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Monday, February 27, 2017

Happy Spring ...

Good morning! Today I'm sharing a lovely Spring card featuring stamps from Great Impressions Stamps.


Today's card features the lovely Happy Spring Squares (G415). I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Copic Markers were used to color the squares, and then I cut them out. I embossed some white cardstock with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, tied on some yellow ribbon, and added it to my Lemon Whip card with 3D Foam Tape. I then added the squares to my design with 3D Foam Tape. The final step was to add White Opal Liquid Pearls to the center of each flower.

Here's a closer look at the Happy Spring Squares (G415) ...


You only have 1-more day to join our February Sketch Challenge. I hope you'll take some time to join in the FUN for a chance to win an awesome prize, and for a chance to be our Guest Designer in April.

Until next week ... Enjoy!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Guest Designer: Angie Recap

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

First up is the gorgeous card that Angie made for our February Sketch Challenge. I love how she colored the image, and her black and white background draws your eyes the the image.

featuring ... G534 Dog and Bird 
and G535 Early Bird Sentiment

Next, Angie created a cool background for her beautifully colored image, and the sign she used is a perfect match.

featuring ... G537 Gone Camping

Angie's final card is this adorable Baby Card. I fell in love with her baby card ... from her coloring, to the beautiful design paper she used. 

featuring ... F526 Angel Bear
and B221 Heaven Sent Sentiment

It has been a pleasure having Angie share her projects with us this month. She used our February Challenge Sketch for all of her projects, and they turned out beautifully!

You still have time to join in our Great Impressions February Challenge Sketch! Hop on over for all of the details and join in the FUN!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Revisiting Spring Projects: Day 5

Good morning! This week we are Revisiting Spring Projects that were created by various Designers. Today's card was created by Mynn and features the adorable Potted Puppy (F582) and Buzzing By Sentiment (A147) available at Great Impressions Stamps.


I love the pastel color pallet along with Mynn's coloring of the image, and her layout beautifully features the stamps she used!

The Design Team will be back on Monday to inspire you with lots of beautiful projects. Until then, there is still plenty of time to join our February Sketch Challenge. It's a lovely sketch and very versatile. Stop by for all of the details, and then join in the FUN!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Revisiting Spring Projects: Day 4

Good morning! This week we are Revisiting Spring Projects that were created by various Designers. Today's card was created by Leah and features the adorable Bunny Backs (E749), Growing Tall Flowers (F358) and Happy Everything Sentiment (B246) which you will find in the Great Impressions StampsStore.


This scene that Leah made with the stamps is positively lovely! Leah did an amazing job creating this Spring card. Speaking of Spring, did you see the New Spring Stamps and the Sale that starts today? Check out the Great Impressions Newsletter for all of the details! 

Have you checked out our February Sketch Challenge yet? It's a lovely sketch and very versatile. Stop by for all of the details, and then join in the FUN!

NEW Spring Stamps and a Sale ...

Good morning! Spring is fast approaching, and has already arrived for some. What better way to Celebrate than with some NEW Spring Stamps and a SPRING SALE over at the Great Impressions Store

Get out that Wish List you've been hording and take advantage of the 15% Off Sale by using the Sales Code Spring2017 during check-out. While you are at the Great Impressions Store make sure you check out the NEWEST STAMPS, shown below. 


I absolutely LOVE these NEW stamps and can't wait to get them in my crafty hands! Especially the NEW Vera, Mabel and Lottie Quilting stamp and Sentiment (shown below).


We are Revisiting Spring Projects this week, and Day 4 will be posting in the next hour. You really need to see the amazing card that Leah created. I absolutely LOVE it!


There is still plenty of time to join our February Sketch Challenge. It's a lovely sketch and very versatile. Stop by for all of the details, and then join in the FUN!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Revisiting Spring Projects: Day 3

Good morning! This week we are Revisiting Spring Projects that were created by various Designers. Today's card was created by Kendra and features the adorable Louise with Ducklings (H283), Just Ducky Sentiment (E889) and Hello Louie (E856) available at Great Impressions Stamps.


I absolutely love how Kendra colored Louise and her Ducklings, and the design is so bright and cheerful. Kendra continued the design on the inside of her card with Louie and the sentiment.


This is one card I would really enjoy receiving in the mail. 

