Thursday, April 28, 2011

Interview with a Seller: Disgrace to Blondes

Today's great interview comes straight to you featuring a shop that specializes in RETRO ACCESSORIES!! Read on and visit the shop for some great shopping!

1. What’s your name and shop name and what do you do?
Disgrace To Blondes retro accessories. Mainly I focus on Miniature top hats. I have always thought they were adorable! We do have other accessories: Hair flowers, bows, jewelry and I am now working on Steampunk accessories.

2. Where are you located?
Bellingham WA

3. What’s the favorite part of your craft?
The excitement of the customer. I love when people bring me ideas and I am able to execute them

4. How long have you been crafting?

5. What’s your favorite thing to make?
Steampunk items. I love the idea of soft and hard combined.


6. What kind of camera do you use to shoot?
I have a canon for shooting all my merch but mainly I ship out my product to photographers and models to work their magic.


7. Who or what models your items?
SOO Many different girls. Ruby Hardt(myself), Killer Kate, Miss Mandible, Smookie Tiger, Courtney Roth, Stephanie Hariman, Elise, Tanja G and Gleda. Not to mention the wonderful photographers: Parris Blue Productions, David M Bailey, Dave Ward, J Allen photography, Annie Vai, Styrene Images, Tainted Images.... phew I feel like I am thanking people at an award show!


8. What's the most rewarding part of running your own business?
Customer Satisfaction. Definitely!

9. What's the most challenging part of running your own business?
Keeping the thread and needle away from my 1 year old.... :D


10. On average, how many things do you create per week?
5. Depends on the week. Sometimes if I am creating something new I take time to test it out

11. What inspires you?
Beautiful women and their accessories


12. Take me thru your creative process.
It starts with Fabric. I looove going to the fabric store. That is where majority of my ideas come from. That and the hardware store. Once I have my fabric I start testing out colors and shapes.


13. What is your best advice to blossoming crafters?
Keep going even if things are slow. It never hurts to try things out and put yourself out there for people to see.

Great interview, thank you so much!

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Cheers,
Xo, Rachael

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New in my Shop

Hi Everbody!
I've got some cute new additions to the shop!

I made this sweet little coffee card with a new coffee stamp.

Available for Mother's Day is this sweet textured floral card.

I also have a dog-themed greeting that's pretty cute! Would be perfect for Dad.

And of course, there's Betty.

Hope you enjoy these cards!
Cheers,
Xo, Rachael

Friday, April 22, 2011

Technique: Sandpaper Distressing

Hiya!
Welcome Back! Today's blog post is a technique - I never used this techniqe before, but I think I will be using it quite often now!  Here is the card that I used in my sandpaper diestressing project:



I distressed the blue lined paper.  So what I did for this is cut the paper down to size, and then ink the edges with a teal.  After the ink dried a bit I took a piece of sandpaper and roughed up the edges to introduce texture and age the project a bit.
You can see how it really adds to the overall feeling of the card.

I was really happy with how this project turned out. Like I said before, I had never used a distressing implement before (other than fire or ink, of course) and I'm pleased with how this Mother's Day card ended up! I hope you utilize this technique in your cards or scrapbook pages because it really is quite fun!

Cheers!
Xo, Rachael


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Interview with a Seller: Jack's Daughter

Hello Again! I wanted to share with you an interview I did with Jennifer Porter of Jack's Daughter on Etsy. Jack's Daughter is one of my FAVORITE rockabilly reproduction shops on Etsy, so I said to myself "self - you should do an interview with this shop owner" - and voila! Now we have today's posting!

1. What’s your name and shop name and what do you do?
Jennifer Porter but everyone just calls me Jenni. Shop name 'Jack's Daughter' This name was thought up by my daughter ( see Licorice and Cream on FB ) and she also designed and drew the logo. My Dad's name was Jack and he died in 2002 so the name is really for him.

2. Where are you located? 

I'm in Bairnsdale - a small country town in Victoria, Australia. Population around 12000 people and located on the Gippsland Lakes and close to the snowfields as well as the lakes and ocean but 3.5 hours from Melbourne - the capital of Victoria.

