it’s a blog hop!!

hello everyone!!
today i am here with some exciting news!! we are having a blog hop!!!!

Ken Oliver / IO blog hopThe hop will run for 2 days (3/4/16 – 3/5/16) with a list of participants on the Ken Oliver Crafts (http://Ken Oliver Crafts)and Impression Obsession Blogs (http://Impression Obsession Blog Hop) each day at 8am EST. Visit the fabulous designers from both team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a… chance to win!
so i was given this beautiful mermaid (http://www NULL.iostamps NULL.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=J17090&Store_Code=IOSTAMPS&search=mermaid&searchoffset=&filter_cat=&PowerSearch_Begin_Only=&sort=&range_low=&range_high=), the be a mermaid (http://www NULL.iostamps NULL.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=F17058&Store_Code=IOSTAMPS&search=mermaid&searchoffset=&filter_cat=&PowerSearch_Begin_Only=&sort=&range_low=&range_high=) quote and  the set, designed by the ever so lovely and talented Yvonne Blair along with this bubble (http://www NULL.iostamps NULL.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=A5384&Store_Code=IOSTAMPS&search=bubbles&searchoffset=&filter_cat=&PowerSearch_Begin_Only=&sort=&range_low=&range_high=)stamp!

so i started out with stamping in my art journal a whole bunch of bubbles, which i decided were really pearls floating around in a mermaid haven..  i then sprinkled some color burst in Indigo (http://www NULL.scrapbook NULL.html?w=color+burst), Ultramarine Blue (http://www NULL.scrapbook NULL.html?w=color+burst), Pthalo Green (http://www NULL.scrapbook NULL.html)and Lemon Yellow (http://www NULL.scrapbook NULL.html)  onto my page and spritzed with water

sprinkles of color burst

i loved the flow of the color on my page. watery background

next i added depth of yellow directly onto my mermaid portion..i wanted her to be glowing in the depth of the ocean (unrealistic but hey it is a mermaid we are talking about right!!!)

yellow mermaidthen using my water brush i removed some colour and then added in some colour to colour all my ‘gems’ along the side of my page. i also restamped the mermaid on another piece of paper a couple of times so i could individually colour her fin

beautiful fin

and the second time her hair

colouring my mermaidthen it was just a matter of layering and adding my quote and here you have my finished page!

mermaid artjournalso who is on the hopping trail today!!! here they are. please be sure to visit each and leave a comment

March 4th

Jeanne Streiff (http://inkypaws NULL.blogs NULL.splitcoaststampers

diana hetherington (http://www NULL.missusgmoments (that’s me!)

Anna Wight (http://sweetmissdaisy NULL.typepad NULL.html)

Kimberly Jones (http://serendipityvintagestudio NULL.blogspot

Vicki Garrett (http://summerthymestudio NULL.blogspot

Jessica Frost-Ballas (http://www NULL.allthesparkle

Karen Amidon (http://paperliliesandink NULL.blogspot NULL.html)

Tracy Pounds (http://www NULL.misstracycreates!Impression-Obsession-meets-Colorburst-Blog-Hop/c1a1n/56d67b570cf2bc6add155aaf)

Laura Fulcher (http://stampart NULL.blogspot

Niki Warner Davis (http://sunshinerunnermom

Saturday – March 5th

Yvonne Blair  (http://www NULL.yvonneblair NULL.html)
Dina Kowal (http://mamadinis NULL.blogspot NULL.html)

Giovana Smith
(http://giovana-believe NULL.blogspot NULL.html)
Jenny Gropp (http://onekraftykat NULL.blogspot NULL.html)
Laurel Lukaszewski Beard
Kittie Caracciolo (http://kittiekraft NULL.typepad

Zoey Emanuela Scarpelli
(http://www NULL.scrapsaurus
Danella Dobson (http://danieladobson NULL.blogspot NULL.html)
Krista Cheryl Riley  (http://www NULL.imaginethatscrapbooks

remember i said there will be prizes!! well here is what they are… on each day there will be one prize of one set of color burst from Ken Oliver Crafts AND a $25 Gift Certificate from Impression Obsession!! total value of $60 for each day!!! YAHOO!!

Remember the more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!

good luck and enjoy all the wonderful projects over the next two days! i know i shall.




104 thoughts on “it’s a blog hop!!”

  1. What a fantastic card. I really appreciate you sharing your step by step technique. I am totally digging the mermaid!!!! 🙂

  2. Hiya, nice to meet you and your work via the blog hop. Love your use of the color burst.

    Crafty hugs Pen x

  3. I am always amazed at the beautiful colors and techniques achieved. I enjoy seeing new stuff!

  4. Beautiful use of the Colorburst for both the background and coloring the mermaid.

  5. Amazing card! Had a bit of trouble with the link to get here, but I am so glad to get here to see the steps in making this gorgeous card! Love the mermaid and bubbles stamps, and your Color Bursts color choices are fabulous!

