Nov 24 2014

November to Remember

 

Hi Family!

In this circle, November is definitely a month to Remember!  So many activities, so many special events, so much fun!

 

Last week, November 17 as we’ve noted in the past… well… that is a day we celebrate.  Our very own Anthoni Arevalo’s special day! Well, a special day that he shares with our other own Pop Malit Lopez that is.  These two share a very special bond, and not just because they’re nephew and aunt and spend countless hours together in the warehouse, they share the same birthday!  If that isn’t ironic enough, Pop’s grandfather (Anthoni’s great-grandfather) also
shares the same exact birthday!  Yes, all three were born on the same day, so much to celebrate!  Wait, that’s not all… if that isn’t enough, our other cousin Thirdy Malit is also a Scorpio and his birthday is… you guessed it, November 17. We noted this great day last year in our newsletter, but nevertheless, this coincidence is still A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

 

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Joy was able to check off another astonishing item on her bucket list.  Last Sunday, Joy and Joyce ran the inaugural Avengers ½ Marathon at Disneyland!  The girls were dressed in their super hero garb with Joy decked out as Iron Man, and Joyce sporting her Captain America gear!  They were joined by a few of our other cousins who were also donning super hero costumes! Several thousand participants lined up the streets of Disneyland as they ran through the Magic Kingdom as well as areas of Anaheim including having the opportunity to run through Angels Stadium.  The marathon was a huge hit, and aside from a few blisters and sore feet, all family members completed the race happily and successfully.

 

With all the special events and the special birthdays, we want you to help us celebrate!  Our main man Anthoni turns the big deuce-deuce this year.  So you, our extended family, will have savings of 22% off of your entire purchase.  This sale starts now and goes on through Wednesday, November 26, 2014.  Please enter code “bday22″ during checkout. 

 

Thank you,

~Jay

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Nov 18 2014

Inspiration Galore!

Happy day to you all!  I hope it is shaping up to be a great week for you and if you are in need of inspiration we have you covered.  The submissions are coming in for this month’s challenge of Happy Holidays but there is still time for YOU!

 

Sue Kment is having fun with this month’s challenge and has created this adorable holiday card.  Mimi by Penny Black is SO cute!

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I am not sure I would open this package if I found it under the Christmas tree.  Stunning work Anne!  Be sure to check out her BLOG for instructions to make your very own.

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Anne Redfern is certainly going to be ready for the holidays with her amazing pieces she has created already.  Note to self…let a move on!

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Karin Akesdotter has a great tutorial video on wax resist creating this beautiful card…lots of Lawn Fawn goodness!

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Tim Holtz’s November tag has inspired a lot of people to create.  Here are  Lisa Hoel’s pieces spotlighting the use of corrugated cardboard. Love these!!

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This classic holiday card is stunning by Shelly Hickox.  What a great use of the Pop It Up Dies and accordion dies together.

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It is serious Christmas Cuteness by Kath Stewart with this adorable Christmas card! Love the warmth of this Kath.

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Finally for this week but certainly not least we have this gorgeous cabinet card tag by Bobbi Smith.  She has shared a great blog post showing just how she created this. So much detail and a great alternative to to classic card design.

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I hope you are inspired to create! Have a great week! h

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Nov 15 2014

Weekly Inspiration

Wow, where has this week gone???  Before we know it we will be writing January so we need to slow things down and enjoy this upcoming holiday season.  Our design team has been busy at work creating some incredible artwork that we would love to share.  Many of them are perfect pieces for our monthly challenge of Happy Holidays!  It is a great time to get started on the card or gift making so be sure to share your creations with us for your chance to win a $50 shopping spree with us at Inspiration Emporium.

Tim Holtz is always providing us with everlasting inspiration and the November Tag challenge is no different.  Yvonne Blair shares with us her version and what a stunning one it is!

 

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Alice Wertz is playing along with our monthly challenge and has created this beautiful unconventional holiday card using A Holy Holiday from Paper Smooches.

