Embrace Life Card Tutorial by Dina Kowal

We have a fabulous Mixed Media card from Dina Kowal to share today.

Dina uses the G1810 Church & MC176 Mini Messages for her card.

I had a leftover background from my last spray painting session with my daughter, so I used that for my background - that is done on a cereal box, with several layers of spray paint. The pattern is made by laying a stencil into the wet paint, and removing it - this pulls away one layer and reveals whatever colors are beneath.

 The image is from Impression Obsession (G1910 Church), and it's colored with Polychromos Pencils & oderless mineral sprits and Liquitex Paint markers on a sheet of canvas.

 The sentiment is from an I.O. clear set (MC176 Mini Messages) and is stamped on a 1-inch Art Square from Inchie Arts.

Have a great day!

Heavenly Peace by Dina Kowal

We have a gorgeous Christmas card to share today from Dina Kowal.

Dina's card features one of Gary Robertson's images, Cardinals by Window, with one of her Christmas sentiments (DK Designs), Heavenly Peace.

Dimension and texture added with some white Flower Soft and Martha Stewart glitter.

Have a great day!

Trick or Treat Card Tutorial by Jenny Gropp


I started with the Owl Tree image as my "flying" part of the challenge. The background in the image was so dark... it made me think of Halloween, so that's the direction I took. 

 I cut the owl out using a circle nestie and sized to fit behind the Circle Frame Die. I airbrushed a little W5 around the edge. I also colored all other leaves and branches with the W1... leaving the owl only white.

 The Owl and Sleepy Hollow are popped up with foam tape for dimension. I really tried to NOT put a bow on it... but I caved. It just looked naked with out a bit of ribbon! I ragged the black seam binding to fit more in to the Halloween theme. I added a little glossy accents to the owls for a little extra shine.
Here's the inside with the branches stamped down the side. And I snuck a little black cat in the mix... every Halloween card needs a little black kitty. 

Stamps & dies by Impression Obsession - H1921 Owl Tree, C14137 Sleepy Hollow, CL285 Clear Set Bump in the Night, CL136 Fall Borders, DIE083-K Cat Set, DIE018-V Border Duo 2, DIE001-Z Circle Shaker Frame
Paper/inks: Echo Park Chillingsworth Manor 6x6 pad, Black, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Gray, Versafine Onyx Black
Other: Perfect Layer Rulers, Bow Easy Tools, Copic Markers, Black Seam Binding, Glossy Accents, Foam Tape

Have a great day!

CHA IO DT Blog Hop Day 3


Welcome to the third day of our  CHA DT Blog Hop!  Our winner for Day 2 is Larissa Heskett!  Congratulations Larissa, happy shopping too, and I have emailed your Gift Certificate.  You can check out our new Fall/Winter dies and stamps HERE, and the clear sets HERE.  Mitra is also introducing them at CHA at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, July 22 through 25.

For my card today I chose Gary Robertson's Butterfly and Pumpkins and the sentiment is from the clear set Hydrangea.  I created it by:

  1. Stamping the image on white cardstock with Memento Espresso Truffle twice, painted the first one with Twinkling H2O's.
  2. Cut out the butterfly and leaf to the right, turned the leaf over and traced for the left side and drew the tip of the butterfly wing, attached with tape to each.  Painted painted both shapes, embossed on reverse side with stylus and mounted with 3D-pop dots.  Added black edge to image with Scripto pen.
  3. Mounted on die cut from Spellbinders Polka Dots and white cardstock at an angle. Mounted that on black cardstock and then on Dotted Swiss cardstock.
  4. Added black organdy bow, pearl stick pin with pearl heart bead, and 3 10mm pearl stickers.

Blog Hop Details

Follow the guidelines below the DT participant list each day and you will be eligible for a drawing to win a $25 Gift Certificate for that day, with an extra drawing on Friday for people who comment every day.  Start with the DT line-up below for today, then come on back and click on the direct link to the new stamps/dies/clear sets in the last paragraph below:

Rules for Drawing Eligibility

To be eligible for the $25 Gift Certificate drawings, Monday through Friday, and for the extra one on Friday you should:

  • Leave a comment on the IO and each participating DT member's blog for that day. 
  • Posts are closed for each day at 10 p.m., EST, for that day's drawing.
  • The winner(s) will be announced in the post for the next day.
  • To be eligible to win the extra drawing Friday, you must have commented on each participating blog for each day (Monday through Friday).  Posts close at 10 p.m., EST, Friday.
  • (You can go back and catch up on comments to be eligible for the 5 day drawing on Friday.)
  • If you have any questions please email me.

As mentioned above, winners will be shopping with the new stamps/dies already in the on-line store.  You can take a look at all of the new dies and stamps HERE. and the clear sets HERE.  So join us for the week, tell your friends, and have fun every day.

