Thursday, October 20, 2016

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: To Die For

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project using die cuts. Here's my card:

This is one of the fun new background dies that's part of our new release - if you like what you see today, stay tuned - we'll be having a blog hop next week (Oct. 24-26) showcasing all the new dies for you!

I cut the background out of white paper, and stuck that to the back of a sheet of label paper. After that I could cut scraps to fill in the circles and other openings. 

A great tip for doing something like this - if you can keep the cut paper in the die, it's easy to lay the die into the cut paper frame, and the pieces stuck in the die will stick into the exposed label paper.

The sentiment is one of my new ones - it's here.

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, October 19, 2016

Falliday Fest tutorial: Copic Bleed Technique

Today's tutorial over at Splitcoast is a fun coloring technique from Kathy Racoosin called the Copic Bleed Technique. This is a two-for-one background technique using alcohol markers and a coloring page. As you color on the thin paper, it bleeds through to a sheet of cardstock, so you end up with this...

...and this! I picked up a small coloring book that had a lot of full-page designs and the kind of thin pages that work well for this technique. The sentiment I used is from my Snow Flourish clear set.

Come over to the Falliday Fest Challenge Forum for all the details!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Falliday Fest tutorials - catching up

I missed blogging over the weekend - Sunday we shared Lydia's Shaving Cream Stenciling technique, and today's tutorial is for a Shaker Money Holder! I've been a little distracted... because Friday we bought a house! It's a ways out in the country, and I've been making trips back and forth to take small loads and meet service people. Here's a peek at the property:

This small building in the back will be my art studio someday - it has some water damage inside and will need some work, but I'm excited about the possibilities!

Falliday Fest is still going strong - we have challenges and tutorials scheduled until the end of the week, and next week is reserved for catching up and chatting together. Come and join us!

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Falliday Fest tutorial: Snowman Tea Light

With today's Falliday Fest tutorial, find out how to turn battery tea lights into these adorable Snowman Tea Light favors! I used die sets from Impression Obsession (Snowman set and Holly Flourish to ease the process - check the tutorial to find out how to use oval dies for a cute snow hat! That sweet green lace is from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Come over to the Falliday Fest Challenge Forum for all the details!

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Falliday Fest card drive - Operation Quiet Comfort

Today the cards made for Falliday Fest will be benefiting Operation Quiet Comfort, a support organization that "exists solely for the purpose of honoring and comforting America’s military men and women who become sick and injured while serving in harm’s way. " For the drive, we're collecting patriotic thank you cards. Here's one I made, which also fits this week's Mix-Ability challenge.

I had a panel scored for a different project but decided not to use it, so that became my card base. I die cut a square and left it in, just to break up the white space a little. 

For the focal panel, I used a new die from Impression Obsession to create a chipboard stencil:

Floral Background

...then I traced each opening onto a 3" Art Square from Inchie Arts, and did a little doodling with a waterproof pen. I watercolored the sections with palette blended ink from 2 Zig Clean Color markers then colored a few sections directly with the markers. The sentiment is from my Life Stuff Sentiments clear set.

Come over to the Falliday Fest Challenge Forum for all the details!

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Falliday Fest tutorial: Ornament Garland

It's my turn to share a Falliday Fest tutorial! This Ornament Garland is a fun and easy way to use up paper scraps or older patterned paper, and if you're like me you have plenty of both! Each of the pieces uses 8 strips of paper - I didn't have much double-sided paper, but it would be great for these too.

I came up with the measurements for a dreidel garland too - these ones are done with strips as well, but they're scored and folded before assembly.

If you don't want a garland, use a single ornament as a gift tag! Lots of possibilities there too.

Come over to the Falliday Fest Challenge Forum for all the details!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Falliday Fest tutorial: Twist Gate Fold

Today's tutorial for Falliday Fest is this adorable Twist Gate Fold card - it's the cutest little size, and fits in a regular A2 envelope.

I had this little mouse already colored up - all I needed to do is add a little color to the background to make it match my papers. Speaking of the papers, these panels are so small - this is a great project for using up scraps. Dawn has really good tips for cutting the panels to perfection!

This little House Mouse was an unmounted stamp available through Joanna Sheen - she has discontinued that line. The sentiment is one of mine, and it's in the Life Stuff Sentiments clear set (it will be available in rubber soon with the upcoming Valentine release!)

Come over to the Falliday Fest Challenge Forum for all the details!

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Falliday Fest tutorial: Nugget Cake

It's day 2 of Falliday Fest and our tutorial for the day is this adorable Nugget Cake! The sample on the site is done in a Halloween theme, but it can really be done for any occasion - or for no occasion at all! Who wouldn't love a cake made of chocolates?

I went with a Christmas theme for my sample, and topped it with a special sneak peek at a tutorial coming later...! That pretty crochet lace is from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store and the dies are from Impression Obsession - Snowman set and Holly Flourish.

Forming my layers are these 3 beauteous rings, made from a salt box and a TP roll.

So far my project is still intact, but I have a feeling it will fall prey to hungry boys soon. We'll see how long it lasts. ;)

Come over to the Falliday Fest Challenge Forum for all the details!

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Sunday, October 09, 2016

Falliday Fest tutorial: Punch Board Pumpkin

We are kicking off a brand new fall crafting event called Falliday Fest over at Splitcoaststampers today! For the next two weeks we'll be crafting and stamping up a storm, all in an effort to get ahead on some holiday projects AND to shower some card-shaped loved on 4 special charities. All that and chatter and recipes and amazing prizes from our sponsors, too! Hope you'll come over and join us!

I've been working for weeks behind the scenes to bring you 10 amazing tutorials from our community - first up is this Punch Board Pumpkin! My board is in storage, so I made mine using a score-board template. These are so cute, and I think the decorations on top would look great on any size box (even a cardboard box!) or various sized wood blocks.

I took a few shortcuts from the tutorial - these are leaves from a garland I got at the Dollar Tree, and the vines are made from natural wrapped wire that I wrapped around a pencil for shape.

Come over to the Falliday Fest Challenge Forum for all the details!

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Saturday, October 08, 2016

Tea and Coffee Prints - new!

I've been working on a set of 3 watercolors over the last few weeks - since we moved I've gone through a period of self doubt when it comes to painting, so this set is a personal act of courage... and these are done just in time for sweater weather and the comfort of a warm drink!

If you follow me on Instagram you can see the progression as I worked... I think it's fun to share that! There are times during the creative process that even I'm thinking, "There's no way that's going to work!" and it's always exciting to see all the layers of color come together into a detailed, realistic piece.

The prints are ready to pre-order now - the two above are 5" x 7" prints, or you can order a set of 3 prints, each 4" x 6". All the other prints on my art page are in stock and available as well - they make great Christmas gifts, if you're thinking ahead that far. :) With our move, these will probably ship out in early November.

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