Wednesday, February 2, 2011

An Interview and Giveaway with Elizabeth Caldwell





I am a stay at home mom of two beautiful kids and a freelance surface and graphic designer. My designs have been on all kinds of stationery products and party supplies sold at stores such as Target, Michael's, Walmart, Dollar Tree, and Party City. I love Jane Austen, Vampires, and Vintage. I am a featured designer at TinyPrints.com and WeddingPaperDivas.com and I also have a little Etsy shop that I try to fill with things I love so much that I have to make something to prove it.



1. What inspires you to come up with new designs?

My kids inspire me the most but I get my inspiration from just about anywhere. It could be a magazine, a trend, my favorite film or book, a color or even a feeling. If I feel happy I want to immediately create something that expresses that happiness.



2. How long have you been creating?

Probably since I could hold a crayon. I have ALWAYS been creative and felt most at peace as a kid when I was coloring or making something. I had a huge collection of disney books and I used to trace the characters until I was good enough to draw them freehand. I was very determined. =)



3. Where do you do your work? Do you have a dedicated area of your home, or?

I don't have an official studio or office space but my dining room has recently been taken over by my supplies and laptop. Because I have a laptop and I stay at home with my almost 3 year old, it all depends on the day and my son's mood. If he needs me to be in his room while he plays I bring my laptop up there. I love the flexibility of my laptop but I am definitely working on creating a studio somewhere in my house. A MUST for any creative! It really helps you be more efficient.



4. Tell us about a goal you have for your business

My goal is to create enough residual income from licensing my art so I can focus more on reviving my brand on Etsy. I have soooo many ideas for new products, just not enough time to make them a reality. Another goal I have is to learn web design and launch a website showcasing my patterns for licensing and merge that with my blogs and shops. Yes, I could pay someone to do this, but I have always been the kind of person that needs to know how to do everything. =)



5. What is your favorite album?

Wow. That's tough. I love so much different music it would be hard to pick an all-time favorite. I would have to say Radiohead's In Rainbows. I can listen to that over and over and there isn't a track on that album I don't love. I think they are brilliant!



6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Living somewhere in the country in a big house with a porch, a HUGE studio that gets lots of natural light with a very successful licensing brand that includes fabric, home goods, stationery and gift wrap.



7. What is your favorite thing to do on a weekend?

Spending time with my kids and hubby and having FUN! We also really love to curl up in front of a fire, eat popcorn, and watch a family movie together. =)



8. Tell us about a new skill you'd like to learn

Web design!! Oh and I would LOVE to learn to sew and embroider. I have lots of ideas for my shop but need to learn to sew first!

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THREE winners will each win a a 2011 desktop calendar!

To Enter;

Visit Elizabeth's Shop and pick your fave item, and leave it in a comment.

To qualify for additional entries you can..

2. Become a fan of Elizabeth on Facebook
3. Blog about this giveaway
4. Follow this blog on GFC
5. Follow Papercakes on Twitter
6. Put my button in your sidebar
7. Tweet this giveaway
8. Like Paper*Cakes on Facebook
9. Follow PaperGlitter on Flickr
10. Share this giveaway on your Facebook status
11. Follow the EcDesign blog on GFC
12. Follow Elizabeth on twitter

Closes Feb 14th - 1 comment for each entry please


125 comments:

Mama R. said...

My fave item is actually the 2011 desktop calendar! But the "Boys in Books Are Better" ring is pretty neato too. Thanks!

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Mama R. said...

I follow paper*cakes with GFC.

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Mama R. said...

I like paper*cakes on facebook.

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doroffee said...

I love-love-love all the Darcy stuff, I'm a really big fan of Pride&Prejudice... I think my fave is the adjustable Darcy portrait ring (I'm a ring fanatic, too) :)

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doroffee said...

I also follow Elizabeth's blog via gfc.

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doroffee said...

And I follow you on fb, too (under the name Dorottya Zsófia Bacsi).

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Sara (from Saving for Someday) said...

Your site is lovely. I came here via a roundabout route. My friend Marlynn Schotland featured Elizabeth today (Wed) and then I went to her site and now yours.

Her Mr. Darcy earrings are adorable! Looking forward to checking your site out more. So beautiful!

captainliss40 said...

My favorite item is the Boys in Books are Better Adjustable Antiqued Brass Ring with Glass. captainliss40(at)gmail(dot)com

CupcakeCatie said...

im crushing hard on these earrings!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/61738312/i-love-mr-darcy-brass-earrings-in

CupcakeCatie said...

i follow you on GFC! @Catlyn

CupcakeCatie said...

i follow you on twitter! @ZombieCupcake90

CupcakeCatie said...

i tweeted this giveaway! @ZombieCupcake90

CupcakeCatie said...

i like you on facebook! @Catlyn Lawson

CupcakeCatie said...

i follow EcDesign on GFC! @Catlyn

CupcakeCatie said...

i follow Elizabeth on twitter! @ZombieCupcake90

Jenny said...

My favorite is the 2011 desktop calendar!

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Jenny said...

I follow your blog on Google Friend Connect!

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barb c said...

The boys are better in books ring is adorable.

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, Chelsea!

Lexie said...

Became a fan of EC Design on facebook!

Lexie said...

I like PaperCakes on Facebook! Great stuff!

Lil' Bit Sassy said...

My favorite item is actually the giveaway calendars!

Lil' Bit Sassy said...

I liked Liz on FB.

Lil' Bit Sassy said...

I follow you on Twitter.

Lil' Bit Sassy said...

I liked you on FB.

Lil' Bit Sassy said...

I follow Liz on Twitter.

Valerie said...

The Mr. Darcy portrait ring is fantastic - I forwared it to my Darcy loving friends!!
Great post - love reading about crafty Jersey girls!

Valerie said...

Just followed PCF on Twitter :)

Valerie said...

Just liked PCF on Facebook :)

Valerie said...

Just became a fan of Elizabeth on Facebook, too :)
Thanks for the chance to win!!

Piper said...

My fave item is
2011 Desktop Calendar of 12 Patterns with Display Case

I follow with gfc as Piper - nettysgirl AT gmail.com

SewSweetStitches said...

I follow Papercakes on twitter as SweetStitches

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SewSweetStitches said...

I love the desktop calendar the most. It would make a perfect gift for my friend Jenni too!

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SewSweetStitches said...

I retweeted the giveway

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Chicalessia said...

I follow Elizabeth on twitter!

Jasmine (YourSweetTreat) said...

I honestly love the calendars on Elizabeth's shop!

Jasmine (YourSweetTreat) said...

Just liked Elizabeth's fan page on facebook. :)

Jasmine (YourSweetTreat) said...

I am a GTC follower !

Jasmine (YourSweetTreat) said...

Twitter follower on Papercakes. :) Been a long time follower.

Jasmine (YourSweetTreat) said...

Your button is on my sidebar of my blog!

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Jasmine (YourSweetTreat) said...

Liked papercakes on facebook!

Jasmine (YourSweetTreat) said...

following Elizabeth's blog <3

Jasmine (YourSweetTreat) said...

followed elizabeth's twitter :)

very married said...

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my favorite is I Love Mr. Darcy Brass Earrings in Antique Finish with Glass

viorela said...

love "I Love Mr. Darcy Large Adjustable Antiqued Brass Ring in Black with Glass".(one of my childhood crushes.
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viorela said...

i follow you on GFC! as viorela
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viorela said...

i follow Papercakes on Twitter as violet_porto.
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viorela said...

i follow Elizabeth on twitter
as violet_porto.
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Katarzyna said...

My favourite item is I Love Mr. Darcy Brass Earrings in Antique Finish with Glass

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Katarzyna said...

I follow PaperCakes via GFC (Goga)

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Sharon said...

The Boys In Books ring is pretty awesome!

Katarzyna said...

I follow Papercakes on twitter (@Kaziutka)

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Katarzyna said...

I follow Elisabeth on twitter (@Kaziutka)

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Lisa said...

Although I agree that Boys in Books are Better, my favorite is the 2011 Desktop Calendar of Original Patterns with Display Case.
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AubreyLaine said...

I like the I love Mr Darcy earrings!
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AubreyLaine said...

Following papercakes on twitter
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AubreyLaine said...

i like papercakes on fb
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mmburdette22 said...

I like all the items...but my favorite is the Desktop Calendar 2011 of 12 Original Patterns with Display Case.

The Smith Family said...

I've gotta say I LOVE the desktop calendars, they are so cute and would bring so much life to my desk at work. :)

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Lorie

Cabootique said...

I like the Mr. Darcy Portrait Adjustable Large Antiqued Brass Ring.

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Diana Dang said...

I have to say I love the 2011 desktop calendar out of all her products!

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Anonymous said...

My favorite item are the I Love Mr. Darcy Brass Earrings in Antique Finish with Glass

Thank you for the chance

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Anonymous said...

I really like the...I Love Mr. Darcy Brass Earrings in Antique Finish with Glass.

Shannon Mathena
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Silver said...

i love your giveaway!! I have been looking for this :)

I love this from the shop :Desktop Calendar 2011 of 12 Original Patterns with Display Case


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Silver said...

I'm a new follower via GFC



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Silver said...

Like paper* cakes on facebook
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Silver said...

Follow EcDesign blog via GFC.



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Silver said...

Follow Elizabeth on Twitter: @silgurl



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Silver said...

follow PaperCakes on twitter: @silgurl


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Silver said...

share this giveaway on facebook :)
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001098966893


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Silver said...

tweet this giveaway:
http://twitter.com/#!/silgurl/status/35873655233716224

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Silver said...

blogged it:
http://www.earncash0nline.com/2011/02/paper-cakes-giveaway.html



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Jasmine said...

My fave item is definitely her desktop calender :) I LOVE all of the designs!

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Salad For Breakfast said...

i love the I Love Mr. Darcy Brass Earrings in Antique Finish with Glass!

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Salad For Breakfast said...

GFC blog follower

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Salad For Breakfast said...

Twitter follower for Papercakes @SFBBlog

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Salad For Breakfast said...

Twitter follower for Elizabeth @SFBBlog

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Windowfog said...

The Mr. Darcy portrait notecards are too funny! They're my fave item.

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PringlesPalo said...

my fave items: http://www.etsy.com/listing/66604558/2011-desktop-calendar-of-original and http://www.etsy.com/listing/50942605/mr-darcy-cameo-portrait-note-card-set-of :)
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PringlesPalo said...

i follow via gfc :)
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Jennifer said...

I like the Mr.darcy notecards
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Jennifer said...

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I follow this blog:)

Jennifer said...

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I follow ecdesign blog:)

TopHat said...

I like the Mr. Darcy 8x10 print!

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stacythemagnificentmommy said...

i love the mr darcy earrings!

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stacythemagnificentmommy said...

i like ec on fb stacy lynn b h

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stacythemagnificentmommy said...

i follow chelsea l on twitter @organicmommyluv

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stacythemagnificentmommy said...

i follow liz caldwell on twitter @organicmommyluv

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stacythemagnificentmommy said...

i like paper cakes on fb
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Kaylie said...

What a great calendar!!!
I love it!!!
My choice in etsy shop is also this calendar because I really love calendar, planner and journal

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Kaylie said...

I became a fan of Elizabeth on Facebook
(Kaylie Nguyen)

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Kaylie said...

I blogged about this giveaway
http://tranntb08.blogspot.com/2011/02/being-blessed-and-another-giveaway.html

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Kaylie said...

I followed this blog on GFC

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Kaylie said...

I followed Papercakes on Twitter
(Kaylie Nguyen)

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Kaylie said...

I tweeted this giveaway
http://twitter.com/#!/ckaylie777/status/36736176601702400

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Kaylie said...

I liked Paper*Cakes on Facebook
(Kaylie Nguyen)

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Kaylie said...

I followed the EcDesign blog on GFC

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Kaylie said...

I followed Elizabeth on twitter

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Kaylie said...

I shared this giveaway on my Facebook status

http://www.facebook.com/ecdesigns#!/ckaylie777/posts/110231915721472

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asuka said...

I really liked this: I Love Mr. Darcy Brass Earrings in Antique Finish with Glass

I do love Mr Darcy! :D

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asuka said...

I couldn't become a Facebook fan ): I click the link and it redirects back to the FB homepage. You think it might be because I'm from another country?

asuka said...

Blogged: http://skittlefairy.diaryland.com/110213_64.html

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asuka said...

Following via GFC.

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asuka said...

Following you on twitter as my_wunderkammer.

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asuka said...

Your button is here: http://skittlefairy.diaryland.com/index.html

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asuka said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/my_wunderkammer/status/36889742108786688

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asuka said...

I like your page on Facebook as Andreia Sousa.

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asuka said...

I added PaperGlitter as a contact on flickr, as m0h.

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asuka said...

Shared on FB: http://www.facebook.com/wunderfraulein/posts/111818725558897

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asuka said...

Following ECDesign via GFC.

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asuka said...

Following Elizabeth on twitter as my_wunderkammer.

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Megan said...

Mr. Darcy notecard! easy question! rosiebud63(at)hotmail(dot)com

skipthelaundry said...

like the Mr. Darcy note cards
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skipthelaundry said...

like Elizabeth ec design on facebook
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skipthelaundry said...

gfc
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skipthelaundry said...

follow you on twitter
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skipthelaundry said...

tweeted
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like you on facebook
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gfc ecdesign blog
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Cerena Leigh said...

the I love mr darcy earrings are wonderful!


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Cerena Leigh said...

I'm a gfc follower of your blog!


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Cerena-Leigh said...

I'm a twitter follower! :)
@cerenaleigh


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Cerena Leigh said...

I'm a fan on FB! :) Name: Cerena Hammond




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Apple Hu said...

I think the desktop calender is my favorite!


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Ana said...

Hi :) My favourite is the desktop calendar! :)

xoxo

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