Thursday, March 5, 2015

IO Challenge- Think Spring


Greetings everyone.  Today we are celebrating Spring.  It sure doesn't feel like Spring though!  We are expecting quite a bit of snow today, so it is hard to picture flowers and warm breezes. 


For my first card, I wanted to share one of the new Easter dies.  I used the Girl With Easter Basket DIE260-I along with the Grass Border die DIE060-I. For the background, I used watercolor paper as well as some yellow and hot pink Dylusion sprays.  I sprayed a bit too much and over blended the colors more than I wanted.  I ended up with a bit more orange than I intended.


I wasn't planning on doing a second card, but when I told my friend Chrisi that I had to make a Spring card to post but wasn't feeling very "Springy" with all the cold weather and snow, she said I should make a winter card with a Spring flower peeking through.  So, I made this card for her:


I colored the Daffodil E12000 with watercolor pencils and added the Welcome Spring saying  A5499. For the background, I sprayed some white irRESISTible spray.  I had never used it before, but I quite liked it.  It added some texture and kind of looked like snow.  Here is a close up of the spray.  It is completely dry, so you can see it is actually kind of glossy:


Need a little Spring Inspiration  Check out the other designers:

 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

IO Challenge- Birthday

I'm not going to lie.  I was really happy the challenge was birthdays.  I am so far behind on making birthday cards that it isn't funny.  I hate being behind because I really want people to know how much I care about them.  Sending late cards isn't the best way to do that- even though it is a common problem for me.


For this challenge, I used the new Fishscales Cover a Card background (CC170) in Creamy Brown Chalk ink on both by kraft and cream cardstock.  The die cut saying is from the Greetings Top Edgers set (DIE234-M) and is attached to the kraft cardstock.  The butterflies are from a new die set called Medium Butterflies (DIE255-Y).

I started by coloring watercolor paper with various colors of watercolor paint:


I cut out two two sets of butterflies from the paper (some to use for another project):


For the finished card, I added some Stickles to the butterfly wings for sparkle:


Need more birthday inspiration?  I know I do!  Check out the other designers:


Thursday, February 5, 2015

IO Challenge- Love


Greetings!  In anticipation of Valentine's Day next week. the IO team is sharing love-themed cards today.  I wanted to share a couple of cards I teach in my Peerless Valentine watercolor class.


The first card uses a stamp that reminds me of Zentangle.  It is called A Friend Loves J15074.  I don't know if you can read the quote from the picture, but it says "A Friend Loves at All Times."


The second card uses the new Impression Obsession Heart Tree F15069.  I added a saying that was one of the first IO stamps I ever owned.  It is from one of their cling sets called Heartlines 3107-XL 

I will be teaching the class again this Sunday at Angela's Happy Stamper in case you want to come.

Want more love inspiration?  Be sure to check out the other designers!
 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Impression Obsession and Chameleon Pens

For those of you who know me, you know that I absolutely love coloring.  I was really drawn to the new Dot Flowers E17025 because I knew it would work well with all sorts of coloring mediums...copics, watercolor pencils, Prismacolors, Twinkling H20's, etc.  In this case, I wanted to practice getting a gradient of color with my Chameleon pens.

For this card, the two flowers are both colored with the same PR4 Purple Grape pen.  I then added some of the NU3 Fawn marker on top of the one flower to give it some golden tones.  To accentuate the stems, I traced them with the YG3 Spring Meadow pen.




Of course, I am now dying to try the same flowers in yellow to make them look like black eyed susans.  A coloring fanatic's work is never done!
 
 

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.