Thursday, March 31, 2011

Interview with a Seller: Teri, of Terbear Collectibles

Aloha,

Rachael here with another great interview! I've been a fan of Terbear Collectibles for a little over a year or so. Her products are unique and wonderful, so I thought I'd interview her.

Terbear has even granted my readers a discount code for 10% off your purchase! Just use:
"rachael" as the code.
1. What's your name and shop name and what do you do?
My Name is Teri, but feel free to call me Terbear, everyone does. My shop name is Terbear Collectibles, and the ULR  is terbearco.etsy.com, terbear was already taken when I registered on Etsy. I am the top seller of custom made rubber stamps, as well as non custom rubber stamps on Etsy, according to Craftcount.com:
http://www.craftcount.com/category.php?cat=3&subcat=47


2. Where are you located? I am located in Sunny California

3. What's the favorite part of your craft? I love how my customers enjoy seeing their name or store name on a rubber stamp.

4. How long have you been crafting? I have been at this business for about 4 years...I never planned on making  custom stamps, but there was such a demand, and at the time I started my business, only about one other seller was doing so on Etsy,

5. What's your favorite thing to make? My favorite type of stamp to make is a stamp made from my customer's own drawings...even more so, childrens drawings make real awesome stamps.

6. What kind of camera do you use to shoot? I use a Sony Cyber-shot, and sometimes I even use my scanner.

7. Who or what models your items? ink and paper baby, ink and paper!

8. What's the most rewarding part of running your own business? Knowing that I can survive a recession, who knew custom rubber stamps were recession proof?

9. What's the most challenging part of running your own business? finding enough time to spend with my family, and finding time to sleep!

10. On average, how many things do you create per week? I have about 100-200 stamps going out each week, that is not during the busy season!

11. What inspires you? other artists inspire me, especially the Etsy artists.

12. Take me thru your creative process. I find out what my customer's needs are, and what they will be using their stamp for....once I know the size, the font, the look they are going for, everything else  just falls into place.

13. What is your best advice to blossoming crafters? Don't be afraid to try new things. Stand behind your product. Make a quality product that you yourself would be proud to use.

You can find Terbear Collectibles's shop here! Don't forget, 10% off when you use the code 'rachael' at checkout.

Thanks for the interview Teri. It's very cool of you! :-D

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

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New in my Studio

Hi All!
Welcome back! It seems like the time just flies by. In my studio I'm currently working on a custom order of my new wedding card, which has already been purchased. I hope to get this out in the mail to my customer tomorrow.
Here's what I've got going on so far. The only thing I changed on this custom order was the color of the lady's eye shadow.
Don't forget to follow my blog and enter my blog candy contest!
Cheers,
Xo, Rachael

Stuff I Love: In my Garden

Welcome!
Spring is upon us! As such I thought it was quite appropriate to post about the outdoors! So I hope you enjoy this fun Stuff I Love edition as much as I do! ;0)

Don't forget to follow this blog for a chance to win my blog candy.
Thanks and Cheers!
Xo, Rachael

Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday New in my Shop

Caio!

I hope you had a GREAT weekend and are reading this and excited for the week to come. I also hope that you remember to follow this blog! ;=)

In the upcoming weeks I've got some great things to inspire you. For example, I like to use recycled items in my cards, things that would otherwise be trash or not really have a use or purpose and would just go to waste. What kinds of things are your favorite to use in cards? What about art in general?

I'm Ms. April over at Bombshell Stamps, which means I'm a Guest Designer. My work is featured and highlighted, and I get to present a challenge! I haven't been a part of a design team before, so it's pretty exciting!!...I've got my bombshells out and revved up for some stampin'!

And I should say, also, that I recently came upon a new Seattle band that I think you should listen to when you have a chance. They're called 'The Cave Singers' and they're really relaxed and chill music. The album I was listening to was 'No Witch', which is AWESOME. Check it out, you won't be sorry!

