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August 2009

Our Newest Member Of the Design Team

Kathy Menzies has been a Guest Designer with us for the past 3 months.  As of today, Mitra, is announcing Kathy is a full time member of the IO Design Team.

We all want to welcome you, Kathy.  For those of you who would like to congratulate Kathy and take a look at her great blog go HERE.  She is now listed with the other DT members in the right-hand sidebar.

The Photo Album area continues to change as I get close to finishing that area of the blog.  If you haven't noticed already, you can click on one of the cards and it will give you links to those stamps in our online store.  An example would be if you can purchase it in Red Rubber.  If you follow that link it will show you a list of choices:

  • Mounted on wood,

  • Unmounted with no cushion,

  • Unmounted with permanent cushion

  • Unmounted with re-positionable cling cushion

I am also including a link for those stamps that come in a Red Stamp Cling Set, and/or a Clear Stamp Set too.

Don't forget to check out the new Cover-a-Card™ Background Stamps, the Mega Mount™, and the SHAKE IT™ (Shaker Card Pouches).  The Cover-a-Card™ stamps are available now.  The Mega Mount™, and the SHAKE IT™ Pouches (Shaker Card Pouches) are available to PREORDER now and will be available the first week in September.  These items and all of the new stamps can be found HERE, and they were extremely well received at the CHA SUMMER Show, held at the end of July, and are in the IO store.

Now let's talk about the IO Challenge "Using A Stamp For Anything Other Than What It Was Intended", coming this next Thursday, September 3.  I was so busy that I moved myself ahead a week by accident, and finished my card for 'the challenge' early.  I had so much fun doing it I am going to give you a sneak peek, with the hopes you will all join in the fun.  Here it is:

Witch 2

I am off to hopefully finish a couple of my cards.  Thanks for stopping to hear the news and see the fun coming up Thursday.




How To Cement Rhinestone And Pearl Stickers

I have received some really wonderful ways to plant those rhinestones and pearls so they don't fly off. I received wonderful ideas from here and my blog, so I am posting all on both, in case you don't make it to one or the other. They were as follows:

From the IO blog: Terri at Paper, Scissors, {Stamps}...Rock:

I like to use Diamond Glaze to attach rhinestones. I usually squeeze out a little on a piece of scratch paper and with tweezers, sort of dip my rhinestone into it. Stays put for sure! HTH!

DJ said:

I use Crystal Lacquer to glue on rhinestones, pearls, buttons and other hard embellishments. It's the same kind of product that Diamond Glaze is... for adding a hard, clear, shine to images. It has a strong hold when used as a glue for embellishments. Glossy Accents and Crystal Effects are the names of two other similar products. Crystal Lacquer is available at Clear Dollar Stamps and Frantic Stamper. Frantic Stamper sells the bottles that include the pink needle nose attachment, and also sells the attachments separately, for when you're putting the lacquer on very small images or embellishments. Hope this helps! :)

Sherry said:

I have had the same problem. What I do is squeeze some 3D Crystal Lacquer or Crystal Glaze out on scrap piece of paper. I use a toothpick to apply a small dot of adhesive on my project and then apply the rhinestone or pearl. I also do the same for very small stickers. It gives them a little more holding power.

Connie said:

I always reinforce my rhinestones with a dab of Tacky Glue. I use a toothpick and place a dab where I want the stone and then place the stone on it. Seems to work great!

From my blog:
Karen from 1 Wacky Woman:

I never depend on the sticky stuff on the gems, they do fall off eventually. I drop a tiny drop of Glossy Accents onto the spot and it is even better than glue. It is also self leveling and if you want to add some height to the gem, make the drop a little bigger and don't press the gem down too much. I also use it to glue acetate and shrink plastic pieces. I hope this helps....

Sharon from Lil' Princess Card Creations:

I use good old White Elmer's glue. It sticks well and dries clear. A lil dab will do ya!!

Jan from Paper Tango:

I usually have the opposite problem, as I sometimes put them in the wrong place and need to move them and they won't budge. I do like those pen glue sticks with the tiny tip however if I do dislodge them and have to re-glue. I think it depends on the manufacturer of the gems. The cheap ones in the dollar aisle/stores are horrible. I pretty much stick to two companies for the pen tip glue. Zig makes a bigger tipped one that you have to pump to activate so this is nice for buttons and larger rhinestones. but my absolute fav is the Quickie glue pen from Sakura.  It is like a roller pen and I use it on paper flowers, those bagged loose crystals at Joann's and anything tiny. It dries fairly quick and is blue so you can see where you put it. And most stamp/scrap stores have them in a tin can at the checkouts for about a buck fifty. My kind of deal!

