Thursday, November 20, 2014

IO Challenge-Holiday Wishes


I told my last class that I always like to make at least one design of card for the holidays that can be given to anyone.  Most of my cards are Christmas cards, but it never hurts to have a few "Seasons Greetings" cards as well.

This card also uses shadow stamping, which is a technique that doesn't seem to get used as much anymore.  I like to make my own shadow stamps using the materials you use to carve your own stamps.


Stamps:
Impression Obsession Winter Wishes A3589 or from clear set CL304 All I want for Christmas
Impression Obsession Medium Snowflake E6266

Inks:
Adirondack Lights Cool Peri
Distress Ink Stormy Sky

Other Materials:
Carving Block
Rhinestones
Foam tape

Instructions
·         Cut carving block to make desired size of shadow stamp
·         Ink solid block with light purple ink and stamp onto white cardstock
·         Overstamp solid background with snowflakes in Stormy Sky ink
·         Stamp saying onto small white cardstock with Stormy Sky ink
·         Layer the pieces of the card
·         Pop up saying with foam tape
·         Add rhinestones to card

Need more holiday inspiration?  Check out the other designers:
Anna Wight
Daniela Dobson
Dina Kowal
Ellen Taylor
Jeanne Streiff
Jenny Gropp
Karen Amidon
Kittie Caracciolo
Laura Fulcher






Thursday, November 6, 2014

IO Challenge- Thanksgiving Wishes


Greetings everyone.  I am so excited that the challenge today is Thanksgiving cards.  I know I shouldn't be shocked, but when I was at CVS the day after Halloween, they were taking down the Halloween candy and putting out the Christmas candy.  When did we stop celebrating fall?  I love it, and want to enjoy every moment of it.

For today's card, I used some of Impression Obsession's newer images.  I stamped the French Text Pear (D9397) onto watercolor paper and then colored it with Peerless watercolors.  I then added the new Oak background (CC181 Oak).  The saying is an older one that I seem to use every year.  It just encapsulates what I want to say for Thanksgiving.  (May the Bounty D6043).

To finish the card, I used a scrap of paper that had the CC182 Vines Vertical and CC049 Screen Cover a Card backgrounds stamped onto it.  I used that paper on another card, but I had saved the decorative scrap because I knew one day I would use it.  I love it when that happens!

Need more Thanksgiving inspiration?  Check out the work by the other designers:
Anna Wight
Dina Kowal
Ellen Taylor
Jeanne Streiff
Jenny Gropp
Karen Amidon
Laura Fulcher


 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Polar Bear Cuteness

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Hi everyone! Today was my day to post over on the Outside the Box blog using one of the new Memory Box Winter 2014 dies.  For all the information on making the card, be sure to head over there for the details.

Don't forget when you are over on the other blog to leave a comment on that post  for a chance to win the new Bundled Bear die.  You have until 11pm EST on Sunday, Oct 26th to leave your comment.  Winners will be announced on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, October 27th.  There are tons of chances to win prizes over there this week, so be sure to give it a look.  After all, who doesn't like free goodies?  Good luck!

Supplies Used:
Bundled Bear Die 98947
Texture Scraped Paint Stencil 88584
Merry and Bright Stamp B2005

Monday, October 13, 2014

October Cards


Some people celebrate Halloween and others don't. I myself look forward to it and really love to make Halloween cards. There is just something about the color combinations that really speaks to me. Plus, it is a chance to stamp monsters, which is always fun.

Today I am sharing the Halloween cards from my upcoming 10 in 10 Halloween class on Friday, October 24th. We will make all ten of these quick and easy cards. I hope you can join me!

 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

IO Challenge- Ghoulish Greetings

Greetings everyone!  The new die blog hop is over, but it is time for another Impression Obsession challenge.  I absolutely love making Halloween cards, and I thought I would share one of the cards from my upcoming class on Sunday where we will make 10 quick and easy Halloween cards.


For this particular card, I wanted to do something that was a little nontraditional.  There are no bats, cats, or witches.  I just took some trees and added a really big moon behind them.  There is just something eerie about a really big full moon.

To make the card, I stamped the Spooky Trees (H7759) onto white cardstock with black ink.  I then added a circle mask where I wanted the moon to be:


Next, I sponged the sky with Distress Inks (Stormy Sky, Seedless Preserves, Concord Grape, Black Soot):


I trimmed the white cardstock, layered it onto a grey notecard, and added a saying (Spooktacular).

Want more "spooky" inspiration?  Check out the other designers:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Impression Obsession Die Hop- Day 3

Welcome to day three of  the Impression Obsession Fall Designer Die Hop!
 
We have some beautiful new dies 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 dies on their blogs (only one comment per blog per day please). The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!
 
