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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Impression Obsession - Snowy Peace

It's an Impression Obsession Thursday! Our theme for this week's challenge is Square Cards. Any theme, just keep it square... easy enough! Play along with us for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate! Find all the details on how to enter your card on the Impression Obsession Blog

See what the team inked up this week:

Jenny Gropp - You are here!

 It's an odd card that I only use dies... no Copics, no stamping... but that's how it evolved! I'm all over the new dies and coming soon we'll be tempting you with a blog hop showing all the new dies off! I used the Snowflake Background Die and did some creative cutting to use a portion along the bottom. The Peace Die is also from the newest release.

 On the inside liner, I used the Snowflake Cut Out Dies, which leave a beautiful peek-a-boo snowflake shape! I LOVE these!!! 

After cutting out my elements I adhered them to the wintergreen paper. I then ran it thru an embossing folder... quilting all the elements together. The embossing was very deep and I wanted it a little softer so it didn't compete with the beautiful snowflakes. I used a folded piece of paper and put my embossed panel in that and ran it thru my machine, which slightly flattened out the embossing, leaving a subtle texture. Finished card is 4 7/8" square. I embellished with three little sequins only. NO BOW... shocker.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

SSCB #35 Summer's Last Hurrah Challenge

Serendipity Stamps Challenge Summers Last Hurrah continues! Fins inspiration in any summertime theme and play along in our challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate.  Almost anything goes as long as you use a Serendipity Stamp or Die. One design will be chosen for the SS Winners Badge and one design will be chosen randomly for a $20 Gift Certificate to be used at the Serendipity Store! If you are new to our challenges you can find all the details here on the Serendipity Challenge Blog!


Take advantage of the free shipping special with Serendipity Stamps. Any order over $15 receives free shipping. Special is available thru September 24, 2014.

A big welcome to Bridget Finlay who is our guest designer for September! 

Here's some inspiration from the DT 
Vickie Zimmer
Jeanne Jachna
Jenny Gropp - you are here! 
Julie Warner
Karen Amidon
Marybeth Lopez

Summer's last Hurrah sounds pretty good to me. I'm over the humidity and the heat in Atlanta and ready to welcome fall! I thought I'd color up one of my favorite flowers from Serendipity, the Large Geranium.

The DT had a challenge twist to use a picture for inspiration for our card. 
I found this beautiful picture (below) on a photographer's blog- Greece in My Heart. Check out her blog with a cup of coffee and sit back and look at some inspiring pictures.



 I used the Out of the Box technique with an oval nestie to cut out my flowers. B00 and B0000 were used in the background. My assortment of flower colors were chosen to match my card stock.

 Here's the up close. I've used foam tape in between layers to add dimension. I could not find my Wink of Stella Clear Brush pen, so there's no sparkle on the flowers. I tried not to panic... I know Stella is in there somewhere. Totally addicted to that glittery pen!

On the inside, I used a portion of Serendipity's Floral Frame along the bottom edge... creatively cutting away the top portion of the frame to make this little border. I added the pretty Hello Die so this card could be used for any occasion. The card is an A2 and opens tent style at the bottom. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Serendipity Autumn Blog Hop


Welcome to our Autumn Blog Hop with Serendipity Stamps! Hop along and leave a little comment love on the blogs before midnight on September 14 for a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate! 
For a second way to win just LIKE us and SHARE on Facebook. 
   The winners will be posted on Mary's Blog on Monday, September 15th.

Here's the Hop List! 

 Brand new designs perfect for a fall themed card or making a Thanksgiving card! I used the new Leaf Pops Background stamp on my card front.

 I cut out the card front using Spellbinder's Labels 29. I airbrushed while the paper remained in the die so I could keep the clean white border. 

I colored the leaves a bit heavier than I normally would, planning to put the vellum over the top.

 I used a Gold Krylon pen to edge all of the card layers and also the die cuts.

Your next stop on the hop is Julie

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Impression Obsession - Beautiful Backgrounds

It's Thursday which brings us to a new challenge with Impression Obsession! Our theme for this week's challenge is  Beautiful Backgrounds. Play along with us for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate! Lots of brand new fall and holiday dies are in the shop! Find all the details on how to enter your card on the Impression Obsession Blog

See what the team inked up this week:

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

 When I saw the challenge theme I knew exactly which background stamp I was gonna ink up! I loved this beautiful Cover-a-Card background Blossoming Branches, it's new, from the last release. And... just out of the box the mailman brought... I used one of the new Bottom Edger Dies!

 I stamped the Blossoming Branches background in Memento's Espresso Truffle. Even though this background looks like it would be a lot of work to color, it really wasn't. I had Netflix on and markers in hand. The little flowers were really just quick dabs with the marker.  Along the bottom I used the Bottom Edger Greeting Set. I made a mistake in leaving so much white space in between the edger die and the stamped image. So I just added a slice back in... hiding the seam under my ribbon. = )

 I added the Fancy Butterfly Die Cut, curling it around my fingers to give it a little dimension. I used Collall (dimensional silicone) adhere it to the card so it would keep it's curves.

