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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Guest Designer: Tammy

Good morning all. Our January Guest Designer Tammy is joining us today with a gorgeous Birthday Day card.



Tammy's card features the adorable Birthday Friends (G505).

Here's what Tammy has to say about her card.

This image is sooo cute and was fun to work with!! I didn't have a GI birthday sentiment so I left that off. The Birthday Friend's is stamped with Memento Black ink, colored with Copic Markers and I added a bit of shading with Prisma pencils. I used several pierced & dotted dies, and to finish it up I added White Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Such an awesome card! I love the background, and how Tammy colored this adorable image. Make sure you stop by Tammy's Blog for more details, and don't forget to leave her some love.

Out Great Impressions January Challenge is live! Hop on over for all of the details, and join in the FUN! 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Thank You

Good morning everyone!  Robin here.  We are almost halfway through this months challenge and I have another card to show you.  


With this card I am using Wildflower Silhouette (H184) paired with the sentiment Being You (D509).  I made a background with some watercolors and then stamped the flowers a few times across the page.  After that I stamped the sentiment on top, added some sequins and finished it off with some shimmer mist.  

We would love it if you will join us this month in the Great Impressions January Challenge.  Don't forget if you use a stamp from Great Impressions leave us a comment and you can double your chances of winning.

Have a magnificent day!

Robin
  

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wonderful Happy Day!

Hi Everyone!

I hope you're all having a great week. Thank you for stopping by today. I am sharing another card using some fantastic Great Impressions stamps. With winter still holding many in its grip, I thought it might be nice to share a brighter more colorful card today. I really like how this sentiment called  "Happy Day" was perfect nestled in the center of this beautiful "Spring Floral Border" stamp.


I used a spring color palette of blue-greens, pink, green and Kraft to complement the colors I used for the flowers. I stamped the sentiment using Audrey Blue ink and the image with Archival Jet black ink. To color in these delicate flowers, I decided to use some Prismacolor pencils. I layered the card as shown and added some white stitching lines and some natural twine for a simple way to finish the card and keep the focus on the beautiful stamp!

That is all for me today except a quick reminder that our January Color Challenge is still open! Come on over and link up your cards. We love seeing what you create!

Dori

Monday, January 9, 2017

Remembering ...

Good morning! Ruza here to share a card featuring a couple Great Impressions Stamps.


Today's card focus is the cool Park Bench (G493) which I paired up with the Beautiful Life Sentiment (B205). This pairing is beautiful for a sympathy card, so I chose an A-1 cardbase. Mind you, I love the pairing and it was not made because of a loss.

I colored the image with my Copic Markers. Tim Holtz Distress Ink was applied for the sky and grass, and around the edges of the sentiment. Since I couldn't find my silver pen I used a Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen for the bench brackets to give it a silver look. I layered my colored panel on brown cardstock, and then my cardbase.

We have a NEW Great Impressions Challenge for you this month. I hope you stop by for all of the details, join in the FUN!

Until next week ... Enjoy!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Guest Designer: Tammy

Good morning all. Our January Guest Designer Tammy is joining us today with a gorgeous Valentine's Day card.


Tammy's card features the adorable Love-able Owl (8123) with the Love is in the Air Sentiment (8130).

Here's what Tammy has to say about her card.

The Love-able Owl is stamped with Memento black ink onto cream cardstock and colored with Copic Markers. I used a couple of Valentine patterned papers and added a dotted scalloped border. All of the edges were distressed and to finish it up I added some sequins.

Such an awesome card! I love the combination of patterned paper that Tammy used for the backdrop of her card! Make sure you stop by Tammy's Blog for more details, and don't forget to leave her some love.

Out Great Impressions January Challenge is live! Hop on over for all of the details, and join in the FUN! 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Someone Like You

Hi All!  Robin here with my first DT post.  I am so happy to be joining the Great Impressions Design Team!  I have some new inspiration for you.  


I am using Someone Like You (H257) and Elegant Cupcake (D413).  I think these two stamps pair really well together.  There is a birthday girl out there that really loves pink and black so those are the colors I picked.  I hope she loves this card.  I embossed the sentiment and colored the cupcakes with my Copic markers.

The January Great Impressions Challenge just began this week.  I hope you will pop over and check out the details.  If you're using a Great Impressions Stamp don't forget to let us know and add it to the Customer Gallery.

Have a great week!

Robin

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Spiral Thanks.

Hello Everyone!

I hope you're having a great day.  I am here to share a card I made using some super fun stamps from Great Impressions. I used Retro Spirals stamp to create a fun background on a Kraft card base. I really like the effect of stamping colored ink on Kraft; but I think you have to choose the right colors to get a good result. I chose a dark blue, purple and green.  I added the white swirls myself with a white gel pen just to fill in some of the empty space and I also liked the white on the Kraft as well. I added some stickles to the centers of each of the spirals for a little sparkle.


For the sentiment panel I wanted to do something simple so as to keep the focus on the background.  I used Tags Stamps which has a variety of sentiments in it. I chose the thank you stamp which I stamped in purple on white card stock and then layered it on to some Navy blue and dark green card stock as shown. I added some faux white stitching lines and then rounded the corners to finish off the card.

Also, don't forget to play along with our  January color challenge.  There's still plenty of time to link up your creations. We can't wait to see what you make! 

That is all for me today. Have a great day and I will see you all again soon!

Monday, January 2, 2017

You're So Very Special ...

Good morning and Happy New Year! Ruza here to share a card featuring several stamps from Great Impressions Stamps.


Today's card focus is the adorable Christmas Bird Bath (H289) which I paired up with the So Very Special Sentiment (D500). Instead of making a Christmas card I went for a Winter Love card.

I colored the image with my Copic Markers. After adding the sentiment I free-handed a bubble around the sentiment ... I need more practice doing this. 😆 Tim Holtz Distress Ink was applied around the image, and then I used a Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen for the snow, ice-skates, and the bubble. Once complete, I layered the panel on different shades of blue cardstock.

We have a NEW Great Impressions Challenge for you this month. My card was inspired by the colors in our January Color Challenge. I hope you stop by for all of the details, join in the FUN, and if you use Great Impressions Stamps we'd love for you to link them up in our Customer Gallery!

Until next week ... Enjoy!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

January 2017: Color Challenge

Good morning and Happy New Year to one and all!!! Welcome to another monthly Challenge here at Great Impressions! 

Before we get started, we have some Winners to Announce! 

The Random Winner for the month of November is ...
#11 ~ Cimbacreativefun (Macimbalo)

Congratulations Macimbalo. Please email Ruza
 at greatimpressionsstamps@gmail.com to claim your prize and
the Guest Designer information. 

Now for the "Top Picks"
#13 ~ Repolainen
#22 ~ Mindy
#29 ~ Karen C

Congratulations! Please grab your badge and proudly display it on your blog!
All of you have made a GREAT IMPRESSION on us!

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It's time to move on to our New Challenge.
We are stepping away from the "Anything Goes" Challenges at this time.
 This month we have a "Color Challenge" with a LOT of amazing Inspiration for you.


Here is the Prize you can win ...

Let's give a BIG Welcome to our Guest Designer Tammy
Tammy will be sharing her creations during the Month of January with all of us.


Hi, My name is Tammy. I live in Colorado with my wonderful husband and our two fur-babies! I've always had some kind of crafty thing going on in my life. But, when I started to make cards I knew it was the perfect craft for me because I love to color and create with paper. I think the best way to describe my style would be... bold coloring with mostly "cute" images and I love my die cuts! :) I also enjoy cooking, hiking, camping and spending time with my family and friends.

Now let's see what Tammy created to inspire you!
Tammy did an amazing job coloring the adorable whale, add in the DP and flowers for an awesome card. Make sure you head over to Tammy's Blog to leave her some love. 

