Monday, April 19, 2021

Hydrangea Gift Card

Hello friends!  My card today features this gorgeous image of hydrangeas in a vase - Hydrangea Gift - from Impression Obsession's April release.
 
IO Stamps/Die links:
 
How I made it:
  • On watercolor card, I stamped the Hydrangea Gift image.  I painted the image with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors.  
  • For the background, I applied water to the card with a thick brush. While it was wet, I dropped in color.  When that was dry, I spattered some water droplets.
  • For the base, I brushed on watercolor paint.
  • I watercolored the Stitched Die cut, and stamped the Many Blessings verse.  I added this to the card front with foam tape. 
This stamp so so fun to paint.  I love my hydrangeas, and wish they were the blues and purples that I painted these.  But, alas, I have the wrong type of soil, so they stay pinkish.  But I still love them.
 
If you haven't already, be sure to check out the other fabulous images in this April release.  You can find them HERE.

I hope you are inspired by my card today.  Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

Blessings,


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Gardening Hare Card With Polychromos Colored Pencils

Hello friends!  Just a quick post for today.  It's Day One of The Daily Marker Coloring Challenge.  Normally Kathy runs this for 30 days, but this one time it is only ten days. 
 
I just love this hare with his gardening tools and flowers!  I have had this stamp in my stash forever, and have used it often in the past.  Unfortunately, I do not know what company it is, as it is unmounted from the wood, and I neglected to write down the info.
UPDATE:  The amazing Dina Kowall did some detective work and found this stamp on Ebay.  Here is a link to it:  . https://vlvstamps.com/rabbit-gardener-3-x-3-3-4.html .  It is called Rabbit Gardener.
 
The card is quick and easy.  I just stamped the hare, and colored him with Polychromos colored pencils.  Polychromos are my favorite colored pencils.  They have strong leads, which do not break when sharpening, and they are terrific for layering.  They do not build up a waxy surface which prevents layering like others I have used.
 
I hope you find some time to join Kathy Racoosin's coloring challenge at The Daily Marker.  Kathy is very talented, and you're sure to find lots of tips from her work.
 
I am adding my card to these other challenges:

Paper Funday Challenge - Spring has sprung
Watercooler Challenge - All things masculine
The Paper Players - Color challenge
 

Thanks for stopping by today.
 
Blessings,

 

 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Impression Obsession April 2021 Release Team Favorites

 Welcome to the Impression Obsession April 2021  

Release Team Favorites Hop!

The Impression Obsession Designers are sharing their 
favorite projects from this month’s release today!
We will be giving away THREE Impression Obsession Grab Bags, 
so the more you comment through our Favorites Hop,
the more chances to win! 
Comments will be open until April 19th at midnight CT. 
All winners will be announced on April 20th on 
                   You can find the April Release stamps HERE.  
 
IO Stamps Links:

How I made my card:
  • I created an A2 card from natural card stock.  I used a Deckle Rectangle stencil to brush on some pink distress ink and create an area.  I lightly stamped the Script CAC stamp before removing the stencil.
  • Next, I took the inside portion of the stencil, and placed it over the area I had created.  I used embossing ink with foam applicator to create a border of embossing ink all around the area, then embossed with fine gold embossing powder for a border.
  • I gold-embossed the Happy Birthday verse, and used a graphite pencil to add some shading to the letters.
  • I gold-embossed the Budding Blossom onto a scrap piece of the natural card stock.  I colored this with Arteza Everblend alcohol markers.
  • I fussy-cut the blossom, and added it to the card front, with some gold pearl accents.
  • INSIDE:  I created another distress area as above, and stamped the Beautiful You verse with green ink.  I gold-embossed the Budding Bloom, and added that.
I hope you are enjoying our cards for the April Release.  There are so many fun stamps to work with.  Let me know in the comments which is YOUR favorite!
 
If you came from Lee Ann Barett's blog, you are in the right place.  Your next stop is the talented Vicky Garrett.
You can find more of the team's favorites on the Impression Obsession blog.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Blessings,
   



 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Evening Primrose Card With Stenciled Background With Impression Obsession April Release Stamps

 
As you may know, the Impression Obsession April 2021 Release Celebration took place the past two days.  If you have not seen the amazing stamps, be sure to check them out.  You can find them HERE.  Today I have another card using the gorgeous Evening Primrose image.  I love the way this stamps, and it's so easy to color and very versatile.
 
