Thursday, February 20, 2020

IO challenge- Tag You're It!


Greetings friends.  Today is all about tags...either alone or on a card.  Luckily, Impression Obsession has lots of new tag dies that makes everything so much simpler.

If you would like to learn more about the challenge as well as see a list of participating designers, you can read all about it over on the Impression Obsession blog.


I don't know about you, but I absolutely love a pun.  I knew that I had to pair my cute snail image with the corresponding sentiment.  It makes me smile.

To make the card, I first made my background.  I had some left over ink on my Dancing Leaves Cover a Card background, so I spritzed it and stamped it on some 140lb watercolor paper.  I kept repeating the process on different pieces of paper so that I had lots of backgrounds.  Each time I spritzed the paper and stamped it, the image got fainter and more indistinct.  The piece I used on my card is one of the last pieces I made.

For my tag, I cut out some 140lb watercolor paper using the new Stitched Tag die.  I then stamped it with the Fairy Snail in Versafine ink and colored it with Zig Clean Color real brush markers.  I added my Snailed It sentiment, popped up the tag with some foam tape and added a twine bow.


Impression Obsession Items Used:
Dancing Leaves Cover a Card CC294
Stitched Tag DIE937-S
Fairy Snail D12166
Snailed It C21284

Thursday, February 6, 2020

IO Challenge- Hugs and Kisses


Greetings friends.  Today we have a new challenge, and this time the theme is "Hugs and Kisses."  I hope you will play along with us!  If you would like the full set of instructions, please visit the Impression Obsession blog. There is even a chance to win a gift certificate.  Good luck!


Valentine's Day is fast approaching.  Have you sent a card to anyone who needs hugs and kisses?

For today's card, I made a love card using some Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a waterbrush.  I stamped the love sentiment onto 140lb watercolor paper with black Versafine ink before coloring all the components.  For layering the card, I first place my sentiment onto a decorative square die.  Next, I layered it onto a square I stamped with the new mini gingham cover a card background.  Easy!

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Love Squared E12114
All in One Frames- Squares DIE293-YY
Mini Gingham Cover a Card CC393


Thursday, January 16, 2020

IO Challenge- Have a Heart



Greetings friends. The theme today is "Have a Heart," which is perfect with Valentine's Day a month away.  We would love it if you could join us an play around with the challenge.  You can find all of the information as well as a list of participating designers on the Impression Obsession blog.  We would love to see your creations! 

I wanted to make a card that I could use year-round instead of just for Valentine's Day.  I absolutely love this sentiment.  It is truly beautiful, and I think a lot of people would like to receive it.  

To make the card, I started by stamping the heart Cover a Card onto white cardstock using Teal Versafine ink and then stamped the heart image in the center with the same ink.  The heart image is one stamp that includes the watercolor brushstrokes as well as the double heart.  

To finish the card, I added my sentiment in black ink.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Double Love L20800

Thursday, January 9, 2020

In Love With Spring Release Day 4

 
Welcome to the Impression Obsession In Love With Spring 2020 Release Celebration!
 
The Impression Obsession In Love with Spring Release Celebration starts today! Each day (January 6th - January 11th ) you can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am. Every single blog will have a $25 gift certificate to give away for the event - so the more you comment through our Release Celebration the more chances to win! All comments for all of the event days will be open until Sunday January 12th at noon CT. All winner will be announced on Tuesday January 14th.
 
All of the new stamps are available now! You can find them all HERE
 
 
Greetings friends.  Are you tired of bunny cards yet?  For this one I wanted a blue color scheme and wanted to play around with mixing Cover a Card backgrounds.
 
To make the card, I stamped the Bunny Block stamp onto Xpress It blending cardstock in black Memento ink and then colored it with Copic markers.  This is the same stamp I used on Monday for the bunny pocket card.  It looks very different when you use the whole image.

Next, I created some patterns using a Couple of Cover a Card backgrounds.  The first is the Calico Background and the second is the Mini Gingham (also used on my Monday card).  The patterns are very different from each other, but I stamped the both with Teal Versafine ink so that they would coordinate.

To finish the card, I added one of the new Easter sentiments.
 
Impression Obsession Items Used:
Mini Gingham Cover a Card CC373
Bunny Block D12206
Hippity Hoppity D12204
 
Three of the designers are posting samples as part of the hop today (including myself).  Don't forget to also visit the Impression Obsession blog!

Laura Fulcher (you are here)


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

In Love With Spring Release Day 2



Welcome to the Impression Obsession In Love With Spring 2020 Release Celebration!
 
The Impression Obsession In Love with Spring Release Celebration starts today! Each day (January 6th - January 11th ) you can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am. Every single blog will have a $25 gift certificate to give away for the event - so the more you comment through our Release Celebration the more chances to win! All comments for all of the event days will be open until Sunday January 12th at noon CT. All winner will be announced on Tuesday January 14th.
 
All of the new stamps are available now! You can find them all HERE
 
  
Greetings friends!  If you hadn't already figured it out, I am so excited about the new IO bunny images.  They make me so happy!  For my card today, I am using one of the new Spring Cover a Card backgrounds as well as the Bunny Bea image.

To color my image, I used an assortment of Copic markers.  Usually when I make Spring cards, I stick to pastels, but I thought it would be fun to use carrot colors instead to color my bunny.

The background Cover a Card background is really detailed, so I used my Habanero Versafine ink to make sure it picked up all the lines.  A little hint about backgrounds...if you are having trouble getting cleanly stamped images, rub the top of the stamp with very fine grain sandpaper.  It helps your ink adhere better to the rubber and it won't hurt the stamp.  As you use the stamp over and  over, the impressions will get better and better.  If you are too nervous to use sandpaper, use a really cheap/rough washcloth and rub the stamp to help get the image conditioned for stamping.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Spiral Tiles Cover a Card CC384
Bunny Bea G12208



Don't forget to visit all of the other designers.  There is so much to see!
 

Monday, January 6, 2020

In Love With Spring Release Day 1




Welcome to the Impression Obsession In Love With Spring 2020 Release Celebration!
 
The Impression Obsession In Love with Spring Release Celebration starts today! Each day (January 6th - January 11th ) you can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am. Every single blog will have a $25 gift certificate to give away for the event - so the more you comment through our Release Celebration the more chances to win! All comments for all of the event days will be open until Sunday January 12th at noon CT. All winner will be announced on Tuesday January 14th.
 
All of the new stamps are available now! You can find them all HERE 
 
 
Greetings friends.  The IO team has lots of new goodies to show you for Valentine's Day and Spring.  We hope you will be inspired!
 
For my card today, I wanted to make a Valentine card using a new Cover a Card background, a new Valentine die, and one of the sweet new bunnies.  I chose purple as my dominant color and added a bit of red for extra pop.
 
I didn't use any patterned paper for the card.  It is the new mini gingham background.  Isn't it great?  It really does look like printed paper, but now I have the option to make it any color I want to match my card.  I have a feeling I will be using it a lot for baby cards.

Next, I added a bunny from the Spring release.  The bunny image has a block frame around it, but I used just the bunny part of the stamp, colored it with Copic markers and then cut it out to stuff into my pocket die.

The new Eyelet Circle die set has a scalloped circle in it as well as a semicircle part with a heart attached.  I cut it out twice...once with the gingham paper I stamped an again with red paper so that I could cut out the heart and glue it onto the gingham pocket.
 
Do you recognize the sentiment?  I have used it a lot over the years.  I like it because I have a lot of bunny images and the sentiment allows me to use them year-round.  Practical.

 
Impression Obsession Items Used:
Mini Gingham Cover a Card CC373
Eyelet Circle DIE 924-V
Bunny Block D12206
 
 

Don't forget to visit all of the other designers.  There is so much to see!
 

Thursday, January 2, 2020

IO Challenge- Love is in the Air



Greetings friends.  Welcome to 2020!  Impression Obsession has lots of new images for Valentine's Day that work for that special someone as well as all of your loved ones and friends.  If you would like to play along in the challenge, be sure to visit the Impression Obsession blog for more information and to get a list of all the participating designers.

Today I would like to share two cards with you:


For the first card, I wanted to focus on the Simply Love image that includes both the heart as well as the sentiment.  This stamp seemed like the most practical of the Valentine release to me since it seems like it can be used year-round for so many occasions.  I really see it as a great wedding or anniversary image.

To make the card, I stamped the image onto 140lb watercolor paper with black Versafine ink.  I then colored the edges with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and softened the colors with a waterbrush.  I finished the card by adding a few decorative rhinestones.  Clean and simple.


For the second card, I wanted to use one of the new Cover a Card Backgrounds.  It is called Basket Weave.  I already know that I will be using it again in the Spring for Easter cards.  Love it! 

For the coloring, I stamped the Heart Cascade image onto 140lb watercolor paper and colored it with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a waterbrush.  To finish the card, I stamped a sentiment from the Everyday Quotes 2 stamp set onto a label I cut from the Pinked Stitched Sentiment Banner die set.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Simply Love C12111 
Basket Weave Cover a Card CC372
Heart Cascade C12118
Pinked Stitched Sentiment Banner DIE814-U
Everyday Quotes 2 3153-XL 





Thursday, December 5, 2019

IO Challenge- It's Snow Time


Greetings friends.  The latest IO challenge is all about snow, so I decided to focus on a snowman....aka a "flakey person."


To make the card, I created my own watercolor paper.  I started with 140lb watercolor paper and painted it with blue and purple watercolor paint (with just a hint of green).  While the paint was wet, I placed my harlequin background on top of the paint and let the paint dry while the stamp was still on top of it.  It left a ghost of an impression on the watercolor paint.  Here is a close up:


Next, I cut out my snowman and added some snowman die accessories.  Notice I am continuing my theme of winter characters carrying their coffee with them.  We all need to stay warm after all!  As a finishing touch, I added a sentiment on a white snowbank, colored the top of the snow with a light blue Copic marker and added some sparkle with a little Stickles glue.

I absolutely love this sentiment, and I have to admit, the card was a bit of an excuse to use my sentiment!

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Flakey People B9824 
Large Snowman DIE884-U 
Snowman Accessories DIE885-Q 
Cover a Card harlequin CC004 

Want to have more information on joining the Snow Time challenge and to see inspiration for the other designers?  Be sure to stop by the Impression Obsession Blog.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Happy Fall and Sale Announcement

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Greetings friends.  I wanted to share with you a sale happening over on the Impression Obsession site that starts today and extends through Sunday.  You can save 25%.  It is a great time to do a little Christmas shopping for those crafters on your list (or even yourself).




I also wanted the chance to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.  If you are traveling, I wish you very safe travels. 

My card today uses a favorite Impression Obsession image.  It is an older tree stamp designed by Leigh Hannan.  I painted the image with some Twinkling H20's (remember those?), spritzed it with water and then stamped it onto some watercolor paper.  Underneath the tree, I panted a ground using some regular watercolor paints.  To finish the card, I added a Fall sentiment.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Riley Tree J2053 http://shrsl.com/1z76j
Happy Fall A13071 http://shrsl.com/1z76o

Thursday, November 21, 2019

IO Challenge- Holiday Wishes


Greetings friends.  It is time for another challenge, and this time the theme is "holiday wishes."  Do you make holiday cards?  Are they finished or still on your "to do" list?  I hope you are inspired by the designer cards today!


For my card today, I wanted to use the super-cute penguin die.  Of course, it isn't enough to have a penguin.  You also have to also accessorize him! I had to add the hat and coffee cup from the Snowman Accessories die set and a scarf from the Penguin Outfits die set.  The nice thing about the two accessory sets is that you can use them interchangeably between the penguin and snowman.  After all, everyone needs to be stylish.

To make the card, I cut out the pieces of my penguin and colored the nose and feet with Copic markers.  I also edged the white body with a grey marker and the cheeks with a pink marker.
Next, I cut out the hat in red paper and then again in white so that I could make a striped hat.  For the coffee cup, I made sure to add a glossy gel pen to the lid to make it look like the lid was plastic.

For the background, I added some of the Primitive Snowflakes cut from glossy paper.  I liked the contrast of the glossy snowflakes on the matte background. Here is a close up:


The last step was to add a rhinestone to the center snowflake and add my sentiment in black ink.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Penguin DIE 889-V
Penguin Outfits DIE 888-O
Snowman Accessories DIE 885-Q
Primitive Snowflakes DIE 893-YY
Stamp from clear stamp set CL973 Holiday Tree 


Need more Holiday inspiration?  Stop by the Impression Obsession blog for a full list of participating designers as well as information on how to join the challenge.