Well hello there my crafty peeps! I'm already thinking about Christmas cards and holiday projects (because, why not?!) but I'm still having fun making summertime projects at the same time. Today begins a new challenge on the Impression Obsession blog, ...
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Drink In the Summer with Impression Obsession

Drink in the Summer handmade summertime card making idea with Impression Obsession. Stamp and color colorful drinks and add to a Gel Press printed background for a tropical summer handmade card. Click to find all the details on this colorful card. #iostamps #cardmaking #stampingWell hello there my crafty peeps! I'm already thinking about Christmas cards and holiday projects (because, why not?!) but I'm still having fun making summertime projects at the same time. Today begins a new challenge on the Impression Obsession blog, and the theme is Summer Fun, so I pulled out my trusty favorite summertime stamp set and did a little crafting! Are you ready to take a look at some colorful summer cards? 

This blog post contains affiliate links. When you shop through my links, I may receive compensation at no cost to you. Thank you from the bottom of my crafty heart!Drink in the Summer handmade summertime card making idea with Impression Obsession. Stamp and color colorful drinks and add to a Gel Press printed background for a tropical summer handmade card. Click to find all the details on this colorful card. #iostamps #cardmaking #stamping
Good Old Summertime is a set I've turned to again and AGAIN this summer! The sweet images are so fun to mix and match for handmade cards! On the first card, I stuck with the DRINKS (YUM) and paired them with the perfect sentiment "Drink in the Summertime". I used watercolor pencils to color this tasty rainbow of beverages, and then added some glaze and glitter to add some extra sparkle.
Drink in the Summer handmade summertime card making idea with Impression Obsession. Stamp and color colorful drinks and add to a Gel Press printed background for a tropical summer handmade card. Click to find all the details on this colorful card. #iostamps #cardmaking #stampingThe background of this card is a Gel Press print that I made using some summery shades of liquid ink, blended together. I really like the contrast of the black and white patterns from paper and washi tape too - but then again, I'm always a sucker for bright colors paired with black and white! 
Drink in the Summer handmade summertime card making idea with Impression Obsession. Stamp and color colorful drinks and add to a Gel Press printed background for a tropical summer handmade card. Click to find all the details on this colorful card. #iostamps #cardmaking #stamping
Up next, the same stamp set but a TOTALLY different look and technique! For this card I wanted to make a stamped background of all the cute images in this set. To make it easy, I used one medium size clear block and I fit as many stamps on as I could. This takes a little bit of trial and error and stamping on scrap paper to make sure everything is straight and spaced out evenly, but the work is worth it - because then it only took about four impressions to stamp all of these small images onto my cardstock panel. I used markers to color these images in and finished it off with the HELLO SUMMER sentiment. 
Make a colorful Hello Summer handmade card with Impression Obsession clear stamps #iostamps #cardmaking #stamping
Alright my sweet, crafty peeps. Now it's your turn! Dig through your stash of Impression Obsession stamps and dies, and see what you have that works for the challenge, Summer Fun. Then link it up at the IO blog because you might just win a gift certificate to the shop! Over on the blog, you'll also find a list of the design team members who are sharing some fresh summer fun to kick off the challenge. 

Don't have any Impression Obsession stamps and dies? I hate to be an enabler, but you really should check out their shop - every time I look, I see something I never noticed before. They have a HUGE selection, in EVERY style and theme! (#sorrynotsorry) Plus, their sale section is AMAZING right now. There are tons of cute clear stamp sets on sale for $7.50! Whaaaat!?

Make a colorful Hello Summer handmade card with Impression Obsession clear stamps #iostamps #cardmaking #stamping
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Are you CRAFT HAPPY? {Look What's NEW from FSJ!}

Hey there my crafty friends! I have an important question for you: Do you love craft supplies? (Um, DUH) I have a new card for you today and I think you'll love it because it features . .CRAFT SUPPLIES.  Wait, you might be saying, don't all handmade cards feature craft supplies? That's kind of our THING. But this card features craft supply stamps. It's a craft supply made out of craft supplies. (Is your mind blown?) Today's card is filled with fun messy watercolor and some new FSJ stamps that you're going to LOVE. Ready to check out some CRAFT HAPPY? 

