Archive for September, 2014

Sep 29 2014

Inspiration Monday


Wow, what incredible talent we have displayed this month and today is no different.  I truly think it is impossible to not be inspired by the team and all they have created this month.  After checking out our inspiration here and on the team members’ blogs, make sure you take some time to look at all of the incredible submissions for this month’s challenge  Fall is in the Air .  It is not too late to add your project HERE for a chance to win our month prize giveaway of 50 Emporium Dollars to spend with us. Get ready for operation inspiration…


Anne Redfern is certainly playing along with our Fall is in the Air monthly challenge with this beautiful Thanksgiving card!  The colours are stunning Anne!



Speaking of colours, you have to head over to Bobbi Smith’s blog to check out this amazing Halloween tag.  All I can is WOW to the seedless preserves on this tag! Absolutely in love!



Karin Akesdotter looks like she had some serious fun with her new Tim Holtz stencils creating this adorable tag! How cute is he???


Pamela Ho is getting into the holiday spirit with the new releases from Paper Smooches.  All four projects very different and show the versatility of die cuts.  Great job Pamela!

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Keeping with her spooky theme, Shelly Hickox shares a colourful BOO! Make sure to check out the transparent spiderwebs, SO very clever!

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It is always a perfect time to think of all the incredible teachers we have that really make a difference in our kids lives.  Sue Kment has created a fantastic teacher’s gift with this Tissue Box which would look great on any desk!


Who doesn’t love Snoopy??? Loving the boldness is this card also from Sue Kment.  Make sure you check out her blog HERE for a few other projects using this Group Hugs stamp set from Paper Smooches.


There is so much detail in this stunning piece by Lisa Hoel.  She has been able to create a floating feeling as if the pieces are suspended in water. Fantastic decor piece Lisa!


Kath Stewart has created great texture and dimension in her artwork as she says hello to Autumn. The rich and warm colours really draw you in, beautiful Kath!

September Project 3(1)

I don’t think there is anything better than having a handmade treat bag to go door to door with on that spooktacular night.  Kath has created the envy of the neighbourhood and I think chocolate will taste even better coming from it!

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Is that talent or what?!?!

Enjoy your week! h

Sep 25 2014

Halloween Candy Box Tutorial by Bobbi Smith

Hi everyone, Bobbi here. With Halloween just around the corner, I wanted to make a fun Halloween candy box for little treats.

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To start off with I die cut some medium weight chipboard out of the Eileen Hull- Candy Drawer Box die #657726. I used three colors of distress paint to create this effect Black Soot, Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn.


The first layer of distress paint I used mowed lawn, it’s okay if it looks streaky I will be creating layers.


Then I dried first layer thoroughly with the heat tool.


For the second layer I used peeled paint. When I applied this layer I didn’t put a full coverage coat on, I want to see streaks and patches of the first color.


I dried second layer of paint with heat tool.


For this third layer of paint I used the black soot and I wanted the applicator portion to be very dry so I soaked up a little bit of excess paint with a paper towel.


I wanted a very streaky look so I only applied a little bit around the edges barely dragging it across the chipboard. Then I dried with the heat tool again.


Now here is where the magic happens, I took a Tim Holtz sanding grip and sanded off a portion of the colors that were applied.


Here’s what I had after I took a towel and wiped off the sanding dust.


I then took vintage photo distress ink and a blending tool and applied to all of the chipboard.


I ended up wiping a little bit of the distress ink away with a damp towel (I felt it was a little too dark) and then dried thoroughly with the heat tool.


The stamps that I used out of the set were the spider, the professor, the bottles and the equation from Tim Holtz Mini Halloween 4 CMS198. I stamped on all 4 sides of the drawer.


I used jet black archival ink for the stamping. I used sticky note and taped off any of the sides didn’t that I didn’t want the excess stamping to get on.


I punched a hole in the center of my chipboard before I assembled the outer box portion.


I bent all the folds and assembled with Helmar quick dry 450 adhesive, including the bottom portion of the drawer.




