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Etsy Inspired #111--10.23.10

  Happy Saturday all! Boy, was this a busy week for me! After being in Texas for five days last week, I came back to work and had a ton of grading to do, tons of stuff my students needed to finish and a observation to prepare for! I was creatively depressed because I only was able to design one day this week and I was away from my studio for five days last week! This post is even late because I spent the whole evening grading sketchbooks.  My nieces are coming into town and staying with my hubby and me so now crafting this weekend, but next week I am back on a roll again.

  However, I made two fabulous cards that were inspired by the incredible shop Stiletto Heights which sells the most beautiful, layered and ornately feminine prints ever!! The prints you'll find are based on mixed media collages that draw from contemporary and vintage ephemera which is then mixed with decorative paper and painted with acrylics, watercolor crayons and oil pastels. They are simply beautiful and I spent a lot of time trying to decided which gorgeous print to be inspired by. Here's a sampling of some of my favorites.

  I simply love the romantic femininity of these pieces, and I am thinking of all the gorgeous places I would put them in my own home! If you're thinking the same thing maybe you will be one of our winner's this week because  Stiletto Heights is offering one a winner two prints of their choice!!! Such fabulousness!! I wish I could win because I totally know which ones I would pick out!

So, I was inspired by two prints this week, I just couldn't resist-everything was so GORGEOUS!
I was inspired by this print's flourishes on the left and the layered postcard over the main image
on the right. I also loved the dark, antiqued ink around the edges. 

Post Card

Detail of my stamped flourishes. I like the idea of postage and France so I took some 
Dove from the East paper and trimmed the French images that had postage on them. I then
took my Crop-A-Dile and cut little slits from the edge of it to make it look like a stamp.

I inked the edges with chalk in and stamped flourishes off the edges.
I added a floral cameo for an feminine touch

My second card was inspired by this print. I loved the bord image and the
green touches to this print. I had a vintage peacock floral tag 
and I thought it would look beautiful with this print.

Peacock Greeting Card

The peacock tag has a a shabby chic look to it. Add in the
seam binding and an opalescent button and voila! I sprayed some glimmer mist
on the doily behind the label to make it pop off the card!

The patterned paper is part of Pink Paislee's new Parisian Anthology
collection. The paper is GORGEOUS! It has a resist on it, and you
can spray glitter mist or rub chalk ink on it, wipe it away and the resist remains
white--showing the cute little doilies!

  Our sponsor this week is Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps. Our sponsor creates rubber stamps that can cling to any acrylic block! They are offering our second winner a $15 store credit! 

  So, now it's your turn to play. Visit our shop for the week and choose an item to base your creation on. Make sure to post your design to Etsy Inspired Challenge Blog by Friday, October 29th at noon! One lucky person will win two gorgeous prints from  Stiletto Heights   or  a $15  credit from  Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps.

  Don't forget to take a look at our fabulous design team's blogs for more inspiration and get your creative juices flowing! 

Post Card
Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink.
Patterned Paper: (We'll Always have Paris from Paris Vintage collection) Dove of the East
Clear Stamps: (Flourishes from Embellishments set) Papertrey Ink.
Dye Ink: (Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko.
Chalk Ink: (Perfect Plumeria, Tea Leaves) Tsukineko. (Creamy Brown) Clearsnap.
Accents: (Floral Cameo) Webster's Pages.
Fibers: (Purple and brown seam binding) Prarie Bird Boutique
Tools: (Crop-A-Dile) We R Memory Keepers

Peacock Greeting Card
Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink.
Specialty Paper: (Darling Doilies from House of Three) Pink Paislee.
Chalk Ink: (Pixie Dust, Tea Leaves) Tsukineko. (Creamy Brown) Clearsnap.
Accents: (Pearlescent button) 
Fibers: (Pink and turquoise seam binding) Prarie Bird Boutique. (Jute twine) May Arts.


  1. Wow Emily! You've out done yourself with these two gorgeous cards! Both are so feminine and elegant and a perfect reflection of the beautiful pics in this week's store!

  2. OMGOSH Emily! The cards are just stunning and so inspiring. I just love your take on your inspirational picks.

  3. Love how you used the postage stamp border ... fabulous inspired designs.

  4. These are GORGEOUS, Emily! I love all the layering and the crinkle ribbon! Very pretty!

  5. Beautiful vintage inspired cards! I love all the inking and the postcard layers.

  6. OMGoooodness! I thought your first card was eye-popping GORGEOUSNESS and then I scrolled down and saw your second card and its equally GORGEOUS!

  7. love love love these emily, perfect!

  8. OH EMILY!! You have out done yourself--these cards are beautiful! I LOOOOOOOOOVE that first one with the postage stamp borders! I love the coloring too--that plum and green...OHHHHHH! Just LUSH:) The second card---STUNNING! I love love love that peacock! Beautifully done! Those fibers and fabric...LUSH x2!!! LOVE your style! These are just gorgeous:) I wish WISH WISH we lived next to each other! I want to craft with you--I want to learn so much from you! LOVE your talent:)

  9. O Emily! I love your beautiful, shabby cards! They are so lovely, I'm glad I found your blog :) Thank you for sharing.


  10. Absolutely STUNNING work! I knew you would come up with something fabulously vintage for this challenge! :)


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