Saturday, February 12, 2011

EtsyInspired #126 - GlowGirl

Saturdays are all about being inspired. EtsyInspired, that is!! This week, we're bringing to you a shop that is not only environmentally conscious, but has an owner with an inspirational back-story of her own: GlowGirl! Oh! And she's fairly local to me! How cool is that?

Here is what she has to say:
My inspiration for starting this business was - I'd lost a great 15 yr position that I thought I'd be retiring with...was in a panic realizing that as a 50 yr old, I was going up for jobs against younger and better educated folks than me. The challenge was on! I decided to step out of the corporate world and return to my crafty roots (I had a successful crafts business in the 80's). I bought a sewing machine, learned how to sew...and fell upon some cool upholstery fabrics and starting making grocey/tote bags. Was starting to successfully sell them at craft fairs and told my husband I'd start clipping coupons to help save money...didn't like the store bought ones and designed this for myself, and they quickly became my best selling items! Had a set-back in late 2009, breast cancer, and my etsy store became my sole source of income, and also provided me with some peace of mind as I spent almost a year battling cancer. I missed two holiday seasons of craft shows but etsy was a godsend for me, both emotionally and financially. I'm now fully back on my feet, planning shows for 2011 and getting ready to expand my lines and soar!

In addition to her Etsy Shop, she has a blog and she's on Facebook! While we are concentrating on her GlowGirl shop, I highly recommend checking out her GlowGirlFibers shop as well. I'm particularly enamoured of a woven messenger bag she's got listed.

For my inspiration this week, I chose a coupon organizer holder, made from this lovely floral print. Pink and flowers...what's not to love?
I made my card using StampTV's Sketch Spotlight Challenge STVSKSP12 and the colours from the Play Date Cafe Challenge #68, along with the pretty flowers from the coupon holder.

Now, before I send you off to the rest of the team, there are a couple little details for this week. One winner will win a coupon organizer from GlowGirl - winners choice of mega or regular!!! How cool is that???

Second, we've got an awesome sponsor for this week. It's The Stamping Boutique. I was simply unable to choose a stamp to use from the store - because there were too many that I wanted! Too be honest, I *think* my favourite may be this one, but if you ask me again in another hour, I'm liable to give you a completely different answer! A second winner this week will be able to choose 5 digis from The Stamping Boutique!!

Thanks for stopping by today. I always love the feedback I get from everyone!!! Check out the rest of the DT (below) for some amazing inspiration, then hop on over to GlowGirl, find an item or items to be inspired by, and create! For full deets, and to link up your project, visit the EtsyInspired blog! Have a fantastic weekend!!!

15 comments:

Jackie said...

This is sooo very pretty Carole! I love the colors, layout & that GORGEOUS ribbon you used!! FAB work as always gf!!!!!!!

de said...

Gorgeous flower inspired card! So pretty!

Kerry said...

So soft and pretty...lovely card!

Sherry Campbell said...

Awesome card- love those flowers!

Angi @ CokiePop said...

What a beautiful creation. It matches the inspiration soooo well. :)

Virginia L. said...

Carole, I love your flowers!! Totally gorgeous from the inspired piece! Excellent job!

Emily Branch said...

This card is sooo sooo soooo beautiful!! I love the pretty floral image and the paper surrounding it is super PRETTY!!

Fiona said...

Love the way you've focussed your card Carole! Thanks for playing along at the PDCC this week :)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH WOW! This is gorgeous! I LOOOOVE that ribbon and that paper you used is perfect! BEAUTIFULLY done:)

Michele Gross said...

I love the way you played with the colors! This is a gorgeous card and I'm happy that you played with us at The Play Date Cafe!

Andrea Ewen said...

Lovely design and the prettiest pink bow I've seen in a long time! Thanks for playing along with us this week at the Play Date Cafe!

Jinny Newlin said...

Such a pretty design! I'm lovin' those scalloped edges and that polka dot bow! Thank you so much for playing along with us, this week, in the Cafe!

Libby Hickson said...

This is so pretty Carole! Thanks for joining us at The Play Date Cafe!

Martha said...

what a wonderful card!

Linda said...

Very pretty flowers and Love that bow!