Monday, January 22, 2018

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!


If you're new to my blog, then you may not know that I'm not only on the Impression Obsession design team - I'm also one of their artists! It's always fun during these blog hops to be able to share my stamps, some thoughts behind them, and some fun ways to use them. I'm especially fond of this Introverting clear set, which is perfect for introverts and those who love them! (The "I already left the house this week" sentiment is especially ME.


The sentiments are meant to mix and match, or you can tuck a punchline inside the card. The scripty sentiments are also designed to stand alone.


The set comes with a mini cat image, but there's also a larger one in the release - I made this one a little ball of yarn by wrapping a piece of yarn around a small circle die cut.



IO products I used: Introverting clear set, Thinking SilhouetteSketched CatAll-in-One Frames - Squares 2 die

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration! You're not required to comment on every one, but the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win! Thank you for visiting me! 

Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Daniela @ For the First Time

Dina @ Dina Kowal Creative <================ you're here!
Giovana @ Believe
Ilina @ Creativity Within
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat 
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink 
Kelli @ Stamping with a Dream 
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: I Adore You

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project with a love or friendship theme. In case you haven't noticed, there are some new Valentines Day dies in the store, so I wanted to share a couple of ideas with one of the new background dies.



This is the die I used - for my first card I used my MISTI magnets to hold a die cut in place, and used it as a stencil for brushed inks.

Lacy Hearts die
I used 3 ink colors (Bubblegum, Peony, Ruby), brushing from light to dark. I used a Clarity stencil brush, and I love the soft look!


The stamps I used are from my stamp line - links are below. The 'adore' word is a partial image that I stamped by taping off the rest of the sentiment. 


My second cared is a shaker card! I cut a frame from cardstock and a frame from fun foam and layered them like they are in the photo below to create the shaker frame. The base (pink) layer was inked with the same inks I used above, just dragging them across the panel.


For my filler I used some sequins and most of the negative cuts from the die - I did pull out the long pieces that are around the hearts.



Stamps and dies I used: Lacy Hearts die, Puppy Love Silhouette, Adore You, Treat the WorldAll-in-One Frames - Rectangles 2, Heart die set, Sending Love

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

Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Daniela @ For the First Time
Giovana @ Believe
Ilina @ Creativity Within
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat 
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink 
Kelli @ Stamping with a Dream 
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.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Splitcoast Tutorial: Candy Dispenser

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a Candy Dispenser - it's a perfect little project for Valentines Day! The box opens to fill at the top, and has a little dispenser opening at the bottom.


I used the adorable Playful Pups clear set from Whimsy Stamps for my box - that set is retiring but there are a few left at a discount, so grab it now if you'd like to add it to your collection! So cute.


Here's a closer look at the image (colored with pencils on matboard) and the opening at the bottom. I colored her like our puppy (who is now almost as big as me)!


For the topper, I tied a double bow with my Bow-Easy then poofed it up and heated it slightly with my heat gun to help it hold its shape. Love that little trick for synthetic ribbon.


My project fits this month's Whimsy Challenge, so I entered it there. Hope you'll try this one! 
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Thanks - ALOTL!

I needed a big stack of thank you cards this week - 35 of them! I had intended to send them before Christmas, but thankfully my Distress Oxide backgrounds turned out to be more versatile... because that didn't happen.


I made these backgrounds while visiting with my friend Amy at her store the Craft Lab - I'm so blessed to have a local stamp store near to me! It was nice to be able to spread out and work on a whole bunch of backgrounds at once. 

The focal stamp I used here is the most adorable and ONLY axolotl stamp I've ever seen, from Kindred Stamps - if you're new to their little company, click below for a 10% discount code! Yay! 



I switched out part of the sentiment and used a Simon Says Stamp clear 'thanks' stamp instead - I love how that worked out! The die is also from SSS - pretty sure both products are discontinued.


Hope you're having a good week - we ended up having an extended weekend with wintry conditions, so my normal is a little bit off. :) I've been working on a trio of portraits for a customer in California - here are the two I've finished, and I should finish up the third today.


Happy Tuesday!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Splitcoast Tutorial: Stamped Die Cuts

It's my turn to share a tutorial over on Splitcoast. This week I've compiled several techniques for stamping on coordinating die cuts. These are the cards I made for the video...


