Thank You For Coming To #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good night everyone! Thank you for joining us today for #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus here on the Christmas In July blog! It was a really fun day!

It was a party in the streets of our blog! The streets were shut down and their tents were up and ready to showcase their unique items for you.

We had a fantastic line up of Christmas In July team member shops for you to get to know. These shops were here for you and they are loved interacting with you here on our blog!

Each shop at our #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus was individually introduced so please look in their tent, get to know them and shop!

Christmas In July Team

Christmas In July Team

Now let’s shop!

1. Narelle / FELTBYNARELLE / Australia / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

2. Dawn / DeeDeeSupplies / Australia / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

3. Vaishali / NVillustration / India / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

4. Jovita / alabatis / Lithuania / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

5.  Przemila / CanisArtStudio / Poland / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

6. Luiza / MinkuLUL / Poland / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

7. Veronika / TapsikDesign / Slovakia / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

8. Anne Irene Angelshaug / Angelshaug / Norway / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

9. RosesWorkshop /RosesWorkshop / United Kingdom / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

10. Diana / DianaSianCrafts / United Kingdom / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

11. Judith / FabriArts / Canada / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

12. CartoCreativeCartoCreative / Canada / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

 

Please use #CIJPopUpMarket on social media!

Thank you so much for joining us at our #CIJPopUpMarket #2 2017 – International Focus!

#CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus: CartoCreative

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

#CIJPopUpMarket #1 Shop – CartoCreative from CartoCreative

CartoCreative

1. What is the name of your shop and where do you look for inspiration?

Our shop name is CartoCreative. We love travelling, so we don’t have to look far for inspiration. Every place we visit or want to visit eventually becomes part of our collection.

2. How has your shop evolved over time?

Our shop is always evolving. We are always working on new products and ideas.

3. What do you love most about your work?

I love making our customers happy. It’s so rewarding to receive positive feedback from something I’ve put so much work into.

4. What motivating music do you listen to? Share your playlist that gets and keeps you going!        

I have a bunch of motivating playlists depending on the task at hand. For most work, I like to listen to upbeat electronic music, for running I like anything with an upbeat tempo, and for working when I’m a little more stressed, I like classical music.

5. What book are you reading right now and where is your favorite place to read?

I am reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. My favorite place to read is outside. I love being in fresh, open air in the summer.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: CartoCreative

Instagram: CartoCreative

Pinterest: CartoCreative

Twitter: CartoCreative

Tumblr: CartoCreative

Welcome To #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are thrilled about our third annual #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus! A party in the streets of our blog! The streets are shut down and your tents are up and ready to showcase your unique items for you.

We have a fantastic line up of Christmas In July team member shops for you to get to know. These shops are here for you and they are looking to interact with you here on our blog!

Each shop at our #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus will be individually introduced so please check in throughout the day to look in their tent, get to know them and shop!

Christmas In July Team

Christmas In July Team

Now let’s shop!

1. Narelle / FELTBYNARELLE / Australia / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

2. Dawn / DeeDeeSupplies / Australia / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

3. Vaishali / NVillustration / India / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

4. Jovita / alabatis / Lithuania / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

5.  Przemila / CanisArtStudio / Poland / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

6. Luiza / MinkuLUL / Poland / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

7. Veronika / TapsikDesign / Slovakia / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

8. Anne Irene Angelshaug / Angelshaug / Norway / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

9. RosesWorkshop /RosesWorkshop / United Kingdom / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

10. Diana / DianaSianCrafts / United Kingdom / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

11. Judith / FabriArts / Canada / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

12. CartoCreativeCartoCreative / Canada / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

Please use #CIJPopUpMarket on social media as you visit all the fabulous shops today!

Thank you so much for joining us at our #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus!

Pinterest Gift Guides: Fitness And Wearable Tech And Personalized Touches

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The 2015 Etsy Holiday Merchandising Guide was released on October 6th, 2015.

The Christmas In July team turned the Holiday Merchandising Guide Into Pinterest Gift Guides.

Let’s enjoy the trends : Fitness And Wearable Tech and Personalized Touches.

Fitness And Wearable Tech

Debbie Gilbert from License2Craft says:

With more and more of us relying on computers, cell phones and gaming now, it is causing an all time high effect on wrist & hand problems. Problems including but certainly not limited to tendonitis, Carpal Tunnel, Texting Thumb and more.

