Thursday, December 20, 2018

Impression Obsession Quick Holiday Card Challenge




Hi,
I am traveling so please excuse the photo. Impression Obsession has a Quick Holiday Card challenge up on the blog - here. Go to the latest post. So my card...I made it in my old bedroom at my mother's house so it had to be quick!


First, I stamped the chocolate bar background with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Neenah Desert Storm kraft paper and then used Hero Arts Cup of Joe and the Picket Fence Life Changing Blender Brushes to soften the panel a bit. Then I splashed shimmer spray in silver and gold over it. I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black and now I need chocolate just writing this.

I stamped Darby Love in Memento Tuxedo Black onto Neenah Solar White Smooth 80 pound card. I used various shades of Copic markers to color him. I added a bit of twine and some foam tape and it was done.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you join our challenge!
Susan

Copics Used:
Darby: W00, W1, W3 and a smidge of W5
Collar: R24, R27 and R29

Supplies Used: I am using affiliate links at no further cost to you. I was given the stamps as part of my design team work for Impression Obsession.




Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Picket Fence Studios: Cloudy Valentine

Hi,
So sorry I have been absent. I have been traveling to take care of my mom. I have my second card for the Picket Fence Studios December Release. I used Have a Cheerful Day along with On A Cloud of Dreams and Rough Around the Edges. I stamped both background stamps with Hero Arts Cornflower ink.


Then I stamped Have a Cheerful Day with Memento Tuxedo black. I then colored the image in with my traveling set of Copics. I would have added white dots to her crown and scarf but my gel pen dried up.....my mom's house is very hot and dry lol!!!

Copics Used:
RV10, RV21, RV25
Y11, Y13

Supplies Used:
I am used compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. I received the Rough Around the Edges and Have a Happy Day for free for my design team work for Picket Fence Studios.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Picket Fence Studios December Release: Anyone for a rainbow cookie?


Hi,
I am up on the Picket Fence Studios blog today. The December Release is adorable and features some great stamp and die sets. I chose to use the xxxxx set as it is holiday baking time but I wanted to bring a bit of Spring into the design. I just love rainbows and they are the perfect thing for this dreary weather as I am in Boston with my mom and not in sunny Florida lol! This is a 3.5 x 9" card so I could pack in a almost full rainbow of cookies. unfortunately, I had to leave out the cerulean blue color of the rainbow!

Using my Misti I stamped the cookie shape with a mid-tone brown ink and then using the layering cookie image to stamp with a very light vanilla ink. This made my sugar cookie shape - these are my favorite cookies at this time of year. I used various shades of ink to add the frosting and make a rainbow. I finished off each cookie with some sequins. I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black.

I have linked to the new release below and the supplies I used. I hope you are enjoying the holidays. Thanks for stopping by!
                                                          Susan

Products Used: I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. I was given the stamps as part of my design team work for Picket Fence Studios!



Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Impression Obsession Winter Hugs Day 3: Oh, Tree Ring, Oh, Tree Ring...





Hi,
Welcome to the Impression Obsession Winter Hugs Hop!
I have $10 Impression Obsession gift certificate to give to someone! Comment below with your favorite stamp from the release! All comments will be open until Saturday December 16th at noon CT. Winner will be announced on Monday December 17th.
All of the new stamps are available now! You can find them here.



For this card I used the cling mount wood tree ring stamp and a sentiment from an older stamp set. I stamped the tree ring in multiple times in various shades of grey ink. I then die cut them using an older set of circle die cuts. I stamped the background with the Cover a Card Wood Grain background cling stamp in a blue grey ink. The texture of the stamp and the glitter I added from Wink of Stella clear brush pen is just not showing up in this picture. It sparkles in real light!

Please leave a comment below saying which of the new release is your favorite. Comments close December 16th at 12P CST.

Thanks for stopping by;
Susan

Products Used:
I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. I received the stamps for free as part of my design team work for Impression Obsession.





Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Impression Obsession Winter Hugs Release Day 2: Ummm....Hi Zebra




Hi,
Welcome to the Impression Obsession Winter Hugs Hop!
I have $10 Impression Obsession gift certificate to give to someone! Comment below with your favorite stamp from the release! All comments will be open until Saturday December 16th at noon CT. Winner will be announced on Monday December 17th.
All of the new stamps are available now! You can find them here.

Here is my first card! I just had to use the Floral Zebra......she is so cute! I adore her floral hat.


