Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Winning Treasury #197

Some words from Karn...

I was so thrilled to be chosen as the winner last week! Thank you so much Susan! I am so glad my collection touched you.

I also want to say thank you to all who participated. Week after week, people flex their amazing creativity to produce remarkable treasuries for the non-team challenge. I am so honored that you took time to do so this week. I was awed by the beauty, the originality, the poignant themes. Each treasury was special to me and worthy of a win. I hope I expressed that well enough in my treasury comments.

But alas, I must narrow my choices down to one.

My final decision on the winning treasury is….

Jessica’s Tracking the Elusive Iridescent Slack-Jawed Maknack.
Charles Dickens once wrote “there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” This is a core truth to me. Jessica’s witty theme and cheeky use of my beads made me laugh out loud. Additionally, the treasury was adventurous, well balanced, and beautiful. The perfect formula for a win!

Thank you again to everyone!

High Fives,
Karn




Congrats to Jessica!  She will be choosing the inspiration item for Challenge #198.  She'll also be judging the Challenge.  Check the team discussion page for a "Laying Odds" thread to make suggestions / predictions on the inspiration item.  We only have today to help choose the item, so please be sure to pop in. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Treasury NonTeam Challenge #197

A creative challenge open to all members of Etsy! Create a treasury around the Inspiration Item. Win the Challenge and the Inspiration Item for the next Challenge will be something of yours! Who knows how many treasuries will be created with your item!?

Karn from RiverSongBeads will be judging the Challenge this week. It is totally up to her as to what she is looking for. Make the best treasury you can and just maybe one of your items will be featured in our next Challenge! Please read the guidelines carefully before creating your treasury.

Our inspiration item is...



Failure to follow these 9 steps will disqualify you from the challenge:
 
1. Read the guidelines. 
2. Include the Inspiration Item in any of the first 12 spots (not as an alternate). 
3. Do not use more than one item from any shop in your treasury. Use sixteen separate shops.
4. Leave a link to your treasury in our Entry thread on our team page before Sunday at noon eastern. Please leave it one time only. Judges and volunteers use this thread to find the current treasuries. You must leave your link in the correct thread by the deadline to have your treasury judged. Your link also needs to be there to have your shop added to the sidebar list and to be added to the buyer account. 
5. Tag your treasury with "nonteam" and "nonteamchallenge 197" (separated by a space before the number).
6. Be sure to include a link to the blog in the treasury description. If it doesn't fit into the description, you may leave it in the first comment. http://treasurychallengenonteam.blogspot.com/ 
7. Only one entry per person if you have more than one Etsy account. Only one entry per account if you have multiple people running a single shop. 
8. Support other participants - View/Comment/Click on as many other treasuries in the Challenge as possible. Do not leave a link to your treasury in the comments of another person's treasury. 
9. Don't tag your non-team treasury with tags for other teams that you are a member of. Our non-team treasuries are not meant to promote your other teams. 
*** Only participate if you'll be available to judge the next week's Challenge - and report the winning treasury by the next Tuesday. Judging is a hugely time-consuming job. There may be hundreds of treasuries. Please only participate if you have the time to judge next week. 
*** Make sure that your shop is in compliance with Etsy's TOS. We won't promote shops that are resellers, blatant copyright infringers, purposeful mis-taggers, etc. Those shops are disqualified from winning challenges. 

Highly Recommended (not required)... 

* Become a follower of this blog to stay in touch with each new challenge, challenge winner, announcements, etc. 
* Use the current challenge tag on your items to make it easier for others to include your items in treasuries. Only use this tag if you plan to create a challenge treasury THIS week. Please read the details here. 
* Use items from other participating shops if you'd like and if their items fit your theme. There are two ways to find them. 
      1. Search the current challenge tag for all items on Etsy. (Don't forget about our supplies and vintage shops!) 
        2. Visit our Etsy buyer account to see items from shops that participated in the previous challenge. 
* Replace missing items in your treasury. Don't replace sold items. 
* Tweet, Facebook, Blog, etc to spread the word about your treasury and our Challenges.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Winning Treasury #196

Some words from Susan...

Thank you to Rose Rose for choosing my treasury, as last weeks winner. The treasury almost made its self as the Cinderella Gown item was so strong and inspirational.

