Apr 20 2014

The Easter Hunt Continues

Welcome back!!!! Hopefully you are here because of your clue from last evening.  If so, Congratulations!!!! If not, and you are just joining us and have no idea about our little Easter Hunt, we have some fun for you! Make sure  you check out yesterday’s post that you can find HERE that will explain everything to you and get you started.

Before we continue on the trail,  I would like to share with you what our incredible design team has been created this month.


Lisa Hoel has created this beautiful Easter luminary display. Amazing job Lisa!


Pam Hooten has added this colorful addition to her art journal.  What great pages just in time for Spring.


Finally for today, we have this gorgeous Easter basket  and card from Shelly Hickox that would be perfect for any Easter gathering.

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Now that we have got our creativity going, its time to continue on with our fun Easter Hunt.  As you move through, make sure to take a little time to visit.  It might be someone you haven’t visited before so check out what they have been up and leave a comment, they are always appreciated and loved to be read.  Also, don’t forget to follow them if it is someone you don’t already.  Hopefully, everyone is having a bit of Easter fun this  weekend with our hunt! Without further delay your next letter is…




With your H added to your letters it is now time to visit our very Joy Kennedy’s blog HERE for your next clue. Happy trails and Happy Easter everyone!!


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Apr 19 2014

A fun Easter Hunt and Giveaway


I hope everyone is having a beautiful Easter weekend and are able to spend some time with family and friends. As a child I always loved Easter for all the colors, egg hunts and that new little toy to kick off spring. Seeing kids searching for those elusive eggs still puts a smile on my face and seeing the joy in their eyes is priceless. This is also a time to reflect on the blessings we all have in our lives and just be thankful.

The Emporium wanted to have a little Easter fun so what better way than a Easter Hunt. How does it work you ask…well, the details are as follows:

Starting here on this blog post you will receive your first letter (let’s call it your Easter egg). Along with this ‘egg’ you will be directed to your next stop in the hunt. At each stop along the way you will not only gather ‘eggs’ (letters) that will spell out a phrase but, you will see some of our creative ways to share them with you. We will be using blogs, Twitter, and Instagram through our hunt so if you are not already a part of these forms of social media it is a perfect time to get connected. Our links should take you to the sites whether you are signed up to that social media or not so don’t fret, all are welcome!   (Clicking on the photo when in instagram will display the caption for where to go next if you are not already signed up on Instagram).  Many of us use these forms to reach our readers and love your comments, likes, retweets, and follows.   By joining these media forms it is way you are always able to see what we are up to and are sharing.  Easy peasy huh?  Nothing better than an Easter hunt everyone can take part in.

This fun Easter Hunt will continue through until Monday with lots of stops along the way. Once you have gathered all of your eggs and have put them together to complete the phrase, please forward your answer to me at heather@inspirationemporium.com by midnight on Wednesday, April 23th, 2014(Do not include your final phrase in the comments but would love to hear how you are making there).  From these submissions we will be drawing for what you ask… Well, Jennifer McGuire has generously given the Inspiration Emporium three spots to attend what sounds like an incredible online class…


Watercolor Peek

You don’t have to be an Impressionist painter to create watercolor masterpieces! Explore the many different (and easy!) ways to create beautiful watercolor effects in Online Card Classes’ Watercolor for Cardmakers.

Join Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Jennifer Rsaza, and friends for a fun-filled, all-video, two-week course packed with inspiring, approachable techniques. Starting with easy soft sky washes and progressing to darling hand-painted images, this class is tailor-made for the both the aspiring artist and the cardmaker who wants to add to her go-to collection of on-trend techniques.
Class includes over 30 videos and even more card ideas from top artists with a variety of styles. Visit Online Card Classes to sign up for Watercolor for Cardmakers today, and discover for yourself the fantastic looks you can create with watercolors! (Class begins May 5 but you will have lifetime access to the content.)

I personally, can’t wait for this class to learn new tips and techniques from some incredible teachers in the industry.  Check out their WEBSITE for more information on this class and others.


So, are we ready to start the hunt…Ready…Set………..GO!

The first letter on your hunt is…


 Oops…I think I might have gotten caught! They were just too tempting because they are my favorite Easter candy. So LOVE Reese’s mini eggs! Ok, you are off and running with P as your first letter!


