Archive for February, 2012

Feb 28 2012

Leap Year Sale in the Emporium

Do you Remember the rhyme? :

Thirty days hath September,

April, June, and November;

All the rest have thirty-one,

Save February, with twenty-eight days clear,

And twenty-nine each leap year.

It only happens but once every 4 years,

An extra day, for good luck and good cheer!


Inspiration family, let’s celebrate this day of Leap

With some products you’ll love because it’s so cheap!

20 % off of all that you buy

We decided this because… Mr. Jay is a nice guy!!!  (Haha)

Have a great Leap Day everyone!



(excludes Copics Markers and Distress Marker Sets)

(to see more of Tammy Tutterow’s great project pictured above, go here!!)

Feb 22 2012

Living a Creative Life

Every once in a while we like to take a moment and think about how grateful we are to be surrounded by so much creativity and inspiration…when we have a bad day, when we miss someone that isn’t present in our lives the way we wished they were, when we don’t want to focus on the stresses of everyday life…we have crafting, we have an outlet…

We can go to that place where we grab our favorite tools, inks, stamps, ribbon, trinkets & embellishments…our markers, paper, and glitter…

and we breathe…we put it all out there on a project, a card, a piece of art…and we feel fulfilled…

Here’s what the fabulous Inspiration Team has been working on lately…

Tammy  Tutterow shares this adorable case she made for yours truly…

Shelly Hickox shares this incredible tag she made for the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2012…she always proves that thinking outside the box and trying something new can have an amazing payoff!

Linda Cain shares how she altered her Tim Holtz Trinket Case…just so cool!!!

Kelly Booth once again shares her adorable style with this sweet card…

Beate Johns shares her elegant, layered style…with stitching of course…on this gorgeous card…

Richele Christensen shares this unbelieveable necklace…every detail is perfection!

Alice Wertz shares another perfectly colored card…the layers, the coloring, the embellishments…fantastic!!

Pam Hooten shares this sweet Easter basket and tag…just lovely!

We hope we have reminded you to take a moment or two and put your heart into something beautiful…and share it with your friends…creativity feeds our souls!




Feb 15 2012

Welcome Richele to the Team!

We are so very excited to announce our newest member of the Inspiration Team, Richele Christensen.  Richele has been inspiring us with her fabulous projects for quite some time and she has now joined our family here at the Emporium.

When Richele isn’t working with paper, ink, and dies (oh my) she loves to spend time with her family (especially her three beautiful grandchildren), garden, quilt, embroider with silk ribbon, and make jewelry.  Richele also loves being outdoors and enjoying beautiful Northern California, where she calls home.

We love Richele’s vintage style and how she seemingly effortlessly puts just the right details together.  This sewing configurations box is one of our favorite projects she had on display at CHA in the Tim Holtz Idea-ology booth…perfection!

Richele shares a tutorial for this gorgeous tag on her blog to inspire us all, pop on over and see all the details here 

Our latest designer has a wonderful love for Idea-ology Configurations…can’t you just spend forever looking at all the little delicious touches? LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how she put a tea light behind the lamppost…and the glittery noel just tops off the project perfectly!

During the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas, Richele played along…with a twist all her own…instead of tags, she did a box for each tag in this AMAZING print tray…how stinkin’ cool is that?

Well, thank you for letting us gush a little bit, we are thrilled to have Richele join the family! Please pop on over to her blog and give her a warm welcome!!

Feb 13 2012

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2012

Did you hear the exciting news?? we don’t have to wait till December to be inspired by the 12 Tags of Christmas…because the super inspiring, fantastic Tim Holtz has announced that he is now doing the 12 Tags of 2012!!! SO COOL!!!

So, first up…February (he promised to make up for January next month…yay!!)

GORGEOUS!!! every detail is just perfection…how cute is that red heart?? if you haven’t played with Honeycomb Paper from Inky Antics? Tim shared a great video on his blog, hop on over here to check it out…and leave him some love and appreciation while you’re there…

We hope you find some time this month to play along and add your project on Tim’s blog!

Have fun and be inspired!

(photo used with permission of


Feb 7 2012

Put a Heart on It Monthly Challenge

Have you heard the saying ‘Put a bird on it’ from the Portlandia skit? Well, we are putting a twist on it for our February Challenge…Put a Heart on It!!!

Here is some inspiration from a few Inspiration Team Members to get you started:

Shelly Hickox  shares this fantastic tag where she used her Faux Crazed Porcelain technique on her heart.

Beate Johns shares this lovely card using a Classic Hearts Nestabilities heart.

Pam Hooten shares this gorgeous card where she used Distress Crackle Paint & Rock Candy Stickles on her heart.

Tammy Tutterow shares this great tag using a Distress Cardstock heart.

Okay, your turn!!! Have fun with the challenge, we can’t wait to see your projects!!!

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 IEMC10 or other gallery online!!!)…and, remember, you can enter as many times as you want…so create away!!! Contest begins on February 7, 2012  and ends on February 29th at midnight…the winner will be randomly chosen and announced on March 1, 2012.