Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Zenspirations- Fangtastic!

Impression Obsession has a new line of stamps called "Zenspirations" and are designed by Joanne Fink. Today the IO design team is hosting a blog hop to introduce you to the stamps. I really think you are going to like them!

For my card, I used images from a Halloween set called When Life CL336. I also used a stair-step card from The Paper Cut as the base of my card. It looks like I did a lot of work to cut and fold my card, but I didn't. The card comes with all the cuts and scores already done for you, which really works for me!

To begin, I stamped the Cover a Card Halloween text onto the card using black versafine ink and then edged the piece with Black Soot Distress Ink. I then added some bats from the sets that I colored with black and grey watercolor pencils and a blender pen.

Here is a side view of the card to see the popped up bats:

I then punched out a yellow circle and added some Scattered Straw Distress Ink around the edges, added "Fangtastic" saying, and added a pumpkin that I colored with Copic Markers.

Here is another picture to see the pumpkin view of the card:

I thought it looked odd that all the color was on the right-hand side of the card, so I stamped the Cover a Card again and colored some of the words with Copic markers before gluing them to my card.

Want more Zenspiration inspiration? Start at the Impression Obsession blog and get a list of the participating designers. If you leave a comment on each of the designers' pages, you will be entered to win a $25 Impression Obsession gift certificate.

Good luck!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fall Challenge

Is anyone else ready for fall? Today's IO challenge is all about creating fall themed projects. Reds, yellows, oranges, leaves, apples, and of course.....pumpkins! As a pumpkin junkie myself, I had to include pumpkins in my card.

To make the card, I started with a light yellow notecard and stamped the Large Paisley Cover a card background (CC039) onto it using Peach Pastel Chalk ink. For the bottom, I stamped the Woodgrain Cover a Card background (CC034) in brown Versafine ink onto tan cardstock and glued it onto my notecard. The focal image is called Fall Serenity (F8615), and the saying is from the Count You Blessings clear set (CL286). I colored the chair with pumpkins with Copic markers and then cut out the image to add to the card.

Need more fall inspiration? Check out what Daniela, Deborah, Dina, Jeanne, Jenny, and Kathy, created.

Want to play along? You can find all of the information here, and you could even win a $25 Impression Obsession gift certificate!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Impression Obsession Challenge

Take me to your cake! I love that saying. After all, isn't cake the best part about birthdays?

Today the Impression Obsession challenge is all about birthday cards. For my card, I used a cake from the CL203 Birthday Cakes clear set and a saying from the band new CL329 Let them Eat Cake clear set. The paper is from the Basic Grey Wisteria line.

One of the reasons the theme for the challenge is birthdays is to celebrate the birthday of Operation Write Home. Operation Write Home organizes it so that handmade cards are sent to the troops that can then be used by the troops to send to their families. You can read more about their work here, and there is even a place where you can make a donation to help with the cost of postage.

In honor of Operation Write Home's birthday, there is a chance today to win a $25 Impression Obsession gift certificate. In order to win, you have until 11:59 pm EST today to leave a comment on each of the participating designer blogs (including this one). Then, leave a comment on the IO blog letting us know about your favorite new IO stamp. You can find more information about today's contest here. Here is a list of the other participating designers: Daniela, Dina, Jeanne, Jenny, Julie.

Want to play along and make your own birthday card? You can find all of the information here, and you could even win another $25 Impression Obsession gift certificate.