Tuesday, January 29, 2019

More Than You Know

Today I'm playing with color variations of coral, and my distress inks, in my studio.  I'm crazy about this Technique Junkies butterfly, and fabulous Curved Bamboo background.
 Technique Junkies stamps:  Curved Bamboo
                                           Big Butterfly
                                           Wisdom of Oz  

I embossed the  Curved Bamboo background and the Big Butterfly onto white card stock, using Rose Gold embossing powder, one of my favorite ep's.  For the background, I brushed distress inks onto the bamboo embossed panel. 

I added a strip of rose gold washi tape along the left edge, and attached the panel to a white A2 card front with craft foam for dimension. 

The embossing powder and the washi tape are very close in color in real life.

For the embossed butterfly, I used my ink blending tool to add distress inks in various shades of coral and pink, and  used a tissue to wipe the excess from the embossing.  I love the way the coral color plays nicely with the rose gold ep.  

I added the butterfly to the bamboo panel with foam tape, slightly curving the wings.  Some pearls from my stash, and some distress ink spatters finish off the front of my card. 

For the inside, I stamped a portion of the bamboo, and the butterfly going off of the card. 
I brushed ink to match, then added a stamped panel with the phrase from the Wisdom of Oz set.  I used foam tape to attach the verse.  

I also added a strip of washi tape to the inside, and wrapped it around to the back of the card, as I didn't want it as wide.  

 The washi tape gives the back of the card a nice look, also.  Of course, I had to add some spatters inside, also. 

I hope you are inspired by my card.  I will be using that bamboo, and the butterfly, a lot.  Especially since they emboss so well.  I will use this card when someone needs encouragement.  I think it would also make a great graduation or retirement card, or any life-changing event.

You can use my code, TJ10Lynda, to get 10% off these stamps, or any stamps in the Technique Junkies store.

I am adding my card to:
Allsorts Challenge - Friend
Crafty Creations Challenge - Anything goes
Little Red Wagon - Projects with washi tape
Simon Say Monday Challenge - Love is in the air

I appreciate your visit to my blog.  Your comments mean so much to me, and encourage me in my art. 



Monday, January 28, 2019

Impression-Obsession Old Is New - Gentle Hugs

Time for another Old Is New post on the Impression-Obsession blog, to bring some new looks to some of our much loved older stamps.  For more ideas, check out the other designer's posts on the Impression-Obsession blog.   
I'm going green and white with my card today...
I stamped the Fawn Lily L12010 onto bristol card stock, with Ranger Archival fern green ink.  I colored the lily and leaves with Faber-Castell polychromos colored pencils.  

I did a Google search for fawn lilies, as I didn't know what colors they were.  Most were white, so I made mine white.  I always find it a challenge 'coloring' something white on white paper.  I really looked at the images I saw on Google, and saw lots blues, greens, and yellows in the shadows of the white flowers, so decided to play those colors up on mine for the shading.

I kept the composition of the card simple, to keep the flowers the center of attention.  Just a simple light green A2 card, with a darker strip of green cardstock along the edge.  I die cut the image in a circle, having the uppermost flower spilling over the circle, as well as the tiny tip of one of the upper leaves.  I love the interest this adds to a simple layout.

For the verse, I chose the Gentle Hugs C13766.  I love the print with the script.  A little distressing around the circle and the verse panel, and some foam tape for mounting give added dimension.  A trio of Studio Katia sparkling crystals give just a hint of sparkle.  

For the inside of the card, I stamped a partial fawn lily, and a verse from the Lilies of the Field CL929 set.  
I left plenty of space for a hand-written sentiment or note.

This is one of those cards that is meant to give hope to the recipient.  Just to let them know they are on your mind and heart.  A good one for the anniversary of a loved-one's passing also.  

I hope you are enjoying our Old is New days on the IO blog.  

Don't forget to check out the other design team projects HERE.

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

I used these stamps and products on today's card:
Fawn Lily L12010
Lilies of the Field CL929
Gentle Hugs C13766
Faber-Castell polychromos colored pencils
Strathmore bristol card stock

I am adding my card to these challenges:

Allsorts Challenge - Friends
The Paper Players - Sketch
Allsorts Challenge  - Friends



Sunday, January 27, 2019

Finding Joy

Just popping in with a quick link to my post at the Technique Junkies blog today.  My card for that post:

I used Technique Junkies stamp Joy In Your Journey.

