Monday, April 22, 2019

Die-Cut Obsession at Impression-Obsession - Spring In Bloom

Welcome to the Impression-Obsession Die Cut Obsession Day!  My card today features one of the new dies from the Spring Die Release.

Dies:  Stitched Flower Bouquet DIE806-ZZ
         All-In-One Frames Rectangle 2 DIE291-WW
Stamps:  Spring In Bloom C19941
              Spring Definition D14769

I created an inked background onto a piece of Arteza watercolor paper by adding die cut flowers from the Stitched Flower Bouquet randomly onto the watercolor paper. 

I then brushed distress inks over the entire piece, blending my color areas for complete coverage.  I love the way the die cut flowers really popped.  Then I used the negative part of the Stitched Flower Bouquet die (the part left after cutting the flowers) as a 'stencil.'  I brushed color through the openings intermittently over the brushed background, which resulted in images of the dies appearing randomly.

I attached this panel to an A2 card front.  I framed the verse Spring In Bloom with one of the pieces of the All-In-One Frames Rectangle 2.  I love this frame die set, as it has so many interesting layers to the frames.  I find myself using it often.  I then added the sentiment and frame on with foam tape for dimension.

Inside:  I added the Spring Definition inside, and a tiny grouping of more of the die cuts. 

Don't forget to check out what the other designers made today.  Links to their blogs are on the IO blog HERE

I am adding my card to these challenges:
Allsorts Challenge - Blossoms, butterflies, bugs
Dies R Us - Spring (used die as a stencil)
ModSquad Challenge - Use a stencil
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Spring mood
Paper FunDay - Anything goes optional Easter
Thanks so much for taking the time to visit.  I appreciate your comments.


Sunday, April 21, 2019

Bloom With Happiness

Happy Easter to all my fellow Christians, and happy Sunday to the rest of you lovely peeps!  It's my turn to post on the Technique Junkies blog today.  I know it's Easter Sunday, and dahlias are not the usual Easter flower.  But, I made this post a month ago, and there was still snow on the ground, and not so springy-like weather.  I wasn't thinking about the day this post would actually go live.  So, there you have it....Easter dahlias!  Maybe it's a new thing!
Technique Junkies stamps:
Dahlias S811
In Full Bloom Sentiments Set of 6 SS105

You can see the inside of my card, and all the details, including card inside, stamps used, and my techniques, on my Technique Junkies blog post HERE.

Don't forget, use my code, TJ10Lynda, for 10% off your TJ order. 

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Whatever your day celebrates today, whether it just be a wonderful Sunday with family, or a glorious Easter celebration of our risen Lord, I hope you enjoy!


Saturday, April 20, 2019

Collage Of Wishes

It's been 15 days since I had broken my wrist.  It feels like months!  It's my right hand, and that's my dominant side, so I haven't been able to do much at all with it. I tripped and hit the sidewalk face down.  I'm so thankful that the only thing broken was my wrist!  It could have been so much worse.  I am feeling very blessed.

So, onto my card, which I had actually made before that dreadful tumble.  It is for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge, Anything Goes, with optional springtime colors.  Be sure to visit the blog HERE for my fellow design-team peeps projects.
I used Penny Black's Collage Of Wishes 40-385 cling stamp.  

I stamped it, then watercolored it using Daniel Smith watercolors.  I love these watercolors.  I have the basic set of six essentials, and the set of six Primatec.  With these twelve colors, I can mix any color imaginable.  I purchased them together through Dick Blick,  and got a free 238 watercolor sample card!  It's a fabulous deal, and Dick Blick has the best price, and free shipping offers.

When the images were dry, I fussy-cut them.

I die-cut a circle frame, using two circle dies, from metallic gold card stock.  I attached the die cut frame to a pale pink A2 sized card front. 

I added various pieces of the fussy-cut image, attaching some directly to the card, and some with foam tape for dimension.

I love that this stamp comes with four sentiments, which all fit into the banner. 

And for the inside...
I hope you will join us at Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  You can't win if you don't play, so come on over and join the fun.  

I am adding my card to these challenges:
AAA Cards Challenge - Along the edge 
Penny Black At Allsorts - Spring
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Spring mood
Paper Funday Challenge - Anything goes optional Easter
Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  I appreciate you spending time with me.  


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Some Bunny Loves You Challenge at Impression-Obsession

Welcome to today's challenge, Bunny Love Challenge at Impression-Obsession.   All details about the challenge are on the IO blog HERE, with links to the other designer's posts.

I used my favorite bunny from the Spring Release, with one of the adorable verses from that release also.  This Floral Bunny is nice and big, with amazing details, and so adorable.  The verses and flowers from the Sweet Bunny  set give lots of options for 'dressing her up.'

