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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Important Challenge information and possible exciting opportunites.

November will be our last challenge for awhile.  We have a few things in the "works" and we feel that in order to focus more on these new projects we should put the challenge on hold until we can get our "to do" list a little smaller.  We are excited to bring you a brand new website and catalog to name just a couple projects.

There is more exciting stuff in the works that I think you guys are going to LOVE...but we will keep that a secret for now.   

Keep checking back, I will continue to post each stamp of the month and will bring you updates on our progress.


We are looking at bringing more artists to work with Great Impressions on our projects!!!!!

If you like to draw and think that you would like to be part of our talented art team.....we would love for you to send us an email telling us a little about yourself and some samples of your drawings or portfolio to  please put artist submission in the subject of your email.

We appreciate your patience while we are under construction, and we hope that you enjoy our new website and catalog when it comes out shortly. 

Novembers Winner!!!!

The winner for Novembers challenge is Kendra Sand she get the stamps from our December program.   Congratulations Kendra!!!! 

Card Details:

Card Size: 6.5” x 5”

Stamps: Great Impressions “Holly Branch” (G390),“Country Snowman” (G392) and “Magical Holiday Season” (E692) - Inside, “Merry Christmas” Recollections Merry Merry Set

Ink: Memories Dye Ink Pad, VersaMark, Dew Drop Brilliance “Pearlescent Ivy”, VersaMagic “Hint of Pesto”

Paper: the Paper Studio “Red Country Crackle, My Mind’s Eye Antique Dots Stack,

Creative Inspiration Paints: Blue Ice

ProMarkers: Burgumdy, Apricot, Cool Grey 3, Marsh Green, Pastel Blue, Pale Pink, Sandstone

Misc: Circuit George and Basic Shapes (Ovals) and Storybook (Scalloped Oval), Ranger Glossy Accents, the Robert Stanley Collection Green and Red Shear Ribbon, iRock Clear Gems, Hero Arts Snowflakes, Needle

Monday, November 1, 2010

Octobers Challenge winner!!! and...... Novembers Challenge

Sorry I am late in posting this.  Things have been a little crazy with Christmas coming upon us.

OK... on to the winner... The winner this month is Kassi Hulet!!!!!  She wins one of each of the stamps for Novembers program.  Congrats Kassi!


Paper: Georgia Pacific white cardstok

Ink: Archival Ink (black), Distress Ink (Peeled Paint, Pumice Stone, Weathered Wood, Black Soot, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Chipped Sapphire, Spiced Marmalade, Stormy Sky, Vintage Photo), VersaMark

Stamps: Great Impressions "Snow Friends", "Dotted Snowflake Border"

Creative Inspirations paint: Winter Frost, Tutu Pink

Other: Distress Crackle paint "Rock Candy", Ranger "Frosted Glass" embossing powder, ribbon, rhinestone, feather, Ranger Glossy Accents, flocking

We would like to thank everyone who submitted their cards.  All the cards were wonderful and it was a very difficult decision!!!  One of the reasons why we were late this month in posting the winner.

Are you ready for Novembers Challenge????

We have one more month with the Christmas theme so use the Stamp of the month G390 and any one of the coordinating stamps to make a card and submit it for a chance to win Novembers Challenge.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

All cracked up and shimmery

Hey everyone! I'm Kassi, and I'm the DT leader for Creative Inspirations paints. I was asked to jump on over here, to share a tutorial using the fabulous CI paints... Which Great Impressions carries! Fabulous, huh! For those of you not familiar with Creative Inspirations Paint, it is a water based shimmer paint that is very versatile. It is a great way to add that little extra something to your stamped images!

I'm using two of the GI stamps for October (Snow Friends, and Christmas Globe). Christmas and snow just calls out for sparkle, don't ya think?

for the main image, I used:
Water Color paper
Great Impressions stamps (#K92, #G384)
Creative Inspirations Paint (Garnet, Coal, Winter Frost, Mango, Tutu Pink, Denium, Tanzanite, )
VersaMark clear embossing ink
Black Embossing powder
Distress Ink (Walnut Stain, Pumice Stone)
Glitter (white)
Ranger Glossy Accents
Ranger Crackle Accents
Mist Bottle (with water)
Sticky Note

Step 1: Stamp the Christmas Globe in VersaMark on watercolor paper.

Step 2: Heat emboss with black embossing powder

Step 3: Create a mask by stamping the Globe onto a sticky note, and cutting out the globe part

Step 4: cover Christmas Globe with the mask

Step 5: mask off all but one snowman on the Snow Friends stamp.

