Feb 26 2015

It’s All About Words Tutorial by Kath Stewart

It’s All About Words…

I’m sharing a tutorial today on how to get more bang for your buck when it comes to sentiment and small icon stamps…not just using them occasionally for a sentiment on  a card, so I decided to make an “All About Words”  journal/planner

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Cut thick chipboard to the size you require for the covers and place them on Sticky Back Canvas leaving a generous border around the edge.  Trim the corners and fold in to neaten the edges

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Dab the Pumice Stone Distress Paint on to a non stick craft sheet…dilute with a little water and paint on to the canvas cover, when dry decorate with Remnant Rubs and repeat for the back cover

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Leave the Worn Text stamps on their carrier and dab with the Pumice Stone and Frayed Burlap Distress Paint.  Place the covers face down on to the stamps and press down well to transfer the image.  Now you need a break from the creativity and thoroughly clean the paint from your stamps.  I use a toothbrush to get down into all the crevices.

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Repeat on pieces of white card for the inside of the covers.

Now it’s time to look out a selection of sentiment and small icon stamps from your stash

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and stamp randomly over the covers using Black Archival ink, adding some film strip ribbon and extra Remnant Rubs if required

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Colour a sheet of white card with a wash of Frayed Burlap Distress Paint and stamp the Odds and Ends and Sentiment Stamps with Black Archival

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Cut out individual words and add to the covers.  Colour some of the wording and icons with the Cracked Pistachio Distress Marker

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Cut card slightly smaller than the cover to create the inside pages.

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Add die cut Pocket Envelopes and adhesive labels and decorate with stamping

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I used a binding machine to hold my journal together but you could punch holes and use Click Rings

Colour Crinkle Ribbon with Cracked Pistachio and Frayed Burlap Distress Stains

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Tie the Crinkle and Linen Ribbon to the binding wires

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Feb 18 2015

Coloring Inspiration

Welcome back, friends. We thought we would share projects from our team that highlight their incredible coloring talent.  Whether it is with Copic Markers, colored pencils, Distress Markers, Inks, or Stains with a water brush our team is simply amazing at coloring stamped images…here are just a few examples that we hope inspire you to color (even if it’s outside the lines!).

First up, is the super talented Alice Wertz and this adorable card she colored using Copics.

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Then there is Karin Akesdotter and this cuter than cute croc colored with colored pencils.

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And, then there is this…a beautiful example of Anne Redfern’s coloring using Distress Stain.

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Finally, we have the amazingly talented Bobbi Smith with her projects she made for the Stamper’s Anonymous CHA 2015 booth.  Bobbi used Distress Ink and water color brushes to color her images.

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This one just may be a favorite…

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And, one more gorgeous butterfly card…

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Thank you for stopping in today…grab your supplies and color away! Chelle

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Feb 17 2015

Weekly Inspiration

Hi everyone, Today we have some great inspiration from our amazing inspiration team to share with you! Whether you are snowed in on the East Coast, enjoying the warm West Coast weather or somewhere in between, we hope these projects warm your heart!

We are so grateful that we have such a great team with varied talents and styles as evidenced in today’s projects from our February Challenge Love is in the Air.

We are loving this adorable card from Alice Wertz; it’s adorable and perfectly layered!
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There is so much to love about this cute canvas project from Kath Stewart. Kath’s use of Fancy Pants’ Love Notes Collection is just perfect!

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Wow…Anne Redfern did a great job on this project using Wendy Vecchi’s Faux Granite Technique.  What a fun way to upcycle simple and plain glass jars and bottles!

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Lisa Hoel, this project featuring this sweet photo of your grandmother is fabulous! We certainly love what happens when an art explosion happens in your art room (those words on your blog cracked us up)!!

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We hope you found some inspiration here today and make some time in your crazy busy day to create! Chelle

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Feb 3 2015

Love is in the Air!

Happy February everyone!!! We are changing things up a little due to some technical difficulties over the last little bit. Today we would like to announce February’s monthly challenge and January’s winner. We will be back later this week to continue with the remainder of January’s inspiration as part two…sorry for that delay but it is must see talent!!

February is a month that Love is in the Air!!! This is both because of Valentine’s Day but also because of all the new products hitting the stores that were released at CHA. February’s submissions could incorporate either idea, you choose!  You have until midnight on February 28, 2015 to link your submissions below for a chance to win $50 to spend with us at Inspiration Emporium. We can’t wait to see your artwork so create away!!

To get you started, here is a super cute idea from Lisa Hoel created for her boys.  These are adorable Lisa!image

We at Inspiration Emporium again would like to thank all those that join us each month with our monthly challenges and sharing your talents with everyone.  It is fun to see the diversity out there even when given a common theme, that is truly what makes this craft so fun!

The winner for January’s Fresh Start challenge is…

#20 Sarascloset – Sara Barker

Congratulations, please contact heather@inspirationemporium.com to claim your prize!

Be sure to keep posted for much more inspiration coming your way! h


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Jan 29 2015

Weekly Inspiration – Part I

Wow, this has been a crazy quick month and I can’t believe we are nearing the end of it.  I am thinking in order to carry out some of the things I was looking to change and work on in 2015 I am needing to remember to slow down and live in the now.  I am thinking if I schedule the day so I have some structure I will actually remember it and not let it pass so quickly and have it lost.  Note to self…tomorrow’s agenda after the dentist (Urgh) is to scehdule my next week with things I am wanting to get done.  It is not January 1 but it is no better day to start! Speaking of starting, our monthly challenge A Fresh Start ends on January 31 so be sure to get your submissions in for a chance to win $50 to spend with us in Inspiration Emporium.

Getting back on track…What a great month it has been for amazing artwork from our design team.  I hope you have been  checking out their blogs as many have been sharing incredible sample work they created for various lines that were showcased at CHA.  Congratulations to them all for the great honour of creating and their workmanship shown.  We have lots of pieces coming in so we are going to break them into two posts this week in order to get them all included and space out the awesomeness shared by our design team.  Double the inspiration in one week!

 

Karin Akesdotter does stunning work with watercolours and always love seeing her creations.  Beautiful job Karin!

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This adorable baby card is perfect for any baby shower created also by Karin Akesdotter.  Love the demin!

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We are having warm thoughts here after the snow dumping we received.  This cute card by Karin Akesdotter almost makes us forget about the cold weather outside!

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Yvonne Blair created this amazing decor piece that I know is near and dear to her heart remembering her grandfather.  What a treasured masterpiece you have there Yvonne!

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In this piece Yvonne Blair borrowed some relatives to showcase in this burlap panel.  I am sure she has made up some great stories for these photobooth strips.  What a fun new product from Tim Holtz!

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We love it when Kath Stewart gets off on a tangent because we get amazing projects like this! Love everything about his Kath!

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This moose can’t help but make you smile in  Alice Wertz’s cute hello card.  Great colouring as always!

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Alice Wertz does an incredible job creating crisp clean cards.  What a great note card to receive just saying hi, this would make a great mail day for anyone!

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Finally for today we have this cute little box by Anne Redfern.  Be sure to check out her blog to see what is inside! A great little message piece for our upcoming Valentine’s.  Adorable Anne!

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Enjoy the rest of your week and be sure to check back for more inspiration! h

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Jan 21 2015

Super Easy Watercolor Card Tutorial by Karin Akesdotter

Hi Everyone!

Karin here to inspire you to use your watercolors to create some fast, and easy (yet beautiful ) cards!

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A lot of people think watercolor is a difficult media and even though I paint quite a lot I totally agree (-: – but it doesn’t have to be difficult. I’ll show how easy it is to create a landscape scene that I think will be appreciated by the reciever no matter what age or gender.

I start out by wetting my watercolor paper – if you use a 140 lb paper there is no need to stretch it, but if your paper is thinner than that you might want to tape it to a cardboard before you start to prevent it from bulging while you’re painting.

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When the paper is still wet I  add the sky/cloud colors so they spred on the wet paper and create realistic looking cloudes; I like Ultramarine mixed with a little bit of paynes grey or burt sienna for this. I let that dry completely  before I go on with the next step.

Then I simply paint stripes of different colors to create mountains, hills, fields and grass, making sure I use cool colors for the mountains and hills and warmer colors for the grass and fields that are closer. This is an easy way to create distance in a painting and especially important in a simple scene like this where there isn’t much else to guide the eye.

I used mixes of ultamarine and viridian for the distat hillsa and then raw sienna, burnt sienna and burnt umber for the fields and grass. For the very darks I mix ultramarine with burnt umber. You can of course choose any colors you like but try to stick to a limited number of colors – that way it is easier to create harmony in your painting.

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I then spatter some darker colors (ultramarine mixed with burnt umber)  to the bottom to create a bit of texture.  Make sure you protect the rest of the painting with a piece of scrap paper before doing this!

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You can of course also use stamps to create leaves or plants. In this example I’ve used Paper Smooches Botanicals 2.