I applied some Tim Holtz sprocket and mini gears using glossy accents.


After I applied the gears, I screwed the Tim Holtz clock key into place.


I glued the Tim Holtz crossbone adornment to the monocle with glossy accents then attached it to the end of the swivel class.


To use the wishbone as a charm, I had to create a hole in the end of it. I took my piercing tool and a small piece of foam that comes in the Texture Fades (you know the little piece that you usually throw away) to pierce the hole.


The swivel clasp and the monocle each come with an O ring at the end of them, so I had an extra O-ring to use for the wishbone to attach to the swivel clasp. I attached the swivel clasp to the clock key on the top of the box.


I decided I wanted to use some of Tim Holtz Apothecary Remnant Rubs on the candy drawer box. Black and white remnant rubs both come in the package, I decided to go with the white ones.


They’re so easy to use, I just chose what I wanted, cut it out and applied with the popsicle stick.


After I was finished I filled my candy drawer box with candy corn! This is a fun way to give a special little gift during the Halloween season.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Sep 23 2014

The Air is Full of Inspiration

It is always SO exciting opening the emails from our design team seeing their fabulous talent and creations.  We have so much to share with you this week so lets get started. I am sure you will enjoy all of the inspiration from our fabulous ladies this week!  Reminder to you all that our monthly challenge is going strong with Fall is in the Air and it is not too late to include your submissions HERE!  Deadline is midnight September 30, 2014.


First up we have this fun spooktacular card by Sue Kment.  What a great use of the Silhouette Halloween Frames with the cute Penny Black stamps.  There is just something about purple with Halloween. Super Cute, Sue!



Karin Akesdotter had some young at heart fun with Polyshrink and created this sweet, sweet card for that perfect ocassion. Love the little flowers!


Shelly Hickox knows how to do Halloween and this Pop it Ups Spooky Halloween card shows that the limits are endless with Karen Burniston’s dies.  Make sure to check out all the details on her blog in how she turned the holiday house into a spooky haunted one and to see the inside.

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Yvonne Blair shares this beautifully vintage looking tag creation with all kinds of Tim Holtz goodness.  So glad you are getting inky Yvonne!

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Lisa Hoel has got her rust on with this incredible steampunk piece.  There is so much detail to check out HERE!


Lisa also created this sketch challenge card with an great stamped background using the specialty stamp paper as the base.  Love this paper!


I am loving the warm colours Bobbi Smith has used in her Fall Banner.  I think this will make a perfect addition to fall decorating around the home. Beautiful piece Bobbi!


I have mentioned before just how versatile the Artist Trading Blocks are to incorporate into projects.  Anne Redfern has used them beautifully to create this great curiosity cabinet! Make sure you check out all the details in this project of Anne’s.


Have a great week and make sure to get a little inky, it will be fun! h

Sep 21 2014

Meet the Team: Final Edition

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know our talented design team in our fun little way.  We will conclude Meet the Team tonight with our last three amazing design team members and please, if you haven’t already, send them a warm welcome.

photo(24)Yvonne Blair

1) I call Florida home
2) Favorite Color is: Pink…Distress Ink…would be Picked Raspberry, but I also love Peeled Paint, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Gathered Twigs, Spiced Marmalade and well all the colors of Distress!
3) My Style could be described as: hmmm….maybe grungy chic.
4) What Inspires me: Hmmm, I think lots of things…the colors in nature, home decor, antiquing.
5) My favorite product/s is: Distress….all things Distress.
6) My favorite treat is: Cookie Dough Ice Cream
7) Ultimate Holiday: Thanksgiving
8) A top item on my bucket list is: Go to Paris, see the Eiffel Tower, Paris Flea Market and the Louvre.
9) My greatest success: My family
10) A fun fact about me that is not craft related is: I’m a total Sci-fi nerd.
11) Favorite Food: Mexican
12) Who is Yvonne:
She is a quirky girl who loves all things pink, Filofaxes and books.
She has a passion for creating with inks and paints and finds joy in teaching, antiquing and repurposing.
When she is not working or with her family she enjoys spending time with friends, reading, decorating or creating.