For the background, I did some easy ink blending with various shades of blue ink. I stamped the image onto Neenah Solar White with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I used some simple Copic blending to make the image pop a bit. I then fussy cut it out and mounted it onto the ink blended panel using foam tape. So easy to make. And that sentiment.....ummm adorable!

So please comment below to be eligible to win a $10 gift certificate to Impression Obsession's store. Comments close December 16th at 12P CST.

Thanks for stopping by;
Susan

Products Used: I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. I received the stamps for free as part of my design team work for Impression Obsession.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Picket Fence Studios and Simon Says Stamps - Elf Up to No Good and A New Photo Lay Board

Hi,
It is the last day of the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I had the great privilege of being one of the Goodwill Ambassadors for Kathy. I found some wonderful new-to-me card makers and lots of inspiration as I was going through Instagram and FaceBook. Thank you to Kathy and all of you for this wonderful month of card making and coloring.

 Today I did combine two stamp companies - Picket Fence Studios Inappropriate Santa which has tons of hilarious sentiments and Naughty Elves from Simon Says Stamp which has a fantastic vintage look. I actually got out my Daniel Smith watercolors for this!

The best thing about this project? I got to use my new custom engraved photo lay board from Wilkerson Handmade, a woman owned, small business. I purchased this board myself after seeing Kathy Racoosin using hers. This board is made from real wood and cut with a laser. I love using it because there is very little glare. It is great for low light situations when I need to pull out my not so good studio lights. I have linked to Wilkerson Handmade below. Shipping is sooooo fast!



Thank you for stopping by!
Susan

Links to Products: I am using affiliate links in some cases at no extra charge to you. I purchased the photo lay board myself because I love Wilkerson Handmade products. I was given the Picket Fence stamp set as part of my design team work for them.




Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Team Tuesdays: Using Foiling with Perfect Pearls

Hi,
I am up on the My Sweet Petunia blog today with this sparkly card!




I used Jennifer McGuire's technique of lifting off Perfect Pearls pigment powder with Versamark. But I added a twist - and this is not a new twist by any means. I inked up a sheet of Neenah Desert Storm with Versamark and applied the Perfect Pearls.  I set the Perfect Pearls with water and left the paper to try for 24 hours in my MISTI - drying time may be less if you are in a very dry climate.

Once the paper was dry, I placed the stamp in my MISTI and applied a thin coating of Deco Arts transfer gel to the stamp and stamped it on to the paper. There is a video below showing the whole process start to finish.



 Once the transfer gel was dried, I ran the stamped image through my laminator with some gold foil and got this beautiful, distressed foiled background. I wish you could see this in person as it is so shimmery and gorgeous.

Thank you for stopping by!
Susan

Products Used: I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. I received none of these products for free. I have purchased them myself because they are high quality and work really well for me.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Giveaway and Glittery Coffee Girl

Hi,
I just had to use her - she needed coffee and so do I after eating all that turkey yesterday!!! First, I must admit I was heavily inspired by Dawn Woleslage's latest card to use some chunky glitter enamel embossing powder.


First, I inked a Neenah 80 lb Solar White panel with Versamark. I then applied Shabby Chic White enamel embossing powder by Stampendous and heat set it. WARNING for those who hate messy desks: even with heating from below first I had chunks of embossing powder all over. Cleaned up easily with a swiffer.



Then using, our new background Rough Around the Edges striped background, I stamped that over the embossed panel with Versamark and applied Aged Gold enamel embossing powder. Oh my gosh such a beautiful, luscious embossing powder.

For the tag, I cut that out using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Tag and then stamped the girl in our new Picket Fence Studios Intense Black Hybrid Ink and colored her in with Copics. I added the sentiment and sprinkled on some of the aged gold embossing powder. I then trimmed out the main panel and mounted with some foam tape - it will need this reinforcement - onto a Neenah 110lb A2 top folding card!

Thank you for stopping by and please head to my You Tube channel above to leave a comment in order to be eligible for the give away!
Susan

Copics Used:
Skin: E11, E01, E00, E000 and R20
Hair: E30 series
Pants: They stamp a solid black.
Shirt and planner: W00, W1, W3 and W5
Coffee Cup: YR24 and Wink of Stella Gold

Products Used:
I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. I was given the stamps as part of my design team work with Picket Fence Studios.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Picket Fence Studios All Week Long BLACK FRIDAY

Hi,
Yes this sale is ALL WEEK LONG!!! Hurry go now lol! Yes I am shopping too for myself HA!




