Sep 17 2014

Copic Markers for Cardmakers – Class Giveaway

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Join Online Card Classes instructors Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Sandy Allnock, and friends for two and a half amazing weeks filled with Copic Markers, color, and inspiration! In Copic Markers for Card Makers  you’ll learn the ins and outs of navigating Copic’s numbering system. But that’s only the beginning! You’ll also learn how to add texture to images, play with light and shadow, many methods for blending… and even hide mistakes! With 35+ videos, loads of creative techniques and examples, free practice downloads, plus lots of helpful instruction along way, this class is just what you need to get started with Copics!

We are thrilled to give away a spot in Copic Markers for Card Makers to one lucky reader who comments on this post by Friday, September 19, 2014. Class starts on September 22, 2014 — We hope to see you there! For more information or to register for class, head HERE.

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Sep 15 2014

Inspiration Monday

Happy Monday to you all!  I don’t think there is a greater way to start the week then with some incredible inspiration from our design team.  This week we have many projects that are perfect submissions for the monthly challenge of Fall is in the Air.  Make sure you check out all the details HERE to get in on the creative fun.  You could be the random winner of $50 to spend with us at Inspiration Emporium.  Let’s get started with the inspiration…


Fall certainly is in the air with this beautiful assemblage clock from Lisa Hoel. What a great home decor piece for display this fall while enjoying the harvests from the land.



Karin Akesdotter shows us that we don’t have to have a certain stencil already to make a stunning card.  Creating your own stencils really allows for limitless possibilities.  Beautiful piece Karin!



I think Anne Redfern loves Halloween as much as I do and this functional assemblage clock is perfect for this spooky time of year!  The crackle is a great touch on this piece.  Great job, Anne!



Yvonne Blair has shared a great tutorial on her blog to create this spooktacular tag.  Loving all the details so make sure you check out how she did them. Yvonne Blair Boo 1

You have to make sure to also check out Bobbi Smith‘s blog to see the up close details of this amazing tag.  There are so many great products and tricks used to create this layered treat.  Really love the vibrant colours!


This might not have been what Kath Stewart starting out to create but that is what I love about this craft.  We get amazing results like this card perfect for Fall and a great adaptation of September’s tag for 12 Tags of 2014 by Tim Holtz

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Nothing like a good dehydrated eye of newt!  This stunning vintage looking Halloween quarter fold card by our Shelly Hickox would make an incredible card to include invitation details for your spoooooky party.  Make sure you check HERE to see the inside.  Love this Shelly!

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Sue Kment is getting ready for some holiday gifts and this Stacked Snowman using Ideology’s Merriment paper is adorable.  This certainly is a gift within a gift because he could be on display for the whole season.


I have to apologize about not getting the rest of the design team profiles up last week but it truly was a CraZy week around here.  I promise they will be continued this week so make sure to check back for those as well as for Tutorial Wednesday.  This week Chelle is going to be having fun with texture paste, stencils, and distress markers…can’t wait to see!  h

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Sep 8 2014

Weekly Inspiration

Happy Monday all! I can’t wait to show you what our amazing design team has been working on this month already because I am totally blown away by their talent. Let’s get started because we have a ton to share with you!


Yvonne Blair uses stunning colours to create this beautiful tag with so many layers and details to take in.  Welcome to the team Yvonne and beautiful job!

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Lisa Hoel never ceases to amaze us with her luminaries and this spooky Halloween one is no exception. This would make such a great centerpiece for any party or get together. The flying witch is the perfect touch.


This cute card would be perfect for including in your child’s lunch box on their first day back to school.  Karin  Akesdotter is an incredible watercolourer as I am sure you will agree and this is so adorable!!



Fall is in the air and the feeling is captured in this stunning earthy tag created by our talented Bobbi Smith.  Loving all the layers of colours, stamping, and pieces to create this, what a great monthly challenge submission!  I am with you Bobbi, Fall is my favorite time of year as well.




It’s witching hour here this week and Shelly Hickox has blown us away with this Artist Trading Block.  These can be so much more than a simple block and Shelly sure can do that.  I have to agree with Shelly in saying I think this is my favorite Halloween project as well from her, every little detail covered.  I simply love this one and I am sure you are going to as well! Amazing job Shelly!

