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June 30, 2013

Impression Obsession/Flower Soft Blog Hop (IO Winner)

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First, a big thank you to all who participated in the hop.  Your comments were wonderful and you are the ones who really helped make the hop so much fun for everyone.

The winner of the Impression Obsession $25 gift certificate, for use in our online store, is Denise Bryant.  Congratulations, Denise, and happy shopping too.  You will receive it via email.

Our Next Challenge Shakes It Up!

Our next challenge, "What's Shakin'", starts July 4.  For those of you who aren't familiar with our challenges, the guidelines are below:

  • Use all IO dies/stamps in your post. 
  • The focal point of the card must be IO stamp(s) or die(s).  If you have a question please email me.
  • Taking part in other challenges is allowed if our company is listed first.
  • Ending time is this challenge will be the following Wednesday, July 10, at 10 p.m. EST.
  • Use the Inlinkz thumbnail format at the end of the challenge post.
  • The drawing is for a $25 Gift Certificate, for use in our on-line store, picked by Random.org.
  • The players are notified of the winner by email the night it ends.
  • The winner's name will be posted with the DT Thursday post on July 11.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery under Card Galleries at the top of the page, with a link back to your blog/gallery post.

Here is something you might want to check out, before the challenge.   Instead of building your own, try using one of THESE.  They are so easy to use.  HERE is a great tutorial on how it's done by our leader, Mitra Friant.

Have some fun, invite a friend to create too, have a stamping/die party and/or create your card using all IO dies/stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of the 05/16 challenge post.  If you have questions please email me.

If you need inspiration you can check out the 2012/13 Card Galleries at the top of the blog.  Also, there are direct links to their DT posts and more card samples in our on-line store too!

Thanks for stopping by to look and share!  Hope your week has been great.  Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by to look and share.

 

 Shirley

 

June 27, 2013

DT Changes, A New Challenge Winner, And DT Thursday

Design Team Changes

I am sad to announce that Julie Koerber, at Out To Impress, is leaving our Design Team.  Julie has been a member of the team since 2007 and her creative and beautiful art speaks for itself.  We will miss you Julie and send you good wishes and hopes you will join us here for fun when you can.

We are pleased to announce Ellen Taylor, of The Serendipitous Stamper, as our newest Design Team member.  Some of you are already familiar with her art from her participation in our challenges.  Welcome, Ellen, and I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful art.

Our Newest Challenge Winner

The winner of our "Colors of Summer" Challenge is Shona, at Dog Fur In My Glue.  Congratulations, Shona, and happy shopping too!!

DT Thursday

Our Design Team member hostessing today's DT Thursday is Jenny Gropp.  She has created a really lovley card (inside and out), and you don't want to miss it.  Take a look at the sneak peek below and then hop on over to her blog, HERE, to check it out!!  When you get back you can move on down to the details of our next challenge below.

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Our Next Challenge Shakes It Up!

Our next challenge, "What's Shakin'", starts July 4.  For those of you who aren't familiar with our challenges, the guidelines are below:

  • Use all IO dies/stamps in your post. 
  • The focal point of the card must be IO stamp(s) or die(s).  If you have a question please email me.
  • Taking part in other challenges is allowed if our company is listed first.
  • Ending time is this challenge will be the following Wednesday, July 10, at 10 p.m. EST.
  • Use the Inlinkz thumbnail format at the end of the challenge post.
  • The drawing is for a $25 Gift Certificate, for use in our on-line store, picked by Random.org.
  • The players are notified of the winner by email the night it ends.
  • The winner's name will be posted with the DT Thursday post on July 11.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery under Card Galleries at the top of the page, with a link back to your blog/gallery post.

Here is something you might want to check out, before the challenge.   Instead of building your own, try using one of THESE.  They are so easy to use.  HERE is a great tutorial on how it's done by our leader, Mitra Friant.

Have some fun, invite a friend to create too, have a stamping/die party and/or create your card using all IO dies/stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of the 05/16 challenge post.  If you have questions please email me.

