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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Impression Obsession - Are we there yet?

The Impression Obsession Team is all about travel and vacations today! Our challenge theme is Are we there yet? so take a vacation "on paper" and play along with us! Find all the details of how to play along with us on the IO Blog.
Check out what the ladies came up with this week:

Ellen Taylor - off this week!
Jenny Gropp - You are here!

 I was in the mood to color so I went for a Gary image today, Buoy Scene. Sadly, there isn't a little kitty hidden in this scene! I snapped some pics along the way so you can see the Copic colors I used. Since the image was fairly busy, I kept the layers and embellishments pretty simple.

 I used the very tip of my pen to add very small little dots in the sand. I didn't want to overwhelm a busy image with a lot of colors so I used the same blues for sky and water. 


The lighthouse got a little dark, so I used a White Sharpie Pen to add some white back in to center.  After I was finished coloring with Copics, I aded a little shimmer with the Wink of Stella Pen to the sun, crab, starfish and sailboat. Too bad Stella doesn't show in pictures.
I used the Square Border Die again on the inside, backing it with the blue paper. I also stamped a summer sentiment from the clear set Sun & Fun.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #32 - Window Card


This week the Serendipity DT challenge is about making a window card... and the DT was also given the added twist of making it an accordion card. You can always play along with our challenges with a chance to win a gift certificate! You can fins all the info to enter on the Serendipity Challenge Blog.

Check out what the ladies came up with... some amazing designs this week!!
With July 4th around the corner I was inspired by Authentique's Pride paper collection.  I used Karen Burniston's Accordion Die Set to create my card base. In the center I used the Porch Flag image, only coloring the flag. I used just a portion of the Land of the Free sentiment, framing it with my Perfect Layer Rulers.

I used E50 and E81 behind the flag and removed a little color using the Blender Solution and a rag. Simple coloring on the flag as there is not a lot of room for shading. I chose my Copic colors to match up with the printed paper.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Serendipity Stamps Summer Blog Hop - Day Three

It's Day Three of the Serendipity Summer Blog Hop. We are showing off new rubber and new dies with lots of neat ideas to inspire! Hop around and leave a little comment love for a chance to win a gift certificate to have a little shopping spree! The more you comment, the greater your chance to win!  You can comment through Tuesday and the winner will be announced on Wednesday on the Serendipity Blog

Check out the Design Team's creations!
  Here is the HOP order:

And I think to myself....  This is my favorite stamp from the release! I love it... can you read it with out singing the song in your head? I bet not! Julie wowed me yesterday with her Christmas Card using this image! My first thought was to make a holiday card but after seeing Julie's card,bI decided to go in a different direction. I thought it could be paired up nicely with a Congratulations theme. The rich floral paper is called "Enchantment" from Graphic 45's new Halloween Collection An Eerie Tale

I cut the floral pattern for the front and also the panel for the inside layer using a stitched rectangle die from MFT's Blueprints 15 set, it fits an A2 card front perfectly. The little black sliver was cut with Cheery Lynn's Quilling Die. The beautiful Congratulations Script stamps so crisply using Versafine Onyx Black.

I used the Corner DIe from the Floral Frame Set, cutting it out of kraft and glueing it to the ivory panel before running it all through an embossing folder. The kraft colored medallion die cut is from Spellbinder's Heirloom Legacy Die Set. I airbrushed a little Copic YR14 and YR31 over the image before removing it from the die. Foam tape is added between layers for dimension. Finished card is an A2 and opens at the bottom, tent style.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Serendipity Summer Blog Hop - Day 2!


It's Day 2 of the Serendipity Summer Blog Hop. We are showing off new rubber and new dies with lots of neat ideas to inspire! Hop around and leave a little comment love for a chance to win a gift certificate to have a little shopping spree! The more you comment, the greater your chance to win!  You can comment through Tuesday and the winner will be announced on Wednesday on the Serendipity Blog
Check out the Design Team's creations!

  Here is the HOP order:


 I've got a Happy Birthday card to share today. I'm loving all the new word dies that Serendipity came out with recently. And now we have a few companion stamps to match up with them, in this case I used the Birthday sentiment. I die cut the Happy twice adding a little white shadow behind the black. I also cut small pieces of foam tape and popped Happy up for dimension. A little ribbon wrapping and button and bow to embellish. 

