Friday, September 28, 2012

Get Hopping with Great Impressions Stamps and the Ronald McDonald House!

Welcome to the Ronald McDonald House Charity Hop
sponsored by 
September 28-30

You should have arrived here from Dawn's blog. If not, you will want to start at the Great Impressions Stamps Blog  or check where you are on the list at the end of my post.  We don't want you to miss a thing!  Remember, stamping prizes are secretly hiding in several of the blogs, so be sure to leave everyone a little comment love!

Winners will be announced on the Great Impressions Stamps blog on Tuesday, October 2nd.

A little about RMH from the Great Impressions Stamps blog:

"The Ronald McDonald House provides shelter, food, and moral support to families with seriously ill children.  While these families are often overwhelmed with their current crises, they are also humbled by the outpouring of care showered on them by doctors, nurses, other families in the House, as well as, their own friends and family. Your handmade cards will provide them an opportunity to return the kindness and will leave a "great impression" on both the families giving the cards and the recipients."

We love to create, right? And what better way to share what we love to do than to share with those who could use a heartfelt lift? The types of cards that are needed : thank you, thinking of you, birthday, and sympathy.

If you have a few cards you could donate to the RMH families, please email Jenny, with the subject RMH Hop, and she'll get the info to you!

Yesterday, I showed you a few leaves...well, I didn't make only 3...I made a bushel! Okay, maybe not a bushel, but it was a lot of leaves! Funny thing...those leaves were perfect for my card yesterday, but I made the leaves with today's card in mind!

When I was a kid, I remember raking leaves and jumping into the soft, fragrant piles. It was always so much fun! I know you've got a few more blogs to see, so I won't keep you are the Great Impressions Stamps I used on today's card:

and a few more pictures...
(I'll share how I made the leaves next week! Tutorial coming!)

So glad you could join us this weekend to help support the Ronald McDonald House. You're off to a great start! Up next on the hop is Patti. I know you can't wait to see what she's made...tell her I sent ya! ;)

Inky hugs,

Played along with these challenges:

Did you get lost? Here's the list, just in case you need to get reoriented! 

  2.  Dawn
  3.  Angi <-- you are here!
  4.  Patti
  5.  Mary
  6.  Teresa
  7.  Mia
  8.  Jenny
  9.  Mynnette
 10.  Shanna
 11.  Ellen
 12.  Katy
 13.  Erin
 14.  Barbara
 15.  Peggy
 16.  Sue
 17.  Elizabeth
 18.  Tamra
 19.  Sue C.
 20.  Caroline

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Great Impressions Stamps - Simple Things

Happy, happy Thursday! Today, I've got a sweet card
featuring another adorable Great Impressions' image...

This is Harvest Mouse...didn't I tell you this is one adorable image?! I colored with Copics and then used clear glitter over the pumpkin and the leaf.

A few colorful, leaves cut out with my eClips.
(Do you like my fall leaves? Stop by my blog next week for the tutorial!)

You may have seen this sentiment, Simple Things on a card I made last on this card, too!

This week I'm playing along with Retrosketches #30

I remembered to keep out the Copics I used this time...

 Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for our Blog Hop benefitting The Ronald McDonald House - lots of inspiration and even prizes! You don't want to miss it... See you soon!

Friday, September 21, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays #71 - Fall and Fun

T.G.I.F, my crafty friends! Great Impressions Stamps is sponsoring this week's challenge over at...

and I've got a card to share...first a couple of sneak peeks!

Glossy Accents lady bug...

Copic colored (see below for the colors I used) with a touch of glitter...

This is such a sweet image. I love that you could use portions of this image - just the flowers - or take out the bitty bug...or paper piece the pots or even the flowers. You could even change the season by changing the colors. 

The Great Impressions Stamps I used:

Cheery Lynn doily die (not sure which one...but I LOVE this one!) 

The paper...I think it's die cut from a Simple Stories 6x6 paper...I'll have to double check that.

So, in addition to participating in CAS-ual Fridays' Challenge, I'm playing along here:
CMC Copic Challenge - #52 Fall Colors
Outlawz Sunday CAS Challenge

Until next time...may all your mayhem, be creative messes!

Inky hugs,

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Great Impressions - Halloween Special

Good morning! Still playing with a few of my Great Impressions' Halloween stamps...and a new sketch:

Works perfectly for my *Halloween center step card! 
(After giving it some thought, this could be a great birthday card for someone with a sense of humor!)

Just For You (C370) is the sentiment. I inked only the portion I needed.
Rose Intertwined Hearts (G450) Do you see it? I inked up only a bit of it and stamped along the edges of my 'tombstone!'

Spooky Tree (G432) is heat embossed in black. Love the shine and texture. Wanted to make sure the tree stood out after I sponged on the colors for the background.

Add a Stampin' Up! embossing folder and Perfect Pearls powder...Love how it shows up on the black cardstock. Have you played with Perfect Pearls?

And a few Distress Inks (Dusty Concord, Salty Ocean (it's a limited edition color), Mustard Seed) and you've got yourself a Halloween card!

There's still time to sign up for the charity hop...and enter the September Challenge!

Inky hugs,

Playing along with the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - Embossing (09/27)
Skipping Stones Designs - Sketch #146 (09/25)
Creative Card Crew - Tree (09/25)
Little Claire's Designs - #25 Stand Up Straight! (10/13)

Other Supplies:
Spellbinders Nesties
SU! punch (I'm not sure which one I used for the 'tombstone'. If I find the name, I'll update.)
scrap fiber
Martha Stewart punch (the tiny bat on the 'tombstone')
Misc. silver bling

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Great Impressions Release Week - Couldn't 'Bear' to Miss It!

