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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Impression Obsession Summertime Blog Hop - Day 2!


The fun continues with Day 2 of our Summertime Hop!
 We are sharing some brand new images and some great ideas from the release! There is a chance to win an IO $25 gift certificate each day, just by leaving comments! You will have until Thursday evening, May 5th to leave comments. The winners will be announced on Friday the 6th on the IO blog.

All the goodies that you will be seeing plus many more are available NOW at your local store (Impressive Ideas for you Georgia folks) and online at
 www.iostamps.com.

Take a look at what's new!

IO has some great vintage trucks and car stamps. Gary Robertson has done quite a few scenes with them and in this release our Dina created an awesome clear set! I stamped the image with Memento on Neenah White card stock and used Copics to color it up.

  I never do grungy well.... have problems knowing when to stop! I added some stampings of the gears and then sponged black ink around the panel. I added glossy accents to the car windows and headlights, which gives it a little shiny highlight amongst all the grunge.

On the inside, more of the same! The Father's Day sentiment comes in the same clear set as the car image. Finished card is an A2.

  • Stamps by Impression Obsession: CL672 Timeless Classic, C13448 Gears
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Kraft, Black, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Authentique 6x6 Durable Collection
  • Other: Copics, Glossy Accents, Perfect Layer Rulers

Monday, May 2, 2016

Impression Obsession - Summer Blog Hop 2016! DAY ONE!


Ready for some summertime fun?
Impression Obsession is having a 2 day blog hop. We will be sharing some brand new images and some great ideas from the release! There is a chance to win an IO $25 gift certificate each day, just by leaving comments! You will have until Thursday evening, May 5th to leave comments. The winners will be announced on Friday the 6th on the IO blog.

All the goodies that you will be seeing plus many more are available NOW at your local store (impressive Ideas for you Georgia folks) and online at
www.iostamps.com.

Take a look at what's new!
Dina Kowal


I have three cards for you today because they were so easy I just kept right on stamping! I used some Ken Oliver printed paper... so I didn't even get messy! There are great sentiments in this release and I grabbed a few of those to share with you. Pretty paper, black inks, some Frame Die Cuts... and done! I think I'll color today and share some Copic cards tomorrow!

CARD 1
This is a great one... use it in your journals or really for any occasion! Just a happy feel good sentiment to make someone smile! Its the new sentiment called Smile Bigger #F14537. I added a little frame die cut from the Rectangle 6 in 1 Die Set. A few little enamel embellishments to finish it off.

CARD 2
OK... This is hands down my favorite. I just love it!
I stamped The Kind of Woman #F17110 in black Versafine and added a frame the Rectangle Frame Set 2.

CARD 3
This card uses #D7828 Smile Often and I paired it up with a frame from the Rectangle 6 in 1 Die Set. I added some jumbo sequins to embellish and then used a little Viva Pearl Pen to make a little pearl center.

Enjoy hopping today and checking out all the new rubber! Remember to leave a comment for the chance to win a gift certificate to do some shopping for some new rubber for yourself!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #55 - Celebrate Dies!

SERENDIPITY STAMPS CHALLENGE!

It's the first of the month which means time for a new challenge from Serendipity.
Play along with us by using Serendipity products. This months challenge is an easy one, die cuts. Enter your design for a chance to win a $20 Serendipity Gift Certificate. Details can be found here on the SSCB.

We have Carol Mayne as our guestie this month.
 Be sure to check out her blog at
Carol is wowing you with some great butterfly cards!

And now for the SSDT
Jenny Gropp - you are here!

I colored up the new Ferris Wheel image for today and paired it with the Celebrate Die. This image is just in time for some fun summer cards! Our challenge this month is just to use dies on your card... so SUPER EASY! Grab a Serendipity Die Cut and play along with us! I used Copics for the image. I also added some of the fairground colors on to the little loop design paper in the background to help all the colors coordinate. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mini Album with Bella Blvd!


 I am pretty much just a card maker, but everyonce in awhile it's fun to do a scrapbook project. I started out with an album made by Maya Road, it is heavy chipboard. The album was painted with Dylusions Black Paint. The paint goes on like butter and no brush strokes show.  I did not want to paint all the pages, so I just used a Black Copic to edge the pages... much less mess and I didn't have to wait for drying.

