Valentine’s Day

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Valentine’s Day is all about love, lovers, cards and so much more…

Here at Christmas in July we want to know what offerings you have to Cupid and a little about the item.

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop  says I love roses, but they don’t bloom naturally in February in the UK. I have created one that will last all year long, and packaged it in a perfect little heart-shaped gift box.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/176737895/valentine-rose-handmade-red-rose-brooch?ref=teams_post

Felted red rose brooch

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio  said To me, chocolate is a big part of Valentine’s day. It’s a must-have all year long, every day!! (in my dreams). Dangle a good piece of chocolate in front of me and I have been known to change my mind.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/248446588/chocolate-valentine-card-funny-valetines?ref=teams_post

Chocolate Valentine Card

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna states red hearts are symbolic of Valentine’s Day and a heart shaped gift is perfect. This red one of a kind glass beaded key chain is a great gift idea!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/252324998/valentines-day-gift-heart-keychain-red?ref=teams_post

Red Heart Key chain

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo discusses how On Valentine’s Day people generally buy gifts or flowers: that’s very nice, but l think there are also other ways to celebrate this romantic day.

l prepared these tiny wreaths with hearts thinking of an intimate romantic dinner and a smart table set with little, particular accents, like napkin holders.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/220063435/valentines-romantic-napkin-holders?ref=teams_post

Felted red rose brooch

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says I love to remember my daughter when she still went to elementary school and each child brought little Valentines for the classroom Valentine party. I always made mini cards and then my daughter would sit at the table and write the names of her classmates on the cards. She was so concentrated on the job, the tip of her tongue wandered from one corner of her mouth to the other. She was happy when she was done and hadn’t messed up.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/263811025/classroom-valentines-with-giraffes?ref=teams_post

Classroom Valentines with Giraffes

Tanya Hardman from TheWoollyTangle states I love this since it’s one of the first items I made that looked how I saw it in my head! Hangs on a lovely quirky angle and moves wonderfully with you.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/218858906/beaded-wire-heart-necklace-valentine?ref=teams_post

Beaded wire heart necklace

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns  discussed how I have lots of Valentine gift ideas in my shop for him and her….necklaces, rings… and even tableware for that romantic dinner!!

I especially have lots of ‘heart’ jewellery

https://www.etsy.com/listing/176802795/ceramic-necklace-love-heart-scuba-blue?ref=teams_post

Ceramic heart necklace

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says I had fun putting together these Valentines day themed mini cards.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/242944001/heart-mini-cards-valentines-day-cards?ref=shop_home_active_3

Heart mini cards

Ina from InaSudjana states that Love should be celebrated every.single.day. So we should really have valentines day every day! Appreciating our loved ones daily, appreciating our friends and appreciating everything that we have really.
Here’s one wall hanging that can help us remember to celebrate love!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/262443256/baby-elephant-pure-wool-felt-cloud?ref=teams_post

Pure wool Cloud Mobile with hearts and elephant

Melissa R from missy69 says I am still very new to wood burning, but I wanted to make a few things for Valentines Day. This is just a simple wooden picture block, with Calla Lilies, Roses, and hearts wood burned to the block. There is a spot for personalizing, too.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/263641663/love-joy-happiness-wood-burned-spinning?ref=teams_post

Wood burned spring flowers/hearts spinning block picture frame

Wendy CN from CardNotions discusses that this is a humorous Valentine’s Day card inspired by a Fushia and Chartruse sea anemone photo I took years ago. Just a little Photoshopping created a lovely anemone heart for the front of the card! (Did you notice the little hermit crab in the front photo?)

Next, I thought about how other sea creatures might say “I Love You”. Surely, they would need to spell it out with their bodies. So, when the card is opened, a jelly fish in the shape of an “I”, an octopus holding a red heart, and an eel in the shape of an “U” pop forth in bright colors to say “I love you”.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/120994641/3d-i-heart-you-card-with-anemone-octopus?ref=teams_post

3D I heart you card

Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEve states I think this quilt would be perfect for Valentine’s day–perhaps for a February baby or for an older friend to use as a lap quilt. It’s beautifully made with appliqued hearts–perfect for Valentine’s Day!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/256204311/baby-quilt-pink-and-white-appliqued-with?ref=teams_post

Pink and white baby quilt appliqued with hearts

Mandi Leighs from leighswiccanboutique says Love is in the air and valentines day is just around the corner fast approaching. Why not go out of the normal and get her something that not only smells fantastic but is equally beautiful as well. This candle holder was created from found materials to create this unique piece adorn with crystal Quartz, Emerald, Black Onyx and Agate. Filled with a unique of Dragons Blood and Wine. The best part is once this candle is gone the holder is reusable with your favorite tealights or votive candles. A gift that can be used over and over again.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/263555673/dragons-blood-and-wine-blood-magick?ref=teams_post

Dragons Blood and Wine Candle,Protection Candle

 

Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo  states that I think giving your loved one the gift of warmth and comfort is once of the nicest things you can give them.

Valentine’s Day is always so cold here in London and so, in keeping with the red theme of Valentine’s Day, I knit this lovely red hat in a soft and cozy wool to keep a lover warm as the go out and about to celebrate with their much loved other half!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/254343158/red-side-cable-beanie-hat-handmade-and?ref=teams_post

Red side cable Beanie Hat

 

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls state we love vintage Valentine’s Day cards and postcards! The sayings/greetings are so sweet and creative from years past. This is one of our favorites featuring a huge heart with a lid! Hope she finds some LOVE in there!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/265424737/valentine-greetings-postcard-little-girl?ref=teams_post

Antique Valentine Greeting Postcard

 

Cupid Has Us ‘Struck in Love’

Contributor post by Alexandra from EyeLoveKnots

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For as long as I can remember, Cupid has been an iconic part of my Valentine’s celebrations as Santa Claus has been an iconic part of my Christmas celebration. There are many other love-gods such as Juno Februata, and Eros as well as Saint Valentine. I reached out to my fellow Christmas in July team members to see how they celebrate and what kinds of traditions were out there.

