Monday, February 28, 2011

New in my Shop

Good Monday Morning All!


This weekend was all about catching up. I had a special order for some mini thank you’s, so I finished those up. Here’s a photo.



And then I went thru my jewelry items and decided to sell parts of my stash. These are items that I’ve either had for a while and don’t speak to me or that are just causing clutter. My loss is your gain! Check out my destash, I’ve listed them in the shop.

I began designing a custom order for a mom who gardens this morning. It’s going to be a garden-themed birthday card and I can’t wait to really get started on it. Sketching a few ideas this morning really got the ball rolling! I’m thinking textured grass for starters.

That's it for today! Don't forget to follow this blog. Find me on facebook and twitter for all the latest items and savings.

Cheers!
Xo, Rachael

Sunday, February 27, 2011

News, Tips and Tricks

Hi Everyone!

Today's post is a technique called bleach stamping which is a fun way to lift ink from a solid piece of paper.

All you need is regular household bleach, your favorite rubber stamp, a saucer, paper towels and color paper, car stock, fabric or color napkins. Pour some (not too much) bleach into the saucer and place the paper towels in to soak it up a bit. This will provide a little stamp pad for you.

Then it's all about playing! Touch your stamp to the paper towel and try out a few stamps on some color scratch paper. It may take a few tries to get the amount of bleach on the stamp to be just so. Diluted bleach will give a more subtle look to your finished image.

While you're letting your finished image dry, make sure to wash your stamps. Too much bleach is not good for the rubber, so make sure to clean them well.

I hope you guys try this! It's fun! :-)

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Cheers,
Xo Rachael

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Interview with a Seller: SugarDimples

Hola!

General announcement: Last Chance items have gone bye bye and all jewelry has now gone back to regular price.

Here's my latest interview! Danielle has a great shop full of wonderful goodies to keep you warm! Check out her interview below!

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1. What’s your name and shop name and what do you do?

Hi! My name is Danielle Campbell. My shop name on Etsy is SugarDimples. I'm a one woman accessory factory.

2. Where are you located?

Currently based out of a city in Northern Ohio called Fairview Park.

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

When it comes to crocheting or knitting, I love to see the piece "grow" as I work on it. It's very rewarding!

4. How long have you been crafting?

I learned how to crochet at around 13 years old. My great grandmother taught my mother, and in turn my mother taught me. When my great grandmother passed away she gave me all of her yarn, hooks and pieces parts of projects because she knew the love I had for the craft.



5. What’s your favorite thing to make?

I love making neck warmers and slouchy berets. I'm a little obsessed with polymer clay jewelry lately, too!



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

I have two, but the one I just got for the holidays is my favorite! It's a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350, the other is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33.

7. Who or what models your items?

My mannequin head most of the time, her name is Manny. Usually I model longer items, or clothing pieces. I take about a thousand pictures when I do; self timers are tricky!

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

Having the ability to really be hands on with the production. Giving my pieces, and in turn my business, a personal touch.

9. What's the most challenging part of running your own business?

Definitely marketing my items, it's hard to get your name out there! I also find it hard to put prices on my work that are fair to myself, and also fair to buyers.

10. On average, how many things do you create per week?

I always have something in queue. Depending on the size and complexity of the pieces, I'd say probably 2 to 4. Now that I'm into jewelry, I can make more charms/embellishments per week because they're smaller. Listing and taking pictures of these new creations is a different story!


11. What inspires you?

All sorts of things! Just looking at a skein of yarn can set me off onto a week long crocheting spree. Other people's pieces give me ideas, I also look at patterns to get the general idea of how something is shaped, then deviate from it and make it my own. I love custom orders, people get really creative with what they want and it helps motivate me to try something new.

12. Take me thru your creative process.

Scenario 1: Have the yarn, look for a pattern

Scenario 2: Look at a pattern, see if I have the yarn

Scenario 3: Look at the yarn, frantically look for the right size hook and crochet as fast as my hand will allow!

