Archive for February, 2014

Feb 25 2014

Team Inspiration

Hi folks, I hope everyone is having a great week! I can’t believe we are in the last week of February already but I am not complaining.  Coming to you from Nova Scotia, I am SO ready for this winter to be over because we have had a crazy one.  I am seeing a bit of change in the weather here with some warmer temperatures and melting snow which in my books is ALL good stuff.

I can’t say enough about the talent on our design team and this week’s inspiration showcases this beautifully.

Sue Kment shares this cute and wintery fun card with a little sliding action. Adorable!

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Shelly Hickox always amazes us with her detail and these two pop it cards are great examples of her work.  The first being this Steampunk Valentine



And this birthday card that has many experiments proving successful; very successful!

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Linda Cain wows us with her layering and incredible colour.  This tag showcases both beautifully!

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Linda takes her talent in many directions and jewelry is just one of them.  These earrings demonstrate the versatility of our craft.

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Again, straying from paper Pam Hooten has created this great tattered floral keyring.  In this she uses shrink plastic but it has taken on a beautiful metal look.  Check it out!


I just wanted to remind everyone that this week is the last  to get your submissions in for our Monthly Challenge.  We are getting some really great pieces shared by some truly talented people which we love to see so thank you! If you have not got in on the fun before, why not make this month your first time.  You still have time to post for your chance to win $50 to spend in our online store. I personally think we are all winners with challenges like these because it allows each of us to see art from people maybe we may not have come across otherwise.  Our love for creating and also sharing is a huge part of why I believe we love this craft so much.  Another reason is the opportunity to meet some pretty darn amazing people that just happen to have a similiar passion for paper.  So, spread the word with your crafting friends and help build this community.  You never know, it could be your name that is drawn to win this month!

Danielle Lounds has created two projects perfect for this month’s challenge of wise words and Quotes.  The first can be found HERE and one can’t help but feel empowered by the quote and the beautiful vibrant colours. Think Big!


Keeping with the same colour scheme which is so eye catching, Danielle also shares THIS card.  Beauitful job on both Danielle!


That’s it for now but keep your art coming, your fingers crossed and hope it is your name we will be announcing on march 1.  Happy Creating!


Feb 17 2014

Inspiration Monday

I hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s Day and weekend and that you took some time to make that special person in your life a card or piece of art that shows them just how much they are loved.  Here is also hoping everyone is working on their submissions for our Monthly Challenge here on the Inspiration Journal. We have had some incredible entries already so keep them coming in! You never know you might be the lucky one selected at random as this month’s winner.

It’s that time of the week that I would like to share with you what our design team has been working on this month.


Danielle Lounds has been busy creating and is sharing three projects with everyone.


This cute Thank you card that just pops!



This ray of sunshine to say hello!



Finally, this absolutely cute moose card is adorable!


Linda Cain is sharing one of the new fun artist trading blocks or ATBs

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Lisa Hoel has shared the Valentine card that she made for her husband.  What a sweet and heartfelt creation!




Lastly for this week, Pam Hooten has created this beautiful canvas piece with wise words to live by.  This is a great piece keeping with the monthly challenge of Quotes and wise words.




Have a great week! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you visit the talent of our design team to check out these projects and others.



Feb 10 2014

Love in the Air with Inspiration Monday

Happy Monday everyone, hoping you had a great creative weekend.   This week’s inspiration has a common theme with Valentine’s Day just a few days days away.  Our design team has been busy creating and we wanted to share with you what they have been up to so far this month.

Alice shares this cute card just in time for Valentine’s Day.




Lisa has been very busy making this great birthday card for her dad using vintage ledger as her base.  I am sure her dad loved this card as much as we do!



…this stunning luminary keeping in the Valentine’s theme.  This a great submission for our Monthly Challenge here on the blog so make sure you check it out and get in on the fun.



And this incredibly FUN configuration box with some really great game pieces.  Boy, does this project bring back some childhood memories!




Linda Cain has created these two beautiful Microslides which would look perfect on your Valentine’s gift.  The little girls are so adorable!


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Shelly Hickox looks like she had a great time at her cheery party and these these cute peat pots are a great addition


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Like Shelly’s steampunk card shared last month, this Valentine’s pop up card is stunning!




Pam shares this beautiful assemblage clock keeping with the Valentine’s theme.




And finally for this week, Sue Kment has shared this adorable dimensional blocks card.  So stinkin’ cute!


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Wow…there is some serious inspiration here with really great ideas.  I hope this inspires you to create something special for those loved ones in your life. Have a great week everyone!

Feb 4 2014

February Monthly Challenge

Before we get to announcing the February challenge we have some exciting business to look after.  Firstly, we would like to thank everyone for their submissions in the January Challenge and want to congratulate Andie Miller in being randomly selected as January’s winner.  Please contact me at so we can get your prize package in the mail to you.

Next, we  are over the moon, super excited about announcing a new design team member to the family.  We have been a fan of Kaz Hall for a long time and are so excited she has accepted our invitation to be part of the Inspiration Emporium family.  We hope you will all stop over to Kaz’s internet home and leave her a warm welcome.



Kaz has an amazing talent for combining old and new and coming up with stunning art as a result and she has not disappointed with her first piece with IE. Welcome Kaz to our family!





February is a month where people have finally gathered themselves after the holidays and realized they have missed January.  Oh wait, that might be just myself but either way, February is here and it is time for a new monthly challenge.  This month’s challenge is Show it with Words!  Your submissions should include your favorite words or quotes so start reflecting on what is meaningful to you 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 IEMC30 or other gallery online!!!)…and, remember, you can enter as many times as you choose!!! Contest begins today and ends on Feb 28, 2014 at midnight…the winner will be chosen randomly and announced on March 1. Ready, set, create!

Feb 1 2014

The Inspiration Keeps Coming

Here is hoping everyone is going to have a creative weekend ahead, whatever your plans.  We are back with yet more amazing inspiration from our design team.  I hope you will take time to visit their blogs and leave comments.  Most of us create things for and from our soul and it is always nice to see others appreciate what we have created.  Leaving comments, sharing our posts and using our ideas as inspiration definitely shows this and keeps us doing what we love to do so thank you from all of our designers and Inspiration Emporium.


In keeping with our monthly challenge of using dies cuts and punches, Pam Hooten created this amazing spread of pure goodness! 

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 Lisa Hoel has shared with us her take on the January tag challenge put out by Tim Holtz and stepped it up a notch by creating a stunning card to go along with it. 



And THIS beautiful card that anyone would be so happy to receive.



 Sue Kment created this darling card just in time for a little Valentine’s love.



 This diecut masterpiece created for CHA by Shelly Hickox is perfect for IE’s monthly challenge.  So much detail!

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 Remember, the monthly challenge ends tomorrow night so make sure to get in on the fun.  Who knows, your creation just might be chosen at random as our prize package winner for the month.