Thursday, August 21, 2014

IO Challenge- Friendship

So, I have to admit that when I was designing this card, I was planning to use the new "You've Been a Blessing" (C13226) saying, which was perhaps a bit more in the "friendship" category.  However, I have several friends that could really use a "perk up" card instead.  So, for my friendship cards, I made cards that I am currently sending to my friends.

To make the card, I used a paper kit from the Paper Cut.  Why not let someone do a lot of the cutting and layering for you?  I stamped the background over and over with the Coffee Beans stamp (D13230) and added the Perk Up saying and the Coffee Cup Stamp (C13231).  It was hard to take the picture, but the coffee cup is on the inside of the card and can be seen through the window.  The saying is popped up with some foam tape.

Very simple card and good to have as an emergency card for a friend who needs a little pick me up.

Need more friendship ideas?  Check out the work by the other designers:

Laura Fulcher - you are here
Vicki Garrett

Thursday, August 7, 2014

IO Challenge- Clean and Simple

Greetings everyone!  Today's IO challenge is "clean and simple" cards.  I thought I would share a card I recently taught in one of my classes.  I used watercolor pencils and a waterbrush so that I wouldn't have to color every flower or leaf perfectly.  The card is "quick and easy" as well as "clean and simple."

Pink notecard
Ranger watercolor paper

Sayings- Impression Obsession Clear Set- CL329 Let them Eat Cake
Background- Impression Obsession Cover a Card Sketchy Flowers CC093
Cupcake- Impression Obsession Flower Cupcake C16017

Colorbox Chalk Pink Pastel
Black Versafine

Other Materials:
Spun Sugar Distress Marker
Inktense Pencils- Crimson, Felt Green
3” circle punch (Purple Circle Punch)

·         Stamp the card with pink ink and large background image.
·         Cut out circle from watercolor paper
·         Stamp cupcake and saying onto circle using black ink
·         Outline the outside of the cupcake with Spun Sugar Distress Marker
·         Blend the outline with waterbrush to soften the edges
·         Let the outline dry before coloring the inside of the cupcake
·         Color the center of each flower with pink Inktense pencil
·         Blend the flowers with waterbrush
·         Trace the lines of the cupcake wrapper with pink Inktense pencil
·         Blend with a waterbrush
·         Color the center of each leaf with green pencil
·         Bled leaves with waterbrush
·         Optional…stamp saying on the inside of the card

     Need more Clean and Simple inspiration?  Check out the other designers:

Laura Fulcher - you are here
Vicki Garrett


Friday, August 1, 2014

Impression Obsession Blog Hop- Final Day

Welcome to the 2014 Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Release Blog Hop! 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 there 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). The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!

Every day (Monday July 28th – August 1st) 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 will be for Friday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week. 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, August 2nd.

If you have any questions please email Jeanne. All of the new stamps you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW! *** Please note*** We are having issues with comments on the Impression Obsession blog so you are not required to post a comment there. Winners will be selected from a participating IO Design Team Member’s blog each day.
Well, today is the last day of the hop.  I really hope you have enjoyed seeing all the new goodies.  Thank you so much for all the nice comments that have been left on my blog.

Everyone who has seen the new Snowglobe Love stamp (E9483) I used in the card today seems to just love it.  I think it is one of those images that just appeals to a lot of stamping styles.  I colored the image with Peerless watercolors and made sure to match the snowman with the snowman in the globe.

To finish the card, I added the Like a Snowglobe saying (C14168) and snowflake dies from the Sm. Snowflake set (DIE100-F)

Don't forget to visit the other designers for a chance to comment and win prizes:

Laura Fulcher - you are here
Vicki Garrett