Monday, January 26, 2015

FORMULA FOR LOVE!

Do you want the, "Formula for Love" or try, "a little love experiment"? 
Taylored Expressions has it all! I fell in love with this collection of stamps, dies and papers.


The set used here is, "love is the solution". How fun is this?!  Using the die set that matches the stamps make it so easy to cut and pop up all the different test tube designs. I think there is a little love experiment going on here! I have filled the real tube with m&m's!

Valentine Grumblings!



These guys are crazy fun and their sayings are hilarious!
This little cupid is used on the front of the matchbook design.  I used the cupid on the front of the matchbook candy holder along with the mini scallop heart die cut from Serendipity Stamps. 


The matchbook inside holds a bite size chocolate. 

Another Grumbling!


Can you guess what treat this little darling is holding inside?
A sucker of course!

Thanks for looking!

  • Stamps: taylored expressions-love is the solution, valentine grumplings 
  • Dies: taylored expressions, Serendipity Stamps-043DD Mini Scroll Heart and Scallop Die, 003GD Heart Solid Die
  • Papers: Neenah, Bazzill, taylored expressions-6x6 formula for love, Bo Bunny
  • Other: Copics, Viva Pearl Pen, Glossy Accents, Scoreboard, foam tape

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SSCB #39-2 ~ HIDDEN GEMS!


Welcome to the second half of the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog. This month the theme is to use those, "Hidden Gems". Anything goes, just be sure to include a Serendipity stamp or die in your design. New to the challenges? You can find the guidelines here on the SSCB. There is always a $20 Gift Certificate up for grabs! The winner will be announced on Feb 4th.

This weeks sale is FREE shipping on any US order $15 or more.
Good through 1/27 

Here are some "Gems" to inspire you!
Kimberly Wiener...guest designer
Julie Warner...out this week
Karen Amidon ...you are here!


My first gem is the Herbs and Jars. I have kept it CAS to show just how lovely the stamp is on its own. You can almost smell the herbs drying!



Here I have made tags using three more gems! 
For the first one I have colored the Flower Pitcher. The script is from the Spring Flower Background stamp.
Daffodils are a sign that spring is coming...please hurry! The shading on this image makes for an easy color. I have stamped the,"Spring" in the background with Memento's Cantaloupe. 
Succulents and cactus still remain very popular. I love the detail on this Cactus image that I've colored up with Copics. Having tags made up for all different occasions always comes in handy.

Thanks for looking!

  

Monday, January 19, 2015

AI CHALLENGE 151 ~"JAVA LOVE"


Art Impression is having a new challenge, "Java Love"! I love coffee and Ai so I had to ink up the Coffee BFF's Set and enter! To see all the fabulous design entrees you can go to the Ai Blog here



I have colored the girls with my Copics. 
Here are the colors that I've used:
BG15,13,11,0000  E57,55,11,00,000  W1,00  Yr31,30  RV55,42  Y38,35,32


After stamping, I cut a portion of the girls out and decided to frame them. I die cut the rectangles and square in the brown paper base. I then popped up the brown base onto the pink dp. The girls were also popped up inside the frame. "Coffee with you is my favorite perk!" is a part of the Coffee BFF's Set. How fun are these coffee cup die cuts!


Here is a look at the inside of my card. 

Thanks for looking!
  • Stamps: Art Impressions-Coffee BFF's 4407
  • Dies: Impression Obsession-Coffee Set DIE198-Q, Mama Elephant- Sew Fancy, Spellbinders-A2 Matting Basics, Squares
  • Papers: Neenah, Baazzill, doodlebug-hello sunshine Rainbow Ribbon, Pretty Plaid, Frilly Flowers
  • Other: Copics, wink of Stella-Clear,foam tape, ribbon, jewels




Thursday, January 15, 2015

IMPRESSION OBSESSION ~ SPARKLE and SHINE!




Who doesn't love a little sparkle and shine? Impression Obsession is having a new challenge for you to show off a little bling! Any theme works! Play along using all IO products for a chance to win an Impression Obsession $25 Gift Certificate! New to our challenges? You can find the guidelines here on the IO Blog.

Need a little inspiration to get started?
Take a look at what the IO girls have come up with!



Can you believe that Valentine's Day is right around the corner?!...Well, almost!
I have added my sparkle to the Love Song Collage which is NEW from the Spring release. Love this stamp and it makes for a fast and easy card. I have embellished the Heart Set with diamonds. Iridescent shiny bows adorn the Heart Stem dies. 
My, "go to" dies are the 6 in 1 Rectangle Frames. I have used a black paper for the frame which really shows off the beautiful scallops. 

Thanks for looking and I really appreciate all the wonderful comments from our last hop!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

IO~ A Little More Winter Chill!

Just For Fun!
I have a little more "winter chill" to share today...this makes it all worth being cold! Wanna play with snowballs? Is this stamp set too cute, or what?!


I have used Impression Obsession, "Let it Snow" stamp set for the snowmen. I love the one face down on the hill, it looks like playing with snowballs has just worn him out! 