Heat or Cold is a natural, common way to relieve the pain associated with these problems. I have two products designed with just this in mind. Each are filled with a combination of Flax Seed & Rice, and can be used either Hot or Cold, depending upon what is preferred or needed. They can even be worn while using your phone, computer or while gaming! Offering relief, comfort and support for the hand and wrist.

License2Craft

License2Craft

Personalized Touches

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says:

We love Christmas Stocking kits – especially these made by Bucilla. They are craft kits that, when completed, have loads of sequins and detail and can be personalized with any name while you are making it! A wonderful craft kit for the ultimate Christmas crafter.

shabbyshopgirls

shabbyshopgirls

Ina from InaSudjana says:

Most of my items are personalized in my shop.. and I love doing them for my customers as I think everyone is special and deserves non-mass-produced items. Something that is made just for them!

InaSudjana

InaSudjana

CartoCreative from CartoCreative says:

All of the pieces in our shop can be personalized, the default options to choose from are size and color, but customers can also add their names, heart a place, and much more.

Our Boston marathon print was created after a close friend of mine ran in the 2014 race. I was so proud of her and wanted to do something to commemorate all of her hard work. The print includes the date, name, and miles of the marathon, and underneath customers can include the runner’s finish time, name, and bib number.

I’ve always wanted to run a marathon, but for now, I just have to be in awe of people who do. I hope our prints can help runners’ memorialize their success.

CartoCreative

CartoCreative

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

Our shop is the complete opposite of a gift card and Everything we sell is personalized! When shopping at Design’s the Limit, we give our customers three options for personalizing the products we sell.

First, you can choose from any of our designs and substitute any font from our selection. We try to provide a selection of design options to suit every taste and by changing the font, you give the design a unique feel. We submit proofs on request for customers if they have any concerns. We have a large variety of monogram designs to choose from, more fonts than we can count in our system, and the desire to make each item personal and unique.

We also offer Inspired Designs where customers can select a product and provide us with an inspiration for personalization. Whether it be custom text, a desired themes, or a specific image we work with our customers to create unique and inspired gifts for any occasion. These are the most memorable orders and typically the most thankful of our customers. Several of our Inspired Designs have ended up being listed in our shop for other customers to purchase and the others are in our portfolio in case the need arises again.

For businesses, we offer to use logos submitted and for individuals we accept images submitted as long as they are in the public domain. This aspect of our business is the most difficult as we have received more requests than we can count for copyrighted images. To provide customer service as personal as the gifts we sell, we have on several occasions gone as far as to contact companies and other organizations to receive permission for one-time use of a copyrighted image and have been able to successfully complete a few.

We have completed many orders for our Inspired Design frames for customers who have provided a travel destination, a housewarming location, a theme or interest, or have provided the photograph they wish to frame for us to create the design around. At Design’s the Limit, the only limitation is our customers desires and imagination. If you know what you want, let us help you bring your ideas to life.

DesignstheLimit

DesignstheLimit

 

August – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate August – New Arrivals.

Judy from BestDressedBaby says:

I love this little boho chic sweater and matching headband! The colors are perfect together, and coordinate perfectly with any outfit. The ruffle along the yoke adds a girly feature. This sweater will take your favorite baby through any season. The matching headband has a nice stretch to fit easily on baby’s head and the flower can float along the headband to position on either side, or top, of the head.

BestDressedBaby

BestDressedBaby

Roberta Wills from SquishyHugsDesign says:

I really don’t want to make Santa hats for Christmas, so am making hats in Christmas colors that can be worn for more than a few days. This one is for under 6 months. I make most of my items for children from Caron simply soft wool since it has a sheen to it that I like, it is very soft and cuddly, and it is made in the USA.

SquishyHugsDesign

SquishyHugsDesign

Julia from Fabpatterns1015 says:

This is a Vintage pattern (NOT the finished product). It has to be sewn. This is a cute dress for someone’s young girl. This was a pattern given to me (there were a lot of them) by my friend’s family. They were getting the house ready for an estate sale.

Fabpatterns1015

Fabpatterns1015

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage says:

This vintage blouse I found in a Palm Springs Thrift store. It has an awesome historical print of compass sometimes called a wind-rose, is a figure on a compass, map, nautical chart or monument used to display the orientation of the cardinal directions—North, East, South and West—and their intermediate points. Just amazing and one-of-a kind item!