I want to thank each of your for the great tips. What am I going to do? Well, I printed this off so I can keep it to use. I have had one or all of these at one time or another. It will be nice to know I can use what I have at the time. Thanks for stopping by to look and share.




It's Halloween - The Challenge That Is!

It's that time again and we already have two entries from others in our Halloween Challenge.  Yahoooooooo!

The first is from Terri Dodd and is Leigh Hannan's Candy Corn Tree, available in Red Rubber, or as part of a Clear Set......and love those corners too, Terri.  A beautiful "Sweet" tribute to Halloween!

Terri Dodd
Candy Corn Tree - H2264 or Candy Corn - CL198

The second entry is from Melisa Waldorf and she chose to use Clear Set Create-A-Cupcake and One Big Treat.  Another really wonderful and 'Sweet' treat for us.

Create A Cupcake - CL228 and One Big Treat - B5521

Keep in mind everyone, you can participate by sending me your creations, using only IO stamps, by Saturday midnight!!  Lovely work ladies and thanks for participating with such lovely eye 'candy'.

Don't forget to check out the Design Team member's blogs for their Halloween Candy too:

Thanks for stopping by to look and share and don't forget we would love to have you participate too!




Hard To Believe

Toasty Treats - E2342, Swirl Trees - CL196 or Make Make Merry - A 8147, and Thick & Thin - CC008

Hot chocolate weather is just around the corner.  I loved this stamp at first glance.


1.  Leigh Hannan's Toasty Treats - E2342 was stamped on White cardstock with Brilliance Galaxy Gold and painted it with Twinkling H2O's.

2.  The unmounted stamp with re-positionable cling was turned over on the stamped image and outlined around it with a pencil, then trimmed around with scissors.

*Tip- Don't ask me where I learned this...  I use a lot of Red Rubber stamps with re-positionable cling.  When I am done stamping and cleaning the stamp, I always put the piece of paper, that comes on the back of the cling, back in place.  I have found that if I don't do that the gray cling loses its static that makes it stick to the acrylic block.

3.  The edge was done with the brush tip of a dark green marker to slide around the edge.

4.  Gesso was applied, with a needle nosed plastic bottle, to the marshmallows and the whipped cream.  Ruby Red Rockettes were added to the wet Gesso.

5.  Glossy Accents was added to the Candy Canes and Holly.

6.  Rangers Liquid Pearls White Opal was used for the little pearls on the scarf.

7.  Stickles Gold glitter glue was used to highlight the dots in the background and the trees, etc. on the mug.

8.  A Spellbinders Labels One die was used with Stardream Malachite and the Cuttlebug to cut and emboss the edges.  The smallest die was used for the background under the words.  The center of the die was traced on White cardstock for the words, from Alesa Baker's Clear Stamp Set Swirl Trees - CL196, or you can buy just the words as Make Merry - A 8147.  They were stamped with Brilliance Galaxy Gold.


1. Dark Green ink was used on Cover A Card Thick and Thin - CC008.  It was done the NEW MEGA MOUNT.  The 5.75"X5.75 cardstock was trimmed down to 4"X5.25" for the background and mounted on the Malachite.  There was enough left over for the top inside of the card and lower left hand side of the the envelope and then some.


1.  The image was mounted on the die cut, as shown, with 3d Pop Dots.  That was mounted on the background with the corners of the die cut brought to the outside edge of the card front.

2.  The small die cut and the words were mounted the same way, but equal distance from the right side and bottom of the card.

3.  The ribbon was slid underneath the image and secured on the back side of the card front.  The bow was done with the Bow-Easy.  Mark Richards Ruby Red Rhinestones were used on 3 of the corners.  The Heart stickpin is from JoAnns and was dipped in a White Pearl Acrylic ink and then in Glossy Accents.  The red bead and pearl are Czech beads.

StampsToasty Treats - E2342, Swirl Trees - CL196 or Make Merry - A 8147, and Make Merry - A 8147, and  Thick & Thin - CC915 (Done with my new MEGA MOUNT).
Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Super Smooth cardstock, Stardream Malachite
Inks: Brilliance Galaxy Gold, Twinkling H2O's Forest Green, Garnet, and Lemon Yellow
Accessories: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One, May Arts Ribbon, Bow Easy, Mark Richards 5MM Pearls, Liquid Pearls, Stickles Gold glitter glue, Czech Ruby Red bicone and Faux White Pearl glass beads, Heart shaped dressmaker pin from JoAnns.

Don't forget everyone, next week is our IO Halloween Challenge.  You have from Thursday until midnight Sunday of next week to send in your card so it can be posted here and added to the IO Customer Photo Album.  You must use IO stamps to qualify.

Thanks for stopping by to say hi and look!