Wendy from CardNotions shared this Pop Up Valentine Card with Cupids.

She says, “I loved growing up with the tradition of sharing those little die-cut Valentines Day cards with classmates. A few days before, the art project in every classroom would be to decorate a shoe box with everything Valentines – hearts, lace, etc – with a slot in the top to receive cards. We then would exchange silly cards that we spent hours picking out and even longer deciding the appropriate message to send each recipient. It was a pretty subtle way to let someone know that you had a crush on them… or not… since all of the cards we basically cute and silly with a similar message. I loved that it allowed everyone to connect, laugh and share.
With that in mind, I decided to create a pop-up card that was cute and silly with a couple of cupids and subtle message of love.
“Please by my Valentine!” request is on the front of the card, which becomes much more persuasive when the card opens to two cupids shooting arrows into a large pop-up heart. Hidden inside the heart you will see one arrow has found its mark and the words, “…a little cupid persuasion…” Maybe a little darker humor than you might expect to find in the Valentine’s shoe boxes.”

Richard and Tatiana from DesignsTheLimit shared this Personalized ‘Struck by Love’ Picture Frame.

They say, “We love to study the history of ancient Greece and Rome with a great fascination for the polytheistic religions of the ancient world. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we introduced this ‘Struck by Love’ Picture Frame which also makes a great wedding, anniversary or birthday gift for your significant other. 
Although not as popular as the other custom picture frames in our portfolio, the story of Cupid is one of our favorites and we were happy to see it persevere into the modern age. We are happy to post this listing all year long for anyone who is struck by Cupid’s arrow. We also have several other Valentine’s Day picture frame designs and will be accepting orders right up until the last minute!”

Have you been struck by one of those arrows? Do you have any projects you’ve designed inspired by Cupid, Valentine’s Day or Love in general? We would love to see them and hear YOUR story!

#CIJParty 2015 – Scuba Blue – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2015

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Earlier today I shared my thoughts about trends with you.

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2015 is Scuba Blue.

An invigorating turquoise, PANTONE 16-4725 Scuba Blue conveys a sense of carefree playfulness. Even though a cool shade, the vibrancy of Scuba Blue adds a splash of excitement to the palette. Scuba Blue offers a feeling of escape as it is reminiscent of a tropical ocean. This stirring and energizing shade takes us off to an exotic paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.

Pantone Spring 2015 Scuba Blue

Pantone Spring 2015 Scuba Blue

 

Members of the EtsyChristmasinJuly Team have many Scuba Blue items in their shops! Here are a few!

At the end of this post is a big reveal!

Growing up on the far south coast of Victoria in Australia has been a great influence on the colours and textures I use in my creative life, including the glazes i formulate for my ceramic works and jewellery.

As a child, surfing and scuba diving were a normal part of life.

I have many tones of blues and greens in my Etsy shop, but love this pendant because of the random nature of the glaze which reminds me of the wild colours of the sea and of course scuba blue!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

msmadmax from madmaxshop says:

Cotton wrap around sash…wonderful accent to any vintage wardrobe. This item wrapped its way through a decade or more of exciting and fun events adding a burst of color everywhere it went…hmmmm STUDIO 54!!!!

madmaxshop

madmaxshop

Rasa Nenart from Toyfifi says:

Cloud hopper – this is the other name of my Easter bunny. When you look at white clouds in the blue sky you can imagine this bunny hoping on them. So blue ears and hands really suits him although you won’t find so much blue color in my shop, because my favorite colors are green, brown, pastel colors.

Toyfifi

Toyfifi

Jeanne from TheSandlapperShop:

For years I’ve made this Christmas stocking for my immediate family members. The most recently made one was for a new granddaughter. Hers incorporates pink, gray, and white. However, this one was made in colors relating to the beach – fitting because my shop is TheSandlapperShop! I love turquoise (Scuba Blue) and was happy to give a new look to the traditional crocheted Granny Square pattern.

TheSandlapperShop

TheSandlapperShop

Wendy Joy from wjoydesigns says:

This magical dreamcatcher has special powers! It not only looks fabulous by day, but at night it takes on an almost bio-luminescent glow! Hand woven in natural hemp, it has a glow flower encased in a clear glass cabochon in the center.It is accented with a turquoise and yellow feather that has a black and pink spotted guinea feather that glows hot pink under black or UV light!The second and subsequent pictures show how your necklace will look at a club under black light or a UV light. By absorbing ultraviolet light and other visible light, it can release the energy in the form of visible light for about an hour in the dark! This piece is reversible and can be worn with the glow flower showing or the intricate, enamel painted back showing. Closes with a nickel free lobster claw clasp. Necklace length is 24 inches .Total length from feather to top is 20 inches.Dreamcatcher is 3 x 3 inches round.

All the parts of this dream catcher have meaning.

To begin, the web represent the spider,our brother of life for ever repairing the eternal web of life.Thus weaving your life dreams and energy in the universe when you dream.

The ring represents the earth mother and the humble walk we do upon her.

