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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Impression Obsession - Happy Flowers!

It's an Impression Obsession Thursday! Our theme for this week's challenge is Happy Flowers! Join us and surprise someone with a card in the mailbox! 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 inspired birthday designs the team inked up this week:
Jenny Gropp - You are here!
 I've been in coloring mode lately! I have no ideas what the flowers are in this image.. I just went with the colors I was feeling. I don't get too hung up on making things perfect! 

 I colored the background first with BG10 and then a layer of BG000 extending over it. I wanted to ground the image a bit, so I added a little table line using my Memento Tuxedo Black Marker.  I don;t think I've ever used YR24 & YR21 for flowers. I liked the color combo.... would be good for marigolds. In the below picture you can see the orange flowers are a little brighter - I added a layer of Y18 to brighten them up just a tad.

 I forgot a color in the line up! I also used G43 in the leaves. In the lightest color flowers I did use the 0Blender to blot and remove some color.

 I added some Wink of Stella... I can't resist. I hate that it doesn't show up well in pics! Stella and little bows.... on every card!

Simple little sentiment on the inside! 

  • Stamps by Impression Obsession: Just Because #B3762, Spring Vase #H1981
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Brown Bazzill Heavy Weight - Candybar, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Patterned paper from Kaisercraft's Cherry Blossom Collection (12x12)
  • Other: Foam Tape, Jute String from May Arts, Bow Easy Tool, Copic Markers, Perfect Layer Rulers, Spellbinder's Grand Rectangles and Grand Scalloped Rectangles

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Serendipity Stamps - Spring and SHINE!

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #41 CONTINUES - Spring plus SHINE!

Our March challenge continues with the theme of spring. We had the added task of making something shine on our card with some Glossy Accents! Create any spring theme card and include a Serendipity Stamp image or die to be able to join the contest. You can find all the info on the  Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog.

Check out the designs the DT came up with this week:
We welcome Karen Dunbrook as our March Guest Designer! Be sure and pop by her blog to see her beautiful spring creation!

 Happy spring colors! Finally it is starting to feel and look a little like spring here in Atlanta with the daffodils popping up and trees starting to bloom! Thank goodness!!! I colored up this cute little bunny for my card today. It's a relatively small image (doable if you making multiples!) but still big enough to be the focus on a card front. 

I started out with my background first. Adding the B000. I used the 0 Blender to dab around the blue, giving it kind of a splotchy look. This is a great "fix" if your backgrounds are uneven or have lines!

 Here are my bunny colors. I love the E40's.... if ever in question this are the browns I head to! Beautiful midtones with no red hues. I added some W3 in to the bunny as well. The E95 is just a little dab on the nose.

 Heres the SHINE part of my card. Instead of Glossy Accents I really love Viva's Clear Gel Gloss... I find it hold dimension a little better. It is thicker than Glossy Accents but it still flows through this little fineline applicator nicely! LOVE... perfect for the tiniest spots!

 I scattered some adhesive enamel dots around to embellish! Do you see the bunny print on the blue paper... how cute is that paper!!! 

On the inside I added the Happy and Easter Dies. Finished card is an A2 and opens tent style. 
  • Stamps and Dies by Serendipity Stamps: Bunny With Paint #700E, Happy Die #026ED, Easter Die #042ED
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Echo Park 6x6 - Sunny Days Ahead, Pink, Yellow, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Copic Markers, Foam Tape, Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles, Lawn Fawn Stitched Circles, Spellbinder's A2 Matting Basics, Misc. Ribbon, MFT Stitched Vertical Rectangles, Perfect Layer Rulers


Monday, March 16, 2015

Chameleon Markers and Perfect Paper Crafting Team up!


Welcome to a post about Chameleon Markers and Perfect Paper Crafting Tools! You all know I'm a Copic girl, so I was very interested in seeing how these new markers compared to my Copics. I am pretty impressed with them and they have definitely earned a spot on my desk among my other favorite markers. 

 The Chameleon Pens really excel in their ability to get a beautiful shaded result in small areas... something that I think people really struggle with using Copic Markers. I colored this Daisy Image from Impression Obsession three times to make my stacked flower on this card. AND I only used two markers total! I stepped out the three flowers for you to see the difference in the coloring.

 Above is the top flower in my layers. I wanted this one to be the lightest in color. I infused the Y03 marker tip for about 15 seconds before I started coloring down each petal, drawing the darker color out as I colored. I added a few little texture dots here and there.

 Above is the second flower in the stack. I wanted to have the shaded color a little bit darker so I only infused the tip with the blender solution for about 10 seconds before starting to color each petal. It's really effortless to get results with these markers. I know a lot of people may be thinking waiting for the infuser is wasting time or takes too long.... but I don't think so. If you were blending with multiple markers to create the even color blends you would be spending at least 10 seconds, if not longer. 

 On my last image, I colored the petals completely with Y03 Warm Sunset - no infusing, just flat coloring. I then used a lighter hello, YL2 Summer Sun, to gently remove some color from the petal edges. I only did this around the edges since I knew the center portions would be hidden.

