Thursday, November 16, 2017

Colorful Paint Rings using MISTI, Distress Inks and Color Burst Powders

Good morning!

Today you can find me over at the TJ Blog, sharing this card featuring the new Technique Junkies  stamps, Paint Rings and Stay Humble.

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New IO Challenge: 'Tis the Season!

'Tis the Season is the new challenge at IO Stamps!  
Create a holiday card or project using your IO goodies!

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!

Today I have used Impression Obsession Dies to create a very simple and easy to mass produce holiday card.  

My card began with a watercolored background.   I used Distress inks as my watercolors on Canson Montval watercolor paper.  I die cut the European Buildings and my random star die from my watercolor panel, and inlaid die cuts cut from plain white cardstock in their place.   I used a piece of thin layering weight white cardstock as a backing, so I would have something to secure my die cuts to, and provide that white on white for my buildings and windows.  The teal Joy to the World die cut was adhered over the card front using Elmer's Craft Bond spray adhesive.  I trimmed the panel to 5.25 x 4 inches and added it to a navy card base.

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

Chris Dayton - you are here

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It's Figureoutable

As my kids get older, with jobs and schedules and kids of their own, it gets harder to find a day and time to celebrate the holidays with them.

After much discussion and schedule checking, it appears we will be celebrating our family Christmas in mid December...  and that made me realize I only have a couple weeks to plan, bake, decorate and shop for gifts.  The kids have told me they will have their wish lists to me by Thanksgiving, so my mantra for the next three weeks is this:  Everything is figureoutable.  It may seem a bit daunting, but everything always works out in the end.

So today I'm sharing my Figureoutable card.  

I started with a piece of Fabriano hot press watercolor paper.  I cut a mask from 3-M Post It tape with a circle die to protect my moon.  I then sponged in Distress Oxide inks to create a night sky.  I removed the circle mask, and added a bit of shading and shadow color to the moon before stamping the Spooky Branch and Figureoutable sentiment with Versafine Black Onyx ink.  

I added stars with a white gel pen and trimmed the inked panel to 5.5 x 4" and adhered it to a black A2 top fold card base.  

Thanks for stopping by today.  I'll be off creating my menu and grocery list...  ;)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Using your background stamps with die cuts

Hello!!  Hope you are having a fabulous day!

Today I am sharing a holiday card using one of the new Technique Junkies November Release stamps, Linen Dots.  (By the way, today is the last day to save 15% on these new November stamps!)

Only today, I chose not to use Linen Dots as a background, but as my focal image instead. 

 I had a wide striped background panel that I had created with acrylic paint.  I decided to used Versamark ink and white embossing powder to heat embossed the Linen Dot background right over the top.  I loved the frosted look that came with it, so I decided to create an ornament.  I die cut using a stitched circle die, then coated the whole thing with a spray adhesive and coated it with Nuvo glitter.  I added a bright satin bow and set about creating a place to hang it.

Using a panel of Fabriano Artistico cold press watercolor paper and Gansai Tambi watercolors, I quickly did a wet on wet background.  I used my heat gun to dry it, then added more paint with a small brush, loosely sketched in a pine branch.  When my panel was fully dry, I stamped the one of the beautiful greetings from Gifts of Christmas first in black Memento ink, then overstamping with Versamark ink and heat embossing with clear embossing powder to give a raised shiny surface.

I then attached my panel to a card base and adhered the Linen Dot ornament for a simple holiday card.

Need more easy holiday inspiration?  Have you been following the 30 Days of Christmas posts?  
Check out the TJ Blog, where a new holiliday idea has been shared every day since October 15th.  AND all the Christmas stamps are 20% off throughout these 30 days, too!  Click HERE to shop the Christmas stamps, and use this code to save an additional 10%!!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

It's Team Tuesday at the MSP Blog!

Happy Tuesday!

Today you can find me over at the My Sweet Petunia blog with a Team Tuesday post including a tutorial video for this card using the Winter Girl stamps from Unity Stamp Company.

Click HERE to join me at the My Sweet Petunia blog.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Technique Junkies November New Release Blog Hop

Welcome to the Technique Junkies November New Release Blog Hop!

I hope you all had a fabulously fun and safe Halloween!  Now that November has arrived, the new stamps at Technique Junkies have too.   There are 15 new stamps in the lineup and they are all 15% off through November 8th.  Today the TJ team is excited to share ideas on how to use them with you!    Hopefully you have traveled through the hop and have arrived here from Giovana's blog.  If so, you're in the right place!