The color blue represents Father Sky and all that lives in the sky; grandfather sun, grandmother moon, Star nation and Creation.The color yellow represents the direction of the East where the Yellow Nation is and we call upon their ancestors and the wisdom they carry to come in and teach us.It is also the direction of where the sun rises every day, therefore a new beginning. We put the Sacred Eagle in that direction and call upon the abilities to see far beyond what is in front of us and to focus on the task at hand.In the center is a yellow Sun which represents a new beginning each day!
Natives believe the night air is filled with good and bad dreams.The legend of the Dream Catcher is that it captures the bad Spirits and filters them.Protecting us from evil and letting through only the good dreams. It is believed that each carefully woven web will catch bad spirit dreams in the web and disappear by perishing with the first light of the morning sun.Wear it during the day and hang in above your bed before sleeping!

wjoydesigns

wjoydesigns

Kristina Lauciuviene from FeltingLT says:

Blue…
Blue like sea…
Blue like blue eyes of sea…
Blue like sea and flowers…
Like flowers from him.
Sea… blue sea… and He with flowers.

FeltingLT

FeltingLT

Wendy CN from CardNotions says:

You gotta love Belugas! They’re cute, smart and great singers, and thus the nickname, sea canary! I added a background picture that I took, looking accross the bay, of the Olympic mouintains. I think it makes him look right at home in the scuba blue suroundings!

CardNotions

CardNotions

Jolanta Pietrzak from AlabamaStudio says:

Unique, original necklace with turquoise enamel closed in geometric form topped with a cascade of silver swirls and chains. They look like wild, silver waterfall and complement with enamelled element.
A fantastic addition to the summer festival styling, ideal for your holidays by the sea!

The necklace was designed and made by me from scratch, using two very labor-intensive and precise techniques: wire-wrapping and enamelling. The materials are silver 925, 930 and 999 and two-components enamel based on epoxy resin in turquoise color. Silver heavily oxidized and polished, the frame around a rectangular piece rubbed. Under the enamel a sheet of hammered silver underlined by oxidation.

AlabamaStudio

AlabamaStudio

The Pantone fashion colors for fall 2015 have been revealed!

Please watch the CIJ forums for opportunities to share your fall 2015 fashion colors!

Thank you for joining me to enjoy Scuba Blue items this today.

Please be sure to check out the on the main party post for the schedule of events.

Top Ten Easter Gifts for Kids

Contributor post by Amy of BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

Hello, and welcome to Easter!  The bunnies are hopping, the eggs are popping, and the flowers are blooming!  Read on to find out the Top Ten Gifts on the Easter Bunny’s List this year, all from the Christmas in July Team on Etsy.

10) Cookie Cutters

The kids will love making Easter Cookies with these fun Easter Cookie Cutters! Decorate them up with all sorts of fun colors and embellishments for a sweet little treat, AND/OR, use them for fun creative arts & crafts projects for Easter decorating!  –Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls 
Adorable cookie cutters give the kids something yummy and create warm family memories.

Adorable cookie cutters give the kids something yummy and create warm family memories.

9) Easter Bunny Plush Animals

Hello, I have a bunny softie sewing pattern that comes with a lop-eared version too.  These make a great, memorable and lasting Easter gift for kids. –Lucy from MyFunnyBuddy

Adorable, easy to sew pattern for Easter Bunny Plush Animals.

Adorable, easy to sew pattern for Easter Bunny Plush Animals.

8) Tote Bags

This delightful little tote can be used for more than just a tote–it can be a reusuable Easter “basket.” Just add colorful “green grass” and lots of Easter eggs!  –Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE

Soft, lovely tote made with Easter in mind.

Soft, lovely tote made with Easter in mind.

7) Pillows

What little girl, or boy for that matter, doesn’t want their very own bunny.

Well, with this bunny soft velveteen pillow cover they can have their own cuddly soft snuggly bunny with no clean up required, vet bills, feeding or mess. –Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor

Soft, cuddly bunny without the mess!

Soft, cuddly bunny without the mess!

6) Baskets

If you want to give an Easter basket to a kid or a kid at heart, this floral Easter basket is just the ticket. It will last longer and will welcome Spring without adding calories or sugar. Inspired by old fashioned Easter baskets, faux flowers add a special twist and bring back memories to adults who haven’t been given an Easter basket for a long time. It includes a bunny and a couple of butterflies for a special touch. –Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations

Adorable bunny on a basket!

Adorable bunny on a basket!

5) Artwork

He’s a cute Schnauzer Easter bunny & he has plenty of colorful Easter eggs in a basket. For the kid who shares a home with a schnauzer or any adorable four legged friend! Inspired by my love of dogs and Easter. –Angie Ketelhut from petartbyangie

Original artwork...the gift that becomes a family heirloom.

Original artwork…the gift that becomes a family heirloom.

4) Choco-bunny

A chocolate bunny for people who can’t have (or hate-do they exist?) chocolate! This cute bunny also comes in many other colors (pink, blue, yellow) in my store.

A felt bunny pin ready for adoption with hand embroidered embellishments. A welcome addition to any Easter basket or spring outfit. –Noel from MinkCouture

Adorable chocolate bunny pin...works even if you're watching those calories!!!

Adorable chocolate bunny pin…works even if you’re watching those calories!!!

3) Personalized Candy Gifts

Check out our Easter personalized candy bar wrappers.

These make great favors for any Easter event. Great chocolate gifts for handing out at school or sticking in your child’s Easter basket. They can also be used as cards. Why send a regular card when you can send chocolate!

The Wrapper Press from TheWrapperPress

Add an Easter theme to regular candy bars…adorable!

Add an Easter theme to regular candy bars…adorable!

 

2) A bunny and an egg

Bunnies are a great addition to any Easter Basket! Or hide them for an Egg Hunt! Put goodies inside a plastic egg and put the plastic egg inside the tummy of the bunny (instead of an ice cube)! Boo-boo bunnies are great fun!
These are great for teenagers, too. I sent my kids on a scavenger hunt for the bunnies, each giving a clue to the next bunny. The final bunny had money inside. What a great surprise!

Have fun with Lots of Colored Easter Bunnies! –Jul from JulsSewCrazy

Adorable egg hidden inside a bunny...what says Easter more than this adorable little gift?