Here's the inside.... the new Peacock Nouveau image inspired my paper choice. I popped up the bird on the inside, it didn't add too much bulk, and it really made it stand out. Finished card is 4 1/2" x 5" and opens tent style.


Friday, June 13, 2014

Serendipity Summer Blog Hop - Day 1!



New rubber and new dies.... Serendipity just keeps the new stuff coming! We are showing it all off for the next three days! Hop around and leave a little comment love for a chance to win a gift certificate to have a little shopping fun! The more you comment, the greater your chance to win!  You can comment through Tuesday and the winner will be announced on Wednesday on the Serendipity Blog

Check out the Design Team's creations!
  Here is the HOP order:
 
Jenny Gropp - you are here!


 Sunflowers just seem like the happiest of flowers so I had to pair the new Sunflower Die up with the new "Be Happy" sentiment. I pulled out my Graphic 45 French Country papers to hunt down this pretty sunflower paper. 

 On the inside I added a strip of the G45 Sunflower paper but left it blank for an any occasion card. 

I added several layers of the flower over one another. I cut some of the back flower layers and extended them out giving me a little bit of a larger flower. I die cut the center three times and glued them all together and then ran them thru an embossing folder for a little added texture. A little foam tape in between some of the layers adds dimension. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Impression Obsession - Masculine Challenge

It's Thursday which means a new challenge starts from Impression Obsession! 
It's all about doing something something masculine for this challenge! 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 manly ideas the team came up with:

Ellen Taylor - off this week!
Jenny Gropp - You are here!


I went cowboy for this masculine challenge. I stamped the Rodeo Silhouette 2 image and the Ride Hard sentiment using Versafine Onxy Black. After Stamping I cut it out with a rectangle die and added my piercing around the edge. I left it in the die and added a few layers of Copic Airbrushing using E07, E44 and E47. After airbrushing I used the Copic Fur Technique to add a little texture to the colored background. I also added a few dabs of smudged black ink.

 Simple layers on the inside.

I used my Perfect Layer Rulers to add lots of straight line layers. The main panel has some black jute string wrapped around it with the hardware brads for a little more of a manly touch. I refrained from adding a bow - it was difficult. I popped the main image panel up with foam tape for simension. The finished card is an A2 and opens tent style at the bottom. 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #32 - Window Card

Hi! I'm baaccck after a little blog break! My craft room has been sorted (somewhat) and I'm back in the stamping groove! Today brings a new challenge for June from Serendipity Stamps! You can always play along, we would love to have you! Find all the details of how to enter our challenge on the Serendipity Challenge Blog. This challenge is all about creating an opening or window in our cards using a die. 

Make sure and check out what the ladies have come up with today!
Jenny Gropp - you are here!

 Since Father's Day is right around the corner, so I thought I would go masculine today...  adding the Happy Father's Day sentiment. I got my fishy inspiration from Miriam! For an added element of fun we were to draw inspiration from a fellow Design Team Member's Card - I chose this card below by Miriam to get the creative juices flowing! You can read about here card HERE.
I used MFT's Rectangle Frame Dies to create my window frames - popping them up with foam tape. Behind the frame I distressed the edge of the aqua panel using a Blackbird Cat's Eye and also stamped the Fish Image several times, using first, second and third generation stampings. 
 I stamped my focal fish on pattern paper that had a hint of light tan polks dots - towards the tail portion. I thought it looked like scales a bit. I used a few Copics to add some light color: BG00, Y000 and G00. After I colored the fish, I made him sparkle using my beloved WInk of Stella Pen. It's hard to see in the picture but it was a perfect accent to make it look wet and shimmery! I curved the fish a bit and adhered it using dimensional silicone for paper (collall). I also inked the edges of the fish with the blackbird cats eye ink.

On the inside I just added some of my left over paper and a little strip of Bo Bunny black and white washi tape. Finished card is an A2 and opens tent style. And of course.... even a man card with a fish on it can carry off a bow!