Impression Obsession 2017 Fall/Winter Release

Good Tuesday morning and welcome to day two of the Impression Obsession Fall/Winter (and more!) Stamp Release Hop!

IO Fall Winter 2017

We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!  The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 21st.  Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of 6 $25 Gift Certificates! One winner will be chosen each day and then an extra winner will be chosen randomly from all hop days. Comments on all hop days will be open until July 23rd at 9pm CT. All winners will be announced on July 24th.  The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!

If you’ve arrived from Kelly’s blog you’re at the right place. If not please head to the Impression Obsession blog to start at the beginning of the hop.

KC Impression Obsession Fall Pathway 1 right

My project today was made using the new Fall Pathway, Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames and Leaves.  I started by stamping the tree image  on hot pressed watercolor paper using black versafine and heat setting the ink.  I colored the images using a brush and Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey Distress reinkers.  I sketched in some grass sprigs using a Peeled Paint marker and then pulled the color out using a wet brush to fill in the ground area.  I sponged the sky area using Broken China ink and an ink blending tool.  The scene and brown crimped strip was attached to the card base with ATG adhesive.  I attached two sections of the 6-in-1 frames together with double stick tape and then applied thin strips of mounting tape and attached it to the card base. 

KC Impression Obsession Fall Pathway 1 center

I colored leaves from the Small Leaf Set using Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey and  mini applicators.  I have attached a few step by step pictures from one of my past posts to show how I apply color to the leaves.

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When the leaf is totally covered with ink I apply versa, apply clear embossing powder and heat emboss.  Embossing the leaves really enhances the color and makes them come alive. 

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I gently formed the leaves with my fingers and attached them to the frame corners with glossy accents.

KC Impression Obsession Fall Pathway 1 left

Your next step on the hop will be Laura’s blog

I was on vacation this past week in Cape Hatteras, NC with my family and had such a great time.  I fully intended to have some blog posts in place to publish while I was gone but never got to it.  You know what they say about good intentions…..right!  LOL! Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Essentials By Ellen Mermaid’s Tail

Good Friday morning. My project today was using the newly released Essentials by Ellen Mermaid’s Tail Stamp Set , Mermaid's Tail Die Set and the grasses from the Otter Ware set.

KC Essentials By Ellen Mermaid's Tail 1 right

I started by applying Broken China ink to the background  and the frame using a wet baby wipe. I like the look the baby wipe gives.  I stamped the underwater foliage using Peeled Paint ink.  I heat set both the background and frame., applied Cosmic glitter glue with my finger to totally cover both and sprinkled with clear glitter glue.  Next I stamped the mermaid image on the die cut and then lightly washed with a water pen. I heat set the ink, applied glue and sprinkled with glitter. The small shells were colored using a bit of Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey to create a coral appearance.  I applied glue and glitter to them top make them sparkle like the whole image.The sentiment was stamped on vellum and embossed with gold embossing powder.

KC Essentials By Ellen Mermaid's Tail 1 center[4]

I began assembling the card by attaching the blue background layer to the card base using ATG adhesive. I attached strip of mounting tape to the back of the frame, attached the sentiment strip to the mounting tape and then attached the whole thing to the card base.  I tucked the Mermaid’s Tail under the frame and attached with mounting tape.  The tiny shells were attached with rolled up glue dots..  I finished by adding a few sparkling clear sequins.

KC Essentials By Ellen Mermaid's Tail 1 left

The sentiments in this set are so cut and match perfectly with the whimsical Mermaid’s Tail. I appreciate you coming by and I hope you have a great weekend.

mermaid's tail stamps  mermaid's tail die

 

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Warm Color Lighthouse Circle

Good Friday morning.  I made this card for yesterday’s  Impression Obsession design team “It’s Getting Hot in Here” challenge to make a card using warm colors.  Sadly we had a terrible storm here in my area on the evening of the 4th and lost power for 15 hours. Can you imagine how hot and humid it is in Florida with no air conditioning?  LOL!  We also lost  internet, cable and phone.  Luckily our power came back on Wednesday morning  but we didn’t get our Spectrum services up until late last night.   It is hard to believe how helpless I felt without the internet.  I am so spoiled.  So I am posting my warm color challenge card a day late.  LOL!  For some reason I normally think of warm colors for fall but decided to create something a little different.   I love the Lighthouse Circle and Sea Birds and thought it would interesting to use Wild Honey distress ink with them to create an orange sun/moon, sky and water and make the frame and birds in all white.

