Monday, 16 January 2017

CHA2017 - New Release Preview

It's Going to be Hot at Emerald Creek for 2017!

We are crossing over some crazy boundaries this year and we want to start featuring the products being released at the Creativation show for CHA2017.

First up is our newest releases landing in the ec Quarry. Check out these lovely gemstones. Packed with brilliance and meaning, these are sure to bring a new and wonderful impact to all of your projects.

Now to see all of the amazing pieces that our DT has showcased for you.

We have the team split in 2 and Team One, featured today, were the winners of our CHA draw back in the summer and will be onsite at the show, teaching and working in the Emerald Creek Booth #1930. All of these pieces will be on display and if you are at the show come and say Hi to these amazing women.

Once you have seen all of these projects, join us on the challenge featuring all products that are new to you.



One of the best things in life is when the FedEx truck pulls up to your house.  I had been anxiously awaiting my package from Kim to see what Emerald Creek has in store for all of us and you will be amazed!When I saw the new stones I knew I had to make beautiful mermaid jewels with them.



It was with great anticipation that I awaited the arrival of Kim's parcel containing some of her new releases for Creativation 2017 and as always I was not disappointed!  It won't be any surprise to Kim that I immediately pounced upon her Oak Tree stamp (both the large cling mount and the smaller wood mount versions) and combined them with those fabulous new art stones.  Kelly Klapstein's lovely Dream calligraphy stamp and some of my tried and true favourites from Emerald Creek were also used to create my Dream of Nature canvas.  I've some close ups on my blog, hope you can stop by to take a peek!



I can't believe how exciting it was to see some of the new products coming from Emerald Creek! I think we all know by now how much I love embossing again thanks to the incredible custom blends that Kim creates. I was embossing like a crazy person and loving it. I have close ups and more details on my blog, so hop on over and see some of the new products. I am excited to make my first 3-D project and my little trinket box had to be purple jewel encrusted!



Creativation is only a few days away and that means new products from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies! Kim asked me to use the new Gladiolus stamp (coming soon), which I love, but at the beginning was a bit challenging for me. Once I started colouring the flower and adding the new stones to it, the Gladiolus image was the perfect addition to my sympathy card turned. I invite you to head over to my blog for a tutorial and some close up pictures of my card. 



With a new year comes a new release of creative goodies to play with here at Emerald Creek.  For my multi-occasion watercolour card creation, I went on a little adventure across the new lines... I frolicked in the "Reef", I dabbled in the "Mill", and I contemplated in the "Quarry". For further details, come on over to my playground.


Emerald Creek Supplies used:

(click on any product link below to shop)

Tiger Lily
Kimilese 3
Warmest Wishes
Oak Tree - Large
Dream Phrase
Conch Shell (releasing Jan 21, 2017)
Cerith Shell (releasing Jan 21, 2017)
Gladiolus Stamp ((releasing Jan 21, 2017)


Rose Charms
Anchor Charms
Flower Dot Brad
Daisy Brad
Floral Spray Charm
Dragonfly Brads
 Vintage Shoe Charm
Flower Crest brads
Vintage Feather charm
Pine Cone charms

(not available until Jan 21, 2017)
Black Tourmaline
Golden Tiger's Eye


To enter this month's Bring On the New Dare, use the InLinkz below. Remember to follow the challenge rules as posted on the right sidebar of the blog, in order to be eligible.

 The winner, as voted upon by our Design Team members, receives a $50 Gift Certificate for the Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Shop and the top 3 Special Mentions receive a badge to post on their blog and a 20% off discount code for the shop.

But wait, there is more...
just for entering our Dare Challenge, you can receive 10% off your Emerald Creek order.

So what are you waiting for... we DARE you!

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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

40 to 40 - #5 Winter at SRTC

2017 is here...

 and I am working on posts like crazy. This one is for the amazing Canadian shop Southern Ridge Trading Co (SRTC). Their new challenge is up and it's all about winter.

I made a couple of cards this season using a couple of my favourite SRTC chipboard pieces. The first of my faves is the Small Snowflake Wreath.

