Sunday, August 2, 2015

Great Impressions August Challenge ...

Good morning! We have a new Challenge starting today over at the Great Impressions Blog. This month we want you to "Add a Sentiment".

For today's card I used the Savored & Treasured (G82) sentiment stamp as the focal point, along with the newly released Elegant Butterflies (J119).

I love the sentiment as it is so true, and touches my heart. The new Elegant Butterflies (J119) are so beautiful and were the perfect stamp to frame the Savored & Treasured (G82) sentiment.

Before using the Elegant Butterflies (J119) I separated the butterflies by cutting the rubber in between each butterfly. They can be used grouped together as they are sold, or separated like I did so you can place the butterflies as you wish.

Here's a closer look at the largest butterfly in the set.

Now for a look at the PRIZE you can win for joining us this month.

Make sure you head on over to the Great Impressions Challenge Blog to see what the other Designer's created, and for all of the details on how you can WIN this lovely collection of Great Impressions Stamps! If you use our Great Impressions Stamps remember to link them up in our Customer Gallery.

I appreciate you stopping by today, and enjoy reading your lovely comments. Hope you have a fabulous week!

Until next time ... Enjoy!

Products not listed above ...
 - Cardstock: Papertry Ink Vintage Cream
 - Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Papertry Ink Pink Hibiscus Burst Dye Ink
 - Other: MFT Pcd Rectangle STAX, 3D Foam Tape

Saturday, August 1, 2015

House of Cards August Challenge ...

Good morning! It's the first of the month, and that means it's time for a New Challenge over at the House of CardsThis month's Challenge is a Word Cue ~ Metallic's.

We would love to see your projects featuring "Metallics". Whether that is paper, ink, or other crafty products to create a metallic look.

I don't use Metallic's in my designs so when I saw this months challenge I decided to pick up some iCraft Deco Foil. I've scene several projects in blog land using the Deco Foil and thought it looked awesome.

To start my card I cut my cardstock to 4" x 5-1/4". I then created a design with 1/8" Scor-Tape. Once I was happy with the background I removed the tape backing, and applied the Gold Deco Foil. Since I don't have any fancy tools to secure the Deco Foil after placing it on my design. I just used my finger to rub it on, and then used my score tool to rub over the foil a second time.

I pulled out my Nestabilities Oval Dies and used one of the Papertry Ink Scripted Sentiments in the center, and went around the edges with a Gold Leafing Pen.

Thin foam 3D tape was used to layer the Metallic Design to my base card, and regular 3D Foam square were used to apply the sentiment. Final step was to add the Lilac Paper Roses for a pop of color.

Make sure you hop on over to the House of Cards Challenge Blog for all of the details for entering our Monthly Challenge. I can't wait to see what inspires you this month!

Challenges entered ...

I truly appreciate you stopping by, and love reading your comments.
Until Next time ... Enjoy!

Products not listed above ...
 - Papertry Ink Vintage Cream cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Friday, July 31, 2015

Great Impressions - Paper Sweetie's Joint Blog Hop ...

Good Morning! Today Great Impressions Stamps is joining Paper Sweeties for a Blog Hop to celebrate Paper Sweeties turning "3" this month.

As part of the Joint Blog Hop, the Great Impressions Designers are also participating in Paper Sweeties Challenge #34 ~ Happy Birthday!

Using the colors from the Inspiration Photo for the Challenge I combined three (3) different Great Impressions stamps for today's card. I started with one of the Decorative Frames (K98) that I colored in with my Copic Markers, added the Elegant Butterflies (J119) to each corner, and added the Happy Birthday Sentiment (C340).  Once all of the pieces were put together I then Air Brushed the green and pink on my design, and then added Distress Ink around the edges.

Make sure you Hop on over to the Paper Sweeties Blog for all of the Blog Hop and Challenge details!

Challenges entered ...

