Dec 21 2015

Inspiration Monday

As I am sure many of you are in full swing Christmas mode, I wanted to stop in and share what our incredible design team has been busy creating.  This is a time of year when sometimes crafting gets put on the back burner to make room for decorating the Christmas tree, and rolling the favorite cherry and peanut butter balls.  Today I finished a stunning Christmas kit that I had promised myself I WOULD complete before Christmas day.  My goal was accomplished and it felt great to sit down and slow down for a bit to just create.  I recommend you all to take at least a few minutes to create a tag, a card or stamp that plain gift bag.  If you need some inspiration look no further because our design team always comes through with stunning ideas and be sure to share your creations with us here to get in on the random draw by December 31 at midnight.

Lisa Hoel is getting ready for the Holiday season and has come up with a great way to include gift cards with her yummy goodies.  I love this idea Lisa, a perfect gift for those holiday parties throughout the festive season.


We have cuteness overload with this next card from Karin Akesdotter.  Karin does an amazing job with her copics, the colouring is incredible! Super Cute!


Bobbi Smith has been busy creating some ATC tags perfect for any gift. Be sure to visit her blog to see all the details of each tag that might not be visible at first glance.

Beautiful job Bobbi!




Our team are really gearing up for the gift giving season with some stunning tags.  Kath Stewart continues the theme with these gorgeous ones.  What a great addition for any package!


Merry Christmas from our Inspiration Emporium family to yours! Enjoy everything that comes with this holiday season safely. h

Dec 8 2015

Tis the Season

Happy December everyone, I trust everyone is in the swing of things for the holidays, celebrating in true fashion.  I always find this time of year so hectic getting ready for Christmas parties, get togethers and everything that goes with the holiday season that we sometimes forget to slow down.  I hope you are able to take some time to reminisce of the year that is coming to a close and appreciate all the blessings we have had over the year.  As I look back I realize it is not the material things that has brought me joy it is the people in my life, near and far that are what matter.  It is not money that brings happiness, it is people!  I may not be able to afford all the newest and fanciest things but the love from family and friends is priceless and is far more important.  This industry has connected me to some amazing people that I consider lifelong friends and that I am blessed for.  As you enjoy the holiday season I hope you take some time to slow down and reminisce about what has brought you joy and also get to do a little crafting. Since everyone’s holiday traditions are as unique and individual as they are, what better theme for December then Tis the Season: everything goes! That’s right, there are no restrictions we just want to see you crafting and coming up with something unique to you!  This month’s random winner will be receiving a prize package value at over $50 from Inspiration Emporium.  All projects shared with us below will have their name entered into the random draw but be sure to do so before midnight December 31, 2015 so you don’t miss out.

As a little inspiration for you our incredible design team has been busy and we can’t wait to share with you all.  Karin Akesdotter has created this stunning card perfect to have on hand for a great little thank you gift or birthday.  I am in love with the beautiful bright colours Karin!

imageNext up we have Lisa Hoel’s adorable Christmas spools.  How perfect would these be for place cards on your Christmas table? Seriously love these!

imageStay tuned for more inspiration throughtout the month from our design team and we can’t wait to see what YOU create!

Inspiration Emporium would like to thank all of you that participated in last month’s challenge of Mission Embossable and would like to announce the winner of the prize package valued at over $50 from our online store.  Drum roll please……


Congratulations to Nicole Wright!

Please contact me at to arrange delivery of your prize!

Happy Crafting everyone!h

Nov 2 2015

Catching Up!

Wow, I think we need to hit pause in this thing we call time.  It feels like yesterday we were getting ready for summer and now we are heading into November. Some could make smart comments saying that I did just start summer because we had so much snow last year but sadly we are going to see it again before we know it.  This evening’s post is to start catching up after a little technical difficulties and travel in October.  Firstly, we would like to announce the winner for September’s challenge of Be Happy and thank everyone that took part and sharing their projects with us all.


Congratulations goes to Memories by Manda!!!

Please contact us at with your address so we can get your prize package out to you. We all hope you are on the mend and are so glad you were able to play along with us in our challenge. That makes us HAPPY!

