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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Serendipity Stamps - What's NEW Challenge #48 - Part 2

There is still time to play along in the Serendipity Stamps challenge.
For the whole month of October the challenge is to use your New Product... new stamp, new die, new anything!
Join in the fun for a chance to win a $20 SS gift certificate. Use anything new to you along with Serendipity products and link up! You can find all you need to know to play here on the SSCB

Our guest designer for October is Pam Simpson.
Check out her awesome blog at Pam's Crafts!

Here's what's new for the gals on the DT!

Pam Simpson...guestie!

 October's stamp of the month!
It's 50% OFF all month!!

 What's new on my card... some PINK INK! I inked up the Wood Background stamp with some Bubblegum Pink ink to use today. The wood panel is raised up with a layer of foam.  I inset the two circle frames together and then raised the pink portion up with die cut foam. Sweet and simple... tone on tone stamping is an easy thing and I always love the love the look. 

I cut out the Hope and Ribbon three times and stacked them up so they would be thick like a piece of chipboard.  Finished card is an A2.


Play along with us  to win!

  • Stamps and Dies by Serendipity: Wood Background #1320BK, Hope and Ribbon Die #030HD
  • Ink: MFT's Bubblegum Pink
  • Paper: Pink, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Lawn Fawn's Stitched Circles and Rectangles, Foam Tape, White Ribbon, Bow Easy Tool, Perfect Layers Rulers

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Impression Obsession: Feeling blue....

Feeling BLUE... that's this week's challenge from Impression Obsession. 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, the color BLUE, 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 BLUE inspiration the DT has for you today:

 The sentiment is from the Christmas Words Set. I pulled out the heat gun and embossed with white detail EP. As much as I love my Copics and coloring, heat embossing with stamps was this first big "Ahhhh" moment for me with stamping!

 I die cut several layers of flowers from the Large Poinsettia Die set, I pinched the leaves to give them a little body. Before glueing them all together I also added some sparkle. It's hard to see in the pic, but I brushed on a coat of Bo Bunny's Sugar Glaze on the light blue leaves. It has an iridescent sparkle. On the center of the poinsettia I added a glob of white liquid pearl pen and set some Swarovski crystals on top while it was still wet. A few little Berry Branch Dies got added in the mix too.

On the inside liner I used a few small flowers from the Small Poinsettia Die set. The sentiment is Very Merry Christmas stamped in a yummy ice blue color. The finished card is an A2.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Check Meow-T!

As always Art Impression images bring a laugh with Check Meow-T stamp set! Soon Halloween will be here.. and we will once again wonder how the year has gone so fast! I LOVE making the Halloween cards... they can be so fun and use the craziest color combos. But the day always sneaks up on me and I forget to get candy, then spend the evening hiding with all the lights off so it looks like no one is home. Yep... I'm that house!

 I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White.. both my go to choices when working with Copic Markers. When it comes to coloring skin, I tend to keep it super simple. I like to work in linear strokes rather than circling patterns.

 I added some grey tiger stripes for her classy cat costume!

 I cut the frame dies out and used my Mini Perfect Layer Rulers to add the layers not just to the outside but also the inside. This is super easy to do. The ruler edge won't catch completely since the paper edge doesn't run the entire length, bt it's pretty easy to line it up by sight and then just hold it in place as you cut.

 You can see I added an additional layer to the polka dot frame and the grey frame. I fussy cut Miss Kitty out and she's raised up with foam tape.

The Trick or Treat is in laid in to the ivory and of course I snuck a layer inside too! I always use up the leftover papers and complete the inside of my cards to match the front. Finished card is an A2. 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Impression Obsession - Fall Blog Hop - DAY2!

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Fall Designer Die Hop!
We have some beautiful new dies to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!
The hop will start each day with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST. Each day pay us a visit here and then head over and see our fabulous IO Design Team’s projects with our new dies on their blogs (only one comment per blog per day please). The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!! We will have two days of blog hopping (October 8th & 9th) and THREE prizes!
There will be a prize for each of the two hop days (comment entries open until 10pm CT each day) and a bonus prize will be awarded on the final day of our hop from all the comments left for both days. Comment entries will stay open until Friday at 10PM CT. Winners will be announced the following day. Good luck!
So….if you miss a day or time deadline your comments will still count for a chance to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!
If you have any questions please email Jeanne.
All of the new dies you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW!

This is pretty CAS for me. I kept trying to add some jewels and a bow but in the end I left it clean. The red card base is metallic paper and the gold is a shiny mirror card stock. Adding any embellishments just seemed too much. The fun font Merry Christmas is just a portion of a new die called Very Merry. I used layers from the Oval Frame set. In the background is the beautiful snowflake background die cut.

On the inside, the New Year sentiment is a portion of another new Christmas die cut (above) called Merry Christmas. I added a little line of Washi tape to add a bit more of gold. The finished card is an A2.


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Impression Obsession - FALL Blog Hop - DAY 1!

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Fall Designer Die Hop!
We have some beautiful new dies to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!
The hop will start each day with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST. Each day pay us a visit here and then head over and see our fabulous IO Design Team’s projects with our new dies on their blogs (only one comment per blog per day please). The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!
We will have two days of blog hopping (October 8th & 9th) and THREE prizes!
There will be a prize for each of the two hop days (comment entries open until 10pm CT each day) and a bonus prize will be awarded on the final day of our hop from all the comments left for both days. Comment entries will stay open until Friday at 10PM CT. Winners will be announced the following day. Good luck!
So….if you miss a day or time deadline your comments will still count for a chance to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!
If you have any questions please email Jeanne.
All of the new dies you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW!

