Over the past few years, I’ve been trying to look for a “style” that I prefer and like to go back to…
Looks like I’ve found it with gift tags.
Distressed, twine tied, and washi tape + rubber stamp.
I can make these forever!
What’s your style?
Last week, I was contacted by Matt from teoTime.com to make him a rubber stamp. It was a pretty busy week so I didn’t think too much about the logo he designed himself and what it was for. When I first looked at it, I thought it might be a stamp for a wedding- unless the customer volunteers information to me or I need more info to better the stamp results, I usually don’t inquire what the stamp is for – but of course, tea leafs + hearts and in an hourglass/ time… teoTime logo makes so much sense!
Matt is very courteous in his communication and very humble too! He sent me the image file and told me he was new in graphic designing so I am free to make any adjustments. I thought the image looked great!
I bet his company really loves surprises because when I met Matt to deliver him his stamp, he surprised me with a gift box of teoTime teas!! HAHAHA…
It was only then when I found out that his stamp was for his company… DUH!!
We chatted a short while and him and his business partners are new to their teotime business. I love that! It’s so nice to meet new business owners because every individual who is willing to get out of their comfort zone and work on something they believe in is to be commended.
I asked Matt:
Matt: “My business partners and I love drinking teas. We’ve found [competitor's] teas smell great but doesn’t always match the taste. So we wanted to be able to do that for our customers.”
Me: “Are you selling this at craft shows?”
Matt: “No, just online at the moment.”
Well this is sorta what I remembered because I didn’t really think I would be doing this review… but after I saw what great lengths teoTime and Matt did for me, I just had to tell my readers about this new local tea company.
Inside my surprise box were a bunch of goodies nicely packaged in 2 fabric bags with 2 bags of teas in each bag and a bamboo spoon and a note in a bottle. What a delight! Matt left a note showing gratitude and a true small businessman in the making! Who wouldn’t want to receive a little note in a bottle… LOL
I’m not sure if I should be showing off the new teas but I hope Matt doesn’t mind that I do! These are fantastic.
As a first impression, I give this company 5 Rubber Stamp Stars! I haven’t tried the teas yet and it’s getting late on my end so I don’t wanna be up all night if I brewed one now but I’d love to give this tea a try tomorrow morning.
Matt was open to having a review on their teas done so right away, it gives me the impression that they are confident about their product. I’m not a tea expert and I have not looked into tea competitors or industry standards so this is all purely my review based on my thoughts on the product.
Taste test tomorrow and review in a future post soon!
Until next time.
Last month, I got the opportunity to meet VOKRA’s rescue cat, Kenny Pawgers as well as make a custom stamp for Maria, a brave cat rescuer/ferral cat trapper.
The first pet portrait stamp was for my sister’s black and white miniature fox terrier. Then I worked on my friend’s tuxedo cat, Lala and finally Kenny Pawgers.
Etchythings will donate a portion of the sales of this pet stamp as well as some of her etchythings pet items to VOKRA. If you were referred by Maria or her rescue group, please contact me for a custom listing.
It’s one of those dreams come true moments for any etsy seller to be featured on Etsy Front page. I’ve been tremendously fortunate… I got on front page once for my snowflake stamps and again yesterday for my lotus stamp.
A very good feeling of course; WAAAAHOOO!!! not to mention the number of hits and orders to follow!
Thank you Etsy.com! and thank you to my curator, La Vale, for a wonderful treasury.
Beginning of this year, I decided to start making custom silhouette rubber stamps with personalized names for pet owners (see examples here => https://www.etsy.com/listing/122001367/personalized-dog-cat-pet-stamp-with-pets)
These were some of the common silhouettes I started with as well as the paw prints I’ve been offering since etchythings’ inception.
Occasionally, I would get special requests from pet owners for a custom silhouette image because their particular breed mix require a special stamp.
Here’s an example below showing a picture taken from the owner (side profile are best) in order for me to create a silhouette of Gaby.
I also get requests for an actual paw sized stamp:
These could all be done just for your pet and are great on greeting cards, envelopes, tags and other gifting inspiration.
These pet silhouette stamps come in 3/4″ (1.9cm) size but you could request these to be 1″ or bigger as well if you choose to have multiple names or prefer a bigger font size.
Recently, I received a review from Dachshund Nola’s blogspot and 5 out of 5 stars rating! Have a look to see what she thought about the stamp!
Last month, I started a contest with selected fans to partake a paper doll kitty stamp challenge. (see contest details near end of the page) We had close to 20 fans interacting on Facebook trying to score some kitty stamps …hehe.. after some great fun, I ended up giving away 9 pairs of stamps to some of most loyalest fans from Etchythings.
Yesterday, our challenge closed with 3 participants and here are their entries:
If you haven’t voted already, please click on the photo you like best and add a like to their shared page. Voting closes on March 14th at 11:59PST.
Details of the challenge below:
To enter please like and share my Facebook Post.<= (click on “Facebook Post” to open) OR RETWEET my post on twitter.
Next, follow my instructions provided here, on facebook or twitter:
1) Choose one of 8 hoodies (batman, superman, lion, tiger, sheep, bunny, monkey, or bear)
2) Send me an email via contact form on my website, a private message on facebook/ twitter, or at mei[AT]myogastudio[DOT]ca with your address information to send ONE HOODIE of your choice and a cat face stamp. [2 stamps total]
3) Include your physical address, your PayPal address so I can send you an invoice of an amount that will cover shipping and fees. [Visit Canada Post.ca and PayPal fees for rates Between $3.50-$6 depending on shipped country.]
4) Once I receive the payment, I will send you the stamps within the next few days. You have plenty of time to submit your photo(s)!
5) When you receive your stamps, you have until March 7th, 2013 to submit up to TWO photos on my Facebook page of your creation! This could be a card, a gift tag or any paper craft creations you make! You must use both the cat face and the hoodie you’ve selected in your entry to qualify. If you can’t or have problems posting to my facebook page, just send it via my email and I will post on your behalf. [images may be used on my blog here and definitely posted on FB if not other pinterest/ social media sites]
6) Once the contest closes (First week of March), we will use “likes” to determine the winner.
7) Winner will receive the remaining 7 hoodies plus one other animal face rubber stamp to be launched later next month…That’s over $50Cdn worth of stamps that you could create hundreds of different characters from!! As Kayla from Lovelettersupcycled would say, “Ultimate coolness! It’s like paper-dolls but way more fun.”
AND KEEP YOUR 2 STAMPS FREE!!!
Check out the new post on how to use the stamps with your existing stamps here.
Leave me a comment on facebook, twitter or on my blog here if you have any questions!!! This is JUST FOR FUN and to thank my fans for being awesome. Not for Profit. Let’s inspire each other to be creative.
This contest is open to anyone who loves stamping, card making and making others smile. Good luck.
Check out the list of hoodies on my etsy shop here:
***Please note all my rubber stamps and craft items are made in Canada. I am able to customize your items when you convo me because I do not mass produce your specified items or outsource anything off shore. Therefore, they look more handmade then they do mass produced style. I make items for geeks, yogis, animal lovers and entrepreneurs who would like to start their own handmade business. People like me! ***
***Rubber stamps and any small items I have here are not recommended for young children use without supervision; they can be USED for children party favors and items for children by adults but NOT for children to use as playing toys.***
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