Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Focus On... Orange Twist And A Giveaway!

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I have a friend who loves meat more than anything. This guy is definitely a carnivore. If there's no meat in it, he's not eating it. So, when I saw this card, I knew it was perfect for him. After looking through more of the cards offered by Orange Twist, I found so many more that were perfect (like this one and this one)! Claire, the face behind Orange Twist agreed to answer my silly questions and even offered a surprise for my readers!

Tell me some basic info about yourself.
My name is Claire Jauregui and I’m an artist and card maker living in Seattle with my boyfriend of 13 years and our 11-year-old cat Bubba Kitty. In October we moved from a 550 sqft apartment to a 1770 sqft townhouse and are still reveling in all the amazing space! I grew up in Chico, CA and went to Carnegie Mellon for university. I spent my junior year abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France and developed a love of almond croissants, melons fresh from the market, and afternoon light in southern France. I love to sleep, sit in the sun, and work on the computer with our kitty on my lap.


How did you get started?
I started concentrating on making cards in late 2008 because I’d lost my shared studio space and was trying to make paintings in our 50 sqft dining room. Because I like to work on many pieces at once, the space in the dining room wasn’t cutting it! So at the urging of a friend who provided my first brick and mortar venue for selling cards (Meridian Market) I started developing new designs and Orange Twist. Making cards has been a satisfying alternative to creating paintings as it allowed me to be creative, work small, and sell work!


What kind of mediums do you use and why?
I screenprint, linoprint, and watercolor my cards. For me, linocuts are the fastest way to get an idea into production—it’s the time needed for the ink to dry that really slows things down! Screenprinting is kind of the opposite—I usually tinker with a design for a while, and try to amass a number of new designs before trotting over to Pratt Fine Arts center to burn my screens. Once the screens are actually burned, the production and drying of the cards is very quick (at least compared to linoprints!). The two approaches allow me to work in different ways and keep my days interesting!


What made you decide to sell on etsy?
My sister Camille from leaftprintstudio.etsy.com introduced me to Etsy in mid 2006 and I started selling art in my first shop clairejauregui.etsy.com in early 2007. I decided to sell my cards on Etsy because I was already familiar with the community and it seemed like it would be a good fit. I also wanted to have a web presence without building my own site and I thought that Etsy would be a great way to achieve this.


Where do you get your inspiration?
Everyday life and objects. Things I love. I try to make cards that I find funny, adorable, cool, and fun!


What is your favorite music to craft by?
It depends, but Neko Case, Tom Petty and Van Morrison tend to be in heavy rotation. Lots of the time I go to lala.com and listen to albums I’ve never heard before.


If you were an animal, what would you be?
Definitely a house cat—you can’t beat sleeping 19 hours a day!


What's your favorite piece of your own?
Right now I really like my Tom the Turkey cards—they are based on vintage imagery and are linoprinted. Each turkey is individually watercolored which makes the extra special!


What are your favorite blogs right now?
Mostly food blogs like Love and Olive Oil and The Hungry Mouse, because I’m always trying to find new recipes, but also Fake Plastic Fish because I think Beth’s quest to eliminate plastic from her life is motivating and very relevant to our plastic saturated lives!

You can find Claire at any of the below links:

Claire has so graciously selected a fantastic item for a giveaway:
A set of 6 vintage bicycle screenprinted cards! The winner will receive two apple green, two peony and two lemon yellow cards with blank insides.


if you can't wait, you can purchase your very own set here.
to win a set (!!!), simply enter below!

to enter:
head on over to Orange Twist, select your favorite item, then come on back and tell me what it is!

more ways to enter (!!!):
for an additional entry, you can do any of the following. please leave a separate entry for each.
- become a follower of kate and oli -
- heart orange twist on etsy -
- tweet about this giveaway and leave me a link -
- blog about this giveaway and leave me a link -

Good Luck!

Fine print: Giveaway begins when it is posted and ends 11:59pm pacific standard time Monday, February 22, 2010. A winner will be selected by a random number generator on the morning of Tuesday, February 23, 2010 and will be emailed promptly. Orange Twist will ship anywhere in the world!

104 comments:

  1. I can't decide which I love more, the penguin cards or the dinosaur ones. They're such great characters!

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  2. so much to choose from! my fave is the happy b-day sasquatch with the yellow baloons!

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    http://www.cabinandcub.blogspot.com/

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  3. Very nice! I also like the Pink and Brown Freesia Card Set. Thanks!
    crafts[at]oursideofthemountain[dot]com

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  4. The Father in Many Languages Birthday card is my favorite!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I heart Orange Twist on Etsy - my username is Hurdler4eva
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. I follow your blog!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Love the Airstream stationary

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  8. I like the Gift Set of Six Freesia Cards, so pretty!

    debyeo@hotmail.com

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  9. I have hearted Orange Twist on Etsy (dspdavey).

    debyeo [at] hotmail [dot] com

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  10. and i love the dinosaur cards!

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  11. LOVE:
    Airstream Blank Card -- Light Blue

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  12. I also LOVE the Gift Set of Six Freesia Cards. Your cards are very pretty!
    june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

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  13. I really like the pink and brown freesia card!

    Sarah
    untenuredteacher at yahoo dot com

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  14. I hearted her shop (username: untenuredteacher)

    Sarah
    untenuredteacher at yahoo dot com

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  15. I love the Freesia cards. Perfectly balanced!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Candice
    breakchop [[ @ ]] gmail.com

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  16. I love Penguins in Love with a Heart -- Blank Card.
    jentam777 AT gmail DOT com

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  17. Besides the bicycles, I really like the chocolate kisses, the penguins, the vintage camera, and the rotary telephone! They're all so adorable and unique!! I'd love to learn to make these. :)

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  18. My favourite are the Snowflake Cards

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  19. i hearted orange twist on etsy

    evasblack

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  20. I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/EVA_n_essence/status/9237766380

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  21. I love the Pink Rotary Phone Folded Card!

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  22. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/slowclublover/status/9242023267

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  23. I like the Linked Rings -- Handprinted White Card. I am getting married within a year and thought these would be perfect to invite people for a get togeter after we marry on the islands.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

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  24. I follow on google friend.....dor

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

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  25. I love the sorry penguin - the penguin's pose is perfectly suited to the sentiment.

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  26. I like the pink and brown fresia card. So fab!

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  27. I really like the pink and brown freesia card!

    izzy(dot)handmade(dot)creations(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. I love the snowflake cards.
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  29. MmmMmmmmmmm love the chocolate pie card!

    Blessings,
    Kristie
    bellasbow-tique(at)live(dot)com

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  30. I am a follower of your blog now too! :)

    Blessings,
    Kristie
    bellasbow-tique(at)live(dot)com

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  31. Hearted the ETSY shop! I am belllasbowtique2008

    Blessings,
    Kristie
    bellasbow-tique(at)live(dot)com

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  32. love the Key Lime card! Thanks!

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  33. hearted Orange Twist on etsy!
    anthonlm

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  34. I love the Dahlia silscreened card set - so pretty! Thank you!

    ang_vaughan@yahoo.com

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  35. I subscribe!

    ang_vaughan@yahoo.com

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  36. I LOVE the Pink on Pink Freesia cards.

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  37. I love the Happy Birthday Sasquach cards! They're truly unique!
    momov@carolina.rr.com

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  38. penguins in love :)

    xoxo,tiffany

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  39. Thank You in Many Languages -- Set of 6 Cards is my favourite..thank you for the chance
    artbyjan at googlemail dot com

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  40. Thank You in Many Languages is my favourite too..guess this one appeals to most..please enter me in your lovely draw
    leannetoni@yahoo.co.uk

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  41. I have "hearted" Orange Twist in etsy, too.

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  42. love this giveaway! thanks for the chance to win the beautiful cards! here is my fav: Happy Birthday Sasquatch -- Yellow Balloons ~ so original and I am partially obsessed with the Sasquatch anyway. jeanette at splendidhthings.etsy.com

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  43. Those cards are so cute. I'd love a chance to win em'! The key lime pie cards are also cute. I'm not generally a fan of the dessert, but I just had a dream about key lime pie. Hopefully this is a sign *crosses fingers*

    oreohmygosh AT gmail DOT com

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  44. I follow you =D

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  45. I definitely crack up at the Happy Birthday Sasquatch cards. I am totally favoriting this shop at Etsy. :-) - ilovetea(at)hellokitty.com

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  47. Entry #2:

    I am now a follower!
    please to meet you!

    thanks!

    leman.amy at gmail dot com

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  48. Entry #1
    My favourite item is the "Penguins in Love -- Screenprinted Blank Card"

    thank you for such a great giveaway!

    leman.amy at gmail dot com

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  49. "Thank You in Many Languages" is my favourite item

    allison.leman at gmail dot com
    thanks!!

