Etsy Inspired #112--10.30.10

Happy Saturday!! It's so been wet, and gloomy outside all week which means it's the perfect weather to craft in! And this week's shop has fun, whimsical and colorful prints that will bring summer back into your fall schedule. BeiLeXian Whimsyland offers amazing and fun prints to make you feel fresh and happy. They're offering one winner any $18 print of their choice! Here's some colorFUL examples.



So fun and happy! I love all the little figures little faces and expressions!
Here's the print that I was inspired by

Here's my take on the piece! I was inspired by the gorgeous use of color, and the circular forms! I am in love with the circles.

I created my own tree from patterned paper and cut it out, along with 
punching circles from other patterned paper.

I hand cut small blades of grass, and inked them. I added
the ribbon treatment, tie some baker's twine around and thread the buttons


To get the watercolor effect, I inked all the patterned paper
pieces with a variety of chalk and dye inks.

  Our sponsor this week is Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps . This store sells fabulous designer paper packs, clear and digital stamps, and acrylic blocks. They're offering our second winner a $15 gift voucher to be used in their shop!! Oooh! I already made a list of what I would buy from their shop if I could win! So, what are you waiting for?

  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, November 5th at noon! One lucky person will win an $18 print of their choice from BeiLeXian Whimsyland   or  a $15  credit from  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps  

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


MATERIALS:
Hello Card
Cardstock: (Kraft) Papertrey Ink.
Patterned Paper: (Birdie Border, Blue Floral, Colored Birds, Green Bird, Petit Floral from Artsy Urban collection) GCD Studios.
Dye Ink: (Rhubarb Stalk, Cantaloupe, Potters Clay) Tsukineko.
Chalk Ink: (Aegean Blue, Tea Leaves) Tsukineko. 
Accents: (Letter stickers) Jenni Bowlin. (Red, yellow, blue buttons) Creative Imaginations.
Fibers: (Blue ribbon) Creative Impressions. (Green & white Baker's Twine) May Arts.

Paper Therapy-October 24 2010

Hello all!! Welcome to our fourth challenge at  Paper Therapy.  Paper Therapy is an online forum for scrapbookers and card makers to share their work, meet new friends, learn new tips and techniques and have fun!! I hope you can join us every week in our challenges! The previous three have been SUPER fun and were seeing some really incredible designs!

  Here's how it works. Every monday a new challenge will be posted in the forum. You upload your design   and have the chance to win the weekly challenge. A fabulous prize and winner blinkie will be awarded the first challenge winner of every month, and then subsequent challenge winners will win an awesome blinkie to share with the whole world, showing them that you rocked the  Paper Therapy challenge.

  This week's challenge was to make a project based on only using scrap paper and ribbon that we had laying around. Luckily, I never throw my scraps out (including sticker sheets!), so I had a lot to work with! YAY! I even had just enough lettering stickers to make a sentiment. I pulled out my current Hocus Pocus line from Pink Paislee. This line is originally designed as a Halloween line, but I decided to switch it around to make it a Thanksgiving card. 

Give Thanks Card

I took some "Witching Hour" scraps and pleated the paper really tight.
Then I stamped the pumpkin image with pigment ink on the pleated paper 
and let it dry, popping it up with foam dots.

I took the rest of my scrap paper and cut them into various squares, all an
inch tall. I then inked each and adhere to the card, tying some 
seam binding and bakers twine scraps.

It was SUPER fun working on a Halloween card for this week's challenge! Make sure to post your card to the message board by midnight on Friday, October 29th. I hope that you play along with us this week at  Paper Therapy 

MATERIALS:
Cardstock: (Kraft) Papertrey Ink. 
Patterned Paper: (Witching Hour, Hocus Pocus, Haunting, Good Fortune and Skeleton Soiree from Hocus Pocus collection) Pink Paislee.
Chalk Ink: (Chestnut Road) Clearsnap.
Pigment Ink: (Tuxedo Black, Copper) Tsukineko.
Clear Stamps: (Pumpkin from All Hallow's Eve set) Inkadinkado.
Fibers: (Brown seam binding) Prairie Bird Boutique . (Orange and white Baker's twine) May Arts.
Accents: (Yellow, brown buttons) Creative Imaginations. (Tiny Type Alphabet stickers) Cosmo Cricket. (Green and white alphabet stickers) Jenni Bowlin.

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! 


MATERIALS:
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) www.monamigabby.com 
Fibers: (Pink and turquoise seam binding) Prarie Bird Boutique. (Jute twine) May Arts.

Hello all!! Welcome to our third challenge at  Paper Therapy.  Paper Therapy is an online forum for scrapbookers and card makers to share their work, meet new friends, learn new tips and techniques and have fun!! I hope you can join us every week in our challenges! The previous two have been SUPER fun and were seeing some really incredible designs!

