In the Studio: Julie Ann Art


Oh friends- today is a good one.  I have Julie Ann Art in the house sharing a giveaway, a discount and peeks into her creative process.  This chick is funny, down to earth, beautiful and she lets me text her curse words- she keeps it real!  All of this streams over to her art- which is her amazing card line.  I'm sure you have seen these cards of hers floating around and if you are anything like me you giggle a little, relate and then hit yourself for not thinking of it first.  Today she is hanging out answering a few questions and sharing images of her art from start to finish.  I heart this girl and if you don't already you will after this post.  I pinky promise!



Julie Ann is a designer, photographer, and DIY lover. She started selling on Etsy in 2008 and it has changed her life. She is an avid supporter of handmade and independent businesses and continues to spread the word on the handmade movement.  Along with designing cards for her Etsy shop, she's also an avid craft blogger over at Julie Ann Art. When she's not caught up in her online business world she likes to bike ride to the beach with her boyfriend and their little terrier.




first, its obvious your work is funny & original- how do you keep that witty charm through all your work and not run dry?

 It is not always an easy process and a lot of ideas end up getting scrapped. I tend to have lists of ideas on hand so I can update them whenever something comes to mind. When I'm ready to start designing I resort to the list. Some ideas are an  immediate "yes". Some will have a concept but I know it can be improved. Some I'm like, "that is the lamest ideas ever, what was I thinking?" So, they're not all good, but it is the extra brainstorming and editing that creates the cohesive "witty charm" throughout my shop.

because some are a little on the dirty side, be honest, do you ever get comments about that? and if so whats your response?

On Etsy, it's easy to hide behind, well, my laptop, when it comes to judgement on my cards. I do get to see people's reactions in person when I do craft shows though. When people my Granny's age stop by my table I always get a little nervous on how it's going to go. 9.5 times out of 10, the Granny laughs. (sigh of relief) Only one time, a woman spotted my "You're My Favorite Thing To Do" card and she said "Well, that's not very nice." I smiled and said "It's not for everyone."

go back to the beginning of all this, do you get nostalgic looking at your first designs or do you just see the growth that brought you to where you are now?

Nope. No nostalgia at all. When I started selling on Etsy it was just for fun. I didn't know who I was as a designer yet and I made things that I thought were "cool." This is not to say I don't think my designs are cool now, but they are a better representation of who I am. I'm definitely thankful that I randomly opened an Etsy shop one day, but I am also thankful for the changes and growth I have experienced along the way.

you are a midwest girl right?- looking back did moving to california change you as an artist or help you come out more?

I started selling greeting cards when I lived in Michigan but I hadn't found my "style" yet. I remember knowing I wanted to create a cohesive look throughout my shop but I wasn't sure what that was yet. I moved to California over three years ago and while I'm not sure the move itself directly effected my creativity, it certainly taught me more about who I am as a person. That in turn most likely helped my inner artist come out.

how do you avoid (if you avoid it at all) competition, negativity, slumps, ruts.. etc.?

There's no way for me to completely avoid competition or negativity unless I were to close my laptop, leave social media, turn off my phone, etc. I would be lying if I said I didn't let it effect me. What I can say is that I'm teaching myself how to use it as motivation. I try to take that negative energy and let it to push me to work hard, to be better. I know that the more successful my business becomes, the more challenges I will face. But overcoming challenges is what makes a business grow.

what has been one of the best parts of running your own business?

I feel so fortunate to have a great sense community that surrounds me and is so supportive. I have made real friends through this journey. I've created great relationships with customers. It's just something that I never expected. Which in hindsight is kind of silly since it is BECAUSE of these connections that I am able to do what I love. The support is so humbling, I still have times where I can't believe that this is happening. That this is what I do.

apart from your card work, what else do you do to stay creative or inspired?

Well, I have a little blog over here that helps keep me on my toes as far as DIY projects, recipes, etc. I also am a videographer for Etch Films, so that is another creative outlet that helps me to get away from the computer and get behind the camera.

so whats next for Julie Ann Art?

I'm in full Valentine's Day mode right now. It's my busiest season so the majority of my focus right now is staying on top of orders. When this season has passed I really want to focus on getting a new website going. I absolutely love Etsy but for JAA to grow to it's full potential, I will need an e-commerce site to better handle wholesale orders and have more control over my sales and fees.

Julie Ann Art
(use code JUSTLOVELY to save 10% in her shop)

THE SWEEPSTAKES IS NOW CLOSED
Winner: Elise 

*Sweepstakes Details- winner will be chosen at random.  if winner chosen does not have a gfc profile with a valid email address and a way to contact is not left in a comment or a registered entry then another winner will be chosen.  all entries are worth the same amount after initial mandatory entry has been received.  Open to US residents only.  Age 18 and older.  Winner will be announced publicly and notified via email as per FTC guidelines.  The fulfillment of this sweepstakes is provided by Julie Ann Art and sponsored by Heather Smith of JustLovelyThings, LLC.

