Archive for the Monthly Challenge Category

Dec 8 2015

Tis the Season

Happy December everyone, I trust everyone is in the swing of things for the holidays, celebrating in true fashion.  I always find this time of year so hectic getting ready for Christmas parties, get togethers and everything that goes with the holiday season that we sometimes forget to slow down.  I hope you are able to take some time to reminisce of the year that is coming to a close and appreciate all the blessings we have had over the year.  As I look back I realize it is not the material things that has brought me joy it is the people in my life, near and far that are what matter.  It is not money that brings happiness, it is people!  I may not be able to afford all the newest and fanciest things but the love from family and friends is priceless and is far more important.  This industry has connected me to some amazing people that I consider lifelong friends and that I am blessed for.  As you enjoy the holiday season I hope you take some time to slow down and reminisce about what has brought you joy and also get to do a little crafting. Since everyone’s holiday traditions are as unique and individual as they are, what better theme for December then Tis the Season: everything goes! That’s right, there are no restrictions we just want to see you crafting and coming up with something unique to you!  This month’s random winner will be receiving a prize package value at over $50 from Inspiration Emporium.  All projects shared with us below will have their name entered into the random draw but be sure to do so before midnight December 31, 2015 so you don’t miss out.

As a little inspiration for you our incredible design team has been busy and we can’t wait to share with you all.  Karin Akesdotter has created this stunning card perfect to have on hand for a great little thank you gift or birthday.  I am in love with the beautiful bright colours Karin!

imageNext up we have Lisa Hoel’s adorable Christmas spools.  How perfect would these be for place cards on your Christmas table? Seriously love these!

imageStay tuned for more inspiration throughtout the month from our design team and we can’t wait to see what YOU create!

Inspiration Emporium would like to thank all of you that participated in last month’s challenge of Mission Embossable and would like to announce the winner of the prize package valued at over $50 from our online store.  Drum roll please……


Congratulations to Nicole Wright!

Please contact me at to arrange delivery of your prize!

Happy Crafting everyone!h

Sep 20 2015


I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and have been creative in the process. It always seems like there are not enough hours in a day to get everything in that you are wanting to do while the gorgeous weather is upon us. Before you know it for some of us the snow will be flying and the cold temperatures will be setting in but we won’t let summer and my favorite season of Fall go without a fight.
You will all be HAPPY to hear we are here to announce a little monthly challenge to take us through to the end of September. We have so many things to be HAPPY for in our lives so what better challenge theme then HAPPY! By sharing with us what you are HAPPY for just might win you a fabulous prize package valued at over $50 from Inspiration Emporium. Maybe it is a Happy Anniversary or birthday wish, or simply a happy hello. Whatever the occasion, as long it is a HAPPY one it is fair game. Be sure to share your creations with us by linking it below no later September 30, 2015 at midnight to have your name entered into our random draw.
Our uber talented design team have created a few projects to help get your creative thoughts flowing for this challenge. Lisa Hoel is sending Happy Wedding wishes with this beautiful card.

Danielle Lounds always has that great pop of colour which just makes them happy, whatever the occasion. This time its in this adorable Happy Birthday card perfect for any robot lover; young or old.


Lastly, not least Karin Akesdotter shares with us her simply stunning Happy creation.  This can be used for anything she is happy about! Karin makes me HAPPY and I hope her card does that for you!


I hope you all have a HAPPY Sunday! The challenge is ON! h


May 4 2015

Monthly Challenge – May

Happy Monday to you all and I hope you all did something you loved this weekend.  The temperatures are certainly becoming more seasonal in our neck of the woods and they couldn’t come soon enough!  We had a fun weekend here on the Inspiration Journal sharing what our incredibly talented design team has been up to recently.  The Emporium family would like to thank you all of you who  are participating in our monthly challenges.  We are happy to see that people are having a great time creating and sharing so thank you!

