Friday, February 16, 2018

MIX-ability challenge - Patterned Panels

It's my turn to host the MIX-ability challenge over at Splitcoast - did you know we've been doing these mixed media challenges for over 5 years already?


My challenge is to use patterned paper as the base for your focal panel, and create a mixed media project. The paper I used is from Whimsy Stamps' Christmas Cheer paper pack - I stamped right onto it with one of the images from the Fill My Heart clear set:

Fill My Heart clear set
I drew a light horizontal line across the paper, then used some QoR watercolor paint to sketch in some grass around the dog. When that was dry I used colored pencils to add some shading on and around the dog, and to add details to the scene.


My card is a tri-fold card... the base is 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 4-1/4", and 8-1/2", and then cut on the flap with a Stitched Border Die. To keep it closed, I attached a button with a brad so it would just overlap the edge of the flap when in place....


 but release the flap when it was rotated down.


Here's one more card I made using the same techniques, the Fill My Heart set, and some discontinued Whimsy products.


Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for visiting me today!

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Birthday Wishes

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project with a birthday theme. 


I wanted to pull this little sloth out for Valentine's Day, but didn't quite make it - so he's here on a birthday card instead! I stamped with the IO Hybrid ink onto watercolor paper, so I was able to use Copics, watercolor, and colored pencils to fill in his little scene. 


I love this little guy - I'm thinking he needs a little redesign so he can "hang out" in more places. What do you think? 


I used sentiments from the Introverting set - those paired up nicely. Looks like that set is back in stock, in case you were waiting! 

Stamps I used: Sloth Mail (or in a clear set HERE), Introverting clear set 
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, February 14, 2018

Splitcoast tutorial: Watercolor on Yupo

Yupo Synthetic Paper has gotten a lot of attention in the last few months for its performance with alcohol inks - it's also a great substrate for watercolor! In this week's tutorial over on Splitcoast, you'll learn some of my tips and tricks for Watercoloring on Yupo... and you'll get to learn from some of my mistakes as well.



 Yupo is a tree-free synthetic paper, which is non-staining, nonporous, and has a very smooth surface - it's a lot of fun for a variety of techniques, and if you mess up or want to try something new, you can wipe it off and start over! The paper comes in different weights, as well as different levels of opacity - for my samples I used the heavy weight (144#) white Yupo, which is very sturdy.


I have had this Gazebo Overlook image for a long time and was so happy to see that Whimsy Stamps has picked up the license on it. You can watch a portion of my process in the video below - mostly just the mistakes! I definitely need to revisit this card with the right ink to really show off the image!


I purchased this stamp at Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago during their mass clearance sale - so happy to have it in my stash!

Here's the video - let me know if you have any questions!



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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Strawberry Jude Stamps

This week has been so draining, with snow days and sickness in the house - I took a little 'me' time yesterday and sat down with my new sets from Strawberry Jude Stamps. So this is me, except I'm in sweats...


For coloring on this image, I used Polychromos pencils to color the details on the couch, then watercolored the rest using QoR paints... all the folds in her dress were really fun! The set is called Days Like This.



My second card was painted with QoR paints except for the dress - I used liquid watercolor from Peerless for that. Almost forgot to mention the paper - these are my favorite decadent watercolor cards from the Fabriano Medioevalis stationery line.


This set is called Awesome Memes - it's going to be a lot of fun to play with!


I have to share too - I love supporting small businesses, and especially ones that make me feel like it's my birthday when I open up their packaging - isn't this adorable?!


Strawberry Jude is moving, and they're hoping to reduce their inventory for the move - their entire store is 60% off right now, so go help out! (And please continue to support them after they move as well.)


Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Splitcoast Tutorial: Topped Treat Bag + a DIY gusseted sack!

This week's tutorial is a fun and simple one - it's a Topped Treat Bag, with instructions for making a simple topper.

Our guest author had these adorable treat bags, and I... was snowed in and had a house full of sickies and no bags. So I had to improvise, as I often do, and I ended up making some cute little gusseted sacks! Here's what I did.



I started with a 12" sheet of patterned paper. This is from a pad I picked up on clearance at Walmart - it is lighter weight paper, and also has an extension above a dashed (but not perforated) line, so it's actually 12" x 12-3/4". I scored from the 12" side at 3", 3-1/2", 4", 8-1/4", 8-3/4", and 9-1/4". 


Fold the scored lines into an M on both sides - these are the gussets!