I quickly painted them up with Tim Holtz Picket Fence acrylic paint dabber by Ranger.

Then, I dumped the Fractured Ice embossing powder by Emerald Creek onto it. I heated one partially to create ice crystals. It's an amazing effect and the chipboard really holds the half melted powders well. 

To others, I went for the full melt giving them the perfect glassy glacier ice look.

Here's a shot of the 3 stages all were perfect for any card.

Then, I quickly added paste to a snowflake stencils with my finger so I could control which snowflakes received the paste. Adding a little bit of the Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder (also by Emerald Creek) and heating it made them puff up perfectly. You seriously have to try this powder and technique!

Added some crinkle ribbon and a charm to finish it off perfectly

The second SRTC chipboard piece that I am in LOVE with is the Retro TV.

I grabbed some Candy Orange embossing powder, and covered the body of the TV.

Don't miss the edges and for the best result use the Ranger Emboss It Dabber (SRTC also carries this by special request).

Then, I used  a block felt to colour the cardstock underneath and the Charred Gold embossing powder (not online, but SRTC does carry it, just email about it), to create the knob buttons and cover the legs.

And Charred Gold to the antenna...

and randomly dry sprinkled over the patterned cardstock and word tag and then heated from underneath (no ink was needed).

I had printed my favourite scene from the Rudolf Christmas Movie, black and whited it and dropped the greys and then coloured up the characters with my Tombow Markers (coming soon to SRTC for a limited time).

My mind is reeling with ideas for this TV and it is a must have.

Because this is a Southern Ridge Trading Co. post, I will not have links to any of my products. Southern Ridge carries some and I strongly encourage supporting them.
Please click Here for the SRTC Shop.

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Sunday, 1 January 2017

40 to 40 - #4 Bring on the New

 Happy New Year!

It's 2017 and that means we all have some new goodies to play with or to share. Let's see what you create with your 'new to you' products.


Today, I am leading off the new challenge, the new year, and the new product release peaks on my own with the 40 to 40 post # 4.

This Christmas, my kids and I were at a PM Hobby, here in Calgary. My son spotted some wooden swords and started playing around and as I checked out the styles, I was take with a battle axe and buccaneer sword while my son was set on the knight's sword. The moment I saw these I thought about creating some embossing powder magic!

First, I gave the sword a quick sanding to really smooth it down.

Then, I went straight for my Ranger Ink Emboss It Dabber, Hammered Metal embossing powder, and Milwaukee heat tool (now Wagner brand).

I heated and layered the hammered metal. (I had to leave the sword a couple of times to cool off because I was afraid the wood would catch on fire it got so hot). 

This is a quick angle shot. If you half heat the powder it makes a cool rough pebbled texture.

Then, I added Gun Metal and Enhanced Silver Pearl embossing powders to the area where it would have been sharpened. 

Then, I moved to the handle and grabbed my Charred Gold Powder.

I had to apply the Emboss It ink with my finger at one point because the grain and inside curves needed a heavy coat so it wouldn't soak in. It's a really great ink because it not sticky and it smells great.

Now for embellishments. First, some wire twisted around the bottom of the handle.

Next, some leather, but I couldn't find mine. So I pulled a string from a burlap sac from Christmas gifts and grabbed the Candy Brown embossing powder and thoroughly coated it. Because the plastic powder made is stiff, I used my 400 grit sandpaper and sanded it down lightly to smooth it and give it some flexibility.

I tied it around the handle like a grip. I glued red jewel brads to the display hole at the end to cover it, using the beacon 3 in 1. I didn't have time or patience to deal with hot glue.

Then, I added the Skull charm to the base and the new Creativation release of Gem Stone using the Pyrite and Moissanite stones. (The Creativation has 8 stones being released and they will be featured by the DT posts coming up in 2 weeks.)

 I hope you enjoyed reading the steps to creating this sword as much as I did making it.

If you are at Creativation in Phoenix, it will be on display in Booth #1930. Come see the projects and a bunch of the Design Team.

