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Friday, November 30, 2012

Greatest Gift At Christmas

Happy Friday and thanks for taking the time to visit the Great Impressions Blog. Another weekend is upon us and do you believe that it is only 25 days until Christmas.

There is still time to get started on those Christmas cards and today I am showing a stamp and card design that would be easy to mass produce.

My card is using the stamp "the greatest gift G290". There is minimal coloring and I did that with markers. I paired the stamp with some red patterned paper, a big chocolate scallop and some red ribbon for my bow. The bow easy helps me to make my bows.

I like the look of angled panels-just adds a little interest to a card. If you need a card idea use this one. The stamp is in the online store so what are you waiting for (lol)!!!!

That's it for me today. See you next Friday.

Mary Marsh

card recipe:
stamp: the greatest gift G290
paper: kraft, chocolate chip, poppy red cardstock and patterned paper (stampin-up)
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: poppy red ribbon, scallop die, circle punch

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Little Angel White on White

26 sleeps until Christmas Day!
What have you been working on?
Finishing up cards? Tags? Gift wrap? Wouldn't this little angel look adorable on any of those?

She's just the sweetest little bit, isn't she?
I accidentally snipped off her halo when I was cutting her out. Good thing I love to try new hobbies and had some gold wire sitting in a drawer...happy serendipity!

There are so many wonderful sentiments in the Great Impressions Stamps online store (you can even check your local craft store to see if these are in stock!) and this was another perfect fit!

By the way I have really enjoyed stopping by to see your wonderful creations linked up to the monthly challenge! Thank you for sharing them with us!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Holiday Hop with Ribbon Carousel

Hop along for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate
to Ribbon Carousel or Great Impressions Stamps!
Ho Ho!

Hi Everyone!

The Design Team is ubber excited to be sharing some of our
Great Impressions Stamps with the Design Team from Ribbon Carousel!
 In exchange the Ribbon Carousel Design Team supplied us all with some
lovely ribbon to play with!  If you just came in, you will want to start
at the beginning right here with our very own Angi!  
The complete list is at the very bottom of this post.

If you are looking for the special Cyber week sale from Great Impressions Stamps
all the info you need is posted at the top of this blog!

I hope you all enjoyed seeing what the Design Teams created today.
I know I always love getting new ideas for the holidays! 
Ribbon Carousel has an amazing team, and I want
to thank their DT Coordinator Tangii, as she is the sweetest, and a joy to work with!
You've got one more stop to make at the Ribbon Carousel Blog...tell Tangii I sent ya! (lol!)



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Busy Tuesday!

Good Morning Friends!

I have lotsa news to share grab a cuppa and get comfy!

Great Impressions Stamps is having a super Cyber sale going on all week long!
All you have to do is enter the code:  blog at checkout and 15% off everything is yours!
Spend at least $25 before tax and FREE shipping is included!
How's that for a great deal!

Now I know you are in a hurry to get shopping but
first take a peek at the newest little addition to 
Design Team member Shanna's family.

Little Avery was born the day after Thanksgiving
weighing in at 7 1bs. 2oz. and 19 in. long.
Isn't he the sweetest?

Congratulations to Shanna and her family!
To celebrate the arrival of Avery, the Design Team
is throwing a wee little baby card sprinkle! (grin!)

By Mary - Using K83 Circle Framed Alphabet

And here is a pix of the inside of Mary's adorable card...

Erin's Card - Using J92 Pull Toys

Sue's adorable ornament using E366 Franklin Hanging On

Angi's Card - Using B221 Heaven Sent and E758 Baby Emma Bear

Jenny's Card - Using C434 New Little Baby

What a beautiful Thanksgiving gift Shanna!
Sending kisses to Avery!

Ok peeps, thanks for hanging in there...just one more
little announcement. (he-he).
Actually the team is super excited to be co-hosting a
Blog Hop with Ribbon Carousel beginning tomorrow
and running through Friday.  Be sure to stop in to see
all the ribbon-licious creations and comment for prizes!

See you all tomorrow and thanks so much for stopping by!



Monday, November 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Deone!

Hello Peeps!

The Design Team and I wanted to surprise Deone, one of the Great Impressions Stamps
owners, on her birthday!  Deone is the same age as me, 29 and holding! (lol!)
We are celebrating this beautiful ladies birthday with a little virtual birthday party!
Here she is with some of her family.  She has this photo up on Facebook, so I'm thinking
I'm not in too much trouble. (smile)  Did you know that Deone and her hubby started
Great Impressions Stamps back in the 80's?  They now sell to over 150 retail stores and
began selling on line last year.  What a journey they have had!

