Tuesday, February 21, 2012

{Giveaway} iota giveaway: 3 categories - 3 winners!

UPDATE!!
We have a winner!
Comment #105 - Fiona N.
Comment #8 - Alli @ cupcake diaries
Comment #30 - Kristina @ a home made by kiki
Congratulations!
Please email stefanie@annaandblue.com for info to claim your prizes.


As you know, I have fallen in love with Pinterest.  It has become an obsession really.  I find the most amazing pictures.  It is my go to place for finding inspiration for holidays, desserts, home design and so much more!  Recently, I was looking for color palette ideas when I came across the most amazing, colorful, and chic products. I instantly fell in love and had to learn more.  I discovered that the designer and founder behind these stylish designs is Kelly Alford of iota.  I look forward to sharing with you all about iota and know that you will be impressed with their amazing fashionable styles.  

As a special treat, iota has offered 3 giveaways for 3 winners!

What inspired you to start iota?
Born of a wish to be my own client, I began iota as a wholesale stationery and greeting card designer/manufacturer in 2003, incorporating some of the ideas that were left on the table by my graphic design clients. In my graphic design business, I had specialized in branding and identity creation, which proved valuable experience for my role with iota. At the time, my youngest child, Ruby, was just starting kindergarten, and I discovered I had more time and energy to create when she was in school. Today, iota is growing up--just like Ruby, who is now in high school. Also, I had always made my own birthday cards, invitations and more--a definite precursor to starting iota. I officially put the idea of iota into motion as an exhibitor at the National Stationery Show--we only showed mock-ups (we didn't have real products yet!), and it was a resounding success. Our designs were an immediate hit with buyers and retail customers.


What has been the most exciting moment for iota?
The most exciting iota moment happened on December 7, 2007, when CSS Industries came calling. It was perfect timing: I was looking for that next step for iota. And, in just a few months, iota was officially acquired by CSS Industries under their C.R. Gibson company. The acquisition allowed me to essentially quit my "day job," my graphic design business, and really devote more time to growing iota.


Tell me about a current fashion trend that you like to incorporate in your designs.
We don't follow color or fashion trends at iota--we create them! We do follow social, political and cultural trends, however. For example, we see our dependence on technology increasing and our interaction with technology changing. So, we set out to create accessories that make it a "softer" interface...products like phone covers, e-reader and tablet covers and laptop sleeves that showcase individual expression and personal style. We see the next generation seeking simplification in life, so we create products, like our new iotaSAKS, that are perfect for farmer's markets, for replacing dependence on plastic bags, and products meant for cooking and entertaining at home. We love to design products that we use ourselves--this is always a wonderful place to begin development of new ideas!


What is next for iota?
We are focused on building iota into a meaningful lifestyle brand, and this translates into many things. We are dedicated to infusing sustainability into the iota business model and into our designs, like using eco-friendly and fair trade materials. Social responsibility and the "triple bottom line" is becoming more of a focus for us in all aspects of our brand. As iota evolves, we look to expanding the bold, colorful and irreverent iota brand into more lifestyle categories. Every iota makes a difference!


 I just love learning about how other fabulous women start their businesses and feel so inspired by the iota team. A special thanks (Danke!) to Jennifer for working with me to make this feature & giveaway possible.

Who wants to WIN?? Here's how to enter:

1. Take a look at the goodies at every iota and come back here to leave a comment with your favorite item.

2. Are you a fan of anna and blue paperie on Facebook? If not, become one here and "like" our page! If you are a new fan, please say hello on our wall. Then come back here and let me know that you did.

3. Post about this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter or your blog. Leave a comment with the link here.

4. Do you follow my blog? If not, subscribe here.  Come back here to leave a comment that you did!

5. Become a fan of every iota on Facebook by clicking here and "liking" them. Don't forget to say that anna and blue paperie sent you! Leave a comment here letting me know that you did.

It will be verified that winners are fans of each page.

Please leave a separate comment for each entry! If posting as anonymous, please leave your contact info!

Winner will be chosen on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 10:00pm (cst) Any entries after this time will be void. Winner will be selected using random.org.

