Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Recognizing caregivers

Carolyn King recently lost her grandmother to the effects of Alzheimer's Disease and posted a challenge on her blog to recognize the amazing caregivers to our loved ones who are affected by this illness. Several years ago, my great aunt succombed to this awful disease and I want to thank the nurses and aids who cared for her in the nursing home. They took such great care of her(and my grandmother, who also recently passed away) and I want them to know that their hard work didn't go unnoticed.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

What do you like most about Fall?

We love Halloween at our house! I prefer cute Halloween, my younger daughter and husband prefer the scary kind-- the more disgusting, the better. Anyway, since I typically do the decorating and goodie making(aka CANDY!), it's always cute around here. And the holiday is never complete without candy corn---if we could have a tree that actually *grew* candy corn, what a treat that would be! For now, we'll have to settle for this CUTE candy corn tree stamp from Impression Obsession and trips to Target for the real stuff.

The IO design team challenge this time was to welcome Fall and for this particular card, I decided to try a little bit of watercoloring. Not the usual type of watercoloring, but using water to quickly spread the color just a bit. I stamped the candy corn part in yellows and oranges, the trunk in brown and applied it to the paper, then using a watercolor brush, just kind of moved the ink from the outside in. Did you notice the colors of the background papers? And then I stamped my favorite new IO saying -- "it's all about the candy corn" -- cute, right? Who thinks up these things?? (in this case-- me!! hee hee Yes, I got to help with Halloween and Christmas phrases for this release!!)

Make sure to check out how the rest of the IO team welcomes this time of year:

I hope you're feeling a bit of fall in the air where you are. It's been nice and cool here in the mornings...such a relief from the hot, hot summer. And as we say in the south, Happy Fall Y'all!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Special Impression Obsession news!

We had no idea when we posted the call for the Impression Obsession Guest Designer position that we would be flooded with talent from literally all over the world! We received 85 applications from amazing stampers making the choice very difficult! We wish we could have chosen all 85. After getting the entire Design Team involved and into the mix of judging, one name floated to the top time and time again. That's why we are happy to announce Dina Kowal is our very first Impression Obsession Guest Designer! Be sure to visit her blog to see just how very talented she is!!

Congratulations to Dina! We know she has amazing things in store for Impression Obsession!