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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

We DARE You... to enter the 80's Re-purposed!

What have the 80's done for you lately?

Welcome to the new Emerald Creek Design Team first Challenge!
Well I am so excited, because the 80's brought me a break out launch for this new talented team.   All I can say is after this first round, with just about every glitch that could be imagined, these ladies have me in shock and awe.  So lets get started.

We are starting with an 80's theme.

Why, you ask?
Well, The Canadian Scrapbooker Carnival, has themed this years event after the 80's, so we decided we take the awesome parts of the 80's, some of the dreaded parts of the 80's and come up with a new re-purposed look to bring the 80's for today.

So with no further ado, we introduce to you

Our Coast to Coast Canadian Design Team (literally)

Julia Chupik

Our stampeding gal from Alberta, nailing it with mixed media

All I can say is WHAT!!!!? She rocked this. This is her first design team experience and she nailed it like a Superstar. Her Mixed Media Art, has given me a chance to have a spot the stamp game at my booth. so pop on by to see if you can spot all of the stamps used on this project.

Karon Hughes

from the beautiful fall colours of Ontario, shocks us with 3 pieces and 3 blog posts

What can I say, She took a small Balloon Stamp and turned it into several sizes, then created a great multi level card.

Then, because she felt the overflowing excitement of the 80's, she created 2 more amazing projects that she will be sharing over the days of the trade show. They are insane and feature a couple of the new products being released for the show.

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Diana Hetherington

hails us from the east coast, New Brunswick, with 2 amazing pieces.

Diana has created an ATB using Eileen Hull's Scoreboard Box Die and a necklace. (I can't lie, the necklace will be on display (probably around my neck and if Diana is willing, I will keep it and wear it all the time as a reminder of awesomeness)

Roll on Over to "Emerald Creek - 80's Style"

Cathy Potosky

hitting us up from the west coast, British Columbia

Again for a First Design team experience, Cathy left me with a dropped jaw, shaking my head and thinking "why have these ladies never been on a design team before". I am so fortunate and excited that she joined us on this journey. With her 80's themed projects, I was inspired to pull out my old albums and start singing all the hits of the 80's.

Visit "Back to the 80's with Emerald Creek"

Please remember to follow these ladies regularly.

If you are in the Calgary area, come over to Spruce Meadows Sept 25th & 26th to booth #441 and see ALL of their works on display.

There will be a $25.00 "Dare", twice a month, so follow, comment, create and connect. 
These ladies are bringing you fantastic new ideas.

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Thursday, 17 September 2015

Fall Inspiration

Fall is in the air!  
I am seeing Fall inspired projects all over and my Blog is no exception.  Here's peek at my Fall inspired project where you'll find this adorable Squirrel Charm.  

Did you know you can ink up your metal charms!  I used alcohol ink these Metal Alloy Squirrel Charms however the Distress Paints work AMAZING helping to coordinate your metal embellishments to your project.  

While you're there check out how I used the new Tim Holtz Zig Zag stencil.

Want to see more than a peek...well you can see a lot more.  Check out how I used my little metal squirrel to accent a fun Fall project.  

Nicole Wright Designs


Wednesday, 16 September 2015

A Masculine Retirement Card

Do you ever wonder what to do for a guys retirement card?

Here are a couple of simple ideas to get you going.

First grab anything clock, or date related. I picked the Clockwork stencil by Tim Holtz, Texture Paste by Ranger, a clock brad from Emerald Creek and a washi tape from the Tim Holtz ideology collection

"Symphony" with the definition of journey, and I had these random metal stickers I picked up from the dollar store, but the package is gone so I can't quote the company. same with the fine wire used for the fishing line.

Second, grab the guys favorite thing. In this particular case fishing, golf & guitars would all have made a suitable stamp. I chose the Trout

Now for colours.

I used the Tarnished Brass, Brushed Pewter, Antiqued Bronze, Distress Spray Stains by Tim Holtz and sprayed , Black Soot stamp pad for the fish and the old paper stamp pad for distress around the fish. Festive Berries, Iced Spruce, Gathered Twigs and my water brush for the fish.

Rough up the edge for a more rugged masculine look and glue tape it together and pop dot up your stamped image for a simple 3D effect.

Smile, this is fun!

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Monday, 7 September 2015

A Snowflake Charm is #7 of the releases

The Victorian Snowflake Charm

Enhance your winter project with Elegance.
These snowflakes look great the way they are, or you can dress them 
up with white ink and fine glitter to really make them sparkle. 

Watch for upcoming crafty posts from the new Emerald Creek Dares DT!  

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Sunday, 6 September 2015

New Release - Prize Cameo Charm

**Prize Cameo Charm**

This is perfect for tricking out any project with a personal badge or award. Add a photo, letter or number to personalize this. You can Also use Glossy Accents by Ranger and inks to give it a custom jewel effect.