Adorable egg hidden inside a bunny…what says Easter more than this adorable little gift?

1) Cards

Here’s an Easter idea for a child that will bridge the distance; it folds into an envelop, can be mailed anywhere, and when opened to 180 degrees displays a 3D Green and Yellow Easter basket with two cute bunnies. I think adults would love this also! –Wendy CN from CardNotions

For the kiddos far away, the Easter Bunny uses the USPS!

For the kiddos far away, the Easter Bunny uses the USPS!

A final little poem to light up your Easter this year:

Even as the Earth turns into Spring,
Angling its torso towards the sun,
So like birds our hearts begin to sing,
Touched by time as tides by moonlight run,
Ebbing as faith faces the long night,
Returning with the laughter and the light.

-By Dimitri Shostakovich.

Classic Blue – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2015

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2015 is Classic Blue.

Pantone Spring 2015

Pantone Spring 2015

Classic Blue inspires calm, confidence and harmony. Serving as an anchor to the Spring/Summer 2015 palette Classic Blue is a shade that is strong and reliable. Just as the sea, because of its waterborne qualities, this Classic Blue is perceived as thoughtful and introspective.

Members of the EtsyChristmasinJuly Team have many Classic Blue items in their shops! Here are a few!

Oksana from SanaGem loves classic dark blue color, and she loves the sea. This eastern statement necklace was inspired by her favorite place in Crimea, Foilent cape:stock-footage-cloudy-sky-over-the-mountains-and-the-sea-cape-fiolent-crimea-russia-full-hd
There is no other place like that in the world. The sea turns all hues of blue, every wave is different in the sunlight. And each agate bead in the necklace has its unique patters, waves and foam.

Cape Fiolent is a strong energetic place, with the old monastery. Stone caves are carved in the rocks, and the church is standing high on the cliff.

The monastery was found by sailors, when their ship avoided crush, by God’s blessing. This is why the giant cross marks the rock standing separately in the sea.

Crimea is always Oksana’s inspirational place, even though she lives far away. If you are looking at the photos, please say a prayer in your heart for the people there, suffering in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

P.S. Her husband likes this necklace so much that does not want her to sell it.

Classic Blue Agate Cascade Collier Dangle Statement Necklace From SanaGem

Classic Blue Agate Cascade Collier Dangle Statement Necklace From SanaGem

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns loves blues and greens as you may have noticed when you visit her shop.

She grew up on the coast in Australia so this may be the reason why!

Much of Dawn’s inspiration stems from organic colours and textures from my childhood – blues, greens, sandy colours and textures.

She loves to incorporate these feelings for colour and texture into her artwork.

So this jewellery set is a deep swelling blue with textures of the landscape featured by the specially selected glaze.

Classic Blue Ceramic Necklace On Memory Wire And Beaded Earrings From DeeDeeDeesigns

Classic Blue Ceramic Necklace On Memory Wire And Beaded Earrings From DeeDeeDeesigns

 Marjorie Scenna from mscenna feels that blue is a classic look! This repurposed and recycled vintage inspired necklace is a great combination of faux pearls and classic blue accents. Perfect accent for a spring outfit or something blue for a wedding!

Classic Blue Recycled Necklace From mscenna

Classic Blue Recycled Necklace From mscenna

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals shares a beautiful classic blue vintage glass ring. The color of this glass is mesmerizing. It draws you in like the waters of the ocean.  And blue is my favorite color!

Classic Blue Glass Oval Cabochon Adjustable Ring From EponasCrystals

Classic Blue Glass Oval Cabochon Adjustable Ring From EponasCrystals

Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads loves real stones, and this type of thing has inspired her to begin working with raw stones and offering unpolished, earthy stones. She still loves these spheres though, as they come in almost all stones and they are almost always gorgeous!

Classic Blue Sodalite 30mm Gemstone Sphere From KrystalKlarityBeads

Classic Blue Sodalite 30mm Gemstone Sphere From KrystalKlarityBeads

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor tells us that there is nothing more classic than the true blue found in nature and none more so than forget-me-nots. Here on this decorative pillow cover the forget-me-nots team up with lily of the valley and provide the perfect romantic setting for a love letter.

Love Letter Amidst Classic Blue Forget-me-Nots And Lily Of the Valley - Velveteen Decorative Pillow Cover From TheOldBarnDoor

Love Letter Amidst Classic Blue Forget-me-Nots And Lily Of the Valley – Velveteen Decorative Pillow Cover From TheOldBarnDoor

Amy Spock from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy started making these as a gift for her niece for her birthday, and she loves them. They are so versatile: makeup, passports, cameras, “necessities”, etc. and they have become a great seller in her shop. Amy picked up this stunning fabric in Missouri at a lovely little quilting shop near the Bass Pro Shops (where she dropped off my husband for a bit!) in Springfield. Amy fell in love with the fabric, and love the colors and patterns in the print.

Classic Blue Women's Monogrammed Purse From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Classic Blue Women’s Monogrammed Purse From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Angie from RusticHomespun explains that blue represents both the sky and the sea. It is associated with freedom, intuition, intelligence, inspiration, loyalty and has positive affects on the mind and the body. Combining the color blue with other colors, will create a color palette that represents other meanings associated with it.

This then inspire me to create a one-of-a-kind patchwork wall hanging, featuring hearts in different shades of color blue and combining the colors of red and white. The hearts cut out were fused and appliqued onto homespun background squares and then machine quilted all around. It would look wonderful in any homes.

Classic Blue Applique Quilt Wall Hanging From RusticHomespun

Classic Blue Applique Quilt Wall Hanging From RusticHomespun

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet feels that blue is such a classic color that calling it “Classic Blue” is almost redundant. She love blue because it’s so flattering on almost everyone. And this color is wonderful for bringing out blue eyes. The inspiration was the yarn itself – it is so soft, squishy and touchable. Marie-Antoinknit wanted to use it for cowls because of that softness.