How to find me:
FB-Yvonne Stephens Blair
Instagram-Yvonne Blair
Twitter-Yvonne Blair
Pinterest-Yvonne Blair
Flickr-yvonneblair1228 ( I only upload to here from Instagram)


Pam HootenPam Hooten

1) I call Greers Ferry, AR. home
2) Favorite Color/s is: I love most colors, some more than others depending on what I need color for! 😉
3) My Style could be described as: I don’t think I really have a ‘style’ I love the vintage look and distressing.
4) What Inspires me: New Tim Holtz products!
5) My favorite product/s is: Tim Holtz products!
6) My favorite treat is: vanilla taffy!
7) Ultimate Holiday: Christmas
8) A top item on my bucket list is: a close retreat with host Tim Holtz (do we see a theme here ;))
9) My greatest success: my kids!
10) A fun fact about me that is not craft related is: I love collecting Pandora jewelry. I love junkin’.
11) Favorite Food: pasta
12) Who is Pam Hooten: It all started when I clicked on the Splitcoast Stampers link years ago. Paper crafting is the one hobby I stuck with and I’m still loving it! I’ve met the most amazing, talented people through the years!  I’m a wife, mother, nana and a daughter to my 90 year young mom. Life is good!


How to find me:



photo(22)Pamela Ho

1) I call Starbucks (or any coffee shops!) home
2) Favorite Color/s is: green
3) My Style could be described as: clean and simple
4) What Inspires me: pinterest and magazines
5) My favorite product/s is: alphabet stickers, wood veneers and chipboard stickers
6) My favorite treat is: Roasted Chestnuts
7) Ultimate Holiday: Christmas!
8) A top item on my bucket list is: Japan/South Korea cruise
9) My greatest success: Getting my accounting certification
10) A fun fact about me that is not craft related is: I graduated with a double degree in Accounting and MIS. Now that’s not very crafty!
11) Favorite Food: Purin (Japanese Caramel Pudding)
12) Who is Pamela: I’m a girl in her mid-20s with a degree in Business. I’m a coffee junkie, paper hoarder and stamp addict. I started off crafting as a card maker and have recently added Project Life to the list of things I do.


How to find me:


Inspiration Emporium would like to welcome each and every one of the design team members; new and old.  You are each truly inspirational in your own way and we are excited to have you as part of the IE family. See you all tomorrow for Inspiration Monday! h

Sep 20 2014

Meet the Team: Edition 3

Hi all, my morning has been spent making homemade salsa for the winter.  I am so grateful that I live in a place where where fruit and produce is in abundance and I love visiting farmers and farm markets to pick up the freshest of the fresh.  I will be honest, I certainly do not have a green thumb but really enjoy the work of others.  I thought I would take a little break and share with you a few more of our incredible design team here at Inspiration Emporium.


photo(15)Alice Wertz


1) I call Northern California home
2) Favorite Color/s is: all the colors! It’s so difficult to pick just one in this beautiful world! But if I can only take one with me it would be Mint!
3) My Style could be described as: Cute and fun.
4) What Inspires me: A lot of the time it’s the stamp/image itself, but I also like to work with sketches.
5) My favorite product/s is: Copic and watercolor/watercolor pencils.
6) My favorite treat is: SUSHI!
7) Ultimate Holiday: An adventure!
8) A top item on my bucket list is: I seriously don’t have a bucket list. I’ll take whatever comes my way. =)
9) My greatest success: is yet to come!
10) A fun fact about me that is not craft related is: I am nerdier than I appear.
11) Favorite Food: SUSHI!
12) Who is Alice Wertz: I am a happy card maker living in Northern California with my lovely husband and our two “cat children.” I have been making cards for about seven years and still enjoying every minute of it! I love coloring with Copics and am also getting more and more addicted to watercoloring, but there are a lot of rooms for improvement on both. I am grateful that Joy still wants me in the team and am so lucky to have such awesome teammates! =)


