Monday, December 22, 2014

House Mouse hop

Here's another fun card for this week's Mix-Ability challenge - another love of mine is music, and I've had so much fun singing and playing the piano on our church's worship team while we've been here in the States! Since I'm a strong introvert, some people are surprised that I have that side to me but I love the team aspect and the ability to express myself musically.


This sweet House Mouse image is from a discontinued unmounted set from Joanna Sheen. It's watercolored with my new favorite QoR watercolors . The background panel was a gel print from my stash.



Have a beautiful week!
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Mix-Ability Challenge: Holiday Tree Selfie

To count down to Christmas, Lisa from Inchie Arts invited a few designers to contribute to her Twelve Trees of Christmas blog series... I've been wanting to use this Pooh stamp so I watercolored it earlier in the week on a white matboard ATC.


This week's Mix-Ability challenge is to use an image that represents you at Christmas, and I thought this would be a perfect fit. I adore Winnie the Pooh, and this year treated myself to some hard-to-find ornaments to decorate my own tiny Pooh tree. I love the teamwork going on in this image too - so very sweet.


The image is painted with QoR watercolors and a tiny nail art brush. I mounted the ATC on a 4" canvas panel that I had kept near my Gelli Plate while printing - here's another one from the same series. I love these little canvases and they're super cheap to buy in bulk. I sealed the ATC with a spray fixative and then with a coating of MicroGlaze.


One more little detail... I inherited some earrings from my Granny that are beautiful, but I can't wear them because of an allergy. I saved out some focal ones that I thought would make nice additions to my mixed media projects - I used one of those in the side decoration with the florals. I love that! There are a few little snips of burlap ribbon from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store in there too. This one's for me.


Here are a few pictures of my little Pooh tree - it's actually a rosemary tree that my husband picked out - so fun!




Have a wonderful weekend! Christmas is coming!
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Last Minute Holiday Gifts

It's our last challenge of the year, and the Impression Obsession team is sharing ideas for a last minute holiday gift item. Gift cards are always a great last-minute go-to, and creative presentation is always a plus.


 I used the Gift Card Insert 1 die to add some slits to a Mitten die cut - it's a great fit for this larger die. I'm actually a huge fan of gift cards since I'm insanely practical... I think the gift of allowing someone to shop for exactly what they want or need is incredibly thoughtful. I also love the challenge of spending those cards down to the last penny. :)



To create a cuff for the mitten, I turned the die around and created a sort of rectangle.


I cut two Large Bows and trimmed the tails off for the decoration. I also used the Button set (threaded with paper strips) and the Pine Pair dies.



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!! For those who join us regularly - we'd love to express our thanks for your support, and we wish you a very merry Christmas! We can't wait to show you all the new stamp designs coming in 2015!
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Splitcoast Tutorial: Faux Stamped Leather

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a fun technique called Faux Stamped Leather - it recreates the look of debossed leather using cardstock, a stylus, and sponged inks.


Instead of stamping a solid image, I used a holly stencil from Penny Black and filled in the image with a sepia Pitt marker. I sponged chalk inks onto the panel after tracing the outline with a stylus. I love the rustic look! This technique can be taken to another level too - check out Melissa's scenic card here! Amazing.



Hope you'll try this out!
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Monday, December 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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Saturday, December 13, 2014

The beauty of community

It's been just a little over a year since I joined the Splitcoast team - that's hard to believe! It's been a year full of learning and growth, of mentoring and being mentored, of forward motion, teamwork, creativity and friendship. Working with people is fascinating, and so often brings the opportunity to build someone else up - to encourage creativity or to bring a new perspective.


One aspect of my job is to answer the 'Ask the Artist' questions that come through the site.  Some questions come from members, and some from non-members on a search for information via another site. We answer all these questions, and it's a lot of fun. Some of the answers are posted in our weekly newsletters so others can benefit from the information. Some people are starstruck and surprised that we actually answer. :)

Last week we had a question about a card in the gallery that was found via Pinterest - it was a music themed card, and it particularly touched the heart of one 84-year-old concert pianist full of life and songs and I can only imagine how many stories... I offered to connect her with the creator of the card to inquire if she still had it to purchase. I feel so blessed to be a part of that connection, which had a happy ending - a very similar card sent as a gift from the heart in spite of some difficult life circumstances. That is community, the beautiful glue that connects our group of creative souls together.


I'm sending this card to each of these lovely ladies, since I happen to have both their addresses! This stamp was a chance find on ebay - I love collecting the Stampa Rosa House Mouse stamps, and this was a rare stamp of the month at a rare discount! They're getting harder and harder to find at reasonable prices, but I love a good challenge.

Encourage someone today!
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Splitcoast Tutorial: Snowman Shelf Sitter

I had fun working on this week's tutorial for you - this is a fun little snowman card that can be mailed in a standard envelope, but sits up in an easel formation to decorate the edge of a shelf or holiday display. I think the die cut present could be switched out for a small box or a gift card envelope, too.


I made the above sample for the photo tutorial - there's a printable template that can be used as a guide for choosing dies, or cut out to use as a pattern. Below you can see how the front folds to sit the snowman up.


I'd love to see more of these in the gallery - they're so fun to make!
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Monday, December 08, 2014

Stampers' charm necklaces

I'm hiding away making projects for CHA display boards, but last week I took some time to work on a jewelry order. I have 4 extra charm necklaces that are themed for paper crafters tucked away in my etsy store. If you're still looking for a Christmas gift for a stamper on your list, take a peek! Here are a couple of them so you can see the charms on each.




I'm waiting on charms to make a few more prayer themed ones - if you'd be interested in one, keep an eye on the store!





Back to work!

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Saturday, December 06, 2014

Mix-Ability - Inchies!


This week's Mix-Ability challenge was to play with Inchies - I just happen to have a few of those laying around! ;)  I also get to give you a peek at a brand new stamp from Impression Obsession's Valentine release! Here's my card...


I started by coloring the rose stamp on Neenah paper with my Touch Twin Markers, then used the Sizzix GridWorks die to cut the image into precise 7/8" squares. I layered those onto black matboard Inchies from Inchie Arts and reassembled the image. I'll confess that took me a while, and I almost called in my 10-year-old for support.


This background was an experiment with PanPastels, Versamark ink, and an embossing folder... I inked up the folder with the Versamark ink then applied the PanPastels after embossing. I stamped lightly over the image after it was sealed to just stamp a script background on the raised areas of the panel.

If you love Inchie Arts products and would like to see them in your local art supply, stamp, or scrapbooking store, stop by their site for more information!

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: CAS Holiday Cards

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a clean and simple project with a holiday theme.


I haven't brought myself to make Christmas cards this year... I have a hard time with mass-production... but if I do pull something together, the cards will be similar to these.


I used some backgrounds from my stash of gel prints as the base, which I embossed then lightly sanded. (I do have quite a lot of those, so each card would be unique... it's almost like not mass production, right? Almost.)


I cut a simple die cut image from white cardstock to lay over the background - all I had to piece in was the cutout inside the halo. The sentiment was stamped in Versafine ink.


This is the die I used, which is one of my designs from the latest release.
Manger

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.
Thanks for stopping by!