Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ocean in a Box-Impression Obsession Thursday Challenge

Today's Challenge is called out of the Box!

I decided that I needed to create an ocean scene coming out of the Box!

I found this very cool box card template for my Silhouette and Modified it a touch!

I started by cutting out the box and snipping off the die cuts for the insert

I then created layers with the Gorgeous DP from the Prima Seashore Collection
I added some extra dimension to the designer paper by stamping on it randomly with the Cover a Card  Scratches Stamp.

I used some Pretty Prima Trim to act as a base for underneath the Dream sentiment, which was stamped on a punched and sponged circle and layered onto an IO Die

I then cut several dies from the IO Shells Die set out of the Prima Paper

I glittered the edges of some and then used the Prima Chalk Edger to add some gold touches to the opposite edges of the shells.

I mounted the various shells on foam dots to layer and stacked them.

To finish the card off, I sprayed the Prima Resin Seahorse with Gold Foil Bloom Spray and then sponged with a Peach Chalk Edger. Doesn't it give him a natural look? I learned that technique when I had the opportunity to participate in Prima Art Venture Canada last weekend! I'll be blogging more about that later! Thanks Cari Fennel for the amazing tip to bring the resin's to life!

I also added some Viva Decor Gold Pearls to the Starfish and finally, some Seahorse say it in crystals for that last little bit of Bling that I always long for!

This is definitely an "out of the box"  project for me and I'm gonna boast just a bit here by saying I LOVEEEEE it!!!!! hehe!!!

I sure hope that you will submit your out of the box project HERE on the IO Blog

Be sure to head on over to see who's playing the challenge today and to get all the deets on how you can win some IO Goodness!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Basking in the Sun

Just playing around! I created this fun layout with the pictures of this adorable little creature (yes, adorable from a distance, that is!) that I came across while on a morning photo shoot on our resort in Grenada. I was SO hoping to shoot images of the local wildlife, and this not so little guy didn't let me down!! What a Beautiful Colour he was, the sunlight catching each detail on his body.

I don't think I'd ever want an iguana as a pet, but I did enjoy admiring him from afar.

The Layout was created with papers from the Funkysaurus Collection. You can find it HERE at the Paper Loft

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Time Flies!

I enjoyed creating this card for a former coworker, who is now going to embark on a new phase in her life: Retirement!!! I had the opportunity to work with her on a couple of occasions over the years and have to say that I LOVE her zest for life and matter of fact, assertive manner. She reminds me of my Mom. The sentiment in the card says it all:

The Bad new is.... Time Flies
The good news; You're the Pilot

I hope that you enjoy many many years of Retirement Irene! It's well deserved

I coloured my card with Touch Twin Markers
Here's the Colour Map:

The Stamp is from Stamping Bella- Senior-ita Delores
I also used a couple of Dies to complete my card


Just Remember...Time Flies, so make sure that you make the best of each and every day!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

You Are My Sunshine-IO Stamps Thursday Challenge

Good Morning!
Hope you've been enjoying some better weather.
I would like to be, but I've had this darned flu for over a week now and it just doesn't seem to want to let up. I can't wait to get out in the sun and enjoy the lovely spring breeze

This week the Challenge at Impression Obsession Stamps is called You are My Sunshine

I pondered on this a bit and then decided that I'd create a "Sunny Layout" with pictures from my recent Vacation to Grenada. My Mother and I had a fabulous time! We met some wonderful people and I'm thinking of spending a longer period of time there next Winter.

For my Layout, I used the from The Paper Loft

For the Caramel Panel, I distressed the Paper a bit and used the  Cracked Paint Background Stamp to add a little more dimension. I like to ink these up "off the block" and just stamp a touch here and there. It gives more of a random look for distressing.

