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10 posts from September 2012

September 29, 2012

Our "It's All About The Dies Blog Hop" Day 3 Winner

Thanks to all of you who participated these last three days.  Your comments and feedback have been outstanding and we feel the hop was a huge success!  Our winner for the hop yesterday is Louise Charlton at My Discoveries.  Congratulations, Louise, and happy die shopping!!

If you got here late and want to see all of the cards that were posted by the Design Team, go to the Card Galleries tab at the top of the page, click on that, and then on 2012 DIES.   You will find:

  • Direct links to the Design Team members posts for each card and
  • A list of the dies and stamps used to create each card with direct links to the die/stamp in our online store.

If you would just like to shop you can click on the Shop tab above the Card Galleries.  If you haven't seen the wonderful new dies in our online store you can hop right to them HERE.  Then come on back and check out how to join in our next challenge by following the details below.

Party Time Challenge

Next Thursday, October 4, is the start of our "Party Time Challenge".   If you haven't participated in our two monthly challenges, the guidelines to get ready are below:

  • Ending time for this challenge is Wednesday, October 10, at 10 p.m. EST.
  • Use the Inlinkz thumbnail format at the end of the October 4 post.
  • The drawing is for a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our on-line store.
  • The winner is picked using Random.org.
  • The players are notified of the winner by email that night.
  • The winner's name will be posted with the DT Thursday post on October 11.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery under Card Galleries at the top of the page.

Have some fun, invite a friend to create too, have a stamping party and/or create your card using all IO stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of the October 4 post.  If you have questions please email me.  My email is right under my name near the top of the sidebar to your right.

Have you ever seen a card on a one of our DT blogs and then can't remember when or where?  Well just take a look through the Card Galleries for this year at the top of our blog.  There are direct links with the cards and stamps so you can see how they were created.

Hope to see you all at our challenge next Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by to look and share!

 

 Shirley

 

September 28, 2012

DT "It's All About The Dies Blog Hop" Day 3

Thanks to all of you who participated yesterday and the day before.  Your comments and feedback have been outstanding!  Our winner for the hop yesterday is Ellen Taylor at The Serendipitous Stamper.  Congratulations, Ellen, and happy die shopping!

If you just got here you can see what was posted Wednesday and Thursday by going HERE.  The links are set up so you can go to the posts for the hop on each DT members blog.  If you haven't seen the wonderful new dies in our online store you can hop right to them HERE

Then come on back, check out, and comment on the wonderful cards created by our DT for Day 3 of our hop.  Their blogs are listed below.  After that find out how you can win 3 dies, of your choice, by following the rules for the hop listed below.

Participant Guidelines

  • Today is the last day of the hop, Friday, September 28.
  • The hop starts and stops here.
  • Comment on each participating blog, including this one, for the current day.
  • Time for ending comments for each day will be 10 p.m. EST.
  • There will be a drawing for the winner selected by Random.org.
  • The winner will be announced in tomorrow's post.
  • The winner will be choosing 3 Dies of their choice!!!

I can't wait to see what the DT has created and to read your comments again!!!  See you back here tomorrow for the winner of 3 free dies of her/his own choice.

Party Time Challenge

Next Thursday, October 4, is the start of our "Party Time Challenge".   If you haven't participated in our two monthly challenges, the guidelines to get ready are below:

  • Ending time for this challenge is Wednesday, October 10, at 10 p.m. EST.
  • Use the Inlinkz thumbnail format at the end of the October 4 post.
  • The drawing is for a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our on-line store.
  • The winner is picked using Random.org.
  • The players are notified of the winner by email that night.
  • The winner's name will be posted with the DT Thursday post on October 11.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery under Card Galleries at the top of the page.

Have some fun, invite a friend to create too, have a stamping party and/or create your card using all IO stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of the October 4 post.  If you have questions please email me.  My email is right under my name near the top of the sidebar to your right.

Have you ever seen a card on a one of our DT blogs and then can't remember when or where.  Well just take a look at either the DT Galleries or the 2012 Galleries for this year at the top of our blog.  There are direct links with the cards and stamps so you can see how they were created.

Hope to see you all at our challenge next Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by to look and share!

