Archive for June, 2012

Jun 29 2012

Sunshiny Day

We hope you are having a fantastic summer!!  We have been loving your submissions for the June Monthly Challenge: Create a Little Sunshine…there is one more day to play along, we hope you can take a little time to be creative today!

Inspiration Team member Richele Christensen shares this bit of summer sunshine with us…take a close look, all the details are so great together, then ead on over to her blog to see how she layered this fabulous tag!



Jun 20 2012

Sharing Some Sunshine

Hi sweet followers! Depending on where you live, you could be dealing with some June gloom.  Here we are to share some sunshine and brighten up your day!

We are sharing a few projects from the Inspiration Team that are playing along with the June Monthly Challenge: Create a Little Sunshine.

Jim Hankins made this fabulously beachy tag…who doesn’t feel better already?? All of the perfect little details really come together on this project to make you feel like you were there!

Alice Wertz always shares the BEST layouts…she is an endless source of inspiration when it comes to layering, coloring, and placement!!!

Linda Cain has certainly lifted some gloom with this one!!! Not only are the embellishments bright and cheery, but look at that sweet picture!! Be sure to click her name to go see how she created this great look…simple but with extraordinary impact!

Kelly Booth rocked the challenge with this sweet card…love the background and layered sun!!!

And, just because we love you so…here is another adorable card from Alice…told you, perfect layering!!!

Now, it’s your turn…no matter the weather, cheery up…get to your scrap/stamp happy place and CREATE A LITTLE SUNSHINE of your own!!!!

Jun 11 2012

May Flaum Camp Scrap 2012

We are happy to share a new class series from a friend of the Emporium.

May Flaum will be sharing some fabulous tips, tricks, techniques, and all around creative fun! Head on over to her blog for all the details.  Did we mention there will be prizes involved…maybe (actually, most definitely) even a few from us.

It promises to be a fabulous time…go get inspired!


The winner of the spot in the Online Card Class: Stretch Your Stamps is comment #134:

Thanks for the opportunity to win a spot for this class. Sounds Fabulous. I hope it’s ME!

Comment by Cheryl S — June 8, 2012 @ 6:26 am

Congratulations, Cheryl…hope is a beautiful thing!! Please email your information to


Jun 8 2012

Welcome Jim to the Team!!!

It is with incredible joy that we announce a new addition to the Inspiration Team.  Jim Hankins has been on our radar for a long time, and we are humbled and excited that he has agreed to join us in inspiring you! 

To say that Jim’s projects are awe inspiring is an understatement…every single one of them is an amazing piece like no other!

When we asked Jim to make a little project for this announcement, true to form, Jim gave more than we could ever imagine…This IS Jim…

Pure, unadulterated, amazing, fabulous, JIM…

Please take a second, take it all in…in all it’s amazing speldor…

Go ahead…take your time…there is a lot to see! Like, Jim, this “As The Word Turns …A Destinations Storage Box!” is beautiful, genuine, artful, colorful, and rich with ingenuity!

When we asked Jim to tell us a bit about himself, here’s what he said…

“A cherished set of  encyclopedias (Number
Fourteen…Crafts/Games…I can still
remember!), IBM computer punch cards, tape,
crayons, scissors and a love of building,
were the simple beginnings of my passion
for crafting!

From this passion, I opened a gift and
home furnishings store, Hankins and
Company, in Georgetown, Texas,
manufactured a popular line of
birdhouses, Tweet Suites and have been a professional
decorator for many holiday and special events.

I’m currently employed as a buyer and merchandiser for a
network of retail stores in Austin, Texas.  I am the father of
seven dogs, one cat, six runner ducks and uncle to six
beautiful nieces and nephews.

The long ago love of punch cards and tape has lately been
rekindled and for the past two years has developed into a
passion for paper crafting.”

Please join us in wishing Jim a warm welcome and head on over to his blog to see more of his incredible work!!!

Jun 6 2012

Stretch Your Stamps Online Card Class Giveaway!

Registration is open for the newest Online Card Classes interactive class – Stretch Your Stamps! This class shares techniques and tips for getting the most from many different stamp styles. Each day of class focuses on a certain type of stamp – background, collage, borders, etc – and shows 5 cards (and 2 videos) using them creatively. With 50+ card ideas and 20+ videos, you will be sure to look at your stamps in a whole new light.
In addition to the teachers Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire, there are many fabulous guests and special appearances from stamp designers themselves, including Tim Holtz, Ali Edwards, Kim Hughes and Claudine Hellmuth. Inspiration Emporium is honored to sponsor this class. After signing up, you will also get a discount code to use when shopping with us! (Oh, and watch our newsletter for a way to get a few dollars off the class fee!)

Class runs from July 9 – 23. Hope to see you there! Head HERE for more information.

We are happy to be able to offer one free spot in the class!! Leave a comment on this post telling us your current favorite stamp set by Friday at midnight for your chance to win!!!

Jun 4 2012

June Monthly Challenge: Create a Little Sunshine

We have to apologize for the late post…someone (that’d be me, Chelle) had a little computer issue…thank you for your patience!!

I’ll get right to the good stuff…

This month we are challenging you to Create a Little Sunshine…whether you want to make it sunny & bright or calm & beachy, it’s your choice.  We love to see how everyone interprets each challenge and makes it their own…

Here are a few inspirational pieces from some of our designers…

Shelly Hickox’s project simply takes our breath away…from the sweet little vial full of sand to the adorable tinted picture, you just have to sit and take in all the lovely details!

Pam Hooten has seriously rocked the Dylusions Stamps…we think she has been expressing herself fabulously in her art journal!!

Finally, Sherry Goodloe shares this great piece of art…a little stamping and a little Zentangling (a true expression of art…it is described as creating designs with repetitive patterns).

Now, it’s your turn…grab your favorite supplies and create your own sunshine!!

CONGRATULATIONS Sammy D, you are the random winner of the May’s Monthly Challenge: Flowers!! We just love your beautiful bird branch card with those fabulous flowers!!! 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 IEMC14 or other gallery online!!!)…and, remember, you can enter as many times as you want…so create away!!! Contest begins on June 4, 2012  and ends on June 30th at midnight…the winner will be randomly chosen and announced on July 1, 2012.