Beautiful birds

For this weeks #treasurytuesday I’ve curated a collection of gorgeous bird items including beautiful illustrations, hand printed cushions, jewellery, coasters, sculptures, ceramics and even some edible art to celebrate our feathered friends! You can buy any of these gorgeous goodies on Etsy: Beautiful Birds by Leapup

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Introducing Ip Dip Design

This week I’m very happy to introduce you to the lovely Laura Bittles, the maker of the most colourful, quirky and fun hand drawn designs. I met Laura via the virtual Facebook world of the Etsy Resolution course. Keep reading  to find out about what has notoriously become known (in the Etsy-sphere) as ‘happy mail’ and a little robot might just rock your world!

It’s time to introduce you to Ip Dip Design…

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Hi, could you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about you and your Etsy shop?

Hello! I’m Laura – doodler, designer and creator of Ip Dip Design. I’m 26 years old and am a trained Graphic Designer with a BA Hons degree from Winchester School of Art. I have always wanted to run my own business but considered it a pipe dream until I spotted the advert for the ‘Etsy Resolution’ campaign in January.

The name for my business is inspired by the classic rhyme ‘Ip Dip Sky Blue’. I wanted something that sounded fun and reflected the happy-go-lucky nature of my work. The logo incorporates two of my favourite things – clouds (I’ve always been fascinated by them) and the colour blue. My main aim is to create fun and quirky pieces of work that make people happy.

Tell us a little bit about how and where you work?

One day I would love to have my own dedicated studio space, but right now I am working from the coffee table of the flat I share with my boyfriend. Most of the time it is covered in sketchbooks and coloured pens! A lot of my social media posts get set up there too. This is the complete opposite to the setting of my 9-5 design job – a desk in a shared office.

Followers of my social media accounts will know that I have a little desk top companion – originally named ‘Desk Robot’ – who features in the occasional post when I am at work. He has quickly become my mascot and is now immortalised in print as part of my collection! It makes me smile to think that customers will have stickers and prints of him in their workplaces, too.

What inspires your work?

For me, inspiration can come from anywhere! Sometimes it’s a great colour combination or a particular word or phrase that gets the ideas going. I like taking already known phrases and changing them slightly to make something new. A great example of this is my popular ‘Make it all’ print, inspired by Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake it Off’.

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What are you currently working on?

Right now I’m working on some fun and exciting designs based around the ‘Great British Summer’ and music festivals. They are influenced by a self-initiated project I undertook at University about 5 years ago!

Sounds interesting, really looking forward to seeing the new designs. How have you found your Etsy journey so far?

So far, my Etsy journey has been a fantastic experience! From creating, listing and selling my designs, to meeting new people and becoming part of the wonderful handmade community. I have loved every minute of it! I am also lucky to have a great customer base who are always sending me photographs of their Ip Dip Designs in their home or workspace which brings me great pleasure.

Wow, they are all fab photos from your customers and how nice to see your work brightening other people’s work-spaces, you must be bursting with pride! One of your little prints is now sitting pride of place at home in my living room, I must get a picture so you can add that picture to the collection.

Any lessons learned so far that you would like to share with other Etsy makers or online sellers?

I think making your customers know how special they are to you is important. I tend to take quite an informal approach to my social media posts and interactions as I want each and every person to feel like they are getting updates from a friend. When packaging up and sending out my orders, I make sure that each one is carefully packed by me to a particular standard.

The bright blue colour of my packaging and the additional finishing touches of washi tape and stickers have led to my orders being dubbed ‘happy mail’ which I love! My ‘Ip Dip Delivery’ posts on social media have proved really popular and also get customers excited about their orders arriving. I have been lucky enough to have received some great feedback and customer photographs so far and I want to make sure that each person knows how grateful I am to have such a great customer base.

It made me happy getting it through the post and those sunny postage photos are fabulous!

Your favourite make so far?

I always enjoy drawing and coming up with my designs, but I think my favourite make so far has been the Ip Dip sticker pack.

It’s full of a range of my most popular designs and is fun for me to make! Although it may be the most time consuming product I have at the moment (I cut out each sticker by hand before making the cellophane sleeve and adding the handwritten header card) it is the most rewarding to finish, and I have loved seeing customer’s notebooks and planners adorned with them.

