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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Impression Obsession - Celebrate you!

 The Impression Obsession Challenge starts today and the challenge theme is Celebrate you! Create something using IO Stamps and Dies to play along and win a gift certificate. Check out the details on the IO Blog.

See the designs the DT came up with today!
Jenny Gropp - You are here!

I used the Fight Like a Girl set for my card today. Great messages of strength and hope in this set and there is no better celebration than beating the C word. The Believe sentiment fits perfectly in to the Ornate Frame Die.


Since the sentiment was the focus I decided to use two different inks to stamp with, matching the colors to my background paper. The MISTI makes this super easy! I inked up the sentiment in peach first, stamped and then over stamped again using a pink ink.

On the inside I added another layer framed by the awesome stitched frame from the Rectangles 2 Die Set. Finished card is an A2.
  • Stamps and Dies by Impression ObsessionFight Like a Girl Clear Set #CL578Rectangles 2 Die Set #DIE291-WW, Ornate Frame Die #DIE274-YY
  • Ink: Marvy Inkables- Pink and Peach
  • Paper: DP by Penny Black - Painted Blooms 6x6, Neenah Classic Crest Natural White #110, Bazzill Heavyweight Pink
  • Other: May Arts Jute String, Bow Easy Tool, Foam Tape, MISTI Stamping Tool, Adhesive Enamel Dot

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Serendipity Stamps - Challenge #44

It's time for the second half of June's challenge from Serendipity Stamps. This month it's all about the guys and the extra challenge is to add a little texture to your card. Check out the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog to find all the deets on how to play along with the Design Team and win a gift certificate for a little summer shopping!

Be sure and stop by to see Tracey McNeely - she's our guest designer for this month and has some great inspiration to share with her signature clean and simple style!

Check out the guy cards for today...

 It's hot in Atlanta and with the summer heat, cooking outside and hanging out on the screen porch is a weekly event at my house. This great grill stamp is even on special right now for the month of June at 50% off. Perfect for a Dad's day card, summer invite or thank you card for dinner! A I added a little texture with a brick embossing folder.

 Here are the Copics I used to color up the image. I always do my backgrounds before I start to color the actual image.


I cut a blackball frame and popped it up, adding the Relax Die cut in the corner. Finished card is and A2.
  • Stamps and Dies by Serendipity Stamps: Grill Stamp #1266G, Relax Die #056DD
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Wild Berry Dot by Bo Bunny, Aqua by My Mind's Eye, Black, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Tim Holtz Brick Embossing Folder, White Twine, Bow Easy Tool, 1/16" Black Rainbow Tape, Perfect layer Rulers, Copic Markers, Foam Tape, Spellbinder's Oval Dies

Friday, June 12, 2015

Serendipity Stamps - June Blog Hop


It's time for the Serendipity Stamps June Blog Hop! We've got some pretty summer themed images to share with you today! 

In the mood to do a little summer shopping? We've got some specials for you!
  • There is a 40% Off Coupon! This is good Friday June 12 thru Monday June 15th.   Code is “40fromhigh615”  and the discount will be applied to the highest priced item in your cart.
  • Also it's a great time to stock up on some specialy priced stamps at the bargain price of $1! 
  • June brings a new featured sale stamp and it is 50% off the Grill stamp. Perfect time to scoop up this image to make summer invites or for a Father's Day card! 
Hop around and check out the newest released images for this month. Leave comments through Sunday, June 14th for a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate to SS.  Mary will  announced a winner on Monday June 15 on the Serendipity Blog!

You should have landed here from Mary's Blog! And i've got the hop list down below for you if you want to hop on to next stop you are going to be dazzled as always at what Julie Warner has to share!


 I think this little birdbath image is darling and makes for a great little summer hello card! A quick color with Copics and easy enough to change up the flowers to your favorite colors. The top of the card base is glued together for stability, but I threaded a little silk ribbon through the cut outs to add a little decorative touch.
 After coloring the image, I added a little sparkle to the water with a Clear Wink of Stella.


On the inside I added a quick little Just because sentiment. 

Here's your hop list again!

