Posted on March 21, 2010 under: Jewelry, Reviews & Giveaways

Inspirations by Stella – Review & Giveaway ***CLOSED***

Unique & whimsical art paintings


One of the wonderful things about hosting giveaways is meeting really amazing and talented people from all over the world.  I am often astounded by the beauty that is created by artists in the world of Etsy and Stella is one of those artists who has blown me away with her talent.


Her art paintings are so beautiful and there’s a certain softness in the watercolors that I really like. Each of her paintings is so unique, colorful, detailed and well thought out.  Truly, they are inspired and they bring me inspiration as well which is why they will be placed in a very special spot in my house.


For the review, Stella sent me a selection of ACEO cards and I have to say that they were AMAZING!  They are so much more beautiful in person than on the computer screen.  The online images do no justice to the bright, beautiful colors and detail of the images.  I think it’s really difficult to appreciate her artwork to the extent that is deserved unless you have the actual prints in front of you. Also, it’s so well packaged that it made it all the way to me, in the other side of the world, in completely perfect state.  She added a really thoughtful personal touch to everything she sent me, which added a little something special to every item. It’s an awesome thing for her to do.


Stella has a natural ability to express herself through her art, and I’m honored to have samples of it on display in my wall. :o)


And now, without further adieu, I’m very pleased to introduce you to Stella and her stunning Inspirations:


Tell us a little about yourself and Inspirations by Stella.
Several years ago I left the world of corporate finance. I got married and had children late in my life, and wanted to cherish these years. Later on, I have obtained a diploma in Illustration and Design from DawsonCollege inMontreal, Canada. As a young woman, art was always my passion. It is the diploma I cherish the most. Inspirations by Stella is a little business I started while my children were young. I taught mom and tots painting classes at the Jewish Public Library in Montreal for a while, and made gift baskets.


What inspires you when painting?
Being of Greek heritage, my art is inspired by the beautiful land, and archaeology of Greece.
Italian Renaissance art is also a passion of mine. I enjoy the art of contemporary artist Georgia O’Keefe, Diego Rivera and the impressionists, especially Van Gogh. Folk art interests me as well since they paint from the soul, Ie.  artists like Maud Lewis, Grandma Moses.


Where are you from – originally and currently?
My parents came to Canada from Greece in 1948. Ten years later, I was born. As a child I spent most of my summers with cousins in Athens Greece, and Nicosia, Cyprus. I live in Montreal with my big fat Greek family!


What made you decide to make this giveaway internationally open?
The blogsphere is an exciting place, and somewhere in Twitter I discovered International Giveaways. Since I am a member of the Greek Etsy Team, I found it so wonderful to connect internationally, and make friends. I look forward to participating in an International Giveaway, it makes the world a smaller place ♥


Personally, I love the items being given away to that one very lucky winner, but besides those my very fave items are:


The stunning, deep colored Once Upon a Vineyard:


The sweet & calm Our Rock:


And the delicate simplicity of L’Amour:




Can’t wait until you win the giveaway? Browse Inspirations by Stella’s Etsy shop to purchase one of her beautiful paintings!
All prints are art gallery quality and made to fit into frames of 5 x 7 and 8 x 10 inches. Plus, she can write a special dedication for you on the back and gift wrap it for you – so it really makes a wonderful gift for that someone special!

Stella is offering a package of two FREE greeting cards and a bookmark of your choice with any purchase of $20.00 or over! That’s quite a deal!




Stella is giving away not one, not two but THREE of her stunning ACEO cards!
The lucky winner will receive these three beauties:





Mandatory entry – Visit Inspirations by Stella and tell me which item is your favorite and why. Please answer both questions and be original! (no copying other people’s answers)


Additional entries: – Please comment separately for each entry and post as many comments as each provides. In other words, if it says +2, write two separate comments for that entry!
Inspirations by Stella:
+2 Heart Inspirations by Stella’s Etsy shop and leave me your Etsy username in a comment below
+1 Tell me something you learned about Stella or her shop through the review or interview
+10 Purchase an item from Inspirations by Stella
+2 If you become a new public follower of International Giveaways! on Google Friends
+4 If you were already a follower of International Giveaways! on Google Friends previous to March 21, 2010 (yay for loyal followers!)
+1 If you follow International Giveaways via RSS
+1 If you sign up for the mailing list (left hand sidebar)

+3 If you grab my button and place it on your website/blog (please provide a link in your comments)
+2 If you blog about this giveaway (please provide a link in your comments)
Other Giveaways
+1 For entering any other giveaway being hosted here! Just tell me which ones – one comment for each. (You can see them in the right sidebar under “Now Open”)
+1 Follow Inspirations by Stella on Twitter (please leave your Twitter name in the comment)
+1 Follow International Giveaways! on Twitter (please leave your Twitter name in the comment)
+1 Retweet this for one extra entry (you can do this up to three times – once per day. Please provide a link to your tweet in your comments!):
RT@intlgiveaways: Win 3 gorgeous ACEO Cards from @TweetStella! (Ends 4/11) #contest #giveaway
That’s it! There’s a bunch of opportunities for you to win these stunning ACEO cards. The winner will be picked through a random number generator and will be contacted through e-mail, so make sure to write your e-mail address in your comments. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email before a new winner is chosen.  Best of luck to everyone!

Expiration date: April 11, 2010 at 11:59 pm GMT -4


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