13. What is your best advice to blossoming crafters?

Don't get discouraged. Ever!! If you go months with a dry spell with sales don't get discouraged! Just keep doing your craft for the love of it, and someone will come along and see that love. And remember: art is a very fluid entity; it is constantly changing. You have to make yourself pliable and able to easily adapt. Keep trying new things, always be improving on yourself and your art!


♥ Thanks for asking me to do the interview, Rachael! So excited :]

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Thank you for the interview, Danielle! Your items all look so cozy!
Check out Sugar Dimples great selections here!

Don't forget! Visit my shop, follow this blog, follow me on facebook and twitter for exclusive savings, sales and the latest awesome new additions to the shop!

Cheers!
Xo, Rachael

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New in my Studio

Hola!

All of my jewelry is still 50% off, thru this evening.

Thanks for joining me again! New in my studio this week are just a couple things.

I finished my fishing card on Monday.  If you'd like to read the post re: this adorable card (including lots of additional photos!), please visit this entry in my blog! :) If you love it and can't live without it, it's posted and available for purchase in my shop!

You may remember this image from a previous post in my blog. I'm beginning to put together some pieces that will flow nicely with this image.
  



And these two vintage flight attendants I'm piecing together as well! The red bow on the flight attendant to the leftI repurposed from a piece of recycling. The pinup art to the left and right I clipped from a cd cover. and the lace to the right I clipped from a repurposed piece of recycling as well. We'll see how they turn out!! :-D

That's it for today! Don't forget to follow this blog!! You can keep up-to-date wit the latest by following my Facebook and twitter as well! :-D

Cheers,
Xo, Rachael


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tuesday's Stuff I Love: Handmade Cards

Hey Ladies!

First of all, my 50% off Jewelry Sale is still going on! But hurry, the sale is only on thru tomorrow, and then it's 'bye bye' to the Last Chance items. Shop now to get the best savings of the year.

I have a new "Stuff I Love" entry! Handmade cards! I selected my favorite cards (some) from etsy and decided to show them here. Aren't they cute?! Check it out and let me know what you think! :-)



Follow this blog and my facebook and twitter to keep up on the latest, and for special discounts!

Cheers,
Xo Rachael

Monday, February 21, 2011

New In My Shop

Aloha All!

General Announcement: I've decided to close the jewelry portion of my shop so that I can focus completely on my cards. All jewelry in my store is 50% off Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week.

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Today I am so excited to share with you my brand spankin’ new little fishing card, for the guys of course!

I was just playing around with my cricut machine trying out some new die cuts for some ideas. After I cut the dies I thought that they would be too small for anything, so I set them aside. And when I fell in love with this Kraftin’ Kimmie stamp I realized that it was the perfect size for the die cuts I had previously cut. So I stamped and colored and distressed each die cut and decided to make a cute little easel card! What do you think? Pretty cute, huh?

Here’s some pictures of making the easel card.
 
Stamped and colored and textured the first die cut, then attached it to it's die cut backing.

Stamped the bubbles in blue for the bottom part of the easel card that will show.

Double-sided foam tape on the flap part of the easel card.

Layered fish prior to adhering the die cut to the flap.

Starting to come together!

Now for the waves!

Colored and adhered with some dimentionals and glued the wave tips down to add movement. Added liquid applique for a wet look.

Added a sentiment, another fishy and some pearl accents and this little guy is rockin' the fishy card! :-)
 
Hope you all enjoyed today's post! Don't forget to do the following:
 
1.  Follow this blog;
2.  Check my store for my sales (50% off all jewelry M,T,W of this week only!) Rachael's Handmade Designs;
3.  Fan me on FB for additional discounts!
4.  Follow me on twitter for up-to-date info and latest releases! :-D
 
Cheers!
Xo Rachael

Friday, February 18, 2011

News, Tips and Tricks

Bonjour!

I'm back from my weekend jaunt in Canada and had a WONDERFUL time with the love of my life! If you would like to see the pictures from my trip, check out my flickr!

Other than cleaning, unpacking, doing laundry and sleeping, I haven't really had much time to spend in my studio lately. :( I managed to clean off my craft table last night, which always helps to improve my creative flow! I plan to finish up some smaller older projects this evening after the gym and perhaps begin a new project or two! ;) I have some scraps that I have been collecting from various places and I plan on using those recycled items to make a few greeting cards. I'll show you pictures on Wednesday!

That's all for now! Don't forget to follow this blog! You can also find me on twitter, facebook and flickr. What's more - when you follow me, you get discounts. Ka-CHING! (Who doesn't love savings?!)

Cheers!
Rachael

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Interview with Julie Lopez

Welcome Back!
Today's post is from one of my good friends and fellow photographers Julie Lopez. Julie and I became aquainted on Etsy and when I held a show in town she dropped by my booth and said hello. We've been buds ever since and I'm always looking for ways to help promote her fantastic work! I'm so proud to bring you this interview with Julie Lopez of ImageNationPhoto.

1. Whats your name and shop name and what do you do?

My name is Julie Lopez, my etsy shop name is ImageNationPhoto. I am a photographer.

2. Where are you located?

I live in Seattle, Washington.

3. Whats the favorite part of your craft?

Being behind the camera, capturing a moment that will never happen again!

4. How long have you been crafting?

I received my first camera (Fujica 35mm) when I was in High School and I was hooked!! I took my first photography class at Tigard High School and loved taking pictures and developing them myself in the darkroom. I still have many of my first images I shot during that time, it’s funny to look back at them now. So to answer your question - I’ve been doing this for a long time - over 35 years!


5. Whats your favorite thing to make?

My favorite is black and white film. When you shoot black and white it’s all about the subject and the moment. Color can be beautiful but can also take up the whole composition and be only about - well - the color. I’m interested in a place, a time, a face. And real faces - not photoshopped to look unreal and perfect. Life isn’t perfect - it’s full of imperfections. I want to see that but what also tends to happen is that you then can see the beauty in that imperfection too!! I also tend to like small images so that you really have to look at it close up and see what’s going on in the picture.

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

I now shoot with a Nikon D50 digital SLR but I also shoot every day with my iphone. My iphone takes really good photos and I’m having a lot of fun using it too!

7. Who or what models your items? n/a

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

Selling my images to people who will appreciate them!

9. What's the most challenging part of running your own business?

Marketing and selling my images.

10. On average, how many things do you create per week?

I shoot every day. I currently have several new images because I just returned from Vietnam. But in a typical week I may have only 1 new image that I think is worthy to be edited and included in my etsy store.

11. What inspires you?

Faces, children, architecture, music, other photographer’s work, film (movies that tell a great story), the beach. I also get inspired by other Artist’s stories and work and blogs! It keeps me going when I feel defeated.

12. Take me thru your creative process.

Throw on my shoes, grab my camera (and iphone) and head outdoors. I never know when a great photo opportunity might present itself. My creative process is ongoing 24/7!!

13. What is your best advice to blossoming crafters?

Do it. Do it when you think it doesn’t matter. Do it when others wonder why you’re doing it. Do it for yourself first! Make time to do your art, enjoy and revel in that time and never stop!

Thanks Julie!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

New in my Studio

***SPECIAL on TODAY***

Buy one, get one half off of = or lesser value. (You pick.)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Stuff I Love: Letterpress!

Woot woot! I wanted to share my Letterpress love with you, so check out my new treasury!


Monday, February 7, 2011

New in my Shop!

Good Monday Morning All!

I’ve been busily working on finishing some projects over the weekend, and although they sadly don’t include use of the masking technique I was talking about on Friday, they were projects already in the works and still turned out pretty stinkin’ cute, I think. ;)

I finished my “sorry so grumpy” card - you can hang it on a peg or nail! I used Kraftin’ Kimmie stamps and fun die cuts for this card, as well as a mix of distressed and punched papers to give it a fun layered effect. The bow on the button is tied from rafia and the hanging cord is hemp.
I’ve also finish up some cute little owl tags! I paired brown with blue for these adorable textured hooties and finished them off with a silky deep blue ribbon. Perfect for scrapbooking, gifts or bookmarks.




I’ve also started on a card for the dudes - a cute little fishing card! The die cuts are a little smaller than I’m used to using for this project, but they fit the stamp that I wanted to use, so I decided to jazz it up a bit and make an easel card to make up for the small size. I custom-fit the base of the easel card to the die cuts and measured out the score lines to 1.5; 3; and 7. The 7 inches at the base of the card should allow for a proper amount of space to create a “stopper” for the easel part of the card to be propped up with as well as providing the space for a cute little sentiment. I’m looking forward to seeing how this card will turn out!


 
My Whale of a Guy square card and Sorry So Crabby square cards are almost finished as well! I’ve distressed them and now all that remains are the sentiments and more decor on the outside.



I’ve put together a pack of cards for one low price as well. I don’t have a listing or photo set up for this yet, but soon you’ll be able to see it!


I’ve also got some pendants available for purchase in my store.



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Cheers!

Xo Rachael

Friday, February 4, 2011

Inspiring Masking Links!

Hi Everybody!


Thanks for reading today! You’re going to want to follow this blog and favorite this post as well as leave a comment because today’s topic is GREAT!
Over at Bombshell stamps’ blog today, Katie posted using a masking technique (one of my absolute FAVORITE techniques!) that turned out beautifully. Here is her post that you should definitely NOT miss! (I’ve never seen a masking technique done all over the page before! It really turned out cool!)
About three years ago when I really started getting back into the paper crafts scene and crafting continually, I came across this blog post. I’d never heard about a shaker card or masking before, even tho I have a background in crafts. (I guess it's not that surprising, I mean, I don't know *everything* :P)This post is a great step-by-step process of how to try masking for the first time and how to make the little crabby look like he’s holding something.

So get out your stamps and give it a whirl! This weekend is masking time for me because I’ve just been *so* inspired by these posts. Be sure to check back on Monday to see what I come up with. I’ll post pictures! (I just had a big shipment of new stamps come in from Bombshell Stamps and Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps, so all I’ve got to do is finish mounting the Bombshells and go from there. Yay!)

Cheers!

Xo Rachael

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Interview with a Seller - DNACreations

Today's post is from one of my favorite shops, DnA Creations!

1. What’s your name and shop name and what do you do?

We are Darlene and Alex and our shop name is DnA Creations. We create folk art for wallets, flasks and statues.

2. Where are you located?

Los Angeles, CA

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

The freedom of creativity.


4. How long have you been crafting?

Both of us have been crafting our whole lives but doing this business it's been about 2 years

5. What’s your favorite thing to make?

We like making statues. It's a very long process but the outcome is well worth it.



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

nothing fancy. Just a Samsung digital camera.



7. Who or what models your items?

We don't use models.



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

Oh where to start...the satisfaction of being my own boss. Having returning customers that love and appreciate our work. Seeing how successful we have been on Etsy in a short amount of time.



9. What's the most challenging part of running your own business?

Keeping items new and fresh. We are always having to come up with new original designs.



10. On average, how many things do you create per week?

40-50



11. What inspires you?

Alex says his culture inspires him and Darlene says that Alex inspires her.



12. Take me thru your creative process.

We always have ideas to create and often think about the consumer and consider what they would want to buy and add to their collection. Then we produce the product, take a picture of it and post it on Facebook and Etsy to see the reaction of people. People like things that shock.



13. What is your best advice to blossoming crafters?

Never get discouraged or give up.

Thanks guys, check out the shop here: DnA Creations
Follow this blog! :)
Cheers,
Xo Rachael

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