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Etsy Inspired #103--8.28.10

  Happy Saturday all!! It's time again for the fabulous Etsy Inspired Challenge! I love being part of this design team because I am inspired by sooo many things on a daily basis, so Etsy Inspired Challenge is the perfect outlet for this. This week's shop is The Caged Fairy. This shop makes some beautiful metal jewelry pieces featuring motifs of owls, turtles, elephants, frogs, roosters and other animals. Jewelry items include bracelets, earrings and neclkaces, but the shop also sells small home decorative items as well. The shop will be rewarding one winner of this week's challenge with their choice of any piece in the shop. Here's some of the beautiful work that you could choose form if you're that lucky winner!

  And, now for the piece that inspired my card. I was inspired by the coral colors, the soft ruffles of the fabric flower and those delicious beads. I love how beautifully feminine this piece is!

  So, this is the design that I came up with. I incorporated the coral color of the necklace with this lavish lace and the cardstock label. By infusing the color only in selected spots on the card, the color pops dramatically. The pearl flourish embellishment and cream opalescent pearl button on the card are inspired by the many beautiful pearls in the necklace. And, since I love the beautiful flower in the inspiration necklace, I used a similar flower from Webster's Pages. This was such a fun inspiration, and it was a total  fluke as I was considering the Owl Crystal necklace before I found this one.

"Hello" Card

Close up's of the yummy details


 This week's sponsor is Your Next Stamp. Your Next Stamp sells fun and whimsical rubber stamps, cling-mount stamps, paper, ink pads and accessories.  For the second ucky winners, they will give away the two sets of stamps pictured here.

Happy Halloween Fiona set

Skateboard Dude Set

  So, now it's your turn to play. Visit our shop for the week,  The Caged Fairy.   and choose a work to create your inspiration piece on. Make sure to post your creation to Etsy Inspired Challenge Blog by Friday, September 3rd at noon! One lucky winner can win a piece of their choice from the shop, and another winner will win the two stamp sets from  Your Next Stamp. Don't forget to also take a look at the beautiful and amazing work of the Etsy Design Team to help inspire you and get crafting!

"Hello'" Card
Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink. (Coral) Bazzill Basics
Patterned Paper: (In Due Time from Lullaby Lane collection) Webster's Pages. 
Fibers: (Floral trim) Webster's Pages. (Coral lace). 
Clear Stamp: (Sentiment)
Dye Ink: (Rich Cocoa) Tsukineko.
Chalk Ink: (Creamy Brown) Clearsnap
Accents: (Tape) Tim Holtz. (Pearl flourish) Prima. (Crystal Stick pin) Maya Road (Pearlescent button) Mon Ami Gabby
Other: (Label die) Spellbinders. (Corrugated cardboard).

Etsy Inspired #102--8.21.10

Hello everyone! Happy Saturday morning, welcome to another Etsy challenge. I am really excited to share with you this week's shop Art and Philanthropy.   This shop creates funky and colorful recycled collage art and prints geared for children. I especially liked the prints featuring Russian nesting dolls, owls, birds and trees. Here are my favorites from this week's shop.

  What I was inspired by the most were the shop's funky designs, with bright colors and use of recycled material. So, for this week's challenge I decided to incorporate two criteria into my designs. My first criteria was the use of cardboard (my recycled material) and the second criteria was to only use paper and materials that I had on hand. So, here are the three cards that I designed for the challenge; the first card was my inspiration and the card following is my design.

Birds on a Wire Inspiration card

A close up of my "recycled" cardboard embellie. Love the transparency paper!

Forest Trees Inspiration Card

Close up of the details.

Forest Friends Inspiration card

Close up of the detail

  So, now it's your turn to play. Visit our shop for the week,  Art and Philanthropy  and choose a work to create your inspiration piece on. Make sure to post your creation to Etsy Inspired Challenge Blog by Friday! One lucky winner can win an 8"x10" print of their choice from the shop, and another winner will win a $10 gift voucher from this week's sponsor Digi Doodle Shop to use on anything in her shop.

  Make sure to take a look at the beautiful and amazing work of the Etsy Design Team to help inspire you! Ashley is moving this week, so she won't be able to make a post, but do check out our other designs and have fun! Looking forward to see what y'all come up with!

"Birds 'hi'" Card
Cardstock: (Kraft) Papertrey Ink. (Turquoise) Bazzill Basics
Specialty Paper: (Silk screen transparency sheet) Hambly Screen Prints. 
Fibers: (Green satin ribbon) Michael's. 
Accents: (Birds on a Wire rub-on from Out on a Limb set) Hambly Screen Prints. (Letter stickers) American Crafts
Other: (Circle die) Spellbinders. (Corrugated cardboard).

"Simply the Best" Card
Cardstock: (Kraft) Papertrey Ink. (Orange) Amercican Crafts.
Specialty Paper: (Silk screen transparency sheet) Hambly Screen Prints. 
Fibers: (Jute twine) May Arts. 
Accents: (Buttons) Papertrey Ink. (Cardstock Kraft Tree stickers) Hambly Screen Prints. (Sentiment rub-on from Dear Lizzy collection) American Crafts.
Other: (Circle die) Spellbinders. (Corrugated cardboard).

"Embrace Happiness" Card
Cardstock: (Lemon) Bazzill Paper. 
Patterned Paper: (Happy Tree's and Get the Camera from Imagine a Forest collection) My Little Shoebox. (Down the Street from Sky's the Limit collection) My Little Shoebox
Pigment Ink: (White) Tsukineko.
Clear Stamp: (sentiment form Mixed Messages set) Papertrey Ink.
Fibers: (Green satin ribbon) Michael's. 
Other: (Label die) Spellbinders. (Corrugated cardboard).

