Archive for June, 2013

Jun 27 2013

Online Card Classes Summer Card Camp 2 GIVEAWAY!!

We are happy to announce another great class from our friends at Online Card Classes!!!

Join your Online Card Classes Summer Camp counselors—Kristina WernerJennifer McGuire, and friends—for a three-week adventure packed with cardmaking ideas! Each day, you’ll discover a new way to have fun with your cardmaking supplies, whether we’re exploring a color combo, transforming a design sketch, or learning a new technique together. Summer Card Camp 2 includes designs from over 40 guest artists (yay!), lively videos, PDFs containing step-by-step instructions, shopping discounts, and loads of giveaways! Plus, you’ll have lifetime access to all of the class content—talk about making that summertime feeling last! Summer Card Camp 2 runs July 8-29. Sign up now for only $35!

Our generous friends are once again, letting us give away 3 spots to this great class!

There are 3 WAYS TO ENTER! That means…3 CHANCES TO WIN!!!
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Jun 26 2013

Guest Post: Linda Ledbetter

50th Anniversary Card by Linda Ledbetter

 This month at Inspiration Emporium, we’re celebrating matrimony with our “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” challenge! I decided it would be a fine time to celebrate my maternal grandparents, who– though they’ve been gone for a long time– I will always dearly love. I used photocopies of two photos, one of my grandparents as a young couple, and another that I think was taken around their 50th wedding anniversary. I may be wrong about that, but let’s go with it… :)

Begin by cutting the blue floral design from the Tim Holtz Lost and Found Paper Stash using the Sizzix Pop N Cuts XL Die with the Circle Label insert. This will be the inside of the pop-up card.

Remove the Circle Label insert and cut the outside card from a sheet of blue paper from the Destinations Paper Stash.

Fold the outside card in half and cut the edges using the Ornate On the Edge die.

Stamp the numbers from the Tim Holtz Numeric set using Distress Embossing Set. Emboss with Ranger Black Embossing Powder and your Heat Tool.

Glue the inner pop-up card inside the outer card using Glossy Accents. Use Black Soot and Weathered Wood Distress Markers to trace around the ornate edge of the outer card, and to add shadows around the embossed numbers.

Embellish the card with a gold button from the Fanciful Accoutrements set (cut off the shank with scissors and apply a bit of Tarnished Brass Distress Paint to the design on the button) Add a piece of floral Trimmings ribbon. Create a shiny border with a thin stripe of Tarnished Brass Distress Paint around the edges.
Here’s how the completed card front looks.

Open up the card and stamp the names with the Tim Holtz Tall Text letters. Stamp first with Picket Fence white Distress Paint, then overstamp with Black Soot Distress Paint.

Now we’ll decorate the round pop-up label. Using your finger, smudge it with a little Picket Fence white Distress Paint. Then, cut the larger heart from the Movers and Shapers Mini Heart Set using a piece of scrap cardstock, and paint the little heart with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint. While that dries, stamp white cardstock with the frame and your favorite text from the Simple Sayings stamp set, using Jet Black Archival Ink. Once the paint and ink is dry, glue the heart and frame to the pop-up label as shown.

Attach your vintage photos with Glossy Accents.

Happy belated anniversary, Grandmother and Grandaddy!

Our “Something Borrowed, Something Blue” challenge is open through June 30, and if you submit your own work of art to the main post, you could win a sweet shopping spree! We’d love to see how you celebrate the taking of the vows!



Jun 25 2013

There is Love

Hi There! We wanted to share a little inspiration today.  There are a few gorgeous submissions for the Monthly Challenge: Something Borrowed, Blue, Old, or New.  The challenge seems to be quite the challenge itself…so here is some inspiration for you…

What an adorable card from Alice Wertz.  Sweet, simple, and perfect in every way!

Pam Hooten shares this gorgeous ‘there is love’ canvas…what a wonderful way to share in the love her parents have.

Finally, we want to share the bridal shower favors that Shelly Hickox made for her daughter’s recent marriage.  The details are amazing…such a beautiful way to celebrate.

Remember, you get to interpret the challenge your way…so get to creating!!!

Jun 19 2013

Guest Post: Alice Wertz

Celebrate Card by Alice Wertz

Hello! It’s Alice here and I am sharing a simple card today.
This is a bigger stamp than I expected, but it was super fun to color! =)
I colored up The Greeting Farm’s Anya Lifts with Copic markers and paired her with a sentiment from Sugar Rush set by Paper Smooches.
The little red strip at the bottom is from Trend Setter 6×6 pad by Fancy Pants.
That’s all from me. Thanks for stopping by! =)
Jun 13 2013

For the Dads in Our Lives

Father’s Day is just a few days away…a day to celebrate the amazing role models and heroes in our lives.  We thought we would share some masculine inspiration today from the team…we hope you find one or two things to spark you to create something fabulous for the dad’s in your lives…

Up first, is this incredible card from Richele Christensen…head over to Richele’s post on the Sizzix Blog here to see the details!

Linda Cain wows us with this double embossed card…head to the Ranger Blog here where she shares how to make this great card for dad!

Shelly Hickox had done it again! This is JUST the outside of this unbelievable card…you MUST head to her blog to see what ‘pops up’ on the inside…it is just so so cool!!!

And, finally…what would make for an amazing gift of treasures for dad.  Although Heather Smith made this for herself to house all her little trinkets and treasures she has collected, we think that this would be PERFECT for dad to cherish some memories…the possibilities are endless!  Head to Heather’s blog to see how this project came together…then, maybe try one yourself!

Now, go play! We hope you are able to sneak in a little creative time to show the dad’s in your life how much they mean to you!

Jun 12 2013

Guest Post: Spike

Woman in the Dress Journal Page by Spike

Hello all! It’s Spike here and it’s my turn to Guest Post on Inspiration Journal this week.

Today, I’ll share the journey of a journal page from start to finish! I just love art journaling because you’re free to create whatever you want, however you want. It’s a place for self-expression, a place to try new techniques and in my case…an excuse to get all inky!

This is how I muck around in my book; you may do things differently which is fabulous because there is no right or wrong when it comes to art journaling. Usually when I journal, I don’t have a plan. I just go with whatever I feel like playing with and wherever inspiration takes hold.

I’m using one page sideways from Dyan Reaveley’s Art Journal Book. To prep, I just added some of Tim Holtz’s tissue tape on the seam as I don’t like the inks seeping through to other pages. I also put some scrap paper underneath the page that I’ll be spraying the base colours onto just to protect other pages.

To start, I’ll spritz the page with some water in the large mister bottle. Then I sprayed on Dylusions Lemon Zest, Pure Sunshine (my absolute fave!), Squeezed Orange and Postbox Red.

Here’s what the background looks like so far:

Next, I spritzed Fresh Lime through the 5×7 Letter Jumble stencil and then flipped over the stencil to blot on the page. Now sometimes I get lazy or overzealous and so I don’t quite achieve the effect I’d like to get (I spritzed too close to the stencil and the ink bled underneath) but hey…it’s just mucking about in the journal. I don’t start over or trash the page; I just use what I have done and move on. It’s an artistic adventure!

Then I spritzed with London Blue over a 6×6 Numbers Collage stencil.

For whatever reason, I wanted to add some subtle swirls using my ultimate FAVE stencil 6×6 Cosmic Swirls using Lemon Zest ink.

I didn’t use a heat tool to dry in between each layer of colour. This would result in a little bit of bleeding when applying the next colour but it doesn’t matter for this layout.

Hmmm…it needed a little zing so time to bring out the Postbox red and the 5×7 Dotted Flowers Stencil.

Now to add a little bit of ghosting I pulled out the Chalk White spray ink with the 6×6 Cosmic Swirls Stencil.

Here’s how the page looks now…

Alrighty, so the page has a background. It’s time to move on J  With a pencil and the Dylusions journal block, I traced the wavy edge around the page.

Next, I spritzed a little Melted Chocolate on a craft mat and painted the ink on with one of Claudine’s brushes up to the pencil line. Sure you can use the wide water brush with the ink in the barrel! (I just love the feel of Claudine’s brushes!)

After painting the border around the entire page, here’s the result:

Before this next step, I just made sure the ink was dry by drying the ink with a heat tool. Add some Picket Fence Distress Ink onto a craft sheet. With a piece of Cut n Dry foam, pick up a little bit of paint and blot off excess onto craft sheet.

The foam should almost be dry. Too much paint and it will seep underneath the stencil. If you don’t have enough paint then just pick up a little more paint, blot and re-apply.

Add the paint on the brown border from the outside edge to the wavy inside edge. Using a stencil with quite a bit of open space makes this easy to see. If the paint isn’t vibrant enough, just re-apply.

Let the page dry by either air drying or use a heat tool to speed things up.

I LOVE to “doodle”. Even if it’s just tracing elements, I find that it adds a little bit extra. I’ll often use a black fine liner and a white gel pen.