  • Stamps by Serendipity: Just Because #610D, Birdbath #1356E
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, My Favorite Things Kraft ink
  • Paper: Bazzill Heavyweight Blue, Lawn Fawn Orange, Misc. Green
  • Other: 1/4" White SIlk RIbbon, Bow Easy Tool, Wink of Stella Clear, Copics, Spellbinder's Eyelet Square Dies, Perfect Layer Rulers

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Impression Obsession - It's a Party!

The Impression Obsession Challenge starts today and the challenge is PARTY! Create something with a party theme using IO Stamps and Dies to play along and win a gift certificate. Check out the details on the IO Blog.

See the summery designs the DT came up with today!
Jenny Gropp - You are here!

Along with our party theme today we are all showing off some of the latest dies that IO released. I thought I would make a graduation invite and use some of the great new school dies that are available. I stamped the Let's Party sentiment along the bottom and added the fun jumping grad die cut. The new number die set is great to add the year or an age to a card.

To create the pocket card, I cut the red paper to 4.5" x 12". To create the fold is simple... just score at 5" and then again at 10" to make the folded card and inside pocket. Secure the sides of the pocket with a little double sided tape on the edge. I added the little scallop edge from the Border Duo Set 2 along the border on the pocket. Finished folded card measures 4.5" x 5".

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Serendipity Stamps #44 My Guy

It's the start of a new month which means...a new challenge at Serendipity!
 Last month we had "My Girl" so it's only fair that we have a challenge for the boys too! 
We love seeing your designs and hope that you will play along. One entry will be chosen randomly and as always there is a $20 Serendipity Gift Certificate up for grabs. 
All challenge details can be found here on the SSCB.

The DT is adding texture to our designs along with My Guy as our theme. Before we take a look at what the girls have come up with, we have a guest designer to welcome for this month.
Tracey McNeely you can visit her here ----> In My Creative Opinion

Here's the line up for today:
Tracey McNeely...June Guest Designer


 I used the Books image today for our guy themed challenge. Simple black and white always works for a masculine card. I stamped the books twice, masking the image to let it overlap a bit. I just added a teeny bit of shading with Copic C5,C3 and C1.

I used a brick background embossing folder to add a little texture along with a jute bow. On the embossed background I rubbed white ink over the top and then decided it was too bright. So after the white I dragged a black ink pad back over it to tone it down. The sentiment is popped up with foam tape to add a little extra dimension. Still super slim and easy to mail!


Friday, May 22, 2015

Happy Birthday - for the soccer fan!

 I made this card for my nephew who turned 12. Where does the time go? I can't believe he's almost a teenager. A few simple dies and tools from Perfect Paper Crafting made this card a breeze! I first cut my base card out of black heavy yardstick using MFT's Happy Die. I love the look of these cut away words and I'm hooked on using these dies! I cut out the soccer panels with MFT's Horizontal Stitched panels and added a 1/16" ivory border using my Perfect Layer Rulers.

 I die cut the Happy word again and used the metal edge of my Perfect Ruler to cut the card stock away from the letters. Using the metal edge of the ruler and a nice sharp exact knife give you a clean cut.

 Now my letters are all free! I'll use these to pop up as a second layer on the card.

 Here's the card front. You can see I've added black foam pieces to the letters. I've doubled up the letters to give the card more stability in the area of the letters. 

 You can see the double layers of letters here. The foam tape adds dimension but also helps reinforce the letters so they are nice and sturdy. 

 Next, I used my Perfect Ruler again to cleanly cut away just a strip from the Graphic 45 paper. Using my grid mat helps to make sure I'm exactly precise when cutting a small strip and the self healing surface is excellent.

 This is the inside liner for the card. And as always -- if you have layers on the front of the card... add them on the inside too for a polished look! Using a grid mat is super helpful in lining things up nice and straight.

Here's the inside of the card. I added a die cut "12" on the inside. I love how the small 1/16" layers  frame the liner and make it really pop off the black.

 No card is complete anymore without a touch of Wink of Stella! I used the Black Wink of Stella on top of the black card stock. The black on black gives it a completely different shimmer than using the regular Cleae Stella.

