Saturday, January 19, 2019


My card today is for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  I used a Penny Black stamp called Lustrous!  And I chose my favorite color combination.  The verse is also from PB, from the 'gratitude' clear set.  And the stencil is PB's 'leaf frolic.'  One of my favorites!
It's a great day for stamping here.  We are at the beginning of a winter storm.  By the end of tomorrow, we should have anywhere from 18 to 20 inches of the white stuff!  So, I'm comfy in my studio, playing with my art 'stuff.'

I stamped a panel of white Strathmore bristol card stock in my Misti with the Lustrous stamp.  I used distress mini ink cubes to water color the image.  I stamped it several times, each time adding different shades of a color to it, and using my paint brush with a little water to move the ink.  When I had achieved the look I wanted, I removed the panel from the Misti. 

I used my Polychromos colored pencils to add details to the petals and leaves.
When the flower was finished, I brushed shabby shutters distress ink around it, fading it out as it went across the card.  I created the leaf background with the leaf frolic stencil, using the shabby shutters distress ink with my makeup brush to apply the color lightly.

I stamped the verse with Ranger archival ink in leaf green.  I used my Misti so I could stamp it a couple of times to achieve the depth of color I wanted.  I added some sequins, and attached the panel to an A2 card front.

I am adding my card to these challenges:
AAA Cards Challenge - Pastel colors
Addicted To Stamps - Clean and simple
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Clean and simple
The Paper Funday Challenge - Anything goes

Thanks for visiting today.  I hope you are finding time to create, or to do whatever brings you joy.


Friday, January 18, 2019

Fig Tree Branch - Bible Art Journaling Luke 21-29-36

Hello, and welcome.  I haven't journaled in my Bible in a while, and I miss it.  My design team commitments have taken a lot of my time lately.   I'm into a routine now, and have a lot of the details worked out, so I'm happy to be back into my art journaling, specifically in my Bible.
I journaled this page to reflect my insights and prayers from Luke 21:29-36.  Please visit my blog post at A Little Perspective for my reflections and more pictures of the page.  I would love to hear your thoughts and comments if you would be so kind to share.  


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Mopsie and Mr. Rogers

I was straightening my studio, and putting away the mountains bits of paper and stamps, etc. that were on my desk - mainly so that I could see my desk!  When I picked up the packet with this adorable little bunny stamp, I decided that my reward for cleaning would be to make a card with it!  Hey, I'm easy to please!
I stamped the Impression-Obsession stamp, Mopsie B19929
onto a piece of white Strathmore bristol card stock, and colored her with my Polychromos colored pencils.

I masked the bunny and used TH distress inks to brush some Tumbled Glass ink onto the bottom corner and up, gradually fading it out near the top.  
I then placed a stencil, Mini Rosetta, by The Crafter's Workshop, onto the panel, and brushed more color over it to get the pattern.  

I stamped IO's verse Beginning 13759  onto the upper left using coffee Ranger archival ink.  I used my Misti so that I could stamp the image two or three times to get more intensity.

I mounted the panel onto a blue card stock panel, then onto a kraft colored A2 card, which I had stenciled with the same stencil as the blue image panel.  I mounted the panel onto the card front with craft foam for dimension.

I added a double bow which I had made from Hug Snug seam binding, and dyed by smooshing it into a puddle of Tumbled Glass distress ink and water, and dried with my heat tool before forming it into a bow.  I love the seam binding for bows.  It has a natural sheen, and the 100 yard roll lasts a long, long time.  I just have white, and dye it whatever color I need.  If you dye it, and wad it into a tight ball, then let it dry, it comes out really crumpled.  I like that for different cards.  I used it that way on a card on THIS POST a while ago.  I used the same stencil on that post also!  

That's it for this easy-peasy card today.  I love this quote by Fred Rogers.  Do you remember Mr. Rogers?  He is a wonderful person, and has a depth of wisdom.  I used to love to watch his show with my daughter.  

On my card today I used:
Mopsie B19929
Beginning 13759  (verse)
Polychromos colored pencils
Strathmore bristol card stock
Hug Snug seam binding 

If you haven't seen the Spring Release at Impression-Obsession , be sure to check it out HERE for lots of amazing stamps and ideas.

I am adding my card to these challenges:
CAS Stencil - sponging
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
The Library Challenge - Absolute beginners
Make My Monday Challenge - Use word or phrase
Word Art Wednesday 

Thank you for your visit today.  I appreciate you stopping by and spending time on my blog.  And I look forward to your encouraging comments.  


Monday, January 14, 2019

Cardinal Celebration

Happy Monday!  Today is Old Is New day at Impression-Obsession.  We have had so much fun with the new Spring Release stamps.   Now IO's design team members are showing some love to our wonderful 'classic older stamps' today.  We will be doing this a couple of times a month, so that these images can get inky with some new ideas for your inspiration.  
Check out what the other DT members have done HERE.

For my card today, I chose this gorgeous winter cardinal scene.....
IO Stamps:  Cardinals By Window F1929 
                  Life Stuff Sentiments CL491 
                  Winter Cardinal K1338

I stamped the Cardinals By Window F1929  image with potting soil Ranger Archival ink onto Canson watercolor paper.  I painted the image with Daniel Smith watercolors.

When dry, I die cut the image with a Spellbinder's die from my stash, and distressed the edges of the die with distress ink.  I used craft foam to layer this panel onto white card stock, which I had distressed, then onto a brown square card front.

I added the verse, which is from the Life Stuff Sentiments clear set.  I distressed it, and used foam tape to give it added dimension. 

For a little more interest, and to balance off the bottom of my card, I stamped and water colored the cardinal from the Winter Cardinal cling stamp.  I added him to the bottom right with foam tape.

