Friday, September 25, 2009

New Fan Page

New Fan Page for Cards R US! Its not just specifically about the guild but what the guild stands for. And thats the designers of handmade greeting cards. Its about the supporting handmade cards and not massed produced cards.

So make sure you stop by and become a fan. If you are a designer leave a pic of one of your creations.

Cards R Us Fan Page

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New Member

Welcome! Our newest member is Siblingstew. A store of new and recycled handmade. A group of four siblings that love to create. The store offers cards and jewelry.

Check out these cute cards!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

New Member

Welcome our newest member KatieandEmmaDesigns.

She has just joined the artfire community and our guild. Her cards are wonderful and lovely. I just love the butterfly cards.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Welcome our newest member SusanCalvert.

She is a professional watercolor and mixed media artist. She runs her store from Georgia.

Her store offers unique girly cards and also unique pendents.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Today's member is Val who owns the ValMade at artfire.

She provides a variety of products in the forms of knitting, sewing, cross stitch, and cards.

She is located in Hong Kong but is English. She ships by AirMail interntionally.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Today's member is NatureManipulated on artfire.
This stores saying is "creates visual, wearable, and practical art".
There is a variety of products found at this store. There is one-of-kind handcrafted jewelry, handmade greeting cards, and photography.

You can also have a custom designed Baby Hospital ID Bracelet made or re-designed.

This store is also found @ Etsy.

With the holiday seasons approaching your sure to find something to give to that special someone and will also be able to get the card to go with it.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Today's member is Aletha who owns the store ajsdesigns on artfire.

She is a self-taught artist who has been in the graphic arts/print production industry for many years.

She offers a variety of products such as mixed media collages, handbound journals, and cards.

The cards are just absolutly GORGEOUS and the quality is EXCELLENT.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Our next member is beadsnpieces at artfire.

She has started her store very recently. We welcome her to artfire and our guild. She hasn't posted cards yet but things take time in the meantime go by and check out her brand new store in which she does have some jewelry listed.

I will feature her again once she has had a chance to stock up her store!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Today's member is Beka who owns the Scraps-N-Things store.
She is new to artfire and creates assortment of items.

Some of her items are card sets, earrings, and pillows.

What COOL Thumb Tacks!

Great Card Set!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Art and Collections of Pat Labella

“Paper artist... altered art crafter... thrift store and vintage junkie... health conscious baby boomer... Buffalo native now living in the Vegas desert,” Pat Labella

I usually try to write about what I feel from an artist’s work, their passions, their love of life, their medium, but after reading Pat’s biography from her online shops, I could not write it any better. I have decided to quote from those biographies. Why try to edit or rewrite something that needs no editing or rewriting?

Her biography from her VintageIntent shop states…”Collections come and collections go. Once the excitement of the hunt wears off, it's on to something new. I search, I find, I enjoy. Then I move on. Oh, there are a few collections that I'll probably keep forever, but for the most part, I'll eventually turn them over to someone else to enjoy…Garage sales were a weekly tradition where I could find wonderful antiques and older collectibles. Now that I've moved to the sunny southwest I travel around to the three or four thrift stores on a weekly basis, and sometimes I get lucky. Through this studio I'm now able to pass some of these treasures on to you.” (You get my drift.)

I will say that you need to check out all her blogs especially the Better Bones blog. Read the Dog’s Prayer. We have always had pets. At one time we had three cats and three dogs. We now have one cat and two dogs. Her blog tugged at my heart strings. Those memories will never fade.

Enjoy this interview. And let her know your passions in life.

How did you get your start in the world of art?
I have been crafting since I was a little girl. I remember making cards, clay projects, knitting, crocheting, and making candles with my mother. I was always saving throw-aways that I thought might be used for some creative expressions. But it wasn't until about 10 years ago that I took this hobby seriously and began crafting in earnest, for myself, and to offer my creations on line. I started selling my vintage inspired greeting cards on Etsy and Ebay, and have since expanded my inventory to include many other projects that I enjoy. I love using paper and recycled objects in my artwork. That has never changed. The interests of that little girl many years ago are still surfacing in my modern day crafting.

Do you have a ritual you perform before you start creating?
Well, I don't always have the neatest studio, so I usually have to clean up from my last project prior to starting a new one!

What do you like best, the creative process or the final creation?
Both. I love formulating a design in my head, but when I start working, the project usually morphs into something that is no where near my original concept. The final creation is often a pleasant surprise.

What are your favorite art media, tools, and supplies?
That's a tough question, because I'm a gadget junkie. I love working with paper, so I have 3 different die cut tools - Spellbinder Wizard is my favorite, followed closely by Quikutz and my little Sisix Sidekick. I have three sizes of Xyron machines to fit any size paper I want (would you believe I'm thinking about a 4th!). My newest gadget is the Zutter Bind-it-All.

When a creative block happens, what process do you go through to get the creative juices flowing again?
I usually figure it's just time to back off and do something else for a while. There's always work around the house, shopping for new craft supplies, reading craft books, and watching the food network! After a while, new ideas start popping up and I'm back in the swing.

What do you hope your art says about you?
I try to infuse my love of life into all my work. I often use subtle or off beat humor in my creations.

What is your greatest dream and greatest fear as an artist?
No fears - I do what I like. As for a dream - I'd love to have a studio large enough to be able to leave everything out in the open to play whenever I want.

What are your goals in art, and in life?
As I look forward to retirement, I realize many of my life goals have been reached. Education, marriage, family and career. But this is certainly not a time to sit back and reflect on the past without looking forward to the future as well. I live a lifestyle that will hopefully keep me healthy and active for the next 30 or more years. I still would like to start my own business in the pet or craft marketplace. And there's still plenty of places I'd like to visit.

Tell us a little bit about yourself—where you grew up, your life now, other creative pursuits, other interests and hobbies.
I was born in Buffalo, New York. Western New York is actually a beautiful area with gorgeous summers and winters filled with cold weather fun. Skiing and ice skating were great! I lived in the area for 50 years - graduated collage with a BS in Medical Technology, married and raised a family there. Then we did a complete turn around and moved to Las Vegas in 1999.

I love all kinds of animals. We've always had dogs and/or cats. We presently have our 6th Siberian Husky and tropical fish. I work full time in a hospital lab. I enjoy cooking with natural foods and try to keep my physical activity up by exercising, biking and power walking.

Do you have more than one shop(s), and/or a blog?
I have 4 blogs:

I have 4 shops:

Thanks for taking the time to get to know me.
Today the feature is of Laura who owns the PrincessDCreations on artfire.

She is very new to artfire but has WONDERFUL cards.
So show this store some LOVE and check it out for yourself.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Today's Featured Member

Today's featured member is Christine who owns PurplePonyArt at artfire.
She does BEAUTIFUL artwork on cards and has digital downloads available.
Great pencil drawings are also available.
So come by and visit her store with all these great products!

What a CUTE card!!


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Today's featured member is burnishandbrush on artfire.
There is a variety type of work available.
So come and check out this great store. Would be great place to start that Christmas Shopping.

What a NEAT Christmas Card set!

Nice Baby Card!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Featured Member

Today's featured member is PaperAvenue.
She creates wonderful handmade greeting cards.

All cards are made of excellent quality and handcrafted originals.

Lovely Rose Card!

Great Baseball Card!