Monday, August 8, 2022

Use 6x6 Patterned Paper for These Simple Summer Mini Slimline Cards!

Mini slimline cards are a super fun size to create, and they're a great way to use those 6x6 patterned paper pads you've been stashing! Today let's look at a set of four simple mini slimline cards using beautiful summer patterned paper. 

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Mini slimline cards are a super fun size to create, and they're a great way to use those 6x6 patterned paper pads you've been stashing! Today let's look at a set of four simple mini slimline cards using beautiful summer patterned paper. My favorite thing about these summer slimline cards is that there's absolutely NO paper waste. You'll get two cards from each piece of patterned paper. And the slimline size (at 3.25x6.25) is perfectly paired for 6x6 papers.
My favorite thing about these summer slimline cards is that there's absolutely NO paper waste. You'll get two cards from each piece of patterned paper. And the slimline size (at 3.25x6.25) is perfectly paired for 6x6 papers. 
Each of these four mini slimline cards starts with a solid card base, and then the tough part . . .deciding which patterned paper to use first! I created these cards with the photorealistic paper pad called By the Sea, from Impression Obsession. I simply cut the paper in half, and made two of each card.
Each of these four cards starts with a solid card base, and then the tough part . . .deciding which patterned paper to use first! I created these cards with the photorealistic paper pad called By the Sea, from Impression Obsession. I simply cut the paper in half, and made two of each card. 
Each of these four cards starts with a solid card base, and then the tough part . . .deciding which patterned paper to use first! I created these cards with the photorealistic paper pad called By the Sea, from Impression Obsession. I simply cut the paper in half, and made two of each card. Die-cut circles, simple sentiments, and some stamped shells/sealife finished off these seriously simple cards. Today's product focus on the Impression Obsession blog is. . . . you guessed it, PATTERNED PAPER.   Stop by the Impression Obsession blog for a list of all the designers sharing inspiration today. And then, I hope you'll take out some patterned paper and try this simple card making idea for mini slimline cards!
Die-cut circles, simple sentiments, and some stamped shells/sealife finished off these seriously simple cards. Today's product focus on the Impression Obsession blog is. . . . you guessed it, PATTERNED PAPER. 

Stop by the Impression Obsession blog for a list of all the designers sharing inspiration today. And then, I hope you'll take out some patterned paper and try this simple card making idea for mini slimline cards! 
Die-cut circles, simple sentiments, and some stamped shells/sealife finished off these seriously simple cards. Today's product focus on the Impression Obsession blog is. . . . you guessed it, PATTERNED PAPER.   Stop by the Impression Obsession blog for a list of all the designers sharing inspiration today. And then, I hope you'll take out some patterned paper and try this simple card making idea for mini slimline cards!
Shop the Supplies on Today's Card:

Seahorse & Shells clear stamp set from Impression Obsession
(plus grab the coordinating dies)

love using the Magic Mat from scrapbook.com with my die cutting machine, because it alleviates those pesky cutting lines on the underneath side of die cut shapes. You know, the ones from your best used cutting plates? 

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Look at This New Limited Edition Stamp Set from Impression Obsession {Perfect for Winter Card Making}

It's a new month which means a new limited edition stamp set from Impression Obsession - and this month's set will help you get ready for holiday crafting! Today's cards pair the lovely stamped winter foliage, poinsettia, evergreen and holly with cozy shades of sage and pink. This week we're celebrating the new release with a blog hop - so don't miss all the beautiful inspiration we have to share! 

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It's a new month which means a new limited edition stamp set from Impression Obsession - and this month's set will help you get ready for holiday crafting! Today's cards pair the lovely stamped winter foliage, poinsettia, evergreen and holly with cozy shades of sage and pink. This week we're celebrating the new release with a blog hop - so don't miss all the beautiful inspiration we have to share!
I did some coloring with markers for both of today's cards. Don't be afraid to try coloring with alcohol markers, even if you think you don't know what you're doing! I don't know any fancy techniques, I just use darker colors for the darker areas, and lighter for the lighter areas, and try to pick shades that blend together well! I purchased the Caliart 100 marker set on Amazon and I've been really happy with them. It's a great price for alcohol markers if you don't want to invest in the really expensive ones (not an affiliate link. . .you know I always just want to share what I love!)  For a little extra sparkle on this first card, I added some glitter to the berries. 

On my next card, I clustered a few stamped images together. To finish off the images, I added some white pen highlights. I like the way it adds a little extra POP.
I did some coloring with markers for both of today's cards. Don't be afraid to try coloring with alcohol markers, even if you think you don't know what you're doing! I don't know any fancy techniques, I just use darker colors for the darker areas, and lighter for the lighter areas, and try to pick shades that blend together well! I purchased the Caliart 100 marker set on Amazon and I've been really happy with them. It's a great price for alcohol markers if you don't want to invest in the really expensive ones (not an affiliate link. . .you know I always just want to share what I love!)  For a little extra sparkle on this first card, I added some glitter to the berries.   On my next card, I clustered a few stamped images together. To finish off the images, I added some white pen highlights. I like the way it adds a little extra POP.

Both of today's cards feature the August stamp set from Impression Obsession. Impression Obsession's monthly stamp set requires no membership or recurring charges. Simply stop by the shop each month and check out the  limited edition kit. Because these sets have been so popular, we've extended the availability and each set will be in the shop for TWO months instead of one - that means you have until the end of September to grab this set. Check out the current monthly sets HERE. 



Here are the important details on the July Release Blog Hop:
  • August 1st & 2nd  the Impression Obsession Team is sharing projects with the NEW August Limited Edition Red Rubber Kit! You can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day through the event.
  • We are giving away TWO Impression Obsession $25 gift certificates for the event so the more you comment through our August Kit Hop the more chances to win!
  • All comments for each of the event days will be open until Tuesday August 9th at 8pm CT
  • All winners will be announced on Wednesday August 10th on the Impression Obsession Blog.
Here are today's blog hop stops!
Laura Williams <<you are here!>>

Shop the Supplies on Today's Cards:

Gelly Roll 10 white gel pen from Simon Says Stamp
Gel Roll 10 white pen  (from Simon Says Stamp)
Did you know you can also find a variety of IO stamps carried at Simon Says

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Friday, July 29, 2022

Make Cute and Clever Cards With Die-Cut Speech Bubbles {New from Impression Obsession!}

Hello beautiful, crafty friends! It's Day 2 of the July New Release blog hop at Impression Obsession and I've got some cute dies to talk about! Speaking of TALK. . . you're going to LOVE the new Speech Bubbles and Rounded Rectangle Layers dies to add sentiments onto your handmade cards. Today's Christmas card utilizes a BUNCH of cute sentiments and layers all put together but believe it or not, this is a QUICK and SIMPLE Christmas card that you can whip up for this holiday season!
Hello beautiful, crafty friends! It's Day 2 of the July New Release blog hop at Impression Obsession and I've got some cute dies to talk about! Speaking of TALK. . . you're going to LOVE the new Speech Bubbles and Rounded Rectangle Layers dies to add sentiments onto your handmade cards. Today's Christmas card utilizes a BUNCH of cute sentiments and layers all put together but believe it or not, this is a QUICK and SIMPLE Christmas card that you can whip up for this holiday season!

This card is a mini slimline size, (3.5x6-inches) and it's a super fun size to create with, using our new mini slimline dies!  The background layer of this card is the adorable new Pinked Mini Slimline die. 

The key to the simplicity of this card is the amazing die cut shapes. The Speech Bubble dies come all attached together, as do the Rounded Rectangle dies. You can certainly snip them apart to isolate a particular die you want to cut, but I recommend keeping them attached so you can crank the whole die sheet through your machine and create a stash of shapes that you can pull from. To create this card, cut both dies from white and kraft cardstocks, and then stamp a variety of sentiments from the  Dear Santa Stamp Set. Then, mix and match until you like the arrangement. For a little extra dimension, pop some of the sentiments on foam squares, (but it'll still be super cute if you want to keep it totally flat for mailing.) 

If you want to mass produce this card idea, you could do them all the same, or add in some different shapes and different sentiments for each one and make them all unique!

This card is a mini slimline size, (3.5x6-inches) and it's a super fun size to create with, using our new mini slimline dies!  The background layer of this card is the adorable new Pinked Mini Slimline die.   The key to the simplicity of this card is the amazing die cut shapes. The Speech Bubble dies come all attached together, as do the Rounded Rectangle dies. You can certainly snip them apart to isolate a particular die you want to cut, but I recommend keeping them attached so you can crank the whole die sheet through your machine and create a stash of shapes that you can pull from. To create this card, cut both dies from white and kraft cardstocks, and then stamp a variety of sentiments from the  Dear Santa Stamp Set. Then, mix and match until you like the arrangement. For a little extra dimension, pop some of the sentiments on foam squares, (but it'll still be super cute if you want to keep it totally flat for mailing.)

Here are the important details on the July Release Blog Hop:

Here are the designers participating in today's hop!

 Shop the Supplies on Today's Cards:

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

These Two Christmas Cards Are SURE To Make You Smile! {Brand New from Impression Obsession!}

 Hey friends! Do you love animals? Do you love Christmas? Do you love adorable sentiments? Good - then you'll love today's Christmas cards, plus the BRAND NEW release from Impression Obsession. There's lots to see during our two-day blog hop, so although the weather feels frightfully HOT, let's ring in some Christmas cheer today with delightfully new crafty goodness.

This cute pup is up to no good! The sentiment for this card is from the cutest new set called Dear Santa. It complements the adorable pets from the Naughty List stamp set, but it'll mix and match with so many stamps and dies you already have too! It's a 3x4 clear stamp set but it packs a LOT of punch. We're going to use this one a lot, friends! After coloring this pooch, I layered the card together, and added the sentiment to our new Rounded Rectangle Layers dies. These dies are a POWERHOUSE set, that I know I'll be using over and over again.
This cute pup is up to no good! The sentiment for this card is from the cutest new set called Dear Santa. It complements the adorable pets from the Naughty List stamp set, but it'll mix and match with so many stamps and dies you already have too! It's a 3x4 clear stamp set but it packs a LOT of punch. We're going to use this one a lot, friends! After coloring this pooch, I layered the card together, and added the sentiment to our new Rounded Rectangle Layers dies. These dies are a POWERHOUSE set, that I know I'll be using over and over again. 


First of all, let's talk about this red front door! This came together easily using the new Stitched Slimline Layers dies plus the Rounded Rectangle Layers dies for the inside pieces. Cute, right!? And that kitty is clearly up to no good, peeking from behind the door. ;) I stamped him and colored him with markers.  And to finish this card off, the perfect place to put the sentiment? Inside a cute die cut Speech Bubble! This new die set is great because it includes different shapes and sizes for a variety of sentiments! I've been die-cutting a bunch of them and keeping them handy to add onto cards. The sentiments from the Dear Santa Stamp Set fit perfectly in these as well as the Rounded Rectangle dies.
First of all, let's talk about this red front door! This came together easily using the new Stitched Slimline Layers dies plus the Rounded Rectangle Layers dies for the inside pieces. Cute, right!? And that kitty is clearly up to no good, peeking from behind the door. ;) I stamped him and colored him with markers.

And to finish this card off, the perfect place to put the sentiment? Inside a cute die cut Speech Bubble! This new die set is great because it includes different shapes and sizes for a variety of sentiments! I've been die-cutting a bunch of them and keeping them handy to add onto cards. The sentiments from the Dear Santa Stamp Set fit perfectly in these as well as the Rounded Rectangle dies.

Here are the important details on the July Release Blog Hop:

Here's the list of designers participating in the hop!
 Shop the Supplies on Today's Cards:


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