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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Yes, Rocks can be Embossed!

Keeping true to the theme of Anything But Paper 

I have been testing what I would normally do on paper and its limits on rocks. Why, because I am camping and I want to make sure that if the apocalypse happens and i am able to camp, I most certainly want to be able to craft too. (Kidding, I am not a doomsday-er)

Anyway, after the rock stamping going so well, ideas started to flow, Can I use embossing powder on a rock? The answer is Yes, but it's tricky. A rock is super porous so ink soaks in way too fast for the powder to stick. it also wicks the water away, making the powder plow off before it go hot enough.
Picture after the embossing powder has been baked
Then, thanks to the recent Creative Chemistry 101, Tim talked about over baking powder. How can i do that without the correct tools...

Well, it took a couple attempts but the best result came from the finest powder parts of the Burnt Copper Leaves and a juicy archival ink. It has to be really wet but still can hold detail (the emboss it dabber was too gooey and lost the detail). 
Have all these items on standby, paper to dump the powder on and push aside, clicker for a strong consistent flame, ink and stamp, clean rock & embossing powder.

Read first, then try.

Saturate the stamp with the ink pad by dabbing the ink onto the stamp. Stamp the rock, apply pressure the get the image over the bums, dump powder over the image then dump the rock onto the Paper. Then use the clicker flame and heat that rock image quickly. I have not tested white powder, I am sure it will burn, but with Canada day, I am going to try anyway.

Flick off any bubbled up pieces, what remains is not coming off.

Then I turned to my alcohol inks for a water coloured look. squeeze a few drops onto your craft mat and pick up with a brush and start painting.

Let dry, the look will change as the alcohol dries off.

Viola, another piece of Rock Art for the garden. I can't wait to see what happens to these over the summer with the elements.

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Nations Celebrated!

Canada Day & Independence Day are knocking on our Door and what an awesome line up of creations to celebrate these occasions.


I love all of my team's projects, but I have to say Pam's project made me smile. While featuring so many pieces from emerald creek, the Graphic 45 gals were a perfect touch. I feel like they are Canadian and American and 'Besties Forever', which is pretty much how I feel about all of you that are south of the border.


 Happy Independence Day Celebrations are right around the corner for those of us in the USA. 
A Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friends!!!
 The Emerald Creek Design Team is sharing some special occasions projects to celebrate!!!

Deb's luminary is absolutely perfect. I don't know about you, by I love the celebration after dark with fireworks, campfires and sparklers. And now I am going to see if I can whip up one of these to hang on the trailer.


Happy Canada Day and happy Independence Day to all our Canadian and American friends!  To mark these very special occasions, I made an O' Canada luminary to light up the night until the fireworks get started.  I have some step by step photos on my blog on how I made it, hope to see you there!

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Ooo Cassandra is bring us awesome cards, 2 versions using a similar process. I just love the cross over and new use for images I would not have paired together.

Donning  the red and white, in a patriotic show of colours, as I send warmest wishes to my fellow Canadians on our country's birthday. Not to be left out, our neighbours to the south celebrate their Independence Day a few days latter so sending warm wishes their way too! You can't go wrong with a little emboss resist watercolour and some patterned background stamping for a quick celebratory card.

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What a fabulous little center piece! Again I am in love with Heather's second creation and what a fabulous use of the Embossing Powder and the key charm.


 What a wonderful time of celebration this is for Canada and our American neighbors! I love anything patriotic, so this project was a lot of fun to create. I altered a tiny glass jar and then created the maple leaf bouquet to go inside of it. To see my process video for this project and to find the details, go visit my blog!

Happy Canada Day and 4th of July Everyone! Stay Safe

fireworks animated gif picture

Emerald Creek Supplies Used:

We Grow On YouWarmest Wishes



the Extras we need and love from others
Distress Stain: Tarnished Brass
Distress Ink: Black Soot
Ranger: Emboss Ink

Due to the little hiccup, okay, Huge Glitch with the website we are extending the previous challenge and running this one over the long weekend. Plus I really want to blog my next rock!

Here's a sneak peak

Pop over to Anything But Paper and toss your project into the mix for the no paper challenge.

the winner will be announced on Monday July 4th!

