Friday, July 29, 2011

Distrezz-it-All

Aloha my little crafting friends!

About a week ago I ordered the Distrezz-it-All by Zutter in association with Donna Salazar. Well, yesterday it arrived on my doorstep! YAY!

Already my mind is a buzz with all of the creative things I can do with this wonderful little machine. Shabby chic custom journals, here I come! ;-) I'm working on a mini album for my father with my DIA!

Now, where to find The Cinch in Seattle. Any ideas?

Xo, Rachael

Monday, July 25, 2011

New Items in the Shop!

Welcome Back!

Last week was pretty busy for me so I didn't get to blog much, but I have had the chance to be able to create some more items for my shop yesterday evening.

I'm working on a new line for my shop! It's called 'The Buckle Line' and consists of my new design called Buckle cards - the only ones like them on Etsy!

This one's called the Rock Star Buckle Card.

Look for the new line on Etsy as this card is making it's debut today.
Cheers,

Xo, Rachael

Friday, July 22, 2011

NEW: Magnolia Tilda Mounted Stamp for Sale

Hello Everyone.

I just listed a new, unused Magnolia Tilda Mounted Rubber Stamp for sale on Ebay. Little Tilda is holding a pumpkin lantern/bucket.  This stamp is mounted and brand new but does not come with the original packaging.  Ebay

Here are some photos of this Tilda stamp.


Tilda is up for sale, so check out her listing here.

Cheers,
Xo Rachael

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thursday Interview with a Seller: AbunchofScrap

Hiya!
This week I decided to interview another shop I have admired for some time, Abunchofscrap! This shop has a collective, cohesive look. Her creations are wonderful and have provided me with inspiration! From cards to scrapbook layouts and suppliesI hope you enjoy!

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

The name of my shop is called AbunchofScrap. I create with paper: things that make you smile and things that will help one cherish the memories of that day or event.


2. Where are you located?


I reside in the state of Michigan and have established myself and my shops in my quant little home.



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



My favorite part of crafting is creating something from nothing. Making a simple piece of paper or scrap paper into something that is useful and cherished.



4. How long have you been crafting?



I feel that children are born with the ability to create or “craft” it is how one feeds this skill that determines if they are true crafters and have a love for creating something out of simple materials. I have professionally been crafting for 12 years and I am at a point in my life that I can call it a true business.



5. What’s your favorite thing to make?



My favorite items to make are scrapbooking layouts. Using photos of the past and preserving those memories in time to retell the story to generations to come is something that is wonderful. You keep the legacy of why we are here now by sharing those moments.



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



I use a modestly inexpensive camera (cannon) to take pictures of my items for my shop. I am not a photographer but have learned as I have progressed in my business. The “do’s” and “don’ts” of what is eye catching is very important in marketing your items. I am still learning.



7. Who or what models your items?



My items model themselves. I make sure that the quality of my work is seen as true images in my photos with as little distractions or props. Many of my customers are pleasantly surprised that it is even better than what the photo image appears to represent. I am proud of that fact.



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



The most rewarding part of my business is that, I can stay home with my children and raise them. Knowing that they will grow up to know that their mother was always around and remembering all the little moments.



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



I would have to say keeping up with the trends and marketing. You must be computer savvy now a days, in order to keep up with the fast pass of today’s market. Computers are not my strong point and the time invested in marketing is draining at times.



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



Well, that is a tricky question. I create for a private customer, I create for friends, I create for myself, I create for my other shops, and I create for my main shop here on Etsy. If I had to give an average, then I would have to say I create about 1,000 items a week.



11. What inspires you?



Inspiration comes from everywhere. I am inspired by other crafters, artists, people who are in my life, what I see in nature, and most of all the feeling and emotions that others have for my work. It drives me to create more and keep doing what I do.



12. Take me thru your creative process.



I usually find myself using moments in my own personal life to start a fresh process of creating something for my shop. For example: I need some tags for a gift that I am giving and think what can I create that will be unique and special. Or I find myself taking photos of my children and saying to myself “I think that those photos will look great on a blue polka dot pattern paper layout”. Then when I get started to create what I am visioning, I get all of the items that I feel best represents the imagine in my mind. I work until it is done (or it won’t get done and I lose the real meaning of why I started to do it in the first place).



13. What is your best advice to blossoming crafters?



Just do it! Never stop doing what you love.

Thanks so much for the interview! Love your items.
Cheers,
Xo, Rachael

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A card crazy week!