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

The favourite part of my craft is being able to my customers feel special. I try and create unique garments that will make anyone feel feminine and fabulous.

4. How long have you been crafting?

I seem to have been sewing forever. I'm an older person and made my own clothes when I was young and then all my kids clothing as they came along. I've been creating my vintage reproduction clothing for about 6 years but have dabbled in retailing childrens clothing many years ago.

5. What’s your favorite thing to make?

My favourite thing to make - there is nothing that stands out . I suppose just being able to create something new and unique. As I sew I get lots and lots of ideas and can't wait to start on them.

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

 I use a Fuji camera but have recently had some professional photoshoots done by a local girl just starting up. She does a fabulous job.

7. Who or what models your items?

The main model for my clothing, aside from my faithful manniquin, is my daughter Lydia. For the photoshoots I have also used Andrea - a local policewoman and Nicole - the cousin of the photographer.

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

Probably the mosr rewarding aspect is the feedback I get from my customers. Some tell me they have cried when they have put on their new dress so that is heartwarming.

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

The most challenging part - just trying to keep up with the sewing,photographing and computer work and leave enough 'me' and 'family' time.

10. On average, how many things do you create per week?
On average I would create 1-2 dresses per day.


11. What inspires you?
What inspires me - generally other artisans. I am just amazed and in awe of all those clever people out there.


12. Take me thru your creative process.
My creative process - that's hard. As I said early ideas run through my head as I'm sewing so once I have an idea of what I want to make or have brainstormed an idea with a customer, it's just the process of finding the right fabric and patterns. This sometimes takes a long time - locating the fabric as well as drafting up patterns. Once the cutting is done and I generally set aside a whole day for this and cut out lots of dresses all at once , then it's the sewing, fitting , pressing - more sewing, more fitting ( just to make sure the size is right) and final hand sewing and finishing off - then more ironing, labelling and ususally organised a small hair bow to match the outfit.

13. What is your best advice to blossoming crafters?
My best advice to blossoming crafters - persevere and keep true to your own ideas and instinct as they are generally the best and will be the most rewarding.

Thanks Jenni for taking the time to answer my questions. It's always neat to hear from someone you admire, in addition to someone in a completely different craft! You can see Jenni's creations for yourself at her shop!

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

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

.:Bombshell Stamps Blog Hop ~ Weddings:.

Hello All My Lovelies!!

Today's entry is my entry for the Bombshell Stamps Blog Hop: Weddings! And here's my card!


and I actually made another one that is available in my shop:



***
 Hop on to Kelli's Blog to see the rest of the crew's great projects!!

Cheers!
Xo, Rachael

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Stuff I Love: Language + an extra!

Hiya!
 I was thinking about what a sign my dad has says (it's in German) and so I looked up how to say cat or kitten in all these different languages. That's what lead to this Tuesday's Stuff Love. I just plugged in "language" and these are some of my favorites which ended up in my treasury. I hope you like it! It was fun to make!


Also, here's what I've been working on that is art-related, but not a card.



Follow this blog for a chance to win my blog candy. :)
Cheers!
Xo, Rachael

Monday, April 18, 2011

New in my Shop

Aloha!
New in my shop this week are these two fun cards:

Sew Sweet Thank You

 and this Bicycle Thank You.


I've also opened a new shop over the weekend to sell my jewelry supplies, so come find me! SeattleSupplies is now open for business - good deals all around. :-)

That's all for today. Thanks for stopped by! :-)
Cheers!
Xo, Rachael


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Interview with a Seller- Cheryl Valadez

Hello and Welcome Back!

Today I get to sit down with one of my favorite crafty goddesses who really sets the bar for all things crafty. I adore her work, so I was uber excited that she agreed to an interview!

1. What’s your name and shop name and what do you do?
Hello, my name is Cheryl Valadez and I have an Etsy shop called EnchantmentInk. I also have a blog called The Ink Trap (http://inktrap.blogspot.com/). I play with paper and love to create handmade cards.