Watch for upcoming crafty posts from the new Emerald Creek Dares DT!  

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Saturday, 5 September 2015

New Release Floral Charms

The Floral Spray Charm

~Simple and elegant for so many occasions~
 Can there be too many flower charms? Nope....

These flower charms are 2" long and would look stunning, adorning a ribbon on any
 paper craft. If you are daring, create a coloured version with alcohol inks and 
fasten it with wire or a brad. There is no limits to what this 
embellish with beauty. 

Watch for upcoming crafty posts from the new Emerald Creek Dares DT!  

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Friday, 4 September 2015

A masculine cameo? Found it!

The Stitched Cameo

-Adding just a touch of masculine to this classic charm-

These metal charms are are so versatile for your creative projects. Imagine these layered on your latest card, layout or project. Add more interest and get inky.  You can use alcohol inks or distress paints to coordinate your project. How about using rub on's or add an embellishment. The possibilities are endless.  

Watch for upcoming crafty posts from the new Emerald Creek Dares DT!  

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Thursday, 3 September 2015

You don't know me yet? What?!

It was pointed out to me that I have talked about my team, my business, sometimes my kids and my dog, (the Late Eugene). But I haven't actually introduced myself.

So here it goes...

I am Kim Evans, I grew up to the age of 16 on the West Coast (the entire lower mainland) with my parents and younger brother & sister. It was awesome! Then a down turned job market had us move to Calgary, AB.

Since I have been in Calgary, I met my husband Duncan in high school, married in 2000 and now
have 2 beautiful children, Isaac & Vienna.

 I graduated from "the Comp" in Okotoks in 1995 and began working management and merchandising in the retail industry. I decided on a change and went to SAIT to get an estimating certificate in construction, while working for local residential and commercial companies.  Since then, I have owned and sold a siding company and started Emerald Creek Construction & Consulting. This changed to Emerald Creek Ventures Inc and Emerald Creek Craft Supplies, when a deal was struck between me and my uncle for rights to manufacture my uncles rubber stamps. I have been using stamps since I was a wee child, thanks to the creativity and inspiration of My Aunt Sharron & Uncle Gerry Beazely (the former creators & owner of the Great Canadian Stamp Company and GCS Art Stamps), so taking this on seemed like the natural thing to do.

When I am not working at the stamp company and moonlighting as an estimator and a mom (which is all the time), I love to make cards and do crafts. I spend as much time camping in the summer as I can, and now that my children are a little older, I hope to resume golf and fishing on a regular basis too. (HAHA)

I love having fun, meeting new people and hearing what people are up to. So feel free to join me on this epic journey and to comment, learn and teach.

Let's craft together!

My Boy Eugene

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Whatever will Charm Release #3 be?


These are Gorgeous and detailed. You will have to have a set for sure!

Antique Silver Vintage Feather Charms

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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Meet the Design Team!

First, Thank you all so much for your submissions!

This was no easy task and I was extremely proud to see so much Canadian Talent. Just because you did not get selected, do not be discouraged. We will be refreshing members on the design team every 6 months and you all were wonderful artists, so please try again. 

Now to Meet the team:
Congratulations Diana, Karon, Cathy & Julia!

                           Diana Hetherington

Karon Hughes                   

Karen's Kraft Korner               



Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Do you Dare .... to use one product and create 3 looks?

For our first Public Monthly Dare we want to see if you can re-think one main product to create 3 looks.

 My first class I ever taught was an "open choice", so I picked this idea of how to get more from a single item. I was tired of things collecting dust.

So I chose a Tim Holtz Woodgrain Stencil with texture paste.  

My idea was simple: create a Masculine, a feminine and a youthful card. I pulled out my matte texture paste from Ranger Ink & textured up 2 sheets of paper with 3 stencils each and let them dry for 1/2 an hour. Then I cut them in to individual strips.

Using Enhanced Ivory Pearl Embossing Powder, The Rose stamp & Vertical Word Sentiments I created this Feminine Card

Using Black Soot, Gathered Twigs and Walnut Wash, The V.I.B stamp & Twine made the perfect Masculine Card for Father's Day

Using Sizzix #2 Square Flip-its Die, Ripe Permisson, Salty Ocean, Squeezed Lemonade, Spun Sugar and a light blend of mowed Lawn Mini inks I blended the colours over the Woodgrain. Then I drew a bit of Crystal Effects over some of the grain and dusted it with Iridescent Embossing powder. (Do not heat it, just let it dry to the crystal effects glue).

The Princess Fairalee Stamp and an Emerald Creek Dragon Fly Brad finished this card off for a perfect little girls card.

 Post Your best "Triple Take" to win a $50.00 gift certificate. Submissions are on or before September 30th. The winner will be announced on October 1st.

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