Friday, January 31, 2014

Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop - DAY THREE!

It's Day Three of the Hop and I hope you've enjoyed seeing all the designs with the new dies! I think we've saved the cutest die for the end. Today is all about the new Ladybug Die and darling Ladybug Hug Sentiment.

Follow the hop to see what all the ladies did with the Ladybug! Leave comments for the designers and a random comment will be chosen each day to receive a gift certificate to shop at Serendipity! Hoppers have until Feb 5 to leave a comment winners will be posted on Feb 7, 2014 on the Serendipity Blog.

Here's the Hop Order:
Jenny Gropp - you are here!

 I just know I have ladybug paper somewhere in my stash.... but I gave up the hunt and decided to make my own paper! I adore this ladybug die and coordinating sentiment. I know this die will see a lot of use! Red, black and white color schemes are my favorite and perfect for the ladybug, which can be sent for an anytime hello card! 

Creating the background paper was quick and easy! 
 I stamped the ladybug randomly using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I used a circle punch to create a little template I could fit over the stamped image and trace the outline of the circle.

 Next I punched the same size circles out of Eclipse Tape - Masking Tape. I covered my ladybug circles.

 I stamped the Ladybug Hugs sentiment multiple times going over the masked ladybugs. I used Versafine Black Onyx ink to stamp the sentiment.

 Last step was to add some quick color to the bugs! 

 I cut a panel out of my homemade paper. I added some tiny piercing around the edges while my panel was still in the die.

Here's the close up. I added my ladybug die cut... curving it a bit. I used Collall Silicone to apply it so that it would remain in place and maintain the curve. 

  • Stamps and Dies by Serendipity Stamps: Ladybug Die #1295ED, Ladybug Hugs #1296E, Ladybug #900B
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Red Peppermint Bazzill Heavy Weight, Black Linen by Neenah, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Misc. Gingham Ribbon, Bow Easy Tool, Spellbinder's A2 Curved Matting Basics Set A and Set B, Spellbinder's Circle and Scalloped Circle Nesties, Nellie's Circle Dies, Piercing Tool, Collall Silicone

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Serendipity Blog Hop - Day Two!

Welcome back to Day Two of the Serendipity Blog Hop! Today we are all showcasing the very cute new Bunny Die!
 Hop around and leave a little comment love for the designers and a random comment will be chosen each day to receive a gift certificate to shop at Serendipity! Hoppers have until Feb 5 to leave a comment winners will be posted on Feb 7.

Here's the Hop Order:
Jenny Gropp - you are here!

 Of course the bunny is perfect for Easter, but I took a different path again today and made a new baby card! I think it could easily be used for a boy baby too... just change up the colors. I pulled out the heat gun and white embossed the Congratulations sentiment using Detail EP which really shows off how fine the script stamps. I adhered the pink bunny to the white and hand cut the border. I die cut the bunny a second time in green and pieced the flowers centers in to place.

The green panels were embossed with a Sizzix Folder using a heavier weight paper... but the embossing was really deep and it was busy next to the small flower paper. I ran it through my Vagabond with just two smooth paper shims to smooth it out just a little bit. It left me with the pattern still visible and not competing as much with the busy print paper. 

Blank on the inside! I added my paper leftovers as usual! I cut the card base using Spellbinder's Grand Scalloped Squares. Finished card measures 5 1/4" square.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Serendipity Blog Hop - DAY ONE!

Today we are all showcasing one of the brand new dies that Serendipity Stamps just released. 
The CLOVER DIE is the focus for today's hop.

Here's the new Clover Die and new sentiment for St. Patty's Day!
Be sure and check out what the team came up with using the new die! I've seen some of the projects and they are very clever! Hop around and leave a little comment love for the designers and a random comment will be chosen each day to receive a gift certificate to shop at Serendipity! Hoppers have until Feb 5 to leave a comment winners will be posted on Feb 7.

Here's the Hop Order:

What can I say.... Valentine papers are still covering my desk and I wasn't quite ready to change holidays! 
 So I took a different road using my Clover Die today! 
I know.... No Clover! You can see below how I chopped up my Clover and used it for Valentine's Day! The plaid paper is Christmas left overs too... so I'm mixing up all the holidays! 

After cutting out my hearts, I adhered them to the ivory paper and ran them through with the die again to make the ivory paper puff up and emboss through the design.  Hard to see in the pictures, but above you can maybe see it in the large middle heart. I hand cut a skinny black layer around each heart to help it stand out from the plaid background.

Here's the inside. I added another die...Love...cutting it twice and glueing the black layer a little lower to create a shadow.

