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).

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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:


 



Thursday, August 21, 2014

IO Challenge- Friendship





So, I have to admit that when I was designing this card, I was planning to use the new "You've Been a Blessing" (C13226) saying, which was perhaps a bit more in the "friendship" category.  However, I have several friends that could really use a "perk up" card instead.  So, for my friendship cards, I made cards that I am currently sending to my friends.

To make the card, I used a paper kit from the Paper Cut.  Why not let someone do a lot of the cutting and layering for you?  I stamped the background over and over with the Coffee Beans stamp (D13230) and added the Perk Up saying and the Coffee Cup Stamp (C13231).  It was hard to take the picture, but the coffee cup is on the inside of the card and can be seen through the window.  The saying is popped up with some foam tape.

Very simple card and good to have as an emergency card for a friend who needs a little pick me up.

Need more friendship ideas?  Check out the work by the other designers:

Laura Fulcher - you are here
Vicki Garrett


Thursday, August 7, 2014

IO Challenge- Clean and Simple



Greetings everyone!  Today's IO challenge is "clean and simple" cards.  I thought I would share a card I recently taught in one of my classes.  I used watercolor pencils and a waterbrush so that I wouldn't have to color every flower or leaf perfectly.  The card is "quick and easy" as well as "clean and simple."

Paper:
Pink notecard
Ranger watercolor paper

Stamps:
Sayings- Impression Obsession Clear Set- CL329 Let them Eat Cake
Background- Impression Obsession Cover a Card Sketchy Flowers CC093
Cupcake- Impression Obsession Flower Cupcake C16017

Inks
Colorbox Chalk Pink Pastel
Black Versafine

Other Materials:
Spun Sugar Distress Marker
Waterbrush
Inktense Pencils- Crimson, Felt Green
3” circle punch (Purple Circle Punch)

Instructions:
·         Stamp the card with pink ink and large background image.
·         Cut out circle from watercolor paper
·         Stamp cupcake and saying onto circle using black ink
·         Outline the outside of the cupcake with Spun Sugar Distress Marker
·         Blend the outline with waterbrush to soften the edges
·         Let the outline dry before coloring the inside of the cupcake
·         Color the center of each flower with pink Inktense pencil
·         Blend the flowers with waterbrush
·         Trace the lines of the cupcake wrapper with pink Inktense pencil
·         Blend with a waterbrush
·         Color the center of each leaf with green pencil
·         Bled leaves with waterbrush
·         Optional…stamp saying on the inside of the card

     Need more Clean and Simple inspiration?  Check out the other designers:

Laura Fulcher - you are here
Vicki Garrett

 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Impression Obsession Blog Hop- Final Day

Welcome to the 2014 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 there 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). 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 28th – August 1st) 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, August 2nd.

If you have any questions please email Jeanne. All of the new stamps you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW! www.iostamps.com *** Please note*** We are having issues with comments on the Impression Obsession blog so you are not required to post a comment there. Winners will be selected from a participating IO Design Team Member’s blog each day.
 
Well, today is the last day of the hop.  I really hope you have enjoyed seeing all the new goodies.  Thank you so much for all the nice comments that have been left on my blog.

Everyone who has seen the new Snowglobe Love stamp (E9483) I used in the card today seems to just love it.  I think it is one of those images that just appeals to a lot of stamping styles.  I colored the image with Peerless watercolors and made sure to match the snowman with the snowman in the globe.

To finish the card, I added the Like a Snowglobe saying (C14168) and snowflake dies from the Sm. Snowflake set (DIE100-F)

Don't forget to visit the other designers for a chance to comment and win prizes:

Laura Fulcher - you are here
Vicki Garrett