Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Splitcoast Tutorial: Decorative Corner Card

Today's tutorial over on Splitcoast is such a fun one! It's a Decorative Corner Card - a really clever design with a panel that stands out from the card center when the card is displayed.

This is the card sample that I made for the tutorial video, using stamps from my new Winter Silhouettes clear set and dies from Impression Obsession. I used my MISTI to get a good dark impression with the silhouette stamp and added more details with the same Distress ink.

Here you can see the structure of the card - I had so much fun making these and they look so lovely on display.

For this second card I used two hinges to add the snowflake die cuts to the fold - this die set is really versatile, with the separate outline and cutout pieces.

I'm on my way home today and looking forward to a day of giving thanks with my family! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Many thanks to you for all the ways you encourage me!! 
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Heads up!

I know many of you have been making lists and saving up for the annual sale at Impression Obsession - just wanted to share the sale info so you can be ready! Remember the sale code for the 25% discount... also free shipping over $30!

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Mix-Ability Challenge: Cornucopia

For this week's Mix-Ability challenge, the theme is Abundance - in the interest of time and brain cells, I went on a literal path this week.

My card is watercolored on Canva-Paper using Peerless paints and a water soluble graphite pencil. Pretty simple! :) Love this beautiful image by Gary Robertson. The thank you stamp is HERE.

I'm at my parents' this weekend and I'll get home late Thanksgiving eve... so I spent quite a bit of time earlier this week shopping and cooking and freezing pie fillings and sides for Thanksgiving Day. Hope that works out ok! It will be an interesting and concerted effort.

Have a wonderful weekend!
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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Seasons Greetings

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project for the holidays.

I needed a quick card, so I found a pretty print from my gel print file, and stamped the Wisemen Collage image over it - a MISTI is great for this, since the paint creates a bumpy surface. Where the Versafine ink didn't cover, I filled in with a Pitt marker - those are filled with India ink, which works well over acrylic paint.

I masked off everything below the mountains and added some splatters of white India ink for stars, then painted in some silver highlights on the star. I was so thrilled with the way the Sunburst Background die worked for my card base - I debossed the image in my BigShot, using a sandwich of a cutting plate, the flexible embossing plate, watercolor paper, the die, and 3 cereal box shims.

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration -

Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Daniela @ For the First Time
Dina @ Mama Dini's Stamperia ---- you're here
Ellen @ The Serendipitous Stamper
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio

Remember you can enter these challenges too, using your Impression Obsession stamps! See the I.O. blog for all the details - you might even win a $25 gift certificate!! We'd love to have you join us.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Splitcoast Tutorial: Outer Space Background

Today's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a fun mixed media Outer Space Background - it's sort of a funny fit for the holidays but I made it work with this Santa die! I love how this turned out. Click over to the tutorial to see how the depth of of the background is achieved.

I used Hydrus liquid watercolors for my background, then covered the area with a coat of QoR Pearl Medium. The stars were splattered in with a rigger brush, and I added details to a few of the larger stars for some extra shine.

Impression Obsession products I used: Santa die,  Banners and Tails die set, Life Stuff Sentiments clear set.

Hope you'll give it a try!
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Monday, November 16, 2015

Lockets, oils, stamps, and dumplings!

Christmas is coming! I've restocked my Etsy store with diffuser lockets and charm necklaces and a few other goodies. Custom lockets are also available - click HERE to purchase directly and be sure to let me know your preferences!

If you are thinking of giving a locket as a gift and you'd like to order a bottle of oil to give along with it, I would be happy to include your order with mine at the wholesale rate (24% below retail)  - you can click HERE to visit the Young Living site and make your list, then email me and we'll go from there. I will need to finalize my order by midnight Eastern time on Nov. 18th, so if you're in, please let me know as soon as possible!

If you're already using essential oils, you might like to know that I have some essential oil STAMPS coming soon - they will be revealed in January at the CHA MegaShow! So excited. I'll share peeks here when I get my set to play with. There are individual rubber stamps and a small clear set.

And one more thing - I'm going to be traveling next week and wanted a smaller travel case for just a few oil bottles. I found Sharon's Needlebean shop on Etsy, and fell in love with her Dumpling cases! Sharon was wonderful to work with and she does really nice work! This is the case I ordered:

This is the large case, so there are elastic loops for 12 bottles, and they will hold 5, 10 or 15 ml bottles, even the rollers. The case is padded to withstand bumps, and the inside of the case is laminated so it can wipe clean in case of a leak. There are various sizes, and Sharon will even do custom orders. Hope you'll take a peek!

This is a busy week - lots to wrap up and do ahead since I'll be in Idaho for a few days... I get to spend some time with my parents and I'll also be seeing a doctor there who specializes in chronic Lyme disease - hoping for some direction soon!

I'll be back Wednesday with a fun background technique!
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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Holiday Blitz Tutorial: Christmas Light Favor

Today is the last day of Holiday Blitz - if you've enjoyed these tutorials I hope you'll leave some encouragement for the authors in the comment sections of each tutorial! They work hard to share their ideas in a clear and beautiful way, and it's such a privilege to work with each one.

Today's Holiday Blitz tutorial is this cute Christmas Light Favor - for the photo tutorial Alex uses the Stampin' Up Curvy Keepsakes die, but I created this template for those who don't have the die to work with (just click over to SCS to get the template). I used a white Posca pen to add the highlight.

Thank you for joining us for Holiday Blitz! I'd love to hear your feedback on this year's projects.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Holiday Blitz Tutorial: Pop-Up Presents Card

Today's Holiday Blitz tutorial is such a fun one, and I've been wanting to feature it for a while - I was so thrilled to realize how EASY it is, since foldy projects tend to undo me... :) It's a Pop-Up Presents Card.

This is the front of my card - I had to HAD TO use this gorgeous bird set that my sweet friend Giovana  sent to me - it has been on my Crafter's Companion wish list for so long.  I watercolored the bird with Peerless paints on Canva-Paper - that is a bit different to work on than watercolor paper, and I really like it. It's not really absorbent, so you have a little longer time to work with colors, and they stay so vibrant on the surface.

Here's the inside of the card - isn't that a fun surprise? It's actually just a few simple cuts and scores. So easy.

It's a fun way to use up scraps, too! And it's useful throughout the year for birthdays and other occasions as well.

Join us all this week for beautiful holiday tutorials during our Holiday Blitz event!

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Holiday Blitz Tutorial: Snow Globe Luminary

Today's Holiday Blitz tutorial is a Snow Globe Luminary - Melissa does a wonderful job walking through how to make the globe itself and then how to create a vellum scene inside. The base of the globe holds a battery tea light that lights up the scene with a warm glow. So cute!

I used a few new borders from Impression Obsession's fall/winter die release: Mountain Landscape Layers, Tree Row, Town Scene - and the circle frame die that goes with the Shake-It shaker pouches. The mountain is a little too high up to see, so I'll have to remember that next time. I actually used the negative cut from the mountain for the snow bank in the front.

Here's what the snow globe looks like with the tealight lit - so cute!

Join us all this week for beautiful holiday tutorials during our Holiday Blitz event!

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Holiday Blitz Tutorial: Penguin Favor

Today's Holiday Blitz tutorial is a cute little Penguin Favor made using tag dies and a few other small shaped punches or dies. If you have Stampin' Up's Note Tag punch, you'll love the photo tutorial version of this little project - I didn't have the punch so I used nesting tag dies from Sizzix to show an alternative on the video.

It was a little funny, actually, doing the video because I didn't have any of the punches or shapes recommended... for the beak I used a border die, and the earmuffs are cut using the center of the O from a set of alphabet dies! It's always fun to shop your stash to find things that will work. Hope that gives you ideas for trying this out yourself. :)

These would be so cute as table or desk favors, and they're easy to mass produce your own little penguin colony!


Join us all this week for beautiful holiday tutorials during our Holiday Blitz event!

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