Don't Forget Our "Pack Your Bags" Challenge

Details are HERE

Thanks for stopping by to look and share!!





Operation Write Home Blog Hop And A $25 Gift Certificate Drawing Too


Operation Write Home members design cards for members of the military serving away from home.   They do 2 different types.  Cards that can be sent back home to loved ones by the military members themselves and cards that are addressed directly to the military members thanking them for serving our country.   If you are interested in giving back by doing this and what to know more start HERE.  I never expected to hear from any of them because of what they were doing and how busy they were.  The first time I received an email from a service man during the Iraq war thanking me for letting him know we cared about them, thought about them, and what they were doing for us....well, it still brings tears to my eyes.

$25 Gift Certificate Drawing

We are offering a $25 Gift Certificate in a drawing to be chosen by Random.org.  To be eligible you must comment on this blog and the other two IO DT participants in the hop listed below.  Comments will be taken until 12:00 pm on Monday, 05/27.  I will announce the winner Monday afternoon on this blog:

My card for today's blog hop is a thank you card for a member of the military.  Since I don't know if it will be received by a male or female I tried to design it to give a warm non gender specific feeling. Below is a quick idea of how I did it.


Layers Of Card:

  1. Stamped Bald Head Lighthouse with Toffee Crunch ink and painted with Twinkling H2O's.  Colored the flag with Spica At You pens.  Layered the Heron and the flag with 3D pop dots.
  2. Mounted on the Spellbinders Fancy Ribbon Threader die cut.  Threaded with twine.
  3. Stamped Cover-A-Card Rolling Waves with Brilliance Moonlight White ink on blue cardstock.
  4. Mounted on some beige Bazzill Dotted Swiss cardstock.
  5. Added a little pearl sticker.
  6. Stamped sentiment from Spring Medley Clear Set with Memento Rich Cocoa.
  7. Added some Viva Decor Ice White for a few waves on ocean.

 Last but not least don't forget our:


Summer is on it's way and Impression Obsession has TONS of great new products and stamps in our online store to celebrate it.  FREE SHIPPING is for US customers only.   The sale details again are:

The sale lasts until  Monday, May 27, at 11:59 p.m.:
  • type "MEM 20" in the coupon code box at checkout
  • and click the button on the right to make it "take".

So have a great time with the hop and then stop by our store to see our new stamps .  Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

Click here to go to our Online Store

or on the tab above where it says SHOP.

To get back to your place in the hop go HERE.   Have a safe and fun weekend and thanks for stopping by to look and share!!!






Tuesday T&T Shakin' Chevron!

I have been dying to use the new Cover-A-Card Chevron stamps.  For this card I used on Thin Chevron.  Below is how I did that 'shakin' background and the rest of the story too!!


Main Images:

  1. Pumpkin Stack was stamped with StazOn Saddle Brown on natural cardstock and painted with Twinkling H2O's.  Alcohol inks or dye ink pads can be used too.
  2. The image was trimmed on the inside and outside as shown.
  3. The Bare Tree Die was put through the Cuttlebug with dark brown cardstock and attached down the trunk with double sided tape to the main image.


  1. CAC Wood Grain was stamped on white cardstock with Memento Toffee Crunch.   Thin Chevron was stamped going north and south with Memento Bamboo Leaves on the Wood Grain as shown. 
  2. Another Thin Chevron was stamped with Memento Bamboo going east and west as shown.


Sentiment, Embellishment, & Assembly:

  1. The sentiment from Social Greetings 2 was stamped with Memento Tangelo on white cardstock.  Fiskars Deckle scissors were used to trim around it as a rectangle.  The edges were roughed with a scissors edge.  Memento Toffee Crunch was used around the edges with a sponge dauber.  It was attached to the trunk of the die cut tree with a gold craft pin.
  2. The first background with Wood Grain and Thin Chevron was used as the trim for the single stamped Thin Chevron as shown.
  3. The Thin Chevron was mounted with lines going north and south.  I thought that was more Halloween and in line with the sentiment.  That was mounted on the same color dark brown I used for the tree.
  4. The Pumpkin Stack with "What's Shakin'" was mounted using 3D pop dots. (I even use the left over edges from the 3D pop dots.  They were perfect for the frame.)
  5. Viva Decor Bronze Glitter Liner Pen was used for the eyes of the pumpkins and the sentiment 'dots'.   Stickles Diamonds glitter glue was used here and there on the leaves and tree!

P1040162Inside Card:

  1. Leftover Thin Chevron and the leaves from inside the image were used for the left hand side of the card.
  2. Supplies are listed at the bottom of the post.

Hope you enjoyed seeing how I did the card.  If you have questions please feel free to email me.  Below is the information for our next challenge day after tomorrow!

Yellow And Gray Challenge Details

This Thursday, August 16, we start our Yellow And Gray Challenge.  For those of you who aren't familiar with our challenges, the guidelines are below:

  • Ending time for this challenge is next Wednesday, August 22, at 10 p.m. EST.
  • Use the Inlinkz thumbnail format thumbnail format at the end of the August 16 post.
  • The drawing is for a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our on-line store.
  • The winner is picked using Random.org.
  • Players are notified of the winner by email that night.
  • The winner's name will be posted with the DT Thursday post on August 23.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery under Card Galleries at the top of the blog page.

Join int the fun and create your card using all IO stamps, then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of the August 16 post.  If you have questions please email me.  My email is right under my name near the top of the sidebar to your right.

If you need inspiration you can check out the 2012 Card Galleries at the top of the blog.  Also, there are direct links to the stamps, their DT posts, and more card samples in our on-line store!

Hope to see you all at the next challenge!  Thanks for stopping by to look and share!





IO Fan Shares Her Project


The above switch plate covers were created by IO fan Sandy Kraus.  She has only been stamping for about 4 years and said, "It was love at first stamp"!!  She is sharing with us how she made her covers below.

Switch Plate Covers Using Impression Obsession Stamps

These stamps are way too pretty and interesting to use only for cards, scrapbooks, or for small pictures to frame. So, how about adding a little light on the subject; use the stamped, colored (Copics of course) images for switch plate covers. The principal is the same as when wallpaper was even more popular than today.  We used to wallpaper the switch plates so the boring white plate disappeared into the patterned paper


Crabapple Vellum

  1.  Make a template out of vellum using the switch plate for size.  The vellum lets you see the image through paper adding about 1/2 inch around four sides.
  2.  Stamp image on cardstock and color.
  3.  Use the template over your image to decide the best placement of rectangular slot for toggle switch.
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  5. Cut out image to size of template.
  6. Miter cut four corners.
  7. Mod Podge back side of image and front side of switch plate.  Modge Podge makes the cardstock very pliable.
  8. Put two sides together. There will be a little wiggle room but it does dry quickly.
  9. Bend extra paper to back and press and hold in place until it almost dries.
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  11. Now Mod Podge front using brush stokes, fake stucco from rough brush stippling etc.
  12. Finally cut and mod podge toggle slot using pattern for reference (a long double ended y cut will work).
  13. Try painting screw heads with a little color to make them blend into pattern.


A really great project, Sandy.  Thank you for sharing some new ideas for IO stamps.  See you all back here tomorrow for Tuesday T&T.  Thanks for stopping by to look and share!




Twofer Tuesday?


I really couldn't get the pretty dkdesigns Bird Collage 4 out of my mind.  The "Just A Note" sentiment seemed to fit right in too, and to give it a great touch of pattern for the BG I used the Cover-A-Card Marquise

  1. Used Memento Summer Sky to stamp the image once and the flower twice (to be able to layer it), the sentiment, and the CAC background.  
  2. Used Spellbinders largest Floral Oval and then sponged the center with the same ink.
  3. Used the smallest Floral Oval for the sentiment.
  4. Trimmed and layered the bird, leaves, and rose.
  5. Mounted everything on the CAC background with 3D pop dots and it was good to go.
  6. Pearl stickers and Blue ribbon were used as embellishments.


And I couldn't stop there.  I have been thinking about situations when "It's A Man's World", which is the theme day after tomorrow for our Thursday challenge.  Below is my card I might to give to a "sweetie" in a man's world kind of day!  I don't know of any Gary Robertson fan who can ever get enough.  His Beach Fence is an example of why.  That heron and beach wanted the Cover-a-Card Clouds to make the day.  And what's a beach without Cover-A-Card Shells for the background trim and to adorn the sentiment, So Very Sweet.  It can also be purchased as part of clear stamp set All Occasions II.

  1. Beach Fence, CAC Shells, and sentiment were stamped with Memento Desert Sand.
  2. The bird and the banner were stamped again to layer.
  3. CAC Clouds was stamped with Memento Summer Sky.
  4. Everything was stamped on white cardstock except the Shells on ivory (natural) and then mounted on plain ivory (natural).
  5. The largest Spellbinders Lattice die was used as shown and also for a stencil for the main image and background as shown.
  6. The image was painted with watercolor.  Dyes and markers or Copic/Shinhan can be used.
  7. The heron, banner, and Starfish from the CAC Shell background were layered with 3D-popdots.
  8. Ribbon was tied in a knot so not as feminine.  A little Viva Decor Gold Glitter pen was used on the Starfish and on the sand in areas to highlight.

Hope this quick post gets you in the mood for our "It's A Man's World Challenge".  So get busy out there.  Have some fun and stamp up a storm!!  Hope to see you here on Thursday!!!  Thanks for stopping by to look and share!!