And what's a party without birthday cards?!

From  Angi 

From  Erin

From  Jenny

From  Mary

From  Shanna

From  Sue

And there you have it....a little something from the heart
from each of the DT gals!
Hope you birthday is the best ever Deone!



Saturday, November 24, 2012

Very Merry!

Welcome to my jammie day  Great Impressions Blog post! I hope you have a nice relaxing day planned!

 I had this card in mind from the first time I saw this stamp! You know how a stamp just speaks to you!  Reminds me of the trees my grandsons just put up in their bedrooms today(yes, they take after Gwamma!)

I used just part of the sentiment stamp for this card-a great way to stretch sentiments as well. If you are a last minute lizzie stamper like me, then this Pine tree stamp will be a great addition to your stash!

Thanks for stopping in today... See you soon!
*Don't miss our Ribbon Carousel Blog Hop next Wednesday too!

Card details:
Echo Park DP and Garden Green (SU!)
Tree: G20,24,28
Red: R46
Pot: E04,E07,09
Star: YR28
Misc:May Arts silk ribbon and bow easy, Garden Green marker

Friday, November 23, 2012

Vintage Big Wheel

Happy Friday and the day after Thanksgiving everyone. Thanks for taking the time from your "Black Friday" shopping  to visit the Great Impressions Stamps Blog.

We are having a sale as well. It's free shipping on orders over $25. So jump over to the online store and pick-up your Christmas stamps or even the one I am showing today.

This card is using the "vintage big wheel E683".  I stamped the bicycle in midnight muse and then used a Spellbinder circle die to cut it out. Layered that on another Spellbinder scalloped circle die and then layered that on a doily die cut from more mustard cardstock.

My pennants are from Spellbinders. I added some more mustard buttons in the corner and punched a razzleberry butterfly to complete my card. 

Well that's my card for today. So until next time.......inky hugs.

Mary Marsh

card recipe:
Stamps: vintage big wheel E683 
Paper: midnight muse, rich razzleberry, more mustard, ww, comfort cafe dsp (stampin-up) 
Ink: midnight muse
Accessories: Spellbinder circle and pennant dies, MFT dizzy doily die, MS butterfly punch, more mustard buttons, cuttlebug dots ef

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Celebrate with Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving!
I know not every one of our wonderful Great Impressions fans celebrates Thanksgiving, but I'm sure no matter where we live, we all have lots to be grateful for this year.

I am most grateful this year for family.
How do you define family?
Blood relations? Closest friends? Community?

I am grateful for our Great Impressions' family & that includes YOU!
Thank you for taking the time to leave uplifting comments, for supporting Great Impressions and sharing your wonderful projects with us every month! We appreciate you.

Here's a card I made with you in mind...

I stamped Berry Sprig (D281) along the outside of the heart cut out.
It adds a layer without adding bulk to the flower embellishments.

I spritzed the flowers with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Tuscan Sun, Sugar Maple & Rum Punch
Bliss Mist: Whipped Honey Butter (I love those names!)

Isn't this sentiment perfect for today?
[Here's another card I made using Abundant Blessings (C384) that is NOT a Thanksgiving card.]
A couple of strips of patterned paper from the stash to finish off the inside.

Thanks for stopping by the Great Impressions Stamps blog.
Next week join us for our Holiday Hop with the Ribbon Carousel!
However you celebrate today, may it be full of friends, family & love!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

CAS Poinsettia & Berries Card

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving Eve! The card I'm sharing today uses this gorgeous poinsettia stamp. I colored the image with Copic markers, added some stickles, and that is it! The image is large and detailed, and I wanted it to be the focus of my card, so I limited my embellishments to some beautiful gold sheer ribbon. 

(Supplies - (Stamps) Great Impressions Stamps: Poinsettia and Berries. Cardstock: Papertrey Ink. Other: Sitckles, ribbon, Copic markers.)
Mark and I are blessed this year to spend Thanksgiving with two wonderful sets of people (and an out of town visitor!). We are having a Thanksgiving lunch at a restaurant tomorrow around noon, then walking/running a 5k in the afternoon before having Thanksgiving dinner a little before 6pm. As Florida transplants I am grateful we have made wonderful friends that invite us over for the holidays! 

Happy Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Card and A Winner!

Good Tuesday Morning Crafty Friends!

This little guy's name is Murray and he is skating off to see his mousey friend with a holiday gift in tow.  I created a sparkled frosty scene for him to skate upon.  I adore the sentiment he is peering at.
It reminds me how white and clean the world looks outside my door after a fresh snow fall.
Which is pretty much all I like about snow! (lol!)

