Sunday, September 29, 2019

Fall Is In The Air Card

Happy Sunday!  It's a bright, albeit brisk, early autumn day here.  The perfect day for playing in my studio, creating yet another fall card.  I used an Impression Obsession stamp set and die.
IO Stamps/Dies:  Leaf Set clear stamp set WP684
                          French Text CAC CC151
                          Branch DIE007-L

I used ivory card stock to make an A2 card.  I used the A Colorful Life Designs Leaf Set 1 stencil with brush applicators to add distress inks to the card front.  

**NOTE:  See my previous blog post HERE for a video link on how I did this, along with another card idea using the stencil.

I did add one more step to the way I did the technique in the video.  Do you see the script on some of the leaves in this card?  I just kept the stencil on after adding the color, and stamped the French Text stamp over it before removing.  Voila! Script!

I cut the Branch die twice from ivory card stock, and added distress inks, then attached them to the card front.

I stamped the verse from the Leaf Set  clear stamp set with rusty hinge distress ink, added it to some rust card stock, then added it to the card with foam tape for dimension.  

So, for the inside I used this fabulous layering Leaf Set from Impression Obsession.  I used the same colors on the stamps as I had used through the stencil, stamping them randomly, some full strength, and some second and third generation.

I hope you're having a relaxing and peaceful day, or a fun-filled active day, whichever you prefer.  I'm afraid to go downstairs, as our team (Buffalo Bills) were behind at half time.  I'm not hearing any yelling down there, so I'm assuming it's not going well.  Or it could be.  I'll find out soon enough. 

I am adding my card to these challenges:
Little Red Wagon - Fall it
Mod Squad Challenge - A time for giving
The Paper Players - tic tac toe (orange, fall, leaves)
Simon Says Wednesday - Anything goes
Paper Funday - Inspiration picture

Thanks for checking in today.  I appreciate your visits and comments.


Thursday, September 26, 2019

New YouTube Channel

Hello again!  I received so many lovely and kind comments about my card in my previous post, and I am overwhelmed by everyone's responses on my blog and in Facebook.  I am truly humbled and so grateful for your kindness.

So many of you wanted to know how I made this card.  I spent my day today determined to get my video done so I could show you.  

I have spent the past couple of weeks off and on trying to figure out my IMovie app and reading and watching videos on how to make a YouTube video, edit it, and publish it on YouTube.  

I'm happy to say, I finally made my first video.  Here is the link....

I have a long way to go, but it's a start. 

I would love it if you would visit my channel and watch my video.  If you like it, please subscribe and give me a thumbs up.  I hope to learn more so I can get back soon with another, and better, video.

Thanks so very, very much again!


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Mother Nature's Box of Crayons!

Recently I purchased some stencils, and have been waiting for an opportunity to use them.  Now that I am between release and design team commitments, I am having a play with my new toys.

Stencil:  Leaf One Stencil
Stamp:   Autumn, Set of 6 
**Use my code TJ10Lynda to get a 10% discount on your purchases!**

I love all things fall, so I really had fun with this stencil.  I used some ivory card stock, and cut it into an A2 card.  

I used various 'fall colors' of distress ink, and my brush applicators, with the Leaf One stencil to add the different leaves.  I overlapped some, and layered them on in a cascading type of design.  I just brushed the color through the individual leaves in the stencil, overlapping and varying my colors.

I stamped the verse from the Autumn Set of 6 set to stamp the verse with Ranger Archival ink in my Misti.
It was very difficult for me to stop there, and not add some embellishments, or layers.  
I'm not a CAS type of card maker.  Sometimes, however, a design just really needs to stand on it's own.  That's how I felt about these leaves. 

On the inside, I added a couple of the leaves, and and the Leaves Turn SDX160 verse. 

 I am adding my card to these challenges:
AAA Cards - Up to one third
Allsorts Challenge - Trees and leaves
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge  - Anything goes
Simply Less Is More - Typography

UPDATE:  I am adding a video to show my technique.  
My YouTube Technique Video

Thank you for stopping by today.  I enjoy your visits and comments.  


Monday, September 23, 2019

Impression Obsession Die Cut Obsession - BOO!

