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Sunday, 1 September 2019

Be True To Your School... New Monthly Dare and Challenge Winners

Hello friends! Karla here to announce the August Winners below and the new theme for September's Dare - Be True To Your School! We are at another back to school season, so let's see anything School Related - maybe even some flash back photos, grads, first days, first dates. This year has been a year of musical inspiration for our challenges, taken from songs that are some of Kim's favourites, so I think it's fitting that September's Song would be Beach Boys - Be True To Your School. Click the link to have a listen to this fun vintage song!

I love back to school season, even though, gulp, it signals summer ending... I just can't help myself! I love the crisp air, the cute new outfits the kids wear for their first day back, getting back to a routine and shopping for school supplies. There's something about a brand new notebook, waiting to be filled with school notes, doodles or journaling. For this month's challenge I decided to pick up a dollar store notebook and give it a fancy new cover, which will definitely be unique, and was super fun to make!

I started out by pulling out some Paper Artsy Paints by Seth Apter in Blue Lagoon and Mahogany. I didn't mind that you could faintly see the background of the notebook and just added colour randomly with a paintbrush. I used some washi tape to protect the black binding and a piece of typing paper to prevent paint from getting on the note pages.

The clipboard was a cutfile in Cricut Design Space. I diecut it from kraft cardstock and then used a woodgrain stamp and Weathered Wood embossing powder to add colour and detail to the outer areas. 

I grabbed some Chunky Rust embossing powder to add a little rusty detail to the 'metal' clip diecut. I think Chunky Rust is one of my favourites - it's just such a cool effect!! 

I added stamping in the background and embossed areas with Desert Clay and Aegean Sea. The Aegean Sea is translucent and looks very neat layered over other colours!

I added various vintage looking stickers, ephemera and rub-ons from my stash.

And to balance out the grunginess I added a pretty paper flower from Little Birdie Crafts and some sparkly sequins. Now, I'm ready to take notes in style!

Thanks so much for stopping by! We can't wait to see what you come up with for this month's School Challenge!! Don't forget to link up your challenges below or share them on social media using the hashtag #ecsept2019. P.S. I'll be sharing another way to alter a notebook on our next Facebook Live on Thursday, September 5th at 10 am MST so mark your calendars!

Emerald Creek Craft Supplies

Emerald Creek Supplies used:

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Other items used that are available at Emerald Creek: 
Wagner Studio Precision Heat Gun


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Now for the August winners!

Congratulations to Alison Bomber of Words and Pictures, winner of the 
High Hopes Anything Goes Dare with her Lavender ATC entry.

Alison, please email Karla at for your prize code.

Special Mention Goes To:

1. Ingunn with her Gold Embossed Butterfly Card
2. Drea with her Happy Place ATC
3. Elly with her Enjoy Every Moment Card

Please email Karla, and put Top 3 in your subject line
to receive a badge to post on your blog and a special 20% off discount code.


To play we need you to link up ANY social media project pics you are posting this month that fit the category. #ECSEPT2019
 on your posts as well so we can reference them and if you add and tag various Emerald Creek product you will get a bonus entry. At the end of the month we will pick a winner and send a prize pack to the Winner as well as link up their project and share it out.

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. Congratulation to Alison with a beautiful creation.
    Thanks for mention my entry .

  2. Thank you so much for choosing my card for a spesial mention! Congrats to the winner!
    Kind regards Ingunn

  3. I'm absolutely thrilled to be your High Hopes winner, thank you, and big congratulations to the Special Mentions too.
    Alison x