Monday, December 17, 2018

Floral Zebra and Impression-Obsession Winter Hugs Hop Winner!

The Impression-Obsession Winter Hugs Release Hop 
is over, but there's still lots of activity on the IO Blog and the IO Fan Group on Facebook.  Stop by if you haven't seen the new release and inspiration.
I have another card, because I just love this stamp, FLORAL ZEBRA .  I also used the DIE16-A HUGS.

I stamped the FLORAL ZEBRA onto lavendar card stock, and colored her with Copic markers.  I added highlights with a white Polychromos colored pencil.

I added the DIE16-A HUGS and the strips of decorative paper, which I colored with my Copics.  Some black gems finish off my card.


And now, for the winner of the Impression-Obsession $10 gift certificate........
            JOY WILSON 

Congratulations Joy!  I will email you soon with your gift certificate code to the Impession-Obsession store.

Thanks to all who played and hopped along.  I hope you have been inspired by the stamps and designs!


Saturday, December 15, 2018

Non-Traditional Poinsettia

Just a quick stop to post my card for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  It's back to Christmas for this one.  The theme is anything goes, with optional Christmas on the PB challenge.  
I used the PB stamp Scarlet Majesty.  I used Arteza Real Brush Pens and water with my Misti directly onto the stamp, using my Misti so that I could add colors as much as I needed.  I usually start with my lightest, and add darker shades and values as I go.

The verse is an older PB stamp.  I added some distress ink and splattering onto the background, then mounted the panel onto a green card base.  A gold cord with some added beads I strung on and tied on with a knot. 

That's it for today.  Hope you are inspired to play along at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge with us this month.

I am adding my card to these challenges:
Addicted To Stamps - Anything goes
The Card Concept - Elegant holidays
Cards In Envy - Spirit of Christmas
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Dragonfly Journeys - Handmade holiday magic
The Flower Challenge - Older flower image
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Christmas
Watercooler Wednesday - Occasions

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your visits, and your comments.


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Love Birds

Hello.  I'm back with another card from the Impression-Obsession Winter hugs release. I couldn't resist these Love Birds, so had to make another card after the hop.  The hop is over, but all of our design team blogs are open for you to enter to win a $10 IO gift certificate.  Just comment below, and on any of the other blogs listed HERE, and you will qualify.  The deadline has been extended until this Sunday, December 16th at noon. 

And there's more exciting news!  Impression-Obsession now has a new Facebook Fan Group!  And, to celebrate, a $10 gift certificate will be given away (1) for every 100 people that joins before Sunday, December 16th.  So hurry on over and join, this is your official invitation!  You can find the group HERE.
That's lots of chances to win!

Now, onto my card today....
I used the Love Birds D7995 stamp and the Square Frame DIE519-YY.  The Love word on the tag is from an old archived IO set from my stash. 

I stamped and colored the birds with my Tombow markers, and added some background color with distress inks and a blending brush.
  I fit it into the die cut frame, and onto a yellow panel, which I attached to a square card base.  I hand-made the tag, and added it with foam tape. 

I 'Googled' parrots to get my colors.  You would be surprised by how many varieties there are, and how many different color combos!  They are very colorful birds.

That's my card for today.  I hope you are inspired.  

I am adding my card to these challenges:
Addicted To Stamps - Make your mark
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Craft Stop Make It Take It - Anything goes
Freshly Made Sketches 
Watercooler Wednesday - All about occasions (Valentines)

Thanks for stopping by.  I will look for you over at the
Facebook Fan Group!  Good luck - I hope you win a prize.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Impression-Obsession Winter Hugs Release, Day 3

Welcome to Day 3, the last day of the Winter Hugs Release Hop!!  Today I have two cards to share with you.

I have a $10 gift certificate to give away to a lucky person who leaves a comment on my blog by Saturday, December 15th!  The winner will be announced here on December 17th.  You can comment on each of the dt member's blogs listed HERE.  That way you have more chances to win!

All of the new stamps are HERE, and available now! 

Now, on to my cards...
My first card uses:
Do Small Things E19895
Cover-A-Card Wooden Plank CC177 
Splatter Heart D20614 
All-In-One Frames Die DIE291-WW
Butterflies Die DIE046-A

I used distress inks to stamp my images, and embossed the verse in gold. 

I die cut the plank with the All-In-One Frames die and placed it over the stamped panel.  

The butterflies were die cut then gold embossed.  I added a few more spatters and some distressing around the stamped panel, and cut the center heart so it overlaps the frame.

Card 2
My second card uses:
Baby's Breath Large L20607 
Sympathy Sentiments CL114 
Life Stuff Sentiments CL491

On gray card stock I stamped the Baby's Breath Large with VersaFine Claire Nocturne, then colored it with white colored pencils, and some white gel pen.  

I added some dusty concord distress ink to the background.  
The heartfelt sympathy panel is layered and mounted over the image panel.  A strip of striped dp along the right side, then the whole shebang added to an eggplant A2 card.


I hope you have been inspired by the cards, projects, and ideas in this blog hop.  

Don't forget to comment below for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate.

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy making your wish list from the new stamps and others at Impression-Obsession.  And if you haven't hopped, be sure to check out the amazing inspiration from my talented dt friends listed on the blog HERE.

Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate you taking your time to visit, and enjoy reading your comments!

Do Small Things E19895
Cover-A-Card Wooden Plank CC177
Splatter Heart D20614

All-In-One Frames Die DIE291-WW
 Butterflies Die DIE046-A
Baby's Breath Large L20607

Sympathy Sentiments CL114
Life Stuff Sentiments CL491

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Love Bugs - Impression-Obsession Winter Hugs Release Day 2

Hello peeps!  Welcome back to the Impression-Obsession Winter Hugs Release Hop.  Today is Day 2, and the Design Team has lots of inspiration for you.  You can find a list of the others DT members' blogs with their projects HERE.

I have a $10 gift certificate to give away.  Comment below and let me know which new stamp is your favorite, and you just may win.  Comments will be open until Saturday, December 15th, at noon.

On to my project for today....
Stamps:  Love Bugs C19903 
              No Matter What B14771

I stamped the Love Bugs image onto light gray card stock, and colored it with my Polychromos colored pencils.  
I used a metal stencil from my stash to create the embossed frame of dots.  For the darker gray on the dots and background of the ladybugs, I brushed on some hickory smoke distress ink. A little layering and a fun gingham for final touches on the front.

I couldn't resist these fun little 'love bugs.'  They make a cute and easy card. 

All of the new release stamps are available immediately.  You can view and order them HERE.

I am adding my card to:
Simon Says Monday Challenge - B is for....
Tuesday Throwdown  - Anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting. I will be back tomorrow for Day 3 of the Winter Hugs Release Hop, with more inspiration.  Hope to see you then.


Monday, December 10, 2018

You're My Favorite! Impression-Obsession Winter Hugs Release

Greetings!  Welcome to the Winter Hugs Release Hop at Impression-Obsession.   Would you like to win a $10 Impression-Obsession gift certificate?  I have one to give away today!  Just leave a comment below with your favorite stamp from this release...that's it.  You have until Saturday, December 16th, at noon CT.  The winner will be announced December 17th.  
Now, on to my project for today.....

Impression-Obsession stamps and dies used: 
     VALENTINE BUN E13729 
     MY FAVORITE A13740 
     LOVE DIE271-D 

For my card front, I stamped the Valentine Bun onto white bristol smooth card stock, and colored it with distress inks, using them as watercolor.  I added some colored pencil details for shading and highlights with my Polychromos colored pencils.

I used the 'YOU' from a previous stamp set, Life Stuff Sentiments CL491.  Then added the die cut LOVE - DIE271-D.  Before adding the die, I brushed some distress inks on in ombre' fashion, and layered the die four times for added dimension.  I die cut several hearts from various sets, including the center of this die, and colored and added them.
I added a couple of strips of patterned paper to bring in more gray and balance the composition.

And on the inside....

I hope you are inspired by my card today. 

All of the new stamps are available NOW!  You can find them HERE.  

Don't forget to comment about your favorite stamp from this release in the comments sections below, to be in the drawing for a $10 'IO' gift certificate to the Impression-Obsession store.  

For more inspiration from my amazing design team mates, check out the Impression-Obsession blog for a list of all dt participants.  Be sure to leave comments on their blogs, also, for more chances to win a gift certificate!

AND...while you're in the mood for winning, stop over at the Impression-Obsession's Quick Christmas Cards Challenge.  Enter, and you could win a $25 gift certificate to the IO store.  Challenge details are on the IO blog HERE.

I am adding this card to:
Addicted To Stamps Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Creations Challenge - Anything goes
Dragonfly Journeys - Holiday magic (I think Valentine's Day is a holiday?)
Little Red Wagon - Purrs and wags (house pets) We had rabbit when I was a child.
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything goes
Watercooler Wednesday - Anything goes

Thanks so much for visiting today.  I will see you back here tomorrow with even more ideas!


                                                     Polychromos colored pencils

Sunday, December 9, 2018

A Holiday Cuppa

How I love My lattes, and Christmas!  Combine them and it's a perfect afternoon...or morning, or any time, really.  

I thought I would entice you to check out the Impression-Obsession Quick Christmas Cards Challenge with my card today.  The challenge is going on now, through December 18th. You could just win a $25 IO gift card if your name is drawn...all you have to do is play many times as you like. You can check out my other card from my previous post here.
Doesn't that look enticing?  Just add some Christmas tunes and a fluffy robe, a few candles, a book, and/or fireplace.  Instant relaxation.  And if you don't like lattes or coffee, pour yourself a cuppa tea, or hot chocolate.  Or... whatever tickles your fancy.

I used Impression-Obsession stamps Toasty Treats E2342 and Refreshments WP270 (the verse from this clear set).

Some simple watercolor pencil coloring with Arteza watercolor pencils on kraft card stock here.  The trick with watercolor of any sort on card stock is to use a fairy dry brush...don't overdo it with the water.  The paper won't hold up to a lot of wetness.

I am adding my card to these challenges:
The Card Concept - Holiday treats
Cards In Envy - Spirit of Christmas
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Craft Stop Make It Take It - Anything goes
The Paper Players - Red, green, and color of your choice

Thanks for visiting today.  Hope you had a lovely weekend and will have a joyful week ahead.