Summer Flowers

i almost forgot to upload my cards for the summer flowers theme at the Impression Obsession Challenge; since I’m on the road I used my phone for the first time.

I’m sending more cards to friends during this pandemic although the stay-at-home time feels the same as before to me. I used colour pencils for this Impression Obsession free covid themed digital image, ‘Dear Blank’ – so relaxing.

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In Loving Memory

it’s hard to believe but it’s now 11 years ago today that my son passed away from brain cancer and every year I’ve made a card in his memory.

my son was an avid reader from a very young age; he would often enjoy his books outside in warm weather. when he was inside, his vivid imagination enabled him to draw and colour characters of his own while he listened to music; he was a fan of Sarah McLachlan. I got to know a lot of his favourite artists when we shared the family room while he was drawing and I was learning computer skills – of course I had to keep interrupting him to help me. I’m glad I listened to him and later switched to a Mac.

Both the image and sentiment are Impression Obsession stamps and, as usual, I painted with twinkling H2Os and I’m playing along with this challenge:

As You Like It Challenge Favourite- Digi Or Rubber (& Why): it’s very rewarding to hand stamp images and bring them to life by water colouring them; it’s all part of the creative process, including the challenge to find dies to cut/frame them. I’ll rarely use digis – I haven’t yet found a printer that will handle 140 lb. watercolour paper so I usually just colour them on card stock with pencils, which is not as enjoyable as painting.

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Positive Pants

as i’m in a high risk group in three categories, i’ve been self isolating for weeks but really, it doesn’t feel much different than my pre-pandemic life.

but i know family and friends are getting tired of the restrictions so i’m playing along with the Impression Obsession Challenge to create funny cards that i hope will make them smile. once again i’ve used the free Impression Obsession digi (NOLA003-DG Positive Pants) and pencil crayons to create this masculine card.

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A Punny Bunny

i’m playing along with the Impression Obsession Challenge to create funny cards, an appropriate theme.

like so many people, i’ve been sewing masks for family members since we’re all supposed to be wearing them but i took a break to create this card with a free Impression Obsession digi (NOLA003-DG Positive Pants).

i used pencil crayons, matted the image on pink card stock and attached it to some memory box paper – nice and flat for mailing.

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Freebie Fun With Impression Obsession

Digi stamps are new at Impression Obsession and are available for download once you sign in to your account. I downloaded some free images illustrated by IO designers Lindsay Ostrom and Nola Chandler that are very timely and positive.

i’m not a big fan of digis only because i love to paint images and my watercolour paper is too thick to feed through my printer. but my second favourite medium to colour with is pencil crayons so that’s what i use with digis.

this is the first fun image to send to my hair stylist; it was fun to colour and i simply added a mat with the new ellen hutson essential rectangle dies. of course first i had to add a bit of extra glue to the upper left corner; i didn’t even notice it lifted until i edited my photo.

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Easter Bunnies

i’ve been practicing painting stripes so i made a quick and easy card to join the new Impression Obsession Challenge – Easter Fun!

i used my painted stripes for the Impression Obsession happy easter die (DIE367-J); the IO die cut bunnies (DIE168-C) were painted with twinkling H2Os on cold press watercolour paper and then i sponged the edges with walnut stain distress ink. i finished off the card with some scraps of paper in coordinating colours.

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A Cup Of Comfort

I’m cutting it close to today’s deadline for the new Impression Obsession Challenge – Pour One On!

purple and green card with impression obsession guinea pig in teacup copyright Linda

I couldn’t resist making another card with this adorable Impression Obsession cutie, H13747, this time using more spring-like colours. As usual, I painted with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper, matted and popped the image on foam tape. To finish it off, I stamped the sentiment, B20782, with versa fine onyx black ink on patterned paper.

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Hugs And Kisses

well i’m really creating at a snail’s pace so far this year but i am able to play along with the Impression Obsession challenge theme of hugs and kisses.

guina pig in teacup copyright linda

i painted this adorable Impression Obsession guinea pig (H13747) by artist Dina Kowal on Arches hot press watercolour paper with twinkling H2Os. the edges of the image panel were lightly sponged with pumice stone distress ink and the sentiment (CL549) was framed with a hand cut banner that was also lightly sponged with wild honey distress ink.

i’m also playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use 2 or More Patterned Papers.