Thank you for stopping by! I will be  back with more Black Friday Fun!
Susan


New Release: I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you!


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Picket Fence Studios November Release: Coffee with a Friend

Hi,
I am back with another card from the November release which I adore. These two friends are meeting for coffee after Christmas shopping! This time I mirror stamped the goose from the I Love You Momma set. For the mirror image stamping I use a large flat stamp that I flipped and inked up the stamp with Memento - frankly this is my go to ink for mirror images. Then I use the image on the stamp to stamp onto Neenah Solar White.  Memento Tuxedo Black is the only ink I have success with when mirror stamping. That said, for the other goose I used our new Picket Fence Studios Intense Black hybrid ink. It works beautifully with any medium.


For the background I used our new Rough Around the Edges with a bright olive green ink - not sure which one I used - shouldn't clean up before writing things down lol. The coffee cup is from Coffee Understands.

Copics Used:
Geese: W00, W1 and W5 and R20 for the cheeks.
Cup and flowers: R24, R27 and R29 with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents

Thank you for stopping by! See you soon!
Susan

Products Used: I am using affiliate links at no further cost to you. I love and use all of these products which is why I share them. I did receive the stamps for free as part of my design team work for Picket Fence Studios. 


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Impression Obsession Fall Colors Challenge: White Pumpkins

Hi Everyone!
I am thrilled to announce that I will be guest designing for Impression Obsession for the next few months. I am so exited and honored to work for this company as I have been buying their stamps for years and I really do mean years. The card below was made with two stamps that are about 10-15 years old. They have withstood the test of time both style wise and quality. They both are red rubber cling stamps which I love working with. This card is for the Fall Colors Challenge which can be found here. There is a $25 gift certificate to Impression Obsession for the winner.


I kept the layout fairly straightforward as this is one of the first times I used my pencils with no line coloring. First, I stamped it in white pigment ink onto Neenah Desert Storm and proceeded color it all in with my Prismacolor pencils. I then die cut it with the medium rectangle from Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die set.

Pencils Used:
Pumpkins: All the French Greys
Butterfly: Periwinkle, Indigo, Jade, Celadon, Peacock, Black and White
Sky: White, Slate Grey and a bit of Blue Peacock

Thank you for stopping by! Please come and play in the challenge here!
Susan

Products Used: I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. 


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Picket Fence Studios November Release: Chilly Coffee Day

Hi,
This release is soooooo good. Just wait for what else we have in store for you. Today I have a card I made using Jill Girl. She looks gorgeous in her chunky yarn scarf. I popped her onto a shaker card background using the Need More Coffee background stamp. I used MFT Cement Gray for the background. The rest of the stamping was done using Picket Fence Studios Intense Black hybrid ink. It worked perfectly with Copic markers used in this card and it stamps crisply.

I then cut a window in an A2 sized panel using the longest of the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die and the mid-sized Simon Says Stamp Stitched Square dies. The sentiment is from Picket Fence Studios Kylee Boo.


Copics Used:
Face: E000, E00, E01, E11 and R20. BG70 and BG72 on the eyes.
Hair: E33, E35, E37 and E29
Scarf: W00, W1, W3, W5, W7
Coat: I may not have this correctly listed. E99, E97, E13, E07, E09 and YR30. Then I used a rag dampened with Colorless Blender solution to give texture to the coat.

Thank you for stopping by! I will be back tomorrow with more from the release!
Susan

Products Used: I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. I received the stamps and PFS Intense Black Ink for free as part of my design team work. The complete release is listed below including our new black hybrid ink!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

My Sweet Petunia/MISTI and Unity Stamps Blog Hop





Hi,
First, this hop is a little bit different. The links to the hop can be found on the Unity Stamp  Co website or My Sweet Petunia. There is also a hop on Instagram so go over there and hop too for additional prizes! My Instagram account is: @susan_wymer.



So for my card I decided to combine stamp sets. One set is a spring set, Oh Splendid Spring, and one is a Christmas set, A Time of Peace!



 I heavily employed my Misti in all aspects of this project lol! I stamped the background on the diagonal using the Peace on Earth sentiment from A Time of Piece and W Plus 9 Fairy Dust ink. I used the L shaped tool from the Creative Corners set to align the stamp as I went across and up and down the panel.