The sentiment here was positioned using the die cut opening as a template, since the die is solid... that stamp and die set are from Simon Says Stamp, and I'm pretty sure they're both retired. That kitty though - over the holidays I collected most of the dies from that series by Sizzix - they're so cute, and make really fun gift tags. They were all on sale for about $3, which is an amazing price for a steel rule die. The kitty is here, and you can see the others in the series here.


This was a quick card made with a matching stamp and die set from Impression Obsession by Pink Ink - I share 2 ways to line up the die with the image for this sample.



This is another coordinating stamp and die set from Impression Obsession - this set of dies is threaded together, so I share a way for lining up multiple images at once. For another method, check out Lydia's blog post here


This tag die is also retired (Our Daily Bread Designs) but it's one in my collection that uses a system of positioning by registration marks with a template, so I wanted to include that method as well. The stamp I used is a sneak peek of one of Lindsay Ostrom's spring designs, and the kite die is here

That's all I know! :) 
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Seasons Givings Hop Winners!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my blog and left a birthday wish! That was fun!

Here are my winners:



The winner of the birthday prize is:  



Happy birthday, Dina! We celebrated Mom's BD yesterday...hope your is just as fabulous!

The winner of the $15 gift certificate to Whimsy Stamps is:

Happy Birthday! - same date as my Dad, now deceased, and he received many gifts as the first New Year baby, hope you did too!


And THREE winners of a birthday word die:

CarlavdM 1/02/2018 7:18 PM Happy New Year to you too and belated Birthday wishes ;o) Ooooh what a wonderfull card with those yummie Macarons on it. And a great sentiment.
Irene Grau 1/02/2018 10:34 AM Happy birthday!! I always appreciate your advice on Splitcoast. Thanks!
amee 1/01/2018 8:31 PM Happy crafty birthday!
Ladies, please email me with your mailing info and I'll get these prizes on their way to you!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Shiny New Year

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project with a shiny element. I thought a couple of jewelry pieces would be fun!


I used the rose image from this clear set to stamp in IO Hybrid ink, then colored the rose and background with Copics and Polychromos pencils.

Vintage Planters clear stamp set

I love making these - I've bought supplies in bulk from a wholesaler for my store, but smaller kits are available on Etsy (I recommend the adhesive from Annie Howes' store highly!).


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



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.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 01, 2018

New Year Sales!

Just wanted to refresh my sale list with a few that popped up for the New Year! (Affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.) I'll add more if I find more!




CollegeDreaminKid on Etsy - I found this young man a week or two ago and was very impressed both with his work and with his character - he's got some gorgeous storybook and movie themed charm bracelets on sale (3 of them are coming my way - happy birthday to meeee!). 


Kindred Stamps - 20% off your order with coupon code BYE2017


Sizzix sale - 25% sitewide (except for machines and gift cards) - Jan. 1-3


Spellbinders sale - 40% selected items in the New Year's Party sale - and up to 70% items in the clearance section.

Thanks for stopping by!

2018 Seasons Giving Blog Hop

Welcome to the Season's Givings Blog Hop! This is a meeting of designers, companies, and more that want to give back to thank YOU for your support of US throughout the last year! I love this industry and the generosity that exists among people committed to share their talents through creating art. It's such a privilege to work and play here - some days there's no boundary between the two!





In case you're new to my blog, I'll tell you a little about me. Today is my BIRTHDAY, which is always a fun day to give things away! I adore Winnie the Pooh and collect fun socks. 



I have my own line of stamps, and I'm the Artist in Residence at Splitcoaststampers, among other roles behind the scenes. I love to create, and I love sharing what I learn in the process. 



I have an online store where you'll find prints of my original artwork as well as jewelry and other items. I recently began drawing pet portraits and love pouring my heart and talent into those precious keepsakes. 




I've been blogging here for just over 11 years - you can click HERE to see the highlights of my creative year!




On to the fun stuff! My first prize is this bundle of birthday goodies - a Cover-a-Card birthday background stamp, a birthday word die from Whimsy Stamps, gold leaf outline stamps, sequins, 2 word embossing folders, and a handpainted mini canvas.






Another winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to Whimsy Stamps! And 3 winners will receive a birthday word die.


Leave me some birthday love in the comments for a chance to win!  I'll draw names on Friday 1/5 at 9 pm central time, and announce my winners Saturday morning. Thank you for visiting me today, and Happy New Year to you! Check out the list below for more exciting giveaways!


Thanks for stopping by!

Dina Kowal =========================== you're here!