Friday Feature

Friday friday ya'll. What a better way to start up the morning

than with a deep breath of the summer breeze as it carries the birds morning song through the morning sky.


The warm fuzzy feeling as you discover your correspondence holds a Bay breeze design card for

It's as good as a morning summer breeze? You bet it is. Creative, innovative and dashing designs

in your mail box. Wow what a great start to this wonderful friday.

Shop : http://www.baybreezedesigns.etsy.com/ for your summer breeze.

As captivation and inviting as a baybreezedesign card is the treasure lies further off the page and into the heart of their creater.

Even more dynamic is the majestry of the creative and here is her story.


My name is Pam Wachowicz and I’m a stay at home mom of a beautiful 19 month old girl who is my source of inspiration and motivation! My Etsy shop is Bay Breeze Designs where I make handmade invitations, card and gift tags. My husband and I celebrated five years of marriage this past May and we also have an adorable Jack Russell Terrier named Jazzy. Before becoming a mom, I worked in the corporate world in the field of marketing, but always enjoyed being crafty. I loved planning my wedding! Working on the invitations, dinner menus and programs was so much fun! I knew designing invitations, programs, menus and other items was something I enjoyed doing and hoped to have the opportunity to do it again.

What first item started you in your craft?

I began rubber stamping 4 years ago as a way to unleash my creative side. I made an invite for my sister-in-law’s bridal shower and was asked by a few of the attendees if I sold them. At the time, I was honored by the compliment, but never gave it much thought. Then along came my daughter. My husband and I wanted me to stay at home and I needed to find a way to supplement the income. I’ve been creating invites & dinner menus for family and friends for a few years and decided to give my dream a go.

What is your favorite technique and what tool do you favor the most in your shop?

I work primarily with rubber stamps, punches and die cuts. Currently my favorite supply when creating my invites/cards are the 3-D foam squares. I love bringing dimension to a card any chance I get.

What inspires your creations and what sparks your creativity?

Weddings, babies and any other special events. I just love to see the pure joy on people’s faces during these special moments in their lives. I love to hear their story and see how to capture the essence of the special event!

Name a favorite item from your store and why is it so dear to you?

This matching bridal shower invite and thank you card set as it is where it all began! It also has been one of the favorites in my shop. I love this stamp set as it provides me with the versatility to use with multiple colors beautifully!

What are your future goals as a shop owner/crafter?

My future goal is to grow my shop. I’ve been selling on Etsy for a little over a year. My goal is to reach 100 sales by the end of this year. After reaching that goal, my long term goal would be to go back to my original dream of incorporating graphic design into my shop and possibly intermix the two techniques.

Where can we find you .. etsy .. facebook... blog... etc.

SHOP http://baybreezedesigns.etsy.com/

Any special advice, comments, wisdom or thank you's that you would like to share with us.

My advice is to never give up. If it was not for my good friend, Lisa, over at http://www.etsy.com/shop/Craftbusplus, I would have given up awhile ago. Stay motivated, stay connected with teams like the EtsyGreetings team and know it takes time for things to start happening. Just love what you do, stay focused, & have fun!

Enjoying the delight of summer.

Blogged by: Cisnexpressions.etsy.com
Inspired by: Baybreeze designs.com



In my daily treasury ventures I came across some great treasuries in which I found one of our very own members, Rachel Smith of Paper Path.




Rachel's artwork is a vision in motion of artistic delight. Her pieces liven the sences as abstract and aestetic illustrations collaborate into works of artistic mechanics.

Today she is sharing her love and wisdom with us. We are glad to have her.

Tell us a little about yourself

My name is Rachel Smith and I am currently living in Idaho with my husband, Taylor and two cats. I love to zip around on our scooter, take photos with vintage film cameras and scour thrift stores for inspiration. I'm about to begin my third, and final year of graduate school and will finish with my Master’s in Fine Art. I am particularly drawn to things that are left over by society and repurposing those items to create new implications and contexts by reorganizing preexisting images, texts, texture, etc. My etsy shop, Paper Path, is a nice reprieve from some of the tedium of studying and stress of graduate school. I have found it to be a great creative outlet that challenges me in a completely different way than my fine art installations and collages. I am enjoying the challenge of making cards, collages and crafts that are not oriented around a gallery setting, but still creative with a small business twist.

What was the first craft project that began your Etsy venture?

I have been making art for as long as I can remember. So to be perfectly honest my first item that started my craft was crayons applied to my parents’ living room walls. Now a days found objects and materials motivate most of my artwork. I am constantly collecting bits and pieces that are discarded by people. I’ve always made unique gifts and cards for my friends and family and when I discovered etsy it was a perfect way to expand my audience and make a profit off of my craft.

