Thursday, May 21, 2015

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Ocean Breeze

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project in a beach theme.


I watercolored this sweet image (Jill) with watercolor markers... I'm playing with two different brands of real-brush markers just for fun - I'll share more info soon! I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens and Akashiya Sai markers with a couple of different techniques.


The background panel was done with Hydrus watercolors on Shizen paper. In the center of my bow is a starfish from the Mini Shell die set, and the frame is a new nested frame die that can be found HERE.


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

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, May 20, 2015

Splitcoast Tutorial: Distress Stain Watercolor

Today's tutorial over on Splitcoast is brought to us by the amazing Heather Telford - she has some beautiful watercolor techniques, and I love it when she shares them with us. This technique is called Distress Stain Watercolor, and it's one of her favorites for inking up stamps directly with Distress Stains, and then blending the ink within the image for a watercolor effect.


I used a new summer image from Impression Obsession called Garden Rose Bouquet, inking it up with the only two Distress Stains I own - Barn Door and Weathered Wood. I'm glad those colors worked! I used the same color markers to deepen the shading in a few areas as well, blending with a water brush.


The background (CAC Thick Chevron) was inked with the same color stains, and lined up with my MISTI... my first attempt was lined up better, but after cutting it to size I stamped over the pattern and didn't like the results. With the cut panel, I couldn't line the stamp up to the edge, So I tried working in the middle of the MISTI instead... and missed. It's straight though... we'll pretend that I meant to have the extra white spaces there, since they give the pattern a little breathing room. The sentiment can be found HERE.


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Monday, May 18, 2015

Brusho Butterfly and updated sale page


Just sharing a card for fun today - this was made with Brusho Crystal Colors and QoR watercolors, and probably a few others things I had in reach! Hard to keep track when I really get going. I created the background first, then stamped the butterfly in... to ink the stamp I sprinkled some Brusho onto my craft sheet, misted to wet the crystals, then laid the stamp into the activated color. The results are similar to a SCS tutorial I'll link to Wednesday, so stay tuned for that!

I pulled paint from the outlines to color in the wings, and used some leftover color from my craft sheet to shade and add details. With the color that was left, I dyed seam binding to match my card.


When the butterfly was dry, I added deeper shading with QoR paints and Distress markers. Here's a link to the stamp at Impression Obsession... I used Script and Splat 1 too. You can see all the new Summer releases HERE! (None from me this time, but please support my fellow artists! The deadline fell during our trip to Indonesia and I just didn't have the soul for a release at the time.)

Watercolor Butterfly

I updated my sale page over the weekend with some supplies - I'll have more to list this week, and maybe some grab boxes with embossing folders, stamps and dies. There's a stamp set on ebay HERE, and my etsy store is updated with necklaces and bracelets HERE.

 Last week it felt good to get back into a school and work routine... I can't tell you how this unsettledness has affected me!
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Friday, May 15, 2015

Mix-Ability - Just Beachy!

This week's Mix-Ability challenge is to add some sparkle to a beach-themed project! I have a cute little box full of new Summer releases from Impression Obsession (you can see the full release on their site HERE!)


I chose the Beach Wreath image and watercolored it with my QoR watercolors, adding sparkle with a Wink of Stella brush.


The base of my card is made of leftover gel print strips from my ATC project a few weeks ago.


Come play along!
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Splitcoast Tutorial: Keurig K-Cup Holder

This week's tutorial on Splitcoast is one that has been requested several times - it's a sweet little caddy that holds 2 Keurig K-Cups! I don't have K-Cups so I modified the template and made a little holder for essential oils instead, cutting 3 smaller circles instead of 2.


My holder is decorated with die cuts - I cut the Grass Border and Hollyhocks from Canva-Paper and colored them with Distress Markers. The sentiment is a new one from the summer release. Across the front I added a snip of trim that I bought in Indonesia... I'm hoarding this stuff! It's just so pretty.


I've really appreciated the benefits of these oils over the last months...if you're ever curious about essential oils and would like info, or you'd like to enjoy my wholesale discount, just let me know! I'm happy to help and to share, and I place an order monthly.


What could you tuck in a cute little caddy this week?
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Monday, May 11, 2015

ATC Fold Over Box and retreat pictures

Just wanted to share another of the projects we made at the retreat, and some more pictures just for fun... this is a Fold Over Box but resized so that an Inchie Arts matboard ATC can be used as the cover (measurements are HERE).


In the class we used Color Burst Watercolor Powder to create our own designer paper for the box sides and base, and then used Color Burst and Peerless paints for a no-line watercolor technique on the box top. The seam binding was dyed with Color Burst as well... this can't be washed, but for cards and other altered projects, the color is so vibrant!


Here are some more pictures from the retreat!


Eager attendees, ready to start stamping! There were 100 ladies at the retreat, divided into 4 groups, and they rotated through 4 very different classes.


My class was the messy one!


We started with an info session on Color Burst and then everyone had their own chance to get messy and play. It was a lot of fun!





I shared the tree card the other day - everyone's samples were beautiful!



Here are all the retreat instructors together - Angelica Turner, me, Peggy Jo Ackley and Karen Lockhart of Pink Ink Stamps, and Sharon Caudle.




 So much fun!


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Saturday, May 09, 2015

Mix-ability - Texture... and an art swap!

This week's Mix-Ability challenge is to create texture in a mixed media piece... here's mine! I'm in an artists' swap group on Facebook, and I signed up for a coffee theme small canvas swap - I've already received my partner's artwork and this is the piece I'll be sending her way. This was so much fun! I'm wanting to paint more this year and maybe sell some smaller pieces (...?), and I thought creating small pieces to trade would give me courage to paint and break the urge to keep everything. :)


This is a 6 inch canvas - I started with a base layer of brushed acrylic paint and then stenciled and stamped to build texture in the background. When I liked the depth, I sketched the outline of the mug and painted around it with the darker brown wash, then added white highlights, steam, and shading to the mug.


The lilac was done with a small "scruffy brush" - it's a One-Stroke paint brush from a former life... :) I added the ladybug in with Derwent Graphik Line Painters... these are a fine tip acrylic paint pen, and they're great for detail work.


Speaking of lilacs... I got to see a billion of them growing in Judy's side yard on our way back to California! So sweet to meet her *finally* after years of friendship online.


Come play with the MIX crew!


Thursday, May 07, 2015

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Summer Fun

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project that showcases our summer stamps and dies.


I thought I'd share a card I made at last weekend's Great Yosemite Stamp Escape - I had the honor of teaching a class showcasing some watercolor techniques, and 2 watercolor mediums - Color Burst Watercolor Powder and Peerless Watercolor sheets.


This card was made using the Tree Frame die, which was debossed into a piece of watercolor paper. On the back side of the card, I used a white crayon to rub over the raised outlines, creating a wax resist for my watercoloring.


The trunk of the tree was painted with Peerless paints, and then I used yellow, green, and blue Color Burst for the leafy areas, spritzing with water to let the colors blend and move. The grass was painted with the extra paint that fell onto the taped edges.


The swing stamp can be found HERE and the sentiment HERE.


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!

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Splitcoast Tutorial - Faux Tin Tiles

It's my turn to provide a tutorial over on Splitcoast - this week's tutorial is on making Faux Tin Tiles - these are great for adding a vintage look to a card front or an altered project, and you can make them with supplies you already have at home!

I used a larger tile for a vintage sewing-themed card - the dress form is from My Favorite Things and the sentiment I used is from an unmounted House Mouse set.


With some smaller tiles, I altered a wooden picture frame that I had purchased at Goodwill - I'm always looking out for alterables there.


The smaller tiles are fun to work with, and can be embossed a few at a time. So fun!


Hope you'll try this technique out!
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Friday, May 01, 2015

Great Yosemite Stamp Escape

Kits are packed, samples are made, ATCs are ready to trade, and I'm on my way to the Great Yosemite Stamp Escape today!! I'm so honored to be teaching this weekend at this amazing retreat - we're looking forward to the setting, too. We'll see what kind of a beautiful mess we can make with Color Burst...



Here's a peek at the ATCs that I'll be trading - with over 100 of these to make, I was never more thankful for my Gelli Plate and MISTI! How were we stamping without these?


I'll be back next week with retreat pictures and a fun mixed media tutorial - have a great weekend!
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