Emerald Creek Supplies used:(click on any product link below to shop)

Hammered Metal
Charred Gold
Gun Metal
Enhanced Silver Pearl

Red Jewel Brad
Skull Charm
Moissanite Stones (available Jan 21,2017)
Pyrite Stones (available Jan 21, 2017)

Other items used that are available at Emerald Creek: 
Congratulations to Georgie C. of  Little Blue Craft Box,  winner of the 
Winter Wishes Dare with her Winter Wonderland Tags entry.

Georgie, please email Kim at for your prize code.

Special Mention Goes To:

Please email Kim, 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 enter this month's 'Bring on the New' Dare, use the InLinkz below. Remember to follow the challenge rules as posted on the right sidebar of the blog, in order to be eligible.

 The winner, as voted upon by our Design Team members, receives a $50 Gift Certificate for the Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Shop and the top 3 Special Mentions receive a badge to post on their blog and a 20% off discount code for the shop.

But wait, there is more...
just for entering our Dare Challenge, you can receive 10% off your Emerald Creek order.

So what are you waiting for... we DARE you!

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Saturday, 31 December 2016

A Year in Review - Sara & Jessica


Today wraps up the Year in Review posts. I am so excited to close with Sara and Jessica our newest team members. I met both of these amazing women through Nicole Wright and the help of social media and I have to send a Huge Shout out to Nicole, check out her blog and DT's she is on.

Sara was my first shocking blog player when she entered a creepy corpse head for our Halloween blog challenge on the EC Dares. Then she stole my heart as she continued to play and brought so many of her family from the 'Anything but Cute' design team and blog family. (This is a fun set of blog challenges you should check out). Since then Sara has become my kindred spirit sister, literary adviser and human thesaurus for the unique and odd when I hit brain blocks.

Jessica, was an inspired choice. Just over a year ago, Nicole and Jess were chatting while we were setting up the CHA booth. We tried to convince her to come meet us and help but family responsibilities and late notice made it a no go. Over the year, Jess won a spot on the DT and I was able to get to know her better. It turns out we shared more in common, like a do or die work and family ethic. It is with great pleasure that Jessica is able to be my extra hands in the booth at the Creativation Show in 3 weeks. Her talent is beyond mainstream and she will be teaching a class for me on the floor. (doing the happy dance),

Please follow along and check out these ladies and their amazing projects from 2016!


Sara Emily

Happy New Year's Eve to all of our loyal visitors! Has 2016 flown by or WHAT???!  I only started on Emerald Creek Supplies Design Team in September, so the time has really passed quickly for me. Here is a brief recap of the projects I've designed for Emerald Creek Dares; please click on any of the links for a tutorial on how I used the fabulous Emerald Creek goodies! 

September - Remember

October - Altered Mirror

Best wishes for a safe, healthy, and Happy New Year! I sincerely hope you will take time for yourself to craft something each and every week this year! Hugs and Blessings from Sara Emily! 


Sara, I am so so glad you found my blog worth your time. I am delighted you played and then guest designed for me. Now that we get to work together regularly, I feel I am blessed beyond measure. You have taken products to a new level and I am in shock with each project you create. You have elevated my designing capabilities and creativity.

Thank you and hugs from the Canadian winter wonderland!
♥ Kim
(just figured out I could add a heart, silly me) 


Hi Everyone!
I am so excited to be part of the Emerald Creek Team.  Like Sarah Emily, I joined the team in September so my recap is pretty brief.  Click the links and you will be whooshed over to my blog.  The team has some very exciting stuff planned for the upcoming year and I can't wait to share it with all of you.  

Have a very safe and Happy New Year! Jess


Jess, who knew a year ago, we would have found so much in common to build this friendship. Your projects took an amazing twist to my products. Every time I am setting up the posts, I just stare at the unique and magnificent design styles you create. I can't pick a favourite because all of the projects were so different, but the technique you shocked me with was the Large Lily stamp made into a skirt print, that really shook up how I looked at all of my images. I have no doubt, we were meant to meet and that you were meant to work with me in my booth.

I'm so excited to see you in a couple of weeks. Rest up and get ready to get your groove on!
♪♫ Kim



♥ to All of You!

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