Archive for August, 2014

Aug 28 2014

Overflowing with Inspiration

Sorry for the delay in this post but we have been busy behind the scenes preparing for a huge announcement coming the beginning of September.  We are so excited and can’t wait to share…but we will very soon!

Until then, I have lots of inspiration to share with you from our design team this month.  Even with the busy days of summer our great team has created some fantastic art to share with you.  Before I get to that, I had promised photos from my day of adventure earlier this month and after locating my camera cord was now able to share these with you.  These majestic beauties arrive off of our coasts of Nova Scotia every summer and I simply can’t get enough of them.  I believe it is such a privilege to have these whales visiting us each summer and I attempt to get out at least once a summer to visit them.  This is the first time I have taken the zodiac tour but man it is the way to go!  I envy the tour guides that get to go out every day to witness this because I am in awe every time.



SONY DSCThis is a mother and her baby that we saw this day and they were as curious about us and we were about them.  We were told that baby was about 7 months old.  If you ever get the chance to witness these for yourself, take it, you will remember it always.

Lisa Hoel has created these GORGEOUS steampunk insects inspired by a class taken with Finnabair.  Make sure you check out Lisa’s blog to see all the detail that went into making these.


Our sweet Alice Wertz does clean and simple with perfection and it is no different with this cute scooter card using Paper Smooches.


Alice’s coloring is so spot on and her creations always bring a smile to my face. Beautiful sunflower card!


Shelly Hickox is giving us a sneak peek of the new dies from Eileen Hull that will be released later this year with this adorable tea canister.

shelly hickox eileen hull sizzix tea box

It appears that gears are popular this month as Shelly has used them also in this stunning pop up birthday card.  Love the effect of the perfect pearls which just makes this card POP!

shelly hickox pop it ups gear birthday

Linda Cain has been crazy busy creating this month and has lots of inspiration to share.  First up is this colorful and stunning cage doll using the Bohemian papers from Graphic 45.

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Mixing it up, Linda has created this 3 1/4 inch collage which I just love.  The colors, the photo, and everything just come together so well.  Great job Linda!

Little Miss Collage 009sm

Linda likes to switch things up and has done so with incredible jewelry pieces.  She has achieved some beautiful results using the Vintaj elements and patinas.



Lastly, Linda has created this adorable charm bracelet perfect for any girl.  What a great way to remember the summer, such a great gift Linda!

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Lisa Hoel has been busy as well and has created this piece for the Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenge.  This time around the challenge is to use the Tim Holtz framelits which include both the stamps and diecuts together.


Lastly for today, Pam Hooten is getting ready for Halloween which before we know it will be on our doorstep.  I love this piece Pam, so fun!  Our monthly challenge is Everything goes and this certainly is perfect!  Make sure you get your submissions in before the end of the month HERE, its not too late!  Have a great weekend and hopefully you take time to be creative! h


Aug 23 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


Thank you very much Chelle Fowler!  You have nominated the IE Family for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  We GLADLY accept this challenge.

ALSIceBucketChallenge (see short video here)


After filling our buckets with ICE COLD water, dumping it over our heads, and feeling that stinging-frozen sensation, we nominated:

   -Our good friends, Mr. Fancy Pants himself- Jared and his lovely wife Jodi.

   -Our Design Team Coordinator Heather Smith (I’m sure you’re used to ice)

   -Our Social Media Coordinator Linda Ledbetter.

   -Our little baller nephew Andrew Tristan for the challenge.


They had 24 hours to complete the challenge or donate to the ALS Foundation.

 Although we were able to complete the challenge, we still want to do our part in contributing to an absolutely remarkable cause.  A portion of all our sales and proceeds will go towards the ALS Association in hopes of gaining strides in curing Lou Gehrig’s disease. Please enter “ALSawareness” in the coupon code section during checkout.

To encourage our Family, we want to give you 15% off of all purchases this weekend.  Please act soon, as this sale lasts until midnight (PST) Monday, 08/25/2014.

 Thank you Family!  We hope everyone has had an amazing summer.



Aug 6 2014

August Monthly Challenge

Good morning, I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and taking full advantage of the sun and nice weather.  I know for me since our summers are so short I have been and loving every minute of it.  With that being said, it cuts down on our time to be creative with our stamps and paper but I am sure our gardens look amazing. There is just something about being out in the fresh air and enjoying what we have been blessed with in our very own backyards.  Yesterday I was able to get up close and personal with some incredible graceful humpback whales.  I wanted to share a photo today but the cord for my card reader is MIA, hopefully I can share next week as it was truly an amazing experience right in my back yard.


This month’s challenge is going to be up to you because ‘Everything Goes’ for August.  This is a great time to challenge yourself to try something different or enjoy all of the new releases that are coming out now.  We can’t wait to see where your creativity is taking you now and we are happy to be included in your journey.  By submitting your link below to your blog and project you will have a chance to win $50 to spend with Us online.  The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2014.


To get your creativity going Lisa Hoel wants to share what she is working on.  A great paper sketch challenge with a beautiful result.


Inspiration Emporium would like to congrat the winner of July’s monthly challenge…

that crazy chick #15

Please contact and we will arrange for your prize.

Thank you to everyone that shared their projects with us and our readers and be sure to keep them coming! h