Your best seller?

So far my postcard packs have been really popular with other makers and creators for decorating their pin boards and studio spaces. I’ve loved seeing photos of where they have been put up and how they are presented – some in frames, some with pretty washi tape and some pegged onto string!

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As you know I totally love the ‘Awesome Sauce‘ print and ‘awesome sauce’ is now a very well (if not slightly over used) phrase in our house. I also know a lot of readers of the blog are animal mad like me so they will totally love your ‘Crazy cat lady‘ and ‘Delightful dog lady‘ at work prints, they are great and on my to buy list!

Here are your Ip Dip quick fire questions:IpDipDesign_Mixed1

City pad or country retreat? Country retreat

Dog or cat? Dog

Nightclub or sofa? Sofa

Heels or flats? Flats

Early bird or night owl? Night owl

Introvert or extrovert? Introvert

 

So, what’s next for your shop?

I am always thinking of ways I can develop and improve the designs in my shop. As an avid stationery lover I would love to create a range of notebooks or to-do lists one day. For now I am happy to keep building my product line and customer base gradually.

When you do launch any new lines I hope you pop back and share them with us. Your Etsy crush?

There are so many awesome Etsy shops I could mention here, but one of the first that I stumbled across and fell in love with was ‘Hello DODO’. Their designs are so fun and colourful, and I love the way they playfully use words. I am the proud owner of a Hello DODO t-shirt and tote bag. A couple of colourful prints grace the walls of Ip Dip HQ!

That’s a new shop for me. It’s all very fun and funky and a little bit silly, well worth a look…

 

Your favourite Etsy purchase?

I am lucky to have discovered lots of new and exciting Etsy shops whilst taking part in Etsy Resolution 2016. So far my favourite purchase has to be my pencil case from Sarah at Knight and Gray. It is extremely well made and perfect for keeping all of the pens and pencils I use for creating my designs. My favourite part is the custom plaque which reads ‘Ip Dip Design Tools’!

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Ah yes, I love Knight and Gray too. We’ve featured one of Sarah’s bags over on our ‘Happy Treasury’ Rose Filtered blog. After seeing this I now have a serious case of bag envy. Your own personalised version, how swanky is that? Love, love, love it! I also love the creative minds sketch book, given what a messy person I can be I think it’s quite apt! There are some really gorgeous designs that would make great gift ideas.

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Where can we find you on the web to come and say ‘hi’? 

I love the social aspect of running my Etsy shop, and am pretty active on all of my social media pages! You can find me on:
Facebook                www.facebook.com/ipdipdesign
Instagram               www.instagram.com/ipdipdesign
Twitter                     www.twitter.com/ipdipdesign
Pinterest                 www.pinterest.com/ipdipdesign

There are more lovely designs in Laura’s shop so please take a moment, pop over, take a look and treat yourself!

A huge thank you to Laura, firstly for getting involved in this weeks Feature Friday (it’s made me very cheery) and secondly for helping us with our Feature Friday doodles which I’ve turned into animations to help promote the Leapup and Rose Filtered blogs. It really helps working with someone else as you’re not starting with a blank page, so a very big thank you! I’ve made Laura this little present, turning her cute little robot into a sort of ‘business card gif’ as I’m hopping to start making this type of thing for other Etsy sellers… so I’ll leave you with that!

Next week we will be featuring some dog accessory bling – can’t wait!

Leanne x

PS please don’t forget to pop over and say ‘hi’ to Laura on her social media… sign up to follow her Instagram or Twitter feed and I promise your days will be that much brighter!

PPS if you have time over on Rose Filtered blog we feature Jes Hooper Pyrography… well worth a visit, please pop over and show some support if you can!

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Deep blue sea

It’s ‘Treasury Tuesday’ and this week we are drawn back to the sea once again.

We have a celebration of sea creatures and sea colours in this weeks curated collection of handmade goodies made by UK Etsy sellers. Mermaids, whales, turtles, starfish to name but a few. In hints of teal, blue and aquas, what’s not to love?

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You can find out more and buy any of these gorgeous hand made goodies here: ‘Deep blue se’ by LEAPUP

The Leapup ‘Feature Friday’ starts this week!

