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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

FTTC #252- Flourishes Shaker Style....


Our special guest host designer this week is Jessi Fogan and you can be inspired here on her blog One Crafty Mama. Jessi challenged us to make a shaker card. Here's a tutorial to get you started! 
You can find all the details on how to join in the challenge on the Flourishes blog. Hope you can find a little time to play along with us.
Check out what the DT created for you today!
Cheryl Lea
Deborah Anton
Jenny Gropp  -  you are here!
Jessi Foganour guest hostess this week

 Every time I make a shaker card, it's snow themed. I just can't seem to think past SNOW! So here it is my snow shaker card! I used the Handmade Snowflakes set to heat emboss the white snowflake in the center of the shaker. 

 I found some pretty white ribbon in my stash... if I colored just the back of it with the Copic, the white criss cross embellishment remained white. 

The sentiment is from the Star of Bethlehem set, and was the perfect thing for my snow card! I did use a pre-packaged shaker pouch instead of creating my own from scratch. I used Martha Stewart's Tinsel Glitter to fill the pouch. 
  • Stamps by Flourishes: SS253 Handmade Snowflakes, SS254 Star of Bethlehem
  • Ink: Versamark and White Detail Embossing Powder
  • Paper: Aqua, White
  • Other: Misc. Ribbon, Bow Easy Tool, IO Circle Shaker Pouch and Die, Spellbinder's Grand Scalloped Squares #LF127, Martha Stewart Tinsel Glitter #M111508, Nellie's Rectangle 3 Dies #MFD048, Nellie's Embossing Folder - Christmas Round #EFE003, Antique Grey Adhesive Crystals, Stitched Circle Dies by MFT, foam tape

Monday, December 30, 2013

Cupid, draw back your bow....


Hoping everybody had a Merry Merry Christmas! 
Valentine papers, dies and stamps are covering my desk right now...so in the craft room Christmas is DEFINITELY over! Impression Obsession had a fantastic release of Valentines dies and stamps... as always! So I thought I'd give you a little sneak peek of what new stuff has been released! I did two little mini cards... each featuring the different cupid in the die set.

This little Cupid comes in a die set with two Cupids plus little die cut arrows! Way cute! I took the three hearts from the Heart Edger Die and added to my ribbon to embellish. The Love you is only a part of yet another die! You can see I die cut most things twice, in red and black. I glued the black behind the red layer giving it a little bit of a drop shadow. It really helped things stand out from the printed paper. Here's the up close. The cupid is popped up with Foam Tape for dimension. The Love You die cut is a portion of another new die, the Love You Heart. I used 1/8" silk ribbon to create a small but fluffy little bow embellishment.



The sentiment and heart stamp are both from the new clear set Valentine Hearts. Along the bottom edge I used the Mini Heart Row Die, which leaves the negative cut out hearts. The two red panels are glued together at the top, with a scored hinge on the back panel that allows it to open. I cut the white insert to fit right at the hinge... not adding bulk to the hinged top.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

A snowflake is...



A winter card to share today...I used papers again from Bazzill's Nordic Pine Collection... I'm hooked on these colors! This card ended up with a bit of a country feel to it, I think. Simple stamping with a pretty sentiment. A few layers and button and bow embellishment make for a quick winter's greeting card. I added a few small red adhesive gems to random snowflakes for a little sparkle. I used this same stamp last year on a winter card that looks completely different - you can see it here.

Here's the inside view. I cut out the snowflake Pendant Die from the corner of the kraft paper. I replaced the snowflake pendant back in back in with a red die cut. This way the die cut is embedded in at the same level not glued on top of paper. I added the sweet sentiment from the Flourished Oval 3 Holidays Clear Set.  This card opens tent style at the bottom and is A2 in size. 

Friday, December 20, 2013

'Tis the Season...


I have a fun card to share with you today, created with Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps! You can always hop to the PPRS Blog to find inspiration!

 When I saw this image, To be Jolly, I knew right away that I wanted to try the chalk board technique with it. I know.... I'm so behind the the times! Everyone has been doing this for a year and here it is my first try! And I think you'll be seeing more of it on my blog... because it sure is easy! 

 I heat embossed the image on black paper (smooth black is better than textured) and then I used my finger to rub a little white ink here and there. Seriously Easy Peasy! The sentiment fit perfectly in to MFT's Pierced Rectangle Stax Dies.

Prickley Pear has more images similar to this... wouldn't they make an awesome collection of cards to gift a friend! All of these would really stand out using the chalkboard technique.

 Here's the up close. I used fun paper and added a little jute string bow and wrapping to embellish. The layers are popped up with foam tape to add dimension.

You were thinking.... where's the cat? I love PPRS's little kitty cat stamps and usually can mange to sneak one in on every card! Here it is! I added the "Have yourself a merry little Christmas" sentiment from the Clear Set Christmas Trees. The kitty is from the clear set Holly and Berries. Of corse the kitty needed a little sparkle, so I used a Viva Glitter LIner Pen to jazz up his santa hat. The card is and A2 and opens tent style at the bottom.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Impression Obsession - Quick and Simple....

New challenge for Impression Obsession begins today! 
The theme is quick and simple! I whipped up some quick, simple and SPARKLY gift tags! So come on and 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 the DT's simple creations today and get inspired to  whip out some last minute tags or cards! 

JENNY GROPP - YOU ARE HERE!


TAG 1
 The snow tag is super simple. I heat embossed the snow sentiment using Versamark and White Detail Embossing Powder. I die cut the snowflake out of kraft and white. I added double sided tape to the back of the kraft tag after I cut out the snow flake. Then I pieced the white snowflake in the empty spot. I filled in all the empty spots using Microfine silver glitter. 


  • Stamps by Impression Obsession: #D14163 Snow Loves the Trees
  • Dies by Impression Obsession: DIE024-X Snowflake Die Set
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Kraft
  • Ink: Versamark and White Detail EP
  • Other: Microfine Silver Glitter by Elizabeth Crafts, Misc. Silver Ribbon, Scor-Pal Adhesive Sheets, Bow Easy Tool , Pierced Tag Die by MFT

TAG 2

I used the Merry Tree Die for this quick tag. The sparkle doesn't show off well in the picture, but I assure you it's eye-catching! I die cut the Merry Christmas out of white card stock.

 I added Scor-Pal adhesive to card stock and then die cut the tag. I peeled off the protective layer, exposing the sticky. I added my die cut.... then dumped the glitter all over. I used my finger to burnish the glitter down.

I love how it looks finished... the die cut is embedded in the glitter. So much more interesting than just gluing the die cut to glitter paper. 
  •  Dies by Impression ObsessionDIE106-S Merry Tree
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Microfine Red Glitter by Elizabeth Crafts, Misc. White Ribbon, Scor-Pal Adhesive Sheets, Bow Easy Tool , Pierced Tag Die by MFT, EK Success Slot Punch, Perfect Layer Rulers

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

SSCB #26 - Chalk it up...



Welcome to another challenge from Serendipity Stamps!
Challenge #25 -Use chalk on your project!
Play along with us for a chance to win a $25 random Gift Certificate!  Find all the details on the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog.

We have more than 100 stamps on our 50% Off Wood Mounted Sale.We also have 3 different grab bags – UM, Sticky cushion, and Cling Cushion. Each has 10 small stamps. Just search for "grab bag" in the Serendipity Store.

Check out the inspiring designs from the Team this week:
Jenny Gropp - you are here!


 I thought this long pretty ornament would be fun to ink up. Since the challenge was chalk - I used chalk around the oval edge and the polka dot panel which gave it a really soft finish. 

 I'm picky when it comes to chalk and the brand I really like is Pebbles. I used the Pebbles Pearlescent Shimmers Chalk for this. It has a subtle shimmer to it and really rubs on nice and smoothly.

 I colored the ornament twice, one is to pop up. You can see the Copic colors I used.  The oval die from Spellbinder's Radiant Rectangles was a perfect fit to frame the ornament... and bonus it does all the beautiful piercing when it cuts.

I used some metallic thread to create a bow with the Bow Easy and also made a little knotted tassel.  I gently curved the cut out ornament and added it with Dimensional Silicone (Collall) this way it will dry and maintain the curved shape.  

 I added the sentiment Sending Lots of Love on the inside and also chalked around the panel.