113 comments:

  1. I LOVE the MADRAS TARTAN kitchen collection!

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  2. I am a fan of anna and blue paperie on Facebook!

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  3. So many cute items! The journals, jewelry pouches

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  4. I just love the Bloomin' Purse Tote from iota! That design is so fun. It's hard to choose a favorite design over there though, they're all fabulous!

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  5. Already a fan of "anna and blue paperie" on Facebook!

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  6. I tweeted about the giveaway! https://twitter.com/#!/allisonkmiller/status/172005062606987264

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  7. I like iota on Facebook and left a comment!

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  8. Now a fan of Iota on FB and left a comment!

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  9. Posted this give-a-way on my blog! I'm new to blogging and not sure how to leave a link, but here is what I posted: "Wonderful prizes up for grabs! http://annaandblue.blogspot.com/2012/02/giveaway-iota-giveaway-3-categories-3.html?showComment=1329844600538#c8734141692323621522"

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  10. I posted about this giveaway on Facebook & gave the link to your site.
    https://www.facebook.com/?sk=h_chr

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  11. I like a lot of items, but one thing I flock to is journals, so one of my favorite items in that category is the writers block journal.

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  12. Already a long time fan on facebook!

    rose_a_powellATyahooDOTcom

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  13. I subscribe to your blog

    rose_a_powellATyahooDOTcom

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  14. I liked every iota on facebook

    rose_a_powellATyahooDOTcom

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  15. I'm a fb fan of anna and blue! <3

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  16. I love the iota bloomin travel mug!

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  17. I love her totes...they are fabulous! I would have a hard time choosing a fabric!

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  18. I love all of the matching baby supplies. Too bad my kids are too big for those. Now it is time for gift giving.

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  19. I like the Astro Chef recipe box and file cards.

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  20. I love the Bloomin' messenger bag!!!

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  21. Posted comment and giveaway link to my FB page!

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  22. I am now a subscriber to your this wonderful site of iota! thanks!

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  23. oh cute! My favorite product has to be their totes, I love a good tote! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. Of course I'm a fan of Anna and Blue Paperie on Facebook! : )

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  25. shared on twitter!
    https://twitter.com/#!/monicabrown28/status/172100709876121602

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  26. Already subscribe to your fabulous blog! Thank you!

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  27. Last but not least, new fan of iota on facebook! Thanks again!

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  28. So much to choose from! I like the travel mug.

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  29. Checked out iota....how could I pick a favorite?!! I love the unique design elements on all the products! If I had to choose just oneeeee item....kimono baby boots in peace sign print! Too cute!

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  30. I'm already a fan of anna and blue paperie!! Yay!

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  31. Posted an "iota" anspd "abp" shout out on my Blog! http://jclaytonandfamily.blogspot.com/2012/02/iota.html

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  32. Oh man, I love those totes! Especially that Sneaky tote! hostess {at} host-itnotes.com

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  33. 1. Favorite item was the "simplify" iota big tote, but love the baby items, stationary, and gifting sections!


    2. Already a fan


    3. http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1321897275


    4. Already follow your blog


    5. Liked Iota on Facebook

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  34. I LOVE the Writer's Block Hot Tote!
    shanna.u at gmail dot com

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  35. YEP! I am a fan of Anna and Blue on FB!
    shanna.u at gmail dot com

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  36. I am an email subscriber to your blog.
    shanna.u at gmail dot com

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  37. Tweeted this giveaway! https://twitter.com/#!/shannau/status/172399569731203074
    shanna.u at gmail dot com

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  38. New fan of iota on FB! Left love :)
    shanna.u at gmail dot com

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  39. love the iotatote in sneaky...I'd carry that bad boy everywhere!
    soonercourtneyanne at yahoo dot com

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  40. aaf of anna & blue!
    soonercourtneyanne at yahoo dot com

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  41. new fan of iota on FB & left some <3!
    soonercourtneyanne at yahoo dot com

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  42. subscribed to your blog via email
    soonercourtneyanne at yahoo dot com

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  43. Picking one is so hard. I love the ashlee phone case in tess. I love the all in one wristlet and could the alphabet soup fabric be any cuter!!

