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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Impression Obsession Striped Heart & Perfect Layers!



Finishing up some last minute Valentine's cards?
 Grab your Perfect Layer Rulers and some fun paper and stamps and get 'em done! Layers a simple way to really give your card a little extra WOW... without a lot of work! 

I stamped the striped heart using Memento Tuxedo Black on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White paper.  Above are the Copic Markers I used to color it.

Use layers in-between your different patterned paper to help give definition and add interest. Foam tape helps adds dimension in between the layers.   


Perfect Layer Rulers are the perfect got o tool to add a lot of interest to your card very easily! Small little layers in between those patterns help break it up and give it a clean feel. The small black lines are 1/16" in size. This was a left over piece from my card front. Always using my leftovers for the inside! Finished card is an A2.



  • Stamps by Impression Obsession: D19059 Striped Love, CL625 Sweetheart Clear Set
  • Dies by Impression Obsession: Heart of Hearts #DIE052-I
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Black, Authentique 6x6 Adore Collection
  • Copics R81, R85, R46, B0000, B00, C8, C5
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Other: Black Seam Binding, Bow Easy Tool, Perfect Layer Rulers, MFT Pierced Rectangles


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Impression Obsession: Forever Friends Challenge

The theme this week is Friends Forever! 
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 Friends Forever inspired designs from the DT:

I really was in the mood to color! So I pulled out the new Vintage Honeycomb Background once again. Every time I see this I think of Sandy's Hex Chart for Copics. I gave the background a little rainbow makeover and added a little die cut. After all the coloring I couldn't cover it up! 

AND then.... after I colored in the little hexes I thought it would be fun to make them all glossy! About halfway through I was rethinking that idea! LOL... but kept going. It is vibrant and very shiny in person!

Copics used: 
R46, R43, YR18, YR09, YR04, Y35, Y11, G43, G46, B41, B45, B26, BV17, BV11, V09, V06

The die cut heart is popped up for a little added dimension.

A little inside stamping from the set "Count the Ways" for that forever friend!


Monday, February 1, 2016

Serendipity Stamps: Challenge 52 - Anything Goes!


It's time again for a new monthly challenge at Serendipity Stamps.
We have changed things up a bit. On the first of each month we will start a new theme for the monthly challenge. At the half way point the DT will be showing more samples as well as celebrating with a monthly blog hop!
This gives a second chance to win a $20 SS gift certificate!!

Join in and play along, it's easy!
Design with the monthly theme of Anything Goes using Serendipity stamps or dies and link up...you don't have to have a blog to play!
New to our challenges? You can find all the details here on the SSCB.

Want to go shopping?
The Tandem Bicycle is 50% Off for the month of February.
 If you are local in Georgia, you can also find this at Impressive Ideas also on sale for 50%off for this month.


The Serendipity guest designer for the month of February is the fabulous, 
Darnell Knauss from djkardkreations! Click over for a visit!

Here's links to regular Serendipity Stamps Crew:

Thanks for visiting and see you Feburary 17th 
for our Blog Hop and Anything Goes Challenge Part 2!

This beautiful floral paper inspired a wedding theme for today's card. I used the Congratulations Die as my focal point. I die cut it using heavyweight ivory paper, three times, glueing them all together in a stack to create a little chipboard like element.  

 I used a portion of the Floral Frame Die to add a little border in ivory under the bow. This ribbon is fluffy and luscious... perfect for a wedding card! When I add bows on to paper, I always use Ultimate Glue to adhere them. 

On the inside I added my left over floral paper along the edge. I also matted the liner in green using my Perfect Layer Rulers, adding a 1/16" edge. I love this sentiment on a wedding card! Finished card is an A2. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Impression Obsession: Flower Power

The theme this week is FLOWER POWER! 
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 floral inspired designs from the DT:

 The new LUCKY Clear Set has been on the desk for a few days begging for some ink.  So I gathered up some little flowers to comply with our theme and started playing with paper. I'll confess... all my flowers are pre-made! I need some flower making lessons from Kittie! 
Check out the new LUCKY set... I was in need of a great St. Pats set and here it is!

After stamping the sentiment, I airbrushed just a bit using Copic YG63.

 On the inside, I used the same papers and continued the distressing on the edges. I used a Charcoal Chalk Cats Eye to darken the edges.

I added a little butterfly to embellish, cutting it twice so that the wings have layers. The frame layers are popped up with foam tape for a little added dimension. Finished card is an A2.




Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Serendipity Stamps January 2016 Blog Hop!

BIRTHDAY - STRIPES - BLOG HOP


Welcome to Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop...our first hop for the new year!
Before we get started with all the hop info, remember we still have the monthly challenge going on. You still have plenty of time to get your entry in. The theme for the January challenge is Stripes. Thats it... just use some kind of stripes on your project and Serendipity Products! All the details for this can be found on the SSCB

Are you hopping with us? We are showing the latest products along with a few favorites! Leave comments as you go because one lucky winner will be chosen at random from the blogs to receive a $20 gift certificate from Serendipity Stamps.
Leave comments through January 24th. Mary will announce a winner on Monday January 25th

Here's the Blog Roll for today:

Mary's Blog...(start here)


 I used the NEW Balloon Die and pieced together some floating balloons. I separated the balloons from the strings and used silicone to pop up the balloon. I added a little black wash tape border along the edge of the floral frame. The frame is popped up with foam and the white panel with the balloons is inset lower. All of the patterned paper is from Penny Black's Painted Blooms 6x6 paper pad. The sentiment, The Trick, is one that could work for a woman or man, just change your pattern paper to a more masculine design. The card is pretty CAS but the added dimension with the frame gives it a little extra pop! Finished card is an A2. 


