Wednesday, September 17, 2014


You'll loooove today's tutorial over at Splitcoast - it's a cute little peek-a-boo box that holds 2 Cadbury Creme Eggs... for a fun Halloweeen twist, Deb wraps hers up in gauze so they look like tiny mummies. So. Cute. Go peek!

To go along with the Halloween treat theme, here's a card I made for CHA - the Halloween Bucket was super fun to color, using my Touch Twin Markers. The colors I used are below. Just a hint for shading multicolored images like this - add shading and shadows first using different shades of grey. When you color over the shading, it will all blend together and into your main colors, and you won't have to worry about switching colors around to get a fluid shadow line. Also - a Sakura Glaze Pen works well to resist  alcohol markers in those tiny spots you don't want ink to bleed into, and to add glossy highlights to your colored work. I love mine!

These are the markers I used:

I'm ready for FALL! It's been 10 years since we experienced an American fall season. It's my favorite, and I've missed it. My husband's been reffing youth and high school football, and is enjoying that so much.

Speaking of falls... on Monday my daughter was running at a friend's house and dislocated her kneecap - we spent the rest of the evening at the ER. Thankfully she's extremely tough and it was an easy fix.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Power Poppy post

I'm hanging out over on the Power Poppy blog today... come and visit to learn some of my tips and tricks for making the project below! See you there!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Mix-Ability challenge: Scribble Resist

Today's Mix-Ability challenge over at Splitcoast is to scribble bright colors with crayon or oil pastel, then saturate the paper with dark paint or inks. I had a lot of fun experimenting on my card, and came up with a new technique in the process! Here's my card:

The tree outline is actually a new die from Impression Obsession. You can see the template in the photos below... it's a frame die, and it's sized for an A2 card front. I debossed the die outline into watercolor paper by running it through my Big Shot on Tab 1, with the embossing pad underneath.

My coloring was done on the back side of the watercolor panel. I started by rubbing a white oil pastel over the raised outline, then scribbling some fall colors over the leafy area of the tree.

I spritzed the full panel with water and dropped reinkers into the water with a wet brush. The oil pastel resisted the ink, so the colors show through, and the raised outline created boundaries for the color as well.

I love how the color spilled into the border as well. Here's what it looked like as it was drying...

...and a couple of closer looks at the finished piece. I splattered a little bronze paint over the panel and lightly rubbed with some orange Inka Gold before trimming the panel with scissors.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Splitcoast Tutorial: Detailed Dies

Today's tutorial over on Splitcoast is full of tips for cutting with detailed and intricate dies. If your die cutting looks like this...... you just might want to check it out. :)

Before you get any ideas and ask for a tutorial or something, that's not the look that I was going for! It's just a pretty mess from a cut that didn't work. :)  Here's the die I used... This snowflake design is beautifully intricate - it's actually 4 snowflakes that nest together perfectly.

Large Snowflake Die - Impression Obsession

Here's the card I made.

My focal panel is a gel print that was done using kids' plastic texture plates and acrylic paint. I cut the die from the panel, then backed the entire panel and opening with a double-sided adhesive sheet from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Instead of replacing the full die cut, I just replaced two of the layers. To get them into place, I inserted them back into the die one at a time, aligned the die with the negative cut, then pressed the pieces into the adhesive. I rubbed ECD's Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter into the exposed adhesive areas to finish off the layer. Sooooo very sparkly!

Hope you'll read Lori's tutorial for all her die cutting tips and tricks!
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Monday, September 08, 2014

More Clearly Ourselves

Here's another card I made for my Mix-Ability challenge to doodle with your non-dominant hand - I started off with a Sharpie in my right hand, and scratched out the basic flower petals and centers then watercolored some freehand blooms using Shinhan Premium Watercolors.

There are several layers of color, including some done with Distress Markers, acrylic paint, and an alcohol marker. I swiped a script stamp through my watercolor palette and stamped into the background as well.

Once I was done painting, I added more permanent marker lines with my right hand, and then added some clear glaze lines with my right hand as well - here's an angled shot so you can see them - they don't show up straight on.

This quote is one of my stamps from Impression Obsession called More Clearly Ourselves. Speaking of coming into our own... here are a couple of childhood pictures I found at my parents' house... seems my artist roots go deep! :)

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Friday, September 05, 2014

Mix-Ability - nondominant hand doodling

It's my turn to host the Mix-Ability challenge this week! I'm pushing everyone out of their comfort zones this week... the challenge is to add some doodles to your mixed-media project using your non-dominant hand. I read an article recently where the author talks about using the non-dominant hand "to silence our inner critic" - in her exercise she outlined images with her left hand, and found that instead of drawing from memory she was really forced to look at the actual objects she was drawing. That helped her to really see the object, and let go of her usually 'programmed' process. Interesting!

I didn't draw an outlined image on my card but I did add some gold highlights to the petals of a debossed poinsettia. I am a recovering perfectionist, and I loved the looseness that I was able to achieve with my right hand on these lines.

Here's the full card - the poinsettia outline was made with a gorgeous new die from Penny Black, which I debossed into a Fabriano watercolor card. I used watercolors to layer color into the outline until I got the effect I wanted.

More shading and shadows were added with a water-soluble graphite pencil. To add more texture to the background, I flicked a waterbrush over the tip of the graphite pencil, and also rolled a roll of drywall tape  through some wet graphite and then onto the card.

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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Beautiful Stamped Backgrounds

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project with a stamped background. I have a beautiful stack of prints made with my Gelli Plate, and one in particular that I wanted to use with snowflakes and snow scenes. After being away from my desk for 2 weeks, I got carried away and made 3 cards with that background!

On this card, I embossed Crochet Snowflake 1 and Vintage Tassel Snowflake with white powder. For the grid texture, I rolled my roll of drywall tape over a Versamark pad, rolled it over my background and then embossed with the same powder. Here's a closer look:

The sentiment is from a clear set called Mini Messages.

My second card was done using the Fir Tree Border die and one of the circles from the Snowman Set set for the moon - I cut the background directly using the dies, embossed with a Sizzix folder, then replaced the images with white cardstock cuts. To add the glitter, I used the negative cut as a stencil, sponged Versamark ink from the top of each outline, then used sticky embossing powder to adhere glitter from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

One more! I cut stencil film using the Large Snowflake die, then used those cuts as masks on the Gelli Plate. This piece was the ghost print. I debossed the Sled die on Neenah cardstock and used Twinkling H2Os to color the scene. I used a pearlescent paint to do the sky area - it looks greenish straight on, but purple at an angle. It's so pretty in the light! The snow is dotted acrylic paint, applied with a large stylus and sprinkled with glitter.

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

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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