I cut a banner and stamped the You Make Me Happy Stamp on some of the matching Designer Paper, which I also used to cut the Sun from the Sun and Moon Die

My Mom is AMAZING.....she is my rock and is always there for me, particularly when Skies are Gray. I suppose that is what you call Unconditional Love. The love that compels us to take a few minutes to set our own needs aside to tend to the ones that we love. The kind of Love that is pure and forgiving and supportive, no matter what. I am so blessed to have my Mother and Friends that have that kind of Love for me. I know that at times I've taken it for granted. Now, more than ever I have learned to realize that no matter how much one can tell you that they love you, actions speak far louder than words.  

Soooo if you want to play along with the challenge, be sure to upload your Sunny Creations HERE on the IO Blog.

You can also get the Links for our Super Talented Designer Projects!

Happy Stamping!~

Friday, March 28, 2014

A Love Like That-Prima March BAP Challenge

Today I felt the need to lose myself in my Art

I was inspired to use the Prima March BAP Sketch as inspiration for my layout.
I've been following the Blog as me and one of my Besties, Kim are headed to Prima Art Venture Canada in April. I am SO excited to be attending!!!

I took this picture last fall when my plans for an Autumn Drive fell through

Rather than sitting at home moping, I headed out myself into the sunshine, just driving with no real plan. I ended up in a Riverside Park in Napanee Ont. The Autumn colours stunning and an amazing Great Blue Heron in the waterfall (I've yet to scrap that!)

I was walking along the path, when around the trail I came upon the couple in the photograph.
I don't know their names, but I could hear their laughter and murmurs of kind words to each other.
I couldn't resist taking a shot; their hands entwined, enjoying the day together
I would say the couple were at least in their Late Seventies. I wondered if they were life long lovers, or if their love was fresh and new. I have a feeling that they've been together for a long time, it felt like they were supporting each other and their hands melded so comfortably.

It made me  smile, warmed my heart; I have to admit, it even made me feel just a wee bit envious
but most of all, I'm hopeful that one day, I will find a Love like that.


Papers-Engraver by Prima Marketing
Flowers: Prima Marketing
Buttons and Metal Embellies: Prima Marketing
Wood Die-Prima Marketing
Birdhouse Die-Impression Obsession
Ink: Tim Holtz Vintage Photo

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dies are not just for Cards! Impression Obsession Spring Blog Hop Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 and the Final Day of the Impression Obsession Spring Blog Hop!

I think that there's two prizes up for grabs, but to get all the Details and the list of the Designers 
who are participating, head on over to the IO Blog

I used Four of the New Spring Dies to create my Z Becky Brown Purse insert!


Paper is Designer Paper is from the French Country Stack DCWV

I used Heidi Swap Color Shine Spray in Seafoam along with  a circle stencil from Balzer Designs
Did you know that Impression Obsession Carries the Matching Stamp Set?
after doing that, I stamped tone on tone with the Three Blooming Roses Stamp 

I had much fun creating this Spring Themed Purse

Soooo Which Dies are calling your name?

Good Luck in the Prize Draws!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Day at the Beach-Day 2 Impression Obsession Spring Die Hop!

Welcome to Day 2 of the Impression Obsession 2014 Spring Die Hop!
We have some beautiful new dies to share AND Gift Certificates to give away each day!!!

The hop will start each day with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST. Each day pay us a visit to the IOstamp Blog and then head over and see our fabulous IO Design Team’s projects with our new dies on their blogs (only one comment per blog per day please).

 The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!

Today, I have two projects for you using Bunch of Blossoms Clear Stamp Set 
 and the Matching Dies

Papers and Cardstock Title are from The Island Sun Collection

I also used the Flourish Die for an added Touch

I had some leftover Flowers, so I thought i'd whip up a quick and easy card

Supplies in addition to the dies include

Inks  and cardstock are from Stampin' Up!

Every day (Tuesday, March 25th – Thursday, March 27th) one of the blogs will be chosen randomly and a winner will be selected from comments on that blog at 10pm CT. The winner will be announced the following day along with the participating blogs for that day.
Two prizes will be awarded on the last day of the hop. One will be for Thursday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week.
So….if you miss a day or time deadline your comments will still count for a chance to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!
Both Thursday winners will be announced on the IO Blog on Friday.
If you have any questions please email Jeanne.
All of the new dies you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW!