Thursday, February 21, 2019

Impression Obsession Challenge: Flowers for Friends






Hi,
I have been working on this Tree Peony Blossom for awhile in order to practice shading white flowers. I really wanted to use different light shades of Copics to make a dappled looking white flower. I still need to work on this "technique" because I have a picture of my Grandfather's white roses in mind as well as a painting in my mother in-law's apartment. White flowers are really just not all greys or browns or stark white. I will keep practicing. Meanwhile, go have a look to see what the other IO designers have made over at the IO Blog.

For the background, I ink blended some distress oxides and distress inks with my blender brushes and then splattered the panel with water and Sheer Shimmer spray. I popped up the flower and added the two white heat embossed sentiment strips. I also added some Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets.

Copics Used: (yes this is a crazy mix)
YR0000, E0000, B60, BG0000, RV0000, RV10, BV0000 and perhaps others. I did add some pencil detail using my Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils - mostly Indigo Blue and Black and 90% Cool Grey. I tend to play when I do these so I don't write everything down.

Thanks for stopping by! Go make a card using IO products and enter to win here.
Susan

Products Used: I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. I do make a small commission with each sale, and I do appreciate your support. I received the stamps as part of my design team work for Impression Obsession. I was given the My Sweet Petunia Cut Align by a friend but I am also on the My Sweet Petunia design team. I only use products I love and that I think are of the highest quality.


Monday, February 18, 2019

Die Cut Obsession Day: Baby Elephant in Pink


Hi, Today is Die Cut Obsession Day over at the Impression Obsession blog - go here to see what the other designers have made! I chose to use Impression Obsession Patchwork Elephant as I needed a baby girl card. The final card is 4.25 x 4.25". The small size of this die allowed me to make a cute card with the paper arranged in a whimsical fashion. I used an old pad of 6x6 paper. To make the background I used our Clouds Cover-a-Card background stamped in Worn Lipstick - I think. It might be stamped in Spun Sugar Distress Ink. I did pop up the face and ears with foam tape to add some dimension. I added a few light colored sequins but I am not sure where those are from either - yes I am scatterbrained. I make a lot of backgrounds ahead of time so that explains the ink problem lol!

The softness of the Clouds background was perfect for this card. The sentiment is from Life Stuff Sentiments. I stamped it onto Neenah Solar White 80 lb card stock using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I cut that thin strip with the new My Sweet Petunia Cut Align - not sure how I crafted before without that tool.

There are a lot of other Patchwork critters - go have a look! I am not sure why I - a Gator's fan - do not have the Patchwork Gator but I will be rectifying that soon!

Head over to the IO Blog to see all the beautiful cards!
Thanks for stopping by;
Susan

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Picket Fence Studios February Release: Get Those Shopping Steps


Hi Everyone;
I am back with another card for the Picket Fence Studios February Release. I love this set Shop Hard because of all the great images and the sentiments. This is my favorite. My mom loves to shop and yes, this is how she gets her steps in lol!!!

I used Pinterest to scroll through a series of fashion drawings and decided upon this layout. I used 3 basic colors - aqua, magenta and yellow. I listed the Copics below. I did add Glossy Accent details to each of the purses and shoes. I had to add texture to the various pieces because one of my RV markers splooged on the middle girl's shirt. I do need to work on my shading especially on the skin so I will most likely pull this set out again!

Copics:
Pinks: RV10, RV11, RV13, RV14, and RV19
Aquas: BG10, BG11, BG13 and BG49
Yellows: Y11, Y13, Y15, Y18 and a smidge of YR24
Blacks: N4, N6, N8
Skin Colors: 
E0000, E000, E00, E01, R20
E21, E23, E27, R46 for cheeks
E00, E01, E11, E04, R20 for cheeks

Thanks for stopping by;
Susan

Products Used: I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. This means I make a small commission from each sale. I did receive the stamps as part of my work for PFS Design Team. I love all of the products I use.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Picket Fence Studios February Release - What is fluffy and what is a succulent?




