Friday, August 31, 2012

a ten minute card... for real!

 The ten minute card... here it is! A quick card made easy with dies from Memory Box. 
The card base is made with a folded white piece of paper cut with the Debutante Frame #98297.I cut an additional piece of the orange polka dots using the same the die to layer over the front of the card. The Spider Web Frame Die #98380 was made to layer perfectly on the frame die. The Dangling Spider Die #98286 was added to the white panel over the stamped be afraid!
 My spidey needed some shine. I used Ranger's Black Enamel to enhance him just a little. I pooled a bit of the enamel on a scrap paper and then used a toothpick to carefully apply it to the legs, finishing it by adding a good bit to the body as well. Had I thought ahead, I would have done this first, let it dry and then added it to my card! 
Here is the up close view. I added a black crystal to the center of the web. I used foam tape to pop up the panel... and of course spidey should dangle from a bow! The card opens tent style at the bottom. OK, really... playing around with papers and thinking about what I wanted to do, this was really more like a 30 minute card process. But I could totally replicate it in ten minutes, so that counts, right?
  • Stamps by Impression Obsession: A3516 Be Afraid
  • Dies by Memory Box: Debutante Frame #98297, Spider Web Frame Die #98380, Dangling Spider Die #98286 
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: White, Black, Orange Citrus Double Dot by Bo Bunny
  • Other: Ranger's Black Enamel, Foam Tape, Bow Easy Tool, Black Crystal, Perfect Layers Rulers

Monday, August 27, 2012

Fall Pumpkin Patch

 I spent a little while coloring up this fall scene, Pumpkin Truck. It was a new release this fall for Impression Obsession drawn by Gary Robertson... and you can find his signature little black cat perched up on the truck's roof. 
 Here are the Copics I used. I used the 0 Blender pen quite a bit on the truck, trying to give it an old weathered look. It took me about an hour to color this image. 
 I used another piece of the printed paper on the inside and added Happy Harvest, stamped in Versafine Black. I die cut a few leaves to add on the inside panel too, these were cut with the new Leaves Die from Impression Obsession
My background paper on the card base and on the inside of the card is from Bo Bunny's 12x12 Apple Cider Collection. Along the bottom of the image I added a die cut border. I popped the image panel up with foam tape and added some little pearls. A little ribbon band and bow finish things off! Finished card is 5" square

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Don't be a Scaredy-Cat!

 Ohhhh. it was a good mail day! I got the new and FABULOUS dies from Impression Obsession.. the entire DT has been excited to get their hands on the new dies! They also came in at Impressive Ideas too! I didn't have a lot of time so I opted for a quick card... that means no Copics! The die is called Halloween Hill. I also included one of the new Border Dies... the tiny scallop edge that is one side of Border Duo Two. I also used DP from Echo Park's new 6x6 paper pad called Chillingsworth Manor.
Check out all the new dies from Impression Obsession ---> HERE!
As soon as I turned on the lights for my light tent.... my assistant came running! This is our new baby... Lorenzo von Matterhorn (named by the husband). He is 1 1/2" years old and we adopted him from the FurKids Shelter. He is a sweet sweet boy and has settled into home life so very well after living his first year at the shelter. We have had him a little over a month and we are completely in love with him already! I have nicknamed him Z and the husband is calling him Lozo! He is silky soft and a total love bug! Can not figure out how he was passed by at the shelter for so very long, but we are glad he waited for us!!
 I stamped the Happy Halloween on the inside, adding borders with my Perfect Layers Rulers
I added some circle punches for a moon. The little bat is a cut out from the die too, there are actually three bats on the die... but by the time I was ready to put them on, two had disappeared! I used Dimensional Silicone to pop up the moon. I added the little green cat eyes with a Viva Pearl Pen - Kiwi. I love the crinkly little tail on the cat!The die cut was also popped up with foam tape so it would stand a  little bit more from the background paper. A halloween green silky bow and a black button were the finishing touches. The card is an A2 and opens on the right side.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Happy Ghost Center Step Card

The Serendipity DT is bringing you all sorts of fun eye candy today... our theme to create with was to make a Center Step Card. You can find instructions for this layout HERE from Sandy Hulsart.