How to find me:




photo(23)Karin Akesdotter

1) I call being with my little family in Gothenburg, Sweden home

2) Favorite Color/s is: blue

3) My Style could be described as: CAS and cute

4) What Inspires me: fun card challenges, new products, my students and beautiful photos

5) My favorite products are: stamps, dies, coloring stuff and foam adhesive (-:

6) My favorite treat is: salty liquorice or a glass of good wine

7) Ultimate Holiday: Midsummer – celebrated at the beginning of summer when summer break has just started. Friends and family, Strawberry cake, Herring with New potatoes, Snaps, Singing Dancing and fun outdoor games and activities.

8) A top item on my bucket list is: Buying a small winery in Tuscany where my husband will take care of the grapes and the winemaking and I’ll be in charge of the tastings and hold popular watercolor classes for people from all over the world (-:

9) My greatest success: Becoming a mom!

10) A fun fact about me that is not craft related is: I used to be really terrible with maps and afraid of getting lost in the forest, but recently took up orienteering as sport and I’m absolutely loving it!

11) Favorite Food: A pain riche with Gruyère, Peccorino or some other wonderful cheese

12) Who is Karin: A happy, life-loving and creative needlework and language teacher whose favorite place is home with her husband and 5-year-old son, but who also loves travelling the world.


How to find me:






photo(17)Sue Kment

1) I call Oregon USA home
2) Favorite Color/s is: RED
3) My Style could be described as: cute, clean and colorful
4) What Inspires me: pretty papers and color!
5) My favorite product/s is: fun 3D patterns and dies
6) My favorite treat is: a fresh homemade cookie
7) Ultimate Holiday: I would love to go to England and Sweden. My Great Grandparents came from England and Sweden-I have always wanted to visit their homeland!
8) A top item on my bucket list is: See the sights-both near and far away!
9) My greatest success: My Children!
10) A fun fact about me that is not craft related is: I am known as the Goodie Queen during the holidays. I bake hundreds of cookies to give away for Christmas gifts!
11) Favorite Food: Watermelon
12) Who is Sue Kment: I have crafted most of my life…starting with an obsession with color crayons! I have taught myself to sew, bake, do woodcrafts and numerous other crafty things throughout the years. It seems paper crafting has really stolen my heart! I remember walking through fabric stores and loving to touch all the gorgeous prints, and now I do the same thing at my local craft store with paper! A pretty printed piece of paper makes me so happy! I love to share my craft with others and love to do special projects for local schools and friends as well.


How to find me:





Splitcoast Stampers:



 Hopefully you have been working on your monthly challenge submissions for Fall is in the Air!  Make sure you link your project HERE for your chance to win $50 to spend in the Emporium.  All entries before midnight September 30th will be in on the draw.  Enjoy your Saturday! h


Sep 19 2014

Meet the Team: edition 2

Happy Friday all!  I hope you all have great plans for your weekend and hopefully this week’s inspiration and tutorial has got your creative minds working and that it includes a little crafting.  Today we are getting back to introducing our design team and having fun with our fun facts questionnaire.  I hope you will all visit their blogs and give a warm welcome if you haven’t already.


bobbi smithBobbi Smith

1) I call Central Illinois home
2) Favorite Color/s is: Evergreen Bough
3) My Style could be described as: vintage, grungy and distressed.
4) What Inspires me…well I love many forms of art and find inspiration in many things. It could be the color of a flower or the rust on an old door.
5) My favorite product/s would be: anything Tim Holtz and Ranger.
6) My favorite treat…hmmm… anything sweet but if I had to pick one, it would be white chocolate (I have a MAJOR sweet tooth)
7) Ultimate Holiday: Christmas
8) A top item on my bucket list is: To visit Italy someday.
9) My greatest success: That would be my two children whom I love dearly, family is very important to me.
10) A fun fact about me that is not craft related is: I enjoy baking!
11) Favorite Food: Fettuccine Alfredo (Italian food in general)
12) Who is (Bobbi Smith): I am a wife to Ron and mother of two adult children in their early twenties. I have two long-haired Chihuahuas, Wrigley & Sophie. I LOVE all things vintage and distressed, as well as dabble in photography! I love flea markets and thrift shops! I truly enjoy the creative process and experimenting with different techniques. I enjoy mixed media art, stamping and scrapbooking, among other crafts.