Classic Blue Handknit Cowl From 9ElizabethStreet

Classic Blue Handknit Cowl From 9ElizabethStreet

Becky from LollysCubbyHole loves blue, always has. The blue sky always holds such wonder, the ocean endless with the colors of blue, washing in and over us. Becky sees the bright blue in her Granddaughters eyes and it makes her smile beyond any other blue there is!

Classic Blue Painted Mason Jars From LollysCubbyHole

Classic Blue Painted Mason Jars From LollysCubbyHole

Angie Ketelhut from petartbyangie loves blue & she thought this would be the perfect color for a custom portrait of a cat named Bella. It is a color Angie uses often in custom work.

Custom Pet Portrait Painting Of One Cat From petartbyangie

Custom Pet Portrait Painting Of One Cat From petartbyangie

CartoCreative from CartoCreative shares that Florence was one of the first map prints they created for their shop because it is a place so dear to their hearts. Steve and Mel spent their first “grown up” Christmas in Florence while Steve was attending university there. It’s such a beautiful city that’s full of history and a lot of great memories.

Central Florence Map Art Print From CartoCreative

Central Florence Map Art Print From CartoCreative

Wendy CN from CardNotions found the inspiration for this card from a customer, wanting a pop-up drum set card for a birthday invitation. Wendy made it in the classic blue color and made sure to include a bass drum, floor Tom, rack Toms, and snare drum, with cymbals in the background. If you peek behind the drum set you will see an empty chair waiting for the special birthday drummer to start the celebration!

Pop Up Classic Blue Drum Set Birthday Card You Rock From CardNotions

Pop Up Classic Blue Drum Set Birthday Card You Rock From CardNotions

Lin Collette from rhodyart uses a lot of blue in my work – she just did a search for blue and it turned up 4 pages! She thinks this comes the closest to classic blue (which is one of her favorites, only she calls it cobalt or sapphire). It’s one of the oldest listings in her shop but is still one of her favorites. Most of Lin’s work is inspired by pop culture, and this guy definitely is a part of pop culture – he wants to be a wrestler – he used to want to be part of the WWE but now she is thinking he may want to be a traditional wrestler, as in sumo or perhaps greco-roman. Not sure if there’s a pro league for greco-roman!

Mixed Media Fine Art Wrestling Theme Collage From rhodyart

Mixed Media Fine Art Wrestling Theme Collage From rhodyart

 

 

#CIJParty – Dazzling Blue – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2014

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Earlier today I shared my thoughts about trends with you.

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons! According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2014 is Dazzling Blue.

Dazzling Blue is a scintillating polar opposite of Placid Blue.

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Earlier this year we featured Placid Blue items from the EtsyChristmasinJuly Team here on the CIJ blog.

Members of the EtsyChristmasinJuly Team have many Dazzling Blue items in their shops! Here are a few!

At the end of this post is a big reveal!

Amy from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy makes a gift every year for her students who work for her during one hour a day as her Teacher’s Aide. They help grade daily assignments, pass back papers, keep her organized, and that type of thing. This year, she created monogrammed purses for all of them. The young lady who received this one exclaimed, “You should sell these!” Amy held in the giggle, but absolutely loves these little pouch bags.

Dazzling Blue Women's Purse Monogrammed From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Dazzling Blue Women’s Purse Monogrammed From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Majorie from mscenna came upon these vintage chunky pearl beads and couldn’t quite decide what to make but had a necklace in mind. When Majorie found the blue vintage beads and all she could think of was “something borrowed and something blue”.  She put them together in hopes of finding a bride who wanted a vintage inspired necklace!

Dazzling Blue Necklace From mscenna

Dazzling Blue Necklace From mscenna

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios loves this quote… it suits Kelly perfectly as she has always been surrounded by a good set of friends who she is  blessed to have whether she 5 minutes or 5 days away from!

In Life, It's Not Where You travel, It's Who You Travel With - Inspirational Print From ColourscapeStudios

In Life, It’s Not Where You travel, It’s Who You Travel With – Inspirational Print From ColourscapeStudios

Elizabeth from ElizabethLovesGlass found a pair of dazzling blue buttons in a thrift store and fell in love with them. Elizabeth knew she had to add them to a project. Then she found blue roving wool that was a perfect match. The inspiration to make a felted collar was all in place. Elizabeth loves adding collars to simple outfits to add a bit of warmth and change the look. This collar is reversible, so it’s two looks in one.

Dazzling Blue Peter Pan Collar Scarflette From ElizabethLovesGlass

Dazzling Blue Peter Pan Collar Scarflette From ElizabethLovesGlass

Betty Travell from LadySnooks shares that this piece is one of the few remaining pieces of dichroic glass she has that her brother made. He hasn’t made any for some time due to health issues. Betty loves the center which looks almost like a window into the heart of the pendant. The blues are some of the most striking colors she has seen in glass.

Dazzling Blue Dichroic Glass Wire Wrapped Pendant From LadySnooks

Dazzling Blue Dichroic Glass Wire Wrapped Pendant From LadySnooks

Kazaa from TangerineToes  saw this little piece of the ’80s it was love at first sight – colourful, fun and oh so quirky.

