Thursday, July 2, 2020

IO Challenge- Summer Flowers

Greetings friends.  It is time for another challenge.  This one is all about summer flowers.  Want to join in the fun?  Check out the post on the Impression Obsession blog.  You even have a chance to win a gift certificate!

Today I wanted to share a card I made using the Large Solid Circle as a background.  I find it to be a nice backdrop for any stamping you want to add.  Remember when shadow stamping was a big thing?  This is my tribute to that era.

To add the flowers and leaves, I stamped some directly onto my card and some onto white cardstock and then colored them with a combination of Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils.  I chose colors that were nice and bright for summer.  The flowers and leaves are a combination of images from two clear stamp sets by Lindsay Ostrom.  Her images are always so much fun to color. Next, I cut out some of the flowers and popped them up with foam tape and then added my sentiment and some crystal jewels.  Simple!  What is your favorite summer flower?

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Large Solid Circle F6940
Flora and Fauna CL1025
Flower Bits CL1024
Living the Life (set of 3 cling sentiments) 3217-MD  Sentiments in the set- Living the Art Life
Living a Creative Life, Living the Pink Life

Monday, June 29, 2020

Impression Obsession- Old is New

Greetings friends.  Today, some of the IO designers are showing older stamps on their blogs today.  I thought I would share one that works for handling the crazy times we live in. If you would like a full list of participants, you can find hem over on the Impression Obsession blog.

To make the card, I stamped my background onto XPressIt cardstock using black Memento ink and colored it with Copic markers.  It is rather hard to tell from the picture, but I added just a bit of Wink of Stella to the bottom of each cloud to make them sparkle.  As a finishing touch, I added a sentiment from my favorite IO word set.  It is called "Words for Art," and I find that the set has really beautiful sayings for cards.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Fairies Background L12153
Words for Art 3172-XL

Monday, June 22, 2020

Impression Obsession Die Cut Obsession

Greetings fiends.  I wanted to share a card today highlighting one of the Impression Obsession dies.  If you would like to see a list of all the designers with die-cut card samples today, you can find a list over on the Impression Obsession blog.

Anyone else feel like they have been more prickly lately?  I'm just hoping I don't need to make a batch of these cards. 

Impression Obsession has a new die set with an assortment of cacti and pots that looks like this:
I chose the cactus and pot I wanted and then added them to a background I created by placing watercolor paint at the top of some 140lb watercolor paper and let drip down the front.  I spritzed it with a little extra water so that the paint would become a bit fainter and disperse more.  I wanted to make sure that my die and sentiment would show up over the background.  For the bottom of the card, I added a bit of brown chalk to create a ground.

Don't forget that tomorrow is the last day of the Impression Obsession sale in case there is any die or stamp you have been wanting to get:                                                                

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Potted Cactus DIE985-X
Prickly B5698

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Impression Obsession Sale and 2 Minute Card

Heads up guys!  There is a big sale over on the Impression Obsession site in case there was anything you were hoping to get.

Here is a link to the site- Impression Obsession

As an inspiration, I thought I would share a 2 minute card with you today:

I love this card becuase it is my go-to "oh my gosh, I need a card now" card.  I stamp it with my favorite tree that I think looks like Zentangle and then add my sentiment of choice.  As  a finishing touch, I add a smidge of color with a grey colored pencil at the bottom.  No layers, no coloring, black ink...done!

Impression Obsession Items used:
Paisley Tree  K2057

Friday, June 5, 2020

IO Summer Metal Things

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Summer (metal thingy) Release Celebration!
The Impression Obsession Summer (metal thingy) Release Celebration happens today! You can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am. There will be THREE $25 gift certificates to give away for the event chosen randomly from the comments on all of the Design Team blogs - so the more you comment through our Release Celebration the more chances to win! All comments for Simmer (metal thingy) Release Celebration will be open until Monday June 8th at noon CT. All winner will be announced on June 9th.
All of the new (metal thingies) are available now! You can find them all HERE
I have talked about my love of all things watermelon for summer before (well, except the taste).  I was so excited when IO came out with a new watermelon die.  It even includes the seeds! Now I don't have to create my own seed stamps to use.

To make the card, I cut out all the pieces and assembled the watermelons.  The set comes with a die to make it look like a piece is bitten out of the watermelon slice.  I chose to use it on only one of the tree watermelons.  To finish the card, I added my sentiment with black ink.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Melon Slice Die DIE981-S
sentiment from Good Old Summertime clear set CL764

Don't forget to check out the other designers for chances to win!

