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Friday, July 3, 2015

Patriotic Pinwheels

Happy Friday everyone! Emily here with my very first post for Great Impressions and I'm so excited to be a designer here! I hope you've got some fun planned for your Fourth of July weekend if you're in the states. I've got a fun card to celebrate the occasion using one of this month's brand new stamps: F612 Pinwheel

With the stripes on this stamp I thought it was perfect for making little flag pinwheels, so I painted tiny x's for the "stars" on the center part. The 4th of July also makes me think of sparklers so I added the blue trim for a bit of pizazz.
...and of course any respectable pinwheel has to spin...

Happy Independence Day!
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thursdays with Toni

Hello!!!  Today marks my first post for Great Impressions! I'm very excited to be part of the design team!

Here I used G342 Frolicking Trio and C366 Hello Summer.  First I airbrushed the stencil sun then masked off the beams and airbrushed a larger circle because I wanted the girls to be completely within the sun.  I also wanted a sense of movement in the card so I went off the edge with the girls (thus, only 2 of 3 girls show up) and placed the sentiment where it looks like the lead girl is reaching for it.  Makes you want to frolic yourself, doesn't it?!

See you next week!  Toni  

Check out the sale going on through Sunday!
Don't forget about the upcoming GI monthly challenge!
You don't have to use GI stamps but it'd be totally awesome if you did!
Also, if you do use GI stamps, be sure to link up to the customer gallery to show us your fabulous work and for a chance to get a little year-end prize.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

4th of July Sale!!!


Time for another SALE over at the Great Impressions online store! This one runs all the way from today until Mondayand go grab the NEWEST STAMPS, shown below!  HUGS and happy SHOPPING, all!!!


New Team Welcome!

Hi, friends!  We had a Design Team call recently, and now it's time for us to announce our *NEW* design team members!  We are excited to have these ladies join us here at Great Impressions, and we hope you enjoy their work as much as we do!  And now, our new team will introduce themselves...


Hello!  I have always been a crafter, dabbling in creating stained glass ornaments and lots of beading and jewelry making.  I’ll try anything once!  I started my love affair with paper and card making a little over 5 years ago and most other crafts have been left far behind.  So may pretty papers, so little time!  I finally started my blog just over 2 years ago and find it a fun way to share my creations.

I have been married to a great guy for almost 27 years and we are both self-employed.  We live on Old Cape Cod and have for the past 15 years.  Our beautiful daughter will be getting married this fall at a Vineyard here on Cape Cod, a magical setting.

I was so pleased and honored to be invited to the Great Impressions Design Team!  I love the quality and the wonderful assortment of images and sentiments of these stamps, and hope to share some unique creations with you all.  I am very excited to get to know all of these very talented ladies on the Design Team…..my new online BFFs, if you will!  Happy Stamping!



Hi! I'm Emily- a thirty something single gal enjoying a simple, quiet life in the Midwest. I've been a card maker for about ten years. I started out in scrapbooking but decided a full page was just too much space to work with, and that's when I made the switch to cards. I also enjoy the practicality of it, and the chance it gives me to share my creativity with others. When I'm not making cards I like to spend time gardening, sewing, biking, hiking and birding.



I'm a stay-at-home mom to a very special young lady in Northern Illinois. I've been crafting since I was a young child, and when I became a "SAHM" I turned to crafting to stay busy. Creating cards, altering items, and just having fun with paper and Copic Markers is an amazing hobby that I truly love. I'm very grateful that I have a husband that supports me, that my son loves seeing my creations as well, and that my special young lady enjoys getting into my crafts (sometimes). I truly love the challenge of making something beautiful with the various products available in the crafting industry, and I look forward to sharing my love of crafting with Great Impressions amazing stamps.



Hi there!  My name is Toni and I live in the Pacific Northwest just outside of the Seattle area.  I've been here for nearly 15 years (when did that happen?!) but am a Midwest girl at heart, having spent many years in Indiana.  I have a wonderful partner who indulges my hobbies, two stepkids who are all grown up now and living in CA for school, and Frankie the cat who's as crafty as I am.  I've dabbled in various crafts my whole life and have explored about everything, including quilting, cross stitch, dyeing, jewelry-making, knitting, and currently card-making.  When Seattle weather permits, I like to be in the garden (think about it anyway--LOL).  Otherwise, when I'm not crafting or working, you'll likely find me lazing about on the sofa reading or watching a movie with cat at my side.


That's all for us today, friends.  We hope you take some time to visit our new gals and check out their beautiful blogs.  Stay tuned for some fabulous creations from these new gals!  We'll be back tomorrow with more crafty posts.  Until then, HUGS and happy stamping to you all!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Green Tree....

