Sunday, August 19, 2012

An Exciting Announcement + a card!!!

I'm thrilled to return to my blog!!  I feel like it's been forever since I've posted anything... Well, in reality I have been MIA for a good reason.  I've been working hard on some new prospective projects, which I can't wait to share with you guys when the time is right!!! (;  For now, though, I have other really exciting news that I CAN share!  YEAY!  :D  Ever since I started crafting cards, friends and family have always told me to sell my cards.  As much as I did want this to be possible, it's not as simple as it sounds, at least not if you're planning to sell them online...  As some of you know, I've been unemployed since January.  It hasn't been easy, but the Lord sustains me and His presence hasn't left my side in all these months.  As I wait for the job He has in store for me, I've decided to give being proactive a shot... (:

About 3 weeks ago, I began to arduously research and do my homework on a number of things related to starting my own business.  After consulting with God about various plans, one of the decisions I made was to take some risks.  So far, no regrets and I feel like I should've done this long ago, which leads me to believe that the Lord is behind me in all this.  So today, I am here to present to you my first adventure... Etsy!  I opened my own shop on Etsy where I will be selling some of my cards.  I know most of you are crafters and find it pointless to buy someone else's cards, when you can make them yourselves, but there is one way you can help this fellow crafter out.  If you would be kind enough to help me spread the word to your friends and loved ones, I would be beyond grateful to you!!!  Please check out my Etsy shop!

I am SO excited about this! And I'd like to give a shout-out to a few people who have been extremely supportive and key in this dream becoming a reality...  

  • Vanessa Vergara from V's Sweet Ideas for promoting my Etsy shop and giving me the honor of being part of her challenge blog's Design Team! I am also thankful for the priceless information and advice she shares with me on a constant!!  She's a sweet, sincere and über talented business woman! Please, take time out to visit both her online shop and challenge blog!  She's an amazing business woman--one I look up to! 
  • Jaime Jorge for his business savvy advice, suggestions and support--what a brilliant man!  In case you don't know who he is, you haven't heard a violinist until you've heard Jaime Jorge--in a nutshell!  Click on his name above to check out his page and learn all about his music, discography and ministry.  
  • Anh Pham for encouraging me and actually regarding me as an artist.  I'm thankful to him also for all the wise advice he genuinely offers!  
  • Milton Gonzalez for always being the #1 supporter of all the things I most love and am passionate about.  I thank him for believing in me, sometimes more than I believe in myself!  I thank him for the awesome help he's been to me lately and for encouraging me and helping me stay grounded.  
  • Fede Silie for uplifting me with his words just when I most need them and for sparking in me the idea of getting this business started!  
  • My brother David Blanco for being my best critic, while admiring my creative skills.  For linking me to his best resources and for his awesome advice regarding design, photography and blogging!  
  • I am tremendously grateful to my loving cousin, Carlos Mieses who's my right hand and partner in crime.  His enthusiasm toward my cards uplifts my spirits.  He's also the one who takes the time to photograph and edit all those outstanding shots you see of my cards on the blog.  He speaks so highly about my work to others and often goes out of his way to make my work shine even more!!!  I couldn't ask for a better cousin--I'm such a lucky girl!!! (;
  • Last, but certainly not least, words can not express my gratitude to My Creator, Savior and Boss--GOD!!! Without Him, none of this could be possible.  He's the Artist of artists and has lend me His talent so that I may use it to honor and glorify His Name.  Hence, I am compelled to give it ALL back to HIM!!!


There are SO many others who have also demonstrated their encouragement and support, one way or another, in this new business venture... My parents, Arnaldo Contreras, Lenny, Eva, Iris, Gladys, Ivonne, Isis, Kelly Marie, Laurel... the list goes on and on!  I am forever grateful to all of you.  Having you in my life is my wealth!  I couldn't be happier right now... and to think that this is only the beginning...  The BEST is yet to come!  Praise GOD!!!

Please excuse the lonnnnnnnng post today, but I just HAD to express my gratitude and share the exciting things happening in my life at the moment.  For those of you who stuck by to read 'til the end, THANK YOU and may the LORD make His face shine upon you!!!

I'd like to end by sharing a pop-up card entirely inspired by Darlene from DarleneDesign.Com... Enjoy! (:

Xoxo,

Gri




5 comments:

Laurel said...

Awwww, how cute is your pop up card! I love it! Absolutely adorable! And congratulations on your Etsy shop! That is amazing. I wish you the best of success!!!! And thanks so much for the mention..... You are too sweet for words!

V's Sweet Ideas said...

Awwww girl, love the post. I'm so happy for you Grisel! You are an amazing individual with an enormous heart. Thank you for the shout-out! Congratulations on your etsy shop and wish you much success! I love love love the pop-up card by the way!! You should def. do a tutorial on it!
Hugs
Vanessa

Pat said...

What a cute card, Gri! And I love the pop-up!

Congrats on the ETSY shop!!! :)

lenny said...

Just one word ... wow!!
Well done!! Keep the faith!!
Congrats on your Etsy shop!! Gonna add you to my circle!! :)
Also ... big thanks for the mention!
So sweet!! :)
Love your new pop-up card; amazing!!!
Keep going!! Hope you'll find a job soon. Fingers crossed here!! :)

Milton Gonzalez said...

Lol! Too cute! Thanks for the mention; however, may the praise and honor go to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I didn't know you also did pop-ups. Definite plus...