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Monday, August 1, 2011

Interrogation::: Michelle {Scissor Quirk} + GIVEAWAY!!!

Good Afternoon / Almost Evening Everyone!

I apologize for the lateness of today's Interrogation! I'll admit, things around the house had gotten so out of hand I had to take care of a few other things before I handed my day over to the computer :)

But we're here now. And I'm super happy to introduce you all to a new friend of mine Michelle from Scissor Quirk! Michelle is super fun and talented, and my favorite thing about her/her blog is how bright and colorful she is! You'll soon see what I mean :) Welcome Michelle, thanks for taking the time to visit us!




1. Tell us a little bit about you as a person?
 
   My name's Michelle - Michelle Alynn. I'm a quiet quirky girl, living by the ocean in Vancouver, BC, Canada with my Bulgarian sweetheart, Tzanko.  I work in the animation industry by day but will soon be a full-time art school student pursuing a degree in design - yay! I also have a crazy love affair with all things crafty in my after-work hours: I'm quite obsessed with scrapbooking, embroidery, sewing, crocheting, and any other such craft that involves scissors - lol. Really. I have a serious crush on anything octopus, too - and '80's rock, City & Colour, graphic tees, lumberjacks, polka dots, and bright nailpolish. I seem shy at first, but I'm anything but - and I have to be creative everyday or I get antsy!
 



2. Tell us how/why you started Scissor Quirk?

   I started Scissor Quirk in 2007 while attending film school/college, because I worked crazy hours and was never able to call my parents at a normal hour and tell them what I was up to - lol. It was then called 'Youer than You' (after my favorite Dr. Suess quote), and my family could hop on and check to see what I was up to whenever they wanted. Around the same time, when I started the blog, I discovered this cool community of online scrapbook blogs and design teams, and - having scrapbooked for a few years in my free time and finding it a happy place while in film school, I started sharing my scrapbook pages with the world!



3. What are some of your favorite things about blogging and your blog in particular?
 
   I love the feeling of not being the lone crafty girl, anymore - lol. I felt like somewhat of a black sheep in my circle of friends, being the only crafty girl, so getting the courage up to share what I was making with the world and subsequently discovering that there were a whole lot more crafty girls where that came from made me super happy! It's great to connect with people who stop by and say hello on my posts, too - I really feel like we're all like-minded and I love the sense of sharing and learning and trying new things that comes from a community of crafty bloggers.
   I really like that I'm able to share my inner-most self on my blog, too - it takes my quiet self a long time to really get to know people, but now it's all out there for my colleagues to see, so I feel like I'm coming into my own a little bit more - or at least that my life isn't quite such a closed book. lol.
 

 
4. What do you do when you're not blogging?
   
   I work from 9-5 at an animation studio right now, and my nights are mostly spent doing freelance design work, making scrapbook pages for design team assignments, designing products for my shop, Bubbly Shnooks, doing crafts for fun (like crocheting and embroidery), decorating my house, going on little motorcycle road trips with mister husband (mostly camping or hammocking), watching a lot of movies, and riding my old bike!





 
5. What networking do you to that you feel most helps your blogging business?

   The best way to network, I've found, is to find blogs that I love and leave them sweet, thoughtful comments. It's the fastest way to both connect with somebody and encourage them at the same time - and hopefully they stop by to see what I'm up to, too! Lots of new bloggers just start a blog and then wait for everyone to find it, but you really need to be confident about what you're putting out there and say hello to new like-minded people. :) It's been really rewarding!
 

6. Who are some other bloggers that inspire you?

   Oh, there are so many!! My blog reader is pretty ridiculous..lol.


7. Tell us about your craft and how you got started?
 
   I got started designing paper and soft goodies for Bubbly Shnooks in 2007 - I had just started my first job fresh out of film school animating on a Saturday morning cartoon, and it was a lot of hours logged on the computer - so I started drawing on paper just for fun and ended up doodling a few card ideas, and it grew from there! I had a lot of scrapbooked cards from design work piling up, so I thought I'd put them up for sale, and that went well, so I decided to print some of my own designs, too. Now I draw original designs for cards and art prints, and also turn my drawings into dolls and embroidery pieces!





8. What has been your best experience through your Etsy shop?

   The best experience has been learning how to market myself and my work - it's definitely still an ongoing/neverending learning process, but it's been invaluable and I can see myself using it to help my other creative endeavors for a long time!


9. Do you have any advice for other start-up shops?
   Market, market, market your shop. Not in an obnoxious constantly-promotional way, but network wisely, make meaningful connections in the blog community, and really enjoy what you do - don't just do it to sell things. If you really love what you do, it'll be obvious and people will be attracted to that - and people won't just find your shop, you have to lead them interested right to it. Patience is a virtue. Focus solely on what you like to do and make, and try to avoid making something just because it's popular, too - or at least out your own unique spin on it!


