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Friday, 1 December 2017

Happy Holidays! - Anything Goes by Kim #16 of 40

Happy Holidays!

I can't believe it is December 1st, and we have so many things happening it's CRAZY.

To start we are launching the Anything Goes Challenge. Show off your creative talents to win!

Stay tuned for the StencilGirl & Emerald Creek blog hop happening Dec 13 - Dec 15. We have some seriously talented people whipping up some amazing projects.

Beginning Dec 12th (I am pretty sure) is the 12 days of Giving with Creative Scrapbooker Magazine. You won't want to miss playing along there, because we have included a superb prize pack for their giveaway, along with many other awesome manufacturers and suppliers.

Dec 17 we announce the new team line up for February. 


January 1st we have an exciting announcement (if we can contain it that long LOL). 

Not to mention our regular line up of awesome designers and their amazing festive creations!


I wanted to get a little creative with an Eileen Hull Journal Die and some Mat board.

So, I cut down the mat board in half ran it through the Big Shot, then cut down the spine to 1 width not 2 and embossed the cover with a Sizzix branch embossing folder (Tim Holtz).

I played with color bursts, mica sprays and then went to the good and faithful embossing powders ;)

Oil Rubbed bronze seemed like the perfect choice and because it is not chunky , it revealed the embossed branch, giving a very leathery look to the cover.

I loved it, but the gloss finish was a little excessive. Thanks to my sister Vicki teaching me to sand off the finish, I grabbed my block and dulled the surface, leaving the grooves shiny and really emphasizing the leather look.

I then grabbed a Merry Christmas Die from Suzanne at Quietfire Designs by Elizabeth Craft Designs, embossed it with Red Sparkle Embossing powder and glued it to the Cover.

Then I had some wired burlap like ribbon that I stained with frayed burlap. I inked the spine with ground espresso and then tied on the ribbon, using 2 of the Emerald Creek pinecones and some random jewelry used straight pins.

Emerald Creek Supplies used:
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Other items used that are available at Emerald Creek: 
We had our first stumper for a challenge. I can't believe no one came up with an unsung hero to honour.

Better luck this time.


To enter this month's Happy Holidays Dare, use the Linky InLinkz below. Remember to follow the challenge rules as posted on the right sidebar of the blog, in order to be eligible.

 The winner, as voted upon by our Design Team members, receives a $50 Gift Certificate for the Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Shop and the top 3 Special Mentions receive a badge to post on their blog and a 20% off discount code for the shop.

But wait, there is more...
just for entering our Dare Challenge, you can receive 10% off your Emerald Creek order.

So what are you waiting for... we DARE you!


  1. Rolling into December with lots happening here at Emerald Creek!
    Looking forward to the fun! Happy December everyone and thank you for all of your inspiring posts!

  2. Oh wow Kim, I just LOVE what you did with Eileen's die, your journal is fabulous and the texture you created is amazing! Anne xx

  3. I have this die and am waiting until Christmas chores are done so that I can play lol! Thanks for the fun challenge and wonderful inspiration Karen x

    1. LOL I can’t stop using mine. I got the bug when Eileen was here and now it’s mini album cards for everyone. Happy Holidays and good luck with the Chores!

  4. Fabulous Creativity! Kim . Those Ep's look super impressive .
    Great challenge theme too x