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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Serendipity Stamps - Anything Goes Challenge - Part 2!

Welcome to the Serendipity Challenge with the easy theme of ANYTHING GOES! Any theme, any color, any Serendipity image or die!
Play along for a chance to win a $20 Gift certificate to the Serendipity Store
New to our challenges? You can find all the details for this challenge at the SSCB.
With anything goes...let's see what surprises the DT girls have today! 
It's a great mixed bag of designs from everyone!

 I decided to color up this little puppy for our anything goes challenge. I know a cat would be cuter, but I have to throw a dog in here and there! He has a sad little look but even so, still a cutie!

I added a bit of soft blue in the background to help the image stand out. I tried to make the puppy look a little scruffy and sick. I colored the fur smoothly, then went back in with the browns and the blender pen and added dots for texture.

 Here are the colors that I used on the rest of the image. I colored a second compress and cut it out to pop up over the original image.

 I used the detailed Bandana Die in the background... adds great detail and goes with much more than just country themed projects! I used a bit of Glossy Accents to give the eyes and nose a little shine. The second compress is popped up using foam tape, adding a little dimension.

On the inside I added the Sick Puppy sentiment stamped in a combination of orange and black ink. 
  • Stamps by Serendipity: #1339E Sick Puppy, #062MD Bandana Die, #1340D Sick Puppy
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Orange Dye
  • Paper: Bo Bunny 6x6 Happy Tails Printed Paper, Orange Bazzill, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Blue
  • Other: Natural Jute String, Spellbinder's Labels Grand One, Spellbinder's Grand Decorative Labels One, Copics, Cheery Lynn Quilling Die, Misc. Button, Yellow Adhesive Embellishments, Foam Tape, MFT Stitched Rectangle Dies, Perfect Layer Rulers


Summer is winding done and this month's sale stamp is perfect timing.... Here's a fun Veggie Basket to ink up. Check out an older post with a card I made using these fun to color veggies HERE.
It's on SALE and it's 50% OFF for the month of August
The smaller Veggie Basket is in the $1 Cling Sale!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Impression Obsession - Say it BIG!

Say it BIG... that's this week's challenge from Impression Obsession. Join the IO Team and play along in our challenge for a chance to win a $25 Impression Obsession gift certificate. Just use IO stamps or dies, a big sentiment on your card and link up! You don't have to have a blog to play! 
For more challenge info you can go here to the IO Blog.

Check out the BIG messages the DT has for you today:

 I used the long thanks sentiment from the Clear Thank You set. Love the swirly script on this! I always struggle with non-Copic cards and CAS in general but I liked how this turned out. While I like the wooden look, it could be changed up to any other color along with black and white.
To create the woodgrain, I used the wood image from the Grunge Border Clear set. I stamped the wood image in Kraft ink, then sponged on more of the Kraft ink on top of the image to give it a filled in wood look. I added a few black strips to break it up a bit.

I added another sentiment on the inside from the Thanks Sentiment set. Finished card is an A2.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #46 - Anything Goes!


Welcome to ANYTHING GOES! Any theme, any color, any Serendipity image or die!
Play along for a chance to win a $20 Gift certificate to the Serendipity Store
New to our challenges? You can find all the details on the SSCB.

August brings a new challenge and a new stamp on SALE...all month!
It's time for enjoying the last of the summer crops. Here's a fun Veggie Basket to ink up. Check out an older post with a card I made using these fun to color veggies HERE.

It's on SALE and it's 50% OFF for the month of August
The smaller Veggie Basket is in the $1 Cling Sale!


With anything goes...let's see what surprises the DT girls have today! 
I took a peek and the new BIRD DIE is certainly a favorite today... some WOW inspiration!

 I was doing a little blog hopping today and kept seeing holiday cards.... so it got me in the mood! I think this dove is beautiful image for holiday cards. 

 I added some quick color with a few Copics. I always choose my papers before I start coloring, that way I can match up the marker colors with the colors in the paper. The W's are in the background to help make the white on the dove stand out, but don't show up well in the pic. On the bird the only Copics I used were YG91 and YR30.

 I used the negative pieces from the Leaf Scroll die to embellish in the corner of the card.


I added the Peace die cut on the inside. Finished card is an A2.


Friday, August 7, 2015

Serendipity Stamps August Blog Hop!


It's time for the new releases from Serendipity Stamps! Check out what the team has created with the new dies and stamps for August. Check out all the new items HERE!
Play along by commenting on all the blogs for a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate to the Serendipity Store
You can leave comments through Sunday, August 9th.
  Mary will announce a winner on Monday August 10.

You should have arrived here from Jeanne's Blog!



In this month's release there is a new Hot Air Balloon Die. Lots of possibilities to cut and piece this back together in lots of fun ways. I kept it simple and just used the die plate to emboss a heavy white piece of paper. I cut it down to fit inside the middle of the fancy die I used for the card base.

 Using a heavier weight paper to emboss gives you a deeper impression and helps to prevent the die from accidentally cutting through in spots.

On the inside I added the new matching sentiment Let your Dreams Soar. I loved how beautifully this die embossed! I cut the die for the card base out of heavier weight paper too, which gives it a little more oomph to stand up.
  • Serendipity Stamps: #064MD Hot Air Balloon Die, #1367C Let your dreams Soar
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White #110, Red, Black
  • Other: Adhesive Embellishments, Black Twine, Spellbinder's 5x7 Mystical Embrace Card Creator Dies, Oval Die Cut, Foam Tape
Your next stop on the hop is to the talented Julie Warner!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Impression Obsession -- Fall Colors



While it's still the heat of summer here in the south, we are moving along to fall for this week's challenge. Join the IO Team and play along in our fall challenge for a chance to win a $25 Impression Obsession gift certificate. Just use IO stamps or dies, fall colors and link up! You don't have to have a blog to play! 
For more challenge info you can go here to the IO Blog.

The colors of fall from the DT


Love this new Gary Robertson Corn image. Easy to color or just stamp it in sepia for a beautiful fall card. The Feed your Soul sentiment fit perfectly in the open space on the image. I used Copics to color it up and added a few simple layers.  I added an embossed panel in the background for a little texture. Finished card is 4 1/4" x 5 1/4".

  • Stamps by Impression Obsession: Corn H2500, Feed your Soul #B14333
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Maize, Brown, Kraft, Black, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Perfect Layer Rulers, Black Twine, Bow Easy Tool, Copics, Button, Tim Holtz Embossing Folder


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Serendipity Challenge #45 - Monochromatic

It's time for the July challenge from Serendipity Stamps. This month it's all about ONE color, that's right just choose one color to focus on and make something that is monochromatic. 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!
If you are doing a little summer shopping, right now you will receive a free craft pick with your order of $25 or more. I use them all them time to help poke out die cuts and all those little fiddly bits!

Check out the monochromatic cards for today...


I won't lie.... this monochromatic challenge has not come easy for me! All I could think while I made this card is that I wanted to add black layers.... Black would have made this pop so much more! I followed the rules. I popped up the circle with foam tape. The Hello die cut is affixed by just the top portion, which makes it look like its floating a bit.  Finished card is an A2, but the circle sticks out beyond the side of the card.

  • Stamps and Dies by Serendipity Stamps: #1239G Train on Track, Hello Die #027DD
  • Ink: MFT Red 
  • Paper: Neenah Baronial Ivory, Bazzill Red, Gingham Pattern - Graphic 45
  • Other: MISTI Stamp Positioner, Perfect Layer Rulers, Bow Easy Tool, Jute String, Misc. Button, Foam Tape, Spellbinder's Circle Dies

Friday, July 17, 2015

Impression Obsession - Day 3 CHA Blog Hop!

Welcome to DAY 3 of the 2015 Impression Obsession Fall/CHA Release Blog Hop!
We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!
 The hop will start each day with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST. Each day pay us a visit and hop along to see our fabulous IO Design Team’s projects with our new stamps on their blogs (only one comment per blog per day please). Comment as you hop. Each comment that you leave gives you a chance to win!
The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!
Every day (July 15 - July 17), 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.
Two prizes will be awarded on the last day of the hop!
One winner will be for Friday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week. Both winners will be announced on Saturday, July 18th.
So….if you miss a day or time deadline your comments will still count for a chance to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!
If you have any questions please email Jeanne.
All of the new stamps you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW! 
Today's hop list!
Have a great day!
I thought I'd finish off the hop with a Halloween card featuring the new crazy pumpkins called the Three Stooges and the Halloween To Do List! Love these little mixed up jack-o-lanterns! I started with some striped black paper in the background and then stamped the new cover-a-card background - Diamond Maze in orange ink.

