Thursday, December 1, 2016

IO Challenge-Quick Holiday Cards


I don't know about you, but December came up on me fast.  I know that I will blink a couple of times and Christmas will be here.  Quick and easy Christmas cards can be such a blessing.  Sometimes I get so caught up in layers, die cuts, coloring and bling that each card can take me 30 minutes (at least).  If you are making lots of Christmas cards, that is not going to work!

For my quick and easy Christmas card, I went back to the basics.  When was the last time you just embossed a stamped image and called it a day?  For this card, I stamped the snowflake image and saying with versamark and embossed them in gold powder.  I used some cream metallic paper for the card base and the top layer to give it a little bit more elegance and added some gold mirror paper in the  middle to really amp up the shimmer of the gold embossing powder.  Here is a close up to show the metallic elements a bit better:





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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thankful For the MISTI


Greetings friends.  Today I am so happy to be a part of the Thankful for the MISTI blog hop!  I love the MISTI and am definitely thankful to have it in my stamping arsenal.  For my card today, I designed it especially to highlight some of my favorite MISTI functions.


Thankful for the MISTI reason 1- Stamping sentiments and built-in grid
How many times have you left a sentiment to stamp on your card as a final step and managed to stamp it crooked or to stamp it with at least one of the letters missing?  I love the MISTI because I can use the grid on the lid or the rulers on the sides to make sure that my image or sentiment is centered and straight.  If it doesn't stamp perfectly the first time, I just reink it and do it again.  Even the thinnest of scripts line up perfectly so that you can't tell the wording had been stamped more than once.

Thankful for the MISTI reason 2- Stamping Backgrounds and Solid Stamps
Originally I was going to use the new Impression Obsession Boxwood background for my card.  I later decided it was a bit too busy to use with my sentiment, so I switched to the Scratched Cover a Card stamp instead.  However, I am including a close up of the Boxwood Cover a Card to illustrate the beautiful backgrounds you can get by combining Impression Obsessions Cover a Card patterns with the MISTI:


Have you ever stamped a background and one part was missing?  The same thing happens when using solid stamps.  For my background, I simply stamped my background a couple of times until I didn't have any splotchy missing pieces.  The even coverage makes it look even more line patterned paper.  FYI, to get the purple "paper," I sponged white cardstock with purple PanPastel, stamped my background on top with Versamark ink and sponged it again with the same purple PanPastel.  Impression Obsession has over 200 Cover a Card backgrounds with just about every pattern you can imagine.  Change your colors to combine with the backgrounds, and you get vastly different results.

Thankful for the MISTI reason 3- Adding extra layers of ink for special effects
In my finished card, I stamped my butterfly (Silhouette 15) in Versamark and embossed it with white powder.  I then put it back in the MISTI and inked it again with Versamark on top of the embossing powder.  Finally, I brushed some Perfect Pearls on top of the Versamark to give it a shimmery lavender color.

The MISTI really can be used for so many purposes, and I have just barely scratched the surface.  I am definitely thankful for what it can do!

Hop and Prizes!!!
Want to win your own MISTI (your choice of original or mini) as well as one for a friend or loved one?  Leave a comment on my blog as well as the other hop participant's blogs anytime through Sunday, November 27th.  I wish you luck!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

IO Challenge- Cool Colors


I have been making a lot of cards with cool colors lately.  Sure it is the season, but they also are the colors that I tend to gravatate towards more often.  I did sneak in a bit of warm colors onto the card as an accent, but I think that works well with a mostly cool color palette.

To make the card, I combined the Large Solid Mitten along with the Cover a Card Knit pattern.  To cut out the mitten, I used the Mitten Die set which includes both the mitten and the snowflake. For an accent, I cut out elements from the Fir Sprig die set.



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Thursday, November 3, 2016

IO Challenge- Thanksgiving


It is November, so it is a great time to start thinking about Thanksgiving cards or cards in general that give thanks to the things that we are greatful for in our lives.

For my card today, I used some Prismacolor pencils as well as my MISTI stamp positioner.

First, I stamped the card using my MISTI and a sunflower stamp.  I pulled it out of the MISTI and then colored it with some colored pencils.  Notice that I didn't care how the coloring looked or if I went over some of the lines:


Next, I put it back in the MISTI and stamped it again to put back in the lines:



Stamps:
Impression Obsession Give Thanks D19242
Impression Obsession Fall Sunflower D19245

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

IO Blog Hop- Day 3

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Die Blog Hop!

We have some beautiful new dies to share AND a Gift Certificates to give away!

The hop will run for 3 days (10/24/16 - 10/26/16) with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day at 6am EST. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of THREE $25 Gift Certificates!
The more designer blogs you visit and leave a comment on the better chance you will have to win!!!

Comment entries will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday October 30th and all winners will be announced Monday October 31st. Good luck!

All of the new dies you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW!

Greetings friends.  Today is the last day of the Impression Obsession Blog Hop with the new dies.  I have shared Christmas and Halloween cards, so now it is time to focus on Thanksgiving.
To make this card,  I used the new Patchwork Leaves DIE491-U and colored them with an assortment of PanPastels.  For the background, I placed the new Geometric Lines Background DIE449-YY over some like brown patterned paper.  Finally, I added the Thankful D19244 sentiment and colored the letters with an orange Prismacolor pencil.  

Thanks so much for stopping by this week!  I hope the blog hop helped inspire you!

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