Thursday, September 21, 2017


Come On Over! is the new challenge at IO Stamps!  
Create an invitation using your IO Stamps!

For information on the new challenge and how to enter, please visit the Impression Obsession blog by clicking HERE.   A random challenge card will be selected from entrants to showcase on the IO blog and you can be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to IO just by playing!

For today's challenge, I have created a Halloween party invite using IO Stamps and dies.





For this invitation, I started with a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of heavyweight black cardstock.  I die cut the Halloween Scene from the upper portion.  I added bits of red plastic film to the reverse side, behind the eye holes of the bat, ghost and pumpkins, and orange film behind the windows of the haunted house.   

I then used a inked a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Fabriano hot press watercolor paper using Distress Oxide inks.  I very sparingly used Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Wilted Violet, and Iced Spruce inks to create the swirled moon colors, leaving as much brightness of the original watercolor paper as possible.  

I used Elmer's Craft Bond spray adhesive to adhere my die cut panel to my inked moon panel, them adhered to an a2 top fold Kraft card base.   I then stamped my You're Invited greeting on a 1" strip of pale yellow cardstock with Versafine ink.  I cut the left side into a fish tail flag, and adhered it to my card front, snipping off any excess on the right edge of the card.


Now it's your turn to make an invite!  Follow the link above to find the details and link up your invitation!

Need more inspiration to get you going?
Check out all the projects from the IO Team!

Chris Dayton - you are here

Blame it on the Christmas Kitty

Today I'm on the Technique Junkies blog sharing a fun Christmas card created with the new Christmas Kitty stamp.



Click HERE to head over to the TJ Blog to see just what kind of trouble this adorable kitty has been up to.

Don't forget that the new September release stamps are still 15% off through tomorrow, Sept. 8th!
No coupon or code needed!

And here's a code for 10% off all the other goodies you'd like to add to your cart as well!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Gina K Designs Stitched Leaves Mini Inspiration Blog Hop

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new  Gina K Designs Stitched Leaves mini kit which will be back in stock TODAY!  We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs! 

You will have so much fun creating with these images and sentiments. Here is everything that comes in the kit: 

Stitched Leaves Mini Kit

These stamps are so fun, versatile and you can make a variety of different cards and projects with or without the dies!  You will be creating with this stamp set and dies all fall long!  Have fun and be creative!

Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $50 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop. Ready for some inspiration? Here are a few of the projects I have created for today’s hop:

This Stitched Leaves Mini Kit is so much fun to work with!  Fall is my favorite season, and these delicately veined and patterned leaves are absolutely fabulous.  I immediately fell in love with the maple leaf and knew I needed to make them fun and colorful and just as happy as the colorful fall maple leaves in my backyard make me!    I used Distress Oxide inks with hot press watercolor paper to create a whole page from which I die cut a colorful pile of leaves to create with.  The very short Youtube video of my colored leaves process and the rest of the seven cards I created with them is linked here: 






I used the Metallic Copper cardstock for my word die, and added a bit of Tomato Soup sponging and a piece of burlap for texture on this one.



This was stamped with the Distress Oxide ink on my Charcoal Brown cardbase.  Look how rich and shiny it appears on Gina's dark cardstock!  I used a strip of the inked paper to decorated this simple card.  

I love this clean and simple card created by mixing the circle frame and sentiment from Give Thanks.  The Give Thanks set was included in last fall's Painted Autumn StampTV kit.  Look how fabulously it works with the new Stitched Leaves mini kit.  That leaf fits within that circle so perfectly I'd swear Gina planned it!  

The rest of my Stitched Leaves maple leaf cards are shown in the video above.


Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew:


Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com.


Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Technique Junkies and Colorburst Powder

Today I am sharing projects created using a fun new-to-me painting medium and this new Autumn stamp set from Technique Junkies.  

Chances are it's likely not new to any of you, but it is very recently new to me!  It's a technique that I'd heard about for a long time, but finally experimented with just last week for the first time:  painting with Ken Oliver Color Burst powders!  

I can't believe it took me so long to try it!  I'd have been hooked long ago!  They are so fun and easy to work with.

I'm working with this new set from Technique Junkies, called Autumn.




And here are two cards I have made with this set and the Ken Oliver Color Burst powders.


I used my MISTI to stamp my images onto Fabriano Artistico 140# cold press watercolor paper with Versafine ink.  I then used a wet brush to pick up tiny bits of the Color Burst powders from my palette, which literally was my craft mat.  I painted the backgrounds first, then the leaves.  I added some shadow color to further define the images from the background.

The video below shows the process of creating the card on the left, and also shows a few tips for correcting errors in cardmaking, including a tip for re-stamping a stamped image, and my trick for removing stray melted prembossing powder.




Thanks for stopping by today!  Enjoy your day!




Impression Obsession Team Thursday with Chris



Hello!

Today I'm posting for Team Thursday with Impression Obsession.  I hope you've had a chance to visit the Blog Hop the Team has had this week featuring many of the new IO dies!    If not, there are three days of inspiration and even prizes for you to enter to win in the previous posts.

Today however, I'm back to stamping and coloring for the holidays!    I LOVE to color; in most any kind of medium.  But today I'm sharing two Copic colored Goose cards.

My first card features Christmas Goose.  This is a large image, with lots of pretty floral and foliage elements.  It's a fun one to color.   It is stamped on Hammermill Digital Color Copy Cover 80# paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I used a variety of Copic green shades to create contrast with the bright red poinsettias.  The goose was colored with a mix of the E40's and warm grays, with the constrasting gold bow created with the Y20s, and a hint of sparkle from a Spectrum Noir clear glitter brush marker.  

I added a dark pine green and red polka dot strip to the bottom of my card, and added the Merry Christmas sentiment from Holiday Words with gold embossing powder.


