Apr 13 2015

Ahhhh Spring…finally!

It is incredible what blue skies and a little sunshine does for a person.  This winter on the east coast was the worst it has been in years…many, many years but thankfully it is slowly melting the many feet of snow that has accumulated.  The green grass, blooming flowers and budding trees can’t come soon enough my friends.  March’s Spring Blooms theme brought so many wonderful submissions for you all and we would like to thank each and every one of you for playing along.

The randomly selected winner from all of the submissions for March is…

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

Since April’s challenge has been cut a bit short this month the theme is Everything goes!  Let your imagination run wild and your creativity be your limit.  All projects submitted before midnight on April 30th, 2015 will be entered into the random draw to win 50 Emporium Dollars to spend with us at Inspiration Emporium.  Be sure to check back tomorrow for some beautiful artwork from our super talented design team.  Get your creative mojo flowing! h


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Mar 3 2015

A New Week, A New Month…

Happy March All!  With a new week and a new month we all know what that can only mean…inspiration and a brand new monthly challenge for you all.  I believe our design team is hoping and wishing for an early spring when you see what they have created.  I am not sure about you, but this girl totally is as well!  I am SO ready for winter to be OVER! Don’t take things personally winter, but I sure could show you the door.

 

Up first, we have a cute, colourful and fun piece from our sweet Alice Wertz. I love the use of the different elements to create great dimension in this note card using stamps by Paper Smooches and no line colouring.  Receiving this in the mail would sure put a smile on the face of anyone opening it.

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Ann Redfern had a great time using the Dimensional Cutting Pad by Tim Holtz and Sizzix for her CC3C submission she created two to share with us.  This first piece is a stunning creation with a beautiful bright colour combined with the crisp white.1-IMG_2055

A second piece from Ann keeps with the nature theme but this time uses the amazing dragonfly and again terrific colouring.  If you do not have a dimensional cutting pad of your own, this challenge will make you want one for sure with so many gorgeous pieces created.  Be sure to check out the challenge and projects HERE.

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What a fun vintage looking piece by Karin Akesdotter.  This card takes me back to the fashion plates and scrap material of yester years.  This is a great use of Hero Arts’ Sew Stylish stamps.

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There is nothing better than going to the mailbox and finding a sweet thinking of you note card from a special someone.  Karin Akesdotter is created this gorgeous card with beautiful subtle colours and a perfect way to say ‘Thinking of You’

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Check out the fantastic colours and layers Bobbi Smith used in this masterpiece! This piece is definitely choosing to shine!!

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If this card doesn’t bring brighter days ahead, nothing will!  Great colours used by Lisa Hoel that will sure brighten anyone’s day using the dimensional cutting pad.

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Like I said it was a nature theme this week and butterflies are gracing many of the projects.  Be sure to check out the tutorial Bobbi Smith shared to see all the detail that went into making this stunning dimensional piece.

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We at Inspiration Emporium want to thank each and every one of you for participating in our monthly challenges each month.  We are glad these challenges help to motivate you to be creative and possibility venture out of your comfort zone and trying something new and different.  It is a great way to explore different blogs and see the world from the comfort of your own home; so thank you for being a part of our family here at Inspiration Emporium.  February’s challenge of Love is in the Air struck a chord with a lot of you and there were so many amazing pieces shared.  The random winner of $50 to be spent at the Inspiration Emporium online store for February is…

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Congratulation Kimberly, please contact us at heather@inspirationemporium.com to claim your prize.

Wrapping up one monthly challenge only means we are in store for another new exciting one.  March brings with it the single sweet word of Spring and all that comes with it.  That hopefully means no snow, warmer temperatures and the signs of life renewed in nature.  For me it seems like a million years away with all the snow we have here but it can’t stay that way forever right??? What better way to celebrate March and Spring than with a monthly challenge of Spring Blooms. Your projects will need to include flowers in some way.  They can be stamped, floral paper, floral embellishments, die cuts…you get the idea.  Flower power might just speed up Spring or that is what we are at least hoping.  All entries are to be linked below and you have until March 31, 2015 to enter for a chance to win $50 to spend with us at Inspiration Emporium.  Show us your creativity and join in the fun! h


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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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