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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #39 - Part 2 - Hidden Gems

Welcome to the second half of the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog. This month the theme is to use those, "Hidden Gems". Anything goes, just be sure to include a Serendipity stamp or die in your design. New to the challenges? You can find the guidelines here on the SSCB. There is always a $20 Gift Certificate up for grabs! The winner will be announced on Feb 4th.

Here are some "Gems" to inspire you!
Kimberly Wiener...guest designer

Julie Warner...out this week

 One of the hidden gems stamps I found were these pretty daffodils. The image comes in a large size and a smaller size, which is perfect for the inside of the card or decorating the envelope.  I stepped out my process below:


 I decided to let my flowers grow "outside of the box" after stamping them I taped my bestie in place and lightly traced the inside of the die. I then cut it out by hand cutting around the flower parts that were outside the lines. I always get a lot of questions about this technique. There are ways to use the die and do this, but I don't mind a little hand cutting. To find alternate methods just google outside of the box technique.

 I used the same die that I traced the flowers with, to cut another layer in yellow.

 I started by coloring the background using BG000 and BG0000.Before coloring I made sure that any remaining pencil lines were erased.

 My bright and happy greens for the leaves: G43 and G46.

 Here you can see the yellow Copics I used for the flowers. Since the flowers were well shaded I didn't have a lot of blending work to do here, a pretty quick and easy color.

 I used foam tape in-between the layers to help add dimension.

On the inside I added a Hello Die and used the smaller image of the daffodils in the corner.
  • Stamps and Dies by Serendipity Stamps: Daffodil Large #340L, Daffodil Small #368E, Hello Die
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Bo Bunny Yellow Double Dot, Green Heavyweight Bazzill, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Copics Markers, Spellbinder's Decorative Labels 8 and Labels 8, Foam Tape


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Impression Obsession - Shiny and Sparkly!

It's an Impression Obsession Thursday! Our theme for this week's challenge is Shiny and Sparkly! Join us and play along and send a Happy New Year or Valentine's card out! 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 sparkly creations the team inked up this week:
Jenny Gropp - You are here!

I'm a whole day LATE with my post...I totally got my weeks mixed up! There just wasn't enough time in the days this week, so I pulled an older favorite card from my stash to share with you. I adore the silhouette stamps and this one is such a sweet and happy image! My shiny and sparkly is the metallic thread I used around the edges.

 You can see the Copics I used here. I pierced holes around the edges, using a template to keep them even.... well somewhat even, lol! I used this fun metallic thread to stitch, yes HAND STITCH around the edge. It does take a little longer and usually I'm always looking for a short cut when crafting. But most of the time I'm watching Netflix on my ipad when I'm in the craft room, so I don't mind it taking a little extra time if I am watching some TV.
All of the layers were made using Perfect Layer Rulers, no nesties.. just simple straight layers on this one. I tied a little bow with the copper thread and glued it in the corner. I used a Viva Copper pen to add tiny little copper pearl centers on the flowers in the image. A few glittery pearls in the lower left corner to finish it off.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Impression Obsession - Spring 2015 Blog Hop - Day 5!


Welcome to DAY 5 of the 2015 Impression Obsession Spring/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 (Monday Jan 5th – Jan 9th), 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 January 10th.
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!
 It's the last day of the hop and I hope you've had fun checking out all the new images! We love sharing them with you! There were several adorable ladybug stamps in this spring release.... makes for a sweet and happy card! I used Ladybug Line and the sentiment Dressed in Red for my card front. After adding a little color using Copics, I also added a Clear Gloss to the ladybugs for a little shine.

 On the inside, I used the coordinating Ladybug Trio and the cute little Thinking of You script. Finished card is an A2. Happy hopping! Thanks for all your amazing comments and following along with the team this week! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Impression Obsession - 2015 CHA Blog Hop - Day4!




