Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Splitcoast Tutorial: Plaid Backgrounds

This week's tutorial is all about Plaid Backgrounds! Our author, Beverly Stewart, is a teacher, and she's sort of fearless in her invitation to experiment and play. Here's the sample I made...


This is also a peek at a new stamp from Impression Obsession, coming soon in their Fall/Winter release. I have some fun new stamps coming as well, quite a few with a fishing theme, which will be so useful in our new home near the lake!


I made my background using Zig Clean Color markers and Pilot Fountain Pens - I love the way these write! I would have rather used a wider brush to blend, but those were packed at the time I was working... I'll definitely have to revisit this when I can unpack a bit.

Hope you'll give this a try!

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Monday, July 25, 2016

On the move! and some selfies...

Just wanted to check in! I mentioned last week that we would be packing up and heading to Missouri as planned.... what wasn't planned was a little hospital stay and appendectomy! I truly didn't see that coming, but I'm thankful for a good, quick recovery and the timing... I can't imagine what would have happened if I'd needed emergency surgery away from home.


It may have been a little crazy to travel cross country 2 days post op... here's my hospital selfie.... eek...



...but I was able to rest well in the car, and got by with a little help from my friends... ;) So we are in Missouri now - still between houses but we have been blessed with a place to stay until we can find a temporary rental and get things moving on the house. God keeps providing for us, and we are so grateful!

I made this card for an upcoming challenge in our Dare To Get Dirty event - it starts soon! The stamps I used are from Art Impressions (girl), Honey Bee Stamps (map and icons), and Impression Obsession (word stamp - and the die is theirs as well).

If you're a Fan Club member, come see what we're doing this week! If not... why not? :)

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Hello Sunshine

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project using warm colors.


For my card, I embossed my Sky Sketch image in white, then watercolored around the clouds and sun with QoR paints. Using a negative coloring technique, I added some more clouds to the background by coloring 'outside the lines'. I love the depth that adds - I'll work on a tutorial soon.



The sentiment is called Strength Hope Blessings.

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
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, July 20, 2016

Splitcoast Tutorial: Bow Easy Basics

For this week's tutorial over on Splitcoast, I decided to focus on a tool I know many people have and don't use... the Bow-Easy. One of the things I love to do is to help people get acquainted with and USE the products that they've purchased... so I hope this simple tutorial will be helpful to you. I created both right handed and left handed versions of the video, so there are no excuses! USE that thing. :)



In the video I show how to make a single bow and double bow, and then how to use a fork for making teeny tiny bows. I featured some stamps from Purple Onion Designs, just for fun... I love the designs by Stacy Yacula... just so cute.


If you're looking for a Bow Easy tool, my friend Sharon at the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store has them HERE or you can find them on Etsy HERE.

Have a great week! I am on the move and off the grid for a little while... I have some posts scheduled and will check in when I can.
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Thursday, July 14, 2016

ColorBox 4-Color ATCs

I saved this little project for today - I thought the small format of the mini pads would be great for inking up 4 stamps at once in different colors, so I lined up these 4 little banners in my MISTI and inked them up at the same time!


I cut out each one and lined them up with some twine on matching ATCs - I think we'll take these to hide at Costco... you just never know who might need an affirming thought to make it through the day. :)


This is the summer color set - it reminds me of those 4-color click pens. Great standard set!


The spring selection is all pastel colors...


...and fall has some nice jewel and earth tones.

That's all I know! If these inkpads intrigue you, come over to the review for more info!
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Cute, Colorful and Compact!

Today we're featuring a product review on Splitcoaststampers centering on this new "Cute Colorful and Compact" ink line from Clearsnap! The inkpads house 4 mini pads in seasonal collections, with the idea of using them in planners. The inks are fast-drying and permanent when dry - they're ColorBox Premium Dye Inks, which are foam pads, and super vibrant.


