Thursday, April 17, 2014

Impression Obsession: Pink and Easter!

It's Thursday which means a new challenge starts from Impression Obsession! 
It's all about doing something OUT OF THE BOX for this challenge! Join us for this challenge and a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to shop for some new rubber from IO. Find all the details on how to play along on the Impression Obsession Blog

Check out what inspiring ideas the team came up with:

Jenny Gropp - You are here!

So, something "out of the box" was our theme. I took that to mean do something I don't normally do or something out of my comfort zone. So... the color I reach for least... is pink. And thats where my out of the box part came in, choosing pink.  
I thought pink would be perfect with this springtime Easter Basket, so I picked some Copics and got to coloring!

I stamped the image "Rabbit with Flower Basket" in Memento Tuxedo Black on Neenah Solar White paper. I airbrushed around the edges with BG32 and added some piercing around the edge of the circle. Lots of markers but not a lot of coloring time really. Along the bottom I paper pieced the pink layer under the bunny.

 I added the Easter Greetings using Memento's Desert Sand ink.

I added a little Wink of Stella sparkle to the white flowers and to the white tail on the bunny. A little dab of Glossy Accents on some of the flower centers.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #30 - Love is Patient...

Today the Serendipity Design Team is sharing cards with the color scheme of-- shades of grey and the theme of Love. Find all the details HERE for Challenge SSCB #30 on the Serendipity Challenge Blog.  
Make sure and check out the cards the other ladies came up with today:
Jenny Gropp - you are here!

 I used a beautiful new die, A2 Divine Eloquence, from Spellbinder's as a frame Love is Patient fit perfectly in the Spellbinder's 28 Label. I airbrushed a bit using n5 and also added piercing by hand around the the edge before removing it from the nestie. 

 Here's the inside, I simply stamped a portion of the English Rose on the label to embellish.

Finished card has foam tape between layers for dimension and is an A2. It opens tent style at the bottom. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Simple Stories and Perfect Paper Crafting!

I'm excited to be doing a blog hop with Simple Stories and Perfect Paper Crafting this week. We are hoppin’ from Monday, April 7 9:00 am PST – Saturday, April 12 midnight PST. We will be giving away some Perfect Paper Crafting tools and Simple Stories DIY CollectionIt's a different kinda hop this week with different designers posting each day this week.  Check each day on the companies blogs Simple Stories and Perfect Paper Crafting to find out which designers are showing off projects each day! 
I had fun with the Simple Stories DIY Collection, bright happy designs and patterns that were easy to use! I have two projects to share below.

 I used Poppy Stamps' Happy Birthday Background die, cutting it using black paper. The striped paper on the card front is a 12x12 sheet called Lookin' Good. I used my Perfect Layer Rulers to add the borders around the die... which helped define the edge and separated the busy pattern from the center panel.

 I used the basic card foundations paper pack from the DIY Boutique Collection to color block the words. The card foundations are double sided with bright solids that were perfect for doing this.

I covered the inside with more of the striped patterned paper and then added another card foundation as a liner. Finished card is 5" x 6 1/4".


This card also uses the 12x12 paper from the DIY Boutique Collection. I used Impression Obsession's Budding Rose Stem as the focal point.

 I stamped in Memento Black and added just a touch of Copic W00 in the background.

 Here are the Copics I used to color the rose.

Here's the up close picture. I added piercing along side and the little flags are from the Icons Stickers. One thing that I really liked about the stickers is that they are just like the card stock... no shine or coating that looks out of place.

 My Perfect Ruler was great for cutting just the slice of paper I needed. 

Here's the inside of the card. I added a Mother's Day Sentiment from Impression Obsession. Finished card is an A2 and opens tent style at the bottom.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Impression Obsession - You are my Sunshine

It's Thursday which means a new challenge starts from Impression Obsession! 
It's all about the SUNSHINE for this challenge! I think we all could use some sunshine after the crazy winter weather! Join us for this challenge and a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to shop for some new rubber from IO. Find all the details on how to play along on the Impression Obsession Blog

Check out what sunny ideas the team came up with:

Jenny Gropp - You are here!

In Georgia we do have the sun shining finally, but along with the warmer weather comes pollen season! Of course this fun Sunshine on a Cloudy Day Stamp Trio is perfect for this challenge! I created the base with slices of paper glued next to each other adding a little piece of grey twine in between each panel. 

 After stamping the clouds, I cut them out and then airbrushed a little N3 around the edges. I used a stylus on the back to puff them up a bit. 

 I used dimensional silicone on the back of the clouds to keep them puffed up.

On the inside I stamped the Torn Notebook Paper and cut it out and popped a little sunshine die cut on the side. Finished card is an A2 and opens at the bottom tent style. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

It's a BLOG HOP Monday!

Welcome to our Perfect Paper Crafting Brand Ambassador blog hop. Our Brand Ambassadors are the heart and soul of Perfect Paper Crafting! They are all truly AMAZING artists.  We thought we would do a blog hop for you to see our Brand Ambassadors artistic talents showcasing our newest products. We have SugarPea Designs as one of our sponsors for this fun blog hop. SugarPea Designs is giving away a $25 gift certificate to their new on line store to one lucky winner. Also to celebrate our very first Perfect Paper Crafting Brand Ambassador blog hop, Perfect Paper Crafting will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to our on line store. All you have to do is visit all of the participating blogs and leave a comment on every single one.... You can leave comments up until April 4th at midnight to be eligibale for the prizes. We will announce the winner Sunday, April 6 on the Perfect Paper Crafting Blog. 

