Thursday, April 24, 2014

PPC and SugarPea! Blog Hop!

It's time for a blog hop with Perfect Paper Crafting and SugarPea Designs! Both companies are giving away a $50.00 gift certificates to random commenters! You can leave comments on the blogs up until April 30th to be eligible for the prizes. SugarPea has some super cute stamp designs! The Design Teams have paired up the fun SugarPea images along with Perfect Paper Crafting Tools for some inspiring designs!

Here's your hop list: 
Jenny Gropp - you are here!

 I used the cute little Gopher Set for my card today. Along with the cute little gopher, there are lots of sentiments than can be used for different occasions. 

 I started by stamping with Memento Tuxedo Black. I For the dirt I used the Copic Fur Technique with Blender Solution and dabbing with a rag to remove a little color and add some texture. 

 I finished coloring the image with the markers shown above.

 I added just a touch of BV0000 to the gems but you can't really see it in the pictures. For some sparkle on the gems, I used my Clear Wink of Stella Brush Pen.

 Lots of layers on the front and the inside! All made easily with my Perfect Layers Rulers! To see a tutorial on how I framed the image with the stripes going different directions, click HERE.

I added a little piercing on the inside along with a strip of the left over striped paper (Simple Stories). The card is 4 3/4" Square and opens at the bottom tent style.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Impression Obsession: Pink and Easter!

It's Thursday which means a new challenge starts from Impression Obsession! 
It's all about doing something OUT OF THE BOX for this challenge! Join us for this challenge and a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to shop for some new rubber from IO. Find all the details on how to play along on the Impression Obsession Blog

Check out what inspiring ideas the team came up with:

Jenny Gropp - You are here!

So, something "out of the box" was our theme. I took that to mean do something I don't normally do or something out of my comfort zone. So... the color I reach for least... is pink. And thats where my out of the box part came in, choosing pink.  
I thought pink would be perfect with this springtime Easter Basket, so I picked some Copics and got to coloring!

I stamped the image "Rabbit with Flower Basket" in Memento Tuxedo Black on Neenah Solar White paper. I airbrushed around the edges with BG32 and added some piercing around the edge of the circle. Lots of markers but not a lot of coloring time really. Along the bottom I paper pieced the pink layer under the bunny.

 I added the Easter Greetings using Memento's Desert Sand ink.

I added a little Wink of Stella sparkle to the white flowers and to the white tail on the bunny. A little dab of Glossy Accents on some of the flower centers.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #30 - Love is Patient...

Today the Serendipity Design Team is sharing cards with the color scheme of-- shades of grey and the theme of Love. Find all the details HERE for Challenge SSCB #30 on the Serendipity Challenge Blog.  
Make sure and check out the cards the other ladies came up with today:
Jenny Gropp - you are here!

 I used a beautiful new die, A2 Divine Eloquence, from Spellbinder's as a frame Love is Patient fit perfectly in the Spellbinder's 28 Label. I airbrushed a bit using n5 and also added piercing by hand around the the edge before removing it from the nestie. 

 Here's the inside, I simply stamped a portion of the English Rose on the label to embellish.

Finished card has foam tape between layers for dimension and is an A2. It opens tent style at the bottom. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Simple Stories and Perfect Paper Crafting!

I'm excited to be doing a blog hop with Simple Stories and Perfect Paper Crafting this week. We are hoppin’ from Monday, April 7 9:00 am PST – Saturday, April 12 midnight PST. We will be giving away some Perfect Paper Crafting tools and Simple Stories DIY CollectionIt's a different kinda hop this week with different designers posting each day this week.  Check each day on the companies blogs Simple Stories and Perfect Paper Crafting to find out which designers are showing off projects each day! 
I had fun with the Simple Stories DIY Collection, bright happy designs and patterns that were easy to use! I have two projects to share below.

 I used Poppy Stamps' Happy Birthday Background die, cutting it using black paper. The striped paper on the card front is a 12x12 sheet called Lookin' Good. I used my Perfect Layer Rulers to add the borders around the die... which helped define the edge and separated the busy pattern from the center panel.

 I used the basic card foundations paper pack from the DIY Boutique Collection to color block the words. The card foundations are double sided with bright solids that were perfect for doing this.

