Monday, May 20, 2019

Die Cut Obsession Time at Impression-Obsession

Today the Impression-Obsession design team has some inspiration for you using our dies on the Impression-Obsession blog.   You can find the other designer's cards HERE.  My card features the Butterfly 2 and Butterfly Set dies.

Dies:  Butterfly 2 DIE507-V
          Butterfly Set DIE255-Y

Stamp:  Gentle Thoughts C13767

I created a watercolor background on Arteza watercolor paper using the smooshing technique, with yellow and orange distress inks.  When dry, I added some spatters.
I cut the butterflies from the dies, and added them to the card front.  I stamped the Gentle Thoughts verse, then added some Spectrum Noir clear shimmer glitter to them.  

I added the panel to an A2 card front.

For the inside, I added some spatters, then cut the dies from the Butterfly Set DIE255-Y, and colored them with daubers and distress ink, then added them to the inside along the edge.

Don't forget to stop by the Impression-Obsession blog to see what the other designers have for your inspiration today.  You can get links to their blogs HERE.  

You can find these dies with the above links, or you can find them and oh so many more on the Impression-Obsession site and store.  

I am adding my card to these challenges:
Addicted To Stamps - Anything goes
Flickr Love Challenge #38  - Anything goes
The Library Challenge  - Inspired by colors in book cover

Thanks so much for visiting today.  I appreciate your time and your comments.


Saturday, May 18, 2019


As you are seeing this post, I am on a four day retreat.  I'm hoping for a relaxing, refreshing, spirit-filled four days.  I plan to do some hiking, contemplation, Bible journaling, drawing, and Zentangle.  I did bring some pre-stamped cards to color, but did not bring all my stamping supplies.  My 'other' art supplies took up an entire 'roll-along' craft caddy!  lol.  Then there's my clothes, toiletries, yadda, yadda.  And, of course, some knitting and Sudoku...two things that go everywhere with me.

Now, on to my card for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge mid-day reminder.....
I used the die Bashful 51-008, the stamp is from the Special Thoughts 30-338 clear set, and the stencil is Leaf Frolic 24-019.  What a fabulous combination of three different products.  I think it would be fun to see just how many ways I could combine these three elements to create different cards.  Hmmmm...I think I see a challenge coming up!  lol.

So...for my card, I started with a piece of Strathmore smooth bristol card.  I distressed it lightly with Tim Holtz distress ink in a light green, then placed the Leaf Frolic stencil over it and brushed more color through it to create a leaf/vine filled background.

Next, I die-cut several of the Bashful flowers, and brushed distress inks over each, some on the fronts and some on the backs, so that my flowers would be facing different directions.  With the negative part of one of the cuts, I used it as a stencil, and sponged colors over it to intermittently ink lightly colored, faint images of the flowers in the background, to give the idea of dimension.  I placed the die cut flowers over this background.  

To finish the front, I added some tea die distress ink along the edges, and some spatters.  I created a panel with the verse from the Special Thoughts set, distressed it, and added it with foam tape.  

Inside:  Just three little flowers stenciled with the same colors, and a bit of splatters.  Because I just had to.  

I hope you like my card, and have been inspired to join us at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge this month.  Who knows, you just might win a gift certificate!  Can't win if you don't play.  The theme is Anything Goes with optional 'Make your own background.'

I am adding my card to these challenges: 
Addicted To Stamps - Anything goes
Penny Black At Allsorts - Feminine anything goes

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate your visits and comments.  


Monday, May 13, 2019

Impression-Obsession Old Is New - Dogwoods

Welcome to Impression-Obsession's Old Is New Day.  The IO designers have each created a project using an older Impression-Obsession stamp today.
For my card, I chose the Dogwood 2 stamp.  This stamp is a single dogwood, beautifully drawn, with amazing details.  It is easy to color with any medium, as the artist has skillfully created areas of dark and light for you to follow.
Dogwood 2 F12003
Every Flower C5051
French Text Cover-A-Card CC151
Silhouette 18

I stamped the Dogwood 2 onto Strathmore Mixed Media paper with Memento rich cocoa ink, so as to have a softer image than a harsh black ink.

I used a mask which I had previously stamped and fussy-cut to mask off the first flower, and stamped another over it.  I repeated this once more to create my cluster of dogwood blossoms.
I colored the images with Polychromos colored pencils.  I love Polychromos, as I can create several layers of color, which gives the images I am coloring more depth and interest.  I have found some other pencils build up a waxy finish, and resist layers after just a few.  Polychromos are oil based, not wax based like many other pencils, so this is not an issue with them.

Once I had my cluster stamped and colored, I added a subtle background.  I brushed in a soft green and rust background with distress inks in shabby shutters and rusty hinge.  I inked the Silhouette 18  leaves with shabby shutters, then stamped some of the ink off, and then stamped the remaining onto the card.  I repeated this around the arrangement.  It's subtle, but the leaves appear to be off in the background.

I also stamped the French Text CAC, again stamping off, then stamping it intermittently on the background, ever so faintly.  I think this adds another dimension and interest to an otherwise bland background.

Finally, I stamped the verse, Every Flower, using the same Memento rich cocoa ink.  I used my Misti Stamping Tool to stamp this, as the paper has some texture, and I wanted a crisp image.  Also, I wanted some depth of color for the words to stand out.

I distressed the edges of the panel, and attached it to an A2 white card.  For a final finishing touch, I added some sequins in a copper color, and a couple of white.

And for the inside:

I hope you enjoyed my card.  Be sure to check out what the other designers have created.  You can find links to their blogs HERE, on the Impression-Obsession blog post. 

Thanks so much for visiting today.  I appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog.  I look forward to your thoughts and comments.

I am adding my card to these challenges:
PaperFunDay Challenge  - Anything goes - twist mother
Watercooler Wednesday - Occasion anything goes
The Library Craft Challenge - All Creatures -Inspired by cover
Simon Says Wednesday - A special lady


Thursday, May 9, 2019

Yellow & Blue Impression-Obsession Color Challenge

Welcome to the Impression-Obsession Yellow & Blue Challenge!  
All details about this challenge are on the IO post HERE, along with links to the other designer's posts so you can see their projects.  For my card, I used two of the new Summer Release stamps.
Fishies CL958
Dream In Colors

I have a stencil in my stash that has four sections of animal prints.  I chose the zebra print section and created a background panel.  I brushed on some blue Tim Holtz distress ink, then I stenciled more of the ink onto the background with the zebra panel.  I thought this kind of looked like water ripples, so I went with it.

I stamped the Fishies CL958 onto some scraps, colored them with Polychromos, then fussy-cut them and added them to the background panel with foam tape.  I stamped the verse Dream In Colors D12022 with VersaFine Claire nocturne ink.

I added the panel to a blue card front with foam tape for additional dimension, adding a yellow strip down the side.  Some sparkling crystals finish the front.

Inside:  I just stamped some of the Fishies, leaving room for a note, and added some strips of the blue and yellow card stock.

Won't you join us in this challenge?  You have until May 21st to enter your card/s.  Who knows, you may just win a $25 Impression-Obsession gift certificate to the IO store!  AND, if you win, your card will be featured on the IO blog!  Hope to see you at the challenge!

Need more inspiration?  Check out the other amazing designer's projects HERE!

I am adding my card to these challenges:
The Library Challenge - All Creatures Great & Small
Little Red Wagon - Sketch challenge

I hope you like my card, and found some inspiration here.  I will be looking for you over at the IO blog in the challenge!


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Live In Color!

Hello, and welcome.   The sun is shining, and in spite of it being a bit chilly, it's a beautiful day.  The orioles have been feeding furiously at their jelly feeder, and the hummingbirds are gradually coming back to their feeders.  Our walk on the river trail this morning was lovely.  We walked in concert with various birds calling, 'our' woodpecker tapping his tree, rushing water babbling through the curves and rocks, and other rustlings about us.  There is no melody quite like that of Mother Nature!

I thought I would celebrate this glorious day by making a card of rainbow cascading feathers.  The stamp is from the Technique Junkies May stamp release.
Technique Junkies stamps used:
Live In Color
Sweet Fairy Tale Set of 5

I started with white Strathmore bristol vellum card stock.  I love this paper for colored pencil work.  It has just the right amount of 'tooth.'  

I stamped the feathers using Tim Holtz distress ink in Antique Linen.  This ink works great for no-line coloring with colored pencil, markers, and watercolor.  It just fades into the medium you are using and leaves no lines!  

I used Polychromos, my go-to colored pencil of choice, to color the feathers.  I just took my time with this, going over the doodles lines within each feather.  It was soothing and meditative, so very relaxing.  These colored pencils stay nice and sharp, allowing me to get fine lines.  They also layer beautifully, allowing several layers of pigment without that waxy bloom I get with some other brands. 

When I had finished the colored pencil work, I used my Tim Holtz distress ink in colors of the feathers, to brush some color around each feather area.  Of course, I had to add spatters in the appropriate colors as well.  There is always room for spatters!

I used my Versafine Claire ink in 'nocturne' to stamp the verse.  The verse is actually attached to the feather stamp.  I simply cut it apart so that I could use each element alone.  I also cut the verse so that I could use it in two sections without having to do tedious masking.

I mounted the panel to a black A2 card front, and added some clear sequins and some colorful fibers from my stash.

For the inside, I brushed some color onto white card stock, and stamped the feathers with Tim Holtz distress ink  and stamped the verse, from the Sweet Fairy Tale Set of 5 set, with Versafine Claire ink.  