Every day (Monday, September 29th – Wednesday, October 1st) one of the 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 Wednesday’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 Wednesday winners will be announced on the IO Blog on Friday.
If you have any questions please email Jeanne.
All of the new dies you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW!
Hello everyone!  Yesterday I talked about my new favorite cut out dies, and today I wanted to finish with another cut out.  Trying to adhere dies to a card can be time consuming, so if you don't have to do that, I am all for it!
 
When I help people plan their holdiay cards, I always ask them how many they are making.  If you are making ten cards, it is a very different process than if you are making eighty. Personally, if I am making a lot of cards, I want them to be as simple as possible.
 
For today's card, I took a piece of dark blue paper and taped three stnowflake dies and one saying to the paper using repositionable tape.  I ran everything through a die cut machine and then adhered the paper to a white notecard.  Yesterday I put colored paper behind the cutouts.  Today I simplified that by using the actual color of the card to show through the cut outs.  Here is a close up of one of the snowflakes:
 
    
If you wanted to "fancy up" the card, you could put tape behind the openings and sprinkle the snowflake with glitter.

Dies used:
DIE241-Z Snowflake Cutout
DIE233-M Holiday Bottom Edgers

Don't forget to visit the other designers!


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Impression Obsession Challenge- Day 2

Welcome to day two of  the Impression Obsession Fall Designer Die Hop!
We have some beautiful new dies 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 dies on their blogs (only one comment per blog per day please). The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!
Every day (Monday, September 29th – Wednesday, October 1st) one of the 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 Wednesday’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 Wednesday winners will be announced on the IO Blog on Friday.
If you have any questions please email Jeanne.
All of the new dies you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW!

Today I want to talk about using the new cutout dies.  Usually when you cut out a die (especially an intricate one), you often have to figure out how you are going to adhere it to a card.  With the Impression Obsession cut out dies, you use the negative space of the die.  Here is a close up to see what I mean:


To make this card, I took a piece of red paper and taped the Christmas tree die to it.  When I ran it through the die cut machine, it left a hole in the paper in the shape of a tree with decorative garlands.  To color the tree, I put a piece of green paper behind the tree and a piece of gold cardstock behind the star.  Very, very quick and easy!

For the top of the red paper, I taped my sayining  to it at an angle so that it would cut out my message on the diagonal.  To finish the card, I added some rhinestones.

Here are the dies I used:

Be sure to visit all the other designers for more inspiration and a chance to win prizes!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Impression Obsession Blog Hop- Day 1


Welcome to the Impression Obsession Fall Designer Die Hop!

We have some beautiful new dies 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 dies on their blogs (only one comment per blog per day please). The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!

Every day (Monday, September 29th – Wednesday, October 1st) one of the 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 Wednesday’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 Wednesday winners will be announced on the IO Blog on Friday.
If you have any questions please email Jeanne.
All of the new dies you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW!


I am so glad you could join me for the first day of the blog hop.  Fall finally feels like it is here (even though I have no idea where September went).  The weather feels wonderful, and I have been motivated to make some Fall-themed cards.

For my pumpkin truck, I used three new Impression Obsession dies:

The great thing about the dies I used is the practicallity.  The Frames die is a solid die that cuts out six different frames at once.  The pumpkin die cuts out 16 small pumpkins at once, which really cuts down on the die cutting time.  The truck works well for a Fall card, but it also is great for those hard-to-design "guy" cards.

Be sure to visit all the other designers for more inspiration and a chance to win prizes!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

IO Challenge- Square Cards

Greetings everyone!  Today the IO challenge was to make a square card.  You might notice that part of my flower extends past the card.  I popped it up onto a square card that is small enough that it will fit into a standard A2 envelope even though part of it hangs over the edge.



To make the card, I embossed the Darling Dahlia (H8715) onto 140lb watercolor paper with white embossing powder and then colored it with one color of Peerless watercolor paint (Arbutus Pink).  To make some areas darker, I just added more of the paint.  To finish the card, I added the Hello greeting (A3759).

Need more square card inspiration?  Check out the other designers:
 
Laura Fulcher - you are here
Vicki Garrett




Thursday, September 4, 2014

IO Challenge- Backgrounds

The IO challenge today is all about backgrounds, and I have to say, I absolutely love the new Oak Cover a Card background (CC181).  It works so well for Fall cards!  For my card today, I paired it with the Fall Words stamp (F14019) and the new Pine Cone image (C16028).  Normally I think of pine cones as a winter image, but I thought it worked well with my monochrmatic Fall card.  To color the pine cone, I used an assortment of Peerless watercolor paints and popped it up with foam tape.

Need more background information?  Check out the work by the other designers: