Saturday, May 24, 2014

Inspiration Challenge -- Where can inspiration take us?

One of the many interesting threads we have in the Strategic Promotion for Success Team Forum on Etsy is the "Inspiration Challenge" game.

Every week, all our team members are invited to create a treasury inspired by one specific item. The owner of the Inspiration item has the difficult job to choose the winning treasury for the week, and the winner has the chance to choose an item from his or her own shop to become the inspiration item for the following challenge.

Our team is filled with creative minds, and it is very interesting to see how they can be inspired in so many different ways by the same item !

Today we are going to take a look at two different Inspiration Challenges, and how the same Inspiration item could be the source of such distinctive, different and fabulous treasuries!

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In the Inspiration Challenge no.9, the Inspiration item was a handmade bracelet from Beechtree :

Turquoise and Brown African Kazuri Ceramic turtle bracelet set with Swarovski crystals and copper

This very interesting item has many different facets, that our creative Team members exploited with great taste!

For example, the little turtle pendant attached to the bracelet inspired the shop owner of SeasAndSeasons to create The Tortoise and the Hare treasury, filled with cute bunnies and turtles :

The earthy tones of the bracelet inspired this fantastic treasury, titled Brown bear, what do you see? created by Tammy from Ahimsaoils :

Some other team members were inspired by the turquoise of the beads, and used those gorgeous blues as an inspiration to create more aerial treasuries, such as Sky by Amy from BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy :

Some other members created treasuries around different themes, such Africa, the seashore, Buddhist divinity, Spring time, etc. It is amazing to see how differently the bracelet resonated for each player!

Here we can see the treasury Eco Chic, designed by June from ThresholdPaperArt and that displays gorgeous items with a natural flair and a bohemian look :

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In the Inspiration Challenge no.10, the Inspiration item was this hand painted rock from umbrellafant :

hand lettered hand painted rock // inspirational stone // affirmation stone // see the sea

Many players were inspired by the saying "See the Sea" and created beautiful collections inspired by the seashore: beautiful shades of blue, shellfish, sand and beaches, natural and organic materials were carefully chosen by many of our teammates.

For example, the winning treasury Summer cloudy sky and stormy sea & ... curated by Mira from yonnimagazine was inspired by the ocean :


The treasury She sells seashells, by the seashore created by Corky from CorkyCrafts was also inspired by the sea :

Some other players were inspired by the colors and created something further from the seaside, but equally inspired and beautiful, like Real teal by Tatjana from ArTangled

Some other team members decided to focus on the material, like Ana from lindapaula with her treasury Natural stones :

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Do you want to play with us? A new Challenge every week!

Come and join us in the SPS Team Forum : 


My name is Natalie. I am a French-Canadian gal, but I live in South Korea. My passion is called "Hanji" : sumptuous Korean paper made of mulberry pulp. Hanji has been used for a thousand years in Korea to create decorative or ceremonial objects. For me, it is essential to offer useful and practical objects, that can enjoyed on a daily basis. Tissue cases, pen holders, jewelry, fridge magnets, hair accessories: let the beauty and unique character of Hanji paper make our everyday life objects irresistible!

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  1. This is a great article! I love this challenge, it is very fun and inspiring to see how creative everyone is!

  2. So great seeing all these inspirational challenge treasuries together on the same page! Thanks Natalie!