Fall Challenge Entries

These are the last three entries in the Fall Challenge.  The first comes from Catherine at My Stamping Grounds.  She is used Coffee Collage - L4303 to create her wonderful Fall card.

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Coffee Collage - L4303

The second and third cards are from Sandy Hulsart at Creative Moments With Sandy.  For her first card she used Mixed Flowers - F1097.  What really beautiful touch of Fall colors.


Mixed Flowers - F1097

For her second wonderful card she used Leaf Scene - G1310.  Another beautiful Fall scene!!


Leaf Scene - G1310

Thank you both for your wonderful cards with so much creation and fantastic Fall colors too.  Hope to see more of your great cards in our future challenges.

For those of you who missed the first Fall cards sent by Catherine and Melisa, they are in the post directly below this one.  August 20 will be our HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE.  I look forward to your wonderful creations!!!  Come join us in the fun and remember they must have only IO images.

Thank you Catherine, Melisa Waldorf, and Sandy Hulsart for participating in this challenge.  Thanks to the rest of you who stopped by to look and share.





We've had two entries so far in the IO Fall Challenge.  Remember you still have until this Saturday evening at midnight!

First is the beautiful Fall card below from Catherine at My Stamping Grounds:.  She used Leigh Hannan's Red Rubber Stamp Latte - D2082 or Smell the Coffee Clear Set - CL156.  A really wonderful design with great colors!

Red Rubber Stamp Latte - D2082 or Smell the Coffee Clear Set - CL156

Next is a card by Melisa Waldorf at Paperlicious Designs.  Melisa used Pumpkin Trio - E6516 and Autumn Quote - D4543 to create her masterpiece.  What a gorgeous tribute to Fall!

Pumpkin Trio - E6516 and Autumn Quote - D4543

Thank you Catherine and Melisa for sharing your wonderful creations and participating in our challenge.  You all still have time too!  Send me some more of your beautiful Fall IO cards!!  They will be posted at the top of this post until midnight tomorrow.




It's IO Challenge Thursday - Fall

What a great week for a challenge.  The IO Online Store has all of the stamps and products listed RED RUBBER STAMPS HERE AND CLEAR STAMP SETS HERE.....And the DT has been really busy stamping up a storm with the new stamps too!  I've been working to update the DT albums to your right.  If you stick to the ones on top, you can see all of the cards created up to now with new stamps.  When you click on the links below the card you are connected to that stamp or stamp set in the store.  Pretty cool!

Today's challenge asks for a Fall card!  Would you like to participate and see your card featured on the Impression Obsession blog?

1.  Email your challenge cards using IO images to me. Every week cards sent are showcased on the IO blog and then posted in the IO Photo Album there with your name!!!

2.  You have until midnight Saturday EST to email me your card. My email address is in the upper right-hand corner of this blog. 

3.  You card must be created with IO stamps. For those of you who participate, thanks for joining in the fun!!  I have fun receiving them and posting them every week.

Now, in addition, don't forget to check out the other DT members to see what new stamps, etc. they are using on their always gorgeous cards for today's FALL cards. Below are their links. Also, I have updated their albums to include the newest stamps too.

So that's it for today. I have cards in progress. I just need to get down to business. Thanks for stopping by the blog to look and share and it's great to be back.




New Products Are Listed In Online Store

The NEW PRODUCTS AND STAMPS are all listed in the online store.  Happy looking.  Let me know what you think.

As some of you might know or remember, I am currently working on updating all of the Photo Albums here.  You can go to them now and see most of the new cards designed by the DT.  I am still proofing for cut and paste errors, and adding them to Card Types (Christmas, Halloween, etc.) and Image Designers (Leigh Hannan, Gary Robertson, etc).  :-)  Thank goodness for spell check.  Now if they just had a cut and paste check.  LOL  The next part is narrowing down the albums so they aren't so confusing.  I would stick to the DT's albums at the top for now if I were you.

I will see you back her tomorrow for the Fall Challenge.  Don't forget to use IO stamps.  Thanks for stopping by to say hi!




News From The CHA Show


DT member, Jeanne Streiff, also attended the CHA show and took the video below of Mitra talking about another NEW product release.  Thank you, Jeanne, for catching this for us.  It is her new SHAKE IT™ Pouches (Shaker Card Pouches).  They close like blister pouches and attach over your image, but are thin enough that you can mail without a problem.  They come in separate sizes as packs, or they can be purchased with colored frames in sets:

The online store should be updated with the new stamps and products by at least Tuesday, if not sooner. I will post here as soon as it is ready. I am currently updating all of the albums. When that is done I will also post here and on my other blog too....So stay tuned people..... Thanks for stopping by the blog to look.