Hi,
I have two cards for today's opening of release day for Picket Fence Studios. If you are only seeing one, stop by later and I will have the other one up. It has been quite the month here and chaos ensued.

So inspired by the chaos in my life, I tipped this kitty Olivia Kitten upside and hung her from the top of the card. A dear friend has a cat who is often hanging upside down just because he likes it. So no worries, no real or stamped cats were hurt in the process of making the card.

I stamped her in Versamark Ink and used white embossing powder. I then stamped the sentiment from What the fluff in Versamark and embossed that. I added details to Olivia using a white Prismacolor pencil and some shades of pink and blue.

The succulent blossom card was inspired by a display of wedding flowers at a resort we were visiting and by this pin of cascading succulents for a table display. I stamped all the blossoms in Picket Fence Studios Hybrid Black Ink and colored them in with Copics. I did use some old sprays for my background so I won't have links for those. Then I die cut each image and made my spray of succulent blossoms. I love this one so much I will make more! Oh and I cut the strip with my MISTI Cut Align!

Copics Used:
YG11, YG13, YG17, G24, YG63, YG67, BG10, BG11, BG13, RV61 and RV63

Thanks for stopping by;
Susan

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Daily Marker Coloring Challenge Day 10 and Impression Obsession Tree Peony Bloom


Hi, I don't seem to be getting much done for this coloring challenge lol! I have been coloring though. Since this Tree Peony Blossom from Impression Obsession might not be a card for long time, I thought I would post it anyway. I follow Dawn Woleslage's video on Copic Coloring - it can be found HERE. I do change it up a bit on coloring the leaves and I do add black or indigo blue colored pencil into the "nooks and crannies". I always use a very SHARP pencil which is Kathy Racoosin's favorite kind of pencil! I used a ton of Copics listed below. I used a lot of colors because sometimes white flowers in the right kind of lightly and especially if they are with other flowers of different colors can have other light colors in them.

Flower: BV0000, RV10, C0, B60, YR0000, E0000 and G0000 as I was going for a mostly white flower.

Leaves: G20, G24, YG61, YG63, G40, G43 - I think....sorry.

Supplies Used:

Monday, February 4, 2019

Obsessed with Die Cuts Day and Coloring Challenge Day 2


Today is Die Cut Obsession Day over at the Impression Obsession blog. Die cuts are the feature of the day but hey I needed some flowers too. I used Geometric Lines Background and Tender Tulips to make this card.

I die cut the background from some deep violet paper and then spritzed it with Sheer Shimmer Spray. The flowers were stamped with Impression Obsession Black Hybrid ink and colored with Copic Sketch Markers. I did a bit of the "nooks and crannies" with a black Prismacolor pencil.

I mounted the die onto a panel using a liquid adhesive but first I brushed on some Distress Oxides. I used 3D foam tape on the flowers.

Copics Used:
Tulips: C0, C1, YR0000, B60, BV0000, BV00
Leaves: G20, G24, YG61, YG63, YG67

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge Day 1 and A Very Quick Card


Hi,
It is the first day and of course, I haven't colored yet lol! But I did have this spare card I made in December. My mom was sick and I was traveling with minimal supplies and needed a very quick card. I used Picket Fence Studios Proud of You Sunshine Critter. I quickly colored her up with Copics and popped her up on a card and added sequins. I would list the Copics I used but I cannot even remember! But this was so easy.

Thanks for stopping by;
Susan

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Impression Obsession: Old is New Day



Hi,
Today over at the IO Blog we are featuring some of our older stamps.  I wanted to showcase this stamp in an up-to-date way because I just love it. We all have loads of stamps in our craft rooms that could use a little tweak to make the design on trend.

This IO stamp is actually a collage stamp - I adore them and have many that are -umm -15 years old or more! Instead of leaving it as just one layer, I cut out the main part of the image after I colored it in and put it on my own background. I used some Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide to make a background with a stencil and then added splatters of Sheer Shimmer and gold spray.

As I was using a no line coloring technique - I stamped the image with IO Stamps Fog Hybrid Ink using my MISTI.

