May 31, 2015

Sorry I Missed You


Thanks for stopping by The Chilly Dog! I'm taking a little break to refresh and reorganize, but I'll be back on July 1 with some exciting new content, projects and link-ups.

What's Coming...

  • An Improved Crafty Saturday Show and Sell
  • Monthly Featured Artists - If you'd like the opportunity to share your artistic story and promote your small business, e-mail me and I can send you a list of interview questions.
  • A New Shopping Experience - A completely stand-alone, non-marketplace shop featuring all of my handmade products and patterns under one virtual roof.

In the Meantime...


And if you still need more crafty inspiration...


Happy Crafting,
Ellen

May 29, 2015

Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #73

Shop for one of a kind items from the best Etsy, Storenvy, Zazzle, ArtFire, Zibbet and other indie sellers.
These treats from last week's link-up are oh, so pretty!
  1. Pastel Clutch by joliefemme
  2. Keepsake Box by PrettyByrdDesigns
  3. Ceramic Rose Ring by DeeDeeDeesigns


For more great items, don't miss my Crafty Saturday Show and Sell board on Pinterest.

May 26, 2015

Easy Graphic Design with Canva

Canva offers free and affordable options to create professional looking graphics for your web site, shop, blog and social media. I need to send out a big "thank you" to Amy, from amydscrochet, for introducing me to my new, favorite tool for my blogs and shops, Canva.

Canva is a website that can help you create professional looking info graphics, social media posts and covers, ads, marketing materials and so much more!

It's easy to use and free to set up an account. Canva offers premium design features for $1 each, but there are plenty of designs that are free to use.

After you create your account and log-in, decide what type of graphic you want to make: collage, infographic, Facebook cover, Twitter header, wedding invitation and more. (As I sat down to write this post, I was excited to see one of Canva's newest designs, Etsy Banner.) You can also choose to make a design in your own, custom size.


Everything is drag and drop. You can use a pre-designed layout.


Or make your own by adding text (there are tons of great fonts to choose from),


a background,


or even upload your own images.


Once your design is exactly what you want, just click "Download." Easy-peasy.

Here are a couple designs I made for the collections on my Google+ page. For these, I only used free elements available in Canva and customized the colors and text.


I also designed a few graphics for my new online shop (opening July 2015). This time I used free elements combined with some of my own photos.




So, if your struggling with graphic design, check out Canva for some inspiration.

May 22, 2015

Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #72

Crafty Saturday Show and Sell: Favorites from CuriousGigi and KoojkaburraYarns

I loved all the bright and colorful items that people shared at last week's link up. Everyone must finally be over the winter blahs and embracing some sunnier weather.

My two favorites...

1. Polymer Clay Pen by CuriousGigi
2. Hand Dyed Sock Yarn by Kookaburra Yarns

Since spring wedding season is upon us, this week, let's share white or wedding inspired items.


For more great items, don't miss my Crafty Saturday Show and Sell board on Pinterest.

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