Before we announce the new monthly challenge for May we should deal with one little something else…how about the winner for April?? One lucky winner has been randomly selected from the 90 submissions we received for April.  This individual will receive $50 to spend with us online at Inspiration Emporium…how fun is that?  Without delaying further our winner for April’s Anything Goes Monthly challenge is…



 Congratulations to Pamellia!!

Please email to claim you prize

A new month only means a new challenge and I think we have a fun one coming your way.  May is a perfect month to get PASTED! Nope, not plastered but maybe you want to do some plastering with what we have up our sleeves.  For May all of the monthly submissions need to include embossing paste in some way so lets all put on our creative thinking caps on and maybe think outside the box with this one.  Like April, the randomly selected winner will be awarded $50 to spend we us at Inspiration Emporium on whatever your little heart desires.  The deadline for submissions is May 31st at midnight so be sure to get your artwork linked below because you can’t win if you don’t play along.  Have a great week!h

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…


Congratulations, please contact 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

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.



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.


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.


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’


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


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.


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…

#42 Kimberly Cobb

Congratulation Kimberly, please contact us at 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

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 to claim your prize!

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

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 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!


Have a great week being creative! h


Dec 4 2014

December’s Monthly Challenge

I can’t believe we are nearly to the weekend again! Where has this week gone?  I hope you are enjoying the talents of our amazing design team and are visiting them on their blogs as well.  We cannot say enough about the incredible talents of our team as they continue to amaze us each and every week with their artwork.  We are not only enjoying what we are seeing from them but also YOU!  Thank you all for participating in our monthly challenges and sharing with us what you have been working on.  Let’s finish off this year with a bang or a tune as we announce December’s monthly challenge as Sing, Sing it Loud!  This month’s challenge should include anything involving music, whether is it sheet music, stamps, patterned paper, diecuts,….It is a great time of year with all of the Christmas carols being sung but is not limited at all to simply Christmas.  The ideas are endless so turn up your favorite music and start creating.  You have until December 31, 2014 to attach your link to the bottom of this post for your chance to win a $50 Shopping spree with us at Inspiration Emporium.  To get your creativity going here are some great examples for our challenge.

Lisa Hoel has created this beautiful piece perfect for the challenge!


Bobbi Smith WOWS us with her pretty gift gifting pieces!

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Can’t wait to see your masterpieces and just maybe you will be this month’s winner! Have a great weekend! h

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)….

Oct Winner

26 – Canadian Nickel Scrap’n

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

Please email 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




Oct 6 2014

Challenge Winner and Announcement

Happy Monday all!  I hope you all had a great weekend and enjoyed it doing what brings you joy.  Wow, I hope you all checked out the incredible entries last month for our Fall is in the Air monthly challenge.  There is nothing more inspiring than seeing everyone’s interpretation of the challenge.  Thank you to all that participated and inspiring each and every one of us.

This month’s random winner of 50 Emporium Dollars to spend with us online is…49…Stamp to Create!

Congratulations to the winner and to claim your prize please contact

Like Chelle, I can’t believe it is October already.  Fall is my favorite time a year and I wish it could stay Fall all year round.  I love the crisp clear air and the warm colours of the maple leaves.  With a new month comes a new monthly challenge and we hope you will have a lot of fun with this one.  October’s monthly challenge is In Disguise! Nope, it’s not hiding…that’s the challenge!  We can’t wait to see your creations that use something in a way that is different from its original intention.  This is kind of a ‘think outside the box’ challenge. To give you an idea of the kinds of things we are looking for, Shelly Hickox has created this adorably Spooky Accordion Album perfect to keep those childhood Halloween memories close. Make sure you check out her blog to see just how she transformed some plain-jane envelopes into this amazing piece.

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Be sure to get in on the fun and submit your entry below for a chance to win 50 Emporium Dollars to be spent in our online store.  Deadline is midnight on that very spoooooookyyyy night (October 31st) at the strike of midnight.   You turning into a pumpkin does not count but your in disguise projects do so have some fun with it and remember to think outside the box!  h