How to find me:



photo(18)Danielle Lounds

1) I call Michigan home
2) Favorite Color/s is: Orange and Aqua (although that could change at any moment)
3) My Style could be described as: Colorful
4) What Inspires me: the talented crafters in blog land
5) My favorite product/s is: Stamps and shiny stuff (glitter, sequins…) and foam tape
6) My favorite treat is: Brownies
7) Ultimate Holiday: Christmas
8) A top item on my bucket list is: 1” button maker…love me some flair
9) My greatest success: Joining the Taylor Expressions team as a stamp illustrator
10) A fun fact about me that is not craft related is: I chop up pickles and add it to chili (don’t knock it until you try it.
11) Favorite Food: Potatoes mash ’em, scallop ‘em, turn ‘em into chips. Nom nom nom
12) Who is Danielle Lounds: designer, illustrator, software engineer. I’m from Michigan and work full time as a software engineer. However in my spare time I like to craft, illustrate, read and sometimes knit. I’m delighted to continue my crafty journey with the wonderful Inspiration Emporium team.


How to find me:



photo(21)Kath Stewart

1) I call Aberdeen Scotland home
2) Favorite Color/s is: Black but when it comes to crafting…there are 48 colours of Distress Ink that I can’t live without.
3) My Style could be described as: strangely varied…anything from Shabby Chic to Clean and Simple
4) What Inspires me: the wonderful crafters who share their creativity so generously
5) My favorite product/s is: Everything Tim Holtz
6) My favorite treat is: snuggled up on the sofa on a cold winter’s evening with a glass of vino watching Downtown Abbey
7) Ultimate Holiday: I would love to visit the elephant sanctuary in Sri Lanka…to get up close and personal with these wonderful animals would be a dream come true.
8) A top item on my bucket list is: A return visit to New York…my favourite city in the world
9) My greatest success: making it through to senior citizenship…my friends will tell you that this “it could only happen to me” crafter should not be allowed out unaccompanied.
10) A fun fact about me that is not craft related is: and to prove the above point…I caused a major security alert and shut down the whole of Birmingham International Airport for 20 minutes but that’s a long story
11) Favorite Food: Italian…Italian…Italian
12) Who is Kath Stewart: I live in the North East of Scotland with my hubby and a rather large golden retriever called Buddy known to my blog readers as “The Furry Boy”. He’s the cubbyhole’s resident hooligan and my 24/7 crafting companion. I’ve been crafting since childhood, I fear I’m addicted and there is no cure, not that I’m making any efforts to find one. I’m still amazed when you put stamps and inks together, magical things happen. I teach monthly workshops at my local craft store, host workshops and in store demos for Fiskars and have the opportunity to share my passion with lots of lovely crafters, the best job in the world. I’m so lucky to love what I do and do what I love. When I’m not crafting I enjoy hill-walking, ski-ing, cycling or the second best job in the world, being Grandma to my 3 lovely grandkids.


How to find me:

See you tomorrow with more! h

Sep 18 2014

Texture Paste & Distress Marker Background Tutorial

Hi there, Chelle here with a tutorial today using Ranger’s Texture Paste and Distress Markers.  I wanted to see how well the Texture Paste took color and if I could use the same techniques coloring it as I do images stamped on water color paper…the result is surprising and awesome!  Let’s get started on this Halloween Spooky Card…


First up is the Texture Paste…


I am using the Tim Holtz Stencil Gothic, Texture Paste, a palette knife and working on black card stock.


Tape down your stencil using artist’s tape, painter’s tape, washi tape, tissue tape…whatever you have that will hold without damaging your surface.


Smooth a thin layer of Texture Paste over the stencil (this takes far less of the product than you think!).  We are looking for coverage in a smooth layer, so just swipe over it until you are happy.  Gently peel the stencil away and wash with water immediately.


This is the great background we have to work with…such wonderful detail from this stencil! Set aside to dry.


Using the Numbered Stencil, tape off the 3 and this time do a thicker, slightly uneven spread of the paste. Allow to dry or gently dry with your heat tool then add the number 1. Using the Halloween Stencil, tape off the word spooky and again, add a thin layer of paste. Set all aside to dry.


Going back to our Gothic background, let’s begin to color.  Using a Milled Lavender Distress Marker, lightly color the paste. You will see the pattern I followed…and the reason to not just color over the entire background with ink and a blending tool.


After you have colored one section with marker straight to paste. Scribble Seedless Preserves marker onto your craft sheet and pick up some color with the Detail Water Brush. Begin to color just some edges with the darker color to add dimension; this will start to blend with the first lighter color.


The colors blend beautifully on the paste…I love the way you can move the colors around and blend.  You may notice I chose a dark background so any ink or water that ends up on the background will not show once dry.


Once you have added both colors to all of the center images, you should have something like this.  Now, if you are familiar with my coloring, you know I like to add a dark final touch of ink to make my images pop…so let’s try it!


Add just a touch of the darker color in spots where you want to add even more depth.


It worked like a charm…I absolutely LOVE how perfectly the paste colors!


Then go in with another set of colors…one lighter and one darker and finish up your pattern in the same way you did the first. How gorgeous is this!?


Now that the main background is done, color your numbers and work with Pumice Stone and a touch of Black Soot.


I trimmed out these pieces and painted on Glossy Accents and added Black Soot Distress Glitter.  Before the glue was dry, I used a larger brush to remove some glitter and make it look a bit more uneven.


Stamp images from the Halloween Blueprint stamp set and Mini set with Archival Jet Black ink. Color images using Distress Markers and Detail Water Brush.


Cut our images and ink with Gathered Twigs Distress Mini Ink Pad and Mini Ink Blending Tool.


Dye trimmings with ink and water, dry with heat tool.



Run the Black Soot Mini Distress Pad along the edge of purple card base.


Adhere background to card base; make a bow with the dyed ribbon and tie around card front.  Layer images with foam tape.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how well Texture Paste colors with Distress Markers.  I am ready to try this on more images!

Thank you for stopping in!



Sep 17 2014

Copic Markers for Cardmakers – Class Giveaway

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Join Online Card Classes instructors Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Sandy Allnock, and friends for two and a half amazing weeks filled with Copic Markers, color, and inspiration! In Copic Markers for Card Makers  you’ll learn the ins and outs of navigating Copic’s numbering system. But that’s only the beginning! You’ll also learn how to add texture to images, play with light and shadow, many methods for blending… and even hide mistakes! With 35+ videos, loads of creative techniques and examples, free practice downloads, plus lots of helpful instruction along way, this class is just what you need to get started with Copics!

We are thrilled to give away a spot in Copic Markers for Card Makers to one lucky reader who comments on this post by Friday, September 19, 2014. Class starts on September 22, 2014 — We hope to see you there! For more information or to register for class, head HERE.

Sep 15 2014

Inspiration Monday

Happy Monday to you all!  I don’t think there is a greater way to start the week then with some incredible inspiration from our design team.  This week we have many projects that are perfect submissions for the monthly challenge of Fall is in the Air.  Make sure you check out all the details HERE to get in on the creative fun.  You could be the random winner of $50 to spend with us at Inspiration Emporium.  Let’s get started with the inspiration…


Fall certainly is in the air with this beautiful assemblage clock from Lisa Hoel. What a great home decor piece for display this fall while enjoying the harvests from the land.



Karin Akesdotter shows us that we don’t have to have a certain stencil already to make a stunning card.  Creating your own stencils really allows for limitless possibilities.  Beautiful piece Karin!



