Archive for July, 2013

Jul 31 2013

Guest Post: Danielle Lounds

Thank You Tag by Danielle Lounds

Hi all – it is Danielle and I have a fun mixed media tag to share with you today.  There is ink, paint and spray along with some of my favorite embellishments.

Tags are the perfect embellishment for a gift bag, especially a bag full of candy.  This bag is full of coconut m&ms – mmmmm… good.


I thought you might like to see how I created the tag base.

Step one: Stamp the polka dot image from Mixed Media CMS125 in various colors of Distress Ink on a manila tag.  I used: Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, and Shabby Shutters.


Step two: For a more muted look, paint some gesso over the stamped tag. Let dry (use a heat tool if you are impatient like me).


Step 3: Stamp the grungy alphabet image from School Desk CMS057 in Jet Black Archival ink a couple times.


Step 4: It still needed a bit more texture so I sprayed the tag with Cherry Pie Dylusions Ink Spray.


Step 5: Soaked up the excess ink with a second tag.  This could be the start of something interesting too. Let both tags dry and then set aside the second one for a future project.


Once the tag is dry have fun decorating.  Here is what I did:

  • Stamp the thank you image from Many Thanks (Lawn Fawn) in Jet Black Archival ink on Shabby Shutters Distress cardstock and then cut out with a Circle Nestabilities die.
  • Attach Black Elastic Gingham ribbon and White Mesh ribbon (both from May arts) to the tag using the Tiny Attacher (Idea-ology). Tie a piece of black baker’s twine through the hole in the top of the tag.
  • Staple a clear heart to the tag. (Stapled behind the gingham ribbon so you can’t see it).
  • Attach the sentiment panel using foam adhesive tape and add dots along the edge using a white gel pen.
  • Add a small pink flower (Prima) and some rhinestones (Kaiser).

Here are a couple of close up images of the finished tag:




Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day!


Links to products used:

Mixed Media CMS125 Stamp Set (Stamper’s Anonymous)

School Desk CMS057 Stamp Set (Stamper’s Anonymous)

Many Thanks Stamp Set (Lawn Fawn)

Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink (Ranger)

Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink (Ranger)

Mustard Seed Distress Ink (Ranger)

Shabby Shutters Distress Ink (Ranger)

Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger)

Cherry Pie Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger)

Rhinestones (Kaiser)

Shabby Shutters Distress Cardstock (Core’dinations)

Jul 29 2013

Celebrating More Birthdays

Oh my goodness! We had a fantastic time at Summer CHA! We found so many cool things for you…more on that soon! Today we want to share a little more (more like a lot more!) inspiration for the July Monthly Challenge: Birthday Celebrating.

Enjoy the show…so many amazing cards from our incredible inspiration team…


What a cute little party we have here! Love this card from Sue Kment!


Washi and copic love abound on this sweet card from Alice Wertz! Just adorable!


Pam Hooten layered this gorgeous card perfectly…anyone would love to receive it on their special day!


Yep…that just happened…seriously awesome! Take it in…and we dare you to suppress that giggle! Thank you, Sue Kment!

CUTIE PIE!!! Danielle Lounds, this is just stinkin’ adorable!!!

This one from Lisa Hoel starts gorgeously…

Then…BAM! look at the cool inside of the card!!! So so great!!!!


What incredible coloring…takes our breath away! Danielle Lounds, she is so fabulous in every way!

Gorgeous.  Absolutely gorgeous card from Shelly Hickox…but wait, there is more…

Oh my.  Just spectacular, isn’t it???!!!


And, finally, a super cool blueprint card from Lisa Hoel…what a great idea!

We hope you found some inspiration in these great cards and find a little time to enter the challenge!

Jul 17 2013

Guest Post: Heather Smith

They Say… Card by Heather Smith

Hi, everyone, Heather here!!! I hope you are all enjoying your week and are able to make a bit of time to be creative.  Our summer is so short here even getting started later than normal this year so I seem to be trying to take advantage of the sun as much as possible.  This week I am happy to be the weekly blog guest and want to share a fun grungy birthday card with you. Lets get started…

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 First off, I cut two pieces from kraft cordinations cardstock using the pop ‘n cuts die cut from Sizzix and Karen Burniston (card horizontal A2 w/circle label 3-D). This is a base tray with insert; what is great, is you can purchase different inserts for totally different cards. I used two different colours of cardstock, one for the outside and one for the inside.  If you are not familiar with these dies, they are very cool.  I first determined which colour I wanted for the outside, this one I cut without the insert of the die and the other I cut with which cuts the pop out portion.