If you can't wait to see if you are a winner, then by all means go shop now! Please use code "jgropp5%" at check out for a discount! If you are local you can find Perfect Paper Crafting products at Impressive Ideas

Now if you are ready for some serious inspiration - start hopping! 

   Pam Sparks 
   Roxie Glaza 
   Jenny Gropp - you are here! 

 Now on to my project!
 Recently Perfect Paper Crafting introduced the NEW Mini Sized Perfect Layer Rulers. I honestly didn't think they would be that different, but I can say they are! Because they are shorter, they are quicker to handle and that makes it even faster and easier to add my layers on card projects.

 I had a new background stamp "Hello World" sitting on my desk and that inspired my cards for today. Serendipity Stamps just released this new image made up of the word HELLO in all different languages and alphabets. I decided to make up a few cards for Operation Write Home. I paired up the background with a die set from Paper Smooches called Hello Word Dies. These are a little bit simpler than my normal cards. WHile there is not coloring going on today, I think these really show off how a simple card can be jazzed up easily using Perfect Layer Rulers! I changed up layers and layouts just slightly on each card.

 For each Hello World background, I stamped using Versafine Onyx Black and the heat embossed using Clear Detail Embossing Powder.

 With the word dies, I cut each word out of background color paper and then another color, piecing the word back in place. In keeping with OWH rules this helps to keep the card flat for easy mailing. Each card has one layer of foam tape somewhere for a just a little added dimension. 

 I couldn't resist sneaking a bow in there on one card.... It's silk so super lightweight and easy to mail for OWH! 

I added a liner with a layer in each card as well. If you have layers on the front it only makes sense to match up the inside too! 

Here's the Hop list again:

Friday, March 28, 2014

Impression Obsession - Sweet Daisy

 Die's have been the focus this week for most of my posts and I thought my Copics were calling me... so I colored up these sweet little daisies tonight! Actually, the image is called Coneflowers... but I think they morphed in to daisies nicely for my card! After coloring them I really wanted the image to remain the focus of the card, so I kept the rest of the card pretty simple and mainly white. I LOVE white on white but it's hard for me to make a card like this. I have a real compulsion to color it all and cover it all up! 

 The image is much larger than this, but I knew I was going to frame just a portion of it, so I went ahead and cut out a square to work with. You can see the Copics I used. I always do my background first. 

 As a final touch.... a touch I can't seem to stop from using on everything.... a little sparkle from my Clear Wink of Stella Brush Pen. Oh, how love this pen!!! I'm normally not a glitter girl, but this subtle quick drying sparkle is totally cool! 

 I doubled up my frame.. cutting it a second time to get an extra layer. The bottom frame is cut in each corner, giving me four pieces and I just extended them out a tiny bit to add an additional layer.... foam tape in between for dimension too! You can see the breaks in the second layer in each corner on the first picture showing the full card.

I always like to add a sentiment on the inside... but I was loving the clean crisp feel of the white look. I stamped the image in the corner on a liner using Scattered Straw Distress ink and left it open for an any occasion card. 

  • Stamps by Impression Obsession: Coneflowers #H16010
  • Dies by Impression Obsession: Square Shaker Frame Die #DIE002-Z
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink - Scattered Straw 
  • Other: Embossing Folder, Misc. Button, Blue Satin Ribbon, Copics, Foam Tape, Bow Easy Tool, Clear Wink of Stella Brush Pen

Serendipity Stamps - Tea Party Blog Hop!

The Serendipity Stamps Design Team  is hoppin' today with a Tea Party! 

Brand New Dies and Stamps are now available and we are excited to show you some fun and very creative ideas! I've seen some of the designs and I was wowed with what the team came up with! Of course every party needs a gift... leave comments on the design team's posts for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate. You can leave comments up until March 30th at midnight. The winner will be announced on the Serendipity Blog on Monday, March 31. 


Here's the Hop List!
Jenny Gropp - you are here! 

The new Tea Pot and Tea Cup Dies have an elegant feel to them and I started off doing an more elegant project... but I changed direction and decided to do something fun and bright instead! I think this makes for a fun girlfriend card! I stamped the new sentiment "A Woman is Like" in Versafine Onyx Black and airbrushed over the sentiment using Copic R37. 

After airbrushing over the hot water sentiment, I added some piercing while the paper was still in the die, using the inside edge as a guide. I hand cut a few more layers. The fun polka dot paper is actually from Bo Bunny's Mistletoe Collection. I loved the variation in reds with in the polka dots and I thought it matched the variation in the air brushing. I also airbrushed some color on paper to back behind the cut out floral design in the tea pot

On the inside... lotsa layers to match up with the front of the card! I stamped the Tea Border on red in black and just added a decorative strip. The finished card is an A2 and opens at the bottom, tent style.

If you are local you can find these new dies already in stock at Impressive Ideas

Here's the Hop List again for you!
Jenny Gropp - you are here! 

  • Stamps and Dies by Serendipity Stamps: Tea Pot Die, Tea Cup Die, A Woman is Like, Tea Border
  • Paper: Polka Dot Paper - Bo Bunny's Mistletoe Collection 12x12, Red Bazzill, Black Neenah Linen, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110#
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Copic Airbrushing with R37
  • Other: Black Ribbon, Foam Tape, Bow Easy Tool, Perfect Layer Rulers, Spellbinder's Matting Basics Set A and B, Paper Piercer, Spellbinder's Labels 18