Thursday, May 10, 2018

IO Challenge- Backgrounds

Greetings friends.  I was really looking forward to this challenge because I am enamored with IO Cover a Card Background stamps.  I think you may have noticed that I tend to forgo patterned papers because I can just stamp my own.

For the card today, I wanted to show you how you can combine three different backgrounds to create your own designer paper.  You can choose the colors and designs you want to get a look that you like.  Here is a close up of today's "paper." It uses three of the light/medium/dark IO ink colors that are meant to coordinate together.  I chose Fog, Shadow, and Taupe. 


First, I started with Fog ink and stamped the Cover a Card Distressed Denim design on top of white cardstock.  The mottled design is a favorite of mine when building a patterned paper to use as a light base layer to build upon:

Next, I added some lines to my paper using the Scribble Checkerboard Cover a Card and some Shadow ink:
I already had a mottled layer and a lined layer, so for my third layer, I decided to go with some curvy lines.  The top layer used the Flourishes Cover a Card with Taupe ink.
I then had my completed paper that was ready for a stamped image and sentiment.  For the butterfly, I stamped it onto my background and once again onto a piece of watercolor paper that I had colored with Colorburst powders.  It was actually a scrap that I hated as a background.  Never throw those pieces away.  They are great for stamping on top of as well as die cutting.  I cut out the butterfly wings (without the antennae) and glued them onto the butterfly stamped directly onto the card.  Finally, I added my sentiment in black ink.

I encourage you to try making your own backgrounds.  IO has over 250 background designs, so the possibilities are practically limitless!

Impression Obsession Items used:
Cover a Card Distressed Denim
Fog ink
Scribble Checkerboard Cover a Card
Shadow ink
Flourishes Cover a Card
Taupe ink
Sketched Butterfly
Artful Soul

I encourage you to visit the other designers for more background inspiration!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

IO Summer Release Blog Hop Day 3

Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2018 Summer Release Hop!
We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away! The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST May1st – May 3rd. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates!
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!! Comment entries will be open on all posts until 9pm CT on Sunday May 6th and all winners will be announced May 7th.
 Greetings friends.  Most of you know by now how much I love my IO Cover a Card backgrounds.  It wouldn't be a true hop for me if I didn't share one of the new designs with you.

To make my card, I created a background using an older and a new background stamp.  I started with white cardstock and then stamped the Clouds background on top with Sky Blue ink.  The clouds background gives you a really beautiful and realistic looking sky, but I was using it primarily for texture under the second stamp.  Next I stamped the new Mini Beach Print background using Navy ink.  Here is a closeup of the two backgrounds:

For my wavy background, I used a single wave stamp in my MISTI stamp positioner and stamped it twice in Baby Blue ink (top), twice in Sky Blue ink (middle), and twice in Navy ink (bottom).  I simply moved the paper approx 1/4" each time I stamp to get a row of waves with an ombre look.

To finish the card, I added a sentiment with black ink and cut out a palm tree that I embellished with brown pearls.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Sentiment- Life's a Beach

Don't forget to hop on over to the other designers:
 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

IO Summer Release Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2018 Summer Release Hop!
We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away! The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST May1st – May 3rd. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates!
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!! Comment entries will be open on all posts until 9pm CT on Sunday May 6th and all winners will be announced May 7th.
Greetings friends.  I was attracted to this sentiment by Lin-Manuel Miranda and knew I wanted to make a card with it.  (I am determined to see his play "Hamilton" at some point in my life).
It is hard to tell from the picture, but the background is actually a combination of two different Cover a card Stamps.  I started with the Distressed Denim design and stamped it with Banana IO ink onto white cardstock.  It gave the paper a splotchy yellow/creamy look.  Next, I stamped Sunburst design on top using Goldenrod IO ink.  To finish the card, I added my sentiment with black ink.
Impression Obsession Items used:
Start There D13672
Don't forget to visit the other designers!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

IO Summer Release Hop Day 1

Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2018 Summer Release Hop!
We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away! The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST May1st – May 3rd. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates!
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!! Comment entries will be open on all posts until 9pm CT on Sunday May 6th and all winners will be announced May 7th.

Greetings friends.  For today's card, I wanted to share an idea for coloring the new Painted Rainbow stamp.  It has a really nice watercolor "brushed" look, so I decided to color directly onto the stamp with red, orange, yellow, green and blue Zig Clean Color brush markers.  Next, I lightly misted the stamp with water and stamped it onto some 140lb watercolor paper.  There were some places that didn't blend as much as I wanted, so I lightly touched them with a waterbrush until I got the rainbow I wanted.  Once I let the rainbow dry, I stamped the sentiment on top.  Tip- be sure to use a MISTI or another stamp positioner to stamp your sentiment.  Stamping a sentiment onto watercolor paper, even smooth watercolor paper, often takes more than one stamping to get a crisp font.

For the background, I stamped the rain background onto blue cardstock with Versamark ink and then sponged it with some Ultramarine PanPastel chalk.  

