Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Impression Obsession Team Favorites Blog Hop is Going to the Dogs!

 Hello!  

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Team Favorites Blog Hop! Impression Obsession Designers are sharing their favorite projects from the June release.  

If you came from Laura Williams's blog, you are in the right place.  If not, head over to the Impression Obsession Blog to start the hop.  

We will be giving away 3 Impression Obsession Grab Bags so the more designer's blogs you comment on (1 comment per blog) the greater your chances of winning!  Comments will be open until Monday, June 21st at 11:59CT.  Winners will be announced on the Impression Obsession Blog on Tuesday, June 22nd. 

He. Is. So. Cuuuute!  I am a huge dog lover and I colored up Dog Face to look like my shepherd mix, Rudy.   


Dog Face was stamped with IO Black Ink on Arches Watercolor Paper and colored with Daniel Smith Watercolors.  He was then fussy cut out.  For the background, I watercolored a piece of watercolor paper with a turquoise blue color.  For the bottom portion, I used the Wooden Plank Cover a Card Stamp and stamped it in brown on a brown piece of cs.  The background pieces were adhered to a dark gray card base and the dog was then adhered, giving the illusion of laying on the floor.  The sentiment, Ruff Day, was stamped in IO Black Ink using the MISTI.  A twine bow and a few enamel dots finish the card. 

I am linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Animal Shenanigans, and Make the Cards Challenge- Encouragement.  

Your next stop is Lynda!  Enjoy the hop!

Lee Ann  

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

Baby Boy Buggy for There's a Stamp for That

 Hello, Hello! 

Today's card is cute and easy!  I should really make more use of patterned paper.  


I wanted a vintage'y' looking buggy for this card.  The buggy is brand new from Sweet n Sassy Stamps and is in the Oh Baby Stamp and Die Bundle.  Yes, dies, and I am so glad!  I love to fussy cut, but the one thing I do not like to fussy cut are smooth curves like circles, or the buggy parts in this image!  

To get my vintage look, I colored the buggy with E40s Copics.  the blanket was paper pieced.  I die cut a rectangle from the center of a gray piece of cs.  An orange card base was made and then a layer of patterned paper was adhered.  The sentiment was stamped using my MISTI to ensure perfect placement.  The gray frame and buggy were popped up on dimensional tape.  Enamel dots were added to finish the card.  

My card is for the challenge at There's a Stamp for That.  This week you have the option of unicorn, sparkle or at least 3 layers.  I opted for the latter.  Join us- you have plenty of time! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Lee Ann 

Monday, June 7, 2021

Impression Obsession 's New Release Hop, Day 2!

 Hello Again! 

Welcome back to Day 2 of the Impression Obsession June New Release Blog Hop!  If you came from Laura Williams's blog, you are in the right spot.  If not, head over to the Impression Obsession Blog to start the hop.  Each day (June 7th and 8th) you can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog.  

We will be giving away 3  Impression Obsession $25 Gift Certificates; the more you comment (one comment per post per day) the greater your chances of winning! 

All comments for each of the hop days will be open until Monday, June 14th at 11:59pm.  Winners will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog on Tuesday, June 15th.  

I am starting out with a birthday card, using some of the awesome new dies~


Goodness, I love these balloons!  I opted for a sweet 16 card so die cut my Party Balloons from white cs and colored them with Copics in girlie pinks and purples. Next, the numbers 1 and 6 were die cut in white using the Big Numbers Dies  and colored in ombre fashion.   For the word 'sweet' I pulled out my trusty Alpha LC Typewriter Die to die cut the letters.  

Assembly.  The card mat was stamped with the versatile Starburst Cover a Card Stamp in light pink.  Next, I adhered a monoprint that was made with my gel plate and die cut a circle using the Wacky Stitched Circles Dies. All of the die cuts were then adhered to the card.  The whole thing was adhered to a purple card base and sequins and Wink of Stella were added to finish the card. 

Next up, a slimline card made with a new slimline stamp- and its a beaut!  


Check out this Pier, guys!  The detail is just gorgeous!  The stamp was placed in my MISTI; I inked up the 'pier' portion of the stamp in brown and stamped it on white cs.  Once I was happy with the inking, I carefully inked up the water portion of the stamp with blue inks.  I did a bit of masking of the inked pier to try to keep the blue and brown inks clean.  Once I was happy with the stamped image, I sponged in the sky with distress ink.  I did a bit of masking here as well at the horizon.  The sentiment, Sea You Soon, is perfect for this image.  I stamped it in dark blue in the lower left corner.  The panel was matted with navy cs and then adhered to a kraft card base. 

