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Nov 2 2015

Catching Up!

Wow, I think we need to hit pause in this thing we call time.  It feels like yesterday we were getting ready for summer and now we are heading into November. Some could make smart comments saying that I did just start summer because we had so much snow last year but sadly we are going to see it again before we know it.  This evening’s post is to start catching up after a little technical difficulties and travel in October.  Firstly, we would like to announce the winner for September’s challenge of Be Happy and thank everyone that took part and sharing their projects with us all.


Congratulations goes to Memories by Manda!!!

Please contact us at with your address so we can get your prize package out to you. We all hope you are on the mend and are so glad you were able to play along with us in our challenge. That makes us HAPPY!

We hope you will stop by our incredible design teams’ blogs to see what they have been up to lately.  Each have their own fabulous unique style so I hope you visit them and leave some kind words.  The start of a new month also means the start of a new challenge.  November brings to you a Mission Embossable…all projects are to include embossing in some form (embossing folders, dry embossing, embossing powders, embossing paste…).  The possibilities are limitless so put your creative thinking caps on and create away!  All projects linked below before midnight November 30, 2015 will be entered into the random draw for a prize package valued at over $50 from Inspiration Emporium.  To get those creative wheels turning for this challenge we wanted to share a couple of projects from our design team.

There is no better way to celebrate fall then with color and Danielle Lounds does that with this beautiful Thanksgiving card. Loving your card Danielle and the embossing on your leaves give them so much texture!


Be sure to check out Creative Juice blog by our very own Lisa Hoel as she shares this incredible set of Artist Trading Cards choked full of embossing.

This is a true Mission Embossable Lisa!


Who is brave enough to take the challenge? Can’t wait to see your masterpieces!

Have a great week and emboss away!h

Dec 10 2014

Handmade Ornament by Shelly Hickox

Hi all! Those of you who follow my blog know that I decided to do a special ’12 Days of Ornaments’ project on my blog this month. Today is day 10 and I’m excited to be sharing today’s handmade ornament with all of you on the Inspiration Journal blog.

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Eileen Hull has a new collection of dies with Sizzix called Vintage Kitchen. These dies are so much fun! I had an idea to use the Cookie Box in a slightly unusual way – as a shadowbox. Follow along to see how I created this sweet woodland ornament.

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Begin by cutting the box pieces from chipboard. You’ll only need the side piece and the bottom.

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Assemble box using glue of choice. Set aside to dry

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Next, emboss a piece of manila cardstock using Tim Holtz’s wood grain Texture Fade. Spray with Vintage Photo Distress Stain Spray. When dry, ink with Gathered Twigs Distress ink and cut into 1 ½” strips. Emboss another piece and color in the same manner. Use the cookie box die to cut a bottom panel section from it. This will cover the back of the box.

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Cut strips of thin wood sheets (these are bbq wrappers) to fit the inside of the box. Using the cookie box die, cut another bottom piece out of idea-ology Mirrored. This will cover the inside of the box.

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Adhere the wood grain cardstock strips to the outside of the box.  Notch the excess and fold over as shown.

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Glue the back panel onto the box, covering the edges.

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Seal project with gloss Multi Medium or varnish. Let dry.

shelly project 8

Adhere the Mirrored piece to the inside of the box. Line the inside edges with the wood sheets. Color an idea-ology Woodland tree with Peeled Paint Distress Stain Spray.

shelly project 9

Cut holly leaves from green Kraft Core’dinations cardstock. Adhere to top of box, along with a length of Red and Cream Trimmings and some pine cones and berries.  Glue a length of twine around the edge of the box.

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Create the scene inside with  miniature deer and fake snow.

shelly hickox eileen hull shadowbox

I hope you’ve enjoyed my tutorial and are inspired to make one of your own. Check out all of Eileen’s dies in the Inspiration Emporium store – I know you’ll love them!



