For what it’s worth

Yesterday I ran across a discussion on how to price your cards and other handmade items if you sell them on Etsy or elsewhere.  (Do you?  Did you know that Stampin’ Up! allows you to sell your stamped work at “fixed locations” like gift shops?)  One comment by Becky Campbell  urged us not to underprice our work, worrying what people will pay.  Instead, she says says she tells people, “I don’t make cards to throw out, I make cards to keep!”

I don’t sell my work, and I try not to think about what will eventually happen to the handmade birthday card I send someone.  However, I’ll admit that I have been gratified to hear my family tell me that they save my Christmas cards each year and display them in a special place, like a mantel.

The card above is made for someone special — my mother’s friend from Arkansas, whose birthday is next week.  She is very dear to me.  I know that no matter the kind of card I send, she will love it and, probably, keep it.  So maybe I’ll change the slogan above to say, “I don’t make cards to keep, I make cards to send!”  Brighten someone’s day — send a handmade card today!

Stamps:  Spring Song, All Holidays

Ink:  Basic Brown

Paper:  Bashful Blue, Vellum Card Stock, Certainly Celery, Whisper White

Other:  Aqua Painter and Wonder Watercolor Crayons, 1¾” and 3/4″ Circle Punches, Big Shot, Circles #2 die, Perfect Polka Dots folder, 5/8″ Satin Ribbon (Whisper White), Stampin’ Dimensionals


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