Please Welcome....

>> Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Mandy Cheshire, our October Guest Designer! We are so excited to have Mandy join us this month as she is a talented paper crafter as well as the owner of a great online store, Limelight Papercrafts.

Here is what she had to say:
Hi, everyone! I am so honored to join the Etsy Inspired Design team for the month of October! I am the wife of a very supportive and wonderful husband, Drew, and the mother of two beautiful kiddos, Cameron and Katy. My husband and I own and operate Limelight Papercrafts ( My favorite thing to do is stamp (of course!), and with any leftover time I enjoy cooking, singing, and reading. I look forward to a fabulous month of Etsy Inspired creations!!

Here is a sample of Mandy's fabulous work:

You can learn more about Mandy, her work, and Limelight Papercrafts by visiting her blog, We are excited to have you on our team this month Mandy and can't wait to see all your Etsy Inspired Creations!


EIC54 Winner

>> Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sorry for the late post! I feel like death! I can't wait until tomorrow to go to the doctor! This week's Random.Brady winner is Ineke! You can see her creation here. Ineke, please email me (actressangel at gmail) your address and I will arrange to get the prize to you.


Etsy Inspired Challenge #55 - The Salty Cat Co.

>> Saturday, September 26, 2009

Welcome to this week's Etsy Inspired Challenge! We have a beautiful jewelry shop for you to be inspired by this week...The Salty Cat Co.

The Salty Cat Co. is filled with wonderfully handcrafted, modern metal jewelry using copper, brass, sterling silver, gemstones, briolettes, pearls, & more!
Aren't these just stunning?!

Now, if you are loving what you have seen so far then you are going to want to make sure to play along in the challenge for your chance to win this week's prize.

The Salty Cat Co. is generously giving this week's winner this gorgeous bracelet!
And in addition to that, another player will receive this fabulous stamp set, Folk Inspired from our sponsor this week Unity Stamp Company! If you have not yet tried Unity stamps, they are a definite 'must have' for any paper crafter!

Now I know you are ready to play! So here is what you need to do:
- Visit The Salty Cat Co.
- Find an item that inspires you
- Use that inspiration to create a project of your own (a card, painting, piece of jewelry, scrapbook page, etc.)
- Link your project up to this post by Friday, October 2nd at noon PST

Here are the earrings that inspired me:

Wouldn't these be beautiful earrings for a bride?!

Here is my wedding card that I was inspired to create:

Now go be Etsy Inspired!

And be sure to visit our fabulous Design Team for extra inspiration too! :)

And as this is our last challenge for September, we say a special thank you and goodbye to Sarah Parker. Sarah, you have been a wonderful addition to our team this month...thank you for sharing your talent with us! You can keep an eye on Sarah and her work by following her blog HERE.


EtsyInspired, the Early Days!

>> Tuesday, September 22, 2009

To find previous challenges and posts, please visit Heart Hugs Designs and choose the any of the following labels:



EtsyInspired #54 ~ I Heart Flowers

>> Saturday, September 19, 2009

This week's EtsyInspired shop is I Heart Flowers. This shop is full of beautiful jewelry and pretty photographs. The jewelry is all one of a kind and mostly made with vintage or antique pieces that the owner picks up at different shops. She takes the found pieces and makes new beautiful jewelry. Pretty cool, huh? She also takes beautiful photographs of flowers. I love the vibrant colors of the pictures and how she captures nature so beautifully. They come in various different sizes (you can ask for which size you want) and are perfect for decorating your home with.
This week, I Heart Flowers is offering up these lovely earrings for a prize. All you have to do is go to the I Heart Flowers shop and pick an item to be inspired by. Make any creation that you wish and link it up to the EtsyInspired #54 post on the EtsyInspired blog by Friday Sept 25, noon Pacific time. A random winner will be drawn by Random.Brady and posted on the EtsyInspired blog on Friday afternoon. You can enter as many times as you like as long as you make a new creation. If you upload to an online gallery like SCS or PCP, please use keyword EIC54. Now, go be EtsyInspired!

Don't forget about our follower blog candy! For every 50 people we get, I will draw a random person to win a stamp or stamp set from me! :) Tell your friends!

Check out the awesome DT!


EIC53 Winners

>> Friday, September 18, 2009

Here are Random.Brady's picks (click on their names to see their cards):

For the Pinky's Pet Gear prize: Jenn

For the Digi Shack Prize: Rebecca

Ladies, please contact me as actressangel at gmail to get your prizes! Thanks to the awesome sponsors this week! :)


Getting to Know the Etsy Inspired Team

>> Thursday, September 17, 2009

Now that we have our very own Etsy Inspired Challenge blog, we are going to be taking some time to introduce our Design Team members and our guest designers each month. Hopefully you all will enjoy getting to know us a little better and seeing more of our work!

Today, I would like to introduce you to our fabulous guest designer this month...Sarah Parker.

Here is what Sarah had to say:

Hi everyone! I am thrilled to be joining the Etsy Inspired Challenge Design Team as a Guest Designer this month! I guess you could say that crafting is my first passion, but only if you don't count my incredible family first! I am married to my hero and best friend, Sie. Together, we have a beautiful daughter, Sydney, and a fun-loving son, Sie, II. We are a busy bunch, but what more could a girl ask for?! I am so thrilled to share with and be inspired by you all as we play along in the weekly inspiration challenges! Hugs & Love!

If you have not yet had the opportunity to see Sarah's beautiful work, you can check out her blog here: And for those of you who receive CARDS magazine, be on the lookout for some of Sarah's cards in the December and January issues!

Here is a sample of some of Sarah's work:

Doesn't she have great style?! So pretty and elegant!

After all that gorgeous eye candy, I am sure you are feeling inspired... so be sure to check out our featured Etsy shop this week, Pinky's Pet Gear. You have until tomorrow at noon PST to link your project up to the post HERE for your chance to win!

Make sure to leave Sarah a little love! And stop by her blog to see more of her amazing work!


EIC53 Reminder! And Some Follower Blog Candy

>> Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Don't forget to do this week's challenge! It is in the post right below this one! Check it out!

Also, follow us and tell your friends to follow us. For every 50 followers we get, I'm gonna randomly draw someone to win some blog candy. I have lots of stamps and stamp sets that need a home! :)


Etsy Inspired Challenge #53 - Pinky's Pet Gear

>> Friday, September 11, 2009

Welcome to the beginning of another year of fun Etsy Inspired Challenges, fabulous Etsy shops filled with inspiration, great prizes, and some wonderful sponsors too!

This week's featured Etsy shop is Pinky's Pet Gear which is filled with colorful collars, leashes, and a few other fun items for cats and dogs. Just look at these adorable items for you pet!

Aren't these Groovy Catnip Toys just the cutest?! It is easy to get inspired by all the fabulous color combinations in this shop!

To play along in the Etsy Inspired Challenge all you have to do is:
- Check out Pinky's Pet Gear
- Find something from the shop that inspires you
- Create a project (card, scrapbook, jewelry, painting, etc.) based on that inspiration
- Leave a comment on this post with a link to the project you created by Friday, September 18th at noon PST.

Want to know what you could win this week?! Well, for all you pet owners/lovers...Pinky's Pet Gear is offering the winner their choice of collar and leash! And for those of you who love card making and digital stamps...we have a wonderful sponsor this week, The Digi Shack, who is giving one lucky winner a $15 gift certificate to their store! You can check out all the great images The Digi Shack has to offer HERE.

And you know the Design Team has some inspiring projects of their own to share with you too!

Now go be Etsy Inspired!


Birthday Bash Winners!

Besides the awesome prizes below, some of the DT hosted games and prizes as well! To see who won, check out the girls blogs below!  Thanks to all who participated!


Congrats to all the winners and a big thank you to all of our wonderful, supportive Sponsors!


Birthday Bash Winners!

First I used for the blog hop winner. choose blog #2 out of 15 for the blog. That's Sarah's blog. Then it choose comment number 26 out of Sarah's 49 comments. The winner is GWEN! YAY! Gwen, if you already have a Scor-Pal, I know a certain EIC creator that would love to have it! ;) Please email me your info and I'll get your prize sent to you.

Second, Random.Brady (the world's CUTEST random drawing person!) picked Jessica to win the gift certificate from SoftPencil! You can see Jessica's cute card HERE. Jessica, please email me and we'll work out the details for your gift certificate.

Thanks to everyone who played with us!


Reminder! Scor-Pal Giveaway!

>> Wednesday, September 9, 2009

If you want to win the Scor-Pal prize pack and who wouldn't!? You still have time! Go HERE to start the blog hop and leave comments on each post! A winner will be picked RANDOMLY amongst all the posts. Also, please do the challenge, it's super easy! Make an item that's inspired by anything on Easy peasy!


EtsyInspired #52~ Birthday Bash!

>> Saturday, September 5, 2009

Welcome to our brand new EtsyInspired challenge blog! Today is a very special day! EtsyInspired is turning one! And to celebrate, we are having a BIG party! We'll be chatting on our Paper Craft Planet group from 11am-2pm Pacific time on Sept 5. Join us for fun, chatting, prize, games, and much more!

The blog hop starts at 7am Pacific time at my Heart Hugs blog. There are lots of famous guest stars along the way! Super fun! Leave a comment on each blog! One grand prize winner who does the blog hop AND the challenge will win our grand prize from Scor-Pal (a Scor-Pal, Scor-Mat, Scor-Bug, and Scor-Tool.) One person will be selected from the blog hop to win a prize from AiFactory. And yet another person will win a $15 gift certificate from Softpencil for playing along in the challenge and leaving a comment right here on this post!

This week's challenge is a little different. It's player's choice. It's your opportunity to show me what inspires you on! Pick any shop and any item to be inspired by. Make any creation that your little heart desires and link it right here by Friday Sept 11 by noon Pacific time. Random.Brady (my son) will choose a winner and I will post it on Friday afternoon. Have fun and go be EtsyInspired!


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