Next, I stamped the focal image - the two critters - from Oh Splendid Spring in Memento Tuxedo Black onto a piece of Neenah Solar White 80 lb card stock. Using my Copic markers I colored in the image and then fussy cut it out. Using my MISTI, I stamped the main sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed with Judikins Winter Wonderland embossing powder.

Copics:
Polar Bear: W00, W1, W3 and a tiny bit of W5. I added R20 to the cheeks and ears.
Mouse: N0, N1, N4 with R20 on cheeks and ears
Flower and Shirt: R32, R35 and R37
Stem: YG67

A You Tube tutorial is linked below.



NOW for the BLOG GIVEAWAY DETAILS: We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to give away PLUS a $60 gift certificate to My Sweet Petunia. Leave a comment on EACH design team member’s blog in the hop for your chance to win. You have until Monday, November 12th to leave a comment. Winners will be picked and announced Tuesday, November 13th on the Unity Stamp Company and My Sweet Petunia blogs. Head back to these one of these two places to continue being inspired, and of course, to leave comments!






Thank you for stopping by and entering the contest!
Susan

Products Used: I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost for you. I was given the stamps as part of my design team work for My Sweet Petunia.

Link to Unity Stamp Shop HERE

Monday, November 5, 2018

Ostriches, Peacock, Multiple Stamp Companies, OH MY

Hi,
 I might have gone a bit crazy with this card. I saw the peacocks on a recent trip to My Favorite Things in Eustis, FL. Then, I thought of the ostrich with its head in the sand from W Plus 9 and this large sentiment from Honey Bee. Thus, this business envelope sized card was born.


First, I cut a piece of Neenah 80 lb card stock to 3.5" X 9" long for the front panel. Then, I cut a piece of Neenah 110 lb card stock to 3.5" x 9.5". I scored it at 1/2". I then cut another piece of 3.5" x 9". Using Scor-tape I folded the longer 110 card stock over the shorter one to make a side folding card. 

I stamped all the images in Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored everything including the sand with Copics. I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx black.

Thank you for stopping by;
Susan

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Picket Fence Studios: A Crafty Fox Uses Her Old Paper Crimper

Hi,
I was very crafty and pulled out my old paper crimper after I saw that Dawn from W Plus 9 used one this past weekend. I used a sentiment and image from Picket Fence Studios Crafty Like A Fox. I colored the image with a variety of Copics because I just could leave well enough alone. I have linked up a video below that has a step by step.








Supplies Used: I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. I was given the stamp set as part of my design team work with Picket Fence Studios. 


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Picket Fence Studios: A Bear Family Winter

Hi!
I told you in my last post that I was so in love with the theme "families are everything" so I used it again but from Picket Fence Studios. For this card, I used Picket Fence Studios A Bear Kind of Winter to make a scene...well a harmonious scene I hope lol! I started by doing some ink blending with Distress oxides using the Life Changing Blender Brushes onto Neenah Solar White 80 lb card stock. I heat set it and left it to dry.

While things were drying, I stamped the bears onto Neenah Solar White 80 lb with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I then used very few colors of Copics to color in the bears and there hand knitted accessories! The bears were colored with: W00, W1, W3 or N0,N1 and N3 or E41, E42 and E43. I added colorless blender to all to blend these very light colors. Their clothes are colored with BG70 and BG72 and YG61 and YG63.

Once the background was dry I carefully stamped part of the large stamp from All That Glitters onto the background with Versamark ink. I used a glittery white embossing powder to form that cloud of snow at the top.

I hand cut the snow hill....because on the actual panel I had stamped my sentiment upside down...I was not going back to the beginning. I used my Misti to get the sentiment centered on the hill. I then composed my scene. Easy, fast and fun!


Thank you for stopping by!
Susan

Products Used:
I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. I received the stamp sets and blender brushes as part of my design team work for Picket Fence Studios.


Monday, October 29, 2018

Simon Says Stamp November 2018 Card Kit: Family is Everything!

Hi,
I have been noticing a theme lately in my heart and stamp sets. One that says family is everything. I now have two stamp sets that have this sentiment. At a crafty retreat I was given this Simon Says Stamp November 2018 card kit by a friend. I am so grateful for it. This stamp set is gorgeous and the kit has a lot of great paper and embellishments packed into it. I made this card while at the Retreat. Because I fly there, I borrow almost everything from friends including inks. I, admit with all the wonderful chatting and laughing with friends that I forgot to write down exactly what I used. I have given my best guess below lol!