Here’s a closer up of the detail.

Since discovering Wendy Vecchi’s  embossing paste, I just love using them on my pages. I thought it would be cool to continue the cosmic swirl pattern from the border inwards and up by using embossing paste.

Talk about FUN!

Now that the base is done, it’s time to move onto content! I came across this piece in my scraps. I had sprayed some Dylusions ink onto manila card stock and stamped Dylusions clear stamp Night at the Opera with Jet Black Archival Ink. It had potential so I had set it aside. Then I went searching to see if I could find a quote with a dress that would resonate with me. Sure enough, I found one by Coco Chanel.

The dress needed a little bit of oomph and I just picked out a Prima 6×6 Lattice Stencil and started tracing with a fine liner, then a white gel pen.

To balance the page a little, I stamped a flourish. (I’m just a little addicted to flourishes and swirls!)

With quote in mind, I used a small alphabet stamp set to make it come to life. I never realized how handy these stamps are! Hero Arts makes a great one!

Putting it all together here’s the completed page:

A closer look at the quote: “Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.”

I am very happy with the way it came together in the end! Not bad for a page without a plan!;)

Thanks so much for joining me this week on Inspiration Emporium’s Inspirational Journal! Have a wonderfully inky week!



Jun 4 2013

Guest Post: Heather Smith

Disney Mini Album by Heather Smith

Hi everyone, Heather here and I’m happy to bring you a guest blog post for this week.  I love the process of making my mini albums and this one is no different.  I always look at how I can get maximum space for pictures and be able to have the book as its own little event.  I think it is this reason why I am not a page maker; I always want to put so much on them.

Lets get started…quite a few years ago I took a class with Carol Wingert and just loved this simple ‘vessel’ for my memories and have used the idea many times over.  We start with a report folder and it is the folding that changes this from the simple folder to my album.


Open the folder and fold outside edges into the middle.  The final folded album should resemble a ‘W’.  By doing this it will create a pocket on each side.  You can choose to sew in between these pockets at this point but I did not because with it folded the things later will stay put.

The next step is to cover the folder with selected papers of your choice.  For mine I chose to use Ideology’s Lost and Found and Destinations paper packs from Tim Holtz.  Do not spend too much time in picking the ‘perfect’ paper because as you will see, much of it can or will be covered or hidden.  There are three sizes required to do the basic covering: 2 pieces(11 1/4″x4 1/2) which are cover pieces, 4 pieces for the pockets(4 1/2×4 3/4), and the pocket backgrounds are 4 pieces(4 1/2×8). The length of the last pieces allow for them to slide down inside the pockets so this measurement does not have to be exact.  Please note this is what worked for my folder but before starting your own make sure you check to see that these will also work for yours because report folders can sometimes vary in size.

Before attaching my patterned paper I distressed the edges with my distressing tool and distress inks.  When I was ready I attached my pieces with ranger’s collage glue stick in order to get full coverage.

So, the bones of the project are complete and where you take it next is only limited by your imagination!  I will walk you through my book so you are able to get some ideas to use in yours but the sky is the limit to what you can do.

I wanted to add some additional texture to my paper so by using a stencil and embossing paste I was able to get the random look I was going for.  After the paste dried I applied distress ink using my blending tool in order to tint the stark white.  I did this step first so it would dry and also so I could build upon it.

Starting with my cover I layered a photo with doubled grunge paper that I had painted the edges with black distress paint.  This enabled me to have something thicker that I could put my book tie under.  Just using the photo without the grunge would have possibly caused it to tear with wear.  The book tie is made by sticking a strip of tissue tape to itself creating a ribbon like appearance which is also durable. The only place the tie is attached to the book is under this picture or whatever you choose to use so measure accordingly and make sure you make it long enough to go around everything once your book is complete (it will certainly be a lot thicker when you are finished).

My title was made using grunge letters that I painted with again black distress paint.  Once dried, they were sanded with a sanding grip and inked using walnut stain distress ink.

Once achieving the desired colour, I rubbed multi medium over top to seal the ink and give it that finished leather look.

After opening the cover, you will see your first two ‘pages’.  In the first pocket I created three tags of patterned paper. These measured 7 3/4″, 9 1/4″, and 10 3/4″ long and each 4 1/8″ wide.

I always am trying to think of ways I can include as many photos as possible in my books without the bulk so many of my photos throughout are doubled simply together without the bulk of additional paper.  I have used various tissue tapes along with double sided tape to create hinges and seams and no side goes without attention.

