Thursday, April 16, 2015

Impression Obsession -For the Grad!

It's an Impression Obsession Thursday! Our theme for this week's challenge is to make something that would work for Graduation or School Spirit! Join us and surprise someone with a card in the mailbox! 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 inspired creations the team inked up this week:
Jenny Gropp - You are here!

I've been hooked on these Zenspirations images lately.  I inked up this Never Never image for a grad card. Simple coloring that you could customize to match the school colors. I cut the image down quite a bit so I could nest it in to the frames from the 6 in 1 Rectangle Frame Die.

On the inside I added a little extra something to hold a gift card. I used the Gift Card Insert 2 Die to create the little half circle insert flaps. I framed it with one of the nesting pieces from the 6 in 1 Rectangle Frame Set. I also added the word enjoy, by snipping just the word from the Circle Greeting Cutout Set. Along the bottom of the liner, I used a favorite die, one of the sentiments from the Bottom Greeter Edgers Set.

Multiple layers are popped up and some are recessed, mixing and matching the frames form the 6 in 1 Rectangle Die Set. I added a little Copic coloring using R29. Over the red areas that were colored, I added a little shimmer with a Wink of Stella Clear pen and topped it with a clear glaze. On the boldest "never" in the sentiment I used a Black Wink of Stella to add a little sparkle!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #42

Our April challenge continues! Create a card and include a Serendipity Stamp image or die to be able to join the contest. You can find all the info on the  Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog.

Check out the designs the DT came up with this week:

 I was assigned to create monogram cards for this week. Some simple snipping of select letters from your dies can make a great personalized card. A great gift to make a set of notecards for a friend or for yourself!
I used the "B" from the Believe Die. If your making multiples of cards and want to keep things simple, adding dimension and recessed opening can go along way to adding interest with a lot of work! All of the paper I used above is also pearlescent and adds a little extra to dressing up a simple design.

Of course I was gonna use the J! This is from the Joy Die and I think the J is gorgeous with the little swirl in the tail! Another super simple design, with clean layers and dimension.  Making a little set of cards like this is a great hostess gift or an add on for a shower gift... personalize with initials and favorite colors!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Serendipity Stamps - April Blog Hop!

The April release is here and Serendipity Stamps is having their monthly blog hop to share them with you. There are fun new stamps and dies ready for shipping from the online store now or at Impressive Ideas if your here in Atlanta!
Play along by leaving a comment on the design team blogs for a chance to win a $20 Serendipity Gift Certificate. The more blogs you comment on the better your chances are! You can leave comments through 4/12...the winner will be announced on Mary's blog, Monday 4/13.

Don't forget the stamp of the month is 50% OFF! This month it's the Jar Label
Mary is also running a sale~ Buy 3, Get a 4th FREE! Good Friday through Sunday 4/10 ~ 4/12.
You should be arriving here from the incredibly talented

Here's the full Blog Hop if you wanna start at the beginning!

I made a couple of CAS cards to share with you today!

 Keeping things CAS today...
 I kept the colors simple with crisp white for this pretty new Peony.

 Just a few Copics to color this up! With the bold lines in the image, I'm thinking a layer of black would have made the card have a little more pop!

 I love this little Bloom Word Die! So easy to make a CAS card with some pretty floral print paper! The cute little flowers used for the "o" are darling and add a fun whimsical touch.

 I added a little drop of Red Viva Pearl to add dimension and a pop of color to the flower centers. The banner is curved and popped up with a bit of paper silicone, which keeps the bed when it dries.

 I used the new Create Word Die for this card. A great die to make a card for a fellow crafter or add in to creative journals! I paired it up with some colorful panels stamped with the Beaded Strings background. I little Wink of Stella adds a bit of sparkle!

I know your next stop on the hop will have some great eye candy! 
Julie always wows with her vibrant and beautiful style! 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Easter Carrots!

 I think the center word dies that MFT has been coming out with are really neat. They are different and make a really striking card! I paired this Happy Die up with some Easter accessories for a fun holiday card.

 This fun carrot image is from Impression Obsession. Perfect to pair up with some cute little carrot paper! I stamped it on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White paper and fussy cut it out after coloring.

 I added the darling Hippity Hoppity sentiment on the inside.

I die cut the Easter word three times and glued them together to make a little chipboard like element. I used a clear Wink of Stella Pen to add a little glitz to the Happy and Easter words.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Impression Obsession: You did it!

It's an Impression Obsession Thursday! Our theme for this week's challenge is YOU DID IT! Join us and surprise someone with a card in the mailbox! 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 inspired birthday designs the team inked up this week:
Jenny Gropp - You are here!

 Our theme this week is "you did it" and that could mean anything.... so drop someone a card in the mail and let them know that you are proud of them! It could be for something small or a big event.. but having someone recognize an accomplishment always makes it that much sweeter! I thought this fun road map stamp could cover a lot of occasions.

 I used my Mini Mount to stamp. This is perfect for those larger stamps and really helps me get a better stamped image. I always stand up when I use the rocker type blocks... I do think it gives me more even pressure. 
You can see I stamped the image twice and did a little paper surgery with one image, cutting out the inside using an Xacto knife.

 Copics used: BG57, BG53, BG11, BG34
At first I started coloring trying to follow the lines weaving in and out. I soon gave up and just went for a color blocking look.

 On the inside of the cut out portion I did use a Memento Black Marker to edge... just giving the edges a little extra definition to help them stand out. Foam tape raises the top image up slightly to create the window. The little white dots I embellished with Viva Clear Gloss Gel so they look like little raised glass pearls.

On the inside I stamped a simple sentiment from the Warm Fuzzies Clear set. Finished card is 4" x 5 1/2" and opens tent style.
  • Stamps by Impression Obsession: Road Map #J15058, Warm Fuzzies #CL492
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedu Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Bazzill Aqua Heavy Weight, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pattern Paper from Echo Park's 6x6 Collection Summer Bliss
  • Other: Foam Tape, Viva Clear Gloss Gel Pen, Copics, Memento Black Marker, 1/16" Black Rainbow Tape, Io's Mini Mount Stamp Block, Tim Holtz Embossing Folder, Perfect Layer Rulers

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #42 - Monograms and Verse

Our April challenge begins with the theme of Monograms and Verses.  Some DT members are showing off each theme for this and the next challenge! Create a card and include a Serendipity Stamp image or die to be able to join the contest. You can find all the info on the  Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog.

Check out the designs the DT came up with this week:

Want to go shopping?  We're trying something new - a  "stamp of the month".  This time it's the Jar Label.  You can purchase the stamp of the month all through April for 50% off.  You can see it here.

 I obviously went with the verse part of the challenge this week. I love all quotes and Emily Dickinson is always a favorite. I paired up the We Never Know sentiment with the beautiful Bird Die.  I stamped the verse in Versafine Onyx Black and did a little airbrushing with Copic BG53.

 On the inside I added a little of the star patterned paper along with a bit of wash tape along the edge.

The bird was cut three times... with the middle layer cut from heavy weight vellum. I dressed up the card with some seam binding and small sequins. The card shape was created with a die from Spellbinder's Grand Creative Book Pages. 
  • Stamps and Dies by Serendipity: We Never Know #084E, Bird Die 
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Star Patterned Paper by Lawn Fawn, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Heavy Weight Vellum, Neenah Linen Black
  • Other: Seam Binding Ribbon, Bow Easy Tool, Sequins by Lawn Fawn, Misc White Adhesive Embellishments, Misc. Wash Tape, Foam Tape, Piercing Tool, Copic ABS, Spellbinder's Grand Creative Book Pages, Perfect Layer Rulers

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Impression Obsession - Happy Flowers!

It's an Impression Obsession Thursday! Our theme for this week's challenge is Happy Flowers! Join us and surprise someone with a card in the mailbox! 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 inspired birthday designs the team inked up this week:
Jenny Gropp - You are here!
 I've been in coloring mode lately! I have no ideas what the flowers are in this image.. I just went with the colors I was feeling. I don't get too hung up on making things perfect! 

 I colored the background first with BG10 and then a layer of BG000 extending over it. I wanted to ground the image a bit, so I added a little table line using my Memento Tuxedo Black Marker.  I don;t think I've ever used YR24 & YR21 for flowers. I liked the color combo.... would be good for marigolds. In the below picture you can see the orange flowers are a little brighter - I added a layer of Y18 to brighten them up just a tad.

 I forgot a color in the line up! I also used G43 in the leaves. In the lightest color flowers I did use the 0Blender to blot and remove some color.

 I added some Wink of Stella... I can't resist. I hate that it doesn't show up well in pics! Stella and little bows.... on every card!

Simple little sentiment on the inside! 

  • Stamps by Impression Obsession: Just Because #B3762, Spring Vase #H1981
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Brown Bazzill Heavy Weight - Candybar, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Patterned paper from Kaisercraft's Cherry Blossom Collection (12x12)
  • Other: Foam Tape, Jute String from May Arts, Bow Easy Tool, Copic Markers, Perfect Layer Rulers, Spellbinder's Grand Rectangles and Grand Scalloped Rectangles

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Serendipity Stamps - Spring and SHINE!

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #41 CONTINUES - Spring plus SHINE!

Our March challenge continues with the theme of spring. We had the added task of making something shine on our card with some Glossy Accents! Create any spring theme card and include a Serendipity Stamp image or die to be able to join the contest. You can find all the info on the  Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog.

Check out the designs the DT came up with this week:
We welcome Karen Dunbrook as our March Guest Designer! Be sure and pop by her blog to see her beautiful spring creation!

 Happy spring colors! Finally it is starting to feel and look a little like spring here in Atlanta with the daffodils popping up and trees starting to bloom! Thank goodness!!! I colored up this cute little bunny for my card today. It's a relatively small image (doable if you making multiples!) but still big enough to be the focus on a card front. 

