Archive for March, 2013

Mar 29 2013

Distress Paint Fun

Have you had the chance to play with the New Distress Paints yet? If you have, you know how amazing they are! The paint truly is like nothing we have used before…it is so smooth and fluid, covers fantastically, and the finish is cool!

We have a few projects to share from the team using the paints, but first…

That’s right, folks…there are Metallic Distress Paints in the house!!!! Whoohooo!! Thank you Ranger and Tim Holtz for this innovative, super cool product!!! 

To celebrate, Big Mama is giving away THREE sets of new paints!!! The 3 ways to win:

1. Leave a comment below, telling us your favorite distress paint color.
2. Like our Facebook page (if you haven’t already), and share this post on Facebook–making sure to link to this giveaway post– then leave a comment below to let us know that you’ve done so.
3. Follow i_emporium on Twitter, then Tweet about this giveaway using the hashtag #IEGiveaway, making sure you include a link to this post. Then come back and comment here to let us know you’ve Tweeted.
Be sure to leave a separate comment for your Facebook and Twitter entries! Good Luck!!!
(Entries accepted until Sunday, March 31st at midnight PST)

Now, on to the projects…

First up, is our super sweet social media coordinator, Linda Ledbetter with her card for the P.O.P. Challenge….we love how she used water to blend her paints together…gorgeous!

Lisa Hoel played with the paints on her embossed metal tape…sanding after painting reveals such great texture and shine!

Here Lisa did a marble background with the paints…then stamped with the paint…so many possibilities!

Richele Christensen perfectly shows how great these paints are on metal…they have great coverage, remain true to color, and are really easy to blend.

If you haven’t tried them yet, you HAVE to get your hands on some…they are simply incredible!!!

Mar 27 2013

Guest Post: Shelly Hickox

Time Machine Birthday Card by Shelly Hickox

Hi everyone! If you’ve been paying any attention to what’s happening in the paper crafts world, you know that Karen Burniston’s Accordion Flip 3-D die is HOT!! Stores are selling out of it the minute it hits the shelves. It really is one of the most amazing dies I have ever seen. For my project this month, I decided to go a little crazy with it!

Here is the open view. How cool is that?! This is one of those projects that looks incredibly complicated, but is actually not hard at all. Here’s a quick tutorial – I hope you’re inspired to try it!

Begin by die cutting two panels from kraft cardstock and two panels from acetate, using the Accordion die. You will use the acetate panels for the two center pages of the card. Using the Bracket Frame and Label die, cut two frames from kraft cardstock. Stamp the frames and panels with the measuring tape stamp from Tim Holtz’ Artful Tools stamp set. Adhere the panels together. Cover the outside of the acetate panels with the stamped frames.


For the center of the first page, cut a panel of kraft cardstock using the Bracket Frames die (the great thing about this die is that it cuts three different shapes at once!). Cover with Silver Metallic Distress Stain. When dry, emboss using the Tim Holtz Gears Texture Fade. Highlight the gears with Black Soot Distress ink. Adhere to the center of the panel.

Next, stamp the man from the Paris to London stamp set on a scrap of manila. Color with Distress markers. Trim and adhere to panel. Attach a Sprocket Gear with a Ring Fastener as shown. Punch a hole in the man’s hand and thread the end of a Swivel Clasp through it. Attach the clasp to the Ring Fastener.

For the center portion, cut a variety of gears from chipboard, using the Gadget Gears and Mini Gears dies. Color them using metallic Distress stains and attach them to the acetate panels as shown. To add even more dimension, cut a piece of acetate using Karen Burniston’s Circle and Ribbon 3D Platform die and add it to the center fold, where the two acetate panels join in the center.

Finally, add another embossed panel to the center of the last page. Stamp the sentiment on cardstock and trim. Cover Grungeboard with Foil Tape, emboss using the Riveted Metal Texture fade, and cut using the Word Play die. Drip various alcohol inks on the metal. When dry adhere to the card.

Here is another open view. I just love how it looks like the whole center portion is floating. So much fun! Now, I guess I’d better fold it up and get it in the mail – it’s my dad’s birthday card!


Karen Burniston Accordion Flip 3D Die–Album-Accordion-Flip-3-D_p_6176.html

Karen Burniston Bracket Frame and Label

Karen Burniston Circle and Ribbon Platform Die

Tim Holtz Word Play Die

Inkssentials Surfaces Metal Foil

Tim Holtz Diamond Plate and Riveted Metal Texture Fades

Tim Holtz Gadget Gears Die

Tim Holtz Mini Gears Die Set

Tim Holtz Mini Clock Key and Pocketwatch

Tim Holtz Blueprint and Gears Texture Fades

Stampers Anonymous Artful Tools

Stampers Anonymous Paris to London

Stampers Anonymous Simple Sayings

Idea-ology Custom Fasteners

Idea-ology Swivel Clasps

Idea-ology Mini Fasteners

Idea-ology Long Fasteners

Idea-ology Sprocket Gears

Idea-ology Mini Gears

Idea-ology Ring Fasteners

Ranger Brushed Pewter, Tarnished Brass, Antiqued Bronze Distress Stains

Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink

Black Soot Distress Ink

Ranger Distress Markers

Scotch Advanced Tape Glider

Other: chipboard, kraft cardstock, acetate



Mar 25 2013

Projects with a P.O.P.

