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Saturday, 6 September 2014

Inspiration Emporium - Exciting News!

I am so thrilled and excited to be able to tell you, I have been invited to join the Inspiration Journal Team at Inspiration Emporium!!  They already have a talented and very inspiring group of designers with a wonderful and eclectic mix of styles to suit all tastes and interests.  My lovely friend Kath Stewart is also going to be part of the team.   I am so pleased to be joining them!  I hope you can find a moment to go over and see the team and welcome the newbies.


A new challenge has started at Inspiration Journal called 'Fall is in the Air' and there is a very generous $50 prize for one lucky winner to spend at the Inspiration Emporium's online shop.

This is going to be another exciting journey for me, hence the sentiment on my card below.


I recently went to see my dear friend Jenny (Buttons) demoing for one of the companies that she designs for and she demoed a background made with chalky paints.  I do not have those chalky paints but I thought I would try it with Tim Holtz Distress Paints and it worked!


I took some cut and dry foam and using the white side, dabbed into Tim Holtz Distress Paints, doing one colour at a time. I used three colours and I gently dabbed the card until the card was covered.  It takes a gentle touch and a little time but it is really worth it!  I covered two pieces of card using the same method and colours.


The colours I used are Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon and Fired Brick, the combination gives a wonderful warm Autumnal tone and fits nicely into the latest challenge of Fall is in the air.


I embossed the first piece of card using the Springtime Background Texture Fade,  it took two passes but if you are careful, the join does not show too much.  I did go over the embossing with Gathered Twigs DI using a blending tool. This really highlights the text nicely.


For the second piece of card I used the background stamp from Tim Holtz's Papillon set of stamps, using Vintage Photo Distress Ink, covering the whole of the card.  I mounted this onto an 8" x 8" black card base.

For the topper I die cut 'enjoy the journey' from black and also cream card and offset the two before adding to the card.  I did the same with the Eiffel Tower die cut.  I coloured some vintage ribbon with the same three colours of DP, I die cut the fleur-de-lis from shrink plastic and added this to the ribbon with a jump ring, to finish off the card.


The items I used to make my card can be purchased from Inspiration Emporium.  As part of the  Inspiration Team I am very pleased to tell you that if you use my code Redanne you will receive a 10% discount on products you buy.  Postage rates in the USA are $5 and the International Rate is just $10!  I really hope you will take advantage of the discount!

Thanks for looking, I hope to see you again on Monday when I will be back with a Guest Design Spot.  Hugs, from a very happy Anne xx



These are the supplies I used with links directly to Inspiration Emporium:
Sizzix Bigz Die - Fleur di Lis & Eiffel Tower
Sizzix - Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Stacked Artful words
Sizzix Springtime Background & Borders Set
Stampers Anonymous Papillon Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Ripe Persimmon
Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Spiced Marmalade
Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Fired Brick
Inkssentials Cut and Dry Foam
Inkssentials Shrink Plastic

50 comments:

  1. What?? I get to be first??? I'm so thrilled for you, Annie, and so thrilled for IO, too, because it's a great match from both points of view! You are so extremely talented and you are so good at showing just how you use the products to their best advantage, which is a real positive asset for the IO!!

    I love the thoughtful and intelligent way you approach creating your works of art. Don't have chalky paint? Hmmm, you think: I know, I'll use my inks! And wow, did you ever!!
    You, my dear, inspire us with your innovation and smarts as much as you do with your final museum-quality pieces! Hugs, Darnell

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  2. Whoop, whoop!!! Im so thrilled and excited for you too Anne. As Ive said, this news couldnt happen to a nicer person. So pleased your hugely talented star is definitely in the ascendent. Looking forward to all the treats that you will make to inspire and educate the likes of I. The new Inspiration Emporium team will be rockin.

    As usual, your make today is fantastic. Youve adapted Jennys technique gorgeously. A terrific debut!!

    Warm hugs, Nicola x

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  3. Wow Anne, such fantastic news to share with us all and so well deserved. You are a true inspiration in the craft world and I am so pleased you are getting the recognition you deserve. Awesome card too. Congratulations.
    Julie x

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  4. Popped over from my buddy Kaths blog to say huge congrats to you, you will be such an asset to the team and I can't wait to see all your creations, this first one is stunning
    Well done
    Big hugs
    En x

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  5. Sweet! Many, many congrats. Of COURSE they'd want you on their design team. I'm so looking foward to seeing even more of your fab creations. Love the card!

