Tag Archives: Impressabilities

A Friend Loves

3 Apr

Proverbs 17:17 says, “A Friend Loves at all Times,” and this quote inspired the project of a journal/thank you gift for a friend. I used the colors and Floral inspiration from The Shabby Tea Room blog challenge this week. I love the colors, patterns and bird images in this.

Here is my interpretation with a 7×7″ journal:

I love how this came together, especially this patterned paper by K&Co. Yummy!! The addition of a stamped bird, layered flowers and beautiful ribbon, really brought it to a completion and I think my friend will be blessed by it…I hope so! Here are a couple more images for your enjoyment!

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great week!!!

Important Stuff
Papers Patterned paper (K&Co); Blue, Yellow and Pink cardstock (Wausau), Creatology chipboard frame (Michael’s)
Stamp/Tools Tim Holtz Bird Stamp (Stampers Anonymous), Air Brush System (Copic), Bint-it-All binding system, 1/2″ black wire, Wire cutters (Zutter), I2-1006 Floral and Stone Impressabilities, S4-239 Classic Scalloped Borderabilties, S4-247 Labels Twelve (Spellbinders)
Ink/Colorants Stampology Onyx ink (Autumn Leaves); Sketch Markers B32 Pale Blue, E0000 Floral White, YR61 Yellowish Skin Pink, B-39 Prussian Blue (Copic); Frosted Lace Stickles (Ranger)
Adhesives Zip Dry (Beacon Adhesives), Glue Dots mini, pop-up (Glue Dots), 3D-Dots (EK Success)

Other Stuff Green cardstock, brads, silk flowers, green organza ribbon


trick or treat (2S4Y 60)

7 Sep

It’s the beginning of September and Halloween is the end of October but all of a sudden, it’ll be here. I used the sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You (#60) to inspire this Pumpkin card. Here is the sketch:

And here is the result:

Making this pumpkin was great fun. Let me share how:

  • Cut S4-227 Pumpkins with two pieces of patterned paper
  • Remove one of the pieces and set aside. Then layer the following for embossing in the Wizard™: Cut mat, Impressabilities® template, Die cut with cut side up and paper in die, embossing mat, cut mat. Keeping the paper in the die will give the shape a flat edge. If you’d like embossing to go all the way to the edge, just take it out of the die.
  • Run it through the Wizard.
  • Then sand the pumpkin to enhance the embossed edges. This piece of patterned paper was a little fragile after all the “working” it. I think it just adds to the character of it. But if you prefer, use a heartier piece or maybe a colored core cardstock.
    Then just put it all together!

Important Stuff
Papers Fun in the Sun Matstack, Latte Matstack (Die Cuts with a View); Natural cardstock for card base (WorldWin)
Die Cuts S4-226 Harvest Borderabilities® Petite, S4-198 Flourish Accent, S4-227 Pumpkins, I2-1009 Flourish Impressabilities™ (Spellbinders™ Paper Arts)
Stamp/Ink Studio G trick or treat stamp (Hampton Arts), ColorBox Watermark ink (Clearsnap)
Embellishments Rust Fizz EP (Sparkle N Sprinkle), Sea Mist Glitter (PK Glitz), Orange safety pin (Creative Impressions)

Other Stuff Olive green cardstock

Congrats! (CPS 171)

13 Jun

Finally, Finally, Finally…I’ve had a minute to work on a sketch challenge. I feel like I’ve been away from my craft table for weeks. But I’ve been enjoying summer, working at my new job with ShopHopProductions.com and helping over at Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.

Today I had a graduation party for an extended family member. We’re so proud of him. I knew the sketch from Card Positioning System would be perfect.

Today, I was off to take a pic of it and my camera was unhappy with the memory card. So I scanned it… not bad, I guess…then we left for the party.

Important Stuff
Paper Blue Color Core carstock (Core’dinations), Orange patterned paper (Chatterbox)
Die Cuts S4-243 Ric Rac Diamond Borderabilities® Petite, I2-1014 Fleur de Lis Pattern Impressabilities, S4-204 Fleur de Lis Pendants (Spellbinders Paper Arts™)
Accessories The Paper Studio Letter stickers (Crafts, Etc.)
Adhesives Glue Dots (Glue Dots International)

Retail Therapy! (Caardvarks Core’dinations)

24 Apr

Some days just beg for a little card making therapy. So send a day-brightener to a friend and encourage her to get a little retail therapy. Check this out!

