Wednesday, December 6, 2017

IO Stamps Valentine Release Blog Hop - Day Three




Welcome to Day Three of the Impression Obsession Valentine Release Blog Hop



The IO Design team has lots of beautiful new stamps and Valentine/Spring inspiration to share with you today.  AND Gift Certificates to give away!

The Valentine hop will run for 3 days (12/4/17 -12/6/17) with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day at 6am EST. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates!

The more blogs you visit and comment on … the better chance you will have to win!!! Four random winners will be picked from all comments on all of the hop days (only one comment per blog per day please).

Comment entries will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday, December 10th and all winners will be announced Monday December 11th. Good luck!



All of the new stamps you'll be seeing on in the hop are available right now at www.iostamps.com.

Today I have a wide variety of Valentine
inspiration to share.  


Lets begin with these adorable robot images, stamped with Memento ink on Hammermill Digital Cover Copy Cover, and colored with Copic Markers, then coated with a light coat of Spectrum Sparkle pen to give that shiny metallic look.

 Girlie Bot (D19696), image from Heart Beats clear set (CL562), Heart Beats (D19671)

This robot features the hearbeat image from the previously released Heart Beats clear set (CL562) and the fun graphic sentiment Heart Beats (D19671).  Both are stamped in coral ink, then overstamped with Versamark ink and clear embossed for shine and texture.


For this robot card, I stamped the Confetti Background in a contrasting warm gray ink, then added Spectrum Sparkle pen to the gray images.  The I Love You sentiment was heat embossed in white to a strip that matched the mat for my focal image.


This card features the silhouette stamp Walking Couple.  I first created the sunset background with Distress Oxide inks on hot press watercolor paper.  I used Post-It tape to mask the horizon and boardwalk areas as I created the water, then removed the masks and covered the water to protect it while I inked the sunset and boardwalk.  I added Spectrum Sparkle to the water before stamping the Walking Couple and the Walt sentiment in Versamark and heat embossing in black.


This pretty Heart Cake makes a great spring birthday card when paired with the Sweet Day greeting.  I chose to stamp with Memento ink and color with Copic markers.


This is a simple card that is easily mass-produced.  I stamped the Watercolor Stripe (E20427) three times onto my white 4" x 5.25" panel using my MISTI, moving my paper to create the repeating pattern instead of moving my stamp.  My focal image is one of the images and sentiments  from the clear set, Love Hands (CL814), stamped in Memento and colored with Copic Markers.


Thanks for joining us for this Valentine Release Hop!  Don't forget to leave comments along the way to be entered for the drawings for IO Gift Certificates.  Winners will be announced December 11th on the IO Blog.  All the new release products are available for purchase now at IO Stamps.

Happy Hopping! 
Your next stop on the hop should be Dina Kowal.  





Tuesday, December 5, 2017

IO Stamps Valentine Release Blog Hop - Day Two

Welcome to Day Two of the Impression Obsession Valentine Release Blog Hop




The IO Design team has lots of beautiful new stamps and Valentine/Spring inspiration to share with you today.  AND Gift Certificates to give away!


The Valentine hop will run for 3 days (12/4/17 -12/6/17) with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day at 6am EST. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates!

The more blogs you visit and comment on … the better chance you will have to win!!! Four random winners will be picked from all comments on all of the hop days (only one comment per blog per day please).

Comment entries will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday, December 10th and all winners will be announced Monday December 11th. Good luck!



All of the new stamps you'll be seeing on in the hop are available right now at www.iostamps.com.
Today I have lots of new floral Valentine
inspiration to share.  

Let's start with this fun background stamp, Flower and Heart Swirls (L16335). 


I used my MISTI to stamp the Flower and Heart Swirls (L16355) on white cardstock.  I used several pastel colors of Distress Ink cubes to ink areas of the stamp and stamped multiple times to get a nice depth of color.  The Spread Love (C21035) sentiment was stamped in Bundled Sage ink on a strip of white cardstock.   I sprayed a light coating of Elmer's Craft Bond Spray Adhesive over both the stamped background panel and the sentiment strip and coated them with Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter.  Once dry, I added the sentiment strip to the panel and trimmed it to 3.25 x.4.5".  I used a piece of matching speckled vellum to create a mat and added it to a top fold A2 card base, then added my glittered panel with 3M foam tape.