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I've got a few new items in my shop:

First up is this sweet "sending you smiles" birthday card. Isn't she adorable?! I created this sweet birthday card with three layers of DCWV cardstock and some plain white paper with a bit of striped designer paper. I textured the cardstock with Swiss Dots and paired it with a scalloped, piered circle. A bow with a button finishes off the look for a sweet touch. The image is from The Greeting Farm from their TT line. Wholesome as apple pie! :D
  
The inside is lined and reads "happy birthday to you..."

The next newest item in my shop is the "Till Death Do We Part" card. It can be used as a Congratulations on the Wedding card. I've left it blank inside for versatility.

Lastly is this hot little cowgirl themed card. She's perfect for any occasion AND suitable for a guy.
Check out all these great greeting cards in my shop!
Don't forget to follow this blog! :)
Cheers,
Xo, Rachael

Friday, March 25, 2011

You Spin Me Right Round Baby, Right Round! Spinner Card!

HEY!

Today’s post is a Spinner Card tutorial! YAY! I haven’t done a tutorial in almost a year, so I figured it was about time. :)







Stuff you will need:
pop dots or other dimensionals - round if you have them. (If not you will have to round them off with scissors.)
two pennies
roll-on glue
Stampin’ up Word Window Punch (long skinny) or xact-o knife
scissors
Stamps - 1 to feature and 1 as a spinner piece. (or a clip art image)
patterned papers and or your favorite stamp set
any other accouterments you would like.

1.  First you need to decide on the general layout of your card, what stamps you will be featuring and if this will be a horizontal or vertical type card. Decide where you want your spinner to be.

2.  Assemble the card the way you want it. Now it's time for the fun part!

3.  Take your Stampin' Up! Word Window Punch and a sheet of paper. This will be the slot for the spinning bit of the card. About a 1/2 inch in from the edge of the paper, punch the paper. Do the same from the other side of the paper, then match up the two previously punched slots and connect them by punching between them, so you just have one long window rectangle.

4.  Now measure another piece of paper for the backing of the piece you just cut.Eventually you will attach a pop dots or dimentionals to the pieces of paper in step 3 and step 4 and adhere to each other, but don't do this just yet.

5.  Now time for the spinner. Stamp the image and cut out. Adhere to a penny with roll-on glue.

6.  If your dimentional is not a circle dimentional, you should round the corners out now. Stick these two rounded dimentionals together. Adhere the penny with the stamped image to one side, then slide the piece of paper you punched in #3 over the dimentionals. Adhere the second penny to the free side of the dimentional. Your spinner is almost done!

7. Tip the piece of paper one way and the other to see how the spinner rolls. If it's not as smooth as you would like it, remove the penny and round the corners out some more. Remember, it doesn't have to be perfect!

8. When you get the spinner to roll like you want, adhere the final piece of paper for your spinner to the back, then adhere the entire spinning aperatus to the card base and you're done!

I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial. Please be sure to follow this blog and check out my etsy store for new items every day! :-)

Cheers!
Xo, Rachael

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Interview with a Seller: The Chartreuse Room

Hi Everyone!

I've got a great interview for you today! A lovely shop on Etsy, The Chartreuse Room has granted me an interview! :D Read on for more info!

1. What’s your name and shop name and what do you do?
My shop name is The Chartreuse Room and I create vintage inspired jewelry.


2. Where are you located? 
I live in Dixon, a small town in Northern California between San Francisco and Sacramento.

3. What’s the favorite part of your craft?
I love working with floral cabochons in all sizes and colors.

4. How long have you been crafting?
I have been creating jewelry for about five years now. I started making pieces for myself and before I knew it, friends were asking my to create pieces for them. I have been selling on Etsy since 2008.

5. What’s your favorite thing to make?
My signature rose cabochon and chunky pearl necklaces. They are unique, bold and feminine. 

6. What kind of camera do you use to shoot?
My little Kodak, nothing fancy. 

7. Who or what models your items?
I have considered using models but for now I use various neck busts I have on hand. They are readily available and they don't charge!

