Archive for July, 2011

Jul 28 2011

Gorgeous AND Functional

Hi Friends!  We hope your week is going fabulously! Today we are sharing a gorgeous project by Sherry Goodloe…a fantastically functional project that she made for the July Embossing Challenge…


Sherry made this business card holder using the Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folders 2PK – Bingo & Patchwork Set.

When Sherry placed her cardstock into the folder, she left the flap out so it would be smooth…and the crown from her stash is the perfect closure once a magnet was added…gorgeous, functional, and inspiring!

Thank you Sherry!!


Jul 26 2011

UTEE Embossed Metal Numbers

Hi Friends! We have a super cool tutorial to share today by the fabulous Linda Cain.

Linda is showing us how to emboss the  Tim Holtz Idea-ology Numerals to look like the one on this project. So, here is Linda:

1. Take a Tim Holtz – Idea-ology – Numeral and push into Distress Embossing Ink – Pad.

2. Using tweezers or just holding onto the sides, drop it into a jar of UTEE. Here I used Gold. Push it down all around to adhere UTEE.
3. Remove from the jar carefully. It will look like this. Not completely covered, but NOT to WORRY!
4. Using your Ranger – Heat it Craft Tool, heat on yourRanger – Non-Stick Craft Sheet, until it all comes together. Don’t overheat too much or it just slides off the number. See it starting to melt at the top? Scrape off extra from sheet with the Inkssentials Craft Scraper.

5. Add sprinkles of Platinum and Bronze as shown while it’s still hot. Take Heat Tool away from this process or you will blow the UTEE all over the place. TRUST ME, I know from experience!
6. Add as much or as little as you like. Remember, this is metal, and it will get VERY hot!!! So let it cool a tad before touching. Clean off the edges with your fingernail or a wooden skewer while it’s still warm. It cleans off very easily.
And you are DONE!!!
Thank you Linda, we can’t wait to try this!!















Jul 25 2011

Playing with Embossing

Oh the embossibilities!!! Have you had fun playing along with the July Monthly Challenge yet? There have been some fabulous entries so far! You have a week to enter so here is some inspiration to get you in the mood!!

Here is a tag made by Chelle Fowler using a Tim Holtz Texture Fade to emboss the tag…a little Distress Ink, and it makes for a perfect background that still allows all the embellishments to stand out…

Alice Wertz made this adorable card using a Texture Fades Embossing Folder as the background as well…only instead of inking it, she used a super cool technique…she spritzed the embossing folder with Adirondack Color Wash before putting the the cardstock in it…such a cool effect!!!

And, then we have this beautiful card by Kelly Booth…she also used the Texture Fade Embosisng Folder, this time adding color using Perfect Pearls Mists…

We can’t wait to see what you create for the challenge….go here to add your link!!!


Jul 5 2011

Texture It

Are you ready for the next Monthly Challenge?  We sure are!

This month we are challenging you to add some texture to your projects with embossing…whether it be with Texture Fade Embossing Folders ,Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder, or UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) you decide…along the way, we will share some fabulous inspiration from the Inspiration Team!

Pam Hooten starts us off with this fabulous card…she used UTEE on the image for the cracked glass technique, an excellent choice for this gorgeous project!

Shelly Hickox delights us with her embossing techniques…she used UTEE on the crackled bird as well as the faux tarnished metal technique on the birdcage…

we hope you find the time this month to play along…so many possibilities!!!

Contest begins on July 5 and and ends on July 31 at midnight…the winner will be randomly chosen and announced on August 1, 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 IEMC04 or other gallery online!!!)…and, remember, you can enter as many times as you want…so create away!!! Thanks for playing along!!!



Jul 4 2011

Let Freedom Ring

Happy Fourth of July!!!  We hope you have a fun and safe holiday…enjoying friends, family, BBQ, fireworks and sparklers!

Speaking of sparkle…did you have as much fun with June’s Monthly Challenge as we did? The Inspiration Team rocked the challenge…here is more of the fabulousness from the team…

Linda Cain rocked the OCL Sparkly Fluff on this tag…just gorgeous!

Kelly Booth just makes the most adorable cards…the OCL Sparkly Fluff is perfect…ADORABLE!!!

Shelly Hickox added the perfect touch to this beautiful card with Stickles…lovely!

Beate Johns added such a sweet touch to this sweetheart with Stickles…amazing how a little sparkle just makes a project pop!!

Thank you girls for your amazing talent and for inspiring all of us!!!

For those that had a chance to play along, thank you!!! we love to see what you create!!!…if you haven’t played along, we hope we inspired you to add some shine and sparkle to your next project!

Congratulations Diana, you are the winner of the June Monthly Challenge!!!

Thank you for playing along Diana, mail your information to to claim your $50 in Emporium Dollars!!! Congratulations!!!

July’s Challenge will be announced on the blog tomorrow!!