The Caardvarks challenge right now is to create a new monochromatic card. I figured that green and retail therapy went together. I added black as my neutral and a little bit of sparkle (that you can’t see on the pic) with gold, silver, black and green glitter pens.

One of the techniques I really love doing with the Core’dinations cardstock is embossing with some kind of template. Here I used Spellbinders’ Circles Impressabilities™, sandwiching my paper in between the template and the embossing pad, along with the master mats, and I ran it though my Wizard™.


  1. Stamp Fashionable Shoes ATC in black ink onto smooth side of light green cardstock.
  2. Trim image. Color shoes and border accents with glitter pens.
  3. Emboss medium green cardstock with Impressabilities™ template.
  4. Sand template to reveal the colored core.
  5. Cut embossed cardstock using S5-019 Labels Eight.
  6. Cut/emboss S4-189 Labels Three from dark green cardstock. Edge cardstock mats with dark gray marker.
  7. Tie an organza ribbon onto the Labels Eight die cut.
  8. Assemble card as shown.

One last close-up look…

Important Stuff
Fashionable Shoes ATC (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps)
Magento Tuxedo Black dye ink (Tsukineko)
Paper Green Color Core Cardstocks (Core’dinations)
Dies/Templates Circles Impressabilities™, S4-189 Labels Three, S5-019 Labels Eight,
Pens/Markers atyou Spica Gold, Silver, Black and green glitter pens; Sketch marker W07 Warm Gray #7 (Copic)
Adhesives Craft Dots (Glue Dots)

Other Stuff Green organza ribbon, letter stickers, heart pin, sandpaper, letter stickers

Faith, Hope, Love (Caardvarks)

13 Feb

This week Caardvarks is having a “Get Published” challenge. They are asking for Wedding cards and the top card will be published in the July 2011 issue of Cards Magazine. Here is where you can find out more information: Caardvarks Challenge; and here is my take on it.

I love these spring colors, purple and green, so I made this card to reflect that lovely spring feeling.

As I did with this card here, I used the Airbrush System, Copic Sketch marker and a Spellbinders™ Nestabilities® template to color the white silk flower with a pattern. I also did the same thing with the sentiment tag. Here is a closer look.

The keys to making this work beautifully can be seen in the instructions on this post but basically, I layered the following: chipboard sheet for stability, Spellbinders™ magnetic spacer plate (dark side up), scratch paper, silk flower, Impressabilities™ template (which will “hold on” to the magnet). I used the Airbrush System to color over the template and did the same for the chipboard rectangle. I stamped the sentiment onto the patterned rectangle and enhanced it with Spica glitter pen.

Besides the airbrushed flower, I cut/embossed the S4-205 Eyelets Pendants Center die template and the S4-214 Eyelets Borderabilities® Petite die template. Added some ribbon, pearls, more Spica glitter lines and heart brads that I had covered with several layers of white embossing powder. I hope it inspires you.

Important Stuff: Wizard™, S4-205 Eyelets Pendants, Center, S4-214 Eyelets Borderabilities® Petite, I2-1006 Floral and Stone Impressabilities™ (Spellbinders™); Greens and purple cardstocks (Core’dinations); Galvinized cardstock (Prism), Sweet Chips chipboard (Crafty Secrets); Heart brads (Creative Impressions); Watermark ink, Warm Violet chalk ink (Clearsnap); Sketch BV01 Marker, Spica in Clear and Mint (Copic); Craft Glue Dots (Glue Dots); 3D Squares (SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVE by 3L); 3-n-1 Advanced Craft Glue (Beacon)

Other Stuff: White embossing powder, Ribbon, Pearl beads

Top 10 of 2010

31 Jan

My Mind’s Eye Celebrates 2010 as their 10th anniversary. In honor of this milestone they have posted a challenge: create a scrapbook of our own faves on 2010. I thought it would be a fun thing to do as the year moves forward. First, here is the challenge link. Here is the essence of what they are asking: During the month of January you are going to design your cover and album.  The first week of each month, beginning in February, you are going to document your own personal “top ten” for the previous month.

Here is my cover.

