Archive for November, 2011

Nov 30 2011

Tim Holtz 12 Tags…. almost here!!!!

We’ve waited for 11 months and it’s finally here!
Tim’s 12 Tags begins at midnight tonight!  We are extremely overjoyed and inspired and we want you to join in the festivities, not like you weren’t planning on it already!!!  😉


This season we want to present a little more incentive for participating in Tim’s 12 Tags.  We recognize that’s Tim’s talent INSPIRES you to craft such gorgeous creations.  We want to see
your handiwork:

Play Along:

  • Daily, we will post on our blog tim’s finished tag along with a link to his blog for his step-by-step instructions.  Use these beautiful tags as inspiration and create your own version of the tag and share it with us.  This will be your entry in our Daily Prize Drawing.
    • A $20 gift certificate will be given to the artist whose tag was randomly selected for that day number (example;  $20 GC will be given for Day #1, $20 GC will be given for Day #2, $20 GC will be given for Day #3… etc)
    • You will have until December 31st to submit any and all tags to enter in the drawing.
  • If you participate in all 12 days of 12 Tags, you will automatically be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card!  So there are many chances to win!

Remember, you have until December 31 to get your tags submitted!

In addition to our participation prize drawings, Inspiration Emporium would also like to offer:

  • 12 FREE #8 manila tags for any order over $25.
  • For every $25 on your order, receive a raffle ticket for various prizes for our “New Year’s Party”!  Raffle will begin on January 1st.  This will be great timing, because CHA is just around the corner!

Thank you family… Have fun, be creative, be loved, and be INSPIRED…

-Jay and the Inspiration Family-
Nov 28 2011

Favorite Tool: Sizzix Dies

Shelly Hickox shares her favorite tool with us today as she plays along with the November Monthly Challenge

Shelly loves adding the perfect touches to her projects using Tim Holtz Alterations Dies by Sizzix…the way she things outside the box and uses her die cuts is inspiring!!!

yes, take a moment to take it all in…we were speechless as well!!! Shelly used the Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die – Vintage Lace to add the perfect detail to this vintage snowman jar…and the Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die – Paper Rosette was the best choice for the snowman’s head to rest on…love it!

inside, we find the adorable reindeer cut using the Sizzix Movers & Shapers – Mini Reindeer Die…just so sweet!

and, look what Shelly did using the larger version found on the Sizzix Bigz Die – Reindeer Flight…

yes, again, we know! take a moment…enjoy the details and sit in awe of that amazing deer head!!! amazing!!!

The Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die – Tattered Banners is great for the sentiment and doesn’t distract from the star of the show…bravo Shelly, bravo!!!

For more details on both of these gorgeous projects, please stop on by Shelly’s blog here.

If you haven’t played along…hurry! you have a few more days to share your favorite tool with us!!!

Nov 24 2011

Dear Emporium Family,

The holiday season is once again upon us!  With our busy, hectic schedules,it is sometimes unimaginable that another year is coming to a close! But what another amazing year it was.

Before we gather together to partake of our traditional joyous feast, we wanted to take this special moment and give our thanks.

With all the crazy changes in our lives, the chaos, with all the madness we tend to endure, we reflect back and realize that we have so much to be thankful for.  And most importantly, on this day of gratitude, we bow
our heads and give our praises and are so grateful that we have each other!


We also want to thank YOU, our new and extended family. You have all been wonderful to us! Please allow us the opportunity to show our appreciation.  Use promo code “thanks” and receive 20% off of your entire purchase.  Offer good through Cyber Monday.  Ends at Midnight PST on Monday, November 28, 2011.

This is your opportunity to stock up and ready yourself for Tim Holtz’s annual “Twelve Tags” bonanza beginning December 1st










Nov 14 2011

It’s a three for from Beate

Inspiration Team member Beate Johns played along with the November Monthly Challenge to inspire us all…she has chosen three of her favorite tools to share with us today!!!

Beate always adds the most fantastic details to make her cards come to life…here are three tools that help her do that:

First up…her sewing machine! a stitched edge gives a subtle detail, but ties everything together perfectly!

Second…Spellbinder’s Nestibilities!! on this card, Beate used a Grand Scalloped Squares die to cut out the base of the card, a Decorative Elements – Eyelet Squares die to cut out the base for the stamped Classic Squares die images , and the Blossom Tags and Accents  die for the sentiment…all adding the perfect touch.