Dazzling Blue Muppets Tea Towel  From TangerineToes

Dazzling Blue Muppets Tea Towel From TangerineToes

CartoCreative shares that Paris is one of the most interesting cities she has ever been to. Along with her boyfriend (the other half of CartoCreative) she went backpacking through Europe for several months after university and Paris was an amazing way to start and end to their trip. The beginning of their trip was a little rocky. When they arrived in Paris, her backpack did not, so all she had was the dress and heels she wore on the plane while they stayed at a hostel in one of the sketchiest neighborhoods in the city. Since she had to replace all of her things, they wound up exploring more native Parisian areas that they may not have seen otherwise. Ending the trip in the same city it started allowed them to do things they missed during the first week and was a perfect way to conclude their holiday. Their Paris map was a slightly later addition to their shop, but not for a lack of trying. Paris was one of the first maps they started working on, as it was one of the places they had spent the most time in, but Paris is enormous, so they had to put the map aside for a few months. After many, many requests, they finished this first version of the map and it became one of their most popular sellers, in no doubt due to the memories that city helps create.

Paris Map Print From CartoCreative

Paris Map Print From CartoCreative

Alicia from AliciasFindings bought this butterfly pendant from a fellow Etsian, because of her love of nature and butterflies. From there she searched for a blue bead to match and silver accent beads. Alicia feels this is a beautiful piece for anyone, who like her, loves butterflies.

Dazzling Blue Butterfly Pendant And Bracelet Set From AliciasFindings

Dazzling Blue Butterfly Pendant And Bracelet Set From AliciasFindings

Lisa from  InsomniacTreasures was enjoying the beautiful weather at the small town art walk she took part in recently. Lisa was stationed next to an artist who had recently been to Tahiti and was working on a bright tropical scenery painting. She decided to sit on the bench next to her booth and do a little creating of her own. This piece just came out – dazzling turquoise blue and a shell found at a local beach. Guess they were in sync.

Dazzling Blue Copper Wire Wrapped Necklace From InsomniacTreasures

Dazzling Blue Copper Wire Wrapped Necklace From InsomniacTreasures

Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby share that as always, when “on the hunt” for treasures, their hearts always beats a bit faster when they  spy something they know will compliment their shop’s items. So it was when they spied this beautiful “dazzling blue” delft mug. The color was perfect, and the whaling ship, representing an industry so intricately embedded in the history of southern New England where Patricia resides, made it a perfect find!

Dazzling Blue Delft Mug From northandsouthshabby

Dazzling Blue Delft Mug From northandsouthshabby

Linda from umeone  has a vintage mixing bowl that is a beautiful Dazzling Blue. There is nothing better to whip up a batch of pancakes to coleslaw, than a heavy glazed ceramic bowl, perfect for serving and easy clean up.

Dazzling Blue Vintage Ceramic Pottery Mixing Bowl From umeone

Dazzling Blue Vintage Ceramic Pottery Mixing Bowl From umeone

Linda from ThingsUpcycled tells us that her washer pendants happened by accident. Linda loves vibrant colors and when she first started doing washer jewelry she didn’t put embellishments on them. One day she happened to have some laying on the table where she was working and one dropped out of the bag and fell on a washer. It landed in the perfect spot and she looked at it and a light bulb went off in her head. So this is how her creations came to be. Linda loves working with ink and the colors they create. What can she say except she’s always looking for other inspirations that include ink.

Dazzling Blue Flower Washer Necklace From ThingsUpcycled

Dazzling Blue Flower Washer Necklace From ThingsUpcycled

Shelia from hollyhillwreaths loves birdhouses. When she saw this birdhouse, she thought she could incorporate it into a patriotic hand made wreath. Sheila likes bright colors for summer and she thought the bright blues and reds were ideal for an American patriotic wreath.

Dazzling Blue Wreath From hollyhillwreaths

Dazzling Blue Wreath From hollyhillwreaths

Ingrida from feltinga wants to let your feet feel cozy and…. dazzling.

Dazzling Blue Hand Knitted Womens Socks From feltinga

Dazzling Blue Hand Knitted Womens Socks From feltinga

Ingrida from  LivePastVintage shares this Turtle, a hero of popular Soviet movie and book “Buratino” (“Pinocchio”).

Dazzling BlueTurtle Soviet Kid Toy From LivePastVintage

Dazzling BlueTurtle Soviet Kid Toy From LivePastVintage

Evelyn and Lucy from  artsyEVE wants us to know that Dazzling Blue isn’t just for adults. This baby quilt features hand-embroidered hearts on the solid white, with accents of a fabric that is a swirled combination of dazzling blues. Whether the blues remind you of water or sky, it’s a beautiful baby quilt–handmade by Mom.

Dazzling Blue Infant Quilt From artsyEVE

Dazzling Blue Infant Quilt From artsyEVE

Boriana from GermanistikArt has this wall clock that is for all who love flowers and have green thumbs. It was her first quilling clock. Blue is Boriana’s  favorite colour because it symbolizes freedom.

Dazzling Blue Quilled Flower Clock From GermanistikArt

Dazzling Blue Quilled Flower Clock From GermanistikArt

Jude from JudesTinyArt created this Dazzling Blue dolphin refrigerator magnet. Jude wanted a beach theme on her dolphin. She used the seagull for the eye of the dolphin. By the tail is a little island with palm trees. This little dolphin has a strong magnet to hold your important papers or display your children’s artwork with.

Dazzling Blue Dolphin Magnet From JudesTinyArt

Dazzling Blue Dolphin Magnet From JudesTinyArt

Wendy CN from CardNotions offers this 3D Butterfly card that depicts the red-spotted purple butterfly. The beautiful iridescent, dazzling blue color was imprinted in my mind many years ago when she saw one alight on one of their backpacks. Amazingly, the underside of the wings is a very different contrasting color, but just as beautiful, making this the perfect butterfly to apply her double sided printing and pop-up technique. There is also an original poem that was written specifically for this card, for Mothers Day: “Thank you for wonder, color, and light; For new beginnings and gentle touches; For wings that ride the morning air, and send my thoughts alight.”