Ciao my friends!
Thanks for checking in! It's been a busy week since I last posted something about my studio. I've created a lot of lovely cards and tried out a few new things!

Last week I was playing around with different folds. I decided on this fold, a stair-stepper or side ladder card for my dad's birthday. I abandoned this actual card last week, but I plan to use this fold for his real card.


And here's a sweet layout I did for me and Andrew's scrapbook. I love the lettering and how the 'stitching' turned out on black. Yeah, I need more black...


I've discovered the butterfly setting on a cricut cartridge I have. I've been kinda going nuts with it, it's so adorable! It's in the above photograph, and here's a photo of a card I designed in the last week that also features them.
 That's my handwriting on the sentiment. One of the few times I incorporate my personal writing in my cards! (You should feel privileged for viewing this! Ha!) My handwriting has never been a favorite of mine.

A design I absolutely adore is black damask and since I've been looking at different design elements and folds, you should check out this next card. It's still in the works, but cute none-the-less.


More butterflies? Yes please! :D
I love this card - the design elements are simple with clean lines. And blue patterns with orange?! Too cute. :-) (Also my handwriting.)

And did I mention I love hot pink and black damask??? I love how this greeting turned out! I even added bling! ;)

And some simple coffee cups, for the caffeine addict in all of us! Yay! Hehe.


More butterflies!





Oh yeah, I just learned how to make pinwheels!!! They're great for cards!!



I use a lot of blue in my designs, so I'm trying to incorporate more oranges since it's such a great pairing - nice a summery! :D

Another black damask card. Similar to the one previously shown, only I used the negative pieces from this one. There's bling as well.



I'm also exploring shapes and sizes. What about little favor boxes? Here's a little mock-up I made with some printed floral b/w paper. Cute, huh? It's got a frilly flower topper! :)

And finally, here is the mock-up I made today. It's a good thing it's a first go because my measurements need tweaking! I think this 4 drawer easel card turned out alright, but I could definitely point out things that I'll be changing next go-around!

Drawers turned out pretty well.
I used a sweet little brad for the "handle", but BOOOOOO!!! Measurements on the 'wrapper' part of this project was a failure. :( Uber gap-osis.




and finally...
And here, with the easel attached and up. No stopper. Mock-up is unfinished. 

An that's it for this edition of In my Studio! I hope you enjoyed it! I've been uber busy crafting this goodness. You can find these designs, and many others, at my shop located at Rachael's Handmade Designs!

Your comments are appreciated! :D

Also, don't forget!! Blog candy giveaway is still growing. Sign up for my newsletter, follow this blog, and fan me on facebook! ;-)

Cheers all,
Xo, Rachael

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Stuff I Love: Christmas in July

Welcome! Here's the Stuff I Love for this week. Xmas in July!
There's so many great things on Etsy sometimes it's hard to sort through all of them. I hope you enjoy this treasury.

As always, click the image to magnify!
Cheers,
Xo, Rachael

Monday, July 11, 2011

Monday: New in my Shop

Hello Again my Friends!!!
So glad you came back for a gander! :0) I had a great, relaxing weekend.
Take a look at some new items in the shop!
I made this cute little "thanks" card with flower and two butterflies. It's out of my norm, but that's my handwriting in the sentiment. Also, LOVING the butterfly feature on my cricut!! They're coated in pink to pop them and I added a little bling to add some sparkle. Cute, huh? I thought it was perfect for summer!


I also added this sweet butterfly 5x5 card to the shop as well!


Isn't this absolutely adorable? I used designer papers from the hopskotch line, as well as some other fancy printed papers I've been stashing away for far too long! ;-)

Check back tomorrow for my Stuff I Love entry! And then on Wed you can see everything I've been working on in the studio lately!
Cheers,
Xo, Rachael

Friday, July 8, 2011

Interview with a Seller

One of my favorite fabric crafters granted me an interview!
Check it out!!

1. My name is Judy, my shop name is By Judianne and I make purses, totes, etc.




2. A am located in Marysville, WA



3. My favorite part is designing.



4. I've been crafting for many, many years.



5. My favorite things to make are all of things in my shop.



6. I use a Canon SD 890



7. My youngest daughter models my bags.



8. Knowing that others like what I do well enough to spend their hard earned money on them.



9. Keeping to a schedule.



10. During the slower times, I create approx. 3-4 items per week; during the busy times (fall) 7-10 items per week.



11. Beautiful fabrics, colors, textures.



12. I usually cut out and prep (pin and iron together) several items at a time and from that point forward, make each bag individually. Sometimes I will take a couple of days just to try out new designs and/or ideas. Then I make patterns for the designs that work for me.



