Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Simple Thanks

The DT for Impression Obsession has two challenges a month and we create something with the chosen theme and then share it on our blogs. Today's theme was to create a card about Gratitude.
Please check out these links to every one's blog to see what the Impression Obsession DT ladies created for today... Daniela Dobson - Laura Fulcher - Dina Kowal - Shirley Ross - Jeanne Streiff and Julie Koerber . Go check 'em all out -- you might find an Impression Obsession Gift certificate up for grabs in more than one place!
You are all invited to enter your creations for the Challenge and any future challenges we have too. Below is how to enter your card so it can be posted on the Impression-Obsession Blog and in the gallery located there just for I/O customers:
Use Impression-Obsession stamps for your card.
Email the card to
Shirley, our webmaster.
Every week cards will be selected to be showcased on the
I/O blog and in the Customer Gallery there too!
This challenge will be open until Sunday, Ocotber 4, 2009. Go get Inky!!!
Oh my, this is really a SIMPLE one! I was short on time and mojo! I started with the Leaf DP as my inspiration, still on my desk from a card last week. I stamped the Floral Swirl in black over the DP. I highlighted the sentiment with a Warm Grey Copic. I did more doodling on this card of stitch marks than anything else -- hmmm--- was I trying to compensate for short comings in the design department??? A little ribbon to finish it up. Final card size is an A2. How's that for a short and sweet card and post! The weekend is fast approaching! Woooohooooo!
  • Stamps: All stamps by Impression Obsession: Clear Stamp Set Solid Floral CL#124, Sentiment from the Clear Set Cornucopia CL#239
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Leaf DP, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Rust
  • Other: Eyelets, Micron Black Pen, White Gel Pen, Misc. Ribbon, Corner Rounder

Monday, September 28, 2009

TCP's hAuNteD BLoG hOp

WELCOME to my spooky stop on The Cat's Pajama's Haunted Hop! I am the second hop stop of fourteen. You should have arrived here from Susan's Blog, she is the TCP hostess with the mostest this week and she has all the details of how to play along in the TCPTUES78 Challenge! After me you will hop on to visit Tracy!
Alma is having a frighteningly fun sale featuring a new Kitty Kat Pack - which is the "Fright Night" set, the buttons and glitter for $24.39. Nothing scary about that sale price! As an added bit of fun, Alma will be giving away a Kitty Kat Pack to a lucky winner. To qualify, all you need to do is visit the fourteen blogs and leave a comment on each Blog in the Haunted Hop. The winner will be posted on Alma's Blog "Dancing in Pajamas" on Friday, October 2nd.
Now I have a few projects to share with you before you hop away!
These look like fun ghosts! Like Casper, hardly the scary kind! Here's a tip - I wanted orange DP to match my orange card stock, So I used Black and White DP brayering it with orange to get my perfect color match. I used an oval punch on the bottom to frame the sentiment. I also used a Copic to color my embroidery floss - so it would match up too, before I sewed my buttons on! A few doodles with a Black Micron Pen and White Gel Pen around my Nestie shape and the outside of the card...Easy Peasy...DONE! Finished card size is an A2.
Here is card #2.... I used the same technique as above and brayered orange over the originally Black and White Checkered DP. A simple little layout that is full of Halloween FUN colors! I added some eyelets, then used some Black Jute String and a black button to hang the Frog Wizard's Portrait. I added a little Spica Sparkle to his Wizard's Cap and embellished with some Crystals around the edges. Finished card size is an A2.
And we will end with the hairy Jute Leg Spider Buttons.... I used red line tape to adhere my Sparkly Glitter around the sentiment's frame. I chose a few buttons and glued black jute string on the bottom of them for spidey legs. They are hanging from their Spider's Silk Rope (really it's just white Embroidery Floss) wishing everyone a Happy Halloween. I added some eyes and bling to help give them their own identity! A little embroidery floss bow with a center crystal to finish it up! Final card size is 5" Square.