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Make a handmade card for your crafty friends using the Craft Happy Bundle from FSJ - this clear photopolymer stamp set and coordinating die set is filled with art supplies and crafting supplies that you know and love. Your crafty friends and artist pals will love cards and crafts made with the Craft Happy Stamp and Die set #funstampersjourney #cardmaking #watercolor
First, let's chat about this new stamp and die bundle from FSJ. It's called Craft Happy and it's one of FSJ's new CLEAR photopolymer stamp sets. I absolutely LOVE clear stamps, and these are high quality made in the USA stamps, so I'm thrilled that we're adding them to our offerings. If you're a die-hard rubber stamp fan, not to worry - we continue to offer stamps in red rubber, but we're adding in a sprinkling of clear stamps into the mix too. 
Craft Happy Stamp and Die Bundle from Fun Stampers Journey + Spellbinders with clear photopolymer stamps and coordinating dies for craft projects and handmade cards, especially for your crafty friends!
The Craft Happy bundle comes with the coordinating dies for EXTRA craft happiness, and the bundle is a GREAT price!! Hit the Spellbinders shop to check it out. 

And now, let's talk about the colorful background which made my simple black and white stamping really POP. 
Make a handmade card for your crafty friends using the Craft Happy Bundle from FSJ - this clear photopolymer stamp set and coordinating die set is filled with art supplies and crafting supplies that you know and love. Your crafty friends and artist pals will love cards and crafts made with the Craft Happy Stamp and Die set #funstampersjourney #cardmaking #watercolor
I began this background with a sheet of watercolor paper. Using a little water mister, I misted just a bit of water across it to get started. Then I added a blob of water onto the paper, and brushed in Jane Davenport's Mermaid Markers. (Mermaid Markers are filled with highly concentrated watercolor ink with a brush tip.) I dried each splotch of color with a heat tool before creating another one, but sometimes I allowed two to mix a bit. In between, I splattered some Sparkle Silk which mixed in nicely and added some shimmer. I kept layering colors until I was happy with how it looked, and then I let it dry. 

Here's a tip: Soaking and using a heat gun to dry will cause watercolor paper to become warped. When finished with a technique like this, mist the whole sheet again lightly and let it slowly air dry before assembling the card. This helps it to flatten out and removes the warping. 
To finish off the card, I added the stamped and die cut images, added some Rainbow Drops and a bit of glaze and glitter. This watercolor technique was really fun, and because I kept layering the color on, it allowed me to work a little at a time and the colors didn't get out of control or muddy. Definitely a fun way to play!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you'll go check out the Craft Happy Bundle in the Spellbinders shop, and check out the extra inspiration that's there! xoxo

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Christmas In July! One Stamp Set 3 Ways {Impression Obsession}

Merry Christmas in July, my crafty peeps! I thought it might be fun to focus on a holiday stamp today, and I'll show you THREE different ways to use it on your handmade cards this winter! The Holiday Stamps image is a lot of fun because it's a large stamp with so many possibilities! Let's take a look!

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Merry Christmas handmade card with postage stamp themed background stamp called Holiday Stamps from Impression Obsession #lauralooloo #iostamps #christmascards
Today's stamp is called Holiday Stamps! All of those cute postage stamp images are part of ONE large stamp. On the square card above, I stamped it as is and then colored the images with watercolor. This card is a little larger than my usual size. (5.5x5.5)

Next, I stamped the whole stamp twice onto a sage green cardstock panel.( Here's a TIP: Sometimes it's hard to stamp it the second time exactly straight and even, but that white sentiment band will hide it if it isn't quite even! Im tricky like that!) To add some subtle detail to this card, I added white colored pencil details and shading to the stamped images. It gives the images an almost snowy feel and it's such a simple technique. 

Merry Christmas handmade card with postage stamp themed background stamp called Holiday Stamps from Impression Obsession #lauralooloo #iostamps #christmascards
And now last but certainly not least - for this card, I stamped the image onto white cardstock and then trimmed just a few of the little postage images and adhered them to my card. I colored them with markers for a little different look. 
Merry Christmas handmade card with postage stamp themed background stamp called Holiday Stamps from Impression Obsession #lauralooloo #iostamps #christmascards
All three of these cards feature the same sentiment set, called Holiday Words, some fabulous black and white gingham twine, and the Holiday Stamps stamp. That's all! This stamp provides all kinds of creative opportunities and the images are so pretty!

Today is Old is New Day at Impression Obsession, where we celebrate the best loved oldies-but-goodies in our stamp stash that need a little inky playtime. Be sure to stop by the Impression Obsession blog to see all of the designers who are participating in Old Is New day today. I just know they have some cute projects to share with us!