You can find all of the new release goodies HERE.  

The talented Lynda is your next stop!  Enjoy the hop! 

Lee Ann

 

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How are You Feline?

 Hello, Hello!  

I guess I am on a pet kick- yesterday a dog and today a cat.  This cutie is from the Pawsome Pals Stamp Set from Sweet n Sassy Stamps.  


I did a bit of mixed media for this card-it's nice when bits and pieces come together for a project.  The background panel was in the unused pile- it was embossed with TCW Light and Fluffy Modeling Paste  using a Tim Holtz Layering Stencil.  The blue strip is actually left overs from a monoprint made with the Gel Press Gel Plate.  

The flowers, from the Flower Garden Stamp Set and the cat, from Pawsome Pals, were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and they colored with Copics.  Both were fussy cut out with my CutterBee Scissors and the sentiment was stamped.  If you are not into fussy cutting the Pawesome Pals Stamp Set also comes with coordinating dies.  To assemble, I used the sketch and colors from the inspo picture and Fusion.  A few SSS Moonshine Sequins finish the card. 


I am also linking up to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, mixed media. 


Thanks for stopping by and have a  blessed week! 

Lee Ann  


Sunday, June 6, 2021

Impression Obsession June Release Hop is Doggone Fun!

 Hello and welcome to the Impression Obsession June New Release Hop! 

If you came from Laura Williams's blog, you are in the right place. If not, head over to the Impression Obsession Blog for the start of the hop.  

Each day (June7th and 8th) you can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog.  We will be giving away THREE Impression Obsession $25 gift certificates- the more you comment (One comment per blog post per day) the greater your chances of winning!

All comments for each of the hop days will be open until Monday, June 14th, at 11:59pm.  Winners will be announced Tuesday, June 15th on the Impression Obsession Blog.  

June is a doggoned good release!  (see what I did there?!)~



Ever have those cards that no matter how many times you take a picture of it, it just doesn't turn out??  That was this card.  Go Figure.  



So many dog images, too little time, lol!  This guy- well, he is just the cutest! He is called Dog with Spot on Eye- and was stamped on Neenah Solar White cs and colored with Copics.  Ditto for the Dog's Birthday Hat.  Both images were fussy cut out.  I matted the image with a monoprint that I made with my gel plate.  It was die cut out with a circle from the Wacky Stitched Circles Die Set. The sentiment, Yappy Birthday was stamped with IO Black Ink and turned into a sign for the dog to hold.  A gray strip of cs and sequins finish this card. 


So, I am not sure why Andy Warhol popped into my head, but when I saw this image, he did!  Dog with Bone Collar was stamped multiple times on colored cardstocks and fussy cut out.  The images were mounted on contrasting color cs, Warhol style and adhered to a slim line card base.  The sentiment is from the Party Animal Stamp Set- so fun- and was heat embossed in green ep.  The sentiment strips were popped up on the card front.  
All of the new stamps are available HERE.  
Lynda is next up on the hop.  Enjoy the hop! 

Lee Ann  

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Feminine Congrats!

 Hello and Happy Sunday!  

I have been busy, busy, busy, but I took the time to play this afternoon.  I really wanted to use the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and the colors at Color Throwdown.  



The sweet schnauzer pup is Baxter.  I stamped him in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored him with Copics.  I stamped the Congrats sentiment and cut it into a sign- fussy cut Baxter, glued him to the sign and backed the sign with turquoise cs.  
For the background, I used a Stamplorations stencil and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, then die cut the panel with the Crazy Stitched Rectangle Die.  
The card was finished off with a few sequins, including my go to, SSS Moonshine sequins.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Impression Obsession- Old is New Florals!

 Hello, Hello and Happy Summer! 

It's June, but feeling like April here!  Not complaining!  

Today the Impression Obsession team is taking a look back at some older stamps and showing them some love!  You can see the list of today's participants on the IO Blog.  