Now it's time for a little Inspiration from our Designers ... 

featuring ... F471 Wedding Bells
and E36 On Your Wedding Day Sentiment

Dori
featuring ... H278 Fun Coffee Cup
and D513 Triple Birthday Wish Sentiment

Robin
featuring ... H277 Snowflake Dove
(sentiment is computer generated in MSWord)

Our NEW Designer's would love to hear what you think of their projects.
Hop on over to their blogs to leave them a little love!

If you don't have a blog, you may post your entry in the gallery at Splitcoaststampers using the keyword GISMC in the Title, and then link it up below so we can find your project. This way we can also leave you a little love. If you don't have a Blog or Splitcoaststampers Gallery, please email Ruza at greatimpressionsstamps@gmail.com with the Subject line "GI Monthly Challenge Entry", and she will enter it for you.

As a bonus entry, if you use our stamps leave a comment on this post 
to let us know. You will have double the chance of winning 
this months Prize that is being offered.

You may link up a Maximum of 1-project per month.

To view all of our Challenge Rules just click on the "Challenge Rules & Badges" tab above. Don't forget to link all of your Great Impressions Stamps projects in the  Customer Gallery!

01/06/17 Update: I am sorry to inform you that the Customer Gallery has been closed. With this being the case I removed the Customer Gallery Badge from the sidebar.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Designer Team

Good morning. This past week we said goodbye to our Designers Julie and Leah. Both of these ladies will truly be missed and we wish them all the best. With Julie and Leah leaving us, we are bringing on two New Designers.

First up is Dori Shelton from Perfectly Created Chaos! You met Dori in October when she was our Guest Designer for the month.


My name is Dori and began scrapbooking in 2003 while living in Okinawa during my husband’s deployment to Iraq. I was pregnant with my second child, and it was just a great way for me to keep my mind off of many things that were stressing me out at the time! Gradually, I got more into card making and started my blog to share that creativity with others in hopes to inspire and teach others as well. I’ve also learned so much from the paper crafting community over the years. We are still a military family, we still move…all the time…and I still pack up all my craft stuff and unpack it every 2-3 years! Our 2 children in Okinawa turned into 3 children and now they are all a little older (16, 12 and 10) leaving me more time to craft which is great! But at the same time, I’m still a “school taxi, homework helping/suffering, laundry doing, lunch packing and baseball mom” So in other words, I can’t really remember the last time I was bored! 

I do still scrapbook; but I do that on a personal basis when I have time. I don’t blog or share them online. However,  I love my paper crafting hobby. It keeps me sane, it keeps my mind focused and it’s just for me. I love designing an idea in my head, sketching it out, and then pulling the materials from the shelves and then putting it all together!

Next up is Robin Craddock from Robin's Reflections


Hi my name is Robin Craddock. I have two beautiful daughters. I started crafting about six years ago when we moved to Ohio. I was born here but lived all of my adult life in Georgia. I mainly make cards but I have started dabbling with mixed media. I am ecstatic about joining the team here at Great Impressions.  I love these stamps and am so exited to share my projects with you. 

I can't wait to share their projects with you starting with our first 2017 Challenge on January 1st.

Please join me in giving these ladies a BIG Welcome! 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Follow Your Heart

Happy Friday, everyone!  It's the last one of 2016.  This is Julie with you from Muddy Paws & Inky Fingers.  After today, I'm taking a break from the team - - my health is forcing it on me.  While I'm undergoing chemo, I'm having trouble keeping up with everything.  So, with a heavy heart, I'm letting this team I love, using stamps I cherish go, at least for awhile.  I hope to be back soon!

Today, I'm showcasing a card I made early on my first term with this team, but one that seems applicable today:



I used Great Impressions rubber stamps, G518 - Elliot Blowing Hearts, colored with Copic markers and B219 - Follow Your Heart, stamped on die cut hearts.

There will be a new challenge and a new design team starting very soon.  You'll want to visit the blog each day for tons of great inspiration!

