June 21, 2018

New Impression Obsession Challenge I Sea You!

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Welcome to our new challenge -  I Sea You (beach, ocean, seagulls ect...)

  Get inspired by the wonderful Impression Obsession Team (listed below). 

  When you've finished checking out our DT creations, please join us by posting your own

challenge project using Impression Obsession products at the bottom of this post!

If you have any problems linking or questions please contact Jeanne.

Follow the guidelines below to enter challenge and have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our online store. Good luck!

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  Challenge Guidelines

 ***Use all IO dies/stamps (please list stamp names and/or item numbers on your blog or gallery entry with a  link to Impression Obsession).

***Other company nesting dies may be used for card shapes & mats.

  ***Your entries have to be new (no back dating older projects). 

  ***You may use this entry with multiple challenges (no more than 5) but this challenge must be listed first and it cannot be combined with other projects

in the same post - unless those projects also follow the rest of our challenge guidelines.

  ***You may enter more than once but each entry needs to be in a separate post.

  ***Use a direct link to your project (no general links ) to enter at the bottom of this post.

  This Challenge will be open until Tuesday, July 3rd at 7 p.m.Central Time.

Winner will be announced July 4th.

Have fun and I hope you enjoy playing with us!

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 Hop list:

ANNA WIGHT

DANIELA DOBSON

DINA KOWAL

GIOVANA SMITH

ILINA CROUSE

JEANNE STREIFF

KAREN AMIDON

KITTIE CARACCIOLO

LAURA FULCHER

VICKI GARRETT

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June 20, 2018

Foodie Fun Challenge Winner!

Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered our Foodie Fun Challenge!

All of your projects were beautiful as always!

Our winner is... linda s

Please email Jeanne within 7 days for your Gift Certificate info.

 

Check out Linda's sweet bookmark!

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Have a great day!


June 07, 2018

New Impression Obsession Challenge - Foodie Fun!

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Welcome to our new challenge -  Foodie Fun (something edible)

  Get inspired by the wonderful Impression Obsession Team (listed below). 

  When you've finished checking out our DT creations, please join us by posting your own

challenge project using Impression Obsession products at the bottom of this post!

If you have any problems linking or questions please contact Jeanne.

Follow the guidelines below to enter challenge and have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our online store. Good luck!

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  Challenge Guidelines

 ***Use all IO dies/stamps (please list stamp names and/or item numbers on your blog or gallery entry with a  link to Impression Obsession).

***Other company nesting dies may be used for card shapes & mats.

  ***Your entries have to be new (no back dating older projects). 

  ***You may use this entry with multiple challenges (no more than 5) but this challenge must be listed first and it cannot be combined with other projects

in the same post - unless those projects also follow the rest of our challenge guidelines.

  ***You may enter more than once but each entry needs to be in a separate post.

  ***Use a direct link to your project (no general links ) to enter at the bottom of this post.

  This Challenge will be open until Tuesday, June 19th at 7 p.m.Central Time.

Winner will be announced June 20th.

Have fun and I hope you enjoy playing with us!

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 Hop list:

ANNA WIGHT

DANIELA DOBSON

DINA KOWAL

GIOVANA SMITH

ILINA CROUSE

JEANNE STREIFF

KAREN AMIDON

KELLI HULL

KITTIE CARACCIOLO

LAURA FULCHER

VICKI GARRETT

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June 06, 2018

Send a Little Humor Challenge Winner!

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Thank you to everyone who entered our Send a Little Humor Challenge!

All of your projects were beautiful as always!

Our winner is... Tracie C

Please email Jeanne within 7 days for your Gift Certificate info.

 

Check out Tracie's cute card!

 

Have a great day!


June 04, 2018

Impression Obsession Meet the Illustrator - Peggy Jo Ackley of Pink Ink Stamps!

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Hello there~ I am thrilled to be illustrating clear stamp sets for Impression Obsession! After several years of designing wood stamps for my company Pink Ink, it’s been really fun to draw coordinating groups of images and verses that can be combined in creative ways. I also love the fact that many of my sets for Impression Obsession have matching dies for even more options.