2. Where are you located?
I am very lucky to reside in sunny Albuquerque, NM in the Land of Enchantment.

3. What’s the favorite part of your craft?
I teach card classes and I love to share and exchange information with other folks that are passionate about paper arts.

4. How long have you been crafting?
I have been making cards for roughly 13 years. Prior to that, I really didn't do much crafting and would never have considered myself to be very creative.

5. What’s your favorite thing to make?
I love to make cards. There is nothing more exhilarating than sitting down with a few simple tools and then ending up with a one-of-a-kind card creation a few hours later.

6. What kind of camera do you use to shoot?
I use a Cannon PowerShot SD880 IS

7. Who or what models your items?
I like a crisp white background that sort of disappears behind my cards, so I set them against a folded white project board with a an Ott-Lite highlighting them.

8. What's the most rewarding part of running your own business?
I get to do something I love everyday.

9. What's the most challenging part of running your own business?
Many folks don't recognize what I'm doing as being a legitimate business. It's very frustrating.

10. On average, how many things do you create per week?
It depends on what deadlines are pending, but usually between 3-5.

11. What inspires you?
Everything. Paper crafting has opened my eyes to many things that I might have taken for granted previously. Now I can literally find beauty and inspiration everywhere I look.

12. Take me thru your creative process.
It varies, but usually I'll start with something that strikes my fancy, such as a rubber stamp image, or some beautiful printed papers, or maybe a particularly interesting embellishment. Then I just let the project grow around that item. Whatever happens, happens. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not.

13. What is your best advice to blossoming crafters?
Don't be afraid to fail. Take a creative leap and just let go. If we only attempted things we knew we were good at, we would never learn anything.

Thanks Cheryl, you are truly a huge inspiration to me, and many others, I'm sure!

Hope you enjoyed this interview!
Cheers,
Xo, Rachael

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

In my Studio

Hi Again!
Well, I've been stuck with Jury Duty this week so my schedule has been interrupted. I haven't been able to find time to stamp as a result, so I thought, 'well, the least I can do is pick up a bit' and get to the projects that I have been putting off...like mounting some new stamps.

So here's my craft table, relatively clean! (Well, as clean as it ever gets.)

And my newly mounted stamps! Yay!


That's it for today. Follow my blog for a chance to win my blog candy, AND please don't forget to leave me some feed back on a poll I created at the top of the page on the right. :)

Cheers,
Xo, Rachael

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Stuff I Love: Frame {my} Life

Hello Everyone!

There's something great about an altered picture frame. Whether it be simple and classic, shabby and chic, or rusticated, everyone loves a thoughtful frame with a great photo. So here are this week's favorites that will always be in style.


A couple of reminders:

1. I'm looking for feedback on what my readers would like to see in my shop! Cast your vote at the top of my blog on the right; and
2. Don't forget to follow this blog for a chance to win my blog candy!

Cheers!
Xo, Rachael

Monday, April 11, 2011

New in My Shop

Good Monday Morning Everyone!

I’m feeling quite happy today because I was called for Jury Duty and they said I could go home and that I don’t have to report until tomorrow. So yay for me!

I’ve got some new items in my shop to share with you! I was so busy this last week making loads of cards to share with you and keep my store fresh and exciting - I really think I hit the nail on the head with these cards! So, let's get started!

This is my new "Wanna Cuddle" card, available in my shop. I made use of my favorite Martha Stewart scalloped punch for this card and paired the girl with some fluttery pink bug backgrounds. I matched buttons and hemp cord with this to finish it off! So cute, and layered inside too!
 

Next is this super cute crafting card for the person you know that's super crafty. It's a little gal selling her crafty goodness! ;) I paired her with layered tags. One is printed, one is embossed, and the yellow tag has a little angel stamped onto it in shadow pigment. The tags are tied off with hemp cord, paired with a 'she's crafty' banner and mounted onto layered colorful star paper. There are rivets on the corner of each of the crafty lady's table.



I worked all Saturday on this uber cute ‘thinking of you’ card that features Rose from Bombshell Stamps. This card was originally supposed to be an accordion card, but I decided that I liked it more if I attached the first tier down to the second tier. So it turned out to be a regular card, with a lot of dimension! I love how it turned out!!!