Florals.  Yep, I can always go for more florals, lol!  To make this card, I followed these steps~

1.  Using my MISTI, I stamped the Hibiscus Bloom 2 and Budding Blossom images in InkOn3 No Line Coloring Fade Out ink on watercolor paper.  I stamped 3 times each to get a good impression in the light colored ink.  

2  Color the images with Ken Oliver Colorbursts.  

3.  Fussy cut the images out using your CutterBee scissors

4.  Die cut the Small Grass Border from watercolor paper and the Large Frame Die from white cs.  

5.  Paint the grass die cuts with Ken Oliver Colorbursts.  

6.  Arrange all of the pieces on a light grey card base; determine placement of the sentiment, Enduring Comfort and stamp.

7.  Reassemble all of the pieces and adhere to card base.  

8.  Add a few SSS Moonshine sequins.  

Thanks so much for stopping by; don't forget to check out the rest of the inspiration on the IO Blog.  

Lee Ann

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Beautiful Botanicals from Sweet n Sassy Stamps

 Hello!  Happy June 1st!  

Are you as excited as I am!?  It has been a looooong school year, lol.  Happy to be off to do projects, visit my parents in Florida, and, of course, stamp! 

The new Botanical Branches Stamp Set is my favorite set of the June Release, which you can check out HERE.  


I started by adding an embossed panel to the card base.  Such a cool embossing folder- I used the Diamond Star Embossing Folder from Altenew.  Next, I stamped this amazing berry image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored it with Copics.  After coloring, I fussy cut the image out.  

I had a die cut square frame on my desk-it had been stamped and watercolored with yellow distress ink and matched the berries perfectly.  I cut the frame in half and then adhered it to the card base.  The berry branch was popped up on foam tape and adhered to the card.  

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment, from the Encouraging Thoughts Stamp Set, in Versafine Onyx black Ink and created a sentiment strip.  A few SSS Moonshine Sequins- per usual- finish the card.  

I have another card using the same stamp set HERE (my little sneak peek of the set last weekend)!  

I am linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes and to Mix It Up Challenge, Anything Goes/Stamping

Thanks for stopping by and welcome to June!

Lee Ann 

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Block Watercolors

 Hello!  

It's official!  School is out for the summer!  What. A, Year!  Now I am really trying to hit the craft room as I am so behind.  

I love floral sprays.  And the new-in-June Botanical Branches from Sweet n Sassy Stamps are perfect fillers for your favorite flowers.  


I started with some watercolor paper and distress ink reinkers.  I used the sketch from this week's challenge at There's A Stamp For That (thanks to FSM for letting us use your sketch).  Join us!  This week it is this sketch, frogs or paper piecing! 

As you can see, I rotated the sketch and made it into a mini slim card.  The colored blocked areas were painted with reinkers.  The flower from the True Beauty Stamp Set was stamped in InkOn3's No Line Coloring Fade Out Ink and watercolored with distress ink.  I lost some of the detail in the flower so I put it back in my MISTI and overstamped the image with Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink.  The leaves from the True Beauty Set were stamped in Versamark ink on vellum and heat embossed in Brutus Monroe's Alabaster Embossing powder.  The leaves and flower were fussy cut out with my Cutterbee Scissors-brand new pair and wow,  do they do a fab job!  
The branches are from the Botanical Branches Stamp Set; they were watercolored with distress ink and then fussy cut out.  The spray was arranged in the lower corner of the card and adhered.  A sentiment strip, using a sentiment from the Birthday Wordfetti Stamp Set was added along with a few sequins.  The panel was mounted on a Grout Grey card base.  

as well as The Krafty Chicks Challenge- All Occasions.   

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Summer!

Lee Ann 


Saturday, May 22, 2021

For Grand Daughters

 Hello, Hello!  

Well, the countdown is on!  We officially have 4 1/2 days of school left!  In some ways this year has flown by and it others, I can't believe we are still in the same school year as last September!  

I am looking forward to spending more time with friends this summer.  Many of them have grandchildren; when I saw the new Cameo Etched Dies from Spellbinders, they immediately reminded me of a their grand daughters and I had to have them to make cards for my friends' grands.  