Copics:
Pink daisies: RV10, RV11, RV13, RV14, RV02, R56, RV69, RV99 and 100 and YR0000
Leaves: G40, G43, G46, G29, BG53, YR0000
Frog: YG11, YG13, YG17, YG03, YG63, YG67 and 100 and B53 for his eyes

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to stop by 
the IO Blog for more inspiration from the team!
Susan
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I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. I received the stamp as part of my design team work for Impression Obsession. 


Friday, January 25, 2019




Hi;
Yesterday, I needed to make a winter card because sooooo many of my friends are surrounded by ice and snow! For this card, I decided to flip a Bottomless Sea to make an icy border for the narwhals and the polar bear to meet. Bottomless Sea is very versatile and could be used as a spring canopy too. I will eventually make that card.

  First, I used our Blender Brushes to make the sea with several shades of Distress Oxide Inks. I let that dry and then treated it with an anti-static tool. I then stamped the main image of Bottomless Sea with Versamark Ink and used White embossing powder. For the sky I blended a bit of Squeezed Lemonade onto the panel and then spritzed it with Sheer Shimmer spray. I die cut a hill from a generic landscape border set. I popped the bottomless sea panel onto the sky panel.


 Meanwhile, when I returned from running errands lol - I colored my critters which I had stamped with PFS Hybrid Black ink. I used 2 narwhals from Be a Unicorn of The Sea with N0, N1, N3, and Copic Markers. For my polar bear from A Bear Kind of Winter I used W00, W1, W3 and a smidge (I always say that) of W5. I used R32 and R35 for the hat. Every critter got a coating of clear Wink of Stella! The sentiment is from A Gnome Winter. Y'all why use 1 stamp set when you can use 4???? I stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black Ink. I cut it into a banner and popped it on the card.

And I called it done because I want to get back to Spring lol - well until my friends are under another foot of snow lol!
  Thanks for stopping by; Susan

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Impression Obsession Challenge: All About Love


Hi, We have a new challenge starting over at the Impression Obsession blog - HERE. Make a card all about love and link it up to the challenge and enter to win a gift certificate to the store!!!

Today, I decided to use Elmer Loves Ellie - you see them above - and doesn't he look dapper in his pin stripe shirt??? The flowers are from Wispy Cosmos. I stamped all images with IO Black Hybrid Ink and did some copic coloring. I die cut the grass with our grass border die from some stock green paper.

I made the background by blending Squeezed Lemonade, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberries. I then added some water droplets and let them set a few seconds. I blotted them up with a dry cloth. I also splatted the background with Sheer Shimmer Spray.

For finishing touches, I added clear sequins and Glossy Accents to the flower centers and the banner. I just had to use my clear Wink of Stella pen on her dress and the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope to see your cards linked up to the challenge!
Susan
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

My Sweet Petunia Team Tuesdays with Susan


Hi, Today I am up on the My Sweet Petunia blog for Team Tuesdays. I have obtained the newest tool - the Cut Align - it is fantastic. I have trouble cutting small strips and the Cut Align makes this so easy.  I also have a card featuring the new Picket Fence Studios Aeonium African Succulent.

I stamped the image with Picket Fence Black Hybrid ink using my Misti to get a more precise image. I then loosely water colored the image with three shades of blue green. It was so easy to do. I think took one long sentiment from Ways to Say Happy Anniversary and split it using the Cut Align. I then used the Cut Align to cut the then sentiment strips. I have a You Tube tutorial below.


Thanks for stopping by;
Susan

Products Used: I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. I received the stamp as part of my design team work for Picket Fence Studios. The Cut Align was a gift.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Die Cut Obsession with Impression Obsession: Leafy Background Die


Hi! Today at Impression Obsession we are having a feature on our dies. I used Leafy Background to create a tone on tone card. I sprayed the base with some Shimmer Spray.

I left some of the leaves not adhered to the base as I wanted it to look lacy and not perfect because that made sense with the sentiment. I stamped the sentiment with IO Black Hybrid Ink. The sentiment is from Fred Said - best sentiment set ever!! I used the new Cut Align tool from My Sweet Petunia to make the matted sentiment. I then added some pretty blue sequins from Neat and Tangled!