Eileen Hull Cookie Box

Tim Holtz Strip Die – Festive Greenery

Tim Holtz Drapery and Woodgrain Texture Fades

Idea-ology Mini Trees

Ranger Distress Stain Spray – Peeled Paint

Ranger Distress Stain Spray – Vintage Photo

Idea-ology Mirrored

Idea-ology Trimmings – Red and Cream

Ranger Multi Medium – Glossy

Ranger Gathered Twigs Distress Ink

Core’dinations Kraft Core #13

Ranger Manila Cardstock 8 ½” x 11”

Dec 3 2014

Inked Bokeh Tutorial by Alice Wertz

Hello! It’s Alice here. =) I am sharing a fun and simple inking technique with you today.

Bokeh has been a popular look this year and here is how I created the Bokeh look on the tag.
First, gather up ink colors of your liking. I have Peacock FeathersPicked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade distress inks here. I ended up not using the Peacock Feathers, but hey, that’s why we experiment with colors, right? =) I have a full Unicorn white ink pad from Hero Arts here, but you can find the cube version of it in the Blackboard 4 Color Cubes Set. Of course you will need those Mini Ink Blending Tool, too! My tag is cut using a die from Mama Elephant’s Tags a Lot die set. And the heart dies are from Paper Smooches Hearts set and Instalove from Mama Elephant.
All you need to do is pick a color to start inking. Picked Raspberry was inked first here.
Add another color. I used Squeezed Lemonade here.
Layer on the colors to your liking. I really love blending colors with Squeezed Lemonade,it really softened the bright pink here.
I cut three sizes of hearts out of some scrap paper as my stencils for inking the white pigment ink.
And started inking the hearts on random places on the tag.
I found that one dabbing of the sponge from the ink pad lasts a good few hearts. So just keep moving the heart stencils and let the differences of the ink intensity add to the depth of the look.
Here is the final tag and one more look of my card below.
The couples are from Mama Elephant’s Alpine Carolers set, colored with Copic markers then cut using the matching dies.
Hope you will give this technique a try! =)
Dec 1 2014

Weekly Inspiration Catch Up

Today we are playing a little inspiration catch up as last week was a little crazy to say the least.  There is lots of fantastic artwork coming in from our design team as well as all of you for the monthly challenge.  Be sure to check back tomorrow evening for the announcement of the November challenge winner, December’s challenge and more inspiration.  We hope that you enjoyed the weekend with friends and family and took time to count the  blessings in your life.  Black Friday and Cyber Monday always brings with them great sales and savings and it is not too late to pick up some incredible deals with Inspiration Emporium.

We hope you have a nice mug of something warm so you are able to spend some time with us checking out the incredible talents.


Kath Stewart  has been getting into the holiday spirit and has created these two beauties for our monthly challenge. A two for one deal!

November Project 3


 Are you looking to make some fun and cute tags or cards to attach to your gifts this year?  Pamela Ho has done a beautiful job on these ‘cool’ dudes.

Project 2 November(1)

Project 1 November(1)

Alice Wertz is wishing you a cozy Christmas with these adorable stamps from Mama Elephant


 Be sure to check out Lisa Hoel‘s blog for all of the detail in this amazing fish tank using the Artist trading block dies.  Ingenious Lisa!


Danielle Lounds has been busy working on increasing her holiday card reserves.  Stunning work Danielle!



Colour is a trademark of Danielle Lounds  and she does it beautifully!



Lots of layered goodness in this piece by Danielle Lounds


Danielle Lounds knows how to use embellishments.  Perfect placement Danielle and great card!



Anne Redfern shares with us her piece using the Layering Stencil Embossing Technique.  Be sure to check out our sweet Linda Ledbetter’s CCC3 #16 Challenge to get in on the fun yourself.


 Pamela Ho has me starting to think how nice a warm hot chocolate with marshmallows would be on this cool evening.  Perfect holiday card or notecard for that special someone.

