Thursday, 25 August 2016

The "Get Outside..." Winner

Lisa of A Mermaid's Crafts, with her Shabby Garden entry.

Lisa, please email Kim at for your prize code.

Top 3 Badges Go To:

1.  Niki of Pawsitively Creative for Shabby Garden Barn Doors
2.  Rijacki ofRijacki's Worshop for Score!
3.  Karla of Creative Love Affair for Vacations!

Please email Kim, and put Top 3 in your subject line
to receive a badge to post on your blog.

Head over to "Sweet Fades" for more chances to win this month and
stay tune for the fall line up of month long challenges!

Remember that just for entering our Dare Challenge
you get 10% off your order from the Emerald Creek Shop.

So what are you waiting for... come join in the Sweet Fades Challenge... we DARE you!

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The "40 to 40" Kickoff

If you are wondering what this is all about, well let me tell you... 

As of today, this is my last year in my 30's. Instead of being depressed or fretting, I decided I wanted to challenge myself to just love the journey. I am actually excited to be crossing 40 (today anyway). To mark the event, I decided to post 40 entries over the course of the year, embracing all that I am doing, so I can be thrilled, feel accomplished, and just simply enjoy my 40th Birthday. 

I have so many projects and posts on-the-go in preparation for this. We will still have contests and monthly challenges starting with September as part of the 40 posts; however, there will also be posts on our Trade Shows, holidays, family moments, and celebrations. I will also share some tips on business, camping (of course), and whatever else this crazy brain of mine decides. 

So join me on the journey this year as I welcome the days until my 40th birthday!

To kick off the posts, I thought I would roll out one of my newest cards,
"The Biker" for my Nephew.

I stamped the Sand Dunes and the Biker in Archival Ink.

Then, I used the Rectangle Mirror Stamp to drop in some paint.

After dabbing the colours, I misted the paint blobs.

This one was over saturated with water. Whoops!

This was the paint direct to dry paper.
It didn't move enough to simulate the spray paint tagging effect I was going for.

This was PERFECT! A mist of water to the paper first & then I pressed the paint dabbed rubber directly to the cardstock. The wet paper helped the paint blend.

Next, I spray the Tim Holtz Corrugated Texture Cardstock.

Once dry, I roughed it up with Tim Holtz sandpaper.

I washed the background with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and my waterbrush. Then, I stamped Walnut Stain and Pumice Stone on my Craft Mat and lifted the colour with my waterbrush and painted the Sand Dunes. Evergreen Bough, Black Soot, Festive Berries, & Hickory Smoke Distress Markers were used directly on the Biker to colour him in. To finish off the card, I used the Happy Birthday Stamp with Mercury Rising Embossing powder.

Emerald Creek Supplies used:

(click on any product link below to shop)



Other items used that are available at Emerald Creek: 
Don't miss our current challenges! Come on... Be Inspired, Create, Play, Inspire, Win! :) 

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Bonus Contest?!

Oh... Yes, I did! 😀

We are getting close to the anniversary of my launch into social media and sooo many people over the year really made this amazing and exciting for me. So as we cross each milestone, prize packs will awarded. 10 to be exact! All you have to do is tag in people who aren't following Emerald Creek yet. Winners will be drawn at random from all of the followers, because you all count and made my year! ❤️🤗🇨🇦 #emeraldcreekcraftsupplies #contest #socialmedia #thankyouforthelove 

Love ya all! 
Thanks for the warm welcome, crafting fun, and collaborations. 

Sunday, 14 August 2016

To everything that must be done...

There Is An Element Of 


During my summer work and holiday schedules, I was only too excited to cram in all 3 sets of Creative Chemistry by Tim Holtz, (offered at Online Card Classes). But I had NO IDEA his classes would have so much technique and test samples, that I would be spread so thin. So in Creative Chemistry 103, I decided I needed to find a way to double up the class assignments with projects I also needed to be making.

I pulled out some Emerald Creek stamps, a couple of Sizzix dies, and added them to the bunch of Ranger Inks, Mediums (most were from the Tim Holtz Distress line, with a couple of Wendy Vecchi, Ranger, and Dina Wakley items tossed in) and tools that were already sprawled across my work tables.

