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.
Thanks for stopping by!

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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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Splitcoast Tutorial: Shining Spheres

 This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is called Shining Spheres - our author shares her tips for shading with ink to create bubbles, planets, pearls, or whatever spherical item you choose! It's so easy, too!


I thought I'd try some bubbles in an underwater scene...  I used Memento Luxe for the white ink, and black Memento for the shading. In hindsight I wish I'd used a color that matched the cardstock - so keep that in mind if you use a base color other than black.


I stamped the mermaid on the card base so I would have the details in place, then stamped her on ivory cardstock to color and fussy cut. Also... is that teeny jellyfish not the cutest thing ever...?


I stamped some more 'bubbles' (they're supposed to be water or oil droplets, but why not?) and then added some drops of hot glue for more dimension.

Stamps I used: Splash, Water Waves, Bitty Blocks - Cool, Drops

Looking forward to see what you make! Be sure to share!
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Art Print: Moments

I'm on my way to my mom's today, and tomorrow we'll celebrate my Granny's life - you can read a little about her HERE... she was an amazing woman and I'm so humbled and grateful to be hers and to have inherited some of her qualities. She touched so many lives with her faith, her music and teaching, her creativity, and her generosity.


When I was up for a visit in March, I visited with Granny for the last time along with my Mom, and while they sat together I took a couple of pictures with my phone... I used one as the reference for this painting. It was a sweet and tender moment that I'll never forget.


Just a few pictures of the painting process... it's always fun to see things come together as each layer of color is added in. If you enjoy watercoloring this way, a tip - I find it really helpful to open the reference photo in my photo editor and use the "Decrease Color Depth" function - this gives kind of a topographical color map and really helps with visualizing shading and layers. The sample below shows 16 color levels.


More layers of color, and the details of Mom's skirt - Granny loved making quilts, so I'm glad that motif is in there. In this layer you can also see the stamped sheet music - it's not as visible in the final painting, but I wanted to be sure it was in there. :)


One of the final pictures - I think I went one shade darker after this.


As usual, prints will be available this week for preorder, if you'd like to share the print with a caregiver, a hospice worker or someone who loves someone in their later years of life. Prints will be 5"x7" and will be $12 + shipping.... I'll have to time the order around our move (more about that soon!), but I'm open for preorders now. Other prints are in stock, and all can be ordered HERE.

Have a great week! I'll check in when I can!
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