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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Impression Obsession: Last Minute Gifts

It's an Impression Obsession Thursday! Our theme for this week's challenge is Last Minute Gifts! Join us and play along and knock out a few of those last Christmas gifts! Tis the season! Play along with us for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate! 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!


 Last minute gifts pretty much means grabbing a gift card for me! Easy, fast and who doesn't love picking out their own gift? Impression Obsession came out with a great little gift card envelope die. So I whipped a few out just in time for a few last minute gifts. These were fast and easy, I just added a few little fun die cuts to dress them up.

 Here's a picture of the die before it's folded up. I ran the gift card envelope die through with the patterned paper a second time to get the overlay with the patterned paper.

Dies for the above:

I thought the little Mini Heart Row Die would pair up sweetly with the cute little bunny holding a heart on the paper.

Dies for the above:


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Serendipity Stamps: Sparkle and Shine Snowman

Serendipity Stamps December Challenge continues this month with the Sparkle and Shine theme. Play along in our challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate to treat yourself to some new rubber or dies! Almost anything goes as long as you use a Serendipity Stamp or Die. One design will be chosen for the SS Winners Badge and one design will be chosen randomly for a $20 Gift Certificate to be used at the Serendipity Store! If you are new to our challenges you can find all the details here on the Serendipity Challenge Blog! New dies and stamps are coming soon in the new year, so it's a perfect time to try and score a gift certificate for a little shopping!

A big welcome to our December guest designer - Nancy Penir from Artful Notions blog!

Here's some inspiration from the DT 
Vickie Zimmer
Jeanne Jachna

Jenny Gropp - you are here! 
Julie Warner
Karen Amidon
Marybeth Lopez


 I think I maxed out on the SHINE part of the challenge this week! I used Silver Mirror Cardstock for my card base and it certainly does shine! With all the shine and the detailed die for the card base I kept the image sweet and simple! Snowmen are such a quick color and I love the cute snowmen designs from Serendipity Stamps!

I stepped out my Copoic colors today:
 If I have something that I'm leaving white in the image, I will make my background darker to help those white areas stand out. When I do a background like this I keep all of my pen strokes going in the same direction. I add the B00 and then smooth it out using the B0000.

 I added just a hint of BG10 in the snowman for a little bit of color.

 I'm hooked on the BG57 and BG53 lately... loving these colors in combination with red for winter cards.

 ooopps! I forgot to color the nose... had to go back and add a little YR04 at the last minute!

 Here's an up close... kinda hard to photograph the silver card stock. I added some little adhesive metallic nail heads around the outside of the die's design.

On the inside I stamped a quick little sentiment. I loved the curve in the sentiment along with the oval shaped card. 


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Impression Obsession: Holly Cake

It's an Impression Obsession Thursday! Our theme for this week's challenge is Clean and Simple! Join us and play along and knock out a few of those Christmas cards! Tis the season! Play along with us for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate! 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!


 OK... I started with the idea of clean and simple in my head and got a little lost with the layers. I like the layers, what can I say!! Leaving the Holly Cake white made for a fast color job.

 I wanted to keep the Holly Cake white. To make that white stand out I added the blue in the background to help make it pop!

 Here are the Copics I used to color the rest of the image. I chose my colors based on the printed word paper in the background. 

 I added foam tape in between the layers for dimension. I used a Clear Wink of Stella on the white area of the cake.... It just doesn't show in the pictures. It looks sugary and sparkly in person! On the bottom edge I used just the edge of a Christmas Tag Die, cutting it in white as well and piecing the white letters back in. I also added red Swarovski crystals over the red berries for a little bling!

Here's the inside with a simple With Love sentiment. I used up the remaining paper to complete the inside. Finished card is an A2.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Silent Night

Perfect Paper Crafting is extending November's sale thru the end of the year! With every purchase over $20 you will receive a Perfect Cutting Mat! And to make it even sweeter you can use the code "Jgropp" when you check out for an additional 10% off your entire purchase! Perfect gift giving for a crafty friend!

 Simple stamping turns into so much more when you add layers! 
I stamped this beautiful image and masked the bottom snow area, using Eclipse Tape. I cut the image out with a Spellbinder's rectangle and airbrushed using Copic BG75. While my image was still in the die I added a little piercing by hand along the airbrushed portion of the rectangle. I used my Perfect Layer Rulers to frame my image multiple times. 

 I wanted to add some falling snow back in to the scene after airbrushing. I used a very small ball stylus and dipped it in Copic Opaque White to create some falling snow. 

Layers again on the inside! The Silent Night sentiment and All is Calm sentiment, I thought went perfectly with this image. The finished card is an A2. 


Serendipity Challenge #38 - Sparkle and Snow!

Serendipity Stamps December Challenge starts today! Our "Snow and Sparkle" theme is easy and perfect for a winter hello or christmas card. Play along in our challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate to treat yourself to some new rubber or dies! Almost anything goes as long as you use a Serendipity Stamp or Die. One design will be chosen for the SS Winners Badge and one design will be chosen randomly for a $20 Gift Certificate to be used at the Serendipity Store! If you are new to our challenges you can find all the details here on the Serendipity Challenge Blog!

A big welcome to our December guest designer - Nancy Penir from Artful Notions blog!