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I started by attaching a section of Eclipse Tape to a piece of printer paper and cut out a circle mask using a 1 3/4” die.  I removed the printer paper from the tape and attached the sticky mask to a piece of 4 inch square plain white cardstock.  I used a wet baby wipe to apply the Wild Honey ink to the open circle to create the sun/moon.  I like using baby wipes to quickly apply color to large surfaces. I removed the mask and used the baby wipe to apply the ink to cover the rest of the cardstock.  I heat set the ink with my heat gun, applied versa to the whole piece of cardstock and embossed with super fine clear embossing powder.  Next I cut another circle mask using the Eclipse Tape and plain printer paper to fit over the whole lighthouse circle.  I applied the Wild Honey ink to the water portion of the lighthouse die cut using the wet baby wipe and again heat set the ink, applied versa and clear embossing powder and heat embossed.

KC Impression Obsession Lighthouse Circle 3 center

I attached the sun/moon layer to the card base using ATG adhesive. I applied strips of mounting tape to the back of the lighthouse circle and attached it to the card base. I finished by attaching the two birds to the frame using pieces of mounting tape.  I always like attaching the birds with mounting tape instead of directly to the cardstock with glue so they really appear to be flying.  I know the bright orange color is a little different but it just reminds of the song “Red Sails in the Sunset”.   I there anyone out there old enough to remember that song?  LOL! 

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Although the Impression Obsession challenge post was yesterday you can still go and check out the other wonderful team member projects and participate in the challenge yourselves.  Here’s a link to the Impression Obsession blog for the challenge details and the opportunity to win a prize. 

Anna Wight

Chris Dayton

Daniela Dobson

Dina Kowal

Ilina Crouse

Jeanne Streiff

Jenny Gropp

Karen Amidon

Kelli Hull

Laura Fulcher

Card size”  5.00 Square

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Happy July 4th and Flag Tutorial

Good Tuesday afternoon and Happy Fourth of July.  There is so much controversy in our country nowadays regarding the American Flag.  I usually never share my opinion on any political subject publically but I am proud to be an American and happily celebrate this holiday and our flag.  Anything less would be dishonoring all those that fought for our freedom and those especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.   My project was made using the Impression Obsession US Flag and Flag Banner.

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I took a few step by step shots of how I put this flag together.  There are lots of parts and pieces but it really isn’t hard at all.

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I started by cutting a piece of printer paper the exact of the body of the flag and covered it with 1/2” double stick tape and one thin piece of 1/8” tape.

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I removed the backing from the tape and attached the flag body to it.

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I cut the flag again in red and attached the stripes.  The double stick tape holds the pieces perfectly in place.

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I cut the blue star section and pushed out all the tiny stars. Next I attached the  double stick tape to the back.

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I lined the white star section directly over top of the blue and held it firmly in place.  In the photo you see that most of the stars had already been removed.  I had forgotten to take a picture when I first started.

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I used a stylus to push the stars out of the white and pushed down firmly to place the stars in the holes of the blue. I removed the back off the back of the blue star section and put it in place on the flag.

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I had some left over banners from other projects and decided to add three of them to the base of the flag.  I just had to add one little white star on each one of them.

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I love to celebrate the 4th with corn on the cob, hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken, steaks and anything else you can cook on the grill.  No 4th celebration would be the same without a big juicy watermelon.  Thanks for stopping by  and I hope you have a wonderful day. Thanks to all of you who left me comments about your favorite tutorial style.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Retirement, Paper Crafting and Patriotism

Good Monday morning.  It is an especially nice Monday for me as it’s the first day of my retirement after working for over forty years.  Time sure does fly by.  I am so excited to be home and to have the opportunity to play more with my paper crafting, creating tutorials and to begin having more regular blog posting.  Speaking of tutorials…..I would love to know if you enjoy tutorials done with step by step photos and written instructions or if you prefer video tutorials.  Do you enjoy learning on your own from online tutorials or do you prefer attending classes? Leave a comment on this post and let me know what you think.    

My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple Challenge to create a patriotic card.  I used the Impression Obsession Land of the Free, Flag Banner and Stars

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This was a pretty fast and easy project.  I created the white layer with red trim, applied strips of mounting tape and attached it to the card base.  I cut the words and banner out in both red and blue.  I created the shadow for the words using two colors and attaching them together with Crafter’s Pick glue.  I use Crafter’s Pick for this because it dries perfectly clear.  I applied tiny strips of mounting tape to the back of the words and attached them to the card base.

KC Impression Obsession Land of the Free 2 center

I cut three blue banners and attached them to the red banner with glossy accents. I attached small pieces of mounting tape to the back of each banner and attached them in place on the card base.  I finished by adding the small white stars on each banner and attaching with glossy accents.

KC Impression Obsession Land of the Free 2 left

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great 4th of July holiday.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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