Archive for January, 2015

Jan 29 2015

Weekly Inspiration – Part I

Wow, this has been a crazy quick month and I can’t believe we are nearing the end of it.  I am thinking in order to carry out some of the things I was looking to change and work on in 2015 I am needing to remember to slow down and live in the now.  I am thinking if I schedule the day so I have some structure I will actually remember it and not let it pass so quickly and have it lost.  Note to self…tomorrow’s agenda after the dentist (Urgh) is to scehdule my next week with things I am wanting to get done.  It is not January 1 but it is no better day to start! Speaking of starting, our monthly challenge A Fresh Start ends on January 31 so be sure to get your submissions in for a chance to win $50 to spend with us in Inspiration Emporium.

Getting back on track…What a great month it has been for amazing artwork from our design team.  I hope you have been  checking out their blogs as many have been sharing incredible sample work they created for various lines that were showcased at CHA.  Congratulations to them all for the great honour of creating and their workmanship shown.  We have lots of pieces coming in so we are going to break them into two posts this week in order to get them all included and space out the awesomeness shared by our design team.  Double the inspiration in one week!

 

Karin Akesdotter does stunning work with watercolours and always love seeing her creations.  Beautiful job Karin!

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This adorable baby card is perfect for any baby shower created also by Karin Akesdotter.  Love the demin!

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We are having warm thoughts here after the snow dumping we received.  This cute card by Karin Akesdotter almost makes us forget about the cold weather outside!

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Yvonne Blair created this amazing decor piece that I know is near and dear to her heart remembering her grandfather.  What a treasured masterpiece you have there Yvonne!

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In this piece Yvonne Blair borrowed some relatives to showcase in this burlap panel.  I am sure she has made up some great stories for these photobooth strips.  What a fun new product from Tim Holtz!

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We love it when Kath Stewart gets off on a tangent because we get amazing projects like this! Love everything about his Kath!

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This moose can’t help but make you smile in  Alice Wertz’s cute hello card.  Great colouring as always!

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Alice Wertz does an incredible job creating crisp clean cards.  What a great note card to receive just saying hi, this would make a great mail day for anyone!

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Finally for today we have this cute little box by Anne Redfern.  Be sure to check out her blog to see what is inside! A great little message piece for our upcoming Valentine’s.  Adorable Anne!

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Enjoy the rest of your week and be sure to check back for more inspiration! h

Jan 21 2015

Super Easy Watercolor Card Tutorial by Karin Akesdotter

Hi Everyone!

Karin here to inspire you to use your watercolors to create some fast, and easy (yet beautiful ) cards!

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A lot of people think watercolor is a difficult media and even though I paint quite a lot I totally agree (-: – but it doesn’t have to be difficult. I’ll show how easy it is to create a landscape scene that I think will be appreciated by the reciever no matter what age or gender.

I start out by wetting my watercolor paper – if you use a 140 lb paper there is no need to stretch it, but if your paper is thinner than that you might want to tape it to a cardboard before you start to prevent it from bulging while you’re painting.

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When the paper is still wet I  add the sky/cloud colors so they spred on the wet paper and create realistic looking cloudes; I like Ultramarine mixed with a little bit of paynes grey or burt sienna for this. I let that dry completely  before I go on with the next step.

Then I simply paint stripes of different colors to create mountains, hills, fields and grass, making sure I use cool colors for the mountains and hills and warmer colors for the grass and fields that are closer. This is an easy way to create distance in a painting and especially important in a simple scene like this where there isn’t much else to guide the eye.

I used mixes of ultamarine and viridian for the distat hillsa and then raw sienna, burnt sienna and burnt umber for the fields and grass. For the very darks I mix ultramarine with burnt umber. You can of course choose any colors you like but try to stick to a limited number of colors – that way it is easier to create harmony in your painting.

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I then spatter some darker colors (ultramarine mixed with burnt umber)  to the bottom to create a bit of texture.  Make sure you protect the rest of the painting with a piece of scrap paper before doing this!

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You can of course also use stamps to create leaves or plants. In this example I’ve used Paper Smooches Botanicals 2.

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When I’m happy with my painting it is time to “frame” it. I used Lawn Fawn’s wonderful stitched rectangles for this. I put a smaller die inside a larger one and use washi tape to keep them in place like that when I diecut them.

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I then adhere my little painting to a cardbase, stamp a sentiment underneath and then adhere the frame using foam adhesive.

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Supplies I used to create this card:

Winsor Newton’s watercolor paints

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Lawn Fawn Dies; Stiched Rectangles

Lawn Fawn Stamps; # Awesome

Watercolor paper (daler Rowena)

For more of my cards and watercolors, please visit my blog;

http://peppermintpattys-papercraft.blogspot.com

Jan 20 2015

Weekly Inspiration

Wow, what a busy month with wrapping everything up from the holidays and CHA…hard to believe we are over half way through January already.  Our team has been busy this month with inspirational projects to share but before getting to them I would like to congratulate a couple of our girls on recent accomplishments.

Our very talented Danielle Lounds has been designing stamps for Taylored Expressions and while at CHA we got to see them on display.  Super cute designs Danielle and way to go!

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CHA 2015 was a super exciting show for our sweet Yvonne Blair who debuted her very own line of stamps with Impression Obsession.  Congratulations on a dream come true for you Yvonne and wishes of great success coming your way!

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All of our projects this month fit perfectly with our monthly challenge because being A Fresh Start…everything goes! Be sure to get your projects in on the draw HERE before January 31 for your chance to win $50 to spend with us at Inspiration Emporium.

 

Bobbi Smith shares with us this beautiful frayed fabric tag created for our monthly challenge as well as the Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge 20 with Linda Leadbetter.  Great project Bobbi!

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There is no better project to kick off the new year than a desk calendar. Anne Redfern has created this beauty that will be a perfect addition to anyone’s desk which can be used for years to come.

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Another year of amazing inspirational tags from Tim Holtz and Kath Stewart has taken the idea and created this stunning worn cover album using January’s tag idea.  A perfect home for your 12 Tags of 2015 Kath!

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Kath Stewart is keeping very busy and having fun this month and is sharing a second incredible project.  These vintage canisters is beautiful pieces using Prima’s Engraver papers.

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I am sure this piece from Lisa Hoel certainly lifted the spirits of her friend that is ill.  What a warm, cheery and thoughtful arrangement! Love the bright colours and gumdrop centers Lisa!

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We are always in awe of Karin Akesdotter‘s watercolouring.  This fun card is a great example of her talent.

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Have a great week everyone and be creative! h

Jan 7 2015

A New Year Brings New Challenges

Happy New Year everyone! We hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season and are recharged for 2015!  It is going to be a great year!  January is a busy month with companies releasing their new products as the industry gathers at CHA to kick off the year of new.  Be sure to keep checking back regularly as we share with you products and inspiration from the show.

Inspiration Emporium would like to thank everyone who participated in December’s monthly challenge.  We truly have some incredibly talented artists amongst us and appreciate all that you share.  We would like to congratulate the winner from last month’s challenge…

Entry #2  Kerstin F. – Let It Snow

please contact heather@inspirationemporium.com to claim your prize

As we look back on 2014 and reflect on the good, the challenging and not so good things the year brought we can prepare ourselves for a new year with 2015.  January brings with it a time to evaluate and refocus and identify what truly makes you happy and alive.  January brings with it a Fresh Start which is our challenge for this month.  It is a time to get your mojo going by just creating and the sky is the limit with no restrictions.  Be sure to include your link before January 31, 2015 below for your chance to win a $50 shopping spree with Inspiration Emporium.  We will be sharing inspiration all month from our amazing design team so we hope you will be inspired to participate.

To get us started Lisa Hoel has shared this funny birthday card using Pop ‘n Cuts I am sure her husband is going to love!  Love the talk bubbles!

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Have a great week being creative! h