Thanks for checking in today!
If you love what you see, hop on over to my shop and take a gander at what I've got!
Follow this blog too, for a chance to win my blog candy! :D
Cheers!
Xo, Rachael



Friday, April 8, 2011

Technique: Bargello

Welcome!
Its amazing to me how many techniques you can use from one sort of craft and transpose the same technique with another sort of craft. Today's technique you might have seen in needlepoint crafts. The exciting part of Bargello is that you can re-create the look with papers!
 Above: an example of Bargello.


So to recreate this technique with paper, here's what you can do:

1. Select your complimentary papers. Stripes and geometric patterns look pretty and cool. I used shades of blue.

2. Cut your papers into varying widths of long strips.



3. Organize your paper strips into a fashion that pleases you, running lengthwise and glue down. Make sure there isn't any gap-osis! :)


You can either tape the strips from the back or lay the strips directly onto a piece of tacky paper.

4. Cut the strips vertically.
Now you can stagger the strips by moving some up and some down to create the cool effect! Tape the strips together on the back to permanently form the pattern that you like, or glue them down one at a time.

5. Now you can trim the backing so you don't see it. You can either leave the ends dangling, or you can cut it down and get the part that you REALLY want, which is what I did.


See? It's like a little mini quilt! :D


6.  Now you can mount the completed piece onto your card and you're done! (or add some other cool effects if you like!)

Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed this project. Give it a whirl, it's really fun, and a great way to use your scraps up!
Don't forget to follow this blog for a chance to win my blog candy!
Cheers,
Xo, Rachael

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Thursday's Interview: Bombshell Em!

Hi Everyone!
Well, here's a sweet interview with one of my favorite people, BombshellEm! She’s a paper-crafter, a mommy, and a wonderful, sweet person! What a doll! She's also Ms. June over at BSS!
Check out her interview below!
 1. What’s your name and shop name and what do you do?
Emily and my blog is : http://bombshellemsartisticexpressions.blogspot.com/

2. Where are you located?
Good Ol' Northern California, in the heart of Mendocino County

3. What’s the favorite part of your craft?
My favorite part of my craft is I can make something for someone and it can brighten their day. I have this thing about sending homemade mail to people just to let them know that I am thinking about them.


4. How long have you been crafting?
Its more like when havent I been crafting!! Apparently for as long as I could hold a crayon, I have been doing something crafty.

5. What’s your favorite thing to make?
My favorite things to make are homemade treats (cookies, brownies, whatever sounds delish at the time) and cards. My friends love me during the holidays because I bring them both :)


6. What kind of camera do you use to shoot?
I am on the look out for a new camera... but I use a Canon Powershot SD780 IS. It works great, well UNTIL my daughter dropped it on one of our walks so now I have "blemishes" on my photos.

7. Who or what models your items?
Paper, Treats, my daughter and my friends kids.

8. What's the most rewarding part of running your own business?
Meeting new people, who inspire me and teach me new things. If it wasnt for all the supportive friends I have met along my crafty journey, I dont think I would have ever kept up with all of my projects.

9. What's the most challenging part of running your own business?
Most Challenging... EASY!! keeping my daughter away from my final pieces. If I have colored a image of any kind, my daughter thinks she needs to HELP me and she will color in any white space. Even if it is supposed to be there :)

10. On average, how many things do you create per week?
Depending on whats going on.... I like to make atleast 5 cards a week. But sometimes I get distracted. My New Years resolution was to keep track of how many cards I have made this year. To date I have made : 474, and more than two-thirds of that total have gone to Operation Write Home.

11. What inspires you?
Nature, Military, My Kitchen, and... one of my best friends, Cortney (RIP-- she was my biggest fan).

12. Take me thru your creative process.
Card making process: Turn tv on (I am a sucker for sports, and reality TV), make sure to get my favorite drink, and rummage through my stamps. For some reason I stamp out a bunch of the same image, color them... then figure out what papers to use.