I think Anne Redfern loves Halloween as much as I do and this functional assemblage clock is perfect for this spooky time of year!  The crackle is a great touch on this piece.  Great job, Anne!



Yvonne Blair has shared a great tutorial on her blog to create this spooktacular tag.  Loving all the details so make sure you check out how she did them. Yvonne Blair Boo 1

You have to make sure to also check out Bobbi Smith‘s blog to see the up close details of this amazing tag.  There are so many great products and tricks used to create this layered treat.  Really love the vibrant colours!


This might not have been what Kath Stewart starting out to create but that is what I love about this craft.  We get amazing results like this card perfect for Fall and a great adaptation of September’s tag for 12 Tags of 2014 by Tim Holtz

Project 2 September

Nothing like a good dehydrated eye of newt!  This stunning vintage looking Halloween quarter fold card by our Shelly Hickox would make an incredible card to include invitation details for your spoooooky party.  Make sure you check HERE to see the inside.  Love this Shelly!

shelly hickox quarter fold halloween card

Sue Kment is getting ready for some holiday gifts and this Stacked Snowman using Ideology’s Merriment paper is adorable.  This certainly is a gift within a gift because he could be on display for the whole season.


I have to apologize about not getting the rest of the design team profiles up last week but it truly was a CraZy week around here.  I promise they will be continued this week so make sure to check back for those as well as for Tutorial Wednesday.  This week Chelle is going to be having fun with texture paste, stencils, and distress markers…can’t wait to see!  h

Sep 8 2014

Weekly Inspiration

Happy Monday all! I can’t wait to show you what our amazing design team has been working on this month already because I am totally blown away by their talent. Let’s get started because we have a ton to share with you!


Yvonne Blair uses stunning colours to create this beautiful tag with so many layers and details to take in.  Welcome to the team Yvonne and beautiful job!

Yvonne Blair Enjoy the Journey 1


Lisa Hoel never ceases to amaze us with her luminaries and this spooky Halloween one is no exception. This would make such a great centerpiece for any party or get together. The flying witch is the perfect touch.


This cute card would be perfect for including in your child’s lunch box on their first day back to school.  Karin  Akesdotter is an incredible watercolourer as I am sure you will agree and this is so adorable!!



Fall is in the air and the feeling is captured in this stunning earthy tag created by our talented Bobbi Smith.  Loving all the layers of colours, stamping, and pieces to create this, what a great monthly challenge submission!  I am with you Bobbi, Fall is my favorite time of year as well.




It’s witching hour here this week and Shelly Hickox has blown us away with this Artist Trading Block.  These can be so much more than a simple block and Shelly sure can do that.  I have to agree with Shelly in saying I think this is my favorite Halloween project as well from her, every little detail covered.  I simply love this one and I am sure you are going to as well! Amazing job Shelly!

shelly hickox sizzix halloween artist trading block


There is all kinds of distress and grungy goodness going on in this piece by a new member to our design team Kath Stewart.  Amazing colour, texture and dimension in this home decor project Kath!

September Project 1


I am loving the orange and bright green Danielle Lounds used  in this spooky Halloween assemblage clock. What a fun piece!  I can picture this sitting on my work desk putting smiles on the faces of everyone…how could you not smile at this?  Try it, you won’t be able to stop yourself!


Finally for this week, Anne Redfern has created this sharp bold card.  The colours are so warm and draw you in but the black demand your attention.  Beautiful card Anne!


See what I told you… truly amazing creative pieces of art created by these extremely uber talented designers.  I hope you will take some time to visit the websites of our designers to check out their work and when you do so, make sure to leave a comment to say you stopped by.  We all create for ourselves and our creative souls but it is your comments that keep us sharing .  Many of these projects fit perfectly in our monthly challenge of Fall Is in the Air so I hope you have a great week and take this inspiration to create something yourself, deadline is September 30.  Be sure to check back throughout the week to meet more of our design team. h