I have been dying for a year now to make the Tim Holtz Umbrella Man a chimney sweep for a Mary Poppins inspired card for my sister. So, I set to work. I die cut him out on several types of Recollections coloured cardstock that I had purchased from Michaels (not my favorite for many projects but works well for matting borders, using for the kid's crafting, but perfect and affordable for playing with ideas and layering with paste). Next, I popped open the new Grit Paste and went to town pasting the negatives from cut out Umbrella Man. 

Loving it, wow that's a wet product and took a while to dry. 

While it was drying, I used Blueprint Sketch paint on my craft mat, with some Lucky Clover Distress Ink re-inker and Fired Brick Distress ink placed on the mat too. Then, I grabbed the spritzer bottle and misted. Next, I grabbed my background piece and began dragging and blotting it on the messy craft mat. To build up layers, I dried that layer and repeated the process. 

To finish it off, I hit it with a couple spritzes of Wendy Vecchi Cornflower Mica spray. The effect was wonderful; however, when I layered it up, I felt the background needed more pop so I added Pearl and Viola  Mica sprays and then it was perfect.

 Now that the paste for the top piece was dry, I went to work using Cracked Pistachio and Forest Moss stains to ink right on the paste and blending to smudge it around, while lifting off the excess. Then, I added a touch of Blueprint Sketch stain and Wilted Violets around the edge to bring the focus to the image. But it was still not quite right. So I left it to go ponder and decide just what saying I wanted to use before I trimed the umbrella.

Google here I come...I typed in 'words to chim chimney' and up came some Mary Poppins images, so I switched and searched 'popular Mary Poppins images', and the quote 'to everything that must be done, there is an element of fun' popped up right away as well as loads of Mary Poppins silhouettes. Well, that couldn't be more perfect for me to give my sister for her birthday! So bye-bye Bert, Hello Mary! Instead of cutting the umbrella into a chimney sweep, I sketched the shoes, bag; and dress on my already-mostly-finished project, grabbed my scissors, and cut. Then, I ran through several markers attempting to write the phrase at the bottom. The only one that worked for this was the Tombow Black using the fine side.

No more Umbrella Man, now I had a Mary Poppins die cut! :)

When I was done layering it, it was close but not quite "dirty" enough for old England. Also,  the background was just too even, so I grabbed my spray bottle and misted the whole project. Then, I used my fingernail to scrape the edges of the silhouette image, re-inked lighter areas, and used a dry paper towel to create a more mottled look by blotting up the water in a slight twist/push moment that moved the mica powders. Oh... DARN..., I has to grab the Tombow again and rewrite the bottom. Next time, I think I will test out some Sharpies since they are permanent (wink, wink...  Ranger and Tim).

So there you have it!

Have fun and don't miss out on these classes the next time they are offered. They are absolutely worth every penny paid. Just REMEMBER, they take time. Each lesson day had several techniques and tags, each one took me at least an hour of practicing and creating, and I have yet to polish up and complete pieces to post.

Happy Crafting Everyone!

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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Sweet Fade's

We want to feature speedy Ombre techniques! 

I will be featuring my super fun Creative Chemistry - Mary Poppins creation on Sunday, Aug 14th. Here's a sneak peek...

With this awesome line-up, so let's not waste time. 
Check out these fabulous designers: 

Up first is Deb and her cool blues, featuring the Fallen Blossom by Nicole Wright Designs.



Speedy crafting is definitely not my forte so it was a real challenge for me to make this ten minute ombre birthday card!  But Nicole Wright's Fallen Blossom stamps and Emerald Creek's Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder came to my rescue and I have to say it's pretty amazing what you can make in ten minute when you have to!  I've a few (quick!) step by step photos on my blog, hope you can pop by to take a look.



WOW!!!  The DARE Challenge is to create a 10 minute project!!!
Difficult for me but I all I can say is I sure did try. 
It took me 10 minutes believe it or not to create my tag....
the most important part is to have a vision of what you want to create,
have your supplies gathered up and go for it. 
It was super easy to achieve the look I wanted for my tag using Emerald Creek Supplies Daisy Flowers and Glacier White Embossing Powder along with distress ink.
It took me a few extra minutes to create the flowers from the scraps of embossed paper since I fussy cut them out and layered them together. 
I have step out photos on my blog.


