Thursday, August 10, 2017

IO Color Challenge- Orange and Turquoise


Greetings friends.  I really enjoy a color challenge, and I have to admit that I don't think I often put orange and turquoise together.  I do like how much the two colors pop when placed together.

For my card, I used the new Succulent Pumpkin and colored it with an assortment of Zig Clean Color Brush markers and a waterbrush.  Once it was dry, I added a turquoise "halo" around the pumpkin and softened it with a waterbrush till the color faded to white.  I added a bit of brown Zig marker under the pumpkin to ground it and then added a sentiment from the Holiday Words cling set. 

Want to see how the other designers interpreted the color challenge?  Stop by their various blogs to see.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Clean and Simple Floral Card


Greetings friends.  Today is my turn on the Impression Obsession Design Team to share a card with you.  I chose one of my favorite new stamps called the Double Cone Flower.  I really love how it lends itself to quick and easy cards.  You could take the time to color the flowers and leaves, but I decided on a simple monochromatic pattern instead.

To make the card, I started with white cardstock and stamped it with purple pigment ink and the Distressed Denim Cover a Card.  That gave me a nice mottled purple background.  I then placed my stamp into my MISTI stamp poisitioner and stamped the flower multiple times using black Versafine ink.  A good stamp positioner is ideal for this project because solid stamps are notoriously difficult to stamp well the first time.  Stamping it multiple times with layers of ink works much better.  To finish the card, I stamped a sentiment from the Words for Art cling set. 

Thanks so much for visiting me today!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

IO Challenge- Christmas in July


Greetings friends.  It is July.  Are your holiday cards done yet?  Just kidding.  It is never to early to start thought!

I have been teaching a quick and easy Christmas card class this month, so I am still in that frame of mind for this challenge.  I am a firm believer that holiday cards should be simplified as much as possible.  If you are making 20+ cards, you really need to keep it simple if you want to keep your sanity!

For my card today, I stamped the Star Tree Solid Leaves image (H16302) onto white cardstock with Olympia Green Versafine ink and colored the ornaments and stars with a gold metallic marker.  I make the metallic of the coloring really pop, I added layers of metallic cardstock behind the image.  For the background, I stamped the new Cover a Card Pine background (CC292) onto green cardstock using the same green ink as my tree image.  So, for the total tally of the card...  two stamps, one ink, gold marker.  Simple, simple, simple.

Need more Christmas inspiration?  Don't forget to visit the other designers:


Friday, July 21, 2017

Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Blog Hop- Day 5


Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2017 Fall/Winter (and more!) Stamp Release Hop! We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!

The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 21st. 
Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of 6 $25 Gift Certificates! One winner will be chosen each day and then an extra winner will be chosen randomly from all hop days. Comments on all hop days will be open until July 23rd at 9pm CT. All winners will be announced on July 24th.
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!
If you’ve arrived from Kelli Hull you’re at the right place. If not please head to the Impression Obsession blog to start at the beginning of the hop.
Well, today is the last day of the hop, and I hope you have been inspired.  Today I wanted to share a Halloween card I made using some of the latest stamps.

To make the card, I stamped the really cute image called Patti Pumpkin onto watercolor paper with black Versafine ink and colored her with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  Here is a close up of the coloring:

I then stamped under the girl with two borders from the CL766 Lindsay Borders set.  I love this set.  It has really fine detailed patterns that I know I will combine in different ways and use over and over.

Next, I added a sentiment from an older clear set called Is the Moon Out Tonight?   

As a last step, I made my own patterned paper by combining two different Cover a card stamps.  I started with stamping the Scratched CAC in Colorbox Chalk Butterscotch ink and then stamped the Spooky background on top with Black Versafine ink.

The other designers also have lots of ideas to share, so don't forget to visit them!  
The next blog on the hop is:

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Blog Hop- Day 4

Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2017 Fall/Winter (and more!) Stamp Release Hop! We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!

The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 21st. 
Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of 6 $25 Gift Certificates! One winner will be chosen each day and then an extra winner will be chosen randomly from all hop days. Comments on all hop days will be open until July 23rd at 9pm CT. All winners will be announced on July 24th.
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!
If you’ve arrived from Kelli Hull you’re at the right place. If not please head to the Impression Obsession blog to start at the beginning of the hop.
As many of you know when I create backgrounds, I like to combine more than one Cover a Card image.  For this one, I stamped the Rolling Waves Cover a Card background over then entire card and then overlapped part of that background with the Circle Fusion 2 stamp.  Therefore, I ended up with a single pattern for part of the card and a double pattern for the other part of the card.