Welcome to our Die Cut Obsession day at Impression Obsession!  We are featuring dies on our blogs today.   And, here is my card....
IO Stamps/Dies Links:
Ghost DIE857-I
Boo DIE852-F
Cover-A-Card Gingham CC006

I had so much fun making this cute little halloween card.  

Here's are my steps:

  • Cut the Ghost die from white card stock, and used the negative part, adding vellum behind the cut-out.  Added that to an orange panel, from which I had removed the center. 
  • Added the panel to a white A2 card front.
  • Cut the spider, face, and 'Boo' from black, and added them to the card.
  • Created my own background paper by stamping the CAC Gingham in black onto orange card stock.  Cut a strip of that for the left edge of card.

I added ribbon knots and buttons.  I colored white buttons with an orange Copic marker.

TIP:  for the 'thread' in the buttons, I trimmed a very narrow sliver of black card stock from a scrap piece, and put it through the holes, securing them with glue dots.

And since no card is complete without an inside, here it is....

I hope you enjoyed my card today.  Now for more inspiration, be sure to check out the other designer's blogs.  You can find links to their projects HERE, on the IO blog

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


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Pumpkin Spice Challenge at Impression Obsession!

Good Thursday everyone!  Today starts the Impression Obsession 'Pumpkin Spice' challenge.   You may include pumpkins, coffee, both, or either one.  I went with pumpkins and one of my favorite sentiments from the fall stamp release.
Stamps/dies links:
Large Frame DIE860-WW
Pumpkins CL978
Pumpkin Kisses CL979
Cover-A-Card Gingham CC006 (background)

I used the Large Frame die to cut the frame, and set that aside, while I created the background.  For that, I used the Cover-A-Card Gingham background stamp.  I inked it with my distress ink cubes, and stamped it onto ivory card stock.  

I did not use the Misti, or I would have stamped it two or three times.   I was going to stamp it again, using my Misti, but on second thought I kind of liked the distressed look of the rough stamping, so I kept it.  I added the verse with Nocturne Claire VersaFine ink.

I placed the background behind the frame, and mounted that to a green A2 card front.  
I stamped the pumpkins, colored them with Copic markers, and fussy cut them.  I added them with foam tape for dimension.  


Can I just say I love this stamp!  It's perfect for backgrounds, and looks great in any/every color or combinations of colors!

I hope you will join us for the fun at the Impression Obsession blog.  Check out the other designer's projects, and make one of your own.  You just might win a $25 IO gift certificate!  And your card will be featured on the IO blog.  You can't win if you don't enter.

Did you check out the Winter 2019 Die Release at Impression Obsession?  You can shop the new dies at the IO store HERE.  See my previous two posts for inspiration and links to the other designer's blogs.

I am adding my card to these challenges:
Allsorts Challenge - Anything goes
Sunday Stamps - Colors
Watercolor Wednesday - Masculine anything goes

Thanks for stopping by today.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Impression Obsession Winter Die Release Celebration Day Two

Welcome to Day Two of the 
Impression Obsession 
Winter Die Release Celebration! 
You can find a list of participants on the 

Each designer's blog will have a $25 gift certificate 
to give away for the event.  The more you comment
 through our Release Celebration the more chances to win!

 All comments for both of the event days will be open
until Thursday, September 19th at midnight CT.
All winners will be announced on Friday, September 20th.

All of the new dies are available now!
You can find them all HERE,
at the Impression Obsession store.

I have two elegant tags and two cards with the same die to share with you today. 


For the first (Merry) tag, I used:

I cut the tag from shimmer ivory card stock.  I added the snowflake die cut, which I had cut from white glitter card stock.  

I cut the Merry die cut from gold glitter card stock, and added it to a strip of vellum, and attached it.  I tied gold and white iridescent cord through the die hole.

For the second tag I used:

I cut the Tag With Tags die from gold card stock, and ran it through an embossing folder from my stash.  I used my craft knife to lift the little row of scallops along the edge, then attached it to another die cut of the same die that I cut in red.  This way my tag has a back so it looks clean and finished on the other side. 

I cut the Joy die from red, and adhered it to the tag.  I punched a red heart, and added a small snowflake die, which I had cut from gold glitter card stock.  A red rhinestone in the center finish the front.
I pulled a red satin ribbon through, and tied a gold cord and gold snowflake charm from my stash around the ribbon, with a tiny bow.  

