February came Fast!

>> Sunday, January 31, 2010

Well it is hard to believe that the first month of 2010 is already over. With the end of January we say goodbye to Heather Pulvirenti as our guest designer. Thank you Heather for all the inspiration you added to our challenges this month!

For February we are happy to welcome two fabulous guest designers!

First up, please welcome... Lisa Arana

Here is what Lisa had to say:

Hello everyone. I'm so excited and honored to be a guest designer for the month of February. I have been "crafty" for years, but seriously making handmade cards for about 6 years or so. A friend showed me one of her cards and I was hooked. Now, I have a stash worthy of a hoarder and spend whatever free time I have engrossed in card design. I work full time and try to get my crafting done on the weekends. I am married to the most wonderful and supportive man and we have two sweet rescue dogs named Sienna and Ella. We love to be outdoors, so if I'm not crafting we are outside doing something!

Here are a few of my favorites that I found while perusing Lisa's blog:

Beautiful right?! You can check out more of Lisa's great cards over on her blog: http://dahlhousedesigns.wordpress.com/

Our second guest designer this month is Courtney Baker.

Courtney is the creator behind the Everything But The Kitchen Sink Challenge and is having several projects published this year in CARDS and Paper Crafts magazines...Congrats Courtney!

Here is what Courtney had to say:

Hey friends I’m super excited to be guest designing for the Etsy Inspired Challenge this month. And I don’t know about you, but I’m always waiting for inspiration to strike! I can’t wait to see what’s in store this month!

I love crafts. Really I can‘t get enough of it. Thankfully my sweet husband Chase knew that long before he married me. He had seen the many scrapbooks lining my shelves! Speaking of Chase we’ve been married for almost four years, and we’ve known each other since fifth grade (we didn’t start dating until late in our college years). Chase and I have a sweet little yorkie named Maddie! And if you’ve seen any of my videos you know I’m from the south, Nashville to be exact! Several months ago I started working on designing my own stamp sets, and last month that became a reality as I released my first set!
I’m super excited to be working with this challenge, and I can’t wait to see how we are all inspired!

You can check out Courtney's blog HERE where you will find all her great projects as well as her stamp set that she just released! :)

Take a peek at Courtney's work:

How lucky are we to have these 2 talented ladies joining us this month?! Please give them a warm welcome! :) Enjoy your week and remember there is still plenty of time to participate in this week's challenge...see details in the post below.


EtsyInspired #73 ~ Elies Happy Hats

>> Friday, January 29, 2010

This week's EtsyInspired shop is Elie's Happy Hats. Oh my goodness, this store just oozes cuteness! They have amazing bright fun colors and cute designs. The color combos are really fresh and I love that. Gone are the days when boys just wear blue and girls just wear pink. These colors are trendy and darling. Not only that, but they have fun new hat styles that I find super unique like this darling floppy hat to the right. They have so many other cute styles like beanies with brims, double pom pom hats, flapper hats, ear flap hats, etc... And they don't just have hats either! They have headbands and shoes too! The shop is having a HUGE clearance right now so check that out! You can also find them here: Elies Happy Hats Twitter and Elies Happy Hats Facebook.

This week, Elies Happy Hats is offering up a HUGE prize pack! One lucky winner will get 1 Baby Flapper Summer Hat, 1 White/Purple two-layer flower hat, and 1 teddy bear hat. (Please feel free to send the teddy bear hat over to Parker! ;) ) Ok, to enter to win, all you have to do is go to the Elies Happy Hats shop and pick anything to be inspired by. Make a creation and post you link to the EtsyInspired #73 post on the EtsyInspired blog by next Friday, Feb 4 by noon Pacific time. If you upload to SCS or PCP, pleae use keyword EIC73.

But that's not all!! We have an awesome sponsor as well. It's Pixie Dust Studio. They offer tons of adorable digi stamps. They have given the DT some stamps to work with so you can see their cute stamps in action. They are offering up a prize of their new release, The Berry Fairies. :)

Check out the DT:


EIC72 Winner

Holy moly! I am so super busy! Here's the winner for this week:

Joan! Congrats Joan! Please email me, actressangel at gmail dot com with your mailing address and I'll get those gorgeous May Arts ribbons to you. Thanks to Sweetie Pie Tutus for the inspiration and May Arts for the prize!


EtsyInspired #72 - It would be TU TU bad for you to miss this one!

>> Wednesday, January 27, 2010

There is still time to play this week! We have an adorable shop (Sweetie Pie Tutus) and amazing sponsor (May Arts)!  Check out the details in the post below and play along!

Tiff and Ash are having a blast in CHA!  I don't know about you guys, but I am so JEALOUS!!!  Those lucky gals!  Check out Tiff's blog for more info hot off the booths of CHA!  And check out Kelly Marie's blog for some great pics of the adorable duo!

Enjoy the rest of your week and hope to see you playing along!


EtsyInspired Challenge #72 - Sweetie Pie Tutus!

>> Saturday, January 23, 2010

Welcome to another super fun EtsyInspired Challenge! This is De posting for Ash while she and Tiff are at CHA! Have fun girls! We are all SO jealous!

This week's shop name says it all... Sweetie Pie Tutus! Their tag line is "If our tutus were any sweeter, they would be made of sugar!" At Sweetie Pie Tutus you will find the sweetest tutus and coordinating accessories ever. Their tutus have been featured in several children's boutiques throughout the United States. Sizes range from newborn through toddler. You can purchase tutus, wings, wands,
bows, beanies (in adult sizes too!) and clippies! Items and accessories are coordinated or you can buy one of their ADORABLE sets!!!! If they had them in adult sizes, I'd buy one to wear around the house while crafting. LOL. Wings, wand, bow and all! :-)

Sweetie Pie Tutus sets are TU TU cute (HA!)! They include shirts with appliques (celebrating birthdays, boasting your childs name, and other fun and colorful graphics - Disney characters, cupcakes, electric guitars and more!), coordinating tutus (made from over 100 yards of tulle and adorned with ribbons!), some have bows, headbands, flower clips, etc. You can also purchase separate coordinating items like wands or wings! If the gorgeous tutus and other items don't take your breath away, the pictures of the sweet "models" will definitely steal your heart! Perfect for any little girl in your life!

But wait, there's more!!!Not only do we have another amazing shop to showcase, we have another amazing sponsor! May Arts is back to sponsor us this week and they are offering up a great prize pack! If you have never checked out their ribbon, you don't know what you are missing! You can buy their products at retailers locally and online! OR you could play along this week and win a great stash for FREE!

How do you play?! Click on over to Sweetie Pie Tutus and find an item or items to be inspired by... and create! You have until next Friday, the 29th of January, Noon PST to play along. Post your projects below using Mr. Linky, and if you post to on-line galleries, please use EIC72 in your tags.

NOW, go check out the DT inspirations and Go be EtsyInspired!

Heather (on a short break)
Heather P. (January Guest DT)

P.S. Ashley has some blog candy she's left on her blog while she's at CHA.  Make sure you check it out! Not only can you win fun stuff, it's for a great cause!


EIC71 Winners

>> Friday, January 22, 2010

Ahhh! I almost forgot to pick a winner because I'm so excited about CHA! I'm flying out tomorrow. So, there will be no post from me, but I do have blog candy on my blog. De will be taking care of you all until I get back.

The random winners for this week are:

Soap Winner: Kym

Cutting Cafe winner: Laurel

Email me (actressangel at gmail dot com) and I will get those prizes in the works for you. I won't however be back until Wednesday. Have fun and see ya when I get back!


EtsyInsired #71 - Come play with us!

>> Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Amazing shop...

amazing sponsor...

AwEsoMe PrIZeS!

The only thing missing is YOUR submission!

Check out the link below for details and then add your project with Mr. Linky so we can pick YOU as a winner this week!


EtsyInspired #71 ~ Amethyst Soap

>> Saturday, January 16, 2010

This week's EtsyInspired shop is Amethyst Soap. And WOW! These soaps are really something spectacular. I've never seen anything like them before. These are SOAPS! Can you believe it? I mean, seriously, they are so pretty that I'm not sure if I could bring myself to use them. But beyond the looks, some of this soap is actually really functional. There's a complexion bar that designed for people that have acne and other skin irritation. There's a pomegranite bar made from REAL pomegranite. This shop even has a "great eight" unique oil blend that is magical for the skin. Not only that but they GUARANTEE that you'll love it or you get your money back. Not many stores off that kind of deal.

This week, Amethyst Soaps is offering their The Trio (Small) Turquoise Soap as a prize. How do you win? Just pick any item in the Amethyst Soap shop to be inspired by and make any creation that you wish. Link your creation back to the EtsyInspired #71 post on the EtsyInspired blog by next Friday Jan 22nd, noon Pacific time to be entered into a drawing to win. Please make sure you credit the shop where you got your inspiration and this challenge to be eligible to enter. If you upload to SCS or PCP, please use keyword EIC71.

As if all that wasn't enough, this week, we also have an awesome sponsor! The Cutting Cafe! They offer all sorts of amazing digi crafting things! From background papers you can print to digi stamps to cutting files. They have an awesome assortment of things! You have to go check them out! Especially if you want some extra WOW factor for your cards! The Cutting Cafe also donated some items to the DT to work with so you can get a glimpse of what kind of awesome stuff they have. ***Prize from The Cutting Cafe is anything 3 sets of winner's choice.***

Check out the DT:


EtsyInspired #70 Winners

>> Friday, January 15, 2010

Hello all! Here's the moment you've been waiting for! (I feel like the lotto girl that's waiting for the numbers to come out of the machine. SMILES)

The winner of the Skylar's Candy Clips prize is Virginia

The winner of the Paper Temptress prize is Ineke

Ladies, please email me (actressangel at gmail dot com) your info so we can get those prizes coming your way. Thanks everyone for playing! :)


Still time to play!

>> Wednesday, January 13, 2010

It's not too late to play along and be entered to win 2 really great prizes!  Please check out the post below for all the details and go be Etsy INSPIRED!


Etsy Inspired #70~ Skylar's Candy Clips

>> Saturday, January 9, 2010

This week's shop is Skylar's Candy Clips, a store filled with yummy handmade hair goodies and accessories!

To play along with this challenge, all you have to do is find any item in the Skylar's Candy Clips shop to be inspired by. Make any creation that you would like to and post a link to the EtsyInspired #69 post on the EtsyInspired blog. Post your creation by next Friday, Jan 15 noon Pacific time to be entered in a drawing to win! Also, please remember to credit where you got your inspiration from and please mention this challenge. Can't wait to see what you made!

You could win one of the prizes shown above!

Our sponsor for this week is:

The Paper Temptress has offered a Silver Lustre Package prize to one lucky participant! Take a look at her FABULOUS cardstock!

Please check out the DT:


EIC69 Winner

>> Friday, January 8, 2010

Okie dokie peeps, it's the moment you've been waiting for! This week's winner! Thanks to Manic Muffin Totes for being a great shop this week! And Tiddly Inks for sponsoring our challenge with their ADORABLE stamps! The Random.Brady winner for this challenge is Savannah! YAY! You can see her fabulous creation HERE! Sav, please email me (actressangel at gmail dot com) so we can get you that prize!

Come back tomorrow for another fun challenge!


EtsyInspired Challenge #69 - Still time to play!

>> Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Check out the post below to play along in this week's challenge! You have until Friday, Noon PST to play along! You don't want to miss out on our awesome shop this week, Manic Muffin Totes or our wonderful sponsor, Tiddly Inks!


Please Welcome....

>> Monday, January 4, 2010

Our January Guest Designer... Heather Pulvirenti!

We are so excited to have Heather join us this month! I'm sure you already saw her fabulous snowman card for this week's challenge...can't wait to see what else she'll have to share with us this month!

While perusing Heather's blog, I found that she has her own Etsy shop filled with her crafty goodness and she is going to be published in several magazines this year too! Congrats Heather!

Here is what Heather had to share about herself:

My name is Heather Pulvirenti, though most people in the blogosphere know me as Heather P. :) I live in Columbia, MD with my husband Jason, our 4 year old daughter Lindsay, and an assortment of little boogers (aka our cats and dog). Our daughter is a total spitfire, and I just love her to pieces.

I was born in England, and have spent most of my life in the US (in Maryland and Virginia), except for the four years we lived in Canberra, Australia (my mom was career Air Force). I am currently a SAHM, and though I had reservations about this transition, I really love the time I get to spend with my daughter and wouldn't do it any differently given the chance.

I started paper crafting about 4 years ago after being invited by my husband's aunt to a Stampin' Up! workshop, and I haven't looked back since. LOL, my style and go-to colors have definitely changed over time, but there's something so enjoyable about creating that never waivers. Thank you so much for the opportunity to be a part of the Etsy Inspired team, I am honored and thrilled to be here!

And we are honored to have you Heather! :) Here is a peek at some of Heather's work:

Be sure to visit Heather over at her blog to see what other fabulous projects she has to inspire you!


Etsy Inspired #69 ~ Manic Muffin Totes

>> Saturday, January 2, 2010

This week's EtsyInspired shop is Manic Muffin Totes. They offer unnique Plushies, Softies, Pillows, and Quilts. This is a shop that is dedicated to decorative and novelty items, and they are fabulous!

To play along with this challenge, all you have to do is find any item in the Manic Muffin Totes shop to be inspired by. Make any creation that you would like to and post a link to the EtsyInspired #69 post on the EtsyInspired blog. Post your creation by next Friday, Jan 8 noon Pacific time to be entered in a drawing to win! Also, please remember to credit where you got your inspiration from and please mention this challenge. Can't wait to see what you made!

This week's sponsor is Tiddly Inks, and you win your choice of 3 digi stamps!

Please check out the DT:

Heather Pulvirenti - January Guest DT


EIC68 Winner

Sorry for the late post, I'm going through a really hard time right now. The Random.Brady winner is Cathy. Congrats Cathy, you know the drill!


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