We hope you will stop by our incredible design teams’ blogs to see what they have been up to lately.  Each have their own fabulous unique style so I hope you visit them and leave some kind words.  The start of a new month also means the start of a new challenge.  November brings to you a Mission Embossable…all projects are to include embossing in some form (embossing folders, dry embossing, embossing powders, embossing paste…).  The possibilities are limitless so put your creative thinking caps on and create away!  All projects linked below before midnight November 30, 2015 will be entered into the random draw for a prize package valued at over $50 from Inspiration Emporium.  To get those creative wheels turning for this challenge we wanted to share a couple of projects from our design team.

There is no better way to celebrate fall then with color and Danielle Lounds does that with this beautiful Thanksgiving card. Loving your card Danielle and the embossing on your leaves give them so much texture!


Be sure to check out Creative Juice blog by our very own Lisa Hoel as she shares this incredible set of Artist Trading Cards choked full of embossing.

This is a true Mission Embossable Lisa!


Who is brave enough to take the challenge? Can’t wait to see your masterpieces!

Have a great week and emboss away!h

Sep 30 2015

Weekly Inspiration and a whole lot of Happy!

Happy Hump day everyone!  Yet another reason to be Happy…we made it to Wednesday and that much closer to the weekend.  Our incredible design team has been busy using their talents and we are here to share with you just what they have been up to this month.  Remember its not too late to get in on our HAPPY monthly challenge.  Be sure to get your projects linked HERE for your chance to win a prize package valued at over $50 from Inspiration Emporium.


Bobbi Smith is ringing in Fall in beautiful form with this Happy Fall card.  She has created so much dimension and layers with all these beautiful fall colours.  Stunning card Bobbi!


And Hello to you  Karin!  Check out this super cute card from Karin Akesdotter perfect for any happy mail to that special someone.  What a great way to let someone know you are thinking of them and what better way to show it then with cute snail mail for their mailbox.



Next up is Karin Akesdotter‘s monthly challenge submission.  This card is exactly right with its sentiment of It’s a Good Day to be Happy!  This should be the motto for everyday!  Adorable card Karin!



Lisa Hoel loves creating home decor pieces and these next two projects are both fantastic in their own right.  Have you ever lit a candle and thought to yourself wow, its pretty but it needs something more? Well, Lisa has created that something more and it is stunning with all the beautiful fall colours on display.  (Did I mention Fall is my favorite season?)



I want to congratulate Lisa Hoel on winning with Sizzix this week with her next creation.  What a spook-tacular masterpiece perfect for any Halloween display.  Way to go Lisa!



Be sure to stop by tomorrow for more inspiration from our talented ladies and the winner will be announced on Monday along with our new monthly challenge! Until then, BE Happy! h

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 26 2015

Bird Crazy Gift Box Tutorial by Kath Stewart


Hi everyone…it’s my turn to share a tutorial on Inspiration Journal . Unless you’ve been abducted by aliens and are now living on another planet you’ll know that the craft world has been invaded by flocks of CRAZY BIRDS

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my team mates have been rocking all the new BIRD CRAZY products from Tim Holtz inspiring us all with their beautiful Distress Marker Colour work but I thought I would try something a little bit different…why not delve into that box of little bits of scrap papers that we all have to make an upcycled Gift Box filled with Bird Crazy All Occasion cards…a fun gift for a non-crafting friend…

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I stamped the Bird Crazy images with Black Archival Ink on to a selection of scraps from the Correspondence and Wallflower Paper Stash Pads.

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Repeated on scraps of contrasting paper and white card for the wings beak and eyes

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I matched each image with the corresponding die from the Bird Crazy Thinlits set of dies and used the Sizzix Magnetic Plate to hold the dies in place but just to make doubly sure these little dudes didn’t fly off I fixed each one down with washi tape before running them through my Big Shot

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I used Glossy Accents to attach the wings beaks and eyes and lightly coloured the edges of each bird with Hickory Smoke using the Mini Blending Tool

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Now it’s time to have a little fun with the Crazy Things  Stamp Set…accessories for every occasion and what every well dressed bird should be wearing.

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The cards I used measured 4.½” square and I kept the background fairly simple…a little bit of paint spritzing and splattering here and there before stamping the sentiments from the Crazy Thoughts Stamp Set with Black Archival Ink

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I already had the perfect box to hold the cards but it didn’t have a lid …instead I created a sleeve from white card that would slide over the box. I cut card to measure 11.¼” x  8.¾” and on the long side scored at 4.½” 5.½” 10” and 11” and covered the front and sides with paper from the Correspondence Paper Stash Pad.  I found it easier to leave the sleeve flat until I had finished decorating the front of the box.