Impression Obsession items used:
We have two more days of hops coming up to show you the new stamps, so I hope you will join us for the other days.

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


Thursday, April 19, 2018

IO Challenge- All that Glitters

Greetings friends.  Today's challenge is all about glitter.  Normally when I use glitter on a card, I put an intricate die cut onto strong, sticky tape and then add white glitter on top of all the open areas.  That then allows me to color the glitter with any color of Copic marker I choose.

Today I decided to go much simpler and to use up some of all my glitter tape scraps.  To make the card, I cut out my happy birthday sentiment and stuck it onto a strip of double stick tape.  Then I covered it with dark blue glitter.  For the rest of the decoration, I added strips of tape in varying widths and covered them with an assortment of glitters.   Here is a close-up of the card to see the sparkle better:


The nice thing about the card is that it uses up scraps, it is fast to make, and you can easily adapt it for the recipient using colors that they will like.

I also wanted to talk a bit about the sentiment die I used.  It is from the Greetings Top Edgers set.  The set includes dies that say happy birthday, thinking of you, and thanks so much.  When you cut out the die, it leaves the cardstock attached at the bottom to layer onto the card.  Normally I leave the sentiment attached to the cardstock, but for this card, I chose to cut it off so that it would fit onto the tape strip.  Here is a close up of what it looks like when you die cut the sentiment:


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

Thursday, April 5, 2018

IO Collor Challenge- Pink and Green


Greetings friends.  Today's challenge was to use the colors pink and green.  It is a perfect color palette for Spring!  For my card today, I want to share a bit of what I did wrong as well as what went right.  After all, isn't that information just as important?

To make the card, I used one of my Colorburst backgrounds that I have on hand for cardmaking.  It is 140lb watercolor paper with an assortment of green Colorburst powders that were spritzed with water to get a splattered watercolor look.

Next, I stamped my Rose Leaves onto the green background using Impression Obsession Shamrock ink.  I put it in my MISTI for stamping because watercolor paper is notoriously difficult to stamp on, and I had a feeling I would need to stamp the leaves more than once.

The butterfly is where things went a bit wonky.  I cut out the butterfly in white cardstock and then again with one of my pink Colorburst backgrounds.  I pieced the pink parts of the butterfly onto the white butterfly outline, and I was done.  I should have stopped there.  However, I didn't.  I added some Stickles to the wings for sparkle, and the glitter glue started removing all of the Colorburst color.  The wings looked terrible.  Note to self...  Stickles and Colorburst powders don't work well together.  I removed the pink pieces that were ruined and looked for another background that would work.

To finish the card, I cut out another pink pieces from a background I had made using a couple of Cover a Card backgrounds.  Here are the pink pieces I used on the butterfly.  The original pink Colorburst background on the left and the pink patterned paper I made on the right:


So, my butterfly ended up being a combination of Colorburst pink pieces and patterned pink pieces.  The patterned paper didn't match the other paper, so I added some Copic marker on top of the pattern to make it look like all the pieces were meant to work together:


Whew!  I wish I hadn't gone one step too far and given myself  all that extra work.  However, as I tell my students, cards always seem to go wrong.  It is always about the fix. 

Impression Obsession items used:
Rose Leaf Branch F1899
Butterfly 2 die DIE507-V
Hugs die DIE516-A
Shamrock ink

For the pink patterned paper:
Cover a Card Distressed Denim CC051
Cover a Card Flourishes CC027
Bubblegum ink
Ruby ink

Need more pink/green inspiration?  Don't forget to visit the other designers (Especially Dina...she has a stamp set give away on her blog)



Friday, March 30, 2018

Impression Obsession 2018 Spring Release Die Hop Day 2

Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2018 Spring Release Die Hop!
We have some beautiful new die to share AND Gift Certificates to give away! The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST March 29th – March 30th. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a chance to win one of THREE $25 Gift Certificates!
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!
Comment entries will be open on all posts until 9pm CT on Sunday April 1 and all winners will be announced April 2nd.
Please link the person in front of you and where to hop next and a link to the IO Blog for the full list.
SUPER IMPORTANT!!! Make sure you link with everyone's IO category link in case someone has another post over the weekend. Thanks!
 
 
Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share a project using the new Bunny Border die.  It is so cute! It cuts out as one piece, but the hands/paws are cut so that you can pop them up.  I first thought about putting little squares that spelled out "hello" in their paws, but then I chose to feature Easter since it is so close.
 
To make the card, I first started by making my own background.  It is the combination of two different Cover a Card backgrounds and two colors of Impression Obsession ink.  Here is a close up of the pattern it made:
  
It is a combination of the Wood grain Plank background in Baby Blue ink and the Dancing Leaves background in Sky Blue ink.

As a finishing touch, I added the Sm. Happy Easter die that was cut from dark grey paper.

Impression Obsession Items used:
Bunny Border DIE664-T
Sm. Happy Easter die DIE655-I
 
 Don't forget to visit the other designers for chances to win!


Thursday, March 29, 2018

IO

Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2018 Spring Release Die Hop!

We have some beautiful new die to share AND Gift Certificates to give away! The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST March 29th – March 30th. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a chance to win one of THREE $25 Gift Certificates!

The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!
Comment entries will be open on all posts until 9pm CT on Sunday April 1 and all winners will be announced April 2nd.

Please link the person in front of you and where to hop next and a link to the IO Blog for the full list.

SUPER IMPORTANT!!! Make sure you link with everyone's IO category link in case someone has another post over the weekend. Thanks!

Greetings friends.  For day one of the blog hop, I made a quick and easy Easter card because I needed to make a bunch of cards in a hurry to get into the mail.  Tomorrow's card is more intricate and time consuming.  It is always important when making die cut cards to think about how many you are going to make when creating the design.

To make my card, I cut out the new Bunny Frame die out of light pink cardstock.  I then put ultra-strong double stick tape behind the die cut and then sprinkled the whole thing with glitter.  Here is a close up.  I hope you can see the glitter a bit better:


If you were making a set of these to give as a gift, I would do them in an assortment of  "PEEP" colors so that you would have a nice selection of monochromatic cards for Spring.

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

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Cherry Blossoms and Upcoming Class


Greetings friends.  As someone who lives in the DC area, I am always exited when it gets to be cherry blossom time.  It is so beautiful!  Cherry blossoms peak bloom time is estimated at April 8-12th this year, so it is time to start planning my trip in to DC.

For today's card, I started with a blue card and stamped it it with the Rose Leaves Cover a Card background using Ocean ink.

To make the white panel, I stamped the Cherry Blossom Stem onto white cardstock with black Versafine ink and colored it with Zig Clean Color Brush markers and a waterbrush.  As a final touch, I added a sentiment from the Flower Greetings clear stamp set with the same black ink.

Really easy card, but I love making projects that reflect the area in which I live.  Here is a closeup:


For those of you who are local, I wanted to announce an upcoming class that I will be doing.  It is the first class that I am offering since Angela's closed. 

If you hadn't heard, Angela is a pastor at the Church of the Brethren in Nokesville, VA.  Their church has been raising funds this year for maintenance on the building and there will be a huge craft yard sale on Saturday, June 9th.  I will be also be teaching a 10 in 10 class twice on that day (same class).  I hope you will attend the event on the 9th and shop for some great crafting deals as well as support a great cause.  I also hope you sign up for one of my class sessions.  Here is all the information about the event:

It's happening! An Angela's Happy Stamper Papercrafting Yardsale/Fundraiser. 

We hope you can join us for some stamping and shopping fun! It will be a great chance to shop for papercrafting yardsale bargains, support a great cause and reunite with the Happy Stamper family.

When: Saturday, June 9 from 9 am-3 pm
Where: Nokesville Church of the Brethren (13002 Fitzwater Drive, Nokesville, VA) 
What: Stamping & Scrapbooking Yard Sale! Angela, Harriett, Deb and Susan will be here! In addition, the lovely Laura will offer her fabulous 10 in 10 workshop twice so that as many of you can attend as possible.  
Nokesville Church of the Brethren, where Angela serves as full-time lead pastor, is in dire need of some major maintenance projects (including a new roof, re-paving the parking lot, a new boiler, new windows and more!), and is looking to members of the extended community for help. Here's how you can be a part.

Save the date and plan to attend. There is no admission charge, and there will be lots of fabulous bargains and grab bags for sale! These are some great items from the companies you know and love, including gently used items from Design Team Members. Cash and checks only, so come prepared.

There will be concessions on-site. All money raised through the sale of concessions will go to the church. So, you are welcome to eat-or, you can bring food to donate to the concessions sales or even work a portion of the time in the kitchen/concession stand as a contribution, if you wish. 

Laura will be offering a 10 in 10 class featuring the latest in Impression Obsession and Memory Box products. The morning class is from 9:30-11:30 am, and the encore class is in the afternoon, from 1:00-3:00. The class is $35 and there are only 12 spots in each class, so don't miss out!  To sign up for a class session, email Laura at stampjournal@gmail.com to sign up for a spot and to arrange payment for the class.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

IO Challenge- Pick a Holiday- Any Holiday


Greetings friends.  With the challenge this week, I have to admit it was hard for my to not make a Halloween card.  After all, they are my favorite cards to make.  However, IO has such cute new images and dies for Spring/Easter that I felt that I should use one of those.  I am impressed that I didn't end up making a Vampire Bunny card.

To make this card, I first started by making my own patterned paper.  I stamped the Gingham background onto light blue cardstock using blue ink.

Next, I stamped my bunny onto white cardstock using Black Memento ink.  I masked his legs so that I could stamp the grass on top of the bunny.  Once I removed my mask, I colored my bunny with Copic markers.  To finish the card, I added my sentiment with the same black Memento ink.

Here is a close up of the coloring:


Impression Obsession Items Used:
Cover a Card Gingham CC006 (How many times have I used this stamp?!)
Grass E16357
Bertha Bunny E19716
Hoppy Bunny C19670 (sentiment)

Don't forget to visit the other designers!