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Garden Visitor

In our garden, spring is the season. Butterfly_1f
We have lots of spring flowering perennials and it's a delight to look out the windows or better yet, wander outside. 

After a hot, humid weekend, with torrential rain and hail on Sunday, today is cool and breezy.  Great for wandering, so I did and spied this guy, sipping from a huge flowering bush.  It was hard to catch a good shot of him, hanging onto blossoms in the wind, but my iPhone did a fairly good job.

I will have to journal with this photo and one of Impression Obsession's butterfly saying stamps. IO has wonderful quote stamps with bits of wisdom and
since I'm a fan of great quotes,
they are favorites.


Flying High in our Shoe Balloon

Stampassion's latest Greeting Card Kit features a wonderful stamp, Shoe Balloon, from artist Leigh Hannan and Impression Obsession.  It's one of those wonderful images that you can use for lots of different occasions.  All the details are on our website.  Just follow the link above... after you check out the rest of this post : )

I had a great time coloring all of these cards with Copic Markers. 

To see a larger version of each image, just click on any of the photos.  Hope you enjoy!





Here's a close-up of the two elegant Victorian ladies with their parasols and pretty balloon, out for a little look-see.  I'm fairly certain their names are Millicent and Letitia, Lettie to her dearest friends.  Don't ever call Millicent, Millie though... she is likely to, politely, whap you with her umbrella.   Shoe_close_up400
The kit comes with a dozen Memory Box Iris Cards & White Envelopes, two yards of yummy sheer dot ribbon, lots of layering papers and a set of Tim Holtz' Springtime Background & Borders Embossing Folders—so pretty.  Check them out here, but remember they are included in the cost of the kit!

Also included in the kit is the saying stamp, "sending you joy", again from wonderful Mitra at Impression Obsession. Here are two additional sample cards I created using both kit stamps, Memory Box die, Puffy Clouds and Poppystamps die, Pine Border.




The Song In Your Heart

I loved both of these Impression Obsession stamps the moment I saw them—Flower_tub_card1b-350they offer so many creative possibilities.  I came up with three examples for Stampassion's latest card kit and am quite happy with the results. Here's the first one, featuring the Flower Tub stamp and an embossed layer done with one of the two Tim Holtz embossing folders included in his Damask & Regal Flourish Set; so pretty. The Flower Tub is colored with Copic Markers, art tools I've fallen in love with this year after unsuccessfully attempting to resist their lure.  They blend so beautifully and are delightful to work with for that reason, like my beloved PrismaColor Pencils (which are feeling a little betrayed). 

Click on the the image below to see a larger close-up:






The tub reminds me of an old copper wash tub we had by the fireplace while growing up, which my parents used to store extra firewood.  I'm happy to have 'inherited' it and it holds, you guessed it, our firewood and kindling also ; )  Love it. 


FlowerTub_card2b_325 The inside of the card above, is stamped with the friendship saying you see here.  It's such a beautiful sentiment, I wanted to use it as a focal image. However, it was a bit ho-hum until I stamped Flower Tub as a background and edged the oval with Bundled Sage Distress Ink and an Ink Blending Tool.  All the die cut ovals you see, scalloped and not, are included in the kit.  No punching or die cutting for my customers (at least, not this time!).  No coloring on this one either, so it's easy-peasy and quick.

The scalloped edge was punched with the Elegance Apron Lace Border Punch and the top two corners are rounded to repeat the border shape.

In addition to 30 die cut ovals and two cling-mount stamps, the kit includes 10 cards and envelopes, two types of pretty ribbon and lots of layering papers. 

At 15+% off, it's a great deal too—check it out.

The Voice of the Sea

I admit it... I've had this stamp for a while, sitting on the shelf; beautiful, yet lonely and unused, just waiting for the right occasion and a little inspiration. 

Cut to Jenn Shurkus, who is celebrating "all things nautical and summery" on her {creative chick} blog during the month of July.  Jenn reached out to her arty/crafty friends to participate and there you have it, the perfect opportunity to use Night Pier.  For me, there's nothing like walking by the sea on a soft summer night, listening to the waves, feeling sand between my toes and watching the moon sparkle on the water—sigh.

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The stamp is from Impression Obsession and will be in stock at soon.  I stamped the image with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and colored with Copic markers.  I finished it with lots of layers, jute string, tied to look ropey, and some Clear Stardust Pen to add sparkle to the shell.

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Inside is another of my favorite IO stamps, Voice of the Sea, stamped with Faded Jeans Distress Ink.  I cut the shell from Night Pier and included it inside the card, to tie the images together.  If you like the card, you'd probably enjoy having the stamp too!  I'm donating this card and a Night Pier wood mounted rubber stamp to Jenn's July fundraiser for a family friend.  Everything Jenn makes during the month AND much of what her guests create will go to one (really lucky!!!) high bidder.  So don't just sit there... go bid!  Bid high and keep bidding - it's for a wonderful cause.

Wishing you and yours a beautiful summer! ~Melissa

Love Them Cupcakes!

Boat_cupcake_pencil375 Cupcake specialty shops are everywhere these days.  And why not — who doesn't love cupcakes?  I certainly do, but packing them on my thighs is another thing so... rubber cupcakes are a good alternative ; ) For Stampassion's card kit #12, I thought something for the guys was in order, so here it is... Boat Cupcake Card Kit.

The Impression Obsession stamps are perfect for masculine cards and I stuck with good guy-colors.  Yes, I admit to adding ribbon, but nothing too girlie and certainly, no bows.  My husband, Dan, thinks ribbon should never be part of a manly card — obviously artist privilege prevailed. The gingham adds some zip with pattern and texture.

I love the Boundary Waves border punch with nautical images — always looks good!  This card version was colored with PrismaColor Pencils and below is my version colored with Copic Markers.


The Copic version is much brighter, but I like them both and hope you do too ; )  Again, just a little bit of ribbon adds some zip.

I don't know why the saying, "you're the best", is a bit blurry in both photos. It probably has something to do with the macro setting on my little camera. Trust me when I say that the stamp prints beautifully.  I'm sure it's the camera or possibly, the operator of the camera ~:-) 


Dreaming Big!


I love stamps from Impression Obsession and their artist, Leigh Hannan, is my favorite.  Here is a card I just finished using Leigh's stamp, Big Whale, and materials in our latest card kit.

To color the image, I used a combination of Copic Markers and a bit of PrismaColor Pencils, along with a Clear Stardust Pen to add some sparkle.  The image is also edged with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  Fiskars' Boundary Wave punch always looks good with nautical images.  More cards to come!