Monday, September 30, 2013

It's a blog hop with....

Welcome to the HOP with Perfect Paper Crafting and Your Next Stamp
If you are following the Hop Order then you have come here from 
...and to hop along your next stop on the hop is to visit 

 I used this cute little stamp set from Your Next Stamp:

I took a few liberties with the Robin and turned it into a bluebird! 
You can see the Copics I used in the picture below. 
 I used Spellbinder's Curved Borders Two to create the layered borders along the bottom edge. You can use your Perfect Layer Rulers along all four edges or just a couple! Don't get locked in to just straight edges only! Mix and match with border dies and punches too!

Inside I used up scraps from my paper and ALSO added layers here too! If you have layers on the front, why not the inside too!!!

In the mood to shop yet? 
If you stop by Your Next Stamp you can use this code YNSPLHOP15 for a discount! 

Remember to leave some comment love on the blog stops to qualify for the prizes! 
If you are hopping along your next stop is to visit 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Blog Hop Time with Operation Write Home and Perfect Paper Crafting!

It's a HOP! Perfect Papercrafting is pairing up with OWH and celebrating their birthday! I have such admiration for the OWH folks. The time and commitment of the ladies that keep it organized is amazing! And to see how very much they have grown is fantastic! 
Want to contribute, and share this fun hobby providing one of kind cards for our troops to use? It's easy! Here's a link to find out the guidelines and procedures to get you started!

What kind of prize is up for grabs? There will be a $50 gift certificate from Perfect Paper Crafting for one lucky person who leaves a comment on all the blogs.
Where to hop.... here you go! This is the entire list so you can start at the beginning on the Stars and Stripes Blog or hop along from here!

If you are following the Hop Order, you should have arrived here from 

After leaving a comment here to win, 
your next stop is Samantha's Blog August 1686.

Now on to the card!!!
 We were asked to pick a sketch to use from OWH. Sketch #74 is the one I used from Operation Write Home. Since this about Perfect Papercrafting's tools... I jazzed up the sketch just a touch adding multiple layers using my Perfect Layers Rulers.  The have such a great database of sketch ideas in PDF files that you can download! You can find them HERE.

 I stepped out of my box today and set aside the Copics and went with paper only to create my card! I used Graphic 45's new Twelve Days of Christmas to create my card. Sometimes pretty paper alone can make the card!

 In keeping with the rules for OWH, I kept embellishments to a minimum and only used one layer of 1/16" foam tape under the circle so it stays relatively flat and easy for mailing purposes. You can see the extra skinny little layers I've added... all use the 1/16" edge on my Perfect Layer Rulers.

I left the inside relatively open... so that there is plenty of writing room! Finished card is an A2.
  • Stamps -- NONE!!!! Shocker!
  • Ink: Chestnut Roan Cat's Eye to ink up edges
  • Paper: Graphic 45's Twelve Days of Christmas Collection - papers from the 12x12, 8x8 and 6x6 paper pads, Bazzill Heavy Weight Peppermint Red Card Stock
  • Other: Red Seam Binding, Bow Easy Tool, Button, Perfect Layer Rulers, Foam Tape, Circle Dies

SSCB #20 - Watercolored Pumpkin

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #20 WATERCOLOR!  
Grab a favorite Serendipity Stamp image and watercolor it!   You must include at least one Serendipity Stamps image (Stamp or Die) on your project to enter the challenge and play along with the team. Check out the Serendipity Challenge Blog for all the details of how to join along in the challenge. There's always a gift certificate up for grabs with  each new challenge!
Here's the special if you find you "need" a stamp you see from the DT!

 The team created some really great cards this week,
 hop along and check them out! 
Jenny - you are here!

 WHAT....No Copics??? .... was the scream you heard if you live in Atlanta! I put aside my beloved Copics for this CAS card. Honestly, the only time I color with something else is when I have to for a particular challenge! And boy... my watercoloring skills sure show how out of practice I am!!! Yikes. I kept the image and design super simple today.
I heat embossed the image using Versafine Onyx Black and Clear EP on Fabriano Watercolor paper.
I dusted off my Derwent Inktense Colored Pencils to color. As the name suggests these pencils are a little more vibrant than my Watercolor Faber Castell Pencils. Also Derwent Inktense can be used with water or Gamsol. I don't usually like working with a Water Brush, preferring to just dip a fine paintbrush in to water.... Gives me more more control over how much water I am adding. 