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  6. I'm clapping, I'm whistling, I'm generally making a lot of whoop whoop noises! Congratulations Anne! I'm so happy for you! They are so lucky to have you, what a great asset you will be to their team! Love your autumn card, the silhouettes are gorgeous on the autumn background! I will have to go and check it out! Again, big congrats my crafty friend! hugs :)

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  7. Congrats Anne but I'm not surprised your creations are always fab! Karen x

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  8. Congratulations, Anne! Looking forward to seeing more of your lovely work over at IE!

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  9. Well done you! What exciting news! I am so thrilled for you, you do such fabulous work and deserve this recognition. I love this card and think I need this embossing folder cos I have that stamp and I like the way they match.

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  10. fabulous fabulous project Anne and I'm so happy that we're setting out on this wonderful adventure together...big hugs kath xxx

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  11. Exciting news indeed! Congratulations Anne! Look forward to seeing more of your wonderful work, like this gorgeous piece. Nikki xxx

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  12. Congrats Anne and what a super project to kick-off with.
    Love the rich Autumn colours that you have used - fab card.
    Toni xx

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  13. That's great news. Your card is beautiful.
    Have a wonderful weekend Anneke.

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  14. What fantastic news Anne. Congratulations and I just know you will do well. I am so pleased to hear this news. Love the beautiful colours and textures on your first creation. Huge Hugs from both of us. Rita xxxxx

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  15. Congratulations Anne!! So pleased for you, so perfect a match! LOVE the card, colours just gorgeous. Ruth x

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  16. Congratulations Anne! Fantastic news! Your card is beautiful, the colours are gorgeous against the black backdrop. Sue C x

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  17. Many congratulations Anne - most deserved and the company have a super talented member of their team. This card is gorgeous (as is all you do). Wishing you lots of fun and exciting times ((hugs)) xox

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  18. Congratulations Anne! That's wonderful news, you're a fabulous addition to the team.
    Love your first inspiration piece, the colours are stunning. Can't wait to see more!
    You're one clever lady, and always an inspiration ....... enjoy the weekend. Hugs ..... Linda xx

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  19. Big congrats to you Anne for the honor of being on this lovely design team! and what a beautiful card you created - your background panels are just gorgeous!!

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  20. Congratulations Miss Anne, they are lucky to have you. Your first creation is SPECTACULAR, those colors are SUPERB, I love them, glad you used the paints, putting them with the black is stunning, love the seam binding and the Eiffel tower, you have started out with BANG!!! thanks for sharing and all this inspiration, I love it... Hope you have a wonderful weekend, ((( BIG HUGS )))...

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  21. Congrats Anne!!! I love your creativity and can't wait to see your amazing DT inspiration. This card is a beaUtiful way to start off your term. :)

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  22. Whoop! Whoop! indeed Anne, I am over the moon for you CONGRATULATIONS! Chances to be part of a special team like Inspiration Emporium don't come along very often and only to very special, very talented people such as yourself. I am so proud of you my friend - Enjoy the Journey. Mo xx

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  23. Me again! I was so excited for you I forgot to say, I love the warm colours of your card. Great paint techniques in the background and very striking against the black. Mo x

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  24. Congratulations

    Gorgeous card, great technique

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  25. Big congrats to you Anne! Lovely piece as well!

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  26. Congratulations Anne z a truly nice lady with oodles if talent to boot. They are really lucky to have you!! Your card is so pretty with wonderful colors!
    Sandy xx

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  27. Huge congrats Anne, well deserved too and I love your creation today, gorgeous warm colours, I haven't heard of the site before so am going to check it out now, hugs Carole Z X

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  28. Congratulations Anne I'm not surprised really you are so very talented and I love the card you have made gorgeous autumnal colours ..huggles Sue xxx

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  29. Congrats, Welcome ! Aaah love that color combo... a must try ! Fabulous card !

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  30. Think you know how happy I am for you Anne - this is SO deserved for all your continued hard work, perseverance and commitment to excellence. You really are a star now! LOVE the card and I'm so pleased you got to play with the paints in such a beautiful way. Great to see you today - thank you for all your support. Jenny xxx

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  31. Well done Anne! A great position to have and you deserve it lots as you're very talented! Love your beautiful fall backgrounds - very pretty! Claire x

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  32. Oh you make this looks easy! I love the colors and style on your card. You are full of positivity and great news. Enjoy your teams because then we get to see more of your gorgeous work! Have a great day.
    Kelly

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  33. Super Duper Congrats, Anne!! You and your new IE design team members are Fabulous and so talented!! Can't wait to see all of the wonderful creations you're going to make for IE!! YAY!! XOXO-Shari T.

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  34. So happy to hear your wonderful news Anne, I am sure you will continue wowing us with gorgeous creative designs like the one here today. Love your work!! and look forward to seeing all the makes of team Imagination Emporium. Hugs Lottie x

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  35. Anne, I am so happy for you and what a great time you will have and I look so forward to seeing you at IE! Congratulation and what a beautiful entrance you have made! Love this! Hugs!

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  36. Hi Anne, Wonderful news so well deserved...can't wait for your amazing creations...Fabulous card & tutorial... Love it all..Hugs May x x

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  37. Congratulations! You create beautiful works. You'll be a wonderful addition to their team.

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  38. Congratulations on your fantastic news, so well deserved! Your creation is beautiful, I love the background and gorgeous autumnal colours!
    Rebecca.

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  39. Absolutely magnificent news, Anne - I couldn't be more excited for you - and for us, as we'll get to see the fabulous creations you come up with. What a stunning layered card - the colours are amazing, and I adore the embossed words panel. Brilliant news, brilliant make!
    Alison xx

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  40. Wahooo..fantastic news Anne...and so well deserved...and your card is fab...Love the colouring :) x

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  41. Hi Anne, welldone and congratulations!! So pleased for you. I'm loving the card the colours are just gorgeous, very autumnal. I must go now and check it out!
    Happy crafting, Angela x

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  42. Congratulations on your newest assignment and somebody picked wisely! I love what you did on these backgrounds, and appreciate the explanation. This is the first I've heard of the chalk paints, but you've achieved a beautiful background with the paints. I will have to try this, as I have the supplies!(So again thanks). The script on the background was so pretty, and the black Eiffel Tower & your black trim against that fallish background really sparkled. A truly wonderful card. TFS & Hugs. Can't wait to see what you share on this team, Miss Anne.

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  43. Soooo pleased for you Anne. What excitement you must be feeling. Love your work it is so varied and uses lots of lovely colours. Great step by step with a stunning end product. Hopping over to see Inspiration Emporium haven't heard of them before x x

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  44. Love the intensity of the colours and the simplicity of the layout - another beautiful piece xx

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  45. Wow Anne!!! Congratulations! Great news!!!!! Good luck for this new DT member! Your works are always so beautiful, well deserved! BArbarayaya

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  46. I'm so happy for you, Anne! Was thrilled to read this on the IE blog and can't wait to see all your gorgeous creations for them.

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  47. Huge congratulations! I am very pleased for you!
    What a fabulous card and thank you for the tips on how to make it ;)
    Ingrid xx

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  48. I saw this on the Inspiration Emporium Blog first and was sooooooo excited when I heard it was you whodunnit! Thanks also for the amazing comments you have left on the OCC page about the guest design post I did for them and for the beautiful comments on my blog and over on Facebook. So grateful, especially coming from a talent like you.

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  49. I am so excited for you, this is wonderful news you are sharing with us.
    Those words could not be more appropriate for you at this time as you set out on yet another amazing creative journey. You will an incredible asset to their team.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  50. What wonderful news--for you and for us...we will get to see all your lovely work. This piece is incredible. I love how you offset the die cuts with the contrasting colors to get a shadow affect, a trick we used to do with alpha stickers, but never thought to do it with die cuts! The colors are fabulous and so is the paint job, the ribbon--ALL of it! Thank you for sharing with us!

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