Showing posts from January, 2011

Interview with a Seller: ErinKeys

Today I interviewed ErinKeys of Femme Petal. Her famous Carrie Necklace caught my attention - I knew I had to interview her!

1. What’s your name and shop name and what do you do?
My shop name is FemmePetal, and I am a jewelry designer/mommy/fuller timer at Dr. Randall Miller D.D.S

2. Where are you located?

Good ol Indianapolis, In ~ I promise there is more than corn here!

3. What’s the favorite part of your craft?

The pictures I get from weddings where everyone including the Bride is wearing my designs!!!

4. How long have you been crafting?

I have always been prety crafty, but 2 years is how long I have been selling my wares on etsy

5. What’s your favorite thing to make?

My Carrie Necklaces of course!

6. What kind of camera do you use to shoot?

Nikon D30 with a special close up lens

7. Who or what models your items?

I have a small bust and a large bust that wears my jewels to model for the pics

8. What's the most rewarding part of running your own business?

The fact that I can do…

In My Studio

Hello Again!

I've been plugging away and have been very busy in my studio lately. Here are a couple cards I made over the last couple days.

I love how the tape card turned out. It's so 80's and simple and cute! And the crab card I'm still working on, but it's a good start.

Also there are new options in my shop on etsy. Jump over to the shop here and have a look!

Don't forget to follow this blog, and follow me on facebook and twitter for exciting news and the latest steals and deals.

Xo Rachael

Stuff I Love: Sugar Skulls!

Hello Out There!

Today’s posting is re: one of my new favorite things: Sugar Skulls! Sugar skulls are traditional folk art from Central and Southern Mexico used to celebrate The Day of the Dead. An iconic staple of the Mexican Day of the Dead ( Día de los Muertos) the word calavera, Spanish for "skull", can refer to a number of cultural phenomena associated with the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead.

Sugar skulls are also associated with the Rockabilly scene.

I hope you enjoy my collection.

Don't forget to follow this blog!
Xo, Rachael

New In My Shop!

Okay, so I fibbed. :-P

This item isn't for my *shop* per say, but it's for my love, instead. :) Yeah, I'm okay with that! Ha ha.

Anyways, today's blog entry is taking a different form! Here's what I've been working on! Enjoy!

And here's some finished photos of this adorable Valentine. I finished it off with some small embelishments, glitter (of course) and feminine pink ribbon. What do you think?

Don't forget to follow this blog! Follow me on facebook and twitter for extra goodies, giveaways and coupons only available to fans! :-)

Till tomorrow,
Xo Rachael

News and Tips

Hello and Good Morning All!

All Friday postings are going to be news, tips and tricks from now on.

First up, news! I am now a part of Paper Craft Planet! This is a large community that I have only heard of before now. I am flabbergasted at the amount of information on this site! Find me here:

I’m also new to Splitcoast Stampers as well.

Last night I finally had the opportunity to sit down and do a little stamping for myself. I stamped some great images from Kraftin’ Kimmie and colored them in with my copics. This is probably my favorite technique! Here’s a picture of how they turned out.

I should have the time this evening and weekend to finish up some cards for these cute little images.

That’s all the news I have for today my lovelies.

Don't forget to follow this blog, follow me on flickr, twitter, and facebook for specials and discounts only available to my friends! :-)

Xo Rachael

Interview w/ Renee Lillie of Tub-Time Treasures

Welcome Back!
I took a week off to host a house guest, but now I'm back and trying to get back in the crafting swing! :) Below is my weekly crafter's interview, This time with Renee Lillie of Tub-Time Treasures! CHECK IT OUT!

1. What’s your name and shop name and what do you do? My name is Renee Lillie and I own Tub-Time Treasures. I make soap and sweet treats for the bath and body. (Lotions, scrubs, bath bombs, etc...)

2. Where are you located? I am located in Myrtle Creek, Oregon. (United States)

3. What’s the favorite part of your craft? I love being able to work with all of the different oils and combine them to make something nourishing and fun for the skin.

4. How long have you been crafting? I've been crafting for years, and just started making soaps and bath goodies last year.

5. What’s your favorite thing to make? I love to make soap. REAL soap. (The stuff you buy in the stores is really detergent, that's why the labels say "bath bar", "body ba…

Interview w/Ashley of Kissvamps

Hi All,

It's Thursday and that means another interview! Here's my recent interview with Ashley Thomas of Kissvamps on Etsy.