I’m really excited to announce that Leapup’s first ‘Feature Friday’ will start this week. This is your chance to meet an Etsy artist, maker, designer each week and find out about what they do, why they do it, their learning curve selling on Etsy and of course gives a fantastic opportunity to showcase their latest makes and best sellers. This feature will be published each Friday and is currently only open to Etsy sellers.

If you’re wondering how you can promote your Etsy shop, details on how your small business can be featured will be posted on Friday.

Our first feature will be Megan Heffer from ‘Little Stitch of Nature’  – I look forward to sharing her talent with you and hope you’ll come and say ‘hi’ on Friday!

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Sunshine and showers

It’s Treasury Tuesday again, yay! Here at Leapup HQ we love to find some of the latest makes to help brighten your day.

This week’s treasury is themed around last week’s crazy weather. We had hail, snow, warm sunshine, thunder, storm clouds, basically all weather in one week… you’ve got to love our crazy British spring times! I continue to keep everything crossed that we’re in for better things this May!

So this week we have a themed treasury celebrating that wonderful British phenomenon, the weather. I was little bit spoiled for choice this week, with so many gorgeous, raindrop, clouds, rainbow and weather related ‘makes’ available to buy on Etsy. It was tough to choose, but after a little bit of pondering we have included our top picks which you can view in detail and buy here:

‘Sunshine & showers’ Etsy Treasury by Leapup

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So many goodies this week including those adorable little coasters depicting rainy storm clouds by TheCornishCoasterCo, and that lovely screen print with a little girl shielding herself from the rain by Little Blue Girl Co. How about that miniature embroidery hoop necklace with rainbow drops by Pixie Craft? Those bright and bold hand drawn posters by Ip Dip are always sure to put a smile on your face – no matter what the weather! So much talent and so many lovely goodies.

This weeks ‘STAND OUT’ is the adorable Cloud Desk Tidy by Pygmy Cloud.

STANDOUTclouddesktidyIt’s so cute and if you have a thing for clouds you should seriously take a look at the Pygmy Cloud shop as it’s simply bursting with white cloud cuteness including coasters, washi gift tape, greetings cards, a cloud cosmetic bag and even the most gorgeous hand crafted cloud side tables. Take a closer look you won’t be disappointed!

So that’s about it for this week but please don’t forget if you like what you see, please visit the shop and maybe help these talented makers who are all small business by sharing this post or their items on social media. They don’t get the same exposure as the corporate giants or high street stores so lets share the love and help get these gorgeous goodies seen!

Birds of a feather

It’s Treasury Tuesday, a day aimed at highlighting some of the lovely finds on Etsy. After a slightly traumatic mid-week when Oscar my King Charles killed a bird in the garden . I decided to do a treasury based on birds in an attempt to get over it and well…. because I love birds so much. My in-laws who live in the North West of England are very superstitious about birds and think they bring bad luck so won’t wear clothes or anything with them on – I hadn’t ever heard of anything like that and pretty much love any item with a bird on it. Have you ever heard of anything like that?

Anyway take a look at the treasury, if anything catches your eye please click in and take a closer look, all items are available to buy now on Etsy.

This week the pink block printed feather pillow from Pauline Plug really caught my eye, I wasn’t planning on including pink items but it was just so lovely I couldn’t leave it out and how cute and intricate is that key ring from Ellies treasures UK? So many lovely goodies so please do take a look!

You can purchase any of these items by visiting the treasury here: Etsy ‘Birds of a feather’ Treasury by LEAPUP

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Seaside

Lots of walks at the beach this week and dare I say that it felt mildly warm? It had me dreaming of sunny summer days which has inspired this weeks ‘Treasury Tuesday’. I’ve gone quite nautical in my theme this week sticking to the classic blue, red and white colour combo.

So this weeks finds range from hand made bunting, to seagull mugs, to nautical stripes, to beach huts… and of course the essential doggie bow tie (I’m a sucker for dog accessories). Lots of little sunny seaside snippets that paint a very pretty picture. These finds have me dreaming of lapping waves and take make away on my summer holidays.  You can find out more about these summery seaside goodies here: Etsy ‘Seaside’ Treasury by Rose Filtered

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I’ve got that Friday feeling… sort of.

