Archive for May, 2011

May 24 2011

Shelly’s Sweet Pink Flower Tutorial

Shelly Hickox made this gorgeous tag…we happen to be in adoration with it!!!

and…lucky us…and you…she is sharing a tutorial on that sweet pink flower!!!  so…here’s Shelly…

Supplies: Lining fabric or other synthetic fabric such as organza, satin, etc.; heat tool; Ranger Distress Stain; die cutting machine (Vagabond); Sizzix Tattered Florals die; glue; Kaiser Pearls – Champagne; tweezers or other tool for holding blossoms in place while heating and gluing; Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet.

Step 1: Determine what size flowers you’d like to make and cut fabric to fit. I folded mine so I could cut many at once. Place die onto cutting plates and run through the Vagabond.

Step 2: Separate flowers and place onto craft sheet in a single layer.

Step 3: Using your Ranger Distress Stain, saturate all of the flowers.

Step 4: Gather up all the flowers and squeeze them together, making sure the Stain has completely covered them.

Step 5: While still wet, begin heating a flower, holding it with your tweezers or other tool. The petals will begin to curl. Control the curling by pulling the heat gun away, heating each petal until you are happy with the effect.

Step 6:  When you’re finished heating the flower, this is what it should look like. You can go back at any point and reheat it, for extra ‘ruffliness’.

Step 7: Continue heating your flowers, one at a time, until you have a nice quantity.

Step 7: Begin stacking your flowers, gluing the centers as you go. For my flowers I used two larger blossoms and a small one for the center.

Step 8: Here are my completed ‘stacks’. I made a few tiny blossoms by stacking two small flowers on top of each other.

Step 9: Embellish the centers with pearls, rhinestones, or brads. At this point, you can still ‘zap’ them with the heat gun if you want to further ruffle the petals.

I used one of my flowers as an embellishment on the tag. The great thing about making your own using Distress Stains, is that you can match your flower to any project. Plus, they cost just pennies to make!


Thank you so much Shelly…as usual, we are blown away!!!!

May 11 2011

Sherry WOWs us!!!

Oh my word…you will not believe what our dear Sherry Goodloe has done!  It is a fabulous up-cycle!!!

from this:

to this:

love, love, love the new art caddy!!!!

just think of the possibilities!!!!

for more details on how the altered-art rock star herself did it…go to sherry’s blog here!

May 6 2011

We Challenge You To Use…

Howdy Bloggers! We have finally recovered from Big Mama’s Birthday!  We are so happy that you joined in the fun!

It’s time for a new monthly challenge…PACKAGING…with more and more consciousness about living green, we thought we would inspire you to use all of those bits of greatness that you usually throw away!  The Inspiration Team has been playing all month long with anything from beverage packaging, to shipping boxes, Idea-ology packaging, to (get this) a soda can!!!

Here are a few pieces to get your creative juices flowing…

Isn’t this tag by Linda Cain unbelievable????

Here’s a close up of those amazing butterflies…who knew, packaging and alcohol inks could be so glamorous!!???

Oh my word…look what Sherry Goodloe has done…

Recognize these little fellas?

How about now? Genius!!! Sherry, you rock!!!

Okay, now for what you have all been waiting for…the winner of April’s Monthly Challenge is…

Hannah Clark…here is her fabulous submission

Hannah, email your information to to claim your $50 in Emporium Dollars!!! Congratulations!!!

Okay, now run along and play with your PACKAGING!!!

Contest begins on May 6 and and ends on June 5 at midnight…the winner will be randomly chosen and announced on June 6, 2011.  The winner will receive $50 in Emporium Dollars to spend in the store!

Just add a link to your submission below (your link does not have to be to a blog, it can also be to your SCS gallery…use code IEMC02 or other gallery online!!!)…thanks for playing along!!!


May 1 2011

Last Chance to Enter!!!

We are giving you one last day to enter the April Monthly Challenge!!! Hurrrrryyyyy!!!!

You have until  midnight tonight to enter the FRAGMENTS challenge…and, to jump start that Sunday creating…here are some final pieces by our amazing Inspiration Team…

Kelly Booth made this stinkin’ adorable tag…LOVE his sweet face and how grungy she got!

We love every little detail about this canvas by Kelly Booth…Sing 4 Art…adorable!

How cool is this card by Beate Johns??? Simple and gorgeous!

Beautiful!!! Pam Hooten totally rocked this challenge! Fab.u.lous!!!!

And, to leave you with something fantastic…another super necklace from Sherry Goodloe!!

Okay, get busy…last chance to win $50 in Emporium Dollars!!!! Clink here to go to the original post to enter!!!