Monday, July 28, 2014

The Twinery and Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop!

Welcome to a Blog Hop for Serendipity Stamps and The Twinery! For the next few days you can find projects on both companies Design Teams! Just check out the company blogs each day to find who's showing off fun eye candy! 
Of course there are prizes available for you guys... just leave some comments along the way to be eligible for the gift certificates! 

If you are following along the Hop Links 
you should have arrived here from Monika's Blog.

If your starting out here, then here is your complete listing of hop spots for today!
Jenny Gropp - you are here! 

 I wanted to do something different with the twine other than just tying up a cute little embellishment bow. So I decided to use the baby die cut from Serendipity Stamps and lave a layer of twine behind it. 
 I cut a circle from white card stock and covered it with adhesive. I added the Ocean Stripe Twine covering up the circle.

Here's the inside of the card... I just added the Happy Day sentiment along with some of my left over paper scraps. The card is an A2 size and opens tent style at the bottom.

Your next stop on the Blog Hop is Amy Crockett.


We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!
Welcome to DAY 1 of the 2014 Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Release Blog Hop!
The more blogs you visit and comment on each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!  The hop will start each day with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST. Each day one of the IO designer blogs will be chosen randomly and a winner will be selected from comments on that blog at 10pm CT. The winner will be announced the following day along with the participating blogs for that day on the Impression Obsession BlogSo….if you miss a day or time deadline your comments will still count for a chance to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate! Two prizes will be awarded on the last day of the hop. One will be for Friday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week. Both Friday winners will be announced on the IO Blog on Saturday, August 2nd. All of the new stamps you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW!

Here's your hop list for today.... ENJOY!!!
Ellen Taylor - off this week
Jenny Gropp - You are here!

This is an A2 card and I created a little recessed frame for my image to sit in. The flourish  I used is part of the Heart Flourish Die, just without the heart portion. I'm suddenly obsessed with this die and can't seem to refrain from adding little flourishes to everything I make.

 I stamped the Small Rose Bouquet image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I created a little soft background using the Copics shown. I stamped the Days be Rosy sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black.

 I finished coloring the image using the Copics shown above. I die cut the Square Cut Out Border and added pieces from the die cut above and below the image strip. 

Here's the inside... I added a little portion of the stamp in the corner to tie everything together.

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".