Thanks for stopping by;
Susan

Products Used: I am using affiliate links at no further cost to you. I received the background and sentiment from IO as part of my design team work!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Picket Fence Studios CHA Release: I went Boho!


I think this set Dani Girl and her dragon is my favorite of the release! I colored her with rainbow hair to match her rainbow dragon. In the background is our new sun burst stencil. I added some Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide ink to embossing paste and embossed through the stencil. For extra sparkle I added Hero Arts Sparkle Glitter embossing powder. I waited for the paste to dry before heat setting the embossing paste. This prevents bubbles from appearing in your embossed areas. I then added some gems from Pretty Pink Posh!

Next up is my card featuring Boho Gypsy.

I really enjoyed coloring her and tried to add a glow around her face from the rainbow in the background. I created the rainbow by adding some stripes of watercolor. I spritzed the paper with Sheer Shimmer spray and added a few droplets from Pretty Pink Posh.

Thank you for stopping by!
Susan

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I am using compensated affiliate links at no further cost to you. I received the stamps and dies as part of my design team work for Picket Fence.



Saturday, January 19, 2019

Picket Fence CHA Release: Taking Boho to Traditional


For this card which has bohemian feathers dripping from the flowers - which are beautiful - but I wanted to go with a more traditional look to show that you can take a stamp set to where ever you want to go with it! I inked this carefully with Memento Tuxedo black in and colored it in with reds and red-violet Copic Markers. I then fussy cut the image which removed the feathers. I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black and added some droplets! So easy!

My next card features a new set of critters. These also have Bohemian elements added to them. However, I decided again to go a more traditional route - a shaker card. I CASEd the design from Debby Hughes.


I love the family oriented sentiments that PFS has so I added a sentiment strip next to my mother and child fox image. 
Thanks for stopping by;
Susan

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Friday, January 18, 2019

My Favorite Things and My Sweet Petunia Blog Hop


Hi,
Welcome to my blog and the My Sweet Petunia/MISTI collaboration! I have been to the MFT store in Eustis, FL. It is beautiful and they have lots of MISTIs! So if you live nearby you can shop our products and theirs at one stop. Speaking of product: THERE IS A GIVEAWAY!!!

My Sweet Petunia MISTI is giving away 3 $50 gift certificates and MFT is giving away 3 $25 gift certificates. To enter leave a comment on my post and on every post in the hop. The main list of participants is at the MISTI and MFT blogs. Leave a comment on every poster's blog for more chances to win. Comments close Monday at 10PM. The winners of the My Sweet Petunia gift certificates will be announced Wednesday on the MSP blog and the winners of the My Favorite Things gift certificates will be announced Wednesday on their blog!

So I did not make a card! Shocking but I made a tag for my little grandson using MFT's Friendly Fox Dynamics die! I die cut the image using Neenah Solar White 80 lb card stock and colored it in using various Copics. I die cut the tag from paper in the Sweet Treat Stack from MFT. The heart was die cut from a gingham stack from MFT as well. I used my MISTI to stamp a sentiment from Sweet Celebrations and tugged a sentiment strip right under his cute little arms. It was so easy. 


Copics Used:
Fox Main Body: YR00, E11, E97, E99
Light fur: W00, W1, W3 and a tiny bit of W5

For the My Sweet Petunia list go HERE. For the My Favorite Things list go HERE. Hop to each and every blog to comment for a chance to win. 




Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!
Susan

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Impression Obsession Spring Release Day 5


Welcome to the Impression Obsession Spring Release Celebration!

Today both florals and critters for me!!! I truly had fun making both of these cards. But first read below:
  • The Impression Obsession Spring Release Celebration starts today and goes all week long (January 7th-11th). Every day you can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am. Every single blog will have a $25 gift certificate to give away for the event - so the more you comment through the week the more chances to win! All comments for all of the event days will be open until Sunday January 13th at noon CT. All winner will be announced on Monday January 14th.


