Archive for July, 2014

Jul 30 2014

Weekly Inspiration

There is lots more inspiration coming your way this week so lets get right to it.  Make sure you take a few minutes to visit the blogs of our design team to check out their incredible projects up close and leave them a comment to show you stopped by.


Summer is the time for new releases from designers and companies as they are gearing up for fall and the holiday season.  Shelly Hickox has used some of the newly released stamps from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous in this great Halloween card.



Danielle Lounds has created this great canvas keepsake that would be a perfect way to display a captured memory from years gone by or today.



Lisa Hoel shares with us her version for Tim’s Tag challenge but as you can see from the second photo, keeps the idea going.  The tag and birthday cards fit perfectly with IE’s Monthly Challenge of Summer fun.  You still have time to get your submissions in for a chance to win a great prize.




We are always amazed with the journal pages created by Pam Hooten.  This double page is stunning! So colorful and cheery with the Dylusions and the little quote is so true, I have never seen an unhappy skipper.




Up next is an embellishment masterpiece by our very own Linda Cain.  It is great placement of so many different pieces to create a whole mixed media piece.  Great job, Linda!

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Switching gears(no pun intended), Linda has created this beautiful layout from her Nebraska memories.  What a cherished piece to create and have and remember those beautiful summer skies with.  The use of the black, white and bright colors is gorgeous!Farm Journal Page 005


Over at Studio L3  our sweet Linda Ledbetter has put out the Painted Industrial challenge as part of the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge.  This is Lisa Hoel’s steampunk birthday card using this very technique. Comendium-of-Curiosities-3-chall#7_Painted-Industrial

Don’t forget to submit your monthly challenge project for your chance to win! There is still time.

Thank you for stopping by and making us a part of your day today.  h

Jul 22 2014

Summer Inspiration

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and that you are all receiving great weather.  When the weather is nice the activity list can be endless with trips to the beach, camping, road trips, some beautiful hikes on your favorite trails, biking, picnics…you get the idea.  All of these activities keep us outside and busy which limits the time we spend creating in the summer.  If this is your case make sure you are remembering to capture the outings with photos, journaling or collecting momentos of your special time so you are able to document on that rainy day or once the weather turns cooler.  Our incredible team members have fit in a little creating while enjoying their summers and would love to share them with you.

I wanted to start off with this amazing creation by Shelly Hickox.  What an genius garden tote using Sizzix’s 3D blocks and a great gift idea! This is perfect for our July Challenge of Summer Fun.  Make sure you check out the details HERE as the deadline to submit is July 31.

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Lisa Hoel crafted this beautiful timeless treasure for her Compendium of Curiosities III challenge piece.  This showcases the photo of her grand grandfather perfectly.



In preparation for 4th of July, Lisa Hoel created this bold and beautiful decor piece showcasing red, white and blue so proudly.  Make sure you check out her blog post  HERE to see all four sides



Next up is this fun altered canvas by Danielle Lounds.  There is so much texture and dimension included in this cheery watercolored piece.  Great job Danielle!


This gorgeous tag by Linda Cain showcases her talent for color and layering.  Make sure you take a few minutes to take it all in because there is so much detail involved.

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Shelly Hickox is chiseling away at her holiday cards which is a very smart thing to do before all the hustle and bustle of the season.  Love, love, love this card created using Tim Holtz stamps and the Evergreen Pivot Card dies by Karen Burniston.  Be sure to check out Shelly’s blog to see how she made this as well as for a video showing the entire card.


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This month so many of the design team members are putting their creativity into projects other than the simple card structure.  Linda Cain has created this adorable colorful trinket box.  I great way to give a gift because this little box is a gift within itself.

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Lastly for this week, Pam Hooten has created this summery journal page, again perfect for our monthly challenge.  Make sure you check our her blog HERE for the up close detail and as well another fun project she has created that is perfect for a nice summer tea with friends.