65 comments:

  1. I mean seriously how do I just pick one card that is my favorite. Some of them had laughing and wishing I could actually give it to someone without them taking it the wrong way! Love your work! I'd have to say the Valentines one you have pictures of on the blog is my favorite however.
    Xo-Kai

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  2. I love the card with the skeleton that says I want to bone you! My husband would die laughing!

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  3. I love love the happy holidays reindeer card! So cute!

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  4. I'm cant stop laughing. The poop card. But I like the Hanukkah card too.
    Katie
    Trixiegirlaccessories.blogspot.com

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  5. Awesome giveaway! I love her shop so much. My gosh, the Blanket Stealer one. Must get that one for my own personal Blanket Stealer.

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  6. I've liked Julie Ann on Facebook.

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  7. And I'm following her on Twitter too. Thanks!

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  8. My favorite card is Let's Make This Last Forever. Love her cards!

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  9. Hahaha my fav is definitely the Nice... one :)

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  10. You're my Favorite Husband! My favorite card!

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  11. Oh my goodness these cards are all in line with my sense of humor, so hard to pick just one! Ok so I like the You're My Favorite Thing To Do and I'm So Glad You're As Weird As I Am. LOVE :)

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  12. Following on Facebook! @NotesfromtheSLife

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  13. Follow on Twitter! @sandralee0415

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  14. Love them all! 50 Shades is great

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  15. Love the "Your My Favorite Husband" card. Thanks for the introduction and the give-away!
    Dana S. | danamsummers@yahoo.com

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  16. I LOVE the "You're my favorite thing to do" card! Hilarious :)

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  17. I follow her on twitter (@eliserab)

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  18. I follow her on instagram (@eliserab)

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  19. I love the I Miss You Card. I Miss You A S--t Ton. Mature Card -- so perfect!!

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  20. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/booksconsidered/status/291618879208304640

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  21. Following on Twitter - @booksconsidered

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  22. Following on instagram - @azulskies

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  23. I like the "you are my happy thought"... They are naughty, but super funny :)

    Vera

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  24. It's hard to choose just one!! I love You're my person one! (I don't know if it has something to do with Grey's Anatomy phrase...). And of course, though it's a classic i LOVE the You're my favourite thing to do!!!! Keep going!!!

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  25. The You're My Favorite Blanket Stealer card is so sweet!! Love it.

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  26. ALready liked on FB.
    https://www.facebook.com/jackeline.davila.127

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  27. Following on twitter.
    @jackeli61347518

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  28. FB Post.
    https://www.facebook.com/jackeline.davila.127/posts/460113324048507

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  29. I actually gave the You're My Favorite Thing To Do card to my boyfriend last Valentines Day, I love her cards. I think this year though my eye is set on the I'd Bone You, it's great.

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  30. Last year I got my boyfriend the "You Are My Favorite Boyfriend" card. He LOVED it. So that'd be my favorite, because it made him smile.

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  31. I love the poo card. Just sayin.

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  32. the "holy shit you're having a baby!" card always cracks me up! love it!

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  33. Alright, I'm a big nerd. I like the Robot love one, and the pirate card! :-D

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  34. I follow on Twitter (@scubagirl77)

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  35. I like Julie Ann art on FB.

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  36. Love the "So freaking happy you were born" card!

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  37. i like the "nice..er, rooster" : ) ...we have chickens

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  38. My parents anniversary is coming up and I would love to give this to my dad http://www.etsy.com/listing/98703170/fathers-day-card-card-for-dad-thanks-for

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  39. I follow J-art via Twitter

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  40. I follow her via Instagram

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  41. Love the "You are my Person" cards! Grey's Anatomy is one of my favorite shows, where I know that saying from!! :) Love all the humor cards too! What a fun card shop! Thanks for the chance! xoxo

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  42. I follow Julie Ann on twitter! :)

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  43. I follow her on facebook! :)

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  44. I tweeted about the giveaway!

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  45. And I shared on facebook!! Thanks again!

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  46. I love them all...but I am partial to the Anniversary Card. I Love You Card. Robot Boy Love. I am a nerd and love robots! =) So cute!

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  47. Following on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!

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  48. I like her Sweet Valentines Day Card. You're My Happy Thought. Pink, Black, White.

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  49. I love all of the sweet Valentines Day cards! I also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram now!

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  50. Wow... amazing sweetness! Loving this oh so pretty offer!
    Have a great week!

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