Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Yeah! Another IO Blog Hop day!
Welcome to the second day of the Impression Obsession hop. If you are just joining us, you are in for a real treat! The DT is sharing their creations made with the new dies and, boy oh boy, are they all wonderful!
The hop starts each day at 6am EST. To play along in the hop, leave a comment on ALL the blogs for the day. One of the blogs will be chosen randomly and a winner will be selected from comments on that blog at 10pm CT. You can find the winner posted on the IO Blog the following morning along with the hop designers for the day.

Here are the links for today's hop
Ellen Taylor

I love the changing of the seasons and fall is my favorite time of the year. When I first saw these dies I knew that I wanted to make a pop-up box using them! The, "All seasons Sweet" stamp from Count Your Blessings Cling Set was the perfect sentiment to be used on the front.

Check out the detail on the Picket Fence, isn't that wood grain wonderful?! That's just from the die cut, no embossing! 

This box is packed full of fun dies! The Squirrel Set made this scene come to life, they even have tiny acorns in their mouths! 

The Bushel of Apples is nested in the Small Grass. The Pumpkin Patch has leaves tucked and scattered around it to camouflage the divider in the box.
 I've used the Reading Tree and added leaves to it. There is a rake leaning up against the fence which is from the Oak Leaves and Rake die set.

And now the birds eye view of all the new fantastic fall dies that I've used!
For more details on the hop you can go here!
All the new dies that you are seeing on the blog hop are available now at your local stamp stores and online at the IO Store

Have fun and thanks for looking!

Monday, September 29, 2014


It's finally here...The Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Die Hop! The hop will run for 3 days, Sept 29, 30, and Oct 1st. 
We will be sharing some wonderful designs with these dies along with giving away Gift Certificates. Leave comments on ALL the blogs for a better chance of winning! Each day of the hop, one blog will be chosen randomly and a winner will be chosen from those commenting on that blog. The winner will be posted on the IO Blog the next morning along with the list of designers for that days hop.

Here are the links for todays hop!
Poisonous Potions


 The Halloween card I made using the Mixed Drink Set I thought would make a fun invitation to a party. I heat embossed the stamp from the Have Broom Will Travel Set with detailed white ep. Next I used the dies to cut the drink glass shapes out from the black paper. The back side of black paper was then lined with a heavy weight vellum. I ran the dies again using orange and purple paper. The purple drinking straw was glued onto the vellum first. The orange glass die cuts were glued next onto the vellum. Wiggly eyeballs and a frothy drink made with liquid appliqué make for a scary concoction! 

 A bold and simple inside using the Halloween To Do stamp and those fun glass die cuts again! 

Thanks for looking and enjoy the hop!

Friday, September 26, 2014


Time for a little Ai "Holiday Sparkle"!

Art Impressions Challenge #145 is using anything sparkly along with a holiday theme. I still seem to be stuck on Halloween so I threw in a few sequins for the glitz and, of course, Wink of Stella for the sparkle!
Today I am playing along with Ai's Pumpkin Pie Set, she's so cute!

If she looks a little blurry thats because she is a "mover and shaker" by being on an Action Wobble! Love those things!

I am a true Peter Pan! Stay young by being goofy and doing goofy things!

Thanks for Looking and have a sparkly and goofy weekend!
  • Stamps: Art Impressions- 4520 Pumpkin Pie Set, 2637 Goofy Things
  • Dies: Spellbinders-Labels One, Scalloped Labels One, Luscious Labels One, MFT Pierced Oval Stax
  • Papers: Neenah, Bazzill, doodle bug- ghouls and goodies 6x6 pad
  • Other: Action Wobble, Copics, Bow Easy, Versamark, detail white ep, Viva Pearl Pen-black, Lawn Fawn-sequins Lets Polka,, Pebbles- Pearlescent Chalk, Wink of Stella, foam tape

Monday, September 22, 2014


My last post I shared a sneak peak of this Halloween pop-up box. I have used the Ghoulfriends Stamp Set from Paper Smooches along with their Halloween Icon Dies for the main design. These boxes are fun and easy to make. 
I am playing along in the challenge at Paper Smooches with ANYTHING GOES! Their challenge runs from September 21-27th.


Love these little ghouls, they are so cute! 
 The white ghoul was heat embossed with detail white ep onto black paper.  For the green ghoul, it was stamped with lime green pigment ink from ColorBox. A candy corn was put in one hand and "You are faboolous" in the other. The ghoul was embellished with a witches hat and wiggly eyes. These have been attached to the box with acetate which gives movement to all the die cuts and stamped pieces.