8. What's the most rewarding part of running your own business?
No commute (other than occassionally running to the post office) and I can create my own hours. 

9. What's the most challenging part of running your own business?
Tax time, other than that it's not so challenging. I love those busy days!

10. On average, how many things do you create per week?
At least five but during wedding season maybe 10 to 15 pieces a week.

11. What inspires you?
Fashion and nature mostly.

12. Take me thru your creative process.
It usually starts with a flower or color and evolves from there. Almost everything I create is nature inspired. I use floral cabochons, filigree leaves, glass blossoms, etc. I love working wth antique brass, copper and occassionally silver.

13. What is your best advice to blossoming crafters?
Don't expect for things to happen overnight. Take your time. Make quality items in large quantities so you can perfect your craft.


Thank you so much for your great interview. You have really positive ideas and advice, and your items are so lovely. See The Chartreuse Room's shop here!!

Don't foget to follow this blog!! *Use 10% off Code "Blogger" when you check out from Rachael's Handmade Designs for bonus savings*

Cheers!
Xo, Rachael

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

In My Studio

Hola Everyone!

I am proud to announce that I have been chosen to be Ms. April at Bombshell Stamps! WOOT!  Looking forward to this and I'm SO excited!!

In other news, the name of the game this week was coloring!
I'm always on the search for cute designs. I'm not sure how I saw this, but I came across it on flickr. I loved what craftydee did with Anya so I checked out The Greeting Farm to see what they have to offer. (I had seen their designs before but never really payed attention.) What cute designs! Not all of them are my personal crafting style, but they're stinkin' cute designs all the same!

So I purchased this little girl and she'll be on my next upcoming card. Perfect for winter going into spring! :)


Also working with this image to see what I can come up with:


I was also working with this flapper image from Crafts & Me, which is a new company I found.

I'm having a bit of trouble with the hair in this image. And the eyebrows bother me because they aren't really 'period'. In the '20's usually the brows were very arched and dramatic. But it's still a sweet, cute image!

That's it for now ladies! Thanks for tuning in and don't foget to follow this blog! ('Like' my fb too - only a couple more 'likes' till the big giveaway!)  10% discount given to twitter fans, fb fans and blogger followers. ;)

Cheers!
Xo, Rachael

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Stuff I Love: {Our Spare Bedroom}

Welcome to our home! Stay awhile and rest your bones. Please make yourself comfortable in our spare bedroom. You can see the garden from the window by the bed. We hope you like it!



Monday, March 21, 2011

New in my Shop

Hello my Lovelies!

Welcome back this Monday morning. I had a lot of fun this weekend making sweet paper treats.

It was my boyfriend's Mom's birthday on the 17th, so I made her this:


Also, made and listed this little lovely! What do you think?


And started on a new "congrats/happy engagement" card. Not quite finished.


Follow this blog! Also, follow me of facebook, twitter and now you can even get 10% off by following my blogger too! Use codes facebook, twitter and blogger, respectively.

***Also, giveaway is still going on!!! Please be sure to spread the news! Only 2 more facebook fans needed! Tell all your friends!***

And thru the end of March all profits still going to PETA.

Cheers,
Xo, Rachael

Saturday, March 19, 2011

News, Tips and Tricks

Hi All!
Well, my interviewee didn't get back to me in time for me to be able to post Thursday's interview, so I'm sorry but it's been skipped. ;)
Instead, today I'm just posting some news. Just a reminder that thru the end of March all profits go to PETA! Do some shopping, get a couple cute cards and support a great cause while you're at it! Woot! :D
That's it for today.
Follow this blog and visit my shop.
Cheers,
Xo, Rachael

Friday, March 18, 2011

In my Studio

Welcome!

I'm so glad you could join me again today! There are a number of new additions to the shop I have to show you, but I wanted to remind you all that all sales profits this month go straight to PETA. Shop, get something cute and support a great cause today! :D

New in my studio today are a couple different items. The first one I have to show you is a pregnancy congratulations note card. Isn't she cute? I love how this turned out, and it's layered and detailed without being "too much".