This card was sooooo easy to make. I simply stamped this leaves in fall colored Distress Oxides onto Neenah Solar White 80 lb card stock. I then cut them out and arranged them in a bouquet of leaves or a spray of leaves. Once I knew where the spray of leaves was going I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment. I then added the butterfly from Tim Holtz (in the kit) and used Glossy Accents to adhere it.


Thanks for falling by (pun intended)! 
Susan

Products Used: I am using compensated affiliate links at not further cost to you. In full disclosure, I was given the card kit as a gift from a wonderful friend!


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Picket Fence Studios October Release: Rustic Snowmen on a Mantle

Hi,
All I could think of when I saw this stamp set was having these little snowmen on a rustic mantle piece. So I painted one with a rough wood background. I first stamped the images with Versafine Onyx black onto Arches 140 lb cold press watercolor paper and painted them in various shades of grays. I, then, fussy cut them. The grays were created with varying amounts of Daniel Smith Ultramarine Blue and Quinacridone Gold. I used Opera Pink and Cobalt Turquoise for the clothing. The brown was a mix of Quinacridone Gold and Burnt Sienna - I think!!! The background was also created with the same grays on the same arches paper. The mantle is part of the stamp set and was fussy cut as well.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!
Susan


Products Used: I am using compensated affiliate links at no further charge to you. I was given the stamp set as part of my design team work with Picket Fence Studios.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Ring Around the Foxes - Picket Fence Release Day 4

Hi,
For my last card for Release week, I just had to make a wreath out of these adorable scampering foxes in Crafty Like a Fox. I used a circle die cut as a guide and just stamped out a wreath using some florals from other Picket Fence sets. Easy peasy!


Thanks for coming by again! I am at a crafty retreat and hopefully making more cards to post here. Chances are I will just be chatting and not doing a thing lol!

Products used: I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. I was the given Crafty Like A Fox as part of my design team work for Picket Fence Studios.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

What is winter without a gnome? Picket Fence Studios Release Day 3

Hi,
This gnome is adorable. I kept this card clean and simple - well for me - and just added some shimmer splatter and sequins. I made a cluster of snowflakes using some old glitter paper. Underneath that I have used embossing paste with a snowflake stencil! I did add Frosted Lace Stickles to his beard - I couldn't resist!


Thanks for stopping by! I will be back on Thursday with my last card for the Release. BUT I have more stamps from this release so I plan on using them!

Products Used: I am using compensated affiliate links at no extra charge to you. I was given the Gnome stamp set as part of my design team work for Picket Fence Studios.

Monday, October 15, 2018

A Fall Lily Bouquet - Picket Fence Stamps

Hi,
I really love all of the new release from Picket Fence but the Lily Bouquet stole my heart!

I wanted to try no line coloring again with my Copics as I am still learning. I follow Dawn Woleslage's from W Plus 9 You Tube tutorial here. I use this technique for the leaves as well. Then for a few hours I proceed to color this in. I stamped on Neenah Solar White 80 lb cardstock. I struggled with the stamens......I need to learn how to color these. I am seeing Dawn on Thursday at Retreat and asking for a lesson!!!!!!

Copics Used:
Red Lily: R81, R83, R85, R56 and RV99. My undercoat is YR0000. I added a bit of G20 just because.
Yellow Lily: Y02, Y08, E99, My undercoat is YR0000. I also added some V99 and G20.
Orange Lily: YR65, E07, E97, E99, E18, E17 and an undercoat of G20 with pops of YR0000.
Leaves: YG00, G20, G24, YG63, YG67 


Product Used: I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. The lily bouquet was given to me as part of my design team work for Picket Fence Studios.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

PIcket Fence Studios October Release Day

Hi,
We have such an amazing release this month! I made four relatively quick cards with the stamp sets I received. Ok, I admit that coloring on the lily took a lot longer - 4 hours and lots of Copics. I will post more on that card tomorrow. First up:

You know I love the Picket Fence Studios Girls collection and this set met all my expectations - and who can resist a wine glass. I had so much fun coloring her in Copics.


Another obsession - Gnomes and I love this little guy!


These foxes can be used in so many different scenes - winter, fall and spring and perhaps, summer. I created this quick wreath by stamping around circle die. Easy peasy!


Last but not least - my favorite - the Lily Bouquet! I was swooning when I opened it. I will post more on the colors I used tomorrow. Today's post is just to get going on the Release!

Thanks for stopping by;
Susan

Products Used. I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. I received the stamps I used here as part of my DT work.