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Monday, July 7, 2014

Dollar Deals with Dots of Fun




It's Dollar Deal week with me over at my TpT Store!!! Be sure to check my Facebook page every evening this week for new postings of new sets that are only going to be a dollar!!!!! You can't beat this!!! There is a little hint on my image above of what my first set is :)......can you guess??.....

Enjoy everyone!!!! I'll be thinking of my fellow bloggers in Vegas enjoying the TpT conference...I wish I was there with ya'll!!!! Have fun!!!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Stitched Banner for Your TpT Resources!

I just wanted to drop in and let you know that I finally posted a new set!!!





It's FREE!!! I just think these banners would be perfect for the cover of your TpT resources!! I know you can find so many more ways to use this set so I hope you enjoy it!!! Be sure to leave a comment when you download!!! :) 

Sorry for the quick post, but it's raining and I'm going to sit back and enjoy the sound................

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Simply Ferrell Photography

Hi everyone! I wanted to share with you a little something.....

I have started a new Facebook page to share something I absolutely LOVE doing!!!!

Taking pictures.....



Whether it's at birthday parties, family vacations.....I always seem to have a camera in hand. So I figured....why not learn a little more about it and see what happens. 

Well that's what I did. I've been spending the last few weeks just getting my feet wet into photography and so far so good. I have been able to get outside and not become stuck in-front of a computer screen. 

I hope you'll head on over to my new page, Simply Ferrell Photography, and give me a "like". It's brand new and there is so much more to come....I can just feel it......

I'll be posting more photos as I learn this process.

Don't worry....I'll still be creating graphics....but this is something else to add to my workload...haha...

Thanks for stopping by everyone!!!! 

Happy Hump Day!!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Beginning Sounds Letter Sets

Hi everyone!!!

Are any of you tired of this stuff as much as I am.....

The only thing about it....is that it's pretty to look at....:)


So because of all this snow........


This woman right here has been busy busy busy!!!


I have been taking a few days away from editing. This have given me time to get back to basics.....sitting down with my pencil and paper and just drawing!!! Which has really given me the chance to create new sets and new ideas for future sets that I'm really excited to share with you.

So here is what I've been up to since my last post which was ...a...long....time...ago.....AHHHH!!

I have finally decided to create a series of sets for Beginning Letter Sounds. YAY!!! I've had several teachers request it and I have finally got my "self" in gear.....



So far I have posted Letter Aa, Letter Bb, and Letter Cc.....

This may take a while to complete the entire set, but I feel like I'm making great progress with just starting this yesterday....:) Let me know if you have some suggestions for images for any letter set. I know there are a few other sets like these floating around so if there are images you can't seem to find for a certain letter, just let me know :)

I have also put together a Graduation Set that I just absolutely love!!! If you  need the caps and gowns in a different color, just let me know and I can create a set that meets your needs...no problem!


Thanks for stopping by today!!! Now it's back to work:)




Friday, February 21, 2014

FRIDAY!!!!!

Quick post today! I just wanted to share this graphic I made last night because I'm SO glad Friday is here!!


Feel free to pin, grab, and share with others :)

I just LOVE KG Fonts! She makes some amazing stuff!! If you haven't checked out her stuff, I would highly recommend it! Her fonts just add such a great look to any project you're working on!!

Thanks for stopping by today and HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Giving Credit, Easter Bunnies, and Snow Days!

Happy Hump Day everyone!!

Since I've been loaded up with questions and emails lately about my TOUs and the best way for you to give credit to my work, I thought I would make an entire post about it so hopefully I'll be able to answer all questions in one shot...I hope.

Giving credit....

every artists wants and NEEDS credit whenever you use their work..whether it be on your blog, website, or teaching resources you sell or give for free on Teachers Pay Teachers....or a site similar.

The way for give credit for me, I think, is fairly simple. In each of my graphic files, I have included my TOUs...which are a PDF and a JPEG image...like this one....


If you are selling items on TpT, here is what I think is the easiest thing to do.....create a Terms of Use page for your product...this is where you state your permissions and where you give your credits....here is an example from one of my teaching products....

 

At the bottom is where I post whose graphics I used along with the fonts. I also like to include their TpT store address in-case others want the graphics or fonts too.

Now I know some people like to include just a page of the graphic designers they use in all of their products, in one single page that they use in each product...whether their designs were used or not...it may be titled..."I use Designs By:"...and then they have the button image of each designer. Well....I think that is a quick and easy way to do it...but I have found that sometimes, a designer's button is missing and their graphics WERE used in the product....this has happened to me. 

There are new artists all the time appearing on TpT and other sites...so creating a slide for ALL of your designer buttons, doesn't meant that you'll never have to go back and change it. 

I like knowing that the designs in a certain product came from the people that are given credit in that particular resource. Just my opinion. 

My button image is a simple way of putting "my stamp" on my work. Links are not necessary, but the button image is. You could also make the button image link to my blog or TpT store

I hope this helps to answer any questions.

Now for some fun stuff!!!

SNOW SNOW SNOW!!!!! 

Spring can't get here fast enough. 



I created this little badge this morning and it's spreading around FB like wildfire!! There are so many people having snow days today!! So be sure to grab this image, share on your blog, FB....where ever....if you're a member of the club....this is yours!!

And here is a little something to get you ready for spring!!!! :) It can't get here fast enough!....Did I say that already?????
Click on the pic to see it at my TpT store :)




Sunday, February 9, 2014

Simply April and What I'm Working On!

Introducing a new set today...well tonight :)

If you've been following my store, you by now have seen my "Simply" sets over at my TpT store.