I covered the inside with more of the striped patterned paper and then added another card foundation as a liner. Finished card is 5" x 6 1/4".


This card also uses the 12x12 paper from the DIY Boutique Collection. I used Impression Obsession's Budding Rose Stem as the focal point.

 I stamped in Memento Black and added just a touch of Copic W00 in the background.

 Here are the Copics I used to color the rose.

Here's the up close picture. I added piercing along side and the little flags are from the Icons Stickers. One thing that I really liked about the stickers is that they are just like the card stock... no shine or coating that looks out of place.

 My Perfect Ruler was great for cutting just the slice of paper I needed. 

Here's the inside of the card. I added a Mother's Day Sentiment from Impression Obsession. Finished card is an A2 and opens tent style at the bottom.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Impression Obsession - You are my Sunshine

It's Thursday which means a new challenge starts from Impression Obsession! 
It's all about the SUNSHINE for this challenge! I think we all could use some sunshine after the crazy winter weather! Join us for this challenge and a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to shop for some new rubber from IO. Find all the details on how to play along on the Impression Obsession Blog

Check out what sunny ideas the team came up with:

Jenny Gropp - You are here!

In Georgia we do have the sun shining finally, but along with the warmer weather comes pollen season! Of course this fun Sunshine on a Cloudy Day Stamp Trio is perfect for this challenge! I created the base with slices of paper glued next to each other adding a little piece of grey twine in between each panel. 

 After stamping the clouds, I cut them out and then airbrushed a little N3 around the edges. I used a stylus on the back to puff them up a bit. 

 I used dimensional silicone on the back of the clouds to keep them puffed up.

On the inside I stamped the Torn Notebook Paper and cut it out and popped a little sunshine die cut on the side. Finished card is an A2 and opens at the bottom tent style. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

It's a BLOG HOP Monday!

Welcome to our Perfect Paper Crafting Brand Ambassador blog hop. Our Brand Ambassadors are the heart and soul of Perfect Paper Crafting! They are all truly AMAZING artists.  We thought we would do a blog hop for you to see our Brand Ambassadors artistic talents showcasing our newest products. We have SugarPea Designs as one of our sponsors for this fun blog hop. SugarPea Designs is giving away a $25 gift certificate to their new on line store to one lucky winner. Also to celebrate our very first Perfect Paper Crafting Brand Ambassador blog hop, Perfect Paper Crafting will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to our on line store. All you have to do is visit all of the participating blogs and leave a comment on every single one.... You can leave comments up until April 4th at midnight to be eligibale for the prizes. We will announce the winner Sunday, April 6 on the Perfect Paper Crafting Blog. 

If you can't wait to see if you are a winner, then by all means go shop now! Please use code "jgropp5%" at check out for a discount! If you are local you can find Perfect Paper Crafting products at Impressive Ideas

Now if you are ready for some serious inspiration - start hopping! 

   Pam Sparks 
   Roxie Glaza 
   Jenny Gropp - you are here! 

 Now on to my project!
 Recently Perfect Paper Crafting introduced the NEW Mini Sized Perfect Layer Rulers. I honestly didn't think they would be that different, but I can say they are! Because they are shorter, they are quicker to handle and that makes it even faster and easier to add my layers on card projects.

 I had a new background stamp "Hello World" sitting on my desk and that inspired my cards for today. Serendipity Stamps just released this new image made up of the word HELLO in all different languages and alphabets. I decided to make up a few cards for Operation Write Home. I paired up the background with a die set from Paper Smooches called Hello Word Dies. These are a little bit simpler than my normal cards. WHile there is not coloring going on today, I think these really show off how a simple card can be jazzed up easily using Perfect Layer Rulers! I changed up layers and layouts just slightly on each card.

 For each Hello World background, I stamped using Versafine Onyx Black and the heat embossed using Clear Detail Embossing Powder.

 With the word dies, I cut each word out of background color paper and then another color, piecing the word back in place. In keeping with OWH rules this helps to keep the card flat for easy mailing. Each card has one layer of foam tape somewhere for a just a little added dimension. 

 I couldn't resist sneaking a bow in there on one card.... It's silk so super lightweight and easy to mail for OWH! 

I added a liner with a layer in each card as well. If you have layers on the front it only makes sense to match up the inside too! 

Here's the Hop list again: