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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Stamp Simply #98 - Lovely Lace!

Stamp Simply #98 - July 31 - ssnotime98 - today’s challenge is "Lovely Lace". Sharon says we need to incorporate some kind of lace on our card... could even be a punch, sticker or a stamp that looks like lace. Upload your project to Splitcoast and use the keyword "ssnotime98". Head to Sharon's blog No Time to Stamp to see her lace creation for today and get all the details for the challenge.
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Please check out the great samples for the
Stamp Simply Challenge today on the blogs of these totally creative designers: Rose Ann Reynolds - July's Guest Designer, Jennifer, AJ, Tammy, Barbara, Julie and Deb.
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I liked how this card turned out, it's different looking for me. I used a variation of last week's Mojo Monday sketch with the three panels in the background. I Stamped Simply in black and used a red Copic to high light in the letters of "Greetings". My lace is narrow so I added four strips of it to the bottom of the card to make it a little more prominent. I also glued it to the back of the oval under my sentiment, with just the little fringe part hanging out. since it was pretty narrow and thin, it was easy to manipulate to go around the oval. I dressed up the sentiment with lots of Nestie layers, I one of the scallop layers I added an adhesive gold nailhead to every other scallop edge. I finished it off with a few little doodles (imagine that) and some buttons along the lace edge.
  • Stamps: Season's Greetings # 117804-DX by Coronado Island
  • Paper: DP by Graphic 45 Botanicabella Collection # 4500046 (Holly on one side, Greenery on the flip side), Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Red, Gold
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Other: Gold Adhesive Nailheads, Copics/ABS, Buttons by Basic Grey, Misc Lace, Gold Gel Pen, Spellbinder's Petite Ovals, Black Micron Pen

Monday, July 27, 2009

A Ghostly Greeting!

Yep.... the Halloween bug has bitten me. I love making Halloween cards, I just love the funky fun colors you can get away with using all in combination together. This is another preview of an image from Impression Obsession's new Fall Collection.... available on August 1st. I colored everything with Copics. On the swirly ghost I used Angel Wings Shimmerz... It totally shimmerz and shines in person, but not in my pictures. I added the little crooked fence punch and tucked the circle in behind it. I highlighted the word Haunting and added some Shimmerz over that too. I used some pinking scissors to create the jagged edge along the sentiment. A little cuttlebug action in the background, and a few blingy jewels.... Finished card is 5 1/2" Square.
  • Stamps: All stamps by Impression Obsession- Ghost # F2356, A Haunting # B7306
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Misc. DP, Purple, Orange, Black, Kiwi Kiss Green, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Shimmerz White, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, Jewels, Copics, Metallic Silver Gel Pen, Yellow Souffle Pen, Spellbinder's Classic Circles, Matha Stewart Fence Punch, Pinking Scissors, White Gel Pen

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Monarch Buterfly

This was a fun card, I enjoyed just coloring the image. I thought I had done pretty well putting colors in the right places to make it look like a Monarch... I knew I had some Graphic 45 paper with butterflies on it too, so I planned on pairing that paper up with this stamp. I found the paper I was thinking of.... my butterfly colors looked not quite like the Monarch butterflies in the paper. In fact they were so different enough that they would have clashed!!! So I had to change direction!
I created the background using a Cuttlebug Folder, embossing a piece of Brown card stock. I used my mini brayer to add Copper ink over the raised portions. I used my finger to rub the ink around, adding a hint of ink in the debossed areas too. Then I coated the panel with Clear embossing powder.... resulting in a shiny look. I think you can see it better if you enlarge the close up pic. Since I had some shine going on in the background I added some Crystal Lacquer randomly over my butterfly image. I also used it to fill in the depressed area of the Copper tag. The addition of the Copper tag and Copper photo holder pieces was to play in the Belli Challenge #70, which called for the use of metal tags. I have been enjoying a range of new challenges as they really help me to pull out all sorts of products and techniques that I need a reminder to use.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

OCC Sketch Challenge - Seashell Symphony

This week our July hostess, ME, has challenged the OCC and YOU with a Sketch Challenge...

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We also have a guest designer with us this week. Please welcome the very talented Kecia Hicks with an adorable card for the Sketch Challenge posted on the OCC and her blog. You can find Kecia's awesome designs on her blog Stamping Deets . Thanks Kecia for joining us for this week's sketch challenge!

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This week as a treat for playing in the Challenge, we have a $25 gift certificate up for grabs from Impression Obsession that will be awarded to someone that joins in this week's challenge. Just to let you know Impression Obsession will have all new Fall and Holiday images on the IO store web site starting August 1st.... just in time for the winner to get some brand new rubber!

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So please join us, get your stamps and Go Get Inky! For a close up view on the OCC's great projects for this week please visit the OCC Ladies on their blogs -Silke Ledlow, Cindy Haffner, Jennifer Meyer, Frances Byrne, Vicki Garrett, Loretta Lock and Joycelyn Turner.

------------------------Since it was my Sketch Challenge this week -- I figured I better get it right and not flub any details of the sketch! LOL! I printed it out and had it on the desk -- and still -- I goof it up! The three bars on my card are all scrunched up near the top, in the sketch above and all the other OCC samples they are all nice and evenly spaced out! The adhesive on the little tiles was not going to be moved with out some damage.... so once again I messed the sketch up! My OWN sketch!!! Geez!

The inspiration for this card totally came from the Bo Bunny Paper in this pic! I LOVE it! I knew I wanted to use these images from Impression Obsession... and then I found this paper in the stash.... I don't know if shells are this color in nature or not, but I was gonna use this FAB paper!!! I created the background paper on the Oval and Sentiment Strip by stamping one of the new background stamps from IO using River Rock, just adding a little subtle texture. I sponged some River Rock and Versafine Brown along the edges, then roughed the edges up using my scissors edge. I stamped the shell image in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored using Copics, choosing colors that coordinated with the DP. I added a little bit of gold gel pen on the shell, just adding some small dots along the edges to bring the gold in to my image since I was using it in the layers. I also highlighted some of the lines in the shell using a clear glaze pen, which is hard to see, enlarge the pics for a better look. The shell is cut out and popped on the oval. I added some little jute string, my doodles and these fab little adhesive mosaic pieces to finish it up. The finished card is 5x7.

  • Stamps: All Stamps by Impression Obsession - Sentiment "Listen" #D4368, Nautilus Shell # F4345, Cover a Card Background Stamp "Fluff" # CC014
  • Ink: Versafine Brown, Memento Tuxedo Black, River Rock
  • Paper: DP by Bo Bunny "Beautiful Life" # 12BL967, Gold, Rusty Brown, Ivory, Neenah Classic Solar Crest White
  • Other: Copics, Mosiac Adhesive Tiles, Brown Micron Pen, Pearls, Skinny Jute String from Sharon, Gold Gel Pen, Clear Glaze Pen, Spellbinders Oval Nesties

Friday, July 24, 2009

Stamp Simply #97 - Get Fruity!

Stamp Simply #97 - July 24 - ssnotime97 - today’s challenge is "Fruit of the Vine". Sharon says we need to get fruity, incorporating an image or paper that is fruit themed. Upload your project to Splitcoast and use the keyword "ssnotime97". Head to Sharon's blog No Time to Stamp to see her creation for today and get all the details for the challenge.
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Please check out the great samples for the Stamp Simply Challenge today on the blogs of these totally creative designers: Rose Ann Reynolds - July's Guest Designer, Janine, Jennifer, AJ, Tammy, Barbara, Julie and Deb.
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I have a lot of fruit stamps, all very clean, too clean, meaning this was a great challenge to make me pull them out and ink something up! I won't tell you how many pear stamps I have, or how many have never seen ink. Yikes, it's not often I can shock myself, but I have a few!!! I colored the pear and the words with Copics, adding a little airbrushing around the edges with a Copic W3. The Pear Words background I inked up with Kiwi Kiss, then tapped a little brown on it too before stamping. The striped background is cuttlebugged, then inked with Brown using my mini brayer which only gets ink on the embossed portions, then I edged the embossed lines with a white gel pen. I fussed it up with some buttons and embellishments. Finished card size is 6" square.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

a HOT little love note....