Would you like 20% off your next Great Impressions Stamps order? How about FREE shipping to go along with it? Get the details HERE!

Don't you just love Release Week? I know I do! I've got another suh-weet stamp for you and if you like to color...this was made for you! This is Garden Bear (G467):

Garden Bear is all colored up with Copics (see below) and then die cut using the "Out of the Box" technique and a Spellbinders oval.

And, of course, there's a matching sentiment! TLC (B226)

This week I decided to participate in a sketch challenge from Sassy Cheryl. I turned this design on its side. I think I'll use this one a few more times...

Did you see that tag with the chevrons...behind the bear? Don't let it fool's a 4th generation tag! I knew what I wanted. It just took a little longer getting there than I thought.

First it was a white tag with Broken China Distress Ink.
*decided I didn't like the contrast of the white tag*

Then it was Picket Fence Distress Stain through the Studio Calico mask.
*they didn't even look like chevrons, just splotches*

Then I flipped the mask over and tried using the ink on the mask.
*nope. almost the same results as above*

Finally, I decided to use the white Mister Huey spray...and like magic the chevrons appeared!

One day I will be weeks ahead of schedule and I will do a bloopers post and show you how some of my ideas started out...ya know...before they were lovely! lol

Now don't be shy! Leave a comment here, on the Great Impressions Stamps blog or any of the DT's posts from this week to win your very own stamps, just like these!

Inky hugs,

Lately, I haven't kept track of what Copics I use when I color, but this must be your lucky day!
Bear: E33, E37, E42, E89; R20
Flowerpot: E00, E99; YR27
Flower: G14, YG03, Y06, YR16, YR61
Can: C1, N2, N4
Tools: E84, E87
Grass: G94, YG61, YG63
Sky: 0, BG000, BG10

Challenges I'm playing along with, found through Feline Playful:
Divas By Design - #52 'For a Child'
Tuesday Throwdown  - #115 'You're a Gem'
Simon Says Stamps - Neon | Hexagon | Chevron
Sassy Cheryl's - #132 (sketch)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Great Impressions DT - Ghoulish Boo!

Can you feel it?
A little coolness to the air, a tinge of yellow in the trees...Fall is just around the corner!
My most favorite season is coming and with it the holidays!

Halloween is one of those holidays that crafters seem to love or not...with very little in-between. I'm one of those that loves Halloween. It's a holiday full of color, glitter and fun! I mean, c' get to dress up and eat chocolate...caramel apples, cider, pumpkin donuts...have I mentioned I'm a bit of a foodie? *grin* If you've got a favorite Fall recipe, I'd love to hear about it!

Speaking of recipes, I have one for you featuring Great Impressions Stamps'

A few layers, scraps of patterned papers and fiber, an embossing folder, Distress Inks...

and Stains and Stickles...

and a Tim Holtz Sizzix oldie, but goodie!

Okay, here we go...stamp Ghoulish with Staz-On on the front of the vellum. Use Distress Stain in Picket Fence on the back...don't worry about staying in the lines. It's okay to get messy! Once dry, use Spica pens to add a little color and glitter to the ghosts eyes on the front side. Carefully tear along the edges of the vellum

I embossed the orange panel with an embossing folder, but if I had Spider Web (G379), I would have heat embossed it to make the background instead! Use Distressed Background to give the background more character.

The rosette was made using scrap paper and the Tim Holtz Mini Rosettes die. Now you can get out those Distress Inks and go to town making each layer look a little more vintage and add Stickles where ever you need some sparkle!

Inky hugs,

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Great Impressions Stamps September Challenge - Sentiments

Happy Sunday!

It's time for another challenge on the Great Impressions Stamps Blog! September's Challenge is SENTIMENTS - with or without an image...your choice!

You know how much I love using butterflies...I figured I had time for one more butterfly project before the fall and winter ideas take over. For this project I used the Elegant Butterfly and Said the Butterfly stamps on a 4x4 coaster. IRL there is some awesome shimmer on this piece!

Have you ever used the Batik technique? Say that 5 times fast! lol It makes wonderful backgrounds and allows you to layer images using a negative-type effect.

- Stamp using Versamark Watermark, cover with clear embossing powder and then heat.
- Ink, spray, paint the background.
- Using a baby wipe or damp paper towel, clean off the embossed area(s).
- Place a piece of cardstock or even printer paper over the embossed image.
- Using a hot craft iron, press the iron over the embossed area(s) for a few seconds. Lift off the cardstock and check your image. Is it still shiny?

     - If it is, repeat the ironing, using a clean area on the card stock until the clear embossing is gone.

     - If it is not, start on the next layer!

I stamped my sentiment with Versamark Watermark and used black embossing powder. Do you see the shadow words? I dropped the stamp the first time and, of course, not all the words were clear. I used an embossing bag over the first stamp in the hopes that it would act as an eraser. It didn't work so well, but I like the effect - happy accident!

Playing along:

I hope that you've enjoyed your visit, maybe even found a little inspiration, and join us in the Great Impressions September Challenge!

If you have any questions or thoughts about this project or anything else you see on Making Mayhem, feel free to leave a comment or send an email.

Inky hugs,

Supplies used:
Stickles, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists - Sunflower, Sun Sisters, Tuscan Sun, Rum Punch, Adirondack Color Wash - Wild Plum, black and clear embossing powder, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, scraps of twill, rose ribbon, sheer white ribbon, linen thread, lace, white tulle, found buttons and metal, pin & beads, Perfect Pearls Mist - Pearl