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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Impression Obsession - the colors of fall... candy!

It's an Impression Obsession Thursday! Our theme for this week's challenge is the Colors of Fall! Some come on and play along with us with a fun Fall inspired card!  Join in the challenge 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... the theme this week is all about the colors of fall.. I just expanded on it a bit to the colors of fall candy! I used stamps from two fun clear sets to make my card today.



 I stamped the candy corns and masked them with Eclipse Tape. After masking, I stamped the verse multiple times over the candy. I airbrushed the background with YR15 and Y17.

 Candy corns are pretty quick and easy to color with a few Copics! I stacked up my oval die cuts a little wonky, using foam tape in between layers for dimension.

 I used a Wink of Stella Clear Brush to add a little sugary sparkle to the candy corns.


On the inside, I added a few leftovers to finish the card. The card size is an A2.
  • Stamps by Impression Obsession: CL554 Creepy, CL488 Have Broom will Travel
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Orange Candy Corn Bazzill, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Kraft, Spider Web Paper by Basic Grey
  • Other: Wink of Stella Clear Brush, Bow Easy Tool, May Arts Black and Kraft Jute String, Adhesive Enamel Dots, Copics/ABS, Sizzix Embossing Folder, Spellbinder's Matting Basics Set A and B, Spellbinder's Ovals

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #36 - Halloween

Serendipity Stamps October Challenge continues. Make something with a Halloween theme and play along in our challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate.  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 Julia Stainton who is our guest designer for October! 

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

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


 I decided to make a little Halloween Hanging Thingy... I put these fun little Ghosties in an open window surrounded with a lot of layers. 

 The ghosts are glued in on the backside of the circle frame and the second fence is popped up in front. The ghosts are shaded a bit with BG10 and the other colors used are in the pic.

Here's the up close. I added a black twill ribbon for a hanger and made a bow for the bottom edge.
  • Stamps by Serendipity Stamps: Ghosties #669H
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Light Aqua, Black, DP by Echo Park
  • Other: Spellbinder's Circles, Spellbinder's Grand Squares and Scallop Squares, Silver Adhesive Studs, Foam Tape, Copic Markers

Friday, October 10, 2014

Serendipity Winter Blog Hop!


Serendipity is showing off new Winter images and Dies today with a weekend blog hop! You should have arrived here from Jeanne's Blog. Visit the blogs listed below and leave a little comment love for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate, the winner will be chosen randomly from one of the blogs.  You have until Monday, October 13th to leave a comment.  The winner wil be posted on Mary's blog on October 14th. For a SECOND chance to win folks can LIKE Serendipity Stamps and SHARE on Facebook.   A second $20 gift certificate will be awarded from Facebook.  Here's a link to our Facebook Page.

Here's your list of Blogs to visit:
Jenny Gropp - you are here!

I used the new Sledding Snowman for my main image today. Serendipity has an awesome assortment of snowmen... happy, fun, jolly images! I used Spellbinder's Lattice Rectangles to create my card base.

 After stamping the snowman in Memento Black, I used the two Copics to add the background color.

Here are the Copics I used to finish coloring.

 On top of my sparkly bow, I added a little die cut snowflake on the top. The little snowflake is from the new Snow Die.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Twas the Night Before Christmas, Perfect Layers and a Video!


I'm sharing a fun Graphic 45 card with you today and talking about my Perfect Layer Rulers. I even made my first video for this post. It was made on the spur of the moment... no editing and the husband was the camera man. So, be forgiving! I definitely want to share more videos in the future and I'll get up to speed with better video techniques and a stand so I can cut out the husband having to help! Hmmm... maybe some Copic Coloring Videos!

I used Graphic 45's Twas the Night Before Christmas Collection (8x8 and 6x6)to cut out the focal point and to create my layers.

After cutting out my red pattered paper I used my Perfect Layer Ruler with the 1/16" edge to add a clean ivory layer. My 1/16" edge is my most used edge... I just love that skinny layer.

In the quick video above (you may want to enlarge it) you can see how I add the striped paper all the way around the edge. I wanted my stripes to frame the paper in different directions instead of being ALL vertical or horizontal. Again this video was a spur of the moment thing... I'll get better! 

I used Impression Obsession's new Holly Die to cut out a few flourihses. I used Copic G46 to add a little extra color to liven them up.