 Serendipity’s Special this week is a 40% Off coupon which gives 40% off the most expensive item in the shopping cart.  The coupon code is "40FROMHIGH" the coupon expires August 29th. 

We also have exciting news this week as we welcome three new designers to the Serendipity Design Team. I'm thrilled to design along with these talented ladies! Our newest designers are Helen, Cathy and PaulineBe sure and stop by and give them a warm welcome in their comments!
Also showing off Center Step Card designs today:
Amy -  Miriam -  Jeanne

  I used this new little Ghostie image... he looks like a happy little ghost dangling his little spider. I thought the size of this image would work nicely framed with some nesties on a Center Step Card. 

Here is a great template that my pal Sandy Hulsart created, her blog Creative Moments with Sandy, is full of great designs using Cheery Lynn Dies and Copic Markers!. The measurements shown here will fold to create a card that fits in to an A2 envelope.

 I stamped the image twice, cutting out the little ghost and pumpkin to pop it up. I used YR0000 to add a soft glow around the outside of the image. I added the piercing while the die was still in the nestie die, using the inner edge as my guide to keep my piercing straight. I hand cut the additional black layer. 
 In the pic above you can see the side view that shows the dimension of the folded card. I used paper from last years 6x6 collection "Glowing" by Authentique.I adhered the paper to the card panels and then trimmed the excess off at the edges, making sure the panels would be trimmed cleanly and no part of the white card base would show on the sides. I find this easier than measuring and cutting to cover the panels. 

  • Stamps: by Serendipity Stamps 1268F Ghost with Pumpkin
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Glowing by Authentique 6x6 Collection, Black, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Foam Tape, Misc. Ribbon, Bow Easy Tool, Copics, Spellbinder's Labels 18, Piercing Tool

Thursday, August 16, 2012


The Impression Obsession Team has a color challenge of Grey and Yellow to play with today! You can always play along with us for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate. You can find all the deets on the IO Blog
Check out what the ladies cooked up this week for the color challenge:

 Yellow and Grey.... I like the color combo... but had to think about what to do! I pulled this Welcome Knocker stamp out and inked it up. It was obviously a pretty quick and simple color job with a few Copics!
  I used Spellbinder's Labels 18 to cut out the image. I left it in the die to airbrush a little Y13 around the    outside. I then used the nestie edge as a guide to add the piercing. 
 While I stamped the image in Memento Black, I used Memento London Fog ink to stamp the Ticking Background on the yellow pattern paper. I always have to remind myself that stamping on pattern paper is easy and makes it interesting
A few Warm Grey Copics to add some color. I hand cut the black and grey layers.
My last step was to add Crackle Accents over the knocker to give it a little shine and texture. Finished card is an A2.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Barber Shop and a Shout Out!

Before I get to my card for the day, I have to give a quick shout out to Susan Liles! 
I know Susan through blogging... Susan and her sweet and very patient hubby made a pit stop in Atlanta as they were traveling last week and we got to meet in person! Always fun to meet an blogging friend in person! We hooked up at Impressive Ideas. We discovered that I towered over her at 6 feet... so I scrunched down for our picture! If you are not familiar with Susan's work, you MUST go over to her blog, "SusieStampaLot" cause she does some amazing stuff with paper and stamps that will WOW you! She also is always posting great tips and how to's called Susie Q-Tips! How clever and cute is that name? 

