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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).


  1. AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME, Emily!! Love all the cards and your take on the inspiration is incredible! My fav is the tree card! LOVE LOVE the recycled material idea as I did something similar :)

  2. OMG Emily! You completely out did yourself this week! Gorgeous cards! I love the recycled elements. They are unique and truly amazing!

  3. OMGosh! Your cards are just awesome. Love your take on all your inspirational pieces.

  4. i love love love all of them!

  5. luv them all but my most fav. is "Forrest Friends Inspiration card"!! Very Nice!

  6. Fabulous idea to create eco-friendly cards! :) I am absolutely in love with that last card...simply adorable!

  7. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the cards you made, Emily! Fantastic job! :)

  8. GET OUT--all three cards are SUPER CRAFTY and AMAZING! I loooooooooove that tree card--the whole feel of it is awesome! LOVE the detail! And that third card-----soooooooooooooooo AMAZING! I love the little animals and that layers and the 3D effects!!!I love love love visiting here! YOU ROCK and KNOCK my socks off:) Love it all:)

  9. Emily these cards are so beautiful! All of them! I love your blog and I'm your newest follower!


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