This has to just make you smile! You're Hot, heeeheeee!!!! Everything is colored with Copics. I used Copics to add the color around the Nesties too for a quick and easy border. A little soft airbrushing on the main image and doodles all around the card panels. I hardly ever use a white panel in the background, I think it makes everything really stand out with the bright white. I added a few strips of ribbon, then used some skinny jute string and the Bow Easy Tool to make my little bow, securing it through the image panel using some eyelets. I added some Spica Sparkle to the hot little heart, then coated with Crystal Lacquer. Finished card size is 5" Square.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Trick or Treat Tuesday!

That's right, I'm posting a Halloween card in July. I have had a blast making samples with Impression Obsession's new releases. All of the new releases will be available on August 1st. I love that we can go ahead and share some ahead of time. I thought this crow image would be really fun to dress up with bling. I added a hint of Shimmerz gold paint to the leaves and the stars. The large moon and all the small crescent moons I also coated with Shimmerz Angel Wings White, then I added a coat of Crystal Lacquer over that. You can still the Shimmer thru the Lacquer. The ribbon was white and black, I just used a Copic to change the color to fit the card. Lots of little doodles here and there to edge everything as well as a little strip of rainbow tape. Final card size is 5 1/2" Square.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Green Eyes and Whiskers!

I found a new Challenge site called, Ready - Set - Stamp.... I saw my IO DT pal Dina's card for the challenge and when the first item of the challenge called for a cat image - -well, I was sold. So an interesting thing about this new Challenge site -- they specifically say NO cute cards! I seem to be doing lots of cute lately, so good for me to get out of the cute stuff for a day. Also, packed in to this challenge was a new technique for me! I'm stepping out of the box all over the place today!
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So the challenge was five parts as follows:

  1. The theme was "Cat"
  2. You had to use Black and Gold
  3. You had to use three different (shape or color) brads
  4. You had to use a Faux Batik Technique - They have a tutorial with pics on how it's done.
  5. You had to use a Book page or Newsprint

I have always wanted to try this technique, but as it calls for the use of an Iron, it was not high on the list for me. I had to hunt the iron down. My DH actually knew what closet it was hiding in! I never did find the Ironing Board. If you don't know me personally let me clue you in.... The last time I had to "find" the iron was 7 years ago. My Aunt had flown in for a Party and wanted to iron her outfit before the evening. I don't know if she was more shocked or horrified that I had to "find" the iron, as in what closet could it be shoved in??? Let's just conclude with the fact that I'm not the ironing, cooking, sewing, domestic kind of gal!

So moving along to the card... I had fun trying something new. Let me also fess up and say I did not make the golden knot.... It was purchased. The cord ends were actually all stuck together nice and uniform, but I thought they would mirror the cat whiskers if I broke them apart. I added some teeeeeny green crystals for kitty eyes. The fun border is from the last Spellbinder's Release of Pendants and Borders. Loving those! My page is from Gone with the Wind, so if you look close you can see Scarlet and Ashley on the pages! So, I think this met the non-cute, five item challenge and it was great to try out something new for a change. No copics!!

  • Stamps: Kitty#3 by Coronado Island
  • Ink: India Black Ink, Versamark, Clear Embossing Powder
  • Paper: DP from Gone with the Wind!!!, Canvas DP, Gold, Black
  • Other: an IRON, Golden Knot, Crystals and Pearls, Gold Gel Pen, Spellbinder's Lattice Borderabilities, Circle Punches

Saturday, July 18, 2009

OCC Challenge - Triple Play!

This week our July hostess, ME, has challenged the OCC and YOU to a TRIPLE PLAY Challenge... Less is not always more! You must pick at least three types of embellishments to use on your card or project. These are your choices: Brads, Eyelets, Bling, Ribbon, Buttons, Thread/Floss, Beads, Charms, Rub Ons, Liquid Applique, Crystal Lacquer.
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This week we have
Jerri Jimenez (aka Jerri Kay on Splitcoast) with us, sharing her wonderful art as the guest designer for this week. If you are not familiar with Jerri's inspiring art and designs you must head to her beautiful blog A Touch of Grace. Her creations are so detailed and amazing, they are pure eye candy! Jerri is also sponsoring this week's prize with a $25 Gift Certificate to her very NEW on line store A Touch of Grace -Paper Boutique. Head to the OCC Blog to get the details!
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So please join us, get your stamps and Go Get Inky! For a close up view on the OCC's great projects for this week please visit the OCC Ladies on their blogs -Silke Ledlow, Cindy Haffner, Jennifer Meyer, Frances Byrne, Vicki Garrett, Loretta Lock and Joycelyn Turner.
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Well.... I just couldn't stop with this card. I kinda worked on it here and there all day, each time adding more and more! I started out with a Brass Stencil, dry embossing and trimming the frame out with my craft knife. Then I ended up sorta covering the pretty inside of the frame up... but where the card goes-- sometimes no one knows! I love the bordering frame of the stencil. I colored the ark and the animals with Copics. I added some extra waves, and I coated it with Crystal Lacquer. As the Crystal Lacquer just began to settle and dry - I took a toothpick to it kind of roughing up the smooth surface, to help make it look like water. You can see what I mean a little bit better in the close up, click on it to enlarge it. I went a little nuts adding embellishments... but that is the Challenge today, so I felt good about being able to load it on! The image and the background stamp I used are both new Summer CHA releases from Impression Obsession. The finished card is 6x6.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Stamp Simply #96 - Black and White!

Stamp Simply #96 - July 17 - ssnotime96 - today’s challenge is to make a project of understated elegance using black and white. If you need to add in a little pop of another color, that’s fine, as long as the project is primarily black and white and its overall feel is that of understated elegance. Upload your project to Splitcoast and use the keyword "ssnotime96". Head to Sharon's blog No Time to Stamp to see her creation for today and get all the details for the challenge.
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Please check out the great samples for the
Stamp Simply Challenge today on the blogs of these totally creative designers: Rose Ann Reynolds - July's Guest Designer, Janine, Jennifer, AJ, Tammy, Barbara, Julie and Deb.
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Well, I guess I had a hard time interpreting "understated elegance". I just went for Black and White! It looks a little fussy, but this is SIMPLE. The floral stamp and the coordinating background stamp are both from Impression Obsession. The background is white embossed on black paper. The flower I stamped and then embossed four times - 2 black on white and 2 white on black. When I emboss I always use Versamark and Detail Embossing Powder. After I had my four flowers, I took the scissors to them and cut the bottom white flower out in it's entirety. The other three flower images were all trimmed and petal pieces cut out, the circles in the center were cut with Nesties.... then you just arrange the layers. I did use a very cool new product on this project. In the past I have tried to work with silicone to give my projects lift, but not add a bulky glue spot. Especially when you are adding small things like petal tips and foam tape just is too bulky. I have never been satisfied with a silicone type product.... until now. My pal Jerri turned me on to this glue --- she uses it and now I do to! It is Perga 3-D Glue. Here's the part Jerri has been waiting for: Jerri -You were right - I love it! I finished the medallion off with some added pearls and simple ribbon strip-- There is so much going on, I don't think the card could handle much more!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Christmas in JULY!

The DT for Impression Obsession has two challenges a month and we create something with the chosen theme and then share it on our blogs. Today's theme was Christmas in July. Please check out these links to everyone's blog to see what the Impression Obsession DT ladies created for today... Daniela Dobson - Laura Fulcher - Dina Kowal - Deborah March - Kelli Richardson - Shirley Ross - Jeanne Streiff - Julie Koerber - Tina Werner - and please welcome our new Guest Designer Kathy Menzies.
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You are all invited to enter your creations for the "Christmas in July" Challenge and any future challenges we have too. Below is how to enter your card so it can be posted on the Impression-Obsession Blog and in the gallery located there just for I/O customers:
  • Use Impression-Obsession stamps for your card.
  • Email the card to Shirley, our webmaster at shirleyone@carolina.rr.com.
  • Every week cards will be selected to be showcased on the I/O blog and in the Customer Gallery there too.
  • This challenge will be open until Sunday, July 19. Go get Inky!!!

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Well, this was an easy challenge as we have had an early start with some of the new images coming from Impression Obsession! I wanted to glitter and glaze this water globe from the first minute I saw it! I colored everything with Copics. I added a little of my homemade glitter glue (fairy dust ultra fine glitter and crystal lacquer mixed together) for the snow. Then I coated the water globe with Crystal Lacquer to finish it off! Finished card size is an A2.

All this week the Design Team for IO has been previewing new images that will be released at Summer CHA. Please go hop around to the blogs and check 'em out! You may even find some blog candy up for grabs! Back to the top of this post for the links or you can get all the info on the Impression Obsession Blog too!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Wild and Woolly Wishes!

Well, if you haven't had your morning coffee yet, no need to now. These bright colors are sure to wake you up! I am so not a morning person! Little Sprinkle is feeling domestic and knitting a sweater, a very bright sweater! Lots of doodles on this card created with my Copics and Micron Pen, some faux stitching, Cuttlebug Embossing, and Copic Airbrushing. I incorporated the colors from the striped DP and the matching DP on the outer layer with the colorful circles. I used 1/16" Black Rainbow Tape to frame little Sprinkle's Panel and the Coral card stock. Rainbow Tape is such an easy add on to a card and really adds a lot, IMHO. I added some clear glaze pen over her little whiskers to help them stand out. My double bow was made with the Bow Easy Tool, then adhered to the ribbon on the panel - you can still see the glue too -- it's not dry yet! Sprinkle is hot off the craft table! Click on the pics to enlarge and see my messy glue and other flaws up close! Finished card size is an A2. Happy Monday!
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Has everyone gotten a Bow Easy from Sharon? Do you like it? Are you tying perfect little bows by the dozens??? Let me know!
  • Stamps: All stamps by TCP - #D-6363 Wild and Wooly, #E-6366 Knitting Kitty
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: All DP by KI Memories, Coral, Lime, Black, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Spellbinder's Double Ended Tags, Spellbinder's Classic Rectangles, Rainbow Tape, Misc. Ribbon, Eyelets, Cuttlebug Folder, Silver Gel Pen, Paper Piercer, White Gel Pen, Black Micron Pen, Copics/ABS, Bow Easy Tool

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Lockhart Lemons

So the new Basic Grey paper landed here... and I thought what better stamp than these Lockhart Lemons to use with their new paper collection "Lemonade". I pulled the sketch from Mojo Monday's Sketch #94. The Mojo Designers had some seriously fab samples to share for this sketch! I colored my image with Copics and airbrushed some pink and yellow to my "Hi" circle tag and also the image, trying to match it to the Lemonade DP. I added some yellow Spica to the lemons and glazed the bowl with some Crystal Lacquer. The die cut is one of the new Borderabilities "Lattice"from Spellbinder's that matches the Lattice Pendant. A little cuttlebug action with the Swiss Dots folder. I used my 1/8" White Silk Ribbon and colored it with my Copics, tying a teeny little triple bow with the Bow Easy Tool. Finished card is an A2.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

OCC Challenge - Pet Parade!

