Monday, May 30, 2011

New in my Shop

Well Hello!

Here's some gereral housekeeping:

1.  Monday marks the end of the Blog Candy event.  Drawing takes place on Tuesday.

2.  My 2 year anniversary sale is going on currently in my shop. 35% off for a limited time only. Drop by and take a peek!

Now, onto New in my Shop!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

SALE: 35% OFF

HELLO!

Today my sweet little shop is 2 years old! Use coupon code: anniversary for 35% off. Coupon runs through June 1st, 2011, which is also the drawing date for my free blog candy.

Happy shopping!
Cheers,
Xo, Rachael

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Back from Vacation!

Hello!

I'm back from my week of vacation, which was WONDERFUL! If you're interested in viewing some pictures, please click here!

While I was on vacation I ran into a shop around the corner from my boyfriend's home called Just Scrap It! Wow! What a cute little shop! They must have everything under the sun!

One line that Just Scrap It! carries that I hadn't experienced before is BoBunny. It's so adorable!! I can't believe I was so blind! Ha! So now I'm looking for new lines. What are your favorite paper lines?! Do you have any suggestions?? I'd love to hear what you suggest! Leave a comment below and let me know!!

I was also introduced to Melody Ross's paper design from GCD Studio. WOW!!! And Stella and Rose Stamps?! Forgetaboutit!

I'm also pretty excited to say that I finally placed another order with Kimmie. UG! Such a difficult decision! Why can't we all have an unlimited amount of cash flow?! ;) Kraftin Kimmie is by far one of my favorite companies - along with bombshell stamps, of course (which has some great new stamp designs that you should check out) and are my two wonderful Go-To's!


Cheers,
Xo, Rachael

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Stuff I Love: Blue and Red

Welcome Back!

Here's this week's pieces straight from Etsy. Enjoy!

Cheers!
Xo, Rachael

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New in my Studio

Hi All,
Today I have this cute little card I thought I'd share with you all. ;) Made it the other night. As you can see, it's fairly simple (only one layer) but packs a punch! I love the 'giggity' sentiment! Hope you like it.

Also, I will be on vacation from 5/13/2011 to 5/22/2011 so my shop and blog will be down.
Cheers,
Rachael

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Interview with a Seller: CreationsbyWendalyn

Hiya!
Today's post comes to you via an interview with Wendy of CreationsByWendalyn. I'm a big fan of Wendy's creations, they extremely layered and fun. Enjoy the interview!

1. What’s your name and shop name and what do you do? My Name is Wendy and My Shop name is CreationsByWendalyn – I sell homemade cards. My blog is www.creationsbywendalyn.blogspot.com where I always try to post what I use to make my cards.

2. Where are you located? I am located in Minneapolis, MN

3. What’s the favorite part of your craft? The favorite part of crafting I think is coloring. I love to stamp image or print images and sit and color them. Reminds me of when I was young and coloring with my coloring book and crayons. Except now my crayons have turned to Copics. Too bad they aren’t the same price.
4. How long have you been crafting? I’ve been making cards and stamping for going on 10 years maybe 11 from my best guess. I’ve been crafting ever since I can remember with one thing or another from knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, embroidering, etc.

5. What’s your favorite thing to make? Cards. And I absolutely love love love sewing on them. I sew on every card I make on the inside and the outside. I always wanted to learn to sew but never did. So my sewing is done on my cards which I think is a beautiful touch.

6. What kind of camera do you use to shoot? I have a Canon Powershot 12.1 MP. I have a Canon Digital Rebel SLR that my Husband bought me a couple years ago but because I take so many pictures I enjoy the convience of my Canon Powershot the best. I also believe it or not think it takes better close up pictures than the rebel does. I even bought added filters and lenses but I still like the portable better.