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12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 4

this is my tag for day 4 of the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas.

holly tag

today’s carol is Deck The Halls. i love everything about Lisa’s tag; she used such pretty colours and the layout was so creative. i painted impression obsession holly with twinkling H2Os die cut from Arches hot press watercolour paper, added red seed and green seed beads from the home spun holidays sparkletz. the mama elephant sentiment was stamped onto a scrap of watercolour paper that was leftover from another project. i finished it off with lawn fawn twine in pink and green.

that’s it for today. i need a rest and your inbox probably does too; until tomorrow anyway.

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12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 1

this is the sixth year i’ve played along with the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas, an event i look forward to.

as a bereaved parent, the holidays are challenging so i like to immerse myself in a creative mess and be inspired by fabulous designers who take me outside my comfort zone. this week was difficult because i had to say goodbye to my sweet grandbunny after 11 years.

rudolph the red nosed reindeer tag

this year’s tags focus on christmas carols and day 1 starts with rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. THERESE CALVIRD’s tag inspired me with her attention to detail, pretty colours and i love the layered tag.

instead of holly, i used trees to frame rudolph; i painted the mama elephant reindeer with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper, adding a glow to his nose. i found a white shimmery paper at my favourite art store, currys, that i die cut with a lawn fawn circle tag die and discovered it takes distress ink sponging very nicely. i also learned i could paint on it so i used twinks for the ice, added liquid pearls for snow and popped rudolph on foam tape so he’s flying. finally, i added a small cheery lynn tag die stamped and white heat embossed with mama elephant sentiment and tied with doodlebug twine.

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i just attended my daughter’s graduation ceremony and i am so proud of her; this is the card i created to congratulate her for earning her second university degree.

graduation 2019 card in white and purple copyright linda

all of the products are from Impression Obsession: numbers (DIE282-T), mini mortar & scroll (DIE281-D) and happy (DIE669-N).

i’m linking this up to: Scrapy Land Challenge #125 where the theme is always ANYTHING GOES using any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells (Impression Obsession).

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Thanksgiving Pumpkin

i’m cutting it close to the deadline for the new Impression Obsession Challenge – Pumpkin Spice!

pumpkin thank you card copyright inda

i painted the background and pumpkin (CL980 holiday icons) with daniel smith watercolour paints on hot press watercolour paper, stamped the sentiment (CL549 more basic greetings) in versafine clair acorn ink and added some brown gingham ribbon. to finish off i sponged the edges of the kraft base with brushed corduroy distress ink.

our canadian thanksgiving is october 14 so this small card will be used then.

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Summer Colours At Penny Black And More

it’s the first sunday of a new month so we have a new theme at the Penny Black and More Challenge: show us your Summer Colours.

penny black summer copyright linda

my summer colours are green grass and blue skies so i carried the sky in the image circle out to the front of the card. i painted this cute penny black mouse from the ‘critter fun’ set with twinkling H2Os and used the impression obsession die cut sentiment. the wonky stitches rectangle dies are new to me; i really liked them on my teamie’s cards; thanks ellie.

just a reminder that your focal point must be hand stamped, although you can use any company’s image to be eligible for one of the prizes from our generous sponsors: Penny Black, Stamp Addicts, Craft Stash.

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What A Hoot!

the new Impression Obsession Challenge is Feathered Friends!

IO owls copyright linda

i chose a couple of owls from the IO Zenspirations What A Hoot set (CL339) and tested out my new Caran D’ache Luminance Coloured Pencils on kraft; they work great. i sponged the edges with vintage photo distress ink.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

As You Like It Challenge His & Hers (& why): i like making both but i usually create more feminine than masculine cards – it depends on the recipient. today’s card is for my husband.
Addicted to Stamps – #175 For a Boy/Man
Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes

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Some Birdy

i was really challenged by the current Impression Obsession Challenge – Yellow and Blue but i eventually came up with an idea.

impression obsession birds front copyright linda

impression obsession birds inside copyright linda

i die cut the birdhouses (IO DIE156-H) from a leftover piece of watercoloured wash, used yellow cardstock and mustard seed distress ink for the birds (IO DIE154-A), and painted the hydrangea (IO DIE044-Y) with blue twinkling H2Os ranging from turquoise to a red blue.

all the die cuts, including the fence (IO DIE206-V), were popped on foam tape and attached to a background sky that i sponged; and of course i sponged yellow and blue to create the green bottom. the inside sentiment (IO A5418 Some ‘Birdy’ Loves You) was stamped and i sponged around the edges with mustard seed distress ink.

i’m also playing along with:

Little Red Wagon – Happy Bird-day challenge
Scrapy Land Challenges – #114 Always Anything Goes with Die Brand SL sells

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Bunny Love

a combination of my disabilities and demands on my time have kept me away from creating lately but i had to play along with the Impression Obsession challenge and it’s bunny love theme; bunnies are so sweet.