Make sure to visit the Great Impressions Online Store for many wonderful rubber stamps!  I have too many favorites to count!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Sparkle!

Hi there! Well, just a few days to the New Year! I have a card to wish you all a Happy New Year!

This little penguin is so cute! It's called (E903) Ice Skating and the sentiment is (E904) Sparkle with Joy. I stamped the penguin onto white cardstock and colored it with colored pencils. I layered some patterned paper and added a few sequins to finish it off!
Come and join our monthly challenge!  If you use a stamp from the Great Impressions online store, please link it up in our Customer Gallery, too! 


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Happy Holidays ...

Good morning and Happy Holidays! 


 


Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, or Kwanzaa 

we wish you Peace, Love and Happiness

 as you celebrate with your family and friends.


Ruza, Julie and Leah
(The Great Impressions Design Team)

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Guest Designer: Deepti Recap

Good morning and Happy Holidays! Today we are taking another look at all of the beautiful cards that our Guest Designer Deepti shared with us this month.

First up is the gorgeous card that Deepti made for our December Challenge. That floral design paper in the background is a perfect match for the potted puppy.

featuring ... F582 Potted Puppy and A147 Buzzing By Sentiment

Next, Deepti created an amazing background for her Birthday Card.

featuring ...Party Protector (F609) with the WOW Sentiment (E868)

Deept's final card is this super cool Get Well Card.

featuring ... Chicken Soup (E750) with the Just Chicken Sentiment (C431)


It has been a pleasure having Deepti share her projects with us this month. For more details about each of the cards Deepti created all you have to do is click on the links above. 😊 

You still have time to join in our Great Impressions December Challenge! Hop on over for all of the details, and if you use some Great Impressions Stamps make sure you link them up in our Customer Gallery!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Poinsetta's

Hi there! A Christmas card from the past today! My card today uses the gorgeous Poinsettia's and Berries ( K40) image and I made my own custom pattern paper with it.


I started by stamping the poinsettia image all over and then coloring them with Copics. Once that was done I went back with a white strip of cardstock and gold heat embossed the Old World Merry Christmas (E739) sentiment. I added some stitching to finish.

Come and join our monthly challenge!  If you use a stamp from the Great Impressions online store, please link it up in our Customer Gallery, too! 


Monday, December 19, 2016

Winter Chickadee ...

Good morning! Ruza here to share a Clean and Simple Christmas card featuring several stamps from Great Impressions Stamps.


Today's card focus is the adorable Winter Chickadee (C427) which I paired up with the Seasons Greetings Sentiment (C427). I stamped the adorable bird and sentiment on my card, colored the bird with my Copic Markers, and applied distress ink around the image to represent the sky. I then used a ruler with a black and green markers to create the frame.

Now that I look at my card, I see that I should have centered the image better. Guess that's what I get for rushing. 😁

Our December Great Impressions Challenge is live. I hope you stop by for all of the details, join in the FUN, and if you use Great Impressions Stamps we'd love for you to link them up in our Customer Gallery!

Until next week ... Enjoy!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Guest Designer: Deepti

Good morning all. Our December Guest Designer Deepti is joining us today with an awesome Get Well card.


Deepti's card features the adorable Chicken Soup (E750) with the Just Chicken Sentiment (C431).

Here's what Deepti has to say about her card.

For this card I decided to make the image the focal point. I stamped, colored and fussy cut the image. I then layered it on die-cut circle and die-cut scalloped circle which was inked in yellow. On the card base I added a polka dot patterned paper to match the focal image. I then stamped the sentiment to finish the card.

Such an awesome card! I love how Deepti continued her design with the patterned paper she used for the background! Make sure you stop by Deepti's Blog for more details, and don't forget to leave her some love.

Out Great Impressions December Challenge is live! Hop on over for all of the details, and if you use some Great Impressions Stamps make sure you link them up in our Customer Gallery!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas Cheer!