I hope you enjoyed my little trip back to these stamps, and found some inspiration here. 

How about you?  Do you have any older stamps that could use some love?  Why not get them out and get them inky.  Then share your project with us on the Impression-Obsession Facebook group.  We love to see what you create. 

And for more fun, take a look back at some of the past IO images that YOU love, and choose one to enter a card or project in our Impression-Obsession Challenge.   This month's theme is New Beginnings.  Follow the guidelines HERE to enter the challenge and have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to our online store.

Speaking about winning, Congratulations to Ellie Wilkins, the winner of the $25 gift certificate from my blog comments.  Thank you to everyone who commented.  You should all know how encouraging and inspiring your comments are to those of us who put our time and effort into our art to bring you ideas and inspiration.  I appreciate your kindness!

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

Links to stamps and products used in my card today are below:
Cardinals By Window F1929 
Life Stuff Sentiments CL491  
Winter Cardinal K1338
Canson watercolor paper 
Daniel Smith watercolors

I am adding my card to these challenges:
Crafty Creations Challenges - Anything goes
The Paper Funday Challenge - Anything goes 


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Paris Friend

Happy Sunday!  Today I have a post on the Technique Junkies blog using a couple of stamps from the January release.
I kept my card neutral, with a little blue thrown in for accent and interest.

I used Technique Junkies stamps Paris Postmarks and a verse from the French Sentiments set.  I enjoy stamping on kraft card stock, especially with distress ink browns.  I used the same ink to distress the edges, lending a vintage feel ot the card.

Check out my post at Technique Junkies blog for details of the stamps used, and my techniques.  There is also a code (TJ10Lynda) on the post for 10% off your shopping at the TJ store.

Thanks so much for visiting today.  I appreciate you spending time on my blog, and especially love your encouraging comments.


Friday, January 11, 2019

Impression-Obsession Spring Release Blog Hop - Day 5

Welcome to Day 5 of the  Impression-Obsession Spring Release Celebration!   I hope you have been enjoying the new stamps, and the cards and projects from the design team.  

My card today features:
Spring Definition D14769  
Garden Grows E19945 
Beauty Text Cover-A-Card CC142 
I love the whimsical flowers on this Garden Grows image.  I embossed it with black onto bristol card stock, and colored the flowers with Arteza Real Brush Markers  for their vibrant colors.

For the Spring Definition square, I embossed it, and ran the Arteza brush markers across the embossed words. 

For the background of the card front, I stamped the Beauty Text intermittently.  I stamped off so that the image would be light, so as not to compete with the image panels.

That's it!  This is the last day of the new release hop.  I hope you have enjoyed the projects and cards from the design team.  

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

You have until Sunday, January 13th to leave your comments if you have not already done so.  You can find the other design team blog posts HERE.  The more you comment, the more chances you have to win a $25 IO gift certificate.

Watch for more design team cards and projects on the Impression-Obsession blog and on the Impression-Obsession Facebook page.  

Thank you for visiting.  I appreciate your comments.

Below are links to stamps and products I used today:

Spring Definition D14775

Garden Grows E19945 
Beauty Text Cover-A-Card CC142  
Arteza Real Brush Markers


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Big Butterfly

It was a cold, blustery day today.  I thought about my garden, and sitting in my back yard paradise during the spring and summer months, and how much I miss that.  So, I decided to do the next best thing, and play in my studio.  

I've had this Big Butterfly stamp from Technique Junkies for a while, and decided today was the day she would fly.
On gray card stock, using my Misti and TH distress inks, I inked the Big Butterfly stamp with various shades of ink, and stamped it several times, until I achieved the color and intensity I wanted.  

I used some distress gray ink to distress the edges, and create spatters on the card.  For the strips on the right side of the card, I distressed a piece of the gray card stock with the same colors as the butterfly, then stamped the wing design onto it.  The other strip is just dyed with a gray distress ink pad.

A few Studio Katia droplets finish off the card.
I used these Technique Junkies stamps on my card:
Big Butterfly 
Began To Fly 

I have a discount code for the Technique Junkies store for you.  Just use the code TJ10Lynda to get 10% off your entire shopping trip!

I am adding my card to the Sunday Stamps challenge .  This week's theme is Winter Solitude, using these colors....
I tried to get the colors as close as I could.  On my card they are slightly more muted than in the picture I took.

Thanks for stopping by.  I will go and color some flowers now, so that I can feel as though I'm in my garden!  
Thanks so much for visiting.  I appreciate you spending time with me, and your inspiring and kind comments.


Impression-Obsession Spring Release Blog Hop - Day 4

Welcome to Day 4 of the Impression-Obsession Spring Release Celebration.   I hope you have been enjoying the new stamps, and the cards and projects from the design team.  

My card today features:
Bunny Tree J23004 
Happy Easter A20657  

I kept my card really simple today, as the image really steals the show.  Just a simple verse is all that is needed.

I created the background on matte coated card stock with a rubber brayer and a Kaleidoscope multi-colored stamp pad.  I love the spring colors in this pad.  A strip of black and white patterned paper along the left edge adds a bit of interest.  

You can visit the other design team blogs HERE.  Remember, you can  comment here, and on each blog post, each day, for more chances to win an Impression-Obsession $25 gift certificate!  Comment entries will be open on all posts until Sunday, January 13th, and winners will be posted January 14th.
All of the new stamps are available now.  You can find them HERE.

Thanks for stopping by, and for your kind comments.

Links to stamps I used today are listed below:
Bunny Tree J23004 
Happy Easter A20657  
AAA Cards Challenge  - Pastel colors
Addicted To Stamps - Holiday
Watercooler Wednesday - All about occasions