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I coloured the Crinkle ribbon by spritzing with Fossilized Amber Distress Spray Stain and fixed to the front and sides of the box with Double Sided Tape.

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I added a cute Crazy Bird…lots of balloons from the Crazy Things Stamp Set coloured with the Fossilized Amber Distress Marker and words cut from the Small Talk Sticker Collection

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before sliding the finished  box of cute CRAZY BIRD cards into the sleeve

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial

Hugs Kath xxx

Aug 12 2015

Customizing Your Copic Markers Tutorial by Karin Akesdotter

Hi Everyone!

It’s my turn to share some tips on the Inspiration Journal where I and my super talened Inspiration Emporium teamies post new inspiration for you evey week. If you haven’t been already make sure to visit right away  – lots of amazing and inspiring projects !

If you don’t do this already I thought I’d inspire you to start customizing your copics. I often feel that I don’t have exact the tone of copics color that I need but settle with something close and good enough, but what I’ve done a lot lately is to mix my own colors using my refill bottles. It’s perfect because I can get exactly he colors I need. Copics has empty markers to buy but it works fine to use dried out markers in the same colorrange.

This is how I figure out how to refill my markers to get the color I want;

I use a metal palette and pour in one drop in one cup, two in the next and then three in the third. 

What I do next is that I take out the color I want to mix it with – This time I wanted some new shades of grayish turqoise so I poured in 3 drops in the first cup, then 2 in the second and onle one in the last one.

I then use a brush and try my new colors on a piece of paper; (I acutally added one cup while I was doing this ) and this is the result: You have to be fairly quick because the ink dries quite quickly.

I just love all of these new shades, but decided I wanted to work with no 1 and 3 so when I refilled my copics marker I took the drops times 5 = 20 drops of G00 and 5 drops of B93 for the first color. For the second color I refilled 10 drops of G00 and 15 drops of B93. If you aren’t satisfied you acn always add one of the colors afterwards to get it the way you want it.

If you have never refilled your copics before there are lots of tutorials out there. Here’s one from the copics homepage;

Next I wanted to share how I make my own sprinkles.

I start out by collecting some different sizes of diecut small cirkles. These are insides of O’s, , eyes and sequins dies. If you go through your diecollection I’m sure you’ll be surprised at how many different sized dots you can actually cut. When I have the diecuts I want I tape some post-it tape to a piece of sturdy cardstock with the sticky side up and place the die-cuts face up on this. This will keep your dots in place when you color them and add the glossy accent.

I then color them. After coloring some I realized I wanted some darker ones too and added some B97 to my mixes. Just make sure you clean your mixing bowls right away so it doesn’t get too difficult to clean them out.

After I’ve colored the dots the shades I want them I add Glossy accent to each one of them. I then store them in a safe place to dry.

Let them dry completely before you start adding them to your projects. I use gluedots to adhere them safely. This is also a great way to store the dots you don’t use (-:

Here’s another example of where I used these sprinkles:


Most of the supplies I used for this card can be found at  ;  Inspiration Emporium.

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Post-it tape 

Glossy accent

Tim Holtz design tape 

Paper:    Echo Park  

Dies: Lawn Fawn   (stitched rectangles)

Stamps:  Paper Smooches 

Ink; Memento Ink

Paints or markers;  Copic Markers Copics refills G00, B91, B97, BG

Adhesive; Plus Glue tape  Glue Dots   Scotch Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape

I also want to point out that US shipping is always just $5 and international shipping is ONLY $10! I just LOVE that!!!!


Have a great day, hugs, Karin
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
Jun 25 2015

