Friday, August 29, 2014

Serendipity Fall Blog Hop!

It's a Blog Hop with Serendipity Stamps! We are are showing off some new great Fall and Halloween stamps and dies! Hoppers have until September 1'st to leave a comment on the posts.... a random commenter will be chosen. The winner will be announced on the Serendipity Blog on September 2, 2014.   The Prize?  A $20 gift code off your next order.  Want a second chance to win?  Like us and Share Serendipity on Facebook!  Facebook winner will also receive $20 off their next order.

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

 Of course I was gonna color up the Kitty and Jack image for my first project! 

 I airbrushed using V25 and V28, masking the moon. Warm Greys on the rock wall a,d the Cool Greys are used on the kitty.

 On the pumpkin I added Crackle Accents to give it a little shine and texture. On the moon there is a fines sheen of holographic glitter...but it doesn't how in the pics! =(  I used foam tape between the layers to add dimension. 

 Here's the inside... simply stamped with the Fraidy Cat Sentiment along with some simple side layers to bring the colors inside too.

I wanted to make a CAS card with the new Boo die... love this easy and fun die! 

 I cut the Boo out a white piece of paper. I ran the paper thru the spider web embossing folder. I then used my small brayer to ink up and brayer over the embossed panel, so that the web lines would remain white.

This is the back side of the card front.
 I cut the Boo die out of the card base as well and added a piece of acetate in between the layers. My die placement was a tad off but it worked out fine... I cut the die in black and glued it in and it ended up giving me a little black under shadow from the front side.

 You can see the black die fits in flush with the paper and is not messy looking at all.

 Here's the inside of the card with one of my favorite sentiments... Have a Wicked Good Day!

I tried to take a picture so that you could see the acetate... but this was the best I could manage! 

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

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Impression Obsession - Friendship Kitty

It's Thursday which brings new challenge  with Impression Obsession! Our theme for this week's challenge is  Friendship. Play along with us for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate! Lots of new rubber and new dies are in the shop! Find all the details on how to enter your card on the Impression Obsession Blog

See what the team inked up this week:

Jenny Gropp - You are here!

I've been in the mood to color... I chose this Gary Robertson image, Cat Nap, to play with for this week's friendship challenge. I folded my card base and then ran the folded piece of paper through my Vagabond with the Border Die to create the perfectly lined up edges. After adding a couple of layers to mat my image, I used the new photo corner dies on the opposite corners to embellish.

 I used a lot of Copics on the image. Mainly because I was just playing around and watching Netflix while I colored. My cat was originally grey, but I kept coloring and then it wasn't grey any more!

Chair Legs - E55, E57, E59
Cat - C5, C7, C9, E34
Shading under chair - W1, W2
All other colors were mixed up and used on the quilt.

I guess they knew that I was posting a kitty card! Typically as soon as I turn the light tent on... here come the cats. Tonight was no exception. Luckily, I got my card pics in quickly. They love to sit in the tent when the lights are on... diva cats for sure that want to be in the spotlight. Z is the black cat and the oldest, Thumbelina is the little sister that constantly antagonizes him. As soon as the lights went out in the tent they were off and running. They look a little menacing in this picture, but they are both sweeties! 

 Here's the up close. I used the Thinking of You sentiment from the new clear set Basic Greetings, love this set it has every greeting you could need! I inked it up with brown ink and then tapped it in black to get a mixed of the two colors.

On the inside, of course I had to add a little kitty die! I used a photo corner die again as well.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Serendipity Stamps - Holiday Thinking of You

Our monthly Serendipity Stamps Challenge continues for August. This challenge is sweet and simple... just make a card with a "Miss you" or "Thinking of You" theme. Find all the details of how to play along with us on the Serendipity Blog. The DT was supposed to use the same image as we did on our last challenge card.... BUT my scratchy notes did not reflect that. So.... I'm wearing my dunce hat with my Christmas card. The DT was also supposed to "fussy cut" something on our cards... and I did manage to do that!

Check out the eye candy:

We still have a special guest designer with us this month... the talented Kecia Waters! Kecia's blog is Stamping Deets, check her out... your jaw will drop over Kecia's amazing coloring!!! 

Since I failed to read the directions about using my ghost image again from the last challenge... I have a Christmas Card to share with you today. I wish I was that person who started with the Holiday cards and tasks ahead of time. Sadly, I'm not. I used the Holiday Mailbox today, it's an easy color and allows for some sparkle to be added with the snow areas.

 After stamping with Memento Tuxedo Black, I cut it out with a Spellbinder's Circle Nestie. I airbrushed with Copic B00 and added some piercing around the inside edge of the die.

 Here are the colors I used to color the rest of the image. You can see I fussy cut a second bird and bow to pop up over the image for dimension.

 I used foam tape for dimension in between layers. I gently rounded my cut out bird and bow and popped them up using Collall - Dimensional Silicone. I added a little Viva Holographic Glitter Pen for sparkle. I also die cut a few little fir sprig branches to add under the popped up bow.

On the inside I added the Thinking of You sentiment, stamped in Memento's Cottage Ivy. This is a great bright Holiday Green! Finished card is 5" square.

Monday, August 18, 2014

PPC and Xyron Pair up this week!

Perfect Paper Crafting and Xyron are pairing up and sharing projects this week! Lots of great inspiration from the Design Teams and good tips for using Xryron's products! Hop around and leave a little comment love for the designers for a chance to win prizes all week! We will announce the winner of our $50 gift cert. Monday Aug. 25. Here is the lineup for our hop.