Step 6: Ink with VersaMark ink

Step 7: remove the masks on the snowmen

Step 8: stamp snowman in the globe, and heat emboss with black embossing powder.
You can now discard the globe mask (or keep it and reuse it, like I do....)

Step 9: Let Fantastix sit in a cup of water for a few minutes to get nice and wet

Step 10: Lightly mist the snowman with water

Step 11: Using the wet Fantastix, paint in the snowman with a nice coat of Winter Frost CI paint.

*You can wash out your Fantastix, and use them over again... Love that!*

Step 12: Dip just the tip of a clean wet Fantastix into a little bit of Tanzanite CI paint.

Step 13: Using the side of the Fantastix, paint in your shadows. Keep the tip of your Fantastix against the edge of the image. Because the CI paints are water based, they blend fabulously! I've never had shading be so easy to achieve great looks! The color will be darkest at the tip and fade beautifully towards the center of the image.

Because of the light nature of the colors I am using, it is hard to see in photographs... You can build as many shades as you want. Just remember to go light to dark.

*If you find you have an area that is too dark, use a clean wet Fantastix, or a water paintbrush to wipe a little off. It is a very forgiving medium!*

Step 14: Paint in the hat and scarf with Garnet CI paint

Step 15: shade the hat and scarf with Coal CI paint (this is a dark color, and a little goes a long way....)

Step 16: Add a little bit of blush to the cheeks with Tutu Pink CI paint. This is a very light color, and you may want to use a little more paint than you had to for the darker colors.

Step 17: Small areas like the carrot nose can be hard to paint... So, grab a toothpick!

Step 18: While all the paints are drying, watercolor the base using Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I like to swipe the pad on an acrylic block, and pick up a little ink at a time on a water brush. You could paint the base with CI paint, but I wanted to have more of a contrast between the wood and the glass.

Step 19: Add a little shading to your base using Pumice Stone Distress Ink. This gives it so much more dimension.

Step 20: While the base is drying, go back to your now dry snowman. Add Glossy Accents (or your favorite liquid adhesive) to the fuzzy parts of the hat.

Step 21: Dump on the glitter!

Step 22: While that is drying, paint the snowflakes on the base with Denium CI paint. I like to use a lining brush for the fine detail work, but you can also use the Fantastix, or a toothpick.

Step 23: (this is why you emboss the image to begin with!!!) Take a damp q-tip and gently rub across the embossed areas. This will take off any paint that went onto the lines. (keeps everything looking so much neater!)

You can stop here if you want, but..... I wasn't ready to stop playing yet. =)

Step 24: Cover the globe portion of the Christmas Globe with Ranger Crackle Accents. Start by outlining the circle, then fill it in.

Step 25: (the hardest by far!) Set it aside to dry. This can take a LONG time, so I suggest letting it sit overnight and coming back to it in the morning. =)

Isn't he cute all cracked up! And the shimmer from the paint still shows through amazingly well!

Here is a finished card using this main image

I painted the ribbon and the button with Winter Frost CI paint to make them match the snowman. I also added a layer of Ranger Glossy Accent over the button to give it a nice glossy finish.

Don't forget to enter the GI Challenge for October! It is a fabulous time to get started on those Christmas cards, if you haven't done so yet.

Have a wonderful day!

Materials used in this card:
Paper: Bazzill, DCWV, watercolor paper, white cardstock
Stamp: Great Impressions "Snow Friends", "Christmas Globe"
Ink: VersaMark, Distress Ink
Creative Inspirations Paint: Garnet, Onyx, Winter Frost, Mango, Tutu Pink, Denium, Tanzanite, Beige, Mocca Latte
Die Cut: Spellbinders "Label 6"
Other: Glitter, Ranger Crackle Accents, Ranger Glossy Accents, rhinestones, ribbon, button, thread, Crop-a-dile Corner Chomper

Challenge October 2010

Here are the current cards for the Octobers challenge!!!

Are they cute or what???

You have until the 20th to enter!!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Did you know......

Great Impressions has more than just stamps in their line of products!!  Great impressions has their own line of glitter!  Sparkling Ice is a dry fine glitter and comes in a 1 oz jar. It is used on almost all of our art boards.  We also have some chunky glitter as well as Jazzy sparkles Crystal and Gold glitters. 

We have cloud stencils.  This has been around for a long time.  So long, in fact, some people forget that we have them.  They crop up on our boards occasionally but they are always available. 

We have started something new and it is taking off... for each stamp of the month, we put together a ribbon package (18" of each ribbon used on the board).  Some months we do run out of packages but we still have some packages available from previous stamp of the months. 

We also carry lines from other companies.....

We have the complete line of Inspirations paints.  If you want to add some color and sparkle to your creations, Inspirations is the way to go!  This paint has 55 colors that are vibrant and versatile.  Inspirations has so many different ways to be used, it is a must have for everyone!!  You can watercolor with them, stamp with them or turn them into your favorite spritz.  That is just to name a few!

Do you like to add pearls to your projects?   We are a distributor for Viva Decor and have the complete line of Pearl Pens!  This is a brand new product for us and it is so much fun to play with. 

Keep your eyes open, these products are regularly on our boards for the Stamp of the Month Program.  Any of the stores that carry our stamps can order them.  Some items like prior embellishments, card stocks, and ribbons related to a particular Stamp of the Month program, we still have too.  If your store takes special orders they can still order them or some of the online stores keep everything in stock too.  To find a store near you click here.

In the future we will start putting up some tutorials using our stamps and some of the products we carry so keep checking back!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Octobers Challenge

Are you ready for another challenge?  Here is the stamps for Octobers challenge.  Use the stamp of the month and at least one of any of the coordinating stamps on a card/scrapbook page and you could win Novembers stamps from the stamp of the month program. 

We cant wait to see your creations!!!!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The September 2010 Challenge winner is.....

Vicky from Faribault, MN won this months challenge.  She will receive the entire set of Octobers Stamps from the Stamp of the Month Program. 

Here is the supplies that she used to make this card.

Great Impressions Stamps

# F455
# G379
# C406
# H201
# C405
# AA23

Supplies used:

Purple card stock
Misc. scrap paper
Pop Up Dots
White Tulle inked black
Silver elastic cord
Tim Holz Brushed Corduroy distress ink
Stampin’ up inks Barely Banana and Yoyo Yellow
Sundance Smooch
Black Zing emboss powder
Pewter Zing emboss powder
Stampin’ Up markers Yoyo Yellow, Only Orange, Lovely Lilac, Green Galore
Doodle Bug Beetle Black Glitter

12” Cutter
Ink dauber
Exacto knife
Versa mark emboss pad
Craft mat

Congrats Vicky!!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Do you like to add sparkle to your projects? Check it out!

We used the light blue pearl pen on one of our boards a few months ago and we have not stopped hearing about this wonderful product since.  So.... we will now have the entire pearl pen line to sell to our stores that carry our stamps.  Isnt this exciting?????? They are on their way here right now!

September 2010 Stamp of the Month Challege!!!

Here are the stamps for Septembers challenge.  Use the stamp of the month plus any one of the coordinating stamps in a project and enter for the drawing for Octobers stamps.  We just cant wait to see your projects!!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Cheryl Penner with her beautiful card. It was a very hard decision for everyone this month, there were some great cards and scrapbook pages submitted.

Supplies are:
Bazzil cardstock

Little Yellow bicycle Free spirit stripe

watercolor paper

black stazon

Ranger distress reinkers

spellbinders fancy tags

sewing machine

foam pop dots

tombo multi

We have decided that starting next month we are going to have to revise our rules. You will only be able to win once every 6 months.

Make sure you play in September because everyone should already know you will win Octobers stamps and guess what those are!!!!!!!! CHRISTMAS and October Christmas is always cute cute cute!!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hurry and submit your cards for a chance to win Septembers set of stamps from the Stamp of the Month Program

The 20th is right around the corner and that is the last day that you can submit your cards for the August SOM Challenge. Septembers stamps are Halloween themed and boy are they cute cute cute! This could be your opportunity to win the ENTIRE set for FREE!!!

The winner will be announced on August 31st.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Submissions for the August Challenge

We seem to be having a bit of difficulty with our slideshow for the SOM Challege so I have attached it to this post so everyone can see them. I will keep updating this until our slide show link in fixed.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Tammy from Toyrifix has done it again!

Tammy from Toyrifix has created another darling remake of the stamp of the month board. 
We just had to share this, isnt it adorable???
If you would like to see more of Tammy's wonderful creations click here to view here blog.
Thank you for sharing Tammy!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Join the fun!!!! August's Stamp of the Month Challenge

Are you ready for a chance to win an entire set of Septembers stamps????  Use the stamp of the month and any other coordinating stamp on the page above, on a card or scrapbook page and you will get the chance to win the entire set of Septembers stamps.  Now September is usually a fall board but this one is a little different.  If you like Halloween you have to play as these stamp designs are so cool and adorable!!!!

Stamp of the Month Challenge information is on the left side of the page.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.  Click on design sheet to make image bigger.

Friday, July 30, 2010


Cheryl Penner

Products used:


Simply smooth cardstock


black momento ink

glossy accents

waterfall and stardust stickles

Circle and inverted circle nestabilities

Tombo multi

Thank you for participating in our first challenge.  We really enjoyed seeing the cards and scrapbook pages everyone has designed.  You ladies are very talented!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Stamp of the month challenge

We have all the submissions for the July Challenge.  We are looking them over and everyone at Great Impressions is trying to decide which one the winner will be.  One lucky person will be receiving the entire set of the stamps from the stamp of the month collection from August. 

August's challenge will begin on the first of the month.  The prize for this challenge will be a set of Septembers stamps from the program.  Sooo........ if you really like Halloween stamps......  make sure you submit a card for Augusts challenge.  I have seen a peak of the designs and they are way too cute!!!

Also if you have cards you would like to share feel free to link your blog to ours using the link button on the right side of our page.  

Happy Stamping!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Last Day to Submit for the July Challenge!!!

Today will be the last day we will be taking cards for the July Challenge.  Hurry and submit your cards so you can have a chance to win the entire set of stamps from the August Stamp of the Month Program!!!!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A New Jungle Board Card!!!

Crystal from C-Shore Creations sent us this awesome card showing stamps from the Jungle board.  This is so cute!!!!  Click HERE to check out Crystals blog and see more of her cards that she has made.  Awesome job Crystal!!!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Tammy from Toyrifix has done another awesome remake of the July board!!!

Tammy from Toyrifix has done an amazing remake of our July Stamp of the Month Program.  We just love seeing the different ideas and our customers come up with.  This board is just too cute!!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The very first Stamp of the Month Challenge!!!!!

This Month is the first month for our Stamp of the Month Challenge.  As you all know each month we design display boards with 6 cards using each of the stamps.  Now it is your turn to make a card or a scrapbook page using the Stamp of the Month and any of the coordinating stamps that go with at program, (you must use at least one coordinating stamp).  I cant wait to see what you come up with.  HOW EXCITING THIS IS GOING TO BE!!!!  

Contest rules will be posted on the right side of the blog at all times.  As soon as we get cards coming in I will start posting them as a slide show.  Enjoy!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Get ready for some fun and chances to win!!!!

Next week we will be posting some exciting news about our new Stamp of the Month Challenge.

So.... Keep checking back!!!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Another wonderful card from Trena

Trena made another wonderful card using F451 Elephant with Butterfly from our June 2010 program stamps. Wonderful job!!! If you want check out her blog for more wonderful card ideas.

Monday, June 7, 2010

A very cute card from a Great Impressions customer

This cute card is from Trena Brannon. She used the GI J98 Adorable Giraffe, H199 Jungle Plant stamps. To see a list of the supplies and directions on how she made this card make sure you visit her blog at
Thank you Trena for sharing your card with Great Impressions.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Another awesome card from Scrapbook Central in BC

This card uses the stamps F387 Wild Flowers, F388 Tall Grass, E154 Thanks, and G153 Tiger Swallowtail. Thank you Diane for sharing these wonderful cards with us. You are so awesome at bringing those older stamps back to life in a new way!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Beautiful card by Marti Wills of Pezadoodle Designs

This is a beautiful card made by Marti Wills of Pezadoodle Designs using Great Impressions J83 Vintage Collage and Creative Inspirations Paint. Awesome job Marti!!!!

Toyrifix has done it again with Junes 2010 program

Look at what Toyrifix has done this time!!!! We just love it! Tammy used Basic Grey "Max & Wiskers" the cardstock is Bazzill - Whirlpool, Walnut, Saltillo and Beeswax. Way to go Tammy!

Toyrifix's remake of May 2010 program

This is a remake of our May 2010. Tammy at Toyrifix has done a superb job!!! Toyrifx is
located in Smithville, OH. Their website is and you can also find them on Facebook.

The Jungle board by Danica's June 2009 Program

Danica's Scrapbooking in Hermiston, OR has done it again with the Jungle board!!! Her card designer has really outdone herself with these two cards. I think Maurine is still working on her website but you will have to bookmark it so you can go in and check out all the cool creations by Ronda. make sure you check them out.

These two displays are from previous boards from 2008. Scrapbook Central is located in Courtenay, BC and they showcase a lot of cards that they have created using our stamps. You can visit them at or they can be found on facebook. Please feel free to check them out and their wonderful creations.

Oriental theme by Scrapbook Central, BC

These stamps are from our February 2010 program these girls never fail to amaze us with their designs!


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