 The pages are 6x6, which doesn't leave a tremendous amount of space after you put pictures in. To help give my pages some extra bang, I used Perfect Layer Rulers to add additional mats and layers. This small extra layers of black really help things stand out. Since my pages were smaller, the Mini Rulers did the job.

 I used a lot of elements from the embellishment pages in the kit. Again... just that little 1/16" layer adds so very much. I added Glossy Accents to some of the stars and word embellishments, but the shine doesn't show off in the pics. I created a little pull out pocket on the left page.

 Lotsa layers again! Even though my pages are small, I think I managed to pack a lot on them using the 1/16" and 1/8" measurements on the rulers.

 On these pages, I added some little buttons and bows to add a little dimension. All of the pages have foam tape popping up different elements. With the heavy chipboard pages, they can hold more weight than a regular card stock scrapbook page.

 On these pages I added some little baker twine details... just running it around the edges of some of the frames.  Using the 1/16" little black edges on between the patterns really helps separate the color and define the elements.

Here's the end of the book! I had fun creating this... stepping out the box for a day! Hope I've given you some ideas! All of the papers in this project came from the vibrant Bella Blvd Collection Kit: Color Chaos. I did also add black card stock in to the mix along with MFT's Stitched Square Dies. Lots of Perfect Paper Ruler action on each page!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Impression Obsession - Happy Hello

Happy Thursday and a Happy Hello! Impression Obsession's new challenge is an easy one,  Hello! Create a design using IO stamps or dies on your project, link up to play along. As always, an IO $25 gift certificate is up for grabs. New to our challenges? You can find all the guidelines here on the IO Blog.

Need a little something to get you started?
Check out how the IODT says, Hello!

I've had fun making some Cloudburst backgrounds lately and decided to use one for the hello challenge today. My go to watercolor paper for cloudburst is Rangers. LOVE the vivid colors paired up with black... it's always gonna work! 

Here's the cute little Sunshine Die and Mini Clear Set that I used today.
SUNUSHINE DIE  #DIE373-E


MINI SUNSHINE STAMP SET #MC660 

RECTANGLE FRAME 6 in 1 DIE242-YY

Finished card is an A2.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Serendipity Stamps April Blog Hop

Don't forget our April challenge continues and you can still play along with us for a chance to win! You can also win by just hopping along in the blog hop today! We are all showing off some new goodies or featuring sale items on our cards today! Get all the details on the Serendipity Challenge Blog!

The Blog Hop List for today:
Mary's Blog (Start Here)


Make sure you leave comments on all the blogs as you hop because one lucky commenter will be selected as winner of a $20 gift certificate for Serendipity Stamps! You have until Midnight US EST on Sunday April 24 to leave comments - the winner will be posted on Mary's Blog on Monday April 25!

Want to go shopping? The 50% off April "Stamp of the Month" is the Adirondack ChairOur special this time? You can enjoy free shipping on all orders placed between April 20-24 in the USA only.


Today I wanted to show off the NEW Meow Mix Stamp Set! This sentiment set was created with Tim Holtz's Crazy Cat in mind and I paired it up with one of his fun little cats.

Here is the full set. Great little kitty sayings!

I created the brick background using a round ink blending tool and a red and brown ink with a stencil.  This was super easy and very forgiving to make! I used the Cute and Fluffly sentiment on the sign... heehee too cute!

On the inside I added a little more of the brick background paired up with another sentiment from the Meow Mix set.

Elements are popped up to add dimension and kitty's eyes are shiny with a little Glossy Accents on them. I colored everything with Copics. Copics: E47, E44, E43, E2, YG93, R00. Finished card is an A2.
  • Stamps by Serendipity Stamps: Meow Mix Set #1397QCL
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Bricks: MFT's Red Brick and Milk Chocolate
  • Paper: Kraft, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Black
  • Other: Foam Tape, Copics, Glossy Accents, 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Impression Obsession teams up with Chameleon Markers!

It's FRIDAY! This month IO has teamed up with Chameleon Markers for Friends Friday events where the two Design Teams are merging products and sharing some creativity.
You can got o the company blogs for all the details and links to the other posts for today! Of course there are some markers up for you to win... as always leave the comments for a chance to win!

