Archive for May, 2014

May 14 2014

Fairy Flowers Project Tutorial by Lisa Hoel

Hello everyone, Lisa here. Have you heard of Artist Trading Blocks (ATBs)? They are a 3D take on ATCs and are so much fun to make! There are two Sizzix Scoreboards dies that cut out the blanks for four different sized blocks – then the fun begins as you alter and decorate them however you please! I have used the largest block size die to make the base block for my Fairy Flowers project:



How about a little tutorial on how this all went together?

Step 1 – Stenciling the block

I carefully held the stencil down and blended the Distress ink through it, lighter to darker colors. You can tape the stencil down too to help keep if from shifting.

Step 2 – Cutting & Misting the Flowers (so they could be drying!)

The flowers are cut out of coffee filters using the steel ruled die Tattered Florals. I cut through several layers at once and the die went right through. The coffee filter material takes inks and stains very well and is much stronger than tissue paper. Here I have some on the craft sheet and I’m spraying Spun Sugar Distress Stain onto them. Did you know you can carefully pop the dabber top off of the stain bottles and pour some of the stain into a mister bottle and spritz it? Yes you can!

Here is the stash  of blossoms drying. I didn’t end up using all of them.

Step 3 – Assembling the Block

After finishing all the stenciling, I glued the two sets of panels together to form the block. I left the top flap open of course for the flowers to come out. The fairies are cut from collage sheets by Altered Pages. They have a ton of different themes. You get an electronic copy via email and then you print them out yourself. I also cut a square of foam to fit into block that the wire flower stems got poked into.

Step 4 – Assembling the Flowers

To assemble the flowers, I stacked up the layers and stitched through all of them with buttonhole twist (heavier than regular thread). Crinkling the coffee filter layers will give the flowers more volume. After stitching, I didn’t try to knot off my thread. I just left a 1/2 inch tail or so hanging on the backside. It got glued down in the next step.

I bent a loop and a 90 degree angle into a length of wire. I made a little puddle of hot glue on the back of the flower and glued the loop to it.

I arranged my finished flowers in the block and tucked in diecut foliage here and there. I glued my little fussy-cut fairy onto her flower perch to finish it off.

Thank you for reading along! I hope you’ve been inspired and have some project ideas of your own now.

May 7 2014

May’s Monthly Challenge

May is a month to celebrate! Whether it is a birthday, Mother’s Day, a spring wedding or just the arrival of warmer temperatures, it all deserves a great celebration.  So, in keeping with this, our monthly challenge this month is Celebrate!  This is a great time to create just that perfect project for that special someone.  The contest will run from today until midnight on May 31, 2014.  The winner will be randomly selected from the entries linked below and will receive $50 to spend in the Inspiration Emporium Store.  Remember, the more entries you submit, the greater the chances of winning!

Our design team has been busy creating for their own celebrations this month. Lisa Hoel is all ready for Mother’s Day and has a couple to share with us.  The first is this beautiful colorful stenciled card.


Lisa’s second card is her submission for CCC3 and the marbled paint challenge.  If you aren’t already taking part in the fun, make sure you check it out HERE with our sweet Linda Ledbetter.



Shelly Hickox is rocking the Artist Trading Blocks this month with her incredible anniversary block.  Great detail Shelly!

shelly hickox pop up ATB card


Last month we had great  participation in the monthly challenge and we want to thank everyone for sharing their talents with us and all of our readers.  These challenges are a great way to make this enormous world seem so much smaller because it connects us with people, blogs and talent that we may never have encountered from every corner of the world.  Last month’s randomly selected winner is…


Congratulations Creepy Glowbugg!!

Contact me at to claim your prize.

Have a great week and happy creating! H