If you need inspiration you can check out the 2012/13 Card Galleries at the top of the blog.  Also, there are direct links to their DT posts and more card samples in our on-line store too!

Thanks for stopping by to look and share!  Hope your week has been great.  Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by to look and share.

 

 Shirley

 

June 25, 2013

Tuesday T&T

Today I am doing something a little different.  I am not doing any special technique because I pretty much did it already when I participated in our blog hop with Flower Soft, that started on June 22.   If you think you missed it you didn't:

  • It's still open until this Saturday, June 29,
  • You have the opportunity to win 2 Gift Certificates.  One by IO and one by FS

For more information on how to be eligible go HERE.

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  1. Stamped CAC Dotty Circles on Neenah Natural cardstock with Memento Angel Pink.  Used Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles as a stencil to get the background shown above.
  2. Stamped Frilly Forget-Me-Nots (can also be purchased as part clear set Spring Medley) with Brilliance Galaxy Gold, embossed to dry, painted with Twinkling H2O's, glued and applied Baby Pink Flower Soft, applied Stickles glitter glue to the centers.  Trimmed around, applied 3D pop dots and set aside.  (It was so much easier cutting around the flowers with the flower soft for body)
  3. The die cut is from Circle Shaker Die Set.  Went around it with Angel Pink brush marker and mounted on a piece of the background.  Stamped the sentiment from Hydrangea clear set with Memento Bamboo Green and applied 3d pop dots to the back.
  4. Mounted ribbon to back and taped to one end.  Punched slots into sentiment die cut, threaded ribbon though slots, taped to other end, and mounted bouquet.
  5. Applied ribbon bow and stick pin.  Applied al little glitter glue to 3 of the centers of Dotty Circles.

Done and really fun too! 

Here is something you might want to check out, before our "What's Shakin'" Challenge which starts on July 4th.   Instead of building your own, try using one of THESE.  They are so easy to use.  HERE is a great tutorial on how it is done by our leader, Mitra Friant.

Thanks for stopping by to look and share.  See you again on DT Thursday, June 27.

 

 

 Shirley

 

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June 22, 2013

Impression Obsession/Flower Soft Blog Hop

Flower Soft Impression Obsession

We’re having fun being Patriotic today with the Flower Soft Design Team. You’ll be inspired by creative projects as you hop along the Design Teams' blogs.   The hop will be open for comments from June 22nd through June 29th.  Winners will be announced June 30th.

PRIZES will be awarded following the guidelines below:

  • You must comment on every blog to be eligible to win either of the two gift certificates.
  • One random comment will be chosen by Impression Obsession to receive a $25.00 Gift Certificate.
  • One random comment will be chosen by Flower Soft to receive a $25.00 Flower Soft Gift Certificate.

WINNERS  will be announced on June 30th at the Impression Obsession and Flower Soft Blogs. 

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The steps I used to create my card are listed below:

  1. Stamped Sea Grass with Desert Sand on Solar White cardstock twice and trimmed around both images, taped together and applied Flower Soft Delphinium Blue as shown.
  2. Stamped Summer Pot Small with Alabaster Fluid Chalk Ink on leftover brown cardstock.  Applied white embossing powder and overheated a little for a fired pottery look.
  3. Cut Large Bow Die cut with leftover red cardstock and applied Strawberry Flower Soft to the center.
  4. Used largest Mini circle die and Magic Matter to create a circle for the sentiment from Spring Medley clear stamp set, stamped with Danube Blue.  Applied FS Patriot around the edge.
  5. Created the CAC backgrounds with Fluff and Summer Sky and Desert Sand inks.  Used Spellbinder largest Curved Rectangles die as a stencil for the backgrounds.  Used the largest die cut and Neenah Laid Ivorystone behind that.
  6. Everything was mounted as shown.

I think this card could be used for an Operation Write Home soldier or a thank you card for someone as July 4th draws nearer.  It was pretty quick to do and fun.  Loved working with the dies and the Flower Soft.

Check out the other blogs below for some really beautiful cards.

Hop list:

 

Thanks so much for joining us in the fun.  Have a great time with each blog post and see you back here on June 30th for the IO Gift Certificate  winner and on the Flower Soft Blog for their winner.

I will be back on June 25 for Tuesday Tips and Techniques and then on June 27 for our Colors of Summer Challenge winner and DT Thursday.

Thanks for stopping by to look and share.

 

 Shirley

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June 20, 2013

Colors Of Summer Challenge

Welcome to our new challenge.  Let's hop on over to the DT members blogs below to see what they have chosen as their colors for summer.  Be inspired, then come back and join us in the fun by posting your card at the bottom of this post between now and next Wednesday.  I can't wait to see what your colors will be too!!!

This challenge continues until next Wednesday, June 26.  Read the guidelines carefully because of our last two 2 changes regarding die/stamps and challenges.  For those of you who aren't familiar with our challenges, the guidelines are below:

  • Use only IO dies/stamps in your post. 
  • The focal point of the card must be IO stamp(s) or die(s).  If you have a question please email me.
  • Taking part in other challenges is allowed if our company is listed first.
  • Ending time is this challenge will be the following Wednesday, June 26, at 10 p.m. EST.
  • Use the Inlinkz thumbnail format at the end of the challenge post.
  • The drawing is for a $25 Gift Certificate, for use in our on-line store, picked by Random.org.
  • The players are notified of the winner by email the night it ends.
  • The winner's name will be posted with the DT Thursday post on June 27.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery under Card Galleries at the top of the page, with a link back to your blog/gallery post.

Have some fun, invite a friend to create too, have a stamping/die party and/or create your card using all IO dies/stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of this post.  If you have questions please email me.

If you need inspiration you can check out the 2012/13 Card Galleries at the top of the blog.  Also, there are direct links to their DT posts and more card samples in our on-line store too!

If you need help to start a gallery or blog I may be able to help you there too.  Your participation is what helps make the challenges a success and fun too!!

Thanks for stopping by to look and join in the fun!!

 

 Shirley

 

June 13, 2013

DT Thursday And Our Newest Winner

Our winner for our "Bloom Where You Are Planted" Challenge is Martha Bradford at Peachy Papercrafting.  Congratulations, Martha, and happy shopping too!

Our Design Team member hostessing today's DT Thursday is Kittie Caracciolo.  She has created a really beautiful card, as always, to share with us .  Take a look at the sneak peek below and then hop on over to her blog, HERE, to check it out!!  When you get back you can move on down to the details of our next challenge below.

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Colors Of Summer

Our next challenge starts June 20.  For those of you who aren't familiar with our challenges, the guidelines are below:

  • Use all IO dies/stamps in your post. 
  • The focal point of the card must be IO stamp(s) or die(s).  If you have a question please email me.
  • Taking part in other challenges is allowed if our company is listed first.
  • Ending time is this challenge will be the following Wednesday, June 26, at 10 p.m. EST.
  • Use the Inlinkz thumbnail format at the end of the challenge post.
  • The drawing is for a $25 Gift Certificate, for use in our on-line store, picked by Random.org.
  • The players are notified of the winner by email the night it ends.
  • The winner's name will be posted with the DT Thursday post on June 27.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery under Card Galleries at the top of the page, with a link back to your blog/gallery post.

Have some fun, invite a friend to create too, have a stamping/die party and/or create your card using all IO dies/stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of the 05/16 challenge post.  If you have questions please email me.

If you need inspiration you can check out the 2012/13 Card Galleries at the top of the blog.  Also, there are direct links to their DT posts and more card samples in our on-line store too!

Thanks for stopping by to look and share!  Hope your week has been great.  Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by to look and share.

 

 Shirley

 

June 10, 2013

Tuesday T&T Layered and Foiled By The Sea!

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I chose Grace for today's tutorial.  I used a couple of different techniques.  The first was using a heat and stick embossing powder to attach some mica flakes and the second is foiling Graces shell.   Below is how I created the card itself.

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Images First:

  1. I built the card from the back to the front so I inked up Clouds with Memento Summer sky and stamped on Neenah Solar White cardstock, and then
  2. I inked Rolling Waves with Fluid Chalk Alabaster on blue cardstock, then
  3. I used a caramel colored piece of Bazzill Dotted Swiss and stamped it with VersaMark and Dots, applied heat and bond embossing powder, heated until clear, applied Mica Flakes Gold Dust and then heated again to seal it.
  4. Stamped Grace (from my clear set) twice on white cardstock with Memento Toffee Crunch.  Painted her with twinks.  Applied Jones Toned think layer to the shell.  Let dry for an hour and applied the Pearl foil.  BTW - if you buy any of this, you don't need a lot. The piece you see there is about 8 years old and still has lots more to use. One copy  of Grace will be used to layer (of course).

Building Background:

  1. Die cut the card shape using Resplendent Rectangles.
  2. Used the die as a stencil to get the Clouds background.
  3. Lined up the Rolling Waves on top of that.  Have to admit this was a leftover from a previous card.
  4. Tore the Dots background along the top.  Cut it 2" deep.  Taped it in place and used the bottom edge of the Clouds to trim it.  (Do you follow this?)  If not you can ask.  :-)  Applied glitter glue to the torn edge and applied Mica Flakes Gold Dust on top of that.
  5. Threaded pink organza ribbon around the edge and tied a bow.
  6. Mounted to another piece of caramel cardstock.

 Finishing The Card:

  1. Finished Grace, embossed her from the back and mounted with 3D pop dots.
  2. Cut out the Starfish, Scallop, swirled shell, and flower in her hair.  Embossed them from the back and mounted them.
  3. Used Glossy Accents on the swirled shell and the Starfish.
  4. Used Gesso in a little fine tipped bottle I have for the Scallop.
  5. Added a 2mm pearl to the flower in her hair.
  6. Added a heart shaped pearl to the lower right hand corner with Glossy Accents.  Dusted with the Mica flakes.
  7. Stamped By The Sea sentiment with Memento Toffee Crunch.

It was a fun and fairly quick card.   I am really enjoying seeing all of your cards for our "Bloom Where You Are Planted" Challenge too.   For those of you who haven't joined in the fun yet, there's still time.  Get your cards posted HERE before tomorrow night at 10:00 p.m.

Thanks for stopping by to look and share!   I'll be back with the winner of the challenge on DT Thursday.   Hope you will join us for that fun too.

 

 Shirley

 

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June 06, 2013

Bloom Where You Are Planted Challenge

Welcome to our new challenge.  It's time to check out DT members how they are "blooming where they're planted" below!  Be inspired, then come back and join us in the fun by posting your card at the bottom of this post between now and next Wednesday.  I can't wait to see theirs and yours too!!!

This challenge continues until next Wednesday, June 12.  Read the guidelines carefully because of our last two 2 changes regarding die/stamps and challenges with ours.  For those of you who aren't familiar with our challenges, the guidelines are below:

  • Use all IO dies/stamps.  (If the die is not IO, it should not be an image or border die (card shape templates, i.e. nestabilities are okay).
  • Please list our challenge first if you are taking part in other challenges.
  • Ending time for this challenge is Wednesday, June 12, 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 and selected by Random.org.
  • The players are notified of the winner by email the same night, then posted the next day on DT Thursday.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery with a link back to your blog/gallery post.

Have some fun, invite a friend to create too, have a stamping/die party and/or create your card using all IO dies/stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of this post.  If you have questions please email me.

If you need inspiration you can check out the 2012/13 Card Galleries at the top of the blog.  Also, there are direct links to their DT posts and more card samples in our on-line store too!

If you need help to start a gallery or blog I may be able to help you there too.  Your participation is what helps make the challenges a success and fun too!!

Inlinkz has a new format to be used.  If for any reason when this first posts there are problems, don't hesitate to email me.  Thanks for stopping by to look and join in the fun!!

 

 Shirley

 

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