It's Julie with you again this Friday, from Muddy Paws & Inky Fingers.  It's time for a little mid-month inspiration.  There's a monthly challenge going on and it's Anything Goes.  There's also a mood/color board for inspiration, if you prefer.

Here's what I made for the challenge:



This card uses Great Impressions rubber stamps, G510 - Christmas Friends, and A151 - Cheer.  I colored G510 - Christmas Friends with Copic markers. 

Here's the Inspiration board for this month's challenge:

There's still several weeks left of the month-long  Great Impressions Challenge blog.  We've got great prizes, and I'd love to see what you make!  If you used a Great Impressions Stamp, link it to the Customer Gallery for more chances to win.

Don't forget to check out the Great Impressions Online Store.  They have many wonderful Christmas stamps -- or stamps for ANY occasion! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Amazing Stamp Sale ...

Good evening! There is no time more fitting to say Thank You for all your business. It means a lot to us.

We are excited to offer six (6) different wood mounted Stamp Sets for just $38.95 each. Includes free shipping. Each set is valued at over $225.00 dollars. This offer runs through December 23rd. Many of these stamp designs are discontinued and not available online.


These sets will make the perfect addition to your stamp collections or the perfect Christmas Gift.

Upon availability, some stamps may be substituted in the stamp sets being offered.

We wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Sincerely,
Deone Mackenzie 

Do You Herd?

Hi! Today I have a challenge card to share with you! This is a fun Christmas image that I just couldn't resist.

I stamped the image in Versafine Onyx black ink and colored with Faber Castelle Polychromos pencils. The image is called (F638) Christmas Cows and the matching sentiment is (E902) Do You Herd. A bit of twine tied in a bow for embellishment.
Come and join our monthly challenge!  If you use a stamp from the Great Impressions online store, please link it up in our Customer Gallery, too! 


Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Friends ...

Good morning! Ruza here to share a Clean and Simple Christmas card featuring several stamps from Great Impressions Stamps.


Today's card focus is the adorable Christmas Friends (F148) which I paired up with the Merry Sentiment (D511). I made this card to send off to my great-niece with her Christmas Present. Copic Markers were used to color the image, and I did a bit of paper-piecing with the animals for a 3D effect.

Here's a closer view of the Christmas Friends ... 


Our December Great Impressions Challenge is live. I hope you stop by for all of the details, join in the FUN, and if you use Great Impressions Stamps we'd love for you to link them up in our Customer Gallery!

Until next week ... Enjoy!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Guest Designer: Deepti

Good morning all. Our December Guest Designer Deepti is joining us today with a gorgeous Birthday card.


Deepti's card features the adorable Party Protector (F609) with the WOW Sentiment (E868).

Here's what Deepti has to say about her card.

For this card I decided to create a Bokeh background to give the illusion of lights so as to match the sentiment. On a diecut rectangular panel, I did inking and then stamping of solid circles with white pigment ink. I also did some water splatter. Next I stamped, colored and fussy cut the cow image, stamped the sentiment and adhered the cow with some foam tape.

Such an awesome card! The background that Deepti created for these stamps is amazing! Make sure you stop by Deepti's Blog for more details, and don't forget to leave her some love.

Out Great Impressions December Challenge is live! Hop on over for all of the details, and if you use some Great Impressions Stamps make sure you link them up in our Customer Gallery!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Holy Cow!

Holy cow!  It's Friday already!  This is Julie with you today from Muddy Paws & Inky Fingers.  I have a friend with a birthday this month.  She and her husband are retired dairy farmers.  So, I thought this  card was perfect!



I used Great Impressions rubber stamps, E818 - Holy Cow, and C458 - It's Your Birthday to make this card.  There's just a small bit of Copic markers on the E818 - Holy Cow to enhance that adorable cow image. 

A new month-long challenge just started Sunday on the Great Impressions Challenge blog.  It's always Anything Goes, but there's a mood board for inspiration if you'd like to follow it.

Don't forget to check out the Great Impressions Online Store.  They have many wonderful Christmas stamps -- or stamps for ANY occasion! 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wreath

Hello! I love wreaths so I was happy to use this image for my card share today.



