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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Ghost Hill!

I love the curves and loads of layers going on here....and of course the little ghosty is frighteningly cute!  For the curved pieces, I used the Hill Layer Dies. Lots of foam tape and stacking up multiple die cuts give this card a lot of dimension.

Look at those skinny mini layers... I used the 1/16" edge of my Perfect Layer Rulers to add the mats. Those tiny extra layers add so much extra pop to your card. I added the little jute string along the curves by applying a small line of glue with a fineline applicator and just laying the string down. It seems tedious but it is pretty easy! I also aded some Stitched Rectangle Dies in to the mix... love the little stitch details.

Little tip: Cut your die cuts multiple times and glue them in a stack to get a more substantial looking element on your card. The trick or treat die and the ghosty are three layers glued together. Three ghosts with green behind them for his eyes.... looks so much better with a little dimension. Layers of your borders, layers of your die cuts... MORE is always better!

I added layers on the inside too... always use up your scraps and make the inside as finished as the front! The kitty is from the new Boo Die Set from Impression Obsession... love any kitty die!  I added another of the cut hill borders along the bottom and included the Haunting Night sentiment.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Impression Obsession - Poinsettia Christmas

Yippppeee... I'm excited to share some of the new dies from Impression Obsession with you today! It's all dies on the front... so easy. Just cutting and glueing!
 There are two Poinsettia Die Sets. 
The leaves were cut using the large flower.

I used just the flourishes from this new set.
 I cut them in gold and added them in here and there under the flower.

I love the versatility in this die!
You can use it on the front or the inside and as a whole or snip it apart!



Check out this great Poinsettia! It comes in two die sets with a total of 6 flower sizes. The dies have great details and you can see all the veins imprint quite nicely on the paper.

On the inside I added a simple stamped sentiment and used up more of the frame die cuts to finish off the card. Card is an A2.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #47 - Part 2

SSCB#47 -  Backgrounds!  For this month's challenge we're asking you to put away the patterned paper and create your own background.  There are so many popular techniques - watercolor, multiple stamped images, distress - the choice is yours - any theme - any occasion - just make sure you include at least one Serendipity Stamps image on your design!!

Our favorite design will receive our winner blog badge and one random winner of this challenge will receive a $20 discount off their next order from Serendipity Stamps.You have until midnight US Eastern Standard Time on October 5 to link your project. The winner and our next challenge will be posted on October 7, 2015. 

The stamp of the month shown below is 50% OFF.

Check out the background techniques the DT used this week:
Diane Jaquay - Special September Guest!


I'm still catching up from being out of town so it's sweet and simple with my Hello card this week. I can't seem to put this kraft ink away. I just love the exact match to kraft paper. I used making tape to cover up and continue stamping the postcard image to fill in the entire background. 

I cut the Hello die four times and glued them in a stack. It looks like a little piece of wood or chipboard.

On the inside I added the Little Note sentiment. I sponged the edges of everything with the same kraft ink I stamped with. Finished card is an A2.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Boo Shaker!

HAPPHAUNTING!

Ghost, goblins and spooks...oh my! Even if you don't send out Halloween cards, you have to admit that they are really fun to make. When else can you pair orange, green and purple and have it look cute? Join the IO team and play along in our challenge to win a $25 Impression Obsession gift certificate. Just use IO stamps or dies, create and link up! You don't have to have a blog to play!
For more challenge info you can go here to the IO Blog.

Check out the cards the DT has created for you today:

 This new Boo Die is a great focal point for an easy Halloween card! I used some rubbery kind of paper I had in my stash to cut it out and also added a coat of Black Wink of Stella over the top --- as usual Stella doesn't like to show up on the pictures... but it's shimmery and shiny in person! On all the paper layers I sponged a little back ink around the edges.

 I have a generous bag of these metallic sequins, so instead of just putting a little in to the shaker pouch - I filled it to the brim! They still rattle around and shake. I framed the shaker pouch with the Shaker Die Cut, using the houndstooth orange paper. I hand cut the additional black layer. I used black foam tape to raise up the Boo from the shaker pouch.

On the inside, I used the spooky sentiment from the clear set If the Broom Fits. I used just a portion of one of the new Halloween Landscape Layers to embellish the corner.... love that scraggly looking tree. Finished card is 5" square.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

When it's your birthday...


How fun is this little old lady jumping for joy? She's jumping up and down cause it's not her turning older! Her name Lillie and its an image from the fun Art Impressions. After coloring her up with Copics I used a Wobble to pop her up so she wiggles and jumps as soon as you pick up the card.

Here are the Copics I used to color Lillie. She's a little on the skinny side so I had to cut the wobble down so you don't see it sticking out behind her. To trim in the tiny little areas I used an Xacto knife. I added a little jute string detail around the oval die cut... not as tedious as it seems. I used a fineline applicator to put a small line of glue down and just laid the string along the glue. 

