how to use etsy coupon codes
I often get questions about how (and where) to enter in coupon codes on Etsy. The way Etsy has designed their check out pages, they have a teeny TINY link to enter in your coupon code, and it's small enough that it's easy to miss!

So I made a quick 30 second video to show you just where to enter your coupon code so you don't miss out on any discounts, no matter which shop you are visiting on Etsy!

If you are reading this post on a feed and don't see a video, click here to watch!

cyber monday sale!
Are you signed up for my newsletter? I've got a big Cyber Monday sale for you this Monday in my shop! I'll have a one day only 25% OFF coupon -- but you can only get the coupon if you are signed up for my email list, just use the handy dandy form at the bottom of this post to sign up!
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make a printable advent train!
My friend Amy from Inspire Co made an Advent train to count down to Christmas using my Christmas train printable kit. It came out so cute I had to share it with you! 

Image #1 is my shop image of the train and you can see in images 2 and 3 Amy's train that she put together with her son Alfredo! The kit comes with 7 favor box templates so you can fill your train with goodies. Amy filled hers with all sorts of treasures in the boxes, from pencil toppers to chocolate coins. She put the numbers on randomly after she filled the boxes so it's a surprise for her and her son Alfredo each day when they open them as they count down to Christmas. What a great idea! 

This would be a great Thanksgiving weekend craft to put together while all the guys are watching football! If you'd like to make an advent train to put around your tree, visit my shop and grab a kit here!

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last minute Hanukkah gift ideas
With Hanukkah less than a week away, I've got a few DIY last minute gifts to share with you, and the best part is you don't have to go to the store - just download, print and make! 

First up we have printable paper doll kits that you can customize with your own photos! Make one for Mom or Dad, or make a family set for some laughs and fun at gift giving time!

I have illustrated these dolls with fun retro heads so they are ready to be played with right away or you can follow the easy instructions to add your own photos! Quick and easy! 

Dolls can be printed onto cardstock and they will stand right there on your desk or shelf. But you can also make them magnetic! Here's a cute little photo of my friend Amy's son Alfredo. Amy printed her dolls onto magnetic paper and now they can play with them on their fridge! 

My favorite go-to gift idea is the trusty gift card. But why not make it more exciting by using a fun gift card holder? I've got a couple for you!  

My paper wallet kit can be used as money or gift card holders and this kit also comes with printable chore coupons too! Just fill out with your chores to have a complete gift. 

The kit comes with six wallet designs included! You will have something for everyone and any occasion, year 'round. These were a big hit with my nieces!

Cash area of the wallet fits a variety of currencies: US dollars, Euros, English Pounds and more. Wallets fit inside an A2 envelope so you can send it in the mail. For more photos and info on this kit visit my shop here!

Another great way to give a gift card is in a Cassette Tape gift card box! This kit comes with boxes in FIVE colors. Actual size of a real cassette tape and illustrated on all sides for a fun, retro look. 

Cassette tapes fit wrapped candies, mini candy bars, gift cards, business cards, and other small goodies! Comes with a removable gift card tray that fits inside! To take a closer look, visit my shop here!


join me at the Thriving Artist Summit! it's Free!
Bonnie Glendinning is hosting The Thriving Artist Summit to help you discover how to get your creative business to the next level! 

Bonnie is the Founder of and The Thriving Artist Summit. She is on a mission to help artists be successful and thrive, not, just survive. 

She has brought together 20+ highly successful artists (I'm one of them!), experts, and mentors to share their key insights for real success. I'm sharing my expertise in licensing and I hope to help you learn some ins and outs of contracts, what it's REALLY like to license your work and more!

>> Find out more right here! 

During this special community summit you will discover how to: 
• Make Your Creative Biz a Real Success 
• Build Your Brand for Your Ideal Buyers 
• Price for Real Profit and Growth 
• Increase Your Sales with Marketing, PR, and Social Media 
• Diversify into Licensing, Wholesale, and Direct-to-Consumer 
• Get Into Galleries, Shows, and Raise Project Funds 

The Thriving Artist Summit 
 With Claudine Hellmuth and Bonnie Glendinning 
December 02 through December 13, 2013 Approximately 1 hour, replay available to registrants 

>> Secure your FREE spot now! 
A replay will be available, but you still have to register to receive access! See you there!
printable christmas card set
It's never too early to get your Christmas cards started! My mom likes to have hers done by Thanksgiving. I'm never that quick but every year I say this is going to be the year that I get them done early!

To get motivated to do my Christmas cards, I created a card set! This is my complete Christmas Card Set of FOUR printable Holiday designs with coordinating envelope templates. You can also buy these printable cards individually in my Etsy shop, or you can get all four cards for the price of three in this card pack! 

These are great to have on hand, you'll never be without the last minute card. Coworker or neighbor give you a card and you don't have one for them? Just print one off, cut it out and you're set!

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make your own photo christmas card
I couldn't wait to share my new printable Christmas card design with you!
 I've designed this folded card so that is a snap to customize with your own photos! Comes with easy to follow directions too :)

Or leave the photo off and it's fully illustrated and ready for you to send, it's like getting two cards in one! 

Print and make as many as you like to send as Christmas cards, or whip up a batch with envelopes and tie with a pretty ribbon to give as gifts to friends or family! You can grab this kit over in my Etsy shop here!

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gingerbread house cupcake box printable kit
I am so excited to share with you my new Christmas printable kits in my Etsy store! At first this design gave me a lot of trouble (it was agony for days I just wasn't getting it right) then it turned out to be my favorite! Yay don't you love it when that happens!

This super sweet gingerbread house printable cupcake, favor and treat box comes with a removable cupcake tray design. Fits one standard size cupcake or fill with candy, cookies (gingerbread of course!), goodies or even use it as a gift box. Perfect for cookie exchange parties and looks great as a Holiday party table centerpiece! And the best part - you can print and make as many as you like for your own personal use! 

I have created a how-to video for the kit so that you can see how easy it is to put together! This video will help you with just a few little tips!

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free printable Christmas gift card box
To kick off the holiday season, I've created a FREE gift card box printable for you to download and make! And the best part  -- you can customize the gift card box with the initial of your recipient to make it extra special. Just open the PDF in Adobe Reader and type in the provided text field!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE GIFT CARD BOX PRINTABLE!  -- file is approx 2MB - or download using the viewer below, Just click on the arrow in the bottom right hand corner!

Links to this freebie printable on pinterest, twitter, facebook etc are very much appreciated! Spread the word! 

For more fun Christmas printable kits that you can download and make check out my Etsy store here

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new fabric collection with Andover fabrics
I'm so excited! I just got done checking the sample prints for my new fabric collection with Andover Fabrics. Here's a sneak peek: 

Who doesn't want bicycle fabric? I know I do! Even though I don't sew, I think I'll have to take a stab at it so I can have some bicycle skirts for this summer! 

The collection is called "The Neighborhood" -- I was inspired by the bright and colorful row houses in my Washington DC neighborhood. There's a street near me where all the houses are painted a different color, turquoise, pinks, bright yellows and orange. It's such a happy street and I wanted to bring that joyful feel to my fabric designs! 

You can see a preview of the whole collection on the Andover web site here and the collection is scheduled to launch Jan 2014! Yay!

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