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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

 I know it's Halloween, but I need to get a jump on my Christmas cards so I've made a clean and simple holiday card this week, featuring a beautiful wreath image and some gold embossing powder:

(Supplies - Stamps (Great Impressions) Merry Wreath and Merry Christmas. Ink: (PTI) Scarlet Jewel and Versamark. Cardstock: (PTI) Kraft, Rustic White, and Scarlet Jewel. Patterned Paper: (PTI) Scarlet Jewel Patterns Pack. Other: Buttons, white thread, gold embossing powder.) 

I wanted to keep the front of the card very simple so the gold wreath shines, so I stamped the sentiment on the inside of the card:

This card would be very easy to mass produce if you are looking to make a lot of Christmas cards but don't have a lot of time... which is usually my position! Every year I feel like I'm prepared, with all my cards ready to go... until I realize I'm 10 or 15 cards short! Then I have to scramble to finish the rest. Hopefully this is the year I learn my lesson! 

I hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween. See you next week!  


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ribbon Scrap

Did you ever get a gift that you just did not want to open
because the presentation was just so pretty?
That's what happened to me.
I did open my gift but not before thinking
to myself  "this ribbon would make a great card!"

So that's what I did!
This could not have taken more than five minutes to put together.
And with only three crafty supplies I didn't make my usual mess. (grin!)
Doesn't that ribbon scrap really make the card elegant?
I love how the ribbon pops with the black and white.
Not to mention that beautiful and touching sentiment.
I just {heart} the font!  Of course you can pick up this
stamp here at our Great Impressions Stamps store!


Speaking of pretty ribbon, next month
we will be joining the Design Team from Ribbon Carousel
on a hop.  Mark you calendars now for November 28th!
And...coming up even sooner we have a fun little holiday game
for you to play with us.  Check out the top of our blog for all the deets!
For now why not join in on our Monthly Challenge!  You've got until
midnight Wednesday to show us your Fall style!
Lotsa fun stuff coming your way!
Can't Wait!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Instant Witch

Happy Monday. Halloween is only a couple days away. Are you ready??? We are. We have even gone to a couple trick or treat parties and some community events already. This stamp is so fun and exciting and great for anyone.

The stamp used is Instant Witch.

I used some brand new Echo Park papers, colored the image with copics, and added some Impulsive Purple glitter. The black ribbon was just for a border and a good friend Barbara gave me the idea for the broomstick (I used black cardstock, orange twine, and part of a Capri Sun straw).

Hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Ronald McDonald House Update

Hello Peeps!

Just popping in to share a Ronald McDonald House
update.  It's been like an early Christmas for me.
I have so enjoyed opening up all the beautiful cards
and oohing and aahing over each one!
They are all like little works of art.  I didn't want them
to get all smudgy from families handling them so
I put them in cello plastic sleeves to keep them safe.

Here are some pictures of the cards all "dressed"
and ready to be packed up.

I was overwhelmed by the out pouring of cards
Can you guess how many cards we will be donating?
A whopping....wait for it..... 278 cards!
All handmade with love!

I recently had foot surgery so the cards have not been delivered yet.
Turns out that was a good thing because I still had a few cards
trickling in this week.  I'm hoping to get there
either this week or next and will bring my camera along
 to take more pictures so I can share them with all of you.

Blessings to all!



Saturday, October 27, 2012

Catch A Falling Star!

 Hello There-Good Morning to You All! Welcome to my Saturday Great Impressions jammie day post.

Hope you are all have a nice, relaxing Saturday morning planned, maybe even with a nice hot cup of  cocoa and a bowl of oaties-browsing a few blogs! Always nice to kick back for a while before you hit the ground running, isn't it?!

I think you all know I have a love for these little meece images and I love how this sentiment swirls around the paper! So fun!

I made a  simple creation today-I think the sentiment needs to shine on it's own. The card base was cut out of a pretty  My Minds Eye DP. I glued the top scallops together to form the card. I added the light background piece from Aunthentique Enchanted to the base with pop dots after adding a fun little strip of MME DP and gold cording. My little meece and nestie star are then added with pop dots as well. I finished this off by adding a pretty pearl in each corner.

