Thursday, January 15, 2015

IO Challenge- Sparkle and Shine


Who needs a little sparkle and shine today?  I know it has been so dreary here, that I could use a lttle bling and bright myself!


For this card, I used the Large Butterfly (L17021) as well as the new Large Speck Cover a Card background (CC196).

To add a little sparkle, I added some Stickles over the wings:


Need a little more sparkle?  Check out the other designers:

 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Memory Box Butterflies

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Greetings!  Today was my day to post on the Outside the Box blog to show you some of the new Memory Box products.  If you want to get the full set of instructions, but sure to head over there to see the full post and for the chance to win this beautiful die.

For my card, I chose to use the detailed Fairyland butterflies die, some glitter, and some Copic markers.  Yes, you can color directly onto glitter using Copic markers!

Here is a close up of the glitter and markers:




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It is a really easy technique that works well with detailed dies.  I hope you will give it a try.  If you are in the DC area, I will be teaching this card tomorrow night in my Memory Box new release class.
I hope to see you there!


Friday, January 9, 2015

IO CHA Blog Hop- Day 5

Welcome to the 2015 Impression Obsession Spring/CHA Release Blog Hop- Day 5

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 Jan 5th – Jan 9th), 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 winner will be for Friday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week. Both winners will be announced on Saturday January 10th.
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, January 10th.
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Well, today is the last day of the blog hop.  I hope that you have really enjoyed it and have been inspired by all the new Impression Obsession stamps.

For today's card, I wanted to show you a couple of new butterflies that I colored with Chameleon pens.  Chameleon pen give you an ombre effect that I thought would work well with butterfly wings.  To finish the card, I added a saying as well as some rhinestones.

Products used:
Larger Butterfly- Butterfly 4 D7783
Smaller Butterfly- Butterfly 2 D7781
Saying- Ups and Downs C13339

Thanks again for stopping by and for all the lovey comments!

Today's hop list!
Have a great day!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

IO CHA Blog Hop- Day 4

Welcome to the 2015 Impression Obsession Spring/CHA Release Blog Hop- Day 4

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 Jan 5th – Jan 9th), 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 winner will be for Friday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week. Both winners will be announced on Saturday January 10th.
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, January 10th.
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Greetings on  Day 4 of the hop!  For today's card, I made a card with some of my favorite new products.   I chose a saying from a new Impression Obsession designer (Yvonne Blair) that makes me smile and added a Cover a Card background that I love.  I then added my favorite coloring medium (Copics) and chose a color scheme that appeals to me.  I thought about creating a grunge background to coordinate with the style of the font, but I really liked the graphic quality of the circles.  What is up with all this "me, me, me" in this card you ask?  Well, today is my birthday, and sometimes you just have to do a little something with yourself in mind!

Products used:
Cover a Card- Random Circles CC200
Saying- My Own World D17010

 
Today's hop list!
Have a great day!


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

IO CHA Blog Hop- Day 3

Welcome to the 2015 Impression Obsession Spring/CHA Release Blog Hop- Day 3

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 Jan 5th – Jan 9th), 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 winner will be for Friday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week. Both winners will be announced on Saturday January 10th.
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, January 10th.


Hi guys!  Today I want to talk about layering Cover a Card stamps to build up a background.  For my card, I started with a kraft notecard and stamped the Calico background on top (CC188) with brown pigment ink. 


I liked the Calico a lot, but it looked really regimented for the card I was designing.  I decided to add the Lg. Speck background (CC196) on top of it using the same brown ink.  You can really see the difference you get by adding a second pattern to the mix.  You could use two different inks for this technique for a completely different look.


Next, to tie in with my coffee theme, I stamped the Coffee Ring image (E13235) onto my background with Hero Arts Latte ink (perfect name, right?) 


For the finished card, I added the Coffee Time stamp (H777)) and the Pour Sip Sigh saying (B13250).


Today's hop list!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

IO CHA Blog Hop- Day 2

Welcome to the 2015 Impression Obsession Spring/CHA Release Blog Hop- Day 2


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 Jan 5th – Jan 9th), 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 winner will be for Friday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week. Both winners will be announced on Saturday January 10th.

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, January 10th.

 


Today I wanted to show you another of the new Cover a Card backgrounds. This time I used the Metal background CC205. I plan to use this backrgound with metallic colors in the future, but for now, I just liked the swirling texture it gives you and used it for a monochromatic card. I stamped it with Colorbox Chalk Azurite ink onto a light blue notecard. I then added the new Flower Silhouette stamp H16082.

