Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Weekly Challenge - "I Am"

HA! My turn again to come up with a challenge. We’ve had so many wonderful themes by the ladies at Inspiration Avenue, to tell you the truth, I had a real tough time thinking of the challenge word this week.

So far, many of our challenges have been about a “topic” … to create something in any medium you choose about … well, something. So I thought that it would be nice to have a challenge that says something about ... you, the artist. When I first started making art, I constantly hear other artists talking about finding a style that in uniquely you. I have come to know of a lot of artists who have indeed developed a style of their own and once you see an artwork by them, you know immediately who made that particular art!

And so, this week’s challenge is simply “I”

I will make this challenge a little wider by opening it up to “anything and/or everything” about you. For example, think … I hope …, I dream …, I love …, I hate …, I hide …, I wish …, I desire …, I make …, I create …, I think …, I believe …, I was …, I will be …, I want to be …, or simply, I am …

Create something in any medium you choose and tell us how the creation is connected to you. It is something you hope to achieve one day, something you love, your history, your unique style or simply the current you. When you're done, post it in your blog and leave us a link ... we will do the rest :) The dateline for this challenge is Sunday 4th April at 12noon EST.

Now comes the part everyone’s waiting for … the giveaway for April. Every entry to our weekly challenges stands a chance of winning a little something. So happens … that I am also the one who’s doing April’s giveaway! Here it is, a whimsical bookmark which I named “Transformation”. Made with a beautifully etched bookmark hook, a pretty butterfly charm, shell pearls and faceted glass beads.

Good luck and Have fun!

*Just a reminder to Evil Edna ... please leave your email with us HERE cos you won last month's giveaway :))

Monday, March 29, 2010

Monthly Giveaway Winner - March

I have just, with the help of my glamorous assistant (read - reluctant teenage son) drawn the winner for this month's team challenge prize!

The winner will receive my little dragonfly original canvas (pictured above)

So ... the winner is ...the lovely (and not very evil really) Evil Edna!!

Edna could you please send me you postal address (to angie.hogan@hotmail.com) and this little dragonfly will be flying over to you very shortly :)

Stay tuned for next month's challenge!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Weekly Challenge Results - "Opposites"

We received such a variety of entries for this week ~
none of the entries were even remotely similar!
It was such fun to see the different
interpretations of "opposites"!

So if you're ready, here they are!

Be sure to check back Monday for next week's challenge.
Remember, you will be automatically entered to win
the monthly giveaway with your challenge entry!
Have a creative week!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Weekly Challenge - "Opposites"


Hello, Goodbye
You say yes, I say no.
You say stop and I say go go go.
You say goodbye and I say hello
Hello hello
I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello

I say high, you say low.
You say why and I say I don't know, oh no.
You say goodbye and I say hello
Hello hello
I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello

Hello, Goodbye lyrics © Sony/atv Tunes Llc; Sony Beatles Ltd

Head off in any direction you like!
As long as you go
in the other direction as well!

This week's challenge is "opposites". You can keep it simple, like

Black and White ... High and Low ... Big and Small ~

or go a little deeper, perhaps exploring

Yin and Yang ... Good and Evil ... Light and Dark...

The list is practically endless!

This theme will lend itself to any medium. Use one you are familiar with,
or go in the opPoSitE direction and try something new!

The challenge is open to everyone!
Post your entry on your blog and leave a link here in the comments section
by Sunday, March 28 at 12 noon (eastern daylight time).

As a special bonus, anyone who participates
will be entered in our monthly giveaway!
This month the prize is a beautiful acrylic painting
by our own lovely Artangel!
Have fun!

Happy Birthday Lisa !!

in Lisa's own words ...

"Mother, Friend, Lover, Artist, Entrepreneur, Adventurer, Dreamer, Writer, Creative, Expressive, Communicator."
~ All the Wright Stuff ~

Happy Birthday to our sweet friend and teammate, LisaWright :)
... may your year be filled with every dream come true!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Weekly Challenge - "My Town"

This weeks challenge was "My Town". It has been so much fun touring these wonderful places. I hope you too will take a moment to visit each of the entries.
Thanks to everyone who has entered.