 I heat embossed Autumn on the inside.

The leaves are shiny! I added Viva Clear Glass Pen to the top of the leaves.... in an attempt to disguise the lackluster coloring! 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Flourishes Timeless Tuesdays #239 - Do it with DOTS!

Welcome to a new FTTC post for Flourishes! 
Allison is our hostess for today and she has a really different kind of challenge for you!  
Create a card using dots to colour your back ground and/or image. Not sure what that means? Here are some links to check out some ideas.... 

Click here to see an example!
Notice how the the ground is made of dots?

Click here to see an example!
See how the leafy tree is colored?

See what the Timeless Tuesday ladies have created for your inspiration today:
Jenny Gropp - you are here!
Kathy Roneyour September guest designer

 I've always loved this set, Doves and Holly, it's so pretty!
I stepped out the coloring process with the markers in the pictures below.

 I used the out of the box technique with a circle die, letting a few bits of the image remain outside of the circle. I did a very light background using C0. 

 Now for the challenge part.... THE DOTS! I used Copic E43 to make very teensy little dots in the center of the background. 

 The Doves.... You can see the markers in the pic above. I forgot the beak and the feet and later went back with a W7 to color them.

 Here are the Copic Markers I used to finish coloring the image.

I added a little swirl from a die cut to embellish. The sentiment and bit of holly are both in the Dove and Holly stamp set. 

Here's the up close picture. Layers are popped up with foam tape for dimension.  I added some shine to the berries using a Viva Clear Pen - the difference between this and Glossy Accents is that the Viva holds dimension- drying in a more pearl like shape rather than flat. Finished card is 5" Square and opens at the bottom, tent style. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Impression Obsession - Spooky Owl!

Happy Thursday... the weekend is almost here! Today the new Impression Obsession CHallenge starts. Our theme is to use "Something that Flies" it can be dies, stamps... whatever! So come on and join us for this fun and easy 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

Here's the links to check out the DT's flying designs for today!

Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat - you are here!
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft 
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio

 I started with the Owl Tree image as my "flying" part of the challenge. The background in the image was so dark... it made me think of Halloween, so that's the direction I took. 

 I cut the owl out using a circle nestie and sized to fit behind the Circle Frame Die. I airbrushed a little W5 around the edge. I also colored all other leaves and branches with the W1... leaving the owl only white.

 The Owl and Sleepy Hollow are popped up with foam tape for dimension. I really tried to NOT put a bow on it... but I caved. It just looked naked with out a bit of ribbon! I ragged the black seam binding to fit more in to the Halloween theme. I added a little glossy accents to the owls for a little extra shine.

Here's the inside with the branches stamped down the side. And I snuck a little black cat in the mix... every Halloween card needs a little black kitty. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Henry hanging out....

 This cute little spider is named Henry! You can find him here in the NEW Prickley Pear Store. PPRS has revamped their entire web store and it looks great! Make sure to stop in and check it out!

 I stamped Henry thee times and drew the little dangling lines in using a Micron pen.  After stamping the Happy Halloween I curled the banner and popped it up with Collal (Dimensional Silicone.)

I added a few leftovers on the inside and stamped this wicked little kitty in the corner. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #238 - Let it Shine!

Welcome to a new FTTC post for Flourishes! Cheryl is our hostess for today and she has a really clever challenge for you! She says the challenge is "Let it Shine" this week! What does that mean? Just incorporate some kind of light source in your card  - lamp, candle, sunshine... any kind of light source! Check out what enlightened projects the Timeless Tuesday ladies have created for your inspiration today:

Jenny Gropp - you are here!
Kathy Roneyour September guest designer

 I went with a candle as my light source for the challenge, using the Christmas Candles set. I cut the image out using the Perfectly Pierced Hourglass Die

 To create a little glow.... I used a circle punch to create a mask and did a little quick airbrushing using Copic Y11.

