amber from Heartfully Stitched you can find the link to the pattern here. Or you can get to it through my project page on my Ravelry acct linked above.
Give this one a shot, it is worth it!
Monday, July 16, 2018
A few years ago, they changed their commission structure to a flat 10% of your sale. You could raise the amount of your commission based on a few factors, but one of the main ones was of getting followers and following other designers. After seeing tiny commission for an item that cost the customer $25.00 I had decided I had enough, I needed to find another print on demand business.
I had heard of Society6 and Zazzle but wasn't impressed with them or the others like it. I was looking around on YouTube and kept seeing Printful pop up. I was intrigued but skeptical. I looked into it further and decided to try it out.
I really like the way they handle things down to the packaging. You can put your black and white logo on the packing slips and the envelopes/boxes that they use to ship. So it looks like it's coming from your online store and not a third party printer. I also like the integration to Etsy, all I have to do is link my store, upload my designs, select the products and once you sync, the item will automatically be dumped into your Drafts on Etsy where you can finalize it.
Another cool feature is you can buy from your own shop at a discounted rate and also order samples. I set up some items a few months ago and haven't really promoted it but I have had a few sales. I'm not going to depend on this for my income or anything but it's a nice option. Anyone that is into designing full time should look into it. Oh, and they integrate with tons of sites, not just Etsy. Shopify, BigCommerce and even Ebay are a few of them. There are also detailed video tutorials on setting everything up.
One aspect I was confused about was the payment structure. Printful allows you to have a "Wallet" which you can load money into. When someone places an order the money is taken from the wallet/your paypal account/your bank card to pay for the initial order. Your profit comes from whatever store platform you use. For example. One of my t-shirts is priced at $25.00, the base price for the shirt is $17.00 so Printful charges me the $17.00 for the shirt and everything else is handled through Etsy. I get the full $25.00+shipping but you just have to subtract the initial $17.00. It isn't clearly spelled out but once I got my first order I figured it out pretty quickly. $8.00+ profit is much better than the dollar or less I was getting from CafePress.
I haven't ordered a sample yet as of the time of this post, but I am planning on it very soon. Once I do I will review it.