Saturday, 21 May 2011

Etsy Inspired Challenge #139– Paula Art

Hi there

I wasn’t around to join in the last Etsy Inspired Challenge so you may not be aware that the challenge is now running bi-weekly instead of weekly.

EIC 139

Our challenge this week is based on the shop,  Paula Art, that sells recycled pipe vases, contemporary wall clocks and mixed media originals.



I was inspired by the blue vase and decided to colour my little lanterns in blue and yellow.  I also love the dots on the clock which made me think about how I could bring in some polka dots.

Our sponsor is Shery K Designs, she is offering 3 of her best selling packs as a prize.
I thought I would see if I could combine a few challenges for this card, not something I do often because generally any more than one or two completely confuses me lol.  My poor little head can’t cope with it all!!

The first challenge is CAS-ual Fridays. This is a card-making style I really want to develop, I love the fresh style of CAS cards.   I just missed their button and twine challenge last week, grrr!  Their challenge this week is to use bling so I added some crystals to my little lanterns from Lawn Fawn's 'Lunar Lights' set.


I also want to enter this card into the Lawnscaping Polka Dot Challenge.  I’ve been trying to play along with this one for a few weeks too. I used my Cuttlebug 'Seeing Spots' embossing folder for the background.

Challenge Badge

Don’t forget to pop on by to our Etsy Inspired DT too to see some more projects inspired by this week’s shop.

Angi Barrs
Carole Chesser
De Swanick
Emily Branch
Jackie Bowman
Joy Stagg
Kerry Angeles
Ellie Augustin (May Guest Designer)
Ruby McGuire (that's me!)
Savannah O'Gwynn
Sherry Campbell
Virginia Lu

If posting to an online gallery please use EIC#139.

Join in the fun and tell your crafty friends all about our challenge too, the more the merrier! 
On a side note my little princess starts senior school in September, which makes me sad because she’s growing up.   I really want to make sure I spend as much time as I can with her(while she still wants her Mummy around)!  It’s a time of change, which happens to every Mum and I know that with change come good things too but it doesn’t make it any easier.  She truly is such a wonderful little person to be around and I guess I’m scared that could be different as she gets older.

This card sentiment is for me!  I don’t know if you remember at the end of last year I set myself a word for the year which was ‘happy’.  Well, I’ve been making a few changes in all sorts of areas to make that word come true.  Silly things like getting into better routines with household chores, paperwork, that kind of thing, and bigger things like work.  I feel really pleased with how everything is working out.  It’s definitely helped me make better decisions and take baby steps towards what I want to achieve long term.  It’s amazing how empowering just having one goal word can be, it really helps you to focus on what you want.  

If you haven’t done it already think of a word that would help you describe what you want to achieve, see how well it can work for you too!


  1. what a delightful card ruby ~ love the bling!!
    vanessa xx

  2. This is such a cute card the texture in the background!!!

  3. Congratulations on making your word work for you! Love your card, the blinged line is a genius idea! Thanks for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays!

  4. Oh Ruby its soooo fun and cute! I think all lanterns should be strung on a bling line from now on! :) Wonderful design and so glad you joined us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  5. My youngest started senior high school this I know how you are feeling. Hugs to ya! They grow up so fast.

    Love your little laterns. And you used my fave color (yellow) too. :)

  6. You did such a fabulous job Ruby! Love the hanging lanterns. Very creative!

  7. This is the CUTEST lantern string (with blings!!) that I had ever seen, Ruby!! Love your take on the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge! Fantastic inspired card from Etsy! Glad that you can join the fun with me :)

  8. LOOOOOOOVE that you made yourself a card! I love that you made this for so many challenges! I love the gem line for the lanterns!! FUN! These are perfect PDCC colors too:)

    Oh TINKS--she is growing up! Tell her I said to STOP IT!! LOL! Enjoy your time with her! I'm sure she will continue to be such a blessing as she grows....HUGS to all:)

  9. Realllyyyyy adorable card! Thanks for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  10. Sooo cute Ruby! Loved the embossed background, your lanterns and the bling line they are hanging from! Just fab!!! And If feel you about kids growing up. Mine is starting Kindergarden in September. Wah. Seriously, I am happy because this is how it is supposed to be but sad all at the same time because I wish I could just freeze time. One day he will grow up, move out and I'll just be lost...... Maybe I'll have another one, maybe not. But all the same, it is tough, isn't it!!! :) Thanks for playing along with our challenge Ruby! I truly adore your card! One day, we'll catch up on the Copic class... I still haven't made it past video 7, lol!

  11. This is a lovely card ,I love the luna light stamp set you have used .Love the background you have done;so dotty!!!!!
    I love the gems!

  12. Love the lanterns on the line of bling, brilliant card :)
    Jenny x

  13. Oh this is adorable! I love the polka dot background! Thanks so much for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays

  14. Ruby, this is fabulous! I love the bling! It adds such a fun element. Thanks so much for playing with us at Lawnscaping!

  15. This is super cute!
    Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!

  16. I love the lanterns on your card!

  17. Hi,
    Your card is very cute, I love Lawn Fawn stamps!!! and texture background is fantastic.

    You have a great day!

  18. Love your lanterns sparkling on a bling line, fab idea!! Love those colours you used too, a gorgeous card and a great combination of challenges!

    I know what you mean about them growing up too quick - we will have to meet for coffee and commiserate with each other lol!! Will email you some dates xx

  19. So cool that you hung the lantern from the lines of bling! TFS =)

  20. Hey girl - love your lanterns and super cute to use the bling as the string. So fun to have you playing along at CAS-ual Fridays! :)

  21. This card is soooo fresh, fun and whimsical!!! The embossed paper is the perfect backdrop to bring attention to the lanterns! SUPER FUN!


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