I also made this sexy little bookmark! I love this image! Super simple, super cool. ;) Smile every time you mark your page!

This cute little chimney sweep is sure to bring you luck, in whatever you do! Great as a Good Luck/Encouragement card as well as a seasonal greeting.


That's it for now! Don't forget to follow this blog! Also, you get extra special savings when you "like" me on Facebook. Also, big prize/giveaway once I reach 150 'likes'! Only a few more needed!  Help me reach my goal!! :D
Cheers!
Xo, Rachael

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Stuff I Love: Pressed Flowers

Hi Everyone.
I'm a little behind in my blog posts this week. I've been so busy! So I thought I'd update today with Stuff I Love: Pressed Flowers.
When I was little I lived down the street from a girl I went to school with named Jill. Her mom made pressed flower bookmarks and I fell in love with the idea of preserving nature. So, here's my collection of nature.
Don't forget to follow this blog! Also, just two more followers until my big blog giveaway! Follow my facebook fan page and help me give away some awesome prizes!

Cheers,
Xo, Rachael

Monday, March 14, 2011

Special Announcement

Hi Everyone,

Animal abuse is rampant. We need to fight it and not just in our own neighborhoods, but in traveling circus acts (see this article) and foreign countries as well.  Therefore, all profits from now until the end of March will be donated to PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

My personal heartache is animals used in circuses, but I support PETA for ALL of their wonderful work. Please purchase a wonderful card to support a great cause. Make a difference in an animal's life. Be the change you want to see.

Two ways to help support:
1.  Shop for a cute card - all profits go to PETA thru the end of March!
2.  Support directly! PETA

Thanks for reading this post! Don't forget to follow this blog!
Cheers,
Xo, Rachael

Saturday, March 12, 2011

New in my Shop - Prize photos and others!

E Komo Mai Nou ka hale. =)
A traditional Hawaiian greeting meaning "Come inside, the house is yours."

I just photographed the prizes for the 150 subscriber contest. Still just need a few more subscribers until this giveaway occurs! I used my iphone camera, so cut me a break! Ha ha. ;) If you'll please excuse the horrid lighting in my kitchen, below are the photos of the prize!



The prize includes everything you need to make loads of cards!!

Loads of printed papers (holiday included)
Wood mounted "couples" rubber stamp
Krafty Stamper unmounted rubber stamp
two packs of hawaiian slippa embelishmentsts
three fruit-themed clear acrylic mounting stamps
1 Fourth of July clear acrylic mounting stamp
an acrylic blog for stamping
a pair of pink beaded earrings
a pale blue rose ring on an adjustable base
Sassafrass Lass fruit felties
Auntie's Hawaiian Stickers Hawaiian slippas round stickers
Auntie's Hawaiian Stickers Hawiian theme round stickers
Love round stickers
Double-sided mounting foam
Tickled Pink Lolita unmounted stamp
V15 Mallow Copic Sketch Marker
V12 Pale Lilac Copic Sketch Marker
2 crysanthenmum pink hair pins
1 yellow and 1 pink pair pins
1 Flower Button wood mounted stamp
1 Halloween witch clear acrylic mounting stamp
1 Round Scalop hand punch
1 paw punch - dog or cat
1 unused Color Box black stamp pad;
1 pack of blue and brown owl tags;
1 Magnolia Halloween/thanksgiving little girl holding pumpkin lanter;
a five pack of cards from my shop;
and a "apple" stamp.


Also new in my shop is this flight themed retro card. Most of the items used on this card are recycled.


And these three x three mini thank yous. These minis sport floral chipboard pieces and come in a pack.


I've also decided that from today thru the end of March's profits will go to PETA.

Additionally, I made this sexy birthday card over the weekend! I love Betty Page.

Over the weekend I also applied for Bombshell Stamp's design team! I'm excited to hear if I got accepted or not! I've never been on a design team before!

