Friday, June 15, 2018

Overstock sale!

If you're like me and you wait for sales and discount codes, you'll want to check out Ellen Hutson's "Our Oops" section this weekend - with coupon code YAY you can save 30% on a whole bunch of overstocked items - I spotted a couple of my designs in there as well! Lots of fun things to choose from.

Go peek! Sale ends June 19th, 2018 at 11:59PM PDT.


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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Splitcoast Tutorial: Black Ice Technique

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is the Black Ice Technique, developed by Melissa Kerman! Melissa's tutorials are always well planned and so unique - I hope you'll take a peek! I pulled out 2 of my butterfly designs - I've been seeing more and more butterflies in my yard, and the milkweed is blooming - beauty everywhere.


I made 2 cards using her technique, but my base is a shimmery silver cardstock rather than a foil, and my results aren't as striking as hers - I may need to revisit the technique with some shinier cardstock - I think the clear embossing would show up better.


At an angle you can see the clear effects a little better, maybe...? I love these 2 stamps so much - I will link them below.


Here's my second sample, and you can see a little of the 'ice' effect on the butterfly in the photo below.


Stamps I used: Big Butterfly, What If, Grunge Butterfly, Courage Dear Heart

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Saturday, June 09, 2018

Selective Stamping - quick and easy!

Just a quick post today - a few weeks ago I promised a video on how to make this clean and simple silhouette card, and it's done!


I used a couple of simple techniques for selective stamping, or stamping just part of an image at a time. Hope you enjoy!




The Flag Girl Silhouette stamp can be found HERE.

The Celebrating You stamp can be found HERE.

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, June 07, 2018

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Foodie Fun

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project featuring something edible.



I love this clear set from Alesa Baker - it has some sweet sentiments and so many possibilities, from sparklers to florals and even a cute hangy banner! I stamped and embossed the cake, sparklers, and 4 sparkles with white powder, then watercolored with QoR paints. 


For a little extra shine, I embossed a few more sparkles with clear powder, and added some dots around them with ColorBox Smooch


I used more Smooch over the frosting on the cake too, and I love that added shine... my watercoloring shows through it, too, which I wasn't expecting. Looking forward to playing with that product a little more in the next couple of weeks!
Stamps I used: Sweet Celebrations clear set, Find Every Reason


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.
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Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Splitcoast tutorial: Coffee Painting

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is Coffee Painting!


This was a fun technique to pick up again - I've done it before (HERE) with instant coffee, but I didn't have that on hand, so I tried my luck with the decaf in the pantry. The color isn't as rich as I would have liked, but maybe once my palette 'cures' a little longer I'll have a little more control of the depth of color.


This Printworks stamp has been sitting by my desk unused since the big Hobby Lobby sale - how long ago was that? Sentiment is from my stamp line at Impression Obsession (HERE).

It's been an exhausting week so far, and on top of it all, I discovered a couple of my stamp sets that have been stolen and are being sold from China through AliExpress... I'm trying to stay positive and keep perspective - I know many companies are seeing FAR more of their designs being used without permission, and 2 sets out of nearly 800 of my own designs is quite a small percentage.  Please support original artists and designers and earnest American companies and not dishonest thieves of intellectual property - that's really half the battle... and if you see sets you recognize being sold "unbranded" or by someone other than the company or a trusted retailer, please let the company or designer know.

I need a nap! 
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Splitcoast Tutorial: Impossible Card

It's my turn to share a tutorial over on Splitcoast, and I chose to fill a request we've had for the Impossible Card - this 'twist' on a playing card trick is very popular right now, and I had fun putting together a photo tutorial I hope is easy to follow and adapt to any card size.


The card base is a single piece of cardstock (no fold), and the construction is very easy, with one score line and 3 cuts... the cuts don't even have to be precise, which makes this design sooo very versatile. 


I had this sweet little summer release (Mini Peekers clear set) on my desk still, and both the cat and dog images fit perfectly in the panel on this A2 design.


For my second sample and technique, I did a partial die cut in the focal panel, using my Baby Giraffe set - check the video to see how I customized the cuts for this card design! It's very easy to do.

Hope you'll give this a try!

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Weekend sales!

Just a few weekend sales I've heard about - I'll add more as I find them!


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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Chipboard Coffee Tags

Just had to pop in with a project for the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop! I've been wanting to play with a few ideas using this Fresh Brewed die from Sizzix, and I'm really happy with how these chipboard ornament tags turned out.


The cup portion of each tag is made up of 3 chipboard die cuts - they're glued and layered, then pressed for a good bond. Once the basic tags were assembled, I coated them front and back with 2 or 3 layers of gesso... next time I make these, I'll paint the pieces before I put them together... that will be quicker, especially for mass production.


Both tags are hand painted, which was really fun - I will definitely be making bunches of these for Christmas craft shows and gifts!


Thanks for stopping by - remember to link up to the coffee hop to win prizes, and take a peek in my store for a great discount during the hop!

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Super Sponsor!

I'm so excited to be joining up with the 
and honored to be a Super Sponsor! 

Link up your project for a chance to win 
one of these 3 art prints (2 winners!)...


 or one of these coffee pendants (2 winners)! 


You can find these and more handmade items 
in my store HERE... and while you're there, please enjoy a 
20% discount on orders over $20! No code needed.

For a chance to win prizes, you have to play along! Head over to the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog for all the details, and to link up your coffee, tea, or cocoa themed project! I'll be back tomorrow to link up to the hop again with a fun coffee project. Please enjoy a discount in my store below, and click HERE for even more weekend sales! 



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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Funny Punny

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project with a pun or a little humor. I pulled out my Llama Love set, just for fun - it's not really punny, but I love the double-L sentiments, and llamas are so cute!


My llama is stamped on matboard, and colored with pencils - the background is done with Copics and watercolor, with some emboss resist as well.



Here's that cutie set - these stamps are available individually in rubber as well.


Links: Llama Love clear set, Llama (rubber), Llovely Day (rubber), Llove Ya (rubber), 
Chainlink Texture

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


Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Dina @ Dina Kowal Creative
Giovana @ Believe
Ilina @ Creativity Within
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat 
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink 
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft

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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