Isn't this just precious?  I started by die cutting the traditional black silhouette. Then I die cut several of the wreaths, playing around with colors until I found just the right combo.  I added yellow centers to the sweet, little flowers using Copics.  I then assembled all of the pieces.  
One of the dies from the Classic Large Ovals worked perfectly as a mat for the wreath and silhouette.
The whole thing was popped up slightly onto a piece of kraft cs.  The kraft layer, a peachy pink patterned paper layer, teeny tiny white strip and narrow yellow strip were all adhered to the card.  
I stamped the sentiment and added some white pearls around her neck to finish it off.
  
I am linking this card up to Addicted to Stamps and Things- Die cuts and Stencils  

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy summer!

Lee Ann  

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Get Your Adventure On!

 Hello Everyone! 

The Impression Obsession Design Team has set aside a day to share fun, themed projects.  This month's theme is 'Adventure'!  

Have fun checking out what our designers have made today.  Today's participants can be found on the Impression Obsession Blog.  


Yes, I am a huuuuge fan of the great outdoors and adventures! It was my inspiration for this card.  *see photo below for my inspiration!

The Snow-Capped Mountain dies.  Oh goodness, how fun are these!  The mountains were diecut from a lavender cs and then sponged with whites and greys to get the desired shading.  Obviously, the snowcaps were die cut from white cs.  Next up were the fabulous new Trees Dies, which were colored with Copics.  Lastly was the awesome Birch Tree Rectange Frame Die which was die cut from light brown cs and then details added with Copics. 

The background was stamped with a light brown ink using the  Cover a Card Pine Trees Stamp.  Next, the die cuts were assembled and adhered to the card base, with everything being framed with the Birch Tree Frame Die.   The sentiment, one of my favorites ( I have a t-shirt with this quote on it!) is Wander and is perfect for the mountains I love to wander in the summer time.  

I am linking up to Addicted to Stamps and More- Die cuts and Stencils. 

And my inspiration?  The beautiful Rocky Mountains, as seen from the Golden Gate Canyon State Park camp site near Denver. 


Thanks for stopping by!  You can see all of the themed inspiration on the Impression Obsession blog.  

Have a blessed week!
Lee Ann  


Monday, May 17, 2021

Lemons and Lettering

 Hello All!  

I am up on the Sweet n Sassy Stamps blog today with this card.  We are featuring stamp sets from Rebecca Rios this week of Customer Appreciation Month.  


This CAS card features the Life and Lemons Stamp Set.  Rebecca's lettering is just amazing!  The lemon was stamped on Tim Holtz Watercolor cs and watercolored with Ken Oliver Colorbursts.  

I used the sketch from MFT, which I turned 90 degrees.  


Inspiration came from the Inspired By Challenge~

Details are on the snss blog, along with mini set of thank you cards.  

Thanks for stopping by~

Lee Ann 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Impression Obsession Team Favorites Blog Hop for May!

 Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Team Favorites Blog Hop!  Impression Obsession Designers are sharing their favorite projects from the May release.  

If you came from Laura Williams's blog, you are in the right place.  If not, head over to the Impression Obsession blog to start the hop. 

We will be giving away 3 Impression Obsession Grab Bags so the more designers' blogs you comment on (1 comment per blog) the greater your chances of winning!  Comments will be open until Monday, May 17th at 11:59pm CT. All winners will be announced on Tuesday,  May 18th on the Impression Obsession Blog.  



If you have been around a while, you know I am a nature lover and travel lover.  I love the Southwest.  I turned the Mountain Layers Slimline stamps into the red rocks of the southwest.  I stamped the mountains in corals to oranges, then sponged the sandy foreground.  I fussy cut along the top edge of the mountains.  

The sky was sponged on a separate panel and clouds were added using the new Cloud Border Dies.  Scrubby shrubs and dead trees were die cut using the Bare Branch Die.  I die cut parts for the Cute Trailer Die and assembled it.  LOVE this sentiment! Park It was stamped with IO Black Ink.  My parents took us all over the country as kids, travelling in various sized trailers, so this is a total sentimental card for me! 

Finally, I assembled the whole card creating a scene in a national park.  Can you guess what national park the trailer is parked at?  

The sky panel was adhered to the card base; the red rock panel was popped up on foam tape and adhered to the card base.  The shrubs and trailer were adhered to the card.  I free handed my own red rock die cuts and added them to the scene to finish the card.  

I am linking up to Addicted to Stamps and More for their 'Die cuts or Stencil' Challenge. 

You can get all of the new stamps and dies HERE

Your next stop on the hop is Lynda!

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Enjoy the hop!  