Waste Not, Want Not Tutorial by Anne Redfern

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

I will take you through some of the steps that show how I reached this end result.
I started with a 5″ x 7″ thin, hard back canvas and covered it in strips of book pages and some of Tim Holtz’s Correspondence papers.
Many layers of paint and Vaseline later – it just wasn’t working.  I know people say, oh it’s only a piece of card / canvas, just throw it away and start again….  As a ‘thrifty’ crafter I couldn’t throw it away…… and now I am glad I didn’t….
A couple of coats of Gesso and a little stencilling using Tim’s Flourish Stencil and Ranger Embossing Paste and it is starting to look a little better.
I gave the base a coat of Bundled Sage Distress Paint and left it to dry naturally.   I dry brushed some Vintage Photo Distress Paint around the edges and across the raised areas of the flourish stencilling.
I cut some Tattered Florals from the Bigz Tattered die using some white (fairly thick) card and soaked these by giving them a heavy spray of water and letting them sit for a few minutes.  I scrunched them up tight whilst wet.  Again, whilst wet, I gently unravelled them.  While still wet (and working carefully so as not to rip the card) I layered the flower up, shaped the petal until I was happy with them and left it to dry naturally.  Once dry I carefully dis-assembled the flower and glued each layer together and once the glue was dry I sprayed the flower with Abandoned Coral Distress Spray Stain.  You could colour the flower at the point where you initially wet it, by using a mix of water and Distress Stain, but apart from staining your hands, the colour does not seem as vibrant once dry.  It is just a matter of personal choice – either way works.
I cut some of Tim’s Garden Green leaves from white card and sprayed them with Mowed Lawn Distress Spray Stain to go behind the flower.
The butterfly was die cut from Tim’s Butterfly Duo set, embossed and coloured with Broken China Distress Ink and Edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I added an Idea-ology pin which says Memento on it.  The ‘this is life’ is one of Tim’s Framed Alpha Parts which has been lightly dabbed with Vintage Photo Distress Paint to tone in with the background.
So there we have it, one rescued canvas, I hope you like it and thanks for looking!
Jun 10 2015

ATB Tutorial by Lisa Hoel

Hello everyone, Lisa here with an ATB tutorial for you! ATB stands for Artist Trading Block and these are like three dimensional ATCs and so much fun to make. The possibilities are really endless! Mine is called Button Love, and as you can see I really do love buttons and have quite a stash.

Let’s get started (or in other words, Step 1!) I knew I wanted a crackled heart for a topper and crackle paste take a while to dry so I started with that. Cut a heart out of matboard and basecoat both sides with dark brown paint. When it is dry I cover a side (you have to do one side at a time of course) with Wendy Vecchi’s Crackle Paste and let it dry. A medium think layer gives you some nice crackle – thicker paste equals bigger cracks. When both sides are dry and crackled I paint it with Barn Door and Aged Mahogany Distress Paint. While the paint is wet, lightly mist it with water to get it to marble together.

Step 2 – Cut two panels out of matboard using the Sizzix ATB Block Die. Working one panel at a time, cover it with a coat of Multi Medium and lightly lay torn pieces of sewing pattern tissue over it. Tap down onto the surface and scrunch it to get the wrinkles into it for texture. Press it down firmly then to get it all to adhere to the matboard surface. Cover it with another layer of Multi Medium to seal it and let everything dry, then trim the excess tissue off.


Step 3 – Paint over the surfaces with Walnut Stain Distress Paint, making sure to get it into the nooks and crannies. Wipe off the paint with a baby wipe before it dries, leaving it in the textured parts. You can remove paint to your taste – leave a little or a lot! When the paint is dry, you will need to lightly score through the tissue with a craft knife at the block fold lines. Otherwise the tissue will tear and look messy when you fold the box up.

Step 4 – Cut four 2.5 inch squares out of quilt batting and fabric. I used Tim Holtz fabric for mine. I love the vintage look of the patterns. Sew around the edges, leaving about 1/8 inch border. Use a craft pick or distressing tool to fray the edges.

Step 5 – Now comes the really fun part! Arranging the buttons! (I fussed around with them until I got them laid out in pleasing arrangements on each fabric panel.) Then lightly glue the buttons down with a strong, quick grabbing glue. Just a few dots (and not blocking the holes!) will do the job. You just need to hold them in place while sewing them on.

Step 6 – After sewing the buttons, which admittedly does take a while but I think the effect is worth it, glue the fabric panels in place on the matboard side panels. Sometimes I assemble the ATB before decorating it, other times I do everything while it is flat and assembling is the last step. It just depends on what you are doing. Fold on all the score lines.

Assembly tips: Use a strong tape like Wonder Tape or a super strong fast tacky glue. (My favorite is Api’s Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate! glue.) Once it’s all together you can add feet, the topper and other embellishments. Whew, that was a long tutorial but I hope you are inspired to try some of these techniques or make your own ATB. You can search for ATB on my blog and see others that I’ve done or search in Pinterest and you’ll get an eyeful. =) Be sure to stop back soon to check out the new Inspiration Journal challenge for June. We’d love to see your projects.