Thursday, August 20, 2015

IO Challenge- Say it Big


Sometimes you see a stamp that just speaks to you.  I knew that the Quirky Loves Crazy stamp (G17071) would be perfect to use on cards for my friends.  I think we actually take pride in being a little quirky and crazy.

To make the card, I started with watercolor paper, wet it, and then painted it with Peerless watercolors.  I then added the owls, which were also colored with watercolor paint.  The owls are actually one stamp called Owl on Head (D7801).  To me, it looks like one is doing a little tap dance on top of another tap dancing owl.  I might be reading too much into the stamp, but that is what I see.  :)

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

IO Challenge- Fall Colors








Is it just me, or is summer just zipping by?  It is already time to start thinking about fall and all the gorgeous fall colors.


For my card, I wanted to play with the new Fall Pumpkin image (E16123).  It just lends itself to using the orange, gold, and olive colors I wanted.  I created my own background with the Starburst Cover a Card (CC221).  I embossed it in gold powder and then colored it with an assortment of Distress Markers.  I then used the same markers to color my pumpkin.  To finish the card, I used the Fall Blessings (C19008) saying.

Want more Fall color inspiration?  Check out the other designers:


 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Impression Obsession Blog Hop- Day 3

Welcome to the 2015 Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Release Blog Hop!

We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!

The hop will start each day with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST. Each day pay us a visit here and then head over and see our fabulous IO Design Team’s projects with our new stamps on their blogs (only one comment per blog per day please). Comment as you hop. Each comment that you leave gives you a chance to win!!!

The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!

Every day (Monday July 15th – July 17th), one of the IO designer blogs will be chosen randomly and a winner will be selected from comments on that blog at 10pm CT. The winner will be announced the following day along with the participating blogs for that day.

Two prizes will be awarded on the last day of the hop. One will be for Friday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week. So….if you miss a day or time deadline your comments will still count for a chance to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate! Both Friday winners will be announced on the IO Blog on Saturday, July 18th.

All of the new stamps you’ll be seeing on the hop are available NOW! at www.iostamps.com


One of the exciting things about the new Impression Obsession release is that they have a new stamp designer.  His name is Seth Apter, and Mixed Media artists are going to love him!

For my card, I combined three of his images- Asteroid Belt, Atmosphere, and Solar Eclipse.  Fun names, huh?  I stamped them all onto watercolor paper with black versafine ink and then colored the piece with Peerless watercolors.  To finish the card, I added my saying and layered the pieces.

Items Used:
Atmosphere E18012
Asteroid Belt H18004
Solar Eclipse D18015
Friends Are For B14497

Don't forget to visit the other designers for more inspiration!


 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Impression Obsession Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome to the 2015 Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Release Blog Hop!

We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!

The hop will start each day with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST. Each day pay us a visit here and then head over and see our fabulous IO Design Team’s projects with our new stamps on their blogs (only one comment per blog per day please). Comment as you hop. Each comment that you leave gives you a chance to win!!!

The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!

Every day (Monday July 15th – July 17th), one of the IO designer blogs will be chosen randomly and a winner will be selected from comments on that blog at 10pm CT. The winner will be announced the following day along with the participating blogs for that day.

Two prizes will be awarded on the last day of the hop. One will be for Friday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week. So….if you miss a day or time deadline your comments will still count for a chance to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate! Both Friday winners will be announced on the IO Blog on Saturday, July 18th.

All of the new stamps you’ll be seeing on the hop are available NOW! at www.iostamps.com


Today I thought I would share a holiday card using two new clear sets.  One is called Spread Christmas Cheer, and it contains the saying and the little jingle bells.  The other is called Snow Flourish and it contains the snowflake border background.

To make the cards, I stamped the snowflake border repeatedly onto white cardstock with a light blue ink.  I embossed the bells on metallic gold paper in gold embossing powder and then cut them out.  To finish the card, I rounded some corners, popped up the bells with some foam tape, and added my saying.

Items Used:

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Impression Obsession Blog Hop Day 1

Welcome to the 2015 Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Release Blog Hop!

We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!

The hop will start each day with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST. Each day pay us a visit here and then head over and see our fabulous IO Design Team’s projects with our new stamps on their blogs (only one comment per blog per day please). Comment as you hop. Each comment that you leave gives you a chance to win!!!

The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!

Every day (Monday July 15th – July 17th), one of the IO designer blogs will be chosen randomly and a winner will be selected from comments on that blog at 10pm CT. The winner will be announced the following day along with the participating blogs for that day.

Two prizes will be awarded on the last day of the hop. One will be for Friday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week. So….if you miss a day or time deadline your comments will still count for a chance to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate! Both Friday winners will be announced on the IO Blog on Saturday, July 18th.

All of the new stamps you’ll be seeing on the hop are available NOW! at www.iostamps.com


I hope you are in the mood for new products from Impression Obsession. There gorgeous new designs forFall and winter as well as great sayings and fun image to color (like the ones I used today).