Today I am sharing this card featuring Bigger Bow.  

I stamped this fabulously detailed image in Memento Ink, and colored with Copic markers.  I added hints of pale blues and violets along with cool Grays to add shine to her lovely wavy hair.  I hand trimmed the image, and added the girl to an alcohol ink/Yupo paper background.  I masked the image so I could add the greeting separately directly on my card base.

I also used Yupo paper and alcohol inks to created this drippy background for the new Buy Coffee stamp, carefully heat embossing the greeting with copper embossing powder,  

I inked a second card with the Buy Coffee stamp.  This time I used a sponge dauber to apply ink to the stamp in my MISTI little by little, restamping each time to build up color and create a dimensional look to the banner.  I used the new Paint Rings background stamp to create a "coffee rings" background on both my kraft and ivory cardstock.

And now, please continue on the hop to the fabulous Pat Huntoon's blog!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Copper Embossed Fall Leaves

Happy Halloween!

Today I'm sharing another leaf card.  I'm mourning the loss of all of the leaves on the trees here, and dreading raking them up to be honest.  But they sure were pretty while they lasted!

I've used a number of products to create this card:  Impression Obsession stamps Falling Leaves and Thoughts and the Thoughts word die, Brutus Monroe embossing ink and Penny embossing powder, and Color Bursts powders from Ken Oliver and Brutus Monroe.

And my MISTI of course.  I always use my MISTI when stamping.

I have a photo tutorial for you today showing my process.

I began this card by laying out all of the leaf and acorn stamps from Falling Leaves in a large pattern on my MISTI.  Then closed the lid to pick them up.

I aligned my 140# cold press watercolor paper on my MISTI and used the Creative Corners to secure the paper in case I needed to reink.  I did.  I needed to reink the stamps with embossing ink to get the ink fully into the textured paper.  Those Creative Corners helped ensure that my paper had not moved, and I was restamping in the exact same place.

I covered the ink with Brutus Monroe Penny embossing powder, preheated my heat gun for about a minute then heated and melted the powder.  It's such a pretty copper color.

I them sprinkled tiny bits of several Color Bursts powders onto my watercolor panel.  I tried to direct the powder in my stamped images, as well as sprinkled some outside the lines too.  

I then spritzed it lightly with a fine mist of water and let the dissolve and the colors spread.  My watercolor paper curled and helped the colors blend and swirl across the panel.

I used my heat gun to dry and flatten my panel.

My colorful panel is dry, and now I am going to prepare my greeting.  I am using the Thoughts word die and coordinating stamps.

Originally I had cut the word from a rich brown card stock, but I decided that it needed a bit of the shine to match the leaves, so I pressed the die cut face down (I only did half, then melted, then did the other half) into my embossing ink pad, and used the Penny embossing powder to create a shiny metallic embellishment that matched my leaves!

I used my MISTI to create a sentiment strip, and used the Creative Corners once again to secure that thin strip of heavy weight white cardstock while I stamped and restamped with charcoal brown ink.

Now that my pieces were ready, it was time to assemble.  I had trimmed my panel down to 4" x 5.25".  I decided to add a small strip of burlap to my panel as contrast.  Here's a tip to add strips to your card straight.  Use the grid on the base of your MISTI!  The magnets held my panel securely in place while added 2 strips of Scor Tape and my burlap strip.  I used the grid lines to line up where to put them.  

I wrapped the excess edges of the burlap behind the card panel, securing with tape before adhering the panel to an A2 orange top fold horizontal card base.

I used spray adhesive to adhere the word die cut to the burlap. and 3M foam tape to adhere the sentiment strip.

Thanks for stopping in today.

Have a safe Halloween, everyone!  

Selective Inking with Red Lipstick Day

Happy Halloween!  

Today I am sharing a card created with the October release stamp, Red Lipstick Day.

This is such a fun image, iconic and retro, in the likeness of Lucille Ball.

I chose to run with that retro feel of the image and left my stamped image primarily black and white.  

However, it can't be a red lipstick day if your lipstick is black!!

So to create my card, I did a bit of selective inking.  Using my MISTI stamping tool, I placed my stamp in the center of my card panel which is a piece of Fabriano hot press watercolor paper.  I closed the lid of my MISTI to pick up my stamp, then using just the very corner of a Ruby Red Altenew mini ink cube, carefully added ink to just the lips, and stamped.  I repeated to make sure the ink had covered well.  I then placed a tiny piece of post-it tape over the lips I had just stamped onto my watercolor panel, and stamped the red lips once more onto the Post-It tape.  This Post-it tape will be my mask.  