KMalinkaVintage

KMalinkaVintage

Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads says:

In keeping with what is in my heart, I have been starting to make more things related to cancer awareness. I do not want to charge much for these things as I want them available to everyone – and so this is the part of the shop where my heart is at the most and where I am expanding and always looking for new products and ideas. I have many plans in the works for adding much to this section by early fall. This keeps me on the right path in life and grateful every day!

KrystalKlarityBeads

KrystalKlarityBeads

Lorraine from EyeGloArts says:

I have always been interested in actually being able to create the type of wonderful flowers I saw everyday growing up in a 10,000 square foot silk flower business. I have combined this with my love of all things that glow in the dark and 40 years of working with different clays to bring you this line of fun forever flowers to wear and share!

EyeGloArts

EyeGloArts

Andrea Mados from EveryKnotIsAPrayer says:

I love making friendship bracelets, they take my mind off my worries knot by knot, and I also love experimenting and trying out new patterns and color combinations. I consider that Every Knot is a Prayer, every purchase is a little contribution to my son’s treatment, who was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 2 years. He still undergoes chemotherapy, and thankfully responds well to it. He’s 6th birthday will be on the 18th of August!

EveryKnotIsAPrayer

EveryKnotIsAPrayer

Rachel Placek from LoveandPetFurCrochet says:

Hi! I’d like to share my Yellow Duck Coffee Mug Cozy. I just created him this week. I’ve had owls, penguins and pandas for over a year now and since the owls and penguins are so popular I decided to add a yellow duck to my line! I am very happy with how he turned out, especially with the quacking beak. I think he would mainly be a gift for her but I could see him working for a man if I chose a more manly button to fasten him on with. He is a made to order item and I am able to customize him a bit like changing the background color if desired or using a different kind of button or even making the duck a different color. I could also give him sleepy eyes if someone preferred but I think ducks are usually though of as bright-eyed. Thanks for letting me share a little bit about Mr. Yellow Duck!!

LoveandPetFurCrochet

LoveandPetFurCrochet

Judith Messenger from FabriArts says:

I started making little wallets like this to have some small items to sell at craft shows. Not everyone attending a craft show can afford to purchase a quilt! The little wallets are great for holding credit cards, business cards, gift cards, transit passes and more. I use them as an attractive way to present a gift card as a present to friends and family. They have proven to be a great seller both at craft shows and in my Etsy shop.

I’ve just started making coordinating tissue cases, so this is my first listing to offer shoppers either the set or individual pieces.

FabriArts

FabriArts

Debbie Gilbert from License2Craft says:

Just in time for Back-to-School, this Keyboard & Mouse Wrist Pillow Rest is an excellent way to personalize that new dorm room and make sure your student is getting proper Ergonomic Relief from those hours of computer use doing homework.

Now offered individual or as a set. This set is filled with a combination of Flax seed & Rice for contour and comfort for any wrist. Use “as is”, or added comfort is easily achieved by heating in the microwave for soothing heat, or place in the freezer for cooling relief.

The Keyboard rest measures 16 x 3″ inches in Length & Width. This versatile size can adapt to either standard keyboard or across or in front of your laptop. Got a tense neck after hours of computer use? Just heat or cool this pack for instant relief!

The Mouse Rest measures 7 x 5″ inches in Length and Width (at its widest points). Unlike most on the market, this pack is designed with a curved indention allowing for added comfort and free mouse movement. When using it can either lay flat or “tip up” allowing the sides to come up around the wrist. Caution: You may not want to stop working at that computer – because “it feels so good!”
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This “New” fun Leopard fabric pattern has been requested several times, so that tells me it is time to add it to more products in my shop. We have several other patterns available and always enjoy working with buyers for special requests. Contact me today and let’s get to personalizing that work space!

License2Craft

License2Craft

Heike Birkmann from KarlasWoodDreams says:

I went with my dogs and my partner to the Irish sea and it was a wonderful day in the sun.

We all brought something in this decoration, even my one dog found one driftwood. So it is for us a wonderful memory at a beautiful day at the sea!

KarlasWoodDreams

KarlasWoodDreams

Ina from InaSudjana says:

Here’s a new product from my shop. I’ve been meaning to create and add some wall hangings to my shop.

The idea came from some customised mini floral wreaths that I did for a customer. The directions that I decide to take from this wreath are endless.

