Friday, April 19, 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Partner for Profit!

You don't have to go it alone. Partner with a sister craft for added creativity and profit.

Have you thought about visiting your local bead, paint, yarn, sewing or paper shop and proposing a partnership for profit?  How can you incorporate beading and paper crafts or yarn and beads or paper and sewing?  Artistic Trading Cards, layouts, altered art, mixed media perhaps? Are there classes you could teach that you could incorporate a craft other than your area of expertise?  Consider partnering with a shop owner to bring new and exciting classes and workshops to the store, which feature both.

Don't limit yourself.  The possibilities are only limited by your imagination and drive.

Monday, April 15, 2013

This Week in the Spotlight: The FABULOUS JEJE Produkt!

This week join us as we learn how sticking with your passion and what you know well can turn into a great business and great success!

Name Elly Pessel - Reinders

Business Name: JEJE Produkt

JEJE Produkt is a Dutch family business that was established by the Reinders family.

JEJE Produkt designs and manufactures peel-off stickers in an exceedingly wide variety of types and sizes. Over 3000 designs in 45 standard colors are available. The range contains pictures for every occasion, Christmas, Easter, Jubilee but also borders and corners as decorative item on cards and objects and texts in all kinds of languages.

As a manufacturer of craft materials JEJE Produkt produces and markets not only its own products, but it also manufacturers a large quantity of products for other companies under private label.

We develop new, progressive and innovative products used in card making, scrapbooking and other craft projects. Most items revolve around peel-off stickers which adhere to many different surfaces.

The first brand marketed was Sandy Art®, a creative hobby for making cards and decorations with colored sand. Subsequently new brands were launched, such as Donna’s 3D®, Scrapito®, Jewelly, Creative Jewels.

Since its establishment JEJE has developed into a leading manufacturer of craft materials and peel-off stickers. Supplying wholesale companies.

The name of the business was composed of the first names of the four founders, being: Joop, Eric, Joke and Elly.

How Long?:
The company was founded in 1991.

How did you get started?: 
Joop and Joke started an Art Paint and Craft shop in the sixties. Through the years they received questions for specialized products by their customers and they always tried to fulfill the demands. Then Joop saw the Sand Paintings in the USA from the Navajo Indians and he thought that this would be something spectacular to develop for card making. 
Through the years more and more products were developed and finally JEJE Produkt was born when Eric and Elly joined the company.

What have you learned?
Through the years we learned to keep the focus on doing what we are good at. We had many challenges and one of them was exhibiting at the CHA show for the first time in 2007. For an overseas and European company a big step. Which we don’t regret for a moment!  Nowadays it is a challenge to keep up with the social media like Facebook.

What is your greatest strength?
Our strength is that we can fulfill our customers demands for (exclusive) products or urgent deliveries when needed. Service and quality are the most important things. What we promise we do.  

What does the future look like for you?
We intend to bring more and more beautiful peel-off stickers and product ranges for scrapbookers, cardmakers and home decoration. We are at your service!

Additional idea or tip?
Join us on facebook or sign up for our e-mail newsletter and you'll have many chances to win freebies, giveaways and more.

Find all we do and manufacture on our website: 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Copyrights and Card Making.

Don't infringe on copyright laws.  Here are a few tips to follow when making handmade greeting cards. 

  • Using short quotes in your cards is typically allowed, as long as you include the correct attribution.  
  • Never copy the work of another artist without permission.
  • Check the "angel" policy of stamp companies.  These policies explain whether or not you can sell handmade items that include their products.  Some paper and die cut companies may also have special policies in place to address this.  Be sure to check.
  • Be sure to check terms of use when downloading fonts, graphics and clip art.  Many companies list if items are for "personal use only."

Monday, April 8, 2013

Meet Super Crafty, Stampin' Up Demonstrator Hilary Crumley!

Hilary has been demonstrating for over 10 years.  If you have ever had the pleasure of being at an event with Hilary you know that she will delight and ignite your creative desires with her awesome cards and creations!  Learn how she keeps clients coming back for more.

Name:  Hilary Crumley

Web Site:


Contact: 678-313-4779

Business Name:   Stampin’ Up!

Description:   Stampin' Up! products are sold at home parties or through independent demonstrators who teach the art of rubber stamping and share their enthusiasm for rubber stamping, scrapbooking, and card making.

How Long: I just celebrated my 10th year with Stampin’ Up!

How did you get started:     I began my career with Stampin’ Up! to receive product 
discounts after I was laid off from my Technical Writing job.

What have you learned or what was your greatest challenge?  I have learned that treating customers right is the best way to keep your customers loyal. I have also learned (by doing this and failing to do this) that follow-up is very important! And, it is important to not be afraid to approach someone and inquire about their interest. I’m still struggling with this every day.

Marketing success (what worked for you)?  Your current customers and friends (word of mouth) is your best marketing tool. Be good to the people who will refer you to new business!

What does the future look like for you? I am always hoping to grow my business. My goal has always been to achieve the title of “Manager” within Stampin’ Up! I’ve come very close, but that is what I keep working towards.

For additional information contact Hilary here:

Web Site:
Contact: 678-313-4779

Friday, April 5, 2013

What's Your Definition of Success?

How do you define success?  Your business? Yourself?  Have you thought about it?  Have you defined your goals?  Get clear, be precise. Be realistic.  Create your own definition, not as defined by others!