 Shirley

 

September 27, 2012

DT "It's All About The Dies" Blog Hop Day 2

Winners Circle For Today

We have two winners to announce today. The first is for one of our two monthly challenges, the "Nature Inspired Challenge", and the winner is Kelli Jo at Stamping With A Dream.  Congratulations, Kelli Jo, and happy shopping.

Thanks to all of you who participated in yesterday's DT die hop.  Your comments were wonderful!  Our winner for the hop is Karen Dunbrook at Snippets.  Congratulations, Karen, and happy die shopping!

DT "It's All About The Dies Blog Hop" Day 2

If you just got here you can see what was posted yesterday by going to Day One.  If you haven't seen the wonderful new dies in our online store you can hop right to them HERE.  Then come on back, check out, and comment on the wonderful cards created by our DT for Day 2 of our hop.  Their blogs are listed below.  After that find out how you can win 3 dies, of your choice, by following the rules for the hop listed below.

Participant Guidelines

  • The hop continues today and through tomorrow, Friday, September 28.
  • The hop starts and stops here.
  • Comment on each participating blog, including this one, for the current day.
  • Time for ending comments for each day will be 10 p.m. EST.
  • There will be a drawing each day for a winner selected by Random.org.
  • The winner for each day will be announced in the next day's post.
  • Each winner will be choosing 3 Dies of their choice!!!
I can't wait to see what the DT has created and to read your comments again!!!  Thanks for stopping by and joining in our fun!  See you back here tomorrow for the winner of 3 free dies of her/his own choice, and the last day of our hop.

 

 Shirley

 

September 26, 2012

DT "It's All About The Dies" Blog Hop

Have you seen the wonderful new dies in our online store? If you can't wait you can hop right to them HERE. Then come on back, check out, and comment on the wonderful cards created by our DT.  Their blogs are listed below.  After that find out how you can win 3 dies, of your choice, by following the rules for the hop listed below.

Participant Guidelines

  • It will be today, September 26, through Friday, September 28.
  • The hop will start and stop here.
  • Comment on each participating blog, including this one, for that day.
  • Time for ending comments for each day will be 10 p.m. EST.
  • There will be a drawing on each day for a winner.
  • The winner for each day will be announced in the next day's post.
  • Each winner will be choosing 3 Dies of their choice!!!
I can't wait to see what the DT has created and to read your comments!!!  Thanks for stopping by and joining in our fun!  See you back here tomorrow for the winner of our "Nature Inspired Challenge", today's winner of 3 free dies of her/his own choice, and more new wonderful designs by our team.

 

 Shirley

 

September 20, 2012

Nature Inspired Challenge

A great new challenge and our DT members are ready for you to check out their blogs below.  Let them know what you think while you are there:

We invite you to join in the fun too.  For those of you who aren't familiar with our challenges, the guidelines are below and at the end of the post:
  • Ending time for this challenge is next Wednesday, September 26, at 10 p.m. EST.
  • Use the Inlinkz thumbnail format at the end of this post.
  • The drawing is for a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our on-line store.
  • The winner is picked using Random.org.
  • The players are notified of the winner by email that night.
  • The winner's name will be announced on the September 27 post.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery under Card Galleries at the top of the page.

Have some fun, invite a friend to create too, have a stamping party and/or create your card using all IO stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of today's post.  If you have questions please email me.  My email is right under my name near the top of the sidebar to your right.

If you need inspiration you can check out the Card Galleries at the top of the blog.  Also, there are direct links to the stamps, their DT posts, and more card samples in our on-line store!

DT "It's All About The Dies" Blog Hop

Don't forget we have some wonderful new dies in our online store.  If you can't wait for our hop, you can hop right to them HERE.   Here are the details for the DT Dies Blog Hop:

  • It will be next Wednesday, September 26, through Friday, September 28.
  • There will be a winner drawing on each day for participants who comment on each DT blog for that day.
  • The winner for each day will be announced in the next day's post.
  • Each winner will be choosing 3 Dies of their choice!!!

AND YOU CAN FOLLOW US:

  For even more Impression Obsession news and inspiration find us on:

See you back here for the start of our  DT "It's All About The Dies" Blog Hop on 09/26 and the winner of this week's challenge will be announced on the second day of the hop, on 09/27.   Thanks for stopping by to look and share!