This image is called (H290) Stylistic Wreath. I stamped it onto white cardstock and colored it with colored pencils. I then trimmed out the image and added some gold sequins. I really like making flat Christmas cards so they are easy to mail!
Come and join our monthly challenge!  If you use a stamp from the Great Impressions online store, please link it up in our Customer Gallery, too! 


Monday, December 5, 2016

Season's Greetings ...

Good morning! Ruza here to share a Clean and Simple Christmas card featuring several awesome stamp from Great Impressions Stamps.


Today's card focus on the adorable Ice Skating Penguin (E903), Dotted Ice Flake (E905), and Season's Greetings Sentiment (C427). I started by stamping all three of the stamps with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink making sure that the Ice Skating Penguin lines up perfectly with the Dotted Ice Flake. This is a scene all by itself ... the Penguin skating creates a snowflake in the Ice. Tim Holtz Distress Ink was applied over the Dotted Ice Flake and around the Penguin.

I stamped an extra Ice Skating Penguin, colored him in with my Copic Markers, fussy cut him out, and then used a mix of 3D Foam Squares and tape to paper-piece the Penguin in my scene. Using a Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen I went over the Dotted Ice Flake to make it shimmer. Once the layers were put together on my card, I applied StarDust Finishing Spray to the whole card. This makes the whole card shimmer. It looks amazing in person! 😊

Here's a side-view of the Ice Skating Penguin ... 


Our December Great Impressions Challenge went live yesterday. I hope you stop by for all of the details, join in the FUN, and if you use Great Impressions Stamps we'd love for you to link them up in our Customer Gallery!

Until next week ... Enjoy!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

December Challenge: Anything Goes

Good morning and welcome to another monthly Challenge here at Great Impressions!

Before we get started, we have some Winners to Announce! 

The Random Winner for the month of November is ...
#29 ~ Tammy A

Congratulations Tammy. Please email Ruza
 at greatimpressionsstamps@gmail.com to claim your prize and
the Guest Designer information. 

Congratulations! Please grab your badge and proudly display it on your blog!
All of you have made a GREAT IMPRESSION on us!

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It's time to move on to our New Challenge.

Here is the Prize you can win ...

Let's give a BIG Welcome to our Guest Designer Deepti
Deepti will be sharing her creations during the Month of December with all of us.


I am a sketch artist by default and a card maker by choice. My card making started with making some new year cards back in 2013 and now it has turned into a passion. I moved a step ahead last year as I started to Illustrate my own stamp designs with my line of stamps "Dee's Artsy Impressions" under the umbrella of STAMPlorations. 😊 I am also an instructor at Craftsy where I teach a class on Watercolor Cards made Simple. Besides doing all the creative work, I am also a new mom to my son Siddharth. Life has transformed after his arrival but I am loving the learning here too. 😉

Now let's see what Deepti created to inspire you!
Deepti did an amazing job coloring the adorable puppy, and her floral background is a perfect match. Make sure you head over to Deepti's Blog to leave her some love. 

Now it's time for a little Inspiration from our Designers ... 

Our Designer's would love to hear what you think of their projects.
Hop on over to their blogs to leave them a little love!

If you don't have a blog, you may post your entry in the gallery at Splitcoaststampers using the keyword GISMC in the Title, and then link it up below so we can find your project. This way we can also leave you a little love. If you don't have a Blog or Splitcoaststampers Gallery, please email Ruza at greatimpressionsstamps@gmail.com with the Subject line "GI Monthly Challenge Entry", and she will enter it for you.

As a bonus entry, if you use our stamps leave a comment on this post 
to let us know. You will have double the chance of winning 
this months Prize that is being offered.

You may link up a Maximum of 1-project per month.

To view all of our Challenge Rules just click on the "Challenge Rules & Badges" tab above. Don't forget to link all of your Great Impressions Stamps projects in the Customer Gallery!

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