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  44. I subcribe to the blog via goolge reader rss

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  45. I like the farm stand apron sheshult@hotmail.com

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  46. Like anna and blue on FB as Ed shult sheshult@hotmail.com

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  47. i love the pebble-lious baby stuff and the alphabet soup.
    amanda eldridge
    starlynn84@aol.com

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  48. i am a fan of anna and blue of but since i am comment blocked i can no post on there wall but i do want to say thank you very much.
    amanda eldridge
    starlynn84@aol.com

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  49. i posted about this giveaway on fb .
    amanda eldridge
    starlynn84@aol.com

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  50. i follow your blog
    amanda eldridge
    starlynn84@aol.com

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  51. i am a fan of iota on fb
    amanda eldridge
    starlynn84@aol.com

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  52. Have developed an newfound love of notebooks so the Tall Books / unfolded really caught my eye.
    Thanks for the giveaway
    fingers crossed!

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  53. I absolutely adore the Astro Chef Collection!

    wormbutt at gmail dot com

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  54. Am a fan of Anna and Blue Paperie on facebook.

    wormbutt at gmail dot com

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  55. Am subscribed to your blog.

    wormbutt at gmail dot com

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  56. Am a fan of every iota on facebook.

    wormbutt at gmail dot com

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  57. Posted on facebook here - http://www.facebook.com/wormbutt/posts/3414948978745

    wormbutt at gmail dot com

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  58. Tweeted!

    https://twitter.com/#!/wormbutt/status/172714924479492096

    wormbutt at gmail dot com

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  59. I shared on fb.

    https://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1218871012

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  60. My Favorite item is the Messenger bag from the iota chic bloomin' collection : )

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  61. I like Anna and Blue Paperie on Facebook : )
    (Malana D.)

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  62. I am a new follower of your blog : )

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  63. I like Iota on facebook : )
    (Malana D.)

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  64. Aaf of Anna and blue on facebook and I meant totes stupid auto correct. :)

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  65. I love everything! My fave is the WRITER’S BLOCK COOL tote!

    alittleumbrella (at) live (dot) com

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  66. I like you on Facebook.

    {facebook.com/a.little.umbrella}

    alittleumbrella (at) live (dot) com

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  67. I follow this blog via Google Friend Connect {Lesli}

    alittleumbrella (at) live (dot) com

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  68. I like iota on Facebook.

    {facebook.com/a.little.umbrella}

    alittleumbrella (at) live (dot) com

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  69. I love the ASHLEE PHONE COVER / IPHN-8960! It looks so cool and super cute :-)
    Fiona N - iceyogurt@gmail.com

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  70. I am a fan of anna and blue paperie on Facebook :-)(fiona nuyen)
    Fiona N - iceyogurt@gmail.com

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  71. I shared this giveaway on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/iceyogurt/status/173132248336437250
    Fiona N - iceyogurt@gmail.com

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  72. I followed your blog via email: iceyogurt@gmail.com
    Fiona N

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  73. I am a fan of every iota on Facebook: (fiona nuyen)
    Fiona N - iceyogurt@gmail.com

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  74. I really can't choose! I love EVERYTHING in the paper collections. The patterns are wonderful!

    Echo
    echodannelle[at]gmail.com

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  75. I'm a fan of Anna and Blue on Facebook.

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    echodannelle[at]gmail.com

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  76. I'm subscribed to your blog.

    Echo
    echodannelle[at]gmail.com

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  77. I'm a fan of every iota on Facebook.

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    echodannelle[at]gmail.com

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  78. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/#!/echodannelle/status/173144027322003457

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    echodannelle[at]gmail.com

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  79. I am a fan of anna and blue paperie on Facebook!

    Jackie Sherrill

    sjacks2001@carolina.rr.com

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  80. I'm a fan of every iota on Facebook.

    Jackie Sherrill

    sjacks2001@carolina.rr.com

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  81. I really like all the Totes!
    Thanks,
    Jackie Sherrill
    sjacks2001@carolina.rr.com

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