Thanks for stopping by today-I hope you have a great day!

To check out our Great Impressions October Fall challenge click HERE.

 Thanks for stopping by today!

card details:
Catch a Falling Star E482
Cardstock: My Minds Eye Lost and Found Christmas and Authentique Enchanted
YR 21,24,27 R20
Misc: Gold cording, dimensionals, Nesties and pearls, Martha Stewart glitter

Friday, October 26, 2012

New Day

Happy Friday and welcome to the Great Impressions Blog. Friday's seem to roll around faster and faster each week (lol)!! But I guess that just brings the week-end faster.

It's Mary Marsh here and Friday is my day to post on the blog. For today's card, I used the Great Impressions Stamp - "new day"- E770. I love how you can take a sentiment stamp frame it in a fancy die-cut add some designer paper to a great layout and you have a great card.

My background designer paper is from the DCWV "harvest gathering stack" collection.

The larger rectangle panel is striped designer paper from Stampin-Up's-chocolate chip collection.

For my smaller rectangle panel, I used the pumpkin harvest Cuttlebug embossing folder in pumpkin. My oval is cut in vanilla from the Spellbinders floral oval die. I stamped in choc chip ink.
To finish my card and the sketch I die cut a pennant flag in choc chip using a Spellbinders die.

That's it for me for today.  Hope you have some fun plans for the week-end.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Masking the Mouse

Snowed last night.
 Only flurries, but the temperature dropped and out came the wool sweater and slippers! Guess it's time to dig in and get to some serious crafting in the studio!

One of my favorite things about using stamps is the ability to combine images by masking. Once you know how to layer your images (foreground to background), you can customize any project by mixing and matching.

This card uses two Great Impressions Stickables for the scene:

and part of the Just For You (C370) Stickable for the sentiment.

When I first saw Harvest Mouse I thought he should be gifting this sweet pumpkin to a he is! First I stamped Harvest Mouse. Make a mask by stamping on a sticky note (make sure part of the image is actually on the sticky part. Just sayin'.) and then trim out the image.

Place the sticky note image over your stamped image. Ink up the Mailboxes and stamp it once on the left. Ink it up again and stamp on the right. Lift up the mask and ta-da!
Harvest Mouse is on his way to the Mailboxes!

The edges are sprinkled with Frantage Bronzed Mica Fragments. I love the vintage glam. It's hard to see in photos, but I used Spica Pens to add shimmer here and there, too.

That little strip was a leftover from trimming the front panel. Works great here!

Time for a refill on my hot chocolate. There's still time to enter the monthly challenge. Can't wait to visit you!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Turtles

Hi Friends!
I have the final four Echo Park/Great Impressions Stamps 
Hop Winners!

From Tamara's Blog
Echo Park  - Cynthia B.
Great Impressions Stamps - Cassie D.

From Kandis's Blog
Echo Park - Lisa808
Great Impressions Stamps - Kim H.

Congrats Ladies!
A Design Team member will be contacting you soon.

Now....scroll on down to see what magic Erin has created for you today!

Happy Wednesday, friends! The card I created last week was very layered with lots of "stuff" on it... so this week I went in a completely different direction. Clean, simple, and monochromatic. Sometimes less is definitely more!

I used two Great Impressions stamps: Swimming Turtles and Happy Birthday.

(supplies - Stamps: (Great Impressions) Swimming Turtles & Happy Birthday. Cardstock, ribbon: Papertrey Ink. Other: Gems, Copics.)

In real life the ribbon matches the color of the turtles & gems. 

With two little boys I can see myself getting a lot of use out of the turtle stamp... they both love going to the ocean and we own a yellow bellied slider turtle named Henry. He is just as cute as can be. :-)

Thanks for stopping by and see you next week! 


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sweetie Pie

Here is what you all have been waiting for!
Thank you so much for your patience!

The Echo Park and Great Impressions Stamps
Blog Hop Winners!  Each Design Team member
choose two lucky winners from their blog comments.
Each winner will receive a current Echo Park collection kit OR
a set of holiday stamps from Great Impressions Stamps.

