Posts Tagged Alice Wertz

Mar 3 2015

A New Week, A New Month…

Happy March All!  With a new week and a new month we all know what that can only mean…inspiration and a brand new monthly challenge for you all.  I believe our design team is hoping and wishing for an early spring when you see what they have created.  I am not sure about you, but this girl totally is as well!  I am SO ready for winter to be OVER! Don’t take things personally winter, but I sure could show you the door.

 

Up first, we have a cute, colourful and fun piece from our sweet Alice Wertz. I love the use of the different elements to create great dimension in this note card using stamps by Paper Smooches and no line colouring.  Receiving this in the mail would sure put a smile on the face of anyone opening it.

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Ann Redfern had a great time using the Dimensional Cutting Pad by Tim Holtz and Sizzix for her CC3C submission she created two to share with us.  This first piece is a stunning creation with a beautiful bright colour combined with the crisp white.1-IMG_2055

A second piece from Ann keeps with the nature theme but this time uses the amazing dragonfly and again terrific colouring.  If you do not have a dimensional cutting pad of your own, this challenge will make you want one for sure with so many gorgeous pieces created.  Be sure to check out the challenge and projects HERE.

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What a fun vintage looking piece by Karin Akesdotter.  This card takes me back to the fashion plates and scrap material of yester years.  This is a great use of Hero Arts’ Sew Stylish stamps.

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There is nothing better than going to the mailbox and finding a sweet thinking of you note card from a special someone.  Karin Akesdotter is created this gorgeous card with beautiful subtle colours and a perfect way to say ‘Thinking of You’

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Check out the fantastic colours and layers Bobbi Smith used in this masterpiece! This piece is definitely choosing to shine!!

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If this card doesn’t bring brighter days ahead, nothing will!  Great colours used by Lisa Hoel that will sure brighten anyone’s day using the dimensional cutting pad.

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Like I said it was a nature theme this week and butterflies are gracing many of the projects.  Be sure to check out the tutorial Bobbi Smith shared to see all the detail that went into making this stunning dimensional piece.

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We at Inspiration Emporium want to thank each and every one of you for participating in our monthly challenges each month.  We are glad these challenges help to motivate you to be creative and possibility venture out of your comfort zone and trying something new and different.  It is a great way to explore different blogs and see the world from the comfort of your own home; so thank you for being a part of our family here at Inspiration Emporium.  February’s challenge of Love is in the Air struck a chord with a lot of you and there were so many amazing pieces shared.  The random winner of $50 to be spent at the Inspiration Emporium online store for February is…

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Congratulation Kimberly, please contact us at heather@inspirationemporium.com to claim your prize.

Wrapping up one monthly challenge only means we are in store for another new exciting one.  March brings with it the single sweet word of Spring and all that comes with it.  That hopefully means no snow, warmer temperatures and the signs of life renewed in nature.  For me it seems like a million years away with all the snow we have here but it can’t stay that way forever right??? What better way to celebrate March and Spring than with a monthly challenge of Spring Blooms. Your projects will need to include flowers in some way.  They can be stamped, floral paper, floral embellishments, die cuts…you get the idea.  Flower power might just speed up Spring or that is what we are at least hoping.  All entries are to be linked below and you have until March 31, 2015 to enter for a chance to win $50 to spend with us at Inspiration Emporium.  Show us your creativity and join in the fun! h


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.

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

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

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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.

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This one just may be a favorite…

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And, one more gorgeous butterfly card…

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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!
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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!

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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)!!

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

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

Dec 29 2014

Closing out the Year of Inspiration

It is hard to believe we are almost to 2015.  All of our Inspiration Emporium family hopes that you had a wonderful holiday season enjoying time with family and friends and taking time to reflect on all that we are grateful for this year.  When we look at what is truly important we find it is not the materialistic things we can touch but it is the feeling we get from being around loved ones, watching the little ones interacting with Santa or carrying on traditions that have been going on for years.  That is the true magic!  With only a few days left in 2014 we would like to fill it with inspiration from our incredible design team capping it off  with a tutorial on New Years Eve.  We hope you have enjoyed all the fantastic artwork this year and continue to visit through 2015.  We all create for ourselves because it just feels great but we also create to share and show others because it is the kind of people artists are…what kind of industry would we have if no one shared their talent?  Thankfully we do not need to worry about that because we have amazing inspiration to share with you so be sure to check back over the next few days to see even more.