IO Stamps:
Sweet Bunny WP927 
Some Bunny Loves You D19926
Floral Bunny D23027

I stamped the Floral Bunny onto Arteza watercolor paper, and painted her with Daniel Smith watercolors.  I have the basic Essentials set of six, with the  PrimaTec six set, and am able to mix any color combination I can think of.  These are available now at 35% off, and come with a free sample chart of 238 watercolor paints when you buy the two sets.  Can't beat the prices at Dick Blick! 
I also water colored some of the flowers from the set, and I fussy-cut all the pieces. 

On a white card, I layered a piece of lavender card stock, and I tore a piece of green textured card stock and attached it to the bottom. I attached the bunny with foam tape, and added the flower headpiece and smaller flowers on the 'ground.' 

I stamped the Some Bunny Loves You verse with VersaFine Claire nocturne ink.  I added a few assorted moonshine sequins in various sizes.

And for the inside:


I stamped the bunny from Sweet Bunny WP927 the set, along with a verse.


I hope you will join us for this challenge.  You could just be the winner of a $25 gift certificate to the IO store!  And, your card will be featured on the IO blog.  You can't win if you don't enter, so come on over and play with us.

Need more inspiration?  Check out the other designer's projects HERE for lots of creative ideas.  Our design team rocks, and I'm sure you will find lots of inspiration there!

I am adding my card to these challenges:
Dragonfly Journeys - Every bunny is welcome
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge  - mood board 
Paperfunday Challenges - Anything goes optional Easter
Addicted To Stamps  - Make yoiur mark
The Card Concept - Inspiration picture - style: classy & elegant. Inspired by colors and bunny.

Personal note:  This card was made a few weeks ago, and the post was scheduled then to go live today.  Right now I am recuperating from some injuries I sustained when I met the sidewalk, literally, face-to-face.  Thankfully, the only thing broken was my wrist, unfortunately, the right, dominant hand.  So, it's been two weeks now.  The wrist is starting to feel somewhat better.  I still can't take off the brace except for showers, etc.  But I have tried some colored pencil, and have managed to do some...but very slowly.  I am trying to behave and let it heal, but it's so difficult staying away from my art!  I hope to be back full-time soon, and have more current posts.  Thankfully, I can still work on my computer!

Thanks so much for visiting today.  I appreciate you spending time here, and leaving your insights and comments.


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Hello Friend!

Hello Friends!  Welcome to my blog.  I have a card to share with you today.  

As some of you may know, I had a mishap several days ago, and among other things, broke my wrist. Fortunately, I had several cards made and posts blogged and scheduled in advance.  So, this was made and scheduled about two weeks ago.  I hope to be back in current time blogging soon, but it's a slow healing process, and I am learning the hard way to just relax and let it happen.

Now, on to my card, featuring one of Impression-Obsession's Spring Release dies...

Impression-Obsession Dies:  
Friend DIE808-H
Stitched Tag DIE798-Y (inside sentiment banner from set)
IO Stamps:
Hello and How Are You from Sunshine Set MC660

I used my Arteza Real Brush markers to create a blended row of bright, lively colors on a piece of glossy card stock. Next, I die-cut the Friend die from white glossy card stock, and put the die cut itself aside.  I used the negative portion, the part left over after cutting, and placed it over the row of colors I had created.  I attached the pieces, and foam taped them to an A2 card front.

I stamped the word Hello from the Sunshine Set, and added some black pearls for a tad of embellishment.  I wanted to keep this CAS.  
I am challenged when creating these types of cards, as I always want to add 'just something more.'  So I'm proud of myself for keeping it truly CAS!

On the inside, I sponged some distress inks in the same colors as are on the front.  I used the label portion of the Stitched Tag Die to stamp the verse from the Sunshine set.  
Inside of card

I am adding my card to these challenges:
AAA Challenges  - Made in minutes
Addicted To Stamps - Anything goes
Dies R Us - Anything goes
Casology  - Plastic (dot embellishments)
Simon Says Stamp - No designer paper
Time Out Challenges - Embellishments

I hope you like my card today, and found some inspiration here.  You can see all of the fabulous new dies in this release HERE.  

Thanks for visiting, and for your kind comments.


Monday, April 8, 2019

Old Is New At Impression-Obsession - Yesterday Is A Memory

It's time for another Old Is New day at Impression-Obsession.  
I'm back with a card featuring a couple of older stamps.  IO designers have been busy creating cards featuring some of IO's older stamps.  You can see the other designer's cards from the link below.

