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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Serendipity Challenge #45 - Monochromatic

It's time for the July challenge from Serendipity Stamps. This month it's all about ONE color, that's right just choose one color to focus on and make something that is monochromatic. Check out the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog to find all the deets on how to play along with the Design Team and win a gift certificate for a little summer shopping!
If you are doing a little summer shopping, right now you will receive a free craft pick with your order of $25 or more. I use them all them time to help poke out die cuts and all those little fiddly bits!

Check out the monochromatic cards for today...


I won't lie.... this monochromatic challenge has not come easy for me! All I could think while I made this card is that I wanted to add black layers.... Black would have made this pop so much more! I followed the rules. I popped up the circle with foam tape. The Hello die cut is affixed by just the top portion, which makes it look like its floating a bit.  Finished card is an A2, but the circle sticks out beyond the side of the card.

  • Stamps and Dies by Serendipity Stamps: #1239G Train on Track, Hello Die #027DD
  • Ink: MFT Red 
  • Paper: Neenah Baronial Ivory, Bazzill Red, Gingham Pattern - Graphic 45
  • Other: MISTI Stamp Positioner, Perfect Layer Rulers, Bow Easy Tool, Jute String, Misc. Button, Foam Tape, Spellbinder's Circle Dies

Friday, July 17, 2015

Impression Obsession - Day 3 CHA Blog Hop!

Welcome to DAY 3 of the 2015 Impression Obsession Fall/CHA Release Blog Hop!
We have some beautiful new stamps 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 and hop along to see our fabulous IO Design Team’s projects with our new stamps on their blogs (only one comment per blog per day please). Comment as you hop. Each comment that you leave gives you a chance to win!
The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!
Every day (July 15 - July 17), 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.
Two prizes will be awarded on the last day of the hop!
One winner will be for Friday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week. Both winners will be announced on Saturday, July 18th.
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 stamps you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW! 
Today's hop list!
Have a great day!
I thought I'd finish off the hop with a Halloween card featuring the new crazy pumpkins called the Three Stooges and the Halloween To Do List! Love these little mixed up jack-o-lanterns! I started with some striped black paper in the background and then stamped the new cover-a-card background - Diamond Maze in orange ink.

 The Three Stooges are a quick and easy color with Copics. I left a little white border when I cut them out to help them stand out from the background.

Lotsa layers on this one! I added a little piercing along he top and bottom of the Halloween to do List. I used foam tape to add dimension and embellished with a few little dots with an orange Viva Pearl Pen.

Another new pumpkin went on the inside... this one is called Crazy Eyes! I added the Boo (from an older set called Creepy) on the inside as well as a leftover strip of the stamped background along the bottom.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Impression Obsession CHA Blog Hop - Day 2

Welcome to DAY 2 of the 2015 Impression Obsession Fall/CHA Release Blog Hop!
We have some beautiful new stamps 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 and hop along to see our fabulous IO Design Team’s projects with our new stamps on their blogs (only one comment per blog per day please). Comment as you hop. Each comment that you leave gives you a chance to win!
The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!
Every day (July 15 - July 17), 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.
Two prizes will be awarded on the last day of the hop!
One winner will be for Friday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week. Both winners will be announced on Saturday, July 18th.
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 stamps you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW! 
Today's hop list!
Have a great day!
If you are a regular, then you know I'm a big fan of Gary Robertson's images. This dragonfly caught my eye right off the bat in the new release. I love it! It's been awhile since I stepped out coloring something, so I snapped pics of the colors I used as I went went along. After I finished all the Copic work, I added some Clear Wink of Stella on the wings of the dragonfly for a little shimmery sparkle. The Square Cut Out Border Die helped dress up the card front.

 I always start with backgrounds first. My paper of choice continues to be Neenah Classic Crest Solar White paired with Memento's Tuxedo Black.

 I used the colorless blender to remove just a little color from the water, but I forgot to show it in the pic. Very very rarely do I ever use the 0 pen.

 I chose really light colors for the sun... I wanted the dragonfly to be the main focus.

 I still love my G40's more than any other greens. I added multiple layers of the G46 in some areas to get a little more depth.

 Dragonfly time! I used very light colors on the wings... again going back and adding additional layers instead of pulling a darker pen. TheE50's were for the boat that I almost forgot!

 And last but not least... the body of the dragonfly.

On the inside I cut just a single strip from the Square border Die and pieced a few of the cut out colors back in place. The In Summer sentiment is from an older release. Finished card is an A2.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Impression Obsession - CHA Blog Hop - DAY 1!


Welcome to DAY 1 of the 2015 Impression Obsession Fall/CHA Release Blog Hop!
We have some beautiful new stamps 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 and hop along to see our fabulous IO Design Team’s projects with our new stamps on their blogs (only one comment per blog per day please). Comment as you hop. Each comment that you leave gives you a chance to win!
The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!
Every day (July 15 - July 17), 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.
Two prizes will be awarded on the last day of the hop!
One winner will be for Friday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week. Both winners will be announced on Saturday July 18th.
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 stamps you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW! 
Today's hop list!
Have a great day!
The Impression Obsession Hop is here... one of my most favorite times of the year! IO has an awesome and jam packed release the time around. I thought I'd share this fun flamingo today! I started by creating my own background paper, stamping the new Cover-a-Card background - Diamond Maze in pink ink. I stamped the background on pink card stock as well, then overstamped the flamingo, cutting to out. The extra cut out flamingo got popped up with foam tape to add a little dimension. The sentiment Be the Flamingo is bold and pairs up up with the bold line flamingo perfectly. 

