Monday, July 21, 2014

Your inner light....

 I'm sneaking a little peek of new image Your Inner Light from Impression Obsession today! Stay tuned for a full week of blog hopping next week as we unveil more new images being released for Summer CHA! I just cut out a portion of this image and made a quick card with a little Copic airbrushing and a few fun layers using my Perfect Layer Rulers. I've been using my Perfect Layer Rulers so long that if someone took them away I think I would have to entirely rethink how I make cards. They are an essential tool! I don't know how to make a card with out layers!

Here's the full image, I love it!

 Leaving the paper in the die I added some soft airbrushing using Y17.

 I finished coloring the dangles and swirls using Copics.

The happy birthday is from the mini set Banners and Greetings. I added a little 1/8" black border and topped it with the little bow from the ornament die.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Taylored Expressions and Perfect Paper Crafting!

I'm happy to bring you a post today featuring Taylored Expressions and Perfect Paper Crafting Products! Both companies have been doing some very inspiring coordinated postings and of course you can leave comments on our posts for a chance to win. Both companies are giving away $50 Gift Certificates! 

Today myself and Stephanie Kraft have projects up for you!

You can find the other postings by visiting Taylored Expressions Blog and Perfect Paper Crafting Blog. Perfect Paper Crafting has more to offer than just the amazing Perfect Layer Rulers... check out videos of how to utilize their other great products to help you in the craft room!

I love coloring sunflowers! They can be all ranges of yellow and easily work for summer as well as fall cards. You can see where my Perfect Layer Rulers were used in all my tight layers, primarily using the small 1/16" edge. Below are the Taylored Expressions products I used for the card.

 I lightly airbrushed the background using Copic BG18 while it was still in the die. I also added some piercing along the edges. You can see the copics I used to color the image. The odd assortment of yellows were chosen to match the golden yellows in the patterned paper. 

 I used BG10 and BG72 to color the small blue flowers and also colored my ribbon with Copics to match. THe sunflower panel is popped up with foam tape for dimension.

I added my left over paper inside and once again used my Rulers to add the 1/8" yellow border behind the dot paper. I used the Banner Stacklets 2 again for the message panel, stamping a corner with the sunflower image to help tie it all together. 

Impression Obsession - Nautical Challenge

It's Thursday which means a new challenge starts up with Impression Obsession! Our theme is Nautical... which is so popular this year. Play along with us for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to shop for some new rubber from IO! Find all the details on how to enter your card on the Impression Obsession BlogSee what the ladies came up with this week with our Nautical theme:

Ellen Taylor - off this week
Jenny Gropp - You are here!

As I'm posting this - I just realized I didn't use a single stamp. Very unusual! It goes to show how very much dies have become such a big part of paper crafting. I think Kittie has influenced all of us with her very inspired die only creations! I had this shell paper in my stash and knew it was meant to paired up with IO's Shell Dies

 I cut the shells using Neenah Classic Crest Solar White #110 paper. The heavier paper allows for deeper texture impressions. I added some rough color using the Copics shown. 

Next, I made the shells SHINY! 
Cheryl Lea has been using Viva Inka Gold products all over the place tempting me in to a new product arena! So I finally opened up a jar and well, I'm in love! I used the Inka Gold Platinum (many colors available!) to pretty up my shells. While it does not show off well in my light tent pictures, you can see the beautiful results in the above picture that I took at my desk. I rubbed the tiniest bit over my shells and then used a soft towel to buff it out, leaving the beautiful pearl shine. Between Wink of Stella and Inka Gold Rubs I have a feeling something is going to be shining or glittering on every card!

 The starfish didn't make the cut, there wasn't room for him in the end! I used the Typewriter Lowercase Alpha to spell out summer. The shells really stand out as the focal point with the Inka Gold rubbed over them. I still worked a bow and button in to the mix, topping it with a little enamel adhesive dot. 

I need to put the starfish inside! I'll have to grab him from the desk... it was a late night crafting session! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Serendipity Challenge #33 -Part 2 - Cool Colors with the Twinery

This week the Serendipity DT challenge is all about using "Cool" Colors and TWINE from The Twinery. You can always play along with our challenges with a chance to win a gift certificate! You can find all the info to enter on the Serendipity Challenge Blog. If you are in the shopping mood you can take advantage of the Buy three stamps and get the fourth Free Special going on now until July 23, 2014. If you are local, stop in to Impressive Ideas to take advantage of the same special offer!

Check out what the ladies came up with... some amazing summery designs this week!!
   Jen Cuthbertson~ Guest Designer 

The Dandelion Flower I used is part of the Flower Pops Set. I used a black pen to draw in some simple lines for stems. Part of our challenge was to use "cool" colors I thought this minty aqua fit the bill and it matched up perfectly with some of my Caribbean Striped Baker's Twine from The Twinery.

I stamped all my flowers and added my Birthday stamp using Versafine Onyx Black. I cut out the wishes word from an alphabet die. After cutting the panel out, I added a little airbrushing with Copics BG34 and BG53. Even with 358 colors, sometimes you still have to combine more than one color to get the right match!

In the center of the flowers I added a tiny Swarovski Crystal and also liberally used my Viva Holographic Glitter pen for some serious sparkles. It's much flashier in person than in the picture. I could not resist adding the piercing. 

On the inside, I used an Emerson quote, As we grow Older,  with the signature it took up a little too much room so I ended up not inking that portion of the image. Sorry Ralph!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Impression Obsession - Summer Roses

A new challenge is up and we are introducing a NEW DT Member for Impression Obsession! Our challenge is all about summer this week! Why don't you play along with us for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to shop for some new rubber from IO! Find all the details on how to enter your card on the Impression Obsession Blog

A big welcome to Karen Amidon who is joining the IO team! 
Visit her blog PaperLilies and Ink and prepare to be wowed! 

Check out what summer inspired creations the team came up with this week:

Jenny Gropp - You are here!
Vicki Garrett - off this week

 I went with some bright summery colors on this new Roses Tin image. I'm loving this new font on the Thanks sentiment.... You'll be seeing it quite a bit coming up with the new release! The green flourish die cut is from the Heart Flourish Die, i just cut off the heart portion. The grey die cut piece in the background is the Fancy Cut Out Border Die.

I stamped on Curious Cryogen White with Memento Black ink. I couldn't resist adding piercing around the edge... I know I do it all the time!  I added a little YR30 in the background and chose bright colors for the image to match my papers.

 I used the Square Shaker Die as a frame... slicing it in the middle and then hiding my cuts with a band of ribbon. I colored my ribbon with YG13 to match the bright green in the image.

 I added dimension with foam tape between layers. Under the Flag Die I used some Dimensional Silicone to keep the "curve" in place on the Thanks sentiment. 

On the inside... more pieces from the Heart Flourish Die... again minus the heart. Finished card size is 4 3/4" x 5 3/4". 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Serendipity Challenge #33 HOT Summer Colors

This week the Serendipity DT challenge is all about Summer Colors and TWINE. You can always play along with our challenges with a chance to win a gift certificate! You can find all the info to enter on the Serendipity Challenge Blog.

Check out what the ladies came up with... some amazing summery designs this week!!
   Jen Cuthbertson~ Guest Designer 
Birgit Edblom ~ DT Alumni

This little happy butterfly is from the latest release and is called Butterfly Nouveau. It's an easy color or easy to paper piece. It could be jazzed up quickly with some jewels in all those little round areas too... love an image with lotsa options! I used Spellbinder's Grand Labels 4 to create the card base and you can see I cut off the bottom point so that the card would stand up with a flat edge.
You can see the all the newest Stamps and Dies HERE!

 Leaving the panel in the nestie die, I airbrushed with BG34 and Y15. I added piercing around the edges, using the edge of the die as a guide. I stamped my sentiment in Versafine's Satin Red ink.

 I stamped the butterfly three times... once on the panel for the antennae. A second stamping was colored, cut out and glued over flat. The third stamping I only took the two wings shown out to the side... to pop up. You can see the Copic colors I used to color the butterfly. I have no clue why this picture looks like it neon green around the edges of the panel.

  Seriously... I'm gonna have to hide the Wink of Stella pen... I can't resist!!!! I love the beautiful sparkly results! I also used a clear glitter pen to add a little matching sparkle to the caterpillar word. I added my little twine bow and also popped up the last set of butterfly wings.

On the inside I added a simple Be Happy sentiment... so this could fly out for any occasion! 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Impression Obsession - Are we there yet?

The Impression Obsession Team is all about travel and vacations today! Our challenge theme is Are we there yet? so take a vacation "on paper" and play along with us! Find all the details of how to play along with us on the IO Blog.
Check out what the ladies came up with this week:

Ellen Taylor - off this week!
Jenny Gropp - You are here!

 I was in the mood to color so I went for a Gary image today, Buoy Scene. Sadly, there isn't a little kitty hidden in this scene! I snapped some pics along the way so you can see the Copic colors I used. Since the image was fairly busy, I kept the layers and embellishments pretty simple.

 I used the very tip of my pen to add very small little dots in the sand. I didn't want to overwhelm a busy image with a lot of colors so I used the same blues for sky and water. 

The lighthouse got a little dark, so I used a White Sharpie Pen to add some white back in to center.  After I was finished coloring with Copics, I aded a little shimmer with the Wink of Stella Pen to the sun, crab, starfish and sailboat. Too bad Stella doesn't show in pictures.
I used the Square Border Die again on the inside, backing it with the blue paper. I also stamped a summer sentiment from the clear set Sun & Fun.