Archive for September, 2012

Sep 29 2012

the wheels on the bus…

Oh my…can you believe it is already the end of September? Seems like yesterday that the kiddos were heading back to school…now the leaves are changing (well, somewhere the leaves are changing…not here in So Cal!!!), the air is getting crisper, and all those spooky decorations are being pulled out…

You just have two days left for the September Monthly Challenge: abc 123 School Time Fun.  Maybe a simple tag or something more elaborate…like these projects from a few of our amazing designers…

Seriously…how does Jim Hankins come up with this? unbelievable!!! please go check out his blog to see more photos and even a video bus tour…kills us, seriously cool!

A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E.  Every card Alice Wertz makes just leaves us speechless…every detail: perfect!

And, then…there is this.  School 4 Witches…oh, Shelly Hickox…once again, her thinking outside the box blows us away! Head on over to her blog for more pictures and details…you MUST take it all in!!!

Okay…your are all inspired and excited…now go do it!!! Don’t miss the chance to win $50 in Emporium Dollars.  Just think of all that fall deliciousness in the store you can spend it on!!!

Sep 10 2012

abc 123 School Time Fun

Isn’t it crazy to get back into the groove of the school year? Some of you have been in the thick of it for weeks…some of you just finished up the first week back. GOOD JOB!!! Others of us have set our kids up in dorm rooms, sent them back to school on planes, or watched them drive off into the future.  Then there are those that are just enjoying this time of year…Fall brings with it apples, crisp air, scarf wearing, and leaves changing.

Whatever place in life you are…we want to remind you to take some ‘you time.’  Whether that means reading a book in a quite corner, sneaking off for a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks after you drop off the kids, or spending a little time in your creative space…remember you, remember to feed your soul, and remember it can be five minutes or 60 minutes…you deserve it!

Now, for the September Monthly Challenge: abc 123 School Time Fun.  You’ve taken the time to settle into the routine…now maybe take a minute to get inspired and get creative yourself!

Kelly Booth made a few of these adorable cards for her Grandchildren’s teachers…simple can certainly have an amazing impact!

However, Kelly didn’t stop there…how stinkin’ cute is that little school bus?

Linda Cain inspires us with this fabulous hanger project…some papers practically create the project all by them selves! Linda used the fabulous paper from Graphic 45 perfectly…we just love it!!

Chelle Fowler shares this tag for an inspiring teacher.  Distress Ink is the perfect choice when making new things look old…the layered details just pull together beautifully.

And, now it’s your turn…simple and sweet, gorgeous and detailed, or grungy and vintage…show us your style!

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 IEMC17 or other gallery online!!!)…and, remember, you can enter as many times as you want…so create away!!! Contest begins on September 10, 2012  and ends on September 30, 2012 at midnight…the winner will be randomly chosen and announced on October 1, 2012.



Sep 3 2012

Back to the Grind


Hi Inspiration Emporium Family,

We hope that your summer has been truly magnificent.  Here in lovely SoCal,we’ve been trying to keep cool with the warm temperatures, as well as trying to hang on to our valuables as we’ve been doing a little “rockin’ n rollin’”during the shakes and quakes the last few weeks.  But things are good,family is safe, and we couldn’t feel more blessed!

School is back in session, getting back to the grind!  The summer as usual, came here fast, but even more quickly dissipated into the long, blistering sunset…


It’s been an action packed summer for the Inspiration family.  From weddings, to cruises, to European vacations, it was an exciting and action-packed summer as always.

Two of our lovely ladies went on a cruise to the Bahamas! It wasn’t just any cruise mind you, it was a special cruise that included the girls life-long crushes… NKOTB! “it was the best time of my life” Joy kept declaring!  And we believe her!

Our favorite Inspiration parents went on a lovely trip to Europe (Switzerland, London, Paris, Belgium) to visit family.  They had an amazing time out there!  They showed us breath taking pictures from their journey… we are so glad they were able to travel and take a much needed vacation.  We were also delighted that they brought us back tons of chocolate for us to sample and taste.  As usual, they wanted us to savor and enjoy what they were able to experience.

Krystl ‘Pop’ Malit Lopez was married to the handsome and charming Nicholas Lopez this summer as well.  We are so glad too, because as we always say, they make the cutest couple in the world!

These are just the brief highlights of our summer activities… we hope that you too had a fun filled few months.  Happy Labor Day to you all… enjoy and make these last few days of summer last!


Thank you,



Some of our loved ones are participating in an event that is near and dear to our hearts.  We are  participating in the “Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure” run/walk.   A lot of us have been touched by this dreaded disease.  Our family is no different.  We want to do what we can to help fight this affliction and if you are so willing, we are asking for your help as well.  There is a link on this page if you would like to help join our fight… We will also be raffling amazing handmade creations. Stay tuned for more details….


We have several items on our “overstock” sale section that needs to go to make room for new items coming in from CHA.  Please wander over to that section and see if there is anything that you desire to help you Inspire..!!!

Sep 1 2012

Go Fly a Kite Challenge Winner

We are popping in to announce the winner of the August Monthly Challenge: Go Fly a Kite…there were some fantastic entries this month!!!

Congratulations Jeanne Streiff your sweet entry has won you $50 in Emporium Dollars!!!

Jeanne, your owl card is absolutely adorable!!! Thank you for playing along; please email your information to to claim your gift certificate

We will announce September’s Challenge on Monday…get your pencil and paper handy, class will be in session!