Archive for the ‘Etsy inspired challenge’ Category

I haven’t played with any challenges in a long time.  However with 12 days off- I am itching to craft.  I loved exploring Mountain Gypsy Handbags, LLC for some inspiration.  I really need to save my money for one of her bags- I love them, and I am sure my camera will be happy living there!  I was inspired by the following bags:

I needed to cover the ugly front of one of those pocket/purse calenders you use for writing stuff down when you are away from home.  I was inspired by brown and aqua colors as well as by the swirl pattern.  I think my son’s gf will enjoy this- for those times when her blackberry is not working right!

Cardstock is SU chocolate chip and an old in color- cool carribean.  I used the swirl folder of my cuttlebug, and the Oliva alpha.  I highlighted the swirls with chocolate chip ink, and used tiny crystals at the bottom.  It was fun to craft when I was not exhausted!

You can enter the challenge too!  All the details are here!


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This week we get to visit bealoo’s shop.  Her shop is full of art for kids.  I really like the boys on snowboards and skateboards, reminded me of my oldest when he was growing up, but I wasn’t sure i could find the photos to do a scrap page.  So I found Dreamy Dragonfly original art that also inspired me.  I have a dragonfly stamp or two that hadn’t been inked in a while.  I also wanted to try this technique from Julie Buhler.  I save all my acetate packaging to recycle into future window cards or crafts.  When cleaning out my studio I found some art institute fine glitter that I knew would make a wonderful addition to my card.

DSC_5014_resizeThe base is GKD base white.  I also used a purple from club scrap, and always artichoke and orchid opulence from SU.  I used the markers to match for the flower stamp from GKD. Other stamps are from ClubScrap and another stamp company for the dragonflies, Sparkle is from SU.  I used fiskars border punch and my oval plain and scallop nesties.  The glitter is on the back of the stamped design, held on with crystal effects.

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This weeks challenge takes us to theopalesence shop.  A lovely mix of stich counters and fibers.  I do not knit- the one time I did- well, it looked nice, but that sweater went from my boyfriend, to my mother, my brother, and finally ended up with my brothers friend.  So, I was inspired by this beautiful yarn-


I decided to try my hand at a new technique- misting my distress inks on a nonstick surface- like this.  I now know why they sell mini misters- a regular one- not so pretty.  I didn’t have any of those peel and stick masks either, but decided I would try cutting wax paper left on my table with a sizzlet die and using my temporary dotto to hold it down.  Do not try this at home- it just shreds the wax paper when you are using an intricate die.  So I stamped with various stamps, cut the intricate die on cardstock and used my Justrite stamp fonts of brayton and trompe for my sentiment.  Finished it off with some fibers.    Since you have made it this far I guess you would like to see the project!  Here you go, I am off to go find a good book!


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Boy just under the wire getting this one in.  Ideas ruminated in my mind all week and then I had to work (must support my habit somehow!) and time ran away.  The challenge can be found here.  We were to pick something from Angel Face Designs Etsy shop as our inspiration.  I chose the sister necklace as my inspriration.  You see I come from a large family- girl, girl, boy, girl/boy,boy, boy, boy, boy, boy, me, boy!  As you can also see, I was surrounded by boys- no wonder it took me so long to find my feminine side.  My sisters had grown up and moved out by the time I was aware that I was mostly tomboy.  I value the time I spend with them, and the help they have given me through the years.  My ideas were cards for my sisters, or a scrapbook page, and then I saw this tutorial at splitcoast and new just the stamp set I could use.  Here is my finished item:


I think for the next one, I will try supporting the glass bulb upright in the oven to enable my large piece to actually end up flat insted of curved- and now it is too late to take it out.  I have so many ideas for this- Christmas bulbs, thinking of you, wedding- oh so many ideas- so few bulbs!  The stamp is you’re my sister from stampabilities- picked it up on sale somewhere to make cards to send to my sisters! I used my SU chocolate chip marker and koh-i-noor colored pencils for the flowers and leaves- I love how they get brighter as it shrinks!   Hope you enjoyed this inspiration as much as I did!

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This week’s etsy shop is Misspottery.  I loved her stuff, I was inspired by her garden stakes- which someone else must have also been inspired by because they are gone. However, I love the colors of these leaves and use them to help chose the colors of my card.


The base of this card is GinaKDesigns baseweight white cardstock, the tie dye paper is from ClubScrap, and the tempting turquoise is from Stampin’Up.  I used Stampin’Up doodle alpha-retired, and stem is from the Time well Spent set- also retired.  I cut the leaves, rectangle and scallop pieces with my nesties, and used a cuttlebug flower die to cut the turquoise flower.  I like the little diamond as the flower center.  Also did faux stitching with my paperpiecer and white  uni-ball signo pen.  I pop dotted the leaves.   Check out this post to find out the details about how you can enter this  challenge!

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I read about the Etsy inspired challenge here

The first challenge I completed was to be inspired by LaurenAlexander.  I fell in love with her Sweet Tree art.

Here is what I came up with:


I had fun using my punches and a variety of pens and chalks.  I just love how it speaks to nature and life- well to me anyways!  It became part of a larger set-dsc_4827_resize

This is my version of my mission statement for my ever improving studio as I strive to finish my GOBI (Get organized, be inspired) class of organizing my creative space.  Here is the rest of the wall, taken with the sun streaming in my glass block windows- hence the funky lighting!


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