Lee Ann  

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Birthday Blue Bird

 Hello Hello! 

I hope all of the moms out there had a lovely weekend.  My mom celebrated both Mother's Day and her birthday.  I can never have too many feminine birthday cards, and my mom happens to be a bird lover.


What's this???  Patterned paper you say???  Every now and then I take a look at the huge stash of patterned paper I have and decide I need to make a dent in it.  Not sure if using 1 sheet is making a dent, but...

I have so many 'favorite' stamp sets; sometimes it just depends on the day and the mood I am in!  But this set from Sweet n Sassy Stamps, designed by Nina B., will always be at the top of my list!  Singing Praises can be colored so many ways and if you are into realism, her birds are just spot on.  

I opted to get the watercolors out for this card.  I went with my Arteza Watercolor Brush Pens.  Sometimes I feel like my stamp lines get a bit muddy with watercoloring, even with using waterproof ink.  This time I stamped the image in InkOn3's No Line Coloring FadeOut Ink using my MISTI and then watercolored.  I really did not know where I was going with it and ended up with a variety of pastels on the bird.  These colors were carried over into the flowers as well.  

After my image was totally dry, I placed the image back in the MISTI and stamped with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.  I love the crisp lines that I ended up with.  My simple sentiment is from the Birthday Wordfetti Stamp Set.  I gave the flowers white centers with a white gel pen and added a few Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Sequins.  

It is Customer Appreciation Month over at Sweet n Sassy Stamps and all of Nina B.'s stamps are on sale this week!  It's a great time to pick up the stamps you have been eyeing! 

I am linking up to Just Us Girls for their latest challenge~


And Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog- 'Feminine'
And also linking up to Addicted to Stamps and More for their 'Any Occasion' challenge
And the Mix It Up Challenge, 'Layering'.

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week everyone!

Lee Ann  

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Spring Has Sprung

 Hello Everyone! 

I am still over here making slimline cards with new slimline stamps from IO.  I tried to do white blossoms on this card.  


This is the Magnolia Stamp in the slimline line.  The image was colored with Copics on Neenah Solar White cs.  The sentiment, which is from the Spring Sentiment Set, was heat embossed with Simon Says Stamp Rose Gold Embossing Powder.  

I am linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- feminine.  

I used the sketch at Stick It Down

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Featured Artist at Sweet n Sassy Stamps

 Hi All!

I have a couple of cards up on the Sweet n Sassy Stamps Blog today.  It is customer appreciation month and each week of May we are highlighting one artist's stamps.  This week we are showcasing Jenn Nilsson.  I love her sweet and whimsical style.  And, you can get in on a great deal when you purchase her stamps- buy 2, get 1 free!  

This is one of my favorite sets of Jenn's~


Country garden has sweet, floral images like this bucket of flowers.  This was colored with Copics and fussy cut out.  

The inspiration for this card came from the sketch at Sunday Stamps~

And have you noticed that embossing folders seem to be making a comeback?  Well, I was in need of some new ones, so I picked up a couple, including the one used here.  I started out by watercoloring a panel of cs with purple watercolor paint- I used Ken Oliver Colorbursts (surprised??!).  Once the panel was dry, I took my new Diamond Star Embossing Folder from Altenew and spritzed one side of the folder with water, placed the paper in the folder and ran it through the embossing machine.  The water did wonderful things to the watercolor paint, mottling it, lightening it and just plain giving it such a cool effect.  I let the paper dry again and then once dry, I die cut a circle from the paper with a die from the Scalloped Stitched Circle Dies from IO.  

I also framed the card front with a MFT scalloped frame die in white and then assembled my card.  The sentiment is from the Precious Poppies Stamp Set

I am also linking this card up to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge- I used embossing, layers and scallops (scallops did not show up in the photo).  

And the Cupcake Challenge- Mother's Day~

Next up, this adorable puffer from the Fin-tastic Friends Stamp Set.  I wanted to pair him with another new embossing folder, Ribbon Waves 3D embossing folder from Altenew.  I pictured in my head how great this folder would be for an underwater scene.  I didn't do much of a scene here as I wanted to keep the card CAS, but I love the look of swimming in the ocean.  