 With the flamingo having bold black lines, I tried to balance that out by adding bold black accents. I used some printed washi and wrapped a thick band of jute string around the panel along with some bling. The little scalloped pink piece is a a portion of a frame from the All in One Rectangle Die Set. 

On the inside panel, I used the background Diamond Maze again, the pattern is light enough that it doesn't compete with sentiment. The sentiment is from the Heart Beats clear set released earlier this year. I used pieces from the All in One Rectangle Frame Set

You can see I added a little frame piece to the top as well. I trimmed all the hanging edges clean and added a black mat. Love the way this gives just a little extra detail... cut out with scraps from the card. I usually try to use up as much as I can of whatever card stock I am working with. Finished card size is 3 1/2" x 8".



Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #45 - Monochromatic Cards

It's time for the July challenge from Serendipity Stamps. This month it's all about ONE color, that's right just choose one color to focus on and make something that is monochromatic. Check out the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog to find all the deets on how to play along with the Design Team and win a gift certificate for a little summer shopping!

Check out the monochromatic cards for today...


I inked up these fun geometric stamps and created a background using three different blue inks and the Retro Rectangle Stamp Set. Using the MISTI to stamp made this really easy to make sure that my blocks stayed straight. Wondering how -- check out this great video that Lydia did! When I created the background I made sure to be aware of how many times I was stamping each block and the colors... making a point to keep everything nicely balanced. Then the card evolved and I ended up adding the center panel which screwed up how nicely balanced the blocks were done! Finished card is an A2.


Friday, July 3, 2015

Serendipity Stamps - July Blog Hop


The new month brings a new release of stamps and dies! There's a fun Western Theme to this month's release and the design team is sure to inspire you today with their fun ideas! Hop around to the blogs and leave a little comment love along the way for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate. Leave comments through Sunday, July 5th. The winner will be announced on Mary's Blog Monday, July 6.

Free Shipping Special!
If you need to have it right now... go ahead and place your order and take advantage of free shipping (US only) on orders of $15! 

July Stamp of the Month
In the mood to get started on some Christmas cards? Check out the July sale stamp: Winter Doe.

You should have arrived here from Jeanne's Blog. I'm your last stop on the hop today! We thank you very much for checking out the new release and hopping along with us each month! If you want to start at the beginning just follow the list below!

Julie Warner
Karen Amidon
Marybeth Lopez
Miriam Napier
Vickie Zimmer
Jeanne Jachna 
Jenny Gropp - you are here! 
Are you loving the new bandana die and all the western inspired stamps? This die is super detailed with lots of piercings and stitched edges and cuts beautifully! I covered a good portion of the detail by layering the sentiment in the center, so here it is below. Lots of possibilities! 


 Love that this sentiment can easily work for a guy or girl... just change up your color scheme to give it a completely different feel. I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink and used my MISTI to double stamp to ensure a dark crisp imprint. I wrapped the jute string around the card front, securing it using ScorPal tape, the loose ends are hidden under the sentiment circle. I added lots of layers using my Perfect Layer Rulers.

On the inside I added a simple Thanks sentiment. the little rope piece is from the new Howdy Die and the star is from the center of the bandana die.

Click HERE to see all the newly released stamps and dies for this month!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Impression Obsession - Christmas in July

 The Impression Obsession Challenge starts today and the challenge theme is Christmas in July! Create something using IO Stamps and Dies to play along and win a gift certificate. Check out the details on the IO Blog.

See the designs the DT came up with today!
Jenny Gropp - You are here!

 Isn't this snowman darling? We were allowed to sneak a little peek at something new and I thought I'd share this fun little guy! It's not on the website yet... but it will be soon... #D19004 Chin Up Snowman. I framed the snowman with the new All in One Oval Frame.
I used the bottom stamp in the clear set Merry On to create the background paper, stamping in Versafine Crimson Red on Kraft paper.

 I used Copics to color the snowman and added a little Viva Holographic Glitter for sparkle. The small snowflake dies are perfect additional for a little extra embellishments. The snowman shimmers with a little Clear Wink of Stella as well.

On the inside I added the greeting portion from the Merry Tree Die and a little postmark stamp. Finished card is an A2.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Impression Obsession - Celebrate you!

 The Impression Obsession Challenge starts today and the challenge theme is Celebrate you! Create something using IO Stamps and Dies to play along and win a gift certificate. Check out the details on the IO Blog.

See the designs the DT came up with today!
Jenny Gropp - You are here!

I used the Fight Like a Girl set for my card today. Great messages of strength and hope in this set and there is no better celebration than beating the C word. The Believe sentiment fits perfectly in to the Ornate Frame Die.


Since the sentiment was the focus I decided to use two different inks to stamp with, matching the colors to my background paper. The MISTI makes this super easy! I inked up the sentiment in peach first, stamped and then over stamped again using a pink ink.

On the inside I added another layer framed by the awesome stitched frame from the Rectangles 2 Die Set. Finished card is an A2.
  • Stamps and Dies by Impression ObsessionFight Like a Girl Clear Set #CL578Rectangles 2 Die Set #DIE291-WW, Ornate Frame Die #DIE274-YY
  • Ink: Marvy Inkables- Pink and Peach
  • Paper: DP by Penny Black - Painted Blooms 6x6, Neenah Classic Crest Natural White #110, Bazzill Heavyweight Pink
  • Other: May Arts Jute String, Bow Easy Tool, Foam Tape, MISTI Stamping Tool, Adhesive Enamel Dot