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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Tulips and Stitches

The challenge over at FLourishes this week is to use embroidery on your creation. You can check out all the challenge details here - Timeless Tuesday 213. You could use faux stitching, but I actually pulled out needle and thread. I pulled out the new Tulips for Friends set to use today. This is really a quick card, despite the stitching. Die cutting and a little Copic coloring.
        
When the image was still in the die I used the edge of my nestie as a guide to add the piercing for my stitches.

Copic Colors

 I had to take a picture of the die cut layers, the tulips end up covering a good bit.... But this is a beautiful die I and wanted to share it. The die is called Anja's Square and is from Marianne Design.

I added a sentiment from the same tulip set on the inside of the card.
  • Stamps by Flourishes - SS228 Tulips For Friends
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Bo Bunny Double Dot Green, Neenah Classic Crest Natural White, Yellow
  • Other: Embroidery Floss, Foam Tape, Paper Piercer, Marianne Die - Anja's Square, Copics

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Impression Obsession - It's all about the Dies! Blog Hop - Day 3

Day 3 of our blog hop and it's still all about the dies! Check them out, HERE  is the place to do it, but check out the cards created by our DT first.  Their blogs are listed below.  After that find out how you can win prizes of your choice by following the rules for the hop listed below. AND today you can play along with us in our Challenge... just use an IO die on your creation and link up your card on the Impression Obsession Blog.
 Dina Kowal - Jeanne Streiff - Kittie Caracciolo - Jenny Gropp (here!)
The guidelines for you to participate and be eligible for the drawing each day are below:
  • The hop will start at the IO Blog each day.
  • Comment on each participating blog, including the IO Blog, for that day.
  • The deadline for comments for each day will be 10 p.m. EST.
  • There will be a drawing on each day for a prize of THREE dies of the winner's choice.
  • The winner for each day will be announced in the next day's post on the Impression Obsession Blog.
No Copics again! Just simple stamping and pretty die cuts! This card is an A2 and opens tent style at the bottom.

I had to take a picture of the butterflies so you could see how beautiful this die is. I stamped the doily a second time and cut one of the lacy butterfly layers from it.... I loved the pattern that resulted on the butterfly. The yellow color is all stamped using Versafine Spanish Moss. I used the Ticking Cover-a-Card stamp for the background. I stamped the Crochet Doily and hand cut it out, mounting it on the Circle Shaker Frame Die cut

I used the Border Duo 2 Die, cutting the small scallop edge under the quote panel the other side of the die was used along the bottom edge of the grey. I added a few little decorative pearls and of course... could not resist a little bow!
Thanks for hopping with us this week! 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Impression Obsession - It's all about the Dies! Blog Hop - Day 2



Day 2 of our blog hop and it's still all about the dies! Check them out, HERE  is the place to do it, but check out the cards created by our DT first.  Their blogs are listed below.  After that find out how you can win prizes of your choice by following the rules for the hop listed below.
 Dina Kowal - Jeanne Streiff - Kittie Caracciolo - Jenny Gropp (here!)
The guidelines for you to participate and be eligible for the drawing each day are below:
  • The hop will start at the IO Blog each day.
  • Comment on each participating blog, including the IO Blog, for that day.
  • The deadline for comments for each day will be 10 p.m. EST.
  • There will be a drawing on each day for a prize of THREE dies of the winner's choice.
  • The winner for each day will be announced in the next day's post on the Impression Obsession Blog.
Thanks for stopping by and joining in our fun!  Hope to see you back here tomorrow for the last day of the hop!
 Simple and sweet today... putting aside the Copics and just using the dies! My frame was cut using the Square Shaker Die Cut. My flowers were rolled up with a quilling tool and were cut from the Spiral Daisy Die. I added a little yellow in the center of the flower using a Vive Pearl Pen. I used the tall Grass die, cutting up the sprigs and setting them in different directions. I used the leaves from the Layered Floral Die Set. I curved the leaves a bit and added a bit of paper crafting silicone to help pop them up and they will stay curved when the silicone dries.