Hope my spiders weren't too scary! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my projects made with TCP's new Kitty Kat Pack! Leave me a comment below for your chance to WIN! And after that please head over to the third stop on the TCP Haunted Hop and see what Halloween Fun Tracy (<------ click) has in store for you!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Merry Mistletoe

I am still in Holiday mode. This Leaves and Berries Stamp comes with the berries mounted on the side making it easy to use another ink for the berries and place them wherever you want. I covered the Berries with Red Crystals. To create the background I stamped the leaves randomly and colored and outlined the images with Copics, also airbrushing some soft green around the edges. For the sentiment panel I airbrushed while it was still in the Nestie to get the white edge. Finishing touches were some ribbon, buttons and some stitch marks using a gold gel pen. Final card size is an A2.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

OCC Challenge - Monochromatic Mania

This week the challenge is about making monochromatic cards. You can incorporate as many colors of one shade onto your card/project. You may also use neutrals like White, Cream, Kraft and Black.
For a close up view on the OCC's great projects for this week please visit the OCC Ladies on their blogs -Silke Ledlow, Jennifer Meyer, Loretta Lock , Joycelyn Turner, Cindy Burgess, Dana Grothaus, Linda Coughlin, Lori Rider, Melissa Young, and Wendy Janson.

I set out to make a card using blues and a Nautical theme -- I ended up with Snowflakes. The Snowflakes and the Font "Special Occasion" are all from JustRite. I love how the JustRite products are designed to fit in the ovals and circles -- but I also like to show that you can use them differently. I created the background paper by stamping the snowflake and then dressing them up a bit with a little white gel pen. I have had these little snowflake buttons floating around for a good while now - and that was the inspiration for the card, after I decided not to do nautical. I knew I wanted to hang them some way so this is what I came up with. I chose three blue shades of card stock to work with. I highlighted around the word SNOW using a Copic Marker. I also used a Copic Marker to color my silk ribbon, using the smallest notch on the Bow Easy to tie the tiny little bows. A good amount of stitch marks with the gel pen and a blue fine tip pen to wrap it up. Finished card size is an A2.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Stamp Simply #106 - Rich Autumn Leaves

Stamp Simply #106 - September 25th - ssnotime106 - Today's challenge is all about FALL and the leaves that FALL! Sharon issued the call to make a project showcasing leaves. Upload your project to Spiltcoast and use the keyword "ssnotime106". Check out all the Challenge Details and see Sharon's creation on her blog No Time to Stamp.
Please check out the great samples for the Stamp Simply Challenge today on the blogs of these totally creative designers: Charlene-September's Guest Designer, Janine, Jennifer, Julie, AJ, Tammy, Deb and Barbara.
I know your looking at this and thinking this must have been a limited supplies challenge too -- But it wasn't. I'm getting better at Clean and Simple... maybe. I liked the bright white in contrast with the colorful Leaf DP. So I went with it. I used another leaf stamp for my focal point - stamping the leaf image on the Leaf DP and cutting it out, mounting it with a little foam tape. I love love love quotes -- and this one had never been inked -- for shame!!!! I'm sure no one else has that situation in their stamp room, LOL! I did not want to add any doodles, they didn't seem to "go" with the clean lines on my card. I only embellished with a few gold pearls. Final card size is an A2.... and I used no Copics, a very rare thing! Another skimpy list of supplies listed below....
  • Stamps: Leaf Image #6389 By Serendipity Stamps, Autumn Leaf Quote # P724 by My Sentiments Exactly
  • Ink: Versafine Sepia Brown, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Misc. Leaf Print DP, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Gold Pearls, Spellbinder's Rectangle Nesties

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Spooky Cakes

So this is the same image that I used a few days ago -- but on that card I only used the Spidey Cupcake. This is the whole trio of Spooky Cakes! I told you I am lovin' making Halloween cards. I colored with Copics and dressed the little cakes up with some tiny gold pearls using them along the bottom of the icing on two cupcakes and also for the eyes on the toppings. I added a layer of Crystal Lacquer to the Skull, Spider and Owl to help them stand out. I stamped my sentiment on the DP - I hardly ever do this, but I love the way it looks. A few button embellishments -- I actually used Needle and Thread to attach them! I added some black stitch marks to finish it up. Final card size is an A2.
  • Stamps: All stamps by Impression Obsession - Spooky Cakes # F2345, Clear Halloween Set #CL158
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Neenah Environment, Brown Orange, Misc. DP
  • Other: Gold Pearls, Spica, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Folder, Buttons by Basic Grey, Black Micron Pen, Corner Rounder, Crystal Lacquer

Monday, September 21, 2009

when black cats prowl.....