Thursday, June 4, 2020

IO Challenge- On the Farm

Greetings friends.  The latest IO challenge is called "On the Farm."  If you would like to read more about the challenge, learn about how you can join, and see a list of participating designers, you can find everything over on the Impression Obsession Blog.

Once I saw the theme of the latest challenge, I immediately knew I wanted to use the Animal Stack Silhouette.  I think it is hilarious.  The four animals are already stacked together, so you don't have to line them up yourself.  I have seen the image paired with sentiments about group strength (which is fantastic), but I knew I wanted to pair it with something silly.  I chose one of the sentiments from a clear stamp set called "Mondays." It has a lot of humorous sentiments that I have used on other cards.  It is fair to say it is a favorite.

To make the card, I used a circle mask to color a yellow sun (Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide) and blue sky (Salty Ocean).  I used Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink for the ground and added my animals and sentiment onto the card with black Versafine ink.  Quick, easy, and it made me laugh.  Those are my favorite things in a card.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you join our challenge.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Animal Stack Silhouette F13853
Mondays clear stamp set CL1030

Monday, May 25, 2020

IO- Die Cut Obsession

Greetings friends.  I wanted to share with you a couple of the new Impression Obsession dies.  I made this card primarily for myself.  Days have been up and down, and I need to remind myself to focus on the positive rather than the negative.

To make the card, I used the new Rainbow Frame die.  I cut it out in white and then colored the stripes with Copic markers.  I often prefer to color the die cut pieces with markers rather than cut out the die multiple times using different colors of cardstock.

I also added one of the dies from the Postage Cuts set as a backdrop for the rainbow.  I liked the decorative edges of the postage stamp frame to add interest to the design.

To finish the card, I added some clouds and popped up the smallest cloud with foam tape.  I also added some glitter pen to the rainbow to make it sparkle:

Thanks for stopping by today!

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Rainbow Frame DIE986-V
Postage Cuts DIE984-Y
Stitched Clouds DIE819-N
Skinny Words 3213-LG  (Choose Happy comes from this word set)

Thursday, May 21, 2020

IO Challenge- Play With Your Food

Greetings friends.  It is time for another IO challenge, and this time the theme is "Play With Your Food."  Food themes are always fun.  They can be seasonal, celebratory, or even quarantined related.  If you want to learn more about the challenge so that you can join us, be sure to check out the Impression Obsession blog.

For my card, I made a watermelon card using some of the new summer stamps.  I feel like I make an annual watermelon card.  I absolutely love the watermelon look.  Funny note about that...I hate the smell and taste of watermelon.  It seems strange that I want to decorate everything in it for summer!
To make the card, I stamped my watermelon slice and sentiment onto white cardstock.  I colored the slice with Copic markers and then created a background of watermelon seeds.  The seeds were made from a clear heart stamp that I cut in half.
Impression Obsession Items Used:
Melon Slice 1 B12214

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Impression Obsession Challenge- Mom Rules!

Greetings friends.  Mothers Day is approaching, and now is a great time to think about how much they rule.  If you would like to join the challenge, you can find all of the information over on the Impression Obsession blog.  You will also find a list of all the participating designers.

I have to say, moms do a lot for everyone, and I'm not so sure they always get the credit they deserve.

To make my card, I stamped the woman and both sentiments onto Copic Blending Cardstock using black Memento ink.  All three stamps are from the same clear stamp set.  I then colored the woman with an assortment of Copic markers.

The background was created with 140lb watercolor paper and painted with stripes of various watercolor paints.  I tried to color the towels using marker colors that matched my background.

Overall, pretty simple card!

Impression Obsession Items Used:
WP1008 #momlife

Thursday, April 23, 2020

IO Challenge- Tickled- Funny Cards

Greetings friends.  Do you need a little laugh right about now?  I don't think you could have a better challenge than one that brings a little joy into our lives.  If you would like to learn more about the challenge as well as see a list of the participating designers, please visit the Impression Obsession blog.

This sentiment made me laugh out loud the first time I saw it.  I have to say, it can be rather true.

To make the card, I started with 140lb paper and let some watercolor paints blend together to make a colorful background.  When it dried, I stamped it with some little girls and my sentiment using black Versafine ink.  Simple and amusing!

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Yesterday D14748
Happy Dance D13398