 You can see how the three flowers were cut apart. They were assembled again after I curled the petals a bit and added foam tape in between layers for dimension.


Of course I use my Mini Perfect Layers whenever I can to create my layers. It takes all the angst out card making since you don't have to measure!

 I needed to get the silver die frame in perfect place before I ran it through my die cutting machine. The small grid on the Perfect Cutting Mat makes this easy. I use my ruler to just help "sight" that I'm even as I tape my die in place.

 Here's the up close. You can see the contrast those tiny layers help provide to a card. Each layer stands out. I've used the 1/8"and the 1/16" inch on my card front. These are perfect sizes for cards. 

On the inside I added a simple sentiment. I think if you are using layers on the front, then you should do the same on the inside. It makes for a nice balanced card in how it feels as well as how it looks! 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Serendipity Stamps - March Blog Hop!

Serendipity Stamps! NEW Stamps! New Dies! 
Welcome to the March blog Hop for Serendipity Stamps! Leave comments for the designers as you hop around checking out the creativity! Gift Certificate awarded to random comments on Mary's Blog on Monday, March 16th. All of the NEW items are in the Serendipity Shop or at Impressive Ideas (for the Georgia folks!).

If you are following the hop order you should have arrived from Jeanne's Blog and you will continue on to Julie's Blog!

Here's the full hop list! Have FUN!  

Loved this HAPPY little stamp! This fun sentiment can be the focus or could go on the inside just as easily! I added some quick Copic coloring to the letters to coordinate with the colors in the floral paper.

 I added a few little enamel embellishments in the flowers along with a loopy little string bow. Foam tape between the layers adds dimension.

The finished card is an A2 and opens tent style. I added the gorgeous Daisy Border Die on the inside.

  • Stamps by Serendipity: Daisy Border Die, You Make me Happy
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Natural White, Black, Patterned Paper by Echo Park
  • Other: Copics, Foam Tape, Jute String by May Arts, Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles, Lawn Fawn Stitched Circles, Perfect Layer Rulers, Enamel Embellishments

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Impression Obsession Spring Die Hop -DAY THREE!

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Spring Designer Die Hop!
We have some beautiful new dies to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!
 The hop will start each day (March 9th – March 11th) with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST.  The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!
All of the new dies you’ll be seeing on the hop are available NOW!
www.iostamps.com or at Impressive Ideas (for the Georgia folks!)
Jenny Gropp - You are here!

 I'm so ready for spring and sunshine and happy little colorful flowers popping up! I thought I'd finish off the hop with an easy design that you could change up in many different ways... using different dies and different embossing folders. I don't know that this technique really has a name... I call it paper quilting -layering papers together and then running them through embossing folder(s) to add texture and meld them all together.   Maybe you guys can suggest a better name or tell me if this does have a real name! On today's card I used the new Open Scroll Flower Die and new Thanks Die.

I did spend a little time die cutting all the pieces, but after that -this becomes a very easy card!
I cut all the flowers in white heavy weight card stock and adhered them to my white panel. I then cut the leaves and flowers using patterned paper and pieced them back in place. Anything that hung off the edge I just trimmed off. If you are using liquid glue for this you don't want to use too much -when you send it thought the embossing folder in wet glue can squish out when it's compressed. 

 After I had all my pieces glued in place I sent the panel through two embossing folders. First I used a basket weave patterned folder by Darice. Next I used my old fave... the Swiss Dots folder from Sizzix, placing the paper so that the dots were depressed rather than raised. You can see both patterns in the pic above and how everything is really "quilted" together now.

 HA! I managed to capture a little of the Wink of Stella sparkle in this picture! I die cut the new Thanks Die three times and glued them in a stack to form an element that has more of a chipboard feel.

 I added a few layers and popped up the panel with foam tape to give it a little more oomph!

On the inside I added a sentiment from the Warm Fuzzies clear set and used the Circle Cut Out Border along the side. Finished card size is an A2. 

Big thanks to all of you awesome IO FANS for hopping with us this week!



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Impression Obsession Spring Die Hop -DAY TWO!

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Spring Designer Die Hop!
We have some beautiful new dies to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!
 The hop will start each day (March 9th – March 11th) with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST.  The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!
All of the new dies you’ll be seeing on the hop are available NOW!
www.iostamps.com or at Impressive Ideas (for the Georgia folks!)
Jenny Gropp - You are here!

 I loved this little Easter Scene! I made a sparkly little card with it for Day 2 of the Hop! I stepped my process out again today --- super easy card that finishes with a sugary sparkle!

I put a layer of double sided ScorPal tape on a yellow Shimmer Sheet. Peel the top adhesive layer of the tape and carefully place the white die cut down on to the sticky surface. 

 I added Microfine Transparent Glitter over the entire image, rubbing it in well using my finger. After I was sure all the areas were coated with glitter I used a brush to clean any remaining glitter off the panel.

