Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Impression Obsession DT Theme: Rainbow of Color

The Impression Obsession team has some projects to share today featuring a rainbow theme. I thought this slimline floral bouquet would be beautiful in lots of colors, so here's an idea for stretching it onto a variety of tags!
I started with a half sheet of watercolor paper, stamping the image to one side. I watercolored using my Misted Watercolor technique with QoR paints (anyone else break into Memories when you read that title? 'Misted watercolor meeeeeeeeeemoriiiiiiiiies of the waaaaaaay we weeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrre.........." Just me? OK.)
I chose a variety of tags and fit them onto the panel so a part of the watercoloring was on each one.
Here are the tags all cut - I love that little stitched border! So sweet.
Here are the cut tags - now for some sentiment stamps! These are perfect to use on a card front or tuck inside, tie on a gift, or leave in town for a day-brightener.

Be sure to check out the other designers' blogs for more colorful inspiration. See the I.O. blog for all the details!

If you're looking for a sale, be sure to check out the featured stamps page where IO's sunshine themed stamps are 25% off! and take a tiptoe through the clearance pages while you're there!

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Impression Obsession April Release - Team Favorites

The IO Team is back today with a little hop to share our favorite cards from this month's release, so here's mine! If you're already hopping and you came from Anna's blog you are in the correct place. If not, head over to the Impression Obsession Blog for the start of the hop so you don't miss anything!

Poppies are one of my favorite flowers, so I snapped up this new slimline set - check out all the gorgeous new slimline floral stamps and sets HERE! If you missed the tutorial I shared a couple of weeks ago for this watercolor technique, you can find it HERE.


The sentiment is not a new one but it's such a great one for sympathy, recovery, illness, rough days, and more.


IO stamps used here:

We will be giving away THREE Impression Obsession Grab Bags this week! Each comment you leave along the hop will give you a chance to win. Comments will be open until Monday April 19th at midnight CT. All winners will be announced on Tuesday April 20th on the Impression Obsession Blog.

Your next stop on the hop is Giovana's blog- thank you for visiting me today!

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

New stuff!

A couple of new items in my Etsy store - I turned my video camera on while making this sweet owl bracelet, so I have a tutorial, the actual bracelet, and some kits with all the supplies needed to make your own! That's HERE. (If you're used to my Splitcoast tutorials, this is a "special treat" because instead of doing a voiceover this was all voiced in real time and I rarely do that. I did edit out most of the allergy sniffles, but you've got mistakes and wind chimes all for free.)
I finished a watercolor piece today for an upcoming community fundraiser, so I have new notecards and prints available! Notecards are HERE. Prints HERE.


I'm working on another large colored pencil piece for an upcoming art show - I haven't posted any public updates of my progress, but you can take a peek at it HERE! Shh! I'm lying awake at night worrying about not getting it done in time, and planning out how to fake the background if I need to enter it in a show before it's complete. Also, the glass broke in my frame during transit - hopefully the replacement will come in time, and not break on the way. Eek!

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Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Splitcoast tutorial: Misted Watercolor

It's my turn to share a tutorial over on Splitcoast - several of you had asked for a tutorial on this Misted Watercolor technique, so that's what I've got for you today! This is the sample I made in the video, using another newly released stamp from IO - this is one from Alesa Baker, and it's such a great size for card fronts!
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Check the gallery for a few more samples using some of IO's new floral slimline stamps - they are gorgeous with this technique!!

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Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Impression Obsession April Release Hop Day 2

Welcome back for another day of projects using brand new Impression Obsession stamps! All new stamps are available HERE! We are kicking off the month with a 2-day hop, showing off the new releases - today is day 2! If you're already hopping and you came from Anna's blog you are in the correct place. If not, head over to the Impression Obsession Blog for the start of the hop so you don't miss anything!

This big bee collage is another fun part of this month's collection - and if you like bees, click on the smaller cousin of this image to check him out - he has a special message on his little back! 


For the card above, I stamped the collage image on watercolor paper then did a little watercoloring with Karin markers. The die cut is layered (maybe 3 cuts there?). It's from the Serendipity line - such a beautiful script!



The image crops nicely in a circle too - here I used a tag die and some alphabet dies for a little gift bag topper.

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Keep hopping for more inspiration!  You can find a list of participants for both hop days on the Impression Obsession Blog. We will be giving away THREE Impression Obsession $25 gift certificates for the event - so the more you comment through our Release Celebration the more chances to win! All comments for each of the event days will be open until Monday April 12th at midnight CT so if you missed any posts from yesterday you can still go back to comment. All winners will be announced on Tuesday April 13th on the Impression Obsession Blog.

Your next stop on the hop is Giovana's blog- thank you for visiting me today!


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Monday, April 05, 2021

Impression Obsession April Release Hop Day 1

It's time for a new release from Impression Obsession! In this new model, each person on our artist team creates 3 collections that are released over a 6 month period. This month is one of "my" months and I'm so excited! 

All the new stamps are on the site now and you can check them out HERE - I'll wait!



We are kicking off the month with a 2-day hop, showing off the new releases. If you're already hopping and you came from Anna's blog you are in the correct place. If not, head over to the Impression Obsession Blog for the start of the hop so you don't miss anything! You might recognize this "dude" from a clear set that has been retired - I just needed him to stick around, so here he is in red rubber now, along with a few more sentiments about adulting! I hope this sentiment is relatable - this is how conversations go at my house.


