Archive for January, 2013

Jan 31 2013

Warm Up Your Mojo

Do you find it hard to stay inspired this time of year? Do you have the winter blues? We’re here today to warm up that mojo!!

How about some inspiration from our great designers?   Let’s take a little peek at what they are up to these days…


Kelly Booth has been inspired by the Online Card Class: Clean and Simple 2…we LOVE what she has been up to!

Pam Hooten has started a new art journal for 2013…love the colors and can’t wait to see her art in the coming months!

Shelly Hickox shared this incredible card she made for CHA…it was a star in the Tim Holtz Sizzix booth area! LOVE all the details!

Stephanie Ackerman shares this card from her 52 CArd Pickup Online Progressive Class…it is going to be a fabulously uplifting class, maybe just what you need for 2013??!!

Alice Wertz continues to blow us away with her unbelievable coloring and unique card designs…so so cute!!

Linda Cain once again shares her incredible artistic talent…love the layers and colors!

Richele Christensen knocks LOVE out of the park with this great card…every detail is perfect!


Jim Hankins…our Gentleman Crafter…is up to some fabulous valentine card making…ADORE these tag cards!!

Beate Johns is up to sharing her amazing layered cards and fantastic tutorials…always always love her work!!

Chelle Fowler (yeppers, that’s me) shares her CHA creations for Tim Holtz…the new lines practically make themselves into amazing cards!!!

There you go…a little something for everyone…from our designers of cuteness to designers of vintage goodness to our designers of true art…take a little something and sneak some time for you and create!!!!

Jan 30 2013

Stephanie Ackerman’s 52 Card Pick Up Class

We are so excited to share a new class by Inspiration Team Member Stephanie Ackerman!  Stephanie not only has an amazingly unique style but she is such an inspiration; she always has incredibly uplifting quotes to share.

Head on over to her blog to sign up for this year long progressive class: 52 Card Pick Up…it is sure to inspire, spark your creativity, and provide a little ‘pick-me-up’ all year long!

Jan 22 2013

Winners Winners…We’ve got your winners here…

We’ve randomly chosen the winners of the 3 spots we are giving away to this AMAZING class!!

Blog Winner: Pam Sparks

Facebook Winner: Pam Fairchild

Twitter Winner: Sue McRae

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Please email to claim your spot!

There is still time to sign up…you don’t want to miss the fun and inspiration…For more information on the class, check HERE.

Jan 21 2013

Inspiration Abounds-CHA Top 10

We know we aren’t the only ones that come home from CHA seriously inspired and ready to create.  We loved so many new things at CHA it was incredibly hard to narrow them down to the top 10…but, we have done our best, and here they are…

Number 1-Tim Holtz Distress Paint from Ranger

We had a chance to not only see this paint in action with Tim’s demos, but we also played with it in a Ranger class…WOW…it is like NO OTHER paint you have worked with…it is seriously fluid, true to color, vibrant, sticks to everything, is reactive to water when wet, and once dry, completely permanent and smooth as can be…MAD MAD LOVE!!!

Number 2-Tim Holtz New Idea-ology


Do you ever feel like Tim Holtz is inside your head? How does he KNOW what we need, what we have dreamed of??? The assemblage clock…really? How have we existed without it? And burlap panels, remnant rubs, worn cover, cabinet card frames, ruler binder, the locket book…and so much more!!! LOVE!!!

Number 3-Tim Holtz New Alterations Dies from Sizzix AND New Stamps from Stampers Anonymous


 Mr Holtz had us at the Fleur de Lis & Eiffel Tower die and the Mini Mustache…oh boy! But oh how we LOVE the Pocket Watch Frame, Industrious Alphabet, Pediments, Cameo Frame, Mini Clipboard…and so many more, including amazing new Texture Fades!!!

He’s done it again…an amazing release of Blueprint stamps from Tim Holtz and MJ3.  We are also LOVING LOVING the new Simple Sayings, Worn Text, Paris Memoir, Paris to London, Numeric, and Tiny Things…AWESOME release!!!

Number 4-New Embellishments and Stamps from Prima


We have fallen madly and deeply in love with the wood embellishments as well as the adorable stamps…so many great things coming to the store we can hardly stand it…A-dorable and so many possibilities!!

Number 5-Brag Book & Embellishments from Fancy Pants


Adorable and affordable.  We just NEED the brag book with all those great pages and so many cool things to fill it with! The paper lines and coordinating embellies just grabbed our hearts! We love all the products almost as much as we love the super sweet and genuine owners!

Number 6-Karen Burniston Journey Pop ‘n Cuts


Karen is a genius…and simply sweet and inspiring.  She not only makes Pop ‘n Cuts look easy peasy, but she designs them TO BE easy peasy!!! They are so simple to use and have incredible impact!!! From the new base card to the Mug & Heart or the Suitcase Inserts to the Wavy Frame or Funky Label Inserts she makes us all able to create phenomenal cards!!!

Number 7-Art Impressions Stamps


Oh how we giggled inside their booth!!! We started with the super cute Whoots and could hardly contain ourselves once we got to the Girlfriends line…hysterical and so fun to color!

Number 8-Lawn Fawn Stamps & Dies


So stinkin’ cute!!!  We are so excited to get these stamps into the shop…and do some coloring!

Number 9-Paper Smooches Stamps & Dies


We are already HUGE fans of Paper Smooches…so it’s no surprise we ADORE everything about the new stamps and dies!!!

Number 10-We R Memory Makers Envelope Punch Board

They had us at first punch!!! Everything about this cool new tool is fabulous!!! You are going to LOVE how easy it is to use…and imagine the possibilities!

We hope you are as excited about all the new product as we are…2013 is shaping up to be an amazing year of creativity!!!

Jan 19 2013

Online Card Classes-Clean & Simple Card Making 2

We have great news! The Online Card Class team is bringing you another great class and we are excited to be giving away THREE spots!!! One spot here on the blog, one on Twitter, and one on Facebook!!!!!

If you have taken one of the classes in the past, you already know how amazing they are…jam packed with fabulous ideas, inspiration, and amazing giveaways!  If you have never taken a class…you are totally missing out!!! here is the info…run, do not walk, and get signed up!!!! Class starts on January 28th…

Online Card Classes is back with an all-new take on one of our most popular classes: Clean & Simple Card Making 2! Join Kristina Werner, Julie Ebersole, Jennifer McGuire and friends to discover the “secret” to minimalistic and fabulous cards. Learn new techniques and be inspired by 26+ videos and 34+ clever and creative card designs. Gather inspiration from your fellow students and Online Card Classes teachers in the forums and galleries. Then print out class PDFs to take Clean & Simple Card Making 2 with you wherever you go. Plus, with lifetime access, random giveaways and shopping discounts (including from us!), you’ll be able to outfit your card making stash in clean and simple style.

For more information on the class, check HERE.

Leave a comment here on the blog for your chance to win one of the three spots we are giving away by Monday, January 21st, 2013 at Midnight (PST).  Head on over to Twitter and Facebook to increase your chances!!!


Jan 14 2013

Winter CHA Shinanagans

We are loving so many new products out there…along with some great embellishments, we have had the opportunity to play with some new paints (oh my goodness, they are amazing)…there is a lot of great new paper for our card makers out there…and can we just say WOW there are a whole lot of fabulous dies to choose from!

Tomorrow we will share our favorites, but today…we love seeing friends and catching up at the show, and having a little fun…

Always happy to see the boyz…they are part of the family!

Mr and Mrs Fancy Paints means lots of laughs, catching up, and sports talk!!!

Even though our dear friend Kaz from across the pond can’t be with us…she is never far from our thoughts…






See you back tomorrow…we mustache…hehe…

Jan 12 2013

Welcome Linda Ledbetter

It is with incredible excitement and humility that we announce the addition of Linda Ledbetter to our family.  Linda is our new Social Media Coordinator.  We are thrilled to have her join us at the Emporium.

Linda has always inspired us with her sweet spirit and uplifting posts and comments.  If she isn’t posting her fabulous photography, sharing stories about her adorable cats, or inspiring us with her incredible mixed media art, she is challenging us all to create with her Compendium of Curiosities Challenges.  We know that she is the perfect person to join out little family.

Please join us in welcoming her to the family…she is as excited as we are!!!

The winner of our little guessing game is…

Is it Linda Ledbetter?

Comment by Gayna — January 12, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

Congratulations Gayna!!! Send us your information to, Linda has created a cool project just for you!!!





Jan 12 2013


Hello blog friends and family!! It is an exciting time of year…a time to reflect on the past year, think about what you loved and what you want to make sure you do more of in the coming year.  We have reflected and we have some exciting changes coming in 2013…

But first things first, the winner of the December Monthly Challenge..CONGRATULATIONS , Susie Campbell, you are the random winner of the December Monthly Challenge: Joyful Creations.  We just love what you did for the challenge…thank you for sharing your  sweet ornament, and we LOVE that your middle name is JOY!!!!  Thank you for playing along; please email your information to to claim your gift certificate!

As usual, we are taking the month of January off from the challenge to concentrate on all the new and exciting products released at Winter CHA 2013.

Speaking of CHA…our first exciting and big news of  the year will be revealed today as our new Social Media Coordinator shares what is new and exciting at the show on Twitter and Facebook…if you don’t follow us, it’s a great time to start!!!


Along with the CHA product previews we thought we would play a little game…throughout the day we will post hints about our new family member…first person to guess their identity will win a fabulous prize!!

It’s going to be a fun weekend…come along for the ride!!!