Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Who's New At The CraftStar

Let's take a quick peek at the new and very talented creatives who now call The CraftStar home.





Looking for some healthier and natural beauty products?  Then visit Jamie at Lotus Butters and Scrubs.




Wings of My Heart is the shop of our new resident McGyver crafting queen 
Robbin McCrumb.
And don't forget to join us this Friday (Jan 30) to see her live and at work in her studio.
So much fun.





And here we have Julie with some wonderful home decor items in her shop Larkberry.
She's already filling it with Easter decor.



One of the things I love about working here in cyberspace is all the cool people you get to meet.
Valentina is from Bulgaria and she fills her shop, Precious Life Moments,  with beautiful scrapbooks and journals and guest books, and you just need to see it all for yourself.
I, of course, picked the orange wedding scrapbook. lol



We've gotten so many new friends...I just can't share them all today.  So hop on over to The CraftStar and see what's cooking.

Over and out, Jack.
Debbi

Saturday, January 24, 2015

TCS Featured Artist - Anne Wickham from Noveenna

Say hello to my little beady friend...
...Anne from Noveenna.
We have such amazing talented artists on The CraftStar, but this shop has always been a favorite of mine.  I am drawn to all the great items in this shop, and love to share them.
Let's get to know her a little better.

Loving Hearts Beadwoven Cuff

What is the story behind your shop name?
My shop name "Noveenna" is my first & middle name put together then spelled backwards.

Where, when, how did you learn your craft?
I remember my 1st bead loom when I was about 11yrs old. I rediscovered seed beads about 20 yrs ago when I found a few beading magazines & books. I also crochet, I can sew and I dabble in a couple other things. 

Orange Sorbet Beadwoven Collar
Tell us a little about your family life...married, kids, pets, etc.
I'm married 20+yrs, a dog, a cat and 22 chickens.

Tell us a little bit about where you live....city, farm, suburb.
I live in a rural county in Florida. Been at my current address for 25+ yrs. I have a couple of owls that visit me on a regular basis, they tell me they are here so I can get photos of them.



Share a story / memory of your childhood.
I still have my little red chair. It's my profile photo on my personal facebook. 
Tell us something about you that no-one else might know
I am very introverted. I can't freely talk about myself or what I do. I tend to watch and listen.

So we are especially happy that Anne shared her life, and her talent, with us.
You can find Anna on Facebook at her page and her business page.
You can also follow her on Twitter.

Now it's your turn, share this post, and visit Anne.  And then share your favorite item from her shop in the comments below.  This is mine.
turquoise gold beadwoven bracelet

See ya on the flip side!
Debbi

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sharing, It's Just A Click Away

We all love to create something beautiful.  
And we all love when our beautiful creations sell, that sort of validates us as artists. 
 The CraftStar is much more than just an e-commerce site.
We're a home for artists, a community, a family,
and when one member succeeds, we all succeed.
That's why sharing is important.  Not just sharing our own items, but sharing other items, and shops, and even sharing The CraftStar as a great addition/alternative to other selling venues.
So let's learn how The CraftStar makes sharing easy, for all of us.

First up, the landing page...
...see that pretty pink stripe?  These are quick link buttons to the following sites,
google+, pinterest, twitter, facebook, tumbler, and wanelo.
These buttons will take you to The CraftStars page for each social site, making it very easy for you to like and follow us on these sites.

You have the same buttons on the front page...

Now to share shops...
...at the bottom of every shop page (yours and others) you'll see the action box, just click and share.

This is what you'll see pop up..,














...you can change the wording if you wish, and don't forget your hashtags.

Now, let's look at an item page...
BAM...there's those buttons again.
How easy can this be???

These buttons are on every item of every page of every shop.

So no more excuses...
start sharing today.

Debbi

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

TCS Artist Feature - Cheryl Frazee

Our featured artist today has 2 shops on The CraftStar.


What is the story behind your shop?
Island Girl Expressions: I took my first Caribbean cruise in 1994 and absolutely fell in love with the island.  After that, we frequented many of the islands and during that time, I decided I wanted to be an "Island Girl" when I grew up.  I draw so much inspiration from Mother Nature and I absolutely love the tropical flora, the white sand beaches and the soothing ocean.  All designs are original by me and every piece is completely handmade and one of a kind. 


A Timeless Impression:  This shop specializes in jewelry using your fingerprints, handwriting, footprints, etc....these are impressions made by you and are timeless keepsakes.  My orders are celebrations and memorials, happy and sad, but always touching. 

Red Tulips Necklace


Where, when, how did you learn your craft? 

 I've always been a crafty person...I was scrapbooking when I was in high school, long before it became the hobby it is today.  A friend introduced me to beading and I enjoyed it so much, I had to start selling it to support my habit.  In 2008 I was introduced to metal clay and was completely hooked from that moment on.  I am self taught - trial and error, books books and more books, online classes and tutorials, more trial and error.  


Tell us a little about your family life...married, kids, pets, etc. 

 I have been happily married for 21 years to my amazing husband Jim.  We have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren.  We also have one spoiled rotten Wilbur the Pug and a 15 year old Ashley the Brat Cat.  

Tell us a little bit about where you live....city, farm, suburb

I live in a small suburb about 20 miles northeast of Denver.  I love Colorado!


copper dragonfly


Share a story / memory of your childhood.

  My Dad was an avid outdoors man, so growing up in Colorado, we spent a lot of time hiking, camping, fishing.  I'm quite the girly-girl, but I loved the outdoors and I loved the time I had sitting by the lakes/rivers fishing beside my Dad.  My sister was a tom-boy and way too busy to sit still, but I was always there patiently waiting to catch the biggest fish of the day.  I truly cherish those memories!



fingerprint charm





Tell us something about you that no-one else might know 

 I wanted to be a concert pianist.  I studied piano for 11 years...I was good, but not concert pianist good.  Oh well, I love what I do now!!!




pick a favorite item from your shop, and why is it your favorite.

handwriting silver bracelet
From A Timeless Impression:  This is my husband's handwriting

sunset on the beach

From Island Girl Expressions:It says "Island Girl"

pick a favorite item from another shop, and why is it your 
favorite.

knit patchwork afghan
I also love to knit, although I have nowhere near the talent Eva has.  She does beautiful work and I know how much time goes into every one of her pieces.

You can find Cheryl at the following hot spots...

Be sure to click on a link and take a gander at all of the great items Cheryl has to offer.
And be sure to tell her we sent you. :0)

See ya on the flip side,
Debbi

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

We're Hopping On Google+

With spending the past few weeks writing up the step by step tutorial for setting up your
The CraftStar shop (check out the page tab), I've neglected to share all the wonderful things going on over at Google+.

First...
we've started a new community
Here you can share all your crafty goodness, and it's open to all artists, not just members of TCS
.


Here's a wonderful Valentines Day Tussie Mussie from Kimmie Kay N, and Monika from MyEuropeanTouch created this multimedia shabby chic frame.


We had a great time learning new crafting techniques from Mai Larson and Robbin McCrumb which I believe was Monika's inspiration.

We have new tutorials on Tuesdays, and watching Robbin work is always a treat.






We all had a good time watching Robbin create this lovely container created with a can, and a denim shirt sleeve.

You can watch the repeat here...





Tonight Robbin and our own Rhonda will be showing us how to create this amazing steampunk cuff....I LOVE IT!!!

Click on the link above to see the show live....

See you there...
Debbi