after i created the white easel base with my scor-pal, i sponged the sky with blue distress inks; the impression obsession fence (DIE206-V) and impression obsession bunnies (DIE664-T) were cut with kraft paper, also sponged with DI.

i sponged green corrugated paper and attached the bunnies  to the back and the picket fence  to the front with strips of foam tape; i usually paint woodgrain so i love that this die embosses it for me in one pass through the die cut machine.

i stamped the spring (MC657) in versafine deep lagoon onto a strip of white cardstock and added the die cut wishes (DIE364-E), also sponged with DI – thank goodness my tear drop sponges are easy on my hands. to finish it off, the sentiment strip was attached with foam tape.

i’m also playing along with:
Scor-Pal More than One Score Challenge April #58 – Texture
Simon Says Wednesday  – Anything Goes

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Happy Thoughts

i either haven’t been well or haven’t had much time lately to create so i made a quick and easy note card.

happy thoughts copyright linda

i’m playing along with the Impression Obsession challenge theme of flowers for friends and i’ve used these impression obsession stamps:  sentiment A8169 and riding pretty CL255, coloured with coloured pencils and some pink glitter.

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In The Pink Note Cards

i finally have a bit of time to create, although my project is a quick and easy one.

impression obsession bunny notes copyright linda

the current impression obsession challenge is In The Pink! i made a set of note cards featuring this adorable IO bunny (B20551), painted with twinkling H2Os on hp watercolour paper, and a sentiment from the IO More Basic Greetings (CL549) clear stamp set. to finish them off, i sponged the circle edges with distress ink.

i’m also playing along with:
Simon Says Wednesday – Black, White and one Colour
Stamping Sensations – All Things Bright & BEAUtiful

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More Monster Hugs

i created a second monster hugs card for the current Impression Obsession challenge theme: It’s All About Love!

IO monster pink copyright linda

i painted a different monster from the Impression Obsession Monster Mash stamp set (CL886) with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper and brayered the embossed background with distress inks; i painted the hugs sentiment too (DIE516-A).

i’m also playing along with:
The Paper Players – #427 Love is in the Air
Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes – use Impression Obsession as an option
Challenge Up Your Life – #105 – Love
Allsorts – #505 Love

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Monster Hugs

the current Impression Obsession challenge theme is: It’s All About Love!

io monster copyright linda

i bought this impression obsession Monster mash stamp set (CL886) after halloween but i really wanted to use him so i paired him with the IO hugs DIE516-A. i painted the monster and sentiment with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper, but i brayered the embossed background with distress inks.

i stamped the inside with a heart from the Handmade (MC146) set, typically used to stamp the back of cards. i forgot to take a pic of that.

i’m also playing along with:
Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes and use Impression Obsession as an option
Always Fun Challenges – #95 MONSTERS OR FAIRIES

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Very Quick Christmas Cards

happy 2019! i don’t make new year resolutions; do you? i keep an ongoing list of attainable goals so i can feel a sense of accomplishment, like creating, staying focused, and eating more healthy foods.

since i’m one who enjoys making christmas cards year round, i’m playing along with the new Impression Obsession Challenge theme of Holiday Greetings!

IO trees copyright linda

this is a clean and simple design and very quick to make so i created a set of eight cards. the IO tree image (E7724) and the IO sentiment (winter trees CL98) were stamped on the front with VersaFine Clair Shady Lane, which i love, and i used another sentiment from the winter trees CL98 set on the inside.

i’m also playing along with the Alphabet Challenge where T IS FOR TREES

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Autumn Shadow Box

i thought i better make another shadow box before i forget how.

autumn leaves inside.copyright linda

the current impression obsession challenge is autumn colours so i used the Autumn Mosaic verse (D5529) on the front, and randomly stamped leaves and acorns in versamark from a clear stamp set, Wreaths & Garlands Fall & Winter (CL84).

i got a bit carried away with the inside but that’s what i see from my window; branches with squirrels scurrying up, down and all over.

The squirrels and acorns were die cut (DIE213-D), then painted with twinkling H2Os, attached to the picket fence (DIE206-V) and the leafy branches (DIE055-N) were added after they were sponged with distress inks.

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Christmas Thank You

i’m playing along with the new impression obsession challenge theme of So Very Thankful!

i stamped some of the images in the IO christmas minis clear set (MC199) on kraft, used coloured pencils and a sentiment from the IO thanks sentiments set (CL41), and matted it onto a shimmer green cardstock.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:

As You Like It Challenge Monochrome Or Rainbow (&why): colours brighten my day and i love to use a colourful palette and mix my own custom paint colours.
Stamping Sensations  – Get ready for Christmas
Simon Says Wednesday – Thanks/Thanksgiving

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Hugs For Hubby

while i’m caring for a loved one i don’t have much time to create but i did take a bit of a break to play.