 The Three Stooges are a quick and easy color with Copics. I left a little white border when I cut them out to help them stand out from the background.

Lotsa layers on this one! I added a little piercing along he top and bottom of the Halloween to do List. I used foam tape to add dimension and embellished with a few little dots with an orange Viva Pearl Pen.

Another new pumpkin went on the inside... this one is called Crazy Eyes! I added the Boo (from an older set called Creepy) on the inside as well as a leftover strip of the stamped background along the bottom.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Impression Obsession CHA Blog Hop - Day 2

Welcome to DAY 2 of the 2015 Impression Obsession Fall/CHA Release Blog Hop!
We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!
 The hop will start each day with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST. Each day pay us a visit and hop along to see our fabulous IO Design Team’s projects with our new stamps on their blogs (only one comment per blog per day please). Comment as you hop. Each comment that you leave gives you a chance to win!
The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!
Every day (July 15 - July 17), 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.
Two prizes will be awarded on the last day of the hop!
One winner will be for Friday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week. Both winners will be announced on Saturday, July 18th.
So….if you miss a day or time deadline your comments will still count for a chance to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!
If you have any questions please email Jeanne.
All of the new stamps you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW! 
Today's hop list!
Have a great day!
If you are a regular, then you know I'm a big fan of Gary Robertson's images. This dragonfly caught my eye right off the bat in the new release. I love it! It's been awhile since I stepped out coloring something, so I snapped pics of the colors I used as I went went along. After I finished all the Copic work, I added some Clear Wink of Stella on the wings of the dragonfly for a little shimmery sparkle. The Square Cut Out Border Die helped dress up the card front.

 I always start with backgrounds first. My paper of choice continues to be Neenah Classic Crest Solar White paired with Memento's Tuxedo Black.

 I used the colorless blender to remove just a little color from the water, but I forgot to show it in the pic. Very very rarely do I ever use the 0 pen.

 I chose really light colors for the sun... I wanted the dragonfly to be the main focus.

 I still love my G40's more than any other greens. I added multiple layers of the G46 in some areas to get a little more depth.

 Dragonfly time! I used very light colors on the wings... again going back and adding additional layers instead of pulling a darker pen. TheE50's were for the boat that I almost forgot!

 And last but not least... the body of the dragonfly.

On the inside I cut just a single strip from the Square border Die and pieced a few of the cut out colors back in place. The In Summer sentiment is from an older release. Finished card is an A2.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Impression Obsession - CHA Blog Hop - DAY 1!


Welcome to DAY 1 of the 2015 Impression Obsession Fall/CHA Release Blog Hop!
We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!
 The hop will start each day with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST. Each day pay us a visit and hop along to see our fabulous IO Design Team’s projects with our new stamps on their blogs (only one comment per blog per day please). Comment as you hop. Each comment that you leave gives you a chance to win!
The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!
Every day (July 15 - July 17), 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.
Two prizes will be awarded on the last day of the hop!
One winner will be for Friday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week. Both winners will be announced on Saturday July 18th.
So….if you miss a day or time deadline your comments will still count for a chance to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!
If you have any questions please email Jeanne.
All of the new stamps you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW! 
Today's hop list!
Have a great day!
The Impression Obsession Hop is here... one of my most favorite times of the year! IO has an awesome and jam packed release the time around. I thought I'd share this fun flamingo today! I started by creating my own background paper, stamping the new Cover-a-Card background - Diamond Maze in pink ink. I stamped the background on pink card stock as well, then overstamped the flamingo, cutting to out. The extra cut out flamingo got popped up with foam tape to add a little dimension. The sentiment Be the Flamingo is bold and pairs up up with the bold line flamingo perfectly. 

 With the flamingo having bold black lines, I tried to balance that out by adding bold black accents. I used some printed washi and wrapped a thick band of jute string around the panel along with some bling. The little scalloped pink piece is a a portion of a frame from the All in One Rectangle Die Set. 

On the inside panel, I used the background Diamond Maze again, the pattern is light enough that it doesn't compete with sentiment. The sentiment is from the Heart Beats clear set released earlier this year. I used pieces from the All in One Rectangle Frame Set

You can see I added a little frame piece to the top as well. I trimmed all the hanging edges clean and added a black mat. Love the way this gives just a little extra detail... cut out with scraps from the card. I usually try to use up as much as I can of whatever card stock I am working with. Finished card size is 3 1/2" x 8".