Shelly Hickox did a fabulous job with her 12 Days of Ornaments and these are days 9, 11 and 12.  Be sure to check them all out if you haven’t already.  This is a great tradition to start Shelly, I hope we can see more next year!

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Kath Stewart has created this beautiful masterpiece perfect to hold all of her holiday memories.  Kath, I love your style and how you pull everything together…stunning piece!

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Be sure to check out Anne Redfern’s blog to see more photos of this piece and how she used the cabinet card dies to craft this home decor piece.  Can you guess what Anne’s favorite Christmas Carol is?

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A walk down memory lane for Lisa Hoel in this piece using many pieces from her childhood.  What a great piece to have on display during the Christmas season to help remember the years gone by.Lisa-Hoel_Christmas-Configurations-Box_main

What a cute card by Alice Wertz using the Alpine Carolers stamp set by Mama Elephant. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

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There are some really great monthly challenge ideas from our design team and it is not too late for you to link your submission HERE for your chance to win with Inspiration Emporium.  Deadline is midnight December 31. Thanks for visiting and see you tomorrow! h

Dec 15 2014

Weekly Inspiration

Just 10 more days until Christmas!  I am sure everyone is busily getting ready for this festive time of year.  The season brings with it some pretty amazing traditions…ones pretty traditional while other totally crazy but fabulous in their own rite.  Personally, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas for me without trimming the tree, a couple great feasts with family and a  little dose of National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.  I hope you will share some our your traditons with us and let us know what makes your holidays special.

Even during this busy time of year, our design team has been doing an amazing job on their inspiration to share with all of you. 

 

Kath Stewart has created this stunning card. What a work of art Kath! I am sure the recipient of this card is going to LOVE it!

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Need an idea on how to wrap that perfect gift?  Lisa Hoel has created this beautiful gift box that can also be used as a home decor piece after the gift giving. 

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Alice Wertz is stirring things up with this cute vintage looking one layer card using Paper Smooches

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Make sure you check out Yvonne Blair‘s tutorial on the Ranger Blog showing just how she made this wintery delight!

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Carolers singing…can you hear them?  What a incredible piece by Anne Redfern, so much detail!

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Lastly for this week, we wanted to share with you Shelly Hickox’s 12 Days of ornaments.  The first two were shared in our last inspiration post and one as the tutorial but if you haven’t been following along(which are a must see) here are days 3 to 8. Each and every one are amazing and so different.  These are going to make for one beautiful tree!

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There are some amazing submissions for this month’s challenge of Sing, Sing it Loud but there is still time for you to link HERE your creation for a chance to win $50 to spend at Inspiration Emporium.  What a perfect thing to work on while taking some time for yourself during this busy Christmas season.  Enjoy the week! h

Dec 3 2014

Inked Bokeh Tutorial by Alice Wertz

Hello! It’s Alice here. =) I am sharing a fun and simple inking technique with you today.

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Bokeh has been a popular look this year and here is how I created the Bokeh look on the tag.
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First, gather up ink colors of your liking. I have Peacock FeathersPicked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade distress inks here. I ended up not using the Peacock Feathers, but hey, that’s why we experiment with colors, right? =) I have a full Unicorn white ink pad from Hero Arts here, but you can find the cube version of it in the Blackboard 4 Color Cubes Set. Of course you will need those Mini Ink Blending Tool, too! My tag is cut using a die from Mama Elephant’s Tags a Lot die set. And the heart dies are from Paper Smooches Hearts set and Instalove from Mama Elephant.
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All you need to do is pick a color to start inking. Picked Raspberry was inked first here.
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Add another color. I used Squeezed Lemonade here.
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Layer on the colors to your liking. I really love blending colors with Squeezed Lemonade,it really softened the bright pink here.
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I cut three sizes of hearts out of some scrap paper as my stencils for inking the white pigment ink.
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And started inking the hearts on random places on the tag.
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I found that one dabbing of the sponge from the ink pad lasts a good few hearts. So just keep moving the heart stencils and let the differences of the ink intensity add to the depth of the look.
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Here is the final tag and one more look of my card below.
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The couples are from Mama Elephant’s Alpine Carolers set, colored with Copic markers then cut using the matching dies.
Hope you will give this technique a try! =)
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Dec 3 2014

November Inspiration Wrap Up and Winner

Good Morning all!  I wanted to make sure we got all of November’s inspiration posted because there are some super awesome ideas you can take into your own holiday creating.  Hopefully they have inspired you to look at your supplies in a little different way in how you might already use them and create beautiful art.