I am in Holiday card mode -- be it Christmas or Halloween.... I have been having fun just creating! This is really an EASY PEASY card! I stamped both my sentiment and image in Versafine Onyx Black. I made a circle mask for the moon and air brushed with some Copic Warm Grey colors. I colored the grave stone with Neutral Grey Copics. Remove the moon mask, outline the flourishes with a little grey, add a piercing border and that's it. The black portions of the background are also cuttlebugged - but you can't see it in my pics. I think this image would look totally different with color. Finished card size is an A2.
  • Stamps: All stamps by Prickley Pear RIP #HH0053M, Black Cats Prowl #GG0063M
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Black, DP from Basic Grey's Ambrosia Collection
  • Other: Paper Piercer, Spellbinder's Rectangle Nestie, Black Micron Pen, Eclipse Tape for the Mask, Copics/ABS, Cuttlebug

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sweet Tooth Spidey

This image is part of a trio of cupcakes called Spooky Cakes (<------click to see the whole image) from Impression Obsession. I wanted to use just the one with the spider on top and do my Cuttlebug Spider Web background. After I embossed with the CB folder I used White Craft ink and my baby brayer to highlight the embossed web. I colored with Copics and added a some Spica sparkle on the icing, click on the close up for a better look. I added two clear crystals for Spidey's spooky little eyes and then coated the body portion with Crystal Lacquer. A few mini crystals hanging off the cupcake's edge for a little eye catching appeal. White gel pen doodles and some piercings to finish things off. Final card size is an A2.
  • Stamps: All stamps by Impression Obsession - Spooky Cakes # F2345, Clear Halloween Set #CL158
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, White Craft Ink, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Misc. DP, Black, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Brown
  • Other: White Gel Pen, Copics, Paper Piercer, Black Crystals, Cuttlebug Spider Web Folder, Mini Yellow Crystals, MS Drippy Goo Punch

Saturday, September 19, 2009

OCC Challenge - A Yummy Color Theme...

Our September hostess, Dana has issued a color challenge for today of Hot Pink, Light Pink, Chocolate and White.
For a close up view on the OCC's great projects for this week please visit the OCC Ladies on their blogs -Silke Ledlow, Jennifer Meyer, Loretta Lock , Joycelyn Turner, Cindy Burgess, Dana Grothaus, Linda Coughlin, Lori Rider, Melissa Young, and Wendy Janson.
I know --this is the pinkest card I have ever made in my life. Do not leave me a comment about Pepto Bismol -- believe me I thought of all the jokes myself while I was making it. If you know me, then you know I am not this girly and do not use this much pink..... ever. This card just took on a life of it's own. What can I say???!!! I showed my Hubby -- It told me flatly, that this card would not win me any prizes! AND to boot-- I remembered the color challenge as vanilla and not white -- so I guess I won't win any prizes for following instructions either!!!! I stamped on a light ivory card stock and airbrushed as well as sponged brown around the edges. I colored with Copics. I was so shocked by the intense pinkness of this card, I could not even add my usual doodles. I don't know what look I was going for with this card -- I really don't. This just evolved. My beginning thought was to make a non-traditional colored Holiday card. I think I met my goal. LOL. Final card size is an A2.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Stamp Simply #105 - C.A.S. and B.I.O

Stamp Simply #105 - September 18th - ssnotime105 - Today's challenge is an interesting one -- the "CODE" in my title refers to our instructions for the challenge: CAS - Clean and Simple and BIO is Black or Brown ink Only! You can use any other color in paper or embellishment, but you can only stamp in black and brown, No Copics. Upload your project to Spiltcoast and use the keyword "ssnotime105". Check out all the Challenge Details and see Sharon's creation on her blog No Time to Stamp.
Please check out the great samples for the Stamp Simply Challenge today on the blogs of these totally creative designers:
Charlene-September's Guest Designer, Janine, Jennifer, Julie, AJ, Tammy, Deb and Barbara.
So this is clean and simple for me, maybe a couple of extra layers, but not too much fussy stuff going on. I stamped my sentiment, which I just love that quote. And I embellished only with some paper piercing - no doodles around the edges. I added a few layers of paper to make it a little interesting and then added my FAB DP in the background. I found this neat little button in my stash and thought it might be neat to use as a ribbon ring. No Copics, No Doodles..... But I like it! Finished card size is an A2.