Hello stamping friends. Well today is a bittersweet post as it is my last time posting for Great Impressions. I have so enjoyed my time on this fabulous DT and I hope I've brought some inspiration to you! For my last card I chose one of my favorite sentiment stamps from the store.


I love this image and knew it would pair perfectly with this sentiment. The image is called F517 Bird in Roses and the sentiment is called D465 Live There. I watercolored the image and added some borders and seqins. Thanks so much for my time on the GI DT!

Be sure to join us in this month's challenge (click!) and if you use any GI stamps be sure to link up to the customer gallery (click!). Be sure to stop by the Great Impressions store (click!) and maybe treat yourself to a few new images...did you know shipping is free over $25?! 

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Elegant Wedding


Hi, all!  I'm back today with another card that uses a gorgeous sentiment stamp from the Great Impressions online store!  This card was made for my little sister, who was married last month.  Come and check it out...


The sentiment, E36 On Your Wedding Day, was stamped onto some glimmer cardstock and heat embossed in gold.  It is SO hard to photograph the shine, but it is so pretty!  



This amazing sentiment can stand on it's own, so all I did was layer some cardstock, glitter paper, and dry embossed glimmer cardstock onto the card base. Like I stated, the shine on this card is totally unreal!  SO elegant!


I'm pleased to say that my sister and new brother-in-law really loved this card!  Hopefully they keep it forever...they better! ;)  What do you think of it?  I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!


That's all for me today!  I'll be back next soon with another creation using stamps from the Great Impressions store.  I hope you join in our current challenge, and, if you use Great Impressions stamps, link them up in our Customer Gallery, too!  HUGS and happy stamping to you all!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

FANCIFUL FRIDAY

Hello to all of my Great Impressions friends! Happy Friday! Let’s start the day with a card using a couple of beautiful stamps from Great Impressions!




This week, we are highlighting a Great Impressions tutorial and I chose Kendra’s Painters Tape Technique. I love making backgrounds so this is one technique I really enjoy! Kendra did a great job on the tutorial so you should check it out after to stop by my blog and leave a little love!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my card!
One last thing! I have enjoyed sharing my cards with you over the last year and seeing all of your fabulous creations. Sadly, my time at GI is up, so this is my last post. I’m sure I will be playing along in some upcoming challenges though, so stay tuned and have fun crafting!

Be sure to come check out our current challenge

If you use a Great Impressions on your project, please link it in our CUSTOMER GALLERY!



Happy crafting everyone!
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Someone Special

Happy Thursday Great Impressions Stamp Friends!

Kendra from Luv 2 Scrap 'n Make Cards here today to share a card with you using the Painter's Tape Technique I shared last year!!!

I love this fun and simple technique!!
I used the fun F358 Growing Tall Flowers stamp along with the A109 For Someone Special sentiment!

You can check out my project on my personal blog here.

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Thank you for stopping by to see my project today!
Be sure to stop back for more wonderful inspiration!

Join in our monthly challenge as well!  
We'd love to see what you create!

Check out the Great Impressions shop for more wonderful stamps!!

I want to quickly thank GI for the amazing time I have had designing here!  LOVE all the stamps!!

Have a sweet day!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday with Joni


This week we are spotlighting techniques. 
Here I have used the Out of the Box die cutting technique. 
If you have an image that doesn't quite fit your die you can still make it work! 
Love the way the balloons are floating above the square die cut! 
For more details you can find the tutorial here.
For this card I used the G521 Bear Floating By and 
C340 Happy Birthday sentiment. 
I heat embossed the sentiment.
Thank you Great Impressions for a fabulous year on the Design Team!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hello

This week we are showing you some great GI tutorials! For mine I chose a sponge spotlighting technique. This is a really easy technique but gives such a pretty result. You can find the original tutorial here.


I started by masking off a circle that I had die cut from a post it note. Then I sponged 2 Distress ink colors, Peacock Feathers and Spiced Marmalade onto my card base. After removing the mask I stamped the B151 A Little Hello sentiment and the E807 Queen Ann Lace.

Be sure to join us in this month's challenge (click!) and if you use any GI stamps be sure to link up to the customer gallery (click!). Be sure to stop by the Great Impressions store (click!) and maybe treat yourself to a few new images...did you know shipping is free over $25?! 


Have a wonderful day!


Monday, June 22, 2015

Fishbowl Easel Card


Hello, all!  I'm back with another creation that uses stamps from the Great Impressions online store!  This week, the design team is featuring tutorials that have been shared on the Great Impressions blog.  I chose to make a shaped easel card.  Come and take a peek...


I decided to create a fun fish bowl card using G421 Bubble Fish as my image.  I stamped it, colored it in with glitter gel pens, then added it to the front of the easel using Glossy Accents, reinkers, and Stickles.  I then added some seashells and pearls to create a "sea floor".



