Thursday, August 18, 2016

IO Challenge- A Day at the Beach


Has everyone made it to the beach yet this Summer?  I grew up in a beach town, so I feel as though the ocean is always calling to me. 

For today's card, I colored images using watercolor pencils since it seemed an appropriate choice to pair with beach cards.  I used a crab stamp from the IO Summer release named Carlotta (B19150) and paired it with the Everything's Better- Beach sentiment (B19157). If the beach isn't your favoritie, there is also these sentiments in a similar style:
Everything's Better in the Sun (B19160)
Everything's Better at the Lake (B19156)
Everything's Better at the River (B19158)

Don't forget to visit the designers and to enter the IO card challenge!



Thursday, August 11, 2016

IO Blog Hop- Day 4

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Release Blog Hop!
We have some beautiful new stamps to share and four Gift Certificates to give away! The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday August 8th through Thursday August 11th. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificates!
 
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!
No need to comment on the Impression Obsession Blog to enter.
 
Comment entries for all of the hop days will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday 14th. ALL WINNERS will be announced Monday August 15th on the Impression Obsession Blog.

Welcome to the final day of the blog hop!  For today's card, I wanted to share a card for winter.  I apologize that I was unable to get a better shot of all the glitter I put under the snowman that looks like snow. 

For the background, I once again created a layered effect with my cover a card stamps.  I used the brand new Splattered stamp with Colorbox Chalk Ice Blue ink and then added the Cover a Card Snowflakes on top with Colorbox Calk Azurite ink.  The Splattered stamp is a really good one to use as a base color.  It adds a slight mottled look to your cardstock that pretty much works with anything you choose to layer on top of it.

For the central image, I used the new snowman named Sandy along with the Season's Greetings sentiment.  I colored the snowman with various Copic markers and then added some stickles to the wings for sparkle.  Under the snowman, I added liquid glue from Art Glitter as well as some loose glitter.  The liquid glue added dimension and texture that looked more like a snowbank.


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Impression Obsession Blog Hop- Day 3




Welcome to the Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Release Blog Hop!
We have some beautiful new stamps to share and four Gift Certificates to give away! The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday August 8th through Thursday August 11th. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificates!
 
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!
No need to comment on the Impression Obsession Blog to enter.
 
Comment entries for all of the hop days will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday 14th. ALL WINNERS will be announced Monday August 15th on the Impression Obsession Blog.



Greetings everyone.  As you know, I really like to make use of my cover a card backgrounds.  Therefore, for today's card, I wanted to share a background that I made using the same exact background stamps I used for yesterday's winter card.  Isn't it amazing how different the looks are just by changing the colors and the images you choose to pair with them?

Once again I used the new Splattered Cover a Card in dark purple pigment ink (Versafine Imperial Purple) and the new Scratched Cover a Card in a lighter pigment ink (Colorbox Chalk Violet).

To finish my card, I added the Ghoulish Greetings sentiment (C19252) and the "Our Gang" image (D19227) and colored both with Copic markers.



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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Impression Obsession Blog Hop Day 2




Welcome to the Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Release Blog Hop!
We have some beautiful new stamps to share and four Gift Certificates to give away! The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday August 8th through Thursday August 11th. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificates!
 
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!
No need to comment on the Impression Obsession Blog to enter.
 
Comment entries for all of the hop days will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday 14th. ALL WINNERS will be announced Monday August 15th on the Impression Obsession Blog.



For today's card, I basically designed an entire card around the new "Can't Adult" saying because I love it so much.  Do you ever see a saying that just speaks to you?  Well, this one certainly did for me!  There are days I just don't feel like being an adult.

To make the card, I stamped a new image called Diane onto some XPressIt blending cardstock and colored her with some Copic markers.  I added just a little bit of a light blue Copic around the image to give her a little pop.

I was really happy that the latest release had some new Cover a Card backgrounds as well.  Whenever possible, I prefer to make my own "patterned paper" by stamping and layering my own designs.  For the background, I created a pattern using the new Splattered Cover a Card in grey pigment ink (Colorbox Chalk Grey Whale) and the new Scratched Cover a Card in blue pigment ink (Colorbox Chalk Azurite).

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Impression Obsession Blog Hop Day 1



Welcome to the Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Release Blog Hop!
We have some beautiful new stamps to share and four Gift Certificates to give away! The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday August 8th through Thursday August 11th. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificates!
 
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!
No need to comment on the Impression Obsession Blog to enter.
 
Comment entries for all of the hop days will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday 14th. ALL WINNERS will be announced Monday August 15th on the Impression Obsession Blog. 


I love, love, love to make Halloween cards, so the new monster images really make me happy.  For my card, I used three different monster images: (From left to right)
Cornelia
Sara Beth
One Eyed Monster
The monsters were colored with Copic markers and the edges inked with some Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  To finish the card, I added the Eeeek sentiment.  I really wanted to add the new Monster Mash sentiment, but I ran out of room considering the number of monsters I felt necessary to add to the card.

I hope you decide to check out the rest of the hop.  There are some really amazing new products
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Thursday, August 4, 2016

IO Challenge- Square Cards


Greetings friends.  Today's challenge is all about square cards.  I also wanted to share something I have been playing with and that is creating scenes using some of the patterned background stamps I have. 

For this card, started with the Impression Obsession Tapestry Background F13459 and inked it with some Colorbox Chalk Azurite and Versafine Majestic Blue ink to create a sky and ocean area on the stamp.  I then stamped it onto a white piece of cardstock and added one of the boats from the Impression Obsession Sailboats DIE189-C set.

To finish the card, I added a border from the Impression Obsession Basic Borders 1 set (CL507) and the Sunshiny Day sentiment (B5451) in the same Majestic Blue ink.

Here is a close up of the tapestry background used to create the sky and ocean:


Don't forget!  Square cards cost extra to mail so either add more postage or use a rectangular envelope.

Be sure to visit the other designers for more ideas for square cards:

Thursday, July 28, 2016

IO Spotlight- Working With Pan Pastels


Hi everyone.  Today since I am in in IO spotlight, I thought I would share one of the stamps from the new Twinchie sets.  The stamps in the Twinchie sets are designed to work with Twinchie art boards so that you can easily add decorative elements to your cards, but you could also make magnets, add a nice element to a 3-D box, etc.  The designs also use realistic design elements from nature, so they work well for men or women.

For today's card, I used my favorite medium of late....Pan Pastels.  They are an artist quality chalk that are so easy to blend and allow you to make really quick and easy cards.  In the sample above,, I only used two colors of chalk to blend a gradient of color. Here is a close up:



Instructions:


Paper:
Kraft notecard
White cardstock scrap to stamp grasses
Black cardstock- 5 ½” x 2” and 2 ¼” x 2 ¼”
Orange cardstock – 5 ½” x 1 5/8”
Magenta cardstock- 5 ½” x 1 ¾”

Stamp:
Impression Obsession Twinchies 1- 3157 LG
Impression Obsession clear set CL584 Friends Collection


Ink:
Black Versafine
Versamark

Pan Pastels:
Magenta
Orange


Instructions:

  • ·         On white piece of cardstock, sponge the bottom of the paper with orange chalk and the top of the paper with magenta chalk.  Be sure to blend the two colors together where they meet to make a third color
  • ·         Stamp grass square on top of chalk background with black ink
  • ·         Cut out grass square and glue onto black backing
  • ·         Stamp sentiment onto orange cardstock
  • ·         Layer the pieces of the card
  • ·         Pop up grass image with foam tape