When I stamp on kraft cardstock, I often like to use Prismacolor pencils for coloring so that the colors actually show up on the card.  For this card, I stamped the new Sunflower image onto my card using black ink and the MISTI stamp positioner.  I colored the flower with my pencils and then put the card back into the MISTI and stamped it once again with the flower.  The colored pencils had obliterated some of my lines and restamping it using the MISTI made the lines appear crisp and dark.

Finally, I added the Fallidays sentiment with black ink.
The other designers also have lots of ideas to share, so don't forget to visit them!  
The next blog on the hop is:

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Blog Hop- Day 3

Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2017 Fall/Winter (and more!) Stamp Release Hop! We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!

The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 21st. 
Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of 6 $25 Gift Certificates! One winner will be chosen each day and then an extra winner will be chosen randomly from all hop days. Comments on all hop days will be open until July 23rd at 9pm CT. All winners will be announced on July 24th.
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!
If you’ve arrived from Kelli Hull you’re at the right place. If not please head to the Impression Obsession blog to start at the beginning of the hop.
For my card today, I thought I would share something I made for Thanksgiving.  First, I made my own decorative paper by stamping the Dotted Argyle Cover a Card Background onto some XPress It Copic paper using black Memento ink.  I then colored the squares with various Copic Markers to create a Fall plaid background.

For the focal part of the card, I stamped the Sunny Bracket Frame onto the bottom of a rectangle piece of watercolor paper.  After I colored it with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, I cut out the bottom part of the frame (the part on the sides of the brads and under the brads) with a combination of scissors and an Xacto knife.  I cut out just the bottom of the frame and layered it onto my background so that I wouldn't have to cut around the small details of the flower.  I really hate fussy cutting!

To finish the card, I added the Give Thanks sentiment to the center of the frame.
 
The other designers also have lots of ideas to share, so don't forget to visit them!  
The next blog on the hop is:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Blog Hop Day 2



Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2017 Fall/Winter (and more!) Stamp Release Hop! We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!

The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 21st. 
Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of 6 $25 Gift Certificates! One winner will be chosen each day and then an extra winner will be chosen randomly from all hop days. Comments on all hop days will be open until July 23rd at 9pm CT. All winners will be announced on July 24th.
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!
If you’ve arrived from Kelli Hull you’re at the right place. If not please head to the Impression Obsession blog to start at the beginning of the hop.
 
 
For today's card, I decided to go with a more autumnal theme.  I started with 140lb watercolor paper and stamped leaves from the Falling Leaves clear stamp set and the Give Thanks sentiment using black Versafine ink.  
 
Next, I colored the leaves with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a waterbrush.  To finish the card, I sponged some yellow ochre Pan Pastel chalk around the leaves.

The other designers also have lots of ideas to share, so don't forget to visit them!  
The next blog on the hop is:

Monday, July 17, 2017

Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Blog Hop- Day 1


Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2017 Fall/Winter (and more!) Stamp Release Hop! We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!

The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 21st. 

Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of 6 $25 Gift Certificates! One winner will be chosen each day and then an extra winner will be chosen randomly from all hop days. Comments on all hop days will be open until July 23rd at 9pm CT. All winners will be announced on July 24th.

The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!

If you’ve arrived from Kelli Hull you’re at the right place. If not please head to the Impression Obsession blog to start at the beginning of the hop.


Greetings friends.  Impression Obsession has a huge new release filled with images for the fall and holidays.  Of course, there are lots of other items including animals, trees, and fabulous sentiments.
For my card today, I wanted to use the trees from the Forest Friends clear set.   I stamped them onto watercolor paper, colored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and cut them out to later adhear to my card.
The sentiment is from a set of four cling stamps called She Positives.  If you haven't seen the set, I encourage you to give it a look.  It has such inspirational sentiments that I know I will use for greeting cards as well as art journaling.
For the background, I stamped the French Text Cover a Card onto watercolor paper and embossed it with white embossing powder.  I then colored the background with an assortment of Color Burst Powders and a lot of water.

The other designers also have lots of ideas to share, so don't forget to visit them!  