I started out with my background first. Adding the B000. I used the 0 Blender to dab around the blue, giving it kind of a splotchy look. This is a great "fix" if your backgrounds are uneven or have lines!

 Here are my bunny colors. I love the E40's.... if ever in question this are the browns I head to! Beautiful midtones with no red hues. I added some W3 in to the bunny as well. The E95 is just a little dab on the nose.

 Heres the SHINE part of my card. Instead of Glossy Accents I really love Viva's Clear Gel Gloss... I find it hold dimension a little better. It is thicker than Glossy Accents but it still flows through this little fineline applicator nicely! LOVE... perfect for the tiniest spots!

 I scattered some adhesive enamel dots around to embellish! Do you see the bunny print on the blue paper... how cute is that paper!!! 

On the inside I added the Happy and Easter Dies. Finished card is an A2 and opens tent style. 
  • Stamps and Dies by Serendipity Stamps: Bunny With Paint #700E, Happy Die #026ED, Easter Die #042ED
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Echo Park 6x6 - Sunny Days Ahead, Pink, Yellow, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Copic Markers, Foam Tape, Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles, Lawn Fawn Stitched Circles, Spellbinder's A2 Matting Basics, Misc. Ribbon, MFT Stitched Vertical Rectangles, Perfect Layer Rulers

Monday, March 16, 2015

Chameleon Markers and Perfect Paper Crafting Team up!

Welcome to a post about Chameleon Markers and Perfect Paper Crafting Tools! You all know I'm a Copic girl, so I was very interested in seeing how these new markers compared to my Copics. I am pretty impressed with them and they have definitely earned a spot on my desk among my other favorite markers. 

 The Chameleon Pens really excel in their ability to get a beautiful shaded result in small areas... something that I think people really struggle with using Copic Markers. I colored this Daisy Image from Impression Obsession three times to make my stacked flower on this card. AND I only used two markers total! I stepped out the three flowers for you to see the difference in the coloring.

 Above is the top flower in my layers. I wanted this one to be the lightest in color. I infused the Y03 marker tip for about 15 seconds before I started coloring down each petal, drawing the darker color out as I colored. I added a few little texture dots here and there.

 Above is the second flower in the stack. I wanted to have the shaded color a little bit darker so I only infused the tip with the blender solution for about 10 seconds before starting to color each petal. It's really effortless to get results with these markers. I know a lot of people may be thinking waiting for the infuser is wasting time or takes too long.... but I don't think so. If you were blending with multiple markers to create the even color blends you would be spending at least 10 seconds, if not longer. 

 On my last image, I colored the petals completely with Y03 Warm Sunset - no infusing, just flat coloring. I then used a lighter hello, YL2 Summer Sun, to gently remove some color from the petal edges. I only did this around the edges since I knew the center portions would be hidden.

 You can see how the three flowers were cut apart. They were assembled again after I curled the petals a bit and added foam tape in between layers for dimension.

Of course I use my Mini Perfect Layers whenever I can to create my layers. It takes all the angst out card making since you don't have to measure!

 I needed to get the silver die frame in perfect place before I ran it through my die cutting machine. The small grid on the Perfect Cutting Mat makes this easy. I use my ruler to just help "sight" that I'm even as I tape my die in place.

 Here's the up close. You can see the contrast those tiny layers help provide to a card. Each layer stands out. I've used the 1/8"and the 1/16" inch on my card front. These are perfect sizes for cards. 

On the inside I added a simple sentiment. I think if you are using layers on the front, then you should do the same on the inside. It makes for a nice balanced card in how it feels as well as how it looks! 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Serendipity Stamps - March Blog Hop!

Serendipity Stamps! NEW Stamps! New Dies! 
Welcome to the March blog Hop for Serendipity Stamps! Leave comments for the designers as you hop around checking out the creativity! Gift Certificate awarded to random comments on Mary's Blog on Monday, March 16th. All of the NEW items are in the Serendipity Shop or at Impressive Ideas (for the Georgia folks!).

If you are following the hop order you should have arrived from Jeanne's Blog and you will continue on to Julie's Blog!

Here's the full hop list! Have FUN!  

Loved this HAPPY little stamp! This fun sentiment can be the focus or could go on the inside just as easily! I added some quick Copic coloring to the letters to coordinate with the colors in the floral paper.

 I added a few little enamel embellishments in the flowers along with a loopy little string bow. Foam tape between the layers adds dimension.

The finished card is an A2 and opens tent style. I added the gorgeous Daisy Border Die on the inside.

  • Stamps by Serendipity: Daisy Border Die, You Make me Happy
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Natural White, Black, Patterned Paper by Echo Park
  • Other: Copics, Foam Tape, Jute String by May Arts, Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles, Lawn Fawn Stitched Circles, Perfect Layer Rulers, Enamel Embellishments