So here we go with our winners:

Jen's Blog:  Echo Park - Monica Blain
Great Impressions Stamps - The Mustik

Lowri's Blog:  Echo Park - Pam Spradlin
Great Impressions Stamps - Joan V.

Susan's Blog:  Echo Park - Julie Evers
Great Impressions Stamps - Tiffany Mitchell

Linda's Blog:  Echo Park - Christine
Great Impressions Stamps - Stephanie C.

Wendy Sue's Blog:  Echo Park - Indy
Great Impressions Stamps - Kathleen

Angi's Blog:  Echo Park - Carla
Great Impressions Stamps - Andrea

Mary's Blog:  Echo Park - Denise Bryant
Great Impressions Stamps - Shanan Simons

Sue's Blog:  Echo Park - Lisa's Creative Niche
Great Impressions Stamps - Lindenbell Papercrafts

Shanna's Blog:  Echo Park - Lucy Patrick
Great Impressions Stamps - Amanda's Crafts and More

Erin's Blog:  Echo Park - Zarah
Great Impressions Stamps - Little Pink Bike

Jenny's Blog:  Echo Park - Angel
Great Impressions Stamps - Em's Gems

A Design Team member will be contacting each of you
with instructions on claiming your prize!

Don't fret if you are not on the list.  We still have
four more names to draw.  So check back later today
to see if you made the list!

Now on to my post for today :)

I'm stepping out of the Fall/ Halloween norm today!

I {heart} this darling retro image!  A breeze to color up with
my trusty Copics.   I added to the sentiment with some Thickers.
Silly me thought they were just plain 'ole white stickers.  Not!
They have adhesive on both sides which I didn't notice 
until I tried placing them on my card.  
Hmmm....what to do?
I wanted to keep the white color so I sprinkled on 
some embossing powder which took care of the "stick".  
These would work great with a sparkly glitter too.  
Note to self:  when using new product check it out carefully first :)

Not Shown:  White Embossing Powder :)

Have you entered our monthly challenge yet?
If not, show off YOUR Fall style by joining in!
Who knows, you may win some Great Impressions Stamps!
I love to browse through the entries and grab some inspiration!

Enjoy your day!



Monday, October 22, 2012

Witches Brew

Is everyone ready for Halloween???? I have already had to replace  some of the candy as I have a bit of a sweet tooth. I know I am bad right. Poor kids. I know I will end up eating some of my daughters candy as she is a sucker and smarties kind of gal.

Well this is a creation I made in honor of Halloween. I really loved making this tea bag holder.
I just had to use these two stamps for the tea bag holder.

I used this tutorial here! It is so quick and easy to make. So try it out!


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Echo Park and Great Impressions Stamps Blog Hop


Hi Peeps!

Just popping in to remind you all that the Echo Park and
Great Impressions Stamps Blog Hop is still going strong!
You've got until Midnight (Eastern Time) tonight to finish the hop!
I enjoyed it so much I may just hop through again :)
If you are looking for some fresh holiday inspiration this is the place to be!
Click here to get on your way!
The winners will be announced later on Monday right here!



Saturday, October 20, 2012

Very Merry Christmas!

Good Morning and welcome to my Saturday Great Impressions jammie day post. This morning I am  really hanging out in my pj's and doing a little surfing! How 'bout you? What are your plans today?

For my card today I used  papers from the Echo Park Very Merry Christmas Kit that I got for the Great Impressions/Echo Park DT blog hop. I framed this happy Wintery Snowman in the red polka dot paper  and used the great green tree paper for the background. I added the sentiment on a slant and tied on some real jingle bells with some May Arts twine. I also added a snowflake cut with my Silhouette and blinged it up with some sparkly crystals. I intended to add glitter to the hat, but geez-looks like I forgot!  

You still have time to leave a comment for a chance to win an Echo Park kit and some Great Impressions stamps. You can read about it HERE on my post.
To start at the beginning of the blog hop click HERE.
To check out our October Fall challenge click HERE.