From the top view you can see more IO goodies! The Evergreen Tree Dies have a dusting of Viva Glitter in Holo Iridescent. "Let it snow" has been stamped from their Clear Set Snow. The set comes with six different snow related sayings.


Here is from one of my favorites this season...The Frozen Collection!

Thanks for looking, stay warm!
  • Stamps: Impression Obsession-CL195 Let It Snow, CL495 Snow, CL551 Frozen Collection
  • Dies: Impression Obsession-DIE217-E Evergreen Trees
  • Papers: Lawn Fawn- Beanie, Chunky Scarf, Neenah, Bazzill
  • Copics: BG53,00,0000  G02,00,000,0000  R37,35,32  YR04
  • Other: Viva Gloss Gel-transparent, Black, Wink of Stella, Pom-poms, Forrest Border and Stitched Hillside Border are from Lawn Fawn



Friday, January 9, 2015

IMPRESSION OBSESSION~ SPRING RELEASE BLOG HOP


 It's the last day of the hop and there have been so many fun new stamps and designs to share!

 Be sure to check out ALL the new product here at IO. Visit all the blogs from the DT and leave a comment along the way. 
As always, Impression Obsession has a $25 Gift Coupon to give away!
Two prizes will be awarded on the last day of the hop!
One winner will be for Friday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week. Both winners will be announced on Saturday January 10th.
So….if you miss a day or time deadline your comments will still count for a chance to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate! 
To find all the details you can go to IO BLOG!

Here are the DT Blogs that are in the hop today

When I saw these notions stamps I knew right away that I wanted to pair them with the Quilting Bee paper that I had. How cute are these and I don't even sew! The Small Spool, Spool and Pincushion were colored with Copics and fussy cut. I rubbed Inka Gold in Platinum onto the pair of scissors. The card has been framed with one of the borders from the 6 in 1 Frame Dies! "You made my Day" along with a few threads and ribbons completes my card. 


A happy Daisy Basket to end the hop! 
This image was colored with Copics and then fussy cut. I love the sentiments from the More Basic Greetings Collection. They are great "go to's" for adding a message to a card.  "Sending smiles" was added onto one of the sweet Mini Rectangle Tags die cuts.

We couldn't show everything NEW all in one hop, so be sure to check out the IO online store! Everything is available now!

Thanks for looking an hope that you enjoyed the hop!



Thursday, January 8, 2015

IO SNEAK PEAK-BLOG HOP


It's day 4 and there is so much more!
2015 Impression Obsession Spring/CHA Release Blog Hop
All the stamps from the Spring Release are available now!
www.iostamps.com

Join us for another day of the Impression Obsession new Spring release Blog Hop!
 Each day pay us a visit here and then head over and see our fabulous IO Design Team’s projects with our new stamps on their blogs. Comment as you hop. Each comment that you leave gives you a chance to win!!!

The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!

Every day (Monday Jan 5th – Jan 9th), one of the IO designer blogs will be chosen randomly and a winner will be selected from comments on that blog at 10pm CT. The winner will be announced the following day along with the participating blogs for that day.

Two prizes will be awarded on the last day of the hop!

One winner will be for Friday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week. Both winners will be announced on Saturday January 10th.
So….if you miss a day or time deadline your comments will still count for a chance to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!

Enjoy all the new designs!

I love this image of the Thankful Rose Bouquet By Alesa Baker. For this card design I airbrushed and colored with Copics. I love the script on the container and the outlines of the flowers. 
I added a small "FOR YOU" tag from the More Basic Greetings clear set. This is a fast and easy color and it makes up a sweet, "happy" card!

Thanks for looking and for all the wonderful comments!




Wednesday, January 7, 2015

IMPRESSION OBSESSION~2015 SPRING RELEASE

Welcome to Day 3 of Impression Obsession CHA "Sneak Peak" Designer Hop!


We have some beautiful new stamps to share and Gift certificates to give away!
The hop starts each day at 6am EST. Leave a comment on all the blogs for a chance to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!
Each day one of the IO designers blogs will be chosen randomly and a winner will be selected from comments on that blog at 10pm CT. The winner will be announced the following day on the IO Blog

Two prizes will be awarded on the last day of the hop!
One winner will be for Friday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week. Both winners will be announced on Saturday January 10th.
So….if you miss a day or time deadline your comments will still count for a chance to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!
Here are your links to todays hop!

All of the new stamps you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW!

You are my SunshineFor this card I have used all new stamps mixed in with some older favorite dies. The Small Birdie was stamped first and then masked with Eclipse Tape.   The Wire Basket and Geranium were then stamped on top of the tape. For the background I took a stiff brush and made cross hatched designs with a pigment ink. I have used very light colored Copics on the Feather Die cuts. Copics were also used on the Floral die cuts.

Thanks for looking and enjoy the hop! 



SSCB #39 ~ HIDDEN GEMS!