Over the weekend I also made this March-themed card below.
That's it for today! I hope you enjoyed this post! Don't forget to follow this blog, subscribe to my facebook and twitter too! Linkds can be found in the side bar!
Cheers,
Xo, Rachael


Friday, March 11, 2011

News, Tips and Tricks

Welcome Back!



Only three more subscribers until the big giveaway! Prize includes a kit for making handmade cards, two hair clips, some jewelry, and a pack of cards from my shop. "Like" my fb page (the link is to the right) and subscribe to my blog to enter yourself into the drawing. (pictures coming soon.)


Don't forget to follow this blog! :-)
Cheers!
Xo, Rachael

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Interview with a Seller: SchickiMickis

Hi Everyone!

Today's post is an interview with a shop and owner that I aboslutely ADORE. Her designs are riveting, edgy and new, and completely unique.  Read on!

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


My name is Anat, and I run SchickiMickis.


SchickiMicki is a German expression for the term trendy,

and widely used as the german evil twin of “fancy-schmancy”.

2. Where are you located?


Nowadays I am located in Tel Aviv Israel, though when I opened my Etsy shop I was living in Berlin Germany, hence the German name.


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


difficult question... I think I have to say the very first, getting a new idea and starting to draw along side with the last one, just making an item, I find the craft to be relaxing :)


4. How long have you been crafting?


I started as a child to draw and paint, was always drawn to the creative side. but really hands on crafting I started in Milano, where i studied jewelry and accessories design.


5. What’s your favorite thing to make?


It really changes all the time... I love working with leather, but I do also love gold smithing. I guess new materials or techniques would always give me that rush :)


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


up until now I was using a pocket camera from fuji, but I just upgraded myself to a new canon 1000D with a remote control, that I can model and take the pictures myself at the same time.

7. Who or what models your items?


In almost all pictures I do the modeling, I love the way Etsy's sellers present themselves, and that personal and community feeling in the site!

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


When running your own business you are responsible for everything, all the mistakes, but also to all the pride :) I find it challenging to be not just the designer, or craftswoman but to be everything (designer, craftswomen, model, photographer, accountant, marketing department, advertising, customer service etc etc), and to be able to make and present my creation in my own way.

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


To be able to stretch the range of your abilities, if before that I was focusing always on the creative part, with my own business I had to learn any new things and to experience a lot of new tasks, but I am thankful for each and every thing I learned along the way.


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


It really changes a lot which period of the year... before holidays and in wedding seasons I make a lot of items but have almost no time to create new designs, than at early spring and early autumn I set the time to create new designs, work on the models and patterns and set the line for the newcomers.

11. What inspires you?


It really can be anything, from nature to industrial parts, from a sound to a place I have been to... the only thing is to keep your eyes and ears always open, let the world revel itself to you. I also keep myself updated, on trends and new materials, and I love fashion and craft magazines and blogs.


12. Take me thru your creative process.


It usually start with an idea, which can come from something I saw or heard, from a new material or anything of the sort. I always start to draw freehand and than usually move to make a pattern or to play with the material to find the best solution. than I make a sample, work on it until I get it just right! I usually take time off between stages, and think a lot about the possibilities and other solutions. You can always find me in my own world contemplating while waiting in line at the post, or even while doing grocery shopping! (and yes, I always forget to buy milk this way :))


13. What is your best advice to blossoming crafters?
The best advise I can give is to DO... just start, get a few of your best ideas and than just work on them, it takes a lot of time and insecurity at the beginning, but we all need to start somewhere. one idea failed, you couldnt find any solution? leave it, one day i promise you will get back to it. just try a range of things, do not give up just learn to improve and to be flexible in your creativity and marketing.

Thank you so much for your interview Anat! Find Anat's shop, SchickiMickis here.
Don't forget to follow this blog! Also, you can receive 10% off your purchases in my shop when you follow me on facebook. Find me on twitter, too!

Cheers!
Xo, Rachael

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

In My Studio

Hola!
Today I want to share with you a lovely little monotone card I made using a new stamp and flowers.

