Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Weekly Win It-Rio Oso Designs!


I know I always say I'm super excited about the Weekly Win It featured artist but, I always am!!!! This week is no different, please welcome Angela of Rio Oso Designs! Okay...listen up Etsy artists and business owners, because this shop is a great place to get affordable, custom designed business cards and shop banners!


Angela provides her design services for businesses or individuals looking to add some professional, creative graphics to their website or marketing package. Her fantastic designs include shop and blog banners, business cards, promotional postcards and pretty much anything you need to creatively market your business. She has a great eye for creating well-balanced, creative layouts and seems to be full of endless design ideas. This busy mom also runs another etsy shop called Ambrosia Delights featuring jewelry and clothing items. In her "spare" time, Angie authors three popular blogs, Rio Oso Designs, Ambrosia Delights and The Downtown Boutique. Whew! I'm getting tired just typing all of this...let's find out how this talented artist keeps track of her busy life!

Your banner designs are absolutely amazing! Where did you learn how to create these and how long have you been doing this? Thank you so much! I didn’t even realize I had the capability to do something like this, until I started playing around with my photo editing software…Microsoft Picture It. I’m not a graphic artist…I only put graphic images together that I have purchased the commercial licensing for. I have been doing this since May of 2007.

What made you decide to start selling your design services on Etsy? I figured that I had discovered a niche. With all the shops on Etsy, I figured there would be a need and a desire for my style of banners.


What was the inspiration for your shop name? My husband’s mom calls him “Bear”, and they are Hispanic, so that’s where “Oso” came from. Then, we love to go fishing together as a family, so that’s where “Rio” (or river) came from. It’s kind of who we are.

On top of a great shop, you have another shop “Ambrosia Delights” and at least two very popular blogs…how do you find the time to do it all? I have NO idea!!!! I think my husband is a saint for putting up with it! He actually encourages me strongly in all that I do. But I do tend to neglect some housework, etc. I really need to figure out how to balance better!


Do you sell your items at places other than Etsy? Believe it or not, I sell most of my jewelry to my husband’s family! They love it! I also sell it to friends, and my husband takes it to his work and sells it there…he works with a lot of women. I also sell the burp cloths and greeting cards to friends.

Where do you get inspiration for your banner designs? I pray a LOT! Seriously. I know that God is the one who has blessed me with my creativity, so all the credit must go to Him. Other than that, I just love putting things together and seeing what works. I love pinks and sage greens and polka dots, in case you couldn’t tell. I love the feminine, vintage, swirly looks. I try to work with what’s popular right now, and go from there. A lot of the inspiration comes from my customers themselves.



Amazing! I absolutely love her designs and am so impressed by her humble and gracious attitude!

Okay...now to find out what Angie is offering up from her fabulous shop!! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to enter for a chance to win your very own custom banner for an Etsy shop, blog or website!!!!!



You heard correctly...this fabulous give-away will be for one custom banner that you get to collaborate on with Angie!! Please visit Rio Oso Designs to check out Angie's custom banner listing for an explanation of what is included in the design. Please check here for contest rules and regulations! Thank you so much, Angie, for taking time out of your busy life to chat with us and participate in this weeks' give-away. Your designs are fabulous (and you are too!)!!!!!

20 comments:

Sandy said...

great blog and great idea. Maybe I'll get to be up there some day. ;)

Marcy said...

Love the graphics work, and love the opportunity to win a banner, just when I need one, lol!

jessicadowntown said...

I wish my desgin skills were half this awesome! Very unique!

Debra said...

Love Angie's sophisticated style. I would love to have one of her banners.

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Jessica said...

Very cute! Unique. Wish I were half this talented with graphics!

Angie said...

Really lovely work - great to have the chance to win such a stylish new banner!

Bethany said...

What a wonderful blog you have...glad to have found it :)
I happen to to be a big fan of Angela's work as I have worked with her on a banner for my own blog....I love it soo much! But I'd love to win one for my soon-to-be-website!!! Oh that would be soooo cool :)

Pretty Sweet Designs said...

oooh!! am i allowed to enter this? :D i'd love to win!! hihi.

Ivey Handcrafted said...

Well I have to comment on this! Because A. To say that her work is great and B. I need a new blog banner! XOXO

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

I'm in!!! I wish I knew how to do computer graphics!:-)

Sarah said...

What a great idea!

I'll definitely be checking out Rio Oso.

Bunny B said...

The graphics are all so lovely, I wish I had this talent! And to know that she can do it in an hour! Amazing :)

design for mankind. said...

WONDERFUL!!!! :) She's so talented!

Phyllis said...

Very pretty banners, would love to win one. Here's hoping. :-)

Melissa Lewis-Off The Wall said...

Great, GREAT post here. I can totally relate to some of her answers. Especially the "praying a lot." I totally get that.

Love her work too! Great find, once again, Jen!

Tizzalicious said...

She makes such pretty things!

thegaudygoddess said...

love the designs!

elasticwaistbandlady said...

I'm in total awe of creative people who combine that with techincal know-how!

Please enter me for the contest, too.

l.m. glam said...

Love your work!!

Artsy Momma said...

I love everything about your work!