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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Impression Obsession Thursday Designer Challenge-Happy Birthday!



Good Morning!

Hope you're all having a lovely day thus far!

Today's a Birthday Challenge!!!

I love making birthday cards and it's always great to have a few on hand for in a pinch!!!
Although I usually like to make custom cards for the recipient, sometimes my menobrain (menopause induced forgetfulness!) stands in the way so if I have a few here and there, I can pop one in the mail quickly!!!!

For this card, I used a background I created with Jane Davenport Inkredible Inks! LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!! 

Today, I'm featuring Dina Kowal's Introverting Set.
I coloured the Sweet Kitty with Copic Markers on a wee die cut.
Wire and sparkly sequins to finish off!

Looking forward to seeing your Birthday Creations

Take a look at all the amazing Designer Submissions today!


XX's and Oh's
--Vicki~~
Monday, February 12, 2018

Happy Birthday Mom!!!!




Happy Birthdaay to my Beautiful Momma!

She is one amazing lady.








Beautiful Inside and Out


Energetic and Adventurous





A Little Sassy!









Kind and Loving, but she will get things done and tell you like it is!






She has my heart today, tomorrow and always!

Love you to the Moon and Back!!

XX's and Oh's

--Vicki~~

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Impression Obsession Designer Feature-Colourful Intentions



Good Morning!!

I'm excited to share a couple of projects with you as this week's featured designer.

My creative interests have been taking a bit of a shift lately and I've been exploring mixed media and drawing a little more along with the lessons and Inspiration of Life Book 2018

This lesson was led by the very talented Andrea Gomoll and was a study in Sketching, Watercolour and texture.  

For this piece, I sketched my Rainbow Girl inspired by Andrea's drawing.
I used Jane Davenport Mermaid Pens to paint her hair. I have to admit, I had to redo her face in acrylic and Prism Pencils case I made a right mess of it the first time!!!

Oodles of Doodles and Linework completed her and then I added some additional texture with Paint Splatters and Texture Paste with a Tim Holtz Stencil.

At first, I reall didn't like the colours in her hair, but they grew on my intentionally

Impression Obsession has some of the best quote stamps. They're great for using on greeting cards and mixed media

I used the following two stamps on this piece:

and




In this piece I used the same technique as described above, but instead of paint splatters, I used Nuvo drops which created a great texture and some different stamps including

an image from the Seth Apter Postcard stamp set. The Circular stamps is also by Seth Apter called Stratosphere and the dots are from the Chalk Dot Border


The main sentiment is called Art Supplies

These were much fun to create!!!!

I hope you all have a most amazing day!

XX's and Oh's

--Vicki~~

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Out with the old, in with the new {Life Book 2018)


Letting go....what does that mean really?  Is it something one can do with little thought and effort, or does it take years to release negative emotions stirred up from past experiences? 
Personally, I think it's a little of both, depending on one's disposition and perception-how much it matters to them, how hurt one feels and how ready they are to release it. 

These things we hold onto, the secrets we keep can linger and fester forever if we let them, manifesting themselves in unhealthy attitudes, behaviours and relationships.  They are persistent; just when we think we've rid ourselves of them, like an unwelcome houseguest, they return. All the baggage they carry accompany them and we find ourselves back to where we were at in the first place. A similar incident, a common emotions and our thoughts are powerful triggers with regard to stirring up the past. 

The beauty in all of this is like those repressed memories and emotions, we are persistent. We are resilient and we can realize success with moving forward. Sometimes we have to remain mindful it takes time and it probably takes times. What do I mean by that?  Letting go is not as easy as taking the trash out every Thursday; wouldn't it be nice if it was? To me it just means to continue forward in one's healing journey, facing those negative emotions as they surface, combatting self defeating thoughts and having the patience to recognize it does get easier in time. The "guests" may return, but we are able to send them packing more swiftly, their belongings contained in a satchel, rather than a carriage full of trunks. It is worth it to let go, to let go and to let go again. 

Which brings me to my art and my Garden Fairy.  My art allows me that creative release, to let go the thoughts, feelings and emotions that weigh on my shoulders at the end of day. I am currently participating in Life Book 2018 which is not only allowing me to make beautiful art, but to work on me. This amazing lesson by Tamara Laporte allowed me to paint away the negative things i've been carrying from the last couple of years and carry forward the attributes I want to bring forward and develo further this year. I feel truly blessed to have happened on this course because it compliments all the steps I am taking to heal. I hope you enjoyed  my piece today and inspires you to let go...even if it's just one little thing; baby steps eventually lead to full strides.

XX's and Oh's

--Vicki~~

The piece was completed with patterned and collage papers, gesso, acrylic paint, watercolor crayons, gel pen and Zig Brush Markers. 

I used the Splatter 1 stamp wiith Gesso to add some texture to the background. 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Impression Obsession Thursday Designer Challenge-Friendship Flowers



Good Morning!

Hope you're having a wonderful week! It's hard to believe we are already into the 2nd month of the year....before we know it, we'll be getting ready for Christmas again. Perhaps I'm a LITTLE premature in that assumption {LOL}.

I am ready to see Flowers blooming in my garden. Not likely to happen anytime soon in this chilly climate soooo I decided build my own Garden Card with the Build a Garden set 

It's absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!! 

Lots of fun images in the extra large clear set!

I created a background with distress oxide inks and bleach.

After letting it dry, I stamped the images with IO Most Intense Black Ink

Lastly, I added a little sentiment from the Journal Jargon 3 set

Easy Peasy and a nice little note I can send off to a friend. Sorry for the dull photo. I think i'll redo it today in the daylight!

Hope you have a wonderful day

Be sure to enter your creations on the IO Blog

To see more delicious creations....... either more in quantity or more delicious than this one {you decide} take a peek at the following blogs today:

Vicki Garrett {That'e ME!}

XX's and Oh's

--Vicki~~
Friday, January 26, 2018

IO stamps Spring Blog Hop Day 5



Good Morning!

Welcome to DAY 5 snd the final day of the Impression Obsession Stamps Spring 2018 Blog Hop!

What a feast for the eyes this week!

Today, I'm sharing a fun card using the Puddle Jumper Stamp. Isn't it simply delicious??

I love the smell in the air when the rain is falling. It is so cleansing. Have you ever stood in the rain on a warm day, feeling the cool rain fall on your shoulders? What a wonderful feeling!!!

This cute little fellow is making the most of the rain by jumping in the puddles! It's kind of like making lemonade when life gives you lemons or looking at problems as opportunities for positive change and growth. It's all a matter of perception. The way you interpret something can have a huge impact upon how it will affect you. For instance you can feel bad that it's raining, complain about having to use an umbrella and mope around on that grey day. Alternately, you can take Joy in the fact that Mother Earth is replenishing our water sources, and nourishing our vegetation . Keeping that glass is half full attitude will go a long way in allowing you to have some contentment in your life.

I say Jump in those puddles!

I created the blue and green background using Tim Holtz distress inks and the Party Beads CAC background stamp. I stamped the main image with IO Ink in Navy Blue. I wanted to paper piece the umbrellas for a little bit of contrast and mount it on dimensionals to pop it off the paper a bit.
Lastly, I added some glaze and glitter to the puddle and some stickles rain drops!

Hope you enjoy my funny bunny!

For more eye candy, visit the following blogs today:


Don't forget to leave some love and you could win a $25.00 gift certificate.

XX's and Oh's

--Vicki~~

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Impression Obsession Spring Release Blog Hop Day 3


Welcome to Day 3 of the Impression Obsession Spring Release Blog Hop.
Today I'm sharing my first page, which is a warm up assignment  for a year long art course i'm taking online called  LifeBook 2018 at Willowing Arts. This particular lesson was designed by the founder of Lifebook Tamara Laporte.  I am such a fan of her whimsical artwork.

In the last few years I have dealt with many health and emotional challenges and have worked hard to get a handle on many aspects on my life. My Art has been integral in allowing me to maintain my sanity through all of this mayhem. I believe there is always a silver lining in each and every cloud. 

These challenges have allowed me to reacquaint myself with my spirituality and the principles by which I wish to live my life. I truly feel I am on my healing journey and engaged in exploration of me, my inner child and higher self. The Butterflies represent the fluidity of my growth as well as the metamorphosis of my spirit. I am excited to be embarking on this self exploration journey through art, meditation and self care. You'll find my blog is going to become a little more personal as I am so excited about sharing my journey with you as a means of a diary of sorts and a source of inspiration for others. 

I took the liberty of using some of the new release stamps in the creation of this warm up page.

The words Journey and Exploration come from the latest Journal Jargon 3  set by Seth Apter. I love the selection of stamps he has designed exclusively  for Impression Obsession. I am a HUGE fan of his Artwork!
If you look closely, you can see two of the newest Cover a Card Stamp Sets:





 Can you spot either set in there?

I also couldn't find any small text paper (the circles under the two smaller butterflies) so I used Beauty Text to create my own.

Lastly the little x's stamped in Gesso are from the Really Useful Stamps-Circle Set

Hope you enjoyed my project!

To see more, visit the following blogs

Daniela Dobson

Don't forget to leave some love for a chance to win a gift certificate!

If you like my page and might be interested in this beautiful course, follow the link below to learn more about it!


XX's and Oh's

--Vicki~~