SSBC#8 - Center Step - English Rose


Welcome to another DT post for Serendipity Stamps. Today the DT is showing off Center Step Cards. Never made one? Here's a great link to a tutorial by my pal Sandy Hulsart.
Shop online at Serendipity through March 27th and take advantage of 20% off of all Baby and Childhood Stamps.

Check out what the ladies came up with this week:
   
I've been on a real kick with orange and peach colors lately. Two houses down from me is a garden home with over 800 rose bushes.... amazing when they are in bloom! I think this English Rose stamp is beautiful and it's an EASY color job due the the shading in the image.... so forgiving! I was shocked to find out I had no ribbon that was a good match... trust me... that's shocking with my ribbon stash! I colored some seam binding with R02 and then ran E07 along the edges to create my little bow to match.

 I stamped on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White using Memento Tuxedo Black. I added a little soft airbrushing with E30.

Just a few Copics to bring this image to life. I used the 0 Blender pen to remove a little color in areas.

The little scalloped border is a MFT Die - Scallop Ribbon Border, that I cut in half down the center. The bottom left corner looked a little naked, so I added a photo corner die cut, it's popped up with foam tape. I used Perfect Layer Rulers to add all the straight lined layers. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Impression Obsession - It's all about the Dies! Blog Hop - Day 1

Have you seen the latest and greatest from Impression Obsession? Dies, Dies, and more Dies!! Check them out, HERE  is the place to do it, but check out the cards created by our DT first.  Their blogs are listed below.  After that find out how you can win prizes of your choice by following the rules for the hop listed below.
 Dina Kowal - Jeanne Streiff - Kittie Caracciolo - Jenny Gropp (here!)
Starting today through March 21, we celebrate all of our new dies with the IO Design.   The guidelines for you to participate and be eligible for the drawing each day are below:
  • The hop will start at the IO Blog each day.
  • Comment on each participating blog, including the IO Blog, for that day.
  • The deadline for comments for each day will be 10 p.m. EST.
  • There will be a drawing on each day for a prize of THREE dies of the winner's choice.
  • The winner for each day will be announced in the next day's post on the Impression Obsession Blog.
Thanks for stopping by and joining in our fun!  Hope to see you back here tomorrow!
 I know I've been on Easter overload this year. There were just too many cute things that I had to die cut or ink up before Easter passed by. These adorable little bunny dies fall in to that category for sure. I created a little shadow box frame using Spellbinder's Radiant Rectangles as my card base and frame.

I stamped the sentiment and the eggs from the Easter Basket Cling set and did some quick coloring with a few Copics. I did a little die-cutting to create the little scene. 
I used the following dies from Impression Obsession:
The blue back panel was embossed with a Clouds Embossing Folder.  I also embossed the die cut clouds with a folder to add a little texture. The eggs and the clouds I curved and popped up with Dimensional Silicone. 


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Spring Medley


This floral set, Spring Medley, is a lot of fun.... and small enough to color quickly. I used Spellbinder's Labels Thirty to create the layers. Some of the small layers I hand cut with small sharp scissors.

There is a matching die set to cut out the floral images in the set. The dies are closed, meaning you can not see through them to the image. There is a great tutorial on the IO Blog about DIE ALIGNMENT, check it out to see how to get the very best results using closed die cuts with matching images.
I put this on ivory paper so you could better see how the die cuts out the image. I stamped the image on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White and you can see the Copics I used to color the flowers. I'm really in to peach and orange colors lately!


 I tucked the sentiment under the bow. I use Ultimate Glue to adhere all of my bows. You can see I embossed a few of the layers with an Embossing Folder. This will fit in to an A2 envelope, the kraft base is 4 1/2" square. I added a few embossed lines along the kraft piece for a little extra detail. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Graphic 45 - A Happy Hello

 The Flourishes Challenge, Timeless Tuesday #211, this week is easy! Just incorporate green in to your project. You can find all the Challenge Details HERE on the Flourishes Blog. I broke out the G45 paper and a simple sentiment from the Flourishes Sentimental Favorites Set. This set stays on my desk... so usable! I cut out layers of paper from the G45 French Country Collection. I cut the layers with Spellbinder's Labels 29. The small yellow layer I hand cut. 

I inked all of the edges with a Charcoal Cats Eye. I curled the sentiment slightly and popped up the curvy portion with Dimensional Silicone. The card base is the largest die in Spellbinder's Labels 29 set and it fits in an A2 envelope.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Bright Easter Chickie

 Bright. I know! I decided I had to color up one more of these cute little chick stamps! The three stacked labels (blue, white and yellow) are all the same size, the largest die in Labels 22. I just cut them down the middle and extended them out for a different look. The green ribbon down the center hides the cut labels. The pink layer around the little chickie is from the new Spellbinder's set Decorative Labels 22.,,, loving these decorative labels that match up with other sets. These little chickies are such a quick color. I stepped out the Copics I used below.




I used a Viva Decor Glass Effects Pen to gloss over the egg portion. I added a little dot of Ranger's Black Enamel for the eye.

 I used Distress Ink Tumbled Glass to stamp the Happy Easter sentiment on the inside. I used Perfect Layer Rulers and added a 1/16" yellow border and then a 1/8" layer to the inside liner. 


Friday, March 8, 2013

Old Fashion Floral Ovals

I thought I'd play along in the Flourishes Challenge "FTTC210" this week! Finally, I got to ink up this pretty new set Old Fashioned Florals, that's been sitting on my desk for too long! The challenge this week was to use corrugated cardboard.... or embossing or paper crimper. I went with dry embossing using this Darice Basket Weave Embossing Folder. 

 I used the new Spellbinder's Opulent Ovals... these are the two dies I used to make the die cut. Had to take a picture because I thought this was too pretty! I can see this die set hanging out on my desk for a little while!! While the paper was still in the dies, I airbrushed a little YR12 around the edges. I originally planned on coloring the floral on this die cut but ended up adding additional layers. 

 Here are the additional die cut layers from Spellbinder's Opulent Ovals. I hand cut out the Floral Oval image and also the orange layer on the white die cut. I've been really in to using peaches and orange colors lately. You can see the Copics I used in the above picture. I used the Y23 in the flowers and the leaves to add a little brighter finish. 

 And... here's the inside! I added a 1/16" green border to everything using Perfect Layer Rulers.

The up close shows the little adhesive pearls I added around the outside green layer. I was thrilled with the way this die set cut out... looks like it could be a little fussy but it cut clean and came out of the dies easily. I aded Glossy Accents over the flowers which intensified the color and also gave it a shine to brighten up the card. Finished card is an A2.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

IO - Irish Blessings

The Design Team was challenged this week to incorporate our favorite techniques on our projects this week. So join us for this easy challenge for 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 the team came up with today:

 So I went old school for this "favorite technique" challenge..... Heat Embossing and the Gold Krylon pen! I thought both were so fancy when I was introduced to them! I still love both but find myself reaching instead for my Copics regularly. My poor heat gun doesn't even remain plugged in all the time anymore. I think heat embossing was a wow moment for most beginning stampers. And the Krylon pen... I used it on every edge imaginable for years! 

I embossed the Irish Blessing using Versafine Olympia Green and Clear Detail EP.  I added a few of the little die cut Shamrocks to the front. I curled them a bit and used Dimensional Silicone to pop them up. I love the detail on this die. After I cut the image out using Labels 29, I lightly airbrushed around the edges using YG61. The imprint on the edge from the Nesties leaves a nice line to follow with the Gold Krylon pen. I hand cut the additional white layer. I added a few gold adhesive nail heads around the edges. 

 I always add a liner on the inside. I like the way it looks and it balances out the layers on the front... weight wise. I added my fave border die along the bottom. I used Perfect Layer Rulers to add a 1/16" border around the white liner.