 

 Shirley

 

September 18, 2012

Tuesday T&T Add A Border

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You can have Holly as a red rubber stamp or as a clear stamp set.  I think she is adorable and this is what I did with her:

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Holly:

  1. Stamped Holly with Espresso Truffle and painted with Twinkling H2O's.
  2. Arm and holly in her hair were stamped again, painted, and mounted.
  3. Her wing, tiny dots on skirt, sleeve, and halo were highlighted with Halo glitter liner.
  4. The 'holly' dots on her skirt were done with a Twig Wreath Die Set and accented with Ruby glitter liner.
  5. The clouds are torn from leftover white cardstock.  Torn edges were highlighted with glue pen and glitter.

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Sentiment:

  1. The scalloped die from the Flags Die Set was cut from white card stock.
  2. Merry Little Christmas was stamped with Espresso Truffles.
  3. Holly berries and leaves from Twig Wreath Die Set were done with white cardstock and painted with twinks.  (Save cutout left by holly leaves for stencil on envelope shown below.)
  4. The berries and accents on the tag tails were done with Ruby glitter liner.

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Background:

  1. CAC Nordic Christmas was stamped on white cardstock with Pistachio.
  2. It was trimmed to 4.25"X4.25"
  3. That was attached to a matching solid green piece of cardstock 4.5"X4.5".
  4. May Arts ribbon was added to the center of the background.

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Scalloped Edge:

  1. 4 pieces of the shown die from of Border Duo 3 were done with white cardstock.
  2. They were placed like you see them. 
  3. The X area you see in each circle was cut out and the circle finished with Glossy Accents.  (Save the leftover 3 scallops from each piece for inside card frame shown below.)
  4. Finished size is 5.25"X5.25"
  5. The background was attached to that and a folded white piece of cardstock 4.5"X9.0" was attached to that.

Assembly:

  1. Holly with clouds was mounted on the left with 3D pop-dots.
  2. Bow was added to right side.
  3. Sentiment was added to bow with gold cord, 3D pop-dot and glue dot.

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Envelope and Top Inside of Card

  1. Envy:  Stencil left from holly leaves was used in the lower left-hand corner of envy with a dauber and Pistachio ink.  The berries were done with Ruby glitter liner.
  2. Top Inside Card:  (a)  A frame for the top inside of card was done using the 4 leftover pieces of border.  (b)  A 1.5" square was cut from leftover CAC Nordic Christmas background was placed on that.  (c)  Holly leaves from Twig Wreath were painted and attached with a glue dot.  Berries were added with Ruby glitter liner.

 Thanks for stopping by to look.  I'll see you back here on this Thursday for our "Nature Inspired Challenge".   For more details on how to join in the fun read "Our Next Challenge" HERE.

 

 Shirley

 

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September 13, 2012

DT Thursday & Our Drawing Winner

The winner of our "Favorite Quote/Saying Challenge" is Craftyfield at Cardmaking, Scrapbooking & Other Papercrafts.  Congratulations, Crafty.  Thanks for joining in the fun and happy shopping too!

NEW DIES

We have new dies in our online store.  If you can't wait, you can hop right to them HERE, and then travel on down to our DT Thursday and details of our next challenge.

DT Thursday

Our Design Team member hostessing today's DT Thursday is Jenny Gropp.  She has a real treat for everyone.  So take a look at the sneak peek below and then hop on over to her blog, HERE.  Then head on back here to check out the details of our next challenge!

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Our Next Challenge

On September 20, we start our "Nature Inspired Challenge".  For those of you who aren't familiar with our challenges, the guidelines are below:
  • Ending time for this challenge is next Wednesday, September 26, at 10 p.m. EST.
  • Use the Inlinkz thumbnail format at the end of the September 9 post.
  • The drawing is for a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our on-line store.
  • The winner is picked using Random.org.
  • The players are notified of the winner by email that night.
  • The winner's name will be posted with the DT Thursday post on September 27.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery under Card Galleries at the top of the page.

Have some fun, invite a friend to create too, have a stamping party and/or create your card using all IO stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of the September 20 post.  If you have questions please email me.  My email is right under my name near the top of the sidebar to your right.

If you need inspiration you can check out the 2012 Card Galleries at the top of the blog.  Also, there are direct links to the stamps, their DT posts, and more card samples in our on-line store!

Hope to see you all at our challenge next Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by to look and share!

 

 Shirley

 

September 11, 2012

Tuesday T&T Angelica

Angelica 1
All of the things I did were so easy I didn't do any photos.  I fell in love with Angelica and the background after making THIS card.  All of Angelica's image is embossed from behind with a stylus on an embossing pad.  This is how I created the rest of the card:

Image:

  1. Stamped Angelica twice on white cardstock.  Painted one image and accented wings and halo with glue and glitter.
  2. Painted hair and arms on second image, cut out and mounted with 3D pop-dots.
  3. Die cut Border Duo 1 loop eyelet die on white cardstock.  Cut out skirt and used as a pattern for the loop eyelet.  Traced, cut out, and mounted with one 1/16" pop-dot in middle and taped sides and waist.  Used the eyelets as a pattern for the wings and cut out with X-Acto knife.
  4. Turned arms over and added Glossy Accents down the center of each arm.  When dry mounted and used stylus in the middle to crease arms.

Sentiment:

  1. Stamped Happy Holidays.
  2. Used the die cut from Mini Rectangle Tags 2 as a stencil and traced around it to give more room for the words.  Ran edge on inkpad to accent it.  Punched hole.

Background:

  1. Cut a white piece of cardstock to 3 1/8"X5.5".
  2. Stamped Cover-A-Card Ornate Snowflakes twice on an 8.5"X11" piece of white cardstock length-wise with Memento Summer Sky (you could also use Fluid Chalk Ice Blue too).
  3. Cut a piece of the Ornate Snowflakes to 3 1/16"X5.25" and mounted on the white piece.

Card Base:

  1. Folded a piece of white cardstock to make a 4.25"X5.5" card.
  2. Die cut one end (width) with the eyelet half from Border Duo 2.

Assembly:

  1. Mounted white satin ribbon to background and mounted on cardfront as shown.
  2. Mounted Angelica with 3D pop-dots.
  3. Mounted Bow from Bow-Easy to ribbon.
  4. Drew silver cord through bow, threaded tag, and tied knot.
  5. Accented with pearl stickers on snowflakes, skirt, wings, and tag, and added heart stick pin.

Angelica 2
Inside Top and Envelope:

  1. Used the smallest snowflake die from Snowflakes for 6 snowflakes on Ornate Snowflake leftover background.  3 for inside and 3 for envelope.
  2. Trimmed 3 to make them smaller and different.
  3. Mounted inside and on envelope as shown and added Viva Decor White Ice Pearl pen to centers.  On the envy, if you flick from the back the pearl flattens so it goes through the mail if needed.

Our Favorite Quote/Saying Challenge is still on until tomorrow night at 10 p.m. EST.  For more details go HERE, and then join us in the fun.  Thanks for stopping by to look and I'll see you back here day after tomorrow for DT Thursday!!

 

 Shirley

 

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September 06, 2012

Favorite Quote/Saying Challenge And A New DT Member

A great challenge and and  a new DT member at the same time.  Our newest DT member is Kittie Caracciolo at Kittie Kraft.  A very big WELCOME to the IO DT, Kittie!!  I am sure most of you have seen her beautiful art and cards already.  I have and I can't wait to see what she has created for today and what the others have too!  So check out the DT cards for this weeks challenge below and let them know what you think while you are there:

We invite you to join in the fun too.  For those of you who aren't familiar with our challenges, the guidelines are below and at the end of the post:
  • Ending time for this challenge is next Wednesday, September 12, at 10 p.m. EST.
  • Use the Inlinkz thumbnail format thumbnail format at the end of this post.
  • The drawing is for a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our on-line store.
  • The winner is picked using Random.org.
  • The players are notified of the winner by email that night.
  • The winner's name will be posted with the DT Thursday post on September 13.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery under Card Galleries at the top of the page.

Have some fun, invite a friend to create too, have a stamping party and/or create your card using all IO stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of the September 6 post.  If you have questions please email me.  My email is right under my name near the top of the sidebar to your right.

If you need inspiration you can check out the 2012 Card Galleries at the top of the blog.  Also, there are direct links to the stamps, their DT posts, and more card samples in our on-line store!

NEW DIES

Don't forget we have some wonderful new dies in our online store.  If you can't wait, you can hop right to them HERE.

