Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sweet Spot Card Shop + Giveaway


Ladies, and gentleman, let me introduce you to Leesandra Diaz. An amazing mother of twins, wife and entrepreneur, who resides in "La Gran Manzana" [the big apple, in Spanish], New York! I fell in love with her uber unique, one of a kind greeting cards and creative ways of using paper! Her store, Sweet Spot Card Shop has an array of hand-made items; greeting cards, rings, and wreaths to name a few! I am over the moon, with Sweet Spot Card Shop because Leesandra is able to capture and create the feelings of being unique/special, loved and humous in her all of her items!
1. Your cards are so unique, what is your approach to designing? My approach is to "do what I know". By that I mean that I design things based on my own experiences, i.e. what I'd wear (jewelry), what I'd say. It's also heavily based on relationships with my friends and family.

2. What 3 words best describes your cards? happy, colorful, and unique.
3. Is there a certain food, drink or song that inspires you? Oh boy. I constantly have music on when I create. Lots of times I make cards based on lyrics that stick in my head. A while ago, I made a card based on a drink and a song. It all depends on my mood, whether it'll be lovey dovey or funny or just plain old crazy! But the biggest inspiration is my family. My boys and my hubby are my everyday inspirations.

4.What is your outlook on life? My motto is "one day at a time". I suffer from a chronic illness and I have to learn that I can't control how I feel physically, but I can sure try hard to control how I feel inside and how I see things. It's a constant work in progress, but I can say for sure that my outlook has improved greatly from what it was 5 years ago. I've learned to accept what I can't do and do a cannon ball jump into things I can do. Things are only as bad as you let them be.
5. How did you decide to start your shop? How did you decide to "take it to the next level?" I decided to start my shop so that I could have a real reason to keep creating. I figured that if I had people depending on me for something, I wouldn't just let me desire to create die. It has also been a great stress reducer as I can come into my little studio and just create. Not to mention that it helps me keep my sanity from raising my twin boys. Last year, I decided to "take it to the next level" by setting more serious and actually dedicating set hours to networking and creating. It's been great and I've loved every minute of it. I'm coming back now after having closed my shop in June and I'm geared up and ready to do my thing!


6. Any words of advice/tips for people who want to express their creativity, but don't know how? Stay true to yourself! I can't stress that enough. Don't do something just because you see that others have success with it. You need to do something that  feels natural and right to you. It's the only way your creativity and your product will shine above other and the only way you will find true joy in what you are doing. Lots of people don't believe that they are truly creative, but I believe everyone has something the can contribute to the world. You just have to dig in there and find it. So, get diggin'!
    Leesandra is offering to giveaway a flower ring (pictured above) and a $20 gift certificate to Sweet Spot Card Shop (good for about 4 cards!) to one lucky Nina on the Moon reader!

    68 comments :

    1. Great post and so many beautiful things to see!

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    2. Nina Nina Nina, te he extrañado tanto D: Qué bueno es entrar a tu blog de nuevo :B Espero que estés muuuuy bien. Por cierto, genial el post, yo recuerdo cuando hacía esas cosas con el papel cuando estaba pequeño. Los diseños están súper creativos.
      Bueno, pues nos estamos leyendo de nuevo :) Byeeeeeee :D

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    3. Hi there.)

      Oh, you ve got such a cute blog!! I love it!
      Nice post.))

      I need your help (maybe again) ...
      I spend new survey ..
      Have you watched the MTV awards prizes?
      if yes whether you agree with all the awards, or something you think was unfair?

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    4. Just became a follower of your blog, and its very nice!!, also have been a follower of sweet spot card shop for a long time, love her jewelry, very creative!!!
      Paula

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    5. I follow you! Follow you, follow them, and liked you both of FB! Wahoo! :) Love the flowers!!

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    6. Hola Nina,

      Thank you for coming by and leaving your very sweet comment over at my blog. It's so exciting to see so many young Latinas taking life by the horns and riding the great ride!! You chicas inspire me!!

      I just love these little cards and I've joined the blogs, the FB pages and so on and so forth...thank you for introducing us to such a marvelous young woman and her work, of course, you're no slouch either!! Bravo Muchachas!!

      Have a great week and take care.

      Abrazos,
      Georgina

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    7. Cute Blog! Those are some lovely rings! I joined to have a chance at winning! XOXOXO!

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    8. whoohoo! Joined this giveaway too! Imma join all of them, I gotta win one someday! :)
      xoxo.
      Des.

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    9. I Love your blog..Thanks for visiting mine..
      Love your iguana card..wish you could teach me how to make those kind of cards..
      I'm your newest follower..Love your inspiration. You are so upbeat and full of life.
      Thanks so much for inviting me to visit your blog.
      Hugs,
      Minta

      http://www.mintascreations.blogspot.com/

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    10. I'm following you and their blog. And I liked those FB pages : Mihaela Rotim

      mfashionfreak@hotmail.com

      my blog♥mfashionfreak

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    11. I follow your blog - I follow their blog - I like you on FB - I like them on FB - I heart their shop - I posted on their FB wall.

      WM

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    12. I now follow you at nina on the moon (love the name)

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    13. I follow your blog - I follow their blog as : nadox
      I like you on FB - I like them on FB as : nada nadox
      I heart their shop
      - I posted on their FB wall.

      nadoxie@gmail.com

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    14. Did 1-4

      Melody.DuVal(at)gmail(dot)com

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    15. Melody.DuVal(at)gmail(dot)com

      I posted my favorite piece on her facebook
      http://www.facebook.com/sweetspotcardshop#!/sweetspotcardshop/posts/254160597957101

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    16. Melody.DuVal(at)gmail(dot)com

      I hearted her shop on etsy (as everybodyelse)

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    17. following your blog (Kimberly W)
      halochanel at gmail dot com

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    18. following Sweet Spot Card Shop blog (Kimberly W)
      halochanel at gmail dot com

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    19. I allready like Nina on the Moon facebook
      (Kimberly FIne Wright)
      halochanel at gmail com

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    20. like Sweet Spot Card Shop on facebook
      (Kimberly FIne Wright)
      halochanel at gmail com

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    21. heart Sweet Spot Card Shop on Etsy (halochanel)
      halochanel at gmail dot com

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    22. I am following Nina on the Moon, following the Sweet Spot card Shop, and liked both on Facebook under Morgan Taggart. My email is mtaggart4852@gmail.com

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    23. I left a comment on the Facebook page by Morgan Taggart!

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    24. I hearted them on Etsy under the username sweetsweetmorgan, my email is mtaggart4852@gmail.com

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    25. 1. follow nina on the moon - Aik
      2. follow Sweet Spot Card Shop blog - Aik
      3. like Sweet Spot Card Shop Facebook - Aik Chien

      aikychien at yahoo dot com

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    26. I like Nina on the Moon facebook - Aik Chien

      aikychien at yahoo dot com

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    27. I heart Sweet Spot Card Shop Etsy as bloomingblossom

      aikychien at yahoo dot com

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    28. following this blog as NorraSud of roroism

      roroism2 at yahoo dot com

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    29. following sweet spot too ;-)


      roroism2 at yahoo dot com

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    30. I love her cards so I'm excited :) I followed both blogs so I hope that counts! :)

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    31. lovely ring and cards!
      followed your blog-GFC: Kindy Sohkhlet Newmai
      kindyanderson(at)gmail(dot)com

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    32. followed Sweet Spot Card Shop- Kindy sohkhlet Newmai

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    33. Liked Sweet spot card shop on facebook-Kindy Sohkhlet Newmai

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    34. LIked Nina on the moon on facebook- Kindy Sohkhlet Newmai

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    35. commented on Sweet Spot Card shop on Facebook- Kindy Sohkhlet Newmai
      Hearted at Etsy- Kindynewmai
      kindyanderson(at)gmail(dot)com

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    36. I follow Nina on the Moon and Sweet Spot with GFC as A. Tolar. I also like Sweet Spot and Nina on the Moon on facebook as Alison Faith Tolar.

      supaflychikenpi2 AT gmail DOT com

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    37. I follow your blog and Sweet Spot Card Shop and like you both on FB. nikxmarie at gmail dot com

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    38. I heart Sweet Card Spot on Etsy under the username nikxmarie

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    39. I posted a comment on Sweet Card Spot's FB

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    40. I follow Nina on the Moon on GFC as zaira_faith
      I follow The Sweet Spot on GFC as zaira_faith
      I like Sweet Spot Card Shop on facebook (same name)
      I like Nina on the Moon on facebook (same name)

      megnate at telus dot net

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    41. Following you and them in GFC as Lillea

      contactlillea at gmail dot com

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    42. Hearted SweetSpotCardShop on Etsy - Lillea

      contactlillea at gmail dot com

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    43. Ok, if I did that right, I should be following Nina and Sweet Spot.
      Also -liked Nina On the Moon on Facebook
      -liked Sweet Spot Card Shop on Facebook
      -hearted Sweet Spot on Etsy
      -commented favorite item on Sweet Spot's Facebook

      contact at bookmarksnbangles@me.com

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    44. 1. I follow nina on the moon - Cynthia Richardson
      2. I follow Sweet Spot Card Shop blog - Cynthia Richardson
      3. I like Sweet Spot Card Shop Facebook - Cynthia M Richardson
      4. I like Nina on the Moon facebook - Cynthia M Richardson

      Cynthia.Richardson@azbar.org

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    45. Left Facebook comment
      http://www.facebook.com/sweetspotcardshop/posts/259192770787217

      Cynthia.Richardson@azbar.org

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    46. I hearted on Etsy - Hofken

      Cynthia.Richardson@azbar.org

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    47. I've followed you, like your fb, and sweet spot card shop.

      The ring is so lovely.

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    48. 1. follow nina on the moon
      2. follow Sweet Spot Card Shop blog
      3. like Sweet Spot Card Shop Facebook
      4. like Nina on the Moon facebook

      All are under Sarah Crawford
      sarahandmike@hellokitty.com

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    49. heart Sweet Spot Card Shop Etsy: SarahEC
      sarahandmike@hellokitty.com

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    50. perfect! you have all been put on the list ;) it has been extended til the end of the month! goodluck.xo

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    51. Done all
      1. follow nina on the moon
      2. follow Sweet Spot Card Shop blog
      3. like Sweet Spot Card Shop Facebook
      4. like Nina on the Moon facebook
      GFC = Lyudmila
      FB name: Lyudmila
      lusizova at gmail.com

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    52. cool giveaway.. done it !
      i follow nina on the moon
      i follow Sweet Spot Card Shop blog
      i like Sweet Spot Card Shop Facebook
      i like Nina on the Moon facebook
      GFC : Thehiddenfairy
      FB name: Lucy Kate
      flickerstick1982aileen at gmail.com

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    53. i've do everithing.i'm following on facebook as nuni piccolomini.thanks for the nice giveaway.
      xoxo mininuni

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    54. commented on a picture of paper blossom rings.my mail is:piccolominianna@gmail.com

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    Thanks for leaving the positive vibes! Many besos,bendiciones and buenas vibras. I will be sure to send them back!xo