Archive for October, 2014

Oct 30 2014

Weekly Inspiration

Wow, where has this month gone?  In just a short time the little ones will be out trick or treating and showing off their creative Halloween costumes.  We are enjoying all of your disguises here at the Inspiration Journal as you have fun with the Monthly Challenge challenging yourself to think outside the box with the In Disguise theme.  There are some really fantastic projects submitted which I hope you will take some time to visit but also get your very own submitted with just over 24 hours left for your chance to win $50 to spend at Inspiration Emporium.  Again this week, the team has created some incredible artwork that I would love to share with you.


 It has been a beautiful Fall here this year and this piece by Lisa Hoel is as equally as beautiful using the leaf printing technique! The vibrant colours and detail are a perfect combination so be sure to check out her tutorial.



 Be sure to check out Shelly Hickox’s blog for how to create this great masculine card that can be personalized for your occasion needing to be celebrated.



 Anne Redfern has done an amazing job on this luminary perfect for Halloween and all of its spookiness!



 Are you looking for Christmas card ideas for this year?  Kath Stewart has created a stunning card that could be used as inspiration for your very own cards.

Christmas Joy 1


 Lisa Hoel has created a great idea for any house, cottage or event using the versatile worn covers by Tim Holtz.  What a great gift!



 Shelly Hickox created this amazing eye-catching piece using the 3D block die from Eileen Hull just in time for the ghoulish night. Beautiful job!

shelly hickox halloween crow


 Danielle Lounds always has the cutest cards and perfect composition.  Loving this little moo machine from the Cosmic Stars set by Mama Elephant.  We are super excited to now be carrying Mama Elephant and can’t wait to see what you  create with them so feel free to share them with us.



 Our Design Team is already starting to gear up for the Christmas season and Yvonne Blair has started with a bang creating this stunning tag that would look perfect on any gift.

yvonne blair wish 3


 Yvonne has also created this beautiful card of encouragement for a friend.  I am certain this card put a huge smile on their face and warmed their heart knowing a special friend created this.

Yvonne Blair Oct. IE project 2


 The colours and images really POP in this tag by Bobbi Smith who has an incredible talent to make things jump from her artwork. Such amazing texture and crispness!



Happy Trick or Treating everyone but don’t eat too much candy! h

Oct 22 2014

Drywall Tape Texture Tutorial by Danielle Lounds

Hello, crafty friends! It’s Danielle here and I’m excited to share a tutorial on using drywall tape to create a textured background. It is my take on this month’s In Disguise challenge.

First step is to acquire some Drywall Tape. You can pick it up at your local hardware store or maybe filch it from a handy friend. 😉 I had a huge roll of it leftover from a small project done in my bathroom. Once you have your tape just cut a few strips and stick it to some cardstock. I bought the self-adhesive kind so I didn’t need to apply any glue.

Paint on some white gesso. I used a heavy hand and really layered it on.

Once dry, trim the excess drywall tape from the edges.

Add some color! I used Sakura Koi Watercolors but really any coloring medium would work. The new Tim Holtz Distress Sprays would be another great choice.

To blend the colors and soften them a bit I misted the panel with water.

Once dry, trim the background to your desired size.

Use the background in a project. I combined it with a sentiment from Blossoming Buds stamped in Archival Jet Black Ink on vellum cardstock. Added a clip, film strip ribbon, bit of ribbon, and some green enamel dots for embellishment. I finished by attaching the decorated panel to a 5” x 5” white card base with foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you were inspired today!

Blossoming Bud (Paper Smooches):
Koi Watercolors (Sakura):
Archival Jet Black Ink (Ranger):
Film Strip Ribbon (Idea-ology):
Hinge Clip (Idea-ology):

Oct 20 2014

Inspiration Monday

Happy Monday all! It’s that time again for some fantastic inspiration and you won’t be disappointed.  Hopefully you are all working on your very own In Disguise project for our monthly challenge this month and if you are just hearing about it make sure you check out all the challenge details and place to link your own project HERE.  The deadline is October 31 at midnight so make sure to put your creative thinking caps on and create because you never know, you might just be this month’s winner of 50 Emporium Dollars to feed your crafting passion.  There are already some really incredible projects linked up by our readers so make sure you take some time to check them out.  AMAZING!

What a perfect storage idea for your collected Starbucks cards. I know you all have your special ones and Pamela Ho has created a super cute home for hers using this simple plastic packaging.

Project 2 October



Kath Stewart really knows how to do texture and her version of the October tag for 12 Tags for 2014 shows it beautifully. Texture heaven right here! Great job Kath!

October Tag 1


Lisa Hoel had so much fun creating her first In Disguise project, she created a second and we are so glad she did!  Be sure to visit her blog to see the detail inside.


The next project up is from Karin Akesdotter and this ADORABLE magnet watch box is created from a simple little match box.  What a transformation and so stinkin’ cute Karin!


The holiday season always seems to come and go and before we know it, it is over.  Bobbi Smith has created this stunning worn cover to hold all of her magical holiday memories.


Anne Redfern is a genius when it comes to our monthly challenge and has really thought outside the box.  I will never look at a bamboo placemat the same again! The perfect travel companion of a crafter.  Love this idea Anne!


Have a great week and get inky! h

Oct 14 2014

Weekly Inspiration

Good morning all, I hope you have a nice cup of tea or coffee with you to sit and enjoy this week’s inspirations.  I can’t say enough about the incredible talent of our design team.  They all have their own unique style and creativity and each week I can’t wait to see what they have come up with.  This month’s challenge of In Disguise is turning out to be a great one as it has been allowing people to think outside the box and the projects are fantastic. All of the details are HERE for this month’s challenge and is also the place where you can link your own artwork, we hope you get in on the fun too!  Make sure to visit everyone’s blog links below to see more detail and to leave comments as we all love reading your comments!  A random winner will receive $50 to spend at IE…who wouldn’t enjoy a little shopping spree in crafty heaven?? Dateline is midnight on October 31st.

Let’s get started but make sure your cup is topped up…I’m just saying…

You will never look at a jam/jelly jar the same again once you check out Kath Stewarts transformation.  What great accent pieces to have around the house when the little trick or treaters come around! Love the crackle Kath!

Halloween Lantern

 Pop Up Box Cards have been very popular lately and I can see why with this great one by Kath Stewart! All of the spooktacular detail is amazing! Who knew a cereal box could look so cool?

Spooky Pop Up Box Card Collage

 Shelly Hickox does Pop It Up cards like no other with so much detail.  This transparent card is crazy cool with the great ornate frame showing through!


If your set of dominoes are missing a couple, I will know where to look.  Anne Redfern has created this fun little mini album that you will want to visit her blog HERE to check out the inside.  Super Cute in a spooky way!


Anne was on a roll this month thinking outside the box creating this great piece from a tumbler.  Loving the crackled orange and the gravestones, this piece has a a great eery feel!


Our In Disguise challenge is not limited to Halloween and Yvonne Blair has been thinking ahead creating for the Christmas season.  What a great keepsake ornament created from a magnetic tin.  This could be personalized to be for a first Christmas together or baby’s first Christmas, whatever the reason it is something that could be displayed for years to come.  Beautiful job Yvonne!

Yvonne Blair IE Oct 1

I hope you have taken some time to visit Karin Akesdotter‘s blog to check out her incredible watercolour talent.  It is amazing and she makes it look effortless in today’s projects.  First up is this stunning Christmas card that uses everyday coarse salt to create beautiful and unique snowy background.  I love this idea and will be using it for sure on future cards of mine as it creates such a great textured sky.


Next up are these two super adorable Christmas cards using stamps from Lawn Fawn.  Karin has created a video that she has linked on her blog post which is a must watch if you would like to learn some great tips and tricks to coloring with watercolur pencils.  Thank Karin for sharing your talent and tips with all of us!



Keeping with the holiday spirit, Danielle Lounds has created this collection of cute tags perfect for all holiday gift giving.  I personally LOVE the ornate plate painted red, what a great look!


Check out this adorable mini card created by Pamela Ho using shrinky dink paper and Lawn Fawn stamps.  Cute, cute, cute Pamela and love the stitching!

Project 1 October


Lisa Hoel is amazing when it comes to creating something extraordinary from something ordinary.  Who knew a simple mailer could look so different and stunning but Lisa has accomplished that with this piece.



Lastly for today, we have two fantastic pieces from Bobbi Smith.  First is this amazing Book of Spells, she has shared all of the crazy awesome detail on her blog.  Great display piece for Halloween Bobbi!


Next, Bobbi Smith has created this beautiful keepsake chipboard from a large manilla tag.  What a transformation and every detail is a must see! Check out her blog HERE to see just how she created this vintage looking masterpiece.


Wow, that was some serious inspiration shared this week!  Didn’t I tell you you would need a full cup to sit with and enjoy?! We can’t wait to see your submissions for the monthly challenge and hopefully this has given you some great ideas to get your creativity going!  Have a great week! h

Oct 6 2014

Challenge Winner and Announcement

Happy Monday all!  I hope you all had a great weekend and enjoyed it doing what brings you joy.  Wow, I hope you all checked out the incredible entries last month for our Fall is in the Air monthly challenge.  There is nothing more inspiring than seeing everyone’s interpretation of the challenge.  Thank you to all that participated and inspiring each and every one of us.

This month’s random winner of 50 Emporium Dollars to spend with us online is…49…Stamp to Create!

Congratulations to the winner and to claim your prize please contact

Like Chelle, I can’t believe it is October already.  Fall is my favorite time a year and I wish it could stay Fall all year round.  I love the crisp clear air and the warm colours of the maple leaves.  With a new month comes a new monthly challenge and we hope you will have a lot of fun with this one.  October’s monthly challenge is In Disguise! Nope, it’s not hiding…that’s the challenge!  We can’t wait to see your creations that use something in a way that is different from its original intention.  This is kind of a ‘think outside the box’ challenge. To give you an idea of the kinds of things we are looking for, Shelly Hickox has created this adorably Spooky Accordion Album perfect to keep those childhood Halloween memories close. Make sure you check out her blog to see just how she transformed some plain-jane envelopes into this amazing piece.

shelly hickox halloween accordion tag album

Be sure to get in on the fun and submit your entry below for a chance to win 50 Emporium Dollars to be spent in our online store.  Deadline is midnight on that very spoooooookyyyy night (October 31st) at the strike of midnight.   You turning into a pumpkin does not count but your in disguise projects do so have some fun with it and remember to think outside the box!  h

Oct 1 2014

Happy Halloween Simple Masking Tutorial

Hi there, Chelle here for another Wednesday tutorial.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t hardly believe it is already October! To get us all in the spirit, I have a simple masking tutorial today.


To create this simple stamped card with a central focus, I created a mask for the skull.


I stamped the skull image onto a piece of copy paper and cut it out close the the outline.


Stamp the skull onto card stock with jet black archival ink and heat set the ink so the mask won’t smear the ink.

IMG_2512Cover the skull with the mask, adhering it with temporary adhesive.  Stamp spider webs around the image.


Stamp labels with black as well as red ink.


Stamp spider; after stamping the spider, I inked the web portion again then turned it upside down to extend the web length.


This is what you get when the mask is removed.  Even before coloring, the central image pops out.  It is a simple technique and has been around forever, with good reason…it is quick and has great results.



Time to color! Using Distress Markers and water brushes, color your images.  I good shadow around the center image with Pumice Stone, gives the image a great pop off the page look.


I stamped the sentiment and added a shadow of Pumice Stone then cut it out.  Ink the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink and an Ink Blending Tool.  Layer the image onto card stock layers.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project and it sparked you to try masking for the first time, or use an old favorite on your next project.