EtsyInspired #51 ~ Red Crow Arts and a Unity Giveaway

>> Sunday, August 30, 2009

Hi all! This is De posting for Ms. Ashley who is very under the weather. Please leave her and the kids well wishes as they are all down for the count! Rest up girl and get well soon! Hugs to the boys!

Thanks for stopping by to check out the 51st edition of the EtsyInspired Challenge! We are one away from #52 and one year of EtsyInspired challenges! WOO HOO! Mark your calendars for next Saturday 5 September for our big birthday bash!

This week's shop is Red Crow Arts. Red Crow sells pottery and notions in the form of mosaics, raku and more. Buttons, pendants, focals, mirrors, bowls, pendants, vases and MORE! Beautiful pieces no home should be without! AND it's the last Saturday of the month so our sponsor is Unity Stamp Company so we will have two lucky winners this week!

And here is Ashley card.. she's a trooper getting it done and it sooo cute! Red Crow Arts has several very cute owls set in mosaics, fired in raku and other glazes and the cute plate above.

What do you have to do to play? Hop on over to Red Crow Arts, find a piece or pieces to be inspired by and create! Post your link from Ashley's blog post HERE by noon PST, 4 September. If you post on SCS or PCP, please use the keyword EIC51.

What do you win? From Red Crow Arts you win this BEAUTIFUL Tree of Life pendant!

AND someone will win the Time for Travel set from Unity Stamps!

Check out the DT:

P.S. Don't forget the birthday bash on September 5th...
please grab a blinkie on the to post on your own blog with a link back to Ashley'sblog!

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! Go get EtsyInspired!


EtsyInspired #50 ~ Mrs. Kwitty's Cottage and a Giveaway

>> Sunday, August 23, 2009

This week's EtsyInspired shop is Mrs. Kwitty's Cottage. This cute little shop has all sorts of stuff in it. She has cute fabric stuff like totes, brooches, memo book covers, cell phone pouches, keychain wallets, tote bags, tissue packets, business card wallets and lots more. She has adorable paper stuff like bookmarks, tags, cards, collages, and garlands. Actually, she has more stuff than I can name. What's amazing is that her shop looks very focused and together. I don't know a lot of shops that can pull that off. I really like her eye for putting different patterns together. Her style is sweet and shabby chic and it comes across in everything she does.

This week Mrs. Kwitty's Cottage is giving out an awesome prize made just for this challenge! It's a sweet little covered notebook with these adorable little set of matching vintage button paper clips. All you have to do to win is go to Mrs. Kwitty's Cottage and pick out any item to be inspired by. Make any creation you'd like and post a link to it right on the post on my Heart Hugs blog HERE. Have your project linked by next Friday Aug 28 by noon Pacific time. If you upload to SCS or PCP, please use keyword EIC50.

In addition to the wonderful giveaway from Mrs. Kwitty, we have a sponsor this week! Our sponsor is Ildi Co. They have a bunch of really adorable stamps. I hear there are gonna be a bunch more stamps really soon too! They are offering up 3 digital stamps of the winner's choice and a 10% off coupon for their next purchase. So, two awesome prizes!

Go be EtsyInspired!

Here is my card for this week. I was inspired by THIS piece. I noticed that she likes to combine florals and polka dots. I thought that was a cool idea. The stamp is Unity and the designer paper is Stampin Up. I used the GetSketchy sketch from this week for the layout.

Check out the DT:


Our Sponsors

>> Saturday, August 22, 2009

We love our sponsors!! What a great way to advertise and reach out to different groups of paper crafters!

If your company is interested in sponsoring an EtsyInspired Challenge, just E-mail us the details and we'd love to coordinate and partner with you!

We can't say thank you enough to all our wonderful sponsors that have donated prizes to our challenge players and samples to our DT! We love you guys! Big {heart} hugs to you all! Be sure to check out all of our sponsors in the right hand column! If you pop by, tell them EIC sent you!

Also, a SPECIAL thank you to all of the shops that have allowed us to feature their handcrafted items and for the prizes they've donated as well.

And a special thank you to our loyal following! What would we do without you?!

Together, the shops, sponsors and followers, have made EtsyInspired what it is today, and what it can become in the future! For that, we can't thank you enough!


EtsyInspired Rules

>> Friday, August 21, 2009

EtsyInspired Rules from Ashley

I wanted to post this since I've been getting some questions from people and I thought I would share the answers with everyone.

1. You can make ANYTHING you want. Just because we are mostly card makers, it does not mean you are limited to making cards or even just paper crafting. You can make jewelry, a cake, a drawing, a poem, do a dance, etc... It doesn't matter to me what you do as long as your inspiration comes from the shop.

2. You may enter as many times as you wish. If you find a prize or a shop particularly interesting and you want to make 10 items, go ahead. However, each one must be either uploaded to your blog, SCS or PCP and you must leave a separate comment to each individual item.

3. You need to mention that you made the creation for the EtsyInspired Challenge. It's not fair to take something you made last week and try to submit it. The point is to find inspiration from these amazing artists.

4. There are no vendor requirements. Ever.

5. All creations are due (linked the the original EtsyInspired blog post for that week) by the following Friday at noon Pacific time. Please remember to link your creations! It would be a shame not to be entered if you made something.

6. You may combine the EtsyInspired challenge with any other challenge you wish. I know that some of us are very busy. If you want to combine this challenge with your DT work, SCS challenges, or a challenge from another blog, no problem!

7. Tell all your friends! Ok, so this isn't really a rule but it would be awesome. The more people who play the merrier! Also, if we can get a larger following, I'm sure that larger prizes will follow!

And as always, thanks for all your support with this challenge! EtsyInspired is my baby and I absolutely love it so I hope you are getting joy from the challenge too!


About This Blog

>> Thursday, August 20, 2009

The EtsyInspired Challenge was the brain child of Ms. Ashley Newell. Back on Septmebr 9th, 2008, she launched her first challenge with an amazing Etsy shop and 2 Design Team members, one of which is still part of the DT today! Yea Tiff! The challenge was born of Ashley's love of handmade crafts, her appreciation for the warmness of Etsy artists, and the recognition of their talent.  Etsy designers bring back the art of home made to the world's finger tips!

The first challenges were hosted on Ashley's blog, Heart Hug Designs.  The challenge continued to grow and reached the point of needing its own "home" in the blogosphere.  On August 23rd 2009 the EtsyInspired Challenge blog was born!

Today, over one year later, there are 10 regular DT members, 1 monthly guest DT and a growing participation in the weekly challenges inspired by Etsy art.

EtsyInspired is where it is today because of all of our wonderful challenge players, sponsors and our super talented DT. And of course, because of Ashley's love of art, Etsy, papercrafts and her vision of a challenge that combines them all! 

EtsyInspired... Art Inspiring Art...

As Ashley would say, "Go get EtsyInspired!"


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