Monday, April 29, 2013

a special happy birthday - - -

i know it's been some time since i've posted --  time has a way of getting away from me sometimes ;)

my father-in-law's birthday fell on easter this year - my husband's birthday a week after -- so, we had one big party.

here is the card i made for my FIL ---

i love the color combination --  the white background paper is embossed in the cuttlebug.  i made this so ling ago, i can't really remember the specific names of the colors i used.  i know they are SU colors.  the stamp set is also SU -- that's called 'cupcake'.

i added the fun wire, and a few rhinestones for some sparkle and fun! ;)

thanks for stopping by -- i'll have more for you to check out soon!  promise!

happy stamping!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sunday Spotlight on Salt City Chains

I'm so excited to be bringing you the first in my series of Sunday Spotlights -- a look at some great Etsy shops!

Lets get right to it -- our first shop is Salt City Chains.  Beck and I are on the CNYetsy team together -- i love her stuff. 

This is one of my favorites -- looking at the intricate work -- hooking the little loops all together - makes my eyes crossed!  Beck makes it look effortless, and so cool.

Chainmaille Statement Necklace - Collar Style - Emerald City - Green and Bright Aluminum

Chainmaille Statement Necklace - Collar Style

Beck, tell us about yourself -- do you have any other hobbies?
I have too many hobbies!! I call myself a “Jill of all trades”. I am a voracious bookworm, and I’ve been prone to checking out up to 20 books at a time recently (I’m reading through the Sookie Stackhouse series right now, but they’re mostly reference books for sewing or jewelry). I dabble in paper crafts and love making origami – especially origami boxes, since they double as storage for my jewelry. I also love cooking and baking, wood working, and I play around in the garden now and then (though I can’t say I have much of a green thumb).
Tell us about your shop, how did you come up with your name?
Salt City Chains was not my first choice – Believe it or not, I found a lot of other cool chainmaille artists by searching names I wanted, but they were already taken. A lot of chainmaillers use medieval style names at times but I wanted something more modern and urban, which is the direction I think my designs tend to lean. Eventually the name I came up with is because I started my shop when I lived in Syracuse – aka the “Salt City”. Its descriptive, without being too obvious.
What is your favorite item to make?
 I’m not actually sure if I have a “buzz item” that I’m known for – Surprisingly the item I’ve sold the most in my etsy shop is my Rosebud Belly Ring. And at shows the most popular would be the “Stepping Stones” bracelet.
Rosebud Belly Ring by Salt City Chains

Stepping Stone Bracelet by Salt City Chains

Here are a few of Beck's awesome creations ---  clicking on the caption will take you to the listing on etsy.

Chainmaille Ball Pendant - Porcupine in Blue and Black

Chainmaille Ball Pendant - Porcupine in Blue and Black

Copper Chainmaille Necklace

Copper Chainmaille Necklace

Chainmaille Pot Scrubber Aluminum Dish Cloth

Chainmaille Pot Scrubber Aluminum Dish Cloth

Chainmaille Box Chain Bracelet

Chainmaille Box Chain Bracelet

Chainmaille Rosebud Pendant with Amethyst

Catch up with Beck and Salt City Chains here:

Thanks so much for stopping by today -- be sure to check out Salt City Chains, and tell Beck you say her on Serenity Lane Designs!

To get your shop featured on Sunday Spotlight, click here for the application form.  I'd love to be able to check out your shop and showcase your stuff!

happy stamping!  hope to see you again soon!


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