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Friday, 26 February 2016

Down the rabbit hole to Wonderland

This latest journey can only be described as Wonderland.

Down the Rabbit whole to Wonderland
I am so thrilled and honoured to have been asked by Eileen to be a guest blogger. Most of you barely know me and on top of it, I am not a blogger. It all started with a random email from Eileen, asking me if I wanted to do a guest post. "What?! Are you meaning for me to get this, or were you hoping to cross with my design team? Or do you want me to donate products?..."Actually I think people would be interested to see something from you personally if you are up for it. You are coming at things from a different perspective than most of the designers that will be highlighted so I think people will be interested..." 

YES! of Course and then I started thinking about her dies. I love books, so naturally the passport book was a must, but then, I had the needle book die I was dying to use, which brought me to the big and small of Alice in Wonderland. Then I started thinking about the Potion and Cake. So Naturally, I should make a book and put a little potion bottle from the Tim Holtz Ideology line.....But WAIT, WHAT IF I MADE THE BOOK THE BOTTLE?!

So some of Wendy Vecchi's Clearly for Art Modelling Film was pulled from the shelf, The Metallic Core Paper and Flourish Stencil by Tim Holtz and Sizzix, Almost every Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz Inks, and a myriad of Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Stamps, Charms and powders exploded across the table.

So lets begin.....

Inked up the foil jackets for either side of the book
Added a stained popsicle stick and earth magnet for the closure side

Added the second earth magnet to the film using glossy accents.

Bottom's up..... lets drink to the potion (also dubbed koolaid by team members Nicole and Julia)

The cover kept getting inked and painted until the spines were close to the Tim Holtz Ornate Plaque colour. I printed Drink Me and Eat using the Beyond Wonderland font. And I dumped Ranger Raisin Alcohol Ink on the lower portion for a rich potion look.

I lightly added the ink to the inside pages so it would look really solid from the front and get lighter as you "drink" the potion. The I embellished and stamped until I could do no more.

Then I placed my CHA picture in the first (and newest charm, not even listed yet because it literally just made it Thursday before the post). I am the tiny pink dot. And the Mushrooms stamp, which I coloured and painted from the backside of the film.

Then the Apple Tree Stamp, again painted on the backside, the new Forest Foliage Embossing texture powder (barely heated because I was using film and I also wanted to keep it as rough ground as possible) Then a touch of the fact that I was fearless in my Journey to CHA. 

Then I was so excited I was like a kid flying a Kite when I met Ted of Stamper's Anonymous. As a manufacturer, to meet someone who's paved your path before you and to be so genuine and down to earth was an amazing and humbling experience. That's us in the Cabachon! We took that photo in my booth. EEEK!!

Then a Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous Heart stencil it the page with more Raisin Alcohol ink. And of course, lets bring on the White Rabbit and Linked Hearts Charms.

Let's not forget the Fallen Blossom, Nicole Wright Designs Just launched (and that i got to manufacture, thank you Nicole for trusting me).
And oh my gosh the best moment for the second time, (I kept forgetting to take photos with the people I met but my team reminded me to go back and see Wendy a second time) so that's me with one of my 2 favorite women who have inspired me in the industry this last year, Wendy Vecchi in the Stitched Cameo Frame. I love her and acted so starstruck, but I'm fearless and will meet her again. 

Next time I will need to remember to photo it up with Tim. He also was at my booth, chatting with me and Nicole, and i got so wrapped up in talking to him I completely forgot to be get a photo. That's okay, next time I will catch Mario too. I was 3 feet from him but we were so busy and there was no lull in activities for us. (I love the smiles these guys always have)

And of course, the time has to end so here's me and Nicole at Disneyland after the show. This is the Red Jewel Brad and a clock from Kaiser

And this chapter almost closes with the Alice Rabbit stamp.

But Wait...we need to eat our cake so we can grow big and head home. 

So using Eileen Hull's Needle book die from Sizzix, we add the Jewel brad again in Blue.

Then I wanted a chocolately cake so Ground Espresso Ink and Black Soot Stain was perfect, and Tumbled Glass ink and Tarnished Brass spray stain made the perfect icing decoration.

And how could there not be a picture of me and Eileen! the first of many with this amazing and inspiring lady. I can't wait for more moments with her.

Bitter, sweet as we prepare for next year. please come see us often Eileen and the Paper Trail and of course me, right here at Emerald Creek Dares.

Thank you for this opportunity Eileen it was an awesome trip to Wonderland!

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Take it to the Irish

St Patrick's Day is fast approaching and we felt that we needed to stretch a little, but still have fun. So...

 Bring on the Green 

If it has anything to do with luck, green, Ireland, beer, leprechauns, clover, gold, rainbows, charms etc, we want you to share it with us. Stretch our imagines with your creativity. Don't be shy!