Not very long a go ‘Yay, I’ve got that Friday feeling’ would have meant something entirely different to what it means today. I would have got home kicked off my shoes, run upstairs and slipped on my PJs, pored myself a glass of wine and planted my self firmly in front of Netflix, snuggling with the doggies and the hubbie.

Since the end of January however my ‘yay’ has come to mean I can run home: update Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and my blog; potentially start uploading some listings; possibly work on and improve my SEO; obviously check the weather to see if there will be any product photography this weekend; and then maybe, just maybe the small possibility that I might actually make something?

When I signed up for the Etsy Resolution 2016 I’m not sure if I knew what I was letting myself in for. It’s proving to be very hard work and an incredibly slow slog. Having nothing to show for it i.e. not one sale yet, I’m sure some would argue that I’m ‘a busy fool’, should get a ‘proper job’, wasting my time etc. I guess the key thing is I’m still saying ‘yay’ when I get home. I’m excited to be doing this stuff and it means not having to work for anyone else, so for the time being ‘yay it’s Friday’.

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Print Love

This weeks Treasury Tuesday I’ve curated a collection of beautiful prints, all originated through the traditional printing methods of lino cuts and screen printing. When I started out this week I wasn’t sure where it was going but I enjoy it so much and am just overwhelmed when I start looking and find so much amazing talent. I’ve pulled the collection together with the colour scheme of predominately orange and teal/turquoise as well as black.

On reflection the central images from bottom left up to top right might slightly over dominate and steal the lime light, maybe I’ll try and make sure that the selection is more balanced when I make a treasury in the future. Nonetheless I think they are all really beautiful pieces of art work in their own right. If anything takes your fancy you can buy the items on Etsy by clicking here: Etsy ‘Print Love’ treasury by Leapup

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Just a card

I’ve recently been reading about a new campaign called ‘Just a Card’on Twitter. Basically it’s a campaign to support local businesses like mine in a  world dominated by corporate giants. The campaign is asking people to think before they buy and if they can support local artisans, crafters and creators by thinking of buying from them first before leaving your card or present shop and picking up something last minute in the likes of a 24 hour Tesco shop. There are so many makers out there who rely on you to spend even the smallest amount, for example on a greetings card, these small amounts help keep people in business.

You can read about the campaign here: www.justacard.org and can follow the campaign on Twitter.

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Let’s go to the beach!

 

This weeks Treasury Tuesday is full of lovely blues and sea greens as well as nautical patterns and beach shapes. This week we’ve got a mish-mash of items from jewellery to shopper bags, camera straps to fine art. I think (or at least hope) that these gorgeous sea greens and blues pull all of these items together. Obviously I’m not forgetting a dog collar and lead in lovely beach colours for the pooch!

I’m really loving the unusual beachy bridal bouquet from Handmade by Monica for anyone thinking about taking their vows whilst feeling the sand between their toes. The sophisticated, yet laid back, nautical rope mat by The Lazarette has me hankering after a weekend in a beach house by the sea. I can’t forget to mention the gorgeous Tynemouth print by Louise Flintoft of the Little Blue Girl Co, my screen printing buddy who is also on the Etsy Resolution journey with me.

You can find all of these lovely beach goodies here: Etsy Treasury ‘Let’s to to the beach’ by Leapup

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You can find these gorgeous goodies here…

Teal Tuesday

This week’s Treasury Tuesday is based on one of my all-time favourite colour combinations – teal and orange. This week’s treasury highlights some of the amazing talent of the Etsy Resolution intake for 2016. Lots of hand made goodies, made here in the UK.

As you can see they are all gorgeous products but my standouts have to be: the beach huts scene from Eliston Button. The print is originally made from scraps of fabric, if you look at in detail it is unquestionably unique and beautiful (it’s going on my birthday list). The gorgeous Cornish sea glass necklace from the very talented Charlotte Reed of Grace Baskerville is also on my wish list, the colour of the glass is just mesmerising. Lastly but by no means least I’ve included local designer and handbag maker Tori Lo Designs with her exquisite tan handbag, this is simple sleek design direct from a Newcastle upon Tyne designer.

Who would have known that starting an Etsy shop could lead to such temptation – how is a girl to resist? You can see these gorgeous goodies in more detail here: Etsy ‘Teal Tuesday’ Treasury by Leapup

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