    All of the new stamps are available now! You can find them HERE.
My first card uses the new Petunia Sprig floral. I stamped this in Versafine Onyx Black ink onto Arches Cold Press 140 lb watercolor paper and used my various watercolors to color it in. I then side die cut an oval from some oatmeal card stock. I mounted the watercolor panel onto the card front with foam adhesive and added some clear droplets.


For my next card, I used an older stamp set - THIS - paired with our new Birdie image. I created a Distress Oxide background using my blender brushes with Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry. I then splattered this with water and Shimmer Spray. I stamped the sentiments with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I stamped Birdie onto Neenah Solar White 80 lb card stock and colored it in with various shades of yellow Copics and YR27. I did add some colored pencil detail lines. I then filled in the THIS with clear Wink of Stella and Nuvo Deluxe Glaze. 


Thank you for stopping by! Please leave a comment to enter the contest for the $25 gift certificate I have to give away!!!

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Impression Obsession Spring Release Day 4



Welcome to the Impression Obsession Spring Release Celebration!

Today is a critter day! We have so many cute bunny and Easter images. I also used our cable knit sweater background.
  • The Impression Obsession Spring Release Celebration starts today and goes all week long (January 7th-11th). Every day you can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am. Every single blog will have a $25 gift certificate to give away for the event - so the more you comment through the week the more chances to win! All comments for all of the event days will be open until Sunday January 13th at noon CT. All winner will be announced on Monday January 14th.


    All of the new stamps are available now! You can find them HERE.



This was so easy to make. I stamped the background in pink onto Neenah 80 lb cardstock. I die cut some of the sweater with our Border Duo 1 set. I added Bun Bun and and a sentiment! That was it!


Thank you for stopping by!
Susan

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Impression Obsession Spring Release Day 3



Welcome to the Impression Obsession Spring Release Celebration!

Today is yet another floral day for me. This release has some gorgeous florals and amazing background stamps.
  • The Impression Obsession Spring Release Celebration starts today and goes all week long (January 7th-11th). Every day you can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am. Every single blog will have a $25 gift certificate to give away for the event - so the more you comment through the week the more chances to win! All comments for all of the event days will be open until Sunday January 13th at noon CT. All winner will be announced on Monday January 14th.


    All of the new stamps are available now! You can find them HERE.
Here is my first card. I used the background stamp Branches and white heat embossed it. Then using my blender brushes I added Worn Lipstick and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide inks. I then splattered the panel with shimmer spray. I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto a white panel. I think inked up another panel with Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide to make a coordinating mat. I did heat set this before using it. I then added a little gold thread nest and some crystal dots and it was done.



This next card uses the Feathered Tulip set along with a sentiment from Fred Said. I kept this one simple and just added a bit of grey ink using a stencil for the background. I copic colored the flower and butterfly. 




Thank you for stopping by;
Susan

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


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Impression Obsession Spring Release Day 2

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Spring Release Celebration!

Today is floral day for me - ok - we all know there will be more florals coming!

The Impression Obsession Spring Release Celebration starts today and goes all week long (January 7th-11th). Every day you can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am. Every single blog will have a $25 gift certificate to give away for the event - so the more you comment through the week the more chances to win! All comments for all of the event days will be open until Sunday January 13th at noon CT. All winner will be announced on Monday January 14th.


All of the new stamps are available now! You can find them HERE.

Here is the first card using Poppy Field.

This was so easy to make. This is a large stamp so I could have easily made a 5 x 5 card. I simply stamped it in Memento Tuxedo black and colored it in with some very inexpensive colored pencils that I share with my granddaughter. I had planned on using Copics but I was traveling so kid pencils it was. When I got home I colored the field with Copic Sketch B0000 and then added the sentiment. I trimmed around the flowers and mounted it on a gingham panel. 

The next card also came together easily. I stamped the 5 layers of this gorgeous petunia in various Distress Oxides and Colorbox Alabaster Chalk Ink. I used that as the first layer of the front petunia and I am particularly pleased with that one.


Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment to enter the drawing for the $25 gift certificate!
Susan

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