I layered my DP and popped Murray between for some yummy dimension.
I love how soft and pretty it turned out.

And....nope, I didn't forget!
I have a winner for Release Week!
The Design Team appreciates all of your wonderful comments!

The lucky winner is Colleen!
Colleen you have won a $15 coupon code for Great Impressions Stamps!
Watch for my e-mail with all the details!

To those of you asking about our "Black Friday" sale...Great Impressions Stamps is offering Free Shipping on orders $25 and over.
To always get the latest news and sales sign up for our newsletter at our store website.

Thanks for stopping by!



Monday, November 19, 2012

One of Those Days

Good Happy Monday to everyone. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. 

Today I am sharing a card that kind of has multiple feels to it.

This card it awesome to me.

Of course you can read into this several ways. I just love how the kitty is popping up out of the flowers. 
One of those days is truly a great saying. It can be great or bad. For me it is great!

I used some some My Mind's Eye paper, spellbinder dies, twine, and half back pearls. 

Hope your having a great day. 


Saturday, November 17, 2012

New Release Week with Santa's Buddy!

It's New Release Week  on the Great Impressions Blog!  

This image was so fun to color up and add to this card. I used a few cutting files to set the scene for Santa's Buddy

I made this multi layer card using dimensionals to separate the three layers of trees and also the Santa image. The sentiment is also up on pop dots. 

You can see many new release creations this week on our blog-so don't miss out! 

The answer to my Christmas Card Carol Challenge last week was Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer! Did you figure it out???

See you next week!

Sue Kment

Card details:
Echo Park DP and Cherry Cobbler (SU!)
Reindeer:  E31,33,34, 25
Greens: YG 93,95,97
Reds: R08, 59  R20
Golds: YR21
Browns: Sleigh E 51,53,55 E29
Boots: T 1,3,5
Shading: W 1,3 
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Cutting files:
Three Layer Trees from Silhouette Store
Ho Ho Ho freebie this week from My Scrap Chick

Friday, November 16, 2012

Three Snow Friends

Happy Friday everyone and thanks for taking the time to visit the Great Impressions Blog. Hope you have been enjoying all the new releases this week. The design team has shown such wonderful cards with all the new stamps.

My sample today is done with 2 new stamps -three snow friends J107 for my image. I colored these with prismacolor pencils and gamsol and paper pieced the pink scarf and hat. Added white polar flower soft on this layer as well. The snowflakes are glittered with a Sakura clear glitter pen.
The background snowflakes are falling snowflakes E772 and stamped in marina mist ink.
My blue panels are designer paper and the other is a snowflake embossing folder.

I added some mesh ribbon over my top red panel. This would be an easy card to mass produce so if you are looking for an idea for your Christmas cards-I just gave you one. All you need to do is order the stamps.

That's my card for today so until next time....... inky hugs!!!!!

Mary Marsh

card recipe:
stamps: three snow friends (J107) and falling snowflakes (E772)
paper: textured red, marina mist, white, marina mist dsp
ink: marina mist, tuxedo black
accessories: white mesh ribbon, snowflake embossing folder, prismacolor pencils, Flower Soft Polar White, Sakura glitter pen

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Christmas Moose in Lights

Hey, Great Impressions Fans!
Hasn't this been another wonderful release week?
Today I've got an adorable moose to show you...

This Decorated Moose (G474) is adorable, right?!
The image is colored with Copics and then the tiny lights were covered with Glossy Accents.
Love how the lights look like they're glowing!

Added a little Polar Flower Soft...

And, of course, the perfect sentiment to go along...Tangled Up (C440)

Did you know there are 40 days till Christmas! You still have time to order a few Great Impressions Christmas stamps for a few more tags and cards...or even to gift! I know I have a wish list in the Great Impressions' online store!

Hope your Thursday is a great start to the weekend.

Inky hugs,

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Shimmery Tree

Good morning! It is release week at Great Impressions Stamps, and I have a beautiful star tree stamp to showcase today. I pulled out my silver embossing powder + some pearls to create an elegant, shimmery Christmas card:

(Supplies - Stamps: (Great Impressions) Star Tree, I Believe. Cardstock: (PTI) Enchanted Evening. Ink: Versamark. Patterned Paper: (PTI) Enchanted Evening Patterns Pack. Other; Ribbon, embossing powder, pearls.)

I stamped the sentiment on the inside of the card: 

And make sure to check out the Great Impressions Stamps store to see all the new stamps that are available this week. Thanks for stopping by!



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