Thursday, November 17, 2011

IO Challenge- Only Stamps

First of all, let me apologize for my picture. It doesn't look very good and the colors are off. My Ott-Lite that I use to take photos needs a new bulb, so I was left with a sad side lamp.

Today's challenge was to make a card using only patterned paper allowed. I love my Cover a Card backgrounds, so it wasn't hard for me to ditch the paper.

To make this card, I used the Gingerbread with Treats house (F7637), the Have a Sweet Holiday saying (B7654), and the Cover a Card Fluff background (CC014). I find that it is really hard to get a bright white look on kraft cardstock, so I embossed the background with white embossing powder to really make it pop. To color the house, I used watercolor pencils and a blender pen.

Here is a close up of the card so that you can see the sparkle of the Stickles:

Need more inspiration? Check out the work by Daniela, Deborah, Dina, Jeanne, Jenny, Julie, and Vicki.

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

Don't forget, if you want to win an advance copy of "Sugar Rush," you have until Sunday night to leave a comment on my previous post (the one with the snowman/cupcake).

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New Class and Non-Craft Giveaway

Hi all. I know it is short notice, but I wanted to share one of the cards from my Impression Obsession Sweet Treats class next Monday, November 21st. We will be making four treat-themed cards, and I will even bring a little something sweet to the class. If you are around before Thanksgiving, I hope you can come!

For this card, I used the Snowman with Treats (G7640) as well as the Cover a Card Thick and Think background (CC008) and some watercolor pencils. I just love the idea of a winter cupcake!

Speaking of cupcakes, would you like to win an advance copy of a cupcake-themed romance novel? My friend Donna gave me an uncorrected proof of her book "Sugar Rush," which will hit the bookshelves on Dec 27th. It is Book 1 of her Cupcake Club series, and you can read the synopsis here. Technically, it is a used book I am offering because I had to read it first!

So, if you want a chance to win the book, leave a comment and tell me who your favorite author is by Sunday, November 20th at 11:59pm (EST). I will randomly select a comment and announce the winner on Monday. Good luck!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


I thought I would take a break from holiday cards and make something that could be used for a wedding or an anniversary. Of course, you could just as easily change out the saying and make it for a card for almost any other occasion.

The heart stamp is one of the brand new Alesa Baker images from Impression Obsession. Alesa designed a bunch of vintage and floral images that I think you are really going to like. I can't wait to show you some of the other designs. On a side note, the new images aren't on the Impression Obsession site yet, but they soon will be. I also know that they will start arriving in local stamp stores very soon!

Stamps- heart (Impression Obsession Victorian Heart D8654), saying (Impression Obsession from the CL316 A Good Marriage clear set)
Lace die- Memory Box (Charlotte Border 98242)
Paper- Basic Grey (Piccadilly Line)
Other items- Pink circle Marvy punch, pop dots, neutral twine

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Snow Much Fun

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For today's IO challenge, we were supposed to show you what we do on snow days. For me, it is all about staying inside, reading, and enjoying some cocoa. The less time I have to spend outside shoveling, the better!

Products Used:

Stamps- Comfort Cocoa (E8612), Comforting Cocoa (B8613), Cover a Card Large Dots (CC007)

Inks- Memento Black, Colorbox Chalk Creamy Brown

Nestabilities Labels 8

Copic Markers- R22, R27, E50, E31, E35, G21, W2, C1

Diamond Stickles

Red and White Divine Twine

Need more challenge inspiration? Check out what Daniela, Dina, Deborah, Jeanne, Jenny, Julie, and Vicki created.

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