Treat making process: I think what holiday is it, I pick about 5 easy treats I can do with my daughter, and we will make all of them the night before the holiday. While the treats are baking, cooling, whatever... I make and decorate the packaging for each person I am delivering to. Each package is personalized. Its a rough and tough task, but SO rewarding. All my friends know that they are getting treats, but it is always a nice surprise to have a hand delivered treat brought to you at work, or home.

13. What is your best advice to blossoming crafters?
Look at your surroundings for "ideas". Dont be afraid to pick up things from your surroundings and use them in your projects. Explore your outlets. Look at blogs, magazines... and dont be afraid to reach out to someone who has made a project that you like, because they can be your biggest asset in making your next project. In the craft world, we are always looking for someone to teach you something new.

Thanks Emily for the interview!
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Cheers!
Xo, Rachael

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

In My Studio!

Hello Out There in Bloggerland!

Welcome back! Thanks for joining me! I've got a lot to show you today, so let's just jump right into it!

I've been working on a number of different cards this week.

Working with layers and unique shapes.

Above: I've been trying to work with this image for several weeks and it just has not been coming together. I finally tried to pair it with pink after trying this laced edge, and I got it! The card will debut in my shop later on this week, so keep your eyes peeled!

Above: This is my second time working with Kenny K images, and I gotta say, they're pretty cute!!

Gate fold cards are a fun way to add interest and interactivity. I've been totally inspired by my friend Katie to start to work on on! We'll see what happens! ;-) See Katie's blog here.

And I've been meaning to use this image as well. I decided that before I purchase new stamps, I need to use what I have. I like this image because it's completely different than anything else I have. She's a little crafter! Perhaps this would be a good card to send to a fellow paper pal? :-) We'll see how it turns out! (Loved coloring the table cloth!)

That's it for now, my lovelies!
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Cheers!
Xo, Rachael

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tuesday: Stuff I Love: The Craft Room

Welcome Back! Glad you stopped by!
Today's Stuff I Love segment is featuring craft room goodies. It's important to be able to keep things organized while you work, so I gathered these things to make that possible. Hope you enjoy!

Don't forget to follow this blog for a chance to win my blog candy! :)
Cheers,
Xo, Rachael

Monday, April 4, 2011

New in my Shop

Hola Everyone,

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend! It's Monday again and I've got some new items in my shop to share with you.

Releasing Monday is this cute and sexy bombshell wedding card.  I created this card from my new stamp set from Bombshell Stamps, along with some recycled lace and some embossing powder to add texture to the fan background.



The sentiment in the lower right hand corner reads "A Bride to Be" in gold embossing powder.

The second handmade card to be released this week is a "Just Chillin' " Birthday card.
The image used here is from Kenny K.

Hope you all enjoyed this post. Keep a look-out on my store for these new cards, and check my flickr site in the right-hand bar for more cool photos.
Don't forget - follow this blog for a chance to win my blog candy!
Cheers,
Xo, Rachael

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Dimensional Embossing/Cement Relief Embossing Tutorial

Hi All & Welcome!

Today I'm going to teach you how to incorporate relief work into your handmade cards! There are a couple of things that you're going to need:

1. Clay, artists cements and/or pastes as your relief material - this particular type of artists cement dries to an opaque matte and is carvable. (US Art Quest 101 Artist Cement)

2. A stencil - plastic or brass works best. (*you can make your own out of your favorite stamp or using a cricut machine.) or there are some on etsy;



3. A knife;
4. Small particles such as mica, beads, rocks, or glitter. You can even use pigments or shadows from leftover makeup.

If you're going to make your own stencil, make sure that you make it out of something that has a bit of strength to it, like a heavy poundage cardstock, or even cardboard or chipboard.

How-To
1. Lay your paper down with the stencil over it. Spread the cement evenly and in one swipe, if possible.
2. Gently lift off and immediately clean the stencil.
3. While the medium you used is still wet, sprinkle your embossing material (mica, beads, rocks, or glitter, etc.) When the design is completely covered, allow it to dry.

You're done!

You can even make it more interesting by color blocking the background with inks or water colors and then applying the stenciled design.

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

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