Rose Wreath (H13628), More Basic Greetings (CL549)

This card uses Color Bursts as a coloring medium.  I heat embossed the Rose Wreath (H13628)  and I Love You sentiment (from More Basic Greetings CL549) with antique gold embossing powder onto Canson Montval watercolor paper, then used a wet paintbrush to pick up the Color Bursts powders and paint the image and background.


These Sweet Heart Roses were lightly stamped with India ink onto Fabriano Artistico cold press watercolor paper.  I used Daniel Smith watercolors to paint them.  Once dry I used a stitched oval die to cut the focal image, and adhered it to a coordinating plaid paper.  I stamped the A Little Something  (B13615) greeting on a strip of white cardstock and used a piece of matching green cardstock to mat it.  After adhering to my oval, I trimmed it along with the plaid paper to 3.75" x 5" and added it to a Kraft card base.



Another rose card, uses Strathmore Toned Gray paper and Prismacolor pencils to make a monochromatic impact.  The Rose Bouquet was lightly stamped with Memento ink.  The coloring was done only with cool grays, white and black pencil, using pencil to pencil blending.  The Dear Friend greeting was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with black.  





This card uses the new Watercolor Rose (F20423), stamped multiple times onto my white card panel.  Each rose was inked in layers using two colors of ink for the bloom and two colors for the leaves, stamping repeatedly using my MISTI to build up variation and depth of color.  The stamped panel was trimmed then the To Love (E13631) sentiment was added with Versamark and gold embossing powder before adding a mat and adhering to a matching card base.


That's it for my floral inspiration today.  Thanks for dropping by.  Be sure to leave a comment here, and on all the rest of the blog hop stops to be entered for a chance to win one of the Gift Certificate prizes with each comment.  

Your next stop on the hop should be Daniela Dobson.  Enjoy the hop!





























Monday, December 4, 2017

IO Stamps Valentine Release Blog Hop - Day One

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Valentine Release Blog Hop!



The IO Design team has some amazing new stamp inspiration to share with you today.  And some IO Stamps Gift Certificates to give away.

The Valentine hop will run for 3 days (12/4/17 -12/6/17) with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day at 6am EST. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates!
The more blogs you visit and comment on … the better chance you will have to win!!! Four random winners will be picked from all comments on all of the hop days (only one comment per blog per day please).
Comment entries will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday, December 10th and all winners will be announced Monday December 11th. Good luck!

All of the new stamps you will see today are available now at IO Stamps.

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite occasions to create for, and I have lots of projects to share with you today, so let's get started!

All of the new stamps you'll be seeing on in the hop are available right now at www.iostamps.com.

This Doggy Heart was stamped with Memento ink on Hammermill Digital Color Copy Cover paper and colored with Copic markers.  I used both a stitched circle die and a plain circle die to cut and layer the focal image.  The My Valentine greeting was stamped directly on my top fold card base with coordination dye ink using my MISTI, then restamped with Versamark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.


This friendship card was created by stamping this Golden (E7902) with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto Fabriano Artistico cold press watercolor paper.  I used Daniel Smith watercolors to paint, painting in just a hint of shoulder and chest.  The Me So Lucky (C14711) sentiment was added with a paper bag color ink, and overstamped with Versamark  ink and clear embossed to add a bit of extra shine and texture.  

Very similarly I also used Daniel Smith watercolors to paint this Boston Terrier (F7901).  This time however, I stamped with india ink on Canson Montval watercolor paper.  The Canson paper is not quite as white as the Fabriano, so my small P.S. I Love You (B14700) sentiment strip that I added to my watercolor panel looks a bit starker.  The heart painted in the background was hand painted.



I went back to Copic Markers to color this floppy-eared Beagle (E7900).  I used Hammermill Digital Color Copy Cover paper once again, and stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I hand trimmed out my image with scissors.  Using a white top fold card base, I stamped a simple background of Dangling Hearts (F14714), and added the Hugs and Kisses (D20408) greeting with a peachy pink dye ink before adding my Beagle.  I let the Beagle's floppy ears hang off the front of my card.  