Leaving my stamp set up on my MISTI, I used a scissors to very carefully trim out the lips and lipstick.  I placed the mask carefully over the lips on my panel.  I cleaned my stamp, but did NOT remove it.  Instead, I inked it with Versafine ink and stamped my panel again, this time stamping over the red ink, which is protected by that tiny mask.  

I also covered the whole image with a Post-it note, and stamped again.  This time I am creating a mask for the whole image (not the greeting, though).  I carefully trimmed out the mask for "Lucy", and placed carefully over my image on my watercolor panel.  

I then carefully arranged the A Colorful Life: Hexagon Fade stencil over the masked panel.  Using an additional piece of Post-It tape to protect the left half of my panel, I carefully inked up the right side using Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink and a round foam blending tool.  I removed the stencil and very lightly inked again, adding a very light cover of ink to soften the harshness of the stencil.

The turquoise hexagons reminded me of retro wall paper, so I added two 1/8" strips of black cardstock to the lower and right edge of my Lucy image as if her reflection was framed by a bathroom medicine cabinet mirror.  

To finish my card I trimmed my panel to 4"x 5 1/4" and adhered it to a turquoise card base.

Thanks for joining me today!

Have a great day!

Monday, October 30, 2017


It's so chilly today.

The wind is cold, and there's intermittent rain and snowflakes, so 33 degrees feels much colder and damper than it should.

I do believe Mother Nature has forgotten that all the kids will be out Trick or Treating tomorrow evening!!

So today, I'm sharing a warm sunny watercolored card created with IO Stamps,  Jacaranda Tree and Fall Pathway.

For this card I chose Fabriano hot press watercolor paper for it's smoother texture.  I stamped the Jacaranda Tree and greeting from Fall Pathway in Versafine ink and painted with Daniel Smith watercolors.

I wish I had that colorful sunny view out my window!!  My leaves are wet. And on the ground.  

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Creating for the Holidays With Technique Junkies Stamps

Happy Thursday!

Today I am sharing a Thanksgiving card using the Give Thanks stamp from Technique Junkies.

This is such a pretty stamp, with lots of detail.

For today's card, I stamped with Versafine ink, and colored with Prismacolor Premiere pencils.   This was a very simple image to color.  I decided to use Gamsol with paper blending stumps to easily blend out the wax to quickly produce the variation and contrast of colors.  

I used a large stitched circle die to cut the panel and used the orange patterned papers to complete my fall theme.

Don't forget to check out all the amazing Christmas inspiration over at the TJ Blog.  Technique Junkies is celebrating 30 Days of Christmas inspiration and has a great sale on all Christmas stamps, too!

Use this code to save an additonal 10% too!
Happy shopping!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Gina K Designs Merry & Bright StampTV Kit Inspiration Blog Hop

Good morning!  Welcome to the Merry & Bright StampTV Kit Inspiration Blog Hop!  Today and tomorrow, Gina and the Gina K Designs team are sharing inspiration projects featuring the amazing new holiday kit, Merry & Bright.

Gina has assembled a beautiful collection of images, both a open and silhouette,  papers and lots of dies, giving everyone tons of options for their holiday cardmaking, tags and gift projects.

This is such a fantastic loaded kit!  The retail price of all the elements included is well over double the price of the kit.  Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team today and be sure to 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. 

Today I am sharing three projects using stamps from this kit.

One of the most stunning images included in the kit is this gorgeous ornament.  I used it to make a simple one layer card.

I stamped the ornament using my MISTI.  I partially inked the image, using Blue Denim ink only on the circle of the ornament.  I used a Post-It note to mask the ornament, then I used second generation Moonlit Fog ink, stamping off first on a piece of scratch paper before stamping the cap and hook of the ornament.  

Leaving my ornament stamp in my MISTI, I removed my card, and colored my ornament with Copic markers.  I used lavender and pale blues for the ball, and cool grays to create a metallic cap.  I also added Spectrum Sparkle pen to the ornament.  Once my card was fully dry, I placed it back into my MISTI and used Versamark ink and silver embossing powder to add the string to the ornament.  The Merry & Bright greeting was added with Black Onyx ink.

