Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Recycle, Recycle, Recycle

Well, this week's new card comes completely from recylcing. It is important to use all the materials available to you, so there is less waste. Don't get me wrong; I didn't use old milk cartons or used tin foil. I recycled a goodie bag from my daughter's friend's 2-year-old birthday party. It was a cute, pink with white polka dotted background and glittered star with a foam dot as the center.  Take a look at the bag and then the transformation into a cute card.  This card is super versatile because it could be used for a special birthday, Valentine's day, wedding or shower card.  I know that I would love this card and now you know the backstory. 

As an aside, I would like to thank everyone for so many birthday wishes today!  I feel so lucky to have so many wonderful people in my life!

Welcome to New Card Wednesdays

Hello everyone. Welcome to New Card Wednesdays! This is the first of a series of blog articles that describes the backstory of some memorable cards. The cards that are featured in these articles will be available for sale at my etsy store. Happy reading!

Well, this card has a very funny and lasting impression on me. First of all, the question I am asked all the time is "How do you make cards with a toddler and a puppy?" I always tell them that I work on them while they nap. Which is mostly true but sometimes I work on them when they are playing around the house. Well, on one of those days, Halima, my daughter, and Raisin, my black lab puppy, were romping around the house a little crazier than usual. You see, it had been raining really hard for 5 days straight, all day long, which is unusual for California. They were getting cabin fever. So when my mom arrived to come over for dinner, it completely set them off to the races. I find that both Halima and Raisin just go nuts when anyone comes through the door. I think that they get so excited because they don't really know that someone is coming over (you can't tell a dog and Halima forgets) so its a surprise. Just then, I was about to cut a piece of paper on my papercutter, so I slid the cutter with my finger but on the wrong side. Ouch! It hurt a lot but I didn't see any bleeding. So, I continued to go cook dinner and then came back to the cards. I moved a few, including this one, over to another part of my desk. I noticed that I had two tiny red spots on this card, so I looked at my hand for ink and thought "oh no, its from the ink on my hands". This happens from time to time. Then, I saw a red dot on my very white desk. It was then that I finally thought that I had blood coming from my hands. I looked at the hurt finger and it was dripping blood. This has happened never before. I quickly ran to the sink and washed it. I applied pressure to it with a paper towel and then ran back to my card with another wet paper towel. I thought that I could wipe and clean it off the paper, since it only had been a few minutes. I was able to clean it completely but the paper looked rubbed and faded. So, I decided I needed to cover the area of imperfection by adding a few more embellishments. So I did.
Please look at the beautiful card below. If you hadn't heard the backstory, you'd never know that the two embellishments at the lefthand bottom of the card were not originally there. Thanks to New Card Wednesdays now you know. Now, when you make a purchase from etsy, you will have a story to tell your recepient. Make someone you love feel special today! Stay tuned for next week's New Card Wednesdays!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

New card Wednesdays!!

Now that there are less distractions, like the holidays and craft fairs, I will be introducing new card Wednesdays, which means that there will be at least one new card for purchase at my etsy store every week. This will keep things new and fresh. The first card of this new weekly series will be posted tomorrow.
On those Wednesdays, I will also be writing a blog article about the backstory on the card. I know that most people think that it is a matter of taping a few pieces of paper together and voila, you have a card. Well, it is more than just that. Like the time when I cut myself with the papercutter, for example. Blood, sweat and tears, right? Anyway, you get the idea.
So, circle back here and on my etsy store on Wednesdays for a look at the new inventory. You never know when it is the one that you've been waiting for. Thanks for stopping by.

My cards are now available for sale at The Last Straw!

Late last year, my husband, Omar had a holiday party for work, which was hosted at Cajun Pacific Restaurant. It served really good food and just happened to be next door to a very cute, neighborhood boutique, called The Last Straw (located at 4540 Irving St.,San Francisco, CA 94110). Since we were early and our daughter, Halima, was napping, I thought that I would just walk in and check it out. A very nice lady greeted me and I just looked around. The lady approached me once other customers cleared out and asked if she could help me find anything. She started to chat with me about where and who items in the store were made. I noticed their card selection was big but had no handmade variety. I asked if they had any handmade cards, just to confirm and she replied with a simple no. I thought, well since this store has so many handmade items, I am going to see if they would be interested in handmade cards. She said Yes. So, I explained to her that I would be interested in selling these items here. Just then, the owner walked in to chat with lady I was speaking with. She said, "Well, here's the owner now. Why don't you talk to her?" So I did and she said that she would like to see them.
After a hectic holiday schedule, we decided to meet last Friday. The owner, Marge, looked over my card selection and decided to pick about 20 cards to try out in her store. I know that its not a huge number, but it is a great start. And she says that if they sell well, then she will request more from me. They are located in the card area in a red box. So, this is where you guys come in, especially all you city dwellers. It would be great if you guys checked them out over there. You already know that there is a great Cajun place next door and I know there's a coffee shop around the corner too. Remember buy local and from a friend. Hey its good karma! Regardless, I hope you are well and look forward to writing you soon about the progress.