Archive for August, 2011

Aug 30 2011

Back to School

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Monthly Challenge

There are still a couple of days to play in our Monthly Challenge: “Got Paint?Check out our Blog for some great inspiration.


Pre-Order Party

Those of you who have pre-ordered some of the new items arriving have received a little special package.  We will begin raffling off items beginning September 1.



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Aug 15 2011

Painting Fun

We have more fabulous paint projects to share today!! The Inspiration Team has been playing along with the August Monthly Challenge…have you?

This gorgeous card comes to us from Beate Johns.  The painted wood look she created with a Snowcap Paint Dabber is fantastic!

Shelly Hickox once again wows us with this amazing tea cup. It is incredible what can be done with a cereal box and paint!!!! For the details, click on over to her blog post here.

A Pearl Paint Dabber was used for the lace doily then Distress Inks are blended over it on this resist technique card by Alice Wertz…with beautiful results!!!

There you go…three more inspirational pieces to get you in the mood to play with paint!!! We hope you play along with us for a chance to win $50 in Inspiration Dollars!!



Aug 11 2011

Playing with Paint

Have you played along with the August Monthly Challenge? There are so many fabulous ways to add paint to your projects!

I don’t know if I have ever officially introduced myself…but, I am Chelle…I have the absolute privilege of sharing the amazing project from our Inspiration Team here on the blog…I love posting the inspiration that the team comes up with! I have not posted very many projects of my own…actually, I think just one!

I decided today is the day…so I am sharing my project for the paint challenge

I used Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers on the edges of the wood plaque as well as on the Tim Holtz – Idea-ology pieces…I like the word look of the pieces after adding a little paint.

I also used Picket Fenceand Clear Rock Candy Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint to add dimension to my cardstock die cuts…I love the texture!

It’s your turn…go play!!



Aug 9 2011

Distress Stained Muslin Tutorial

The amazing tutorial writer Tammy Tutterow shares how to  dye muslin with Tim Holtz Distress Stains today.  What a fabulous way to create incredible backgrounds to your projects…you aren’t going to be able to resist trying this!!!

Here’s Tammy…


I love working with muslin fabric.  I love that it is so versatile and inexpensive.  It is so easy to add color to with just about any ink, mist, paint, or stain you might have.  Today I want to share an easy way to add color using Tim Holtz’s Distress Stains.


Begin with a scrap of beige or white muslin.  I usually make color a piece much larger than my project so that I will have leftovers for future projects.  You can leave it smooth and flat or wad it up to add some wrinkles.  Adding color over the wrinkles will create some variations in the application making lighter and darker areas as you brush the color on.


Brush assorted Distress Stain colors onto the fabric using the built in applicator.  I usually work in strips, but you could do random patches, criss cross, etc.  You can use any assortment of colors.  In this example I used greens and blues and went for a more monochromatic color scheme.  I used Picket Fence last and made swipes over the other colors.  The Picket Fence created some softer color variations and blending.  If you like the effect at this point, you could stop here or . . .


Mist the fabric with water.  Adding water to the mix will cause the stains to soften and blend.  Distress products are reactive to water so adding water will create some intresting color washed effects.  If you are happy with the look you have you could stop. . .


wad the fabric into a tight ball to add more wrinkles and to allow the fabric to touch other areas of itself and let the color bleed onto other areas.


Blot the fabric with a dry cloth (I keep cloth diapers in my studio to use as studio rags) to help remove excess moisture.


The fabric now has very crisp wrinkles.  If this is the look I want, I will let it air dry.  It will dry with a somewhat stiff texture.


If I am in a hurry or if I want as softer look and feel to my fabric, I dry it with my heat gun.


Before using the finished fabric, turn it over and look at the back.  A good amount of color will have bled through creating a nice mix of color and original fabric color.  I often use the back side because of the softer finished look.


Thank you Tammy!!! This dyed fabric is fabulous!! For all of the details on how to finish Tammy’s gorgeous tag, go here and read on…then, go try it!!!


Aug 8 2011

Get Your Paint On

Hi Friends! Have you gotten your paint on yet? Our Inspiration Team has been playing along with the August Monthly ChallengePAINT

Here is a sweet project by IT Member Kelly Booth

We love all the details of this welcome sign! Let’s take a closer look at the frame…

Kelly used an Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber – Pool to paint the frame then went over it with Distress Crackle Paint – Picket Fence…it’s the perfect touch and goes fabulsously with the seam binding dyed with Tim Holtz Distress Stains – Broken China.

Thank you, Kelly, for your inspiration!


Aug 4 2011

Faux Crazed Porcelain Tutorial

Hello Friends! We have a special treat for you today!  Shelly Hickox shares a fantastic tutorial for Faux Crazed Porcelain with us!

Here is the gorgeous project Shelly created…fanfrigintastic!! Now, here’s Shelly:

When I get into my studio, I turn into a bit of a mad scientist. All that ink and paint, all those embellishments and dies…my collection of embossing powders…I tend to go a little crazy thinking of new ways to combine and use them all. This technique came about as an accident. I had used the Picket Fence Crackle Paint on a little bird and it just seemed to need something more. I added a couple layers of UTEE and it totally changed the look of it! I wondered what it would look like if tried it on a larger surface, stamped onto the crackled paint and then embossed it and Faux Crazed Porcelain was invented. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

Supplies Needed: Distress Crackle Paint – Picket Fence, Ranger Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel – Clear, Adirondack Paint Dabber – Pitch Black, Versamark Ink – Clear, Stampers Anonymous Rubber Stamps – Stuff to Say, Sizzix Mini Labels Die, Chipboard or Mat Board, Heat Gun

1. Begin by cutting a label from chipboard or mat board using the Sizzix Mini Labels Die. Next, spread a thin, even layer of Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint over your label piece.

2. Allow to dry. Once the cracks appear you can speed up the drying with your heat gun. Be careful not to overheat.

3. Using the Adirondack Paint Dabber, apply paint to the sentiment stamp. Be sure and test your coverage on paper a few times before you stamp onto your label. You want the paint to cover well, but you don’t want to over saturate your stamp.

4. Stamp sentiment onto label and let dry. You can use your heat gun to speed the process up, if desired.

5. Apply Versamark to the entire surface of the label.

6. Cover label with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel and heat until melted. When cool, repeat one to two times, until you have a smooth, thick surface.

That’s it! Now you have a tag that looks like vintage enameled porcelain, but hardly cost more than a few pennies to make. You can customize this in an endless variety of ways. The label on my easel card was edged with black paint before embossing. You can also apply this technique to larger pieces, like the clock face on my card. Let your imagination run wild!

How cool is that? Thank you, Shelly!! We can’t wait to try this!!



Aug 1 2011

Got Paint?

Is it us, or is the summer rushing right by? It’s August, for crying out loud!!!!  And, of course that means it’s time for a new Monthly Challenge!

This month we are grabbing our Acrylic Paints…whether you choose Claudine Hellmuth Studio PaintsAdirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers, or your personal favorite paint…it all counts so enter as many times as you like! We can’t wait to see what you come up with this month!

Here are a few projects to get your mojo flowing!

Sherry Goodloe used Studio Paints for the background for this amazing canvas…just fantastic!!

Shelly Hickox used a Paint Dabber on this outstanding background…the black paint over the foil tape (she wiped off the excess before it completely dried) is simply perfection!

Now it’s your turn!! Grab your paints and play along!!!

Contest begins on August 1st  and ends on September 4th at midnight…the winner will be randomly chosen and announced on September 5, 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 IEMC05 or other gallery online!!!)…and, remember, you can enter as many times as you want…so create away!!!

Thanks for playing along, we can’t wait to see your projects!!!

Now…for the part I am sure you are all waiting for…the WINNER!

Congratulations Amy!!! Your incredible tree project is seriously inspiring!!! Please email your information to to claim your $50 in Emporium Dollars!!! Thank you so much for playing along!!!