Friday, July 31, 2020

Impression Obsession Birthday Card And SALE!

Hi!  Just stopping in with a quick post today.  Today is the last day to get a great discount on the birthday category featured stamps at Impression Obsession.  You can read about this sale on the IO blog HERE.
I made this quick card using a couple of the stamps that are included in this sale.
I also used a die.  Loopy Border DIE979-G
I used the
Loopy Border DIE  for the white panel.  I stamped the images onto the die cut panel,  and
colored them with Arteza Everblend markers.  Some layering and  sequin embellishments finish the front of the card.

Inside, I created a rectangular block by cutting a rectangle from the inside of a piece of paper, the
n used my iBrush ink applicators to apply distress ink.  Then I stamped the verse from the set inside.

That's it....easy-peasy.  And the stamps are 25% off through the end of today at Impression Obsession.

Check out these and the other stamps in this sale category HERE.

Thanks for visiting today.


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Flowerburst Card With Stencil Background

Hello lovely peeps!  I thought I would make another card for inspiration for the Impression Obsession Summer Flowers Challenge.  You can find details of the challenge HERE.  There is still time to enter, and you just might win a $25 IO gift certificate!  You have until Tuesday, August 4th, to enter your card/s.

My card....

IO Stamps/Stencil Links:
Layered Mandala Stencil 019168 (A Colorful Life Designs)

I placed the A Colorful Life Designs Layered Mandala stencil onto a white A2 card front, and used my iBrush ink applicators to apply yellow and pink distress ink lightly.  
I placed Floral Burst image into my Misti, and used Arteza Real Brush markers to 'ink' up the petals.  I repeated with various shades of yellow and pink, then the green stem.    
The verse from the Large Pocket Set , along with the bow from the same set, and some black spatters finish the front of the card.

Inside, I used the second part of the stencil.

I hope you will join us in our Summer Flowers challenge.  Thanks for visiting.


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Summer Leaves Card from Fall Stamp

Happy Tuesday!  My card today uses one of the new fall/winter release stamps.  I am not ready for either fall or winter just yet, so I decided to use this fabulous leaf stamp with summer coloring instead.  Don't get me wrong, fall is my absolute favorite season, and this image will get plenty of fall ink action, a bit later.  For now, I'm enjoying my summer garden, in full bloom and lush!

I know I am not alone when I get anxious and stressed with the way things are going in the world.  Our lives are turned upside-down.  Normal seems a fond memory.  I miss my family and friends.  And hugs, and shared meals, and, well, you know, of course.  So, I decided I will NOT wallow in what I do not have, rather, enjoy what I do have, Now!  
I will begin by being more gentle with myself, as this stamps says.  I realize I have been putting pressure on myself to act a certain way, to do more, to be more, to hide my fears.  This phrase reminds me that it's ok to have these feelings now and then.  It's normal.  These negative feelings are like persistent children.  They persevere until you acknowledge them, then they move on.  So, I will acknowledge my anxiety, stress and fears.  I will allow them, feel them and deal with them, then I will send them on their way.  And I will be gentle with myself.  I hope you will be gentle with yourself, also.

Now, finally, onto my card for today....
IO stamp links:

I stamped the Fall Foliage image a few times with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink onto a Bristol vellum panel.  I used Arteza Everblend alcohol markers to 'paint' the leaves.  I love these alcohol markers.  I use them with my Copics, to help round out my color palette.  I love the way these blend, and they also play well with the Copics.

I added some shading with a very light gray Everblend marker.  The Be Gentle verse is offset with a scrap of striped pp, and some black pearl accents added for embellishment.                                I kept the inside simple with the images stamped lightly, leaving room for a personal note.
I love to make and send these types of cards, especially now.  There are so many people who can use a little encouragement, don't you think?

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


Friday, July 24, 2020

Holly Bird Holiday Card

Today I made this card for the Technique Junkies Christmas Challenge.  The challenge is open through July 27th, and you can find full details on Pat's post HERE!  

For my card, I used these stamps:

I stamped the Holly Bird image onto mixed media paper, and colored her with Polychromos colored pencils.  I used several layers to get the depth of color. 
I added some bits of one of the pine branches from the Season's Greetings set here and there around the holly.  I inked the French Text background stamp with Antique Linen distress ink, and stamped it in the background around the image.  

I used iBrush ink applicators to add some green around the holly and blue in the background, then distressed the outer edges.

For the inside, I chose a verse from the Gifts of Christmas set.
I hope you have been inspired by this challenge, and that you will play along with us.  You just might win a fabulous prize.  Check out the details HERE.

Thanks for visiting.  


Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Technique Junkies Christmas/Holiday Cards Challenge

Christmas, Holidays, Seasons Greetings!  Yep, it's Christmas In July at Technique Junkies.   It's never too early to get those holiday cards started!

Season's Greetings Set of 6 - SS097

                                  Fun abounds, with a special offer, Christmas In July challenge
and, of course, prizes!!  
All stamps in the Christmas Category are 25% off through July 27th.  
Use the code JULYXMAS at the checkout.

Enter your holiday cards made with TJ stamps to the Christmas In July Challenge 
on the Technique Junkies Facebook Group any time through 
July 27th for your chance to win the entire August release bundle!  
A $145 value!
Two additional winners will receive one of the new sets, also.

For my card, I 'inked' the pine branch from the Season's Greetings set, using Arteza Real Brush Markers.  I used mixed media paper, and my Misti.  
With a waterbrush, I moved color from the branches into the background.  When dry, I restamped the images with varying colors of greens/blue to bring back the definition. 
I love the watercolor look this technique gives.  