Here's some inspiration from the DT 
Vickie Zimmer
Jeanne Jachna

Jenny Gropp - you are here! 
Julie Warner
Karen Amidon
Marybeth Lopez

I created my own little sparkly blizzard using some embossing paste, stencil and microfine glitter. I added the new Dashing through the Snow sentiment and colored in the "snow" letters using Copics R46 and R43. I also topped the letters off with a little more sparkly dimension using a Viva Holographic Glitter Liner.

Sweet and simple on the inside! Whenever I create card bases using dies with a more fragile edge I always use heavyweight paper. In this case it's Bazzill's Peppermint Heavyweight, a great Christmas red! 

  • Stamps by Serendipity: Oh What Fun #1327D, Dashing through the Snow #1328D
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Bazzill Heavy Peppermint red, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Tim Holtz Stencil Speckles, Ranger White Embossing Paste, Microfine Glitter Warm Transluscent, Foam Tape, Ribbon by May Arts, Bow Easy Tool, Viva Holographic Glitter Liner, Copics
  • Spellbinder's Dies: Ovals, Scalloped Ovals, Labels 40, Labels 40 Decorative Accents

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

It's a Hop with Impression Obsession and CardMaker!

 Welcome to the CardMaker and Impression Obsession Blog Hop!
Today the CardMaker Designers and the Impression Obsession Designers will be showing you some wonderful holiday projects featuring stamps and dies from Impression Obsession! Make sure and comment on each of the blogs in the hop! TWO winners will be randomly chosen to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate! You have until Thursday December 4th at Midnight CT to enter. The winner will be chosen and announced on the Impression Obsession Blog on December 5th.
Jenny Gropp - you are here!

 I went with a winter theme for today's hop. The high for today in Atlanta is 73 degrees... so no snow here... paper snowflakes only! I used the Snowflake Cutout Dies and topped them with the Small Snowflakes

 All of the panels and the snowflakes are popped up with foam tape for dimension. 

I added a little scalloped edge with the Border Duo 2 Die to the Keep calm sentiment. My card is 5 1/4" x 4 1/4".

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Impression Obsession: Season's Greetings with Graphic 45!

It's an Impression Obsession Thursday! Our theme for this week's challenge is Holiday Greetings! Join us and play along and knock out a few of those holiday cards! Tis the season! Play along with us for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate! 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!
 Graphic 45's new collection, Time to Flourish, landed today so I was anxious to play with it. I paired up some holiday IO Dies with the beautiful paper and had a great time just playing around! On my first layer I used the Holiday Top Word Edger Die, I love how this cute the sentiment part way on a panel! I used the largest frame in the Rectangle Frame Set and added my picture behind the frame.

 I used the largest piece in the Rectangle Frame Die set to frame my printed paper. I added a 1/16 border around the edge using my Perfect Layer Rulers. The frame die embosses a tiny little circle in each scallop, I decided to punch those circles out using my Japanese Screw Punch. The small embossed area made for a perfect map to punch the holes nice and evenly. I broke out needle and thread... using gold embroidery floss to edge the framed piece.

 I added a little more detail with the bell die cut (from Christmas Icons Set) and little fir sprigs tucked into the bow. I popped each of the panels up using foam tape. I also fussy cut two more poinsettias from the paper and layered them using papercrafting silicone to help add dimension. In the center of the poinsettia I added a dollop of Viva Gold Glitter Liner.

On the inside, I used the beautiful Merry Christmas Die. My favorite way to adhere small little die cuts like this sentiment is using a ballpoint glue pen. I used left overs from the printed paper and added a coordinating strip on the left side. My card is 4 1/2" x 6" and opens at the bottom, tent style.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #37 - Thankful

Serendipity Stamps November Challenge continues! Make something with a Thankful theme and play along in our challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate. This could be a card or home decor project to celebrate Thanksgiving, a thank you card, or a design featuring an image of something you're thankful for! Almost anything goes as long as you use a Serendipity Stamp or Die. One design will be chosen for the SS Winners Badge and one design will be chosen randomly for a $20 Gift Certificate to be used at the Serendipity Store! If you are new to our challenges you can find all the details here on the Serendipity Challenge Blog!

AS an extra challenge the DT was supposed to "repurpose" something for our project.

A big welcome to Lisa Minckler  From You Made Me Ink! who is our guest designer for November! 

Here's some inspiration from the DT 
Vickie Zimmer
Jeanne Jachna

Jenny Gropp - you are here! 
Julie Warner
Karen Amidon
Marybeth Lopez
 This Quilted Pumpkin is one of my most favorite Serendipity Stamps. It's an easy color in orange, or mix it up with different colors and it's a fantastic image to use for paper piecing. I wasn't very original in my "repurposing" using a paper bag to create some f my layers. Since the bag was not super sturdy, I adhered it to a heavy weight card base and then die cut it. I also inked up the edges of the paper bag pieces with a charcoal cats eye.

 I airbrushed the background using E44 and added a little piercing before removing it from the circle die. I used W4 and a black fine tip pen to add some scattered dots along the ground area.

 I used foam tape between the layers for a little extra dimension.

On the inside liner I added the Happy Thanksgiving sentiment. THe finished card is an A2, opening at the bottom tent style.
  • Stamps and Dies by Serendipity Stamps: Quilted Pumpkin, Happy Thanksgiving
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Orange, Bazzill Heavy Weight Candy Bar, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White #110
  • Other: Perfect Layer Rulers, Copics/ABS, Spellbinder's Circles, Spellbinder's Scalloped Circles, Nellie's Oval Dies, Embossing Folder by Darice, Foam Tape, White Wax String