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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Impression Obsession - Sunshine!


HELLO SUNSHINE!
Want a chance to win an Impression Obsession $25 gift certificate?
Join the IODT and play along in the Hello Sunshine challenge. Think warm colors, sunny thoughts, you get it! You don't need a blog to play. Just be sure to use IO stamps or dies when creating your design and link up! 
New to challenges? All the info you need can be found here on the Impression Obsession Blog

Need a little inspiration?
Take a look at some of our sunny designs!
 Sunny, Simple and it SHAKES! 
I used the Sunburst Die as my main panel for my card. I created my own printed paper using the Cover-a-Card Swirls Stamp. I did piece the sunbursts back in to the die frame instead of just laying it over the background paper. I added the little sunshine die to give the sun  little more detail.It really looks so clean! A sweet and cute Sunshine Sentiment from Lindsay Ostrom finishes it off.
I did not have the perfect match of yellow card stock. So I just used my ink pad and dragged it over white card stock to get my yellow pieces. Finished card is an A2. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Serendipity Stamps July Blog Hop


It's time for a hop with Serendipity!
 In addition to our monthly challenge we host a blog hop to share with you what's new at Serendipity and a chance for you to win a $20 Serendipity gift certificate.
This means that you have two chances to win!

To play along in our challenge you can go HERE to the SSCB to find all the details.
To join in the hop, just leave comments on all the blogs. One lucky commenter will be selected for the $20 gift certificate! You have until midnight US EST Sunday July 24th to leave comments-the winner will be posted on Mary's Blog on Monday July 25th.

You should be arriving here from 
Jeanne Jachna

I've been doing a lot of rainbows lately with my Copic Markers. I thought I'd give it a try with my Zig Clean Color Markers. I created a swatch of the colors and then blended quickly using a water brush. I used Canson XL watercolor paper. My fave is Ranger's Watercolor... but sadly I could not find it in my room! Im in desperate need of a room overhaul and organize session.

Serendipity Dies:

I framed the rainbow die cuts with some cross-stitched rectangle dies and then added a little twine around the edges. Finished card is an A2.


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The next stop on the hop is
Julie Warner

Monday, July 11, 2016

Impression Obsession -Summer Die Hop!

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Summer Die Release Hop! 
Some NEW dies have been added to the wonderful selection that Impression Obsession already offers! So, you know what that means...a blog hop for you to see some great designs and a chance to win a $25 IO gift certificate!

To join in on the hop, all you need to do is comment along the way on the DT blogs. The more blogs you visit the better chance you will have to win. Comment entries will be open until 9pm CT on Thursday July 14th. The winner will be announced Friday July 15th. 
Good Luck!

Here is a look at what's new!

Today I'm sharing the new Candle Die from the new collection! It's big enough to be the star of a card and small enough still to use on a tag or the inside. I framed it with the 6 in One Frame and some color packed birthday paper from Photo Play.

 I used foam tape to pop up the frame and the candles to add dimension.


On the inside I used a sentiment from the You take the Cake Clear Set and added the Celebrate word from the Birthday Top Edgers Die Set. Finished card is an A2.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Impression Obsession - Ooooh Baby!


Oooh Baby!
Happy Thursday and welcome to Impression Obsession's new challenge, Oh Baby!
 Play along by designing with IO stamps or dies for a chance to win a $25 IO gift certificate. It's easy to join in. Create, snap a shot, and link up. Need help or new to challenges? All the guidelines and info can be found on the IO Blog.

 In addition to our challenge, IO will be having a one day hop on Monday July 11 featuring designs made with NEW dies. If you can't wait until then...they are ALL available now here at IO or if you are in Atlanta we've got them in at Impressive Ideas

Designs from the IO Team

I thought a little shaker would be cute today for the Oooh Baby challenge! I used the Conversation Heart Block die cut and made each heart a separate shaker box (using foam tape). It was the perfect size to put in to the Instant Photo Frame Die.

 I used the Congrats Die along the bottom edge. I added the stitched strips cut out of the pink dots for a little extra detail, I just cut portions off the Rectangle 6 in 1 Frame.

On the inside I added a simple sentiment from one of my most used clear set: More Basic Greetings. Finished card is an A2.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #57 - Just Add Water


It's summertime and all you need to do is "Just Add Water" to play in the  Serendipity Stamps challenge. Design with SS stamps or dies and create anything that is associated with water! All the details on how to play along in the challenges can be found here on the SSCB

If you haven't heard...Serendipity has two new very talented gals on the DT.

Please give a BIG warm welcome to Patti and Carol!

Here's some inspiration from all the gals at SSDT!

WATERCOLOR --- my worst enemy! I hate putting away my beloved Copics and using anything else. I always struggle with water based markers. I dusted off the Zig Clean Colors and grabbed some watercolor paper and got to it. I will say I do like using the Zigs more than any other water based markers. I used cork paper as one of my layers, so even though the card is super simple it has a little texture going on.

Serendipity Stamps and Dies:

 I colored the mug twice, cutting the second one out. I curled the paper and adhered it using paper crafting silicone. The little curved dimension really helps it pop from the page.

On the inside I aded the Create Die. I watercolored a little swatch and then die cut the word. Finished card is an A2.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Impression Obsession - Something NEW!