AND YOU CAN FOLLOW US:

  For even more Impression Obsession news and inspiration you can find us:

See you back here for DT Thursday and the winner of our Challenge drawing on September 13.   Thanks for stopping by to look and share!

 

 Shirley

 

September 04, 2012

T & T Emboss Resist With Jack & Jill

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When I saw Claudia's Jack & Jill and Witch Is In, I thought 'Hansel and Gretel' for some reason.   And for the witch's house part of the new Border Duo 1 looked perfect for the trims I needed.  Here is what I did:

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Images:

  1. Jack & Jill were inked with Memento Cocoa Brown, stamped twice on white cardstock, painted with Twinks, and cut.
  2. Stickles Diamonds glitter glue was added to Jill's wings and Spica AtYou Pitch Black glitter pen was used for her skirt and hair band, and for J&J's eyes too.
  3. Jack's pumpkin head and Jill's skirt and head band were cut out, painted and mounted with 3D pop-dots.
  4. The bottom branches from Candy Corn Tree were stamped with Memento Cocoa Brown, painted with Twinks, and cut out.
  5. The star wand, Halloween bag, and candies were also painted and cut out.

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House & Grass Border:

  1. Stamped CAC Wood Grain on Natural (off-white, ivory, cream) cardstock and cut with House Die.
  2. Border Duo 1 was cut with  a 2 3/4" tall piece of natural cardstock (for roof),  mounted on the house die cut, and trimmed from the back side.
  3. Added Witch Is In with Memento Cocoa Brown, went over it with Spica AtYou Pitch Black glitter pen, and Glossy Accents.
  4. 2 Door and Window die cuts done with Natural cardstock, glued to more cardstock for backing, and filled bottom areas of door with blanks from die cut.
  5. Painted open areas of windows with Twink Lemon Yellow, added a little Stickles Diamonds glitter glue (frost), and mounted.  Added beige pearl sticker to door for handle.
  6. Used the Border Duo 1 with green cardstock for the grass and set aside.

Background:

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  1. Inked CAC Spider Web with VersaMark and stamped on white cardstock.  Added clear embossing powder and heat embossed.
  2. The photo shows 3 different types of sponge tools (sponge, dauber, or brayer) to ink over the embossed areas with Memento Nautical Blue.  I used the sponge.

Assembly:

  1. Mounted house on the left side of the web BG.
  2. Placed 'grass' to see where to cut for the sidewalk.  Used fingernail to crease on each side, cut, and mounted.
  3. Placed die cut blank from door for sidewalk.
  4. Mounted Jack & Jill with 3D pop-dots.  Added candies, bag, and star wand and embellished with Glossy Accents.  Hematite glitter glue pen used for handle of bag.  Yellow star pin and black organdy bow was added.  Stickles Yellow glitter glue was added to stars on wand and pin.
  5. Mounted card front to white cardstock as shown.
  6. The envelope was handmade using THIS format.  The front was masked for area I didn't want inked with the Spider Web stamp.  The flap was so easy with the Border Duo 1 die by laying the envelope flat and lining up with the die.

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Our Next Challenge

From our new list is this Thursday, September 6.  It is your "Favorite Quote/Saying Challenge".  For those of you who aren't familiar with our challenges, the guidelines are below:

  • Ending time for this challenge is next Wednesday, September 12, at 10 p.m. EST.
  • Use the Inlinkz thumbnail format thumbnail format at the end of the September 6 post.
  • The drawing is for a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our on-line store.
  • The winner is picked using Random.org.
  • The players are notified of the winner by email that night.
  • The winner's name will be posted with the DT Thursday post on September 13.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery under Card Galleries at the top of the page.

Have some fun, invite a friend to create too, have a stamping party and/or create your card using all IO stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of the September 6 post.  If you have questions please email me.  My email is right under my name near the top of the sidebar to your right.

If you need inspiration you can check out the 2012 Card Galleries at the top of the blog.  Also, there are direct links to the stamps, their DT posts, and more card samples in our on-line store!

NEW DIES

Don't forget we have some new terrific dies in our online store.  If you can't wait, you can hop right to them HERE.

Thanks for stopping by to look and share!  See you back here on Thursday.

 Shirley

 

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