I’ve been an illustrator and product designer for many years. Some of you may be familiar with the 100+ Bitty Bear books I illustrated for American Girl over 15 years.  I began my career as a greeting card artist and expanded into other stationery and paper products, then gifts and home furnishings. I’ve always had a soft spot for hand crafting and jumped at the chance to design rubber stamps and teach colored pencil skill classes throughout the country for both Pink Ink and Impression Obsession. I love to share what I’ve learned and so created a series of coloring skill videos to teach shading, highlighting, and embossing techniques for any stamp. They can be viewed on YouTube at “Pink Ink Classroom”. From automobiles to orchids, almost any subject can be enhanced with coloring!

On a personal note, I grew up in Northern California and after youthful stints in New York City and Chicago, I returned to this beautiful area and have been here ever since. I live in Petaluma, a small town halfway between San Francisco and the Napa/Sonoma wine country. My husband Fred and I live on the edge of town – not too far from the cow pastures, deer and wild turkeys! I love watching the birds and squirrels cavort between the trees outside my studio windows. Like many artists, I enjoy listening to music while I work. I’m pretty eclectic, but my favorites of late are jazz piano and “great American songbook” singers (with some Aretha Franklin thrown in). A few artist favorites are Johannes Vermeer, Eduard Vuillard, Edgar Degas, Joseph Cornell, Wayne Thiebaud, illustrators Kay Knight, E. H. Shephard, J. C. Leyendecker and my childhood favorite, Garth Williams (Charlotte’s Web).       

Like most all artists I know, I have a few quirks ~ I wear my “temple bell” earrings from India for luck, have a huge collection of scarves (long, not square), a small collection of odd ball pink Depression glass, am crazy for beagles (and getting them out of labs!) an aversion to animals without arms & legs (ie. snakes, worms and eels) a fondness for old maps, pretty postage stamps, color wheels and all things coconut!

I hope you enjoy my IO Pink Ink stamp sets now that you know a little bit about the person who created them. Stamp, color, cut, embellish – but most of all, have fun!

Mermaid Kisses

Mermaid Kisses

  1. I added “starfish earrings” to my mermaid and shells to my verse, colored all with Prismacolor colored pencils, then cut out the image and centered it on a horizontal striped “wave” background made of aqua green paper scraps.
  2. For the dolphin and fish, I shaded and the dolphin with a soft gray, then color coordinated my two fish with blues and yellows. The group was cut out in an oval shape, bordered with pinked edge blue paper and then embellished with a sheer striped ribbon.

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Popsicle Party

Popsicle Party

I colored multiple images of the various popsicles to create a “rainbow” color effect, making sure to leave some white highlights! Then I used a cute color coordinated tutti-fruitti paper I had and added orange and lime twine bows.

For the cones I shaded a luscious strawberry twist, raised up my pistachio (or mint?) scoop with foam tape and gave lots of creamy shading to the “Take Out” cone. A pretty combo with pink polka dots and scalloped edges!

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Signs of Summer

Signs of Summer

 I used the same combination of stamp art here, experimenting with two different color ways (so easy to do with rubber stamped art!). I love coloring lettering with 2 or 3 blended colors to add more interest, a technique that works great on the large word “Summer”. Which is your favorite – the pink hippo or aqua hippo?

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Le Soleil

Le Soleil

The key on these two versions was to coordinate the colors with an existing printed scrapbook paper – something I often advise my students to do. The same art can look quite different depending on your palette choice. On the darker version, I also penciled in a yellow “sun haze” in the upper right corner, just to try out that effect.

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Have a great day!

  


May 31, 2018

Design Team Feature Thursday - Kelli Hull!

Today's featured Designer is Kelli Hull!

You can see Kelli's project HERE

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Have a great day!



May 25, 2018

2018 Spring & Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

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We are so happy to be a super sponsor of the 2o18 Spring & Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

If you play along you have a chance to win a $25 IO Gift Certificate. We are also offering 15% off our site throughout the hop (use code: COFFEE). Offer ends June 1 at midnight EST.

 

Dates: Friday, May 25 - Friday, June 1
Theme: Spring | Summer
Use: Coffee, Tea and/or Cocoa Images or Theme

Upload your project and link it up for a chance at tons of fabulous prizes by many sponsors! For all the important information about winners and linking up for this hop, please be sure you visit:

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2018 Spring and Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

 

And on to some projects using several of our distinctive coffee-related stamps, both by Dina Kowal.

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This card uses stamp H2081 Espresso and word stamp D5408 Successful Woman.


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And this card uses the beautiful H1834 Coffee Scene stamp by Gary Robertson.


May 24, 2018

New Impression Obsession Challenge - Send a Little Humor!

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Welcome to our new challenge -  Send a Little Humor (funny or punny)

  Get inspired by the wonderful Impression Obsession Team (listed below). 

  When you've finished checking out our DT creations, please join us by posting your own

challenge project using Impression Obsession products at the bottom of this post!

If you have any problems linking or questions please contact Jeanne.

Follow the guidelines below to enter challenge and have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our online store. Good luck!

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  Challenge Guidelines

 ***Use all IO dies/stamps (please list stamp names and/or item numbers on your blog or gallery entry with a  link to Impression Obsession).

***Other company nesting dies may be used for card shapes & mats.

  ***Your entries have to be new (no back dating older projects). 

  ***You may use this entry with multiple challenges (no more than 5) but this challenge must be listed first and it cannot be combined with other projects

in the same post - unless those projects also follow the rest of our challenge guidelines.

  ***You may enter more than once but each entry needs to be in a separate post.

  ***Use a direct link to your project (no general links ) to enter at the bottom of this post.

  This Challenge will be open until Tuesday, June 5th at 7 p.m.Central Time.

Winner will be announced June 6th.

Have fun and I hope you enjoy playing with us!

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 Hop list:

Anna Wight

Dina Kowal

Giovana Smith

Ilina Crouse

Jeanne Streiff

Jenny Gropp

Karen Amidon

Kittie Caracciolo 

Vicki Garrett

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Stamp a Background Challenge Winner!

 

Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered our Stamp a Background Challenge!

All of your projects were beautiful as always!

Our winner is... Mary Moisan

Please email Jeanne within 7 days for your Gift Certificate info.

Check out Mary's sweet card!

 

Have a great day!


May 17, 2018

Design Team Feature Thursday - Karen Amidon!

Today's featured Designer is Karen Amidon!

You can see Karen's project HERE

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Have a great day!

 


May 14, 2018

Meet The Impression Obsession Artist - Gail Green!

 
Hi Everyone!


I'm Gail Green and you will find my art here.



If you love realistic, silhouette or sweet, whimsical animals, nature and holiday images, you will find an abundance of stamps that will appeal to your stamping style!



You may also recognize my name from my books and magazine articles or know my art brand "Sweet PETatoes" from products that include pet scrapbook kits, stationery, quilt fabrics and more.

But....my true heart has always been in the craft/hobby industry.  Rubber stamping, paper crafts and exploring inky and other coloring techniques are my PASSION! 



While I do love my solitary creative explorations in my home studio, I especially love teaching, demoing and helping others gain confidence in their own creative abilities so they can take off and FLY into their own creative realms!



I'm an empty nester but am always entertained by antics of our Border Collie (Lacy Lulu) and craft-loving Eclectus parrot (Ollie the Monkeyman).  In fact, many of the stamps I draw or projects I create are done with Ollie sitting on my right shoulder, commenting as I stamp, color or hand draw at my studio desk or digitally complete stamp images at the computer!



You can also find me at  my blog. Beside creative projects, tutorials and links to creative stuff, I often include Ollie's adventures there. 