Etsy Inspired #101--8.14.10

  Greetings all and HAPPY SATURDAY! Wow, last week was SOO exciting with the 100th Etsy Inspired Challenge. I am so happy to see so many people participating and to see great sponsors give away some really FABULOUS prizes! It's always fun to win something.

  This week's shop was really fun because it allowed me to get my creative, vintage juices flowing! Lover Dovers Homemade Goodness. This shop makes the most adorable handmade retro-print inspired aprons for women and children's clothing for infants, toddles and little girls! Her prints are reflective of the 50's style which is appearing in  a lot of paper products as well. I LOVE the vintage papers and styles, so this shop offered a lot of inspiration to me! Here's some fabulous items for sale in her shop.

And, here is the apron that my card was inspired by

  I was inspired by this apron's adorable cherry print and the ric rac trim. Here's my design.

Close up details of the ric rac and cherry motif inspiration

I love these graphics!! I can't cook or bake, so these sentiments are totally me!!

I hope that after you check out   Lover Dovers Homemade Goodness. you'll be inspired to make your own beautiful vintage project. Make sure to post your design by friday to Etsy Inspired Challenge for your chance to win!! Prizes this week are a Lover Dovers Homemade Goodness original "Lucy black and red apron" from their and a prize from this week's sponsor,  Sassy Studio Designs .

They'll be providing a winner with four digi stamps of their choice! Sassy Studio Designs has some very fun, fresh and saucy designs! I particularly liked their Disney Princess stamps such as Belle.

I used to watch "Beauty and the Beast" every weekend when I was little. This is a cute stamp!

So, don't forget to play along by posting your design by friday to Etsy Inspired Challenge for your chance to win!! And don't forget to also take a look at the beautiful, amazing work of the Etsy Design Team to help inspire you! 


"Kitchen Cuisine" Card
Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink. 
Patterned Paper: (Cherry on Top) Jenny Bowlin. (Handmade, Sugary Sweet from Sweet Marmalade collection) Sassafras Lass. (Nook and Pantry collection) Basic Grey.
Fibers: (Yellow scalloped velvet) American Crafts. (Ric Rac) May Arts.
Chalk Ink: (Creamy Brown) Clearsnap
Accents: (White pearls) Michael's. (Buttons) Papertrey Ink. 
Other: (Label Die) Spellbinders. (Doily) Wilton. 


  Hello and happy Friday to everyone!! It's time to announce the winner of this fabulous stamp set from Unity stamp company! I loved reading all your comments and how you would use this set--Valentine's Day cards, cards for loved ones and even springtime cards!! SO many fabulously creative ideas!! YAY! So, the lucky random winner this week is Emily Keaton, who said:

Emily Keaton said...

What an awesome stamp set you are offering!! How would I use it? Oh, it would be super for Valentine's Day--oh, and for making sets of note cards to give to friends for birthday surprises :)
 Emily, please email De at stampindeva{at}bellsouth{dot}net to claim your prize!! Thank you everyone for playing EIC this week and for entering this blog candy giveaway!!! See y'all tomorrow!!


  This week is a VERY special week! It's the 100th Etsy Inspired blog challenge. To celebrate we have a   fabulous shop, amazing sponsors such as Unity Stamp Company,   Limelight Papercrafts,   Lawn Fawn,   May Arts,   Charleston Scrapbook Company,   Softpencil Designs, and tons of prizes! Not only do you have the chance to win the shop's prize (a pendant of their choice), you also could win over 100+ products in our grand prize (including a $10 gift voucher from Softpencil Designs. In addition to those amazing prizes each design team member will be giving away a fabulous prize on their blog!! What fabulousness we have in store for you this week. 

Here's the amazing 100+ Prize you could win!!!

  So, the rules are the same for the shop's prize and the 100+ product prize, BUT you have MULTIPLE chances to win MORE prizes! All you need to do is visit each design team member's blog, leave a comment and on August 13th by noon each DT member will randomly select a winner from their blog to win the DT member's prize! Here's what I will be giving away from  Unity Stamp Company  

Bits and Baubles rubber stamps valued at $29!! It's super cute and fabulous isn't it?

  So, now that you have seen the adorable prize that you could win, leave me a comment  telling me how you would use these stamps.

 But, now lets get to this week's Etsy shop. This week's shop is  Cathy Walters.  Cathy makes incredible wearable art in pendant form! They are super adorable, here are a few samples of her work. She is offering one winner a pendant of their choice!


See, doesn't she have fun designs? So, the pendant in her shop that inspired my card this week was this fabulous design. I was inspired by the Eiffel Tower image and pendant frame. So, with this design, I decided to design a card in the Shabby Vintage style.

Here's my card

A close up of the heat embossed doily stamp

A close up of the Eiffel Tower image


So, celebrate with us by making sure to post your design by friday to Etsy Inspired Challenge for your chance to win!! You may even with the 100+ prize package. And don't forget to also take a look and comment at the beautiful, amazing work of the Etsy Design Team to help inspire you! I'd like to also welcome the Guest designer for August, Julie Ranae.


"Blessing of Friendship" Card

Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink. 
Patterned Paper: (French Press from Road Show collection) Fancy Pants Design. (We'll Always Love Paris from Paris Vintage collection) Dove of the East.
Fibers: (Yellow satin ribbon) Offray. (Cream ribbon) Creative Imaginations.
Stamp: (Doily) Hero Arts.
Chalk Ink: (Creamy Brown) Clearsnap
Watermark Ink: Tsukineko
Embossing Powder: (White) Hampton Art.
Accents: (White & brown pearls) Michael's. (Flowers) Prima. (Chipboard frame) Tattered Angels. 
Other: (Label Die) Spellbinders. Corrugated Cardboard. 
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