Friday, April 15, 2011

Say It With a Card...or a Tag

Make yourself happy when you shop at Cards by Carla!
Carla is another one of our generous sponsors in the $125 giveaway for Beatrice Banks.  She is graciously offering the lucky winner a $20 gift certificate to her Etsy shop.  

I love her tags! 

Need some for Easter?

So many beautiful tags-

 The little robin is my favorite.  It's what drew me to her shop-

If you've bought a greeting card lately, you know a pretty one will cost over $5.  Carla offers beautiful handcrafted cards for $5!  Who wouldn't want to receive a gorgeous handmade card rather than the generic store bought ones?

She puts such effort and detail into all of her creations.

Carla also has a blog- Paper Pastorale.
Being a follower will give you another chance in the  giveaway

We can live and learn from others who have experience.  Carla offered some great words of wisdom when I asked her to share blogging tips. 

This is what I've learned. When I first started my blog, I posted about 360 days a year for two years. I was on a lot of design teams, and I needed to use and show the product I received for free. This eventually became incredibly overwhelming, and I wound up taking almost a year off from my blog. I am slowly trying to get back into it and show a little moderation this time. My advice is simple: Do not let your blog control your life. 

When asked do you have advice on how to keep up with blogs, her reply was-
I have no helpful advice on this question. I don't know how people keep up with so many blogs. I will say that if a blogger is only commenting in order to get comments, then it's just not genuine. Do the best you can. Blogging can be edifying and fun, or overwhelming and stressful. Guess who gets to decide which one it will be?

Hmm... I think I know the answer to that one.
Smart chick!
Thanks Carla!


Emily said...

Love all the sweet little cute!!!
Blogging can be overwhelming, thanks for the blogging advice!!!
Have a wonderful day!

Becky K. said...

That is very good advice. I am tempted sometimes to go exploring at new blogs but then I think about how I don't get to read all of the ones I enjoy now. Occasionally I find a new gem and it gets added to my regular places to visit. Much easier to manage that way.

The tags are lovely. I'll have to check out this Etsy store. Mine is so new I am learning so much from others.

Karen said...

Beautiful craftsmanship and great advice. Love the tags!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Such sweet bits of spring!

Dolly said...

I love all those beautiful tags...such fun!

Great blogging advice... at first I felt "I had to" blog everyday but it took so much of my time away from my family so now I blog when possible and comment when I have the time! It should be fun not a demanding responsibility!


Southwest Cottage Designs said...

Beautiful and detailed tags! Great blogging tips from Carla, too. Thanks for sharing.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Hey Tammy...these cards and tags are adorable! Your give away is one of the best I've ever seen. The blogging advice is good too...I can't imagine posting every day for 2 years. I think I would go brain dead. I'm getting better at resisting the urge to blog for hours. I love my blog and the people I have met are amazing...but there just has to be some sort of balance. That's a hard thing though...Hope your weekend is good! ~Ann p.s. Still haven't heard from Marina. I'm really getting irritated!

Heather said...

What beautiful tags and good advice! I also love the robin tag with the blue ribbon. Thanks for sharing!

raggygirlvintage said...

Beautiful workmanship, you can see Carla puts a lot of love into her work!

Anonymous said...

Those are absolutely beautiful tags! I'd be curious to know how long it takes her to do each one. So much detail!

Donna said...

Love these tags, Tammy!! One is cuter than the next!! I love to do things like this when I have time. Yours are super!!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Tammy she has such cute things, I LOVE the tags! Martina

Barbara Rosenzweig said...

Your cards and tags are just wonderful! So creative and attractive!

Thanks for taking the time to visit. I'm glad that you enjoyed my watercolors!

Nice meeting you, too! I'm your new follower.

xinex said...

Carla sure makes beautiful note cards, so creative!...Christine

Donnie said...

She sure is talented. I get a lot of my cards from DenaE and love how personal they are. These are gorgeous too.

Olivia said...

Oh wow! These are darling creations! Happy Pink Saturday!

Cottage Touch said...

Very pretty..Thank you for sharing...HPS!

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Tammy,
I love Carla's creations...and her advice is really great--I just wish I knew how to follow

Happy Pink Saturday!
I'll go pay her a visit...sending smiles your way,

laxsupermom said...

Such beautiful tags! I love her words of wisdom, too. I've been playing catchup with my blog reading this week, because the kids have been off all week for spring break. Definitely want to keep things fun, not stressful. I just have to remember that blog reading is what I like to do, not what I have to do. Thanks for sharing.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

She is so creative and imaginative! And I like the advice! I'm trying to learn to balance! I want to have LOTS of time to create, too! ♥

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Tammy, what adorable creations... and great advice! Thanks so much for sharing this! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!
hugs~~~ Daphne

Ginger said...

Those are some beautiful tags. I like to make tags and cards also. Love your blog. I am a new follower.

Sharon (Roses and Rust) said...

These cards are really beautiful and her blogging advice very useful. It is good to remind yourself from time to time why you are actually doing it! Have a lovely week. x Sharon

Diann said...

These are all just lovely!

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

Love all those wonderful tags and the great blogging advice!

Cozy Little House said...

Sounds like a very wise woman! I think I actually like tags better. Seems to be more uses for them. Like using them for bookmarks.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Beautiful tags!!


Cindy said...

Hello my dear friend,
Those tags are gorgeous! Her blogging advise is very sound, that's why I only blog three times a week. I find that if I don't have time for life, I have nothing to blog about!!!
Love and hugs, Cindy

Nicola of Life on Orchard Road said...

Thank you for dropping by my blog. I am so glad, as I love your blog! That bike tour post was amazing! x

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I always am so amazed at these kinds of tags people can make themselves. Really lovely little works of art.