Stamps:  Bird E7716
              Yesterday C4516
              Silhouette 18 (leaves)

I used my Misti to stamp the bird stamp onto Canson XL water color paper, using antique linen distress ink.  I added other browns from the mini distress ink pads, building the colors up as I kept stamping.  I gave the stamps a fine mist of water between some of the stampings.  I manipulated the color with a water color brush.  When I had the colors built up to my desired look, I moved on to the leaves.

I stamped the leaves in the same fashion, adding greens gradually to build up the colors and intensity. 

When the stamping was dry, I added more color, shading, and highlights with Polychromos colored pencils.  I deepened colors in some areas, added some hints of other colors elsewhere.

The verse is one of my favorites from the oldies stamps.  I am a Kahlil Gibran fan, so I like to use  stamps that have his throught-provoking quotes.  I stamped the verse with Memento rich cocoa ink, using my Misti so I could repeat the stamping until the words were clear.  Water color paper has lots of texture, so the Misti is a must when stamping verses on it.

I distressed around the edges of the panel to soften the scene and draw the eye in.  I wrapped some twine around the panel, and tied in some tiny feathers, securing them with glue dots.  Then I layered it onto green textured card stock, the onto a kraft card, using craft foam for dimension.

And for the inside:

I hope you like my card, and these lovely stamps.  Be sure to visit the other designer's blogs for more inspiring ideas using your older IO stamps.  You can get to their blogs from HERE, on the Impression-Obsession blog.

I am adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Animal antics
Paperfunday Challenge - Anything goes - optional Easter

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I appreciate your visits and comments.  I hope you are having a wonderful day!


Sunday, April 7, 2019

Zendoodle Giraffe

Happy Sunday!  I'm back today with a card from the Technique Junkies April release.  If you have not seen the release celebration on the Technique Junkies blog, be sure to check it out HERE.   

My card was so fun to create...

Zendoodle Giraffe
You can see the inside of my card, and full details, including stamps used, my coloring with Arteza Fineliner markers, and techniques on my Technique Junkies post HERE.  I also show how I recovered from a big 'ooooops' on my card.  Check it out.

All of the Technique Junkies new April release stamps are 15% off for one more day, until April 8th!  

AND.... use my code, TJ10Lynda, for an EXTRA 10% off!  That's 25% off these release stamps through tomorrow!! 


Saturday, April 6, 2019

A Sweet Friendship

Hello peeps.  Happy Saturday morning.

I have a card for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge today.  

I have to keep this post short, as I broke my wrist Thursday, and am having a very difficult time typing with my non-dominant hand.  Also, other injuries involved, causing limited motion and pain.  So, please forgive that I do not go into details about how I made it, as I usually do.  If anyone wants details, leave me a message in the comments, and when I am more able, I will write them up, happily.

I am entering my card in these challenges:
AAA Cards - Made in minutes
Watercooler Wednesday - Feminine anything goes

Water colored with Arteza Real Brush Markers on Arteza watercolor paper.

And the inside....

Thanks for visiting.


Thursday, April 4, 2019

Impression-Obsession Challenge - Birthday Wishes

Welcome to the Impression-Obsession Challenge.  The theme this time is 'Birthday Wishes.'   I have lots of birthdays coming up, so this is the perfect theme.


I stamped the Spring Bouquet image onto Arteza watercolor paper, and painted it with Daniel Smith watercolors.  I kept the water coloring very loose and 'watercolory.'  I think I just invented a word.  I wanted to the look to be casual and free, not necessarily realistic.  I was in the mood for a light, airy look. 
I fussy-cut the image, and added it to a blue panel.  Before adding the image, I ran the panel through my Cuttlebug in a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I love the embossed leaves in the background.  I added the image with foam tape to give it extra dimension.
I stamped the 'Celebrating you' sentiment, from the Life Stuff Sentiments set, onto white card stock.  I cut it out and distressed the edges with distress ink, then added it to the card.
I wrapped a ribbon with a bow around the panel, before attaching it to a green A2 card front.  A few Studio Katia crystal gems add just the right finishing touch.  I wanted the focus to be on the beautiful bouquet and vase, so used very little in the way of accents.
On the inside, I colored a portion of the image and fussy-cut it and added it with some card stock strips, and hand drawn swirls to mimic the swirls on the vase.  The 'Happy birthday' is from the Life Stuff Sentiments.  I blocked off the 'to you' when I inked it.
I hope you will join us and play along in this challenge.  Who knows, you just might win the $25 gift certificate to the Impression-Obsession store!

Need more inspiration?  Check out the projects by the other designers on the IO blog post HERE.

I am adding my card to these challenges:
Seize The Birthday  - Spring
Paper Funday Challenge - Anything goes - optional Easter
Tuesday Throwdown - Pastel colors
Watercooler Wednesday - Anything goes feminine

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  I appreciate your visits and your comments.