You know that product that is stashed away that you haven't used in awhile or something that you have been holding on to for just the right time??
Well... dig it out, blow the dust off, and find your hidden gems!

Serendipity Stamps Challenge for the month of January is, "Hidden Gems". No excuses not to play along...we all have some! As always, there is a $20 Gift Certificate up for grabs to be used at the Serendipity Store! Just be sure to use a Serendipity stamp or die, either as that "gem" or along with one!
You can find all the details on the SSCB.

This weeks sale is buy 3 get one FREE!
Good through Jan 14th

Serendipity also has a new guest designer for January. Please welcome, Kimberly Wiener!

Need some inspiration?
Take a look at what the DT has found as their gems!
Jenny Gropp...off this week 
Karen Amidon ...you are here!



My first posting on the Serendipity DT was a trifold card with a ballerina theme. I used several different stamps but saved the silhouette dancer. So, for my hidden gem I am sharing that stamp today!
The Ballerina Silhouette dancer is so graceful. The sentiment I used, "Dance Is The Hidden" can be purchased by itself or it comes in the Ballet Cling Set.



For the inside of the card I have used the Ballet Slippers. These also can be bought separately or they are included in the Ballet Cling Set.

Thanks for looking and we can't wait to see your, "Hidden Gems"!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

IMPRESSION OBSESSION BLOG HOP~ DAY2


Welcome to another day of more fun new stuff!



Impression Obsession is sharing their new stamp release with a Blog Hop ALL week long!
Leave a comment along the way daily on all the blogs for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate! The winner will be announced the following day on the IO Blog.

On Friday, Jan 9th, you will have two chances to win!
One winner will be for Friday's comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week. Both winners will be announced on the IO Blog on Saturday January 10th.

Here are the links for todays hop from the very talented IO DT!




  The gelli plate is really popular and I really like the results you can achieve with it. This is my second attempt playing with one! I love the new Sparrow image from Tara Caldwell. It worked perfectly for stamping onto the Gelli Plate and also for stamping with Stazon onto vellum.
"Let your Dreams" paired great with the birds!

ALL the stamps are available NOW

Thanks for looking and enjoy the hop!
You can find all the hop details here.
  • Stamps: Impression Obsession-D16101 Sparrow, C17022 Let Your Dreams
  • Ink: Stazon, Versafine
  • Papers: Neenah, Authentique-Harmony, Bazzill
  • Other: Gelli Plate, Dina  Weakly Acrylic Paint-Umber, Lemon, White, watercolors, Cat's Eye-charcoal, textured objects, threat, button


Monday, January 5, 2015

CHA BLOG HOP~ DAY 1

Welcome to the 2015 Impression Obsession Spring/CHA Release Blog Hop!



WOW, Are you in for a treat! Impression Obsession has some beautiful NEW stamps to share and Gift Certificates to give away! There will be 5 days of fun designs. Comment as you hop. Each comment that you leave gives you a chance to win!

Every day (Monday Jan 5th- Jan 9th), one of the IO designers will be chosen randomly and a winner will be selected from comments on that blog at 10pm CT. The winner will be announced the following day along with the participating blogs for that day.

Two prizes will be awarded on the last day of the hop!
Both winners will be announced on Saturday January 10th.
You can find all the Hop details on the IO BLOG

ALL the stamps that you will be seeing are available NOW!
www.iostamps.com

Here are the girls playing along in the hop today!



Hippity, Hoppity, Hop... and Here Comes Peter Cottontail! Check out the tops on the carrots, too cute, no wonder their names are Cute Carrot 1 & 2! The Picket Fence die has ribbon woven through it and the bow is topped with a bunny tail! 

Hop on over to the next blog to see what else is new!
Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 2, 2015

SERENDIPITY STAMPS ~ JANUARY BLOG HOP




Happy New Year!
 Serendipity Stamps is starting the new year off with a Blog Hop. There are some fantastic new Valentines dies and some great ideas and designs to share! Join in by leaving a comment on ALL the blogs. One commenter will be randomly chosen for a $20 Gift Certificate to the Serendipity Store. You will have until Jan 4th to leave a comment. The winner will be posted on Mary's Blog Jan 5th.

Check out all the love the girls are sharing!
You should be arriving here from Mary's Blog, she is the first stop on the hop!

You should be arriving here from MARY'S BLOG!
I have three very easy cards to share.
This fun double heart was created with the NEW Mini Scroll and Scallop Heart Set. The small heart is from the die cut of the Heart Scroll Valence.  



I love making mini's and this cute card measures 3 x 3!
I used the Scallop Heart again as a frame. The inside was stamped with the Heart Background. I colored the one heart with Copics and Wink of Stella.


Serendipity has released several word dies. Here I've used the, "My", and "Valentines". I cut the "s" off of Valentines. The "B" is taken from, "Baby" and the "e" was cut from, "Hello"! The large heart was cut with the Solid Heart Die.

Thanks for looking and enjoy the hop!

Your Next Stop Is the very talented... MARY BETH LOPEZ!