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October 22, 2009

A New Wonderful Card

At Design Team member Dina Kowal's blog, Mama Dini's.  She is celebrating "Breast Cancer Awareness Month" with the card she created. You can still sign up for her 'Blog Candy' too.  She is so creative and clever and still using the Create A Cupcake Clear Stamp set to create her cards!

Just got back from checking out your card, Dina!! What a cute and creative card.  I can't wait to see what you do next Thursday! Thanks everyone for stopping by to look and share!

 

 Shirley

 

October 19, 2009

Our Winner For The Winter Challenge

Carol Cabezas at Scrap Just 4 Fun won our drawing for the $25 Gift Certificate.  She was the fifth participant in our Winter Challenge.   Congratulations Carol!!  Happy shopping.

I want to thank all of you for the wonderful art and eye candy.  Below is a list of the dates and topic for the 3 challenges following this one:

  • Nov 5 -- Wreath Cards- For the season, Christmas, etc. 
  • Nov 19 -- Shaker Cards - You may use your own shaker materials or ours found HERE.

You re all invited to participate.  The rules are the below:

  • Only Impression-Obsession stamps.
  • Entries will be accepted until the following Saturday at midnight, EST.
  • They are to be emailed to using the Email Shirley link provided under my name near the top of the right-hand sideba.
  • All participant cards will be posted here and also permanently in our IO Customer Gallery.

On our next challenge we will have another WINNER of a $25 Gift Certificate to be chosen from those participating, again using Random.org.

Thanks to all of you who participated and those who came by to look and share.

 

 Shirley

 

 

October 16, 2009

More Winter Challenge Entries

We have 2 more entries in our Winter Challenge.  The fourth entry comes from Melisa Waldorf at Art From My Heart .  She used Leigh Hannan's Holiday Bird Houses - J2245to create her beautiful card.  She used some Liquid Applique to create her snow!  A very beautiful card, Melisa and thank you again for playing in our challenge.

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The fifth entry is from Carol Cabezas at Scrap Just 4 Fun.  She chose Leigh Hannan's Ice Skate Stockings - F2354 to create her beautiful card!  The button and the twine really enhances her image too!

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Don't forget you still have until this Saturday midnight, EST, to enter a card and become eligible for the drawing on Monday for the $25 Gift Certificatefor our online store.  The rules are the same:

  • Impression-Obsession stamps only.
  • Entries accepted until Sat. Oct. 17 at midnight, EST.
  • Email using the Email Shirley link at the top of the second sidebar to the right.
  • All participant cards will be posted here and added permanently in our IO Customer Gallery.

And if you need some inspiration for your cards you have the above entries, the ones in the post below that also include our IO Design Team.  Don't forget to check out DT member Dina Kowal, who has more candy for you HERE.

 

 Shirley

 

October 15, 2009

A Winter Card Challenge

Our third beautiful entry for today's Winter Challenge is from Catherine (Cathy) St.Clair, whose blog is Paper Garden Projects.  She used Gary Robertson's Winter Cardinal for her card!  Thank you for participating, Cathy!

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We have another beautiful entry in our Winter Challenge.  This one comes from Sandy Hulsart at Creative Moments With Sandy.  She will have this posted on her blog tomorrow.  She used Melissa Gordon's Mistletoe Chickadee - F7021.  Thank you for your entry Sandy.  It is very lovely!  Sandy also asked if you can have more than one entry, and the answer is yes you can!

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We already have one entry in our Winter Challenge.  It comes from Ulrike (Ullie) at Blonde Aquamarine's Cards.  A really beautiful Winter card.  The background DP has beautiful swirls and glitter with colors to show off her image.  The image is the NEW A Bump In The Snow, by Alesa Baker.  Thank you Ullie, for your wonderful entry.

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I want to see what the rest of you have done, so don't forget to email me with your card by Saturday, October 16, midnight, EST. The rules are:

  •  Impression-Obsession stamps only.
  • Entries accepted until Sat. Oct. 17 at midnight.
  • Email using the Email Shirley link at the top of the second sidebar to the right.
  • All participants' cards will be posted here and added permanently in our IO Customer Album in the very next sidebar over.

We will again have a WINNER of another $25 Gift Certificate to be chosen from those customers participating in the Winter Challenge using Random.org.  The selection will be made on Monday, October 19, in a new post here.  Chriss Blagrave,whose blog is Botanical Cafe, won our last drawing for the $25 Gift Certificate.  She was the second participant in our Gratitude Challenge.

The gift certificate is ready and I can't wait to see who will receives it this time!!  They may want to try out the new Shake-It PouchesTM, and even the Mega MountTM and a Cover-A-CardTM Stamp!  So all of you wonderful stampers, send those cards to me, Shirley, by clicking the email in the upper right hand corner of the blog.

Also, don't forget our wonderful Design Team members below with their beautiful creations to motivate you:

Thanks for stopping by to look and share and don't forget to send me your cards!!

 

 Shirley

 

October 10, 2009

Change for Challenge Topics

We had to make an unexpected change in our Challenge Topics.  Here is the list after the change:

  • Oct 15 -- Winter Cards
  • Nov 5 -- Wreath Cards -- can be holiday, seasonal, any occasion
  • Nov 19 -- Shaker Cards

So, if you have a shaker that's Winter that will still be just fine if you can't get another card created by then.  For those of you who haven't done this before here is what you need to do to participate too:

Don't forget that all of you are invited to participate.  The rules are the same:

  •  Impression-Obsession stamps only are to be used.
  • Entries will be accepted until the following Saturday at midnight, EST.
  • They are to be emailed to me using the Email Shirley link provided near the top of the second sidebar to the right.
  • All participant cards will be posted here and also permanently in our IO Customer Gallery in the very next sidebar over.

On our next challenge we will have another WINNER of a $25 Gift Certificate to be chosen from those participating, again using Random.org.

Thanks to all of you who have participated in the fun so far and here's an invitation to those of you who haven't to participate too! Thanks for stopping by to look and share.  See you all here Thursday!!!

 

 Shirley

 

October 08, 2009

It's An Ice Cream, A Turtle, A Pilgram.......

Yes, all of those, but most of all it's a CUPCAKE......That's right, Design Team Member, Dina Kowal, has been creatively designing cards using Tami Potter's Create-A-Cupcake - CL228 Clear Set.  This month Dina is creating a new card every Thursday with a new image made from just that set!  Today is no exception.  She is also having a drawing at the end of the end of the month for 2 of these great sets.  So head on over to Mama Dinii's Blog and check out her beautiful card for today.  And while you are there sign up to win a Create-A-Cupcake set.

 

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Create A Cupcake - CL228

If you'd like to see what she has created with it so far you can peruse her blog and/or check out her Album in the next side-bar to the right.

Thanks for stopping by the blog to look and share.

 

 Shirley

 

October 06, 2009

Shake, Rattle, And How Does It Go?

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Pumpkin Patch - C2271, Leaves - CC019, Anytime Sentiments - CL43 and Shaker Poouch - SHP05

Well, pretty smooth I would say!  I just finished my first Shake-It™ card and it was not only easy, but fun too! Below are the steps I used to do it and the card:

1.  The image, Pumpkin Patch - C2271, was stamped on Neenah Classic Crest Natural cardstock with VeraFine Onyx Black ink.  It was painted with Twinkling H2O's Orange Peel, Olive Vine, Sweet Alfalfa, and Yellow Rose.  An art brush was used to "spike" the grass.  Stickles Yellow glitter glue was used to highlight the eyes and mouth of the pumpkin.

2.  The largest die from Splellbinders Large Scalloped Ovals was used with Bazzill Swiss Dots cardstock.  The die cut was then embossed.  The next to largest oval from Spellbinders Large Ovals was used to cut out the center of the scalloped die cut.

3.  Treasure Beads Blazing Orange bead mix was placed in the center of the painted image.  The Oval Shake-It Pouch™ was used next.  There is a lining around the outer edge of the oval.  (I saved the lining to use on another card.)  That was removed exposing the adhesive underneath.  It was centered over the image and put down as shown.  Then the scalloped embossed die cut was mounted over that as shown.

4.  The center portion of the die cut was used to make the die cut frame for the word as shown.  The "Hi!" is from Clear Stamp Set Anytime Sentiments - CL43.  It was stamped with the VersaFine Onyx Black ink on Neenah Classic Crest Natural cardstock and the dots in the word were highlighted with Stickles Yellow glitter glue.