Now for your next stop, make sure you check out what our very own Chelle Fowler has been up to on her BLOG.  We hope you all have a little fun with this and also enjoy your Easter weekend!  Hop on! H

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Apr 16 2014

Springtime/Easter Artist Trading Block Tutorial by Linda Cain

Linda Cain is kicking us off on our new feature here on the journal: Wednesday Tutorials. Linda received so many questions and great comments on her Springtime/Easter Artist Trading Block Project she posted on her blog on April 6th that she decided to do this tutorial…thank you, Linda!!

Hi there, Linda Cain here with a tutorial you can use for a springtime or Easter Artist Trading Block – aka ATB.

I cut 6 pieces from white Specialty Stamping paper about 3 1/2 inches square. You can cut them to the finished size if you want (2 3/8″). I just had these cut, so I used them. Then I started adding lots of layers of Distress Inks to each square. I always use Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade in the centers and build from there. By using larger pieces of paper, you can decide what areas you like the best before trimming down.

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Then I bring out the bright colors and add to the corners carefully overlapping and blending. I add Ripe Raspberry, Fired Brick, Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves, and Mowed Grass first. I randomly applied the colors with the Blending Tools.

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Go back and blend in different shades of the same color to build up the layers.

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Now add some darker colors like Barn Door, Rusty Hinge, and Aged Mahogany to the edges.

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When you like the rich, dark colors spritz water into your hands with the Mister and let the water drop onto your paper. Clap some smaller dots of water, and let it sit for a few seconds to soak down into the inks. Then blot with a paper towel. This should reveal fantastic layers of your colors and create wonderful contrast.

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Dry with a Heat it Tool. Trim the squares to 2 3/8” as you like. Now haul out your stash of Tissue Tapes and add them to your squares as shown.

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I really have fun with the Artist Trading Blocks using the 3D ScoreBoard XL Die. I cut just 2 pieces of black mat board for this Block. (This shows 4).

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I started with the Mini Blue Prints 2 stamp set and the Easter egg with Jet Black Archival Ink. Each square has a row of Metal Studs or Pearls and is edged with tiny stamps from the Prima Mixed Media Doll Stamp set.

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Then I stamped the Butterfly on the next square with Laboratorie and Elements Tissue Tape, edged with the small flower edge stamp, added some white Sharpie Poster Paint dots, a tiny Prima paper flower and gold metal studs. All the squares have white pen marks added for contrast.

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The Nest with Eggs stamp is next on the piece where I used March and April from Traveler Tissue Tape. Journeyman, and Nostalgic tapes are on this side as well.

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The top has the Bird from Natures Moments with Symphony and Market Place Tissue Tapes. I added a tiny Pink Petaloo flower and Rhinestone flowers.

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The last side with the little Bunny is so nice and bright with the Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves. The water created little spots on him. This side needed just a bit more of something, so I added a piece of fancy black trim.

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Glue your little squares to the block as you like. Be mindful of how your block will go together as far as pictures going in the right direction. Now all you have to do is fold up your mat board cutouts and add the Wondertape to the tabs to secure it together. Easy Peasy. I added one to the bottom without stamping, and just signed my name in the square. Set it on your desk or raise it up with a little wooden pedestal. The choice is yours.

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Apr 2 2014

April’s Monthly Challenge and March’s Winner

WOW is all I can say about the participation in March’s challenge.  Thank you for sharing what each of you do with us and our readers because you all make this Emporium family that much more special!  By using the random number generator, the winner of March’s monthly challenge is (drum roll please…..)


#8 Marjie Kemper.  Congratulations Marjie!!

Please contact me Marjie at heather@inspirationemporium.com and I can arrange for you to receive your prize.

I think April is going to bring out even more amazing artists because this month’s theme is ‘A Few of My Favorite Things’.  The sky is the limit with no real restrictions…using supplies that you really love can make for a super creative crafting time so we are hoping you will all take us up on this month’s challenge.  Let’s beat last month’s submissions of 65, I know we can do it so why not take on the challenge in your craft groups, crops and get-togethers.

To get us started, Linda Cain has created this gorgeous journal page using so many of our favorite Tim Holtz products.   The newly released Found Relatives collection is perfect and I find myself just flipping through them and creating my own little story about each of them.  I am sure we all have these beloved photos in our families that we look at often that conjure up great memories but never want to use them in a project. Now we have ones we can use and Linda has done an amazing job, as always, with this project.

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We can’t wait to see what incredible projects are submitted this month for your chance to win $50 in Emporium Dollars to spend in the store.  Just add a link to your submission below (your link does not have to be to a blog, it can also be to your SCS gallery…use code IEMC32 or other gallery online!!!)…and, remember, you can enter as many times as you wish so the more times the greater the chances for winning!!! Contest begins today and ends midnight April 30, 2014.  So, what are a few of YOUR favorite things?

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Mar 31 2014

Inspiration Monday

There are a few hours left to get the submissions in for March’s monthly blog challenge of A Splash of Color.  I will return tomorrow with the winner as well as to announce our new challenge for April.  Until then, I would love to share with you what our team has been up to this month.


The color phenom Alice Wertz has done it again with this cute Lawn Fawn card bringing the critters from the past to life.

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Danielle Lounds has created this texture-filled, colorful shadow box featuring a furry little friend that appears to have the perfect happy life.


Pam Hooten is getting creative with this colorful kewpie card using the Lots of Pops die set.  Great job Pam!


Sue Kment is getting ready for Easter with this adorable card.  I love the use of the patterned paper for the bunnies and great picture taking Newton!!

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Keeping with the patterned paper, Sue shares with us this Taylored Expressions card. So cute!

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Lisa Hoel has wowed us with this garden mini configuration book. Check out her Blog to see all the beautiful details inside.


Wow, I hope Shelly cleans her craft table more often because the results are beautiful with this Tag.  I hope this put a little dent in your cleaning Shelly to make room for your next creation.

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Finally for today, Shelly Hickox has created this incredible mini shadow box artist trading block. The possibilities are endless with these blocks and this is stunning!

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Happy Monday everyone! Stop back tomorrow to see if you might just be the winner for March.  Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the challenge this month…your talent never ceases to amaze!


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Mar 31 2014

Sweet 16

Hello Family,

It’s been an amazing month!  Birthdays and celebrations galore!  This month has been dubbed March Madness for a reason.

This week, in the official March Madness NCAA basketball tournament, the ‘Sweet 16’ teams were vying for the National Championship.

Also this week, our family celebrated a Sweet 16 of our own.  My son, Joy’s nephew, Anthoni’s brother “Bryan” turned 16 and is now of legal driving age.



I remember so vividly getting my driver’s license and the freedom I felt as I drove around town on my own.  The feeling of maturity and independence struck me as I sat at a stop light, sitting there in the car all by my lonesome.  It was so difficult for me to believe that I no longer had to be chaperoned to each individual engagement I had to attend.  I was old enough, responsible enough, and free enough to get there on my own.  There are simply certain milestones in life that you will never forget, and that feeling of accomplishment… I will always remember.

BUT- watch out SoCal, we have a new driver coming towards you! Now… you all have been warned!

To the Sweet 16… everyone can now celebrate.  Please take an additional 16% off of your entire purchase through Friday, April 4.  Please enter “sweet16″ during checkout.





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Mar 26 2014

Weekly Inspiration

We are back this week with more great inspiration to get your or keep your creative mojo going. Let’s get right to it and I have to say that all of these projects coming up fit perfectly for our monthly challenge of A Splash of Color.  The submissions are rolling in from you and that is awesome, its great to seeing everyone sharing their talent while getting in on some fun of possbily being randomly selected as our Emporium monthly winner!  Deadline is March 31 so if you haven’t entered there is still time.  There is not a limit on submissions so the more entries, the greater the chances of winning!


Alice Wertz is all about color and these two cards demonstrate it perfectly.  Beautiful work!


Alice’s copic coloring is top notch and makes her cards really stand on! How cute is this unicorn?! Check it out HERE


There is no better time to start your Christmas cards for the upcoming year.  Sue Kment has done just that with this colorful creation.

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I have to admit I started to sing when I saw this cute card from Sue.  It brings back many childhood memories.

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The luminaries have been popular since their release and Lisa created this masterpiece for St Patrick’s Day this year.


The color continues with Lisa’s birthday card.  I am sure Katie was thrilled to receive this on her special day.


Shelly Hickox shares with us this beautiful butterfly tag with a colorful Springy feel.

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We have a lot of holidays covered in this post and Shelly has Easter covered with this cute vintage looking card.

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Our team is loving the new ATBs and the projects reflect that.  Linda Cain shares with us her new obsession that includes so much color and texture.

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Finally for this week, Danielle Lounds has this perfect Mother’s Day card.


With St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Christmas, and everyday covered we have inspiratioin to carry us throughout the year.  Have a great week everyone and enjoy some crafting time for your soul! Heather





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Mar 19 2014

Weekly Inspiration

I hope everyone had a little luck of the Irish this week whether you are Irish or not.  Who can’t use a little luck or a rainbow with a pot of gold at the end?  I might not be able to bring you the fortune of the gold but our design team hasn’t disappointed with the treasures this week.


Danielle Lounds created this super cute card and try not to smile looking at her colorful little gnome…I double dare you!



Here is a perfect monthly challenge submission also from Danielle.  So Colorful!



Pam Hooten is keeping with the color theme with this cheery journal entry.



There is nothing better than a boy’s best friend…oh wait there is and it is how Linda Cain has used this cute found relative in her project.

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Kaz Hall has two projects that could fit perfectly with our monthly challenge of A Splash of Color here on the Journal blog.  The first is this sea themed beauty with amazing texture.


Next, Kaz has simply and beautifully included a splash of color by adding the floral paper with the eye catching yellow.



I hope you will get in on the fun and post your Splash of Color submission for this month’s challenge for everyone to see.  Besides having some nice visitors to your blog you might be the lucky winner of $50 in Emporium Dollars.  The deadline for submissions is March 31,2014 so there is still time to create. Get your color on!



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Mar 10 2014

Monday is Bursting with Colorful Inspiration

Beware Spring!!!! After checking out this blog post there is no way you can stay away. Fingers and toes crossed that Spring is actually checking us out here with all our colorful inspiration from our creative design team. Lets get right to it so Spring can also get inspired!


Lisa Hoel is screaming for Spring to arrive with this beautiful card and the colors are stunning.


Keeping with our monthly Splash of Colour theme, Sue Kment shares with us all this ‘bee’ utiful card full of color and cheer.

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How fun are creating with these Artist Trading Blocks?  There is so much opportunity for creativity with all the dimension they provide.  Shelly Hickox never fails to amaze us with her steampunk style and this project is no exception.   If you are interested in seeing just how these beauties go together, make sure you check out her tutorial because you might get bitten by the ATB bug as well.

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Linda Cain has shared with us two very different yet amazing pieces, I am sure you will agree.  Linda uses the ATBs for a whole different look with so much incredible detail paid to embellishing to bring this little guy to life.  He just makes me smile!

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Changing gears on her next project, Linda Cain shares with us these vibrant Dylusions art journal pages.  The color is incredible but make sure to check out the amazing detail!

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I hope you find some real inspiration in these projects shared by our uber talented design team to create your very own project for the Splash of Color Monthly Challenge.  If you are needing more inspiration to get the colors flowing, make to you check out the incredible talent already shared from some of our readers.  Be bold, add color…it could just earn you $50 to spend in the Inspiration Emporium store.  Who doesn’t love a little shopping spree??  I hope you all have an amazing week and I will be back next Monday with even more inspiration.  Color on friends!

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Mar 3 2014

Monthly Challenge

Happy March to everyone and I hope yours all came in like a lion so that we can get Spring on its way.   Before I announce this months challenge I first want to sincerely thank everyone that took part in last month’s challenge of ‘Say it with Words’.  There is some serious inspiration in every project submitted so thank you for sharing them with us and everyone reading.  Secondly, I want to announce the winner selected randomly from all the projects submitted which is #28 Claudia – Von Pappe II.  A big congratulations to Claudia!!  Please contact to me at heather@inspirationemporium.com and I can make arrangements with you for your prize.

Getting back to the spring idea, I think that this month’s challenge might also help to welcome it.  When thinking about Spring, I can’t help but think of life and new and what comes with this is Color.  Fresh green grass, bright yellow daffodils popping through the ground, and everything bright, vibrant and full of life.  This month’s challenge is A Splash of Color so this can incorporate anything colorful…paper, ink, paints, glitter, sprays, embellishments, you name it!   If it has color it is game!  Our very own Joy Kennedy created some tags that are a perfect kickoff for this month’s challenge…


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So, lets get this color party started!!  We can’t wait to see what amazing projects are submitted this month for your chance to win $50 in Emporium Dollars to spend in the store.  Just add a link to your submission below (your link does not have to be to a blog, it can also be to your SCS gallery…use code IEMC31 or other gallery online!!!)…and, remember, you can enter as many times as you choose!!! Contest begins today and ends midnight March 31, 2014.  Let the Color begin!

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