 Thanks for stopping by today-I always enjoy hearing from you!
Sue Kment

card details:
Wintery Snowman
Very Merry Sparkles

Cardstock: Real Red (SU!)and Echo Park Very Merry Christmas
R22, 24,29
Misc:May Arts green twine, jingle bells, crystals, Silhouette snowflake

Friday, October 19, 2012

Life's Measurements

Happy Friday and thanks for taking the time to visit the Great Impressions blog. Hope you had time to follow the Echo Park Paper/Great Impressions Blog hop this week.
There will be a winner from each designer's blog. You have until Sunday night at midnight to comment.

My card for today is using the Great Impressions Stamp - "life is not measured"- F252. I love how you can make the sentiment the focal image on a card. Add some designer paper, a die cut and you have a great card.

I played on the measurement theme of the sentiment by using designer paper with measurements on it. I added a flag pennant to complete this cas layout.

That's it for me today. Hope you have some fun plans for the week-end.

Mary Marsh

card recipe:
stamp: life is not measured F252
paper: island indigo, rich razzleberry, natural ivory, designer paper (stampin-up)
ink: island indigo
accessories: spellbinders dies, circle punch

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pumpkin Envie - Got Your's?

The Echo Park and Great Impressions Stamps blog hop is still open! Find the details in THIS POST.

Now that the leaves are turning, I'm thinking about pumpkin pie and and homemade mashed potatoes (not together! lol) Lots of people in our daily lives to show some appreciation to: teachers, crossing guards, postman (or woman), coworkers, that thoughtful person at Starbucks who asks you if you want your 'regular' (that can't be just me...that's a chai creme frappucino with soy, whip and now pumpkin sauce, thank you!)

With friends and family scattered across the globe, gift cards are a lovely alternative, but they can be a little low on the 'WOW' factor when you receive/give one, right?

Spoiler: I'm planning on giving quite a few gift cards this year! ;)

How about a decorated envie (aka envelope) to dress up that drab little card?

I attached cardstock to the top and bottom side of the flap.
(What's normally the back of the envelope is the front of my gift card dressing!)

I prefer not to leave the inside of my cards nekkid.
(Yep, I know it's misspelled...hiding from the nasty searches...)
Same went for my envie! I used Pumpkin Flourish (F500) to stamp the tag and the inside.

The A2 envelope is large enough to hold multiple gift cards, a handmade card, money, even a wrapped cookie! (My 9 year old made a German version of Mexican wedding cookies today (are those really Mexican?). ..they were so yummy!)

What are you doing to make your gifts a little more special?

Inky hugs,

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fancy Flourishes

Hey everyone! I hope you guys are enjoying the Echo Park + Great Impressions Stamps blog hop! I have loved looking at all the projects... amazing inspiration! 

Today I have a card to share with a fantastic flourish stamp. I stamped it with Enchanted Evening ink onto kraft cardstock and layered it behind a doily die cut:

 (Supplies - Stamp: (Great Impressions Stamps) Simple Elegance. Ink: (PTI) Enchanted Evening. Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye, LillyBee. Cardstock: (PTI) Kraft, Sweet Blush. Die: (PTI) Parisian Doily Die. Other: Ribbon, buttons, gems.)

I didn't realize the sentiment is partially covered by the bow in this picture, but it says "Happy Birthday to you!". 

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

You're A Star!

Hi All!

If you came by for the week long
Echo Park/Great Impressions Stamps blog hop
click  here.   Otherwise, scroll on down.

EEk!  I am a loving that my son got a great mid-term report card!
I created this card to let him know how proud his Dad and I are of him.
This adorable robot helped me do the job.  He is all dressed up in some cool DP
and on top of the world!  I fussy cut out a banner to "string" across the top with dimensionals
and cut another one for my sentiment.  For fun, I stapled a star shape on my banner
 and colored up the other star with a silver glitter pen.


Is everyone having fun checking out our holiday hop with Echo Park?
I'm swooning over their papers!  You've got all week to hop along.
Make sure to send each designer a little comment love for your chance
to win some Echo Park and Great Impressions Stamps presents I mean... prizes!!



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