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

FTTC #251 Vellum Challenge




Our special guest host designer this week is Greta Hess and you can be inspired here on her blog GG Creations.
Greta challenged the team to use velum on our creations this week.
You can find all the details on how to join in the challenge on the Flourishes blog. Hope you can find a little time during the December rush to have a little stamp and ink time for yourself!
Check out what the DT created for you today!
Cheryl Lea
Deborah Anton
Jenny Gropp  -  you are here!
Greta Hess - our guest hostess this week

 I used the Snow Wonderful set today. I created an open window using the Keyhole Die Set. I heat embossed the cabin image using Versamark ink and White Detail Embossing Powder. I used a heavy weight vellum and took my time heating it up to prevent the vellum from curling. 

Here's the inside.... a little room to write a short message. I included leftovers from the papers I was using too. The finished card is just shy of an an A2 and opens tent style at the bottom. 



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

FTTC #250 - inspired by a goal....





Our special guest host designer this week is Tricia Traxler and you can be inspired here on her blog Simply Stamping
Tricia had a unique take on our challenge this week. 
Here it is her words....
We all start to look forward at the end of the year and begin to make plans and goals and resolutions.  I would like everyone to make a card featuring a word or image that embodies one of their goals for the next year.  For example, they may choose the word "Hope" if they are struggling with a chronic illness, or a picture of flowers if they would like to do some gardening.  They could make a "Thank You" card, because they want to practice thankfulness, they could use a gingerbread cookie because they want to learn to cook, or they could make a Christmas card because they want to start on their Christmas shopping earlier next year.  There are so many things to choose from!!  They can be creative, but I would like them to tell why they chose the image or sentiment that they did. 
You can find all the details on how to join in the challenge on the Flourishes blog. Hope you can find a little time during the December rush to have a little stamp and ink time for yourself!

Check out what the DT created for you today!
Cheryl Lea
Deborah Anton
Jenny Gropp  -  you are here!
Tricia Traxler - our guest host


 Here in Atlanta we usually escape all the snow... which is FINE by me... but I keep seeing the snow stories on the news.... brrrrr! With all the winter weather this seemed like a good set to ink up today! When I was thinking about our challenge... I ended up choosing this image with the thought that a good goal for the coming year would be to be more adventurous. Now... that's not saying go skiing... but just to have a more open view to try new things. 

 Here are the Copics I used to color up this scene... a quick color for sure. I used BG10 to color the background, with soft upward strokes. I used the Viva Holographic Glitter Liner Pen for the snow. I added a few dabs to the skis and hat too.

Here's the inside... a quick sentiment cut out with an oval die. Using my Perfect Layer Rulers I added a 1/16" blue border mat to the white liner. Finished card is an A2 and opens tent style at the bottom. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Impression Obsession - Let it Snow!

New challenge for Impression Obsession begins today! 
The theme is let it snow! I'm in the south and am happy not to see to much of the white stuff down here... but I love IO's snowflake dies! So come on and 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
JENNY GROPP - YOU ARE HERE!

 So... I had a happy accident while making this card. And I thought I'll share it with you. I was using wax paper with the die that had the ribbon loops through the edge... it came out with the wax paper attached and I kind liked the effect.... but how to glue it on? The result is below and I thought it would be neat on an all white snow card. It had a soft look but also looked slightly shiny and wet. 

The top layer and the bottom layer have wax paper adhered to the front. the middle loopy die is just plain paper. You can kind of see the pillowy shiny finish that the wax paper gives it.  

 This is how to do it easily! Tape the die to the wax paper. On the back side of the wax paper add small dabs of a wet glue that will dry clear. My preference is Crafter's Pick Ultimate Glue. After adding the glue, add your card stock on top and run it through the die machine. The pressure of the machine will press the wax paper - glue - card stock sandwich all together and you will have a finished piece to remove from the die.

Here you can see the base of my card - the panel with wax paper. Then next is plain card stock with the ribbon woven through it. I like to use a heavier weight paper so that my die cuts are strong. 

 Here's the last layers to the top of the card.  Again, the wax paper layer is shiny. I cut the snowflake three times and glued them in a stack so they would look more like an element and not just a paper die cut. This snowflake is from the Mitten Die Set.

 I used the same technique for the inside sentiment. I stamped, then layered the wax paper with glue and the die cut. 

 Here you can see the inside. I thought the wax paper was a neat look! I will do this again for sure on cards when I want a softer look. A few more smaller snowflakes to embellish. 

Here's the up close. I added a soft little flower embellishment in the center. When I took the pictures in my light tent the wax paper effect was LOST! So disappointed that it doesn't show you the true finish!