Project 4 November(1)

 Hmmmm…Can I have a little kiss under my mistletoe???? Please???? Adorable Pamela!



Kath Stewart has created this fantastic series of cards using the ‘Tis the Season’ Collection kit.  A perfect gift idea for that favorite teacher or friend!

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We can’t wait to see what  Yvonne Blair does in her Inky Artist Journal if her cover is this amazing!

Yvonne Blair Truth 1(1)

 A serious case of Inspiration overload Right???  See you tomorrow! h

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!



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,


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:

watercolor paper


manila, matboard and kraft

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. =)
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.



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

Veterans and those serving, We Give Thanks!

Your Inspiration Emporium Family

Sep 25 2014

Halloween Candy Box Tutorial by Bobbi Smith

Hi everyone, Bobbi here. With Halloween just around the corner, I wanted to make a fun Halloween candy box for little treats.

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To start off with I die cut some medium weight chipboard out of the Eileen Hull- Candy Drawer Box die #657726. I used three colors of distress paint to create this effect Black Soot, Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn.


The first layer of distress paint I used mowed lawn, it’s okay if it looks streaky I will be creating layers.


Then I dried first layer thoroughly with the heat tool.


For the second layer I used peeled paint. When I applied this layer I didn’t put a full coverage coat on, I want to see streaks and patches of the first color.


I dried second layer of paint with heat tool.


For this third layer of paint I used the black soot and I wanted the applicator portion to be very dry so I soaked up a little bit of excess paint with a paper towel.


I wanted a very streaky look so I only applied a little bit around the edges barely dragging it across the chipboard. Then I dried with the heat tool again.


Now here is where the magic happens, I took a Tim Holtz sanding grip and sanded off a portion of the colors that were applied.


Here’s what I had after I took a towel and wiped off the sanding dust.


I then took vintage photo distress ink and a blending tool and applied to all of the chipboard.


I ended up wiping a little bit of the distress ink away with a damp towel (I felt it was a little too dark) and then dried thoroughly with the heat tool.


The stamps that I used out of the set were the spider, the professor, the bottles and the equation from Tim Holtz Mini Halloween 4 CMS198. I stamped on all 4 sides of the drawer.


I used jet black archival ink for the stamping. I used sticky note and taped off any of the sides didn’t that I didn’t want the excess stamping to get on.


I punched a hole in the center of my chipboard before I assembled the outer box portion.


I bent all the folds and assembled with Helmar quick dry 450 adhesive, including the bottom portion of the drawer.




I applied some Tim Holtz sprocket and mini gears using glossy accents.


After I applied the gears, I screwed the Tim Holtz clock key into place.


I glued the Tim Holtz crossbone adornment to the monocle with glossy accents then attached it to the end of the swivel class.


To use the wishbone as a charm, I had to create a hole in the end of it. I took my piercing tool and a small piece of foam that comes in the Texture Fades (you know the little piece that you usually throw away) to pierce the hole.


The swivel clasp and the monocle each come with an O ring at the end of them, so I had an extra O-ring to use for the wishbone to attach to the swivel clasp. I attached the swivel clasp to the clock key on the top of the box.


I decided I wanted to use some of Tim Holtz Apothecary Remnant Rubs on the candy drawer box. Black and white remnant rubs both come in the package, I decided to go with the white ones.


They’re so easy to use, I just chose what I wanted, cut it out and applied with the popsicle stick.


After I was finished I filled my candy drawer box with candy corn! This is a fun way to give a special little gift during the Halloween season.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Sep 21 2014

Meet the Team: Final Edition

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know our talented design team in our fun little way.  We will conclude Meet the Team tonight with our last three amazing design team members and please, if you haven’t already, send them a warm welcome.

photo(24)Yvonne Blair

1) I call Florida home
2) Favorite Color is: Pink…Distress Ink…would be Picked Raspberry, but I also love Peeled Paint, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Gathered Twigs, Spiced Marmalade and well all the colors of Distress!
3) My Style could be described as: hmmm….maybe grungy chic.
4) What Inspires me: Hmmm, I think lots of things…the colors in nature, home decor, antiquing.
5) My favorite product/s is: Distress….all things Distress.
6) My favorite treat is: Cookie Dough Ice Cream
7) Ultimate Holiday: Thanksgiving
8) A top item on my bucket list is: Go to Paris, see the Eiffel Tower, Paris Flea Market and the Louvre.
9) My greatest success: My family
10) A fun fact about me that is not craft related is: I’m a total Sci-fi nerd.
11) Favorite Food: Mexican
12) Who is Yvonne:
She is a quirky girl who loves all things pink, Filofaxes and books.
She has a passion for creating with inks and paints and finds joy in teaching, antiquing and repurposing.
When she is not working or with her family she enjoys spending time with friends, reading, decorating or creating.


How to find me:
FB-Yvonne Stephens Blair
Instagram-Yvonne Blair
Twitter-Yvonne Blair
Pinterest-Yvonne Blair
Flickr-yvonneblair1228 ( I only upload to here from Instagram)


Pam HootenPam Hooten

1) I call Greers Ferry, AR. home
2) Favorite Color/s is: I love most colors, some more than others depending on what I need color for! 😉
3) My Style could be described as: I don’t think I really have a ‘style’ I love the vintage look and distressing.
4) What Inspires me: New Tim Holtz products!
5) My favorite product/s is: Tim Holtz products!
6) My favorite treat is: vanilla taffy!
7) Ultimate Holiday: Christmas
8) A top item on my bucket list is: a close retreat with host Tim Holtz (do we see a theme here ;))
9) My greatest success: my kids!
10) A fun fact about me that is not craft related is: I love collecting Pandora jewelry. I love junkin’.
11) Favorite Food: pasta
12) Who is Pam Hooten: It all started when I clicked on the Splitcoast Stampers link years ago. Paper crafting is the one hobby I stuck with and I’m still loving it! I’ve met the most amazing, talented people through the years!  I’m a wife, mother, nana and a daughter to my 90 year young mom. Life is good!


How to find me:



photo(22)Pamela Ho

1) I call Starbucks (or any coffee shops!) home
2) Favorite Color/s is: green
3) My Style could be described as: clean and simple
4) What Inspires me: pinterest and magazines
5) My favorite product/s is: alphabet stickers, wood veneers and chipboard stickers
6) My favorite treat is: Roasted Chestnuts
7) Ultimate Holiday: Christmas!
8) A top item on my bucket list is: Japan/South Korea cruise
9) My greatest success: Getting my accounting certification
10) A fun fact about me that is not craft related is: I graduated with a double degree in Accounting and MIS. Now that’s not very crafty!
11) Favorite Food: Purin (Japanese Caramel Pudding)
12) Who is Pamela: I’m a girl in her mid-20s with a degree in Business. I’m a coffee junkie, paper hoarder and stamp addict. I started off crafting as a card maker and have recently added Project Life to the list of things I do.


How to find me:


Inspiration Emporium would like to welcome each and every one of the design team members; new and old.  You are each truly inspirational in your own way and we are excited to have you as part of the IE family. See you all tomorrow for Inspiration Monday! h

Sep 19 2014

Meet the Team: edition 2

Happy Friday all!  I hope you all have great plans for your weekend and hopefully this week’s inspiration and tutorial has got your creative minds working and that it includes a little crafting.  Today we are getting back to introducing our design team and having fun with our fun facts questionnaire.  I hope you will all visit their blogs and give a warm welcome if you haven’t already.


