Archive for February, 2015

Feb 26 2015

It’s All About Words Tutorial by Kath Stewart

It’s All About Words…

I’m sharing a tutorial today on how to get more bang for your buck when it comes to sentiment and small icon stamps…not just using them occasionally for a sentiment on  a card, so I decided to make an “All About Words”  journal/planner

Journal 1

Cut thick chipboard to the size you require for the covers and place them on Sticky Back Canvas leaving a generous border around the edge.  Trim the corners and fold in to neaten the edges

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Dab the Pumice Stone Distress Paint on to a non stick craft sheet…dilute with a little water and paint on to the canvas cover, when dry decorate with Remnant Rubs and repeat for the back cover

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Leave the Worn Text stamps on their carrier and dab with the Pumice Stone and Frayed Burlap Distress Paint.  Place the covers face down on to the stamps and press down well to transfer the image.  Now you need a break from the creativity and thoroughly clean the paint from your stamps.  I use a toothbrush to get down into all the crevices.

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Repeat on pieces of white card for the inside of the covers.

Now it’s time to look out a selection of sentiment and small icon stamps from your stash

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and stamp randomly over the covers using Black Archival ink, adding some film strip ribbon and extra Remnant Rubs if required

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Colour a sheet of white card with a wash of Frayed Burlap Distress Paint and stamp the Odds and Ends and Sentiment Stamps with Black Archival

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Cut out individual words and add to the covers.  Colour some of the wording and icons with the Cracked Pistachio Distress Marker


Cut card slightly smaller than the cover to create the inside pages.


Add die cut Pocket Envelopes and adhesive labels and decorate with stamping

Journal 2

I used a binding machine to hold my journal together but you could punch holes and use Click Rings

Colour Crinkle Ribbon with Cracked Pistachio and Frayed Burlap Distress Stains


Tie the Crinkle and Linen Ribbon to the binding wires


Feb 18 2015

Coloring Inspiration

Welcome back, friends. We thought we would share projects from our team that highlight their incredible coloring talent.  Whether it is with Copic Markers, colored pencils, Distress Markers, Inks, or Stains with a water brush our team is simply amazing at coloring stamped images…here are just a few examples that we hope inspire you to color (even if it’s outside the lines!).

First up, is the super talented Alice Wertz and this adorable card she colored using Copics.


Then there is Karin Akesdotter and this cuter than cute croc colored with colored pencils.


And, then there is this…a beautiful example of Anne Redfern’s coloring using Distress Stain.


Finally, we have the amazingly talented Bobbi Smith with her projects she made for the Stamper’s Anonymous CHA 2015 booth.  Bobbi used Distress Ink and water color brushes to color her images.


This one just may be a favorite…


And, one more gorgeous butterfly card…


Thank you for stopping in today…grab your supplies and color away! Chelle

Feb 17 2015

Weekly Inspiration

Hi everyone, Today we have some great inspiration from our amazing inspiration team to share with you! Whether you are snowed in on the East Coast, enjoying the warm West Coast weather or somewhere in between, we hope these projects warm your heart!

We are so grateful that we have such a great team with varied talents and styles as evidenced in today’s projects from our February Challenge Love is in the Air.

We are loving this adorable card from Alice Wertz; it’s adorable and perfectly layered!

There is so much to love about this cute canvas project from Kath Stewart. Kath’s use of Fancy Pants’ Love Notes Collection is just perfect!

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Wow…Anne Redfern did a great job on this project using Wendy Vecchi’s Faux Granite Technique.  What a fun way to upcycle simple and plain glass jars and bottles!


Lisa Hoel, this project featuring this sweet photo of your grandmother is fabulous! We certainly love what happens when an art explosion happens in your art room (those words on your blog cracked us up)!!


We hope you found some inspiration here today and make some time in your crazy busy day to create! Chelle

Feb 3 2015

Love is in the Air!

Happy February everyone!!! We are changing things up a little due to some technical difficulties over the last little bit. Today we would like to announce February’s monthly challenge and January’s winner. We will be back later this week to continue with the remainder of January’s inspiration as part two…sorry for that delay but it is must see talent!!

February is a month that Love is in the Air!!! This is both because of Valentine’s Day but also because of all the new products hitting the stores that were released at CHA. February’s submissions could incorporate either idea, you choose!  You have until midnight on February 28, 2015 to link your submissions below for a chance to win $50 to spend with us at Inspiration Emporium. We can’t wait to see your artwork so create away!!

To get you started, here is a super cute idea from Lisa Hoel created for her boys.  These are adorable Lisa!image

We at Inspiration Emporium again would like to thank all those that join us each month with our monthly challenges and sharing your talents with everyone.  It is fun to see the diversity out there even when given a common theme, that is truly what makes this craft so fun!

The winner for January’s Fresh Start challenge is…

#20 Sarascloset – Sara Barker

Congratulations, please contact to claim your prize!

Be sure to keep posted for much more inspiration coming your way! h