Monday, February 28, 2011

Great Deal For My Blog Friends!!

They are finished!! My plantable basil seed cards and zinnia seed cards!! The green hearts are basil, the coral pink are zinnia.
Both types of seeds you chose right here on my blog!
So you get the first deal!!
Buy a pack of four cards for $15 and tell me not only which kind of cards you want but you will get a fifth card FREE!!
That's $3 per card!!!
WOWIE! Can you find a deal like that in a store??

Here's the link to the cards in my store: click here or on either picture.

In the notes to seller tell me you are a blog friend and which type of card!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Featured Artist Sunday--Crystal Celebration

Today's Featured Artist is CrystalCelebration. Let's read and learn about her fabulous craft!

When did you get started in your craft?

I started a little over a year ago when I left my job to stay home with my two children. I love spending my days reading and playing with my boys. After they went to sleep I would remove the play dough from under my nails ( which is a skill in itself) and enjoy some adult craft time.

I started trying different crafts with different materials. I worked with card stock, vinyl, etching creams, and swarovski crystals. I love them all but there is something about the crystals that just puts a smile on my face. There is nothing more adult than hundreds of glistening Swarovski crystals.

What is your favorite part of your chosen craft?

I love knowing the pieces I create will be part of such an important day for my customer. My sand ceremony sets represent unity in couples and newly combined families. My cake toppers will be present in photos of the bride and groom's first bite of cake. I always hope they will look at the items I made for their wedding years from now and remember how happy they were on that special day.

In five years, what would you like to be doing?
I hope in 5 years to have expanded my company and be able to employ other mothers looking for a way to earn an income while staying home with their children. I am currently holding a giveaway on my facebook fanpage .

Once I hit 200 fans I will randomly choose a winner who will receive a 5 inch tall metal monogram cake topper covered in Crystal Swarovski crystals.

Wow, what an amazing craft!! It really is a special memento for brides and grooms to have at their special day. Show Jocelyn's shop some love.

Friday, February 25, 2011

And the seed winners....

are Basil and Zinnia!! I will be making zinnia seed cards tomorrow out of recycled school paper!!
Last weekend, I made basil paper mainly because I love basil pesto and I was gambling that basil would win!

So by Monday or Tuesday, I will have a special offer for blog followers of the brand new seed cards for 2011!! Come back and be the first to buy these cards that keep on growing!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Don't forget about the survey--2 days!!

I am planning on a special product sale once the votes are in for your favorite seeds to be included in a paper notecard!! Stay tuned for more information!! The early bird gets the seed!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Featured Artist Sunday--Paper, Paper, Paper and a GiveAway!

The randomly selected store from my hearts on etsy happens to be another store which loves paper! Congratulations to paperplanet!!

>>>When did you get started in your craft?
I‘ve always Loved “making things”...even as a child. For as long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed giving one or two of my ‘handmades’ as gifts for family and friends. So every year it’s still an enjoyable challenge to come up with something new and different to give. There’s something very rewarding and meaningful about working on something special and presenting it to a relative or friend as a birthday or holiday gift.
I love Nature, being outdoors and gardening. The art of flower pressing has always intrigued me so it was a natural progression for me to combine my naturals from my gardens with handmade papers to create my Earth Lights and Luminaries, Earth Bookmarks, and Jewelry.

>>>What is your favorite part of your chosen craft?
I’m inspired by Nature nearly every day and I love to experiment with all kinds of flowers, leaves, and naturals. My gardens and container plants are a constant inspiration. It’s a joy to see flowers in full bloom and abundant with color. I enjoy growing flowers from seed and I also purchase additional garden plants, flowers, herbs, and bouquets. Gardening is one of my passions and I love learning about the flowers I grow and use. I depend on the success of my gardens in the Spring and Summer to provide me with enough pressed flowers and greenery for my projects to last until the next growing season. (Wow, that seems like a daunting task!)
One of my favorite things to do is work with lots of pressed flowers from Summer on a freezing cold Winter day. (That does sound fun!)

>>>In five years, what would you like to be doing?
I love what I’m doing right now so in five years I hope I’m still working with flowers and handmade papers, discovering more ways to make use of my materials, continuing to experiment, and always learning more. There are so many other areas of art I’d like to pursue (weaving, jewelry, ceramics, I could go on and on) I know I’ll still be expressing myself creatively!