Now on to my little card for today.... 
 Had fun coloring this Barbershop image from Impression Obsession. It's always hard for me to come up with man cards. This was a pretty quick color job as most of the scene to color is wood, which colors quickly.
 I stamped the image on Neenah Classic Crest Natural White, which is a soft ivory color. Since to me it is an old timey scene of sorts, I didn't want to use a bright white. You can see the Copics I used to color the image in the above picture. 
I cut the card base to 4" x 51/2". I rounded all four corners with a Corner Chomper, using the 1/2" rounder.  I created the layers in the background at an angle, letting the image hang off the edge. I used a new border die from MFT... Retro Squares. I cut the die in red and blue and then used the inside pieces to glue back in to the border of the opposite color. A faux wooden button and a loopy jute bow to end it!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Five Roses from Impression Obsession

 Lots of layers on this one, made easy with the Perfect Layers Rulers. After coloring the image pretty simply, I just added mats and layers to the image and sentiment to create a an easy card with really clean lines.
 Here are the Copics that I used to color the image. 
I added a little sparkle with a little bit of glitter glue. A little button and a bow made from embroidery floss finish things off. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Floral Vase

This week's special at Serendipity Stamps is Free Shipping on all orders over $10.00.
 The shipping special ends on August 13, 2012.
 We were given the theme of Happy Retirement for our theme.
Check out what the team came up with:
Amy -  Miriam -  Jeanne
Also, soon we will have some very talented new members joining the Serendipity Team, so get ready for some great ideas and lots of eye candy using Serendipity images!
 I used the Happy Retirement sentiment on the inside of the card, leaving the front wide open for whatever image I had a fancy for! This Tulip Vase image had never seen ink before today. So I pulled it out to rectify that ASAP! Love this floral vase that can be used for so many things. I kept the layout really simple, leaving the image to be the focal point. 
 Here are the Copics I used. RV0000 and RV00 used for a soft little glow around the image -- doesn't show up great in the pic. BG93, 96 and 99 were used on the leaves.  The vase is W7, 5 and 2.  Flowers R85 and R81. I softly used the Blender pen on the leaves and the flowers to remove a little color, giving me a little more depth in the colors.
 The sentiment cut out with Spellbinder's Mega Ovals and added on the inside. Before removing it from the die I added my piercing, using the inside edge of the die as a guide. My ribbon scraps added too!
Bling and bow to finish things up. I also added a tiny amount of Crackle Accents over the vase... I smushed it around with my finger flattening it out. Just to add a little shine and texture. A little foam tape between layers too! 

Monday, August 6, 2012

So happy for you.... a Quickie!

 No Copics today. Nesties, Pretty paper and a Border Punch make for a quick and fun card. The sentiment is from Flourishes Flowers and Frames Set.
I used a Martha Border punch along the side edge of the card. I I hand cut the smaller layers of purple around Spellbinder's Labels One. I cut the smallest window using a die from SU and added piercing around the inside edge of the ivory piece framing the sentiment. Layers popped up with foam tape. A button and bow to finish up this quickie!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Cards for Men!

The challenge for the Impression Obsession Design Team today is to create a card based on the theme "It's a Man's World". You can always play along with us for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to shop at IO! You can find all the details posted on the IO Blog if you wanna play along!
Check out what man cards the team came up with:

 I used one of Dina's fabulous new stamps that she designed for IO and made this fun little gate fold card. You can see how it opens in the picture below. The two side panels were stamped with Cover-a-Card background stamps. The sailboat oval tucks under the button and circles to close the card. I used Copics to color the image. I also used Distress Ink Frayed Burlap to sponge along the edges. The corner detail is created with a Corner Chomper. The card finishes to a an A2 size.

  • Stamps: all images from Impression Obsession - H13022 Sail Collage,  CC063 CAC Map, CR005 Graph
  • Ink: Distress Ink Frayed Burlap, Memento Espresso Truffle
  • Paper: Navy, Red, Brown, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Spellbinder's Oval Nesties, Ranger's Ink Blending Tool, Jute String, Bow Easy Tool, Circle Punches, Copics, Corner Chomper, Scor Pal Board