You can cut the sheet in half (6-3/8" for me) to create 2 bags after scoring and folding.


Run a line of glue down one short side, and all the way along the bottom, near the edge...


...then fold up the sack so the gussets sit flat (make sure you fold in the glued side last!). Optionally, you can put a little glue at the bottom of the gussets as well.


I created a topper from a quarter sheet of cardstock, and layered a piece of patterned paper (4" x 2-1/2") over it, then attached it to the sack with mini staples - you can see I have my stapler upside down - this puts the flat side of the staple on the back so nothing pokes out.


I layered my focal panel over that to cover the staples, and tied a little twine around the bag - my bags don't sit up like Becky's, but they'd be perfect for a big yummy cookie or something that lays flat.


This is a set from SugarPea Designs called Classroom Cupids - it has lots of mix and match sentiments and two-step images that are so cute. (Ohh - this set is retired, but there are a few left at a clearance price - if you love it, grab it!) Speaking of Sugar Pea Designs - they have a new release coming soon, and a giveaway on Instagram - check it out here!


Here's a closer look at my topper again - I stamped the bomb in grey, and did a little shading with colored pencils. Be sure to check out the tutorial for more tips and cuteness!
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Thursday, February 01, 2018

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Friendship Flowers

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a floral project. Here's a card I made for the Valentine release, using a couple of my new stamps! I love this floral heart - so pretty and cheery.



I stamped the image and embossed it with white powder, then watercolored the panel loosely with QoR paints.


Stamps I used: Cosmo Heart A Little Something

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 31, 2018

Splitcoast Tutorial: Gilded Faux Silk

Today's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a layered background technique called Gilded Faux Silk... the base is a sheet of tissue paper, stamped, crumpled and textured with embossing powder. It's easy and so dramatic!


I used Impression Obsession hybrid inks for the heart stamps (Simon Says Stamp), to be sure my background wouldn't bleed when I adhered it to the cardstock base - that's something to be aware of if you're using dye inks, especially if you use gel medium or a liquid glue as your adhesive. The sentiment was done with my Valentine Brush Words set - it's a themed mix-and-match word set that can be used to build a ton of different sentiments. So fun!


The bunny die is actually (surprise) an Easter one, but he's just so cute with that teeny heart! I wonder what else I can tuck under his little arm.


If you're looking for a fun mixed media technique, I hope you'll try this one!
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Fill Your Heart

I have a few new designs to play with from Whimsy Stamps... actually I'm not sure if this is a new one, but I needed to just sit and watercolor today, so I pulled out this Fishin' Friends image to work with. I filled up my watercolor palette last night so it was all fresh and ready to go.


When the watercolor was dry, I used colored pencils to add some fine shading and details, and then a little gesso to add highlights. The sentiment I used is from the beautiful Fill My Heart set - I thought it was a sweet addition to this tender scene. I used the largest of the Hand Stitched Nested Rectangles dies to cut the panel to an A2 size.


I finished up a portrait this weekend of a golden retriever who loved the water - that fits well with my card today. She was fresh out of the river after a swim when the photo was taken, and it was fun sketching in all her curls of wet fur. If you'd like to see the progression of her portrait, you can click over to my business site here


My project fits this month's Whimsy Challenge, so I've linked up there as well. That's all I know - I hope you're having a great week!
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Friday, January 26, 2018

New Spring Stamps from IO - Day 5

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!



This week I've been playing with my new Layered Marble clear set, and I'm very excited about it! It might be a little confusing or even scary at first glance...


Layered Marble clear set
But it's really quite easy to use, and I've made a video to show you how it works. I love the results on these backgrounds here!





 Here's the video for more information, and you'll also see how these backgrounds were made (they're the 3rd and 4th samples in there):



I paired the backgrounds with some new Valentines dies that weren't available when we made our samples for Creativation - marble is so elegant, and such a great background for wedding cards.


IO products I used: Layered Marble clear set,  Heart Couple Frame die, Life Stuff Sentiments clear set, Bride and Groom Frame 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 25, 2018

New Spring Stamps from IO - Day 4

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!


As usual, I've added some new silhouette images to my stamp line - for both of these samples, I stamped the images onto patterned paper, which I like to do sometimes. It's a simple effect, but I like the added texture to the background of these instant scenes.


Stamps I used: Find Every Reason, Pattycake SilhouetteEaster Basket Silhouette, Easter Basket clear set

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!