Also, don't forget about the giant SALE section on the Impression Obsession website! Many clear stamp sets are half off, and some are offering free coordinating dies! Awesome deals abound! Shop the sale HERE.
See three ways to use the Holiday Stamps rubber stamp from Impression Obsession. Merry Christmas handmade card with postage stamp themed background stamp called Holiday Stamps from Impression Obsession #lauralooloo #iostamps #christmascards

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Come Meet the Joy and Wonder Project Kit from FSJ!

Hello my friends! I feel like I've been diving into fall and holiday projects lately and it feels so GOOD! (Let's get this year over with, am I right!?) Today at FSJ + Spellbinders, the Joy and Wonder project kit goes live in the shop and I'm excited for you to see all the new sweetness! 

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Each time FSJ releases a new collection, you have the chance to get many of the elements early, in our project kits. The full holiday collection will go live on August 10, but it's a great deal to grab this kit with many of the new items at a special price PLUS you'll receive kitted cardstock and embellishments to make four gorgeous cards that we've designed just for you. You'll receive a link along with your Joy and Wonder Project Kit, to a make-and-take video with Kim Kesti where she'll teach you techniques and tricks using the new products to craft up these four gorgeous cards! Then, go crazy and make up your own designs!
Make these amazing holiday cards along with a video tutorial from FSJ + Spellbinders, with the Joy and Wonder project kit. #spellbinders #funstampersjourney #holidaycards
Below you'll see all of the project kit contents. It includes 2 photopolymer stamp sets, 2 die sets, an embossing folder plus all those card making goodies ready to go!
Joy and Wonder card making kit from Fun Stampers Journey + Spellbinders for holiday cards and crafts
Just for fun, before you go SHOP, here's one more card I created with the Arctic Wonder stamp set. I am so in love with these sweet polar bears - and since they're white, they're so simple to STAMP and GO for card making ideas. No coloring necessary! It was fun to create a snowy winter scene with sequins and stamped snowflakes on this shaker card. I can't wait to share more projects with you in the coming weeks as we enjoy this new fall and winter release. So friends, go order the Joy and Wonder kit so that you can start crafting your way through the remainder of 2020! And then grab all of the new items on August 10. (You can see the full collection in the Coming Soon section of the Spellbinders website!) 

I'm so grateful you stopped by today! xoxo
winter card making idea with FSJ + Spellbinders featuring the Arctic Wonder stamp set with polar bears. This high quality photopolymer clear stamp set is easy to use and has coordinating dies to add sweet polar bears to card making and paper crafting projects #funstampersjourney #shakercard #cardmaking
     
 

It's the Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Release - Day 3!

Hello crafty friends! It's the third and final day of the Fall/Winter Release celebration at Impression Obsession. We've got everything you need to get started on some fall and holiday crafting, and today we're going to look at some Halloween cuteness. This sweetie is all treat and no spook! 

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The stamps I used for today's card are so absolutely fun to color and play with. Lindsay Ostrom always designs the sweetest images - even for Halloween! There's only a little bit of spook, but a whole lot of sass to these images. I hadn't even originally planned to put these two images together, but once I started coloring them, I realized this large background image would be the perfect landing place for Witchy Poo. (Seriously - she's named Witchy Poo, how adorable right!?)
 Because I had so much going on, on the front of this card, I chose to just add a sentiment to the inside. I added a purple panel of cardstock to my black card base and added a simple Trick or Treat sentiment.
 This project was just a fun one to sit and COLOR. After stamping the images I sat at my kitchen table and just colored. What do you think of the green tint to miss Witchy Poo? She's kind of cute isn't she? Adding purple and teal into the mix of a Halloween color palette is a fun way to get away from just black and orange on Halloween crafts. (Although I do love some black and orange sometimes too!)
I'm loving all the warm fall fuzzies, sweet sentiments, and festive holiday images in the Fall/Winter release and I hope you are too! If you haven't checked it out yet, you can find all of the new products HERE on the Impression Obsession website.


It's been so much fun hanging out with you this week - remember today is the last day of the hop!  Each day on the IO blog (or at the end of my posts) there's been a list of designers participating and each blog along the way will have a $25 gift certificate to be given away to a lucky commenter - so if you've missed any days, go back and comment on the blog posts for the best chance to win! All comments for all of the event days will be open until Sunday July 19th at midnight CT. Winners will be announced on Tuesday July 21th, on the IO blog. Good luck and thanks so much for stopping by each day!

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Here's the Hop List!

     
 
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