Here are the Entries please click the links to read more.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Charity Auction - Followup & Thank You

Monday, March 15, 2010

Weekly Challenge - "My Town"

Now that the auction has come and gone it is time for another weekly challenge here at Inspiration Avenue. The theme for this week is "My Town".
The members and participants from IA are a group of people from all over the globe. I thought it would be nice to learn a little something about the places we all call home.
Where do you come from? Do you live in a big thriving metropolis or do you come from a small rural town? What is unique or special about your town?

Maybe it is the county seat with the best county fair....

Texas State Capital In Austin Texas

Or maybe it is a famous tourist destination.....

Antique Shop In Shiner Texas
photo courtesy of
The Shiner Chamber of Commerce

So....for this weeks challenge take a picture, make a postcard or atc, collage a piece of art, use whatever art form you desire. The sky is the limit. There are no rules just be creative. Come back next Sunday March 21, before noon with your submission. Leave a link to your blog in the comments section so we can find you. This will automatically enter you in the monthly giveaway. This month the prize is from our lovely team member Angie from Artangel.
Have fun and see you next week!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Charity Art Auction - contribution by

Bleeding Heart

8 x 10

The auction for the Amazing Charity
  • Lasts until Sunday the 14Th
  • American dollars only
  • Bid in $1.00 Increments
  • Bidding starts at $10.00
  • Have fun
  • Please leave your email address along with your bid in a comment under this post
  • Thank you for supporting Angel Faces

Come One Come All ... The Art Auction is in Full Swing!

The Art Auction is in full swing, so come along and see what goodies await. Hope to see you there!

Charity Auction

Welcome to the Inspiration Avenue Art Auction for Angel Faces!
We hope this little visual "Table of Contents" will help you navigate through the enchanting items up for bid. Items are numbered, and a list below the graphic will take you to whatever has caught your eye! Click on what strikes your fancy, and then be sure to browse some more! Remember to be generous since 100% of the proceeds go to Angel Faces!

Charity Art Auction - contribution by Jessica

Hi all, my name is Jessica and I have 2 shops on Etsy http://www.bellesmademoiselles.etsy.com/ , and http://www.simplybannersnads.etsy.com/ . I am adding a one of a kind Vintage style Domino size pendant necklace. I have recycled this swiss game piece and made it in to a super cute pendant featuring a vintage froggy couple dancing. It measures 1.5"x 3/4" and will come with a clasped ribbon necklace. The image has been glued on and double glazed and features a silver bale.Each domino has a different swiss image on the back which comes from a promotional childs game that our local co-op was doing a while back. This particular domino features a swiss state flag.

Bidding is starting a $4 and increments of $1 only. Please put your bid in with your comment. Thank you for looking!!

Sunday, March 7, 2010


- this auction will go live from the 7th march and end on

the 14th march at 12 noon EST

- the bidding will take place HERE on the inspiration avenue blog

- your bids should be in US Dollars only, with a minimum of 1USD increments (cents will not be entertained)

- please place your bids in the comments section of this post

- please include your name and email address in your bidding (and of course your bid too :) so that we may send you a paypal invoice should you win the item

Starting bid for this This metal - please come back to your bid item often to check if anyone has made another bid, and re-bid if you wish to
- the winner of this item is given 72 hours to pay, otherwise the item will go to the second highest bidder
there will be other items made by the varied but talented members of inspiration avenue on auction as well. please scroll up/down on our team blog and have a look. your support is very very appreciated. i thank you in advance for your wonderful support for this cause
8 1/2 INCHES Tall Kokopelli 1 pound
Painted black
fun design
Starting bid is $8.00

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Item For Angel Faces Charity Auction

    "Dreams Scrappy Art Tote"
Starting bid is $15.00
Please make bids in $1.00 increments.