I decided to focus on this Fall collection, and think a little outside the box. To start, I lined up 4 mini banner stamps in my MISTI and was able to ink and stamp them all at once for a color swatch... I used the banners for some ATCs I'll share tomorrow!

Dye inks are great for watercoloring since they're water soluble, and with the 4 mini pads, it was easy to make a quick palette. This is a cheap tile I got at Home Depot. (You can see the brown ink reacted a little differently there - I'm not sure why that was, but I was still able to use it for watercoloring.)


I stamped my Lenten Rose image several times around the edge of a 4" Art Square from Inchie Arts, then watercolored using the inks and building up layers


The mini pads can also be used to ink a background stamp - moving the inkpad from side to side a little as I inked, I was able to ink up a background stamp for the card below, and then squeak out 2 more impressions. A quick mist added some interest and color movement to the background.


I  swiped the blue inkpad across a piece of smooth cardstock for the die cut bird and banner.

For more projects and thoughts on these new inkpads, I hope you'll visit us Wednesday over at Splitcoast!

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Impression Obsession - new dies!

Today the Impression Obsession designers are showing off some new dies - hop along for a peek and a chance to win! You'll find all the details listed at the IO Blog, and a list of designers below. All of the new dies you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW!


I used 3 new die sets for this card - Patchwork Elephant, the balloon from Patchwork Elements, and a couple of pieces from the Patchwork Sheep. The die cut pieces are cut from watercolor paper and lightly watercolored using Zig Clean Color markers.


Here is a closer look at the sheep parts I used... the larger cloud is a negative cut - that's the sheep's body, and the smaller cloud is his little fluffy head piece. That body piece could be a tree or shrub, and the feet can be little banners, clips, or photo turns! It's fun to think outside the box.


The balloons were watercolored and shaded using the markers. I mixed a couple of colors to make a warm grey and used that to add a some curves in a couple of places to make the balloons look a little transparent. The sentiment is from my Warm Fuzzies clear set - I reach for this set so much!

So off you go -- the hop starts with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST. Remember, the more blogs you visit, the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate! No need to comment on the Impression Obsession Blog to enter. Comment entries will be open until 9pm CT on Thursday July 14th and all winners will be announced Friday July 15th.
Good luck!

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

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Ooh Baby!

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project with a baby theme.


This has always been my favorite baby stamp (Baby Shoes)... I watercolored it using QoR paints on a 3 inch white Art Square from Inchie Arts.


I used a sentiment from my Life Stuff clear set then embellished the panel with a double bow and a die cut pacifier from the new Baby die set. (Have you seen the new baby dies?! They're all HERE - come back on Monday and you'll see them showcased by the team!)


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
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.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Splitcoast Tutorial: Stamp Selfies

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is such a fun one - Amy Lee is sharing how she makes her Stamp Selfie cards! I love her idea that stamp images have their own secret lives - hers went on a little vacation to London! So cute.


I skipped some steps from the tutorial and just used the negative cut from my frame die rather than cutting and masking a full panel - that works for me, and makes the boundaries easy to determine. This die is from Impression Obsession - it's a cute little set with photo corners as well.


I built my simple scene with the Seaside Wishes set from Sugar Pea Designs, and colored it with Coloursoft pencils. The little die cut "clips" are actually... wait for it...


Sheep feet! 


These cards are lots of fun - if you don't have a frame die, just find a rectangle die and a square die that can nest inside, and cut them at the same time. Hope you'll try it!
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Monday, July 04, 2016

Happy 4th!

Hope you are enjoying this day! I'm just enjoying the thought of celebrating freedom... the freedom we enjoy in our country, and the freedom of two special people in my life who are now free from the pain and burden of age and illness.


I made this card when I was working on the Starburst Background tutorial - this was one of my practice panels. The silhouette image is from my summer release - it's called Flag Crew Silhouette. The sentiment is from my Life Stuff Sentiments set, and the dies are HERE. I don't remember where the veneer sequins came from but they're so cute... I think they were a freebie with an order at some point.


Have a safe and wonderful day!
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