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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Get outside and play this summer!

This is a fun challenge to re-cap the best moments of summer.

We are focusing on all of the activities that are getting you outside this summer. Show us what you have scrapbooked, carded up, or artified around sports, fishing, camping, kite flying, hiking, boating, sandcastles, and fireworks!

Leading the group is Claudia, while she reminisces about time at the beach.


Okay, okay...I may have stretched this...but collecting shells is a kind of sport too, right? Especially when it is too hot to play tennis. So here is my "& more" tag with faux shells I have made using the gorgeous "Shocked" stamp from Emerald Creek!



I love this challenge because outdoor activities are probably my favourite part of summer! I could have chosen from any number of subjects, but because I have some new and fun camping photos, I just had to scrap one of those. It was fun to also challenge myself to use the Emerald Creek products on a 12x12 scrapbook layout. I hope you can check out my process video!



I am not normally an outdoorsy person...but anything to do with the beach will get me outdoors and when my kids were younger we did a lot of camping!! Definitely some great memories from the only outdoorsy stuff I do. LOL!



Summertime outdoor activities, especially in Canada with its' coastlines and waterways, more often than not have some component of water to them. Whether it be swimming, boating/canoeing/kayaking, or fishing... surf and sand likely play a part, thus I created a card reflective of that. I personally love that calming feeling water brings and the feel of sand between my toes. If you look carefully along the exposed distress crinkled kraft paper, you will see what looks like sand but is in fact Antique Gold embossing powder that has been adhered and slightly heat activated but not set. It has an awesome faux sand look and texture. Adding a compass for adventure and a few aqua friends round out my scene.

Emerald Creek Supplies Used:

Other supplies used, available at Emerald Creek:
Distress paints
Distress stains
Distress spray stains
Southern Ridge Trading Company Scroll Borders
Distress Ink in Mermaid Lagoon and Lucky Clover
Distress Crayons
Tim Holtz Tissue Paper
Archival Ink in Black
Dylusions Paint in Dirty Martini and Calypso Teal
Dylusions Mica Spray in Vibrant Turquoise
Broken China Distress Ink
Distress Mini Inks: Fired Brick, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, 
Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio, Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge, Gathered Twigs, 
Walnut Stain, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo

Congratulations to Autumn of Sew Paper Paint,  winner of the 

Autumn please email Kim at for your prize code.

Special Mention Goes To:

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

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Monday, 18 July 2016

Second Chance Change Up - Guest Feature!

It's Featured Guest Day

and I am so excited for this guest!

I met Jessica via Nicole Wright through Instagram. (I know, what a shocker, that's how I met most of you.) By CHA 2016, I hit a snag and Jessica was one of the first to offer to lend a hand, however, family, work and Phoenix mad it just a bit too hard for her to get to Anaheim.

Since then, Jessica and I have chatted about her guest spots, CHA  2017 (where she will be helping in the booth), and many other things, including her taking me junking to her fabulous places that we don't have here in Canada. 

Anyway, we currently have a challenge theme of 'Blast from the Past' and Jessica wanted to jump on board. Today she re-created one of her old projects using some Emerald Creek products on it and we it is terrific.

Please check out 

and her fantastic "Blast from the Past" Piece

I am so excited to be guest posting for Emerald Creek Designs today. Because the current theme is bringing back past projects to highlight our favorite work, I picked this one and included a bunch of Emerald Creek Powders. don't miss seeing more details over at my blog Two Mad Dahlias

The current challenge they have running is Blast from the Past-Anything Goes

Don't forget to comment on Jessica's blog and to pop over and play in one of the 2 current challenges, Nation's Celebrated & Blast From The Past for your chance to win!

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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Blast from the Past - Anything goes

Well here's my most fun challenge yet!

Western Themed Card by Kim Evans

As I flipped through some old ATC & project albums from my uncle, it hit me. 
We are so busy making new techniques we forget about some of the greats from the past. Check out some of these from the last 2.5 decades.


 A decade old Scrapbook Album

To add to your chances to win, we are doubling up the projects you can submit over the summer so check out Nations Celebrated and enter your creations from the past week for a second chance to win.

