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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Impression Obsession Challenge~Happy Flowers

Hello Friends!!

 It's time for another Impression Obsession challenge.  This weeks challenge is "Happy Flowers".
 
Play along with us and create something inspired by "Happy Flowers" and you could win a $25 gift certificate to the IO store store, just simply by playing along! Just go to the IO Blog for the details on how to play.  


Check out what the talented IO team have created to inspire you......

   IO Blog                                 

My card is a center step card.  You can find a link to a tutorial...... Here.

Today's card features a couple of new images released at CHA in January. Since pink poppies always make me happy when they start blooming in my yard, I stamped Poppies Alone J17028 twice with Memento Tuxedo Black, colored them with Copic Markers and did a little fussy cutting.  I added dimension to the top layer of flower petals and leaves with a stylus and popped up the top layer of petals.


  The sentiment, Happy Soul C9625 was embossed with Versafine Onyx Black ink and clear embossing powder. The sides were simply embellished with Border Duo 3 DIE019-V.  I colored one of the butterflies from the Medium Butterflies DIE255-Y with Copic Markers. I added some pink satin ribbon, pearls and finished it off with a wee bit of shimmer with a Wink of Stella Shimmer pen on the flowers, borders and butterfly.

 Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!!

Ellen

Impression Obsession Products Used~
Stamps:
Poppies Alone J17028
 Poppies Alone
Happy Soul C9625
 Happy Soul

Dies:
Border Duo 3 DIE019-V
 Border Duo 3 Die Set
Medium Butterflies DIE255-Y
Medium Butterflies
Other Products Used~
Copic Markers:R81-83-85, G21-24-28, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Zig Wink of Stella Shimmer, Satin Ribbon, Pearls, Pop Dots.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Impression Obsession Spring Designer Die Hop Day 3


Welcome to the Impression Obsession Spring Designer Die Hop!
We have some beautiful new Dies to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!
 The hop will start each day (March 9th – March 11th) with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST.  The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!
All of the new dies you’ll be seeing on the hop are available NOW!
  www.iostamps.com

This cute little Bunny With Egg DIE275-D has be colored a bit with Copic Markers. Bunny with R20, N0 and 0. The egg with B41 & B46, then stamped with Crotchet Stars D13301, Versamark and clear embossed. The background paper has been stamped with Posies A9546 and coordinating Memento Inks, Lulu Lavender, Summer Sky, New Sprout and Angel Pink. Wink of Stella by Zig has been added to the Easter Greetings DIE256-N 
and framing for a touch of shimmery sparkle.

IO Products Used~
Bunny With Egg DIE275-D 
 Bunny with Egg
Easter Greetings DIE256-N
Easter Greetings

Crotchet Stars D13301
 Crochet Stars
Posies A9546
Posies 4
Check out what the talented IO team have created to inspire you......

   IO Blog                                 

Have a fantastic day and good luck in the draw!
Ellen

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Impression Obsession Spring Designer Die Hop Day 2


Welcome to the Impression Obsession Spring Designer Die Hop!
We have some beautiful new Dies to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!
 The hop will start each day (March 9th – March 11th) with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST.  The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!
All of the new dies you’ll be seeing on the hop are available NOW!
  www.iostamps.com

With wedding season rapidly approaching, it's time to start preparing!! Today's project is a simple  money holder.  Here are the measurements...

 Base: 9 1/4" x 8 1/2"
 Score on the 9 1/4" side at 2 1/4" and 6 1/4" and fold.
 Flap Panel: 8 1/4" x 2 3/4".
 Insert: 3 1/4" x 7".
 Belly Band: 2 3/8" x 8 1/2"  .  Score at 2 1/2" and 6 1/2".

I love this new Bride & Groom DIE246-K!!  I  die cut the veil with vellum and added some sparkle to it with a Wink of Stella by Zig.  The bride & Groom are both popped up.  The flap panel has been embellished with Open Scroll Vine DIE252-P.  The insert has simply the hearts from the Wedding Icons DIE245-S cut in silver mirror paper.  Yuppers another quick and easy project!


