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More Chic Than Shabby

I love the shabby chic lifestyle! 
It makes me feel all warm and squishy just walking through an Anthropologie shop!  I run my hands along the silky soft quilts and smell the sweet fragrance of roses on each paper and twine wrapped soap. 
Working on shabby chic inspired greeting cards makes me feel that way too.  It gives me the cottage fix I’m looking for from time to time.  I love to see the way that a person’s eyes seem to soften and a tiny sigh escapes when holding one of my pink, glittery greetings.  That’s the feeling I want to inspire.
Stop by my Etsy shop to see all these fun, whimsical greetings, plus lots more! These are perfect for any occasion and are also great for framing (this one would make a lovely gift in a shadow box).
♥♥SALE at my Etsy shop♥♥ ~ FREE U.S. SHIPPING when you purchase 5+ cards!

                                              (Shipping charges will be refunded after checkout)


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Free Shipping Weekend!

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday weekend!
I’m planning on making lots more holiday cards (Halloween and Christmas are my favorite themes to work with!) and am looking to make more room in my shop.

Now through Tuesday night, receive FREE SHIPPING (U.S. and Canada) when you purchase at least 5 cards!

Stock up and let me send them to you on my dime!
(I’ll refund you the shipping charges after checkout.)

You are welcome to shop at any of my card shops for the sale:

Etsy: http://www.gspeegle.etsy.com/
My Website: http://www.gensscrapbookkitchen.com/
ArtFire: http://www.artfire.com/users/BellaStitchery
eWillow: http://ewillow.com/storefront.php?id=93

Happy shopping and thank you SO much for supporting handmade!

XOXO
Genevieve

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Paper Piecing Possibilities

 
Every once in awhile, I get into a paper piecing state of mind. I love the unique look that it gives and the flexibility it offers.

Here is a fun owl card that was made using brown and green embossed Bazzill card stock. It works so well with the Cosmo Cricket tree paper too!

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My die-cutter of choice when paper piecing is the Sizzix.  It’s nice to utilize a tiny piece of paper and to be able to cut through multiple layers at a time.
I also enjoy finding other crafters that can make one-of-a-kind paper piecing embellishments for me!  This special Alice in Wonderland card was made using the handmade die-cut from another Etsy selller, Kott Kreations.
This unique embellishment is completely pieced and penned by hand.  I wouldn’t have had the time (or patience…or know-how) to do it myself.  This can be a little more expensive than doing it yourself, but it’s a nice treat once in awhile and makes for an AMAZING card!
Here is another card in which I enlisted the help of a fellow Etsy crafter to make the paper pieced die-cut for me.  This darling owl was handmade by Lisa’s Handmade Cards.  Her listing just grabbed me one night and I thought of all the potential in this terrific embellishment!
Whether you make it yourself, or seek out the help of “professionals”, consider experimenting with paper piecing.  There are so many unique crafting possibilities in your future!
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Interview with Molly Lee

I love finding unique crafters on Etsy!  I met Molly through the Etsy Greetings team we both belong to and have never seen anything quite like her card designs.  Here is what she has to say about her art:
1) How long have you been paper crafting?

I’ve been papercrafting all my life! As a young child, someone showed me how to make a fortune teller (some people call them cootie catchers). Discovering that I could make an actual interactive toy out of a flat piece of paper seemed completely magical. Paper airplanes, origami and pop-up books all demonstrated how paper could be made interactive and dimensional and I’ve been obsessing about the possibilities ever since.

2) Where did you get the idea to start making pop-up and interactive cards and when did you start selling on Etsy?

I didn’t get seriously into interactive cards until I started planning birthday parties for my twin boys — I would spend months planning the celebrations, including designing completely over-the-top interactive invitations. The feedback I got from the cards was so encouraging that I ended up posting them for sale on Etsy a few years ago. Response has been wonderful and amazingly gratifying! I think I probably do it just as much for the validation and positive response I get as for the money it brings in.

3) How do you find design inspiration? What are some of your favorite pieces?

There are many wonderful how-to books about pop-ups available now (here’s a list of some of my favorites: http://mollyleecards.blogspot.com/2008/12/paper-engineering-books-i-love.html). I browse the web constantly, looking for clever ideas — there are a lot of papercrafting geniuses who regularly share their work online.

I really like how the mechanism works on my pop-up birthday cake card (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24754394).

Probably my most gratifying cards are my Three Reasons series of cards, which have different themes, like Three Reasons Why You’re my Superhero (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36203236) and an elegant, more traditional floral theme. This series of cards allows the sender to turn a wheel and write three heartfelt reasons why the recipient is special to them. Of any of my cards, these are the ones where people often send me feedback, telling me how their spouse simply broke down in tears when they read their sentiments.

And my spinning fish invitations are the first invitations that I created (for my boys’ third birthday) are still among my favorites: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28657799

4) What is one card that you’ve found to be the most popular?

My Drink a Toast Birthday cards are really popular!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32550909

They’re also my very favorite cards. When you pull the little lever, Drinking Paul raises his glass in a toast and says “A birthday? I’ll drink… to that!” It never fails to make the recipient smile.

5) What is a design or theme that you’d like to make in future cards? Are there any other unique card styles that you’re looking forward to trying?

I have several ideas that I’m working on right now — it takes a long time for me to post new cards because I’m really picky about my designs. I have a dinosaur-themed birthday party inviation that is nearly done. I have another interactive greeting card that will show images of fish bowls, propane tanks, miltary vehicles, etc. When you open it up, it will read “Many tanks!” 
 

Thank you so much, Molly!  I wish you continued success!!