And I also enjoy writing and have shared many of my projects, techniques and art experiences in over 50 published articles for a variety of national art/craft magazines such as: Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Holiday issues, Crafting Traditions, Crafts ‘N Things to name a few.

PaperPlanet is an active environmentalist, and views her art as a unique opportunity to bring the wonders of nature to those who enjoy embellishing their lives in peaceful, beautiful, fulfilling, and Earth-honoring ways.

Now PaperPlanet wants to offer a free Earth Light to one lucky person who comments on her shop. Go to PaperPlanet and find your favorite item and post your comment here!! Next Saturday, Febraury 26, I'll announce the winner.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

~~Featured Artist Sunday~~

Featured artist Sunday is here again and the lucky winner is grimmlynn.

Here is Jeni's story.

When did you get started in your craft?

Well, it's not really a craft. I have a shop full of supplies that are still looking for their purpose. Many of my items are vintage while some are only a decade (or less) old. I never intended to be a supply shop. I really didn't. Then one day about 2 years ago I discovered the beauty of estate sales and thrift stores. The next thing I know I had nearly filled my studio full with fabric, lace and buttons. I started looking for vintage sheets with cool patterns that were damaged. I would cut them up so they were still usable as fabric pieces. I realized all these items still had a lot of life in them. I knew these treasures had been locked away for far too long. I wanted to showcase them and let others see their true potential. I wanted people who were looking for unique supplies to be able to come see my items and purchase things that aren’t available at their local fabric or craft shop.

What is your favorite part of your chosen craft?

I am a very sentimental person. When I send off a yard of fabric or button collection it gives me a real sense of satisfaction knowing these things are finally out in the creative world perhaps meeting their destiny as a scarf, accessory or button jewelry. I know that must sound so corny, but it's true. I also love seeing what people have created with supplies from my shop. That absolutely makes my day!

In five years, what would you like to be doing?

In 5 years, I hope to find time to open a shop for my other true passion, needle felting. I am certain I will still be looking for amazing supplies for my shop, too.

Wow, that is so sweet, Jeni, giving vintage items a new life. Thanks for sharing.
Now let's give her shop some love!! How many of you need special, well-loved, and previously hidden items?

Comment here if you like using supplies like what grimmlynn offers!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Featured Artist Sunday!!

Today you are in for a Super Featured Artist Sunday with one of my newest followers of my etsy shop---love4rocks. My email caught her off guard and Nicole, the owner of love4rocks, was speechless!!

When she regained her voice, she told an interesting story. I am Nicole and I am originally from a tiny village in the Swiss Alps. Today I call the Pacific Northwest my home. I live with my hubby in a charming little apartment in Portland, OR. I do spend most of the year on the road, due to my work, but when I am home I call a corner in our office my artisan jewelry workshop.

1. When did you get started in your craft?

I have been crafting forever. I studied architecture, so I was involved with Art for a long time. I spent years with watercolor painting, went to scrap-booking, and found a couple of years ago my newest destiny – jewelry making.

My passion for jewelry comes from my fascination with gemstones, rocks and raw minerals. I try to let each stone tell me a story and then I try to showcase its simplicity and unique beauty. The inspiration and passion for my jewelry comes from my travels, from different cultures, from nature, from colors, and from the stone itself.

2. What is your favorite part of your chosen craft?

Often I find my inspiration in nature as I travel by foot, by air, or on the water. I always have a little notebook with me to write down any idea or inspiration that comes to me.

3. In five years, what would you like to be doing?

In a few years from now, I hope my shop has expanded and I am still as creative as I am now. I hope my unique style will develop and evolve with me. My dream is to do more metalsmithing art, as well as more wire wrapped pendants and rings. I will have a larger space :)

4. Is there anything else you would like to share?

I have just celebrated my 1 year anniversary on etsy. I have loved my time here and I am still overwhelmed with joy if one of my creations finds a new owner. I just created a special coupon code for this blog, please feel free to use BLOG10 and get 10% off. A simple way to get to my shop or click on any picture!
Thank You, Nicole for sharing your story with us. Now it's our turn to share and show Nicole and love4rocks some love. Find your favorite items in her story, come back and share here. Since it is Super Bowl Sunday, some lucky post will win a pack of fern stationery from my store like this:
Thanks again, Nicole!



What kind of seeds would you buy in a handmade paper card?