Wednesday, December 12, 2018

IO Winter Release- Day 3 (Final Day)

Impression Obsession is having a three day event to share with you the latest release.  I have a $10 Impression Obsession gift certificate to give to a randomly chosen person who comments on my blog for those posts.  Enter one day for one entry on enter all three days for three chances to win.  For today, comment below with your favorite stamp from the release! If you answered that question already, let me know if you are making holiday cards.  If so, are you finished yet?  All comments will be open until Sunday, December 16th at noon CT. Winner will be announced on my blog on Monday, December 17th.  Good luck!
All of the new stamps are available now! You can find them HERE

The list of today’s participants can be found on the Impression Obsession Blog
Also, you will want to make sure to stop by the IO blog because there are 3 more chances to win there!


The other day I posted a quote by Anne Frank and today I am posting one from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  I guess I have been in the mood for positive sentiments filled with love.

To make the card, I first made a background using the Rose Leaves Cover a Card stamp.  At the top part of the white cardstock, I have the Denim Cover a Card in the background using Baby Blue ink.  The rest of the card has the rose leaves on top in Navy ink.

To finish the card, I added the brand new sentiment on top and colored a few of the letters and heart with colored pencils.

Impression Obsession Items on the Card:
Rose Leaves CAC 309
Stick to Love D19898

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Impression Obsession Winter Release-Day 2





Impression Obsession is having a three day event to share with you the latest release.  I have a $10 Impression Obsession gift certificate to give to a randomly chosen person who comments on my blog for those posts.  Enter one day for one entry on enter all three days for three chances to win.  For today, comment below with your favorite stamp from the release! If you answered that question in yesterday's comments, let me know what you are looking forward to this holiday season. All comments will be open until Sunday, December 16th at noon CT. Winner will be announced on my blog on Monday, December 17th.  Good luck!
All of the new stamps are available now! You can find them HERE

The list of today’s participants can be found on the Impression Obsession Blog
Also, you will want to make sure to stop by the IO blog because there are 3 more chances to win there!


Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share a card to make for the important friends in your life.  It would make a good Valentine card, but really, it is something that you could send year- round.

To make the card, I stamped the sentiment and flowers onto the card using Impression Obsession black ink.  Next, I colored my hearts and flowers with an assortment of Prismacolor pencils.  The nice thing about the Prismacolor pencils is that they show up really well on kraft cardstock.  To finish the card, I added a pink watercolor paper scrap and a brown notecard.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
The Heart Needs C13737
Floral Swag D19902

Other Items Used:
Prismacolor Pencils

Monday, December 10, 2018

Winter IO Blog Hop- Day 1


Welcome to the Winter Hugs Hop!

Impression Obsession is having a three day event to share with you the latest release.  I have a $10 Impression Obsession gift certificate to give to a randomly chosen person who comments on my blog for those posts.  Enter one day for one entry on enter all three days for three chances to win.  For today, comment below with your favorite stamp from the release! All comments will be open until Sunday, December 16th at noon CT. Winner will be announced on my blog on Monday, December 17th
All of the new stamps are available now! You can find them HERE

The list of today’s participants can be found on the Impression Obsession Blog
Also, you will want to make sure to stop by the IO blog because there are 3 more chances to win there! 



Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share a card featuring a quote from the new release that I really loved.  In this day and age, I don't think it is a bad idea to focus on the positive and how we can each improve the world.  I am also impressed and humbled by how wise Anne Frank was at such a young age.

To make the card, I started with a coffee filter, sprinkled it with some Colorburst Powders, spritzed it with water and then placed the entire filter onto some glossy photo paper.  It is important to use photo paper rather than regular glossy paper.  I think the inkjet photo paper works better because it allows the inks to dry, the paper doesn't tear (even when it gets wet), and the paper doesn't warp even when you add lots of water.

Next, I allowed the paper to dry completely before stamping the How Wonderful sentiment on top with black ink from Impression Obsession.

Sometimes when I want to make a sentiment the focus of a card, I like to make an interesting background that doesn't overpower the wording on the card.

Impression Obsession items used:

Other Stamping items used:

Happy crafting!



Thursday, December 6, 2018

IO Challenge- Quick Christmas Cards


Greetings friends.  Need ideas for some quick Christmas cards?  Want to participate in the challenge yourself?  You can find a list of all the participating designers as well as information on the challenge over on the Impression Obsession blog.


For my card to day, I made a quick design that involves two stamps and some basic coloring with Zig Clean Color Brush markers.  I didn't bother to do any sort of blending.  I simply colored the holly and leaves with the markers.

To make the card I stamped the flower/holly image that is called Swag onto 140lb watercolorpaper at the top and bottom using black Versafine ink.  Versafine is my "go to" inkpad when I am doing any watercolor work.  Notice that I flipped it over so that the image would "frame" my By Gosh By Golly sentiment in the center.  I colored the outside edges with a light brown marker and a waterbrush, but if I were to do it over again, I would have just sponged on some brown ink.

Impression Obsession Items Used on the Card:
Swag D19881
By Gosh By Golly E19878

Other Items Used on the Card:
Zig Clean Color Brush Markers
Black Versafine


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Huge Impression Obsession Sale!