Welcome to DAY 4 of the 2015 Impression Obsession Spring/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 (Monday Jan 5th – Jan 9th), 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 January 10th.
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!
  This Calla Lily is a new image from the Zenspirations Collection by Joanne Fink. She has a really fun style and most of her sentiments are inspirational or encouraging in nature. 
I made a CAS card - with no bow (ACK!) - so it can be mailed easily. I kept a few of the flowers "outside the box" to add a little more interest. I adhered the patterned paper to heavyweight white card stock and then cut out my shaped card base. 

 I created a soft background with BG000. I kept smoothing it over, using the side of the super brush tip, adding additional layers of color to create a little depth.

 Here are the remaining colors for the image. I did use the 0 pen to blot at the color in the flowers. 


On the inside, I added one of Dina's new sentiments from the Maya Clear Set. A few little die cut flowers is a quick add on embellishment. I always keep a little dish of small die cuts like this on my desk.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Impression Obsession - Day 3 of the Spring 2015 CHA Blog Hop!



Welcome to DAY 3 of the 2015 Impression Obsession Spring/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 (Monday Jan 5th – Jan 9th), 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 January 10th.
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!
 Keeping it sweet and simple again today with this pretty Daisy Basket image. After stamping in Memento Tuxedo Black I used my Copics to color it up.

 I colored the background with Copics B00 and B0000. G46 and G43 remain my go to greens for leaves. I added a tad of G20 in the white flowers for a little bit of shading.

 On the white panel in the background I embossed only using IO's 6 in 1 Rectangle Frame. I did add a little clear gloss to the flower centers for a little shine.

On the inside I added the new Celebrate sentiment... love that tiny little heart at the end of the script. Finished card is an A2.
  • Stamps and Dies by Impression Obsession: 6 in Rectangle Frame, Daisy Basket #G16052, Celebrate #C14381
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Blue
  • Other: Bow Easy Tool, Perfect Layer Tools, Copics, Foam Tape, Misc Cotton Ribbon, Viva Clear Gloss Gel Pen, Spellbinder's Ovals and Scalloped Ovals 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Impression Obsession - Spring 2015 Blog Hop Day 2!



Welcome to DAY 2 of the 2015 Impression Obsession Spring/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 (Monday Jan 5th – Jan 9th), 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 January 10th.
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!

 Dina's images in this release are stunning! I especially loved the silhouette stamps and all the beautiful fonts like the Have Fun on my card today! I stamped this sweet swinging girl in Versafine Onyx Black. I airbrushed with Copic R85 after stamping the image. I used circle dies and an older Spellbinders, Labels 21, to create my card base.

 On the inside of the card, I added the Dare Sentiment. I colored just around the edges of the letter using Copic R83.

I pierced the circles by hand, I taped my nesties in place and used the inside edge as a guide to keep my piercing straight.

  • Stamps by Impression Obsession: Girl Swinging #E13307, Have Fun #B13309, C13304 Dare
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: All Patterned Paper is from Authentique, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Bow Easy, Pearls, Rainbow Tape Black 1/16", Spellbinder's Circles and Labels 21, Orane Paper Piercer, May Art Silk Ribbon

Monday, January 5, 2015

2015 CHA Blog Hop - Day One!



Welcome to the 2015 Impression Obsession Spring/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 (Monday Jan 5th – Jan 9th), 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 January 10th.
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 went with some happy little flowers to start off the hop! This is a new image, Large Zinnia, from artist Alesa Baker. Alesa's images are always happy and sweet! I stamped the Zinnia three times, colored with Copics, and then cut out various sizes. 

 On the inside, I used a little Hello Die Cut Greeting along with some of the frames added to the liner.

I die cut some of the Rectangle Frames and then popped all the elements up a bit using foam tape for dimension. I also added the little holes along the edge of the frame using a Japanese Screw Punch. Topped off the little flowers with some buttons and bows. Simple and Sweet! The card is just shy of an A2.