Welcome to a brand new Craft Critique feature! “Friend of Craft Critique”
Not only do we want to bring you the best in craft product and tool reviews, but we want to start introducing you to some of our crafty friends: designers, crafters, shops and crafty businesses that we can’t really review per se, (because we are completely biased!) but we still want you to get to know them!
This week we not only have a wonderful crafty business owner we want you to meet, but a giveaway and a discount code for all our readers!
Introducing… eclectic Paperie!
Business Name: eclectic Paperie (small “e”)
Visit their blog HERE
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Location: Foothill Ranch, CA. Online retail only(no physical location/store front)
When and why did you start your business… what was your inspiration?
I always wanted a paper crafting store that specialized in unique products. Not the stuff you can get at Michaels or Target. Something where the owners spent time seeking out… well… “eclectic” products so I wouldn’t have to.
I was speaking to my friend Joy Kennedy (joyofstamping on Splitcoaststampers) and discovered she was looking for the same thing. To make a long story short, we decided to do it ourselves. We created the store we always wanted.
eclecticPaperie.com launched in January 2007 and we’ve never looked back. It has been an absolute blast. Joy and I work really hard to find all the things that paper crafters love so our customers don’t have to.
Which crafty mediums do you participate in?
Scrapbooking and stamping.
What are your top selling products?
Believe it or not, chipboard coasters and stamps from a variety of companies that eP offers.
Which crafty tools could YOU personally not live without?
My Crop-a-dile, a bone folder, a piercing tool, a good pair of scissors, a variety of adhesives because all adhesives are not created equal. You need different adhesives for different materials.
What are your favorite crafty brands?
Stampers Anonymous(Tim Holtz & Wendy Vecchi), Ranger Products, and Basic Grey. Have you seen Tim’s latest stamps? They are fantastic!
What trends are you noticing in the Craft Industry?
Stamps and Scrapbooks have really made their way into home decor and textiles. Paper crafters are taking their creations and turning it into their home decor and/or textiles like clothes, bags, towels. Nothing says “you’re special” like someone taking the time to create something handmade from stamp and/or scrapbook materials.
Where do you go to find creative inspiration?
Magazines like Paper Crafts and Creating Keepsakes. I also love walking through the Target and Macy’s bedding and home sections. You can see color and pattern combinations that will inspire you. Even clothes can give you a good starting place with all the patterns and colors that are found in the fashion trends. Inspiration is everywhere. Look at the flowers tomorrow as you walk to your car.
Just for YOU!
eclectic Paperie is offering a special promotional coupon to Craft Critique readers!
Please use coupon code SARAHSENTME. Receive 10% off your total purchase from Friday, March 20th to Sunday, March 22nd (minimum $20 purchase).
Now accepting orders from Canada.
A Reader Giveaway!
Here is your chance to win the amazing prize package pictured below! Just leave a comment and tell us where you find crafty inspiration! This giveaway will close Sunday, March 22nd at midnight CST.
This prize includes:
* eclectic Paperie logo apron
* 2 Distressed Stickles
* Adirondack Alcohol Ink Applicator
* Adirondack Alcohol Ink Pack
* Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution
* Stamp set from the Tim Holtz Collection from Stampers Anonymous
* Distress Ink
* Jet Black Archival Ink by Ranger
(colors shown and or/stamp set may vary from photo shown)
Sorry! This Giveaway is Closed!