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When I’m happy with my painting it is time to “frame” it. I used Lawn Fawn’s wonderful stitched rectangles for this. I put a smaller die inside a larger one and use washi tape to keep them in place like that when I diecut them.

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I then adhere my little painting to a cardbase, stamp a sentiment underneath and then adhere the frame using foam adhesive.

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Supplies I used to create this card:

Winsor Newton’s watercolor paints

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Lawn Fawn Dies; Stiched Rectangles

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Watercolor paper (daler Rowena)

For more of my cards and watercolors, please visit my blog;

http://peppermintpattys-papercraft.blogspot.com

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Jan 20 2015

Weekly Inspiration

Wow, what a busy month with wrapping everything up from the holidays and CHA…hard to believe we are over half way through January already.  Our team has been busy this month with inspirational projects to share but before getting to them I would like to congratulate a couple of our girls on recent accomplishments.

Our very talented Danielle Lounds has been designing stamps for Taylored Expressions and while at CHA we got to see them on display.  Super cute designs Danielle and way to go!

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CHA 2015 was a super exciting show for our sweet Yvonne Blair who debuted her very own line of stamps with Impression Obsession.  Congratulations on a dream come true for you Yvonne and wishes of great success coming your way!

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All of our projects this month fit perfectly with our monthly challenge because being A Fresh Start…everything goes! Be sure to get your projects in on the draw HERE before January 31 for your chance to win $50 to spend with us at Inspiration Emporium.

 

Bobbi Smith shares with us this beautiful frayed fabric tag created for our monthly challenge as well as the Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge 20 with Linda Leadbetter.  Great project Bobbi!

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There is no better project to kick off the new year than a desk calendar. Anne Redfern has created this beauty that will be a perfect addition to anyone’s desk which can be used for years to come.

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Another year of amazing inspirational tags from Tim Holtz and Kath Stewart has taken the idea and created this stunning worn cover album using January’s tag idea.  A perfect home for your 12 Tags of 2015 Kath!

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Kath Stewart is keeping very busy and having fun this month and is sharing a second incredible project.  These vintage canisters is beautiful pieces using Prima’s Engraver papers.

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I am sure this piece from Lisa Hoel certainly lifted the spirits of her friend that is ill.  What a warm, cheery and thoughtful arrangement! Love the bright colours and gumdrop centers Lisa!

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We are always in awe of Karin Akesdotter‘s watercolouring.  This fun card is a great example of her talent.

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Have a great week everyone and be creative! h

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Jan 7 2015

A New Year Brings New Challenges

Happy New Year everyone! We hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season and are recharged for 2015!  It is going to be a great year!  January is a busy month with companies releasing their new products as the industry gathers at CHA to kick off the year of new.  Be sure to keep checking back regularly as we share with you products and inspiration from the show.

Inspiration Emporium would like to thank everyone who participated in December’s monthly challenge.  We truly have some incredibly talented artists amongst us and appreciate all that you share.  We would like to congratulate the winner from last month’s challenge…

Entry #2  Kerstin F. – Let It Snow

please contact heather@inspirationemporium.com to claim your prize

As we look back on 2014 and reflect on the good, the challenging and not so good things the year brought we can prepare ourselves for a new year with 2015.  January brings with it a time to evaluate and refocus and identify what truly makes you happy and alive.  January brings with it a Fresh Start which is our challenge for this month.  It is a time to get your mojo going by just creating and the sky is the limit with no restrictions.  Be sure to include your link before January 31, 2015 below for your chance to win a $50 shopping spree with Inspiration Emporium.  We will be sharing inspiration all month from our amazing design team so we hope you will be inspired to participate.

To get us started Lisa Hoel has shared this funny birthday card using Pop ‘n Cuts I am sure her husband is going to love!  Love the talk bubbles!

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Have a great week being creative! h

 


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Dec 31 2014

Winter Fairy Luminary by Lisa Hoel

Hello Lisa Hoel here! It’s the waning hours of 2014 – I can hardly believe it! To finish out the year strong I have a looong technique packed tutorial for you to enjoy. Better get a beverage because I’m going to step through the techniques I used to make…

this, my Winter Fairy Luminary! If you do a search for “luminary” on my blog, you will see that I am very fond of this die and have made several of them. Here is a better look at the base I created for this one:

Let’s dig into the how to!

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I was inspired by a technique that Tammy Tutterow shared on her blog. I cut an arched shape out of matboard and inked it with distress inks and stamped it with archival ink. I then used Distress reinkers and a water brush to “watercolor” the stamped image. Following Tammy’s technique, I used a snowflake embossing folder flipped over so it would deboss onto the front of my background panel. I tried to position it within the folder so the castle image would be mostly untouched.

Next I spread a layer of Rock Candy Crackle Paint over the panel and then used a piece of chipboard to scrap away the excess paint. This leaves crackle paint in the debossed areas and a thin glaze of paint on the raised areas. I also sprinkled a little Dry Rock Candy Glitter onto the panel while it was wet for extra sparkle. The crackle paint looks so cool when it dries in the debossed areas!

Here’s another closeup of the back panel in its completed state:

I needed to raise the panel up so it would show behind the luminary so I made a little platform out of scrap matboard and glued it all in place on my foamcore base:

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This die is a bit fussy to put together but once you’ve done it a few times it gets easier. I like to use a quick grab wet glue like 3M Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive. The special technique I used here deals with the window treatment. This is a technique I first tried in my Woodlands Accordion Candle Screen. The first step is to stamp your design using archival ink onto tissue paper. I immediately dry my stamping with a heat tool to reduce ink bleed.

I cut pieces of clear plastic (mine was from old packaging) a little bigger than the window opening and coated one side with Glue ‘n Seal. Then positioned the plastic over the section of image I wanted to show and smoothed it down over the tissue.

I carefully peeled the tissue/plastic off the craft mat and flipped it over to dry. Now comes the fun part – adding a frosty crackle to the “window glass”:

Cool isn’t it? When you put Rock Candy Crackle Paint on a slick surface, you first need to coat it with Glue ‘n Seal or the paint will flake off when it’s dry. I went ahead and put a layer of Glue ‘n Seal on the plastic of my windows. Once it is dry, you can either put a layer of crackle paint on right then or do what I did. I also wanted icy crackle paint on the luminary itself so I planned to do it all in one step. I went ahead and glued the windows into the luminary panels and then assembled it. Make sure the Glue ‘n Seal covered plastic side is facing out!

When the luminary was put together, I applied the crackle paint to the windows and areas around them, setting it aside to dry.

3) Decorate the Setting

Back to the base! I wanted the Woodland Trees to look super frosty so I spritzed them with watered down Picket Fence Distress Paint and then immediately sprinkled them heavily with Dry Rock Candy Glitter. Oh, I love that stuff!

I cut two pieces of white cardstock with the Tree Line die for the back sides of the scene (I needed something to glue snowflakes to!) I covered them with Glue ‘n Seal and coated with more Dry Rock Candy Glitter.

For the fake snow I got the idea from the Tim Holtz July tag’s faux sand. I mixed Glossy Accents with coarse crystal glitter and spread it around the base with a palette knife. Make sure there is a big enough clear area for the luminary to rest on! I sprinkled on more Dry Rock Candy Glitter while it was wet (good thing you can get a big container of that stuff!) I poked the trees into place while the snow was wet also. The snow glued them in place when it dried. I glued on the side tree panels, snowflakes, fairy and trim once the snow was perfectly dry.

Whew! There are quite a few “wintery” tricks here you can use in your projects for the next few months. Thanks for following along and I hope that you’ve been inspired to try some out. Most of the supplies can be purchased at Inspiration Emporium. Be sure to check back in here to find out what the January challenge will be and Happy New Year!! We appreciate you visiting and hope we can continue to provide you with loads of Inspiration in 2015.

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Dec 30 2014

Inspiration Carries on…

Happy Tuesday to you! We are back again to share the last of the inspiration for 2014 with the exception of our final tutorial tomorrow.

What a way to finish out the year…just like the incredible fireworks display at midnight!

Lisa Hoel created this beautiful nativity lantern for her mother which will look fabulous as part of any holiday display.  Its a great way to bring to life those seemingly ordinary pieces we all have.

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Shelly Hickox creates beautiful masterpieces and you need to check this one out.  So much intricate detail around every corner in this piece getting ready for the special days to come in 2015.

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It is never to early for a little Halloween fun with Graghic 45 as Shelly Hickox creates this cool Pop it Up card.

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We love how Yvonne Blair looks at things one might normally pass by and see the possibility to make it her own! She did just that with the cute Photo Holder.

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Lastly for evening, Anne Redfern shares her version for Tim’s December tag Challenge.  Beautiful job Anne!

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Thank you for a being a part of this great celebration and Happy New Year from Inspiration Emporium!

from the entire Inspiration Emporium family

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