Friday, June 1, 2012

Meet the Artist and Giveaway: Kimberly from Honizukle

It's Giveaway Time!

Ya'll know I love me some letterpress.
I was SO excited when Kimberly over at Honizukle agreed to sponsor a giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive 2 sets of absolutely gorgeous 
handmade mini letterpress cards from Honizukle!

Mini Letterpress Notecards : Apple - Set of 6
Buy it here

I can't tell you how in love I am with Kimberly's work.
When she showed me her latest collection, I thought it was so beautiful I just had to pin them.

Let me just tell you, the cards are even more beautiful in hand.
The stationery is thick and luxurious. The impressions are rich and precise.
The colors are modern and vibrant. The designs are one-of-a-kind.

Let's learn more about the talented and lovely Kimberly who made this all possible:

Q: Tell us a little about yourself.

A: A little about myself… well, it's hard to describe myself. I'm very driven. Anything creative inspires me and there's nothing artistic that I don't like to do or want to try my hand at. Of course, I have to narrow it down and concentrate on something to be any good at it. I love designing and working on the press. When I'm not working I'm spending time with my apprentice in the making, my two year old son, Jack. We have fun together and he and my husband inspire a lot of my work.



Q: How did you get started doing letterpress?

A: I've always loved stationery. Even before I came to the US. It was something my sister and I used to collect and really enjoy. I don't remember exactly when I first laid eyes on a letterpressed card but once I saw what could be done I knew I had to do it. My husband was kind enough to allow me to invest in my own press and I took an intensive workshop in Brooklyn that really cemented my love for it. 




Letterpress Wedding Invitation - Margaret - Elegant Monogram Motif Yellow Invitation
Buy it here
Q: Do you sell your products anywhere besides Etsy? How does it compare?
A: I don't yet. I've sold through my own site but I'm redoing it at the moment so I've only been selling through Etsy. I will hopefully be in a few shops soon and that's exciting but Etsy is a great marketplace. The kind of people that appreciate handmade are already going to Etsy to find things, so you already have the clients you're looking for. Etsy also puts so much work into their marketing and that's work they do for you. Each listing is like a little ad of your own. I think Etsy is a great place to sell and I don't think I'd ever stop selling there.


Q: What is your most popular item?

A: It's hard to say. I design new items for holidays so there are definite favorites during those times but I'd have to say what I sell the most are personalized sets. There's something great about getting or giving personalized stationery and it shows in the amount of sets I sell.


Q: What inspired your new collection?
A: My new collection is all Spring. I picked a palette I love and went with it. I was also very inspired by the Pearl Lettra stock I had acquired. It has a very creamy feel because of the color and that just made me want to do soft pastels and of course sweet designs. I'd say a lot of it was inspired by Mother's Day and my own mother actually. She loves flowers and used to draw them all the time. We're far away so I think about her a lot, this collection could be a subconscious ode to her too.


Q: Where do you see yourself/your shop in 3 years?
A: In three years I hope to be in stores. I'd really like to enter a store and see my cards on a counter. I know there would be a lot of satisfaction in that. I also hope to acquire another press, specifically a Vandercook. I have big ideas and I'd love to expand into other products and so I'd need a bigger press. I'd keep Charlotte of course but I'd love my studio to grow.



Q: Any advice for new shop owners on Etsy?
A: Stay on top of your Shop Stats. See what's bringing people in. If you have a product that you can tailor (like cards) pay close attention to the key words people are looking for and make a product that fills that need. Make sure to renew listings and to keep making new products to keep your shop fresh.


Q: Just for fun, what is the last thing you bought yourself on Etsy? 
A: The last thing I got from Etsy was the cutest little apron. I saw it and knew it would be perfect for me to print with. Indeed, I've printed with it already and it's fantastic, no more searching for my tools all over the place. :)

ATTENTION SHOPPERS!!! COUPON ALERT!!
Kimberly is offering my readers an exclusive coupon code to Honizukle:
Use MT2012 for 10% off your entire purchase 
(excluding wedding/custom orders).

Thank You Letterpress Greeting Card - Gracias
Buy it here
Are you ready to win some funtabulous stuff from Honizukle?
Thought so :)

How to Enter the Giveaway:

1. Follow this blog (Mandatory)
and leave a comment here saying you did.

2. Add Honizukle to your circle or Favorite Shops on Etsy
and leave a separate comment here saying you did.

3. Leave a comment about your favorite design(s) from Honizukle.

Best of Luck!
Make sure to bookmark my giveaways page if you haven't already, 
and READ THE FINE PRINT

Fine print:
Only 3 entries per household please
Giveaway ends June 15th at midnight PST
Winner will be chosen by random.org
Entries will be validated
Winner will be announced here
Winner will have 3 days to contact me, 
after which a new winner will be chosen
Must be 18 years of age or older to enter
Otherwise open to everyone! 

92 comments:

  1. I love the Honizukle line. She is a very talented designer. I have bought sereval items including the teacher planning book and the quality is always great. I also love the birdie designs. I get the birdie calendar every year. It is super cute. Everything she makes is adorable.I recommend making purchases from Honizukle. You won't be disappointed.

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  2. I follow your blog!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  3. I added Honizukle to my circle or Favorite Shops on Etsy!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  4. My favorite thing at the Honizukle shop is Letterpress Thank You Cards - Doodles

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  5. The personalized flower cluster is simply lovely and suitable for business or personal use. What fantastic work, this is definitely one of the finest shops on Etsy that I've seen yet.

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  6. I am one of your followers, and am glad to be--you introduce me to so many wonderful, creative people.

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  7. I added Honizukle to my circle on Etsy. My etsy name is wordygirl.

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  8. I think the Fathers Day and Mothers Day cards are simply beautiful, but since my parents are gone, I think my favorite thing in the shop is the Kraft Notecards Letterpress Flower Branch set. If it were available in a smaller set I am sure I'd be buying one tonight.

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  9. Hi!

    Following your blog via GFC (oksana)

    Thank you for the chance!

    ksyshenka(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. I added Honizukle to my circle and Favorite Shops on Etsy (oksana2372)

    Thank you for the chance!

    ksyshenka(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. I love and hearted Tweets Greeting Card - Absence (oksana2372 on Etsy)

    Thank you for the chance!

    ksyshenka(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. I follow this blog.

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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  13. I added the shop to my faves (houseofplush).

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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  14. I like the Mini Notebook - MUSINGS - Hand Stitched and Letterpress Printed (30 Pages).

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

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  15. I follow you on GFC (same name)

    megnate at telus dot net

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  16. I heart Honizukle on etsy (id: megnate)

    megnate at telus dot net

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  17. I really like these notecards: http://www.etsy.com/listing/79179446/letterpress-notecard-set-colorful

    megnate at telus dot net

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  18. I follow your blog publicly with google friend connect as Amber
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I added Kimberly to my Etsy circle and Honizukle to my Etsy favorite shops - my Etsy name is Hurdler4eva

    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. My favorite item from Honizukle are the Personalized Flower Cluster Letterpress Notecards - Set of 12:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/89831303/personalized-flower-cluster-letterpress
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Following your blog on GFC. chefl@swbell.net

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  22. Added Honizukle to my circle on Etsy. chefl@swbell.net

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  23. I like the desk calender! chefl@swbell.net

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  24. Fabulous thank you!!

    GFC: Mary Preston

    Email Subscriber:

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  25. I love the Kids Letterpress Notecards : Mini Tweets.

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  26. I added Honizukle to favorites.

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  27. I follow your blog via GFC as hybridkarma

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  28. My favourite item are the Kraft Note Cards - Letterpress "Flower Branch"

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  29. I added Honizukle to my favorite shops on etsy!

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  30. I like the flower branch kraft note cards.

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  31. I follow this blog.. I absolutely want those lovely cards!

    mubinster at gmail dot com

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  32. Honizkule added to favourites..

    mubinster

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  33. Home › Honizukle › PRINTS
    Balloon Digital Print - Unframed - Dream a little Dream of Me - 8.5 x 11

    MY FAVOURITE

    mubinster

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  34. i follow your blog :)
    buckout6@gmail.com

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  35. Follower, thanks for the lovely giveaway.

    yumihamano@gmail.com

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  36. Shop added to Etsy favs (jcloh)

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  37. I like these Mini Tweets notecards, so cute

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/95209077/kids-letterpress-notecards-mini-tweets

    yumihamano@gmail.com

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  38. Im a follower GFC sarah clemons


    clemonssarah7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. Shop has been hearted


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  40. My Fav is
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/89256791/2012-illustrated-desk-calendar-honizukle


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  41. I follow via GFC

    rawansomar at gmail dot com

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  42. My favourite item is the Colorful Bouquet set

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/79179446/letterpress-notecard-set-colorful

    rawansomar at gmail dot com

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  43. Following your site using GFC

    serenap95(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  44. I added the shop to my favorites

    serenap95


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  45. I love the 2012 Illustrated Hanging Calendar - Honizukle Press Tweets


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  46. I'm following via GFC as Mandy and Justin.

    aandj8804[at]gmail.com

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  47. I like the Flower Cluster Letterpress Notecards.

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  48. following as meki

    melody_1504(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  49. heart-ed the shop on etsy as mkcarolino

    melody_1504(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  50. this is my fave! http://www.etsy.com/listing/97152105/letterpress-thank-you-cards-doodles-set

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  51. Follow via GFC.

    debyeo at hotmail dot com

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  52. Love this card:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/93478040/letterpress-thank-you-card-heartfelt

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  53. Gfc Kendra Gillilan
    Love the birds just a note
    Fave Kendra
    Kendraco22@yahoo.com

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  54. Following through email (sheilatf52 at yahoo dot com) and GFC (Sheila z).


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  55. I added the shop to my favorites-beautiful work!


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  56. The Tweets Calendar is great!

    SHEILATF52 AT YAHOO DOT COM

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  57. I follow you on GFC (same name)

    megnate at telus dot net

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  58. I heart Honizukle on etsy (id: megnate)

    megnate at telus dot net

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  59. I really like these kids birthday invitations! http://www.etsy.com/listing/65854965/kids-dinosaur-party-invitation-custom

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  60. I follow your blog!

    email: monicamezaa(at)yahoo.com

    -Monica

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  61. I love Musings notebook, the cover is nice!

    monicamezaa(at)yahoo.com

    -Monica

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  62. GFC follower - Lyudmila
    lusizova at gmail.com

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  63. Like the Mini Letterpress Notecards : Tulips - Set of 6
    lusizova at gmail.com

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  64. Im a GFC follower!

    siilentii27 at gmail dot com

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  65. following the blog

    dizzlizz58@gmail.com

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  66. love the all my love card and the birthday dots card

    dizzlizz58@gmail.com

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  67. I am a follower through google friend connect!

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  68. I like the Tweets Greeting Card set.

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  69. I favorited Honizuckle on Etsy (as Lizzy and Janes)

    Wall0635@gmail.com

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  70. I can hardly choose a favorite...I really love the My Hero card, the Mom Bouquet card & the Flower Cluster Letterpress Notecards - they are all so fabulous!

    Wall0635@gmail.com

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  71. fav item: Father's Day Card - My Hero - Letterpress

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  72. Following your blog as kiss_shani via GFC

    kiss_shani(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  73. Favourited as ButterfliesSky

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  74. Love this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/79179446/letterpress-notecard-set-colorful

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  75. wow... in LOVE with the letterpress stationary from her shop too! :)

    already a follower via GFC - dorothy explor'r.

    msorothyd(at)yahoo
    dorothy
    theymaysaythatimadreamer.blogspot.com

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  76. favorited on etsy, too!

    dorothy
    theymaysaythatimadreamer.blogspot.com

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  77. and my fave is the "hello dear friend" letterpress greeting card :) LOVE it!

    dorothy
    theymaysaythatimadreamer.blogspot.com

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  78. shop added to favourites on etsy! (Bella McKenzie)

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  79. favourite design from Honizukle would have to be the simple yet beautiful Letterpress Note Cards - "Fall Branch" - Set of 12. lovely!

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  80. I follow your blog! :)
    ~Beth
    beths.embellishments@gmail.com

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  81. I added Honizukle to my favorite shops! I was so happy to find such a lovely shop!
    ~Beth
    beths.embellishments@gmail.com

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  82. I absolutely LOVE these gorgeous note cards!!!

    Personalized Letterpress Notecards : Complete Set of 12

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/91601611/personalized-letterpress-notecards

    ~Beth
    beths.embellishments@gmail.com

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  85. This giveaway is now closed. Winner announced shortly!

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