13. Do what you love. I started out painting quite a few years ago and loved it and made a nice little career from my artwork for over 20 years. Then I decided to make jewelry with one of my daughters and we had an enjoyable side career for several years. Two years ago I wanted to find something new to do that involved sewing; I have sewn since I was about 10. I settled on handbags and totes because there were always so many people lined up to get into the Coach store at the local outlet mall. I knew that even though the economy was not good, some things were still selling well. And I was right; it's been good having my little handbag shop on Etsy. Each of the things I've done, I have loved doing.


Cheers,
Xo, Rachael

Technique: Onare

Happy Friday All!

Today I bring you a new technique I've learned about! It's paper piercing - I know you will love it!

Onare is literally piercing paper, as shown below.

Photo courtesy of creativepapercrafts.com

This technique can be done a number of ways with a number of different materials. Originally it was done on tin.

There are severaly different layouts/templates to choose from and they usually run from about $11-$14.

The decorative template is placed on a reverse side of card stock, the pierced completely or partially through. I would just use a pin, but there are piercing tools available for purchase. Or you can use a combo of both large and small piercing tools to add further depth.

Pretty cool, huh? If you happen to scrapbook as well and have some swirly templates for rhinestones, you could also use the tamplates you already have to try and get the same effect. I think that's what I'm going to do! :-)

Thanks for tuning in!
Cheers,
Xo, Rachael



Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Stuff I Love: Lately

Hey, thanks for checking back!
Here's my Stuff I Love which is just a jumble of things I love on Etsy right now! Click to enlarge the image!
Enjoy!



Cheers!
Xo, Rachael

Monday, July 4, 2011

Inchies!!

Welcome back!
Thanks for joining me! I haven't been creating very much lately because I my boyfriend was in town, and we were out and about doing other things like going to the lake and water park. So much fun! Now that his visit is over, I have a little more time on my hands.
Tonight I completed a layout for our scrapbook and started and completed another! (Well, all but the title.)
I was looking for inspiration to make a card and I came across a funny and cute little attribute that I've never seen before! Inchies!! Funny little one-inch squares. Usually it's a collage square that incorporates a background, image, or a word or letter. Julie O'Neil created these funny things as a way to integrate many works into one cohesive, quilt-like piece of art. I think they're great! They can be made of either paper or fabric and have become a viable form of art and format for card-makers specifically.
Here are a couple that I love!
photo courtesy of PhizzyChick on flickr.com
and this

photo courtesy of Catharina's-love on flickr.com

You can feature them on cards, *make* a card from them, sew them into a quilt or do pretty much anything with them. Some people are fond of trading them, even!

What do you think? Have you ever made any yourself?

Friday, July 1, 2011

Basic Cardmaking Kit et al. :-)

Aloha Everyone!

I haven't been very regular with the blogging lately because I've been entertaining a house guest and we've been so busy! So here's a short update.

I noticed that there are some basic things that one should have for papercrafting, particularly attending classes and such. So, I've listed a basic cardmaker's kit here for your reference!

What should I have in my basic cardmaking kit?

Scissors

paper trimmer with extra blade

liquid adhesive

tape runner and an extra pack

ink

ruler

foam dots

glue dots

tweezers

piercer (I just use a pin!)

sandpaper

journaling pens

an x-acto knife with extra blades

pencil

Also, the Puyallup Scrapbook Expo is JUST AROUND THE CORNER!!! I'm unreasonablly EXCITED!
I'm really excited for a couple reasons. I've never been to a scrapbook expo - makeup trade show, yes, but scrapbook expo, no! lol. I'm super excited to see what the different exhibitors will have, and how many vendors there will be! The fair grounds are quite large, so I'm kind of hoping I'll step in and have my mind blown - ha! But most of all I'm excited to get inspired by different classes and techniques that I can apply to my own designs!!!!!!
So don't forget to check back, cuz I'm taking my camcorder with me!! :-D I'll post the finished video here, so check back.

And just LOOK at what Rexann, the latest blog candy winner, sent me! She sent a pack of goodies (really sweet Rexann, you didn't have to do that) and this sweet little card!
Isn't it adorable?! Nicely done!!

Anyways, that's it for now. I'd better get going. I'm only working a half day today so I can run off with my boyfriend and do city things. We're catching the ball game tonight - Mariners vs. Padres! Hope we win!

- Don't forget to check out my blog candy. It's growing right now. -

Cheers!
Xo, Rachael

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