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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Creatiate ((sponsor feature))

How did you get into the handmade business?
I have always been interested in starting my own business, but never really knew how. No one really told me that it is really a matter of jumping in feet first! When my husband relocated for a new job at the end of 2010, I decided I would open a shop and give it a try. That's when "Creatiate" was born.

How long have you been creating rubber stamps?
I started out making cards & other paper goods, and finally settled on stamps in early 2011. So it has been around 2 years of stamp designing & making.

shown: NEW spring sprout leaf // modern triangles pattern // NEW lotus flower // be happy happy happy 

What is your favorite thing about owning a handmade business?
If I had to choose, I would have to say my favorite part is being able to change and grow into the "maker" I wanted to be. In previous jobs, there were always so many rules and people to report to if I wanted to try something a bit different. Without all that pressure, I find that my handmade business grows almost naturally - well, after a whole bunch of hard work.

When you're not making stamps, what do you love to do?
I love trying new "art things". I am always sketching and learning new drawing techniques. Lately, I've been working with Zentangles, which is very relaxing and also satisfying when it is all done. Like most crafty people, I love shopping for new art supplies, so I'm always experimenting with something new and then calling it "research!" Outside the studio, I love hiking, yoga and visiting new places - I believe there is inspiration everywhere. :)

designs made with Polka dot Pattern Stamp c/o Creatiate
I have had a thing for stamps for years, making cards for friends and family for years. When I came across Creatiate on Etsy, I was immediately drawn to the creative designs. I was thrilled when Sarah wanted to partner this month.

I loved using the polka dot pattern stamp (link above) to create notecards and spruce up kraft paper for a pretty wrapping paper design. The possibilities are endless with such a versatile stamp pattern.

Head over to Creatiate and check out Sarah's beautiful stamps, including her new designs!


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