I chose E767 Bubble Over as my sentiment because I LOVE LOVE LOVE a good pun!  This sentiment just seemed to be perfect!  It's even circular in shape, like the fish bowl easel!


I super duper LOVE the way this card turned out!  It turned out better than I expected, actually!  What do you think?  Love or hate?  I'm excited to find out, so please leave a comment below! :)


That's all for me today!  I'll be back next soon with another creation using stamps from the Great Impressions store.  I hope you join in our current challenge, and, if you use Great Impressions stamps, link them up in our Customer Gallery, too!  HUGS and happy stamping to you all!

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Kitten Kaboodle...

Good morning!
Can't believe this month is slipping away so quickly!
It's Saturday, so here I am with another fun creation, using some new


Here's what I did:


Are these kittens not the sweetest stamp ever? 
This card was SO easy!
The image was colored with Copics and fussy cut.
Found a pretty piece of patterned card stock, and trimmed it enough at the top edge of the flowers that the kittens could sort of slide in behind the flowers.  The sentiment was stamped, panel attached to card base,
and I was done!

I know you want these stamps!
How could you live without them? So sweet, right???

Don't forget about the GI challenge!
The theme for May is 'Celebrate Spring'.
You don't have to use GI stamps, but we'd love it if you did!
If you use GI stamps be sure to link up to the customer gallery HERE. 

Be sure to stop by the Great Impressions store HERE and treat yourself to a few new stamps!

Did you know shipping is free over $25?! 

Have a great weekend,

Friday, June 19, 2015

Fanciful Friday

Hello to all of my Great Impressions friends! Happy Friday! Let’s start the day with a card using a fun, new stamp from Great Impressions!


I decided to do a chalkboard technique card with this stamp. I know that technique has been around a while, but I still love to use it once in a while. Why not hop over to my blog to check out all the details?

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my card!

Be sure to come check out our current challenge

If you use a Great Impressions on your project, please link it in our CUSTOMER GALLERY!

One last thing! We have a new social media outlet on Flickr.com. You can find us by clicking here, so please join us on Flickr and share your Great Impressions projects!

Happy crafting everyone!
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

So Very Special with Kendra

Happy Thursday Great Impressions Stamp Friends!

Kendra from Luv 2 Scrap 'n Make Cards here today to share ta pretty card with you!!

I definitely don't like the smell of skunks, but GI sure creates some adorable stamps with skunks!

They are too hard to resist!

 Check out this adorable little guy......
I love the F606 Skunk with Flowers!!

A also used the sweet D500 So Very Special sentiment!!

You can check out my project on my personal blog here.

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Thank you for stopping by to see my project today!
Be sure to stop back for more wonderful inspiration!

Join in our monthly challenge as well!  
We'd love to see what you create!

Check out the Great Impressions shop for more wonderful stamps!!

Have a sweet day!


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday with Joni

Another masculine birthday card!
I needed to have some "guy" cards in my stash!
Love this new E870 Hound Dog
I stamped him with kraft ink and embossed him with clear embossing powder. 
Then I fussy cut the image and popped him up with foam tape onto some die cuts.
I added the B247 Happy Birthday sentiment, also embossed with the C478 Born to be Wild sentiment!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Special

Hello! Hope you are having a good week so far. Here is my card to share with you today.


I used the G302 Watering Can Bouquet image and the D500 So Very Special sentiment. I colored the image with Copics and trimmed out the sentiment.

Be sure to join us in this month's challenge (click!) and if you use any GI stamps be sure to link up to the customer gallery (click!). Be sure to stop by the Great Impressions store (click!) and maybe treat yourself to a few new images...did you know shipping is free over $25?! 

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Mom's Kitchen


Hi, friends!  I'm back with a paper pieced card using a darling stamp from the Great Impressions online store!  This was actually my mother in law's Mother's Day card, but I couldn't share it until now!  Take a peek...


This image, H194 Mom's Kitchen, was perfect for my MIL's Mother's Day card because our last name is Kitchen...well, I guess I thought it was clever. ;)  The image portion was paper pieced, and the stockings were colored in with glitter gel pen.  I also highlighted the sentiment portion of the stamp with glitter gel pens.



Some bits of bling were added for a feminine feel.  I like the way they coordinate with my color scheme and add a finished feeling.



I'm pleased to tell you that the card was a hit!  I was relieved, because paper piecing this image was not easy, lol!  What do you think of the finished product?  I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!


That's all for me today!  I'll be back next soon with another creation using stamps from the Great Impressions store.  I hope you join in our current challenge, and, if you use Great Impressions stamps, link them up in our Customer Gallery, too!  HUGS and happy stamping to you all!

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