Archive for March, 2012

Mar 27 2012

More inspiration for all…

As promised, here is a bit more inspiration from our team…they have been busy, busy creating these incredible works of art…

Shelly Hickox played with her tattered pinecone die after being inspired…read all about it on her blog!

Kelly Booth has been a good student in the Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry Online Class  and shares some of her homework with us…

Tammy Tutterow is LOVING her stamp2cut software and eclips machine…head on over to her blog to see how cool it is, she has some great close ups of how intricate the cuts are!

Chelle Fowler made several of this tag to send out to our customers…small and sweet, a little reminder that we appreciate you!

Speaking of appreciating our customers…our fabulous General Manager, Joy Kennedy, loves spending time in her studio creating tags to send out with orders too! Maybe you have been a lucky recipient of one of her delicious tags? This sewing themed one using the mask technique is one of my favorites!

We hope you found a little inspiration here today…it’s all about finding one thing that sparks your imagination and gets you in that creative spirt…let your mind take you on a creative journey today!

Mar 26 2012

Share and Tell

Today we want to SHARE some inspiration from the team and TELL you how much we appreciate you and your supportive comments! We love hearing from you…thank you for taking the time to leave us comments, it feels wonderful to know that we are touching lives and inspiring others!

Richele Christensen played with her Distress Markers, Water Brush, and Distress Rock Candy Crackle Paint on this gorgeous card.

Beate Johns WOW’s us with this adorable card…take in all those delicious touches and amazing coloring…she rocks those Copics!!!!

Pam Hooten warms things up with this fabulous tag…so well balanced and a great color combo!

Alice Wertz shows us that clean and simple can pack a punch! how cute is he? This is Alice’s ‘Going Green Challenge’ card…you still have this week to enter…go here to play along!!

Linda Cain has been having a blast with layering, doodling…her use of stencils and that white gel pen are fantastic!

Our team has been so busy in their studios lately, I think we will share more tomorrow! We wouldn’t want to overwhelm you with too much inspiration for one day, now would we???

Go get inky!!


Mar 17 2012

Inspiration Challenge: Pocket Watch

We have a special post for you today…this St Patrick’s Day is most definitely a lucky one!

Today we are sharing an Inspiration Challenge.  We sent our Inspiration Team each an Idea-ology Pocket Watch and told them to have fun…creating any project they wanted with them…and boy did they get creative!!!

Now, before we get to the fabulous projects, we are happy to announce the winner of the spot in the Tim Holtz Online Card Class from this post.  Congratulations, Gerrie Johnnic, you won!!! Please send your information to to claim your prize!

But wait, we’re not done!!! Seeing as how this IS a LUCKY day after all…we picked a SECOND WINNER!!!! Congratulations Betty Mae, you are a winner too!!!  Please send your information to to claim your prize!

And now, without further adieu…the fabulous Inspiration Team presents…their Pocket Watches:

Alice Wertz made this simply adorable spring watch…so delicate and danty!

Shelly Hickox rocked the challenge with this amazing vintage watch…love that shabbiness!!

Kisa Peters, with a stroke of genius, put the pocket watch on a card…and it is perfection!!

Linda Cain amazes us with this colorful project…the details are fantastic!!

Kelly Booth made this gorgeous piece of art…so inspired by how she thought outside the box!

Richele Christensen packed a whole lot of fantasticness into that watch! love the details, so sweet!

Sherry Goodloe (a girl after my own heart) turned the pocket watch into something SO special! Love the vial filled with real ground coffee!!!

Pam Hooten used lots of other Idea-ology pieces to make this creation…LOVE it!!!

And, finally, Chelle Fowler brings Alice in Wonderland to life with her project…the pocket watch is all part of the fabulous story!

We hope you enjoyed what the team did, we had a lot of fun and just love how everyone put their heart into their projects…each with a distinct style and so many fabulous ideas to use on one of your projects!!!

We hope you all find time in your busy lives to have a little creative fun!!!

Mar 14 2012

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101 Online Class

Things have been pretty exciting around the store! We are all very excited  about Tim Holtz’s first EVER Online Class!!!

Tim is such an inspiring teacher and to a lot of people, his classes aren’t accessible…but here is our big chance!  All of the information about the class can be found on the Online Card Class website and watch a great video about the class on Tim’s Blog.  The class starts on March 19th, the cost is just $37.

You don’t have to buy a thing to get started in the class but once you sign up, you will be able to take a look at the suggested supplies.  You may find that you prefer to start class and order things as you go that you just know you will use.

The best part of today’s post? We have been given a spot to give away on the blog to one of you lucky followers!!  (you may want to head on over to Facebook and follow us there…you heard it here, we’re giving away a spot there too!!!)

So leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a spot in this super cool, first time ever Tim Holtz Online Class!

Update: Comments now closed, winner announced! Hurry and leave your comments, you will have until Friday at midnight to enter to win; we’ll announce the winner on Saturday, March 17.

Good Luck, and see you in class!!!

Mar 7 2012

Girl Gone Green

We have a coupla tags to share today from Shelly Hickox…aka Girl Gone Green…she has not only rocked the Go Green Challenge for March with one tag, she rocked out two…and they are both fabulous!!!

First up, this super steampunky, fabulous tag…Shelly’s Chalked Emboss Technique background adds so much texture and detail to the tag…LOVE IT!

And, then there is this tag…just so cool! This time, Shelly used Tim Holtz’ Stamp Resist Technique and it is just done so very perfectly! The embellishments all go together so fantastically!

Shelly reminds us all that a great technique on a simple tag just makes your project come to life…hop on over to Shelly’s blog for more details and supplies…she has some great tutorials to feed your creativity!


Mar 2 2012

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2012: March

More March fabulousness…Tim Holtz posted his March tag for the 12 Tags of 2012, and it’s AMAZING!

How fabulous are those mosaic butterflies? One of the (many) things that we love about Tim Holtz is how inventive and innovative he is! Every detail of this tag is simple yet perfect! We are so happy to have this monthly inspiration and can’t wait to see all the projects shared on his blog…you have all month to get over there and play along!

Be Inspired!

(photo used with permission of


Mar 1 2012

Go Green-A Color Challenge

It’s that time again!! Welcome to March and the new Monthly Challenge: Go Green-A Color Challenge!

We challenge you to create a project that is monochromatic…make it mostly GREEN!

 Chelle Fowler shares her project gone green with us…lots of inky details on this layered tag! Now it’s your turn! Make a tag, make a card, make a scrapbook page or anything else that inspires you…we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

CONGRATULATIONS VICKI, you are the random winner of the February Put a Heart on It Challenge!! We love your project using the vintage cookie cutters! Please email your information to to claim your gift certificate!

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 IEMC11 or other gallery online!!!)…and, remember, you can enter as many times as you want…so create away!!! Contest begins on March 1, 2012  and ends on March 31st at midnight…the winner will be randomly chosen and announced on April 1, 2012.