Christmas Goose (H16310),  Holiday Words (3189-LG)

My next goose themed card features the stamp, Holiday Goose.  Again I have stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.  
Holiday Goose (F7886), Warmest Wishes (D14682)

The goose is colored in warm grays and the ornament in R20s and G20s.  Again I have used a technique to create a shimmery gold bow with Y20s and Spectrum Noir glitter brush marker.  The Warmest Wishes sentiment is stamped in a bright holiday red ink, and the colored panel trimmed and matted with red and a holiday stripe patterned paper.

Thanks for visiting today!

Scroll down to the previous post to check out the IO Die Hop!

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Impression Obsession 2017 Fall/Winter Die Blog Hop - Day Three

Welcome to the IOStamps 2017 Fall/Winter Die Release Blog Hop!


Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2017 Fall/Winter Die Hop!
We have some very fun new dies to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!


The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday, September 11th – Wednesday September 13th. 

Visit the fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates! One winner will be chosen each day and then an extra winner will be chosen randomly from all hop days.
Comments on all hop days will be open until September 17th at 9pm CT.

All winners will be announced on September 18th.  The more blogs you visit and comment on… the better chance you will have to win!!!  These new dies are thin steel dies that cut paper, cardstock, cork, thin wood, or felt beautifully in your die cutting machines.  They are fabulous.  Click HERE to see the entire new release die collection.

Today I'm sharing some simple fun kid projects.  My first project is a bookmark, made with the Cat Bookmark Die (DIE 602-L).  These are fun little gifts for the small people in your life.  

I cut the bookmark from a very thick and sturdy 140# tag weight card stock.   I used Scattered Straw and Wild Honey Distress Ink and a sponge blender to ink up both the front and the back of the cat.  Then added tiny stripes with a paintbrush and more Wild Honey Distress Ink, and added small 1/8" google-y eyes.  

My second project is a Halloween shaker card that uses this beautifully ornate spider web die, Halloween Web.
Halloween Web (DIE 589-Z)

I die cut this Halloween Web from black cardstock.  The die is approximately 3 5/8" in diameter.  I used a Spellbinders 3 1/2" circle die and cut a circle from a 5x5" square of black cardstock.  I added a clear plastic window sheet to the back of the die cut and adhered the Halloween Web to the front.  Using a double layer of 3M foam tape, I created a frame on the back of the panel to hold a mix of orange, gold, and purple sequins and seed beads.  I sealed the shaker area with a piece of purple cardstock, then adhered the shaker card front to a side fold 5" card base.  

The rest of the IO Team has much more die inspiration for you too!  Follow the links below to continue on the hop!

Thanks for hopping with us!  Don't forget to comment for entries for the giveaways too!

Enjoy the hop!

Chris Dayton - you are here!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Impression Obsession New Die Release Blog Hop - Day Two

Welcome to the IOStamps 2017 Fall/Winter Die Release Blog Hop!



Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2017 Fall/Winter Die Hop!
We have some very fun new dies to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!


The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday, September 11th – Wednesday September 13th. 


Visit the fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates! One winner will be chosen each day and then an extra winner will be chosen randomly from all hop days.
Comments on all hop days will be open until September 17th at 9pm CT.


All winners will be announced on September 18th.  The more blogs you visit and comment on… the better chance you will have to win!!!  These new dies are thin steel dies that cut paper, cardstock, cork, thin wood, or felt beautifully in your die cutting machines.  They are fabulous.  Click HERE to see the entire new release die collection.


At holiday time, one of our favorite things to do as a family is to drop a small secret gift card into the cart of unsuspecting grocery shoppers.  I love the idea of being a secret silent Santa, and sometimes get a glimpse of them choosing a treat for themselves or their kids that might not have been on the shopping list for the day.

So today I'm featuring the new Gift Card Pocket and Gift Card Foldover dies.  These are very unique products that contain three separate dies; the large pocket or foldover die and as well as two mix and match decorative word element dies that can be used in multiple ways.  I will be making good use of these dies this season as I up my Secret Santa game!



Gift Card Pocket


Gift Card Foldover



Gift Card Pocket (DIE604-XX),  Gift Card Foldover (DIE 603-YY),  
Pine Branch Die (DIE 021-N), Season to Sparkle (WP792), Merry Christmas (D13606)

For this gift card pocket, I began with an A2 sized piece of sturdy double sided patterned paper.  I first die cut the Season's Greetings rectangle from the top center of the paper.  I then placed the gift card holder die so that one side was centered over the word die cut, and ran it through my Big Shot.  The die is designed so that it embosses the folding lines into the paper.  Before folding and assembling however, I decided to make a faux shaker.  I adhered a piece of window plastic behind the words using 1/8" Scor-tape, then behind that, added a piece of navy cardstock that I had adhered tiny silver star confetti to.  I then used my Scor-pal to give those embossed folding lines an extra crease, then folded them.   I love that the edges have two fold lines, so the folded holder is 1/8" thick.  I makes it very easy to slide the gift card in and out even when encased with the foldover.   I applied Scor-tape to the folding tabs and closed up my pocket.  I added then a Pine Branch Die cut to the front of the pocket.




I cut the Gift Card Foldover from a piece of coordinating pink shimmer card stock.  Again the folding line is slightly embossed into the cardstock from the die.  The die cuts the two small slits in the corners which will hold the gift card.   Since the front of the foldover holds the gift card, I chose to heat emboss the To/From from Season to Sparkle (WP792) and the Merry Christmas sentiment (D13606) to the inside of the foldover with silver embossing powder.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Please continue on to the rest of the team blogs.  I have added the whole list here for your convenience.


Chris Dayton - you are here