Thursday, April 20, 2017

IMPRESSION OBSESSION

YOU TAKE THE CAKE!

Want a chance to win an Impression Obsession $25 Gift Certificate?
Join the Impression Obsession DT and play along in the You Take the Cake challenge. Think  cakes, dessert and all the sweet stuff from IO!
New to our challenges? All the info you need to join in the fun can be found here on the IO BLOG!

Need some "sweet" inspiration?

Who doesn't love cake, desserts or a party?
IO has so many delicious stamps!
Today I chose to ink up this darling cake from the Birthday Party stamp set that was designed by Lindsay Ostrom. Did you know that most of the stamps that are in the new clear sets can also be purchased individually? Yep, the Birthday Cake is sold as a single!
Late for Cake is a new favorite of mine.


Inside Card
This stamp speaks for itself, and really does cover it all!

IO PRODUCTS USED

OTHER
Distress Oxide Inks-Wilted Violet, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans
Copics, Glossy Accents, craft foam, 



Thanks for looking and good luck!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

SERENDIPITY STAMPS

APRIL BLOG HOP #2!

Welcome to the second half of Serendipity Stamps April Blog Hop. 
Play along in the hop for a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate to the Serendipity Store!
One lucky commenter will be chosen at random to win. The more blogs that you comment on the better your chances!
You can leave comments from Wednesday through Sunday and Mary will announce the winner on Monday.

Karen Amidon...that's me!


Know anyone who loves Bridge?
 The NEW collection of Playing Card Sentiments and Dies are perfect for all occasions! 

The first card I think would be great for graduation.
I die cut the card shape with the Playing Card and Suits Dies.


The suits and sentiments were stamped onto glossy white paper.
Be sure to check out all the great sayings that come with the set!

Serendipity Stamps Used



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Friday, April 14, 2017

OXIDES INKS

Happy Friday and hello Distress Oxide Inks!
Have you played with Oxide Inks yet? I am having so much fun splashing water around and discovering how they react. It's interesting to see the results using different papers! 
Speaking of splashing...here are two cards made with the Fishes stamp from Carabelle Studio.

The Oxide Inks used were the same colors for both cards along with the same color Zig Watercolor Markers. The only difference... the color of ink stamped for the fishes and embossing powder.  

Two totally different looks!


The fish were stamped in Yetti White onto Strathmore Mixed Media and then heat embossed.
I then applied Molotow, liquid masking fluid, over the fish. This protects the stamped image from getting any of the Oxide Inks from the BG on them. Be sure that Molotow is dry before starting the BG!




Here's the fun...! Swirling of color and playing with water.
I love the results and now it's time to unveil the fish and give them some color.
After watercoloring the fish I went back and added black gloss to their eyes.



Black Versafine ink was used here along with heat embossing in clear powder.
Exact same colors with Distress Oxides and Zigs.
Which look do you like best?

Tomorrow, Saturday April 15th, Impressive Ideas will be doing demo's with these wonderful Distress Oxide Inks. Come and see what we love about them and what papers are our favorites. Demo's will be from 2-6, hope to see you there. Plenty of inks and re-inkers in stock but they come and go fast!

DISTRESS OXIDE INKS USED
Wilted Violet
Faded Jeans
Broken China
Cracked Pistachio

ZIG WATERCOLOR MARKERS USED
Bright Yellow
Yellow
Orange 


Thursday, April 6, 2017

IMPRESSION OBSESSION

COFFEE TEA OR ME!

Happy Thursday and welcome to Impression Obsession's Coffee, Tea or Me Challenge!
Get creative using IO's stamps and dies for a chance to win!
New to playing in challenges? It's easy. You can find all the details you need here on the 

Did I mention that there was a $25 IO Gift Certificate up for grabs? Well, play along in our challenges and it just might be your lucky day!

Check out which theme the DT girls picked!


Today I am sharing with you the Tea Set. 
I have made two cards giving you totally different looks!



I first went with an Asian flair. The bold red teapot was embossed with a daisy design folder and then heat embossed in clear. The paper is from the Hanami Garden Collection. The NEW Pink Clouds stamps and dies, (Cherry Blossoms) would be stunning to use with this theme also.



Tea with a friend!
This darling die set is perfect for an invite or a friendly hello. Check out the fun, tiny tea bag in the cup! I added a few embellishments and the Saucy paper giving this card a retro look.

Impression Obsession Stamps and Dies

Will you choose...Coffee, Tea or Me?
Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

SERENDIPITY STAMPS


April is here and so comes another blog hop with Serendipity!
Twice a month you have the chance of winning a $20 SS Gift Certificate. Play along by leaving comments on the DT blogs.
 It's that easy! 
Need more details? You can go to Mary's Blog to get all the info!

Here are your links for the hop!
Karen Amidon...that's me!



Serendipity has many images of florals, but today I have inked up the Clover.
I love flowers, foliages and even some weeds! The clover gets a bad rap but they are drought tolerant and they bloom!

Serendipity Stamps Used

Copics-BV04, 02,00, V00   YG45,41   BG0000 
Distress Oxide Inks-Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet, Broken China

Thanks for looking and good luck!