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 Following the directions with the die, fold pieces in order to achieve finished folds and glue both together to create your card base.  At this point you can choose which orientation you would like to have your card.  I chose to have mine standing as opposed to being on its side.

Next step, I coloured some birthday blueprint stamps with distress markers and waterbrush.  I am just being honest, this takes me back to elementary school and the carefree hours of colouring.  Loved it then and love it now! These elements were cut out and raised on the card with foam pop dots.  Before these were added background was sanded, inked with distress inks and distress tool, remnant rubs were used as well as distress stickles to add the vintage look.  Vial labels and label letters carry my message and the memo pin allows me to add even more dimension. Striped paper string adds a fun look to this card.  Be creative at this point because that is what is going to make this card yours.

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Moving to the inside, I added another couple stamped images, grunge was painted and distressed, background stamps stamped, and distress stickles added.  Happy Birthday was stamped on one of the tattered banners from the tattered banners decorative strip.

Items used: kraft cordinations cardstock, die cuts(card horizontal A2 w/circle label 3-D, tattered banners), stampsets(just thoughts, birthday blueprints, mini blueprints 4, simple sayings), vial labels, label letters, sanding grip, distress ink, distressing tool, adirondack paint, distress stickles, blending tool, paper string, foam pop dots, memo pin.

My challenge when I set out was making a card while stepping away from the traditional folded kind.  These pop up cards are fun to make and have endless possibilities when it comes to personalizing it.

I hope you all enjoyed this card and have fun creating one to give to that special someone celebrating in your life.  Enjoy your week! h

Jul 10 2013

Guest Post: Pam Hooten

Happy Birthday Pocket Card by Pam Hooten

Hello, Pam Hooten here, it’s my turn to guest post this week for the Inspiration Journal.
This months challenge theme is birthdays or celebrating.
I decided to make a pocket card for money or gift cards.
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To make the card I cut a piece of white cardstock at 4 1/4″ vertically, scored at 5 1/2″ and scored again at 1 1/2″ from one end, folded and creased. I cut another piece of white and embossed it with my notebooktexture fade and adhered it under the flap on the card front.
Next, I cut a piece of grey and white polka-dot paper from the prima hello pastel 6×6 paper pad andadhered it to the inside back of the card. I cut pieces of different papers from the pad and made flags and adhered them to the flap.
For the insert, I made a tag and attached a strip of paper with my tiny attacher to hold the money. I punched the corners of the insert and card with a SU! corner punch.
I traced along the top of the flap with my tracing wheel for the faux stitching.
I made the flower with my alterations mini paper rosettes die with a piece of paper from the idea-ology vintage shabby paper stack. I added the prima metal bird paper clip and the happy birthday sentiment fromidea-ology label letters.
Make sure you upload your celebration work of art for your chance to win $50 to spend at Inspiration Emporium!
Jul 5 2013

Birthday Celebrations


We are back today with more birthday celebration love for the July Monthly Challenge: Happy Birthday America & Other Birthday Celebrating.  We are sharing more patriotic inspiration along with more traditional birthday cards…enjoy!

iejuly1Pam Hooten made this adorable card to celebrate our country’s birthday…love the grouping of images.

shelly hickox burlap bannerWe are loving this banner Shelly Hickox created…burlap, sizzix alterations dies, idea-ology paper, and distress crackle paint…what’s not to love! Shelly always inspires by rocking those Tim Holtz brand products!!!

Yeah…we know…stinkin’ adorable!! Sue Kment made this super adorable little treat box for a birthday gift.  Who wouldn’t want to receive this as a gift!?

Oh how we love every detail of this birthday card by Heather Smith…look at the insert that pulls out:

…such a great idea!!! Love the bright colors and watercoloring mixed with grungy inking…perfectly distressed!


