Posts Tagged Kath Stewart

Dec 8 2014

Weekly Inspiration

Happy Monday everyone!  We hope you enjoyed your weekend and took some time for yourself during this busy time of the year.  It is important to enjoy the now and being present in whatever you are doing and not thinking about all the things you may have coming up or worrying about things outside of your control.  Before you know it the Christmas season will be behind us so we need to slow things down and enjoy it as it is not all about the gifts we get or give.  Its about spending time with those we love and feeling blessed about the those we have in our lives.  Don’t get lost in the material things this Christmas season and enjoy the things that are priceless and do not cost a penny.

This week we have incredible talent shared once again from our fantastic design team.  We are so grateful for this amazingly talented group of ladies that share with us each week.  They always amaze us with their projects and artwork!


Karin Akesdotter’s clean and simple lines in this adorable Christmas card are perfect and oh so cute!



Keeping with the cute factor Karin Akesdotter shares with us this ‘lovely’ card using Mama Elephant.  Look at that little turtle!



Shelly Hickox has challenged herself to create ornaments for the Twelve Days of Christmas! Be sure to check out her blog and follow along, they are all fabulous and she shares how she made each one.  Can’t get any better than that! Incredible job Shelly!  This is day 1 and 2 and the rest are just as stunning!

shelly hickox tim holtz lantern ornament

shelly hickox pop it ups owl ornament


Wait until to you see this piece from Lisa Hoel.  What an incredible home decor centerpiece and Lisa is a master of creating them time and time again.  WOW…WOW…WOW!



Kath Stewart has created a beautiful piece playing along with our Monthly Challenge of Sing, Sing it Loud!  Loving the gold and all the layers!

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Layering Stencil Embossing was the challenge over at CC3 and Bobbi Smith created this fantastic tag with so much texture and dimension.  This is a gift in itself Bobbi, love this and the bold red bow just sets everything off!

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We finish up this week with a little dreaming of a pink Christmas by Yvonne Blair.  So glad this came to you in your dreams!

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Be sure to get your projects linked for our December Challenge HERE as you have until December 31 at midnight.

Have a great week and remember to live in the now and enjoy the present! h

Nov 18 2014

Inspiration Galore!

Happy day to you all!  I hope it is shaping up to be a great week for you and if you are in need of inspiration we have you covered.  The submissions are coming in for this month’s challenge of Happy Holidays but there is still time for YOU!


Sue Kment is having fun with this month’s challenge and has created this adorable holiday card.  Mimi by Penny Black is SO cute!



I am not sure I would open this package if I found it under the Christmas tree.  Stunning work Anne!  Be sure to check out her BLOG for instructions to make your very own.



Anne Redfern is certainly going to be ready for the holidays with her amazing pieces she has created already.  Note to self…let a move on!


Karin Akesdotter has a great tutorial video on wax resist creating this beautiful card…lots of Lawn Fawn goodness!


Tim Holtz’s November tag has inspired a lot of people to create.  Here are  Lisa Hoel’s pieces spotlighting the use of corrugated cardboard. Love these!!



This classic holiday card is stunning by Shelly Hickox.  What a great use of the Pop It Up Dies and accordion dies together.

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It is serious Christmas Cuteness by Kath Stewart with this adorable Christmas card! Love the warmth of this Kath.

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Finally for this week but certainly not least we have this gorgeous cabinet card tag by Bobbi Smith.  She has shared a great blog post showing just how she created this. So much detail and a great alternative to to classic card design.


I hope you are inspired to create! Have a great week! 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 20 2014

Inspiration Monday

Happy Monday all! It’s that time again for some fantastic inspiration and you won’t be disappointed.  Hopefully you are all working on your very own In Disguise project for our monthly challenge this month and if you are just hearing about it make sure you check out all the challenge details and place to link your own project HERE.  The deadline is October 31 at midnight so make sure to put your creative thinking caps on and create because you never know, you might just be this month’s winner of 50 Emporium Dollars to feed your crafting passion.  There are already some really incredible projects linked up by our readers so make sure you take some time to check them out.  AMAZING!

What a perfect storage idea for your collected Starbucks cards. I know you all have your special ones and Pamela Ho has created a super cute home for hers using this simple plastic packaging.

Project 2 October



Kath Stewart really knows how to do texture and her version of the October tag for 12 Tags for 2014 shows it beautifully. Texture heaven right here! Great job Kath!

October Tag 1


Lisa Hoel had so much fun creating her first In Disguise project, she created a second and we are so glad she did!  Be sure to visit her blog to see the detail inside.


The next project up is from Karin Akesdotter and this ADORABLE magnet watch box is created from a simple little match box.  What a transformation and so stinkin’ cute Karin!