7. Who or what models your items? No one models as I make cards I use a light box to show them off.

8. What's the most rewarding part of running your own business? Seeing the finished items I think. I love going through my store front and just look at everything I’ve made. It’s not a business for me though as much as it is a hobby. Any money I get from it goes right back on stamps or supplies. But it helps to take away my guilt from buying so much

9. What's the most challenging part of running your own business? Finding time to make things. It seems there is never enough of it. I also sometimes find it challenging to keep myself on track. I run out of ambition to craft sometimes and then I need to take a break. Normally it’s after Christmas cause I burn myself out.

10. On average, how many things do you create per week? This is a trick question It varies on the time of year. Lately it hasn’t been very many maybe 3 – 12 cards a week but now come summer it will be maybe double that. I love making Halloween and Christmas cards, thus my earlier statement that I get burnt out after Christmas. This year I think I might make Easter cards at Christmas so I know I am going to get at least a few made.

11. What inspires you? Other crafter’s out there. I love going through blogs, stores whatever it may be and see what other people do. There are so many talented crafters out there and I love seeing their work.

12. Take me thru your creative process. I normally stamp or print several images on my Copic cardstock. I like digital images for their convenience but I probably own 1000+ rubber and acrylic stamps mostly stored in binders. So anyways back to what I was saying I print out or stamp several on a piece of cardstock and then I normally sit down and put a movie in and watch TV with my son while I am coloring. I do 99% of my coloring with copics these days. I might do this a couple nights a week.
Then on Saturdays I grab my Ipod and the latest book I am listening to on it. I love audio books. And I go down to my stamp room which use to be a family room. I cut each image out on my cutter and then what I am going to use with it. For instance the Cardstock for that card along with printed paper, trim etc. I do this for all my images and sort them in a pile this way so they are all ready to go for when I finally sit down.
Then when I finally sit down I might have a dozen or so card in front of me not put together. Next I sew all the card together. Once they are sewn all together for insides and out and then I work on putting each card together. Once they are put together I line then up in my photo box and wait for them to dry because I normally put stickles on the trim or whatever on each card. A lot of the times I put stickles on my flowers I use also. It normally takes me about 8 hours to put 12 + cards together from start to finish. A lot of the times I make a lot of 3d type cards this takes sometimes to cut out the extra layers to make them pop up.

Then later that evening or next morning I take all my pictures and edit them in my Photoshop Elements and post them on Etsy.


13. What is your best advice to blossoming crafters?
Start out small it can get over whelming with all the things out there. You would not believe how much stuff I have that I just had to have and how much of it I have actually used. Also my advice if you are coloring items as I do buy good cardstock for your images. I spent years trying to find paper I like. For Copics I recommend their Copic Xpress Cardstock it’s perfect for blending. It does not however work very well with pencils. I find the best for this Papertrey Inks White cardstock. It’s nice and thick. You are trying to skimp don’t do it on the paper. You can however do it on the base cardstock if you layer like I do. I just use the plain Georgia Pacific Cardstock you can get at Walmart for my card bases since I add so many layers there is no difference from regular cardstock and it’s a way to save a little money. I normally always have 2 + layers and then the cardstock base.

Thanks Wendy!
Don't forget! Follow this blog and enter in my blog candy contest! It ends the end of May, so don't delay! :)
Cheers,
Xo, Rachael

Monday, May 9, 2011

What's Up?

Hi Everyone!
Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great mother's day! The last couple of weeks I have been sick and then I had to focus on school and work, so I haven't really been able to make very many cards lately. :(
I was, however, able to sneak one in! I hope you like it! It's bright and sunny and a happy little card. I'm very happy with how it turned out - simple, but cute! What do you think?





 Cheers!
Xo, Rachael

Friday, May 6, 2011

Interview with Jessie Beans

Hey Ya'll! Welcome Back!

Well, it's been a rainy May so far here in Seattle! Although, yesterday was 5th of May, which interestingly enough isn't really celebrated in Mexico... Anyways, I hope you all had a fun, SAFE time.

I met today's featured seller last year while I was working the UW Street Fair for Rachael's Handmade Designs. The street fair is usually pretty large, so I was taking a break and cruising to check out other booths and checking out my fellow crafters - and guess what! Jessie Beans' accessories caught my eye! I love her work and really admire how much color she uses and what cute ideas she comes up with! She's doing the fair again this year! Go Jessie, woot woot! Hope it goes great for you!

