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Yeay, new cards!

Woo hoo, finally, I’ve added some new cards in my etsy shop!

This week, I’m adding 9 new cards to the shop, with another 12 to be added next week!

On top of that, in order to make room for all this new stock, I’ve put some older cards on sale, as well as adding some multi buy options to the shop, all of which can be found in my special offers section!

Ooooh, and I redid all of my product photography – it’s all change!

So, without further ado, here are the new cards launching this week:

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Cheers! 

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Thanks for being such a fungi!

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Tee-rrific Dad

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Wonderful Mum, penguins

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Wonderful Mum, flowers

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Updated otterly adorable card – will be in the shop on Friday!

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Elephant cuddles – will be in the shop on Friday!

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Panda snuggles – will be in the shop on Friday!

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Party sheep – will be in the shop on Friday!

Woo! I’m so excited to get these all in the shop this week! I’d love to hear which one is your favourite! Mine has got to be the party sheep, it’s been in my sketchbook for years, I’m so glad it finally gets to strut it’s stuff in the real world!

Tune in next week for the next etsy update 🙂

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The month of nothing going to plan!

I had so many plans for April!

I would develop some new card designs, I’d start selling art prints and I’d update the whole of my etsy shop with new, bright and colourful photography.

As I’m sure you have guessed by now, as always, nothing has quite gone to plan!

It wasn’t a total loss, I did manage to experiment a little bit more with some digital art, which I am really enjoying:

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and I did manage to scoff lots of delicious chocolates, thanks to the generosity of the Easter bunny (and family and friends)!

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On the theme of chocolatey delicious-ness, I came across the most adorable photo on Instagram and had to capture it in my sketchbook:

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However, this doesn’t make up for the fact I missed out on all my etsy April goals!

My new card designs are still just rough sketchy scribbles in my sketchbook, I only managed to collect my art prints from the printers yesterday, and finally, I’m not convinced that my new etsy photos (which took me a whole day to photograph and edit) are actually better than my current ones!

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I really can’t decide, so please let me know what you think!

And as many of you know, it just so happens to be my birthday this week, so enjoy 29% off in my etsy store until midnight on Sunday with the code: BIRTHDAY29

Here’s to a more productive May!

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One year on etsy

My etsy shop turns one today! Happy etsy-birthday to me!

In celebration of my first year, use discount code BRturns1 for 15% off my etsy shop until 14th April!

Now that we’ve celebrated, on to an honest look at my first year on etsy…

Sales: 61

If I’m completely truthful, I was hoping for more sales in my first year. I’m really pleased to be getting a steady order per week, but at this rate, it’ll never really be a success. I’m hoping that adding art prints to my shop will increase sales next year and I’m planning on redoing my product photography in the next few weeks to freshen up the shop!

If you have any suggestions for items you’d like to see in my shop, please let me know!

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Views: 1,431 item views 

This sounds like quite a lot, but averages out to less than 4 of my shop items being viewed a day! I really need to work on advertising and marketing my shop. I feel like I’m constantly talking about my shop, but looking at my social media, I don’t seem to mention it very much!

Would it annoy you to see more marketing from me about my shop?

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Best seller: Christmas card pack

Without a doubt, my Christmas card pack has been my top seller. I tried to get ahead of the game and started to design them in Summer, only to decide I didn’t really like them in Autumn, and then had to start from scratch (whilst moving house!). This year I’m hoping to be more organised, but no promises!

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Next best seller: Otterly adorable card

After the Christmas cards, my otterly adorable card has proved most popular. I think it’s been a keen boyfriend/girlfriend favourite!

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Worst seller: Cakeday cards

I love my Happy Cakeday birthday cards, but it seems I’m in a party of one! Oh well, you can’t win them all!

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All in all, I’m so pleased I opened my etsy shop. I was so naive to begin with, thinking that all I would need to do is pop a few cards in the shop and then the sales would come rolling in – I was so wrong! It’s an endless process of self promotion, tweaking, creating new ideas and this is on top of the illustration, editing and artworking…

So, my first year has not quite gone as well as I had hoped, but I’ve learned a lot and now I know how much work it’ll take to build on these sales. On the bright side, 61 sales is far better than 6, so it’s a great starting point for year 2!

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ps. don’t forget, use code BRturns1 for 15% my shop until 14th April!

 

Art prints coming soon!

I’m finally just one step away from putting my art prints up for sale!

My main goal for 2017 is to start selling art prints of my illustrations, and I’m so close to adding these to my etsy shop, I just need your help for that final stage!

Before I can set them up in my shop, I need to choose just 5 of my illustrations to start the ball rolling, then I’ll be able to offer them all up to the wider world.

So, my question to you:

Which illustrations should I include in my first print run?

Any and all of the illustrations I’ve shared on Facebook, instagram and my blog are eligible to be turned into prints. I’ll then choose the 5 most popular illustrations to send to be printed, and these will be the first ones that are ready to buy in my etsy shop.