IO Stamps Links:
Stencil:  Brick Wall stencil from A Colorful Life Designs
 
How I made my card:
  • On recycled bristol card stock, I stamped the Evening Primrose with VersaFine Claire Nocturne ink.  
  • I used a very light wash of watercolor to the petals and leaves, and let that dry.
  • I used Polychromos colored pencils to add shape and definition, shading and highlights to the image.
  • For the background, I used the Brick Wall stencil with distress ink, brushing it on so that it fades out in areas.
  • Finally, I added the Be Still verse.
  • I layered the panel onto a white card front.
  • INSIDE:  I used the same Brick Wall stencil to create a subtle background.  I stamped the Evening Primrose on a scrap piece of card stock, and fussy-cut some the flower blossoms.  I used distress ink with blending brushes to add color to these blossoms.
Inside
I hope you are inspired to try some of our new images with your techniques.  If you do, please share them with us on the IO Facebook page.  We would love to see what you are doing.

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings,


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Impression Obsession April, 2021 Release Blog Celebration - Day 2


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Welcome to Day Two of the Impression Obsession April 2021 Release Celebration!

The new stamps are available NOW! You can find them all HERE.
If you came from Impression Obsession blog, you are in the correct place. 
  
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 you have to win!
 
All comments for each of the event days will be open until April 12th, at midnight CT. All winners will be announced on April 13th, on the Impression Obsession blog.
  
I have two cards for your inspiration today. 

Card One: Missing You Flower Bud

IO Stamps Links:


How I made it:
  • On a bristol paper panel, I stamped the Budding Bloom image with VersaMark Clair Nocturne ink.  I hand-drew the stem longer.
  • I stamped the verse from the Warm Fuzzies Sentiments set.
  • I painted the image with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor paints.
  • I added some green distressing along the top and bottom of the panel with distress inks and an ink applicator brush. 
  • Some layering and black pearls finish the card front.
  • INSIDE:  I stamped the Hibiscus Bloom 1 and the In My Heart verse with the Clair Nocturne ink.
Inside





Card Two: Watercolor Flourish
IO Stamps/Dies Links:

How I made it:
  • I added another color in like fashion, then misted the stamp and the paper with water.
  • I repeated these steps for each color, creating a loose, watery look with the water spritz.
  • On a lilac card stock strip, I white embossed the verse from the Warm Fuzzies Sentiments set.  After attaching the panel to an A2 card front, I added a silk bow, and some sequins. 
  • INSIDE:  I stamped the Ornate Flourish stamp in white pigment ink.  Embossed the Blessings image in white on lilac cs and added it.
  • Inside
     
    So, there you have my Day Two cards.  I will be back throughout the month with more cards from this fabulous release.

Next on the hop is  Vicky Garrett's blog.  You can find a list of all the participants for Day Two HERE.  Be sure to check out their inspiration.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Don't forget to comment on each blog for your chances to win one of three $25 gift certificates to the IO Store!

Blessings, 

 

Monday, April 5, 2021

Impression Obsession April 2021 Release Hop Celebration - Day 1

 
 Welcome to Day One of the Impression Obsession
April 2021 Release Celebration!
The new stamps are available NOW! You can find them all HERE.
If you came from the Impression Obsession blog, you are in the correct place.  The next stop after mine is Vicky Garrett's 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 you have to win!
 
All comments for each of the event days will be open until April 12th, at midnight CT. All winners will be announced on April 13th, on the Impression Obsession blog.
  
I have two cards for your inspiration today. 

Card One: Feel Better Soon Hibiscus 
 
IO Stamps Links:

How I made it:


Card Two: Silver Lining Hollyhocks
 
IO Stamps Links:
  • On blue card stock, I silver-embossed the Hollyhock image. 
  • I used white craft ink to paint in the flowers and leaves, and let that dry.
  • Next, I used Polychromos colored pencils to color the images over the white paint.  I love the look this gives on dark card stock.
  • Some layering, a strip of silver cs along the edge, and silver pearls finish the front.
  • INSIDE:  I silver-embossed the Silver Lining verse on a blue panel, attached it.
  • Inside: I created another flower from the Hollyhock Bloom, and fussy-cut it to add to the inside. 
  •  NOTE:  In this photo, the embossing looks gold, but it is silver irl.
    Inside
     
  • So, there you have my Day One cards.  I will be back tomorrow with two more cards for Day Two.  
Next on the hop is Vicky Garrett's blog.  You can find a list of all the participants for Day One HERE.  Be sure to check out their inspiration.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Don't forget to comment on each blog for your chances to win one of three $25 gift certificates to the HERE.

Blessings, 



 

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Impression Obsession Old Is New

 

Hello friends.  Today we are focusing on our older stamps at Impression Obsession.  I have always loved these pretty candy jars.  There are so many ways to use this, and dozens of color combinations begging to be tried!
 
Stamps links:
 
 How I made my card:

And that's my blast from the past for today.  Hope you like it, and are inspired to pull out some of your older stamps for a play!
 
Be sure to check out the other designer's projects.  You can find their blog links here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Blessings,
 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

In The Garden - Impressiion Obsession March 2021 Release Theme Day

 

We have set aside today to share some fun themed projects 
This month's theme is 'In The Garden). 
Have fun checking out what our Designers have made today.  
Today's participants can be found on the Impression Obsession blog.
 
IO Stamps/Die links:
 
How I made my card:
  • On a green A2 card front, I attached a piece of pp with flower names.
  • I added a strip of the same green paper along the left edge.
  • I cut one of the circles from the Scalloped Stitched Circles die, and added it to the card front with foam tape.
  • I cut the boots from the Rain Boots die, and added it to the circle. 
  • I cut some flowers from the Flowers & Leaves die, and added it, along with some twine string and pearls.  I colored the pearls with Copic markers to match the papers.     
And that is it for my In The Garden Theme card today.  Don't forget to check out the other participating designer's projects HERE.
You can find the entire MarchRelease stamps HERE.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by today!  
 
Blessings,
 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Impression Obsession March 2021 Release Team Favorites Hop

 
 Welcome to the Impression Obsession 
March 2021 Release Team Favorites Hop!
The Impression Obsession Designers are sharing their 
favorite projects from this month’s release today!
We will be giving away THREE Impression Obsession Grab Bags, 
so the more you comment through our Favorites Hop,
the more chances to win! 
Comments will be open until March 22nd at midnight CT. 
All winners will be announced on 3/23 on 
 
You can find the March Release stamps HERE.  

For today's card, I chose my favorite from this release.  This large Lotus Spray stamp is so gorgeous!  It's perfect for a larger card, and will fit on a slimline card, as well.  
 
IO Stamps Links:
 
How I made my card:
  • On a bristol card stock panel, I stamped the Lotus Spray with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink.
  • I painted the flowers using Gansai Tambi watercolor paints. 
  • I stamped the In Quietness verse with the same black ink.  I love this verse from Isaiah, and the font is perfect for the style of this stamp.
  • For the background, I used my color applicator brushes to brush on some distress ink.  I used some blue distress ink for spatters.

  • INSIDE:  I created a background like the one on the front, stamped the See The Light verse and Lotus Flower 2, and colored with Polychromos colored pencils.
Inside

I hope you are enjoying our cards for the March Release There are so many fun stamps to work with in this fabulous release.  
 
You can find more of the team's favorites on the Impression Obsession blog.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Blessings,
   



 

Friday, March 12, 2021

Brighter Days Ahead - Impression Obsession March Release

Hello, friends!  Today I have a card using this amazing verse from the March Impression Obsession release, along with one of the pretty sunflower images.  I thought we could all use a little cheer and some 
encouragement right now.
 
IO stamps links:
 
Here's how I made my card:
  • On a kraft A2 card front, I stamped the Brighter Days verse.  The stamp is a cling stamp, and when I put it on the block for stamping, I coaxed it into an arch shape before I stuck it down on the block.  I stamped it sideways onto the card front.
  • I added a strip of light blue card stock along the edge.
  • I stamped the Small Sunflower onto bristol card stock with light distress ink for no-line coloring, and painted it with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor. I stamped some leaves from the Hummingbird & Blooms set to add to the flower.
  • Some black pearl dots finish the card.
I hope you are enjoying the inspiration from the IO March Release stamps.  You can see them all HERE.  We will be featuring more of them throughout this month.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Prayers for brighter days ahead for all of us!

Blessings,

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Impression Obsession Die Cut Obsession With March Release Dies

Hello friends,  Today we are using our Impression Obsession dies on our cards.  I am also using a couple of the new dies from the March Release.
I already know that I will be using these dies a lot.  That tag!  And the whiskey barrel is so fun!  Just think of all the fun ideas for filling it for different occasions and celebrations!

IO Stamps/Dies Links:


This is how I made my card:
  •  On a white A2 card front I covered it with patterned papers and some silk ribbon.
  • I stamped the Kitty With Heart stamp onto card stock, colored it with Polychromos colored pencils, then fussy-cut it and set it aside.
  • On bristol card stock, I die cut the flower from the Flowers & Leaves die set.  I used distress inks with my brush applicators to 'paint' the flower and leaves, then set them aside.
  • From kraft card stock, I cut the Whiskey Barrel Planter, and used brush ink applicators to add ink for shading.
  • From kraft card stock, I cut the Stitched Die Tag.  I added the Barrel, flower, and kitty to the tag, ran some silk ribbon through the hole, and a button with a string bow, and attached it to the card front with foam tape.
  • On kraft card stock, I stamped the Sending Cheer verse onto the panel cut from the Stitched Die Tag set.  I attached this to the card front, under the tag.
I had lots of fun creating this card with the cute little kitty and fabulous IO dies.  I hope you get a chance to play with some of your dies and/or stamps this week. 
 
Thanks for stopping by today.
 
You can find other participating designer's project links on the IO blog HERE.  

Blessings,