Lisa Hoel made this cute little card for her nephew…the ‘vehicle loving 2 year old’!  ADORABLE, we bet he LOVED it!


One more…and what a card to end the post with…so many little details that Danielle Lounds added to make this card layout work wonderfully! Try this with your own images…we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Jul 3 2013

Guest Designer: Lisa Hoel

Patriotic Wreath by Lisa Hoel

Hello everyone, it’s Lisa here with a guest post for you Inspiration Journal readers! Continuing with our theme of celebrating America’s birthday, I created a wreath to liven up my front door for the month of July. It was a lot of fun to create and my hands are covered with Distress Stain and paint, lol. Take a peek below to see how I created it.

For the paper base of the wreath I used five, 7 in x 14 strips of Bristol board. (If you haven’t discovered Bristol board, I highly recommend picking some up at your favorite art supply store. It is fabulous stuff!) I wanted to have some texture in my stripes so I wrapped a piece of bubble wrap around an acrylic block, applied ivory paint to it, and then stamped it randomly on the paper. This was to created a design that would resist the subsequent layers of Distress Stain. Once the paint was dry, I masked each section off into three stripes. Then I swiped on the stains (Festive Berries and Faded Jeans). I also flicked on some droplets of plain water to react with the stain and create more texture. You can see how the paint resists the stain.

Next I used my scoring board to score the strips in increments of one inch, then folded them accordion style. I used my Crop-A-Dile hole punch to punch holes in the center of the folds on the inner blue edge. Then I glued the sections together to make one big long accordion.

After custom colorizing some Crinkle Ribbon to match the blue stripe, I threaded it through the punched holes. This way I could cinch up my wreath and make it a nice circle. I also cut a ring out of foam core board to glue the wreath onto and give it strength and rigidity.

Then came the stars! I used the Star Bright die for these. I painted the flat shapes first with Distress Paint (Brushed Pewter and Picket Fence), misting them a bit to get the colors to marble. When the paint was dry I swiped on some embossing ink and sprinkled it with embossing powder, making sure it didn’t cover evenly since I was going for a rough corroded look. I also gave the back a flick with my finger to knock some more powder off so I’d get that orange peel texture in areas.

I hope that those of you here in the USA will have a safe and fun day tomorrow celebrating our nation’s Independence! Don’t forget about our July challenge – you have until the end of the month to link up your project and have a chance to win a $50 gift to spend at the Inspiration Emporium!

Thank you! Lisa

Jul 2 2013

July Monthly Challenge: Happy Birthday America & Other Birthday Celebrating

July…oh. my.  How is it even possible that it is already July!!??

This month we thought we would have fun with birthdays for the month…the July Monthly Challenge: Happy Birthday America & Other Birthday Celebrating!

We can’t wait to see what you come up with…as usual, here is some great inspiration to get you started:


Richele Christensen shares this awesome card she created to celebrate the 4th of July.  We love all of the details on this card, to see more of how Richele created it, head to her blog post here.

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Linda Cain made this great tag and shared her tutorial on the Ranger Ink Blog…go see how she did it!

Shelly Hickox inspires us with this awesome card; it is a great reminder of how great the Seasonal Impressions Paper Stack from Tim Holtz & Core’dinations is!! LOVE IT!

Thank you for stopping by and sharing in the celebration; we will have some traditional birthday celebration fun later in the week!

Jul 1 2013


Popping in to announce a few winners…then we will be back tomorrow with the July Monthly Challenge

CONGRATULATIONS , SUE O’CONNELL you are the random winner of the June Monthly Challenge: Something Old, Borrowed, Blue, or New. We love how you used the oldie but goodie, embossing on vellum!  Thank you for playing along; please email your information to to claim your gift certificate!

And, one last little inspiration from the team…

Sweet Bride Card (Greeting Farm I Do Stamp Set) by Danielle Lounds

CONGRATULATIONS , JUNE, LIZZIE T., & BARBARA D.,  you are the random winners of the Online Card Class: Summer Card Camp 2!! Thank you for playing along; please email your information to to claim spot in class!

Class begins in a week…you won’t want to miss this amazing class, here is the information to join the summer fun: