Archive for August, 2013

Aug 20 2013

Guest Post: Sue Kment

Crop Till You Drop by Sue Kment

Oh My!!!! I am an Accordian Flip 3D die addict. Although this is my first creation using these 2 Sizzix dies(Sizzix Bigz Die Accordian Flip 3-D and Frame & Label Bracket), I know you will be seeing many more projects using them! This is a 2 die project, one that cuts the accordian frame and one that cuts out the pretty designer papers  to decorate around the edges and  the center of the ‘flip’!

I made this creation for a very special birthday girl and I could not make her just any ole’ card ya know!

There is a lot going on here! I cut the accordian card die x 4  and then decorated it  with Echo Park Bundle of Joy designer papers, several fun Art Impression stamps and some files cut with my Silhouette.

I used some pretty new SU! cardstock for the base (the inspiration for the color combo),  and finished off the card  with some flowers made with punches and enamel dots.

I do hope you enjoy peeking at this as much as I did making it…I am already planning my next creation so stay tuned!

 Thanks for stopping in to stay Hello, I am so pleased you stopped by to visit!

Project details:



Crop til you Drop(10% discount if you use code suestamps13 at Inspiration Emporium)

Shoppe Window

Scrap and Stamp Shoppe


Accordian Flip 3-D

Frame and Label Bracket(10% discount if you use code  suestamps13 at Inspiration Emporium)

Cardstock: Echo Park Bundle of Joy(10% discount if you use code  suestamps13 at Inspiration Emporium), SU! Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush cardstock


Skin-E00,11  R20

Hair and Purse-E31,33

Greens- YG 23,25

Blues-BG 10,11,15

Pinks-R 81,83,85

C 1,2


Misc-enamel dots, flower punches, pop dots

Silhouette cut files:

Happy Birthday Phrase

I made the 50th


Aug 14 2013

Guest Post: Shelly Hickox

Faux Embossed Leather Travel Journal by Shelly Hickox

Image Hi all! It seems like every project I do tends to have the word ‘faux’ in the title. I can’t help it – I love using my supplies to create interesting textures and effects, oftentimes mimicking more expensive or vintage looks. This technique is an oldie, but a goodie. Looking at the finished project, you’d never believe it is just a tag covered with a paper bag. A friend of mine even thought it was a new book that Tim Holtz was selling. I can’t think of a better compliment!

 I based my journal on my impression of a vintage leather travel book. I’m planning to use mine on a trip we’re taking to California and Oregon in the fall. I’m so excited to fill it up with notes and ephemera from along the way. Here’s how to make one of your own:

Image 3 Begin by cutting the Vintage Globe die from chipboard twice. Trim the continents from the second piece and adhere on top of the other globe. This will give it lots of dimension when you emboss it.

 Image 4Next, cover a Ranger #12 Manila Tag with Studio Multi-Medium and adhere map paper from Tim Holtz’s Crowded Attic Paper Stash. Trim excess and let dry.

 Image 5When tag is completely dry, score from the left side at 4”, 5 ¼”, and 9 ½”. Make sure you orient your tag as shown above.

Image 7Flip tag over and adhere globe to the right side of the tag (the end without the hole in it).

 Image 8To create the faux leather, crumple a piece of kraft paper and flatten out. (Note: I used a paper bag. You probably don’t want to use something as heavy as cardstock. It won’t be thin enough to fit the contours of the globe.) Ink as desired with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

Image 6Center Idea-ology Ring Binder between the 4” and 5 ¼” score lines. Mark hole placement with pencil. Punch holes and attach Binder.

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Apply a very liberal coating of Multi-Medium to the uninked side of the kraft paper. Lay over the tag and start smoothing it over and around the die cut globe piece. You can use an embossing stump if you have one. I just used my fingers and it worked fine. Trim excess from the tag and let dry.

 Image 10When dry, ink the raised globe with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, highlighting the edges. You will think you’ve failed until you get to this part! The ink really brings the embossing to life.

 Image 11To seal the paper and enhance the leather look even further, apply Multi-Medium to the entire cover, using your fingers to work it into the crevices. This is also a time when you can further refine your embossing.

Image 12Finally, add Remnant Rubs to decorate the spine. I also dabbed Multi-Medium over the rub-ons, just to make sure they were well-protected.

Image 2To finish the book, I tied a black waxed cotton cord through the hole. I also created a few fun pages using various Tim Holtz dies and stamps. This is where you can really personalize it and make it uniquely yours.

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I purposely kept my journal very simple – I wanted it to look just like a small travel journal you’d keep in your pocket to jot down little notes from your trip. By adding lots of pockets inside, there is plenty of room for ticket stubs and little mementos.

Thanks so much for visiting today – have a great week!



Aug 7 2013

Guest Post: Richele Christensen

Tag Travel Journal by Richele Christensen

Hello friends!

This month at Inspiration Emporium we are celebrating “My Summer Vacation”!

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I thought a little travel journal would be fun.

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We will be using Ranger’s giant #12 tags. These tags are great for card, mixed media project and our journal today. You will need 1-black tag for the cover and 4-kraft tags for the inside pages. Score and fold the tags in half, after folding the Kraft tags trim the inner pages cut them to 5 1/8” so the pages won’t stick out from the covers. Set aside.

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Cut a piece of clear plastic 8 1/2” x 5 1/8”. Score and fold in half. Emboss the front with the Compass Texture Fade Embossing folder. Working on the embossed image add Distress Paint (Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean and Broken China). Using a baby wipe or damp paper towel blend the colors together. Wait for a few minutes, but before the paint dries, gentle wipe off excess paint with a dry towel.

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Stamp the Globe from the Travel Blueprint set with Jet Black Archival Ink. Let dry. Color the Globe with Distress Markers (Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Gathered Twigs and Iced Spruce). Now use your Detail WaterBrush to smooth out the coloring. Be sure to keep light and dark area in your coloring. I kept the center of the ocean light. Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool.

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Stack all the pages and covers together. Place the fold on a cork surface or the like. Poke 3 holes, one in the middle and one on either side. Sew the book together by starting in the middle hole and thread the string from the outside to the inside. next thread the string in one of the outer holes. Now your on the

outside again. Thread the string to the opposite outer hole, then back through the center hole. To tie off the string be sure the ends are on opposite sides of the long stitch and tie a square knot. Now you have a journal.

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Lets decorate the cover. Matt the Globe piece with a piece of rust Kraft-Core. Leave the Kraft-Core piece a little long so you have enough room for the word Journal from the Remnant Rubs. Distress the edges as desired. Accent with Mini Fasteners, a WordBand, Fleur di lis, Compass Coin and Game Spinner.

Now you can enjoy your journal. I cant wait to go on vacation and fill my journal with special memories.

Thanks, Richele


Aug 5 2013

August Monthly Challenge: My Summer Vacation

We can’t think of a more perfect time to share your travel projects…the August Monthly Challenge is all about travel and journeys.

We have some incredible inspiration from the team…just wait till you see what they have been up to!

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Danielle Lounds proves once again that she is a genius with coloring and amazing, unique layouts…just fantastic layering!

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Spike shares this really great card…so many great details on this card come together perfectly with great impact!

ImageShelly Hickox has done it again…this card is unbelievable…and this is just the cover…

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Yes!!! We know.  UNBELIEVABLE!!! Who wouldn’t love getting this incredible work of art? We are in awe!

We can not wait to see what you have to share with us…whether it is a travel journal from a recent vacation, a layout from your trip to Hawaii last year, or a sweet card sending a dear friend away with a Bon Voyage wish…we know you will inspire us all!

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 IEMC27 or other gallery online!!!)…and, remember, you can enter as many times as you want…so create away!!! Contest begins on August 5, 2013  and ends on August 31, 2013 at midnight…the winner will be randomly chosen and announced on June 1, 2013.

CONGRATULATIONS , Brandy Miller ,  you are the random winner of the July Monthly Challenge: Happy Birthday America and Other Birthday Celebrations. We love your “layered series of goodness” as Andie called it! Thank you for playing along; please email your information to to claim your gift certificate!