Have you checked out our February Sketch Challenge yet? It's a lovely sketch and very versatile. Stop by for all of the details, and then join in the FUN!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Revisiting Spring Projects: Day 2

Good morning! This week we are Revisiting Spring Projects that were created by various Designers. Today's card was created by Julie and features the lovely Tulip Umbrella (F480) and Happy Everything Sentiment (B246) available at Great Impressions Stamps.


The circle design is so cool, and her coloring and placement of the image and sentiment look perfect on her design.

Have you checked out our February Sketch Challenge yet? It's a lovely sketch and very versatile. Stop by for all of the details, and then join in the FUN!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Revisiting Spring Projects: Day 1

Good morning! This week we are Revisiting Spring Projects that were created by various Designers. Why Spring you ask? Well, we've been have Spring-like weather here in Northern Illinois - like 60-degrees.

Today's card was created by Ruza and features the lovely G364 Spring Special Thanks available at Great Impressions Stamps.


The colors are perfect for Spring, and Ruza did a beautiful job coloring the flowers.

Have you checked out our February Sketch Challenge yet? It's a lovely sketch and very versatile. Stop by for all of the details, and then join in the FUN!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Guest Designer: Angie

Good morning all. Our February Guest Designer Angie is joining us today with an adorable baby card.


Here's what Angie has to say ...

I’m here again today with my final guest post for the month.  Thanks again for inviting me, I’ve had so much fun playing with Great Impressions stamps! This card was made with white and blue card stock and plaid patterned paper.  I used several dies to cut out the pieces including a pinked edge die and some scallop edge dies to create the vertical stripe from the sketch.  The Angel Bear (F526) is colored with markers and is combined with the Heaven Sent Sentiment (B221). Both the blue panels are popped up on fun foam for dimension. The 3 pretty copper flowers are actually brads from my stash. I hope you will find the time to join the fun this month with the February sketch challenge! Thanks to Great Impressions for a fun month of guest designing!

Such an adorable card! I love the how Angie colored the bear, and the DP she used is perfect for the image and our Sketch! Make sure you stop by Angie's Blog and leave her some love.


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

Friday, February 17, 2017

Just A Reminder

Good morning all!

We are now just over half-way through our sketch challenge.  There is still plenty of time to enter.  This is the card I made for the challenge.


I just love this stamp.  It's called "Carousel Horse" (G339) and I have paired it with the sentiment "Heaven Sent" (B221).  On the inside I have added the sentiment "New Little Baby" (C434).  It's a wonderful sentiment to add for a baby card.  

My niece is about to have a little boy so I have baby on the brain...LOL.  

I would love to see you join in the Great Impressions February Challenge.  As you can see I have flipped the sketch.  


This is the prize you can win.  It's so adorable!


Hope you have had a wonderful month so far and enjoyed much happiness on Valentine's Day!

Lots of Hugs,


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February Challenge reminder.

Hi Everyone!

Stopping by today with a quick reminder that there is still plenty of time to enter the sketch challenge for this month! We would love to see what you create! Here's another look at the sketch:



And here's another look at the card I made using the Vintage Bubble Gum Machine Stamp    And Valentine Wishes 




We would love for you to link up your cards for this challenge. Head on over to the Great Impressions  for all the details and the linky tool and a chance to win a great prize package:

Have a great day everyone!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Birthday ...

Good morning! Today I'm sharing a Birthday card featuring stamps from Great Impressions Stamps.


I wanted to create a Birthday card to put money inside. To start I took a 6-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece of cardstock, scored the long side at 3-1/2" and 7", folded it and put it on the side. Next I cut a panel for the cover, stamped the Stacked Presents (H178) with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, and colored the image with my Copic Markers. I then stamped the Wishes Sentiment (D361), masked off the Stacked Presents, and used a dauber to apply a variety of Tim Holtz Distress Ink around the image and sentiment.

I then cut out 2 more panels. The first panel is for the cover of the inside flap of the card. I stamped the Sparkles Sentiment (F312) with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, and applied distress ink to match the cover.


For the second panel I stamped the Fun Balloons, which is a Retired GI Stamp, in three different colors. I added distress ink after masking the image leaving room to write a personal note inside.


Here's a picture of the card partially open.


I then added the Stacked Presents to the envelope to coordinate with my card, used twine that matches one of the presents to tie the card closed. It slips off and on very easily for easy access to the inside.


Our Great Impressions February Sketch Challenge is up and running, and I hope you'll take some time to join in the FUN for a chance to win an awesome prize, and for a chance to be our Guest Designer in April.

Until next week ... Enjoy!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Guest Designer: Angie

Good morning all. Our February Guest Designer Angie is joining us today with an awesome card.


Here's what Angie has to say ...

Thanks again for inviting me to guest design this month! For this card I used this fun Gone Camping (G537) and the Do More Sentiment (C496) on the inside of the card.  I stamp the tire track diagonally to match the sketch, then matted it on black and kraft card stock.  I colored the image with watercolor markers and a water brush and then mounted it on foam along with a “Road Trip” sticker from my stash.  The bling is actually 3 sequins filled with black Enamel Accents.  Lastly I added a tiny twine bow.  Check out the sketch and come join the fun and enter this month’s challenge!

Such an cool card! I love the how Angie used our Sketch for her card, and the Road Trip sticker is a perfect match for the image! Make sure you stop by Angie's Blog to see the inside of the card, and don't forget to leave her some love.


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

Friday, February 10, 2017

Spring Special Thanks!

We are having such a wonderful month and hoping you are too!  Robin here to show you another card I have created for your inspiration.


Since I reversed the sketch I thought I would do it again.  This time I am using Spring Special Thanks (G364) paired with some bright floral papers.  I am so ready to warm up some.  This hasn't been a hard winter but I am a bit tired of being cold.  I thought this would be a nice way to look forward to Spring since the ground hog saw his shadow.

I have colored with my Copics and then added some gloss to the flowers and used sparkle on the words.  Since the sentiment is included I thought some flowers and ribbon were in order.  Then I found this cute floral button in my stash to top it off.

I really love this sketch and hope you all will join in on the February Great Impressions Sketch Challenge!  Can't wait to see what you create!!

Many good wishes and hugs,

Robin

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Kitchen Memories.

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back. Thank you for joining me today. I have another project featuring Great Impressions Stamps. I decided to do something a little different with this one. Instead of making a card, I made a 5x7 single sided picture which I will put in a frame and give as a gift for a family member.
I chose Cooking Border and Warm Memories 


I stamped the border around the edge of some white card stock and then used some Prismacolor pencils to color in the pieces. I layered the middle as shown and stamped the sentiment in the middle with Teal ink. I added some silver cord ribbon and a few sequins for final embellishments.

Have great day and I'll see you again soon!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day ...

Good morning! Today I'm sharing a Valentine's Day card featuring the Cupcakes with Hearts (F601) along with the Happy Valentine' Day Sentiment (E437) from Great Impressions Stamps.


I stamped the Cupcakes with Hearts using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on white cardstock, colored the cupcakes with my Copic Markers, used a Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen for the 3-tiers/glass shelves, and used a silver pen to go over the iron frame. I cut out the colored image with my Pierced Rectangle Die and put it on a red mat. Using our current Challenge Sketch (see below) I created the background using brown cardstock and design paper which I layered on a red card base.

I cut the Valentine's Day sentiment into 2-pieces and stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on white cardstock, cut it down to create the tag, and applied red distress ink around the edges. Final step was to add the panel, sentiment and enamel dots to the background I created.

Here's a look the this months Challenge Sketch ...


Come play along with our Great Impressions February Sketch Challenge for a chance to win an awesome prize, and for a chance to be our Guest Designer in April.

Until next week ... Enjoy!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

February 2017: Sketch Challenge

Good morning! 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 January is ...
#14 ~ Neva Cole

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

Now for the "Top Picks"
#11~ Renata
#4 ~ Bad Kitty
#6 ~ Elizabeth

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.
 This month we have a "Sketch Challenge" for you to try your hand at.
You are welcome to flip the sketch vertically or horizontally, but
please make sure we can see the sketch in your project.


Here is the Prize you can win ...

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


I’m so excited to be guest designing with Great Impressions this month! I’m a semi-retired music teacher living with my sweet husband and our senior English Springer Spaniel.  We also have 4 grown children and 5 beautiful grandchildren.  After I retired, I opened an Etsy store selling music related crafts.  I like many crafts but card making is the one I enjoy the most.  It gives me such joy to make and share handmade cards with family and friends.  Thanks so much to Great Impressions for letting me share my creations with you!