The next blog on the hop is:

Thursday, July 6, 2017

IO Challenge- It's Getting Hot in Here (Warm Colors)


Greetings friends.  Is it hot where you are today?  It has been pretty warm here lately and the humidity has been through the roof.  Therefore, it is the perfect time to use hot colors as a challenge theme!

For my card, I really wanted to use yellows, oranges and reds.  I chose Pan Pastels for my background so that the colors would really blend nicely into each other.  I started with Ochre at the bottom, added some Orange to the middle, and ended with some Permanent Red.  I used a large sponge to really blend all of the colors.

To create my beach scene in front, I used the new Shell Border die and added a sentiment from the Good Old Summertime clear set.  It was a very quick and easy card and hopefully captured the hot feeling of summer.

Want to be inspired by other warm colored cards?  Don't forget to visit the other designers:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

IO Challenge- Stars/Patriotic


Can you believe that July 4th is right around the corner?  I know that isn't a patriotic holiday for all around the world, but the American in me tends to break out a little red, white, and blue this time of year.

For my card, I first created a background with the Painted Stripes Cover a Card design using Cherry ink from Impression Obsession.  I thought the painted lines looked more like folk art/ old Americana. 

For the patriotic part of the card, I used various designs from the new Red, White, and Blue clear set.  I liked that it had banners, ribbons, stars, and sayings.  To color the images, I used a red and blue prismacolor pencilis and left the white areas blank to let the paper do my coloring.

Want more star/patriotic inspiration?  Don't forget to visit the other designers!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

IO Challenge- Friendly Florals

Greetings friends.  If your neighborhood is anything like mine, it is filled with all kinds of beautiful flowers right now.  It is the perfect time for a floral themed challenge.

For my card today, I started with yellow cardstock, stamped the Screen Cover a Card background on top with Versamark ink and then sponged it with an assortment of orange and red Pan Pastels.

For the flowers, I stamped one of the images from the Spring Frames clear set and then colored it with Prismacolor pencils.  The sentiment I added is called Wildflower and is a really nice way to encourage someone who is important to you. 

Need more floral inspiration?  Don't forget to visit the other designers!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

IO Challenge- Animal Friends


Greetings friends.  I've come an important conclusion and that is the world just needs more dogs with funny hats.  I don't know about you, but it just makes me happy.

For today's card, I used one of Lindsay Ostrom's new images called Bluebelle.  She has a whole assortment of cats and dogs with floral hats and all of them are good for a smile.  I thought her fun, quirky designs also paired well with a lot of sayings in the Blue Footed Booby clear set.  It was hard to choose, but I finally selected the "weird" saying for this particular card.     Here is a close up of the card so that you can see the background that I stamped as well as the coloring with some Zig Clean Color Brush Markers:

Yesterday I posted a card where I stamped the image with black ink from Impression Obsession and then colored it with Copic markers.  Today I used the same black ink and colored the image with watercolors.  It was really nice that the ink worked with both mediums.

For the background, I paired three different backgrounds with three of the new colors of ink.  It was my intention to stamp the backgrounds with one of the ink trios that would provide a light, medium, and dark shade to the pattern.  My intention was to use Mist, Slate, and Black together.  However, I accidentally grabbed Slate, Taupe, and Black.  I really liked the end result and it was a good reminder that even though the new inks are designed in groups of three that work well together, you do not have to stick to those parameters.  Try lots of different combinations and see what you end up with.

For the patterned background that I created, I started with the Distressed Denim background in the lightest color, added the Scribble Checkerboard background in medium ink, and finished with the Flourishes background in black ink.

Don't forget to visit the other designers for more inspiration!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

IO New Release Blog Hop Day 3

Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2017 Spring/Summer Release Hop! We have some beautiful new stamps and dies to share AND a Gift Certificates to give away!
The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST May 15th - May 17th. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates!
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!
Comment entries will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday May 21st and all 
winners will be announced May 22nd.


Today I leave you with my final card of the blog hop.  This one also utilized one of the backgrounds I made during my demo.  The people watching wanted to see what would happen if we embossed a background (Cover a Card Rolling Waves) in black over some Pan Pastel.  I thought it was a great idea and was really pleased with the resulting pattern.

On top of my background, I added stamps from the new Flower Vases clear set as well as the coordinating Flower Vases dies.  The sentiment also comes from the same set.  I stamped everything using the new Impression Obsession black ink and then colored everything with Copic markers.  Yes, you can use Copic markers with the new ink!

