Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Etsy Inspired


Hello friends.  I have lots to share with you today so let me get started.

You may be aware of a fantastic website called Etsy.  It's a wonderful community of artist who use the site to sell their handmade items.  If you are not familiar with it, I encourage you to pay a visit...there are gorgeous works of art to see.

A challenge blog that I like to visit is called Etsy Inspired.  Just as the name suggests, the postings on this blog are inspired by the art you find on Etsy.  This week they are featuring Mermaids Tears Jewelry.  Mermaids Tears are also known as sea glass--and each piece of jewelry is made from this glass!! This shop carries all kinds of jewelry--necklaces, bracelets, anklets, earrings, and much more.  I've posted images of some pieces that inspired me this week ...

Isn't this the most beautiful shade of pink

Or how about green dangling from a silver crown?

Love those swirly designs on these pink beauties!

OK, so know you know my inspiration pieces.  Here is what I created to "dangle" in my daughters room. 

I used lots of pink, green, and black accents.  All papers are Stampin' UP and I'm sure you recognize quite a few!  Sabrina and I worked together to make the accordian folded "rosettes" from coordinating papers.  She painted the chipboard letters a yummy shade of pink and we used Mod Podge with Dazzling Diamonds glitter to give each one some bling.  Eyelets in the corners helped to tie the pennants together with ribbon.  Our wide Striped Ribbon in Old Olive decorates the ends.  Below are some detailed photo's of each letter to show the embellishments.

I just love the crown from our Artistic Etchings stamp set.  Stamped in Jet Black Stazon it's the perfect beginning for a princess.

This little charm "Be Yourself" says it all...with a cute swirl design at the top!

Our Scallop Circle punch is just the right size for a little layering.

Where did I ever get this button?  Its swirl design makes it a needed "accessory" with my inspiration piece!

Another stamp from our Artistic Etchings set....AMOUR.

Click on the image to enlarge the view. 
You'll see Dazzling Diamonds glitter around the edges of each rosette.

A handmade rose made from our Newsprint Designer Series Paper, sponged with Pretty In Pink ink, painted in Mod Podge and dipped in Dazzling Diamonds glitter ... I can't think of a better punctuation mark!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to pay a visit to the ladies at the Etsy Inspired blog and Mermaids Tears Jewelry.  So many wonderful things to see ... it makes me want to have an Etsy Shop of my own!  

Here is a short list of my supplies ...
#102023 - Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
#117166 - Newspaper Designer Series Paper
#101301 - Pretty in Pink Classic Ink
#105319 - Metallic Eyelets
#108342 - Jumbo Pewter Eyelets
#115618 - Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (Old Olive)
#119854 - Scallop Circle Punch
#101406 - Jet Black StazOn Ink
#118517 - Artistic Etchings (wood mounted)
#120573 - Artistic Etchings (clear mounted)



  1. Lovely banner. Fab intrepration of the inspiration pieces. Love the rosettes!

  2. Oh I love the banner! I want one in my room, too. But I want it to say "Ginny". :o) I'll bet it looks gorgeous in Sabrina's room. What a time you two must have had creating together.

  3. I was just looking around today at banners people have done for ideas and this just blows my mind! Gorgeous! Love all the details!

    Thanks for playing EtsyInspired this week!

  4. WOW--a beautiful banner from just one little photo of earrings! BEAUTIFULLY done!! So fun creating with family!! Thanks for joining in the fun at EtsyInspired:)

  5. I AM SOOOO in love with this! the banner is beautiful with the perfect paper, and I love the idea of accordian folded paper! This is so beautiful! Thanks for playing EIC!

  6. Beautiful banner! I think I have to go play with my stuff now and create something else to post.

  7. Ooh, I wanted to make a banner using those flowers and I've got an even better idea seeing yours! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. So very pretty . . . thanks!

  9. Love that handmade newsprint rose! Gorgeous!

  10. Gorgeous banner. You must have had lots of fun making this together.

  11. Stunning!! I love the colors and all of the fabulous details! Nice work!

  12. Wowza! This is soo beautiful. Love the colors and the different ways you've embellished it. TFS!

  13. A GORGEOUS banner! Just beautiful!

  14. such beautiful rosettes! great take on the inspiration!

  15. Your banner is just delightful. Love the accordion flowers!

  16. I adore how you used the flowers as the focal point of this banner! Thank you for sharing this inspiration with others via our flower parade.