We are in the final stretch…you have this week to play along with the Add a Little P.O.P. challenge.  We are seriously loving what you have submitted so far!  Here are some fabulous projects with that special P.O.P. by our incredible inspiration team…

When it comes to the cards that Alice Wertz creates, we know to expect the unexpected, with amazing coloring, and innovative layouts…we now, she has perfected the P.O.P.!!! whether it is a pop of color…

or..strategically placed pop up foam…we love what she has done!! Simply awesome!

Spike made this fabulous canvas for the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Die Challenge (now closed to entries)…but we decided that it was perfect for our P.O.P. challenge too!!! Don’t you agree that the pop of color from the teal flower is genus??!!!

There is so much about this card from Heather Smith that pops…the butterflies, the flowers, the bright base card color…it all comes together brilliantly…with a whole lot of P.O.P.

There you go…now, go get creative!!!

Mar 20 2013

Guest Post: Sue Kment

Catching Zzz’s Card by Sue Kment

Do you have a fisherman in your house???  I am not a fisherwoman at all…in fact I do not even eat fish—so I would be the one shouting  “SAVE THE WORM”!!!!!  Yes,  I can be silly…

Today I am using the Catching Zzz’s stamp by Art Impressions.  My Sweetie’s Dad is along time fishing guide, so this card is going in the mail to him…I am sure he will love it!

I used a simple layout, stamped the image in Memento Black ink and colored with copics.  I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black and added a Silhouette cut file of a colorful little fishing lure on pop dots—just  to carry on with the fishing theme. I tried to stay with ‘manly’ colored cardstock of Old Olive and More Mustard, with a hint of red to tie in the bobber thingie. (can  you tell I have fished all of about 10 minutes in my life?)

Inspiration Emporium is now carrying Art Impressions stamps, and boy am I tickled, as I do LOVE these stamps! I know you will be seeing more of them over the next months!!!

Thanks for popping in today.  To peek at this stamp set in the Coming Soon Section (includes image and the sentiment as well) -just click HERE.

See you soon!


card details:


Stamps: Catching Zzz’s by Art Impressions

Cardstock: More Mustard, Old Olive and Real Red SU!, MME 12 Days of Christmas DP


Face- E00, 11, R11

Waders and Worm- YG91,93,95

Vest- E 51,53,55,57

Bobber-R29, R39, R11

Tacklebox- C 1,2,3,4


Hat-Y18,38, YR18

Backdrop-B0000, 000

Misc: pop dots, circle punch, pinked nestie

Silhouette cut file: Fishing Flies



Mar 19 2013

More P.O.P. Challenge Projects

Today we have more inspiration to get you in the mood to Add a Little P.O.P. to your projects…if you haven’t played along with the March Challenge yet, maybe we can spark your imagination today!

First up, is the adorable and cheery Hello from Richele Christensen…so sweet!!! How fun is the rainbow inked sentiment and the ‘sugar coating’ from Distress Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter…we love this stuff!!

Spike shares this elegant…and super cool…birthday card; this was her first time trying the Pop ‘n Cuts Dies and we bet we are going to see more from this talented designer…they are SO addicting!!

Jim Hankins created this cool card…another team member rockin’ these dies after trying them for the first time! Hop (hehe) on over to his blog here to see the even cooler outside!!

Now, go forth…and add a little pop to your plans today!


Mar 17 2013

Lucky Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We have a few amazingly green projects from our team to share…but first up: the LUCKY winner of the Online Card Classes: Pattern Play spots!!

CONGRATULATIONS to Kris Whittaker, Tiffany Johnson, and Andrea Garland!!! Today is your lucky day, class starts tomorrow!! Please email your information to and we will get you set up.

Pam Hooten has thrilled us with this adorable necklace of charms…the shrink plastic and the mini vial are too cute!

Jim Hankins seriously rocks our world with this amazing card…just wait till you see the inside:

Right? Incredible!!! the layers of clovers are really great on this pop ‘n cuts card!!


Lisa Hoel cleverly created this ‘pot ‘o gold’ card for her mom…it is such a cool use of pop ‘n cuts…a card AND a gift!

Sue Kment shares this adorable card…we decided that all this green HAD to be shared today! so so cute!!

Thank you for stopping in, we are always grateful you did!


Mar 12 2013

Online Card Classes: Pattern Play Giveaway

We are excited to share a new online class:

Love pretty patterned paper? Grab your favorites and join Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire and friends for Online Card Classes’ newest class – Pattern Play.

Make the most of your patterned paper stash while learning tips and tricks and discovering both clean-and-simple and advanced techniques. Pattern Play includes many card ideas – all with videos – and a variety of card styles. Add step-by-step pdfs, a forum, giveaways, shopping discounts, additional inspiration and a gallery, and you’ll be ready to use your pretty papers in fun new ways.

Class runs March 18-25 but you will have lifetime access to the content. Sign up now for only $16! 

We are giving away 3 spots to this great class!

1. Leave a comment below, telling us your favorite brand of pattered paper.
2. Like our Facebook page (if you haven’t already), and share this post on Facebook–making sure to link to this giveaway post– then leave a comment below to let us know that you’ve done so.
3. Follow i_emporium on Twitter, then Tweet about this giveaway using the hashtag #IEGiveaway, making sure you include a link to this post. Then come back and comment here to let us know you’ve Tweeted.
Be sure to leave a separate comment for your Facebook and Twitter entries! Good Luck!!!
(Entries accepted until Sunday, March 17th at 7pm PST)


Mar 11 2013

P.O.P. Challenge Fun

We are back with a little inspiration to get your creativity flowing…you have plenty of time to join the March Monthly Challenge: Add a Little P.O.P.

Today’s samples remind us that your ‘pop’ can be anything from a pop of color, an image popped up, a project made using pop ‘n cuts, or any other interpretation…it’s all up to you!!

Alice Wertz shows us how cute a little pop can be…this happy little guy is popped up with foam.  We agree with Alice, the wiggle eyes are a bonus pop!!!

Pam Hooten’s take on the challenge was her first configurations creation…the butterfly at the top is just the beginning of the dimensional pop this project has…just so many sweet little details here!

Lisa Hoel is certainly right when she said ‘pop up wonderfulness’!!! We love this card Lisa made for her sister-in-law.

We thought the outside was it’s own little pop…all of the techniques Lisa used go perfectly together, especially the pop of orange in the beautiful undersea scene.

Heather Smith not only impresses us with the fabulous pop of color on this card, but a closer look reveals fabulous layers for a pop-up image…

See what we mean? What a great detail for fabulous impact!

There you go…we hope something here sparked your creativity…remember, you can submit more then one project in the challenge, go make something!!

Mar 8 2013

Easter Fun

We can’t help but share some Easter fun today…the Inspiration Team has been making some gorgeousness for the quickly approaching holiday…

Pam Hooten layered some great dies on this Easter tag…we love the mini bunny, and mini tattered florals! and, look how fabulous the vine is from the regal crest die is!!!

Shelly Hickox wows us once again with this incredible card…we love love love the way Shelly used the vintage lace die to edge her vintage sugar egg.  Can we just say that closure is genius…it looks amazing and works really well to keep a pop ‘n cut card closed!

Yes; we said pop ‘n cut…so so cute!!! Have you taken the PNC plunge yet??? Shelly makes us all want to give them a try! This card uses the Circle Label Pop ‘n Cuts insert beautifully!!! Take it all in!!

If you haven’t tried them yet, this month is a perfect time…our March Monthly Challenge is Add a Little P.O.P. We are excited to see what you come up with!!!!


Mar 6 2013

Guest Post: Linda Cain

Vintage Accordion Flip Card by Linda Cain

Hey everybody! It’s time for some Sizzix fun! I was lucky enough to get my hands on some great dies from Karen Burniston and decided to make a Flip 3-D Vintage card.

So let’s get started.

First I cut 4 pieces of Manila cardstock with the Sizzix Bigz Die – Accordion Flip 3-D die.

Then the Pop’nCuts Magnetic Insert Die- Square Ornate 3-D (Pop-Up) was used to cut 4 frames with the Tan and White paper from My Mind’s Eye.

The backgrounds were painted with Fresco Paints and stamped images were added using Jet Black Archival Ink and various colors of paint. I used a large Stamp Block stamp as the 1st background on the each section. Then I added smaller images to fill in.  Among the stamps used on the girls were ones from Urban Chic, and the compass from the Classic #1 set is on the boy’s.

Some Distress Inks – Tea Dye and Vintage Photo were used on the boy’s frames with the Apothecary Stamp from Tim and Archival Jet Black Ink. A script stamp with Broken China was stamped onto the girl’s frames.

I used Scor-Tape to adhere the 4 sections together. Don’t forget to cut off the last edge.

I didn’t glue the 4 frames together with the little tabs like you’re supposed to; I just cut them off of the sides so the pictures would float free. I backed up the frames with black cardstock to make the holes stand out more and added black Rhinestones at the top and sides. The little wooden charms with gold nailheads to cover the holes are glued on last.

This would make a great card you could fill with your ancestor’s photos or your kids. Give it to someone to put on their mantle or their desk at work to remind them to count their blessings!

Hope you enjoyed this, and let us know if you have any questions or thoughts.

Linda C.