Now, just for some fun (and probably a green light for teasing from friends and family), some random quirks and facts about me:

  • I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE contemporary country music.  Good thing Ollie loves it, too because that's what we listen to most days.
  • I was born loving ALL types of vegetables, except I'm allergic to onions don't deal well with cilantro or okra.  My favorite veggies include lettuce (ALL kinds), rhubarb, asparagus, Brussel  sprouts, artichokes...actually never mind.  I just love everything veggie and I'm getting really hungry now just writing this.  Kind of funny that I am a rabbit in the Chinese Zodiac...
  • According to family sources, I never crawled.  I was too busy stringing and unstringing large colored wood beads and investigating color patterning.  One day another child took one of my beads and ran off with it....and I got up and ran after her. My mother almost fell over from shock.  
  • I spoke in complete sentences before I was a year old. (My family would respond that I haven't stopped talking since...)
  • I got much of my creative design skills from my grandmother, who was a dressmaker's dressmaker....and off-the-chart creative!   I also have the weird ability to fit things perfectly and precisely into any space...something I got from my engineer dad.  My mom, however, gave me her language writing/editing genes--a skill that comes in VERY handy when writing instructions and book or article manuscripts!  
  • I fell in love with stamping many years ago at a trade show.  I was tired from walking, saw an empty chair, sat down and picked up a stamp.  That was the beginning of a crazy ride that has lasted decades.  I was immediately hooked and STILL love stamping!



Working with a rubber stamp manufacturer like Impression Obsession is a dream come true.  Their quality is unsurpassed and it is an honor to be included in their catalog with so many other incredible stamp artists! 

Hope you all enjoy getting to know us! Gail



May 11, 2018

2018 Mega Sponsor Spring Blog Hop Winners Announced!

Winner Announcement 2018 Mega Sponsor Blog Hop

Hi there!

We are excited to announce the winners of the 2018 Mega Sponsor Spring Blog Hop.

Thank you to all who participated! We are so happy that you joined in on the fun.

The winner of the $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate is:

Arianna Barbara

 

The full list of winners can be seen on the DeNami Design Blog

Congratulations to the winners! Watch for future Mega Sponsor giveaways!

 

Please email Jeanne (see sidebar) to claim your prize by Friday, May 18 midnight EST,

If not claimed by then, the sponsor has the option to choose another winner or void the prize altogether.

 

Have a great day!

 


May 10, 2018

New Impression Obsession Challenge - Stamp a Background!

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Welcome to our new challenge -  Stamp a Background (no patterned paper)

  Get inspired by the wonderful Impression Obsession Team (listed below). 

  When you've finished checking out our DT creations, please join us by posting your own

challenge project using Impression Obsession products at the bottom of this post!

If you have any problems linking or questions please contact Jeanne.

Follow the guidelines below to enter challenge and have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our online store. Good luck!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  Challenge Guidelines

 ***Use all IO dies/stamps (please list stamp names and/or item numbers on your blog or gallery entry with a  link to Impression Obsession).

***Other company nesting dies may be used for card shapes & mats.

  ***Your entries have to be new (no back dating older projects). 

  ***You may use this entry with multiple challenges (no more than 5) but this challenge must be listed first and it cannot be combined with other projects

in the same post - unless those projects also follow the rest of our challenge guidelines.

  ***You may enter more than once but each entry needs to be in a separate post.

  ***Use a direct link to your project (no general links ) to enter at the bottom of this post.

  This Challenge will be open until Tuesday, May 22nd at 7 p.m.Central Time.

Winner will be announced May 23rd.

Have fun and I hope you enjoy playing with us!

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 Hop list:

Anna Wight

Dina Kowal

Giovana Smith

Ilina Crouse

Jeanne Streiff

Karen Amidon

Kittie Caracciolo 

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett

 

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May 09, 2018

All That Glitters Challenge Winner!

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Thank you to everyone who entered our All That Glitters Challenge!

All of your projects were beautiful as always!

Our winner is... linda s

Please email Jeanne within 7 days for your Gift Certificate info.

Check out her beautiful card!

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Have a great day!

 


May 08, 2018

Layton's Legacy Card Drive & Fundraiser for NICU Parents

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From Lea Lawson:

Today a dream of mine is coming true, as this Card Drive & Fundraiser goes live in honor of my sweet little bear, Layton Caleb. Hi friends! In case you don't know me, my name is Lea Lawson & I've been part of this wonderful papercrafting industry since 2002. Today is extremely special to me, and let me introduce the baby behind the blog hop!

 

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Meet Layton - our little fighter and hero for 5 months & 7 days. Layton came into this world 11 weeks early on June 9th, 2016 with 2 serious health conditions. He endured more medically on a daily basis than most adults face in an entire lifetime. And on November 17, 2016 he joined his big sister in Heaven.

We were given those 5 months with Layton thanks to the level 4 NICU & amazing medical staff at The University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. There are 50 beds in that NICU, and it is ALWAYS full. In honor of Layton's birthday, I am raising money to purchase substantial Starbucks gift cards that can be given to these parents as they find themselves thrust into NICU life.

Why Starbucks? There is one just across the street from the hospital, and I can attest that some days you just need to step out of the hospital for a moment. Get a breath of fresh air, see some natural light & regroup. I was given a $20 Starbucks card that had been donated to the NICU during the time Layton was a patient, and I cried when I opened it. My son was getting million dollar care, and I was there day in & day out doing everything I could for him. It was stressful, scary, and one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life. Getting that gift card felt like someone was also thinking about us, and trying to help take care of us too.

 I can only do so much as just one person, but together we can accomplish SO much more! Plus - we are making it fun! We have a huge Card Drive blog hop going on in Layton's honor, with tons of amazing inspiration! We also have a fundraising effort, where every $5 donated gets you an entry into the prize drawing. There are over $2000 in prizes, sponsored by some of the most amazing stamping & papercrafting companies in the industry! {You can also see all the prizes HERE.}

PRIZES

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WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

DONATE!

Donate directly to Layton's Legacy YouCaring Fundraiser. For every $5 donated, you will be entered into the drawing for one of the prizes above!! All winners will be drawn from donations made thru the YouCaring Site. **Prizes will be drawn and announced here on my blog on Saturday, May 19th.**

SHOP!

-Pinkfresh Studio will be donating 10% of their sales for the week.

-CAS-ual Fridays Stamps will be donating 15% of their sales thru May 19th.

-My affiliate linking dollars will be donated thru May 19th.

CREATE:

 This is also a card drive, and if you'd like to create a card using the theme/moodboard below, I would love that! I will be including these handmade treasures with the giftcards when I hand them over to the NICU social worker, and my dream is that the NICU will be covered in beautiful creations inspired by Layton!! Link them up HERE, and then please email me (lea@lealawsoncreates.com) to get the address for sending - and note that I will need them to arrive by May 31st.

HOW TO STAY UPDATED:

There are two ways to stay updated on the fundraising progress, and to see photos as she drops items off at the NICU.

Subscribe to the Lea Lawson Creates blog via email using the prompt in the upper right corner - then you will get email notifications when she add a new post.

Follow Lea Lawson Creates on Instagram. She will add photos & videos to my IG Stories, and likely go LIVE a few times throughout the fundraising effort and as she drops everything off at the NICU!

Anything you can do can help a mom or dad thrust into NICU life feel like someone out there cares about them as they go through a time that is very scary and very hard. THANK YOU from the very bottom of my heart for helping Lea do this!

BLOG HOP

Not only is this a fundraiser, but also a super inspiring blog hop with MANY stops along the way! As you hop along, you will see amazing cards created with a very special theme. I created this moodboard when we started planning Layton's nursery, and it is my very heart poured into a graphic.

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 Jeanne Streiff here today representing Impression Obsession Stamps. I'm thrilled to be a part of this great cause.

Here is my project for the hop. I loved the colors on Lea's mood board!

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I stamped the flowers and leaves from WP858 Layered Roses using IO Inks (Seafoam & Beige) and then added some details with colored pencils and a marker for the background. The sentiment (D6235 Simple Pleasures) was stamped using Chocolate IO Ink.  

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Now on to the blog hop info! Here is a link list with all of the stops along the hop! Please be sure to leave some love for the thoughtfulness & generosity that these companies, stores & designers have shown for this Card Drive & Fundraising effort. 

Thank you SO much for being part of Layton's Legacy Card Drive & Fundraiser! I can't wait to see the impact we can make on the lives of NICU parents.

AA Great Day

 

 


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