I’ve chosen pastel floral this time as winter is soon to finish here in Australia and we’ll soon be welcoming spring. These butter yellow, pale pink and pale blue are just perfect for it.

InaSudjana

InaSudjana

CartoCreative from CartoCreative says:

This was a really fun project that accidentally became a map. I was experimenting with different fonts and wanted to see what it would look like putting a whole bunch of them together. Obviously I’m obsessed with maps because that experiment turned into a map of the United States with each of the state initials in a different font.

CartoCreative

CartoCreative

kosmosa from GiftyTreasures says:

This summer I went to an art store I have not previously been to and discovered they had a selection of very interesting papers. Instantly I got a bunch of ideas on how I could use them. The person packing them for me asked what I’m planning to do with them, and I told her I paint with watercolors. She said those are not really suitable for watercolors (they have a texture that would make it very difficult to paint on), but having a poor art teacher in the past, I learned to ignore “advice” that limits creativity. I knew I’d come up with a way to make this stuff work for me, even if it took some trial and error first.

And here’s the result: you could call it a mixed media project, because that’s what a lot of people call this kind of collage technique these days. I only used my watercolor supplies, so I guess it is still technically a watercolor painting. One reason is I know those are high quality and will not fade or change color over time.

I see a lot of people endorsing bad quality art supplies for mixed media projects on the internet. I’m not sure the artists realize this, but I remember it’s very disappointing to see your artwork change appearance over time. It takes a bit of research and testing to find the good quality supplies, but it’s worth it when you look at your colorful artwork and know it’ll be just as beautiful in the future as it is now.

As you can see I love colors, and you might ask: What is this rainbow spill nonsense? Well this is abstract art, so you can look at it any way you want.

Some artists would advise to limit the color palette to just a couple of colors when creating artwork. But there’s that word again: limit. That’s not how I roll.

GiftyTreasures

GiftyTreasures

BeLuli Designer from BeLuliDesigns says:

This is my newest item, Apple Fabric Table Runner!

I use quite a lot of retro style fabrics & I love GREEN so this fabric is a definite favourite of mine. I also make co-ordinating placemats in sets of 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12. It’s certainly a gift for a woman & especially if she loves green or has a vintage decor theme in her home.

My most popular fabric is my ‘Retro Coffee’ & I sell so many placemats, table runners & sets.

BeLuliDesigns

BeLuliDesigns

Rose Baker from RosebudsOriginals says:

Every Saturday, my husband and I have started a tradition of hunting for wonderful one of a kind finds. objects of beauty and charm from years gone past.Yesterday, as I was picking this sweet bowl was hiding in the back of a nest of other bowls. I love the warmth and the rustic farmhouse feeling that it gives. The thought of those cold winter mornings, to come to breakfast with a breath of sunshine.

RosebudsOriginals

RosebudsOriginals

 

 

 

#CIJPopUpMarket – CartoCreative

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Virtual PopUpMarket – CartoCreative

CartoCreative

CartoCreative

1. What is the name of your shop and what is unique about your shop?

My shop name is CartoCreative and we sell geographic art prints. Each work is made by hand and is inspired by our real life travels and interests. We offer multiple size, color, and customization options.

2. Where do you live and how does where you live influence your creativity?

We recently moved to St. Catharine’s in the Niagara Region of Southern Ontario, Canada. The city definitely has a beauty and charm that influences our creativity. We are planning on opening a shop in the near future and hope to add to the city’s progressive and flourishing art scene.

3. What is it about having your own business that you love?

I have always wanted to have my own business. I love being able to create something with my own hands and share it with other people. I am a crazy workaholic, so rather than having more spare time, I have a lot less, but I like being able to work as often as I can.

4. What is your greatest business achievement?

My biggest business achievement is buying a storefront, it made the whole business seem a lot more real.

5. How would you like to see your business evolve?

I would love to keep expanding. I am always working on new products and have so many ideas. I also cannot wait until our store front is actually open to the public.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CartoCreative

Twitter: twitter.com/cartocreative

Instagram: instagram.com/cartocreative/

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/cartocreative/

Tumblr: cartocreative.tumblr.com/

Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/cartocreative

Website: cartocreative.com

CIJ Pop Up Market – #CIJPopUpMarket #1

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are thrilled about our first #CIJPopUpMarket #1 – a party in the streets of our blog! The streets are shut down and your tents are up and ready to showcase your unique items for you.

We have a fantastic line up of Christmas In July team member shops for you to get to know. These shops are here for you and they are looking to interact with you here on our blog!

Each shop at our #CIJPopUpMarket #1 will be individually introduced so please check in through day to look in their tent, get to know them and shop!CIJFacebookAviGood

Now let’s shop!

1. Kate / BlueQuailCrafts / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

2. Lia / Ghirlandiamo / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

3. Amanda / AlphabetArtPrints / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

4. Jen / CaffeinatedPaperCuts / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

5. NuttierThanASquirrel / NuttierThanASquirrel / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

6. Joshua / UruzMetals / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

7. Lin / rhodyart / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

8. CartoCreative / CartoCreative / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

9. NeatoKeen / NeatoKeen / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

10. Dawn / DeeDeeDeesigns / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

11.  Annie / DesignedbyAnneliese / #CIJPopUpMarketTent

12. Patricia And Rebecca / northandsouthshabby / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

13. C. Annie / CAnnieDesigns / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

14. Carrie / madcapz / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

15. Connie / Bungalow42 / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

Please use #CIJPopUpMarket on social media as you visit all the fabulous shops today!

Thank you so much for joining us at our first #CIJPopUpMarket #1!

Graduation Gifts

Contributor post by Megha of bytheartbug

Here are some wonderful  “Graduation Gift” ideas.

I don’t have anything that is specifically for graduations, but I do have items that can be given for graduations, such as this pen which is based on my shop logo.

The actual logo is an original collage piece, one of the first ones that I did and one of the few early ones I’ve kept lol. The collage is in my favorite colors, and shows a Victorian woman who thinks it’s time for a change. I’ve never listed the actual collage for sale in the shop – maybe I should.

Anyway, I decided to have the pens made as a try-out in the shop and much to my surprise most of those I ordered have sold. I also gave a bunch as Christmas gifts to friends and family.

Pen -  Art Collage - Make Your Writing More Fun

Pen – Art Collage – Make Your Writing More Fun

I’ve no specific graduation present, unless you want to give a personalized portrait or a wreath.

But I created graduation favors.

In Italy, on this occasion, we generally use red color and little decors ( a ladybug or an owl ).

We believe they are lucky charms.

Inside my bag I can put confetti or some scented pot-pourri

Burlap bags for many different occasions, wedding, birthday or anniversary favor, baby shower favor, linen sachet, made in Italy rustic bags

Burlap bags for many different occasions

Get your graduates ready for Graduation with these wonderful vintage graduation party supplies! Set the table up with Hallmark’s “caps & scrolls” paper tablecloth and decorate the cake with either the boy or girl graduate or Both!! Celebrate this huge milestone with the ones you love!

Vintage Graduation Decorations - Paper Tablecloth - Boy Girl Graduates Cake Toppers - High School College - Party Table Display

Vintage Graduation Decorations

I received a request for a graduation card for a very special young lady that will be graduating from high school. I created a bold and contemporary card that would make a lovely keepsake with the year of graduation.

Graduation Card, Congratulations Card, Greeting Cards, College Graduation, Congrats Card, Die Cut Card, High School, Graduation 2015

Graduation Card

For the graduate that knows what it takes to get the diploma.!
Something small, soft, and memorable was my inspiration for making this cute little owl.
Crochet Graduation OWL - blue and red owl - toy owl

Crochet Graduation OWL

A special ring, it can be the perfect gift for a graduation with a feather imprint and a beautiful emerald green color, that can inspire happy, light times ahead.

This ring be worn as a statement piece with long skirts or dresses for a bohemian look at the beach or any other holiday destination.

Statement emerald green ceramic ring. statement ring

Statement emerald green ceramic ring

School is about more than just going to class. Commemorate your home, college town, or spring break memories with customized map art.

Chapel Hill map print - NC Poster

Chapel Hill map print

I had an Aunt who lived in Philadelphia when I was young. Living in Baltimore, we didn’t get to see her much, so her visits were special, like when she came down to see us when I graduated. She gave me a charm bracelet as a graduation gift. I still have it. That inspired me to create this special “Graduation” charm bracelet.