Silly Question:

What is something you wouldn't want to find in your attic?

   Hmm. I definitely wouldn't want to find a squirrel family up there. I love vintage things and finding stuff in piles of other things (lol), so there are not many things in an attic I can't imagine not liking, but furry animals of the rodent variety would be up there on the list of not-likes!





Hahahaha great answer! I wouldn't want to find any little squirrlies up there either! Thank you again so much Michelle for taking the time to come visit us! I really enjoyed reading your answers and getting to know you a little bit better and I'm certain my readers have too {right guys???} :)



Please don't forget to visit Michelle at her BLOG and SHOP and TWITTER!!!



GIVEAWAY





 

How to enter: {{{MANDATORY}}} Be a follower of Yellow Bird, Yellow Beard as well as Scissor Quirk and leave me a comment telling me so.

Additional entry #1: Visit Michelle's SHOP and leave a comment here telling me which of her beautiful cards is your favorite.


Additional entry #2: Blog, Tweet, Facebook, Etc. about this giveaway and leave a comment telling me you have done so. {You need to leave me a separate comment here for it to count as an entry!}

 
The giveaway will be running till midnight on SATURDAY {since I'm posting it so late in the day} and I will announce the winner on SUNDAY! Good luck everyone!
 
xoxo
Janee

79 comments:

  1. Okay so, that octopus embroidery MUST be mine!

    ♥ sécia
    www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

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  2. I want!

    http://breatheandhush.blogspot.com/

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  3. I'm a follower of both :)

    http://breatheandhush.blogspot.com/

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  4. I love the octopus card!

    http://breatheandhush.blogspot.com/

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  5. A few things to be said. I hate the interview question "Who are other bloggers that inspire you?"... because now I have a bunch more awesome blogs to follow! ;) ACK! I'm so glad my google reader doesn't have a limit. I'd be scruff'd for sure.
    Also, I'm falling in love with the Vancouver BC etsy scene!
    Thanks for the fun read- and the fun new place(s) to follow.

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  6. ...I adore the Peter Pan illustration! Very close second, Pirate Betty.

    And I really like the Merry and Bright card on her blog, too.

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  7. I am a follower of both blogs. Michelle's crafts are lovely.

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  8. I love the Happy Bunny design. Can't choose a colours so will vote for the rainbow pack.

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  9. I follow bothII

    nancebagance at yahoo dot ca

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  10. Pirate Betty has always been one of my favorites!!

    nancebagance@yahoo.ca

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  11. I follow you both. :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    -Ashlynn.

    sillycyclops[at]ymail[dot]com.

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  12. http://www.etsy.com/listing/71954239/new-happy-bunny-rainbow-set-of-4-printed
    I love these cards!
    They're hilarious and cute. <3
    In my favorites!
    -Ashlynn.

    sillycyclops[at]ymail[dot]com

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  13. > i like the :

    NEW - Happy Bunny - Rainbow - Set of 4 Printed, Illustrated Cards

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  14. > tweet about it :

    http://twitter.com/#!/AzedMc/status/98568851192688640

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  15. > Facebook post :

    http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=131196656970414&id=100002353856274

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  16. > Blog post :

    http://vintage-refuge.blogspot.com/2011/08/clik-giveaway.html

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  17. I follow Yellow Beard, Yellow Beard as well as Scissor Quirk publicly with google friend connect!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. My favorite item from Michelle's shop is the Love You Because - Checklist - Green - One Printed, Illustrated Card
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I tweeted, I'm @AmberGoo:
    http://twitter.com/#!/AmberGoo/status/98612831267717120
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Lovin the mustaches' and Peter Pan themed cards

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  21. i follow both on gfc
    yanuzo at hotmail dot com

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  22. the Pirate Betty - Blue - One Printed, Illustrated Card is my favorite
    yanuzo at hotmail dot com

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  23. I follow both on gfc
    micia(at)email(dot)it

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  24. My favorite item is Mr. Moustache - Blue Plaid - Zippered Pouch
    micia(at)email(dot)it

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  25. Tweet http://twitter.com/#!/micia18/status/98817274940628994
    micia(at)email(dot)it

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  26. Post: http://infinityspace.tumblr.com/post/8434683805/what-you-will-win-octopus-love-sticky-notepad
    micia(at)email(dot)it

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  27. i follow you both via GFC

    -Lauren
    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

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  28. i really like the pink pirate betty card

    lauren51990 at aol dot com

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  29. I follow both! Nice blogs.

    sophia.komninou at gmail.com

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  30. I really like Pirate Betty - Embroidered Wall Decor. I hope to see more designs...

    sophia.komninou at gmail.com

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  31. I am a public gfc follower of Yellow Bird, Yellow Beard as well as Scissor Quirk, with the gfc name, (uk7ss@yahoo.com)

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  32. my favorite item from the shop is the "Mr. Moustache - Green Plaid - Zippered Pouch"

    uk7ss@yahoo.com

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  33. I follow both blogs.