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Our biggest sale of the year starts tonight at midnight!

Use coupon code THANKS to take a big 25% discount* off EVERYTHING on our site from Wednesday, November 21 until Monday, November 27 at midnight EST.

This INCLUDES all clearance and sale items on our site and there are LOTS of those!
 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

IO Challenge- Autumn Colors


Greetings friends.  Today's challenge is all about Autumn Colors, but that doesn't mean you have to choose Fall images!  I decided to go with red, orange, yellow and brown and then use those colors to make a card that was inspirational instead of autumnal. 

To make the card, I started with a piece of cream cardstock and sponged some Pan Pastels onto the cardstock to make it look like a sunset.  I then stamped the elephant design onto the card with brown Versafine ink and colored underneath the wildlife scene using some brown Pan Pastel chalk.

To create the background, I used the Map Cover a Card background and stamped it onto kraft cardstock using the same brown Versafine ink.

Super easy!  If you wanted to make an actual fall card, why not choose a different cover a card pattern and stamp a bunch of leaves on top of the Pan Pastel background instead?  So many choices...


Impression Obsession items used on the card:
Elephant Scene F7920
Cover a Card Map CC063
Unfortunately, I didn't realize the sentiment has been discontinued.  May offer a replacement suggestion?  How about this one-
Great Adventure C14157


Don't forget to visit the Impression Obsession blog today to see the list of all the designers participating in the Autumn Colors challenge and to read more about how you can join the challenge too!

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

IO Challenge- So Very Thankful (Thanksgiving/Thank You)


Greetings friends.  The challenge today is all about making Thanksgiving or Thank You cards.  For my card, I wanted to share a card using one of my newer Cover a Card Backgrounds.  The Leaf Ledger Cover a Card is great for making autumnal-themed cards. I used it with bright fall colors, but it also looks great in greys and blacks for Halloween.

To make the background, I sponged yellow, red, and orange PanPastels onto cream cardstock, stamped the background on top with Versamark and then sponged more of the same PanPastels on top.

For the top piece, I added the Sunflower Pumpkins and Happy Thanksgiving sentiment before coloring the pumpkin with Zig Clean Color Brush markers.

On the topic of giving thanks, I appreciate you all stopping by today!



Impression Obsession items used:
Leaf Ledger Cover a Card CC329
Sunflower Pumpkins C19853
Happy Thanksgiving C19863

Don't forget to visit the Impression Obsession blog for the list of all the participating designers as well as information on the latest challenge.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

IO Challenge- Happy Haunting


Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share a  Halloween card that I colored with  IO Halloween images, some Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a waterbrush.

For my card, I created a background starting with white cardstock and then stamping the Medallion Cover a Card Background on top using grey Versafine ink and then stamped the Flourish 2 pattern on top with black ink.  The funny thing about that stamp is that I often use it for Halloween cards as well as wedding cards.  Who knew you could own a Halloween/Wedding stamp?

To layer on top of my background, I added my Boxkin pumpkin onto some 140lb watercolor paper, colored it with my Zig pens and then blended everything with a waterbrush.  I let the purple paint drip to the bottom to "ground" the image and to give it more of a Halloween feel. 


Impression Obsession Items Used in the Cards:
Medallion Cover a Card CC032
Flourish 2 H5575
Boxkin D19849

Don't forget to visit the Impression Obsession Blog to see the links of participating designers and to read more about this current challenge.



Saturday, October 6, 2018

World Cardmaking Day and Impression Obsession Sale!

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Greetings friends!  Happy World Cardmaking Day!  In order to celebrate this happy day, Impression Obsession is offering a 20% off deal that is good for today only.  

Here is a link to the Impression Obsession site:  Impression Obsession
Here is a link to the new release of dies: New Release Dies

As a personal celebration, I made a card using my new favorite die.  This card was so quick and easy to make!


The card uses one die that has all the pieces connected.  It is called Haunted House frame, and it is really easy to cut.  To make the card, I simply layered it onto a Distress Oxide background:

 
The colors of Distress Oxide inks I used were Vintage Photo, Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Candy Apple, Seedless Preserves and Faded Jeans.  Next, I spritzed the paper with water to give it some splotches:


All that was left was to glue the die on top.  Quick and easy!  You could crank out a lot of these in a short amount of time.

Impression Obsession Items Used:

Happy Cardmaking day everyone!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

IO Challenge- Make it Sparkle

Greetings friends.  First I would like to apologize that I still don't have the hang of taking a picture of glitter.  I wish that I was able to better capture the sparkle of the card.

This card is really simple in that I layered the cutout of the new Merry Word Block onto some gold glitter paper by the Paper Cut.  The gold glitter paper is amazing because none of the glitter comes off....my kind of glitter paper!  The word block is great because it is intricate, but it cuts as one piece, and it cuts beautifully. 

To accent the card, I cut out a jingle bell from the new Jingle Bell Set and some gold mirror paper.  I then popped up the jingle bell with some foam tape and added some neutral twine.  Here is a close up:



Impression Obsession items used:
Merry Word Block DIE766-W
Jingle Bell Set DIE759-E

Don't forget to participate in the challenge yourself and to visit the other designers for inspiration!