 The center panels are all popped up using foam tape for dimension. On the glass I added a very thin coat of Crackle Accents to add a little shine. Glossy Accents on the little berries around the hurricane glass.

Here is the inside.... The sentiment is also from the same Christmas Candle Set. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

SSCB #19 Tri Shutter Card

We have some exciting news this challenge!  We've added Karen Amidon to the design team!  You've already seen her work because she's been playing along with the challenges.  We've been so impressed with her projects and just knew she would be a great addition to the team.  Hop on over to her new blog "Paper Lilies and Ink" to give her a welcome when you get a chance! 

Challenge #19 Tri Shutter Card!  Use your favorite Serendipity Stamp image to create a tri shutter card for any occasion   You must include at least one Serendipity Stamps image (Stamp or Die) on your project.  You can find a tutorial here  Check out the Serendipity Challenge Blog for all the details of how to join along in the challenge. 

Free Shipping on all online orders right now until September 18, 2013.

 The team created some really great designs, hop along and check them out! 

Jenny - you are here!

 Here's the front of the tri shutter card all closed up.

 Here's the middle. I added the Witching You sentiment on the imside. A little blank space on the printed paper at the end to sign your name and a short message. 

 Here are the Copics I used to color up Witchy!

  • Stamps by Serendipty Stamps: 749E Witching You, 795H Witch
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: DP from Authentique's Thrilling Collection, Green, Black, Orange
  • Other: Misc. Ribbon, Bow Easy Tool, Foam Tape, Copics, Perfect Layer Rulers

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Timeless Tuesday #237 - Make an Impression

Holiday Topiaries

Welcome to Day 2 of our fabulous September release week! Today both of our Friends of Flourishes Team and our Design Team will be showcasing a wonderful new stamp set created by our beloved artist Marcella Hawley. Marcella has packed this beautiful 4x6 stamp set called "Holiday Topiaries" with an array of beautiful holiday decorated greenery and 3 seasonal sentiments to match their holiday vibe. This sweet holiday stamp set will surely make an appearance on your homemade cards, handmade gifts, tags and more this season! 


Don't forget...  Hidden among the Design Team’s blogs today is our Mystery Blogger of the day. Comment on her blog and you could be chosen to win today’s set! The more you comment, the better your chances, so comment away!


If you would like a chance at winning all five of our soon-to-be released September sets…
  • You can play in our Get in Shape Challenge – we will have multiple winners there! Deadline for entries is FRIDAY September 13th at 5 PM EST. Check out the link for the official rules!
  • All five of our September sets can be pre-ordered now, even before you see them all! Take advantage our New Release Bundle and get 10% off when you purchase all five sets together in a bundle. This discount will be available for only 1 week following the release.
  • All sets will be live first thing Friday morning along with the coordinating cut files for this release.
  • Come back to the Flourishes Blog Saturday for the Winner’s Circle where we’ll announce all of our winners of this weeks’ challenges!
Our Timeless Tuesday Challenge this week is from Katie...
"Make a Good Impression" - Incorporate dry embossing somewhere on your card or project. It could be an embossing folder, stencils, or even a household item for your embossing....just make sure you "Make a Good Impression"! (FTTC237)

I love new release week! Happy to share a card made with the new Holiday Topiaries with you today! What an easy challenge for you to play along with us too! I used an embossing folder in the background with a basket weave pattern. And I also used a nestie to emboss only. 

I cut out the the outside layer nestie first, then I added the inside nestie and embossed only. I used a heavy weight card stock so that when embossing only it would not cut through.

Here are my Copics for the card. Pretty sweet and simple today! I airbrushed a bit while the nestie was still in the die. I also added the piercing detail by hand, using the edge of the nestie as a guide. 

After putting things together I added a little Glossy Accents to the red berries. I added Crackle Accents to the planter. 

Here's the inside. I added the sentiment stamped in red, it's also in the new Holiday Topiaries Set! The finished card is an A2 and opens tent style at the bottom.