Thursday, December 01, 2016

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Quick Christmas Cards

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a Christmas card that is simple to make and easily reproduced.

I started off with a piece of watercolor paper that was 5-1/4" x 8", and using my MISTI, I positioned my large Brush Poinsettia stamp in the middle and inked it up with Barn Door Distress ink, then misted and stamped.

Once that was stamped, I added some brushed and splattered gold watercolor paint (Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors) - these are gorgeous metallic watercolors that were released at CHA... the demonstrator told us to be sure to wet and work them quite a bit before painting to really get the pigment moving, and that was great advice. I used the Lyra Gold for this project. Such a pretty little full pan set.

I cut the panel right in half, then added the stamped sentiment on both cards with the MISTI...

The sentiment is HERE.

I love being able to make 2 cards with one background!

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration -

Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Daniela @ For the First Time
Dina @ Mama Dini's Stamperia ---- you're here
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio

Remember you can enter these challenges too, using your Impression Obsession stamps! See the I.O. blog for all the details - you might even win a $25 gift certificate!! We'd love to have you join us.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Splitcoast Tutorial: Coloring Book Creations!

Today's tutorial over on Splitcoast is  an explosion of ideas for using coloring pages "outside the book". I turned this coloring page into a Christmas ornament!

I started off with a piece of hot press watercolor paper, which I ran through the printer, then colored random sections with Copic markers and Wink of Stella:

I used a grid die (Sizzix Grid Works) to cut six squares, and centered those on six white Twinchie Squares from Inchie Arts.

You can find the instructions for assembling the cube HERE - it's really pretty easy!

A couple more views of the ornament - that bell and silver cording were wrapped around a tin of cocoa I picked up today... easy recycling!

I set up my little Winnie the Pooh tree on my desk - it makes me so happy! I add a few ornaments to it every year, and I love these Midwest Classic Pooh ones the best. I love having it right in my little cubicle.

Hope you're having a great week! Tell me what goodies you ordered over the weekend! I'm excited about my Instant Pot!
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Promos today!

Happy Cyber Monday! Some sales going on today...

 You can use coupon code cyber2016 at to receive 15% off your order today!

Coupon code SMALLBIZ20 is still active at my Etsy store! 20% off your order, including artwork and jewelry.

For today only, purchase my Pencil Basics Light class for just $30 (reg. $45)! It's a comprehensive course, with everything I know about pencils, accessories, coloring and shading. Tons of information, exclusive digital images, pdf and video lessons, forever access...! Please allow me a few hours to process your order once it's placed - I may be out and about today. :) You can use the Paypal button below to get started.

Pencil Basics Light - $30!

Jamberry has some exclusive Cyber Monday wraps available today, as well as a free bracelet with your order of $75 or more. You can also now add my designs to your order from my homepage (you may need to be logged in to see them). I have an open party so please click in to it to order - I'll choose a hostess at random to receive some extra goodies!

 Young Living also has some specials going on today, including free shipping on a number of items! If you'd like to include anything with my order going in today, please let me know - I'm always happy to share my discount.

Check out Amazon and Blick for great holiday sales today as well! Links are always in my sidebar, and any click through with purchase helps me run my blog at no extra cost to you.

Thank youuu!

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

More sale info, and a coupon code for you!

In appreciation for your support throughout the year, I would love to offer a coupon code to my blog readers - please use code SMALLBIZ20 through Monday 11/28 to receive 20% off your order in my etsy store! The sale includes all items in the store - prints, paintings, necklaces, and lockets - the lighthouse prints are in, as well as this new wood piece.

If you'd like a custom locket, please message me, and I'd be happy to paw through my charms to find something to fit your needs! If you'd like to order a bottle of essential oil to pair with your locket, I'll be placing an order Monday, and I'd be happy to include your order with mine at my discount. Lots of great gift ideas all around.

There are weekend specials at Jamberry, too - I'd be honored if you added one of my designs to your order! I have a party open that you're welcome to join... and if someone would like to be the honorary hostess of the party, please let me know! I'd be happy to make that happen, and we'll see what kind of rewards we can work up to!

The best value this weekend is the $50 Holiday bundle - you can choose from their expanded exclusive selection this weekend to create your own set of 4 wrap designs and 2 glass files, and you get a free sheet of wraps as well. If your order is over $75 on Monday, you will get a free exclusive bracelet! It's pretty too...!

Remember the sales at I.O. and Ellen Hutson too! I did a little shopping at Ellen's - I actually got up early to get the Clarity Stamp stencil brushes, but they had already sold out. Picked up some Copics, though, a beautiful Catherine Scanlon stamp and a set of stitched dies.

I added more Copics to my ebay store - I'd love to move these out so I can start filling in the holes in my collection!

That's all I know!
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Friday, November 25, 2016

Mix-Ability Challenge - ATCs

It's my turn to host the Mix-Ability challenge over at Splitcoast! This week marks our 200th challenge - how cool is that?

It's a great time of year to create in bulk, so my challenge is to create a full sheet background and then cut it into 10 trading card size pieces to use for tags or inserts. Here's the template I used:

I pulled out my Gelli Plate to create a base of color, using a limited palette of acrylic paints, some snowflake masks and stamps, and some text and texture stamps. When that was dry, I sprinkled white and silver embossing powder randomly on the panel and heated it from the underside. Some of the powder caught the wet ink around it, so I have some silver snowflakes and white script.

I cut that panel into 10 ATCs and it felt a little flimsy, so I ended up trimming each piece down just a little and backing it with Neenah cardstock. The die I used was free with an order from Taylored Expressions - I cut those from label paper so I didn't have to fuss with adhesive.

These will make nice additions to holiday orders from my store, and speaking of my store - I'll have a coupon code just for blog readers tomorrow for Small Business Saturday! Be sure to come back and shop. :)

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Ellen Hutson coupon codes

As promised, here are the coupon codes for Ellen Hutson's store - I'm making my list today! Here's the full newsletter for all the details, information about their 10th anniversary, and additional specials.

12:00am Friday, November 25th PST (3:00am EST), through 9:00am PST, save 20% on every item currently in stock.  At checkout enter coupon code early2016 to redeem your discount (one time only).  

If you are not an early bird, you can enjoy savings of 15% on all in stock items any time over the weekend - Friday, November 25th through Monday November 28th at midnight PST. You can use this code as many times as you like but orders may not be combined. At checkout enter coupon code anniv2016 to redeem your discount.

Save 20% on any remaining in stock items on Monday, November 28th beginning at 12:00am running through 11:59pm PSTAt checkout enter coupon code cyber2016 to redeem your discount.

I'd be honored if you shop through my link:

Have fun!
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Impression Obsession sale info

I know some of you have been anxiously waiting for the Impression Obsession sale info - I remember making lists and waiting to pounce as soon as the sale was posted! Have fun! Note the times and codes below! 

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MISTI Gratitude hop

So much fun to be hopping with designers from My Sweet Petunia today! You're in for a treat with this talented crew. If  you just happened onto the hop because you're a regular reader here, be sure to check out the link list at the bottom of this post so you don't miss anything! If you're hopping already and you came from Kia Clapper's blog, you're doing just fine.

As a stamper, the MISTI has been a huge game changer for me, but as a stamp designer, it's been really amazing as well. I really enjoy creating realistic layered stamp sets like the Sunflower Set I used here, and I can count on perfect placement for each layer with the MISTI. (To see how I position the layers using a clear acetate sheet, click HERE.) So I'm grateful for this tool, that enables me and you to use these stamps with such amazing results. I'll link the other layering sets below (with a coupon code!).

I love using geometric die cuts, and rotating them for a repeating stamped design like this. This time I was having trouble getting the layers positioned just right with the card in the corner, so I created my own corner with sticky notes. I have much better results using the clear sheet rather than just lining up the stamps visually - if you're able to eyeball it, the traditional corner placement will be fine.

I used a variety of dye inks for layering - it's so helpful to have an index of my inks when choosing colors.

Other layering sets in my line: Rose Set  1, Rose Set 2, Peony Set 1, Peony Set 2, Oak Set, Maple Set, Leaf Set - for a 25% discount, use coupon code THANKS at checkout (Wednesday, November 23, 2016 from 12:00 noon EST through Monday, November 28, 2016 at midnight EST.)

Please be sure to visit these talented designers to see what they've created, and what they're thankful for! Every comment that you leave along the way is another chance to win - one MISTI for you, and one for a friend! The winner will be announced Monday, so you've got the weekend to visit and comment.

Hop along now to my friend Jeanne Streiff's blog! Here's the full hop list, in case you get lost or need to get back to the kitchen. :)

Thank you for visiting me today! Happy Thanksgiving!
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Splitcoast Tutorial: Twine Inlay

This week's tutorial is a Twine Inlay technique - it's a great way to incorporate texture and warmth into a die cut card. Here's the sample I made for the video - the photo tutorial was done by Jeanne Jachna, using the same supplies. Memory Box and The Twinery kindly sent me some of their products to use for the video - I'm so grateful!

I'll be in the kitchen today making desserts and prepping casseroles, but I'll be checking in soon with a coupon code for the sitewide Impression Obsession sale, and a blog hop with the designers from My Sweet Petunia!

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P.S. As you shop this weekend... if you have a favorite designer who has an affiliate relationship with a site you love, be sure to click through their links before you buy (even if you don't buy the product they've linked). It's a great way to say thank you for the information they share, and it doesn't cost a thing. 

I use affiliate links in my posts to help subsidize the cost of maintaining my site as well as the product reviews that I share. Think of me if you shop at:

Thank youuu!