Now this was an experiment.  I attempted to turn this Golden (E7902) into a Black Lab.  Once again I stamped in Memento on Hammermill paper.  I used a combo of cool and warm gray Copic Markers, as well as a bit of lavender Copic underlayer to try to create a shiny black fur.  I used a 70% and 90% cold gray as well as a black Prismacolor pencil over my Copic coloring to add detail and texture to the fur.  Once I had finished coloring, I stamped and masked my dog with Mask-it clear film, before stamping the Free Spirit Dot background stamp with pale pink ink.  I used my MISTI to add the P. S. I Love You (B14700) by repeat stamping and layering ink colors just a bit at a time, so that the lower portion of my greeting was darker.

Now lest you think my blog post for the day has completely gone to the dogs, I have one last card to share with you today:  here are a couple of Love Cats.  

 

This Love Cats card was created in pieces.  I created the background using a mask.  I die cut a circle from a piece of copy paper, and used the negative piece to mask my light blue top fold card base; adding Distress Oxide ink with a sponge blending tool inside the open circle to create my moon.  I let that ink dry completely before stamping the Tree Line over the top with Black Soot Distress Oxide ink.  I also used Black Soot oxide ink and a brick work stencil to create the brick wall on a pale gray cardstock.  I used silver embossing powder to heat emboss my In My Life greeting over the bricks.  My Love Cats were stamped separately on gray cardstock in Versafine Ink, and heat embossed using black embossing powder.  I then carefully trimmed them out using a craft knife and scissors before adhering them to my card.

Thanks for visiting today.  Please enjoy all the new Impressions Obsession Spring Valentine Inspiration from the rest of the team and comment for a chance to win one of the Gift Certificate prizes.  Your next stop should be Daniela Dobson.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Follow His Star

I've been planning out a simple single layer (almost) project to bring to work on at my Church Card Maker group in the morning.  We are making Christmas card sets to be sold as a fundraiser, and thought I'd share the project I'll be working on.



This is an ink blended card, so I began by using Post-it tape to create my frame to protect my white space.  I used the grid paper pad from my MISTI to easily line up my tape, leaving a 1 3/4" channel for my inking.

I used a foam blender and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink and quickly blended in ink, beginning at the top of my card and getting lighter as I moved down.



I cut a very slight curve into a piece of Post-it tape to use as a mask for my landscape.  I added it about 1/2" from the bottom of my card and added a bit more ink just above the tape.


I then removed the tape and replaced just a bit higher, turning the tape a bit to give a slightly different curve.  I added more ink, blending upward trying to get a smooth finish.

When I removed the tape the second time it looks like this:




I used the straight edge of the Post-it tape to add a bit of ink to create a burst pattern.  After inking very gently to the edge of the tape, I removed and replaced the tape and inked three more times, each time trying to align the tape to a center point, creating a starburst pattern.


I wasn't worried about being perfect, as I am adding a glitter paper Bethlehem star die cut over the center.  I just want a hint of starburst to peek through.  I cut the smaller star from Star of Wonder (Memory Box Dies), from sparkle glitter paper with my Sizzix Side Kick mini die cutter.  (It appears these dies are sold out, sorry!)


I adhered the die cut, to the center of my starburst, then went back to my MISTI to finish the card.


Leaving the Post-it tape in place, I stamped the small palm trees from Framescapes: Tropical Skies with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink.  When I remove the tape, the image will be flush with the right edge of my inked strip.


I chose to add the large palm trees over and outside of the inked strip using Black Soot Distress Oxide ink.  I added the Near & Far greeting, from Sentimental Holiday at the same time.

Easy to mass produce!  I hope to get at least a dozen more made tomorrow!


Thanks for dropping by!







Thursday, November 30, 2017

Using MISTI for a Quick Watercolored Card Using Distress Ink


Hello!  Thanks for stopping by today.  Today I am sharing a very quick and easy watercolored friendship card.




My order from Unity Stamps arrived, with this fun new image designed by Phyllis Harris, called Listen from the Heart, and I couldn't wait to ink it up and paint it.  Her sweet images are so much fun to watercolor.




I chose to use Distress inks for both my stamping my image and for my watercoloring medium.  I used my original MISTI to selectively ink the image onto Canson Montval watercolor paper, stamping small areas at a time using Antique Linen on the girl and horse's mane, Tea Dye Ink for the body of the horse and Bundled Sage for the grass.  I left my stamp in place on my MISTI lid while I painted the image.

I squished ink directly from the ink cubes onto my "high tech" palette, (a laminated piece of heavy cardstock), and painted with a watercolor brush, slowly building up layers of color.  Once my watercoloring was dry, I restamped some of the wispy details of the girl's hair and the horses mane back into my painting using Antique Linen and Tea Dye inks. 

I added my greeting by stamping twice with Warm Cocoa ink from Gina K. Designs, before trimming my panel to 4" x 5.25" and adhering to a Warm Cocoa A2 card base with Brutus Monroe Liquid Glue.



The very speeded up video is available to watch here:




Friday, November 24, 2017

Celebrate Your Unique Talent Blog Hop



Hello!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving day.  

Welcome to this special blog hop.  Hopefully you have arrived here from Kia's blog, if so you're in the right place!  

Today is Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day.  

It's a day to celebrate the things that make you YOU!

But today, the team from My Sweet Petunia has subverted the purpose of the day just a bit.   We are celebrating the unique and creative talents of a special person and friend instead with this secret blog hop.  This person's creative talents, and the results of her talents have made an immense impact on our own lives and unique personal talents.

This lovely person is none other than the inventor of the MISTI, (the Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented), Iliana Myska of My Sweet Petunia. 

Iliana's MISTI invention in 2013 revolutionized the craft industry, leading to a huge new population of stampers; even bringing back many who had previously given up the hobby.  Older stampers could now enjoy and be successful at stamping again, even those suffering from painful arthritis or unsteady hands.  Everyone wanted a MISTI.  The MISTI's incredible versatility spurred brand new stamp company start-ups, increased the number of stamp options, including many many layered stamps and large background stamps, and even jump started a new unique line of stamps called the "Turnabout" stamps.  Not only did companies produce these new stamps, but consumers were buying them like crazy and being wildly successful with using them, now that the MISTI stamping tool was availanble to facilitate their use.

Iliana's unique talent for designing and producing invaluable craft tools has also allowed me personally to enjoy and use my own unique talents better as well.  In 2013, I had become bored with stamping.  I wasn't enjoying it much any longer, and was frustrated with the amount of tools and stamps and papers I had accumulated. Things no longer brought me joy.  I was tired of the same process.  And tired of spending time of coloring images only to be terrible frustrated by a poorly inked or crooked sentiment.  I was about ready for a huge garage sale, and to move on to learning and trying something different.  But then I found MISTI.

Once I bought a MISTI, I could not stop stamping.  Everything seemed fresh again.  Stamps that I struggled to get good coverage with previously, I was able to use perfectly.  I loved the results:  I finally had precision stamping,

I found other people who loved stamping and the MISTI just as much as I did; I went to fun Craft weekends, retreats, joined Facebook stamping groups, went to stamp expos and conventions.  It was a whole new world of friendships and possibilities.  I learned about new ink and coloring mediums, fell in love with new stamp companies and learned and mastered new techniques. And I love it all.

Iliana and MISTI?

You had me at Hello.


Today's card is for Iliana.  

This is peony was stamped on Artist's Choice cardstock in Soft Stone ink and colored with french gray Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol.  I restamped after coloring using Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The background is ink blended using Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink.  

The process video is available here:





Iliana,  in honor of your unique talents, I wholeheartedly thank you.  Thank you for bringing crafty joy back into my life.  Thank you for your vision, your perseverance and your friendship.  I have had the pleasure of meeting you in person several times over the past two years and I am honored to call you friend.

Thank you so much for all the joy you have brought me.

Thanks for visiting today.  

Now, hop on over to visit another of my friends' blog to read and see more about Iliana's crafty inspiration!  Comment on all the blogs for a chance to win a MISTI!!   (Giveaway details: ONE winner will be picked from the comments on all blogs and they'll receive choice of Mini MISTI or Original MISTI. To be eligible to win you need to comment by Monday at noon CT. Winners will be announced on Tuesday over at My Sweet Petunia Blog.)  

Your next stop should be Jeanne's blog.



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