Monday, February 23, 2009

Rubber Stamp Giveaway

Hooray! It is finally here! The beginning of the celebration of my blog's upcoming 1st Birthday!

This is the first of 4 weeks of Giveaways - Ending with a big Birthday Celebration!

As some of you may know, I have become addicted to carving stamps within the last year, so addicted that I started selling them on my Etsy and use them to create my altered art. So it is only fitting that my very first giveaway should be a mix of hand carved stamps and altered art. So what do win you ask, well here it is............

The Grand Prize!

Set of 4 spring themed Hand Carved Stamps!

A Packet of Collage Papers and Ephemera!
(The same items I used to create the cards shown)

And my most favorite of all 4 cards entitled - SPRING!

I will also randomly select 3 Runners up who will each receive one of the following Altered Playing Cards:
.......................and a Celestial Coupon to Receive 10% off on any purchase at my Etsy Shoppe The Star Box!

Since March is the month in which the seasons change I thought Spring would be a wonderful theme for this week's giveaway.
To be entered in the drawing please make an ATC, Altered Playing Card, NoteCard, Postcard etc with a Spring Theme and use at least 1 Rubber Stamp. Post the image of your completed Art Piece to your blog or flickr or etc and mention this giveaway in your description or blog post, and post a link to your submission in the comment section of this post.

All entries must be posted by Friday February 27th to be considered. I will select the Winner and Runners Up randomly and will post their names on Monday March 2nd when I give the details for the next giveaway.

Thank you so much for participating and I can't wait to see what everyone creates.

Happy Stamping:)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hand Carved Stamps and Upcoming Blogoversary!

Well, it has been a very busy couple of weeks. As much as I need the extra money, my job away from home is keeping me so busy that I am having to stay up late and get up at the crack of dawn, or the middle of the night, to complete stamp orders for my Etsy. Finally I was able to get all the stamps mounted on wood blocks this morning and this afternoon I will package them for shipping.

I dream of the day when I can work solely on my Etsy without the need for any other source of income. I still have several custom orders that need to be completed, but the major stress has lessened with the completion of the majority of my stamp orders.
Pretty soon I will be adding some fiber themed stamps to my listings, keep an eye out for that.

As you can see from my little countdown calendar, my blogoversary is coming up in 38 days.....YEAH! It is hard for me to beleive that I have been blogging for a year already, boy does the time fly. In celebration for my blogs 1st birthday I will be hosting a giveaway every week for the last 4 weeks counting down to my blog's birthday. The first giveaway will be posted on Monday February 23rd. I can tell you that the giveaways will include some of my hand carved rubber stamps, among other things.Recently I was made aware that my comments feature was not working, I beleive that i have fixed that issue, but please give it a try and let me know as this feature will need to work for you to enter to win in the giveaways.

Monday, February 2, 2009

The Joy of Spinning!

I have recently discovered the art of handspinning........and I am in LOVE! I am a big Etsy promoter, and I buy my spinning supplies exclusively on Etsy. I purchased this bundle of fiber from North Star Alpacas on Etsy. It is a blend of 70% Alpaca and 30% Silk. The Alpaca was a natural fawn color and the silk was dyed red, together the fiber becomes what I refer to as a Dusty Rose color. I absolutely love this fiber. I spun up 2 oz of it already and it made 144 yards of a light worsted weight yarn, 12 wpi. I am knitting a cowl and shawl in this fiber. I have started the shawl already. I was going to wait until I had all the fiber spun, but I just couldn't wait to start knitting with it. It is a dream.

I purchased my solid oak, top whorl drop spindle, from Spinsanity on Etsy. Both shops are based here in Michigan, which is another bonus. I am very dedicated to shopping local whenever possible, and there are many shops on Etsy owned and operated by fellow Michiganians. I guess, with the economy the way it is, many people are turning to running there own business. At least that way, you will never be downsized, and you can spend your time doing something you love.
I know that I love what I am doing. (I was permanently laid off when my office closed almost 2 years ago). Now I work a part time job away from home to help supplement my income right now, but as much as I need the extra money, I just wish I could spend all my time making the things to sell on my etsy. I am just bursting with new ideas and wanting to try new things all the time.Back to topic, I know I run off on tangents sometimes, in addition to spinning my own yarn and carving rubber stamps, I am still very active in my mail art trading.

I just finished up some Button Fairies and Valentine Chunky Pages for swaps on Mail Art World. I love these Button Fairies, and I think I want to make many more of them. I collect all things relating to Faeries. I even have my eye on a yarn gauge at BrandywineWW on Etsy that is named after the Fairy Cup that was carved at the top of the handle. Take a look at it here........How cool is that!