Archive for April, 2011

Apr 29 2011

Thank you from Big Mama!

Thank you all so much to all of you for helping us celebrate Big Mama’s 30th anniversary of her 30th birthday!  She wanted to let everyone know how much she appreciated all the “LOVE” she received from everyone.  She is extremely happy and feels truly blessed… THANK YOU Emporium family!

 Congratulations to Greg Harrison for winning “Big Mama’s – Big Birthday” drawing… your birthday greeting turned into $$ in the bank!  Please e-mail us at for details on your winnings.

Apr 21 2011

Happy Birthday Big Mama!!!

Join in the celebration of one of the most Inspirational members of the Emporium family.  From now until the end of the month, enter “bigmama” in the coupon code to receive 15% off of your ENTIRE purchase.  Hurry don’t miss out, sale ends April 30… BUT, our love for Big Mama is never ending!

Apr 18 2011

Monthly Challenge Reminder

Can you believe it’s already the 18th? Where has the time gone????

Have you played along in the monthly challenge yet? We have had some fabulous entries so far, we love seeing your creations!

Here are some great designs from the Inspiration Team to inspire you…

This amazing card comes from Alice Wertz…we just love how she used the fragments to make the butterflies pop! Read more about how she did this here.

This gorgeous tag was created by Shelly Hickox…every little detail is just perfect!! Read all about those details here.

Run! and grab your fragments only 12 more days left to play along! Post your creations here on the original Monthly Challenge Blog post!!!

Apr 13 2011

Dying to use Seam Binding

Dyed seam binding is all the rage…who could blame us? We can dye the ribbon any color to match our projects and we can add the perfect soft touch to anything…perfection as far as we can tell!  We are sharing a few wonderful projects to inspire you…

This sweet and simple tag by Inspiration Team Member Kisa Peters is just adorable…she used Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, and Black Soot Distress Ink to dye her seam binding…a perfect match!

Inspiration Team member Pam Hooten used Broken China Distress Ink to dye her seam binding on this gorgeous tag.  It is the perfect soft touch (you may notice the fabulous use of fragments for the monthly challenge here too!!!)…

We LOVE how Pam dyed the seam binding with Wild Honey and Broken China Distress Stains here…love, love, love this plant marker!!!

So grab your favorite ink…whether it is a Distress Ink Refill, Distress Ink Pad, or Distress Stain…and get to dying that seam binding to match your project perfectly!!!

Apr 12 2011

Canvas Tutorial

Today we have the super inspiring mixed media artist Sherry Goodloe of our Inspiration Team here to share a few tips on how she created this fabulous canvas:

I created this 8″ x 10″ canvas collage by starting with a decorative napkin . . .

Once I separated the 3 layers of the napkin, I used the top layer to create a background using Claudine Hellmuth’s multi medium to glue the napkin pieces to the canvas . . .

I finished the edges of the canvas with pieces of the napkin as well . . .

Textured decorative papers were used to create the girl’s dress . . .

Other items used to decorate the background and the Banner Day girl are as follows:

Tim Holtz Creative Textures stamps

Tim Holtz Collection – Fancy Flourish stamps

Various other random rubber stamps
Hero Arts – Friendly Flags for the banner Tim Holtz Distress Stain – Wild Honey (LOVE the new Distress Stains!)

Archival Ink Jet Black by Ranger
Vintage ledger book pages
Bubble wrap paper to apply the paints
Foreign newspaper
Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paint – Dash of Red
Perfect Pearls Mists – Perfect Pearl

Thank you Sherry for the glimpse into your creative process!!

Apr 11 2011

The Challenge Continues

This month’s challenge is to use fragments…have you played along yet?   Once you have, add your link to the original post here to be entered to win the fabulous prize of $50 in Emporium Dollars.
Keep in mind that you may use rectangles, charms, or circles for the challenge!

Here are some amazing samples done by our fabulous Inspiration Team…

This card created by Beate Johns is just breathtaking, isn’t it? LOVE how she used the fragments on this piece…totally inspiring!

Shelly Hickox used the largest fragment and did an incredible job painting the stamped image (check out her blog post for details)…love this look!

Okay, grab those fragments and get to work, we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Apr 8 2011

Adirondack Color Wash

Color, color, color…we are having some drizzly weather here in So Cal, what better way to cheer up than with some COLOR!

And, when we think color, we think Adirondack Color Washes!!