This was an easy card to make, with the stamp doing most of the work.  The background was the fun part!  You know how I love playing with my inks!  

See my post at Design Junkies HERE for details, includihng stamps, and instructions on how I created this background.  Also on the post is my code for 10% off your TJ purchase, if you are inclined to shop.

I am adding this to:

The Paper Players Challenge - sketch
The Paper Funday Challenge - Anything goes

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


Thursday, January 24, 2019

All About Love Challenge

Welcome to the Impression-Obsession 'All About Love' Challenge.   I have a card to share with you today.
The main image is Impression-Obsession's Cradle Song H13754.   I stamped with VersaFine Claire nocturne ink, and water colored the image with Daniel Smith watercolors.
I used the metallic Inca gold Fine Tec Artist Mica watercolors to paint the flourish on the design.   I distressed the image with TH distress inks along the edges of the design and behind the flowers.

I die cut the Ornate Square Frame DIE390-ZZ, from copper shimmer paper, and adhered it behind the image, which I had fussy-cut. 

On a yellow distressed card stock panel, I stamped the Boho Star H23028  and parts of the Cover-A-Card Music CC029 onto the panel with mustard seed distress ink, then attached the stamped/framed panel.

I added a strip of the same copper paper along the left side, and attached it to a square white card front.
I also distressed the edge of the yellow panel to give the card a vintage feel.

I felt this image really speaks of love in it's purest form; that of a mother's love for her child.

I hope you are inspired to join our All About Love challenge.  The design team has lots of inspiration for you.  Links to the other blogs are listed on the post HERE.   

Now find an IO stamp that is all about love, and enter.  You could just win a $25 gift certificate to the Impression-Obsession store.  

Stamps/products used on my card:
Cradle Song H13754
Boho Star H23028
Cover-A-Card Music CC029
Ornate Square Frame DIE390-ZZ
Daniel Smith watercolors
Fine Tec Artist Mica watercolors
Canson watercolor paper 

Other challenges:
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Dies R Us Challenge - Anything new
The Library Challenge - Absolute Beginners

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Your visits mean so much to me, and your comments encourage and inspire me.  I hope you are finding inspiration here.


Monday, January 21, 2019

IO Die-Cut Obsession - Flourish Background

Today starts another exciting feature on the Impression-Obsession blog.  A couple of times a month, we will be featuring dies in the Die-Cut Obsession posts.  
You can find the other designer's posts listed on the Impression-Obsession blog HERE.

I love the background dies, and this Sm. Flourish Background DIE445-YY is one of my favorites.  I also used the Thanks from the Greetings Set DIE174-W.
I die-cut the Sm. Flourish Background DIE445-YY, and added it to the same color pink panel then onto a green A2 card.  I used picked raspberry distress ink to add some color to the area I was going to place my flower.

I stamped the Wispy Cosmos onto Arteza watercolor paper, and used Daniel Smith watercolors to paint the flower.  I then fussy-cut it and added it to the card with foam tape to give it dimension.

I layered several of the Thanks die cuts, and added them to the card.  A spattering of moonshine sequins adds just a little shine.

I love the combination of pink and green. They're such pretty, perky, happy colors.  I wanted a cheery card today, so that's the way I rolled.  I did sneak just a hint of yellow into the pink on some of the petals, just for some interest and play with color.  I'm sneaky that way some times.  

There are so many ways to use dies on cards, and new techniques are showing up every day.  How about you?  Do you use dies on your cards?

I hope you are inspired by my card, and those of the other designers today.  You can find more Impression-Obsession stamps and dies HERE.  Don't forget to check out the other designer's projects for today HERE.

Thanks for visiting, and for your encouraging comments. 
These are the stamps, dies, and products I used on my card:

Sm. Flourish Background DIE445-YY
Greetings Set DIE174-W
Wispy Cosmos E16440  
Daniel Smith Watercolors
Silver Velvet Watercolor Brush
Arteza Watercolor Paper 

I am adding my card to these challenges:
The Card Concept  - Pink party
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Dies R Us Challenge - Anything new - new die
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge  - Clean and simple
Paper Funday Challenges - Anything goes


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.