I used a Birthday Word from Impression Obsession. I die cut the word three times and glued them together to give it more dimension.... and of course a little more Wink of Stella! Finished card is an A2.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Impression Obsession - Going to the Beach!!!

The Impression Obsession Challenge starts today and the challenge is Goin' to the Beach! Create something with a beach theme using IO Stamps and Dies to play along and win a gift certificate. Check out the details on the IO Blog.

See the summery designs the DT came up with today!
Jenny Gropp - You are here!

 It's starting to feel like summer here in Atlanta... heading to the beach sounds really nice! I thought I'd build a little sand castle for today's challenge. We've got new products to share too and I used one of the new clear stamp sets, Sailing into the Sunset, on my card today. This is a great set for some summer cards or accents on those beach scrapbook pages. 


 IO just introduced some great new dies, which you can see here, several of them are All in One Layering Frame Die sets. I used the new All-in-One Squares Set which has great little stitched edges. I cut the little sandcastle multiple times, just building it out to the right size for my frame.



 I stamped the border from the Sailing into the Sunset Clear Set in Memento's Team Zeal. I added a little Copic E43 around the border of the word frames. I used a Cat's Eye Chestnut Roan inked to scruff up the edges. Finished card is 5" Square.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #43 My Girl - Part 2


There is still plenty of time to play along with us in the "My Girl" challenge at Serendipity.  Create something with a feminine feel using Serendipity stamps and or dies for a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate. You can find all the details here on the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog.

For the second half of the May challenge, the DT was asked to make something feminine along  with a pocket, special fold or a gift box.

Before we see what the girls have come up with, please welcome our May guest designer,
 Isha Gupta. Hop over to her blog and see her beautiful creations! 

Here's the blog roll for this week:
Isha Gupta... our May Guest Designer


 I went with a baby girl card for this week and incorporated a little extra fold and a pocket to meet the challenge details. I used the Congratulations and the Small Heart Die cuts to decorate the front and only partially cut them up to the fold line so that when the card swings open the pieces pop out. This is super easy... just line your top cutting plate up with the edge of the fold, so that it only cuts up to the fold line. Using a Magnetic Cutting plate is very helpful so that your dies stay in the right spot.

I cut the Congratulations word an additional two times glueing them all together so that it would be sturdy when opening and closing. Behind the word and heart you can see where the card base was cut up to the fold only. I created a pocket using the Scallop Edge Die from the Heart Scroll Valance Die Set, adding the small flowers that cut out from the Baby Bootie. A perfect place to tuck in a note or a gift card.

 I love the little tiny scallops around the Mini Scroll Heart solid layer, so tiny and dainty! I cut the pink scroll heart multiple times, stacking them together to give it the look of a piece of chipboard instead of just a thin layer of paper. I topped it off with the little bow from the Baby Bootie Die. In the corners of the last panel I added the little corner accents that are in the Floral Frame Die Set.

The card is 4 1/4" x 5" when folded. To create the card base cut a panel to 5"x 8 1/2", then score at 2 1/8" and again at 4 1/4" to create the Z fold. I sparkled it up using a Wink of Stella Clear pen on the Congratulations, bow, corner accents and the pink scroll heart.... looks sugary in person! I hate that Stella doesn't like to show up in the pics!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Impression Obsession - Summer Days!

The Impression Obsession Challenge starts today and the challenge is Summer Days! Create something with a summer theme using IO Stamps and Dies to play along and win a gift certificate. Check out the details on the IO Blog.

See the summery designs the DT came up with today!
Jenny Gropp - You are here!

Summer in Georgia means some hot sunshine! I inked up this Happy Sunshine and the matching background, Picnic Plaid

 I stamped the sun twice and cut up the second in pieces to pop up. The sentiment is perfect for an anytime hello card. A few layers, embossing folder and some foam tape add dimension to the card front. I added the square shaker frame so that the edges stuck out beyond my skinny card. Makes it a little more interesting when the lines are not all straight.

On the inside, I stamped the sunshine again and added a Hello die cut. Finished card is 3 1/2" x 5 1/2".