1. What’s your name and shop name and what do you do?
My name is Ashley Thomas and my shop name is Out on a Whim by Kissvamps

2. Where are you located?
I am located in West Valley, Utah

3. What’s the favorite part of your craft?

My favorite part of my craft is shopping for new supplies! Sometimes, I get over-zealous and buy supplies that I don't know what to do with, but I eventually find something.

4. How long have you been crafting?

I have been crafting for a long time, but I've only been making jewelry for less than a year. I used to paint a LOT, but don't have the time or space to do it anymore. I had a kid, was going to school full time and had a job and a household to maintain. Painting was put on the back burner.

5. What’s your favorite thing to make?

My favorite thing to make is... hmmm... Well, probably charm bracelets. I am goi…

In My Studio


So, my craft table is an absolute disaster zone right now. There's stuff EVERYWHERE. (It's strange - I can't really work if it's *too* clean, and I can't work if it's *too* messy.) I wonder if anyone else ever feels like this?!?

That's probably a contributing factor as to why I've been feeling artistically blocked lately as well. I need to fold up my table and put it away for a while and rest and get my creative juices flowing again. I have company coming into town this weekend so chances are I'm going to have the chance to craft until next week anyways. So this is the perfect opportunity to rest!

I recently took my sewing machine to be fixed. I had used too heavy of a weight of thread and the bobbin had jammed, so I went a few weeks without having any stitching detailing on my cards. :( But! I made a new card using my newly fixed machine! Notice the stitching.

 Last night I paper-pieced this bombshell with one of her digital outfits. It'…

Stuff I Love: Leather!

Welcome Back!

For today's post I put a treasury together of all things (okay, well maybe not *ALL*) I love from leather sellers on Etsy. Check it out! Let me know what you think!

Xo Rachael

New In My Shop

Helloooo Out There in Bloggerland!

Thanks for swinging by! I hope your weekend was fantastic and you got some great arts and crafts done and some good family time in.

Over the weekend I didn't get much crafting done, but I *did* stock up on supplies! My Paper Zone *finally* started stocking copic markers, so I picked up these beauties.

I also picked up some raffia (which I haven't used before on cards, but I'm totally stoked to try!) some flowers (which I haven't found anywhere else but my trusty PZ) some rosettes, which looked fun, and a couple of stamps.
 Also, the copics I ordered online came in the mail, which I was totally stoked about because it seems like I was waiting forever.

With those I was able to do some trial and error stamping too!

Other than that, I have some new designs that are waiting to be photographed. I expect that those items will debut this week, so keep checking in for updates!

Foillow me on twitter, flickr and facebook for a continual 10% off, spe…

Interview With a Seller

Hello Everyone!
I had the opportunity to interview Christa of Anista Designs, which is one of my (new) favorite sellers on Etsy. So, here we go!

1. What's your name and shop name and what do you do?
My shop name is anista designs - design papercrafted cards, invitations and stationery

2. Where are you located?
Located in Toronto, Ontario

3. What's the favorite part of your craft?
The favourite part is working with visions of clients and making them a reality.  I love creating new things and fulfilling the desires for people to have unique items on their special day.  It's very flattering to have people admire the work you put so much time into.  I love my job!!!

4. How long have you been crafting?
I have been creating since the age of 4 likely.  Achieved my Bachelor of Fine Arts, became an Art teacher and now entering the newest chapter of my creative life - anista designs.  Decided to open at the beginning of November 2010 and have been busy ever since. 

5. What's your favorit…

New in my Studio

Hi Everyone.

I've been working on some things in the studio lately, but I haven't had a chance to take any photographs of them yet, so I'll just show you a photograph of one of the items that I *did* get to photograph.

It's another Valentines Day card, simple and sweet, featuring ribbon and die cut hearts. It will soon be available in my shop, so keep your eyeballs peeled!


Stuff I Love

Welcome Back!
Today's post comes straight from Etsy. I have found some great pieces and brought them to you for your viewing pleasure! Enjoy!

Don't forget to follow me on facebook for 10% off your purchases. Rachael's Handmade Designs' FB Cheers! Xo

Valentines Fold-Up

Hi There,
Well, I'm back again. I just listed this awesome new valentines card in my shop! I wanted to share it with all of you. What do you think?

This little girl has glitter on her shoes and liquid applique on her lips to give a glossy wet look! (And a diamond in her hair for a touch of sparkle!)

This awesome card is attached to the handmade envelope. It's available now in my shop. Hurry, there's only one! Don't forget to follow me on FB here for coupon codes and sales events special ONLY to facebook fans!


Let's Start the New Year Off Right!

Happy New Year!

It's the first Monday of the new year and my sale is still going on. Check the shop and find something you love at a great price.

Till tomorrow,