Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Heathers Handmade Creations

For those of you who have been following the blog you know that I love to comfort other people with my food! Over there years it has become a passion of mine, a way to express myself and my feelings to my friends and family. The best part about joining Etsy is coming in contact with other people that are passionate at what they do. I have made a couple of friends on Etsy and we are all connected by the passion that we share for the love of our craft.

One of my favorite Estians is Heather who is the owner of Heathers Handmade Creations. Now Heather has nothing to do with food!! Yes I know you are surprised because everything on this blog is typically related to food, but this blog is also about what comforts me!!
Heather is a person that is passionate, creative and very gifted when it comes to designing her cards! Yes there are many card shops on Etsy, but I have yet to find one that has her unique flair for design or for the quality that she provides!

I know about her quality first hand as I have ordered cards from her several times! Each time I have been pleasantly surprised with my orders!! Not only is it the quality of her cards, but Heather is very nice and easy person to get along with. She cares about her customers and wants to be sure that they are happy with their purchases. All of these reasons are why I have chosen to feature her on my blog this week. So lets sit back, relax and get to know a little about Heather!!

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself:

Heather: I'm 36 years old,married, no kids. I started cross stitching at a early age, took up beading, then crocheting, but not till 2.5 years ago when i took up scrap booking did i really get hooked on a craft. I started out with 12x12 layouts, then took up card making 2 years ago when i ran out of pics to scrapbook. I love hockey, the Leafs and Oilers :) and i love my dog and two cats. I work full time as an embroidery machine operator, and have been doing so for 11 years now. (god!) lol~ Heather also resides in lovely Canada...brrrrrr..........

Q: What inspires you when you are creating designs for your cards?
Heather: I get a lot of inspiration just from my stamps, I can look at a stamp and then in my head know what papers, colors and embellishments to use. I am also able to picture the layouts of my ideas in my head. I'm addicted to ribbon and embossing.

Q: What is your favorite card that you have made so far and why?

Heather: My favorite card I have made so far is the Love Bird card. I had the stamp set for a while and when I finally got around to using it, it just came out way better then I expected. I love the heart with the flourishes the best, I plan to do some nice valentines cards with that stamp.

Q: Any tips for Etsy newbies or those who are starting their online business?

Heather: The tips I would give to anyone starting out, is to just have fun! Don't' expect too much to quickly, I think most expect to sell a lot and sell right away, it doesn't always happen, and disappointment can come quickly. I joined not expecting anything but to list my cards. If someone likes and buys them that is great!!

Q: What are a couple of your favorite Etsy shops and why??

Some of my favorite shops are http://www.lucatedde.etsy.com/ he made me the best dog portrait ever and was my first big purchase on Etsy. I was his first sale and it was just a nice experience.

I also love http://www.bluesaphire.etsy.com/; I have never bought from her but I think she has the best sock monkeys around! I just love looking at them to cheer me up, she was my first international sale and even with high shipping she has come back again and again, that makes me feel good :)

I also love http://www.buttfreckle.com/ if I ever have a bad day i just go to her shop and I'm instantly cheered up lol !!

Oh yeah and http://www.txbutterfly74.etsy.com/ as well she has been my best Etsy friends almost since joining and i talk to her nightly she is a paper crafter as well, and we have lots in common!!

So you can see that Heather is an easy going and fun person which is really reflected in her work! What she is to modest to tell you, when you look at the pictures of her cards you would assume that she printed off the images that she uses, which is what I thought when I first saw her cards. In actuality she hands stamps each card and then the color that you see is hand painted with water color pencils!! She does custom orders for any occasion, and not just limited to cards. She also has these adorable gift card holders that would be PERFECT for the Holidays that are just around the corner!! So do yourself a favor and send the ones that you love a card from Heathers Handmade Creations to bright up their day!!


hdawnparratt said...

Oh!!! Thanks so much for the feature, it looks and came out so wonderful! You are a very special kind person, and everyone should be as lucky as me to have an etsy friend like you :)

Sock Monkey Jungle said...

Oh my looky who is a featured this wonderful lady i have had the pleasure of having take care of me for special cards for family and friends and i have always been happy with the beautiful work she produces! I am so happy to see such a beautiful blog about her because she desreves recognition not just for her wonderful work but also for just being a lovely lady too! Great blog i enjoyed reading!!

txbutterfly74 said...

Heather, congrats on your feature!! You deserve it! As you know, I love your cards and they should be shown off! I wish you many happy sales and lots of beautiful friendships on etsy and elsewhere. Thank you so much for everything! This is a wonderful post about hdawnparratt!

Chelsea Ling said...

I love the bird card :)

blackfeatherfarm said...

Very charming work, great feature & a cute blog too !