I'm also designing a garden card and have started putting together some papers and stamp combos for that.

Here is another project, which is looking good so far, but still needs a lot more work.  The dragon is from the same set as the knight card.

I've also made a custom envelope for my sorry so grumpy card.  Just add a sticker to close the envelope. *Mailing a square envelope is an additional cost. If mailing this envelope, you will have to add glue along the flap. Otherwise, you may just tuck it inside the envelope.  This envelope fits the mailing standards, but you may consider mailing in a larger envelope as the envelope itself is part of the keepsake. Due to the layered nature of this piece, when sending to your recipient, protect the layers by mailing layered side facing in - inside the envelope.  This way the layers won't catch.  :-)

That's all for today! Don't forget to follow this blog! :-)
Cheers,
Xo, Rachael

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Stuff I Love: NERDS

Hey!! Welcome Back!

Today's Stuff I Love was really hard for me because there are so many nerdy things I love. It was hard to narrow the list down!! But I finally did, so here you go.


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

Monday, March 7, 2011

New in my Shop!

Good MondayAfternoon, All! :)

Saturday was beautiful and I got a lot of cleaning done as well as organized my crafts. I pieced together this and classic card. Another result of my obsession with the pin up culture. ;) All of the items used on this card are recyled.
I hope you like her. :-)

Rachael's Handmade Designs on Etsy is now a dedicated card shoppe - yay! :-D Very excited about this!!! I reorganized some items and added some new things, so please be sure to check it out.

Also made and listed this sweet summer card! Isn't she adorable?


Also, only a few more facebook fans until the giveaway! I'm still looking for ideas as a prize. Let me know if you have an idea! As it stands right now I'm thinking a gift card and a pack of cards would be fun!

Finished and listed the Knight themed card! Yay! :-D



Thanks for checking in. Don't forget to follow this blog and find me on flickr, twitter and facebook!

Cheers!
Xo, Rachael

Friday, March 4, 2011

News, Tips and Tricks

Hi Again!
I can’t believe it’s Friday again. This week has flown past! I’ve just been inundated with things to do; barely keeping my head above water!

Coming along with the knight-theme card. I worked a bit on it last night: I cut the “help” speech bubble, stamped it, cut the ground/dirt, and added grass. I also distressed the edges of the sky, greenery background and dirt to add texture and dimension.

That’s it for now. Don’t forget to follow this blog. Please also let me know how you came across this blog. There’s a feature to the right which allows you to click on your choice and it only takes a second! :)

Cheers,

Xo Rachael

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Interview with a Seller: Tiffany Addington

It's Thursday again and I've got another great interview for you! Tiffany is a great crafter and makes the yummiest -looking little treats that you can use for just about anything. Check it out below!

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


My name is Tiffany Addington and I’m a “Domestic Engineer” aka Glorified Stay at Home Momma and addicted Etsyian. But I wouldn’t change it for the world.

2. Where are you located?

Right now we’re at North Carolina, good ole Fayetteville.

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

The versatility of it, clay is such a versatile medium and I love that! I can make a million different things with it!


4. How long have you been crafting?

Crafting in general? Since I was old enough to finger paint, my Grandmother always had awesome crafty activities for us to do growing up, whether it be embroidering a tea towel or making salt dough ornaments.


5. What’s your favorite thing to make?

I love making intricate desserts. My favorite so far has been a lattice topped cherry pie charm that I made using one of the hubby’s tossed bottle caps.

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

I have a Sony Super Steady Shot, I’m camera illiterate so that’s about all I know about it. It does a good job though!

7. Who or what models your items?

I have modeled a few items myself and have had some help from my lovely kiddos. Everytime they see the jewelry organizer come out they want to see it. There’s nothing more gratifying than hearing your 3 year old daughter gasp and say, “Oh Mommy! That’s beautiful!!!”

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

The most rewarding part is the freedom I have to do what I love doing! I don’t have someone breathing down my neck with deadlines (just bright red ink on the calendar a foot from my face) or telling me how to do something. It really is MY business, I can put myself into it and make it my own.


