Posts Tagged Linda Cain

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.



SONY DSCThis is a mother and her baby that we saw this day and they were as curious about us and we were about them.  We were told that baby was about 7 months old.  If you ever get the chance to witness these for yourself, take it, you will remember it always.

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.


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


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


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.



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.


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


Jun 16 2014

Inspiration Monday

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all were able to celebrate those special people in your life yesterday filling that father role.  Hopefully you did so with a little creativity and whipped them up something extra special to show how very much you truly appreciate them.  Our design team certainly did this with their inspirational projects this month.

Seriously love this Father’s Day card from Lisa Hoel! Love the colors, love the layers, love it all! Beautiful job Lisa!



Shelly Hickox has created this great Father’s Day gift with this grungy caddy and travel-themed mini album.  I am sure this gift was a huge hit!

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Shelly continues to wow us with her mixed media talent and this canvas is a fine example.  Check out her tutorial HERE.  So much texture!shelly hickox mixed media challenge


Jingle bells, jingle bells…Whoa, thank goodness we have many months before Christmas but there is no better time to get a head start on your Christmas that right now.  I hope you will join us in this month’s monthly challenge which is Christmas in June.  Find all the details HERE as well as where to find the link for submitting your artwork.  Sue Kment has created this bright and cheery piece, perfect for the challenge. SO cute Sue!1-pb christmas 003


Keeping with the holiday spirit, Lisa Hoel created this beautiful vintage holiday card perfect for anyone.  (note to self…forward Lisa my address)  Stunning card!Victorian-Carolers-Christmas-card


Linda Cain has shared some amazing ATB’s in the past but here is her latest incredible colorful watercolor creation.  I can see how these beauties can be addictive to make.


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The queen of color has struck again with this bold and colorful tag  that is sure to brighten everyone’s day!  Linda Cain, you know color!  Black Tag 001


Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will take some time and visit the blogs of our design team members and leave them a comment.  We all love to hear and see that people have visited and your comments show your appreciation for what we all have in common.  Have a great week! h


Apr 24 2014

Weekly Inspiration and Winners Announced

Inspiration Emporium would like to start out with a big thank you to all of you for making the Easter Hunt a huge success.  We have received many kind emails on how much fun each of you had and not to mention the great comments left behind along the way.  Our hope is that you have gained some new inspirational sites through the hunt that you will continue to visit in the future.

Before we get to announcing the winners, we would like to share even more inspiration from our incredible team.


Shelly Hickox has created this stunning tag with beautiful colors that just draw you in.

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Danielle Lounds has been busy getting inky.  Her first project is this colorful creation and any brother would be tickled pink to receive this.


Next up, Danielle continued with incredible color in this Hello card! So vibrant!


And finally, Danielle made this sweet bunny card for a friend. So cute!


Kaz Hall always creates stunning grungy pieces and this is no exception.  Beautiful work!


Artist Trading Blocks have become a popular way to share art and Linda Cain has joined in the fun by creating this great set.

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All of these pieces share with you some of our favorite things.  These might be inks, embellishments, dies…you name it, we love them.  Make sure you take some time to share YOUR favorite things with us on our Monthly Challenge post.  It is great to see so many people sharing their incredible talent and there is still time for you! Deadline is April 30th at midnight.


Hopefully you have all gotten your name in after completing the Easter Hunt and finding PAINT THE WORLD WITH COLOR because it is now time to announce the winners of the spots for the online watercolor class for cardmakers.  Make sure that you sign up HERE even if you haven’t won a spot because I ensure you, it is going to be a great one with incredible talent.  The winners are…..

Denise Byrant

Carol Watson

We also drew a name from those readers that took the time to leave comments along the trail and that winner is:

Retta Fox Skiff

(all winners please contact me at to claim your prize)

The Emporium has decided to deliver a few Easter eggs of their own.  For those of you who took part in the hunt and submitted your answer, please find a token of our appreciation in your inbox shortly.  Also, some of our participants in the hunt are doing giveaways of their own so make sure you check back with them because you might just be a winner on their site. Have a great week! H







Apr 16 2014

Springtime/Easter Artist Trading Block Tutorial by Linda Cain

Linda Cain is kicking us off on our new feature here on the journal: Wednesday Tutorials. Linda received so many questions and great comments on her Springtime/Easter Artist Trading Block Project she posted on her blog on April 6th that she decided to do this tutorial…thank you, Linda!!