Now, let's get hopping!

I could make Halloween cards year round... they are just fun and you can be wacky with your colors and designs and it all works! I wanted to play with this new spiderweb background as soon as I saw it. It cuts like a dream and the web pieces just fell right out!

I love the seamless look of an inlaid die cut on the card. That's what I did here. 
1. Cut spiderweb out of white, and adhere to grey paper. Next, I ran that panel through my Vagabond in just a paper sandwich.... this mashes the two papers together and it looks almost flat. Use the same recipe that you would for die cutting a thin die. I put the panel in a folded piece of card stock to keep it clean from any paper dust on my cut plates.
2. Place the Boo die in the center of the grey paper and cut, having a magnetic platform really helps keep your die in just the right spot.
3. Cut the Boo die out of black paper.
4. Mount the spider web piece on to a black piece of paper. 
5. Place the black Boo back in to the cut card front along with the center pieces off the letters for a seamless finished look.

I added Mr. Spider and and the sentiment to finish things up. A little foam tape elevates the panel as well as the sentiment to add some dimension. I gave the spider some                                   creepy orange eyes with a a few little dots of a pearl pen.

On the inside I added the cemetery border... another new awesome die cut! Finished card is an A2.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #48 What's New?

SSCB#48 What's New? We're looking for projects for any occasion featuring your never before used things. They don't have to be the newest release or latest and greatest. One item just has to be new to you.. something you may have purchased or received as a gift, but haven't gotten around to using yet! Play along with the DT for a chance to win a Gift Certificate! Find all the details on the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog.

Looking for a little inspiration or curious to see what we've been waiting to work with? We have a special guest this month to get your mojo going! Please welcome Pam Simpson from Pam's Crafts! Pam's designs are layered and delicate and sure to make you drool! And here's your listing of all the usual suspects... 

For my something NEW on the challenge, I featured the cool little cat (big surprise) from the newly released Halloween Creepy Wreath Die. The die has a little spider, cat, skull, ghostie, bat and pumpkin that you can adorn a wreath with or use independently.
 
 I thought the Fraidy Cat sentiment would work well with the kitties. 

 On the inside I used one of my all time favorite Serendipity sentiments... Wicked Day. Finished card is an A2. Have a wicked good day!

  • Stamps by Serendipity: #067MD Creepy Wreath Die, #1120D Fraidy Cat, #1228D Wicked Day
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110#, Black, DP by Authentique
  • Other: Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangles, MISTI, Glitter Enamel Adhesive Dots, Foam Tape, Perfect Layer Rulers, 1/16" Black Rainbow Tape


Friday, October 2, 2015

Serendipity Stamps - October Blog Hop!

It's time for the October Serendipity Blog Hop!
Join in and play along by commenting on all the blogs.
Leave comments through Sunday October 4th for a chance to win a $20 SS Gift Certificate. Mary will announce the winner on Monday October 5th.

A little bit of news before we get started. Mary has added a NEW feature to the store...you can now start a wish list!

SPECIAL: 40% OFF the highest priced item in your cart when you use code  "40fromhigh1015". Offer good Friday Oct 2-Sunday Oct4th.

Get a head start on the next season with the October stamp of the month which is 50% OFF.
Wheel in Snow


If you are hopping along with us today then
you should be arriving here from: 

Jeanne Jachna

If you wanna start at the beginning, here's your hopping order!
Mary's Blog

It's not Halloween without a little Hocus Pocus going on! This makes for a quick color using any color scheme and doing a simple fade from light to dark. You could mix it up too and color all the letters differently. It's Halloween so anything goes!

 I used Copics (V06 and V09) to color in the Hocus Pocus and then added a thick coat of Glossy Accents to give it a little shine and dimension.

On the inside I kept it simple, adding a little Boo die cut. 


Continue on the October Hop by visiting Julie Warner next!
  • Stamps by Serendipity Stamps: #1374H Hocus Pocus, #036DD Boo Die
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Graphic 45 Rare Oddities, Black, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Glossy Accents, Copics, Spellbinder's Fleur de Lis Rectangles, Adhesive Purple Pearls, Viva Magenta Pearl Pen



Thursday, October 1, 2015

Impression Obsession: Fall Leaves

Fall Florals... that's this week's challenge from Impression Obsession. 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 fall inspiration the DT has for you today:

Fall is my favorite... the best weather, beautiful rich colors, pumpkin pie (need I say more?). It's my favorite season and my favorite cards to make. Whether it's coloring fall leaves and pumpkins with Copics or creating fun Halloween cards... I love it all! And I know the challenge was Fall Florals... so I'm cheating a bit using just leaves. Just go with it! I'm a big fan of leaving white space on card and I struggle with it constantly. ask me to throw together ten layers... no problem, but keeping it CAS isn't easy to me. I thought I'd try my hand and keeping it clean with a few pops of bold color today.

 I could honestly color fall leaves for HOURS. Everyone turns out different... you can mix a ton of Copics, layering and mixing your colors endlessly.

 The leaves are cut out and popped up to be at the same height as the stitched frame. I added a few enamel embellishments. All of the stamps used are packed in one yummy fall clear set called Autumn Leaves.

On the inside, I always add a liner to my cards. I stamped and colored some matching small leaves, leaving lots of room for a little note to written. The finished card is an A2.