Thursday, July 29, 2010

Impression Obsession Sneak Peek

I always get so excited when Impression Obsession comes out with new images. I especially get excited when Leigh Hannan has new Halloween stamps. When I first saw the Jack O'Lantern hot air balloon, I knew I had to have it. I have actually seen a pumpkin hot air balloon at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, so the image is a bit nostalgic for me. Of course, that balloon doesn't have the cute face or candy corn flags.

To make the card, I stamped the balloon onto white cardstock using black Memento ink and colored it with Copic markers. I then masked the envelope and basket (sorry, I had to break out my hot air balloon is a New Mexico thing) and added some clouds behind using my Rosie's Road Show cloud template, a sponge, and some blue ink. To finish the card, I used my favorite new Cover-A-Card background...houndstooth.

The next card using stamps designed by Alesa Baker:

For this card, I stamped the wine bottle and ribbon images with Memento ink and colored them with Copic Markers. The wine tag was stamped with black Versafine ink and edged with several colors of Distress Inks. I layered everything onto my old Cover-a-Card favorite background...denim.

I hope you check out the Impression Obsession blog to see a listing of all the sneak peeks being posted this week. There is a lot of good stuff out there!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Life is a journey

I know, I know, I'm a bad blogger. Somehow the days without blogging have just slipped by. The good news is that by working hard to make Impression Obsession samples for CHA, I have quite a few cards to show over the next few weeks. All this week, the IO designers are posting sneak peeks of the new images. I am scheduled for Thursday. If you want to see what the other designers have been up to, be sure to stop by the IO blog. Shirley has compiled links to all of the card previews. You can find all of that info here.

For those of you who shop at Angela's, we placed an order (or should I say I placed an order) for the new IO stuff before CHA even started. I don't know when it will arrive, but the order is HUGE. We are getting all of the new backgrounds as well as a ton of wood, cling, and clear stamps. I can't wait for it to arrive! I told Marilynn and Harriett they would have to find room for all of it. I hope they are still speaking to me.

For today's card, I used stamps from Art Impressions. I colored the cloud and car stamps with water-based markers and stamped them onto white cardstock. Because the markers were water-based, I was able to go over the lines with a waterbrush and spread the color to create a watercolor look. I really like the saying. Here is a close up if you can't read it in the picture above:

For those of you who were in my Memory Box Halloween class last night, thanks for the good time. When you broke out into a group singing of "Any Way You Want It," it really made my night. You guys are great!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I Did the Unthinkable

What did I do? Not only did I make a card with glitter, but I designed a card for my upcoming Memory Box Halloween class using glitter. What was I thinking?! I am worried about the amount of glitter clean-up that might be involved and the number of days after the class that I will still be wearing glitter. Do you think people would mind if I asked them to step into a plastic glitter containment bubble when working with the sparkly stuff? Just a thought.

I have to admit though that the flourishes on my Halloween card looked much better with black glitter than black embossing powder. I think there is just something about Halloween that demands a little extra sparkle and flair. Here is a close up of the flourishes:

Speaking of classes, I finally updated my "upcoming classes" tab on the top of my blog. I am still working on the samples for the "Impression Obsession Background" and "Memory Box Christmas" classes, so there aren't links to those classes just yet.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Lots Going On

Howdy! I can't believe it has been a week since my last post. I have been working really hard at coordinating a blog blitz over at the Outside the Box site. The members of the Memory Box Design Team are posting twice a day through Saturday, July 10th. If you haven't gone by the blog yet, you should check it out. There is a chance to win a prize with every post!

Today I am sharing a card I made for my assigned posting time (Tuesday, July 6th in the am). It is one of the projects I used in my new video. Yes, I made another video after a looooong break from making them. I was afraid I wouldn't remember how to use Windows Movie Maker anymore!

The video shows some tips and techniques for using Design Adhesives. In the card above, I added a cobweb Design Adhesive and sprinkled it with some glitter and purple Perfect Pearls. Here is a close up of the shimmer:

If you would like to see my new video, you can view it on the Outside the Box blog here. Have a great week everyone!