Third…the Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool and Ranger – Non-Stick Craft Sheet…as Beate shares that “Sponging with the blending tool and craft mat creates such gorgeous results! I have one blending tool for each color group so I don’t have to change the foam everytime I sponge.”

Beate also shares how she stores her blending tools…she has one for each color family and stores them on four stacked Inkssentials Craft Spinners…perfection!!!

We hope you are inspired to grab your favorite tool and play along with this month’s challenge!!!!

Nov 9 2011

November Classes

We are so excited to be holding our first classes at the Inspiration Emporium Warehouse!!!!

 Eclectic Charm Necklace Workshop

by Sherry Goodloe

Saturday, November 19th from 1:00pm-4:30pm, $60

For more details and to sign up, go here…hurry, class is filling up quickly!!!

Joyful Configurations

by Chelle Fowler

Sunday, November 20th from 1:00pm-4:30pm, $45

For details and to sign up go here. Space is limited on this one too!

Classes in the Emporium means shopping!!! Students will be able to purchase items in the store the day of class!  Look for more classes soon!

Nov 8 2011

Tuesday Tutorial: Favorite Tool: Vagabond

To continue our month all about favorite tools, Linda Cain shares her project for the November Monthly Challenge: Tools.

Thankful, I am so very thankful for all my blessings, especially my wonderful family and friends.
So, for you peeps out there who want to CREATE, here’s a tutorial using some fantastic products from Ranger and the talented Mr. Tim Holtz.
I love using my favorite Tool-the Vagabond to die cut and emboss for this tutorial.
First I  took a #8 Manila Tag, spritzed it with water, and swiped several colors of Distress Stains over the tag letting them blend slightly.
I used Chipped SapphireBarn DoorBroken ChinaTea Dye andPine Needles. Spritz a bit more and dry with a Heat It tool.


Then swipe your Distress Ink Pad Vintage Photo on your Craft Sheet and spritz with water. Dip the tag in it, heat set, and pick up a few more dots of color for interest. Dry again.


Then I sprayed a slight mist and drops of Espresso Adirondack Color Wash. Dry again.

Add a strip of Traveler Tissue Tape to one side. If you’re really reading this…you don’t have to dry here….that’s a joke.

OK, this is upside down to some people…I used the new Thankful Texture Fades on the tag. Then carefully…carefully swiped Black Soot DI across the raised letters with the Blending Tool.

You’ve seen this technique before, but here it is again. Die cut leaves from packaging plastic with the Tattered Leaves die.
Add Alcohol Inks to the back.
I used Terra CottaSunset Orange, Sunshine Yellow, Butterscotch,and Pitch Black. A bit of Silver Metallic Mixative was also used.
Then add Copper, Gold and Lettuce paint dabbers OVER the Alcohol inks….this is all on the back of the leaves.


Flip it over and add vein lines with a permanent pen. I like the Write4All by Stabilo.  Add a bit of Gold Paint dabber to the edges, too, for contrast.


A dash of heat from the Heat It Tool and you can curl the leaves as you like.

I added Gold Acrylic paint dabber over the embossed area…kind of hard to see the contrast here.
The cool stencil is from Julie Balzer -Time Travel, (they have a whole ton of new stencils in at Inspiration Emporium in the Just Insection) added with Jennie Bowlin Malted Milk paint dabber.


I pushed the Spinner into embossing ink, then into the jar of Spruce Green UTEE and hit it with the Heat gun.

Sprinkled a few bits of Butterscotch Adirondack embossing powder. And heated it again.

Then I decided it needed better contrast, so I took the top off the Copper paint dabber and painted the word Thankful.

Now you wonder, why then should I go to all the trouble to add the Black Soot DI???

Because it has created the perfect shadow outline to the raised letters!!!!

I would like to tell you I planned it that way all alone, but it’s just a happy result of constant layering.

Since there’s a lot of metallic color and plastic, there is a lot of different colors that show up in different angles of shooting the photos.

I think the copper lettering and the gold paint on the leaves shows up best here.

Layer up your leaves, a Timepiece and brad with your spinner. Add some Copper paint dabber around the edge of the tag.

I like to add my tags to a piece of black chipboard for stability.

And a row of Gold nailheads from Mark Richards is at the bottom for one last section of Bling.



WOW!!!! Gorgeous Linda!!!! Thank you for sharing your favorite tool (it is ABSOLUTELY one of ours too!!!) in such a fabulous way!!! If you don’t already have the amazing, fabulous, super cool Tim Holtz Vagabond Machine, we suggest you add it NOW to your Christmas list!!!!

We hope you have time to play along, we are enjoying learning what every can’t live without!!!


Nov 7 2011

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Hi Friends! Just a super quick post to announce the winner of the Tim Holtz Season Distress Ink Pads Winter 2011.


Without a doubt the one I use the most is walnut stain. I would love to win the new ones, I’m going to need them to do some Tim Holtz tags!

Comment by Michelle — November 5, 2011 @ 12:01 pm


Congratulations Michelle!!!!! Please email your information to, and we’ll get your prize sent out lickety split!!!

We LOVE Walnut Stain…it is a total ‘go to’ Distress Ink!!! Just wait till you get your new seasonal set, you’re going to LOVE them!!!


photo used with permission of

Nov 4 2011

Friday Feature: Seasonal Distress Ink Winter 2011

Today’s Friday Feature is none other than the Tim Holtz Season Distress Ink Pads Winter 2011.


These new limited time only colors are breath taking!!!

evergreen bough

festive berries

iced spruce

GORGEOUS!!! We can’t wait to see what amazing projects you come up with using these fabulous new colors…for sale now in the shop and shipping immediately!!

However, as a new feature on Friday Features we will be giving away one of whatever we are featuring that day!!! That means one of you will win your very own set!!! Just add a comment to this post by Monday, November 7th (ends at noon) telling us your favorite distress ink color of all time and you will be entered to win!


All photos used by permission of


Nov 1 2011

November Monthly Challenge: Calling All Tool Lovers!

Happy 11-1-11…seriously can’t believe it is already November!!! I won’t scare you with a countdown to Christmas!!!

The Monthly Challenge this month is all about sharing your favorite TOOLS!!! The Inspiration Team has been thinking, thinking, thinking and have come up with their favorites…perfect for Christmas gift ideas!! There I go again, mentioning the ‘C’ word!!! But, it will be here before we know it, so shop early!!!

First up this month is Tammy Tutterow with her favorite tool…the Tim Holtz – Idea-ology – Tiny Attacher

Here are some gorgeous projects from our very own Tammy Tutorial…

and, a close up…

a favorite way to attach sentiments…


and, of course, in the making of gorgeous ribbon flowers…

Speaking of tutorials…here is Tammy’s tutorial on extending the reach of your Tiny Attacher…

Tiny Attacher long reach stapling

I was chatting with some of the gals on the Studio Calico message board recently about the fabulous Tiny Attacher by Tim Holtz.  A few mentioned that they wished it had a longer reach.  I shared that I use it opened up for areas that are beyond its reach.  I tried to explain how to do it, but it is really just easier to show so I snapped a few quick images.


Swing the bottom handle to the left just like you would to open the stapler to fill it.


Swing the black arm with the flattening plate down and to the right.


Return the first handle back in place.


Place the item to be stapled on a foam or soft surface.  Because the Tiny Attacher won’t set flat, you may need to work at the edge of your table as shown.


Press the top of the Tiny Attacher to eject the staple into your project.


Flip the project over and flatten the staple prongs.


When flattened, the staple will look just like it would if it had been flattened in the Tiny Attacher.


Easy peasy!


Thank you Tammy for starting off the month with a BANG!!!

And…last but certainly not least, here is the winner of October’s Monthly Challenge random drawing…

Congratulations DIANA!!!! We stinkin’ LOVE  every detail on your project…perfection!!! Please email your information to to claim your $50 in Emporium Dollars!!!  Thank you so much for playing along!!!

Now, run along peeps and play along this month…share your favorite tools for a chance to win $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 IEMC08 or other gallery online!!!)…and, remember, you can enter as many times as you want…so create away!!! Contest begins on November1, 2011  and ends on November 30th at midnight…the winner will be randomly chosen and announced on December 1, 2011.