The puffer was colored with Copics and fussy cut out.  The background was done similar to the one above.  I started by sponging on distress inks in various shades of blue on some cs.  Next, I inked up the inside of the embossing folder with distress ink and spritzed it with water, put the sponged panel in the folder and ran it through the machine.  It turned out OK, but I wanted more variation in the blues, so I did a little distress ink water coloring, following the curved lines of the embossing.  This gave me the look I was going for.  

Once I liked the background and it was dry, I stamped the sentiment using my MISTI.  The words fit perfectly, following the curves of the embossing.  A few sequins finish the card. 

Remember, all of Jenn's stamps are on sale this week, so if your were thinking of buying, now is the time! 


Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week, all!

Lee Ann  


Monday, May 3, 2021

Day 2 of the Impression Obsession New Release Blog Hop

 Hello, Hello! 

Welcome back to Day 2 of the Impression Obsession May New Release Blog Hop! If you came from Laura Williams's blog, you are in the right spot. If not, head to the Impression Obsession Blog to start the hop.  Each day (May 3rd and 4th) you can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession blog.  

We will be giving away THREE Impression Obsession $25 gift certificates-the more you comment (one comment per blog post per day) the greater your chances of winning!

All comments for each of the hop days will be open until Monday, May 10th, at 11:59pm.  
Winners will be announced Tuesday, May 11th on the Impression Obsession blog.

I camped as a kid, in various sizes of travel trailers.  The thrill of traveling has been with me ever since.  So a trailer die??  Yes, Please!  Pieces in white, blue, orange and silver were die cut with the Cute Trailer Die.  Details were added to the pieces with Copic markers and then the trailer was assembled.  Trees using the Trees Dies were also die cut from white cs and colored with Copics.  
And what is camping without a camp fire?  The Small Campfire Die is the perfect size to go with the trailer.  It was diecut, colored with Copics and assembled. 
This scene needed a night sky and I just happened to have one in my background stash.  It was paired with a couple of hills that were diecut with the Hill Landscape Layers Dies
The card was assembled and the finished off with a heat embossed sentiment from the S'Mores Stamp Set.  


I don't know about you, but when I am camping S'mores are ALWAYS on the menu! 


Oh my goodness.  These are the cutest dies ever!  I paired the S'Mores Dies with the adorable Thermos and Mugs Dies.  All pieces were die cut from white cs and then colored with Copics.  I loved being able to give the marshmellows different looks.  

I googled vintage thermoses for a fun design and came up with this one.  Loving the retro feel!  I added the perfect piece of patterned paper and another adorable sentiment from the S'Mores Stamp Set that was stamped with IO Black Ink

So I have to say, these dies are just super fun!  You can find them and all of the new products HERE

Next up on the hop is the talented Lynda

Thanks for stopping by, 

Lee Ann  

Sunday, May 2, 2021

May Impression Obsession New Release!

 Hello!  

Welcome to the Impression Obsession May 2021 New Release Blog Hop! If you came from Laura Williams's blog, you are in the right spot.  If not, head over to the Impression Obsession blog for the start of the hop.  

Each day (May 3rd and 4th) you can find
a list of participants on the Impression Obsession blog.  We will be giving away THREE
Impression Obsession $25 gift certificates-the more you comment (one comment per blog post per day) the greater your chances of winning!
All comments for each of the hop days will be open until Monday, May 10th, at 11:59pm.  
Winners will be announced Tuesday, May 11th on the Impression Obsession blog.

So can you say cuteness??  Country cuteness?  Camping cuteness?  Either works here!  The new Birch Tree Rectangle frame is just fabulous!  I love the detail of the branches and the sweet leaves that come with it.  I colored the frame with Copics.  

Next up, the adorable Big Bear stamp.  He is actually a mix of watercolor and colored pencil.  Once colored he was fussy cut out.  The sentiment panel was first stamped with the Mountain Layers Slimline Stamps.  They work just as well on a regular, A2 size card as well.  I had to get those purple mountains in there.  Lastly, the What's Up sentiment was stamped in IO Black Ink.  

At this point I decided I needed some trees in my background so die cut and colored with Copics the new Trees Dies.  


Everything was assembled on a dark gray card front.  The card front was stamped tone on tone with the Wooden Plank Cover a Card.  This stamp is one I use frequently as it comes in handy for so many designs.  

The new tropical image, Hammock Time,  is perfect with the new Happy Retirement sentiment! I stamped the image with IO Black Ink on Mixed Media Paper and then loosely colored with Ken Oliver Colorbursts.  


