Thursday, July 2, 2015

Christmas in July

Today I get to tease you a bit and share a card using an image that isn't available quite yet.  Impression Obsession will be having their Fall/Winter release soon, and this is one of the images.  It is called Tree Collage (L13383) and I will be using it in one of my upcoming Christmas classes. 

For the card, I let the image itself do most of the work.  It is highly detailed, so I used the Olympia Green Versafine to pick up of the elements of the image.  I colored the ornaments with colored pencils and then added a bunch of PanPastel chalk.  You can't see from the image, but I added some metallic gold chalk to the outside edges so that it would have a nice festive sheen.  The tree was very dark and uniform in color, so I went in with a really bright chatereuse green chalk and added it between the branches to give it more dimension and highlights.

Be on the lookout for new designs from Impression Obsession.  There will be a huge new release very, very soon! 

Don't forget to visit the other designers.  There might be another new release image (or two) to see:


Thursday, June 25, 2015

You are the Best

Greetings everyone! The Impression Obsession team is busy working with the new Fall and Holiday release that will be coming your way soon, but until then, I thought I would show you a succulent image that I love (Potted Cactus F13324).  It was a fun image to watercolor with my Peerless paints, and it would be great to change out the color of the flower to fit your mood.

For the two backgrounds, I used two stamps instead of patterned papers.  The first is called Torn Notebook Paper (H9203) and I stamped it with kraft ink on kraft cardstock.  The second was the Cover a Card Medallion image (CC032) that I stamped with green ink onto green cardstock.  To finish the card, I stamped the You are the Best sentiment (B14428) with black ink.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

IO Challenge- Celebrate You

I have to admit, I really love when the challenge is to make a card for yourself.  It is rather fun to choose elements that you like or ones you are in the mood to use.

Today was an unusual day for me because attended a funeral at Arlington National Cemetery for the first time.  It was incredibly moving and poignant.  Although the service was for a man who lived a good long life, you couldn't help but think about all the people who are burried there.  It is a bit overwhelming.

When it then came time to make a card, I was in the mood to make something with bright, neon colors.  I needed something that was a lot lighter and fun.  I also chose a sentiment that really spoke to me...especially today.

For the background, I combined two different Cover a Card backgrounds- Rolling Waves (CC123) and Circle Fusion 2 (CR002).  I then added some leaves in green ink (Silhouette 2 E5552) and some neon butterflies cut from the Butterflies Set dies ( DIE046-A).  To finish the card, I added some stickles to the butterflies for sparkle and added the Practice Happy Thinking sentiment (D14256).

Curious about the other Designers' inspiration?  Check out their blogs:

Thursday, June 4, 2015

IO Challenge- Party Time

Who doesn't like a good party?  Today is all about celebrations of every kind.  Last week I taught a class using Cover a Card backgrounds and PanPastel chalks.  I always challenge my students to make cards with the backgrounds we create, so I am sharing the one I made into a finished card.

For the background, I used white cardstock and sponged it with three colors of PanPastels.  I then stamped the Cells Cover a Card background (CC169) on top with Versamark ink and sponged the stamped background with the same three colors of chalks.  It gave the background a nice tone on tone effect.

For the Party part of the card, I used the brand new All in One Frames Rectangle Die (DIE291-WW), which included both the frame and the oval on the card.  I stamped a saying from the Let Them Eat Cake clear set (CL320).

 For the drinks, I used dies from the Mixed Drinks die set (DIE185-H).  I used Copic markers to color the outside of the glasses and used chalk scraps for the inside of the drinks.  To finish the card, I added some sequins for sparkle.  After all, it isn't a party without sparkle!

Need more party inspiration?  Check out the other designers:

Friday, May 29, 2015

Cover a Card Club

Greetings everyone.  I have been teaching a mini class each month at Angela's Happy Stamper called the "Cover a Card Club."  Each month we explore different techniques to use with the Impression Obsession backgrounds.  One month we explored embossing, one month we played with layering backgrounds, and this month we will be playing with Pan Pastels.  I really love the versatility of these artist quality chalks.

Here is a close up of the chalks with the background:

In each class we make one complete card and two extra backgrounds that people can take home and use for future cards.  For this club date, we will be making three backgrounds since two of them are one idea done two different ways:

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Honeybee A8859
Chickenwire Cover a Card CC155
Single Daisy Pint E5033
Rain Cover a Card  CC154
Cells Cover a Card CC169

Friday, May 29

Thursday, May 21, 2015

IO Challenge- Ocean Breeze

With Memorial Day coming up, today is the perfect day to start thinking about summer and the beach. I have a whole bunch of cards to show you today because I have an upcoming 10 in 10 Beach class. The class features ten quick and easy cards with a beach theme.  I absolutely love beach cards, so it was an easy class to design.  The class uses a lot of new Impression Obsession products, so I thought I would show you a few of the cards.

