Sponsored giveaway

We would like to welcome advertiser Nigel Cooper of Bright Star Kids to Whipup.net today, to feature his business and to offer a fantastic giveaway to our readers. Bright Star Kids is based in Wollongong, Australia.

You can buy the best quality name labels and wall art online direct from Bright Star Kids. We offer free shipping within Australia on most products, and as we dispatch them within 2 days, this means you’ll receive them in super quick time. View our entire range at www.brightstarkids.com.au

Where to find Bright Star Kids online: wall art:: name labels:: kids labels:: wall stickers

How did you start out with your business?

This business was started back in 2005 in the Creative Arts department of Wollongong University. Over five years it has blossomed into one of the most popular label and wall art companies within Australia.  From listening to our customers perspective we have added and redesigned lots of our products, which allows us to continually keep our brand fresh and exciting.

What is the most challenging part of your business?

We love all aspects of running this business, especially helping our customers to find the right product for their needs. So the most challenging part of our business is spreading the word so we really appreciate when people help to tell their friends about us and what we do.

What is your dream for the future of your business?

We will expand our range of high quality designed wall art and labels for kids and around the home. Our main focus will always be within Australia but in the near future we will branch out into the US, Europe and Asia. We have always enjoyed giving back to community groups, and we endeavor to expand this by working closely with a children’s charity whose goals and vision are linked with Bright Star Kids in the near future.

Today Bright Star Kids are offering a prize of a $40 gift voucher to one lucky Whipup.net reader. So please leave a comment here to be in the running to win. You have 48 hours to enter. Winner will be chosen at random, announced here and contacted via email. Good luck!

Congratulations to Kirsten N! 

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We would like to welcome advertiser Lyn Krawczyk of Fibra Artysta to whipup.net today, to feature her business and to offer a fantastic giveaway to our readers.

I have a very simple business philosophy: treat people like you want to be treated and share everything you know.

Artists and crafters are a wonderful group of people, one that I feel honored to be a part of. And through my business, I’m able to move among them and really get a first hand look at the work they are creating. Its thrilling!

My goal is to continue to grow my business through writing and educating. Creating and living an artful life is where my heart lies and the more I can share it with others, the richer life is!

Where to find Fibra Artysta online: store :: website :: blog :: YouTube

Tell us about your background and how you started your business?

I’ve been a fiber artist for eleven years now. I focus mainly on art quilts and wall art. Its been a slow steady evolution – from crazy quilting to using found objects on art quilts and now to fabric collages that incorporate my favorite surface design techniques – the biggest love being screen printing with Thermofax screens.

A couple of years ago Quilting Arts Magazine asked me to do an artist demo at the International Quilt Festival. I chose to show printing with Thermofax screens and the reactions of the show attendees made me realize that the screens needed to be more widely available. They were met with a lot of curiosity and enthusiasm, a kind of spark that made me very excited to share them.

After that demo I came home and set up shop. I began writing articles for magazines about the subject and creating video tutorials and everything just clicked! Screen printing is a prominent technique used in my artwork and I’m madly in love with it.

Items in the giveaway: 2 screens of the winner’s choice (any size, any image including custom screens), 3 bottles of paint - winner chooses the colors, and my DVD “Print Design Compose”

 

What is the most challenging part of running your own business?

Trying to narrow down ideas! My mind is always spinning a million miles a minute with new and exciting projects and its hard to decide which ones to work on first! :)

Lyn (left) and Jackie Lams ( http://www.studiolams.com/ ) (right). She helps me fill orders in the shop.

 What inspires you to do what you do?

Being an artist has been a real gift in my life. Art came to me when I was in my twenties and once I found it, I knew I’d found home.

To put it simply, what I do helps other artists and crafters bring their ideas to life and that gives me great joy to know that I play a small part in that. It may sound like a simple thing – to sell screens for screen printing – but Thermofax screen printing is by far the easiest way to print an image!

I think the fact that its not intimidating has helped many artists and crafters realize that screen printing isn’t something to fret about, that its easy to take on and personalize your work with. I love seeing the light in their eyes when they realize all the possibilities that come with these humble little screens.

Today Fibra Artysta are offering a prize of 2 screens of the winner’s choice (any size, any image including custom screens), 3 bottles of paint , and DVD “Print Design Compose” to one lucky Whipup.net reader. So please leave a comment here to be in the running to win. You have 48 hours to enter. Winner will be chosen at random, announced here and contacted via email. Good luck! Comments are now closed – a winner will be chosen at random and notified here and via email.

In addition Fibra Artysta are offering a discount coupon to whipup.net readers  Use coupon code WUP10 for a 10% discount on everything in Fibra Artysta etsy shop until August 31, 2011.

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We would like to welcome advertiser Tonia Levens of Fashionable Fabrics to whipup.net today, to feature her business and to offer a fantastic giveaway to our readers. 

Fashionable Fabrics was started in 2004 as a dream to provide fashion forward novelty fabrics to crafters and seamstresses. As crafters ourselves, we were often frustrated that we could not find all of our favorite designer novelty fabrics in one location. Very few of these fabrics can be found in the large fabric retail chains. This resulted in the birth of our website. We have a strong passion for what we do and we promise to provide you with the best quality products we are able to find.

Where else to find Fashionable Fabrics online: Shop :: Facebook :: Twitter: @fashionablefabrics :: Newsletter Sign-up

Fashionable fabrics answered a few questions for us … 
What are you most excited about in your business right now?
We are so excited to see our business grow. We purchased the domain 2 years ago and completely made it our own.  We recently had to expand the “cutting room” to accommodate our growing inventory. We are still in the process of moving back into the space. I’m excited that we are able to offer a range of wonderful fabrics, sewing patterns, and notions at lower prices than brick and mortar and other online shops. What’s most exciting, is to read the comments customers leave us about how happy they are when they find our shop. It makes the countless hours of work feel worthwhile.
What was your inspiration to start your own business?
I liked to sew as a child but began using sewing as therapy then it turned into a passion. I was purchasing so much fabric it only made sense to start a fabric shop. An online shop was a perfect fit for Dennis and I. Since we have 2 young boys an online shop allows us to be flexible with our hours and work from home. I take care of the creative side of the business and since Dennis is a computer engineer he takes care of all things technical.  It is a perfect fit for our family
How do you balance work and family?
Balancing work and family can be a challenge. I could honestly work 24/7 on the site but I have to limit myself to hours that least interfere with my family. My priorities are God, family, then work. If I keep my priorities straight it all seems to work out.

What is next for your business?

We would love to be able to make our site completely customizable so that we can offer customers the option of different size cuts from 1/4 yard to full yards. We continually try to improve the site to make it as easy and enjoyable as possible to use.

Today Fashionable Fabrics are offering a prize of one $50 gift certificate to one lucky Whipup.net reader. So please leave a comment here to be in the running to win. You have 48 hours to enter. Winner will be chosen at random, announced here and contacted via email. Good luck!

Congratulations to Heather, who was randomly selected to win the $50 gift certificate for Fashionable Fabrics.  Thanks to everyone who left a comment.  Our next sponsored giveaway post will be this Sunday, 14th of August.

In addition Fashionable Fabrics offering a discount coupon to whipup.net readers  Use coupon code FFSew20 during checkout for 20% discount on all sewing patterns until the 21st of August 2011.

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