I hope you are inspired by my card.  Today is the last day to get 15% off any of the new stamps in the May release!  AND, if you add my code, TJ10Lynda, you get another 10% off. 
That's a total of 25% off any of the May Release Stamps!  Also, with my code, you get 10% off any other stamps and supplies in the Technique Junkies store!

I am entering my card in these challenges today:
Double D Challenges  - Kentucky Derby Hat Inspiration (feathers)
Time Out Challenges - playful
The Card Concept - Inspiration picture - I chose to use the colors as my inspiration.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you have a chance to get outdoors and enjoy part of this lovely day today.


Monday, May 6, 2019

Impression-Obsession Die Cut Obsession

Welcome to Die Cut Obsession at Impression-Obsession. My card today features one of the new dies from the Spring Die Release.
Poppy Frame DIE794-YY
Greeting Set DIE174-W
Sentiments 1 Stamp Set WP16

For my card base, I used some white sparkly card stock from my stash to create a square card.  

I cut the Poppy Frame DIE794-YY die from the same card stock, and from a piece of card stock on which I had sponged some green and blue distress inks.

I adhered the Poppy Frame DIE794-YY die to a piece of white card stock, which I had run through my We R Memory Keepers quilted embossing folder.  I adhered the centers (negative portions) from the sparkly cut.  I adhered the panel to the card front, adding some black sparkly cardstock along the top and left edges.

I cut the Greeting Set DIE174-W die from black sparkly cardstock, and added it to the card, along with a strip of the background I had created with the green and blue inks, with the word 'birthday' from an old IO stamp set in my stash..

For the inside, I added strips of all the papers, and a partial die cut from vellum.

Be sure to check out what the other designers have made.  You can find links to their blog on the Impression-Obsession post HERE.

I am adding my card to these challenges:
Dies R Us Challenge - Flowers
The Flower Challenge - Embossing - heat/dry
Seize The Birthday - Texture
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Birthday
The Watercooler Challenges - Feminine
  Thanks for stopping by today.


Sunday, May 5, 2019

Graduation Joy

Welcome to my blog today!  It's my turn to post on the Technique Junkies blog, and you can find my post here with full details for my card.   

This fabulous Graduation Greetings set is jam-packed with any image you will need to make graduation cards!  It has eleven stamps; four images and seven verses.

Here is one of the cards I have made with it...
Stamps:  Graduation Greetings
              French Text
VersaFine Claire Nocturne ink pad
Misti stamping tool

I hope you are inspired by my card.  Full details, including card inside and all the steps to make this card are on my TJ blog post HERE.

You can see all of the Technique Junkies new May release stamps HERE.  For more inspiration, you can find the release blog post HERE, with all of the designers' blog post links.

Don't forget, all new release stamps are 15% off through May 8th.  Add my code, TJ10Lynda, to get an extra 10% off.  That's a whopping 25% off new release stamps through this Wednesday, May 8th.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great Sunday and a fabulous week ahead!

Saturday, May 4, 2019

You Brighten My Day

Happy Saturday!  Hope you're enjoying your weekend so far.  Today I have a card for the Penny Black 'Make Your Own Background' challenge at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge blog.
I used:
Penny Black Playful 51-205
Penny Black Special Thoughts 30-338 (set of verses)
Various other older PB stamps (background)
Arteza Real Brush Markers (image)
Arteza waterbrush
Distress inks (background) 

On bristol smooth card stock, I stamped the Playful flowers image.  I used my Arteza Real Brush Markers to paint the flowers.  I love the way these markers blend and create highlights and shadows so easily.  I use the Arteza waterbrush to help lighten areas and create more highlights.  I have tried many waterbrushes, and I find these Arteza brushes work the best for me.  I can control the water so much easier than with others.  I have the set of 6, which has different sizes for different techniques.  I used the small one for the flowers, and the largest for the background.

When the flowers dried, I created the background with my waterbrush, wetting the entire area around the flowers, then applying the brush markers along the edge of the flower outlines, and pulling out the color with the waterbrush.

While that panel was drying, I created a background panel on bristol card stock, using distress inks.  I wet the entire panel, then added some of the distress inks to make a painterly background.  When that was dry, I stamped some older PB images with the same color ink.  I stamped the verse, then added the image panel with foam tape.  I mounted the image panel and the background panel onto purple mirror cardstock.


I hope to see you on the Penny Black Saturday Challenge blog.  Your card just might win you a $20 gift certificate from our sponsor, 1,2,3 Stitch.  If you would like to be considered for a future guest designer spot, please add GDT to your entry.


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National Scrapbooking Day?  
And by scrapbooking, I also mean card-making and all things paper crafting!  

To help you jump-start your creativity, there are exciting events going on over at .  Check it out HERE with a coupon code to get you started!

Thank you for spending time with me here today.