Important Stuff: My Mind’s Eye Penny Lane papers, Lola Jane Chic Stripe, My Friend Leaves of Love; Wizard™, S4-235 Fancy Tags, S4-241 Jumbo Scalloped Borderabilities® Petite, S4-261 Labels One, I2-1006 Floral and Stone Impressabilities template (Spellbinders™ Paper Arts);  Spica Orange, Baby Blue glitter pens (Copic)

Other Stuff: Green satin ribbon; Heart, flower, star and butterfly charms; PVA Glue; Recycled board books, 6×6″;

For now, I only completed the cover and sanded all the pages of two board books so they are ready for whatever comes along. Over the next week or so, I’ll complete my January spread and share it here.

Here’s another closer look at the cover. You can see a bit of the sparkle in this one…

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous week. Eli

Made with Love

22 Jan

It’s the Pink Elephant challenge today. It happens to be a sketch challenge this week, but one of the fun thing about PE is that they change it up each week…I am really enjoying sketches these days as it gives me a wonderful place to start and I love seeing ALL the different projects that designers create.

The thing I did to challenge myself with this card was to change up my colors. Sometimes I look at my photo catalog and see the same colors appearing all the time: purples, reds, greens…my faves. So I started with brown cardstock and the idea to use a cupcake. I can’t say this one came together in a timely manner (feeling multi-personality) but in the end, I think it hung together…

One of the fun things I did today was to airbrush the center strip using Spellbinders™ Circles Impressabilities™ and Copic Markers and ABS. The strip was longer than the template so I carefully airbrushed a small section near the left, moved the template and blended the airbrushing into the center and finished with the right side. It worked. The variations just brought more interest to the piece. Sorry I didn’t take a pic of the actual making of it…only the results. You might want to give it a try sometime.

Thanks for stopping by and have a “sweet” weekend. Eli

Important Stuff: Wizard™, I2-1005 Circles Impressabilities™, S5-012 Classic Frame (center of large frame), S4-233 Lables Nine, S4-114 Standard Circles LG (#2, counting the center as #1), S4-156 Cupcakes (Spellbinders™); Sketch Markers B01 Mint Blue, E33 Sand, E39 Leather, Airbrush system (Copic); 1-3/16″ stamper, Tiny Words stamp set (JustRite® Stampers); Azure Smooch (Clearsnap); Turquoise brad (Creative Impressions)

Other Stuff: Brown, white and turquoise cardstocks; Adhesives; Brown ink; Clear embossing powder; sandpaper; blue paper

The Greatest is Love

19 Jan

This may have just become my favorite sketch yet. Leave it to Kazan, over at 2 Sketches 4 You. She and Laura, along with their Design Team, are so inspiring. Here is Sketch 44 and here is my card!

I saw the sketch and wondered what I could use as my central image. I liked the idea of a big silk flower. I have a pack that are plain white and it occurred to me that I could airbrush over a Spellbinders Impressabilities™ template. Hooray. The best way to do this, I found, is to get a piece of scrap cardstock and place the flower on top of it. Place the Impressabilities™ template on top and Spellbinders™ Magnetic Spacer Plate underneath the cardstock. The magnet keeps the template flush to the cardstock so the airbrushing doesn’t sneak under the template. Check out the results. (I have a bonus image left behind after I removed the flower. I’ll have to see what I can make of that too.)

Next, I wanted a background that has some sparkle, so I gathered some pink paper, a background stamp, pigment ink and some Opaline embossing powder.

Here’s a little example of the shine that it gave the card (although it looks much better in person). I also applied the same ink and powder for the sentiment.

To create the center “glass” heart, I cut/embossed the heart from S3-XXX Decorative Photo Corners and sprayed it with Black Cherry Glimmer Mist. After the mist dried, I covered the surface with Watermark Ink and sprinkled a small amount of Irridescent UTEE. After heating it and allowing it to cool, I sanded off the top ridges, knocking down some of the pearl treatment. Again, I covered the surface with Watermark ink but this time, I sprinkled it with clear embossing powder and heated. I repeated several layers of the clear until I achieved the look I wanted. I will definitely use this technique again.

Besides that I cut a scalloped Heart, added a ribbon and put it all together. I have to say, I like it and it always surprises me when that happens…I haven’t been a card maker for long.

Important Stuff: Wizard™, I2-1009 Flourish Impressabilities™ Template, S3-107 Decorative Photo Corners, S4-137 Classic Scalloped Hearts (#3) , S4-201 Deckled Rectangles SM (#2) (Spellbinders™); R29 Red Lipstick Sketch Marker, Airbrush System (Copic); Scattered Flowers Design Block stamp (Hero Arts); ColorBox Dune pigment ink, Watermark ink (Clearsnap);  Opaline, Cosmic Opaque embossing powder (Sparkle N Sprinkle); Black Cherry Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVE by 3L, 3D Foam Squares

Other Stuff: Love ribbon, White flower

Cheers and Happy Creating, Eli

A Dream Come True (CPS 149)

11 Jan

Some days, a card or layout just comes together like butter…Today? Not so much, sigh. I had the sketch (# 149) from Card Positioning System. I had the main image of a bird die cut. I chose my stamp from JustRite Stampers and the rest took hours. Sigh.

But I think it was worth the strain and toil…

Let me give you some instant replays of what I did to create this. First, the supplies!

Important Stuff: Wizard™, S4-222 Create A Flake One, I2-1009 Flourish Impressabilities, S4-160 Bird (retired), S4-124 Classic Scalloped Circles LG (Spellbinders™); Natural Cardstock (WorldWin); Lavender patterned paper (My Mind’s Eye); Decorative 2″ Borders stamps, Loving Thoughts stamps, 2″ round stamper (JustRite Stampers); Memento Paris Dusk dye ink (Tsukineko); Wood Violet embossing powder (Sparkle N’ Sprinkle); Glue Rings (GlueArts); Mini Glue Dots (Glue Dots); Silver Metallic Rub-ons (Craf-T)

Other Stuff: Cream paper; Lavender organza ribbon, Clear gem

After cutting the Spellbinders™ S4-160 Bird (retired), I embossed it with the I2-1009 Flourish Impressabilities.

Next, came the stamping…I stamped the JustRite Stampers sentiment “You are a Dream Come True” from the Loving Thoughts set, and combined it with a “feathery” circle border from the Decorative 2″ Wide Borders set. Then, I set the S4-124 Classic Scalloped Circle LG on top of the image and secured it with low tac tape. The amazing thing about this stamp is that the border design fits perfectly into the scallops. Brilliant JustRite!

Next, I created a little crown for the bird. This was some kind of fun! I cut/embossed S4-222 Create A Flake One and then trimmed it so four spokes remained.

I actually used glue on the surface and sprinkled Wood Violet embossing powder on it. A little heat and several layers later, I had a thick coat on the crown. I used a second flourish border from the JustRite Decorative Borders Set. I heated one crown spoke at a time and then impressed a bit of the border into it. It gave it a really great texture.

To enhance the texture even more, I wiped silver metallic rub-ons on the top and knocked it down a bit with a rag. I put it all together with a wrapped ribbon and Copic color on the bird’s beak and sentiment stamp. I guess it was a great day after all…

As always, thanks for stopping by…Happy Creating, Eli

Happy New Year…soon

8 Dec

I am really enjoying these card challenges…my fave, again, 2 Sketches 4 You. For this week’s sketch, found here, I imagined what might make the embellishment coming out of the circle…I thought, “What about streamers?” and the Happy New Year card was born.

Almost every element on the card has some sort of shine to it. There’s glossy black marble paper, iridescent vanilla paper, Stickles, shimmery organza ribbon and some glitter pens over the stamped numbers. I think it turned out elegant and fun.

Important Stuff: Wizard™, S4-199 Floral Accents, S4-198 Flourish Accents, S4-014 Timeless Heritage, I2-1005 Circles Impressabilities™ (Spellbinders™ Paper Arts); Treasures Natural cardstock (WorldWin); 95 pt. Brayton Font letter stamps (JustRite Stampers); Turn Mounts (Creative Impressions); Glue Dots; Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink (Tsukineko), Pansy Purple Plaid paper (BoBunny), Spica Sky Blue Glitter pen; 3-D Adhesive Squares, EZ-Runner adhesive (SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES by 3L), Sketch Marker C10 (Copic)

Other Stuff: Iridescent pearl paper, Glossy Black Marble paper

Here is a close-ups, showing some of the shimmer.

Hey, thanks for coming by and happy creating, Eli