These tags are fun to make, and they also can be used as ornaments on the tree!  Don't you love getting more uses than one from your projects?  

CARD ONE:  Silver Peace Poinsettia
IO Dies links:

I cut the Poinsettia Frame die from light gray card stock.  I removed the petals, and colored them with Aged Mahogany distress ink, using a brush blender.  I placed the petals back into the light gray frame, and attached that to a darker gray panel.  

I added some gray plaid pp to an A2 card front, and adhered my poinsettia panel with foam tape.  I cut the 'peace' die from the Typewriter Sentiments dies from silver shimmer paper, and added it to the card front.  Some silver foil pearls from Studio Katia, and some silver Stickles finish the card.

CARD TWO:  Gold Peace Embossed Poinsettia
IO Dies Links:

I ran the Poinsettia Frame die through my die cut machine with a foam mat under it to 'emboss' the poinsettia image without cutting it out.  I wrapped gold cording around and tied a bow, then attached this to a green panel slightly larger.
I added some coordinating card stock panels to a light green A2 card front, and added a die cut Peace die in gold under the poinsettia.

And that's a wrap for today, folks.  I do hope you are inspired by all of our projects.  
Links to the other designer's posts are below.  Be sure to check them out.  Susan Wymer is after me, so she would be next in the hop order.
Lynda Pleckan - You are here

Thanks so much for visiting my blog.  I enjoy creating and sharing my cards and projects with you, and look forward to your feedback.


Monday, September 16, 2019

Impression Obsession Winter Die Release Celebration Day One

 You can find a list of participants on the 
Impression Obsession Blog

Each designer's blog will have a $25 gift certificate 
to give away for the event.  The more you comment
 through our Release Celebration the more chances to win!

 All comments for both of the event days will be open 
until Thursday, September 19th at midnight CT. 
All winners will be announced on Friday, September 20th.

All of the new dies are available now! 
You can find them all HERE,
at the Impression Obsession store.

I have three cards for your inspiration today....

Card One - Folk Deer Christmas Love

IO Dies/Stamps Links:

I started with some light blue pp card stock for my A2 card.  I tore some white card stock and added that for 'snow' at the bottom of the card front, then added glue and glitter to the tops of the 'hills.'

I cut the Two Folk Deer from white card stock, and used Copic markers to color them.   I added the ribbons and bells, then adhered them to the card, adding a punched heart.

I cut the Snowflakes from white card stock, and added them, then added glitter to those.

I added the Merry Christmas verse from the Holiday Icons clear stamp set, using Coffee Ranger Archival ink.



Card Two - Hanging Ornaments

IO Dies/Stamps links: 
Retro Ornaments DIE897-Z
Holiday Icons CL980


I cut the Retro Ornaments from a white card stock panel.  I had previously created a background with Ranger Alcohol Inks, and attached that panel to the white panel with the ornament die cut panel.  I added that to an A2 card front.

I silver-embossed the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Holiday Icons clear set, and added that with foam tape. 
Some silver stickles for embellishing, and the added ornament hangers (in the die set) with some silver cording finish off the card.

Card Three - Mandala Frame Love

IO Dies/Stamps Links:
Mandala Frame DIE886-YY
Love DIE385-B

I am loving this die!  I know I will use it again and again.  It is a beauty, and cuts like butter.  

I die cut the Mandala Frame  from black card stock. I added some dark pink card stock to the back of it, carefully cutting the card stock to adhere only to the center portion of the die.  Next, I added a lighter pink card stock, carefully cutting it to end at the edge of the mandala.  Finally, gray card stock finish the mandala.

I adhered the lined mandala frame to an even lighter pink A2 card front.

I die cut the Love  die from shiny silver card stock, and added it to the card front.  

Some shiny silver pearls from Studio Katia finish this card.  Easy-peasy, thanks to that large mandala!  Did I mention I LOVE that die?!

I hope you like my three cards, and that you've found some inspiration here.  Be sure to visit Susan Wymer's blog for more fabulous projects.  Here are links to the other designer's blogs:

Lynda Pleckan  You are here

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