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There is all kinds of distress and grungy goodness going on in this piece by a new member to our design team Kath Stewart.  Amazing colour, texture and dimension in this home decor project Kath!

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I am loving the orange and bright green Danielle Lounds used  in this spooky Halloween assemblage clock. What a fun piece!  I can picture this sitting on my work desk putting smiles on the faces of everyone…how could you not smile at this?  Try it, you won’t be able to stop yourself!


Finally for this week, Anne Redfern has created this sharp bold card.  The colours are so warm and draw you in but the black demand your attention.  Beautiful card Anne!


See what I told you… truly amazing creative pieces of art created by these extremely uber talented designers.  I hope you will take some time to visit the websites of our designers to check out their work and when you do so, make sure to leave a comment to say you stopped by.  We all create for ourselves and our creative souls but it is your comments that keep us sharing .  Many of these projects fit perfectly in our monthly challenge of Fall Is in the Air so I hope you have a great week and take this inspiration to create something yourself, deadline is September 30.  Be sure to check back throughout the week to meet more of our design team. h

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Sep 7 2014

Meet the Team: Edition 1

Hi all, hope everyone is enjoying their weekend, we all need to take advantage of our summer days before they are gone.  I hope you are all as excited about our new design team as we are! It is my pleasure to be able to introduce some of our design team members now and I think there is no better way then with some fun fact questionnaires. Check them out…


photo(16)Lisa Hoel

1) I call San Jose, California home

2) Favorite Color/s is: green

3) My Style could be described as: eclectic

4) What Inspires me: Life!

5) My favorite product/s is: Distress Ink (that’s a hard question!!)

6) My favorite treat is: chocolate

7) Ultimate Holiday: Christmas

8) A top item on my bucket list is: to see the Northern Lights

9) My greatest success: Getting my son to clean all his Legos up in my craft room.

10) A fun fact about me that is not craft related is: I really like to play ping pong.

11) Favorite Food: see #6

12) Who is Lisa?: I’m blessed to be married to the greatest guy in the world and have two dynamic little boys. I’m a graphic designer and I’ve never met a craft I didn’t like and papercrafting is no exception. I’m inspired by my family, life and God’s creation all around us. I hope I can have a small part in inspiring you!


How to find me:




photo(20)Anne Redfern


1)  I call England my home (although I am a Canadian)

2)  My favourite colour is: red

3)  My style could be described as: evolving or eclectic (I like a mix of vintage, grungy, plain, pretty and I love making 3D objects)

4)  I am inspired by: nature – beautiful birds, butterflies and by the sea, but also by friends and Designers whose blogs I follow and by things I find on Pinterest and  Facebook.  I think inspiration is all around us.

5)  My favourite products are by Ranger – Distress Inks, Archival Inks and Texture Paste

6)  My favourite treat is: chocolate cake

7)  My ultimate holiday: it would be a trip across America by train

8)  A top item on my bucket list is: to attend a full weekend workshop with the one and only Tim Holtz!

9)  My greatest success is: making some truly wonderful friends (and meeting many in person) since starting up my blog just over two years ago.  Crafters are the kindest, loveliest and most generous people I have come across in life.  I count these blessings every day!

10) A fun fact about me, that is not craft related is: I get more excited about Halloween now than I did when I was a kid.  (Sadly it is not celebrated in the same way in England as it is in North America)

11) My favourite food (when I am not dieting) is: Pepperoni Pizza

12) Who is Anne Redfern…Hi, I’m Anne and I think I have been a crafter all my life, in one way or another, whether it be dressmaking, quilting, knitting or making cards.  I am a Canadian who now lives in a small village in the beautiful north west of England, with my long suffering DH (the children have flown the nest).  I discovered the wonderful on-line blogging community about three years ago and have made many treasured friendships as a result.  My first love is stamping but I adore mixed media and I love working in 3D.  Tim Holtz has featured pretty heavily in my crafty world along with some other well known designers!   I have been incredibly lucky to have been asked to join some wonderful Design Teams where I have been really stretched and I have learned so much in the process.  I am completely thrilled to be part of Inspiration Emporium’s fantastic Inspiration Team.