This is another clean and simple card using the holly image.  I used a small sponge dauber to apple the ink to my stamps bit by bit, using my MISTI to stamp and restamp multiple times.  I began by adding Jellybean Green to the tips of the holly leaves, each time I stamped, I added a bit more ink, darkening the images as I moved toward the berries.  I moved to Grass Green ink toward the middle of the leaves, and Fresh Asparagus at the base.  I used Red Velvet ink on the berries, with a tiny bit of Cherry Red at the bottom of each berry.  I heat embossed the greeting with gold embossing powder and added a strip of foiled paper and Morning Dew Nuvo drops to give dimension to the berries.

I used another of the large kit images to create this second one layer card,  I stamped the pine branch on my Kraft card base with Versamark ink and embossed with Christmas Pine embossing powder.  
The pine cone was added with Charcoal brown ink.

I used sponge daubers and Grass Green and Kraft inks to add a bit of extra color to the images as well as the edges of the card.  The greeting was assembled using a few of the many mix and match greeting stamps and stamped with Versamark and embossed in gold.  I also used a Versamark marker to add ink to the pinecone so I could add gold embossing to the edges of the pinecone scales.

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

Thank you for stopping by!  

Thursday, October 19, 2017

New IO Stamps Challenge: Haunted Greetings

Haunted Greetings is the new challenge at IO Stamps!  
Create an Halloween themed card or project 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!

This simple card was created using the adorable Goburglars image.  I first trimmed two corners of a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Hammermill Digital 80# Color Copy Cover paper at angles to create a unique card panel.   I also cut a piece of black 1/8" larger using the same angles.   I stamped my image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then colored with Copic markers, also adding just a hint of shadow behind the images.  The greeting from Boo Balloons was also added with Memento ink, and the panel assembled to a white card base using a piece of patterned paper as a background.

My second card uses the images from Star Owl, Spooky Birds and again uses the Happy Halloween greeting from Boo Balloons.

This card was created by stamping the Star Owl image on Artistico cold press watercolor paper with Versafine ink.  The owl was colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, and the feathers accented using a black Copic Multi-liner pen.  The Spooky Birds image was stamped on a separate piece of white card stock and a circle die was used to create the full moon.  A very pale wash of watercolor created just a hint of wispy clouds drifting across the moon face.  I used a craft knife to slice a slit right at the top of the owl's head, so I could tuck the moon behind.  

The Happy Halloween sentiment was stamped and heat embossed with Wow Silver pearl embossing powder on my black cardbase.  I then masked the embossed greeting, and stamped the Spooky birds over the front of the cardbase using Versamark ink.  I removed the mask from the greeting before adding clear embossing powder and heating with my heat gun.  Then the Star Owl image and moon elements were added.

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

Chris Dayton - you are here

Technique Junkies 30 Days of Christmas Day 5

Good Morning!  

Today I'm over at the Technique Junkies blog sharing this card.

Technique Junkies is celebrating the 30 Days of Christmas right now, with 30 days of Christmas and holiday inspiration, and a SALE.  All stamps in the Christmas category at Technique Junkies are all 20% off!   

And...  you can use this code to save an additional 10%!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Gina K Designs New Release Inspiration Blog Hop - Day Two

Welcome to Day Two of the Gina K Designs Blog Hop.  

The Gina K Designs design team welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets from Gina K Designs illustrated by Beth Silaika and Chris Dayton.

Noelle Mouse - illustrated by Beth Silaika

Purrfect Christmas - illustrated by Chris Dayton

These new holiday stamp sets are so fun and versatile! You will be able to create amazing holiday projects using these individual sets or by combining the images and sentiments from multiple sets from this release. 

Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team today and be sure to 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. 

Here are a few projects that I have created with these new stamp sets:

Noelle Mouse by Beth Silaika is such an adorable set with awesome images for sweet holiday cards.  I am absolutely smitten by this sweet little mouse.

For this card, I masked the Mouse holding the gingerbread man cookie, peeking around the Christmas tree.  I stamped the Mouse and gingerbread cookie with second generation Moonlit Fog ink, meaning I stamped once on scrap paper before stamping my project to get a lighter version of the ink.  The tree was stamped with Jellybean Green ink onto my heavyweight white cardstock.  I colored the images with Copic markers, then used the Double Stitched Oval dies to cut out my focal panel, and a larger black mat.  I also stamped the gift image and two of the holly images onto white cardstock with Red Velvet ink and colored with Copics before hand trimming the image with scissors.  

I diecut the small black label using one of the new Decorative Label Dies and heat embossed the Deck the Halls greeting, then added the small holly images.  Before assembling my card, I decided to make a subtle background on my Red Velvet cardbase by stamping snowflakes in Versamark and embossing them with clear powder.

To assemble, I first added my greeting label, then wrapped a piece of Gingham Fancy Ribbon around the card front and securing with Scor-tape.  The Oval focal image hid the seam of the ribbon.  I added two small rectangular "gifts", one from Petite Patterns, the other from the new Ornamental Holiday Foil Mates  foiled with Radiant Red foil.  I then used a piece of foam dimensional tape to add the colored gift in front.

This was the clean and simple card that I created for the Stamp TV release party.  I stamped the holly and candy cane images first, then masked, then stamped the mouse in Memento Tuxedo ink, then colored with Copic makers.

I assembled with just a strip of Grass Green cardstock and the strip of Ornamental Holiday Foil Mates  foiled with Radiant Red foil.  The greeting was stamped with Black Onyx ink.

Now, first I have to give you the inspiration for my second stamp set, Purrfect Christmas.

I have three very large, lazy overweight cats who LOVE Christmas.  They started out quite small, slept a lot and were rather easily manageable.

Smokey and Bandit

But food quickly became an obsession.

And they grew.
This is my son's contant conpanion, Hot Wheels.

They look pretty sweet and innocent, right?

They are the reason we must have artificial trees, because they just can't leave the water alone, and the hardwood flooring just doesn't like pine flavored puddles.  And they are the reason that we often have to rewrap gifts (sometimes more than once) and replace our tree every couple of years because eventually the branches are so bent from their climbing that they just no longer are tree shaped.

So I needed a stamp set that conveys the CATastrophies of many a recent Christmas.  So I designed Purrfect Christmas for those with a love/hate relationship with their cat(s).

Here are a few of the cards I have made with this set:

It starts with just one...  A cute little kitten.  This one layer card was stamped with Memento and colored with Copic markers.

And for awhile life is pretty peaceful.  They cuddle, and sleep, and don't cause too much trouble.  
This card was masked and stamped with second generation inks on Artist's Choice cardstock and colored with Prismacolor pencils,  I trimmed out the tree and scene and added it to a patterned paper background with a window die cut.

Soon those adorable kittens grow, and begin to explore and cause trouble.  This scene was stamped on Canson watercolor paper, and I used a post it to mask off portions of the stockings.  I used my Scorepal to score a paneled background before painting with Sennelier watercolors.  Before assembling my card, I use a needle to thread pieces of embroidery thread through the panel at the bottom the stockings to show them unraveling.

The kittens become cats, and soon enjoy climbing and undecorating the tree.
This scene was stamped on Artistico cold press watercolor paper and painted with Sennelier watercolors.

And eventually they tip the tree.  This time, stamped the cat and tree on heavyweight white cardstock and colored with Copic markers.  I then fussy cut them out.  On a separate panel of watercolor paper,  I very lightly sketched in the sofa with pencil, then used Distress Inks to paint it.  When it was fully dry, I erased the pencil marks.  I strung gold cording to the tree and cut a portion of the tree away to make it look like it was resting on the arm of the sofa.  I tucked the cat slightly behind the tree and adhered to the watercolor panel with liquid adhesives.  

Thanks for joining in on my Cat Tales adventure!

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

Right now the current incentive set that is free with your $75 Gina K Designs order, is this beautiful Scripty Holidays set.

Scripty Holidays

This is the latest in the Scripty series, and it is a gorgeous sentiment set.  I have used it on this release party project along with the amazing tree image from the Merry & Bright Stamp TV kit.

This card was created by stamping the tree image on Ranger Glossy paper with Staz-on ink.  I then used Colorbox styluses with oval foam blending tips to apply Memento inks to create the wintery sky and icy pond.  I used a paintbrush and Gina K white pigment ink as well as a white gel pen to accent the snow.  I trimmed the panel down, and stamped and embossed the Scripty greeting to my black card base before adhering the focal panel.

The next two cards use the Scripty Holidays greetings with ornaments made with the new Gina K Designs/Therm O Web Foil-Mates and Fancy Foils.  

I foiled 4" pieces of the Foil-Mates from the Blizzard and Ornamental Holiday packs with Radiant Red, Glittering Green and Sparkling Silver Fancy Foils.  I used several sizes of punches and dies to cut circles.  I used sponge daubers to apply Blue Denim. Cherry Red and Jellybean Green ink to give the circle a bit of illusion of dimension.  I stamped my Scripty greeting, and added subtle "strings" with a glitter gel pen, then adhered the ornaments with liquid glue.

Ready to see more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the rest of the team:

Gina K

Beth Silaika- Illustrator of Noelle Mouse

Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy the hop!