This week our July hostess, ME, has challenged the OCC to create a Parade of cards or a project using "Pets" as the focus... a cat or dog, or other animal image. Head to the OCC Blog for all the details.
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This week as a treat for playing in the Challenge we have a $25 gift certificate up for grabs from Dog Gone Stamps that will be awarded to someone that joins in this week's challenge. A very big Thank you to Nancy at Dog Gone Stamps for hosting this week's prize and for creating some totally wonderful stamps that capture and celebrate our pets!
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We also have a guest designer with us this week. Please welcome Robin Kirkpatrick, who made a FAB kitty card for the challenge! You can find more of Robin's great designs and her OCC card for today on her cleverly named blog Robin's Rubber Room. Thanks Robin for joining us for this week's challenge!
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So please join us, get your stamps and Go Get Inky! For a close up view on the OCC's great projects for this week please visit the OCC Ladies on their blogs -Silke Ledlow, Cindy Haffner, Jennifer Meyer, Frances Byrne, Vicki Garrett, Loretta Lock and Joycelyn Turner.
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Here is my little card for the Pet Challenge.... Yeah, I know I am a cat person, so what's up with another dog on my blog? This is a cutie! AND who doesn't smile when they see a little doggie? So my card is pretty simple. Mr Westie is colored with Copics. And here is what I used for the Frame/ Photo Corners....
I used one of the Spellbinder's NEW Pendants "In Spades" to create the photo holder type frame. I die cut the pendant and embossed it, then I cut it in two halves and trimmed out the middle portion. This left two pieces, the top and bottom of the pendant shape which you see on my card. When I saw this die I thought it might be cool to use this way, with the little pieces acting as photo corners. So I was anxious to give it a try. I am enjoying the pendants from Spellbinder's - Fun and Different, and I think they have a lot of potential to be used in different ways.
Check out another card I made using this same image CLICK HERE.

  • Stamps: Westie by Dog Gone Stamps, Sentiment from Studio G
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: DP from Basic Grey, Baja Breeze, Red, Navy, Curious Cryogen White
  • Other: Spellbinder's In Spades Pendant Die, Copics/ABS, Ribbon by SU, White Gel Pen

Friday, July 10, 2009

Stamp Simply #95 - Beep Beep!

Stamp Simply #95 - July 10 - ssnotime95 - Let the Sparks Fly! The fireworks are over, but Sharon wants more.... so she says use some Sparkle or Glitter on your card for today's Challenge. Upload your project to Splitcoast and use the keyword "ssnotime95". Head to Sharon's blog No Time to Stamp to see her sparkly creation for today and get all the details for the challenge.
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Please check out the great samples for the Stamp Simply Challenge today on the blogs of these totally creative designers: Rose Ann Reynolds - July's Guest Designer, Janine, Jennifer, AJ, Tammy, Barbara and Deb.
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I'm not much of a glitter user, not the free flying glitter anyway. If it's in glue or incorporated on to the paper.... that's OK. But the loose glitter stuff -- I can pass. Just a little on a card and I am finding it on me and the cat alike for days to come. So I opted for some Sparkly Paper from DCWV for my little car card. I also added some Spica to my little green buggy. This little car is a dollar stamp from Mike's sale bin. Again, since it is a "Stamp Simply" Challenge, I have tried to keep it simple in layout and stamping. I know I have a tendency to get carried away with the details and doodles on occasion, so this is not always easy for me!! Final card size is an A2.
  • Stamps: Car by Studio G, "Beep, Beep" from A Muse
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Cars and Stripes by DCWV, Orange, Green, Black, Riding Hood Red, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Black Jute String from Sharon, Green Eyelets, Copics/ABS, Spellbinder's Label One, 1/16" Black Rainbow Tape, Brown Micron Pen

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Shimmery Shimmerz Snow!

The Impression Obsession Design Team is letting the Shimmerz fly all this week. It's an official IO/Shimmerz DT swap. Both Design Teams are combining both products on our creations! Check out the fun and see what kind of sparkle these teams create when Impression Obsession stamps collide with Shimmerz paints! Please head to Shimmerz Blog and to the Impression Obsession Blog where you can find all the details and links to all the creations!!!
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This fun little North Pole image is another brand new image from Impression Obsession's 2009 Christmas release! I have had a blast playing with the Holiday images, even though it is 90 plus degrees outside! I feel so proud to already have some Holiday cards made! An unusual occurrence for me! So this week and next week I will be sharing some Fall and Holiday cards with the NEW images!

