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This week we are thrilled to welcome Designs By Ryn! In today’s spotlight you’ll learn more about Designs By Ryn, see many fantastic projects by their design team and have TWO chances to win a set of three stencils shown below (details at the end of this post).

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About Designs By Ryn

DesignsByRynProfilePic-10082014-250WDesigns by Ryn is the manifestation of a dream that began a long time ago for me. I have always wanted to create a lifestyle that fits me and what I want out of my life. One that would allow me to create during working hours and give me the flexibility in my schedule to travel. For the longest time I wondered if something was wrong with me for not fitting into the multitude of ready made jobs that I tried.  It wasn’t until around four years ago when I attended a seminar at the Small Business Centre in London, Ontario that I realized that many of those misfit traits of mine were what they called entrepreneurial.

I was hooked by that idea but had absolutely no working knowledge of business.  The next few months I laboured over a business plan and submitted it to a program offered at the Centre – the Self Employment Benefit Program. To my absolute joy I was accepted!

I was given a foundation of business related workshops and an advisor – Gord Evans – who went over and above to help me with my project – a business that offered high quality rubber stamp designs based on my artwork. The beginnings of Designs by Ryn.

In order to have the flexibility of location that I wanted my store would need to be online. Never mind that I was almost completely technologically challenged and didn’t own a computer! The library computers just wouldn’t cut it so I walked into Staples and many questions later walked out with a laptop, printer and… A boyfriend?! Lol. That’s another story all together 😉

He became my “tech department” helping with the many issues that came with designing, printing and cutting my catalogues and product cards from home. I also bought a scroll saw – another foreign piece of machinery to me – determined to hand cut the stamps once mounted on cling cushion. The first day I was in tears having destroyed at least half of my attempts but in time I learned.

The website went through several transformations which took a lot of time and patience. The delays forced me to focus on marketing to stores and at festivals. It wasn’t until early 2012 that at long last the new version of my site was released as a fully functioning store.

I am now thrilled to see my stamps getting international exposure. I have built a Design Team of 8 wonderfully kind and talented ladies who consistently create inspiring art using the stamps – Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries (Netherlands), Anja Hardenfels (Germany), Eileen Godwin (UK), Karin van den Broek (Netherlands), Kellie Murton (US), Miranda Degenaars (Netherlands), Shirley Deatcher (Canada) and Wendy McCarthy (UK). I also encourage customers to share their work by hosting a monthly Customer Creation Challenge on my blog. I find myself constantly delighted by what people make. The most inspiring part is that this business is allowing me to connect in a meaningful way to other creative individuals around the world.

Recently I have branched into offering Unmounted Rubber Sheets of my designs to stores (listed on my site) and have also released a new line of Stencils. These are the first three!

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I am giving them away to celebrate being featured in this creative space. A big thank you to the Paper Crafter’s Library for being such a wonderful support over the years!

Thank you for taking an interest in me and for reading about my journey. I hope you enjoy my Design Team’s beautiful examples and welcome you to connect with me or any of them online. Their blogs are included with their pics and my info is listed below. Bye for now 🙂

Designer Projects

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By Shirley Deatcher using Maidenhair Fern and Flowing Branches (stencils) and Dragonfly Faerie (stamp).

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By Eileen Godwin using Maidenhair Fern (stencil) and Rising Bubbles (stamp)

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By Miranda Degenaars using Flowing Branches (stencil), Lucine and Celtic Star Set (stamps)

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By Karin van den Broek using Flowing Branches (stencil)

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By Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries using Flowing Branches (stencil) and assorted Designs by Ryn stamps

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By Wendy McCarthy using Flowing Branches (stencil)

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By Anja Hardenfels using Maidenhair Fern (stencil)

We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature. We want to extend a sincere thank you to Designs By Ryn for sharing their company with us. Be sure to visit Designs By Ryn to see more of their products and their blog for some inspiration!  You can also follow them on Facebook and Pinterest.

In order to enter the give-away to win the prize shown above, please leave us a comment in the comments section of this post and for your second chance to win, leave a comment on Ryn’s blog post too!  We will announce the winner of our give away next Wednesday on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog!  Be sure to check out Ryn’s blog next week for her winner!