3D Blue Butterfly pop-up Card From CardNotions

3D Blue Butterfly pop-up Card From CardNotions

Wendy Tyler from Windychimes made these beautiful earrings when a customer requested a pair of Blue Zircon post earrings, they sparkle in the sun and are a Dazzling Blue!

Dazzling Blue 14K Stud Earrings From Windychimes

Dazzling Blue 14K Stud Earrings From Windychimes

Sarah from LittleStickCreations made this scarf because she lives near the sea, and wanted to dye some yarn that was the same colour as the sea on a sunny day. The pattern was knitted to replicate the way that waves move towards the shore.

Dazzling Blue Scarf From LittleStickCreations

Dazzling Blue Scarf From LittleStickCreations

CarriageOnCherry shares that the saying on this box makes her smile. It describes a love that is almost endless, a love that goes beyond a day or a week. Perhaps the love between a mother and her child, a spouse or perhaps really good friends. The sayings we paint on our upcycled boxes, signs and trays come from our heart or an inspiration in our lives. This box is dedicated to their son. Hope this little box makes others smile as it does here in their  corner of the world at The Carriage House on Cherry!

Love You To The Moon And Back Box From CarriageOnCherry

Love You To The Moon And Back Box From CarriageOnCherry

Faith from QuinnsBin loves to create soft and cuddly blankets for little ones and their moms. Faith makes them on the large side to be versatile.

Dazzling Blue Large Receiving Blanket From QuinnsBin

Dazzling Blue Large Receiving Blanket From QuinnsBin

Susan from SUSIESSSUITCASE says that her favorite part of the process of making her tutus is coming up with pretty combinations of colors. They don’t usually like to do all one color. They want the little girl wearing it to be fun and colorful, the brighter, the better.

Dazzling Blue Tutu And Wand From SUSIESSUITCASE

Dazzling Blue Tutu And Wand From SUSIESSUITCASE

Jenni from DayDreamsSunshine created this gorgeous bag made from fabric reclaimed from a charity shop and the print reminds her of gorgeous sunny days wandering by the beach, discovering little markets and stopping for tea and cake. Jenni was inspired to make this bag big enough to carry all those essentials for a summers day!

Dazzling Blue Floral Tote Bag From DayDreamsSunshine

Dazzling Blue Floral Tote Bag From DayDreamsSunshine

Ken and Donna from WowWeeCreations share that this dazzling blue arrowhead pendant was knapped by Ken. Ken enjoys looking at old bottles to see what he can make from them. Glass is quite a challenge to make into an arrowhead. He always liked looking for arrowheads when he was a kid, so the arrowhead pendant was a fun and interesting piece to make. They think it turned out rather lovely and they hope you think so too!

Small Dazzling Blue Arrowhead Necklace From WowWeeCreations

Small Dazzling Blue Arrowhead Necklace From WowWeeCreations

Muttix asks the question what do you get when you make a hair accessory inspired by wildlife in the state of Texas? A BIG dazzling blue butterfly hair tie, of course! Everything IS bigger in Texas! She has been on a roll lately making butterfly hair ties for her shop. This dazzling blue addition is the latest in the line. The deep, navy blue center reminds her of a deep diving pool where hot summer days are passed hanging out and trying to cool off. The dazzling blue outer edge of the wings is the color of a clear blue Texas sky. All in all, something that captures the essence of the warmer months here in the heart of Texas!

Dazzling Blue Butterfly Hair Tie From muttix

Dazzling Blue Butterfly Hair Tie From muttix

Jeanne from TheSandlapperShop feels that vintage items are so unique and this item has become a piece of collectible costume jewelry. Made by Coro, this item of vintage jewelry in her shop is from her family so she knows it’s truly vintage. Jeanne can remember my mother wearing it. She loves this shade of blue!

Dazzling Blue Moonstone Coro Brooch And Earrings From TheSandlapperShop

Dazzling Blue Moonstone Coro Brooch And Earrings From TheSandlapperShop

Mary from HodgePodgeBowtique loves the Dazzling Blue in these patriotic embellished military style dog tag necklaces.

Dazzling Blue Bling Embellished Necklace From HodgePodgeBowtique

Dazzling Blue Bling Embellished Necklace From HodgePodgeBowtique

Lilia from LiliaLy loves very much the nature and especially the details. This pendant is a close up view of a butterfly wing which is lovely to her and Dazzling Blue.

Dazzling Blue butterfly Wing Pendant Necklace From LiliaLy

Dazzling Blue butterfly Wing Pendant Necklace From LiliaLy

Wendy from WoodNotions loves colorful art glass, so for this wood-cut and stained glass piece, she started with the beautiful glass and designed the woodcut around it. The dazzling blue as well as other shades of blue makes the Sea Otter look so much at home, partially submerged in the sea of blue glass.

Dazzling Blue Sea Otter woodcut And Stained Glass Decoration From WoodNotions

Dazzling Blue Sea Otter woodcut And Stained Glass Decoration From WoodNotions

DeserDabbler tells us that these dazzling blue earrings are made from sodalite, a natural stone, and Czech glass. Her jewelry is inspired by nature and usually is made of only natural stones. However, these earrings combine the best of both natural stones and dazzling blue glass.

Dazzling Blue Wire Wrapped Dangle Earrings From DesertDabbler

Dazzling Blue Wire Wrapped Dangle Earrings From DesertDabbler

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Member Feature: CardNotions

Contributor post by Natalie

Please join us in welcoming CardNotions, our featured member!

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Tell us about yourself       

Hello, I am Wendy of CardNotions. I am married and living in the beautiful state of Oregon. Central Oregon’s High desert is our home and we, like so many that live here, enjoy many outdoors activities throughout the year, such as trail running, cycling, kayaking, backpacking, and skiing.