Xyron - will post every day only on their blog!

I found this little fruit paper in Bo Bunny's Lemonade Stand 6x6 Collection and immediately thought it would pair up nicely with the little Mixed Drink Dies! I added the Birthday Wishes, cut twice and layered from IO's Greeting Die Set.
 I was very happy to get a chance to work with some Xyron products, I had never used their Adhesive Dots or their High Tack Tape, and I really was impressed with both! I used the Adhesive Dots to apply my bow... super strong! I tried out the double sided tape on all my paper layers. It is thin, tearable very similar to ScorPal tape.... but it seems much stronger than Scorpal tape. 

 I added a 1/16" layer to the inside liner using my Perfect Layer Rulers. I stamped the "Party Time" sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black.

 I'm always on the lookout for strong adhesive for small die cut pieces. I used the Xyron glue stick to apply my word die cuts. I made this easy holiday tag using the Greeting Dies and my Perfect Rulers for Layers.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Impression Obsession - CAS Flip out!

It's Thursday which means a new challenge starts up with Impression Obsession! Our theme for this week's challenge is CAS - Clean and Simple. Play along with us for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to shop for some new rubber from IO! Find all the details on how to enter your card on the Impression Obsession Blog

The gang's all present this week!
See what the ladies came up with this week with our CAS theme:

Jenny Gropp - You are here!
 CAS... so not my favorite. Two themes that will really challenge me - water coloring and CAS! I know CAS and keeping things simple should be easy... but I usually spend more time on a card like today's post than something with a large coloring job and nine layers! It may sound strange, but it's true! For today's card, I paired up the sentiment from an older clear set Flip Out and brand new Flip Flop Dies.

 I die cut the bottom of the Flip Flops out of orange card stock and then I used the NEW Gingham Texture background (LOVE) to add a subtle design. I used the Tiny Flowers Die to fancy up the flip flops!

On the inside, I added the "Thanks" die from the new Greeting Die Set and a smaller pair of Flip Flops. The card is an A2 size. No bow, no foam tape... I'm still in shock.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Serendipity Stamps SSCB#34 - Miss you!

It's August already!! How does time go so fast? Welcome to a new challenge from Serendipity Stamps! This challenge is sweet and simple... just make a card with a "Miss you" theme. Find all the details of how to play along with us on the Serendipity Blog. We are also making CAS - Clean and Simple cards this week! Lots of beautiful inspiration from the Design Team! 

Check out the eye candy:

We also have a special guest designer with us this month... a warm welcome to my pal Kecia Waters! Kecia's blog is Stamping Deets, check her out... your jaw will drop over Kecia's amazing coloring!!! 

 Yep, that's right, it's a little ghostie missing you card.... what can I say.... I had Halloween papers all over the desk and I was still in the mood! 
And yes... this is CAS! It's just a few cool die cuts put together!! I used Karen Burniston's new O Ring Accordion Die... but kept it simple and just made a tent card, in keeping with the simple challenge rule for today!

 I airbrushed around my little ghostie. You can see my lazy masking job. No need to worry about the green in the pumpkin as I'm gonna color over it. LAZY... I know! I added some piercing around the inside edge of the die.

 Quickie color job with Copics to finish it up! 

 You can see the front of the card in the above picture... I wanted to show that it has the center circle suspended in an open window! Easy to create with the dies and makes for a different card! 

On the inside I added the fun Boo! sentiment along with the little miss you! Perfect for a fun Halloween card that needs to go across the miles! 

Friday, August 1, 2014


We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!
Welcome to DAY FIVE of the 2014 Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Release Blog Hop!
The more blogs you visit and comment on each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!  The hop will start each day with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST. Each day one of the IO designer blogs will be chosen randomly and a winner will be selected from comments on that blog at 10pm CT. The winner will be announced the following day along with the participating blogs for that day on the Impression Obsession BlogSo….if you miss a day or time deadline your comments will still count for a chance to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate! Two prizes will be awarded on the last day of the hop. One will be for Friday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week. Both Friday winners will be announced on the IO Blog on Saturday, August 2nd. All of the new stamps you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW!

Here's your hop list for today.... ENJOY!!!
Ellen Taylor - off this week
Jenny Gropp - You are here!
Big thanks to all of you that have been hopping along with us all week long! Impression Obsession has such loyal followers - I recognize names that have been playing along in our challenges and hopping along with every release for years! Thank you for your fantastic comments this week and supporting IO! 
 I thought I'd finish off the hop with a fun and EASY Halloween card. I used stamps from two new clear Halloween sets: Is the Moon out Tonight and Creepy. I added a little scalloped edge along the side of the card using Border Die Duo 2. Of course I manged to work my two "standards" in... piercing and a bow!

 I stamped the verse multiple times from the Creepy set. I sponged a little black around the edges and added a 1/16" Border mat using my Perfect Layer Rulers. After adding the mat then I cut out a circle using my nesties. I used a hard bristle brush to add a little messy Copic Opaque White paint.

My sentiment is popped up on the white layer behind the verse panel, leaving a little recessed area in between the circles. The corner had just enough room for a little die cut black cat!

Here's the inside... of course every halloween needs a little spider! I added the Fancy Cut Out Border Die along the side. I made a little banner from the Boo sentiment.