My project for the Lucky Clover challenge is a fun "Lucky"tag. I combined the iconic shamrocks, Paddy the Leprechaun and some gold elements to create a fun St. Patrick's Day themed tag. Stop by my blog to read all about how I created my tag!


So many things Irish to love! St. Paddy's Day, the greens, the clovers, the luck of the Irish and of course, the words of the Irish. I found a quote from George Bernard Shaw that I think is so fitting for all of us that love to create and get inky and maybe heal a little with some of our projects. Thanks George for the words for my project this time around! Please hop on over and see more detailed pictures on my Amethyst Dragonfly's Alcove

Links for products used: Heart BradsAntique Silver Metal Circle Dot BradsOnyx Frost Embossing Powder

For this challenge, I've created this burlap canvas with Lucky Angel. Everyone has their own angel who helps them in this is the one dedicated to her. Pop over to Neon Diary for more.


for my project i chose to do a festive St. Patrick's Day coaster after when one things of St. Patrick's day the first things that come to mind are green, lucky clover and well a beer. so what better project.
i hope you stop by my site and check out how i created it!

LINKS for products used:
burnt copper leaves
clear embossing powder

I only recently was reminded of that fact and it made me feel truly blessed. I think while we were younger we found that we rather had a lot of "acquaintances" we used to call "friends" without thinking about this any further...but with time passing only a handful remained to turn out as being real and true friends. And I believe that if we are open to it there are still more true friends to be made as we continue with our journey.

If you want me to take you through the steps for creating this tag, visit my blog.

My project is a 4x4 chipboard coaster turned into a fridge magnet.
I look at Lyle {that's my little leprechaun friend you can see peeping out from behind the clover leaf} & he reminds me of how lucky I really am!
Check out my Lucky Clover post on my blog for all the details!

Congratulations to Aisha of Enter in the Magic,  
winner of the Blogger's Scramble Dare.

Aisha please email Kim at for your prize code.

Our Top 3 bloggers are:

Please email Kim, and tag Top 3 for your Badge to post on your Blog.

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Thursday, 11 February 2016

The Blogger Scramble!

What is a Blogger Scramble you ask?

Well its a lot of fun where I completely let go of any ideas or notions of what I want to see featured and let the team create what they are inspired to do.

and as usual in this 'Anything Goes' Challenge, the team does not disappoint.

so without further ado let the inspiration begin...

My project for this Dare is an 8x10 mixed media canvas 
mounted on a pallet frame that features a photo of my Great-great grandmother.
This combines my 2 loves - paper crafting & genealogy.
Check out the full post at Paradise Lost


I decided to go for another mixed media heart - all done using some of the fab Emerald Creek embossing powders and charms and Tim Holtz Distress goodness. To create art that has meaning you have to be on fire about it. There's no real art without passion. And it is that passion that will let you and your art shine bright.
Don't miss the full details at Von Pappe2


for my piece this week i immersed myself into the whole creation of a piece from my heart. i have recently acquired a photo of my mother at a little over a year old that i have wanted for a long time. i wanted to create a piece that does it justice and i believe i accomplished that. i have my whole heart into this one piece and i laughed and cried and enjoyed. i figure if one creates a piece from the heart it shows. more can be found at missusgmoments

For the Anything Goes Dare I decided to create my first ever Mixed Media scrapbook layout featuring a step sibling photo. I love how combining the embossing powder, charms and brads all from Emerald Creek added awesome highlights on my layout.  And of course I couldn't finish my layout without adding some fantastic products from Tim Holtz and Ranger. The steps to my fun layout are over at Katelyn Grosart Blogspot

Anything Goes?! I was excited for this one because I was thinking in a beachy direction. But I decided that for me, this Dare was going to be Anything Goes that is not in your usual pile of "go to's"! So I pulled out my beautiful Angel Fish stamp and brads from Emerald Creek and my Gelli Plate and of course my Tim Holtz Distress Paints and Sprays and my new to me Wendy Vecchi stamps. Please come and see all the details on my blog Amethyst Dragonfly's Alcove.


For this Anything goes Challenge I wanted to use Sweet Valentine and Burnt Copper Embossing powder from Emerald Creek. On my this canvas, pink heart and Picture wheel have fabulous layer of heat embossed powders. I've also used hummer stamp and butterfly charms from Emerald Creek store. To know more about this project pls visit my blog Neon Diary.

For my anything goes, I have been so busy doing a plethora of production and various creative moments, the piece I choose to display is the tribute to Karon as she embarks on new journeys with her family. Don't forget to follow her blog Karons Krafty Korner . We love you Karon, thank you for all of these moments and creations. MWA

Congratulations to Katy of Postards From the Attic,  
winner of the Valentine's is NOT in the Air Dare.

Katy please email Kim at for your prize code.

Our Top 3 bloggers are:

Please email Kim, and tag Top 3 for your Badge to post on your Blog.

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Now its your turn to Dazzle.