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Thursday, 7 April 2016

National Tartan Day, Heck ya! Anything Goes

So yesterday was National Tartan Day in Canada...

which made me think, I want to try and make a tartan. So after the third attempt I have figured out MOST of the techniques from trial and error and I think I have it. But it needs a little more drying time because in "Kim" fashion, I'm using the Wendy Vecchi Clearly for Art to work on, which means no heat and longer  drying in order for it to stay flat. 

So here's a sneak peak while it dries, and you will have to check back or follow Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram to see what unfolds over the week.

Now your Challenge is 'Anything Goes". Grab what ever inspires you and run with it!! 

To Give you inspiration we let Guest Designer Nicole Wright lead the pack. (she is here so Shilpa could have some needed family time for the next few weeks. Please welcome Nicole to the team temporarily and pop by Shilpa's blog just to say Hi!

Who doesn't love an Anything Goes Challenge!  

Hey everyone, Nicole here and I am guest blogging with the Emerald Creek Dares Team today!  I am thrilled to share with you my project using some fun new techniques using the distress crayons, burnt copper embossing powder and stamping with Fallen Blossom.  Stop by my blog for a full tutorial.

I used the "anything goes" theme to finally lay my hands on the lovely Emerald Creek whaleoctopus and compass rose stamps and create an ocean routes (or a pirate's?) map with them. The water and continents were made using Brushos. And my son loved this map so much that I got a kiss as a reward for my efforts. Ain't I a happy mom? 

I created a "Life is a Dream Tag" reminded me of Spring.
Spring always brings on new life in nature.
Spring always makes me smile.
I decided to try a cool technique using Emerald Creek Embossing Powder along with inks, markers and of course a fabulous stencil.


I created a vase trio from some thrifted glass vases - perfect for cut flowers from my garden.
I love Spring and the feeling of renewal & rebirth. Just like the flowers just starting to peek out from the thawing ground my vases have been given new life,
I used Distress Paint with Emerald Creek Embossing Powder to alter my vases & added some Emerald Creek Charms.

right now i am so addicted to using Sizzix Leather Paper!! with the Emerald Creek Dares challenge of anything goes, and this being National Tartan Day, i thought to myself what could i create to combine those two things.....
why it is a holder.. a holder you say???? yes.. jump on over to my site to see exactly what is being held in this


With the "Anything Goes" challenge and the release of the brand new Hammered Metal I knew that it would make a fantastic project. Combining Alcohol Ink and embossed surfaces create amazing grungy looking results. Head on over to my blog to find out how I created my piece.

Anything the beach! The nice weather has made me smile because it's beach time, to collect shells and driftwood and of course have an ice cream cone and take alot of pictures! I love the Starfish stamp from Emerald Creek. All the details are on my blog today.

Emerald Creek Supplies Used:

Emerald Creek Water LoggedKimilese stampFallen Blossom

Weathered WoodSan Tropez TanOnyx FrostHammered MetalUltra Puff White

Industrial Edison Bulb CharmBelieve Buckle Connector CharmRound Cabochon Charm


Items By Other Great Designers and Companies

Ranger Archival Ink - Potting Soil
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Typed Tokens - hope
Dylusion Pens
Tim Holtz Elastic
Wendy Vecchi's Archival Ink - Potting soil
Eileen Hull's Recipe Card Holder - Sizzix
Crinkle Ribbon
Vases - Thrift Store 

Congratulations to Alice of Yellow House Studio,  winner of the 
Easter Parade Dare with the Spring Parade / Pääsiäisterveiset!

Alice please email Kim at for your prize code.
Our Top 3 bloggers are:
2. Sara - Sarascloset - crafting by design
3.   Samra - Paper Talk with Samra - vintage easter card
Please email Kim, and tag Top 3 for your Badge to post on your Blog.

Now it's your turn. We can't wait to be inspired by you!

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  1. Congratulations to the Alice on her wonderful Easter project!! And to the top 3 are all so inspiring and I love seeing so many creative ideas!
    DT...such amazing ideas and mind boggling creativity! Every post is awe inspiring from you ladies!

  2. Also...can't wait to see what Kim's project is!! :)

  3. Congratulations Alice on your win! Your project was amazing! To the Top 3 - thank you for your wonderful & truly inspiring projects. I can't wait to see what you create for the next challenge.

  4. Congratulations Alice on your win! Also congratulations to the top 3 - your projects were fantastic! DT your projects were fantastic and inspiring as always! I can't wait to see what everyone creates for our next challenge!

  5. Biggest congrats to Alice, Sara Emily, Niki, and Samra! Some of my favorite people! You girls rock!

    1. Thank you so much. I feel like we are an extension of your creative family! I'm so grateful you all enjoy my challenges so much!

  6. OMG WOW !! Amazing creativity going on here! Gorgeous work and so much inspiration. TFS

    1. Thank you for popping over. I miss your perfected die cut projects and colour combos. But I'm so glad we get to see them all the time being created so cute. My sister is in love with your style.

  7. Oh wow super talented projects from the DT. Congrats to all the winners.
    Julie x

    1. Big Hugz! We are so glad to have you playing and supporting us!!

  8. What amazing designs by the lovely DT! Such varied and gorgeous creations. And many thanks for choosing my Easter egg basket/box for Top 3! Whoot whoot! Hugz. ~Niki

    1. mind is working on something special for you. Top 3 and winner for almost every challenge we have had?!!!

  9. Congrats to Alice!!
    Such fun and inspiring makes from the team- off for some closer looks!
    Jackie ")

    1. Jackie, we are so excited to have you here. And you upcycled jewellery box is crazy and wonderful. I would not have seen that transition on my own. Love your talent!

  10. Oh my goodness!!! I am so sorry to join in the party so late!!! Thank you so very kindly for selecting my Vintage Easter Card as one of Top3! Huge congrats to the Winner and the rest of the top 3!
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!

  11. National Tartan Day? I love that!! Wow, the projects are just awesome DT!! And hello Nicole, nice to see you guesting here with your amazing creativity!!

  12. Congratulations to the winners! What an awesome way to name a challenge - National Tartan Day - adorable! Thanks for the great challenge and gorgeous art inspirations too Karen x

  13. Congratulations to Alice for her win and to the top 3 bloggers! Great inspiration from the DT as always, thanks for a fun challenge! Deb xo

  14. So sorry to be so rude! Thank you ladies for the awesome challenge and for including my canvas in the Top 3! I'm thrilled! And congratulations to Alice, Niki and Samra--all awesome makes! I've been here before, but couldn't leave a comment-problem on my end. Hugs!

  15. So sorry to be so rude! Thank you ladies for the awesome challenge and for including my canvas in the Top 3! I'm thrilled! And congratulations to Alice, Niki and Samra--all awesome makes! I've been here before, but couldn't leave a comment-problem on my end. Hugs!