Archive for March, 2014

Mar 31 2014

Inspiration Monday

There are a few hours left to get the submissions in for March’s monthly blog challenge of A Splash of Color.  I will return tomorrow with the winner as well as to announce our new challenge for April.  Until then, I would love to share with you what our team has been up to this month.


The color phenom Alice Wertz has done it again with this cute Lawn Fawn card bringing the critters from the past to life.

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Danielle Lounds has created this texture-filled, colorful shadow box featuring a furry little friend that appears to have the perfect happy life.


Pam Hooten is getting creative with this colorful kewpie card using the Lots of Pops die set.  Great job Pam!


Sue Kment is getting ready for Easter with this adorable card.  I love the use of the patterned paper for the bunnies and great picture taking Newton!!

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Keeping with the patterned paper, Sue shares with us this Taylored Expressions card. So cute!

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Lisa Hoel has wowed us with this garden mini configuration book. Check out her Blog to see all the beautiful details inside.


Wow, I hope Shelly cleans her craft table more often because the results are beautiful with this Tag.  I hope this put a little dent in your cleaning Shelly to make room for your next creation.

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Finally for today, Shelly Hickox has created this incredible mini shadow box artist trading block. The possibilities are endless with these blocks and this is stunning!

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Happy Monday everyone! Stop back tomorrow to see if you might just be the winner for March.  Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the challenge this month…your talent never ceases to amaze!


Mar 31 2014

Sweet 16

Hello Family,

It’s been an amazing month!  Birthdays and celebrations galore!  This month has been dubbed March Madness for a reason.

This week, in the official March Madness NCAA basketball tournament, the ‘Sweet 16’ teams were vying for the National Championship.

Also this week, our family celebrated a Sweet 16 of our own.  My son, Joy’s nephew, Anthoni’s brother “Bryan” turned 16 and is now of legal driving age.



I remember so vividly getting my driver’s license and the freedom I felt as I drove around town on my own.  The feeling of maturity and independence struck me as I sat at a stop light, sitting there in the car all by my lonesome.  It was so difficult for me to believe that I no longer had to be chaperoned to each individual engagement I had to attend.  I was old enough, responsible enough, and free enough to get there on my own.  There are simply certain milestones in life that you will never forget, and that feeling of accomplishment… I will always remember.

BUT- watch out SoCal, we have a new driver coming towards you! Now… you all have been warned!

To the Sweet 16… everyone can now celebrate.  Please take an additional 16% off of your entire purchase through Friday, April 4.  Please enter “sweet16” during checkout.





Mar 26 2014

Weekly Inspiration

We are back this week with more great inspiration to get your or keep your creative mojo going. Let’s get right to it and I have to say that all of these projects coming up fit perfectly for our monthly challenge of A Splash of Color.  The submissions are rolling in from you and that is awesome, its great to seeing everyone sharing their talent while getting in on some fun of possbily being randomly selected as our Emporium monthly winner!  Deadline is March 31 so if you haven’t entered there is still time.  There is not a limit on submissions so the more entries, the greater the chances of winning!


Alice Wertz is all about color and these two cards demonstrate it perfectly.  Beautiful work!


Alice’s copic coloring is top notch and makes her cards really stand on! How cute is this unicorn?! Check it out HERE


There is no better time to start your Christmas cards for the upcoming year.  Sue Kment has done just that with this colorful creation.

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I have to admit I started to sing when I saw this cute card from Sue.  It brings back many childhood memories.

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The luminaries have been popular since their release and Lisa created this masterpiece for St Patrick’s Day this year.


The color continues with Lisa’s birthday card.  I am sure Katie was thrilled to receive this on her special day.


Shelly Hickox shares with us this beautiful butterfly tag with a colorful Springy feel.

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We have a lot of holidays covered in this post and Shelly has Easter covered with this cute vintage looking card.

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Our team is loving the new ATBs and the projects reflect that.  Linda Cain shares with us her new obsession that includes so much color and texture.

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Finally for this week, Danielle Lounds has this perfect Mother’s Day card.