How to find me:

My Blog:

My FB address is




photo(14)Shelly Hickox


1) I call Northern Mississippi home

2) Favorite Color/s is: Green

3) My Style could be described as: Girly Grunge

4) What Inspires me: Nature

5) My favorite product/s is: Distress Ink

6) My favorite treat is: Tiramisu

7) Ultimate Holiday: Ziplining in Costa Rica

8) A top item on my bucket list is: Seeing the Mayan Ruins

9) My greatest success: I was the Guest Artist in the Aug/Sep 2006 issue of Stampers’ Sampler magazine

10) A fun fact about me that is not craft related is: I am obsessed with my chickens

11) Favorite Food: Crab

12) Who is Shelly Hickox: I am a girl who loves to hole up in my studio and create! I discovered stamping about 14 years ago and am amazed at how it’s grown and changed. One of my favorite things is experimenting with new techniques using old products. I love all forms of stamping and mixed media – from interactive cards using Karen Burniston’s fantastic dies, to grungy stamping with Tim Holtz’s artistic stamps, to creating assemblages with Eileen Hull’s dies. I love it all!


How to find me:

Twitter: (@stamptramp)
Instagram: stamptramp

Facebook: (I don’t have a page other than my person one)



I hope you have enjoyed getting to know a few of our design team members through their fun fact answers and there will be more other the next week.  Make sure to check back tomorrow evening for everyone’s weekly inspiration.  Trust me, you won’t want to miss what all of the ladies have been up to for September.  I think you just might be blown away!  See you tomorrow. h


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Sep 5 2014

A warm Welcome

Yes, today is the day we get to announce some very exciting news here at Inspiration Emporium.   Our family is getting bigger!  Oh wait…no we aren’t having any kids, our already incredible Design Team is growing!  One of our goals here at IE is to inspire each and every one of you with incredible art.  Our design team has been doing an amazing job at that but we can never have too much inspiration, right??  Today it is my pleasure to introduce you to our Design Team going into 2015.  You will notice some familiar faces that are excited to be returning and also some new ones.  I am super excited to be working with these girls and can’t wait to see where their creativity takes us.


Also while we welcome our new team members, we would also like to thank Linda Cain and Kaz Hall for all of their inspiration and please know that you will be always part of our family here at Inspiration Emporium!  You both brought an incredible talent and spirit to us and we will continue to follow your creative and personal journeys along the way.


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Over the next few days we will be profiling our team members right here on our blog but until then I hope you will visit them on their blogs and give a big warm hello and welcome!

Sue Kment

Anne Redfern

Bobbi Smith

Alice Wertz

Shelly Hickox

Kath Stewart

Pam Hooten

Yvonne Blair

Danielle Lounds

Karin Akesdotter

Pamela Ho

Lisa Hoel

Happy Friday Everyone! h

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Sep 3 2014

Chock-full of Goodness!

Hello, hello! I hope everyone had a great long weekend and are enjoying their week.  This is a great week at Inspiration Emporium with lots of exciting news to share with you.  Make sure you also check back on Friday for a super exciting announcement.  I can’t believe our summer months have gone and that we are into September already.  This means it is time for a new monthly challenge and announce the winner from last month’s submissions.  We won’t keep you all in suspense any longer and want to announce the winner for last month’s Everything Goes challenge…


Congratulations Number #21

Natural Colours and Anything Goes by Janna, Scrapping in the Attic

Please contact me at to arrange for your prize!

Thank you to everyone who participated and shared your talents with us and our followers.

As things get back to routine and summer vacations wrap up we see a change in the air.  That’s right Fall is in the Air, so there is no better theme for our monthly challenge than this.  Your projects can include back to school, Halloween, Thanksgiving, leaves etc.  You name it, if it is a part of your Fall then it can be a part of ours here at Inspiration Emporium.  All submissions are due by September 30, 2014 and can be linked below for your chance to win $50 to spend at Inspiration Emporium‘s online store.

For inspiration this week, our Education Coordinator, Chelle Fowler is here to share the perfect fall project in a great tutorial.  You will be able to create your very own vintage fall arrangement card.  Wow, this girl can watercolour anything and she is going to show you how.   Don’t forget about checking back Friday! h

Hi there, Chelle here with a watercolor leaf card to get us all in the mood for fall.  I wanted to try watercoloring on vintage dictionary paper;  I am happy with the result. I hope you find some inspiration in this project!


I used vintage dictionary paper…when choosing the paper, you will want pages that are not too brittle and do not tear too easily.


Glue three pages (or more if your paper is very thin) together using Matte Multi Medium in a thin layer.


Stamp leaf images from blueprint sets using Jet Black Archival Ink.  Heat with your heat tool to set.


Create a palette using Distress Ink Minis pressed onto the surface of your craft mat. Add a spritz of water below each ink spot.


Add just a bit of water to the ink, you do not want to over saturate the paper.  I blotted any extra water off as I went.


Using the lightest colors first, begin to color in your leaves.


Continue adding colors until you are happy with the blended results.


Once the leaves are dry, use a more concentrated (less water here) blend for details and shading.


Allow your leaves to dry (or dry with your heat tool) before moving on.


Trim down one leaf keeping enough of the dictionary page to create your background. Cut out the rest of the leaves leaving a little bit of a border. Ink all the edges with Antique Linen ink and a mini blending tool.


Cut a card base from kraft card stock.  Ink Graph Background with Gathered Twigs Distress Mini.  Without using a block, stamp the card stock; you get an uneven texture without the block.  Repeat in spots using Peeled Paint Distress Mini this time.


Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs and an Ink Blending Tool.


Spritz water into your hand and flick onto your card base.  Dab large spots with a towel and heat dry.


Adhere the main dictionary page layer with foam tape.


This is the base you will build onto with your cut our images.


Add orange Jute String around the card and layer on leaves with foam tape.


It’s a simple arrangement allowing the vintage paper to shine.  I loved how the paper colored, and plan on trying this technique with more images.

Hope you enjoyed!


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Aug 28 2014

Overflowing with Inspiration

Sorry for the delay in this post but we have been busy behind the scenes preparing for a huge announcement coming the beginning of September.  We are so excited and can’t wait to share…but we will very soon!

Until then, I have lots of inspiration to share with you from our design team this month.  Even with the busy days of summer our great team has created some fantastic art to share with you.  Before I get to that, I had promised photos from my day of adventure earlier this month and after locating my camera cord was now able to share these with you.  These majestic beauties arrive off of our coasts of Nova Scotia every summer and I simply can’t get enough of them.  I believe it is such a privilege to have these whales visiting us each summer and I attempt to get out at least once a summer to visit them.  This is the first time I have taken the zodiac tour but man it is the way to go!  I envy the tour guides that get to go out every day to witness this because I am in awe every time.



SONY DSCThis is a mother and her baby that we saw this day and they were as curious about us and we were about them.  We were told that baby was about 7 months old.  If you ever get the chance to witness these for yourself, take it, you will remember it always.

Lisa Hoel has created these GORGEOUS steampunk insects inspired by a class taken with Finnabair.  Make sure you check out Lisa’s blog to see all the detail that went into making these.


Our sweet Alice Wertz does clean and simple with perfection and it is no different with this cute scooter card using Paper Smooches.


Alice’s coloring is so spot on and her creations always bring a smile to my face. Beautiful sunflower card!


Shelly Hickox is giving us a sneak peek of the new dies from Eileen Hull that will be released later this year with this adorable tea canister.

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It appears that gears are popular this month as Shelly has used them also in this stunning pop up birthday card.  Love the effect of the perfect pearls which just makes this card POP!

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Linda Cain has been crazy busy creating this month and has lots of inspiration to share.  First up is this colorful and stunning cage doll using the Bohemian papers from Graphic 45.

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Mixing it up, Linda has created this 3 1/4 inch collage which I just love.  The colors, the photo, and everything just come together so well.  Great job Linda!

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Linda likes to switch things up and has done so with incredible jewelry pieces.  She has achieved some beautiful results using the Vintaj elements and patinas.



Lastly, Linda has created this adorable charm bracelet perfect for any girl.  What a great way to remember the summer, such a great gift Linda!

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Lisa Hoel has been busy as well and has created this piece for the Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenge.  This time around the challenge is to use the Tim Holtz framelits which include both the stamps and diecuts together.


Lastly for today, Pam Hooten is getting ready for Halloween which before we know it will be on our doorstep.  I love this piece Pam, so fun!  Our monthly challenge is Everything goes and this certainly is perfect!  Make sure you get your submissions in before the end of the month HERE, its not too late!  Have a great weekend and hopefully you take time to be creative! h


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Aug 23 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


Thank you very much Chelle Fowler!  You have nominated the IE Family for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  We GLADLY accept this challenge.

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After filling our buckets with ICE COLD water, dumping it over our heads, and feeling that stinging-frozen sensation, we nominated:

   -Our good friends, Mr. Fancy Pants himself- Jared and his lovely wife Jodi.

   -Our Design Team Coordinator Heather Smith (I’m sure you’re used to ice)

   -Our Social Media Coordinator Linda Ledbetter.

   -Our little baller nephew Andrew Tristan for the challenge.


They had 24 hours to complete the challenge or donate to the ALS Foundation.

 Although we were able to complete the challenge, we still want to do our part in contributing to an absolutely remarkable cause.  A portion of all our sales and proceeds will go towards the ALS Association in hopes of gaining strides in curing Lou Gehrig’s disease. Please enter “ALSawareness” in the coupon code section during checkout.

To encourage our Family, we want to give you 15% off of all purchases this weekend.  Please act soon, as this sale lasts until midnight (PST) Monday, 08/25/2014.

 Thank you Family!  We hope everyone has had an amazing summer.



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Aug 6 2014

August Monthly Challenge

Good morning, I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and taking full advantage of the sun and nice weather.  I know for me since our summers are so short I have been and loving every minute of it.  With that being said, it cuts down on our time to be creative with our stamps and paper but I am sure our gardens look amazing. There is just something about being out in the fresh air and enjoying what we have been blessed with in our very own backyards.  Yesterday I was able to get up close and personal with some incredible graceful humpback whales.  I wanted to share a photo today but the cord for my card reader is MIA, hopefully I can share next week as it was truly an amazing experience right in my back yard.


This month’s challenge is going to be up to you because ‘Everything Goes’ for August.  This is a great time to challenge yourself to try something different or enjoy all of the new releases that are coming out now.  We can’t wait to see where your creativity is taking you now and we are happy to be included in your journey.  By submitting your link below to your blog and project you will have a chance to win $50 to spend with Us online.  The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2014.


To get your creativity going Lisa Hoel wants to share what she is working on.  A great paper sketch challenge with a beautiful result.


Inspiration Emporium would like to congrat the winner of July’s monthly challenge…

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Please contact and we will arrange for your prize.

Thank you to everyone that shared their projects with us and our readers and be sure to keep them coming! h

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Jul 30 2014

Weekly Inspiration

There is lots more inspiration coming your way this week so lets get right to it.  Make sure you take a few minutes to visit the blogs of our design team to check out their incredible projects up close and leave them a comment to show you stopped by.


Summer is the time for new releases from designers and companies as they are gearing up for fall and the holiday season.  Shelly Hickox has used some of the newly released stamps from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous in this great Halloween card.



Danielle Lounds has created this great canvas keepsake that would be a perfect way to display a captured memory from years gone by or today.



Lisa Hoel shares with us her version for Tim’s Tag challenge but as you can see from the second photo, keeps the idea going.  The tag and birthday cards fit perfectly with IE’s Monthly Challenge of Summer fun.  You still have time to get your submissions in for a chance to win a great prize.




We are always amazed with the journal pages created by Pam Hooten.  This double page is stunning! So colorful and cheery with the Dylusions and the little quote is so true, I have never seen an unhappy skipper.




Up next is an embellishment masterpiece by our very own Linda Cain.  It is great placement of so many different pieces to create a whole mixed media piece.  Great job, Linda!

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Switching gears(no pun intended), Linda has created this beautiful layout from her Nebraska memories.  What a cherished piece to create and have and remember those beautiful summer skies with.  The use of the black, white and bright colors is gorgeous!Farm Journal Page 005


Over at Studio L3  our sweet Linda Ledbetter has put out the Painted Industrial challenge as part of the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge.  This is Lisa Hoel’s steampunk birthday card using this very technique. Comendium-of-Curiosities-3-chall#7_Painted-Industrial

Don’t forget to submit your monthly challenge project for your chance to win! There is still time.

Thank you for stopping by and making us a part of your day today.  h

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