Archive for December, 2012

Dec 17 2012

More Joyful Sharing

7 days…just sayin’…now moving on…

We are sharing more joyful projects today…a little inspiration for the December Monthly Challenge: Joyful Creations...

First up is Alice Wertz with this sweet card…love, love love the use of the adorable Paper Smooches stamps…simple, clean, and adorable!

Shelly Hickox used sticky back canvas and the 3-D Star Bright Die from Tim Holtz and Sizzix geniusly!!!!

Linda Cain spreads such sweet joy with this great card! That blue background on watercolor paper just makes this guy pop!!


Kelly Booth has done it again…the Pop n’ Cuts are so cool!! You have got to love the poinsettia insert…gorgeous!

Okay, your head is full of ideas…sneak a little time to play along…creating, it’s good for your soul!!



Dec 13 2012

Sweet Toy Soldier

As we head into the weekend, we thought we would share this sweet little toy soldier tag from Pam Hooten

Yes, when we said sweet we meant sweet!!! How adorable is this little tag? That little Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix Bigz Die – Toy Soldier is just CUTE!!!

We hope you are taking some time to get creative during this hectic time of year…homemade gifts are one of  the sweetest ways to share the spirit of the season!


Dec 10 2012

Spreading the Joy

We won’t scare you by telling you how many days till Christmas…just keep up that spreading of the J.O.Y. and, you’ll make it through okay!!!

When we dedicated this Month’s Challenge to our own Joy, we intended to celebrate this incredible time of year…when so many decorations are full of sparkle and shine their best to warm your hearts…that’s just what our Joy does too.  That smile of hers is enough to remind you that you are genuinely appreciated…each and every one of you, now and all through the year!

So, let’s continue the inspiration, shall we?

Up first, none other than our resident awe inspirer…Jim Hankins.  Go ahead, pick your jaw up off the floor…we’ll wait.  Seriously.  Please head over to his blog…he shares some of the details to making this unbelievably joyful jet setter!

Next, Shelly Hickox shares this joyful card…so many beautiful layers of techniques. Shelly has such a magical way of bringing elements together…always breathtaking!

Beate Johns snuck her JOY in with this perfect tree…she shows us how on her blog.  We love when a Pinterest inspired project comes to life!!!

ADORABLE!!!!! Kelly Booth found the perfect way to add JOY to her project with her grandchildren…we really love how all the little details come together and make the little photos pop!!

Thank you for stopping in and letting us share our JOY with you!

Head over to this post to play far, we are absolutely blown away by your submitted projects!!!!

Dec 1 2012

December Monthly Challenge: Joyful Creations

It’s a wonderful time of year…truly a magical time full of family traditions, magical surprises, and gorgeous decorations.  For this Month’s Challenge we want you to share your Joyful Creations…make something that includes the word J.O.Y.

We dedicate this challenge to our amazing General Manager: JOY!!! For extra ‘brownie points’ include her favorite color in your project: Broken China Distress Ink!!!

As usual, our designers are playing along…here is some cool inspiration to jump start your imagination.

Richele Christensen created this A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E. lil snowman card…he’s stinkin’ cute, isn’t he???


Pam Hooten stamped her JOY into the handle of the spoon on this gorgeous ornament. That Snowflake Rosette is just perfect on her project!

Linda Cain shares this amazing project…in her words: “Well it doesn’t SAY Joy, but it is Joyous.” And, we totally agree!!  We love Linda’s use of Ice Stickles and the gorgeous Graphic 45 Nutcracker Suite Paper.

WOW…our designers just blow us away every time…we can not wait to see more from them, AND from you…so go get busy, you are going to ROCK this challenge!!!!

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 IEMC20 or other gallery online!!!)…and, remember, you can enter as many times as you want…so create away!!! Contest begins on December 1, 2012  and ends on December 31, 2012 at midnight…the winner will be randomly chosen and announced on January 1, 2013.

CONGRATULATIONS , Lisa H, you are the random winner of the November Monthly Challenge: Thankful Place Settings/Gifts .  We just love what you did for the challenge…thank you for sharing your adorable ‘quirky turkeys’ and your glassine leaves inspired by Tim Holtz.  Thank you for playing along; please email your information to to claim your gift certificate!