The JustRite Super-Sized Blog Hop and JustRite Font Sale continues again today! Hop on over to the JustRite Blog to get the hoppin started -- some seriously creative work is posted out there in Blogville for you to see! Or you can start hopping around using these links right here! The talented and amazing Friday designers are:

Debbie Olson - Jerri Kay Jimenez - Taylor Van Bruggen - Holly Simoni - Barb Schram - Terre Frye - Michelle Kovack - Kim Moreno - Catherine Doucette - Kellie Fortin - Kimberly Crawford - Kathy Jones - Michelle Giraud - Angela Barkhouse - Heather Pulvirenti - Tami Mayberry - Jennifer BuckKeri Lee Sereika - Jami Bova - Laura Davis - Stacey Kingman - Bonnie Sharp - Stephanie Severin - Janine Orchard - Debbie Seyer - Margie Higuchi - Lauren Bergold - Anja Curvers - AJ Otto

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Blog Hoppin' with Just Rite!

Welcome to my stop on the JustRite Font Blog Hop. I am #15 on today’s hop. You should have arrived here from Linda Beeson's blog, Paper Cutting Kind of Day. You’ll want to go to Lori Craig's blog, Make a Difference, next on the hop after leaving here.
JustRite is celebrating in a super-sized kinda way -- with 54 designer's showing off some seriously amazing and creative projects on the Two Day Blog Hop Party. We are all featuring different Font Sets and ways to use them! So check out all the eye candy and then head to JustRite and check out the Super Sized Sale!
What? You want some BLOG CANDY????
OK.... after I share my project with you I'll fill you in on HOW TO WIN!
Here is my Thanksgiving Card to share with you today. It's a long card, which I have been enjoying making lately! It fits in a standard business size envelope.

My Harvest Corn image is from the Autumn Blessings Borders Set. I colored and airbrushed around the edges with Copic Markers. I hand trimmed a few more layers around my Spellbinder's Nestie.
To create the background, I used a new Cuttlebug Folder Victoria to emboss the tan card stock. Then I used my Baby Brayer to add Versafine Sepia Brown ink to the embossed portions. I dressed all the edges using a shiny gold card stock and the Basket Weave Border Punch.

To create the sentiment I used the Horizontal Stamping Block - Creating my sentiment using the Font Brayton, as well as the Upper Case and Lower Case Trompe Font Sets. I heat embossed with Gold Detail EP. I added a few layers, some paper piercing and a left over scrap from my inked Cuttlebug Panel as an embellishment.
There is Mystery Blog Candy being given away during the Two Day Just Rite Font Blog Hop! Why is it a mystery? . . . Well there’ll be three blog candy giveaways on each day and you can only win by leaving a comment on the right blog! The real surprise is you won't know which blog has the candy . . . even the designers don't know! Really, we have no idea!!! So, as you visit each of the 54 designers over the two day event, take time to leave a comment . . . You may be one of the lucky winners! You have until 12:00 noon on Sunday to leave comments for your chance to win. You’ll want to check back at the JustRite Blog on Sunday evening to find out if you’ve won.
Enjoy the Hop & Good Luck!!!!
Jenny Gropp ---- > You are here!
Leave a comment below on this post for your chance to win the Mystery Blog Candy and then hop on over to Lori Craig's blog, Make a Difference, and check out her awesome project!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Holy Bat Cat!

Did I go overboard with the little Bat mask? Did I go overboard with doodles? These are questions I do not need answered. This is another digital image from Mo's Digital Pencil. I really love making Halloween cards-- they are just plain fun. I don't need an excuse to make them, but the challenge call over at the Creative Belli Blog was to create a Fall or Halloween themed project. I made up the sentiment and printed it out on the computer, using the Font "Litter Box", Yes, I promise that is the name of the font! So of course, I had to use it with this little Bat Cat! The card is pretty self explanatory, so I won't bore you and blabber on about it. Finished card size is an A2.
I will share with you how I created the little Bat mask. I printed the "Bat Cat" image twice, cutting out the mask from the second image. I colored it black with a Copic Marker. Then I added a layer of Crystal Lacquer. On top of the wet Crystal Lacquer, I added a layer of Black Glitter.

I smushed the glitter in to the wet lacquer, so it would be thick and well coated. I used my finger to smush it around -- very technical process. Mask Picture (1) shows how it came out. I was a little concerned about the larger chunk glitter chipping off, so........

Another coating of Crystal Lacquer to seal it all down.
And this is a close up of the finished result.

I think I will try this again, but I would like to try it using a "fine" glitter and maybe a purple or funky Halloween green color. It is quite eye catching in the light! I also added some Spica Orange to the pumpkins and over my Hi-Lited "Cute Cat".