On tag two, I attached glassine envelopes again with tissue tape to create pages as well as pockets.  Photos were placed on both sides and the inserted photos are also double sided with tissue tape tabs placed between the photos.

The back side of this tag allowed for even more photo space…yep, also visited!

Tag three had layers without a lot of bulk.


The second pocket in my book houses my park books that I wanted to hold on to for possibly future reference(here’s hoping)!

Flipping the page takes you to your final two pages and again, have fun with it.




The final pocket holds a folded blank canvas.  This was created by using two pieces of kraft coordinations cardstock with one being cut 9×12 and the other cut 9×11 1/4.  Each piece is scored with 3 1/2″ panels that are folded into peaks and valleys .  One piece will have a 3/4″ tab that will be used for gluing the two pieces together.  I love the look of cutting some of my pictures out to create different dimension without thickness and also splitting photos across folds. I only completed one side but who says you can’t do both…double the real estate!

Attaching a kraft envelope behind the fold out creates a little spot where you are able to place things you might not always want seen or kept safe.

And you guessed the back cover is another blank canvas.

A look at the folder completely open.

And the other side!  The blank panels are what are folded together which I have left blank but can also be used for photos.

A few of the fine details up close…

I attached signmaker alpha parts throughout my book.  Some I painted various colours with distress paints but all I added glossy accents to in order to catch your eye and make them stand out.

Items used: report folder, patterned paper, rangers collage glue stick, double sided tape, distress inks and paints, alpha parts, remnant rubs, journaling tickets, chit chat, glassine envelopes, tissue tape, alphabet cards from 7 gypsies, mini numerals, alphabet grunge letters, grunge paper, tiny attacher, large paperclip, kraft envelope from maya road, embellishements, paper distresser, sanding grip

As you look closer at the photos you will see a lot of different items and techniques were used…backgrounds stamps, remnant rubs and stencils were not mentioned but why discriminate when you craft! They all want their time in the spotlight! 😉

I truly hope you take some time to create your very own mini album and allow yourself to be creative by adding your own touches. Thanks for stopping by and visiting this week!. h

Jun 4 2013

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Welcome June! As tradition has it, this month is typically known for weddings.  To celebrate this special time of year, the June Monthly Challenge is all about brides, weddings and anniversaries….hence the something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.  As always, this challenge is completely up to your interpretation!!

To start us off, here is some incredible inspiration from our team:

Lisa Hoel made this gorgeous card for her grandparent’s anniversary…SEVENTY YEARS! Incredible!!!!  Thank you for sharing this sweet card made with so much love, Lisa!

Shelly Hickox made this unbelievable mini album for her daughter’s engagement.  The sweet details are just precious.

Here is a look at the inside and how the album unfolds…what a wonderful keepsake for her daughter.

Thank you for stopping in, we can’t wait to see what you create!

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 IEMC25 or other gallery online!!!)…and, remember, you can enter as many times as you want…so create away!!! Contest begins on June 3, 2013  and ends on June 30, 2013 at midnight…the winner will be randomly chosen and announced on July 1, 2013.

Jun 1 2013

Monthly Challenge Winner

We love what you all created for the May Monthly Challenge! What a great way to show our love of quotes!

CONGRATULATIONS , Sandy Diller you are the random winner of the May Monthly Challenge: Don’t Quote Me. We love your your stitch quote, and how you created your save with remnant rubs!  Thank you for playing along; please email your information to to claim your gift certificate!

One last share of some great quote projects from our incredible inspiration team…

First up, Jim Hankins with this fabulous quote sphere…such a cool idea!

Seriously cute image, great layout, and fantastic quote! Thank you, Alice Wertz for the sweet inspiration!

Spike rocks the art journaling with this great page…the quote is the perfect addition!

Sue Kment shares this simple, sweet and full of sunshine card…such a great way to uplift someone’s day!

Heather Smith reminds us to ‘enjoy the journey’ with this outstanding tag…every detail and layer is perfect!

What a great quote…Danielle Lounds, we love those flowers and the reminder to imagine!!

Shelly Hickox rocks our world…the details on this project are awesome! So many little details coming together in an amazing way…and the quote is the perfect touch!

Lisa Hoel created this beautiful garden card…its seriously perfection in every way!

Hmmm…this quote means to much to all of us crafters, it is after all what we do…this is the inside, visit Richele Christensen’s blog to see the rest of the project here.

Such inspirational projects…we hope you find a little inspiration this month…add a quote for a special touch to anything you create…thank you for sharing the journey!