Archive for August, 2012

Aug 27 2012

Gettin’ Our Shrink On

Hi There! We have a treat for you today!!!

We gave our fabulous Inspiration Team a Designer’s Challenge for the summer.  We asked them to play with Inkssentials Surfaces Shrink Plastic!!

We have been in awe of the fabulous projects that they have been submitting…and several didn’t stop at one project!!! Once they got to playing, they kept going! So we are going to post several of the projects today and a few more next Monday!!

Ready to be inspired?? Get those Heat Tools and Melting Pots ready…you are going to want to play too!!!

First up, is this GORGEOUS necklace from Richele Christensen…colored perfectly with alcohol ink, it is so darling in the center of the Ornate Plate…every detail is just fantastic!

Kelly Booth created this adorable set of thank you cards with this sweet embellishment on the cover of the card box…what a perfect thank you gift for her Realtor!!  The Shrink Plastic houses are just so cute, they really tie it all together and make it a super special gift!

This sweet little project by Linda Cain combines lovely vintage touches with art journaling touches…they come together perfectly! And the Shrink Plastic is perfect; Linda coated it in gesso before she stamped the images, shrunk them, and colored them with markers…perfectly done and adorable.

Oh, so spooky…Shelly Hickox played with the UTEE and Melting Pot technique on this spookified charm…it’s a fun way to shrink your Shrink Plastic and give it a cool layer of UTEE at the same time.  The Idea-ology Mirrored is the perfect background for this *almost* creepy charm!

This card from Alice Wertz is so elegant and classy…every detail is the perfect touch to highlight the perfect form that she shrunk…just breathtakingly beautiful.

Right? Take a moment…take them in.  Oh yes, Jim Hankins sure did.  He really did make the perfect cuff links…oh yes, he did!!! Seriously cool…and when we say seriously, we mean S.E.R.I.O.U.S.L.Y.  Take a moment, we know you need it.

Can you stand it…how fabulous are these projects? Do our designers ROCK or what???!!!!  This colorful beauty is from Pam Hooten.  We are just in love with this wonderful piece…the little touches just all come together to complete the fun vintage look. Take it all in.

How cool are these flowers?? We know, we gush…but rightfully so!!!! Stephanie Ackerman created these cool grungy flowers; the cracks and chippiness are just so cool…a perfect embellishment!!!

Oh.Em.Gee.  Are you as inspired as we are??? What a wonderful bunch of projects to feed that creative soul!!!!  So many different styles and possibilities, which one are you going to try first???

And, can you imagine, we have a few more to share next week?  We hope we have peaked your curiosity, ignited your artful mind, and jump started your mojo…go play with some Shrink Plastic!!!!





Aug 13 2012

Flying High…

We have been having fun playing along with the August Monthly Challenge: Go Fly a Kite.  It is always amazing to see how each artist interprets the challenge…some make cards, others make altered wall art…and others create home decor…all a fabulous expression all their own…

We have a few more projects by the Inspiration Team to share…use them to stoke your creative fire and join the fun!

Alice Wertz shares this card using tissue tape to bring the challenge to life…A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E.

Jim Hankins rocked the challenge with his unbelievable altered box…Jim does a step by step on his blog, head on over to check out the details!

Linda Cain chose all the right details to being her project to life…bright, colorful, meaningful, and fun!!

Richele Christensen shares this adorable take on the challenge…just stinkin’ adorable! Take a close look at those details, they are perfection!

Now that you have been all filled up with inspiration…your turn! Have fun, take liberties with the challenge, and most of all…HAVE FUN!!!


Aug 6 2012

August Monthly Challenge: Go Fly a Kite and a Welcome Party

We are a little late with the August Monthly Challenge: Go Fly a Kite, but we had some exciting news we wanted to share at the same time…we are so very excited to announce a new Inspiration Team Member

Please join us in welcoming Stephanie Ackerman to our fabulous team of designers!!!!

We LOVE Stephanie’s awesome personality, fabulous doodling, self proclaimed dorkiness, honest sharing, and fantastic artistry…we are so very blessed and happy to have her join our team!

Here is Stephanie’s take on this month’s challenge:

See, we told you…awe inspiring, isn’t it? Stephanie’s art is uniquely her…it tells a story that reflects the life she is living, we are so happy to be a part of her journey!

Please pop on over to her blog and say howdy, won’t you?

Here are a few more inspirational projects from the team to get you motivated to hit the challenge running…

How adorable is this canvas by Kelly Booth? As usual, her coloring is fabulous…and even detail on the project comes together resulting in something quite special!

Shelly Hickox found the perfect quote for the challenge and brought it to life on her gorgeous project.  So many great layers in that cool background!!!

Pam Hooten’s Art Journal pages NEVER disappoint!!! If you haven’t tried this, you HAVE TO!!! It is so freeing and fun…don’t take yourself too seriously and play…your results are sure to be as fabulous as Pam’s!!!

Okay, your turn!!! GO FLY A KITE!!! and have fun!!!

CONGRATULATIONS SusanK , you are the random winner of the July’s Monthly Challenge: For the Love of the Red, White, and Blue!!  We just love what you did for the challenge, those wood firecrackers are so cool!!! Thank you for playing along; 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 IEMC16 or other gallery online!!!)…and, remember, you can enter as many times as you want…so create away!!! Contest begins on August 6, 2012  and ends on August 31st at midnight…the winner will be randomly chosen and announced on September 1, 2012.