  • Stamps: Bat Cat digital image from Mo's Digital Pencil, Sentiment is Computer Generated using the Font: Litterbox
  • Ink: Printed on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# with Ink Jet Printer
  • Paper: Orange DP by Bo Bunny, Bat DP by SU, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Black
  • Other: White Gel Pen, Orange Souffle Pen, Spellbinder's Labels Eight, Spellbinder's Petite Ovals, Black Crystals, Black Large Glitter, Orange Spica Pen, Paper Piercer, Grey Taffeta Ribbon by SU, Bow Easy Tool, Copics/ABS, Crystal Lacquer

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Again, a dog on my Blog!

Yep, that's right. Yet again a cute dog
has found it's way on to my blog. I could not resist this big eared lil' guy. I picked him up over at Mo's Digital Pencil. This is my first digital image. I have been a little resistant to go digi, being an old fashioned kind of rubber and ink girl. But Mo has some seriously cute images that pushed me over the edge. I colored and airbrushed with Copics. I framed little Spike with three scalloped circle Nesties layered together. The yellow and the brown scallop circle are the same size-rotating them on each other so you could see the yellow scallop color under the brown. The teal scallop is one size larger. Then I used my Japanese Screw Punch to add a little hole to the outside edge. Even though it's three layers of card stock to go through, the screw punch handles it with no problems. I added some stitch marks around everything using a white gel pen or a brown Micron Pen. I jazzed up Spike's fierce collar with some Clear Spica and a Clear Glaze pen to give it a little extra oomph. The sentiment was computer generated using the font "Acoustic Bass". I couldn't resist matching the sentiment with those big ears. I thought a real manly sentiment would be funny with him too! This card ended up a little odd sized at 4 1/2" x 6 3/4", which is a little shy of an A7 size card.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

OCC Challenge - Chasing Fall Leaves

Our September hostess, Dana says "Happy Fall Ya'll!" - Today's challenge is to create a fall themed card or project. So get out those yummy Autumn colors and Get Inky!
For a close up view on the OCC's great projects for this week please visit the OCC Ladies on their blogs -
Silke Ledlow, Jennifer Meyer, Loretta Lock , Joycelyn Turner, Cindy Burgess, Dana Grothaus, Linda Coughlin, Lori Rider, Melissa Young, and Wendy Janson.

So here is my little Fall Kitty frolicking in the leaves for today's challenge. Nothing too fancy about the card today. Just some simple little elements all thrown together. I used the Bow Easy to make all my tiny bows. Finished card size is an A2. I will spare you a rambling long post! Happy Weekend!
  • Stamps: All stamps by Rubber Soul
  • Paper: DP by Bo Bunny, Green DP by K and Co., Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Neenah Peppercorn Ivory
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Other: Misc. Ribbon, Embroidery Floss, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/8" Circle Punch, Spellbinders Labels Nine, Bow Easy Tool, Copics/ABS, Green Fine Tip Pen

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Stamp Simply #104 - Make it Spooky!

Stamp Simply #104 - September 11th - ssnotime104 - Today's challenge is EASY and FUN. Halloween is around the corner and Sharon issued the call to create a Halloween themed project. Upload your project to Spiltcoast and use the keyword "ssnotime104". Check out all the Challenge Details and see Sharon's cute Halloween creation on her blog No Time to Stamp.
Please check out the great samples for the Stamp Simply Challenge today on the blogs of these totally creative designers: Charlene - our September Guest Designer, Janine, Jennifer, Julie, AJ, Tammy, Deb and Barbara.

At first I thought I would end up dressing this chandelier in bling from top to bottom. But when I was done coloring, I thought it had enough going on as it was, and left it unadorned for the most part. I colored with Copics, adding some Spica sparkle here and there to catch the light. I also covered the little candle globes in Crystal Lacquer. The two orange triangles are what happens when doodles go bad. A little cover up action! The sentiment actually says "Witching you a Happy Halloween" but I am only using the bottom portion of it on my card. I airbrushed a little light yellow in the center of the panel. The Bow Easy helped me and my fumbling fingers create the little jute bow. Finished card is an A2. I don't know if it is me or Blogger but I am having some issues putting my links in.... so I will be back later after some sleep and try and fix links into the post. UGHHHH, I hardly ever have issues with Blogger, so why tonight??? When I have no time to mess around????