So here she is, no later delay! ;-)

1. What’s your name and shop name and what do you do?
I am Jessie S., and I run Jessie Beans Handmade Accessories (JessieBeans.Etsy.com). I am Jessie S., and I run Jessie Beans Handmade Accessories (JessieBeans.Etsy.com). My focus is comfortable, whimsical hair accessories. I love things that are colorful, sparkly or have history behind them. I also do brooch's, wrist cuffs and some jewelry. I have a passion for ribbons and vintage rhinestones - so anything I can create using those I will make!



2. Where are you located?
Seattle, WA


3. What’s the favorite part of your craft?
Finding amazing vintage components to use!


4. How long have you been crafting?
Since I was 5 or so, I was big into the puffy-paint sweatshirts as a child.


5. What’s your favorite thing to make?
I love making my brooches and playing with piles of vintage rhinestones!

6. What kind of camera do you use to shoot?
It is my roomate's photography set-up (kneehighsnpigtails.etsy.com), it is very fancy and I just know how to use the basics of it, but it works very well!

7. Who or what models your items?
Usually myself or a styrofoam head, I will hopefully have some photoshoots with models soon!

8. What's the most rewarding part of running your own business?
Hearing the gasps and excited reaction people have to my items when they're all displayed before them. Then watching customers try everything on!

9. What's the most challenging part of running your own business?
Taxes and book keeping!

10. On average, how many things do you create per week?
I have an off/on method. I usually create hundreds of items in a short period of time (I call it "Binge-Crafting"), then put everything away and not think about it for a while. This way everything seems more new to me at my next craft session and I can come up with fresh designs.

11. What inspires you?
History, vintage fashions, fun color combinations, often just the components themselves (like really beautiful ribbons or fabrics).

12. Take me thru your creative process.
I usually pick a specific type of item I need more of to work on (brooch's, feather headbands, hair clips etc) and compile the basic items I need for them at my work station. Then I start to look through the compartments of my crafty-storage bins to see what speaks to me. Usually there a component (often my newest find) that I HAVE to make something with immediately to base the design off of - like a decal cabochon, a ribbon, a silk flower, etc. Then I find coordinating items to go with that one item - like fabrics, ribbons, rhinestones, feathers etc.

Once I compile the coordinating components, I test out a million different color combinations - usually asking my roomates repeatedly what the best combo is. Then I make a decision and start creating the finished product. After I go through this process with a few designs (what I call the "overthinking stage") and have pulled more crafty-compontents off the shelves and have a bunch of pretty things scattered all over my work area, my creative juices REALLY start flowing . At this point I can easily see that A+B+C go together well and start cranking out the designs! Then I end up with a huge mess, clean up and put away everything and start the whole process over again.


13. What is your best advice to blossoming crafters?
Take classes, learn as much as you can and never stop experimenting or growing as an artist! When I compare what I made 6 years ago when I started selling my crafts to what I do now, the evolution is just amazing! If you find what you're currently doing isn't working, there is always something else to move on to!

Thanks Jessie! I sure do love your pieces! Can't wait to come harass you (and shop of course!) at your booth at the fair this year!!

Check out Jessie's shop! Jessie Beans Accessories

***Don't forget! My blog candy contests run thru the end of this month only! So become a follower and follow all the rules to become a possible WINNER!

Cheers,
Xo, Rachael

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Stuff I Love: Ceramics

Hello my lovelies!

I'm so sorry I have been away for so long. Bad Rachael, BAD! Ha ha :-) Instead of out having fun, or even doing something enjoyable with friends, I've been at home with a tension-type headache! I'm glad to be up like a normal functioning human being! I'm excited to bring you a some great ceramic pieces straight from my favorites, too! As always, click on the image for a larger photo. :-)


Thanks for stopping by!
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Cheers!
Xo, Rachael

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