There is a set for each month of the year...well the entire year isn't completed yet. I started this back in October and I just finished April. Click on the pic to take you to this item at my store.


So if you're visiting here from my FB page....I've decided to start sharing my new set previews here instead of on my FB page. I'll still be posting the link to my post when I share a new set...but you'll only see the preview pic here. 

For the rest of the month, I'm going to be working on Life Cycle sets. So many of you have given me some great ideas!!! Thank you!!!

With Spring right around the corner....which is hard to believe because right at this moment, it's snowing outside....again....UGH!!!!.....but I thought now would be a good time to get these sets rollin'. 

Thanks so much for visiting!!!! 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Forever Freebies!

Hi everyone!!!

 TGIF!!!

I wanted to just take some time to share with you a little about my freebies. I LOVE freebies!!! I love getting things for free, and I LOVE giving freebies to my fans. I have posted many freebies over at my TpT store and I know many of you have grabbed them because I have been reading your SWEET comments!

Thank you!

But here is something you may not know about my freebies.

Some of the freebies are called FOREVER FREEBIES and you will see that stated in the product description like the pic below.


So if you see this in the description it means that I will NEVER EVER EVER change it to a priced item.

No on the other hand, I have limited time only freebies. This means that those products are free for a short amount of time....but it could be a week, a month, may be the whole season...if it's a seasonal item. So please don't put freebies on your wishlist and then come back to download it later....

GRAB THOSE FREEBIES because if it doesn't say FOREVER....it may not be free when you want it.

So today I am sharing a FOREVER FREEBIE!!

Just in time for Valentine's Day! If your boys are like mine...they don't want anything with pink and purple on it so I included a blue one :) Be sure that if you download, to leave some feedback!!


I also have a new set of Doodle Frames that are on SALE for the rest of the day!!


Have a great Friday everyone!!! 

Monday, January 27, 2014

St. Patrick's Day, Heart Clocks, Simply February Clip Art Sets

Here are my latest sets that have just been posted over at my TpT store. Just click on the pic to take you to my store :)





I love reading your feedback when you download or purchase one of my sets. I was excited when I read this one from last week:)


I just love knowing that my graphics are being used in your classrooms and everyone is enjoying them!!!! 
THANK YOU!!!!!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Being A New Clip Artist on TPT

I want to spend a day each week just sharing with you my thoughts about...well anything and everything...

Today I have some advice for someone who is new to creating clip art on Teachers Pay Teachers.

When I started selling my teaching resources on TpT almost 2 years ago, I had no idea that I would also be selling clip art. If you asked me anything about clip art 2 years ago...

how to make it? 

what program to use?

....you would have seen the "duh" face.

That's one of the great things about TpT.....it is such a motivator. For teachers who are not selling on TpT, they have no idea what they're missing. Not only is the extra money nice, but it motivates you to be better....at whatever you want to do. 

I decided to make clip art about 8 months into my TpT journey and really had no idea what I was getting into. I would browse the stores of some of the top selling artists





and think....there's no way my drawings will look as good as that. 

(You just clicked on their stores and YES they are amazing!!!)


That was my first mistake.....comparing myself to other artists. If you're a clip artist on TpT....the last thing you want to do is compare your work to someone else.

#1: you have no idea what kind of training they've had
#2: you have no idea how long they've had their store open
#3: every artist is different....if all art looked the same...how boring would our products be...variety is GOOD

So after about a month of feeling sorry for myself....I really got motivated to become better at drawing and knowledgeable of the programs I would have to use to get my graphics to a place that I would be proud of. 

It took a couple months of being selfish. Staying on the computer for hours while my husband cooked dinner and watched the kids. Hours of staying up late to watch a tutorial on how to use the "pen tool" and the importance of "layers" ....then sleeping in because I was losing so much sleep. My husband is a good man! 

If you're looking for answers to your questions about how to make clip art, one good place to get that knowledge is the TpT forums. If you're a seller, you have access to some the greatest minds and the most friendly people who are willing to share what they know. 

Once you have a good understanding of how to use the programs to create the art you want

....just CREATE!!!

 Don't spend time trying to come out with graphic sets faster than other artists. More times than not...it won't be your best quality....and buyers are looking for quality.

TpT has become overloaded with clip artists 

......and sellers who are "trying" to be clip artists

....that's not being mean at all. I was one that was "trying" to be a clip artist. I never had any training...never went to school for graphic design. 

I am a self-taught designer and proud of it!! I've worked so hard to get to where I am today and I know I have so much more to learn.

So my tips for a new clip artist on TpT....

*Never compare yourself to another artist. It's not worth it and you'll never become the artist you were meant to be.

*Don't waste your energy on stressing about numbers. (followers, sales, etc) Get excited about the  feedback you get. That is what drives me to keep creating. When I've had a day where sales are slow...I go back and read some of the feedback at my store and realize...again...that my work is appreciated and used in more classrooms than I could have ever imagined.....that is worth using your energy! and use that energy to create!

*Don't be afraid to ask a veteran for help! How do you think they got to where they are now? You'll be surprised at how quickly they will give up some of their secrets and be willing to help you out. They needed guidance at one time too :)

Good Luck new artists!!! It's quite an adventure and one that I LOVE being on!!!








Friday, January 3, 2014

Free Valentine Banners

So I've been a little "under the weather" lately. Having a head cold for New Years Day is not how I was expecting to "ring" in the new year....but it happened. I spent the morning at the doctor's office and the rest of the day in bed sleeping. Hopefully, I just got this sickness stuff done and over with.

So while I'm still getting over this mess....

I'm sharing a little freebie with you :)





I hope you enjoy them!! Just click on the pic to take you to my store!

Happy Friday every one!!