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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  34. I follow both of you guys!

    (email in profile)

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  35. I like the Mr Moustache Pencil Case in blue plaid!

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  36. I follow you both via GFC as Ms Lizzie Lizzie :)

    liz.tan75@gmail.com

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  37. I like Mr. Moustache - Green Plaid - Zippered Pouch. It's SOOOO cute ;D

    liz.tan75@gmail.com

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  38. These are so cute! What a great giveaway- her whole shop is adorable! I completely agree with her attic answer. Also ghosts. Ghosts would be real bad.

    I follow you both!

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  39. and i would love a rainbow set of the happy bunny cards, so cute!

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  40. Following both with GFC, slzz

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  41. I love the Bunnies at Play! LOL

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  42. follow you both!))))
    elen.rabkina(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. loved Happy Bunny - Yellow - Zippered Pouch http://www.etsy.com/listing/71958956/new-happy-bunny-yellow-zippered-pouch

    elen.rabkina(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. wrote about the giveaway at my blog http://rabkina.blogspot.com/2011/08/wow-fabulous-giveaway-here.html

    elen.rabkina(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. I am following you both through GFC.

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  46. My favorite card is Pirate Betty in pink.

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  47. I am following Yellow Bird, Yellow Beard through GFC :)

    dhynhanarun@yahoo.com

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  48. i am following Scissor Quirk too :)

    dhynhanarun@yahoo.com

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  49. My favorite card is Peter Pan: Victorious & Wendy's Story :)

    dhynhanarun@yahoo.com

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  50. Just tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/#!/dhanarun/status/99356539529342977

    dhynhanarun@yahoo.com

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  51. Posted on my wall
    http://www.facebook.com/dini.y.nurhasanah/posts/114489231983670

    dhynhanarun@yahoo.com

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  52. Follower of Yellow Bird and Scissor Quirk through GFC :-) So happy to connect!

    Love,
    Mubin,
    India
    mubinster at gmail dot com

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  53. Feel It - Black and White - Set of 12 Illustrated Paper Strips are my favourite from the Etsy store.. lovely!

    Mubin
    mubinster at gmail dot com

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  54. I am new follower of both of you as Marina D.

    isollea at gmail dot com

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  55. My favorite is Love You Because - i love it! :)

    isollea at gmail dot com

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  56. And I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/isollea/status/99431400029171712

    :) isollea at gmail dot com

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  57. I am a follower of Yellow Bird, Yellow Beard as well as Scissor Quirk = Lyudmila
    lusizova at gmail.com

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  58. I like the Happy Bunny - Yellow - Zippered Pouch
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/71958956/new-happy-bunny-yellow-zippered-pouch
    lusizova at gmail.com

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  59. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/Ludmilochka/status/99528423516549120
    lusizova at gmail.com

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  60. SHARED on FB http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000760968974
    lusizova at gmail.com

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  61. I followed you via gfc and the other blog via bloglovin (dr..ch..@gmail)

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  62. I love the Happy Bunny - Pink! So fun :)

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  63. following you both via GFC

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  64. My favorite is the Happy Bunny card in blue!

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  65. I am following both blogs via GFC! :)

    faymara(at)ymail.com

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  66. follow you both. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

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  67. LOVE the "Love you because...." card. :-) joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

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  68. FB about giveaway and sites. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

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  69. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR ENTERING!! THE COMMENTS FOR THIS GIVEAWAY ARE NOW CLOSED! I WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER TOMORROW MORNING :)

    XOXO
    JANEE

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  70. I am a follower of both blogs

    Courtney Desormeaux

    courtney.ivana1981@gmail.com

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  71. I like the happy bunny cards!!

    courtney.ivana1981@gmail.com

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  72. I'm following YBYB via GFC as Jasmine1485 :) and Scissor Quirk via Bloglovin

    kate1485 at hotmail.com

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  73. My favourite card is the 'Love You Because - Checklist - Green - One Printed, Illustrated Card' :)

    kate1485 at hotmail.com

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  74. I tweeted about it here:

    http://twitter.com/#!/NTFancy/status/101607711510241280

    kate1485 at hotmail.com

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