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I started my pop-up card and ornament business Sept. 2011, selling at a local arts/crafts show and opened my etsy shop shortly after that on Nov. 7,2011.

I had been designing and making cards and ornaments for family and friends, for a couple of years prior to 2011. By 2011, I had accumulated 40 or more designs, including a couple of my earliest designs–wood-cut hummingbird ornament and pop-up fireplace card. I was encouraged by family to have a go at selling them. The success at my first show led to opening my etsy shop, CardNotions.

Tell us a bit about your products           

My pop-up cards are very colorful and well designed to present in 3D when opened. They are of a sturdy construction, made from a resilient, photo quality paper. A large proportion of my orders are for personalized cards and invitations.

My ornaments are laser cut from 1/8 inch wood, that is treated with a food safe finish to preserve and beautify the surface. My designs include everything from hummingbirds to lighthouses, and jewelry/crafting supplies to stained glass/wood-cut decorations. I do a lot of custom orders using other materials such as acrylic, and various types and thicknesses of hard wood.

What inspires your work?           

Initially, much of my inspiration came from nature and beautiful surroundings. My family and friends have given me support as well as many great suggestions for new items and for improving old items. More recently, I’ve enjoyed designing based on customer requests. I greatly value customer input, because it challenges me to improve my designs and the time it takes to complete, and keeps me moving in new directions.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?         

I still feel like CardNotions is just finding its feet, so my main goal this year is to continue designing and adding new products. I would also like to expand my item price range by offering larger OOAK stained glass/wood-cut pieces.

I have been very fortunate to be a supplier for a large company that sells several of my custom ornaments wholesale. It added a great deal of stability to CardNotions over the past year. I would love to do more wholesale business.

As for my dreams for CardNotions?… Last year, I wished that I would get enough business to keep my card making and woodcutting equipment running full time, because it was an easy calculation: #items I could make per month x item price, minus cost to make, equals a nice profit. That happened for about four months during the holiday season. I was crazy busy and unable to do any new design work, but time flew and I was happy with the results. However, it made me realize that wearing only my manufacturing and sales/marketing hats, even for that period of time was not exactly where I wanted to be.

I love designing new things and making those first prototypes, that I can hold in my hands, and show to people; and use feedback to make it better/perfect! I also enjoy figuring out how to manufacture it efficiently, but it’s really that prototype stage that I love. So, I hope to see CardNotions continue to grow to the point of hiring someone to help with manufacturing and sales/marketing so that I can focus on what I love.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

We are all quite different in our styles. I have tried to breath new life into traditional pop-up cards, by adding colors, precision cutting and my own original designs, while preserving traditional Japanese architectural card making techniques. Each card becomes a little diorama, that can be folded flat for mailing and then opened up to display in 3D.

My ornaments are cut with a laser, allowing for very intricate designs to be cut. This allows me the freedom to design in positive and negative space, resulting in images that display beautifully cut from light colored wood and hung on a dark tree or brightly back lit (as when hung on a window) so that the ornament appears in silhouette.

I have many years of experience designing for and cutting with a laser, so I maintain optimal cutting conditions, which results in clean, precise cuts in every material.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

I started out using our spare bedroom/den as my “studio”, but found it difficult to work in the same room as my laser and other manufacturing equipment. So now I have an “office” in our son’s old bedroom and my “photo studio” in our daughter’s old bedroom. It’s really just shared space and I have to give it up when our kids visit, but it’s working for me.

Where can people find out more about you and your business?

www.etsy.com/shop/CardNotions/about
www.cardnotions.com
www.pinterest.com/wendycn1/
www.twitter.com/CnWendy
www.facebook.com/cardnotions

Why do you believe people should buy handmade, such as your products, vs buying mass-produced products from box stores?

I think people should value unique and limited edition items, and have the opportunity to work with someone to make something special and truly perfect for their own needs. We, as artists and sellers, put something of ourselves in everything we make; People who buy these items perceive this and some may even play a larger part in design and feel like they also have put something of themselves into what we have made for them. I am often touched by the excitement and emotions elicited by just the right words and images in a card. Or the way ornaments can conjure up fond memories of places, people or animals.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

I have found that there is a wealth of information in the etsy forums, team discussions and blogs. Our fellow etsians are truly the best source of good advice, support, sharing and even a few laughs!

Etsy is not easy to figure out as a newbie and it becomes very evident why that is, the longer you stick around. Etsy changes all of the time! Usually the changes are improvements, but sometimes not. Almost all changes require us to adapt or get left behind. So it’s always a good idea to find out what everyone on etsy is talking about.

Any advise for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

I always highly recommend giving Etsy a try. I have my own website that allows purchases to be made, but have only made a couple of sales from it and that was to family. So I think it is probably a trust issue. People trust etsy sellers. I love the way our etsy listings show 5 quality photos, customer reviews, shipping and policies, and allows for a choice of item variations. Everything a buyer needs to know is right there including “add to cart”, and if he/she still hasn’t decided to buy he can “ask a question”.

But, like anything else, you get out, what you put in. The more effort you put into taking quality photos, writing great titles, descriptions and tag words, and listing a large number of items, the more sales you will get.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?        

My number one “unwind and have fun activity” is trail running. I’ve run my whole life, but have only been able to run out in nature regularly, here in Bend, OR. I’m always within a mile of a nice hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding trail. Some days I’ll see bald eagles, northern harriers, jack rabbits, deer, red tailed hawks, … I really do my best thinking and visualizing while running and more often than not experience my “AHA moments”, when something I have been working on suddenly becomes crystal clear, or a problem that’s been bugging me appears in better perspective, so I know what direction I need to take. You don’t want to be around me when something has prevented me from getting out for a few days!
I also love to cook and share good food and wine with my husband.

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.