5.  Cover-a-Card™ Leaves - CC019 was inked with Adirondack Pesto ink and stamped on Neenah Classic Crest cardstock using the Acrylic Mega Mount™.  (It is so fast and easy to do background stamps.  I have yet to get a poor image using mine.  I set it on its handle to ink it and clean it.  Talk about easy!!).  I also inked just a portion of it so I could do the lower left hand corner of my envelope.

6.  A 4.25"X5.5" piece of the Swiss Dot cardstock for the Background edge.  A 4.0"X5.25" piece of Neenah Classic Crest Natural cardstock was mounted next, followed by a 3.75"X5.0" piece of the Leaves cardstock.  A piece of the left over Leaves was also used for the inside top portion of the card.

7.  The main image was mounted with 3D pop dots.  The May Arts ribbon was mounted as shown.  It was crossed over just below the image.  The words were mounted between the image and the corner of the card.  The bow was made with the Bow-Easy and mounted with Glue Dots.  Some of the Leaves were painted with just a wash of Orange Peel watercolor as shown.

8.  Mark Richards Yellow 5 and 2mm rhinestone stickers were mounted at top left-hand corner, over the knot of the bow, and lower right-hand corner as shown.

Supplies:
StampsPumpkin Patch - C2271, Cover-a-Card™ Leaves - CC019, Acrylic Mega Mount™, Anytime Sentiments - CL43 or Hi! - A5143

Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Natural Super Smooth cardstock, Bazzill Swiss Dots.

Inks: VersaFine Onyx Black, Adirondack Pesto, VersaMark, and Twinkling H2O's Orange Peel, Olive Vine, Sweet Alfalfa, and Yellow Rose

Accessories:  Spellbinders Large Scalloped Ovals and Large Ovals, Organdy Ribbon, Oval Shake-It Pouch™, Bow- Easy, Stickles Yellow glitter glue, Mark Richards 5MM and 2MM Yellow Crystal stickers, Orange May Arts ribbon.

A fun card.  It looks like lots of steps, but it was fast.  The shaker was a snap.  I am off to do another one, it was so much fun!  Thanks for stopping by to look and share!!

 

 Shirley

 

October 05, 2009

And The Winner Is. . .

Chriss Blagrave, whose blog is Botanical Cafe, won our drawing for the $25 Gift Certificate.  She was the second participant in our Gratitude Challenge.

I want to thank all of you for the wonderful art and eye candy.  I can't wait until the next challenge.  Below is a list of the dates and topic for the 3 challenges following this one:

  • Oct 15 -- Shaker Cards - A chance for us at IO, to try out the new Shake- It Pouches designed by Mitra.  They have self adhesive and come in kits with cards, envelopes, etc., or you can get the Shake-It Pouches on the side.  Click HERE to see them.  Both are listed along with the colors for the kits too.  Mine should be here soon and I can't wait to get started!  You don't have to use these for your shaker card to participate.
  • Nov 5 -- Wreath Cards - For the season, Christmas, etc.  Another chance to get cards ready for the holidays if you like, or for any other occasion.
  • Nov 19 -- Winter Cards - Another chance to create something by season or holiday.

    You are all invited to participate.  The rules are the same:

    •  Impression-Obsession stamps only.
    • Entries will be accepted until the following Saturday at midnight, EST.
    • They are to be emailed to me using the Email Shirley link provided near the top of the second sidebar to the right.
    • All participant cards will be posted here and also permanently in our IO Customer Album in the very next sidebar over.

    On our next challenge we will have another WINNER of an Impression-Obsession $25 Gift Certificate, to be chosen from those participating using Random.org.

    Thanks to all of you who participated and those who came by to look and share. Congratulations Chriss!!  Happy shopping.

     

     Shirley

     

  • October 04, 2009

    Our Last Pre-Midnight Entry In The Gratitude Challenge

    This beautiful card below is from Sandy Hulsart at Creative Moments With Sandy.  She used Sweet Gum Branch - D1207.  The words are computer generated, but here is an alternative: Thank You - A5514, and there are others too!

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    Take a look at those wonderful Fall leaves and colors!  Thank you so much for participating Sandy.  You are entered in the Gift Certificate drawing to be done tomorrow morning.

    I finally received Sandy's card from another DT member when Sandy's attempts to send it to me failed.  If anyone else has had these problems, please let me know by either commenting here or sending me an email without your image attached.  I am wondering if maybe it's the size of the file, etc.

    Thanks all for stopping by to look and share!

     

     Shirley

     

    October 03, 2009

    Wow! Another Entry In Our Gratitude Challenge

    Keep them coming!!! They are wonderful and you have until midnight.  I can always post them in the morning.  This entry comes to us from Catherine (Cathy) St.Clair, whose blog is Paper Garden Projects.

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    She used Leigh Hannan's stamps Swirl - L2025 for the background, and Tree - H2162 as her main image, and her greeting is from Clear Stamp Set Thanks Sentiments - CL41.  Thank you Cathy for your beautiful entry!  Good luck with our drawing.

    There is still time to join in the fun and get your name in for the drawing on the $25 gift certificate.  I will do Random.org on Monday morning and post here on the blog.  Thanks again for stopping by to look and say hi!

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    Another Entry In Our Gratitude Challenge

    Melisa Waldorf at Art From My Heart has sent us the card below for her entry in our Gratitude Challenge:

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    She used Oak Branch - D1208 with Crisp Autumn Days - D6294 to create her beautiful Fall card!  Thanks so much for participating, Melisa.  Good luck on the drawing.  You all still have time to send me your cards to get a chance on winning the $25 gift certificate.

    Several friends, and Melisa too, have asked about the sizes of the Shake-It Pouches.  Below is a picture and below that is the measurements for each:

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    This measurement is taken from the inside edge to edge.  It does not include the lip with adhesive that adheres to your cardstock.  It was taken with my ruler.

    • Large Circle = 3" diameter
    • Small Circle = 2" diameter
    • Large Square = 2.5" each side
    • Small Square = 1 7/8" each side
    • Oval length =  2 7/8"  and Oval width is 2"

    You also have the option of buying pouches with either Pastel or Festive different color mats already cut for you to go around the pouches.  See HERE.   My very next card will be using one of the Shake-It pouches without the mat.

    One last reminder to finish your cards and get them to me by midnight so you will be in the drawing and also in the online Photo Album to the right.  Thanks for stopping by to look and say hi!

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    October 02, 2009

    Another Participant In Our Grateful Challenge

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    Chriss Blagrave, whose blog is Botanical Cafe, is our second participant for the Grateful Challenge.  She chose the stamp Leaves - C5036 to design her card.  She hand printed her greeting.  What beautiful Fall colors and design too. Thanks again for participating Chriss!!

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    So get going and send us a card, people.  I can't wait to see what you do for yours.  Grateful can mean thanks, glad for someone's friendship, etc.  You have until midnight tomorrow everyone and you get a chance to win a $25 gift certificate I have waiting and ready to email the winner (See my last post).

    Thanks for stopping by to look and share.

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    October 01, 2009

    Our Challenge Today is Gratitude

    Okay everyone, the Gratitude Challenge is under way and we already have an entry into this challenge from Manetta (Netta)Kanefsky at Fun With Ink.  She chose to use stamps Christmas Lights - C4504, Lighten Up - E4599, and Vintage Bulb - A6889, or Clear Stamp Set Lighten Up Mouse - MC143.  I love those icicles and the mouse is too too cute!  Thanks Netta for participating.  You can find Netta's card in our Customers Photo Album too.

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    And now for the links to the beautiful cards our design team has created for today's challenge to inspire you:

    I want to see what the rest of you have done, so don't forget to email me with your card by Saturday, October 3, midnight. The rules are the same:

    •  Impression-Obsession stamps only are to be used.
    • Entries will be accepted until Saturday, October 3 at midnight.
    • They are to be emailed to me using the Email Shirley link provided near the top of the second sidebar to the right.
    • All participant cards will be posted here and also permanently in our IO Customer Gallery in the very next sidebar over.

    This time there will be a WINNER of an Impression-Obsession $25 Gift Certificate to be chosen from those participating using Random.org.  The selection will be made on Monday, October 5, and announce in a new post here.

    The gift certificate is all ready to be emailed and I can't wait to see who will receive it!!  They may want to try out the new Shake-It pouches, and even the Mega MountTM and a Cover-A-CardTM Stamp~!  So all of you wonderful stampers, show us your beautiful designs!

    Design Team Member, Dina Kowal, will also be offering Candy on her blog.  Check HERE for details!

    So check out the card by Netta and the Design Team members, be inspired and get your cards into me by Saturday midnight!  Happy stamping all and thanks for stopping by to look and share!!

     

     Shirley

     

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