Today's feature and giveaway is with Shalon from Papermepretty. Her fantastic shop is filled with customizable paper goods from business cards to gift tags. I love her colorful designs that would add a professional touch to any Etsy shop. Hope you enjoy discovering this wonderful shop and enter the giveaway for a customizable set of business cards.
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Shalon. I live in the same town where I was born in Elkhart, Indiana. I love it here although outsiders would wonder why. Not too much going on here. I love design and have been a freelance designer for the past 7 years. Although graphic design isn't my primary job, it's my secret love.
Tell us about your art. What do you make? How did you come to your craft?
I am a designer of all things web & print. I mostly design stationery goods and couture graphics. I started out several years ago with the deep curiosity of how things on the web are all put together. I was obsessed with web design for some time before I realized everything all relates back to visual appeal. That is how my love for graphics were spawned.
What inspires your work? Describe your creative process and tell us about your favorite materials to work with.
Since I mostly work with my computer, I rely on my graphics programs to get my jobs started. I work with adobe illustrator, photoshop, fireworks, and dreamweaver depending on the project. Illustrator is my most favorite. I also couldn't design with our inspiration from fabrics, paper, and vintage materials.
What are your favorite hobbies?
My favorite hobbies are reading, sipping tea, and visiting my local bookstore. I love thrift shops. I love love photography.
What are your goals for your business? Is Etsy a full or part time job?
As for now I am still a corporate american. It would be my dream to be a full time designer and I do see that in the future. It wasn't until about a year ago I believed it could be possible. Now I'm in the process of getting all my thing together. I know it can be done, I just have to do it!
What brought you to Etsy? Do you sell anywhere else?
I found Etsy by accident. I was looking for a venue to sell my works and I fell in love with this site! Most of my work is listed on my etsy site and my blog. I'm mostly a freelancer so I take a lot of private sales & custom works.
Where can we find you online?
Find me on Etsy at www.papermepretty.etsy.com
What is your favorite item in your shop?
This is a tough one! I would have to say that one of my favorites is couture deluxe business cards. There's nothing like the first impression you put on people when you had them your card. People take you serious when you take your business serious.
What is the most valuable thing you have learned from your art and being an Etsy seller?
Artists appreciate other artists. I want to be involved in a environment of the appreciation of handmade goods.
Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I'm a mom to Rocio and Fiance to Israel. I'm work in the corporate world by day and I design by night. I'm a lover of all things true and live by faith. I'm a average girl living the life that was set out for me and living my dreams.
Papermepretty is giving away a set of 250 matte 1-sided business cards. The design can be customized by the winner and printing will also be included, however logo and illustration design will not be included.
For additional entries you can do any or all of the following, leaving ONE comment for EACH:
~Visit my shop, Oceanside Creations, and share your favorite item- 1 additional entry (leave 1 comment)
~Become a follower of this blog or let me know if you already do- 1 additional entry leave one comment
~Follow Oceanside Creations on Twitter AND tweet about this giveaway including @OceansideJewlry in your tweet - 1 additional entry (leave a comment letting me know)
~Blog about this giveaway with a link to your post- 2 additional entries (leave 2 comments) Include a picture of the prize for a 3rd entry
~Become a fan of Oceanside Creations on Facebook- 1 additional entry (leave one comment)
~Add Oceanside Creations to your blog roll- 1 additional entry (leave 1 comment with a link to your blog)
~Make a purchase from Papermepretty or Oceanside Creations between now and midnight July 24 -5 additional entries ~ Leave 5 comments with your transaction number
Giveaway runs through Friday, July 24 at midnight EST. Our winner will be chosen on Saturday morning, July25 via the random.org widget in the right sidebar and will be announced right here on this blog. Winner will be e-mailed and have 48 hours to claim their prize. If winner does not claim their prize a new winner will be chosen. When leaving comments please be sure your e-mail address is available for me to contact you. All photos are courtesy of Papermepretty.