Monday, January 23, 2017

New Spring Stamps from IO - Day 1

The Impression Obsession team is showcasing new Spring images that are available NOW! You can visit the I.O. Blog all this week for links to the previews and ALL the challenge details. Leave a comment on our designers' posts throughout the week for a chance to win a $25 gift certificates from Impression Obsession!

I combined a couple of fun new clear sets for this llama selfie card... I stamped the llama first, then masked him off to stamp the bridge. Coloring is done with Copics, which I forgot to list... so sorry! I intended to use the Instant Photo Frame die for this and that was going to be so tidy, but I forgot that the negative opening cut isn't a perfect square, and I colored it sideways... so I used the a square and rectangle die to make this quick frame substitute.

The background panel on this card was made using several of Seth Apter's border stamps, stamped with Distress Inks at regular intervals using the MISTI. So much fun! I'd be happy to do a quick tutorial on that if anyone is interested. 

Stamps I used: Llama LoveBridge Set DonutsTreadyChainlink

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration, and comment for more chances to win! 

Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio
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Friday, January 20, 2017

MIX-Ability challenge: Back to Business!

It's my turn to host the Mix-ability challenge over on Splitcoast! This week we're using business envelope liners on our cards and other projects. Here's mine;

I started with a 4" Art Square as my base, and adhered the liner of my AT&T statement to the panel with gel medium. Next I stamped a large floral image in the corner of the panel (that's by Catherine Scanlon - it's a beautiful peony design) and used Inktense pencils to shade in some areas and white acrylic paint to highlight others. More color was added to the base with Distress crayons and stamps.

I added the sentiment with individual alphabet stamps - this thought was on my heart, as I'm wishing I was at CHA with my friends this weekend... I know that decision was made in wisdom, and I'm trusting that having my own creative studio space will be a worthy tradeoff for my sads today! :)

Here's a closer peek at the flowers - I used a blender pen to blend out the Inktense pencil, which worked really well and kept the moisture to a minimum.

I added one more strip from another envelope at the bottom - you know I'll probably start hoarding these envelopes now instead of throwing them away! So many patterns to choose from!

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Love is in the Air

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a Valentine project with a focus on air or sky.

 I chose this Balloon Bouquet silhouette image from last year's Valentine release... I love how the silhouette printed on this patterned paper! I'll have to remember to do that more often. I did a little paper piecing on the balloons for some contrast above the circle, and then added a panel toward the bottom of the card to pull the patterns together. (I distressed the bottom of that panel to hide the fact that it was a little crooked! Little pro tip for you.)

I had to add an eyelet to the sentiment tab - I'm determined to bring those back this year! :)

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

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, January 18, 2017

Splitcoast Tutorial: Faceted Box

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is an adorable Faceted Box - it was found first on Pootles, and it's such a unique and roomy design.

I used some Valentine paper to create mine - there's quite a bit of scoring, but it wasn't too difficult to do. I love the size of this box - you really can fit quite a bit inside!

On the top of my box is a 2" Art Square from Inchie Arts, stamped with a sweet image from Penny Black. I colored the bear in with Copic markers (colors are listed below).

These are the Copic markers I used... I added a few highlights with a white Prismacolor pencil.

I hope you'll try this one out - I think Hershey Kisses would be the perfect filler!

Follow Inchie Arts on Facebook for more inspiration!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Splitcoast tutorial: Dyed Silk Scarf

In today's tutorial on Splitcoast, use alcohol inks to customize a silk scarf! So fun. I got this chiffon scarf from Amazon and it worked well... I only have 3 alcohol inks, and one of them is a color I don't wear, so I went with this 2-color combo. My hands are also this 2-color combo... so you may want to wear gloves for the rinsing step. Oops. :)

Still offering coupon code PRINTER3 for $3 off your order of $13 or more in my store - I added a new necklace design that was a special request - it's this red open rose. Those necklaces actually will be featured in a subscription box in February from Fortify My Faith - so cool!

