I have been trolling Etsy again, to see what other shop owners are doing that really clicks with customers. Every time I do this, I end up seeing sooooo many things that I MUST HAVE! This week I want to tell you about Designs by CnC.
Designs by CnC is owned, operated and ran by Catherine Clifford. In addition to being the voice behind the blog over at Designs by CnC, (see her bang-up article on driving traffic to your Etsy store, here) she is also the talent and the brains behind the whole operation. I love small businesses that start with a story, but Catherine’s starts with a little story, and a huge talent! Not only does she have a studio that looks like she has never let chaos rear its ugly head, she creates beautiful hand-made cards and tags. She has a huge selection, with over 275 items, but again, they are wonderfully organized in easy-to-use sections. Some of my favorites include:
Who’s That Alien?
SHE HAS A MARVIN THE MARTIAN STAMP FOR SALE!!!! OMG! I thought Marvin the Martian was sooo cool as a child, and always secretly wished he would, just once, beat Bugs. It wasn’t to be, but this stamp is a nice reminder of the innocence of childhood. Of course, this isn’t the only stamp she has. I looked at them all, and she has several unique ones I haven’t seen locally. So far, I haven’t been bit by the stamping bug- (though I do frequently look longingly at the store displays.) So far I have managed to say, “after this project is done…” Her selection could be the bug that bites me, however!
In her Children’s cards category, she has both sock monkey cards (which aren’t totally rare, but hard to find—I wish I had found her store before my granddaughter was born!) and what I have found to be incredibly hard to find, Lil’ Lion cards. I searched everywhere for cards or anything with lions on it, before my grandson was born! You can find both, (and they are adorable!) here:
Sock Monkeys and Other Wild Creatures.
In her Halloween/Thanksgiving department, she has a lovely Thanksgiving card—which I have found difficult to find at a reasonable price. In her Christmas category, she also has die-cut wine tags that say “Happy Thanksgiving.” I was thrilled to find those! They come as a set of six, representing various holidays (buy them now for birthdays and the like!), here: Wine, Glorious Wine.
Finally, I was smitten by one of her Friendship cards. I may become separated from my credit card at this point. It is a lovely card with a Celtic cross on it that I simply must have. Divine Things.
So, in closing, if you are looking for high-quality, delightful cards and tags, CnC Designs should be your first stop on Etsy.