 Here is the finished panel. You can see the sparkle of the glitter and also the shimmering colors on the background.

 I repeated the process to get another sparkly layer for the card front.

 These pics don't show off the texture or the sparkle! In person it is super shimmery!!! 


On the inside I added the "Easter" from the Easter Greeting Die and the "Wishes" from the Greeting Die Set
  • Dies from Impression Obsession: Easter Square Cutout DIE264-ZZ, Easter Greetings DIE256-N, Greeting Die Set DIE174-W 
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110#, Blue patterned paper form Lawn Fawn, Yellow 
  • Other: Bow Easy Tool, Iridescent String from May Arts. Foam Tape, Microfine Glitter from Elizabeth Crafts - Cool Transparent, Yellow Shimmer Sheetz by Elizabeth Crafts, Double Sided Scor Pal Tape Sheets, Stick It, Spellbinder's Grand Labels One, Spellbinder's Decorative Labels One

Monday, March 9, 2015

Impression Obsession Spring Die Hop - DAY ONE!

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Spring Designer Die Hop!
We have some beautiful new dies to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!
 The hop will start each day (March 9th – March 11th) with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST.  The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!
All of the new dies you’ll be seeing on the hop are available NOW!
www.iostamps.com or at Impressive Ideas (for the Georgia folks!)
Jenny Gropp - You are here!

 I always love the IO Die Hops! I look forward to seeing what everyone does just as much as you! I decided to take pics of my project in the making, so you could see my process. Nothing too complicated needed to create this card that could be used for any occasion. The first time I saw this die I knew I wanted to do a card with dimensional butterflies popping out!

 I used the new Medium Butterfly Die Set. The butterflies come attached and I broke them apart so I could better spread them out to fill the rectangle. I used my magnetic cutting plate... with the magnetic plate my butterflies stayed right where I placed them and didn't scooch around at all!

 After cutting out the butterflies, I added the layers to my card front and then started working on the butterfly layers. I added patterned paper behind the butterfly cut panel so that in the end you were able to see three different patterns on the wings. To layer my first butterfly, I added glue to the center as I wanted the body to be flat and aligned nicely in the cut out.

 I used a round ball stylus and foam pad to add a little curve to the wings. Then my first butterfly goes down... The body will be glued nice and tight with the white glue. On the back of the butterfly wings you can see I used paper-crafting silicone to give me the dimension. This dries clear and will dry with the curve in place. Foam tape will eventually flatten out. I use reverse tweezers to help me place it just the right spot.

 After my butterfly is in place, I can use a skinny pointed stylus to help me push it in and get it in the right spot. I can also lift the wings as needed to give them more dimension. The silicone will stretch and stop wherever you want it. 

 The last layer of wings I also curved gently and then cut the body off, leaving just two sets of wings. I added a small bit of silicone again on the wings to help this layer also stay raised up. The white glue is added in the center of the wings so that would adhere and lay flat close to the butterfly body.

 I use my reverse tweezers for so many things! I'd have gluey fingers and a big mess with out them! They are perfect for placing things just so!

 My card was looking a little too bright for me. I toned down the edges with a little Tattered Rose Distress ink applied with Tim's Round Blending Tool. Softening the edges made a big difference! I added a little Clear Wink of Stella for some sparkle on the butterflies, it just didn't show in the picture. :(

On the inside I added the word "Springtime" from the Good Egg Clear Set. I added another butterfly in the mix along with just the word Greeting from the new Easter Greeting Die Set. Finished card is an A2.

  • Stamps and Dies by Impression Obsession: Medium Butterflies DIE255-Y, Easter Greeting Die DIE256-N, Good Egg Clear Set CL#573
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Tattered Rose and Blending Tool
  • Paper: Graphic 45's 8x8 and 6x6 patterns from Precious Memories Collection, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Stick it, Foam Tape Wink of Stella Clear, Foam pad and Round Ball Stylus, FineTip Glue Applicator, Papercrafting Silicone-Collall, Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles, 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Impression Obsession - Think Spring!

It's an Impression Obsession Thursday! Our theme for this week's challenge is Think Spring! 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 inspired birthday designs the team inked up this week:


 Spring is around the corner, the daffodils have peeked up this week. Warmer weather is certainly welcome! It was good to sit down and get lost in some much needed coloring with this image: Garden Theme! I added the Sending Smiles sentiment from what is becoming one of my must have stamp sets: More Basic Greetings - it's packed full of great everyday sayings.

 I traced the inside of a die with pencil to allow some portions of the image to stick outside of the lines after I hand cut it out.  I always color my backgrounds first. I did use the 0 Blender to blot a little color out of the flowers.

Here are the remaining Copic colors I used to color the image.

 I used the Border Duo Die to cut the small scalloped edge. After I folded the card base, I taped the die in place and cut through both layers of the card edge.

 I used small cut up pieces from the heart flourish die to wrap around the edges of my image.

I added one of the beautiful new Easter die cuts on the inside.