I just love creating card bases with the shaped die cuts! Using a heavier card stock is VERY helpful when doing this. If you don't have a heavy weight paper then double up and glue two pieces together before you cut... like on the inside layer of my card.
  • Dies by Serendipity Stamps: Clover Die, Love Die, Heart Scroll Die
  • Paper: Bazzill Peppermint Heavy Weight card stock, Black Linen, Plaid is from the 6x6 Bazzill Nordic Pines Collection
  • Other: Spellbinder's Decorative Labels Eight, Spellbinder's Labels Eight, Foam Tape, Bow Easy Tool, Misc. Ribbon, Cheery Lynn Quilling Strip Die (for black skinny line on inside)

Here's the Hop Order one more time:

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

FTTC#256 - Radiant Orchid


Hello fellow Flourishes fans! It's Tuesday and we're here with another fantastic Timeless Tuesday Challenge for you! Have you checked out the latest and greatest Gambler's Sale this week? You don't want to miss this... it's 20% off everything in the store. Things go fast, so shop now to ensure you get all those stamps on your "must have" list! Click here for more details and your shopping code. This week Allison is our hostess and she is challenging you to create using the newest Pantone Color of the year... Radiant Orchid... but any shade of purple will do!

FTTC256 Purple 

 According to the Pantone View, "Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute™ has been designating a Color of the Year to express in color what is taking place in the global zeitgeist. A color that will resonate around the world, the PANTONE Color of the Year is a reflection of what people are looking for, what they feel they need that color can help to answer. Not necessarily the hot fashion color of the moment, but a color crossing all areas of design which is an expression of a mood, an attitude, on the part of the consumers." Have fun using purple in your creations this week! This week, we have asked the Design Team to join us in celebrating the colour purple. Take a moment and leave some lavender love on each one of our designers this week!
I am positive I have never used this much purple on one card! It's not a "go to" color for me usually. I'm seeing it everywhere all of a sudden... PURPLE everything! This came together nice and easy with the new paper collection, Violet Crush, from Kaisercraft. I used the 12x12 sized papers... mixing in some white and black card stock. I used the stamp set Flower and Friends (now retired) for the sentiment and oval print on the front.

All of the coloring was super simple, really! No blending at all just coloring in different areas with the Copics.  The sentiment and flower on the inside panel are from the Sweet Nature set.

 I added foam tape between the layers to add dimension. As usual, I could not resist a bow and I topped it with a little Pave Grape Crystal

Here's the inside panel. The card base and several layers were all cut with Spellbinder's Curved Matting Basics - Set A and Set B. The finished card size is an A2.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Impression Obsession - Sweet Wishes

Sweet and simple for this little Valentine card! I used dies Spellbinder's Resplendent Rectangles to create the card base and layers. The Love Die is from Impression Obsession. I cut it twice out of red and white card stock, then pieced it back together so it has a nice flat front. 

On the inside I stamped the Sweet Wishes sentiment and then stamped the little string border in red. This string border will get a lot of use, I think it is too cute... build a little frame with it or add it along the edge, lots of ideas! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

FTTC#255 - Timeless Tuesday Challenge

Visit the Flourishes Blog to find out more details of how to lay along with our challenge for a chance to win and also see what is on sale!

Check out what the DT created for you today!
Cheryl Lea
Deborah Anton

Jenny Gropp  -  you are here!

 OK... so maybe I stretched the theme a bit today. I went with the theme of something NEW... a new stamp set. I inked up the new set Under the Big Top for my card today. Of course it reminded me of Graphic 45's Le Cirque paper... so I pulled out my stash! It was always so hard for me to cut in to my G45 papers, so I have quite a nice little stash! I've been better about using it the past year, rather than just hoarding it! All of the papers came from the 8x8 paper pad of Le Cirque.

 I airbrushed around the circle while it was still in the nestie and added some piercing. I added a little of the blue in on the dancing bear's dress.

 I stamped the ticket image and also airbrushed those using the same colors in my mine image. I then cut them both out and stacked them up using foam tape.

 Before assembling everything I used a CHestnut Roan Cats Eye ink pad to edge every element, giving it a more worn look. Foam Tape and my fluffy seam binding bow add a lot of dimension.

Here's the inside. Again, I edged everything with the chestnut roan ink pad. I added a few of my leftover paper elements to the inside liner. Finished card is 5 1/2" Square. To create the card base I used a die from Spellbinder's Creative Book Pages.

  • Stamps by Flourishes : Under the Big Top Stamp Set
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Chestnut Roan Cats Eye, Copic ABS
  • Paper: Graphic 45's 8x8 Le Cirque Collection, Black, Neenah Baronial Ivory, Yellow
  • Other: Spellbinder's Creative Book Pages, Black Seam Binding Ribbon, Bow Easy Tool, Foam Tapem, Adhesive Jewels, Bow Easy Tool, Copics

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Impression Obsession - Live, Love, Laugh...

New challenge for Impression Obsession begins today! 
The theme is let is LOVE! With all the new Valentines stamps and dies from IO this was a fun challenge! So come on and join us for this 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

Check out what "LOVELY" cards the team whipped up for your inspiration today:

Even though the challenge is about LOVE, I think this Live, Love, Laugh stamp could work for an any occasion card. I white heat embossed the image on black paper and created a chalkboard look by rubbing some white ink over the image. I stamped the heart portion on red paper cut it out and pieced it back in to the image. I also added a little glossy accents to the heart making it shine.

On the inside I added a few more layers, so the front would match the inside. I also used the Mini Heart Row Die along the bottom edge. I stamped the Unforgettable sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black and then the little heart in Versafine Crimson Red.