Enjoy your week! h

Jul 16 2014

Tissue Tape Masking Tutorial by Chelle Fowler

Hi there, it’s Chelle here today to share a tutorial for a fun tissue tape masking technique to have your stamped image have a little on your card.


I love the look of this background with the clean area as a focal point for your stamped image in an interesting way.  Let’s get started…


Stamp images on manila card stock in archival ink, quickly heat set to prepare for watercoloring.


Begin coloring image with a detail water brush and distress markers…build color in thin layers.


I like to add a dark area on the images as I color to make them pop.  I only added shading to the sea horse since the other images will be cut out.


Use tissue tape (you can also use painters tape, washi tape or any other tape that will remove easily from your image…I recommend you test your tape on a scrap piece of card stock before covering your colored image) to cover your image.  I like to tear my tape and have the edges have some interest once we peel it off.


Cover as much of the image and surrounding area as you like…it’s fun to play with the shape of your mask.


Now we are ready to ink! I love using the mini ink blending tool for this…it doesn’t leave any square edges and works perfectly with my super convenient mini distress ink pads!


Start inking your image along the edges, be sure to smooth over the tape gently so it doesn’t peel up as you ink.


Continue inking in the colors of your choosing…I like to use 3 colors, but have fun with it and do what you like!


Use the spritz & flick technique (literally spritz water in your hand and flick it on to the paper) to add some water spots. Use a towel to mop up the extra water, and dry with your heat tool.  Be careful not to over heat the tape or it will be harder to remove!


Using burlap stencil, walnut stain ink, and blending tool, ink randon spots on the image through the stencil. I use light pressure on the inside toward the image and heavier pressure along the edges.


Remove your tape gently…I like to peel it back onto itself and go slow, it usually peels up easily.  I think this just looks cool…it gives the image a clean area that grabs the eye with a unique edge to it.


Cut out your smaller images as close to the black edge as you can.


Ink the edges using gathered twigs and ink blending tool…this helps them pop and covers any areas where the edges aren’t perfect.


Stamp sentiment on kraft card stock and trim into banner shape.


Layer your pieces onto the card.  I adhered the image onto kraft core card stock and sanded the edges.  Then added the rest of the images with foam tape to pop them up.  I cut two pieces of linen ribbon, inked and stretched them to make them look more like netting and added them under the images.


I added a little bow of jute sting and lastly, I spirtzed some gathered twigs ink onto the card as a finishing touch.


Here is another look at the finished project…I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial! I have a video of this technique that I shared on my blog if you want to check it out and see it used on another project.

Happy Creating!




Jul 7 2014

The Challenge is On!

Wow, it is hard to believe we are onto a new month which also means a new challenge but before we get to that, I just wanted to thank all of those that took part in last month’s challenge.  Some of you were able to get into the festive mood and do a little holiday creating.  Trust me when I say you will thank us when it comes December and you are all set for holiday cards.  We have randomly selected a winner from those submissions submitting last month for $50 in Emporium Dollars to spend in our online store.  A big congratulations goes out to…



Please contact me at to claim your prize.

This month’s challenge is all about working in the now and that involves Summer Fun!  We can set aside our snowmen, and Santa stamps and get out the vacation, beach and BBQ stamps, papers, and photos.  I am sure we have many fond summer memories we are wanting to capture or a special project we have been thinking about creating so why not share your project here with us for your chance to win some retail therapy over at the Inspiration Emporium Online store.  Contest will run until midnight, July 31, 2014.  From all the submissions linked below, a random winner will be chosen and awarded $50 Emporium Dollars.  Remember, you may enter as many times as you wish so share, share, share! We can’t wait to see what everyone is creating.

Before you head off to your craft table, here is a little inspiration to get you started thinking.  Shelly Hickox created this gorgeous Fouth of July card using the ever so popular Pop it Ups.  Loving the boldness and all the detail she put into this card…check out the cute little burlap banner.

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The Challenge is On, we can’t wait to see all of your creations!  Have a great week! h