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Make sure you check out Alice’s blog post to see how see created this beautiful water coloured card.  Stunning work Alice!

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Wow, the dimension Anne Redfern created with this piece is fantastic! The new snowflake dies can be found HERE and HERE from Tim Holtz and are a must have and perfect for the holidays. Make you you pick yours up before they are gone to create your very own.

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Karin Akesdotter has created this elegant holiday card.  Be sure to check out all of the detail included in this card as it draws you in.  Beautiful card Karin!

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Are you looking to make a beautiful home decor piece for the holiday season? Lisa Hoel shows you exactly what you need to recreate this stunning piece.

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Many of our pieces this week have included the Coloured Crackle technique as part of the Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge hosted by our very own sweet Linda Ledbetter.  Bobbi Smith has created this stunning ornament which would be perfect as part of a Christmas gift this season.  On her blog she has provided a tutorial on just how she made this so you are able to make your very own.

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  We always love seeing what Sue Kment has created and these are adorable using  Lawn Fawn stamps! Perfect for any package!IMG_0053

Be sure to check out Shelly Hickox’s blog for her take on Tim’s November Tag.  Shelly used the supplies she had to create this beautiful version so I hope it will inspire you to do the same! Never miss out on an opportunity to put what you have to use because the possibilities are endless and equally as gorgeous.

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Lastly for today, we have this stunning card also from Shelly Hickox.  I simply love this colour combination and this card Shelly!

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I am certain we have inspired you with these amazing pieces to create your very own and we can’t wait to see them!  Enjoy your weekend with a little ink (or alot)! h

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Nov 12 2014

Leaf Printing Tutorial by Lisa Hoel

Hello everyone, Lisa here! I have a fun leaf printing technique I think you will really
like. First, here is the ATB I decided to make to use as my canvas for the leaf printing. ;-)

(Note on the Harvest Girl image – it can be downloaded from the Graphics Fairy.)

Let’s dive in and learn how to make leaf prints using mini Distress Ink pads.

First you need to collect your leaves. They
should pliable if you are collecting ones that have already fallen.
Crunchy will not work! Lay a leaf down on your craft sheet and dab the
back side of the leaf with various colors of Distress ink. The mini pads
work well because of their smaller surface area. You can blend more
colors on the leaf, especially with a smaller leaf. Full size pads could
work too. Mist the leaf once or twice. For me, one spritz gave me a
more detailed print and two spritzes gave me a looser, watercolor
effect. Don’t spray too much on or the water will ooze out the sides in
the next step and muddle your print.

Next lay the leaf, ink side down, carefully on the surface you are printing
on. (I used tweezers.) Lightly hold the leaf in place and run a brayer
over it to transfer the ink to the paper. Carefully lift off the leaf
and that’s it! You can dab extra ink off of your leaf with a baby wipe
or paper towel and use it again for subsequent prints.

I tried watercolor paper, Sizzix matboard, manila folder and a craft tag
as substrates while I was experimenting. They all worked very well! Here
are samples of my experimenting:

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Here is a close up of the printing on the ATB – it is really clear and I love the leaf detail transferred:

I hope you are inspired to give this technique a try. =)

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Nov 11 2014

Honouring and Remembering

Today we want to take a few minutes to honour, reflect on, and remember all of those that have served our countries giving us the freedoms that we have today.  These men and women selflessly put their lives at risk to serve us and protect us in times of war, conflict, and everyday; the true heros!  Today is the day set aside to honour these individuals and we at Inspiration Emporium would like to say THANK YOU! As countries, we come together today to acknowledge the sacrifices and we need to continue to educate our youth so all of those fighting today and in the past are never forgotten.

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Be sure to check back for this week’s inspirations.

Veterans and those serving, We Give Thanks!

Your Inspiration Emporium Family

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Nov 5 2014

Old Paint Textured Background Tutorial by Yvonne Blair

Hi everyone…so excited to be here today to share with you this tutorial on creating a textured background that kind of looks like old paint.  I have this “Y” sign and I love the texture of the background so I set out to see if I could recreate the look.