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Yes, Rocks Can Be Stamped!

For my first of the Anything But Paper Creations, 

I decided to do some rock stamping while camping. We are along a river so there is an ample amount of stones and rocks plus I promised my son he could paint rocks.
Le the 2016 Rock Garden begin.

So my first project is super simple.

Find a flat smoothish rock, grab your Stazon or Archival ink, (today I had archival because I was working on Creative Chemistry 101 while camping). Select a stamp or a few and get stamp happy. Please note, red rubber backed on foam will be better due to the uneven nature of a rock.

Kim's Rock using Feather Stamp
Isaac's rocks using Daisy, Be Gone ya, Posey Stamps
Use Alcohol Inks, or similar. you want something that won't react with water. The first day I coloured it with the Distress markers, it looked beautiful and then it rained. Duh, what was I thinking. We will call it holiday brain.

I will be photographing the rock over the summer to show the sun fade and wear. lets see how long this lasts.

Now it's your turn, craft WITHOUT paper and enter the 'Anything but Paper' Dare.

And Isaac's Rocks for a fun twist

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Friday, 17 June 2016

Anything But Paper....

Are you up for this dare?

We want to see you grab jars, glass, plastic, flowers, leather, wire, metals, foam core, moss, you name it, if it isn't paper then craft with it! Don't be shy, and this one comes with an extra surprise gift, because if you can win this you deserve a little something extra.

First up is Claudia, and she crushed it!

Who needs paper to have some creative fun?! ;)
Stamping into embossing enamels is great fun and can give you amazing texture and effects! I used an old linen book spine and some wood hearts from the dollar store to create an aged and worn looking wall hanging.

Katelyn, nailed it with the brads!


It's all about Anything But Paper for this two week challenge! Embossing brads is lots of fun and you can customize them whatever look you want as I did to create a flower image. I can't wait to see what you create for this two week challenge.

Shilpa created Stunning eye candy with her project!


We have to work on Anything but paper .... I chose Acetate as a base. I made these Art Cards
For background colors I used Ranger Alcohol Inks.
For more photos and details pls visit my blog Neon Diary.

Our most recent DT Member Cassandra joins us for this challenge.  Cassandra wanted to showcase on this challenge in particular and I am so, so glad she did. Check out her first piece as an Emerald Creek Design Team Member.


I am excited not only to be sharing my first project for Emerald Creek as part of the Design Team but also because I am so stoked about the birch bark bookmarks that I made for this dare. More specifically, these beauties will be used as magazine markers. The idea for a magazine marker was born out of my love of Flow magazine. If you too are a fan of such a specialty magazine, then you might feel the same way as I do about needing a bookmark as a placeholder versus dog earring a corner of one of these lovelies... it just feels so wrong to do the latter.

I loved the challenge of creating these without paper and the experimentation required to figure out what worked with the vase medium. To do so, I used birch bark that I had leftover from a fallen tree. Keeping the width the same, I cut out two different size lengths. Both were done with an emboss resist technique for the background. On the shorter one, I used a bunch of Distress Stains for background colour and one the longer one, I used a combination of Distress Paints. From there, there was a whole lot of stamp layering and embossing. To find further detailed directions, be sure to stop by my blog Scrap Savvy Creations. Until next time... Remember to make memories...

Head over to Yes, rocks can be stamped. by me, Kim Evans

We want to pay a quick tribute to 'Anything but Cute' this group has been awesome in inspiring and participating with use, so if you don't follow the ladies over there, please start today. they are also the inspiration behind this challenge. they have created all kinds of insane and awesome projects without paper.

I just want to extend an apology, for the delay in posting and announcing the last winners. I over extended myself this week and working on my projects, classes, actual jobs and just getting excited that my husband completed his finals this week and starts his new career next week. Thanks for hangin in there with us!