I appreciate your stopping by today, and enjoy reading your lovely comments!
Until next time ... Enjoy!

Other products used ...
 - Cardstock: Papertry Ink White
 - Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Papertry Ink Hibiscus Burt Die Ink, Time Holtz Mowed Lawn Distress Ink,
 - Other: White Opal Liquid Pearls, 3D Foam Squares

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Monogram Stationary ...

Good morning! I'm hosting the Great Impressions Blog today.

I enjoy making personal stationary for friends and family, and decided to make some for myself using the Monogram Flourish "R" (E607). For this set of 3-1/5" x 5" note cards I stamped the monogram with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, colored it a bit, and then went over the flourish with my Copic 0.3 Multi-Liner Pens. Each Monogram was cut out with one of my dies, and popped onto my airbrushed background with 3D foam squares. These were quick and easy to make.

I picked up some iCraft Gold Deco Foil for another project I'm working on, and decided to make another card featuring the Monogram Flourish "R" (E607). I stamped the monogram with Versamark Ink, embossed it with Clear Embossing powder, and then rubbed the foil over the monogram. Mind you, it sounds easier than it was. I had to use a lot of arm strength to get the foil to adhere to the monogram. I'll have to pick up some gold embossing powder for next time. The stripes were easier to create. I used 1/8" Scor-Tape for the lines, and then rubbed on the foil. I love how elegant this card turned out.

If you haven't heard of Great Impressions Stamps make sure you hop on over to the Store to check them out. There are so many AWESOME stamps to play with, and all of the Accessories you need to create your projects with!!!

I hope you'll check out our Monthly Challenge, and if you use Great Impressions Stamps make sure you also link up to our Customer Gallery.

Until next time ... Enjoy!

Products not listed above ...
 - Cardstock: Papertry Ink White
 - Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
 - Other: Copic Airbrush System, MFT Ins&Out Dia Stchd Rec STAX, 3D Foam Squares

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Love ...

Good morning. Last night I finally got out my Copic Markers for a bit of coloring and creating just for FUN! Actually, I had several challenges in mind before I started. So here goes ...

This lovely lady is called Penny in Love from Make it Crafty. As stated above, Copic Markers were my medium for coloring this beauty. I applied some distress ink around Penny to add a little color around her.

Copics: E000, E00, E04, E11 & E21 (skin); E23, E25, E27, E29 & Y21 (hair); 
RV00, RV13, RV17 & RV19 (top/flower/hearts);  G00, G14, G17 & G19 (stem);
C3, C2, C1, C00 & 0 (cast shadow)

Once she was colored up I got out my Classic Hearts die to create the window so I could make a shaker card. I've never made a shaker card as I really don't like bulky cards for mailing, so I hopped over to YouTube earlier in the week for ideas/instructions on how to proceed. I saw that you could make "flat" shaker cards and I was like "YEAH". I don't own any sequins so I decided to use red, white and silver very fine glitter for the shaker part of my card. The final step was to adhere my design my my cardbase.

When I bought her I knew that I would be making a card for my darling husband. As I was laying down to sleep last night something was bothering my about my card. It took me a while, but I finally figured it out. I placed the lines in the wrong spot. UGH! It's a good thing that he probably won't notice my oops.

Challenges entered ...
 - Make it Crafty CAS Challenge ~ Shaker Card (Top 3)
 - Make it Colourful Challenge #23 ~ Cast Shadows
 - Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #154 ~ CAS
 - Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge #39 ~ S is for Shaker
 - Brown Sugar Challenge #156 ~ Anything Goes (Top 3)

I appreciate your stopping by today, and enjoy reading your lovely comments! Hope you have an amazing weekend.

Until next time ... Enjoy!
Products used:
 - Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, Papertry Ink White & Clear cardstock
 - Ink: Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, Copic Markers (listed above)
 - Other: Nestabilities Classic Hearts (S4-136) Die, 1/8" & 1/4" Scor-Tape