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  50. I love the chocolate kisses and halloween card.
    jerzycat99@yahoo.com

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  51. I follow Kate & Oli.
    jerzycat99@yahoo.com

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  52. I like the Set of 6 Retro Thank You Cards -- Hand-screenprinted

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  53. Tweet http://twitter.com/Ludmilochka

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  54. spreadin' the word!

    http://iartu.blogspot.com/2010/02/hump-day-giveaways_17.html

    <3.
    j.

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  55. Love the rooster!
    aschertle at yahoo dot com

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  56. hearted Orange Twist
    aschertle at yahoo dot com

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  57. I have to say, the bikes might be my favorite, although I do like her airstream camper cards as well!

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  58. I like the pink and brown freesia card
    Jennifer
    ejxd95@gmail.com

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  59. my favorite - gift set of six freesia cards!
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36790867

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  60. My favorite are the pretty Silkscreened Dahlia cards! The colors are amazing!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  61. My favourite item from Orange Twist is the Maneki Neko card! How cute.

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  62. Also, now following your blog. Thanks!

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  63. And, I just tweeted about the giveaway!

    http://twitter.com/thetrial/status/9371820985

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  64. i like the Happy Birthday Cake Card -- Ocean Blue

    fertawert AT yahoo DOT com

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  65. My favorite is the Pink on Pink Freesia.
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  66. I really like the bicycle cards but I also love the penguins in love cards. Handmade cards are great!

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  67. As someone who is recently engaged, I think the linked rings card is neat. I also like the airstream cards as my godparents own a vintage trailer park and collect them!

    dlogston at gmail dot com

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  68. I just blogged about this giveaway!

    http://peacelovesugarbug.blogspot.com/2010/02/wishing-i-was.html

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  69. I think the the Pink and Brown Freesia Card -- Blank Inside is so girly and sweet. I would love to send this off to someone, ambrerose(!at)aol.com

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  70. My fave is the Gift Set of Six Freesia Cards! Nice and pretty!

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

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  71. I like Set of 6 Retro Thank You Cards -- Hand-screenprinted.

    ale84.vercelli at hotmail dot it

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  72. I'm a follower.

    ale84.vercelli at hotmail dot it

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  73. I tweet:
    http://twitter.com/dakha/status/9435547422

    ale84.vercelli at hotmail dot it

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  74. I blogged:
    http://giveawaymania.blogspot.com/2010/02/kate-and-oli.html

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  75. Am liking the Gift Set of Six Freesia Cards the most. 3 lovely color schemes. Lovely design.

    shiki6210 at gmail dot com

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  76. I LOVE these SO much! I think my favorite is.. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=39165457 but it was SUCH a hard choice!!

    mandm_2002 at hotmail dot com

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  77. I'm following the blog!

    mandm_2002 at hotmail dot com

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  78. I love the Pink and Brown Freesia Card...very pretty!
    picnut1512@yahoo.com

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  79. I'm a follower :) Thanks!
    picnut1512@yahoo.com

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  80. i love the vintage bicycle card in lemon!

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  81. I love the Maneki Neko -- Robin's Egg Blue Blank Card.
    kristenlaudick at yahoo dot com

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  82. I follow your blog
    kristenlaudick at yahoo dot com

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  83. I really like the Fresia cards gift set of 6. Pretty!
    hockman1 at sbcglobal dot net

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  84. I'm a follower!
    hockman1 at sbcglobal dot net

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  85. Love the pink rotary phone notecards!

    Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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  86. By Far the Bicycle Cards. Cycling is a huge part of my life!

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  87. Yellow bicycle card is my favorite, but I also like Maneki Neko -- Robin's Egg Blue Blank Card

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  88. Hi!

    Just wanted to let you know that I listed this giveaway on my site. (before it was over) :)

    Here's the direct link:

    http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/02/6-cards-from-orange-twist.html

    If you happen to have any other internationally open giveaways, I'd love to hear about them!

    Thanks,

    Ronit
    internationalgiveaways[at]gmail[dot]com
    http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com

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