 Here is the sign that inspired me.

(I collect y’s)

 First swipe some texture paste across a tag sparingly.

You don’t want it to cover the all of the tag just bits.

 Next, start adding some color.  The first colors I use were Tumbled Glass and Broken China.

You don’t want to cover every part of the tag….just bits again.

 Next, add more Texture Paste.

Once it was all over the tag, I put the pallet knife straight on top of the wet Texture Paste and made more texture by picking it up and laying it down over and over.  Kind of like frosting a cake that you don’t want smooth.

 Then came more Distress Inks.  More Broken China, Tumbled Glass and Weathered Wood.

 Next you want to ink the edges using a Blending tool using Vintage Photo.

I loved how it didn’t colorize all of the tag….it left bits of the tag kind of showing through.

 While the ink is still wet…you will want to coat the edges with clear embossing powder.

I keep mine in a container that has those locks on the ends.

This way I can just dip whatever I want in the embossing powder.

Before I used the Heat-it Tool I brushed a bit of the embossing powder away just using my finger.

You don’t want it to just be embossed straight lines along the edge you want it to look aged and chippy.  Like time has worn the color away.

Below you can see the finished tag with the embellishments in place.

I have to say it was really fun to work to try and recreate the texture.

While it is not identical, I think it worked out rather well.

What do you think?

Kind of fun right! wink.

Just to note a couple of other alterations…I used the Bronze Distress Paint to make the Philosophy Tags old and rusty.  I also dabbed it on Signmaker Alpha Parts on the Compass, let them dry and dabbed a bit of Gathered Twig Distress Ink just to help age them a tad.

So there you have it.

A very texturized background that is worn and aged.
Not really sure what I would call it, but I kind of like it. hehehe.

Hope you enjoyed…and maybe are inspired to look around and see what you can recreate.

Have a great day!

Hugs,

Yvonne

 

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Nov 4 2014

Weekly Inspiration

Action…And we are back this evening with this week’s inspiration from our design team.  Let’s give a round of a plau….wait one minute…we aren’t on a talk show!  Ok, let’s start this over!  Hi folks, I am glad you stopped back today to check out all of the awesome inspiration our design team has been working on. 

Karin Akesdotter watercolors with perfection and this card is a great example of her stunning work. Make sure you check out her post to see just how she creates this stunning snowy background.

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Keeping with the Holiday theme, Karin has also created this adorable card using Avery Elle.

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Pamela Ho creates in a clean and crisp way and this card shows this beautifully.

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Lastly for this week, we have this fantastic Pop it Up Accordian card created by Shelly Hickox perfect for the holiday season.

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We can’t wait to see your artwork for this month’s challenge!  Be sure to see yesterday’s post for all the details and where to link.  Time to get inky! h

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Nov 3 2014

A New Month, A new Challenge!

Happy November everyone!  I honestly can’t believe how fast this Fall has been going.  It feels like just yesterday it was August and now we are getting ready for the winter with November.  With Halloween behind us and all of the skeletons puts away for another year, Christmas will be here before we know it.  This month the monthly challenge is all about the Holidays and getting geared up for them with the theme of Happy Holidays!  I don’t ever think it is too early to start preparing and with November being a busy month with holidays, there is no better time to get started.  It is a time to get creative with those holiday cards, gifts and wrapping so when December comes we can truly enjoy the season.  The Challenge starts now and runs until midnight November 30, 2014 and all linked submissions will have a chance to win $50 to spend in the Inspiration Emporium Store.  This is a great challenge to get together with your friends to have fun and create. 

 

If you haven’t taken some time to visit the blogs and submissions of last month’s challenge entries, you need to!  There is some incredible talent and would love to pick every one of them as the random winner but the lucky winner is…(drum roll)….

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26 – Canadian Nickel Scrap’n

Congratulations and what an amazing job using the little bird houses to create your spooky Halloween Town!