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

I’m sure 99% of people who run their own business would say the same thing, time management. Sometimes I find myself so absorbed in getting ready for a show that I have to tell myself to step away and be with my family. I’m getting better with it but it still needs some work. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received so far has been to set hours. I have a block of time set for crafting so if I have a “eureka idea moment” I write it down for later or sketch it out.

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

I try to do at least 3 or 4, some weeks I do quite a bit if I know I won’t have the time the following week.


11. What inspires you?


Food! I absolutely love cooking, if I’m not crafting or playing with my kids it’s almost guaranteed that I’m either in the kitchen or watching The Cooking Channel. I adore Chuck Hughes!! (ask my husband, he’ll tell you Chuck’s my boyfriend ;) ) Since I can’t share my cooked food with the world just yet I make all of it with clay.


12. Take me thru your creative process.

I’ll get an idea or see a picture of something delicious and if it’s outside of my creative block time I’ll write it down for later. Even though it’s written down somewhere I’ll think about it all day and go through the process in my head for the different techniques it will require or the materials I’ll need to have on hand. When the moments right I jump into my clay and just go from there! After I get all the pieces done I can fit on my parchment paper covered tile I bake them. After they’re baked I gently toss them in a can of ice water to quench them which makes them stronger. Then the next morning (I craft at night after the kids go to bed) I glaze them and finish them whether that be earrings, necklace, whatever the case may be. I try to get them photographed the same day but if I don’t have the time or the sun isn’t permitting then I take photos later.


13. What is your best advice to blossoming crafters?

Even when you feel like no one is looking at your shop or your product keep going! Don’t give up and try not to be too critical of yourself. Remember not to become so obsessed that you burnout. Don’t sell out. Be you! If you make something because you know you’ll love it odds are someone else will love it too. Don’t worry about other crafters who create similar items, competition is a good thing! I know I’m not the first food clay artist and I won’t be the last and that’s OK because I love what I do and so do my customers. I think that’s enough?
 
Thanks for your interview Tiffany! :-) You've got some great advice. If you're interested in checking out Tiffany's etsy shop, it's here!
 
I'm also having a giveaway once my FB subscribers reach 150 - I need your help! What would you like to see given away as a prize? "Like" my page of facebook and leave me a comment to let me know!
 
Follow this blog! :)
Cheers,
Xo, Rachael

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Help!

Hi Again,

I need your help. I'm going to host a giveaway/prize once my facebook followers reach 150. What would you all like to win? I'm thinking it should be craft *related*, but it doesn't necessarily have to be. I'm open to purchasing gift certificates as well.  You can check out my facebook page by clicking here, or by clicking the badge in the column to the right of this blog.

So please leave a comment and let me know what you would all like to win!! Your comments and ideas are appreciated!

Cheers!
Xo, Rachael

In my Studio

Welcome Back!

Here’s a shot from/of my studio last night!

I’ve been working on a new card. I loved this stamp set



 
and had bought this little knight from Kraftin’ Kimmie. Here’s a shot of how he started out with doing color swatches.
 

Turned out pretty cute, huh?
I also stamped the castle tower and colored it, so the card is coming together quite nicely. Totally looking forward to how this card will turn out!




That’s it for today guys!

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Cheers!

Xo Rachael

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Stuff I Love: Under the Sea

Hello my lovelies!
Today's entry of Stuff I Love is all about 'Under the Sea'! So fun! As I put together this collection I couldn't help singing "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid. Ha ha, great now it's gonna be stuck in my head! I hope you enjoy!


If you could please take a moment to fill out the poll asking the question "where did you hear about us?", it's
to the right about half way down the page and requires just a simple click! Your feedback is priceless! Thank you! And don't forget to follow this blog! Your subscriptions mean a lot to me, and please leave a comment! :)  Find me on facebook and twitter for the latest additions to the shop!

Cheers,
Xo Rachael

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