Hi there, Linda Cain here with a tutorial you can use for a springtime or Easter Artist Trading Block – aka ATB.

I cut 6 pieces from white Specialty Stamping paper about 3 1/2 inches square. You can cut them to the finished size if you want (2 3/8″). I just had these cut, so I used them. Then I started adding lots of layers of Distress Inks to each square. I always use Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade in the centers and build from there. By using larger pieces of paper, you can decide what areas you like the best before trimming down.

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Then I bring out the bright colors and add to the corners carefully overlapping and blending. I add Ripe Raspberry, Fired Brick, Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves, and Mowed Grass first. I randomly applied the colors with the Blending Tools.

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Go back and blend in different shades of the same color to build up the layers.

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Now add some darker colors like Barn Door, Rusty Hinge, and Aged Mahogany to the edges.

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When you like the rich, dark colors spritz water into your hands with the Mister and let the water drop onto your paper. Clap some smaller dots of water, and let it sit for a few seconds to soak down into the inks. Then blot with a paper towel. This should reveal fantastic layers of your colors and create wonderful contrast.

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Dry with a Heat it Tool. Trim the squares to 2 3/8” as you like. Now haul out your stash of Tissue Tapes and add them to your squares as shown.

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I really have fun with the Artist Trading Blocks using the 3D ScoreBoard XL Die. I cut just 2 pieces of black mat board for this Block. (This shows 4).

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I started with the Mini Blue Prints 2 stamp set and the Easter egg with Jet Black Archival Ink. Each square has a row of Metal Studs or Pearls and is edged with tiny stamps from the Prima Mixed Media Doll Stamp set.

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Then I stamped the Butterfly on the next square with Laboratorie and Elements Tissue Tape, edged with the small flower edge stamp, added some white Sharpie Poster Paint dots, a tiny Prima paper flower and gold metal studs. All the squares have white pen marks added for contrast.

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The Nest with Eggs stamp is next on the piece where I used March and April from Traveler Tissue Tape. Journeyman, and Nostalgic tapes are on this side as well.

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The top has the Bird from Natures Moments with Symphony and Market Place Tissue Tapes. I added a tiny Pink Petaloo flower and Rhinestone flowers.

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The last side with the little Bunny is so nice and bright with the Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves. The water created little spots on him. This side needed just a bit more of something, so I added a piece of fancy black trim.

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Glue your little squares to the block as you like. Be mindful of how your block will go together as far as pictures going in the right direction. Now all you have to do is fold up your mat board cutouts and add the Wondertape to the tabs to secure it together. Easy Peasy. I added one to the bottom without stamping, and just signed my name in the square. Set it on your desk or raise it up with a little wooden pedestal. The choice is yours.

Apr 2 2014

April’s Monthly Challenge and March’s Winner

WOW is all I can say about the participation in March’s challenge.  Thank you for sharing what each of you do with us and our readers because you all make this Emporium family that much more special!  By using the random number generator, the winner of March’s monthly challenge is (drum roll please…..)


#8 Marjie Kemper.  Congratulations Marjie!!

Please contact me Marjie at and I can arrange for you to receive your prize.

I think April is going to bring out even more amazing artists because this month’s theme is ‘A Few of My Favorite Things’.  The sky is the limit with no real restrictions…using supplies that you really love can make for a super creative crafting time so we are hoping you will all take us up on this month’s challenge.  Let’s beat last month’s submissions of 65, I know we can do it so why not take on the challenge in your craft groups, crops and get-togethers.

To get us started, Linda Cain has created this gorgeous journal page using so many of our favorite Tim Holtz products.   The newly released Found Relatives collection is perfect and I find myself just flipping through them and creating my own little story about each of them.  I am sure we all have these beloved photos in our families that we look at often that conjure up great memories but never want to use them in a project. Now we have ones we can use and Linda has done an amazing job, as always, with this project.

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We can’t wait to see what incredible projects are submitted this month for your chance to win $50 in Emporium Dollars to spend in the store.  Just add a link to your submission below (your link does not have to be to a blog, it can also be to your SCS gallery…use code IEMC32 or other gallery online!!!)…and, remember, you can enter as many times as you wish so the more times the greater the chances for winning!!! Contest begins today and ends midnight April 30, 2014.  So, what are a few of YOUR favorite things?

Mar 26 2014

Weekly Inspiration

We are back this week with more great inspiration to get your or keep your creative mojo going. Let’s get right to it and I have to say that all of these projects coming up fit perfectly for our monthly challenge of A Splash of Color.  The submissions are rolling in from you and that is awesome, its great to seeing everyone sharing their talent while getting in on some fun of possbily being randomly selected as our Emporium monthly winner!  Deadline is March 31 so if you haven’t entered there is still time.  There is not a limit on submissions so the more entries, the greater the chances of winning!


Alice Wertz is all about color and these two cards demonstrate it perfectly.  Beautiful work!


Alice’s copic coloring is top notch and makes her cards really stand on! How cute is this unicorn?! Check it out HERE


There is no better time to start your Christmas cards for the upcoming year.  Sue Kment has done just that with this colorful creation.

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I have to admit I started to sing when I saw this cute card from Sue.  It brings back many childhood memories.

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The luminaries have been popular since their release and Lisa created this masterpiece for St Patrick’s Day this year.


The color continues with Lisa’s birthday card.  I am sure Katie was thrilled to receive this on her special day.


Shelly Hickox shares with us this beautiful butterfly tag with a colorful Springy feel.

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We have a lot of holidays covered in this post and Shelly has Easter covered with this cute vintage looking card.

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Our team is loving the new ATBs and the projects reflect that.  Linda Cain shares with us her new obsession that includes so much color and texture.

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Finally for this week, Danielle Lounds has this perfect Mother’s Day card.


With St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Christmas, and everyday covered we have inspiratioin to carry us throughout the year.  Have a great week everyone and enjoy some crafting time for your soul! Heather





Mar 19 2014

Weekly Inspiration

I hope everyone had a little luck of the Irish this week whether you are Irish or not.  Who can’t use a little luck or a rainbow with a pot of gold at the end?  I might not be able to bring you the fortune of the gold but our design team hasn’t disappointed with the treasures this week.


Danielle Lounds created this super cute card and try not to smile looking at her colorful little gnome…I double dare you!



Here is a perfect monthly challenge submission also from Danielle.  So Colorful!



Pam Hooten is keeping with the color theme with this cheery journal entry.



There is nothing better than a boy’s best friend…oh wait there is and it is how Linda Cain has used this cute found relative in her project.

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Kaz Hall has two projects that could fit perfectly with our monthly challenge of A Splash of Color here on the Journal blog.  The first is this sea themed beauty with amazing texture.


Next, Kaz has simply and beautifully included a splash of color by adding the floral paper with the eye catching yellow.



I hope you will get in on the fun and post your Splash of Color submission for this month’s challenge for everyone to see.  Besides having some nice visitors to your blog you might be the lucky winner of $50 in Emporium Dollars.  The deadline for submissions is March 31,2014 so there is still time to create. Get your color on!



Feb 25 2014

Team Inspiration

Hi folks, I hope everyone is having a great week! I can’t believe we are in the last week of February already but I am not complaining.  Coming to you from Nova Scotia, I am SO ready for this winter to be over because we have had a crazy one.  I am seeing a bit of change in the weather here with some warmer temperatures and melting snow which in my books is ALL good stuff.

I can’t say enough about the talent on our design team and this week’s inspiration showcases this beautifully.

Sue Kment shares this cute and wintery fun card with a little sliding action. Adorable!

