Friday, February 24, 2012

Great Impressions DT - So, What's New with YOU?

You know...they say when it rains, it pours! Well, to say the least February has been a month of crisis management around here...and I have been feeling a bit off my game. Hoping March will bring some peace and quiet...even if it's for only moments at a time!

Thank Goodness for crafting! This week the Design Team had a challenge: Sentiment Only.


Fortunately, I like to push myself outside my comfort zone...and there are techniques to be played with!

And, of course, there are scraps to be used...even cute ones, like this birdie!

This sentiment is adorable and so to the point! (pun intended...sewing...needles...point? anyway...) AFTER I adhered the panels together I remembered I wanted to sew a line under the sentiment.

So, how does one cover up the stitching on the inside? With fabulous Smash tape!

Hope you enjoyed seeing this Great Impressions Design Team project. For this project recipe visit the Great Impressions' blog!

If you haven't already, go to the Great Impressions' blog and follow us!

Trust me...there's some March fabulous fun you don't want to miss out on...coming soon!

Inky hugs,


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Great Impressions DT - Bathing with Friends

Alright folks, this will be short and littlest one had a bit of a reaction to something last night and now she's got a few prescriptions and two worried parents (who need more sleep!) So, here's a peek at the card...

These are the Copics I used...

Would love to share more about the making of this card, but I've got to catch a few Zs before the appointments today.

Visit the Great Impressions' blog to see more inspiration...and if you'd like to get a few of your own Great Impressions' stamps at a bit of a discount...just saying' you might want to go look...

Thanks for stopping by...have a great Thursday!

Inky hugs,

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Great Impressions DT - Blowin' Bubbles - Z Fold Card

Where does the week go? For that matter where does my day go?! Spent most of the last evening helping my son finish up his science fair project...the whole time I was thinking about the card that I wanted to create for this week's Design Team post for Great Impressions Stamps! So, once again, I'm up in the wee hours of the morning posting...Here's a peek of the card...(for more inspiration visit the Great Impressions Stamps' blog...)

I've followed Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Triggers for ages, but had never participated, but after seeing this picture...

Click the link above to play along!

I decided it was time to play! I'm not much of a pink girl and I had been wanting to use red, black and white (there are little pink flowers along the panels!) for one last Valentine's Day card. I love cupcake can you not? They're ruffley, cute and the best part is they are usually wrapped around something delectable!

Z Fold cards hold surprises, too. And my card is 'wrapped' with something ruffley, too...the doily border! As for the sprinkles, my card has glitter and embossing powder and dots...yummy!

I used three Great Impressions stamps and with a little masking I created a simple scene to travel the length of this Z Fold card.

Masking is simple and helps to combine stamps and make more complicated designs. You simply start with the image you want in the foreground. I'm using Mouse with Bubble Hearts. Stamp it on your project and then stamp it on something thin like a Post-It note. I like the Post-It notes because I always have them around and they're sticky, but repositionable, so they won't move when I stamp.

After you've stamped on the Post-It, trim the areas that you need to stamp over. Place the trimmed image over your project image. Now ink up the next stamp - in this case the Meadow Border. Stamp over (and across) the mask. Peel off the mask and finish up your project!

I used Copics to color the mouse and the flowers, chalk for the grass and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass for the sky.

And the black with white dots? That's Smash tape. Love that stuff! Tape, I mean. Washi, masking, paper, tissue, cloth...I've been hoarding collecting it and am now pulling it out to play with. There's something freeing about tearing it off the roll and slapping it down!

Alright...I better get to today's stuff. Have a great day & make something fun!

Inky hugs,

Stamps: Great Impressions Mouse with Bubble Hearts (G46), Valentine (E330), Meadow Border (F496)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark Watermark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tumbled Glass
Tools: heat gun, Martha Stewart Doily Lace Punch, Scor-Pal
Other: Smash tape, Copics, clear embossing powder, glitter, chalks, American Craft Zing Wave

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Great Impressions DT - A Bird in Hand...Or Fancy Rose Frame

Okay, it's another late night/early morning post. Was considering waiting up for another 30 minutes so I could watch a live webcast of Phil the Groundhog. Really. Must be more tired than I thought! Gonna be a short many items on the to do list lately and so little time!

I have had a lot of fun with Great Impressions' January Stamp of the Month stamps! These ones are definitely keepers...

Here's the last card I finished (click on it to see more detail)

The bird is stamped on vellum & colored with Copics. The frame's embossed. Other than that, this was a simple card to put together. Even the fussy cutting was quick and easy!

Love the ruched ribbon. Now that I've got the technique down, it's a cinch! (yep, pun intended! Must be the lack of Zs! lol)

Have a great Groundhog's Day!

Inky hugs,

Stamps: Great Impressions Lace Background (K97), Rose Intertwined Hearts (G450), Bird in Roses (F517), Fancy Rose Frame (H223)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Archival Ink Jet Black; Tim Holtz Distress Inks Vintage Photo; Copics (R24, 29, 46; B02, 04)
Tools: Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, heat gun
Other: Vellum, glue pen, glitter; American Craft Zing Black; Tim Holtz Perfect Pearls Powder Pearl