I would like for you to join me in welcoming Cheri from Lil Stinker Designs on Etsy. Cheri has been kind enough to offer a giveaway of ANY (1) print in her shop! To enter, visit her shop and come back here and comment with what your favorite item is. Remember, just a comment won't get you entered, you have to include a favorite item. Winner will be chosen using Random.org.

-Let's find out a little more about Cheri

I am a missionary kid, raised in Papua New Guinea. I lived the first 18 years of my life in 
that beautiful tropical paradise just north of Australia. Having that upbringing was 
wonderful as it exposed me to different cultures, different thought processes, and offered 
the opportunity to be resourceful and to appreciate the beauty found in simple things.
Since then I have lived many places and done many different things. Through it all I have 
admired all things beautiful and creative. Colors, textures... I love it all!

Starting my own business has been in the back of my mind for probably 10 years. Having 
gone through a serious illness which lasted for 3 years, followed by 6 months flat on my 
back due to herniated disks, and then a divorce, I was left feeling lost in hope deferred. 
My dreams were shattered. I wasn‘t too confident in starting my own creative business.
The inspiration for this shop has come from a couple of close friends who have persistently 
encouraged me to do it. (Thank you, Lord, for friends!!) 
I believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God. God says that “no good thing will He 
withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Psalms also says, “Delight yourself in the Lord 
and He will give you the desire of your heart.” It is the truths of the Bible and the spoken 
words of hope offered through Jesus’ followers that have enabled me to come through 
the challenges in life. He is my hope and my life.  Is He yours?
-How did you choose your shop name?
-What is your favorite Bible verse?
proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and
recovery of sight for the blind,

recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

As I prepared to set up this shop I was surprised and gratified to realize that this opportunity 
brings together two of my strengths; that of my background of 18 years in design as well 
as my God-given gift to encourage people. I trust that you’ll be uplifted, too, through your 
purchase of art prints that bring a message of hope and help during the hard times that 
we face in this life’s journey. Most designs come out of my own life when a scripture, 
a quote, or word of encouragement has stood out to me and made a difference for my 
day (or week, or month!) They are messages I believe God has given to help me and 
motivate me through life. I trust that you, too, will be helped and encouraged by them.

-How did you get your start on Etsy?

I actually had an idea to start something like Etsy many years ago but someone else
beat to doing it! :-) Since I heard about it back in 2009, I have been interested but due to 
the circumstances related above I put it off until 2012 when I found myself unemployed 
once again. It seemed to be the perfect timing to venture into my own business.

I've always been attracted to black and white for its graphic contrast. When I was a child
everyone was collecting something and I wanted to be unique. No cow collections for
this gal! :-) So I chose skunks based on how cute they are. I have an over abundance 
of skunk collectables at this point! Anyway, it was a natural progression to using "skunk"
in my personal email address, and then to use it for my business. Besides, don't you 
think that what I have to offer is diSTINKive and leaves a lasting, memorable impression?!

-What does a typical day look like for you?

I'm usually at my computer all day either creating new designs, revising on Etsy, working 
on my website, or taking time to dream on Pinterest or Houzz. 

-If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?

Anywhere tropical, with a friend. Its the people you're with that makes the memories, right?
I'd enjoy Hawaii where I used to live and as I have friends there I would like to visit.

Favorite - Psalms 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desire of your heart.
Life verses - Luke 4:18-19 The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to

-What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature?

This one is applicable to all of us creative types in recognizing God's giving us the strategies at
this time to influence the nations for Him while also fulfilling our own heart's longings. Destiny is
being fulfilled!

-URLs to where else we can find you on the internet (Facebook fan page, Twitter, your own dot.com, your blog, etc)


And the winner of our last Wednesday featured artist post (DJ Remington) is Sarah of stitchinmommy who said: 

On August 1, 2012 11:05 AM Sarah said...

Beautiful items! I love wooden spoons that are very thin on the end, so I really like her Sauce Spoon in Cherry Wood - looks like something I'd use a lot. Thanks for the giveaway!

Comments (15)

On August 14, 2012 at 10:23 PM , Katie White said...

I love the fact that Cheri listed Psalms 37:4. This scripture has really just stuck with me the whole time I've been working with my Etsy shop. My favorite item from Lil Stinker Design is the digital collage print that says "I am my beloveds and he is mine". Truly, Songs of Solomon 6:3 is such a great verse to remind one that our God is reachable. He is close to us, unlike any other god out there. I guess that's why it's my favorite! Congrats lovely Cheri on being the featured artist this week and may our Lord bless both you and your Etsy shop! :)

On August 15, 2012 at 8:31 AM , bananaorangeapple said...

Congrats to Sarah on winning last week's giveaway.
My favourite print from lilstinker is the Joshua1:9 one, http://www.etsy.com/listing/104490328/joshua-19-be-bold-be-strong-5x7-orange
I think that would look neat in my classroom!

On August 15, 2012 at 9:07 AM , Aloquin said...

This is by far my favorite: http://www.etsy.com/listing/104644878/faith-or-unbelief-8x10-christian-art Faith :) So pretty!

Great work- I was wondering where the "lilstinker" came from ;)

On August 15, 2012 at 10:49 AM , SHEILA said...

Well it's so hard to choose a favorite from Cheri's shop. She combines the verses with such beautiful graphics. I like the simplicity of this one. Pretty much sums it up!

On August 15, 2012 at 12:01 PM , Lorrie Esposito said...

It has been great getting to know Cheri on our team thread. She is a gifted artist and I have listed several of her prints in my fave. Here is just one of them:
They are all so pretty though :-)

On August 15, 2012 at 8:50 PM , Jo B. said...

I love this print: Joshua 1:9 Be Bold Be Strong 8x10 Orange typography inspirational print Christian art Bible verse artwork home d├ęcor Scripture modern.
I used to teach 2nd grade at a Christian school and we learned this verse to music every year. it was a favorite!

On August 15, 2012 at 9:58 PM , Lizzi said...

Great artist. I absolutely love all of her prints with the butterflies on them, but I think the one on destiny captured my heart the most.

On August 16, 2012 at 8:40 AM , N. said...

Nice getting a chance to learn more about her. Love her prints, especially- "The whole earth is full of his glory" 8x10.

On August 16, 2012 at 10:54 AM , Cheri said...

Thanks, yall! I'm truly blessed by your comments!! -Cheri

On August 16, 2012 at 1:51 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

I thought that I had commented yesterday! Love Cheri's prints.


On August 16, 2012 at 1:53 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

OOps!! This is my favorited.



On August 16, 2012 at 9:06 PM , Cynthia Stevenson said...

Love your shop! It is beautiful! My favorite listing is: Psalms 103:8-12 Forgiven Christian art print Scripture at http://www.etsy.com/listing/106281428/psalms-1038-12-forgiven-christian-art

On August 16, 2012 at 11:03 PM , krafterskorner said...

The blue butterfly print featured here is my favorite although I like several of them. :)

On August 17, 2012 at 12:04 AM , Jennifer said...

I love all the prints! It is good to get to know you a little better. :) The new photos look amazing!
I spent a good half hour trying to decide what is my favorite, but I think I am finally going to go with this one! http://www.etsy.com/listing/104661680/psalms-718-christian-shabby-chic-art?ref=v1_other_2 I'm such a music nut. :)

On August 19, 2012 at 3:24 AM , .ambre. said...

I liked the "For I Know The Plans I HAve For You" print.