Monday, March 3, 2014

WOW! This is a stunning card by Kittie Caracciolo, a member of the Impression Obsession Design Team. Kittie has used some of the new IO dies . . .
by Kittie Caracciolo for Impression Obsession
Click on this link that will take you to Kittie's blog so you can see the details . . .

On another Impression Obsession blog posting, there is a beautiful Mother's Day card by Ellen Taylor, a member of IO's Design Team.
by Ellen Taylor
Design Team Member, Impression Obsession
Click on this link to see how Ellen made this beautiful card:

And Marj has made this adorable cad using the Impression Obsession bunny die; you may see the card in-person at the store.

by Marj Marion

  • Impression Obsession Die 075-B
    • Acetate Sheet to make a 'stencil' to sponge bunnies going opposite way in Vintage Sepia
  • yellow sponge inked with Martha Stewart "Wedding Cake" onto card stock layer
  • IO Cover-a-Card Stamp "Fluff" CC014 with Memento "Toffee Crunch" onto card stock
  • Card stock adhered to base card (brown)
  • Brown bunny:  Java Bean Glitter
  • 1/8" Scor Tape for brown glitter horizontal strips

We're so lucky that Dianne is on the Design Team for Magenta. Whatever is posted on the Magenta blog and her blog, Backporch, that card is available to be seen in person at Art 'n Soul!
by Dianne Johnson, Design Team Magenta
Click on the link to Dianne's blog to see how this gorgeous card was made:

I'm sure you'll love this card as much as I did by Darsie Bruno. I love how she combined the two Delicata inks (Golden Glitz and Shimmery Silver) from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko.
by Darsie Bruno
Artist-in-Residence for IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineo
Click on this link to see how easily Darsie made this gorgeous card:

Another WOW! Look at this wall art created by Judi Kauffman, a frequent contributor of work featuring products from Elizabeth Craft Designs. It's amazing! I found this on the ECD blog within a link to Magazine website ( that features a regular column by Els.

Wall art by Judi Kauffman 
by Judi Kauffman for Elizabeth Craft Designs
by Judi Kauffman for Elizabeth Craft Designs
by Judi Kauffman for Elizabeth Craft Designs
Last but not least: What do you get when you let Judi Kauffman indulge her love of pattern on pattern plus more pattern, and her passion for Shimmer Sheetz? This project, that's what! An embossed Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz background, embossed Fire Opal Shimmer Sheetz butterflies (both of them among our new Elizabeth Craft Designs embossing folders, the butterflies from Karen Burniston), a Dragonfly Lady Circle colored with three layers of gold paint for the effect of an ancient relic (Sakura's Pen-Touch opaque paint marker). And a very ornate frame. The Italian Renaissance has detoured through India and landed in Judi's studio. If this doesn't prove how versatile the outline peel-offs can be, I don't know what does."

And for the Grand WOW, you must go to the website of Marco Mazzoni. I found him on the Prismacolor blog site when I was looking for postings about using their wonderful colored pencils. What a find! I must tell you that some of his work is out there but it's all very worthwhile to observe. As you look at his work, remember . . . Mr. Mazzoni is doing this with Prismacolor colored pencils!
by Marco Mazzoni

by Marco Mazzoni

by Marco Mazzoni

This is his website . . . treat yourself to some amazing artwork accomplished with Prismacolor colored pencils:

Here's the link to the Prismacolor blog if you'd like to explore more examples of art made with their various products: This is the link to the Prismacolor blog posting where they interview Mr. Mazzoni . . .

I'm almost wow'd out tonight. This afternoon, my husband and I attended a memorial service for a gentleman who died way too early from cancer that was diagnosed on February 5; he passed away 15 days later. He lived large, and I mean very large. He never let a moment pass him by where he wasn't engaged in what was going on around him. His enthusiasm and zest, combined with determination to always succeed and help those around him succeed, was an inspiration to his family, his 5 daughters, his professional associates and employees, and just about everyone he met. Further evidence that we should be living as large as we can and not take any moment for granted. Enjoy it all my friends!

Part of my living large is to always appreciate what we enjoy at Art 'n Soul . . . enthusiasm, inspiration, friendship, and a penchant for joy in what we do. I hope you are finding that same appreciation whenever you walk through our front door, which will never be too often!

I leave you with some humor . . .

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