 I fussy cut my main Santa image out from an 8x8 piece of paper, framing it with some circle die cuts. I tucked my cut holly pieces in under my layers. I added a few red enamel adhesive gems for berries. Foam tape between layers adds a little dimension. I did use a Chestnut Roan Cats Eye to ink up the edges of the Graphic 45 paper.


I added the Love and Joy sentiment on the inside, cut out with a stitched rectangle die.  Again, lots of little fun layers on the inside as well! Finished card is an A2. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Impression Obsession - Cat in the Hat Jack

It's an Impression Obsession Thursday! Our theme for this week's challenge is Ghoulish Greetings! Some come on and play along with us with a fun Halloween card! I always love Halloween... purple, black, green and orange... any crazy color combo can work! 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
HUGE thanks to all of you that followed the Blog Hop this week! Your comments were so wonderful to read! I hope we didn't cause too much damage to the budget!

See what the team inked up this week:


Jenny Gropp - You are here!


After our Die Blog Hop this week, I was ready to pick up my Copics! When I'm in the mood to color one of my favorite stamps to reach for are the scenes that Gary Robertson creates for Impression Obsession... preferably a scene that has his signature little black kitty tucked in there somewhere! On this Cat in the Hat Jack, Mr. Kitty is front and center! 

 On the inside liner, I used the Alphabet Stencil Dies to spell Boo! along with the Square Cut Out Border along the side.

Here's the up close... my picture got a little washed out... it's pretty vibrant in person. Whenever I color a busy scene like this I like to keep the rest of my card pretty simple. I like to show off the image! Finished card is 3 5/8" x 5 1/2". I added Wink of Stella Clear over the pumpkin... can't resist Stella.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Impression Obsession Fall Designer Hop - Day 3!


Welcome to the Impression Obsession Fall Designer Die Hop!
We have some beautiful new dies share AND of course some Gift Certificates to give away! 
Visit the blogs listed each day and leave a little comment love for the designers… random commenters will be chosen to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate! The winner will be announced the following day along with the participating blogs for that day. Two prizes will be awarded on the last day of the hop. One will be for Wednesday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week.Both Wednesday winners will be announced on the IO Blog on Friday. 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! 
All of the new dies you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW at your local stamp store or online in the IO Store!
Here are your hop stops for today:
Jenny Gropp - you are here!

 I thought I'd finish off the hop with a sweet and simple holiday card! I love this color combo, it feels so light fun to me! Are you wondering where my Copics are? I wanted to keep the focus on dies for the Hop. It's always a bit of a challenge for me to use dies only! I'll be back to my beloved Copics and coloring up a Gary Robertson image for tomorrow's Impression Obsession post. 

Here are the dies for today's card:





Thanks for all the amazing comments that everyone has left this week! I hope you've enjoyed the hop and seeing the Design Team's creations just as much as I have!

Here are your hop links again:

Jenny Gropp - you are here!


SSCB #36 Autumn Challenge

Serendipity Stamps Challenge Autumn begins! Pick and image with a Fall theme and play along in our challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate.  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 Julia Stainton who is our guest designer for October! 

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

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

 I've had this Pumpkin Porch image for some time and it was over due to get inked up! Our challenge was all about creating an Autumn card along with using liquid glue to create texture... kind of made us all think a bit! Maybe I cheated on the technique by using paste and a stencil.... but it was liquid and it did result in texture. The other ladies were much more creative with the glue challenge this week, so be sure and check 'em out!

 I airbrushed using W3 and added the piercing before removing the image from the die. I kept the coloring super simple not adding in any ground area in and keeping the wood areas all the same color. 

 I used Ranger's White Texture Paste and a Tim Holtz stencil. After the paste dried I used Copic E43 along the edges of the rays... I wanted them to pop out a little more and that little shadow helped to do that.

 Here's the up close. Several layers are popped up with foam tape for dimension. I also roughly colored my seam binding with Copics E43 and YR07. I color the seam binding before I tie the bow... using the bow easy, of course. I could never master hand tying a bow! 

On the inside liner I added the sentiment Autumn is a Second Spring. The finished card is an A2.
  • Stamps by Serendipity Stamps: Porch with Pumpkins #1143GAutumn is a Second Spring #1142E
  • Ink: Memento Tucedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Orange DP by Graphic 45 - Eerie Tale Collection 12x12, Candy Bar by Bazzill, Kraft, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Tim Holtz Stencil- Rays. Ranger White Texture Paste, Copic/ABS, Perfect Layer Rulers, Piercing Tool, Foam Tape, Seam Binding Ribbon, Bow Easy Tool