It's NEW and pretty cool!
Look at this great new die from Impression Obsession!
It creates a Business Card Holder!

Just released is the new Business Card Holder which cuts the template for the base including adding the score lines for easy folding. There is a separate die that cuts the layering pieces. The designs are endless and you can really make a personalized gift with this new Die Duo.


You can find these in stock at Impressive Ideas Stamp Store right now!


 This one is created from Blue Fern papers. I sponged black ink on the edges of the panels and the base. I added some green leaves from the Die Cut Foliage and little paper flower to fancy it up. Tim Holt'z Vintage Collage Medium was the finishing touch, giving it an aged matte finish.

 This one is also created with Blue Fern papers. I used Charcoal Chalk ink to add a little dark edge. I thought the paper was pretty enough on it's own. I left it unadorned and just added a coating of Tim Holtz's Vintage Collage Medium. 

 More Blue Fern printed paper... I chose to work with Blue Fern because it is substantial in weight so it really creates a very solid finished piece. I added some inky edges with a Chestnut Roan Cats Eye. The Butterfly Die fit nicely right in front! Adding the Collage Medium over the butterfly stiffened it up nicely.

And of course.... a kitty cat holder! How cute would this be to drop off at the vet's office? I guess you could do it up with little dog dies as well! The die cut cats are made out of black foam and then an added a black linen card stock die over the top. It gives them the appearance of little elements. Much sturdier than just paper. The paper is from Authentique's Devoted paper collection. A coating of the Vintage Collage Medium tops it all off. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Impression Obsession - Summer!

SUMMERTIME!
The challenge is all about the weather... Summer is the Theme!
Play along in the IO Challenge for a chance to win a $25 IO Gift Certificate. Be sure to use Io stamps or dies, snap a shot and link up! You don't have to have a blog to play. All the details can be found here on the IO Blog.

Ready for some inspiration from the IO Girls?

 Summer is here in Atlanta.. its been HOT! Lemonade stands certainly scream summertime and I' have been waiting to ink these cute lemons up, so our summer theme was perfect. ! I stamped the lemons multiple times to create my background. These would be super cute on a scrapbook page for a lemonade stand. 

 Here are the Copics I used for today. Yellows blend so easily, so this is a very easy color job!

 A little black and white twine long the inside of the frame adds a little extra texture.

I added a summer sentiment on the inside from the great Hello Summer Clear Set. Finished card is 4 1/2" Square.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Impression Obsession - Furry Friends


Want a chance to win an Impression Obsession $25 gift certificate?
Join the IODT and play along in the Furry Friends challenge. You don't need a blog to play. Just be sure to use IO stamps or dies when creating your design and link up!
New to challenges? All the info you need can be found here on the Impression Obsession Blog

Need a little inspiration?
Take a look at some of our Furry Ideas!

Dina Kowal

 I know... I usually go straight for the kitty images with a challenge like this, but I was looking through stamps and this little bunny caught me eye! She doesn't need to stay put away till Easter! I think she works just fine for an anytime card. I gave her a little color using Copics and paired it up with some happy paper.
I used some inspirational word paper in the background of the card front and I thought this quote worked well with it. I collect quote stamps... just love 'em! Finished card is an A2.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #56 Background Stamping


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 stamping backgrounds. Enter your design for a chance to win a $20 Serendipity Gift Certificate. Details can be found here on the SSCB.


Welcome to Katie Gehring our June guest Designer
Be sure to visit her blog, "Stamping Lightly" 

Here's some background inspiration from the SSDT
Jenny Gropp - you are here!

It's all about the backgrounds today! I love quotes and this Emily Dickinson quote is a fave for sure. I thought it was a perfect pairing with these gorgeous feathers! I stamped the feather background multiple times to vary the direction and cover the entire panel. I airbrushed with a little N3 to get the subtle grey edges. Finished card is an A2.

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Hope to see you back on JUNE 15th for our monthly Blog Hop!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SSCB #55 Halfway and Blog Hop!


Welcome to the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog!
 In addition to our monthly challenge we host a blog hop to share with you what's new at Serendipity and a chance for you to win a $20 Serendipity gift certificate.
This means that you have two chances to win!

To play along in our challenge you can go here to the SSCB to find all the details.
To join in the hop, just leave comments on all the blogs. One lucky commenter will be selected for the $20 gift certificate! You have until midnight US EST on Sunday May 22 to leave comments-the winner will be posted on Mary's Blog on Monday 
May 23.



Feelin' a little country today! I used the new cowboy boots for my card today. Several of the DT Members inked these up for today's Blog Hop and I love how they all turned out so differently! There is a coordinating die cut to match the stamp too... so no fussy cutting! The bandana die cut in the background was cut out of kraft card stock and then I inked it up using a little chestnut roan. To keep the wrapped jute string tight and in place I used a layer of score pal tape to hold it as I wrapped it around the panel.



  • Serendipity Stamps and Dies- #1387E Boots Stamp#076FD Boots dies, #062MD Bandana Die,  #1388E She was good with Rope
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onxy Black
  • Paper: Bazzill Buttercream, Kraft, Black, Bo Bunny Take a Hike (brown pattern)
  • Other: Jute String, ScorPal Tape, Foam Tape, Black Rivet, Cat's Eye Chestnut Roan, Clear Glaze Pen, Copics
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