What is your primary technique & what tool do you favor the most in your shop

I work primarily in mixed media/collage. My process is "cut + paste" making my favorite tools glue and scissors and lots and lots of collecting. I collect papers of all kind. Anything I encounter in my day-to-day life, travels and thrift store hunting can become fodder for my next project.

What inspires your creations and what sparks your creativity?

Memories and nostalgia play a huge role in inspiring my work. Found objects and imagery are essential to my work, because I feel that such items retain traces of past ownership, which directly reference memories. I am also drawn to imagery representing systems. Maps, anatomy illustrations, sewing patterns and grids are items that I’m constantly using.

Name one favorite item from your store and why is it so dear to you?

This collage is currently my favorite item on my shop, because I feel like it encapsulates everything that I want my work to be about. I find the tension between intimacy and exposure of the found images and texts to reference ideas of personal and collective memories already embedded in the items while continuing to create a new narrative.

What are your future goals for you personally and as a crafter?

My future goals are to finish up my final year of graduate school with a strong show and thesis next spring. Sometime in the future I would love to start a gallery and restaurant with my husband who is a chef. What’s better together than food, wine and art! As for my shop I would really like to continue to expand it to include a wider variety of handmade paper items. I would also like to start to incorporate more of my fine art collages and projects into my store.

Find This Weeks Featured Shop @

etsy store paper path:

as well as my blog paper trail:

special advice, comments, wisdom from this weeks featured shop

Keep colleting, creating and caring.

Inspired by Paperpath.etsy.com

Created by www.Cisnexpressions.etsy.com

keep it real ~ keep it handcrafted ~ keep it Etsy Greetings


Greetings Friday - FionaDesigns

Good day to you all from Etsy Greetings!
Today we have a treat of a bargain and another fine shop to share with you.
Fiona Designs' cards has been featured in many treasuries on etsy and I'm happy to say she is now gracing us with her passion, expertise and great cards. She has been featured on the following treasuries

and she continues to share her passions through her thoughts, feelings and expressions of color and sentiments in her wonderful cards. See her work in the treasuries above or in her shop but today she is found with us here at Etsy Greetings. She is curently offering great items at great prices in the latest christmas in July Etsy sale. What a great beginning to what has begun a bargain weekend. Great deals aside here on Ety Greetings fridays is the best way to get to know your favorite shop owners. Therefore I am pleased to introduce you to Fiona the mastermind, designer, creater, amongst other things, shop owner of Fionadesigns located athttp://www.fionadesigns.etsy.com/ .

{ Tell us a little about yourself...}

{ I am a } Stationery Designer . Artist . Graphic Designer . Photographer . Knitter.
I am a graphic designer and an artist, designing stationery and greeting cards, and also have corporate experience as an art director at a Fortune 1000 company. I earned an MFA in 2000 from Parsons School of Design. Designing stationery is what I am passionate about. Creating sentiments and then placing them on the page until I am happy with the layout is enjoyable and satisfying. Then it's on to color (and Pantone swatches!!) and finally picking that perfect shimmery envelope to color coordinate with the design. I am relatively new to etsy and I am thoroughly enjoying the etsy greetings team and am slightly (okay - really) addicted to creating treasuries which I have only recently discovered.

{ What was the first item{s} that started you in your craft? }

There were actually two holiday cards that got me started.

{ What is your favorite technique at the moment
and what tool do you favor the most in your shop? }
The tool that I use most often is my computer - I am a huge Mac fan. I also would be lost without all the wonderful typefaces and quality printing businesses out there!

{ What inspires your creations and what sparks your creativity? }

So many things inspire me - the loved ones in my life especially - many of the sentiments on the cards were created with them in mind. From a visual perspective I am constantly inspired and in awe of nature, flowers, birds, landscapes, you name it. I love taking photographs that you can see on my blog. Knitting and painting pet portraits in acrylics also really sparks my creativity.

{ Name one favorite item from your store and why is it so dear to you? }

It's so difficult to pick a favorite but the most meaningful design is "welcome to the world oh sweet little one" as it was created with my newborn niece in mind at the time.

{ What are your future goals, personally and as a shop owner/crafter? }

I want to continue to expand xed notes and flats are coming soon! A card will be posted every day in July in conjunction with Fiona Designs' "Christmas in July Sale."

{ Let us know where we can find you .. etsy .. facebook... blog... etc. }

{Any special advice, comments, wisdom or thank yous you would like to share with pur readers?}
I want to say thank you to the etsy greetings team for this opportunity!

There you got it folks simple and sweet down to the core.

This has been another delightful Etsy Greetings day

Until next time { keep it real keep it handcrafted keep it Etsy Greetings}

Signing off ~ Cisnexpressions



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