Thanks for hopping along with us today! 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Be BOLD add Layers!

Who can resist the Bird Crazy Bandwagon? I had to have them. I'm hoping for some Crazy Cats and Crazy Dogs next! I used a Gelli Print background that I had in my stash instead of printed paper. My big eyed bird is colored up with Copic Markers and the same for the sentiment strips.

You don't have to get crazy with layers.... just a few extra layers makes this card pop! Simple 1/16" and 1/8" layers are made SO easy with Perfect Layer Rulers! You can see that the extra line between the alphabet and the bird really gives it a lot of definition and separates the two panels. The Mini Rulers are definitely a tool favorite for me.

On the inside... a little extra 1/8" edge above my alphabet panel helps me use up scraps and bring all the colors to the inside finishing it off! Finished card is an A2. 

  • Stamps: Tim Holtz Bird Crazy and Coordinating Dies, Dyan Revealey Stamps "Don't Hold Back"
  • Dies: #DIE160-U Alphabet Dies by Impression Obsession, Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle
  • Paper: Bo Bunny Double Dot, Gelli Printe Background, Mulberry, Black, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White #110
  • Other: Copics. Foam Tape, Glossy Accents 


Friday, January 8, 2016

Impression Obsession CHA blog Hop -Day 5!

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Spring Release Blog Hop!
It's the very last day of the hop and we thank you for playing along with us and all of your sweet comments! Good luck to everybody! We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND a Gift Certificates to give away!

The hop will run for 5 days (1/4/16 - 1/8/16 with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day at 6am EST. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate! The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!! And we have a bonus... on the last day of the hop TWO winners will be chosen. One for Friday and one random winner from sometime during the week. So if you miss a day make sure and go back and comment! 
Comment entries will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday January 10th and all winners will be announced Monday January 11th. Good luck! If you have any questions please email Jeanne.

All of the new stamps you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW in the IO Store!
If you are local around the Atlanta area, pop in to Impressive Ideas, where we have many items already in the store!

Hop on to check out some of the creative ideas with the brand new images:


For my last card this week, I thought I'd share one of the new  Zenspiration's images... The Gathering. Her drawings are whimsical and always happy! My watermark covers up the sentiment, it says: 
Take time to tell people you love how much they mean to you.
Whether you send a card or express it in person it's something we can all do more of... everybody wants to know that they matter. I added a little Glossy Accents to the hearts for a bit of shine.

You can see the full image here, so you can see how I colored the border and used it. I actually stamped it twice, cutting it along the black border to pop up for some dimension.  This little image could go for Valentine's Day or an anytime hello card. 

Thanks for playing along with Impression Obsession this week and sharing our excitement about all the new images!!! 


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Impression Obsession CHA Blog Hop -DAY 4!

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Spring Release Blog Hop!
We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND a Gift Certificates to give away!

The hop will run for 5 days (1/4/16 - 1/8/16 with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day at 6am EST. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate! The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!! 
And we have a bonus... on the last day of the hop TWO winners will be chosen. One for Friday and one random winner from sometime during the week. So if you miss a day make sure and go back and comment! 
Comment entries will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday January 10th and all winners will be announced Monday January 11th. Good luck! If you have any questions please email Jeanne.
All of the new stamps you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW in the IO Store!

Hop on to check out some of the creative ideas with the brand new images:


Hehee... loved this stamp and can see myself making some magnets for the fridge with it and using it on plenty of girlfriend cards and in my art journal.
I created a funky background with Ken Oliver's Color burst and added the Inner Child Sentiment which is embossed in black to help it stand out. To embellish I used the die cut pieces from the Spiral Flowers Die Set. The black frame has little stitched detailing... and is from the Rectangle Frame All in One Set #2. The stitching is on both the inside and the outside of the frame edges. Finished card is an A2. 


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Impression Obsession CHA Blog Hop - DAY 3!

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Spring Release Blog Hop!

We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND a Gift Certificates to give away!

The hop will run for 5 days (1/4/16 - 1/8/16 with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day at 6am EST. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate! The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!! 

And we have a bonus... on the last day of the hop TWO winners will be chosen. One for Friday and one random winner from sometime during the week. So if you miss a day make sure and go back and comment! 


Comment entries will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday January 10th and all winners will be announced Monday January 11th. Good luck! If you have any questions please email Jeanne.

All of the new stamps you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW in the IO Store!

Hop on to check out some of the creative ideas with the brand new images:

 I adored this Coneflower and Bees image the first time I saw it. It stamps so crisp and clean in Versafine Onyx Black. I did use the MISTI to double stamp making sure it was super crisp and dark. I paired it up with the Failure Taught Me sentiment to make an encouragement card.

I added a strip of the Coneflower image along the bottom edge of the liner on the inside along with the You can do This sentiment. Finished card is an A2.