It's all about quick crafting and creating an ombre effect for our Emerald Creek Dares. So with those two things in mind and with the help of some of the amazing scene stamps available in the store as well as some water colouring, it made for an easy card. Head over to my blog for a step-by-step on how I created my card as well as a bonus card at the bottom of the post. 


To make life a little easier!;)
Pop over to the Shop

Emerald Creek Supplies Used:

Other supplies used, available at Emerald Creek:
 Barn Door Distress Ink
Ranger & Tim Holtz Distress Inks

Congratulations to Ellie of Paper-Stamps-Colour,  winner of the 

Ellie please email Kim at for your prize code.
Special Mention Goes To:

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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Get outside and play this summer!

This is a fun challenge to re-cap the best moments of summer.

We are focusing on all of the activities that are getting you outside this summer. Show us what you have scrapbooked, carded up, or artified around sports, fishing, camping, kite flying, hiking, boating, sandcastles, and fireworks!

Leading the group is Claudia, while she reminisces about time at the beach.


Okay, okay...I may have stretched this...but collecting shells is a kind of sport too, right? Especially when it is too hot to play tennis. So here is my "& more" tag with faux shells I have made using the gorgeous "Shocked" stamp from Emerald Creek!



I love this challenge because outdoor activities are probably my favourite part of summer! I could have chosen from any number of subjects, but because I have some new and fun camping photos, I just had to scrap one of those. It was fun to also challenge myself to use the Emerald Creek products on a 12x12 scrapbook layout. I hope you can check out my process video!



I am not normally an outdoorsy person...but anything to do with the beach will get me outdoors and when my kids were younger we did a lot of camping!! Definitely some great memories from the only outdoorsy stuff I do. LOL!



Summertime outdoor activities, especially in Canada with its' coastlines and waterways, more often than not have some component of water to them. Whether it be swimming, boating/canoeing/kayaking, or fishing... surf and sand likely play a part, thus I created a card reflective of that. I personally love that calming feeling water brings and the feel of sand between my toes. If you look carefully along the exposed distress crinkled kraft paper, you will see what looks like sand but is in fact Antique Gold embossing powder that has been adhered and slightly heat activated but not set. It has an awesome faux sand look and texture. Adding a compass for adventure and a few aqua friends round out my scene.

Emerald Creek Supplies Used:

Other supplies used, available at Emerald Creek:
Distress paints
Distress stains
Distress spray stains
Southern Ridge Trading Company Scroll Borders
Distress Ink in Mermaid Lagoon and Lucky Clover
Distress Crayons
Tim Holtz Tissue Paper
Archival Ink in Black
Dylusions Paint in Dirty Martini and Calypso Teal
Dylusions Mica Spray in Vibrant Turquoise
Broken China Distress Ink
Distress Mini Inks: Fired Brick, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, 
Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio, Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge, Gathered Twigs, 
Walnut Stain, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo

Congratulations to Autumn of Sew Paper Paint,  winner of the 

Autumn please email Kim at for your prize code.

Special Mention Goes To:

Please email Kim, and tag Top 3 for your Badge to post on your Blog.

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Monday, 18 July 2016

Second Chance Change Up - Guest Feature!

It's Featured Guest Day

and I am so excited for this guest!

I met Jessica via Nicole Wright through Instagram. (I know, what a shocker, that's how I met most of you.) By CHA 2016, I hit a snag and Jessica was one of the first to offer to lend a hand, however, family, work and Phoenix mad it just a bit too hard for her to get to Anaheim.

Since then, Jessica and I have chatted about her guest spots, CHA  2017 (where she will be helping in the booth), and many other things, including her taking me junking to her fabulous places that we don't have here in Canada. 

Anyway, we currently have a challenge theme of 'Blast from the Past' and Jessica wanted to jump on board. Today she re-created one of her old projects using some Emerald Creek products on it and we it is terrific.

Please check out 

and her fantastic "Blast from the Past" Piece

I am so excited to be guest posting for Emerald Creek Designs today. Because the current theme is bringing back past projects to highlight our favorite work, I picked this one and included a bunch of Emerald Creek Powders. don't miss seeing more details over at my blog Two Mad Dahlias

The current challenge they have running is Blast from the Past-Anything Goes

Don't forget to comment on Jessica's blog and to pop over and play in one of the 2 current challenges, Nation's Celebrated & Blast From The Past for your chance to win!

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