I've used my Mini Perfect Layer Rulers to add all the yummy layers on the card. The smallest ruler has a 1/16" edge and its my favorite and most used... those skinny little layers are ideal for card size projects.

I die cut some border edges from the patterned paper and wanted to layer them up. I used the Perfect Ruler and my grid mat to hold everything in place and cut a clean measured edge. 

On the inside I always use up the left over paper. Also if you have lots of layers on the front... carry it through to the inside for a nicely balanced and finished card. 


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #47 -Stamp a Background!

SSCB#47 -  Backgrounds!  This week we're asking you to put away the patterned paper and create your own background.  There are so many popular techniques - watercolor, multiple stamped images, distress - the choice is yours - any theme - any occasion - just make sure you include at least one Serendipity Stamps image on your design!!


Our favorite design will receive our winner blog badge and one random winner of this challenge will receive a $20 discount off their next order from Serendipity Stamps.You have until midnight US Eastern Standard Time on October 5 to link your project. The winner and our next challenge will be posted on October 7. 

Check out the latest specials going on at Serendipity!
I took a peek and the DT is definitely ready for fall... some great inspiration with the new fall images! 
Diane Jaquay - Special September Guest!


We are just starting to see the first hint of fall coming here in Atlanta! I think it's by far my most favorite season... crisp cool weather and beautiful colors of the changing leaves! I used the whimsical little leaves from the new Fall Pops stamp set.

I used a combination of Copics... putting spots of color down and then using the yellows to smooth and blend the colors together. I used Spellbinder's Grand Circles to cut out the circle panel. I traced a black line along the inside of the die prior to taking the paper out of the die.

I used some of the Copics to just scribble a quick blend on to white paper and then die cut the new Autumn Die. You can see my blending is not smooth on the paper at all. When you cut it out... you "see" the die cut rather than the small color transition lines. Try it!

I added a banner for my word die. I gently curved the banner and then used paper silicone to pop it up to hod the curve of the banner. Can't resist the adding of a little loopy bow! Just can't!

 I added the new Take Time sentiment on the inside.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Serendipity Fall Blog Hop!


Welcome to this month's blog hop from Serendipity Stamps! Some great dies and stamps for this month! Hop around and see what the DT has to show off today. You can find all the new items hereJoin in by commenting on all the blogs for a chance to win a $20 Gift certificate to the SS StoreLeave comments through Monday September 7. Mary will announce the winner on her blog Tuesday Sept 8.

If you're in the mood to shop take advantage of the special going on right now - 
Buy 3 get a 4th FREE! Special id good Thursday 9/3 through Monday 9/7

You should be arriving here from Jeanne Jachna's blog.

If you are starting from the beginning of the hop, here's the list!
Lots of little cute fall images in this release. Quick and easy to color! I stamped this fun little pumpkin duo multiple times and did a little fussy cutting to make them dimensional. This is one image in a set of stamps called Fall Pops and the sentiment is also included. The images are large enough to go on a card and also small enough they could be used to create some seasonal place cards if you are decorating your Thanksgiving table.

A little airbrushing and piercing to add detail. The pumpkin was stamped three times and then cut up to give it a honeycomb look.

On the inner panel I added a few little die cut acorns from the Oak Leaf Set to embellish. I used my paper scraps as usual to complete the inside. Finished card is an A2.

If you are hopping along - Your next stop is Julie Warner!
  • Stamps and Dies by Serendipity Stamps: Fall Pops #1372QCL, Oak Leaf Die Set #035DS
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Misc. Pattern Paper, Orange, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Kraft
  • Other: Foam Tape, Jute String, Copics, Perfect Layer Rulers, MFT Cross Stitched Rectangle Die Stax, Spellbinder's Oval Dies, White Gel Pen, Corner Chomper

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Impression Obsession - Feathered Friends

Feathered Friends... that's this week's challenge from Impression Obsession. Flamingos, birds, owls, swans... dies or stamps, just feature something that has a feather! Join the IO Team and play along in our challenge for a chance to win a $25 Impression Obsession gift certificate. Just use IO stamps or dies, create and link up! You don't have to have a blog to play! 
For more challenge info you can go here to the IO Blog.

Check out the cards featuring feathered friends the DT has for you today:


I grabbed this little Halloween Owl for today's challenge... I saw those eyes and thought of the eyeball paper I had in my stash. I used decorative circle frames from the Circle- All in One Frame Set.

 Here are the Copics I used to color the image. I used BG53 to airbrush while the image was still in the die. A fine tip black pen added the little pen stitches in, using the inside of the die as a guide.

 I added the Eat, Drink, be Scary sentiment on the inside and used up my leftover papers to decorate the inside. All of my skinny layers are done with my Perfect Layer Rulers.

I added foam tape behind some of the elements to add a little dimension. Finished card is an A2.