Posts Tagged Danielle Lounds

Sep 20 2015


I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and have been creative in the process. It always seems like there are not enough hours in a day to get everything in that you are wanting to do while the gorgeous weather is upon us. Before you know it for some of us the snow will be flying and the cold temperatures will be setting in but we won’t let summer and my favorite season of Fall go without a fight.
You will all be HAPPY to hear we are here to announce a little monthly challenge to take us through to the end of September. We have so many things to be HAPPY for in our lives so what better challenge theme then HAPPY! By sharing with us what you are HAPPY for just might win you a fabulous prize package valued at over $50 from Inspiration Emporium. Maybe it is a Happy Anniversary or birthday wish, or simply a happy hello. Whatever the occasion, as long it is a HAPPY one it is fair game. Be sure to share your creations with us by linking it below no later September 30, 2015 at midnight to have your name entered into our random draw.
Our uber talented design team have created a few projects to help get your creative thoughts flowing for this challenge. Lisa Hoel is sending Happy Wedding wishes with this beautiful card.

Danielle Lounds always has that great pop of colour which just makes them happy, whatever the occasion. This time its in this adorable Happy Birthday card perfect for any robot lover; young or old.


Lastly, not least Karin Akesdotter shares with us her simply stunning Happy creation.  This can be used for anything she is happy about! Karin makes me HAPPY and I hope her card does that for you!


I hope you all have a HAPPY Sunday! The challenge is ON! h


Aug 5 2015

Bird Crazy Hello Friend Card Tutorial by Danielle Lounds

Hello, crafty friends. It is Danielle popping in with a card featuring some fun new products from the Tim Holtz line. I’m a big fan of the CMS212 – Bird Crazy stamp set and was delighted when it was announced that there would be coordinating dies and sentiments. So for my tutorial today I thought I would use them and a few of my favorite new items to make this friend card:
To start, I decided that a custom background was in order so I pulled out one of the new stencils, THS047 Zigzag Stencil, and the recently released Twisted Citron Distress Paint(this is my one of my favorite colors!). To keep everything in place I use a bit of tissue tape to hold the watercolor paper and stencil in place.
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Then I mixed a bit of the paint with a few drops of water and used a paintbrush to apply the paint to the paper using the stencil as a guide.
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Once the paint dried, I cut the panel to size. But it needed a bit more texture so I pulled out my Glossy Accents and Antique Linen Distress Glitter. I drew a line along the bottom of every other zigzig with the Glossy Accents and then coated with the distress glitter.
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I kept repeating the process until the entire background panel was complete. And then I set the panel aside to dry. This requires patience so while I waited I decided to create another background piece.
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This time I used Gold embossing powder, a Clear Emboss It ink pad, and the mesh stamp from CMS221 – Mesh & Linen stamp set to heat emboss a piece of light blue cardstock. I intentionally left a few spots of the cardstock bare. Once cooled after embossing, I used a stitched circle die to cut out a piece from the panel.
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More fun ahead! I stamped a couple of the one bird from CMS212 – Bird Crazy in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock. After coloring with Copic markers I used the new Bird Crazy Thinlits Die Set to cut out the bird and bird parts.
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I finished the bird by assembling the pieces together, using Glossy Accents to adhere the wings, the one eye, and beak in place. I did twist the wings a bit so they would stick out and then I used a couple of glue dots to adhere the larger eye in place so it was popped up just a tiny bit.
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Once of the pieces were complete, I stamped a sentiment from CMS236 – Crazy Talk on white cardstock and assembled the card using a LOT of foam tape. Heh heh. I also added a small strip of polka dot designer paper and a few orange enamel dots.
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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed today’s project! – Danielle
May 3 2015

Design Team Spotlight – Danielle Lounds

We are back!  Next up is our sweet Danielle Lounds who loves the use of crisp edges and brilliant pops of colour.  Let’s check out her recent inky adventures…

ThanksABunchMonkey_A_DanielleLounds_thumbI am sure the recipient of this card went bananas for it!  Adorable Danielle!

MeowyHi_A_DanielleLounds_thumbYou can’t help but have warm and fuzzy feelings when seeing this card.  The kitty is SO cute and the layers come together perfectly.


HelloParakeet_A_DanielleLounds_thumbPolly wants a cracker…oh no sorry, just wants to say hello!  Here is a great use of the memory frames from Ranger and Danielle


LittleBirdieToldMe_A_DanielleLounds_thumbWhat a great use of colour in this adorable card from Danielle who always knows just where to place the little added touches and embellishments. Make sure you check all of Danielle’s creations HERE and leave a little message letting her know you stopped by.

Thanks for joining us on our spotlight weekend with more to come!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

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.

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 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!

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 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.

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 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.

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 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 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!

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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!

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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

Sep 8 2014

Weekly Inspiration

Happy Monday all! I can’t wait to show you what our amazing design team has been working on this month already because I am totally blown away by their talent. Let’s get started because we have a ton to share with you!


Yvonne Blair uses stunning colours to create this beautiful tag with so many layers and details to take in.  Welcome to the team Yvonne and beautiful job!

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Lisa Hoel never ceases to amaze us with her luminaries and this spooky Halloween one is no exception. This would make such a great centerpiece for any party or get together. The flying witch is the perfect touch.


This cute card would be perfect for including in your child’s lunch box on their first day back to school.  Karin  Akesdotter is an incredible watercolourer as I am sure you will agree and this is so adorable!!



Fall is in the air and the feeling is captured in this stunning earthy tag created by our talented Bobbi Smith.  Loving all the layers of colours, stamping, and pieces to create this, what a great monthly challenge submission!  I am with you Bobbi, Fall is my favorite time of year as well.




It’s witching hour here this week and Shelly Hickox has blown us away with this Artist Trading Block.  These can be so much more than a simple block and Shelly sure can do that.  I have to agree with Shelly in saying I think this is my favorite Halloween project as well from her, every little detail covered.  I simply love this one and I am sure you are going to as well! Amazing job Shelly!

shelly hickox sizzix halloween artist trading block


There is all kinds of distress and grungy goodness going on in this piece by a new member to our design team Kath Stewart.  Amazing colour, texture and dimension in this home decor project Kath!

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I am loving the orange and bright green Danielle Lounds used  in this spooky Halloween assemblage clock. What a fun piece!  I can picture this sitting on my work desk putting smiles on the faces of everyone…how could you not smile at this?  Try it, you won’t be able to stop yourself!


Finally for this week, Anne Redfern has created this sharp bold card.  The colours are so warm and draw you in but the black demand your attention.  Beautiful card Anne!


See what I told you… truly amazing creative pieces of art created by these extremely uber talented designers.  I hope you will take some time to visit the websites of our designers to check out their work and when you do so, make sure to leave a comment to say you stopped by.  We all create for ourselves and our creative souls but it is your comments that keep us sharing .  Many of these projects fit perfectly in our monthly challenge of Fall Is in the Air so I hope you have a great week and take this inspiration to create something yourself, deadline is September 30.  Be sure to check back throughout the week to meet more of our design team. h

Apr 30 2014

Distress Reinker Background Tutorial by Danielle Lounds

Hello – It is Danielle here with a fun tutorial on making an inky background using Distress Ink Reinkers. This is a technique that I love to use when I want a very vibrant background.

Supplies to create background:

Paintbrushes, Inkssentials Pipette, Glass of Water, Inkssentials Mister, paper towels, Inkssentials Non-Stick Craft Mat, Distress Ink Reinkers (Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries, Frayed Burlap Peacock Feathers), watercolor paper (2 pieces), heat tool, ink palette.

First step – add a couple drops of each color to an ink palette and dilute each with a couple of drops of water. I do about half ink and half water. Mist watercolor paper with water.

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Second step – Using a paintbrush, paint small circles using the first color (Work Lipstick).


Third step – Using a clean paintbrush, paint more circles using the second color (Festive Berries), beginning to fill in the open areas.

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Fourth step – Using a clean paintbrush, add the third color (Frayed Burlap), filling in the final areas without color. I also painted the edges of the cardstock with this color. I did leave a few spots bare.

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Fifth step – to soften the colors a bit and blend them together I mist the cardstock with a bit more water. I then take a second piece of water color paper and smoosh it over the first to pick up the excess ink

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Sixth step – use a heat tool to dry the water color paper. Notice that there is still some lovely ink on the craft mat – it would be a shame to waste that.

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Seventh step – Smoosh the watercolor paper back into the leftover ink adding more blobs of color to the paper.

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Eighth step – Heat set. Repeat until you are happy with the final look. I did this for both pieces of water color paper, adding more ink from the palette to the craft sheet when I ran out.

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Ninth step – For more color, use a pipette to splash the background with the fourth color of ink (Peacock Feathers). Heat set – using a paper towel to soak up the excess ink if necessary. Note – this can be very messy – the pipette tends to send the ink in every direction so don’t wear your favorite shirt. 😉

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Tenth step – sit back and enjoy your finished backgrounds and decide how you will turn them into a piece of artwork.

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Supplies to decorate card:

Paper Smooches Bold Buzzwords stamp set, Idea-ology Mirrored Stars, Idea-ology Label Letters, Ranger Clear Emboss-It ink pad, Ranger Light Blue embossing powder, heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, card stock.

I used one of the backgrounds to create a quick card. I heat embossed the “thanks” from Bold Buzzwords using Clear Emboss-it ink and light blue embossing powder. I finished the sentiment by spelling out “so much” using Label Letters.

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I then rounded a couple of corners, matted on Faded Jeans Distress cardstock, and added stitching using heavy duty white thread and a sewing machine. Added a few mirrored stars and finished by adhering the panel to a white card base using foam dimensional tape.

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Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

Apr 28 2014

Inspiration Monday

Hopefully Spring is showing its beautiful face and helping things blossom and bloom.  Here at the Inspiration Emporium amazing art is being created by our design team that we can’t wait to share with you.  Before we get to that I have to say how excited we are that so many people are taking part in our monthly challenges.  It is a great way to see what everyone is creating and also a way to discover new talent and blogs to follow.  I hope you will all take some time to check out the submissions and leave a comment on their respective sites.  If you haven’t already linked your project HERE, you have until midnight April 30.  This month’s challenge is ‘A Few of my Favorite Things‘ so don’t miss out, you could be our randomly selected winner of $50 Emporium Dollars that you can spend in the IE Online Store.

With Spring here we are seeing lighter and brighter colors being used and Lisa Hoel has created this beautiful Artist Trading Block in stunning white with a touch of color and tonnes of texture.


Pam Hooten does incredible work with her artist journal and these pages are amazing using some of her favorite things…stencils.


Next up, we have this adorable card from Danielle Lounds that uses a cute idea to create her jar.  Super cute card Danielle!


Shelly Hickox is all ready for Mother’s Day with this beautiful layered Pop It Up card.

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Before we go for this week I wanted to invite you to check out our sweet Social Media Coordinator(guru) – Linda Ledbetter who has begun the very popular Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge.  This oh so fun challenge works through the techniques included in the newest Compendium of Curiosities 3 Book by Tim Holtz so make sure you check it out and join in on the fun.  Have fun creating! H