 

94 replies on “Featured Company: Designs By Ryn”

  1. I’m first to comment? Nice! I just discovered Designs by Ryn this weekend- I’m not sure how i got to her site, but I’m glad I did. And now I’ve stumbled upon yours as well. I’m going to go and look at some of your blog posts now. Thank you for the giveaway!

  2. Love Ryn’s designs, both her stamps and her stencils. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

  3. I have been a fan of Ryn’s for a while. Her designs are absolutely amazing. If you haven’t seen her stamps, make sure that you stop by her site. Thank you PCL for a chance to win some of her fabulous products.

  4. Great story and congrats on your
    own business! Love the Maidenhair
    Fern stencil and the examples are
    beautiful!
    Carla from Utah

  5. Hi Ryn, just love your designs! The new stencils are nothing less than brilliant, especially that fern leaf. I remember I had several of those ferns, because they were really popular (a long time ago LOL). Thanks for this wonderful giveaway and I wish you all the best with your endeavours!! Hugs Frea

  6. Wow, I love these stencils. Looks like something else for my ever-growing Santa list! You always seem to bring out something different. Every time someone sees a card with the droplet stamp they are amazed at the 3D effect, and these stencils go perfectly with them. If you’ve not visited before, Ryns designs are so beautiful.

  7. i have been a fan of Ryns stamps and stencils for a long time, the samples above are beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win this new collection x

  8. Such gorgeous designs Ryn …..you have again excelled at what you do. Good luck all your hard work is now paying off I look further to following your adventure further. Thank you for the chance to win.x

  9. I love Designs by Ryn! Glad you featured her amazing talent, sure hope I’m lucky enough to win 🙂

  10. I have been a fan of Ryn’s stamps for a few years. I think these stencils are a beautiful addition to her collection ! Thank you for a chance to win them on your blog. I will also be checking out your blog 😉

  11. Hi just discovered you, I am enjoying looking at your designs. And hope I can sample some of your products by getting a chance to win,x

  12. It’s absolutely amazing what can be created with your stencils and stamps. No wonder you love to see what your design team produces. I love all the cards! Thanks for the chance to win your beautiful stencils, Ryn.

  13. I really like the flowing branch stencil. It has so many possibilities. Love Karen’s “Fly” design using it.

  14. I absolutely love these stencils and all of the projects! I just discovered Designs by Ryn about a week ago and I can’t wait to try some of her fabulous designs out! Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. I’ve been a fan of designs by Ryn for a while and am lucky enough to own several of her stamps. I learn a lot from her creations, would love to win a stencil!!

  16. What a great story and the designs are fabulous. Not trendy, but can be used for so many looks and even incorporated into a trendy design. love it!

  17. Beautiful Stencils. Have started my Christmas cards and brought out my stencils for many of my cards. Love how much texture you can add to your projects.

  18. OMGoodness, these designs are gorgeous! I love Ryn’s stamps – those rising bubbles and water droplets look so realistic. Awesome stencils too! Fabulous spotlight on this designer – thank you!

  19. Found you via the link on Ryn’s blog…. I love her stamps and have a few, I particularly love the water droplet series!!! The art that she and some of her followers produce is amazing!! I would SOOOOO love to win some stencils to have a play with!!! xx xx 🙂

  20. I can’t choose a favorite of these three stencils. Know which one I would choose to work with first. Examples are gorgeous. Truly inspiring; almost as inspiring as your story. Thank you for your honest portrait. Will hold it close.

  21. I always admire women who start their own business and these stencils are lovely plus all the cards are works of art. Great job and much good fortune in your future endeavors.

  22. These samples are all beautiful and show off Ryn’s stamps and stencils beautifully. The flowing branches stencil is good for backgrounds and for the main image on a card, but up until now I thought the maidenhair fern was better just as a background, but the last card by Anja with that bold silhouette shows that it looks perfect as a main image too. I also love the way it has been embossed in gold on Shirley’s card. Miranda has gone for a gorgeously magical effect and both Eileen and Alie have used the water droplets to good effect, and I love the butterfly tree on Karin’s card and Wendy’s tree in full leaf works well too. There are things to admire in every single card. x

  23. The realism of your water droplets made me gasp when I first saw them. Beautiful! Also love the rising air bubbles…so very unique to use on a sea themed card! I just love your stuff! Nice to see you featured on this site.

    also love the rising bubbles…so very different

  24. What an inspirational story! and what inspirational stencils to play with! This is a great introduction to Designs by Ryn. Thank you for this feature.