Sue Kment has created this fantastic gift bag using her Silhouette and lawn fawn die cuts and stamps.  This is adorable Sue!

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How cute is this card by Sue Kment also using Lawn Fawn!?

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Merry and Bright and everything nice! This cute cute shaker card is certain to be loved by anyone receiving it this holiday season from Karin Akesdotter.  Karin, I can send you an address that sure would enjoy it!IMG_0399a

It is a treat to get to see Yvonne Blair‘s page from her Inky Artist Journal.  In the last inspiration post we saw her cover which was stunning.  This journal will be amazing as a finished piece! Thank you for sharing Yvonne.

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Alice Wertz creates cute like no other in her own little way!  This Chubby Chums set from Paper Smooches is SO cute and the label maker addition is perfect!

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We just wanted to say a huge thank you and WOW to all of those that participated in our monthly challenge for November.  There were 104 amazing submissions so if you haven’t taken some time to check them out and visit the blogs they have come from, I encourage you to do so.  We are so grateful that you have chosen to share your art with us and all of our readers.  This craft truly brings some incredible people together and in touch with one another creating lifetime friendships while doing what we all love.  We can’t ask for anything better than that so thank you for being a part of our Inspiration Emporium family!  We want to congratulate the random winner of November’s monthly Challenge – Happy Holidays…

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Congratulations ZOE HILLMAN!!!!

please contact heather@inspirationemporium.com to claim your prize.

Please check back tomorrow for the announcement of the December challenge.  Enjoy your day today! h

Nov 15 2014

Weekly Inspiration

Wow, where has this week gone???  Before we know it we will be writing January so we need to slow things down and enjoy this upcoming holiday season.  Our design team has been busy at work creating some incredible artwork that we would love to share.  Many of them are perfect pieces for our monthly challenge of Happy Holidays!  It is a great time to get started on the card or gift making so be sure to share your creations with us for your chance to win a $50 shopping spree with us at Inspiration Emporium.

Tim Holtz is always providing us with everlasting inspiration and the November Tag challenge is no different.  Yvonne Blair shares with us her version and what a stunning one it is!

 

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Alice Wertz is playing along with our monthly challenge and has created this beautiful unconventional holiday card using A Holy Holiday from Paper Smooches.

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Make sure you check out Alice’s blog post to see how see created this beautiful water coloured card.  Stunning work Alice!

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Wow, the dimension Anne Redfern created with this piece is fantastic! The new snowflake dies can be found HERE and HERE from Tim Holtz and are a must have and perfect for the holidays. Make you you pick yours up before they are gone to create your very own.

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Karin Akesdotter has created this elegant holiday card.  Be sure to check out all of the detail included in this card as it draws you in.  Beautiful card Karin!

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Are you looking to make a beautiful home decor piece for the holiday season? Lisa Hoel shows you exactly what you need to recreate this stunning piece.

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Many of our pieces this week have included the Coloured Crackle technique as part of the Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge hosted by our very own sweet Linda Ledbetter.  Bobbi Smith has created this stunning ornament which would be perfect as part of a Christmas gift this season.  On her blog she has provided a tutorial on just how she made this so you are able to make your very own.

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  We always love seeing what Sue Kment has created and these are adorable using  Lawn Fawn stamps! Perfect for any package!IMG_0053

Be sure to check out Shelly Hickox’s blog for her take on Tim’s November Tag.  Shelly used the supplies she had to create this beautiful version so I hope it will inspire you to do the same! Never miss out on an opportunity to put what you have to use because the possibilities are endless and equally as gorgeous.

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Lastly for today, we have this stunning card also from Shelly Hickox.  I simply love this colour combination and this card Shelly!

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I am certain we have inspired you with these amazing pieces to create your very own and we can’t wait to see them!  Enjoy your weekend with a little ink (or alot)! h

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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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