Check out some of our teams Favorite pieces over the year and then start digging through your favs that you have created and blogged.

Still my favourite project I did so far for Emerald Creek Dares! Loads of Distress paint and yummy Emerald Creek embossing powders on there! Yay!


For the Blast from the Past - Anything Goes challenge, I decided that I would repost my Grungy Mixed Media canvas as it's still one of my favourite projects that I've created for Emerald Creek Dares. A variety of embossing powders and charms from Emerald Creek, compliment and finish this piece perfectly!


It's a Blast From
The Past and it's Christmas in July!! I chose my Spirit of Christmas because it is one of my favorite cards and I am addicted to the teeny Emerald Creek Pine cones! And so many embossing powders that everyone should have in their stash.


I had done this journal spread in April this year. I loved how Emerald Creek Neon Embossing powder pop out against black/grey background.

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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

With no Paper used we Have a Winner!!

This Challenge was probably the most difficult I have extended and will once be brought back again at some point. I love how it inspired and pushed the envelope.

Our Runners up are Niki and Sara

These 2 ladies are amazing in their art abilities and inspire everyone to be uplifted in their creativity. Make sure you check them out and follow them, their talents are so diverse that anyone can learn from them.

Blog - Pawsitively Creative: Time Moves On by Niki
Blog - Sarascloset: Pastel Baby Shoe by Sara
Blog - Sarascloset: Keys to my Heart by Sara

The Winner for this challenge is ...

Maura Hibbitts!

Blog - Two Crafting Sisters: Tyvek by Maura Hibbitts

Maura went really outside of the box! Actually she went to the box, the mailbox and used one of her plastic envelopes from a package. These pieces are so great and show a new way to alter a day to day product into art. I love that she has made these into trading pieces and just imagine a canvas done up like this. 

Maura, email Kim for your $50.00 Gift Certificate Code! 

Niki and Sara, for this round you are each getting an unreleased new product so email me at or wait for your surprise piece of mail ;)

I can already let you know one of Maura's pieces will be on display at the CHA Mega show in 2017. 

Congratulations Maura! And an awesome job to Niki & Sara. 

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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Let Freedom Roam!

We are so excited to have Gloria with us again!

It was perfect timing to round out our Nations Celebrated challenge (remember to pop over and enter your creations)

I love the mix of powders, stamps, inks and dimensionals. So much eye candy to behold

I am so excited to be a guest at Emerald Creek. I don't often have a chance to play with my messy stuff, so this was time to try out some techniques from my mixed media files! I decided to create a 4th of July card for the Nations Celebrated Dare! For me, summer does not really begin until we have our 4th of July barbecue! I created a vintage, mixed media card, which is a whopping 6 1/2" x 6 1/2". I created my own background paper with inks, stamps, stencils, embossing powder, paint, and more! Thanks, Kim and Team for having me as a guest!  

Emerald Creek:
Eagle stamp
4th of July Embossing Powder
Hot Stuff Oil Rubbed Bronze Embossing Powder
Stencils by Tim Holtz - Traveler, Bubble, Eye Chart
Distress Inks - Blueprint Sketch, Candied Apple, Gathered Twigs
Distress Paint - Picket Fence
Glossy Accents

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Top Boss Watermark, ColorArte Radiant Rain Daubers (Nutmeg, Copper)
Stamps: Graphic 45 Cityscapes, Tim Holtz Blueprints, Stamper's Best My Country
Gesso: Liquitex
Cardstock: Kraft, Ivory
Paper: Tim Holtz Destinations 
Stickers: Authentique
Gears: Tim Holtz
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Cheese cloth: fabric supply
Flowers: Petaloo, Wild Orchid Crafts
Photos: Tim Holtz Photobooth
Die: Papertrey Ink Honeycomb
Tools: Tim Holtz Splatter Brush, Tiny Attatcher; Sizzix Big Shot; Martha Stewart score board, heat tool
Adhesive: ATG tape, Scor-tape, white glue, hot glue

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