On the inside I added one of the new sentiments... Strength, Hope, Blessings... love the mixed fonts and the message! I added one more little butterfly covering it with Wink of Stella for a little sparkle. The card is 4" x 5 1/2" and opens at the bottom tent style.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #35 - Summer's Last Hurrah

 September is here! And it's time for Serendipity's new challenge, Summers Last Hurrah! This could mean a vacation, back to school, your garden planting...whatever you have planned before summer summer comes to an end! Almost anything goes as long as you use a Serendipity Stamp or Die. One design will be chosen for the SS Winners Badge and one design will be chosen randomly for a $20 Gift Certificate to be used at the Serendipity Store! If you are new to our challenges you can find all the details here on the Serendipity Challenge Blog!


SALE~ 20% off the Words and Verse category~SALE
Good through September 10th at Serendipity Stamps.

A big welcome to Bridget Finlay who is our guest designer for September! 

Here's some inspiration from the DT 
Vickie Zimmer
Jeanne Jachna
Jenny Gropp - you are here! 
Julie Warner
Karen Amidon
Marybeth Lopez
Bridget Finlay


There is always a twist for the DT! Along with the Summers Last Hurrah theme we were to add paper piecing! If you like, play along with us and add that too! My paper piecing is  not obvious. I colored and cut out a second stem and leaves, coloring them darker and pieced them over the original. This also added a little bit of dimension as well. I combined the wishing you sentiment with the sunshine sentiment.

 I stamped my image and sentiment using Memento's Espresso Truffle ink. I added piercing and airbrushing before removing it from the die.

 After coloring with Copics, I wanted to brighten it up a bit. I used a White Sharpie Fine Tip Pen to go back and add in white areas. I stamped and colored the leaves a second time, cutting them out and piecing them back in place for a bit of dimension.

Here's the up close. The card measures 5 1/4" x 3 3/4" and opens tent style. Flower and Stem ended up nice and sparkly with a little application of Clear Wink of Stella!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Serendipity Fall Blog Hop!



It's a Blog Hop with Serendipity Stamps! We are are showing off some new great Fall and Halloween stamps and dies! Hoppers have until September 1'st to leave a comment on the posts.... a random commenter will be chosen. The winner will be announced on the Serendipity Blog on September 2, 2014.   The Prize?  A $20 gift code off your next order.  Want a second chance to win?  Like us and Share Serendipity on Facebook!  Facebook winner will also receive $20 off their next order.

Here's the Hop Order:
Jenny Gropp   - you are here!

CARD 1
 Of course I was gonna color up the Kitty and Jack image for my first project! 

 I airbrushed using V25 and V28, masking the moon. Warm Greys on the rock wall a,d the Cool Greys are used on the kitty.

 On the pumpkin I added Crackle Accents to give it a little shine and texture. On the moon there is a fines sheen of holographic glitter...but it doesn't how in the pics! =(  I used foam tape between the layers to add dimension. 

 Here's the inside... simply stamped with the Fraidy Cat Sentiment along with some simple side layers to bring the colors inside too.

CARD 2
I wanted to make a CAS card with the new Boo die... love this easy and fun die! 

 I cut the Boo out a white piece of paper. I ran the paper thru the spider web embossing folder. I then used my small brayer to ink up and brayer over the embossed panel, so that the web lines would remain white.

This is the back side of the card front.
 I cut the Boo die out of the card base as well and added a piece of acetate in between the layers. My die placement was a tad off but it worked out fine... I cut the die in black and glued it in and it ended up giving me a little black under shadow from the front side.

 You can see the black die fits in flush with the paper and is not messy looking at all.

 Here's the inside of the card with one of my favorite sentiments... Have a Wicked Good Day!

I tried to take a picture so that you could see the acetate... but this was the best I could manage! 

Keep hopping! 
Here's the Hop Order:
Jenny Gropp   - you are here!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Impression Obsession - Friendship Kitty

It's Thursday which brings new challenge  with Impression Obsession! Our theme for this week's challenge is  Friendship. Play along with us for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate! Lots of new rubber and new dies are in the shop! Find all the details on how to enter your card on the Impression Obsession Blog

See what the team inked up this week:

Jenny Gropp - You are here!

I've been in the mood to color... I chose this Gary Robertson image, Cat Nap, to play with for this week's friendship challenge. I folded my card base and then ran the folded piece of paper through my Vagabond with the Border Die to create the perfectly lined up edges. After adding a couple of layers to mat my image, I used the new photo corner dies on the opposite corners to embellish.

 I used a lot of Copics on the image. Mainly because I was just playing around and watching Netflix while I colored. My cat was originally grey, but I kept coloring and then it wasn't grey any more!

Chair Legs - E55, E57, E59
Cat - C5, C7, C9, E34
Shading under chair - W1, W2
All other colors were mixed up and used on the quilt.

I guess they knew that I was posting a kitty card! Typically as soon as I turn the light tent on... here come the cats. Tonight was no exception. Luckily, I got my card pics in quickly. They love to sit in the tent when the lights are on... diva cats for sure that want to be in the spotlight. Z is the black cat and the oldest, Thumbelina is the little sister that constantly antagonizes him. As soon as the lights went out in the tent they were off and running. They look a little menacing in this picture, but they are both sweeties! 

 Here's the up close. I used the Thinking of You sentiment from the new clear set Basic Greetings, love this set it has every greeting you could need! I inked it up with brown ink and then tapped it in black to get a mixed of the two colors.

On the inside, of course I had to add a little kitty die! I used a photo corner die again as well.