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Sunday, 30 June 2013

Exciting News & A Card For Baby

 



 



 Hello Friends!
I am doing the happy dance!!!  I have been asked by my all time favourite stamp company Impression Obsession to join their design team!

  For those of you that follow my blog you know that I am most inspired by their fabulous images and I love the quality, deeply etched red rubbah!!!! I am thrilled to be invited to work with such and awesome and talented team and look forward to creating hopefully inspiring projects for them!   Check out the Impression Obsession Blog for tutorials, challenges and oodles  and oodles of inspiration!!!  Pour yourself a cup a joe and take a meander though my team mates blogs and see some of their fabulous creations! You will find yourself very inspired!


Kelli Richardson
DT Coordinator
 
Today's card uses Impression Obsession's~ Baby Shoes E6117, Sweet Dreams Bassinet F6120 .




This sweet bassinet was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored up with Copics....
R00-11-21-43-81-81, YG45, C00-C1-C3 and fussy cut out. 


A few pearls were added to the Border Duo 1 Die Set DIE017,  And Buttons DIE067  die cuts after  they were sponged with Memento Rose Bud ink.

I am entering this card in the following challenges......

Stampin' For the Weekend~Anything Goes
 Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fantastic day!!
Ellen

 Supplies
 Stamps~ All Impression Obsession~ Baby Shoes E6117, Sweet Dreams Bassinet F6120 
 Ink~ Tsukineko Memento Rose Bud - Tuxedo Black, Copics
AccessoriesBorder Duo 1 Die Set DIE017,  Buttons DIE067-C,
Kaiser Pearls, RRR Ribbon, Spellbinders Ovals and Scalloped Ovals, Swiss Dots Cuttle Bug Embossing Folder, Pop Dots, Tsukineko Ink Blushers

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Summer Sweet Strawberries


Hello Friends!
  
IO's challenge this week is "The Colors of Summer".  The first thing that came to mind was strawberries. My strawberry patch is the most popular spot in my backyard. They taste so much sweeter when they are homegrown and it's what I look the most forward to harvesting in the summer!

I stamped IO's  Single Strawberry A8973  several times with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored them up with Copics then fussy cut them out. Then they were arranged in the  Strawberry Carton D8979.  This was popped up over a Spellbinders Tear drop Circle and matted over a hand cut circle and a Spellbinder's Scalloped Circle.  

I really need to find a new way to organize my Dies!  A friend of mine made a card and use this fabulous Impression Obsession Large Bow Die - DIE063-I, when I asked her who made that die she said she cut it from one of mine.  Sure enough, I dug through my dies and  lo and behold it was mine...didn't even know I owned it. DUH!!  If you have a wonderful way of organizing your dies could you share with me.....obviously I need all the help I can get~LOL!!  I added a pretty border using Impression Obsession Border Duo 1 Set - DIE017-V, a strip of card stock and brown satin ribbon.

Copics used~
Strawberries~R0000-21-24-29, YG11, 0
Carton~YG11-61-63 



I used up the scraps and a single strawberry to add a little interest to the inside....


I am entering this card in the following challenges......
Impression Obsession~Colors of Summer 
 Simon says Stamp~ Summer Fruit
Crafting By Design~Favorite Season   Summer- I love sunshine and fresh fruit!
Scrapper's Delight~ S is For...... Strawberry 


Thanks for stopping by and have a sweet day!
Ellen 

Supplies~
Stamps~
Strawberry Carton D8979Single Strawberry A8973
Accessories~   
Impression Obsession Border Duo 1 Set - DIE017-V,  Brown Satin Ribbon from Micheals

Impression Obsession Large Bow Die - DIE063-IPop Dots
Ink~
Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black & Rich CocoaCopic Markers 

Friday, 14 June 2013

Playing in Paradise Guest Designing PPSC # 2



Hello Friends!

I was just tickled when I was asked to be Guest Designer for Scrapbooker's Paradise!   Playing In Paradise Challenge #2  (PPSC #2) is this fabulous sketch.....

We would love it if you played along !!
Everyone is invited to play! There are no requirement restrictions on what products to use.  You have until noon Friday, July 5th to enter and of course there are fabulous prizes!!! You can link up your creation......HERE




My card has no stamping. This beautiful Graphic 45 Secret Garden Paper, Chipboard and stickers did all the work for me!  I am loving this paper!!  A few rolled roses made from this gorgeous paper!


Here is a peek of the inside...



I hope you all play along!
Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!
Ellen

Supplies~ 
Graphic 45 Secret Garden Paper Pad, Graphic 45 Secret Garden Chip Board, Graphic 45 Secret Garden Banner Stickers
Tsukineko Memento Bamboo Leaves
 Pop Dots, Spellbinders Ornate Frames, Impression Obsession Fence Trio Die - DIE034-U & Leaf Cluster Die - DIE066-C, MFT Dynamics Rolled Rose and Mini Rolled Roses, MS Leaf Punch, Round Pearls- Half back Self Adhesive Pearls and Pearl Flourishes

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Mom's Garden

 


Hello Friends!

 I love this image!  It makes me think of my adopted Mom who always had tons of oriental poppies taking over her garden.  Good times spent in the gardens with her!!  Thanks to a few gifted seeds, for the last 17 years they fight to take over my garden too~ 

This is my first try at "No Line Copic Coloring".  My eyesight is not that great so there are some mistakes.  I stamped this beautiful Poppy Pair J8956 by Impression Obsession with Tsukineko Memento Desert Sand and colored the leaves, stem and shadow with Copic Markers.  I think most people use a light gray or a lighter shade of the colors you are using but my old eyes and poor lighting wouldn't permit me. Getting old is not for sissies~LOL.   Next I popped up an A2 Filigree Delight  that has been sprayed with homemade Shimmer mist that has been concocted  with Tsukineko Frost White All-Purpose Ink and rubbing alcohol.  I sprayed everything except the image with and it has a gorgeous subtle shimmer that my camera refuses to pick up.  I love how you can make cheap paper look expensive with this product!  I stamped the poppies again with the same ink on some scrap X-press Blend It card stock, coloring only the poppy blossoms and cut them out.  Next time I do this I will color the poppies underneath as well.   The mat layer has some scoring added and ribbon adhered over the corners.

Copics Used~
Poppy~ R21-24-29-3
Leaves and Stems~G40, YG61-67
Background~B0000-000



 I am entering this card in the following challenges.......
Impression Obsession~Bloom Where you Are Planted 
Bearly Mine~Dies and or Punches 
Crafting With Dragonflies~One for The Girls


Thanks for stopping by and have a most fabulous day!
Ellen

Supplies~
Stamps~ Impression Obsession - Poppy Pair J8956
Ink~Tsukineko Memento Desert Sand, Copics
Accessories~Tsukineko Frost White All-Purpose Ink, Spellbinders A2 Filigree Delight, Pearls, Pop Dots, Ribbon

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Smell The Sea Air



Hello Friends!

I hope today finds you all well and happily enjoying the sunshine wherever you are!!  I have been away on a mini vacation~LOL....helping some friends move, threw a fabulous Musical Theatre party for this years cast and crew and got a jump on some of the make and takes for our next Pampered Crafters Retreat.  I think it might take me a while to catch up on my emails and what all my blogging pals have been up to!

This card is for my dear old Dad who loves to be out on the lake as much as possible.   I love this image by Impression Obsession  from Dina Kowal's line~ Sail Collage - H13022!  The sentiment is  called Smell The Sea C13006.   There wasn't much to putting this card together.......

I stamped the image with Tsukineko Memento Nautical Blue on Neenah Classic Crest card stock.  Stamped it again and cut out just the sails and the compass to pop up.  The sails have a few pop dots stacked and piled up under there and the three corners were adhered directly to the first image to give the appearance of  the wind pushing the sails.   I added some shadows to the sails and clouds with Memento London Fog with the Chisel Tip Brushstix.  I seriously love the Brushstix for coloring!!  Using a sponge dauber some Memento Bahama Blue to the water, Memento Dandelion and Cantaloupe to the sun and Memento Summer Sky to the sky and the outside of the oval.  The dang quickest card I have colored in a long time! 




I lightly embossed Spellbinders 3D Embossabilities- Shell Beauty.... believe me that took some doing! These are amazing embossing folders...the depth of the embossed images are phenomenal but I wanted a subtle background to keep the image the focal point. The embossed panel was cut into strips and attached to the card base and some plain old ordinary white kitchen string wrapped around it.  I added a real shell and a charm and called it done.  A super quick and simple card to make!!!


I am entering this card in the following challenges......

Use It Tuesday~Use something Old-Anything Goes- My old is~ charm, shell, border punch, brad
Anything Goes Challenge~Father's Day
Clear It Out~Male Theme-Use Metal
Creative Craft Challenges2~For The Fellas
Loves Rubber Stamps~Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly~Anything Goes
Through The CraftRoom Door~Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash~No Patterned Paper

Thanks for stopping by and have a most fabulous day!!
Ellen

Supplies~
Stamps~Impression Obsession-Sail Collage - H13022, Smell The Sea C13006
Ink~ Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts~ Memento-Nautical Blue, Bahama Blue, Summer Sky, London Fog, Dandelion, Cantelope
Accessories~Tsukineko Brushstix and Sponge Daubers, EK Success Border Punch, Charm, Silver Brad, Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Shell Beauty Embossing Folder, Pop Dots, String, Shell