bobbi smithBobbi Smith

1) I call Central Illinois home
2) Favorite Color/s is: Evergreen Bough
3) My Style could be described as: vintage, grungy and distressed.
4) What Inspires me…well I love many forms of art and find inspiration in many things. It could be the color of a flower or the rust on an old door.
5) My favorite product/s would be: anything Tim Holtz and Ranger.
6) My favorite treat…hmmm… anything sweet but if I had to pick one, it would be white chocolate (I have a MAJOR sweet tooth)
7) Ultimate Holiday: Christmas
8) A top item on my bucket list is: To visit Italy someday.
9) My greatest success: That would be my two children whom I love dearly, family is very important to me.
10) A fun fact about me that is not craft related is: I enjoy baking!
11) Favorite Food: Fettuccine Alfredo (Italian food in general)
12) Who is (Bobbi Smith): I am a wife to Ron and mother of two adult children in their early twenties. I have two long-haired Chihuahuas, Wrigley & Sophie. I LOVE all things vintage and distressed, as well as dabble in photography! I love flea markets and thrift shops! I truly enjoy the creative process and experimenting with different techniques. I enjoy mixed media art, stamping and scrapbooking, among other crafts.


How to find me:



photo(18)Danielle Lounds

1) I call Michigan home
2) Favorite Color/s is: Orange and Aqua (although that could change at any moment)
3) My Style could be described as: Colorful
4) What Inspires me: the talented crafters in blog land
5) My favorite product/s is: Stamps and shiny stuff (glitter, sequins…) and foam tape
6) My favorite treat is: Brownies
7) Ultimate Holiday: Christmas
8) A top item on my bucket list is: 1” button maker…love me some flair
9) My greatest success: Joining the Taylor Expressions team as a stamp illustrator
10) A fun fact about me that is not craft related is: I chop up pickles and add it to chili (don’t knock it until you try it.
11) Favorite Food: Potatoes mash ’em, scallop ‘em, turn ‘em into chips. Nom nom nom
12) Who is Danielle Lounds: designer, illustrator, software engineer. I’m from Michigan and work full time as a software engineer. However in my spare time I like to craft, illustrate, read and sometimes knit. I’m delighted to continue my crafty journey with the wonderful Inspiration Emporium team.


How to find me:



photo(21)Kath Stewart

1) I call Aberdeen Scotland home
2) Favorite Color/s is: Black but when it comes to crafting…there are 48 colours of Distress Ink that I can’t live without.
3) My Style could be described as: strangely varied…anything from Shabby Chic to Clean and Simple
4) What Inspires me: the wonderful crafters who share their creativity so generously
5) My favorite product/s is: Everything Tim Holtz
6) My favorite treat is: snuggled up on the sofa on a cold winter’s evening with a glass of vino watching Downtown Abbey
7) Ultimate Holiday: I would love to visit the elephant sanctuary in Sri Lanka…to get up close and personal with these wonderful animals would be a dream come true.
8) A top item on my bucket list is: A return visit to New York…my favourite city in the world
9) My greatest success: making it through to senior citizenship…my friends will tell you that this “it could only happen to me” crafter should not be allowed out unaccompanied.
10) A fun fact about me that is not craft related is: and to prove the above point…I caused a major security alert and shut down the whole of Birmingham International Airport for 20 minutes but that’s a long story
11) Favorite Food: Italian…Italian…Italian
12) Who is Kath Stewart: I live in the North East of Scotland with my hubby and a rather large golden retriever called Buddy known to my blog readers as “The Furry Boy”. He’s the cubbyhole’s resident hooligan and my 24/7 crafting companion. I’ve been crafting since childhood, I fear I’m addicted and there is no cure, not that I’m making any efforts to find one. I’m still amazed when you put stamps and inks together, magical things happen. I teach monthly workshops at my local craft store, host workshops and in store demos for Fiskars and have the opportunity to share my passion with lots of lovely crafters, the best job in the world. I’m so lucky to love what I do and do what I love. When I’m not crafting I enjoy hill-walking, ski-ing, cycling or the second best job in the world, being Grandma to my 3 lovely grandkids.


How to find me:

See you tomorrow with more! h