I have glued a die cut spiderweb onto one of the dividers in the box to help hide 
the acetate strips. The other die cut spiderweb was attached to the back of the box with a jeweled spider hanging off of it. The Mesh Texture that is stamped on the sides is from Impression Obsession along with the "To Do" List.

When the box is closed it is an A2 size card. I have a few things peeping out from the sides and top for fun!

Thanks for looking!
Have a happy ghoulfriends day!

  • Stamps: Paper Smooches- Ghoulfriends, Impression Obsession- J9405 Mesh Texture, CL553 Is the Moon Out Tonight?
  • Dies: Paper Smooches- Halloween Icons
  • Inks: Versafine- Imperial Purple, Onyx Black, Memento- Tuxedo Black, Colorbox- lime Green
  • Papers: Neenah- 80lb, 110lb, Bazzill, Do Bunny- double dot
  • Other: Copics, Bow Easy, Wink of Stella, Cats Eye- Blackbird, ep, wiggly eyes, twine, gingham, jewel, acetate, 

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Yay, It's Thursday and time for another challenge at Impression Obsession! 
Create a square card using all IO stamps and dies, any theme works. All are welcome to play along. How easy peasy is that for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate?! You can find all the guidelines on the IO Blog.

Take a look at what the DT created with their squares!

This is such a cute Halloween Bucket by Tara Caldwell. The pumpkin is filled will lots of fun goodies that I have colored up with Copics. I decide to color the image solid and not do any shading. Bright and bold!

I added Viva Gel Gloss to the yummy carmel apple! Several of the items have Wink of Stella. I stamped the candy corn and the handle twice and popped them up for dimension. The ghost has wiggly eyes!

The candy corn are from the Have Broom will Travel cling set. I have stamped them several times for the inside of the card. Boo to You is part of Is the Moon Out Tonight?

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Pop-Up Box Sneak Peak!

Whew! I just finished "teaching" my first set of classes at Impressive Ideas! It turned out to be really fun! We made three different projects, mostly concentrating on the pop-up box technique. It will be posted later! Each class had 5-7 in it and everyone was just wonderful! Bonnie and Jenny at Impressive Ideas have created such a warm and welcoming environment, they have an incredible group of customers which is the result of that!
They have most anything and everything you need or want...but, if for some reason it's not there they are more than happy to get it for you! It is with their encouragement, patience and the love of sharing and teaching that I am here blogging! 

This matchbook is so easy to make and can be use for so many occasions. They are great for birthdays, party favors', any holiday cards and just for fun! 
I have used a heavy card stock. The base is 8 1/2 x 2 3/4. I have scored at 3 1/2, 4, and 
7 3/4. The outside has been dressed up with Impression Obsession Witches Chant stamp. It was stamped on the diagional and the the edges were torn and edged with blackbird. I've stamped Embrace your inner witch by IO with Versafine Imperial purple. The Halloween Die Set, also from IO, has been rubbed with Violet and Yellow green Inka Gold. 
Tied off with a ribbon, bow and some Viva Pearl pen drops!

The best part is the goodies inside!


Today starts the second half of the Serendipity Stamps Challenge. Play along by using any SS stamp or die along with our theme. One design will be chosen to display the SS Winners Badge and one design will be chosen randomly for a $20 gift Certificate to be used at the Serendipity Store! All the details can be found on the SSCB!

As always, every challenge has a new sale offered to you! 
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Let's get started with some inspirations from the DT

It really is Summer's Last Hurrah for me! I am away on my girls annual get away. There is 10 of us that are either college friends or the wives. We have been doing this for the last 25 years! Love my girlfriends!

Serendipity has given the DT an added challenge. We were to use a personal photo for inspiration and tell you about it. I used some hydrangeas from my yard for a wedding last spring. I love all the wonderful colors they display throughout their blooming cycle. There is a variety called Antique Purple and Antique Green which are two of my favorites.

I thought the antique colors looked more like fall. I colored the Hydrangea with Copics and used a little Wink Of Stella on the blossoms. The centers have been dotted with White Pearl-Viva Pearl Pen. I fussy cut the flower and leaf and popped them up for added dimension. The brad was rubbed with platinum Viva Gold. I trimmed off the bottom curve of the Hello die to fit the card.

Here are the Copics I used.

Thanks for looking!
Hope that you will join us by adding your creation to the SSCB!
  • Stamps: Serendipity- Hydrangea 717L
  • Dies: Serendipity- Hello Die 027DD
  • Ink: Memento
  • Papers: Neenah, Bo Bunny- Madeline, Bazzill
  • Other: Copics, Wink of Stella, Bo Bunny brads, Inka Gold, Spellbinders-A2 Matting basics, A2 Curved Borders, Ovals, Viva Pearl Pen,  pearls, silk

Friday, September 12, 2014


Welcome to Serendipity Stamps Autumn Release Blog Hop! For this hop we are sharing with you the new Leaf Pops! We hope that you will join in and leave a comment along the way on ALL the blogs for a chance to win a $20 Gift Card to be used at the Serendipity Store. You have until midnight US EST (Sunday) September 14th to leave a comment. The winner (chosen randomly) will be posted on Mary's Blog Monday September 15th. 
Like us and Share on Facebook for an additional chance to win $20 off your next order! Good Luck!

You should be arriving here from Julie Warner's blog

 I have used both negative and positive stamps here for this Autumn card. The sweet berry stamp is from the Leaf Pops Cling Set. There are seven stamps to both collections. The other gorgeous leaves are from the Leaf Pops Negative Cling Set. There is a die set of five Leaf Pops Dies that work with both of these cling sets!

The inside has been edged with the same berries.

Your next stop should be

Here is a full list of all the blogs on the hop!

Karen Amidon...you are here!

Thursday, September 11, 2014


It's Thursday which means over at Art Impressions they are having a new challenge. They are also launching their new 2014 Halloween stamps, Yay! I'm entering this card in their Challenge 144.

I'm not fond of spiders but she looks pretty cute and harmless! 
Be Scary Set
I have stamped the image twice. I fussy cut the legs, gloves and pumpkin then popped them up with foam tape. Her collar, gloves, pumpkin, antennas and shoes have Wink of Stella and transparent Viva Pearl Pen added to them. I've added a piece of twine for the handle on her pumpkin. The eyes on her hood have been adorned with wiggly eyes! The frames are new from Impression Obsession, loving these!
A spiderweb cut from an IO die, silk bow and twine finish off my card!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


We just had a full Harvest Moon and I thought it would be a fun time to share this card with you.
Impression Obsession has some FABULOUS new dies that I have been playing with. I love making Halloween cards and the Witch Flying was calling my name! 

Isn't she a beauty?!!
I love the details in this silhouette from her hair and broom to the tattered cuffs at the sleeves and around the bottom of her dress. Of course, I had to add black Wink Of Stella!
The frames that I've used to showcase her are my new favorite dies. IO has come out with the Rectangle 6 in 1 Frames, love these! I have used two of them here, pretty cool, right? The layers have all been popped up with foam tape.
Ribbons and twine were mixed together and then embellished with a resin flower that I have rubbed Violet Inka Gold on.

For the inside of my card I thought this was the perfect saying. It is from the "Have Broom Will Travel" cling stamp set. The inside is flat, can you tell which is the third frame from the die set? It's the black frame that is flush against the cream! 
If you get a chance stop by Impression Obsession and see what's new!
Thanks for looking and enjoy the moonlight!

Friday, September 5, 2014



Yay! It's friday and I have another box card to share. A short post with several pictures!
I love sailing and when these nautical dies were released I couldn't wait to play with them!

The Sailboat Dies come as a set of three.
I ran the dies a few times with different colored paper so I could make the sails a different color than the boat bottom.

The fun nautical embellishments, the anchor, wheel, lifesaver and lighthouse are all from the Mini Nautical Set.
On the backside of the lighthouse I used a gold paper so it would show through the lighthouse windows. I added the red paper also.

The waves were made with the Ocean Border Die and  Liquid Appliqué.
I hand cut the flags and fishtails banners and glued them to twine.

As the card folds flat this is what you see!
I tied knots out of twine mimicking the dp.

On the backside of the card I have used the "Hello" die from the Greetings Set. I cut the die twice and shadowed it in navy.
This card is A2 size!
Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 4, 2014


It's time to show off your stamped backgrounds with a new IO Challenge. It's easy to play along and there is a $25 Gift Certificate up for grabs! Anyone is welcome and we love seeing your designs! You can find all the challenge guidelines on the IO Blog.
Get inspired with the teams backgrounds!

I am sharing with you today a new Cover-a-Card background stamp and sentiment from the Fall/Winter release. The Blossoming Branches Cover-a-Card is gorgeous! This is a great way to make a fast and easy card. I love using my Mega Mount also! The blossoms and leaves have been lightly colored with Copics. Wink of Stella in clear has been used on the butterflies for a touch of sparkle. I have used the Sing Anyway stamp which also comes in the Good Day-Clear Set. The Fancy Butterfly Die paired up perfectly with this background stamp.

I hope you are singing today!
Thanks for looking