  Here's how it works. Every monday a new challenge will be posted in the forum. You upload your design   and have the chance to win the weekly challenge. A fabulous prize and winner blinkie will be awarded the first challenge winner of every month, and then subsequent challenge winners will win an awesome blinkie to share with the whole world, showing them that you rocked the  Paper Therapy challenge.

  This week's challenge was to make a project based on the following colors. Since it's October and I am LOVING the new Pink Paislee line, "Hocus Pocus" I decided to make a Halloween card! 


So, here's another fabulous Halloween card using the four colors above!
The patterned paper has some green galore, so saffron and pumpkin pie in it, 
and the yummy sparkly ribbon treatment uses the basic black and green galore!
If you look closely behind the ribbon treatment there are some
spooky spiders creeping behind the ribbon too!

A close up of that yummy ribbon and the sparkly flower centers
from Prima!

  It was SUPER fun working on a Halloween card for this week's challenge! I hope that you play along with us this week at  Paper Therapy 

MATERIALS:
Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink. 
Patterned Paper: (Witching Hour from Hocus Pocus collection) Pink Paislee.
Chalk Ink: (Chestnut Road) Clearsnap.
Dye Ink: (Tuxedo Black, Copper) Tsukineko.
Clear Stamps: (Spider web, spiders and sentiment from All Hallow's Eve set) Inkadinkado.
Fibers: (Gree sparkle ribbon) Making Memories. (Black sparkle ribbon) May Arts.
Accents: (Flower center) Prima.

Etsy Inspired #110--10.16.10


Happy Saturday everyone! I am in Texas this weekend for my DH's college roommates wedding. Were so happy for the new Mr and Mrs Brodie Heflin!! Plus, it gives my DH and I a chance to spend time with his family and check out the famous Texas State fair where I have been told to try fried chocolate....hmmm. I am told that these famous fried concoctions are incredible, but last year's main dish was fried butter so I am a little concerned.

  But, anways--this week's shop and sponsor is none other that our own Etsy Inspire Design team member,  KERRY's shop Capturing Creativity . Her shop is your one stop shop for all things paper crafting oriented! Not only can you buy her beautiful handmade cards but you can find great products from paper and cardstock to card-making kits and clear stamps. You're sure to find the PERFECT embellishment or accessory for your paper crafting needs. Here's a sampling of some goodies that you'll find in her shop.




I love her colors, fun patterns and lovely products. So, this week I was inspired by her adorable handmade raffle tickets! They're so cute and can be used in a variety of ways including borders, layered as an embellie or even as a sentiment


Here's how I used the raffle ticket from her shop. The raffle tickets in my card come 
Pink Paislee's new line, "Sweetness." I have been waiting
for this paper ever since it debuted at CHA, and I finally got my hands on it two weeks ago.
I bought the paper crafter's kit which came with all the paper from the collection
as well as embellie stickers and alphabet stickers
only found in the kit!


I layered the raffle ticket stickers using foam tape on
 a transparency card that is part of the collection

A close-up detail of the metallic heart on the 
transparency card and some luscious layered ribbon. 
I couldn't resist adding the baker's twine either.

  So, that's what I came up with and now it's your turn because if you are one of the two winner's this week you could win one the following two prize packages

My Favorite Things Creativity Kit



Tinkering Ink Stamp set and Chunky Accordion Album



  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 22nd at noon! One lucky person will win the fabulous My Favorite Things Creativity kit or the Timkering Ink stamps and Chunky Accordian album!

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


MATERIALS:
"Sweet Raffle Love" Card
Cardstock: (Pink) Bazzill Paper.
Patterned Paper: (Sweetness and Love Letters from Sweetness collection) Pink Paislee
Fibers: (Pink and white Baker's Twine) May Arts. (Pink satin ribbon) Michael's.
Accents: (Raffle cardstock stickers and metallic transparency card from Sweetness collection) Pink Paislee. (Pink rhinestones) Michael's.
Other: (Cream paint) Delta.

New Design Team!!

Hello everyone! I have been enjoying paper crafting so much, that about a month ago I decided I would like to join another team and make even more products. Well this week I was asked by Paper Vineyard to join their brand new design team!!

Paper Vineyard  is a scrapbook store located in Chandler, Arizona and I will be designing cards, layouts, gifts, etc showcasing new material in the store that you can buy! So, without further ado here is my kickoff card for Paper Vineyard. I look forward to sharing with you future products that you can buy from them! Have a great evening!




Materials
Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink.
Patterned Paper: (Sunny Spot, Flowering Fields, Beehive Brunch, Giddy Grasshopper, Lazy Ladybug from Dear Lizzie collection) American Crafts.
Fibers: (Green pom pom) American Crafts. (Yellow twill ribbon) Offray.
Accents: (Pink, green pearl stickers) Kaisercraft.
Other: (Label, circle and scalloped circle die) Spellbinders. (Cream paint) Delta Creamcoat. (Doily) Wilton. (Decorative edge scissors) Fiskars.

Paper Therapy-October 11 2010

Hello all!! Welcome to our second challenge at  Paper Therapy.  Paper Therapy is an online forum for scrapbookers and card makers to share their work, meet new friends, learn new tips and techniques and have fun!! I hope you can join us every week in our challenges! This week's challenge was to use the very first stamp that we ever bought, or the oldest stamp in our collection. Between fairly new to scrapbooking (or at least building my collection) my stamp is from a Halloween collection  by Inkadinkado from 2008.

  Here's how it works. Every monday a new challenge will be posted in the forum. You upload your design   and have the chance to win the weekly challenge. A fabulous prize and winner blinkie will be awarded the first challenge winner of every month, and then subsequent challenge winners will win an awesome blinkie to share with the whole world, showing them that you rocked the  Paper Therapy challenge.

  This week the designers were challenged to make a project with the first stamp we ever bought or the oldest stamp in our collection. I haven't been stamping too long and I wanted to make a Halloween card so I pulled out my All Hallow's Eve set from Inkadinkado and my new papers and embellies from Pink Paislee's Hocus Pocus line to come up with this witchy little card.

I stamped the image on some patterned paper, die cut it and then inked the edges.

I distresed the edges of the patterned paper and then wrinked it up and sanded the creases. 
The Artisan Element from Pink Paislee was inked with ink.

LOVE the new ribbon from Making Memories! I secured the
patterned paper to the card with staples.

It was SUPER fun working on a Halloween card for this week's challenge! I hope that you play along with us this week at  Paper Therapy 

MATERIALS:
Cardstock: (Orange) Bazzil Paper. 
Patterned Paper: (Good Fortune & Skeleton Soiree from Hocus Pocus collection) Pink Paislee.
Chalk Ink: (Chestnut Road) Clearsnap.
Dye Ink: (Tuxedo Black, Copper) Tsukineko.
Clear Stamps: (Witch from All Hallow's Eve set) Inkadinkado.
Fibers: (Orange Polka dot pleated ribbon) Making Memories. (Black & white Baker's twine) May Arts.
Accents: (Sentiment rub on from Hocus Pocus collection) Pink Paislee. (Artisan Element flourish) Pink Paislee.
Other: (Label die) Spellbinders. (Cream paint) Delta. (Staples).

Etsy Inspired #109--10.9.10

  
  Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you've had a terrific week, I have had a loooong and draining week, but I'm happy that it's the weekend and I've had a lot of fun making new projects such as gift items and packaging!! In fact this week's project is a gift wrap based on the shop!! I am so happy to share it with you!
  Our shop this week is Lemon Kissed . This shop makes clean and simple jewelry that is fun, colorful and fresh! You'll be sure to get some attention when you're wearing these pieces.  Lemon Kissed is awarding one winner these adorable Chrysanthemum earrings. 


Here is a little sampler of some goodies that you'll find in the shop!




See, how cute these are?? Now, here's the piece that inspired me.

  I was inspired by the fun color of these earrings and the cute little rose shape. But, this time I wanted to incorporate the roses into a different design this week, so I got some clear glassine bags and cute little rose-shaped bath baubles and made gift packaging for them.

I used the roses in the adding interest to the label tag, which I am
so in LOVE with! The stamps are Waltzingmouse and they
coordinate with Nestabilities! There are label stamps for 
many of the dies!


Close up of the cute little roses. The edges are snazzed up with
chalk ink. Also note the baker's twine I found from May Arts.

The rose on the right is the rose in the packaging, it's a bath
bauble that fizzes



  This week's sponsor is Pholkart Blessings. They make fun little digi stamps, clip art and printables for papercrafting, scrapbooking, card making and other fun projects.  Pholkart Blessings is awarding our second winner with five digis of their choice from their shop!

 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 15th at noon! One lucky person will win the fabulous Chrysanthemum earrings prize from the shop Lemon Kissed and another person will win five free digital stamps of their choice from our sponsor Pholkart Blessings.


MATERIALS:
"Rose Bath Baubles" Gift packaging
Patterned Paper: (Love Blooms and Love Letters from Sweetness collection) Pink Paislee
Chalk Ink: (Pixie Dust) Tsukineko.
Dye Ink: (Rich Cocoa) Tsukineko.
Clear Stamps: (Label Sentiment from Rescue Remedies) Waltzingmouse Sentiments.
Fibers: (Pink and white Baker's Twine) May Arts.
Accents: (Pink and white roses) Michael's. (Pink vintage button) Papertrey Ink.
Other: (Clear glassine bags) Michael's.
 
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