Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Meet and Greet for our newest team member, Dee

We have a lovely new team member here at Inspiration Avenue and her name is Dee. Please join us in welcoming Dee from New Jersey. Dee was sent to us by our team's creator, Sharon of Plumrose Lane. Dee is a card designer. Her etsy shop Designs From My Heart is full of pretty vintage inspired cards and hangtags. Dee has a personal blog of the same name where she hosts and participates in lots of blog hops. I believe we have a social butterfly in our midst.
Here are a couple more examples of her cards. She offers everything from Birthdays, holidays and Pet Sympathy cards. Check out her shop.
When we asked Dee to tell us a little about her work, this is what she had to say, "I create one of a kind altered art greeting cards. Made of high quality card stock and my photo's are printed on an artisan printer that is wonderful. I use photo paper and sometimes presentation paper to print my photo's on because the card stock can be too thick sometimes to print on".
When we asked what she likes most, she said," I love that I can create something that someone else likes just as much and will purchase the item. I also love the finished product since I have no idea of what kind of embellishments I am going to use for each item I create.
We asked Dee to tell us something unexpected about herself and this is what she shared, "I am a dog lover. My husband and I have adopted 6 dogs since 2004. We rescue them for 2 reasons, they are wonderful dogs with nothing wrong with them and if someone doesn't adopt them, they will be put down, just because there is no room left in the shelters, rescues and/or foster homes. I am married with 4 fur babies". So there you have it. We have a social butterfly with a big heart who makes beautiful cards for all ocassions. It's so nice to have you on our team, Dee. Welcome aboard!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Interested in co-hosting a challenge?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Weekly challenge - English Literature

I'm pondering... Now what could the theme for Inspiration Avenue be this week? And when will my intended ever turn up for this wedding.... the cake is being eaten by mice and I've ahd to let the dress out four times...

I wandered lonely as a cloud... beware my Lord of jealousy.... Last  night I went to Manderley again.... It is a truth universally acknowledged.... tyger tyger burning bright....

This week I want you to travel to the shores of my birth - ancient, magnificent and blessed with some fine writing talent.

Take Shakespeare, Dickens, Chaucer, Keats, Austen, Byron or the Brontes as your Muse. Let their stories and verse seep into your creative soul and bring forth magic anew...

Be inspired by English Literature in whatever form you choose. Perhaps you'll craft Elizabeth Bennett a bonnet, let yourself loose with the fairies on a midsummer night or wander across bleak moorland catching a nasty cold (do wrap up... we don't want to be responsible for terrible fevers...).

Just leave us a link to your entry by Sunday at 4pm GMT and we'll delight in your fictional encounters!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Aged Beauty - Entries

 i had a lot of fun hosting this week's challenge and felt so very welcome :) thank you ladies!! i missed you guys!!

WOW!! just WOW!!this week's challenge entries are amazing .. seriously! You'll have to see them to believe me ... so without further ado, I give you ... Aged Beauty



Grannie Annie 



Corinne Marie 



Bleubeard and Elizabeth 


Stephanie Mealor Corder 

Michelle V Alkerton 

Craftymoose Crafts 

Tracey Potter 



IM Girl 




Luthien Thye

Thank you all for playing!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Each of us gathers here with grateful hearts everyday but we wanted to take this time to tell you all we are thankful that you visit us on a regular basis and participate in our weekly art challenges and for just being you. We love you all! To all of our American friends, have a Happy Thanksgiving Day and to all of our friends overseas you have a Happy Day!

This printable came from a fellow blogger last year and I am sorry to say I did not write down who it was so if it's yours than thank you for sharing!

Hugs to all of you!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Aged Beauty

Wow!! It’s seems like a long time ago since I hosted a challenge at Inspiration Avenue. So when Shel asked me if I would like to do one … I said yes immediately! 

This week I have chosen two words which remain my constant inspiration when making art … Aged Beauty. Aged Beauty can come in any form … patina of time, ravages of time, treasured memories, people from the past, or even tales of old. Create something … anything, in this theme, in your chosen medium. You can choose something old to start with, or you can choose to make something look old. Dream it and create it! 

As always, deadline is 12noon EST on Sunday 27th Nov 2011. Please direct us straight to the post of your creation and we will take over from there. One entry per person and links should be left on this post. Further guidelines on our weekly challenges can be found on the sidebar. 

Here are some images that I find inspiring … perhaps they might inspire you in some way too … 

I will leave you with a little quote I found : 

Age is not all decay; it is the ripening, the swelling, of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk.
~ George MacDonald ~ 

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Harlequin Challenge Results!

WOW, I am thrilled with this beautiful collection- such a great combination of different takes on the theme. 

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