With St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Christmas, and everyday covered we have inspiratioin to carry us throughout the year.  Have a great week everyone and enjoy some crafting time for your soul! Heather





Mar 19 2014

Weekly Inspiration

I hope everyone had a little luck of the Irish this week whether you are Irish or not.  Who can’t use a little luck or a rainbow with a pot of gold at the end?  I might not be able to bring you the fortune of the gold but our design team hasn’t disappointed with the treasures this week.


Danielle Lounds created this super cute card and try not to smile looking at her colorful little gnome…I double dare you!



Here is a perfect monthly challenge submission also from Danielle.  So Colorful!



Pam Hooten is keeping with the color theme with this cheery journal entry.



There is nothing better than a boy’s best friend…oh wait there is and it is how Linda Cain has used this cute found relative in her project.

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Kaz Hall has two projects that could fit perfectly with our monthly challenge of A Splash of Color here on the Journal blog.  The first is this sea themed beauty with amazing texture.


Next, Kaz has simply and beautifully included a splash of color by adding the floral paper with the eye catching yellow.



I hope you will get in on the fun and post your Splash of Color submission for this month’s challenge for everyone to see.  Besides having some nice visitors to your blog you might be the lucky winner of $50 in Emporium Dollars.  The deadline for submissions is March 31,2014 so there is still time to create. Get your color on!



Mar 10 2014

Monday is Bursting with Colorful Inspiration

Beware Spring!!!! After checking out this blog post there is no way you can stay away. Fingers and toes crossed that Spring is actually checking us out here with all our colorful inspiration from our creative design team. Lets get right to it so Spring can also get inspired!


Lisa Hoel is screaming for Spring to arrive with this beautiful card and the colors are stunning.


Keeping with our monthly Splash of Colour theme, Sue Kment shares with us all this ‘bee’ utiful card full of color and cheer.

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How fun are creating with these Artist Trading Blocks?  There is so much opportunity for creativity with all the dimension they provide.  Shelly Hickox never fails to amaze us with her steampunk style and this project is no exception.   If you are interested in seeing just how these beauties go together, make sure you check out her tutorial because you might get bitten by the ATB bug as well.

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Linda Cain has shared with us two very different yet amazing pieces, I am sure you will agree.  Linda uses the ATBs for a whole different look with so much incredible detail paid to embellishing to bring this little guy to life.  He just makes me smile!

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Changing gears on her next project, Linda Cain shares with us these vibrant Dylusions art journal pages.  The color is incredible but make sure to check out the amazing detail!

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I hope you find some real inspiration in these projects shared by our uber talented design team to create your very own project for the Splash of Color Monthly Challenge.  If you are needing more inspiration to get the colors flowing, make to you check out the incredible talent already shared from some of our readers.  Be bold, add color…it could just earn you $50 to spend in the Inspiration Emporium store.  Who doesn’t love a little shopping spree??  I hope you all have an amazing week and I will be back next Monday with even more inspiration.  Color on friends!

Mar 3 2014

Monthly Challenge

Happy March to everyone and I hope yours all came in like a lion so that we can get Spring on its way.   Before I announce this months challenge I first want to sincerely thank everyone that took part in last month’s challenge of ‘Say it with Words’.  There is some serious inspiration in every project submitted so thank you for sharing them with us and everyone reading.  Secondly, I want to announce the winner selected randomly from all the projects submitted which is #28 Claudia – Von Pappe II.  A big congratulations to Claudia!!  Please contact to me at and I can make arrangements with you for your prize.

Getting back to the spring idea, I think that this month’s challenge might also help to welcome it.  When thinking about Spring, I can’t help but think of life and new and what comes with this is Color.  Fresh green grass, bright yellow daffodils popping through the ground, and everything bright, vibrant and full of life.  This month’s challenge is A Splash of Color so this can incorporate anything colorful…paper, ink, paints, glitter, sprays, embellishments, you name it!   If it has color it is game!  Our very own Joy Kennedy created some tags that are a perfect kickoff for this month’s challenge…


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So, lets get this color party started!!  We can’t wait to see what amazing projects are submitted this month for your 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 IEMC31 or other gallery online!!!)…and, remember, you can enter as many times as you choose!!! Contest begins today and ends midnight March 31, 2014.  Let the Color begin!