Thank you to all who made varied, interesting and magnificent treasuries they all made me pause to enjoy their individual creativity, quirkiness and tender beauty.
Maxwell and I did screen grabs and print outs of the short list, and spent a long time considering our winner for this challenge - what a difficult task. We both finally agreed it should be:

Karn's treasury The Past. Looking at the past without regret. Quietly dynamic, with subtle elegance in every image, thoughtful and beautifully composed collection. I came back and back to view this. It made me think of a quote which is pertinent to my life right now-

I have always known
That at last I would
Take this road, but yesterday
I did not know that it would be today.
Narihira





Congrats to Karn!  She will be choosing the inspiration item for Challenge #197 from her shop RiverSongBeads.  She'll also be judging the Challenge.  Check the team discussion page for a "Laying Odds" thread to make suggestions / predictions on the inspiration item.  We only have today to help choose the item, so please be sure to pop in. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Treasury NonTeam Challenge #196

A creative challenge open to all members of Etsy! Create a treasury around the Inspiration Item. Win the Challenge and the Inspiration Item for the next Challenge will be something of yours! Who knows how many treasuries will be created with your item!?

Maxwell and Susan from artsdesireable will be judging the Challenge this week. It is totally up to them as to what they are looking for. Make the best treasury you can and just maybe one of your items will be featured in our next Challenge! Please read the guidelines carefully before creating your treasury.

Our inspiration item is...


Failure to follow these 9 steps will disqualify you from the challenge:
 
1. Read the guidelines. 
2. Include the Inspiration Item in any of the first 12 spots (not as an alternate). 
3. Do not use more than one item from any shop in your treasury. Use sixteen separate shops.
4. Leave a link to your treasury in our Entry thread on our team page before Sunday at noon eastern. Please leave it one time only. Judges and volunteers use this thread to find the current treasuries. You must leave your link in the correct thread by the deadline to have your treasury judged. Your link also needs to be there to have your shop added to the sidebar list and to be added to the buyer account. 
5. Tag your treasury with "nonteam" and "nonteamchallenge 196" (separated by a space before the number).
6. Be sure to include a link to the blog in the treasury description. If it doesn't fit into the description, you may leave it in the first comment. http://treasurychallengenonteam.blogspot.com/ 
7. Only one entry per person if you have more than one Etsy account. Only one entry per account if you have multiple people running a single shop. 
8. Support other participants - View/Comment/Click on as many other treasuries in the Challenge as possible. Do not leave a link to your treasury in the comments of another person's treasury. 
9. Don't tag your non-team treasury with tags for other teams that you are a member of. Our non-team treasuries are not meant to promote your other teams. 
*** Only participate if you'll be available to judge the next week's Challenge - and report the winning treasury by the next Tuesday. Judging is a hugely time-consuming job. There may be hundreds of treasuries. Please only participate if you have the time to judge next week. 
*** Make sure that your shop is in compliance with Etsy's TOS. We won't promote shops that are resellers, blatant copyright infringers, purposeful mis-taggers, etc. Those shops are disqualified from winning challenges. 

Highly Recommended (not required)... 

* Become a follower of this blog to stay in touch with each new challenge, challenge winner, announcements, etc. 
* Use the current challenge tag on your items to make it easier for others to include your items in treasuries. Only use this tag if you plan to create a challenge treasury THIS week. Please read the details here. 
* Use items from other participating shops if you'd like and if their items fit your theme. There are two ways to find them. 
      1. Search the current challenge tag for all items on Etsy. (Don't forget about our supplies and vintage shops!) 
        2. Visit our Etsy buyer account to see items from shops that participated in the previous challenge. 
* Replace missing items in your treasury. Don't replace sold items. 
* Tweet, Facebook, Blog, etc to spread the word about your treasury and our Challenges.



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Winning Treasury #195

Some words from Rosie...

I am always intrigued at how an artist's medium and perspective change the way they approach a project. I have seen it in the form of themed art shows before; it's fascinating for instance what 30 different artists will create with the same object, like a wooden frame or a plain white mask (just to name a couple of examples that I personally was a part of, and enjoyed immensely). The same is true for treasuries... it is really interesting how different artists approach the same 16-square format and can create such a variety, a rainbow, no, better than a rainbow, a 3-dimensional, emotionally layered, full spectrum of variances from those 16 squares. Painters' treasuries LOOK like paintings; Fiber artists make very textural treasuries; Fashion designers are obsessed with fashion, of course; Jewelry maker's treasuries are strung together like beads on a wire. And collage artists make beautifully compiled, eclectic, and masterful compilations with those 16 squares, and that is exactly what happened this week. Susan and Maxwell of artsdesireable made this treasury that just jumped off the screen, and every tile so perfect, it really should be hanging in a museum. You elevated my one little square to art level, framing it cleverly with such a pleasing color pattern that a person could stare at it for hours. Fabulous motion throughout, compelling passion, hot, pulsing colors, and really wonderful items, all of which looked new to me. Thank you so much and thank you to everyone who participated this week!! It was such a pleasure.




 Congrats to Susan & Maxwell!  They will be choosing the inspiration item for Challenge #196 from their shop artsdesireable.  They'll also be judging the Challenge.  Check the team discussion page for a "Laying Odds" thread to make suggestions / predictions on the inspiration item.  We only have today to help choose the item, so please be sure to pop in. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Treasury NonTeam Challenge #195

A creative challenge open to all members of Etsy! Create a treasury around the Inspiration Item. Win the Challenge and the Inspiration Item for the next Challenge will be something of yours! Who knows how many treasuries will be created with your item!?

Rosie from RosieRoseDesigner will be judging the Challenge this week. It is totally up to her as to what she is looking for. Make the best treasury you can and just maybe one of your items will be featured in our next Challenge! Please read the guidelines carefully before creating your treasury.

Our inspiration item is...



Failure to follow these 9 steps will disqualify you from the challenge:
 
1. Read the guidelines. 
2. Include the Inspiration Item in any of the first 12 spots (not as an alternate). 
3. Do not use more than one item from any shop in your treasury. Use sixteen separate shops.
4. Leave a link to your treasury in our Entry thread on our team page before Sunday at noon eastern. Please leave it one time only. Judges and volunteers use this thread to find the current treasuries. You must leave your link in the correct thread by the deadline to have your treasury judged. Your link also needs to be there to have your shop added to the sidebar list and to be added to the buyer account. 
5. Tag your treasury with "nonteam" and "nonteamchallenge 195" (separated by a space before the number).
6. Be sure to include a link to the blog in the treasury description. If it doesn't fit into the description, you may leave it in the first comment. http://treasurychallengenonteam.blogspot.com/ 
7. Only one entry per person if you have more than one Etsy account. Only one entry per account if you have multiple people running a single shop. 
8. Support other participants - View/Comment/Click on as many other treasuries in the Challenge as possible. Do not leave a link to your treasury in the comments of another person's treasury. 
9. Don't tag your non-team treasury with tags for other teams that you are a member of. Our non-team treasuries are not meant to promote your other teams. 
*** Only participate if you'll be available to judge the next week's Challenge - and report the winning treasury by the next Tuesday. Judging is a hugely time-consuming job. There may be hundreds of treasuries. Please only participate if you have the time to judge next week. 
*** Make sure that your shop is in compliance with Etsy's TOS. We won't promote shops that are resellers, blatant copyright infringers, purposeful mis-taggers, etc. Those shops are disqualified from winning challenges. 

Highly Recommended (not required)... 

* Become a follower of this blog to stay in touch with each new challenge, challenge winner, announcements, etc. 
* Use the current challenge tag on your items to make it easier for others to include your items in treasuries. Only use this tag if you plan to create a challenge treasury THIS week. Please read the details here. 
* Use items from other participating shops if you'd like and if their items fit your theme. There are two ways to find them. 
      1. Search the current challenge tag for all items on Etsy. (Don't forget about our supplies and vintage shops!) 
        2. Visit our Etsy buyer account to see items from shops that participated in the previous challenge. 
* Replace missing items in your treasury. Don't replace sold items. 
* Tweet, Facebook, Blog, etc to spread the word about your treasury and our Challenges.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Winning Treasury #194

Some words from Pat...

I want to thank Gwen for choosing my treasury last week.
I literally jumped for joy!
This last week was so much fun. Your treasuries were as varied as burnt toast is to world peace! I fell in and out of love, grieved and laughed. The hard part was choosing.
I narrowed it down to 27. Now I have 12, but I know which one I can't stop thinking about. It is provocative yet politically charged.

I choose:
the desolate garden by Rosie Rose






Congrats to Rosie!  She will be choosing the inspiration item for Challenge #195 from her shop RosieRoseDesigner.  She'll also be judging the Challenge.  Check the team discussion page for a "Laying Odds" thread to make suggestions / predictions on the inspiration item.  We only have today to help choose the item, so please be sure to pop in.