IO Products Used~
Bride & Groom DIE246-K
 Bride & Groom
Open Scroll Vine DIE252-P
Open Scroll Vine
Wedding Icons DIE245-S
Wedding Icons

Check out what the talented IO team have created to inspire you......

   IO Blog                                 

Have a fantastic day and good luck in the draw!
Ellen

Monday, 9 March 2015

Impression Obsession Spring Designer Die Hop Day 1

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Spring Designer Die Hop!
We have some beautiful new Dies to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!
 The hop will start each day (March 9th – March 11th) with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST.  The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!
All of the new dies you’ll be seeing on the hop are available NOW!
  I love dies for the plain old fact that you can make a card in minutes or make it as intense as can be!! I chose quick and easy today!  My camera didn't pick up the sparkle on the eggs, sun and edging. 


IO Products Used for this project~
Boy With Easter Basket DIE261-G 
 Boy with Easter Basket  
Girl With Basket DIE260-I 

Girl with Easter Basket
Sun & Moon DIE163-C
 Sun & Moon
Sm. Grass Border DIE096-D
 Sm. Grass Border

Good Egg CL573 
 Good Egg
Check out what the talented IO team have created to inspire you......

   IO Blog                                 

Have a fantastic day and good luck in the draw!!
Ellen



Thursday, 5 March 2015

Impression Obsession Challenge~Think Spring


Hello Friends!!

 It's time for another Impression Obsession challenge.  This weeks challenge is "Think Spring".
 
Play along with us and create something inspired by "Spring" and you could win a $25 gift certificate to the IO store store, just simply by playing along! Just go to the IO Blog for the details on how to play.  


Check out what the talented IO team have created to inspire you.....      

   IO Blog                                 

I have two quick and simple Spring cards to share today using newly released dies and stamps.......

Welcome Spring


IO Products Used~
Spring Wreath Die262-Y
Spring Wreath 
Welcome DIE266-A 
 Welcome
Star Flower C16103
 Star Flower
Spring~
IO Products Used~
 When Spring Came CL571 
 Three Nestled Eggs Small C9694 
 Birdie Small A9589
 Ornate Rectangle Frame DIE274-Y
Ornate Rectangle FrameThree Nested Eggs Small

 
When Spring CameBirdie Small


Thanks for stopping by  and have a fabulous day!!
Ellen

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Impression Obsession Challenge~It Must Be Love




  Hello Friends!!
 It's time for another Impression Obsession challenge.  This weeks challenge is "It Must Be Love"".
 
Play along with us and create something inspired by "Love" and you could win a $25 gift certificate to the IO store store, just simply by playing along! Just go to the IO Blog for the details on how to play.  

Check out what the talented IO team have created to inspire you.....
Impression Obsession Blog
Anna Wight Daniela Dobson
Dina Kowal
Ellen Taylor~You are here.
Jeanne Streiff
Jenny Gropp
Karen Amidon
Kittie Caracciolo
Laura Fulcher
Vicki Garrett 


  I have two "Love" inspired cards to share today.....


 The background was stamped with Sketched Roses CC187 and clear embossed on white paper, then  colored with Angel Pink reinker and water pen.  The Stitch Heart C16073 were embossed with Versafine Onyx Black, colored with Copics and fussy cut out. Super simple!!

Sketched Roses CC187
Stitch Heart C16073
Valentine A9572
Border Duo 2 Die Set DIE018-V 

Ink~ Memento Angel Pink, Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark
Misc~Water Pen, Clear Embossing Powder, Pin, Pop Dots, Ribbon
Copics~ R01-81-83-85


IO Products Used~
Wonderful Life Together C9703
Dancing Couple E13265

Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!!

Ellen

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Impression Obsession Sparkle and Shine Challenge


Hello Friends!!
 