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Shelly Hickox always amazes us with her detail and these two pop it cards are great examples of her work.  The first being this Steampunk Valentine



And this birthday card that has many experiments proving successful; very successful!

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Linda Cain wows us with her layering and incredible colour.  This tag showcases both beautifully!

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Linda takes her talent in many directions and jewelry is just one of them.  These earrings demonstrate the versatility of our craft.

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Again, straying from paper Pam Hooten has created this great tattered floral keyring.  In this she uses shrink plastic but it has taken on a beautiful metal look.  Check it out!


I just wanted to remind everyone that this week is the last  to get your submissions in for our Monthly Challenge.  We are getting some really great pieces shared by some truly talented people which we love to see so thank you! If you have not got in on the fun before, why not make this month your first time.  You still have time to post for your chance to win $50 to spend in our online store. I personally think we are all winners with challenges like these because it allows each of us to see art from people maybe we may not have come across otherwise.  Our love for creating and also sharing is a huge part of why I believe we love this craft so much.  Another reason is the opportunity to meet some pretty darn amazing people that just happen to have a similiar passion for paper.  So, spread the word with your crafting friends and help build this community.  You never know, it could be your name that is drawn to win this month!

Danielle Lounds has created two projects perfect for this month’s challenge of wise words and Quotes.  The first can be found HERE and one can’t help but feel empowered by the quote and the beautiful vibrant colours. Think Big!


Keeping with the same colour scheme which is so eye catching, Danielle also shares THIS card.  Beauitful job on both Danielle!


That’s it for now but keep your art coming, your fingers crossed and hope it is your name we will be announcing on march 1.  Happy Creating!


Feb 17 2014

Inspiration Monday

I hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s Day and weekend and that you took some time to make that special person in your life a card or piece of art that shows them just how much they are loved.  Here is also hoping everyone is working on their submissions for our Monthly Challenge here on the Inspiration Journal. We have had some incredible entries already so keep them coming in! You never know you might be the lucky one selected at random as this month’s winner.

It’s that time of the week that I would like to share with you what our design team has been working on this month.


Danielle Lounds has been busy creating and is sharing three projects with everyone.


This cute Thank you card that just pops!



This ray of sunshine to say hello!



Finally, this absolutely cute moose card is adorable!


Linda Cain is sharing one of the new fun artist trading blocks or ATBs

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Lisa Hoel has shared the Valentine card that she made for her husband.  What a sweet and heartfelt creation!




Lastly for this week, Pam Hooten has created this beautiful canvas piece with wise words to live by.  This is a great piece keeping with the monthly challenge of Quotes and wise words.




Have a great week! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you visit the talent of our design team to check out these projects and others.



Feb 10 2014

Love in the Air with Inspiration Monday

Happy Monday everyone, hoping you had a great creative weekend.   This week’s inspiration has a common theme with Valentine’s Day just a few days days away.  Our design team has been busy creating and we wanted to share with you what they have been up to so far this month.

Alice shares this cute card just in time for Valentine’s Day.




Lisa has been very busy making this great birthday card for her dad using vintage ledger as her base.  I am sure her dad loved this card as much as we do!



…this stunning luminary keeping in the Valentine’s theme.  This a great submission for our Monthly Challenge here on the blog so make sure you check it out and get in on the fun.



And this incredibly FUN configuration box with some really great game pieces.  Boy, does this project bring back some childhood memories!




Linda Cain has created these two beautiful Microslides which would look perfect on your Valentine’s gift.  The little girls are so adorable!


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Shelly Hickox looks like she had a great time at her cheery party and these these cute peat pots are a great addition


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Like Shelly’s steampunk card shared last month, this Valentine’s pop up card is stunning!




Pam shares this beautiful assemblage clock keeping with the Valentine’s theme.




And finally for this week, Sue Kment has shared this adorable dimensional blocks card.  So stinkin’ cute!


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Wow…there is some serious inspiration here with really great ideas.  I hope this inspires you to create something special for those loved ones in your life. Have a great week everyone!