  6. I love mermaids! This is lovely…brilliant color as well!

  7. Wow I absolutely love your card, it is stunning. Your mermaid is beautiful and the way you layered your colours gives it such depth and the quote is fantastic! So happy to have discovered your blog through this hop.

  8. I absolutely love Color Burst. There are so many looks that can be created with them. Can’t wait to use the new colors.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. I love this work of yours, the colors are so amazing.

  10. It is awesome the way the Colorbursts work/react.

  11. TRUTH! lol That is incredible!!!

  12. Absolutely fantastic. The way you colored the water and mermaid was perfect. Thanks for sharing

  13. I really cant believe how much this color moves, I have been wanting to order but I’m gonna have to wait a few months before I can.
    This is so incredible beautiful the colors really just come alive and jump of the page! My husband is even in love with color burst!

  14. Beautiful! Love how you did the dots of color around the edges too! Love the vivid color! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  15. I appreciate you sharing a picture tutorial of your steps. All the layers came together wonderfully! I Color Bursts are stunning colors and the IO mermaid stamp is totally your stylized Rock Star!

  16. Oooh, those bold splashes of color give such excitement and movement to your background! Love it!

  17. THANK YOU DIANA for getting back to me, so I can see your project!!!! 😉 This is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Your post is FUN TO READ TOO! LOL I LOOOOOVE how the Color Burst is used here & the effects it gives! WHAT FUN!!!! I thought your project was on a canvas when I first saw it, (Which would be so cool for a little girls room…) but done in an Art Journal is fun too!!!! 😉 THANK YOU AGAIN, for giving me a direct link to your project! 😀

  18. I’ve never used the color burst products but you have me intrigued! This is beautiful!!

  19. Fantastic! Love the colors you used and the bubble stamp is adorable. Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us. s

  20. Great use of mix media. Use of the Color Bursts makes this card come alive. Love how this card creates movement, pulls the viewer in…and the message certainly says it all.

  21. What a great quote! I had a friend (unfortunately gone now) who was obsessed with mermaids. This layout made me think of her; she would have loved it.

  22. Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing the steps.

  23. What a fun sentiment for your gorgeous piece! I never would have thought of layering colors this way… thanks for the inspiration!

  24. Your style is totally eye popping. Love your detailed explanation of the steps you took to achieve such a beauty. We have a 9 yr old grand daughter who thinks she IS a mermaid and I may try to use your inspiration to create a mermaid picture/page for her. Many Thanks…

  25. Oh sooo sweet….a mermaid….and I thank you for the detailed instructions on how to make this journal entry…I have my journal ready to go…Have really been wanting to do some! The COLORS are AMAZING here!!!!

  26. Diana, I am sooo happy I found this blog hop today and hopped on over…I love your journal post..It is just beautiful! You created a MARVELOUS MERMAID! I have been wanting to begin art journaling…You make it look easy. Thank you for the detailed instructions.

  27. This is really cool, you make it look so easy with your step by step directions. But I know that there is an art to the mixed media look because when I try it I seem to end up with a muddy mess. So my hat is off to you very neat card

  28. Eileen Esposito_Whenever I try to use Color Burst, I end up with a hot mess. I think I’m just too greedy, so I tend to just dump the colors on. Yours looks Mahvelous!

  29. So very cute. I have a mermaid stamp and haven’t used it yet. This is fantastic idea and so cute.

  30. Cute card. I have never used Color Burst and find it very interesting at the effects you can achieve.

  31. Your card is absolutely striking! I’m impressed with the possibilities achieved with the color bursts and the formations you get with the reactions to water, just stunning!

  32. now im adding color burst to my crafty wish list plus kenscraft mat

  33. I haven’t had the chance yet to try colorburst. I have really wanted too but financially, it hasn’t been possible yet. You did an amazing job. I love how you allowed the colors to remain in the mermaid.

  34. I love this mermaid. She almost looks enameled. She is absolutely stunning. I’d love to see more underwater scenes…

  35. I love the bright bursts of color, apt name-color burst! Great color combo for an under the sea scene..

  36. Diana. Oh your background makes me think she is swimming around in magical waters! Love your journal page. Fantastic!!!

  37. This is gorgeous–beauiful, beautiful colors, so much energy and movement. Thank you for sharing the details.

  38. The background of your page is very dramatic. Miss mermaid is also lovely in her own right. Thanks.

  39. AWESOME! I absolutely love how the Color Burst moves and blends! Great idea to stamp the mermaid a few times to achieve different coloring for hair & fins!

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