Posts Tagged Anne Redfern

Jun 25 2015

Waste Not, Want Not Tutorial by Anne Redfern

Hello everyone, I am sure we have all been there, you spend time creating something and it just does not work out the way you had in your mind.  I was following a tutorial, on line, for a weathered paint background but several coats of paint and Vaseline later, it just was not happening.  It went away in a cupboard and I only found it again after a clear out.  Here’s what I made.

I will take you through some of the steps that show how I reached this end result.
I started with a 5″ x 7″ thin, hard back canvas and covered it in strips of book pages and some of Tim Holtz’s Correspondence papers.
Many layers of paint and Vaseline later – it just wasn’t working.  I know people say, oh it’s only a piece of card / canvas, just throw it away and start again….  As a ‘thrifty’ crafter I couldn’t throw it away…… and now I am glad I didn’t….
A couple of coats of Gesso and a little stencilling using Tim’s Flourish Stencil and Ranger Embossing Paste and it is starting to look a little better.
I gave the base a coat of Bundled Sage Distress Paint and left it to dry naturally.   I dry brushed some Vintage Photo Distress Paint around the edges and across the raised areas of the flourish stencilling.
I cut some Tattered Florals from the Bigz Tattered die using some white (fairly thick) card and soaked these by giving them a heavy spray of water and letting them sit for a few minutes.  I scrunched them up tight whilst wet.  Again, whilst wet, I gently unravelled them.  While still wet (and working carefully so as not to rip the card) I layered the flower up, shaped the petal until I was happy with them and left it to dry naturally.  Once dry I carefully dis-assembled the flower and glued each layer together and once the glue was dry I sprayed the flower with Abandoned Coral Distress Spray Stain.  You could colour the flower at the point where you initially wet it, by using a mix of water and Distress Stain, but apart from staining your hands, the colour does not seem as vibrant once dry.  It is just a matter of personal choice – either way works.
I cut some of Tim’s Garden Green leaves from white card and sprayed them with Mowed Lawn Distress Spray Stain to go behind the flower.
The butterfly was die cut from Tim’s Butterfly Duo set, embossed and coloured with Broken China Distress Ink and Edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I added an Idea-ology pin which says Memento on it.  The ‘this is life’ is one of Tim’s Framed Alpha Parts which has been lightly dabbed with Vintage Photo Distress Paint to tone in with the background.
So there we have it, one rescued canvas, I hope you like it and thanks for looking!
May 18 2015

Weekly Inspiration

We have some fabulous projects from the Inspiration Team to share with you today…we are so lucky to have such an incredible, diverse group of artists.  Let’s get started with a perfect for summer project from the amazing Anne Redfern.  There are so many fun details here and we love the background she created with embossing paste…just perfect for the monthly challenge for May.


Next we have this adorable card from Karin Akesdotter…clean, simple, and lovely layers!


We are in LOVE with the great layers of this project from Kath Stewart…she used the Fancy Pants Swagger line for this fabulous card!

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Another great piece from Anne Redfern is this lovely burlap tag…Anne pulled all the cool details together beautifully!


Up next are a few fantastic projects from the incredible Lisa Hoel…she shows us a few ways to use embossing paste, she is rocking’ the May challenge.




We hope you found some inspiration here, we appreciate you stopping in to see what our team is up to!!!

May 2 2015

Design Team Spotlight – Anne Redfern

Hi everyone, back again to spotlight another of our amazing team members and this time we are going to check out what Anne Redfern has been up to for fun.  Anne doesn’t hesitate to get inky, in fact I think she looks forward to it any free moment she gets.

1-IMG_2572We love seeing what Anne creates for the Compedium of Curiosities Challenge and this is such a stunning piece!

1-IMG_2718Such a beautiful decor piece inspired by Tim’s monthly tag challenge.  Gorgeous Anne!

1-WP_20150428_002So much texture in this piece and it looks like it was SO much fun to make! Be sure to check out how Anne made it HERE.


1-IMG_2814-001Anne has a talent of being able to create many different styles and looks and this CAS piece is just one of them.  Beautiful job!

I hope you are enjoying our spotlights!

Until next time! h

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.



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.


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.


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’


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


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.


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…

#42 Kimberly Cobb

Congratulation Kimberly, please contact us at 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.


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

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!




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



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!



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!



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!



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



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



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!



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!


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

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!


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!


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!


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.


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!


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


Have a great week everyone and be creative! h

Dec 30 2014

Inspiration Carries on…

Happy Tuesday to you! We are back again to share the last of the inspiration for 2014 with the exception of our final tutorial tomorrow.

What a way to finish out the year…just like the incredible fireworks display at midnight!

Lisa Hoel created this beautiful nativity lantern for her mother which will look fabulous as part of any holiday display.  Its a great way to bring to life those seemingly ordinary pieces we all have.


Shelly Hickox creates beautiful masterpieces and you need to check this one out.  So much intricate detail around every corner in this piece getting ready for the special days to come in 2015.

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It is never to early for a little Halloween fun with Graghic 45 as Shelly Hickox creates this cool Pop it Up card.

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We love how Yvonne Blair looks at things one might normally pass by and see the possibility to make it her own! She did just that with the cute Photo Holder.

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Lastly for evening, Anne Redfern shares her version for Tim’s December tag Challenge.  Beautiful job Anne!


Thank you for a being a part of this great celebration and Happy New Year from Inspiration Emporium!

from the entire Inspiration Emporium family

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!



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?


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!


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