The new stamps and dies are available now!  You can find then all HERE.  

Next up on the hop is the talented Lynda!  

Enjoy the hop! 

Lee Ann  

Field of Flowers

 Hello Everyone!  

I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!  We have had some amazing weather here in the midwest. 

I am sharing a simple, yet striking card made with the slimline line of stamps.  



I love these layeringing stamps!  I started with the Meadow Floral Stamp Set, stamping the grass and stems in green.  Next, I used the Grass Set, stamping the  shorter grass in darker green.  This grass set is just perfect-love it for scenes.  The flower heads were stamped in yellows and oranges.  
The sentiment is from a new set, aptly named 'Sentiment Set'.  
I love how this turned out.  Simple but oh so bright and cheery for someone who is ill. 

I am linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- 'Anything Goes', 
Krafty Chicks Challenge- 'Anything Goes', 
and Addicted to Stamps and More- 'Any Occasion'.   

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed Sunday!

Lee Ann  


Saturday, May 1, 2021

Get Your Kicks on Route 66

 Hello All and Happy May! 

A couple of years ago I headed to the Grand Canyon.  I did not realize until on the road, just how much of route 66 we would be on.  Such a fun, nostalgic road trip!  I did the real route 66 as a child with my family when we drove all the way from Chicago to California.  That was a big deal back then! 

So when I spotted this Route 66 themed stamp set, Hit the Road, I had to have it.  I love the little linear route 66 map. 

I colored up my images with Copics and fussy cut them out to create a collage style card.  I stamped the 'one way' image down the side of the card in ombre fashion.  I used my MISTI to do this so I could line up the image perfectly as I went down the paper.  I stamped the route map in Versafine Onyx Black Ink and then layered the gas pump, route 66 sign and old truck, adding dimension to the sign and the truck.  Happy Birthday was stamped across the bottom of the collage.  3 sequins finish the CAS card.

Have you checked out the challenge at There's a Stamp for That yet?  Fun, laid back challenge- check it out!  This week you can choose between masculine, card, belated birthday or bicycles.  I have gone with masculine birthday.  

I am linking up to Krafty Chicks Challenge for their Anything Goes Challenge

And to Addicted to Stamps and More- Any Occasion. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful rest of the week!

Lee Ann  

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Hit the Road

 Hello!  

I am sharing another desert scene today, this time reminding me of my road trips there.  I have used Just Married and Thirsty Soul to create my scene.  


I made this with my niece in mind, who is ready to start life as a new RN.  
The VW Beetle was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I used post it notes to mask off the heart banner and Just Married sign in the back window.  The car was colored with Copics and fussy cut out.  
The cacti were also stamped and colored with Copics,  I stamped the tall Saguaro in varying heights and with various limbs to create a realistic desert of Saguaros in different sizes.  They were fussy cut out as well.  
The background was done with Daniel Smith Watercolors on Arches water color paper .  I had the desert, road and tall mountains in, then decided to add foothills to the mountains using the mountain stamp from the Landscape Silhouettes Stamp Set.  This is where things were almost ruined.  I selected the wrong colors of Distress Inks and then the paper got too wet.  Once the paper was completely dry, I went back in and brushed in a darker color (and I don't even remember what color I used) and this gave the illusion of shadows on the foothills and saved the background. 
The sentiment is from the Inspirational Word Art 1 Stamp Set and was stamped with Versafine Black Ink using my MISTI so I could stamp multiple times and get good coverage, even on the textured watercolor paper. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Lee Ann  

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Impression Obsession's Old is New Day

 Hello All! 

Welcome!  Today the Impression Obsession Design Team is sharing projects using older IO stamps.  I love revisiting older stamps and giving them some love! You can see the list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog.  


This image, Sweet Baby Bird, is, well, Sweet!  This cutie is colored with Copics and fussy cut out.  

For the background, I opted to use one of 3 alcohol ink prints I made with Alcohol Lift Ink.  You can see the others here.  The background was made with alcohol inks, Alcohol Lift Ink, and the Ornate Flourish Stamp.  I added a die cut using the Bare Branch Die to give it some dimension.    I finished off the card with the sentiment, One Moment

I am linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes.  

Head over the the blog for more inspiration using older Impression Obsession stamps! 