As a thank you, I’ll be sharing a 10% discount code for my etsy shop with everyone that makes a suggestion!

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All prints will be on 340gsm textured card, as shown by this mini test print of my ‘I do believe in fairies’ illustration. They will be unframed and unmounted.

The prints will be A4, at a cost of £12 plus £2.50 p&p. I may also offer A5 prints in the future!

I can’t wait to hear your suggestions!

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and just to try to tempt you, think how cute one of these prints could look on your shelf…

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I’m on Redbubble!

As you may be able to tell from the title, I’ve now added some of my illustrations to Redbubble!

Redbubble is a website where I can upload my illustrations and they handle all of the printing and distribution of them on lots of products – notebooks, phone cases, art prints, mugs, etc etc, lots of stuff! Check it out here.

So, in theory, all I need to do is pop my artwork up there and then everything is taken care of!

I ordered a few tester products and I’ve got to admit, results were mixed!

The first item I received was my spring fox illustration on a cute little mug.

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I’m not 100% happy with the colours, they seem a little overexposed (radioactive fox anyone?!), but I’m hoping it’s just due to printing on a shiny ceramic surface! It’s certainly doing a good job for my afternoon tea 🙂

The next items that arrived were my giraffe and otter illustrations on tote bags.

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I’m so disappointed with these! I had super high hopes of strolling into town with a cute giraffe bag on my shoulder, but it’s not to be. Again, the colours aren’t quite right, faded and a bit weird, and the illustrations are soft/blurry because of the print being so large – which on the one hand, is my fault for sizing it wrong, but on the other hand, they looked brill on the mock ups, so i didn’t realise!

As I’m unhappy with these tote bag prints, I’ve removed any fabric versions of illustrations from the redbubble shop. Hopefully, I’ll find a solution and then we can all walk around town with Bethany Robyn tote bags!

The last item to be delivered was my ducky illustration as an art board print.

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I’m so happy, it’s an adorable addition to my shelf 🙂

So, definitely a mixed reception for my test products!

Currently, I’ve got 12 animal illustrations uploaded on the site, each of the designs is available on a variety of products (click on the illustration to see what other products are available) and I’m planning to add some of my childrens illustrations later this week.

Please have a look at my redbubble shop and let me know what you think!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

It’s that time again; nights are drawing in, there’s a chill in the air and mince pies are sneaking into the shops… it’s the lead up to Christmas!

So to help spread the festive cheer, I’ve added a pack of 8 Christmas cards to my etsy shop!

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There are a couple of traditional cards

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A couple of cards for animal lovers

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And a few cards filled with Christmas characters embracing the festive spirit

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So hopefully, with this selection, there is something for everyone. Stock is quite limited, so head on over to my etsy shop if you’d like the chance to buy!

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Even more cards in my Etsy shop!

My card empire is growing! I now have a grand total of 28 card designs available in my shop!

Following on from adding my Happy Cakeday cards to my Etsy shop a few weeks ago, I have now added another 3 sets of cards to my shop!

Firstly, as it’s wedding season, I thought I had best add some of my own designs to the card choice:

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I’ve also added some cuddly teddy bear cards for new arrivals, either new babies or new pets 🙂

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And as previously promised, I’ve finally added my animal cards to the shop!

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Here’s a quick snap of a giraffe card that I sent out yesterday, along with all of its postal packaging:

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So, this will be the last card announcement for a little while (phew!), as I’m already back to my sketchbook trying out some new designs and trying to build up the courage to add my custom name illustrations to my shop! Is it silly to be nervous of adding it in case someone actually orders one?!

So, I will leave you with the new offer I have running in my shop, you can buy 4 cards for £8.50 – go on, you know you want to! And as always, thank you so much for supporting me on this journey! I appreciate every like and share as much as any purchase!

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New cards in my etsy shop!

I’m excited to announce a week of new cards being added to my etsy shop!

This morning, I added 3 brand new card designs to my etsy shop, all wishing you a happy cakeday!

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I have some wedding cards, animal cards and new baby cards to add in the following week, so this is just the beginning! Check out all my cards here: bethanyrobyn.etsy.com

In the meantime, I’m just going to nip and paint my nails, just in case!

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Drumroll please… my Etsy shop is now open!

It’s open!! It’s finally open!

I can’t believe that a dreary, drizzly Tuesday in the middle of March has ended up being the day I opened my Etsy shop!

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I’m so excited, you may be able to tell 🙂

This is the first time I’ve put my art out there for actual strangers to love or hate (here doesn’t really count!) and I hope these 12 greetings cards are just the beginning!

Without making this sound like an awards acceptance speech, I would never have opened my shop without so much lovely encouragement from quite a few people. My Mum, obvs, was as supportive as always, my friend Catherine was my number one consultant throughout the whole process and a big bunch of people on a great Etsy facebook page reminded me I wasn’t the only one struggling!

So lovely people, please have a look at www.bethanyrobyn.etsy.com and tell me what you think!

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