by Colleen Conrad of ConradDesigns

Vanessa Cengic (and Emil)
(aka Bears Banners and Graphics)

. . . and a giveaway

Vanessa is giving away a $20 gift certificate to be used in Bears Banners and Graphics Etsy shop.

To enter the Giveaway, visit Bears and Banners Graphics.  Then come back and COMMENT on this Blog about your favorite graphic design item in the shop.

I am a child of Christ, wife, daughter, sister and graphic designer. I enjoy creating beautiful graphics with inspiration that comes from His wonderful creation. I have a wonderful hubby who is a web designer. We have a baby waiting for us in heaven and a fur baby here on earth. A sweet little Jack Russell Terrier named Flora.

How did you get your start on Etsy?
 While watching a youtube video one day I heard mention of I immediately went to check it out. I was so happy that it was a marketplace for selling handmade items! I wasn’t crazy about the idea of getting lost in the shuffle amongst mass produced items over on eBay. I was even more excited when I found out it was only .20 cents to list an item. Where else can you start up a business with just 20 cents!?

Azure Frost Business Card, Banner and Avatar Set

How did you choose your shop name?
The nickname for my hubby Emil is Bear so he is the reason for the bear theme to my shop. The shop name is bearcengic: bear combined with our last name Cengic.

What does a typical day look like for you?
I wake up at 8:00am, we say a prayer for our day and study a few chapters in the Word. We then put on the kettle for tea and hubby makes breakfast a few days a week (a huge blessing). Once breakfast if over hubby goes to College and I open the shop at 10:00am. I reply to Etsy conversations, emails and facebook messages. I then start filling orders and creating custom designs. 5:00pm we close up shop and start dinner. After dinner I work on designs, catch up with friends on facebook or look through some magazines for design and color inspiration. Country Living, House Beautiful and Martha Stewart living are some of my faves. 10:00pm is time for bedtime prayers and some devotional reading. InTouch by Charles Stanley and Our Daily Bread are my faves.

If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?
Scotland - in a cozy Bed & Breakfast with my Bear.

Forest Fairy Etsy Shop Banner with Matching Avatar Set

What is your favorite Bible verse?
I have many favorites but one of them is: Isaiah 41:10-11

What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature?My fave item from our Etsy shop is our logo design:
It’s so much fun creating a unique brand for a customer.
Logo Design

URLs to places we can find you on the internet:
Etsy Invitations:
Blog (under renovation):

Comments (14)

On November 10, 2010 at 8:20 PM , Colleen said...

Sorry this is so late!

On November 10, 2010 at 8:28 PM , Vanessa said...

I am soooo excited to be featured!! :) Thanks so much.

On November 10, 2010 at 8:43 PM , cksilver said...

Beautiful feature, Vanessa & Colleen! Thanks for sharing! So fun to learn more about you! Love your creations, and so fun to learn about where your shop name came from!

On November 10, 2010 at 9:28 PM , ZudaGay said...

Great feature and so nice to meet Vanessa and Emil. :) Your work is great! Here is my favorite.

On November 11, 2010 at 12:43 AM , Princess Daffy said...

I L*O*V*E Bearcengics shop! Hi Nessa :o)

I have their banners and cards for BOTH of my shops and they are gorgeous!

This is my current fave from their shop-Perfect for Christmas :o)


Thanks for a great feature on a wonderful and very sweet lady.

xoxo, Daffy

On November 11, 2010 at 7:57 AM , Julie Riisnaes said...

Nice to find out more about you!
This is my fave
Its lovely to have someone help you make your own banner


On November 11, 2010 at 8:33 AM , Heart's Desire Beading Company said...

Vanessa, you have so many wonderful banners and graphics in your shop, it is a hard choice! Since I'm a fan of pink, this one caught my eye:
I have purchased from your Etsy shop twice and have been very pleased with your work and I would recommend you to everyone!


On November 11, 2010 at 8:52 AM , MYSAVIOR said...

Vanessa - I love your graphics! Welcome to our Team and hope to see you often on the thread.

Your day sounds so wonderful.


On November 11, 2010 at 9:21 AM , Sue Runyon said...

You guys are so cute in your photo together. Great to get to know you. I've heard such raves about your work from several people. Colleen, thanks so much for putting this together.

On November 11, 2010 at 9:42 AM , sweetybird09 said...

Vanessa, its so nice to get to know you better and to understand just how you got that name for the shop, I love that you and your husband do things together, I like Charles Stanley also :)

On November 11, 2010 at 12:56 PM , Stephanie said...

So lovely to meet you Vanessa!

I have been madly in love with red birds this year (the christmas tree is going to have a ton of them on it) & so I love the Cardinal Winter set!

On November 11, 2010 at 1:57 PM , sammysgrammy said...

I recently added a new banner for sammysgrammy's etsy it from Vanessa's shop. Great to do business with. And I love my new banner.
I'll pop in to her shop in a bit and tell you what my favorite is.

On November 12, 2010 at 8:42 AM , pfd said...

Very nice to learn more about you Venessa. I was wondering what your shop's name stood for. Your selection of banners are great!

Colleen, great job on your interview and the feature.

On November 15, 2010 at 11:07 AM , Lizzi said...

Nice to meet you Vanessa! I love the animated ad button idea!
Good job Colleen!