The holiday season always seems to come and go and before we know it, it is over.  Bobbi Smith has created this stunning worn cover to hold all of her magical holiday memories.


Anne Redfern is a genius when it comes to our monthly challenge and has really thought outside the box.  I will never look at a bamboo placemat the same again! The perfect travel companion of a crafter.  Love this idea Anne!


Have a great week and get inky! h

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!

Project 1 October


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 29 2014

Inspiration Monday


Wow, what incredible talent we have displayed this month and today is no different.  I truly think it is impossible to not be inspired by the team and all they have created this month.  After checking out our inspiration here and on the team members’ blogs, make sure you take some time to look at all of the incredible submissions for this month’s challenge  Fall is in the Air .  It is not too late to add your project HERE for a chance to win our month prize giveaway of 50 Emporium Dollars to spend with us. Get ready for operation inspiration…


Anne Redfern is certainly playing along with our Fall is in the Air monthly challenge with this beautiful Thanksgiving card!  The colours are stunning Anne!



Speaking of colours, you have to head over to Bobbi Smith’s blog to check out this amazing Halloween tag.  All I can is WOW to the seedless preserves on this tag! Absolutely in love!



Karin Akesdotter looks like she had some serious fun with her new Tim Holtz stencils creating this adorable tag! How cute is he???


Pamela Ho is getting into the holiday spirit with the new releases from Paper Smooches.  All four projects very different and show the versatility of die cuts.  Great job Pamela!

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Keeping with her spooky theme, Shelly Hickox shares a colourful BOO! Make sure to check out the transparent spiderwebs, SO very clever!

shelly hickox pop it ups halloween album

It is always a perfect time to think of all the incredible teachers we have that really make a difference in our kids lives.  Sue Kment has created a fantastic teacher’s gift with this Tissue Box which would look great on any desk!


Who doesn’t love Snoopy??? Loving the boldness is this card also from Sue Kment.  Make sure you check out her blog HERE for a few other projects using this Group Hugs stamp set from Paper Smooches.


There is so much detail in this stunning piece by Lisa Hoel.  She has been able to create a floating feeling as if the pieces are suspended in water. Fantastic decor piece Lisa!


Kath Stewart has created great texture and dimension in her artwork as she says hello to Autumn. The rich and warm colours really draw you in, beautiful Kath!

September Project 3(1)

I don’t think there is anything better than having a handmade treat bag to go door to door with on that spooktacular night.  Kath has created the envy of the neighbourhood and I think chocolate will taste even better coming from it!

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Is that talent or what?!?!

Enjoy your week! h

Sep 15 2014

Inspiration Monday

Happy Monday to you all!  I don’t think there is a greater way to start the week then with some incredible inspiration from our design team.  This week we have many projects that are perfect submissions for the monthly challenge of Fall is in the Air.  Make sure you check out all the details HERE to get in on the creative fun.  You could be the random winner of $50 to spend with us at Inspiration Emporium.  Let’s get started with the inspiration…


Fall certainly is in the air with this beautiful assemblage clock from Lisa Hoel. What a great home decor piece for display this fall while enjoying the harvests from the land.



Karin Akesdotter shows us that we don’t have to have a certain stencil already to make a stunning card.  Creating your own stencils really allows for limitless possibilities.  Beautiful piece Karin!



I think Anne Redfern loves Halloween as much as I do and this functional assemblage clock is perfect for this spooky time of year!  The crackle is a great touch on this piece.  Great job, Anne!



Yvonne Blair has shared a great tutorial on her blog to create this spooktacular tag.  Loving all the details so make sure you check out how she did them. Yvonne Blair Boo 1

You have to make sure to also check out Bobbi Smith‘s blog to see the up close details of this amazing tag.  There are so many great products and tricks used to create this layered treat.  Really love the vibrant colours!


This might not have been what Kath Stewart starting out to create but that is what I love about this craft.  We get amazing results like this card perfect for Fall and a great adaptation of September’s tag for 12 Tags of 2014 by Tim Holtz

Project 2 September

Nothing like a good dehydrated eye of newt!  This stunning vintage looking Halloween quarter fold card by our Shelly Hickox would make an incredible card to include invitation details for your spoooooky party.  Make sure you check HERE to see the inside.  Love this Shelly!

shelly hickox quarter fold halloween card

Sue Kment is getting ready for some holiday gifts and this Stacked Snowman using Ideology’s Merriment paper is adorable.  This certainly is a gift within a gift because he could be on display for the whole season.


I have to apologize about not getting the rest of the design team profiles up last week but it truly was a CraZy week around here.  I promise they will be continued this week so make sure to check back for those as well as for Tutorial Wednesday.  This week Chelle is going to be having fun with texture paste, stencils, and distress markers…can’t wait to see!  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!

Yvonne Blair Enjoy the Journey 1


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!

September Project 1


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