I absolutely love the new floral stamp. It just seems to be enough on its own.. With that in mind, I made a second card that I am calling my "30 second card." I literally took two stamps and one ink pad to make a card. No embellishments. No layers. I don't know if I have ever done that before. The best thing is that I was really pleased with the results.


Monday, January 5, 2015

IO Blog Hop- Day1

Welcome to the 2015 Impression Obsession Spring/CHA 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 Jan 5th – Jan 9th), 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 winner will be for Friday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week. Both winners will be announced on Saturday January 10th.
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, January 10th.
If you have any questions please email Jeanne.
All of the new stamps you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW!


For my cards today, I am sharing two cards from my quick and easy Valentine's Day card class.  I'm all about being able to mass-produce cards!  With that in mind, I try to make Valentine's Day cards that could be given to anyone special in your life, whether it is a significant other, parent, sibling, friend, etc.

For the first card, I went with a vellum overlay.  It is been quite a while since I have done that.  I added the heart strip of paper for decoration and also to cover up my tape.
Items used:
Impression Obsession So Very Loved B13276
Impression Obsession Chalk Heart Large F9508


For my second card, I used my new favorite Cover a Card background- Lattice.  It is awesome!  You are going to see this one a lot from me. I colored the heart with some Peerless watercolors on heavy watercolor paper.
Items used:
Impression Obsession Lattice Cover a Card CC202
Impression Obsession Do You Know C13266
Impression Obsession Frail Painted Heart D9515

Today's hop list!
Have a great day!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

IO Challenge- Winter Chill

Happy New Year everyone!  Is it chilly where you are?  It isn't too bad here.  However, I am always in the mood for a little cocoa to help fight against the chills.

For today's card, I used paired the Comfort Cocoa E8612 image with the coordinating Comforting Cocoa B8613 saying.  I colored the cocoa with some Peerless watercolor paint, cut out the image, and popped it up with some foam tape.  For the background, I tore some white paper to look like a snowbank and added some Stickles to the top of the "snow" as well as to the whipped cream.  Here is a close up so that you can see the sparkle:



Need more chilly inspiration?  Check out the other designers:

Thursday, December 18, 2014

IO Challenge- Last Minute Gifts

I don't know about you, but I often need a last minute gift, and when I do, I need something QUICK.  What could be quicker than a gift card?  For my project today, I wanted to show you what it looks like when you use the IO Gift Card Envelope DIE192-XX.  You could use it for any ocassion.  All you have to do is change the paper and accessories you use.

I also wanted to show you the Snowflake Cutout Dies DIE241-Z.  If you remember, these dies cut into the paper.  Here is a close up of the snowflake die:

I cut out the gift card envelope and taped the snowflake into place with low tac tape

When I ran it through the machine, I was left with a snowflake cutout.  This is so much easier to deal with then gluing all those small snowflake parts!

If you want a REALLY easy project, leave the envelope as is and let the gift card itself show through the hole to "color" your die cut.

I decided to take it a step further and added some double stick tape behind the open hole:

Then I sprinkled my snowflake with glitter for extra sparkle and added a white pearl:


Need more last minute inspiration?  Check out the other designers:
 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

IO Challenge- Clean and Simple Holiday Cards

 
If you follow my blog, then you know I LOVE clean and simple cards- especially for the holidays.  If you are making a lot of cards, you really need to tone down the number of elements you have on your card.

For today's card, I am sharing a card from my 10 in 10 holiday card class.  Here is the info:

Paper:
Bright green notecard
Brown cardstock- 5” x 4”
Ranger watercolor paper- 4 ¾” x 3 ¾”
White cardstock for inside of card- 5” x 3”

Stamps:
Impression Obsession Picture Frame Advent Tree K9476
Impression Obsession Oh Christmas Tree E9474 (stamped on inside)

Ink:
My Favorite Things Hybrid ink Licorice
Hero Arts Hero Hues Grass

Other Materials:
Waterbrush
Cup of water
Peerless watercolor paints
Heatgun

Instructions:

  • ·         Stamp tree onto watercolor paper with black ink
  • ·         Allow to dry or heat with a heatgun
  •        Color each square with various green watercolor paints  (hint- wet each square first so that the paint will blend better)
  • ·         Stamp saying on the inside of the card
  
Need more holiday inspiration?  Check out the other designers: