Posts Tagged Lisa Hoel

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

Jan 7 2015

A New Year Brings New Challenges

Happy New Year everyone! We hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season and are recharged for 2015!  It is going to be a great year!  January is a busy month with companies releasing their new products as the industry gathers at CHA to kick off the year of new.  Be sure to keep checking back regularly as we share with you products and inspiration from the show.

Inspiration Emporium would like to thank everyone who participated in December’s monthly challenge.  We truly have some incredibly talented artists amongst us and appreciate all that you share.  We would like to congratulate the winner from last month’s challenge…

Entry #2  Kerstin F. – Let It Snow

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As we look back on 2014 and reflect on the good, the challenging and not so good things the year brought we can prepare ourselves for a new year with 2015.  January brings with it a time to evaluate and refocus and identify what truly makes you happy and alive.  January brings with it a Fresh Start which is our challenge for this month.  It is a time to get your mojo going by just creating and the sky is the limit with no restrictions.  Be sure to include your link before January 31, 2015 below for your chance to win a $50 shopping spree with Inspiration Emporium.  We will be sharing inspiration all month from our amazing design team so we hope you will be inspired to participate.

To get us started Lisa Hoel has shared this funny birthday card using Pop ‘n Cuts I am sure her husband is going to love!  Love the talk bubbles!


Have a great week being creative! h


Dec 31 2014

Winter Fairy Luminary by Lisa Hoel

Hello Lisa Hoel here! It’s the waning hours of 2014 – I can hardly believe it! To finish out the year strong I have a looong technique packed tutorial for you to enjoy. Better get a beverage because I’m going to step through the techniques I used to make…

this, my Winter Fairy Luminary! If you do a search for “luminary” on my blog, you will see that I am very fond of this die and have made several of them. Here is a better look at the base I created for this one:

Let’s dig into the how to!

1) Background

I was inspired by a technique that Tammy Tutterow shared on her blog. I cut an arched shape out of matboard and inked it with distress inks and stamped it with archival ink. I then used Distress reinkers and a water brush to “watercolor” the stamped image. Following Tammy’s technique, I used a snowflake embossing folder flipped over so it would deboss onto the front of my background panel. I tried to position it within the folder so the castle image would be mostly untouched.

Next I spread a layer of Rock Candy Crackle Paint over the panel and then used a piece of chipboard to scrap away the excess paint. This leaves crackle paint in the debossed areas and a thin glaze of paint on the raised areas. I also sprinkled a little Dry Rock Candy Glitter onto the panel while it was wet for extra sparkle. The crackle paint looks so cool when it dries in the debossed areas!

Here’s another closeup of the back panel in its completed state:

I needed to raise the panel up so it would show behind the luminary so I made a little platform out of scrap matboard and glued it all in place on my foamcore base:

2) Luminary

This die is a bit fussy to put together but once you’ve done it a few times it gets easier. I like to use a quick grab wet glue like 3M Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive. The special technique I used here deals with the window treatment. This is a technique I first tried in my Woodlands Accordion Candle Screen. The first step is to stamp your design using archival ink onto tissue paper. I immediately dry my stamping with a heat tool to reduce ink bleed.

I cut pieces of clear plastic (mine was from old packaging) a little bigger than the window opening and coated one side with Glue ‘n Seal. Then positioned the plastic over the section of image I wanted to show and smoothed it down over the tissue.

I carefully peeled the tissue/plastic off the craft mat and flipped it over to dry. Now comes the fun part – adding a frosty crackle to the “window glass”:

Cool isn’t it? When you put Rock Candy Crackle Paint on a slick surface, you first need to coat it with Glue ‘n Seal or the paint will flake off when it’s dry. I went ahead and put a layer of Glue ‘n Seal on the plastic of my windows. Once it is dry, you can either put a layer of crackle paint on right then or do what I did. I also wanted icy crackle paint on the luminary itself so I planned to do it all in one step. I went ahead and glued the windows into the luminary panels and then assembled it. Make sure the Glue ‘n Seal covered plastic side is facing out!

When the luminary was put together, I applied the crackle paint to the windows and areas around them, setting it aside to dry.

3) Decorate the Setting

Back to the base! I wanted the Woodland Trees to look super frosty so I spritzed them with watered down Picket Fence Distress Paint and then immediately sprinkled them heavily with Dry Rock Candy Glitter. Oh, I love that stuff!

I cut two pieces of white cardstock with the Tree Line die for the back sides of the scene (I needed something to glue snowflakes to!) I covered them with Glue ‘n Seal and coated with more Dry Rock Candy Glitter.

For the fake snow I got the idea from the Tim Holtz July tag’s faux sand. I mixed Glossy Accents with coarse crystal glitter and spread it around the base with a palette knife. Make sure there is a big enough clear area for the luminary to rest on! I sprinkled on more Dry Rock Candy Glitter while it was wet (good thing you can get a big container of that stuff!) I poked the trees into place while the snow was wet also. The snow glued them in place when it dried. I glued on the side tree panels, snowflakes, fairy and trim once the snow was perfectly dry.

Whew! There are quite a few “wintery” tricks here you can use in your projects for the next few months. Thanks for following along and I hope that you’ve been inspired to try some out. Most of the supplies can be purchased at Inspiration Emporium. Be sure to check back in here to find out what the January challenge will be and Happy New Year!! We appreciate you visiting and hope we can continue to provide you with loads of Inspiration in 2015.

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

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!



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. 



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



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



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



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!



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 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

Dec 4 2014

December’s Monthly Challenge

I can’t believe we are nearly to the weekend again! Where has this week gone?  I hope you are enjoying the talents of our amazing design team and are visiting them on their blogs as well.  We cannot say enough about the incredible talents of our team as they continue to amaze us each and every week with their artwork.  We are not only enjoying what we are seeing from them but also YOU!  Thank you all for participating in our monthly challenges and sharing with us what you have been working on.  Let’s finish off this year with a bang or a tune as we announce December’s monthly challenge as Sing, Sing it Loud!  This month’s challenge should include anything involving music, whether is it sheet music, stamps, patterned paper, diecuts,….It is a great time of year with all of the Christmas carols being sung but is not limited at all to simply Christmas.  The ideas are endless so turn up your favorite music and start creating.  You have until December 31, 2014 to attach your link to the bottom of this post for your chance to win a $50 Shopping spree with us at Inspiration Emporium.  To get your creativity going here are some great examples for our challenge.

Lisa Hoel has created this beautiful piece perfect for the challenge!


Bobbi Smith WOWS us with her pretty gift gifting pieces!

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Can’t wait to see your masterpieces and just maybe you will be this month’s winner! Have a great weekend! 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.

shelly hickox white pop it ups circle accordion album

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

November Project 2a

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

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!


Yvonne Blair Nov Tag



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


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


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.


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!


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.


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.


  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!


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