Hope you're having a great week! Hugs!
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Friday, January 06, 2017


The winning comment for my Season's Giving prize package is:

Happy Birthday!!! Hope your 2017 is a blessed year!
Your card and the image itself is stunning and yes, very romantic.
Your prize package is awesome ... to own a piece of your art, to me, is simply priceless. 

Rebecca, please email me with your mailing info so I can get your prize out to you! Thanks, everyone for your sweet comments and birthday wishes!
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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Shiny New Year

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project using something shiny. I had a piece of painted cardstock left from my Christmas cards, which made a perfect background for this tree die cut. This gold paint - I love the shine of it! This is the Lumiere Bright Gold.

This Square Window Tree die cuts a window opening, so I created a frame around it with a Spellbinder A2 die. That panel is popped up with foam tape to cast just a little shadow on the background. The sentiment is HERE.

Speaking of everyday miracles, we enjoyed a beautiful sunset last night - it really inspired my card today!

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

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, January 04, 2017

Splitcoast Tutorial: Surprise Shaker Card

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is the creation of Rebecca Ednie - it's called a Surprise Shaker Card... there's a sliding panel that pulls out to reveal an inner shaker panel. So clever, and really fun to make! Here's mine closed...

...and with the panel removed! A stamp positioner is really helpful in creating 3 identical panels, so the frame, sliding panel, and shaker panel can line up perfectly.

Rebecca's instructions are really great, but I managed to mess up a few times anyway... the line of die cut lace covers up where I accidentally cut off the bottom of my slider panel... then I smudged the slider panel... thankfully it was just a little spot, and I was able to file it off.

These stamps and the lace die are from my line at Impression Obsession - Dress Form Trio Lg. Sew, Happy For You, Border Duo 1 die set. I used Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink for my stamping, and I love the crisp, dark image! This is the Dark Brown, though it looks black in the photos.

Thanks for checking in on me today! Scroll down to make sure you haven't missed anything - lots going on this week!

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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Silent auction - updated!

I made a chance to my settings, so non-friends should be able to view and comment to bid on the cards I have up for auction. Thanks to those who went to looked and let me know there was a problem! Just a few of the cards that are listed... there are recent cards and older ones as well. If the link above doesn't work, you can go to my business page and find the album linked there.

Thank you for your support!
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Monday, January 02, 2017

So........ that printer!

I've mentioned a few times that one of my crafty goals for this year is to be able to purchase a wide-format printer of my own. My main reasons:

  •  I'd love to be able to print my artwork on demand, to be able to customize prints by size and not worry about over-ordering.
  • I have the opportunity to fill some larger/wholesale orders of my art pendants - this would put that part of the production in-house.
  • This printer can handle canvas as well - this presents some interesting possibilities with my artwork and projects.
  • This printer can handle watercolor paper, and it prints with waterproof ink... which opens up some fun avenues with watercolor, and would also allow for some step-by-step watercolor kit classes - wouldn't that be fun?!

I'm going to be saving up to bring this baby home - the full MSRP is $800, though there are occasional sales and rebates. I would love to have your help! Here are three ways you can help me:

1. Buy prints! 
I have an overstock of prints that are ready to ship. You can use coupon code PRINTER3 for $3.00 off your order of $13.00 or more. You can click HERE to visit my store. The code expires at midnight on January 14th. The code will work on other items as well.

2. Buy cards!
I have over 200 cards up for sale in a silent auction HERE. Click through and comment to bid. The minimum bid is $3.00, and the first round of bidding ends at 9 pm central time on January 8th. I usually list my cards at $5-8 - they are all high quality and one-of-a-kind! (Some are having trouble with the link - if you're not sent to the Facebook album, you can go directly to my business page and you'll find it linked there.)

3. Buy Jamberry!
I have a party open called Printer Jam - add your order to the party by Jan. 12th and I'll choose a name out of the orders to receive hostess benefits. Order one of my exclusive wraps, and I'll give you another entry!

Thank you in advance for your support - I am so excited to see this happen!
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