I posted the seagull card first because when I saw the new saying from Impression Obsession, I knew I had to have it!  If you have ever seen a seagull with a french fry, you recognize the high level of happiness that I am sure we all want.  :)

Items used:
Happier Than a Bird D17043
Pier Posts E16111
Sea Gull D16109

For the second card, I used a great chair die.  The die comes with flip flop dies, which would have have made a great embellishment for this card.  However, if you are making quick and easy cards, you can't go overboard with embellishing!

Items used:
Single Beach Chair die DIE190-C
Summer Afternoon saying C3784

 How about a quick collage?  I used a brand new conch shell from Impression Obsession and paired it with older IO images.

Items Used:
Large Conch E16109
Seashells (collection of cling shell stamps) 3018-SM
Seashells (saying) B9009
French Letter (script in background) J8778

Beach cards wouldn't be complete without the shell cover a card background!

Items used:
Cover a Card Shells CC122
Shell Set (die set that includes the starfish I used ) DIE077-W
Voice of the Sea C5053

How about a new cover a card?  There is a brand new sky background as well as a brand new set of circle frames.  Here is a close up of the new sky background and circle frame:

 Items Used:
Cover a Card Sky CC215
Sailboats die DIE 189-C
Ocean Border die DIE 101-D
Ahoy Matey A5441
All in One Frames Circles DIE299-ZZ

Interested in joining me for the class?  I will be teaching it next weekend at Angela's Happy Stamper in Herndon, VA

10 in 10 Beach

Sunday, May 31st

2-4 pm

Craving more beach inspiration?  Be sure to check out the other designers!


Thursday, May 7, 2015

IO Challenge- Summer Fun

Are you ready for Summer yet? Today's theme is all about warm weather and enjoying the outdoors. For my card, I sprayed some watercolor paper with Fireworks spray so that I had a shimmery blue background:

I then cut the paper repeatedly with the Ocean Border die (DIE101-C)

I assembled the layers as well as a sailboat I cut from white paper (Sailboats DIE 189-C)
For the background, I used the Brushed Corduroy Cover a Card Background (CAC047).

Need more summer inspiration? Check out the other designers:

Thursday, April 16, 2015

IO Challenge- School Spirit

Hi everyone!  Today is all about school spirit, colors, graduation, etc.  I took the opportunity to start with a card that celebrates where I went to college.  Go Hoos!  I graduated from the same university as the owner of Impression Obsession, so there just happens to be an IO stamp that features the University of Virginia.  I realize that the Rotunda (H1952) might be a niche market, so I also made a card that would be good for graduations.  You could change the colors of the card depending on the school colors of the recipient.  Both cards were made using Peerless watercolors.

I have used the Book Cap design (G2335) pretty much every year as my go-to image for gruaduation cards.  It is a great stamp for coloring!

Need more school spirit card ideas? Check out the other designers:

Thursday, April 2, 2015

IO Challenge- You Did It

Today's challenge is called "You Did It."  The theme got me thinking about cards you would make for a graduate.  The Never Never image (J15075) is really great for someone who is moving on from one stage of life to the next.

To make the card, I stamped the image onto 140lb watercolor paper with black Versafine ink and colored it with an assortment of Peerless watercolors.  To add a little extra depth, I outlined some of the lines with Prismacolor pencils.  Here is a close up to see the colored pencils:

Need more inspiration?  Check out the other designers:

Thursday, March 19, 2015

IO Challenge- Happy Flowers

Hi everyone!  Has anyone seen flowers yet this Spring?  I am still experiencing all my flowers in greeting card format so, but I am hoping to see some blooms soon!

To make this card, I used a faus batik technique where I embossed the hydrangea on mulberry paper with clear powder.  I then sprayed the paper with purple inks and removed the embossing powder with a hot iron.  When I put white paper behind the mulberry paper, it really made the flowers pop.  To finish the card, I added a saying onto a die cut banner.

Items used:
Lg Solid Hydrangea Stem F8370
Banners and Tails Die DIE123-P
Warm and Fuzzies Sentiments CL492

Here is a close up of the floral card:

Need more floral inspiration?  Check out the work by the other designers:

On another note, if you are a fan of Impression Obsession, I am starting a new monthly Cover a Card Mini class at Angela's Happy Stamper in Herndon, VA.  Each month will be a different technique, and we will make one full card as well as two backgrounds using the same coloring technique.   The first class is this Saturday, March 21 from 5- 6:30pm. 

The first Cover a Card technique we will be covering is embossing.  Pretty much everyone knows how to emboss, but I will have tips and ideas of different ways to incorporate embossing powders with Cover a Card backgrounds.  This is the card we will be making:

Hope to see you then!