Thanks for stopping by, 

Lee Ann 

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Live for the Moments

 Hello! 

I hope you all are having a good weekend.  

This stunning floral is another of the new releases from Impression Obsession.  I mean holy moly, the flowers this month!  


These flowers remind me of an old cottage garden, so it was the perfect image to use for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge.  I stamped Hollyhock in InkOn3's Fade Out Ink using my MISTI on Canson Watercolor Paper,  then colored the flowers with-surprise, surprise- Ken Oliver Colorbursts.  

I absolutely love how this turned out.  Sometimes I feel like I could watercolor a portrait, and other times I feel like I need to go back to kindergarten.  Anyone else?  

The sentiment, Moments, was stamped in IO Black Ink using my MISTI.  To add more of a vintage feel, I had to get away from my love of white, so I added a strip of patterned paper with a cream/ecru background.  3 sequins finish the card.  

I used the diagonal row of water coloring, florals and vintage.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed Sunday!

Lee Ann  


Saturday, April 24, 2021

A Flourish and a Sketch

Hello and Happy Saturday! 

I love the unique sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and just had to play~


I love the trendy slim line cards as well and found that the Ornate Flourish stamp from Impression Obsession was perfect for this sketch.  


I turned the sketch 180 degrees to accommodate my image.  To stamp this image, I started with a alcohol  ink panel in various shades of blue.  I then used Alcohol Ink Lift Ink to transfer the ink color to Neenah Solar White CS.  I ended up making 3 panels and then also had the original negative image on Yupo.  You can find the steps to make these panels HERE.  
The image and alcohol ink did all of the heavy lifting.  I finished the card with a cool tall, skinny sentiment, Made To Be.  A few sequins were added and that is it!
 

Thanks so much for popping in and have a wonderful weekend!

Lee Ann  

Friday, April 23, 2021

Alcohol and Embossing

 Hello!

Happy Friday, All!  

Today I have a mini slim card to share, using the amazing new Ornate Flourish Stamp from Impression Obsession.  This background came about from doing the Alcohol Ink  with Lift Ink technique.  


I started with a variety of Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks on Yupo paper.  These are the steps I used to make my cards~
1.  Place Yupo Paper with Alcohol Ink into MISTI.  
2.  Place stamp on MISTI door
4.  Stamp onto the alcohol inked Yupo paper 
5.  Remove Yupo from MISTI and replace with a piece of Neenah Solar White CS
6.  Stamp alcohol ink that has transferred to the stamp onto the cs
7.  CLEAN stamp and remove cs from MISTI
8.  Replace cs with the Yupo paper. 
9.  Ink stamp with Alcohol Ink Lift Ink again and stamp onto alcohol Inked Yupo paper again
10.  Remove Yupo again and replace with same cs and stamp it to intensify the color.  You can also replace with a new piece of cs for a second image if you are OK with the color intensity of the first panel. 
I repeated the process several time and ended up with 3 cs prints of the Ornate Flourish and then this original alcohol ink panel with the negative of the stamped image.  You can see one of my stamped panels on this card HERE.  

The image was trimmed up to make a mini slim card and adhered to a white card base.  I then diecut a Rustic Butterfly from white cs.  I inked it up with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Gina K. Fine Detailed Gold Embossing Powder.  To ground the butterfly, I die cut a circle from the Scalloped Stitched Circles Die Set. Lastly I finished the card with a sentiment strip using the sentiment You Are Amazing.  A sprinkling of gold sequins finish the card.  

I am linking up to Sunday Stamps for their color challenge~


Also linking up to Just Add Ink~


Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed weekend!

Lee Ann  



Wednesday, April 21, 2021

LOVE Letters

 Hello All!  

Have you seen the newest collection of stamps from Spellbinders?  I really needed this Love Block Clear Stamp Set.  When I saw it, it immediately think of the artwork of Mary Engelbreit.  If you are from the St Louis area, you know who this is! So, I had to have it and I had to color it Mary-style.  


This was super easy!  I stamped the image in IO Black Ink and then colored the flowers with Copics.  The image panel was backed with black cs and then mounted with foam tape on the card base.  A red panel makes the red flowers pop!  'You' was stamped in the bottom corner and a few clear sequins finish the card.  

And check out Mary Engelbreit's work while you are at it! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Lee Ann  



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