Emerald Creek Supplies Used:

Wild Horse StampRolls stamp Flower Collage stampKimilese stamp
NWD Fallen Blossom stamp set
Small Butterfly stamp



the Extras we need and love from others
Alcohol Inks
Distress Crayons
Distress Stains: Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Antique Linen
Distress Paints: Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron
Distress Ink: Picket Fence, Peacock Feathers
Ranger: Emboss Ink

Congratulations to Pamellia of My Little Crafty Things,  winner of the 

Pamellia 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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Sunday, 12 June 2016

Father's Day with EC - Guest Designer Gloria

With Father's Day around the corner, I wanted to make sure every one had one more chance to be inspired by a talented artist that is not part of the Design Team. A while back Gloria and i spoke about opportunities for her to do something with the Emerald Creek products for the Emerald Creek followers.

I have been so giddy, waiting for today, to see what she unveiled and I could not help but hop up from my chair at work. 

Gloria is so talented, diverse, and amazing! I am so blessed and fortunate for people like her in my life. I actually feel blessed to have all of you in my life. The business of the craft world was daunting and overwhelming. But because all of you have participated and posted with emerald creek and me I am thrilled to be a part of this creative family.

So getting back to family, Please check out 

'Making masculine cards is a fun change for me, taking me away from all the flowers and do dads and such. I still had to add some bows...but they are manly bows! I Wanted to play around with themetallic paper and the custom embossing powder that I got from the Emerald Creek store. I think it came out pretty cool, if I say so myself!'

I have to make special mention of the amazing Graphic 45 paper and the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Metallic Cardstock and Pocket Watches Embossing Folder. They worked so well for the vintage theme with the Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing powder, that even I feel I need to pick up a coupe of extras not in my collections already.

Supply List:
Tim Holtz Alterations Pocket Watches Embossing Folder
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Clock and Gear
Graphic 45 Good Ol' Sport Paper
Black and Ivory Cardstock
Trims: Burlap, Ribbon, Twine
Adhesive: ATG tape, hot glue

Don't forget to play along on Dearest Daddio now that you have been inspired!

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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Dearest Daddio

Today we kick off the idea generator for guy Cards. 

I'm a huge fan of the Dad's to me and my husband. We were both really lucky to have landed such great parents. They are both inspiring and have supported us. They have taught us great work ethic, family values and, let's face it, most of all how to have fun! I am also, so fortunate and blessed to have married such an awesome guy that is already becoming the best dad to our 2 mischievous munchkins. 


Before we get started into the projects, I just want to say one more round of thank yous to all who applied for the design team. I was taken back by the excitement and quality of all of the applicants. If you weren't selected this round do not be afraid to try again, you are all really good and deserve to be on the team.


To Begin the 'Dearest Daddio' posts we are going to let 2 of the newest members lead the way.

 I am so excited to be sharing my first project for Emerald Creek! I had a lot of fun playing with my new supplies and getting messy while creating this masculine tag. I hope you are able to check out my process video.



I am thrilled to be here sharing my first project with you as part of the design team here at Emerald Creek Dares!  I made this little Sing keepsake book for my Dad to gift to him for Father's Day, he has a wonderful voice and has sung in many choirs over the years so this was a perfect project to make for him.  I have some in process pictures on my blog so hope you will stop on by to see how I used my new Emerald Creek Embossing powders, stamps and brads!



 Fathers Day is right around the it is time to celebrate the dads in our lives!
I created a fun tag using some amazing embossing powder from Emerald Creek Supplies along with  distressing products, paste and stencils. Come Visit and see the layers



Time to celebrate the guys in your life! I'm celebrating my Dad and have this metal card ready for Father's Day. And since he isn't super tech savvy I'm hoping he doesn't get a sneak peek! :) Perfect theme for some of my Emerald Creek Embossing Powders and some new Tim Holtz thinlits. Check it out HERE.

Emerald Creek Supplies Used:

 Nicole Wright Designs Fallen BlossomNotable Cling Mount Stamp 

Terra Cotta, Moss Stone Green, and Dusk Stone Blue
 Hammered MetalBurnt Copper LeavesIridescent ShimmerOnyx Frost
Aurora Stone Blue


the Extras we need and love from others
Treads and Splatters layering stencils by Tim Holtz
Distress Crayons Set #2
Palette Knife by Dina Wakley
Eileen Hull Needle Book die by Sizzix

Congratulations to Yogi of Quietfire Creations,  winner of the 

Yogi 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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