This was so fun and my first taste of using the Shimmerz Paints...I colored my little North Pole Penguins using Copics and used a little soft airbrushing in the background. For the snow I used White Liquid Applique. After I heated and puffed up the snow.... I applied Angel Wings White Shimmerz to my snow flurries and the ground cover snow. I tried to take a pic to show it off-- It shimmerz and glimmerz and looks wet!!! I was totally thrilled with the end result! No "snow" card of mine will be leaving the craft table without some Shimmerz!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

An Ice Igloo that Shimmerz!

The Impression Obsession Design Team is letting the Shimmerz fly all this week. It's an official IO/Shimmerz DT swap. Both Design Teams are combining both products on our creations! Check out the fun and see what kind of sparkle these teams create when Impression Obsession stamps collide with Shimmerz paints! Please head to Shimmerz Blog and to the Impression Obsession Blog where you can find all the details and links to all the creations!!!
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This fun little Penguins and Igloo image is brand new from Impression Obsession's 2009 Holiday release! Finally, we can share some sneaky peeks of the new images soon coming! I know it may be early to share some Holiday cards-- but I could not resist using these new scenes with the Shimmerz Products! So going forward I will be sharing some Fall and Holiday cards... get in the spirit with an early start!

These little cuties were colored with Copics and I airbrushed and doodled around the Nestie's edges. For the Igloo I added a little blue/green Copic color to just the outer edges of the ice blocks to add a little color. Then I used a paintbrush to apply Angel Wings White Shimmerz Paint. I dabbed it on the blocks instead of brushing it on smooth. I wanted to give it a little rough texture instead of smooth and glossy. In the background is a Blue Cuttlebugged panel that I used my baby brayer to add some white pigment ink to the embossed portions. Finished card size is an A2.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

OCC Color Challenge - Patriotic Sprinkle

This week our new July hostess, which is ME has issued the Color Challenge of “Red, White and Blue" as your color combo. What else could I do for today? It is the Fourth of July! It does not have to be Patriotic Themed -- and you can can use any shades of those colors that inspire you. Head to the OCC Blog for all the details.
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This week as a treat for playing in the OCC Challenge we have one of the very swanky and Newly Released sets from The Cat's Pajamas - "Happy Camper" that will be awarded to someone that joins in this week's challenge. A very big Thank you to Alma at The Cat's Pajamas for hosting this week's prize and for creating some seriously swanky stamps for our stamping pleasure! To enter for your chance to win you have to create a card and leave a link/comment to your creation on the OCC Blog!
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We also have a Guest Designer with us for this week, my stamp pal Sandy Hulsart, who maintains TWO blogs! One for her delightful card creations that she colors expertly with Copics: Creative Moments with Sandy and the other blog is dedicated to her amazing talent creating Stampscapes Scenes ...Scenes by Sandy. Thank you Sandy for playing along with us this week!
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So please join us, get your stamps and Go Get Inky! For a close up view on the OCC's great projects for this week please visit the OCC Ladies on their blogs -Silke Ledlow, Cindy Haffner, Jennifer Meyer, Frances Byrne, Vicki Garrett, Loretta Lock and Joycelyn Turner.
-------------------------------------Some might say that this new Fleur de Lis Pendant Die from Spellbinders is too fancy for little Sprinkle, but I say nothing is too fancy for Sprinkle in her Fourth of July Holiday garb! My new Spellbinder's dies landed today (WOOOOHOOO!) and I HAD to use this one ASAP! I think it can be very fancy and fun too! Ms. Sprinkle has her Holiday Hat on today and sends Happy Fourth of July Wishes out to you all! This die is really limitless in how you can use the elements whole and or cut them, back the openings with other colors.... well, suffice to say that I like it! I knew it would be a little busy so I kept the stamps and layers other than the pendant pretty simple. I added my usual doodles where I could. I know Baja Breeze and Riding Hood Red are goners, but I am having some separation anxiety and can not put them away yet. Finished card size is 5" Square. Everybody --have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July!
  • Stamps: All Stamps by The Cat's Pajamas
  • Ink: Baja Breeze, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Baja Breeze Ribbon, Riding Hood Red Ribbon, Red Micron Pen, Black Micron Pen, Crystals, Copics/ABS, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, Spellbinder's Fleur de Lis Pendant