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Sponsor Giveaway: Die Cut Business Cards from UPrinting

UPrinting – a leading online printing and marketing company has offered to sponsor a giveaway for theshopbug readers.  If you are a business owner or a Solo Entrepreneur, this giveaway is perfect.

You can win 1 package (250 pcs) of die cut business cards from Uprinting.  To join, all you have to do is check out Uprinting’s website, then please come back here and leave a comment, telling us which business card shape you like best.

Die cut business cards have unique shapes and styles like the ones shown here.  You can try to create your own design from scratch using ready-to-use tools available from the website or you can simply upload an existing business card design from your file.  You can also request for a free sample.

The winner will be picked via random number generator on July 25,2011.

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Prize details:

250 pcs Die Cut Business Cards for one winner

2 x 3..5″ Rounded Corners, 2×2″ Rounded Corners, 1.75×3.5″ Rounded Corners, 2×3.5″ Leaf, 2×3.5 Rounded one corner, 2×3.5″ Half Circle Side, 2×3.5″ Oval, 2.5″ Circle

14pt Cardstock Gloss / Matte / High Gloss (UV), or 13pt Cardstock Uncoated,

6 Business Days Turnaround *Free shipping

* die-cut business card templates available for download

Limited to *US residents, 18 years old and above only.

This business cards giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given for hosting. The chosen winner must NOT have won the same print giveaway from UPrinting in the past six months. For more information about online printing services, please visit

Shop of the Week: The Nimbus Factory

Shop of the Week: The Nimbus Factory

It’s always nice to see a new shop and it feels great to be able to support talented and hard-working people, even in the littlest way you can.  We have featured a couple of new shops in this segment, so it was a truly a pleasure when Claire, emailed me to let me know that she along with three friends is launching, The Nimbus Factory.

On March, we have featured Claire’s shop (Dot & Jim).  In this interview, let’s find out how this four some started their company and get to know a little bit about each of them.

What’s the inspiration behind the shop’s name?

The name appealed to us because it had a really quirky, optimistic feeling about it, which we think is very fitting for us. We’ve come to think of it as a perfect representation of our own aspirations.

What inspired you to start the nimbus factory?
Each of us has daydreamed about how cool it would be to be able design our own products and start an art collective/design team. We all love creating products that we would want for ourselves, and of course we hope others would want them too. And all four of us love working together and making our designs real!

What was the toughest challenge you faced so far?
Well, we are based all over the US- one in California, 2 in Ohio, and 1 in Georgia- so distance gets tricky sometimes. Luckily we have modern technology. 🙂


How did you get over it?
Each of us is fully devoted to The Nimbus Factory. We have weekly meetings on gchat and loads and loads of email threads. We make it work!


Who are the founders behind it?



Claire Teschel, Phyllis Sa, Julia Kuo, Emily Dove

Do you own other businesses aside from the nimbus factory?

We each run our own sites and/or freelance on the side. Here are the links if you’d like to take a peek!


Name your top 3 favorite picks from your shop

 That’s a tough question! If we had to choose, we would all agree on Happy Ocean calendar set, the Year Round Wall Calendar, and Animal Kingdom playing cards.





stuff inside your bag you can’t leave home without

Emily: sketchbook, brush pen, a little grocery bag
Julia: pen, spoon. You never know when you might need a spoon.
Phyllis: iphone, pen, scrap paper
Claire: moleskine, micron, and paint chips

your favorite shops

We admire many shops, but if we HAD to narrow it down.. Rifle Paper Co., Anthropologie, Giant Robot!

What tips would you want to share for aspiring home based entrepreneurs like you?

Stay confident, believe in what you’re doing, and don’t be afraid to take risks. as long as you’re passionate about what you’re doing, those things will come naturally.


Any message to your customers and the people who support you?
Ever since the shop opened, we’ve heard from new friends, old friends, friends we see every day and friends who are on the other side of the world. The support has been amazing – thank you for being so encouraging!
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Thank you The Nimbus Factory for being Our Shop of the Week!
All the Best!

**if you want to be featured as Shop of the Week,
please send me an email at 

Happy Sunday: Paper Prettiness Wrap Up

Hi and happy Sunday:)  I’ve found more paper prettiness at flickr that made my eyes light up today. (please click on each photo to view source)
Here is a round-up for this week’s series of paper-themed posts:
Shop of the Week: Pretty and Personal Papers
paper styling by Lo Bjurulf
Etsy’s anyday greeting cards
pretty paper at flickr
Download the lovely polka dots and stripes paper bunting above here.

I think it would be nice to end each week with a Happy Sunday post, what do you think?

Etsy Love: Any Day Note Cards

Aren’t these note cards a sweet way to make someone smile?
I think so:)

Style Love: Tissue Paper Couture

We started off the week with a paper shop interview, followed by a series of posts on paper styling and playful paper products.

In line with the theme, these stunning fashion photos are taken from the Sixth Annual White Cashmere Collection 2009, for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, sponsored by Cashmere Tissue Rolls. The event was participated in by 15 top fashion designers from Canada, using yes, you’ve guessed it . . . tissue paper. From the looks on the runway, you’ll never say, it’s just tissue paper.  I am excited to see what the 2010 collection would present.  Here are some of my favorite looks:

designed by: Dinh Ba
handbag by: Jeanne Lottie
designed by: Sunny Fong
designed by: Patricia Fieldwalker
designed by: Anastasia Lomonova
Hair accessory by: David Dunkley
necklace by: David Maestre
photos via:

Playful Paper Designs by Dbros

Speaking of paper,  I found this Japanese company called D-bros, a collaboration of graphic designers in Tokyo.  The company’s vision: to bring a breath of fresh air to product design through visually playful and fun designs.
Aren’t these fruit memopads supercute?  I think so too!
How about biscuits and chocolates to greet someone?

found via: sub-studio

Lo Bjurulf – Paper Styling for Ikea

While in search for paper styling inspirations, I discovered the fabulous work of Swedish stylist Lo Bjurulf. This set design was created for IKEA.  It’s amazing to think that a place can be transformed into something thrilling as this using folded papers.  Such creativity!