  25. Absolutely gorgeous projects! Have to study them all more closely and check out the blog to get more details! The water droplet stamps are amazing… love the detail! They look awesome!!!

  26. Beautiful cards all of them. Love the stencils and all the gorgeous colors used to create your cards.

  27. What a wonderful story! I love to hear how people started and how much work went into getting where they are today. I just love all the artwork show here using the Designs by Ryn stamps and stencils. I’m going to hop over to check the site out. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

  28. Love the stencils and the stamps….esp. the bubbles! How different and creative. The designers did wonderful, unique work; especially love the underwater and flowing designs! Now to her blog….thanks for previewing these!!

  29. Ryn I love your style… the new maidenhair fern is GORGEOUS! I so enjoy reading about a great success, from one’s dreams. Each card is amazing! I’ve admired your water drops for a very long time… really need to get one!!
    =] Michele

  30. The projects are beautiful. You can see the water drops and feel the mood of the pictures. The colors are bold and vibrant. Each is a masterpiece on it’s own.
    thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas and for the gift of stamps.

  31. Hi Ryn,
    I have followed you since the “beginning” and I continue to love all that you design. You are so talented and
    I love everything you have made, are making and will make. Keep doing what you do, because you do it exceedingly well. Barb

  32. what a great story, Ryn! thanks for sharing!! and thank you for the opportunity to win these amazing stencils!

  33. Love the rising bubbles stamp!!! Know I will be checking out the Ryn site and blog! Thank you for the chance to win something so great!

  34. Oh these cards are also stunning. The DT has really done an amazing job!
    I just love Ryn’s products, her stamps are of high quality and no doubt the stencils are too! Love the organic shapes of the stencils 🙂

  35. I watch Kellie Murton on YouTube, I think she’s a design team member for Designs by Ryn, she does amazing projects with the Ryn stamps! I want them all!!!

  36. Love, love, love your designs Ryn! They make me want to fly, swim and roll in the fall leaves… oh wait… I will stamp and enjoy the wonder I feel ! Awesome 🙂

  37. These are gorgeous! I’ve just begun to use stencils and acrylic paints, and I think Ryn’s would be so much fun. As for the bubbles – amazing!

  38. These stencils are so detailed! That maidenhair fern stencil is delicate. Mahalo for sharing and for the op to win.

  39. I discovered Designs by Ryn about a year ago and purchased a number of her stamps I LOVE them! I get so many compliments when I design with them. Would be thrilled to win some of her new line of stencils!! Thanks for featuring her.
    R/

  40. Ryn, these samples are stunning! My imagination says your stencils are so versatile, they can be used/combined with almost anything. Not to mention they are beautiful ! Thanks for the Giveaway.
    Hugs,
    Dorly Weitzen

  41. i absolutely love the designs and stamps by designs by ryn, I own some of the stamps and now I’m excited to see the stencils

  42. I am in the US. Where can I purchase Design by Ryn stamps from, or can we order directly from your company?? Glad you found your niche and using your great talent to inspire others to find theirs. Thanks

  43. Wow, all of these creations with the tree branch are so beautiful!! Who would have though you could use that stamp in so many different ways! Love all of the beautiful color too everyone! Looks like really neat stamps! Great find! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  44. I am speechless! LOVED the way the stencils were used to create the card backgrounds/focal point… they are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your talent and inspiration with us!

  45. Amazing projects! Love her artwork….followed her work from the days when she had just the raindrops. Absolutely love the stencils especially the maindenhair fern & the branches. thank you for the inspiration!

  46. Oh my gosh, these are all so beautiful — love everything!!! I seriously need to start adding some stencils to my craft supplies. Thank you Ryn for sharing your story and projects done by your design team!!

  47. This is so full of inspiration! i have now used stencils very much but I think I’ll look forward to trying again for home deco that I can regularly create. TF.

  48. What absolutely beautiful cards and lovely stencils! I love your unique designs and am off to check out your blog as well!

  49. Love the story of the genesis of your company. The products are fabulous. Looking forward to using them in my creations, too.

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