Don't forget to visit the other designers to see what they created for the last day of the hop!


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

IO New Release Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2017 Spring/Summer Release Hop! We have some beautiful new stamps and dies to share AND a Gift Certificates to give away!
The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST May 15th - May 17th. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates!
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!
Comment entries will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday May 21st and all 
winners will be announced May 22nd.
Greetings friends.  Last Saturday I was demoing Impression Obsession backgrounds and ideas of what you could do with them.  I wanted to show you how you can get a lot of looks out of one background.  For this card, I used the same background as yesterday's card (Cover a Card Distressed Denim), with the same Baby Blue Impression Obsession ink.  This time though, I split the card diagonally and colored the top left corner with light blue Pan Pastel to look like the sky and the bottom right corner with grey Pan Pastels to look like night.
 
To differentiate the two sides, I also colored the Sun Burst with orange and yellow Prismacolor pencils and the Moon Star with a white Prismacolor pencil and a Stardust pen to add sparkle to the star.  I also added a few dots to look like stars using a silver sharpie. As a last step, I added the Live By sentiment. Here is a close up:
 
Don't forget to check out the other designers for chances to win!

Monday, May 15, 2017

IO New Release Blog Hop- Day 1

Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2017 Spring/Summer Release Hop! We have some beautiful new stamps and dies to share AND a Gift Certificates to give away!
The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST May 15th - May 17th. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates!
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!
Comment entries will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday May 21st and all 
winners will be announced May 22nd.
Greetings everyone.  I wanted to start the week playing with some of the new Seth Apter designs.  Before I did though, I stamped some white cardstock with the Distressed Denim Cover a Card background using Impression Obsession Baby Blue ink.  I then sponged the left side and bottom of the card with some dark blue Pan Pastel chalk.
Layered on top of the background, I added the Numbered and Net Result border stamps to the side using Impression Obsession Black ink.  On the right side, I added the Atlas and Saturn circles in the same black ink.  .  
Next, I used an older sentiment (My Brain) that unfortunately describes me pretty accurately as of late.  I also thought it worked well with the style of Seth's images.  To finish the card, I added some white gel pen highlights.  Here is a close up of the background and sentiment:

Don't forget to hop on by the other designers for more chances to win.  Good luck!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

IO Challenge- Unlayered Cards (Less than 3 Layers)



Greetings friends.  Today's challenge was all about making a card with few layers.  I decided to go the whole way and not use any layers at all.  I simply took a piece of 140lb watercolor paper and folded it in half to make a card and then stamped and painted on top of it.

I think this new bunny with balloon stamp definitely lends itself to making a birthday card.  However, I decided to change it up a bit.  I have been feeling a bit stressed lately, and so I wanted to make a card just for me.  Have you ever done that?  Instead of making a card with a specific occasion in mind you simply make a card that appeals to yourself.  It is a very liberating process.  I made a card to remind myself to concentrate on joy and simple pleasures rather than anxiety.

To make the card, I stamped the Celebration Bunny J20307 onto my watercolor paper with black Versafine ink.  I let the ink dry completely and then painted it with Zig Clean Color markers and a waterbrush to soften my colors. I then added a sentiment from the Words for Art set (3172-XL).  If you have never looked at that set before, be sure to check it out.  It is loaded with wonderful sentiments.

Because the card had no layers, it was a bit bent when I finished and I had to place the card under a heavy book to flatten it back out.  The bunny stamp is brand new and isn't listed on the website quite yet.  Don't worry though....it will be soon.  It is such a fun image to color.

Don't forget to visit the other designers to see more "unlayered" cards:



Thursday, April 20, 2017

IO Challenge- You Take the Cake


Greetings friends.  Today's challenge is all about cake or any of your favorite desserts.  For me, I absolutely adore this cupcake martini stamp and often use it for birthday cards. 

To make today's card, I stamped the Birthday Martini E2282 onto white cardstock with black Versafine ink.  I then colored it with watercolor pencils and softened the look with a Dove Blender pen.  I edged the rim and sides of the martini with a light blue pencil to give the impression of it being made out of glass.  To finish the card, I added some gold stardust pen to the candle flame.

Need more yummy dessert inspiration?  Don't forget to visit the other designers: