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Sep 17 2014

Copic Markers for Cardmakers – Class Giveaway

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Join Online Card Classes instructors Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Sandy Allnock, and friends for two and a half amazing weeks filled with Copic Markers, color, and inspiration! In Copic Markers for Card Makers  you’ll learn the ins and outs of navigating Copic’s numbering system. But that’s only the beginning! You’ll also learn how to add texture to images, play with light and shadow, many methods for blending… and even hide mistakes! With 35+ videos, loads of creative techniques and examples, free practice downloads, plus lots of helpful instruction along way, this class is just what you need to get started with Copics!

We are thrilled to give away a spot in Copic Markers for Card Makers to one lucky reader who comments on this post by Friday, September 19, 2014. Class starts on September 22, 2014 — We hope to see you there! For more information or to register for class, head HERE.

Apr 21 2014

The Finish Line Is in Sight

Happy Monday everyone and I hope you all had a great family-filled holiday weekend.  We are on the last leg of our Easter Hunt and would like to thank everyone who participated.  It was amazing to see how so many people came together in such a short period of time to create this fun journey.  A huge thank you to each of YOU!  Make sure if you are just joining us and want to get in on the fun you visit HERE to get started, its not too late to get in on the winning.

I have to admit that in all the craziness of yesterday I made a boo-boo.  I am sure those that are playing along are scratching your heads a wee bit with your letters. Well, that could be because of me! In all the hub-bub of the holiday I posted this as your first letter for the day yesterday…


This is where the confusion may have entered stage right.  I am not sure what I was thinking but that definitely was NOT correct.  It wasn’t some trickery or foolery, it was complete human error! What is the correct letter you ask???  It just so happens to be…



Now that we have that blunder fixed up lets move with the Easter Hunt.  I hope you are all leaving your mark when visiting the sites you are visiting.  We all love seeing that someone was there with their comments, likes, shares and follows so I encourage you take some time to do so.  Our first letter for the day will be (and it really is)…






If you are someone that hates when people ruin the end of a show or movie by telling the ending, you will want to head NOW to visit Pam Hooten on her Instagram  at 



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So, you have made your rounds and gathered your letters and surprise…you have been brought back to us for your final letter.  (No, no, no if you are reading this hoping that the answer was going to be given and you could take a short cut, its not happening ;))  Hopefully you all had a little fun with this and got to visit some really great sites that I hope you will continue to visit.   Our final letter in this Easter Hunt is…



because we R glad you joined in our Easter hunt.

Now that you have all of your letters, it is time to email them to us at  All submissions before midnight Wednesday night will be entered in to win seats in the wonderful Watercolor for Cardmakers class offered HERE.  Make sure you check back on Thursday when we announce the winners.  H

Apr 20 2014

The Easter Hunt Continues

Welcome back!!!! Hopefully you are here because of your clue from last evening.  If so, Congratulations!!!! If not, and you are just joining us and have no idea about our little Easter Hunt, we have some fun for you! Make sure  you check out yesterday’s post that you can find HERE that will explain everything to you and get you started.

Before we continue on the trail,  I would like to share with you what our incredible design team has been created this month.


Lisa Hoel has created this beautiful Easter luminary display. Amazing job Lisa!


Pam Hooten has added this colorful addition to her art journal.  What great pages just in time for Spring.


Finally for today, we have this gorgeous Easter basket  and card from Shelly Hickox that would be perfect for any Easter gathering.

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Now that we have got our creativity going, its time to continue on with our fun Easter Hunt.  As you move through, make sure to take a little time to visit.  It might be someone you haven’t visited before so check out what they have been up and leave a comment, they are always appreciated and loved to be read.  Also, don’t forget to follow them if it is someone you don’t already.  Hopefully, everyone is having a bit of Easter fun this  weekend with our hunt! Without further delay your next letter is…




With your H added to your letters it is now time to visit our very Joy Kennedy’s blog HERE for your next clue. Happy trails and Happy Easter everyone!!


Apr 19 2014

A fun Easter Hunt and Giveaway


I hope everyone is having a beautiful Easter weekend and are able to spend some time with family and friends. As a child I always loved Easter for all the colors, egg hunts and that new little toy to kick off spring. Seeing kids searching for those elusive eggs still puts a smile on my face and seeing the joy in their eyes is priceless. This is also a time to reflect on the blessings we all have in our lives and just be thankful.

The Emporium wanted to have a little Easter fun so what better way than a Easter Hunt. How does it work you ask…well, the details are as follows:

Starting here on this blog post you will receive your first letter (let’s call it your Easter egg). Along with this ‘egg’ you will be directed to your next stop in the hunt. At each stop along the way you will not only gather ‘eggs’ (letters) that will spell out a phrase but, you will see some of our creative ways to share them with you. We will be using blogs, Twitter, and Instagram through our hunt so if you are not already a part of these forms of social media it is a perfect time to get connected. Our links should take you to the sites whether you are signed up to that social media or not so don’t fret, all are welcome!   (Clicking on the photo when in instagram will display the caption for where to go next if you are not already signed up on Instagram).  Many of us use these forms to reach our readers and love your comments, likes, retweets, and follows.   By joining these media forms it is way you are always able to see what we are up to and are sharing.  Easy peasy huh?  Nothing better than an Easter hunt everyone can take part in.

This fun Easter Hunt will continue through until Monday with lots of stops along the way. Once you have gathered all of your eggs and have put them together to complete the phrase, please forward your answer to me at by midnight on Wednesday, April 23th, 2014(Do not include your final phrase in the comments but would love to hear how you are making there).  From these submissions we will be drawing for what you ask… Well, Jennifer McGuire has generously given the Inspiration Emporium three spots to attend what sounds like an incredible online class…


Watercolor Peek

You don’t have to be an Impressionist painter to create watercolor masterpieces! Explore the many different (and easy!) ways to create beautiful watercolor effects in Online Card Classes’ Watercolor for Cardmakers.

Join Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Jennifer Rsaza, and friends for a fun-filled, all-video, two-week course packed with inspiring, approachable techniques. Starting with easy soft sky washes and progressing to darling hand-painted images, this class is tailor-made for the both the aspiring artist and the cardmaker who wants to add to her go-to collection of on-trend techniques.
Class includes over 30 videos and even more card ideas from top artists with a variety of styles. Visit Online Card Classes to sign up for Watercolor for Cardmakers today, and discover for yourself the fantastic looks you can create with watercolors! (Class begins May 5 but you will have lifetime access to the content.)

I personally, can’t wait for this class to learn new tips and techniques from some incredible teachers in the industry.  Check out their WEBSITE for more information on this class and others.


So, are we ready to start the hunt…Ready…Set………..GO!

The first letter on your hunt is…


 Oops…I think I might have gotten caught! They were just too tempting because they are my favorite Easter candy. So LOVE Reese’s mini eggs! Ok, you are off and running with P as your first letter!


Now for your next stop, make sure you check out what our very own Chelle Fowler has been up to on her BLOG.  We hope you all have a little fun with this and also enjoy your Easter weekend!  Hop on! H