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Keep hopping for more inspiration - I hope you'll see more samples from my collections on the other blogs! Today and tomorrow (April 5-6) you can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog. We will be giving away THREE Impression Obsession $25 gift certificates for the event - so the more you comment through our Release Celebration the more chances to win!

All comments for each of the event days will be open until Monday April 12th at midnight CT. All winners will be announced on Tuesday April 13th on the Impression Obsession Blog.

Your next stop on the hop is Giovana's blog- thank you for visiting me today!

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Splitcoast Tutorial: Gel Plate Stamping

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is sponsored by Ranger - one of their authors is sharing how to do a little Gel Plate Stamping! There are a variety of small sized plates in different shapes, and they look like fun!
I didn't have Oxide sprays so I pulled out my box of Colorbox mists, which are super saturated... you  could smoosh Oxide ink pads or other dye inks onto a gel plate too. I have an 8x10 gel plate that I cut into smaller pieces, so the little section here is about ATC size, and I've got a small square, a card front size, and a long narrow one that fits the margin of my journaling Bible. I misted with 2 spray colors, then with water, and pressed it onto watercolor paper. After stamping the image, I used the same mists to cover the rest of the flower outside the printed block, then added shading with pencils and highlights with white paint and a white pencil. 
The sentiment is one of mine (C13811 One Day); the floral stamp is a sneak peek at one of the new spring slimline sets from Impression Obsession that will release April 5th - they are gorgeous! I'll come back to add the link in when the release goes live, so if you're interested please check back with me!!

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Topflight prize winner - Dee!

DEE EARNSHAW....

You are my $25 gift code winner from the Topflight blog hop! 

Please email me for the details - congratulations!

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Pinterest contest - Auntie's Beads!

Just for fun... Auntie's Beads is a company I love for great deals on filler beads and jewelry findings, and this month they ran a fun contest to help build up their sample photos and reviews! The entries are all posted on a Pinterest board, and 3 artists will win a gift certificate. You can vote by pinning your favorite projects. Each project is labeled with the artist's name, so if you want to vote for mine, you can search for mine easily that way. I'd be grateful! :)

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Topflight Stamps 4th Bday Blog Hop

It's Topflight Stamps' 4th birthday!  They are celebrating with a fun blog hop, and they invited me to hop too - how fun is that?! If you're not familiar with Topflight Stamps, I hope you'll check out their site - they carry hard-to-find and beautiful products from all over the world, bringing them to one place so we can buy them soooo easily. 

They're heroes.




Today, I hope you'll enjoy the hop! Everyone has made a beautiful project or two with a birthday theme to celebrate. If you're already hopping, you should have arrived here from Jennie Atkinson's blog. If not, you might want to start at the Topflight Stamps blog to take it from the top!

I have 2 cards to share, because I got excited about the choices! 


I thought a "Make a Wish" theme would be fun for a birthday celebration, so I went down a rabbit hole of dandelion stamps - there are some gorgeous sets as well as a few of my favorite Lavinia fairies to choose from!  I began by layering in the dandelion images from this gorgeous Hobby Art set in pale hybrid inks, building up a moody background. I sponged and watercolored from the bottom edge to ground the scene, then added more stamping in darker colors to build up the foreground. I tore a piece of junk mail to create a mask for the ground and brushed grey ink along the bottom.


The darker stamping is done with Versafine Clair ink in grey. On the centers of the dandelions I dotted with a paint pen and then with acrylic paint for a little brighter effect. If you were holding the card, you'd see where I made a little glitter trail where she's blowing - it's very sweet and sparkly and hard to photograph! 


I added a little curve to the banner - and I love that tiny little seed floating above the 'i' in wish! Beautiful stamp set.


While I was looking at Lavinia stamps, my jaw dropppppped at the sight of this gorgeous moth stamp, so I had to have it too - I'm recently obsessed with moths, especially these beautiful and rare lunas, and the detail on this stamp is just fabulous. This is a slimline card too (3.5" x 8.5") so you can see it's a really large image as well!

I stamped the moth in Versafine Clair ink and embossed with clear powder, then misted the panel with water and did a broad watercolor wash. To add texture to the painted area, I laid a piece of bubble wrap over the paper for a few minutes... normally I'd let it dry overnight but I didn't have that much time! It still added some neat texture to the background. (If you'd like to see a tutorial with more ideas for that technique, I have a really fun one HERE.)


I added a little shadowing with a Copic marker and some colored pencils to pop the moth a little. The sentiment is from a block of birthday sentiments made by Darkroom Door, another favorite company! 


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NOW for the fun stuff!! Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes

Smiley from Millan.Net

Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $100 Gift Certificate to the store. But wait, there is more, each stop on the hop (even mine!!) has an additional $25 Gift Certificate up for grabs for some lucky commenter. For a chance to win, make sure to visit every stop on the hop and leave a comment by March 29th. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on March 31st. Good Luck!

If you can't wait to shop, go nowwww - the entire store is 20% off!


From here you'll be hopping on to Kathi Rerek's blog - thank you for visiting me today!

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