Please email heather@inspirationemporium.com to claim your prize.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for our weekly inspiration post to see what our design team has been up to already this month.  h

 

 

 


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Oct 30 2014

Weekly Inspiration

Wow, where has this month gone?  In just a short time the little ones will be out trick or treating and showing off their creative Halloween costumes.  We are enjoying all of your disguises here at the Inspiration Journal as you have fun with the Monthly Challenge challenging yourself to think outside the box with the In Disguise theme.  There are some really fantastic projects submitted which I hope you will take some time to visit but also get your very own submitted with just over 24 hours left for your chance to win $50 to spend at Inspiration Emporium.  Again this week, the team has created some incredible artwork that I would love to share with you.

 

 It has been a beautiful Fall here this year and this piece by Lisa Hoel is as equally as beautiful using the leaf printing technique! The vibrant colours and detail are a perfect combination so be sure to check out her tutorial.

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 Be sure to check out Shelly Hickox’s blog for how to create this great masculine card that can be personalized for your occasion needing to be celebrated.

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 Anne Redfern has done an amazing job on this luminary perfect for Halloween and all of its spookiness!

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 Are you looking for Christmas card ideas for this year?  Kath Stewart has created a stunning card that could be used as inspiration for your very own cards.

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 Lisa Hoel has created a great idea for any house, cottage or event using the versatile worn covers by Tim Holtz.  What a great gift!

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 Shelly Hickox created this amazing eye-catching piece using the 3D block die from Eileen Hull just in time for the ghoulish night. Beautiful job!

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 Danielle Lounds always has the cutest cards and perfect composition.  Loving this little moo machine from the Cosmic Stars set by Mama Elephant.  We are super excited to now be carrying Mama Elephant and can’t wait to see what you  create with them so feel free to share them with us.

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 Our Design Team is already starting to gear up for the Christmas season and Yvonne Blair has started with a bang creating this stunning tag that would look perfect on any gift.

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 Yvonne has also created this beautiful card of encouragement for a friend.  I am certain this card put a huge smile on their face and warmed their heart knowing a special friend created this.

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 The colours and images really POP in this tag by Bobbi Smith who has an incredible talent to make things jump from her artwork. Such amazing texture and crispness!

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Happy Trick or Treating everyone but don’t eat too much candy! h

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Oct 22 2014

Drywall Tape Texture Tutorial by Danielle Lounds

Hello, crafty friends! It’s Danielle here and I’m excited to share a tutorial on using drywall tape to create a textured background. It is my take on this month’s In Disguise challenge.
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First step is to acquire some Drywall Tape. You can pick it up at your local hardware store or maybe filch it from a handy friend. ;) I had a huge roll of it leftover from a small project done in my bathroom. Once you have your tape just cut a few strips and stick it to some cardstock. I bought the self-adhesive kind so I didn’t need to apply any glue.
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Paint on some white gesso. I used a heavy hand and really layered it on.
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Once dry, trim the excess drywall tape from the edges.
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Add some color! I used Sakura Koi Watercolors but really any coloring medium would work. The new Tim Holtz Distress Sprays would be another great choice.
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To blend the colors and soften them a bit I misted the panel with water.
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Once dry, trim the background to your desired size.
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Use the background in a project. I combined it with a sentiment from Blossoming Buds stamped in Archival Jet Black Ink on vellum cardstock. Added a clip, film strip ribbon, bit of ribbon, and some green enamel dots for embellishment. I finished by attaching the decorated panel to a 5” x 5” white card base with foam tape.
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Thanks for stopping by! Hope you were inspired today!

Links:
Blossoming Bud (Paper Smooches): http://www.inspirationemporium.com/J2S216.HTML
Koi Watercolors (Sakura): http://www.inspirationemporium.com/XNCW24N.HTML
Archival Jet Black Ink (Ranger): http://www.inspirationemporium.com/AIP31468.html
Film Strip Ribbon (Idea-ology): http://www.inspirationemporium.com/IDA92820.html
Hinge Clip (Idea-ology): http://www.inspirationemporium.com/IDA92692.html

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