Tuesday, August 18, 2009

back to school: cards for backpacks and lunches!

We are back from a Summer Break (one we had not planned on!). This is to remind you that our Wee Tidings KIDS, is perfect for back to school and staying in touch with your sweet kids. With 12 cards to choose from in each jar, you cannot go wrong.Get them from etsy or directly from the Blue Finch website.

Stay tuned, our wine bottle labels are about to make their debut. Your hostess gift will be the best on the block!

Monday, June 8, 2009

paying it forward

At Blue Finch Studios, we are grateful for the warm reception we have gotten as we dip our toe into the world of blogging and etsy selling. Below are three blogs/websites who were kind enough to give us a shout out and generate some traffic to our site(s). Until last week, I was unaware of these three awesome places so I want to pay it forward and share them with YOU.

The Bump (which is an off shoot of the wedding site The Knot). The Bump is all things baby. I am past that stage in life so I did not even know of it's existence. Tons of clicking around to be done over there.

Thanks to the Tidy Mom, she also gave us some linky-love. I love the sites she listed just today. So much goodness in the blogosphere.

And finally, Living Locurto. Amy is a fellow designer and she links you up to many great things including free digital downloads.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

what's inside...

This cute little box?? Let's start by filling you in on a secret...this is an Altoids mint tin, re- purposed as a cute gift box. I simply cut some scrapbook paper to size, rounded the corners and attached it on the lid, the bottom, and on the inside of the lid with Mod Podge.

Open it up to reveal a home for some super sweet gift tags!!
I punched holes in each corner and for the top one, threaded it through the tag.
The remainder of the string is hiding in the bottom, under the tags. I folded up some cardstock to prop my tags up making the tin look full, and also creating a place for the string.

These tins can easily hold 8-12 tags plus string or ribbon.
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

don't forget the busdriver!

or the secretary, crossguard, cafeteria lady...whoever you need just a little, but special gift for!
I printed 4 flying bird cards on cardstock, cut them out, folded them and added simple white envelopes. (If you wanted to take it a step further, you could print a sheet of mailing labels and affix each one to the envelopes.) I placed these inside a cello bag, tied it up with some ribbon and hung a tag from a small safety pin. Totally easy but very cute, right?! And can you beat that handwritten message from my 7 year old?

Coming next, a cute idea for packaging gift tags for giving.
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Friday, May 29, 2009

making an impressive teacher's gift

for not alot of cash!!
Here, is a wrapped set of 5 YOUprint notecards. Mine are a variety, but you can certainly just buy one style and do the same thing. I used tulle I had to wrap them which I think is especially festive. You can buy this at your local craft store from a roll so it is the correct width, you just cut it like you would ribbon.
To take it up another notch, you can add a little tag from one of the sets. I punched a tiny hole in the corner, and attached the tag to the tulle with a small safety pin.
Invitation size envelopes are readily available at office supply stores, usually in white. For a colorful variety, check out an online vendor like Paper-Source. I found it was easier to attach the labels directly to each envelope in order to package them up neatly.

In the next day or so, I will show you a very fun, creative way to package up a set of gift tags. Thanks for reading.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Blue Finch Studios featured today on Little Birdie Secrets

Check out the Little Birdie Secrets blog today for your chance to win a free Wee Tidings stationery set. Scroll down through some older posts too b/c they are giving away lots of goodies from some terrific shops carrying very unique goods.

We hope you will take time to explore our new etsy shop and try out some of our new YOUprint/printables in the shop. They are perfect for inexpensive, yet impressive, teachers' gifts. Later this week I will show you a cute way to package your stationery sets for gift giving so please, bookmark this blog and come back.

Monday, May 25, 2009

YOUprint - Printables- freebie!

Introducing Blue Finch Studio's first YOUprint card. YOUprint is interchangeable with the term "printables". A printable is a PDF file that you print at home on paper, card stock or a sticker sheet to make what YOU want, when YOU want.

Please enjoy this note card free as our personal thank you. Begin by clicking the following link:
free owl note card.
Step 2. Download the file.
Step 3. Open the PDF file and select print. I suggest you print on a heavy card stock for best results.
You will then have a sheet like the one shown above. Using a paper cutter, trim the paper on the lines marked "crop".
Once that is finished, you will have a notecard like this. (in the photo I above, I still needed to trim off the white from the top of the card)
Last, fold the card in half where the fold line is indicated. I use the Pampered Chef scraper shown to make nice, sharp creases on my cards! You now have a fine piece of stationery waiting to be signed, sealed and delivered. This card fits an A2/invitation size envelope which can be found online or at your local office supply store.

Please check back regularly. The Blue Finch Studios etsy shop will be open next week. We are currently designing new YOUprint cards, as well as tags, and labels.

If you like our YOUprint, leave us a comment and inspire us to share another here very soon!
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Friday, May 8, 2009

What is Blue Finch Studios?

Blue Finch Studios is a line of distinct mini cards. If you like modern stationery, check it out here:
Blue Finch Studios.

What is the Blue Finch Studio blog? This blog is going to be a resource for printable freebies, great design and home decor ideas, links to other cool things on the internet and in the very near future, it will be one click away from an etsy shop featuring NEW designs by Susan Young at Blue Finch Studios.

Please check back as our new blog evolves.