Now let's see what Angie created to inspire you!
Angie did an amazing job using our sketch, and her coloring and texture makes an awesome card. Make sure you head over to Angie's Blog to see how she split up the sentiment and put part of it on the inside of her card. Don't forget to leave her some love while you are there. 

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

featuring ... F572 Heart Puzzle
 and C461 My Heart Sentiment

Dori
featuring ... E824 Vintage Bubble Gum Machine
 and B148 Valentine Wishes Sentiment

Robin
featuring ... G339 Carousel Horse
 and B221 Heaven Sent Sentiment

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.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Sea Turtles

Good morning all! 
 Robin here to share another card with you.  I am using Sea Turtles (G335).  


I colored the turtles with my Copics and added some Glastique.  I did a second of the larger turtle and fussy cut him out then popped him up on the other one.  I added several leaves to look like plants growing and give it more of an underwater look.  The sentiment was done on my computer.  I also used some water themed embossing folders and finally a whale charm.

This card is for an adorable little boy who loves sea turtles.  I am his nanny.  He and his twin sister will be turning 10 years old.  I will be back another day with a card for her.

We have a new challenge starting in two days.  Remember it's the first Sunday of the month so that means Feb 5!  Don't forget to stop by and check it out.  I hope you will join in the February challenge as we love to see what everyone is doing.

Have a wonderful day!

Robin

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Paw Prints on your Heart

Hi Everyone!

Sharing another card today featuring products from Great Impressions  The card I made is actually for a sad purpose as my sister’s beloved dog of 15 years crossed the rainbow bridge a couple of weeks ago. It’s so hard to lose a beloved family pet. There really are no words that can be said to comfort that loss; but I thought at the very least I could send her a card.


I decided to use “Paw Prints on our Heart”  Her dog was a female, so I wanted to add a bit of pink in there as well, which I did along with some tans and browns and other neutral colors. I stamped the image with Vintage Photo Distress ink and then used some Copic Markers to color in the hearts. I added some glossy accents to the hearts along with some Wink of Stella clear glitter pen. I also decorated the inside of the card with Trailing Paw Prints. 


That is all for me today. Don’t forget to join our sketch challenge! There is still plenty of time to link up your cards. We would love to see what you make!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Party Ducks Celebrate ...

Good morning! I hope you enjoyed all of the Valentine's Day Projects we shared last week. The Design Team is back this week and we have some amazing inspiration to share with you.

Today I'm sharing a birthday card featuring the adorable Party Ducks (G458) from Great Impressions Stamps.


I absolutely love the adorable Party Ducks and couldn't wait to play with them. I stamped the Party Ducks with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, colored them with Copic Markers, applied distres ink for the ground cover and sky, and then cut out the panel with the balloon flying above. I layered the colored panel on blue cardstock, and then added it to my grey cardbase. The Celebrate Sentiment is one of the retired stamps by Great Impressions.

You have one more day to join in this months Great Impressions Color Challenge. I hope you stop by for all of the details, join in the FUN!

Until next week ... Enjoy!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Revisiting Valentine's Day Projects: Day 5 ...

Good morning! This week we are Revisiting Valentines Day Projects created by various Designers. Today's project was created by Mynn and features the lovely Forever Yours Sentiment (E859) available at Great Impressions Stamps.


Mynn's card is so elegant and beautiful. I love how she combined the DP, stitching, and all of the beautiful layers to feature the sentiment.

The Design Team will be back on Monday to inspire you with lots of beautiful projects.

You still have time to join in our Great Impressions Color Challenge. I hope you stop by for all of the details, join in the FUN!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Revisiting Valentine's Day Projects: Day 4 ...

Good morning! This week we are Revisiting Valentines Day Projects created by various Designers. Today's project was created by Leah and features the lovely Rose Trio (G454) available at Great Impressions Stamps.


I love how Leah created the border using the Rose Trio. She did a beautiful job coloring the roses, add in sequins, LOVE die sentiment and stitching to create an elegant card!

You still have time to join in our Great Impressions Color Challenge. I hope you stop by for all of the details, join in the FUN!

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