I love the new birdie saying for a couple of reasons. First, it is much larger than others I have seen and therefore really stands out on the card. Second, it can be finished on the inside for a variety of occasions. A little birdie told me....it's your birthday, you're having a baby, you got a promotion, you needed a hug, etc...

For my card, I stamped the hexagons and bird onto watercolor paper and then colored them with Peerless watercolors. I then cut out the bird, popped it up on my card with foam tape and added the saying.

Items used:

Psst C17072

Bird D17072

Hexagon from a Balzar Designs cling set called Summer 3144-LG

Don't forget to visit the other designers and leave comments for chances to win!

 

Anna Wight
Daniela Dobson
Dina Kowal
Ellen Taylor
Jeanne Streiff
Karen Amidon
Kittie Caracciolo
Laura Fulcher
Vicki Garrett

 

 

 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Memory Box Blog Blitz

Hi guys.  Today is my day to post over on the Memory Box Outside the Box blog.  There is a brand new release of products for Fall and the holidays, so be sure to visit that blog for ideas and chances to win prizes all week! You can also find all the instructions to make this card.  :)

http://davebrethauer.typepad.com/outsidethebox/2015/07/more-halloween.html




Thursday, July 2, 2015

Christmas in July


Today I get to tease you a bit and share a card using an image that isn't available quite yet.  Impression Obsession will be having their Fall/Winter release soon, and this is one of the images.  It is called Tree Collage (L13383) and I will be using it in one of my upcoming Christmas classes. 


For the card, I let the image itself do most of the work.  It is highly detailed, so I used the Olympia Green Versafine to pick up of the elements of the image.  I colored the ornaments with colored pencils and then added a bunch of PanPastel chalk.  You can't see from the image, but I added some metallic gold chalk to the outside edges so that it would have a nice festive sheen.  The tree was very dark and uniform in color, so I went in with a really bright chatereuse green chalk and added it between the branches to give it more dimension and highlights.

Be on the lookout for new designs from Impression Obsession.  There will be a huge new release very, very soon! 

Don't forget to visit the other designers.  There might be another new release image (or two) to see:

 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

You are the Best




Greetings everyone! The Impression Obsession team is busy working with the new Fall and Holiday release that will be coming your way soon, but until then, I thought I would show you a succulent image that I love (Potted Cactus F13324).  It was a fun image to watercolor with my Peerless paints, and it would be great to change out the color of the flower to fit your mood.


For the two backgrounds, I used two stamps instead of patterned papers.  The first is called Torn Notebook Paper (H9203) and I stamped it with kraft ink on kraft cardstock.  The second was the Cover a Card Medallion image (CC032) that I stamped with green ink onto green cardstock.  To finish the card, I stamped the You are the Best sentiment (B14428) with black ink.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

IO Challenge- Celebrate You


I have to admit, I really love when the challenge is to make a card for yourself.  It is rather fun to choose elements that you like or ones you are in the mood to use.


Today was an unusual day for me because attended a funeral at Arlington National Cemetery for the first time.  It was incredibly moving and poignant.  Although the service was for a man who lived a good long life, you couldn't help but think about all the people who are burried there.  It is a bit overwhelming.

When it then came time to make a card, I was in the mood to make something with bright, neon colors.  I needed something that was a lot lighter and fun.  I also chose a sentiment that really spoke to me...especially today.

For the background, I combined two different Cover a Card backgrounds- Rolling Waves (CC123) and Circle Fusion 2 (CR002).  I then added some leaves in green ink (Silhouette 2 E5552) and some neon butterflies cut from the Butterflies Set dies ( DIE046-A).  To finish the card, I added some stickles to the butterflies for sparkle and added the Practice Happy Thinking sentiment (D14256).

Curious about the other Designers' inspiration?  Check out their blogs:

Thursday, June 4, 2015

IO Challenge- Party Time

Who doesn't like a good party?  Today is all about celebrations of every kind.  Last week I taught a class using Cover a Card backgrounds and PanPastel chalks.  I always challenge my students to make cards with the backgrounds we create, so I am sharing the one I made into a finished card.


For the background, I used white cardstock and sponged it with three colors of PanPastels.  I then stamped the Cells Cover a Card background (CC169) on top with Versamark ink and sponged the stamped background with the same three colors of chalks.  It gave the background a nice tone on tone effect.


For the Party part of the card, I used the brand new All in One Frames Rectangle Die (DIE291-WW), which included both the frame and the oval on the card.  I stamped a saying from the Let Them Eat Cake clear set (CL320).

 For the drinks, I used dies from the Mixed Drinks die set (DIE185-H).  I used Copic markers to color the outside of the glasses and used chalk scraps for the inside of the drinks.  To finish the card, I added some sequins for sparkle.  After all, it isn't a party without sparkle!

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