IO lighthouse copyright linda

the new Impression Obsession Challenge is Pop Up Your Words! i’ve coloured the IO New England Lighthouse (G1286) with coloured pencils and popped the IO hugs (DIE516-A) on tiny bits of foam tape. i used the IO happy anniversary die (DIE627-G) and hearts from the IO looped heart border die (DIE128-C) on the inside for my husband’s anniversary card.

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My Happy Colours

the current impression obsession challenge is to use happy colours (whatever colours make you happy), which i thoroughly enjoyed; i even used a bit of orange.

impression obsession beach copyright linda

i created a small easel card to fit on my desk featuring some new impression obsession products i purchased when i was lucky enough to win a $25.00 IO gift card just for playing along.

i used the sentiment and sun from the IO ‘signs of summer‘ (CL873) by Peggy Jo Ackley, and painted with tombow markers on hot pressed watercolour paper; i love the cool colour palette, but i tend to use brighter colours through the summer. i fussy cut the sun to pop it on foam tape and the IO beach chair and sandals (DIE190-C) were layered up five times to hold the card upright; the square panel measures 3 and 3/8 inches. to finish it off, i used the leftover bits from the chair to create my beach fence.

i’m also playing along with Simon Says Wednesday to use a Die and/or Punch.

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Birthday Wishes

i need more masculine cards and the Impression Obsession challenge theme of I Sea You inspired me to create this card for my stash.

impression obsession birthday copyright linda

i heat embossed the birthday from the IO Wishes (MC657) clear set on a piece of kaisercraft coastal escape paper; die cut the IO Wishes (DIE364-E) from blue shimmer paper and attached two other sections of paper from the same pad.

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Special Wishes

I mixed things up a bit and used alcohol inks on a masculine card.

IO birthday copyright linda

i blended alcohol inks on a piece of an elizabeth craft designs shimmer sheetz, embossed it with the Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folder – Flourish and then sanded it to reveal the silver core. i cut it into squares and matted each with black glossy cardstock. i masked off part of the impression obsession sentiment and i finished the card off with some designer paper and gold mirri.

i’m playing along with the As You Like It challenge: Favourite type of embossing and why. I love to emboss and sand watercolour paper or shimmer sheetz to reveal some highlights of texture; i am much more successful with this than heat embossing.

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Birthday Bookmark

i’m playing along with the impression obsession challenge foodie fun!

impression obsession food bookmark copyright linda

i was going to mat this and attach to a narrow card base but as i was painting my husband asked who the bookmark was for. naturally, i said ok it’s done; quick and easy and perfect for when i’m short on time and energy.

the cakes image is from Celebrate (CL254), painted with twinkling H2Os and the sentiment is from More Basic Greetings (CL549).

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Ducks In A Row

creating this card made me smile. the new impression obsession challenge is ‘send a little humour’ and i hope it makes the recipient smile too.

impression obsession ducks copyright linda

impression obsession ducks inside copyright linda

i created a z-fold card to feature the impression obsession darn ducks stamp (D17214) on the front panel, painted the sky, grass and water on cold pressed watercolour paper with twinkling H2Os, and also painted the IO duck set (DIE398-F) with twinks. to finish it off, i stamped a sentiment from the IO more basic greetings (CL549), which might be retired since i couldn’t find a link.

i’m also playing along with:

Back To Basics – #4 – Fold Back Card
Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes
HLS June Watercolour Challenge – anything goes optional twist smile

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Sea Sponge Stamping

i created a second card for the Impression Obsession Challenge – All That Glitters!

the very talented pam at expressions with heart used a stamp shammy with distress ink blending technique that reminded me of how much fun colouring with a sea sponge is or as i call it, sea sponge stamping.impression obsession umbrella glitter copyright linda

i ‘stamped’ salty ocean distress ink onto 140 lb. cold pressed watercolour paper, die cut the Impression Obsession umbrella (DIE049-A) three times and covered with glitter, which rarely shows on camera. i took another photo of the umbrellas in the sun just to show the sparkle. using the same sea sponge, i stamped mustard seed distress ink on CP w/c paper to create the background. finally, i stamped the Impression Obsession sentiment (B5536).

i’m also playing along with:

Challenge Up Your Life – #90 Watercoloring
Cardz 4 Galz – #70 April Showers

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