 Most of you know I'm a Copic girl, but there is definitely room in my coloring heart for Chameleons! I've been playing with them since they first arrived on the scene and have always enjoyed sharing them. In a lot of ways I think they are the easiest alcohol based markers that you can learn to use. You can always mix your Copics with them as well. 

 Today I only 4 markers for my butterfly shown above. I overlapped colors everywhere to create the shades I wanted. I do not use the Colorless Blender, I just use layered colors.  I actually was going to step out my coloring... and then I got to caught up in it and totally forgot. I'll do some florals soon with Chameleons and step it out! Chameleons are the perfect makers for an image like this that has tiny areas. Very easy to get controlled gradient color in those smaller areas.


I kept the card simple and left the butterfly be the star today. I cut it out and added it to the card with silicone after curling the wings a bit and adding some paper sliver antennae.  I used just a portion of a stamp inking up FLY only. I covered it with Glossy Accents and you can see it is still wet by the bluish tint... literally right off the desk! 
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Impression Obsession: Birthday Cake!

Want a chance to win an Impression Obsession $25 gift certificate?
Join the Impression Obsession DT and play along in the Birthday Wishes challenge. New to our challenges...You can find all the guidelines on the IO Blog.

Need a little inspiration?
Check out the birthday wishes from the IODT!

 I used some cute little birthday cake paper and paired it up with some simple stamps on the front and inside from the clear set Happy Birthday 2U. This is a perfect little birthday got to stamp set!

 I popped up the circle and frame with foam tape to add a little dimension. The Cake word I colored with Copics B97 and B91, then I added a little shine with Glossy Accents.



This inside sentiment is also in the same great birthday set.... CL567 Happy Birthday 2U.
Finished card is an A2. 
Short and sweet today!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Sweet Strawberries with Yummy Layers!


The Impression Obsession Team and Perfect Paper Crafting have teamed up today to bring you some inspiring and crafty projects! Both companies have prizes up for the taking! How to win? It's as simple as leaving a little comment love for the bloggers. You know how it works! I'm doubled up today too, because I design for both groups... so you get a double from me today!

Get the hop started by visiting the main blog pages:

 I'm sharing a card today made with new Impression Obsession images and also Perfect Paper Crafting tools. This card features the new stamp set Farm Fresh and the Farm Fresh Dies. I colored up the berries and carton with Copics and then die cut them out.
Here are the Copic Markers:
Berries: R39, R37, R35, R32, YG01, G43, G46
Carton: E47, E44, E42

 You can see I've got lotsa layers going on.... always made simple by Perfect Layer Rulers. I primarily use the smaller size since I mainly do cards. I needed just a bit more stretch out of my square die cut above, so I used my Perfect Ruler to hold it exactly in place and sliced it perfectly clean.

 I love love the clean cut you get using a die versus fussy cutting! 

On the inside, I used up my scraps and matched the layers on the front of my card all the way through. The cute Thanks is also a new die from IO! Love the fun font. Finished card is 5 1/2" Square.

Graduation Shaker!

The Impression Obsession Team and Perfect Paper Crafting have teamed up today to bring you some inspiring and crafty projects! Both companies have prizes up for the taking! How to win? It's as simple as leaving a little comment love for the bloggers. You know how it works! I'm doubled up today too, because I design for both groups... so you get a double from me today!

Get the hop started by visiting the main blog pages:

 It has been a little while since I made a shaker card, so that's where I went today! This is a super easy card to recreate. Substitute the school colors and some black and white paper! No coloring, just some simple die cuts and added layering! The layers were created with Perfect Layer Rulers.... a favorite tool of mine! 

 I used some teensy small yellow seed beads inside my homemade shaker. The numbers are from an IO Number die set... the numbers clip apart, so you can mix and match to do a year or an age... anything! ACK, I just noticed I left off the dot on the i in Congratulations

Along all the edges on the banners and the Stitched Rectangle Frame, I added layers using the Perfect Layer Rulers. I mixed us the sizes, using 1/8" and 1/16" edges.

On the inside I added a stamped sentiment from the More Basic Greetings Stamp Set. The little mortarboard is also a die from IO, it comes in a set with a little diploma scroll too! Finished card is an A2.