  Happy Thursday to you!!  It's time for another Impression Obsession challenge.  This weeks challenge is "Sparkle & Shine".
 
Play along with us and create something inspired by "Sparkle & Shine" and you could win a $25 gift certificate to the IO store store, just simply by playing along! Just go to the IO Blog for the details on how to play.  


Check out what my uber talented IO teammates  have created to inspire you.  Jenny's project will be posted later today and you don't want to miss it.  It will be worth popping back for!!

Impression Obsession Blog
Anna Wight
Daniela Dobson
Dina Kowal
Ellen Taylor~You are here.
Jeanne Streiff
Jenny Gropp
Karen Amidon 

Laura Fulcher
Vicki Garrett

 I have 3 sparkly & shiny cards to share today featuring all newly released images that were revealed at CHA.

I Love You......
A couple of sparkly hearts and embossed couple for shine.

Impression Obsession Stamps~
Charleston D13264
Dancing Couple E13265
Cover-a-Card Texture CC213
I Love You B9525


Impression Obsession Dies~
Square Shaker Frame DIE DIE002-Z
Heart Set DIE135-F

Ink:~
Versafine:Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia
Memento Desert Sand

Misc~
WR Memery Pearl Brad, Recollections Rhinestone Flourish, Organza and Satin Ribbon, Pop Dots, Clear Embossing Powder

Singing In The Rain....
Lots of Sparkle and shine here.... the rain, clouds, umbrella and heart (negative from the Heart Frame DIE124-Z) are sparkled up with Stardust Stickles  and the girl, music background and sentiment have been clear embossed for shine.

Impression Obsession Stamps~
Cover-a-Card Music CC029
Cover-a-Card Rain CC154
Heart Sing C13310
Puddle Jump F13329

Impression Obsession Dies~
Clouds DIE068-A
Circle Shaker Frame DIE001-Z
Heart Frame DIE124-Z

Ink~Memento Summer sky, Teal Zeal, Rhubarb Stalk
Versafine Onyx Black

Misc~
Clear Embossing Powder, Stickles, Sponge, Pop Dots


 Life is Good.....

This beautiful French Rose image was colored with Memento Markers direct to rubber, then filled in with Copic markers.  It was finished off with Stardust Stickles.

Impression Obsession Stamps~
Life Is Good  C9531
French Rose E9516

Impression Obsession Dies~
Square Shaker Frame DIE DIE002-Z

Ink~ Memento Markers:Love Letter, Bamboo leaves; Versafine Onyx Black;
Copc Markers
Misc~ Pop Dots, Ribbon Clear Embossing Powder, Sparkle Paper

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!!
Ellen



Sunday, 11 January 2015

CHA 2015 Favorites Day 1



Helloo Blogland Friends!

 It's been an exciting opening day at CHA 2015!!  The crafting world has so many exciting new products being revealed and I will share some of my favorites with you.

My number one favorite is once again Impression Obsession!

Mitra has such a wide variety of stamp designers, that there is always something to please every artsy taste out there.  IO has been my favorite stamp and die company since way back to my beginning days of stamping and never fails each year to out do themselves!

Stop by booth 2825 and visit the fabulous IO team Mitra, Cindy and Sue!! 

 

 This morning I had the pleasure of finally meeting one of the most amazing and talented artists out there, Dina Kowal.  Dina not only is on the IO Design Team, she has her own line of stamps that I love to get inky!!  You can check them out HERE. 


 IO has a new artist Yvonne Blair. She brings to the table a stamp line that is a real compliment to your journals, mixed media and card making.  I look forward to inking up Yvonne's designs!  A very welcome addition to my stamp collection!!  You can check them out Here.


 Here are some booth photos of the new stamps and current dies.  In the coming weeks look for a new die release. I have seen them and can't wait to get my hands on them and creating!  Woot woot!!!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 Here are the IO projects boards with lots of inspiration for you....

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I will be back tomorrow with more amazing CHA products to share!  Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!

Ellen