Graduation All Sterling Silver with Amethyst and Aventurine Stone and Charm Bracelet

Graduation All Sterling Silver Bracelet

Beautiful rainbow colors merge into one another in this scented rainbow square chunk pillar candle. This candle is made in a 3 pour process, and has a core candle with the rainbow chunks set around it. This process creates a better quality, longer burning candle. Not sure of the total burning time, but I still have one that I light from time to time and its been with me for 11 yrs! Colors will vary slightly as each candle is hand made. Shown here unwrapped, it will come to you, wrapped in cello and tied with raffia/hemp cord.
This gorgeous rainbow candle would make a wonderful unity candle for a wedding, a great gift for a friend or loved one, a thoughtful graduation gift or a beautiful sentiment for a memorial service.
Chakra is the Sanskrit word for wheel. There are seven chakras in the body, located in a straight line with your spine; this line runs down the center of your body, from the top of your head to the base of your spine. Each chakra is an energy center and is represented with its unique color. Color meditation involves focusing on each of your chakras and their color vibration in order to bring about balance in your mind and body; promoting healing and peace of mind. (Each of the chakras relates to the elements of Earth, air fire water, ether, spiritual awakening and enlightenment.
Rainbow Chakra Square Pillar Candle Unity Candle GIGANTIC Unique Handmade Candle 9" Tall 3" Wide 2.68 Lbs. Scented in Your Choice

Rainbow Chakra Square Pillar Candle

I love this quote, and I think it’s the perfect gift for a recent graduate as getting your way through those finally days can feel like a real push!

30% Off Sale It Always Seems Impossible Until Its Done, Inspirational Quote, Typography Print, Inspiring Art, Graduation Gift, 8 x 10 Print

Inspirational Quote Print

Dawn from SimplyMemories says,
These cute little scrapbooks make a perfect gift for the graduate. All of the hard work has been done. You only need to add photos and you’ll have a special keepsake to remember your accomplishment. They’re also a great way to display photos as graduation open houses/parties.
6x6 Chipboard Graduation Scrapbook Photo Album

Chipboard Graduation Scrapbook Photo Album

NeatoKeen from NeatoKeen says,

I love giving a vintage gift to grads. Vintage is often unique, special and memorable. These heavy cast iron bookends that were made decades ago would make a wonderful and unusual gift for someone heading off to college. I can almost guarantee that no other student will have these cool gold bronze bookends in their dorm room! You can add a clever note with them e.g. “Best wishes as you sail off on a new adventure.”

Vintage Bookends Cast Iron Ships Marked 1928 Spanish Galleon

Vintage Bookends

Treasury Challenge Winner February – CartoCreative

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery comprised  of 16 items from any shop.  Most of the time they are done by theme, color or anything you can imagine.

The Christmas in July team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and the like.

The February winner is CartoCreative who loves graphic design, cartography and bold colors.

1. What made you start your shop?

Steve and I have always wanted to have our own business. After university, we travelled quite a bit, and when we got back home, we were racking our brains on how we could combine our talents and interests. We needed something to keep us grounded for a bit, but that would still let us express our creative urges.

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2. What made you get into making map prints?

While we were travelling, we would draw maps and skylines of the places we were going and to remember places we had been. A friend of ours saw our work and convinced us to make prints and put them for sale. Shortly after, we took part in a local market and all of our prints sold within a few hours. We were amazed at the reaction and realized maybe we weren’t crazy and other people could be interested in maps just as much as we are.

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3. Do you enjoy other crafts (do you make anything else)? If so what crafts?

When I was little, I was obsessed with doing needlepoint. I learned to knit two years ago, but I only ever made one headband, part of a scarf, a sweater that somehow ended up with huge pointed shoulders, and half a blanket. Otherwise I do art on occasion (drawings, collages, and paintings) and have had a few art shows. Steve, CartoCreative’s other half, is really the artistic one, he’s a ridiculously good artist.

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4. Do you have a favorite craft website? What is it and why?

It’s not exactly a craft website, but I love browsing through all of the interesting pictures on Pinterest and finding really cool do-it-yourself projects.

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5. What are your social media links?

Website: CartoCreative.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CartoCreative
Twitter: twitter.com/cartocreative
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/cartocreative/
Instagram: instagram.com/cartocreative/
Tumblr: cartocreative.tumblr.com/
Wanelo: wanelo.com/store/cartocreative

This shop is a great mix of two talented people coming together! If you or someone you know loves maps, history and the written word you have to check out this shop!

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