Welcome and thank you for stopping by. For this selection you will be bidding on a one of a kind original handmade tote created by me Charlotte Littlejohn (Charlie).
Please leave a comment with your bid and don't forget to add your email address so we can contact you if you win!
I made my original tote because I wanted something artsy to carry my art supplies in when I go on trips. I also wanted to make something that represented my style, something that combined my artwork with my other passions like my love of scrapbooking and sewing.
I create each of my totes to look like a scrapbook page. They measure 12" x 12 " like the traditional sized scrapbook paper. Fabric and scrap paper are so similar in design and can be layered in the same way. For this tote I used the painting of the little girl "Purity" that I painted a few weeks ago. She is transferred onto a fabric transfer sheet, and sewn on layers of fabric in a cute and whimsical way. This tote and most all my totes are embellished with paper flowers, buttons and ribbons, just like a scrapbook page would be decorated. I added the quote " A life without dreams is like a garden without flowers."
The back side is done in the same way. There is a pocket big enough for your cell phone or any of your treasures. The inside of the tote is lined with a nice soft pink floral and I have a heavy interfacing in between each side to give the tote some heft. I made the straps on this tote extra long, (21 inches) so it can be worn easily over the shoulder.
I will pay for the shipping for this auction.

Charity Auction - Julie at HeavenleighArt

Hi everyone, I am so excited to be able to give one of my paintings into a charity event art auction bid for Angel Faces.
This painting measure 12 by 16 inches and about an inch deep and a home made wooden boxed canvas. Made out of plywood and pine.
The painting is created using craft tissue paper, gesso, acrylic paints and silk paint called gutta.
Finished with matt varnsih for protection. Comes ready to hang and winning bidders wall.

Bidding on painting starts at 40 USD.

If you would like to join the bidding, please leave a comment and your email address.
Thank you for looking...Julie-ann

Charity Auction - contribution by

Art Auction
for Angel Faces

It's time for Inspiration Avenue's Art Auction!
My contribution is 2 pieces of original artwork ~ mixed media fairies, done with acrylic paint, colored pencil, and a bit of collage. Each fairy is resting on a tree branch with her robin friend. The pieces are approximately 4.5" x 6.5" each and are done on 100 lb. bristol board.

They will come matted in 8" x 10" acid-free white mats
and backed with acid-free foam-core board.
The starting bid is $12 USD for the pair. Shipping is FREE!
Please leave a comment with your bid and don't forget to add your email address so we can contact you if you win!

Now for the fine print stuff:
Bidding will start on March 7, 2010 and will go until 12 noon (est) on March 14. Bids must be increased by $1 USD increments or more. No "cents" please! If you win, you will have 72 hours to make payment or the items will go to the next highest bidder. All bidding must take place here on the Inspiration Avenue blog .
There are many wonderful art pieces up for auction, so be sure to peruse all of them!
There, I think that's all the rules lol.

All proceeds go to Angel Faces,
a wonderful charity that benefits teen girls. Please read all about Angel Faces here, and you will be inspired and uplifted by their story, as we were.
Thanks for your generosity!

Charity Auction contribution by - Artangel

I'm very excited to be taking part in the Inspiration Avenue team's first ever charity auction, in aid of Angel Faces.

This is my auction piece - "Twelve Butterflies on Red".

This is an original mixed media canvas measuring 6 x 12 x 1.5", created with collaged butterflies, acrylics and coloured pencil.

Butterflies are a favourite theme of mine at the moment. I love their shape, and their symbolism; they are thought to represent the human soul in some cultures.
I am also fascinated by collections of all kinds, and these remind me a bit of one of the display cases in the natural history museum!
The starting bid for this canvas is $22, packaging and postage are free. All proceeds will go to the Angel Faces charity.
Only bids in US dollars will be counted, and bids must be in round dollars (i.e.$22.00, not $22.15!)

Please leave your email address or other method of contact when placing a bid, so that a Paypal invoice can be sent if you are successful.
Thank you in advance for supporting this worthwhile charity and helping to make someone's life a little brighter. Good luck, and happy bidding!

Charity Auction - contribution by Tammy Sprinkle

" Life is made of Love, Dreams and Wishes"
Starting bid $10. USD
Bidding increments will be $1.USD
This mixed-media piece is by Tammy Sprinkle

You must include an email address so that we may send you an invoice at the completion of the auction. You will have 72 hrs to pay before the item goes to the next highest bidder.

Inspiration Avenue's Art Auction to benefit AngelFaces, a wonderful retreat for girls aged 11-19yrs, with severe facial disfigurements due to burns and other traumas.Good Luck and thank you for helping to support such a fabulous cause!
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