Inspiration Team member Tammy Tutterow has been inspiring us lately with all her fabulous art journal pages.

The wonderful intensity of the water-based dyes are perfect for creating amazing backgrounds…

fabulous whether you are wanting a lot of color or a more subtle look…

We’ve all been playing with our favorite colors (there are 12 colors to choose from)…thank you Tammy for your fantastic inspiration!!

Here are the colors Tammy used on the pages we have shared here:

Apr 7 2011

Welcome Amber Hight & Alice Wertz

We are so excited to announce two new members to our Inspiration Team!

Amber Hight is just amazing with a Copic marker!! We just love how her colored images pop off her gorgeous cards!

Amber describes her style as: whimsical, colorful, lots of layers


Alice Wertz leaves us speachless with her fabulous shadowing and dreamy designs…each of her cards tell a sweet story!

Alice describes her style as: colorful, fun, cute

Please join us in welcoming these two incredibly talented designers to our family!

Apr 6 2011


Today’s wonder is something we all totally wanted as soon as we saw it…this is Shelly Hickox’s ‘Timspiration Station’:

See?? You want one, don’t you???? How stinkin’ cool it that?

I love every detail…from the altered Mini Mist Organizer to the space for the Craft Spinner

The Distress Ink storage, the Distress StainsGlossy Accents

The Paint Dabbers, the Distress Crackle Paint, Distress SticklesArchival Ink…and, don’t miss the case of Distress Embossing Powders…it’s all there in one fabulous place!

AND…plenty of gorgeous inspiration with all the supplies…I heart this banner!

Don’t even get me started about the push pins!!!!

Oh my goodness…I can’t take any more…love, love, love this!!!

I hope we have inspired you to create a little spot of your own to house your Tim Holtz goodies…for more details and to see the ‘before’ picture, click on over to Shelly’ s blog and say Hi!!


Apr 5 2011

Playing With Fragments…and other goodies

Didn’t you just love the tag posted yesterday made by our super talented Linda Cain?? Did it leave you wanting more?

Well…here ya go!! Linda did an amazing tutorial for the tag…we’re sharing it here today…for more information or to see more of her amazing work, pop on over to her blog and say HI!

Here’s Linda:

Here we go!
I start with 3 different dies from Tim. The On the Fence, the Tattered Florals and the new Artful Dwellings.

Here I cut the fence out of thick chipboard and added Picket Fence Crackle Paint. Set aside to dry. Trim to width of tag.

Next I cut the tall skinny house out and added a piece of Kraft Resist Paper Stash. Glue to the bottom and trim. I added Rusty Hinge Distress Ink to edges. Add white pen dots and a stamped image as you like.

I took a large Manila Tag #8 and added Distress Inks Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire, and Broken China. A bit of Black Soot over the distressed edges makes the colors pop.

The stamp is Elegant Ledger from Stampington & Company stamped it twice with Jet Black Archival Ink…(couldn’t live without that ink)

Cut a piece of metal and emboss it with the Texture Fades Damask. I have the Vagabond and it’s a dream to work with…I’m just sayin’.

Using the the Ink Applicator and felt apply alcohol inks of several colors. Let dry and add a 2nd layer. This creates back washes of patterns that are very cool!
Sand off top layer with fine grade sand paper or leave as is. I also use a brush to add ink into the crevasses where I can’t get the color I want.
Lay the metal face down on worktable and peal off backing paper. Lay tape over top part of house at roof level. Trim edges and add ribbon trim.
I like to add the house to black heavy chipboard and cut out 1/8″ all around.

Add the tape to Grungepaper, die cut with Tattered Florals die, emboss, and add Alcohol Inks as before. Use Distress Inks on the backs.

Curl and pinch the flower petals and layer up with a Rhinestone brad.

Add glossy accents to back of Fragment and glue to vintage picture. Let dry. Cut around edges and add Chain Tassel with a jump ring. (I trimmed mine here a tiny bit)

Add with pop dots to the house.

Use Gold Metallic Paint Dabber to add a light dab of paint to the black Ransom Letters.

Now we’re ready to assemble!!!

Glue the house to the tag with peak slightly above the top. Add more white pen dots.

Use pop dots to add the fence and flower.  Add the letters down the side.

Tie 2 ribbons to the tag top and you’re done!

Hope you enjoyed this project. Let me know what you think, and if you make one, share!


Thank you, Linda for sharing your incredible talent!!!