Some spatters, and the verse, and a button with twine finish the card front.

Inside, I used a strip of the panel I had cut off, the verse, and second generation branches,m along with some brushed on disress ink, using iBrush ink applicators, and spatters.


I hope you like my card, and are inspired to join our challenge.  Just think, you will be getting a jump start on your holiday stamping.

Don't forget to use my code, TJ10Lynda, for 10% off your entire purchase at Technique Junkies!

Thanks for visiting.  Hope to see you in the challenge.  As always, I look forward to your comments.


Monday, July 20, 2020

Die Cut Obsession At Impression Obsession - Thanks A Latte

IO Dies/Stamps Links:

Today we are showcasing dies in our blogs.  For my card today, I used some of the new 2020 Fall/Winter Release dies and stamp set.  You can find the full release stamps and dies HERE.

I added some red card stock, and snowflake pattern paper to a Kraft card front.  I cut the Snowflake Frame  from white glitter paper, and added it, then embossed the verse and cut it with a circle die and added it to the snowflake center.

I cut the Coffee To Go from various card stocks and pp, and assembled, then added it with foam tape for added dimension.

Inside, I layered pp and card stock, stamped the verse from the Thank You Clear Set, and added a piece of the Snowflake Frame  die cut.

I am a coffee lover, so just had to have this die!  I'm sure I will use it often.  And that snowflake!  I think I will make some ornaments by adhering two die cuts with wrong sided together, with a string or cord between them.  Then the inside can be a verse, word, or even a small picture!  And it would also be a lovely tag!  

Anyways, that's my card for today.  I hope you are inspired by our new collection.  You can see the other participants' projects HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting.  I do enjoy your comments.


Friday, July 17, 2020

Impression Obsession Fall/Winter 2020 Release Celebration

Welcome to Day 3, and final day, of the 2020 Obsession Fall/Winter Release Celebration.  You can find details on the IO blog post HERE, and the entire line up of new stamps can be found HERE.

I have three cards to share with you today.  


The plaid border was stamped with the Gingham Cover-A-Card with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink.  Leaves were stamped onto the card front, and more were fussy-cut and added.  Verse stamped onto circle die cut from my stash.  All layered. Inside stamped and yellow arc created with yellow distress ink sponged through the negative part of circle die.

Snowman L20868

Image was colored with Arteza Everblend alcohol markers.  I brushed the background with blue distress ink using my Ibrush ink applicators.  I love these brush daubers that are the size of sponge daubers, only with thick, soft brush tips.  They make blending seamless and so easy!

The verse is from the Holiday Tree clear set.

Small Gingerbread DIE1030-J
Candy Cane Wishes WP1052 (verse & inside)

Gingerbread man was die cut from Kraft card stock.  Music background stamped on him and background of card, and inside.  I used Ibrush ink applicators to add distressing with distress ink on gingerbread man and circle die, and edge of card front.
Layered with verse and snowflake die cuts.  Lace border from stash.

Inside stamped with music and fussy-cut gingerbread man I 'colored' with distress ink and Ibrush ink applicators , and some black and red markers, and white gel pen.
I hope you have enjoyed all the wonderful inspiration from our design team for this amazing release!  It is a lovely collection of stamps, perfect for those holiday cards.  And many of them can be used year-round!  You can find the new stamps HERE!

Check out the other designer's blog posts for more ideas:


Thursday, July 16, 2020

Impression Obsession 2020 Fall/Winter Release Celebration - Day 2

Welcome back for Day 2 of the Impression Obsession Fall/Winter 2020 Release Celebration.  You can find all of the stamps in this release at the IO site HERE.
Participants are listed below with links to their blogs.

I have four cards again today.  I have listed the stamps used, and some details for their construction.  If you would like further details, please feel free to leave me a note in the comments, and I will get them to you.  I am trying to keep the length of the post reasonable.


Leaf is embossed with gold, and painted with FineTec Artist Mica Watercolor with a water brush.
The Fall die is layered to give it dimension and added, along with a frame die from my stash.
Inside the verse is stamped, with a bit of the leaf branch.


Winter Branch WP1057

I used Arteza Real Brush Markers with a water brush to create the watercolor background.  I used the branch image in my Misti and colored with the real brush markers, then added it to the slightly damp background. I added more pine needles. Some spatters finish it off.
Inside I added bits of the branch using the real brush markers.


Watercolored with Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolors.  Peace die cut from copper shimmer card stock.

Pumpkin Banner D12279

I used Arteza Everblend Alcohol markers to color the pumpkin.  I created the border strip with the Gingham CAC and black ink, then layered the pumpkin over the front.

Inside, I added more of the border, and the verse.

So, that's a wrap for Day 2.  I will be back tomorrow with more inspiration for Day 3.  The new stamps can be found HERE.

You can find more cards by my design team friends on the links below:
July 16th Fall/Winter Release Day 2
Angela Bode
Anna Wight
Daniela Dobson
Dina Kowal
Giovana Smith
Ilina Crouse
Jeanne Streiff
Laura Fulcher
Laura Williams
Lynda Pleckan
Susan Wymer
Vicki Garrett  
Thanks for stopping by today.  I appreciate your visits and comments.

Winter Branch WP1057

The Light C13939

Fall Turns Gold D12284

Large Leaf Branch H20886

Fall Die Seasons SSDIE-083-N

Lantern K13917
Peace DIE226-A

Thankful Person B5704

Pumpkin Banner D12279