Holly, Pine and Gingham

Good Sunday morning.  I have a clean and simple holiday card to share with you today that I made for the Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper Challenge.  Penni, better known on SCS as razldazl is our featured stamper this week and my card was inspired by her Early Fall card found here. If you aren’t familiar with this challenge the goal is to pick a card out of the artist’s gallery and use the basic design but change it up in some way.  I used Penni’s negative die cut, layout  and embossing but changed my theme to Christmas. My project was made using the Essentials by Ellen Poinsettia and Pine, Taylored Expressions Bead Board embossing folder and Nesting Card Templates.  The gingham background paper is out of the My Favorite Things Tiny Check pad. Essentials by Ellen also has a coordinating stamp set that works with the Poinsettia and Pine called Mistletoe and Holly.  

KC Essentials by Ellen Poinsettia and Pine 1 left

Since I can never get a card layer cut straight with my paper trimmer I used the Nesting Card Templates to cut the embossed layer. I laid a piece of waxed paper of top of the white layer, lined up the rectangle die and pine die and ran them through my Big Shot Express all at once (have I told you how much I love my power Big Shot Express).  I left the pine die cut in place on the card base, placed it in the embossing folder and ran through my Big Shot. Hint:  l like to use waxed paper or even printer paper to layer between my cardstock and dies when using light paper so there are no marks left from the die.  They also protect the front of the cardstock when using an open die like the rectangle I used today to keep the cardstock from getting imprints from the plate. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Poinsettia and Pine 1 center

I cut a small piece of the gingham paper and attached it on the card base with ATG adhesive. I removed the pine die cut, applied mounting tape on the back of the embossed layer and attached it to the card base. I attached the pine piece to the top edge of the opening with glossy accents. I made a multi loop bow using red and white gingham to match the paper inside and attached it with glue dots.  I had planned to use only the white and red gingham but couldn’t resist adding the green holly leaves from the set to add one more Christmas element. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Poinsettia and Pine 1 right

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Thankful Pumpkin Scene

Good Saturday morning.  I have a bright and colorful fall project to share with you today made using the Impression Obsession Pumpkin Set, Squirrel Set, Oak Leaves and Rake Set, Grass Border and Thankful Sentiment.  I thought I would share a few photos along the way of how I color and shade my pumpkins using Distress Inks and mini applicators.  To see how I color my leaves and squirrels check out my Leaves with Distress Inks tutorial and Coloring Die Cut Animals tutorial.

KC Impression Obsession Pumpkin Set 4 right

I cut the pumpkins out using orange cardstock  and apply Spiced Marmalade ink to add depth of color.


I apply Vintage Photo ink to the stem and blend it around the outer edges of the pumpkin to blend and create more depth of color.



The squirrels were colored using Antique Linen and Vintage Photo ink.  The leaves were colored using Peeled Paint, Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade.

I cut a piece of cardstock 4.50” x 3.25”  for the rectangle layer for my scene and attach it to the card base with mounting tape. The grass border is attached to the layer with mounting tape.  The pumpkins and squirrels were set in place and attached with mounting tape.  I put one squirrel popping out from between two of the pumpkins.

KC Impression Obsession Pumpkin Set 4 center

I cut the sentiment using orange and applied a little of the Spiced Marmalade to add depth and then applied versa and embossed with clear embossing powder. The sentiment was attached to the base using Cosmic Glitter Glue,  I love this glue because it dries clear.  I finished by forming the leaves using a stylus and molding pad and then attached them around the scene using glossy accents.

KC Impression Obsession Pumpkin Set 4 left

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great weekend.

Card size 5.50” x 4.25”


Thankful Fall Leaves

Good Sunday morning.  My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper Challenge.  I am the host for today’s challenge and I chose Gail aka mamaxsix as our featured artist.  My fall eaves card was inspired by the fall leaves on Gail’s You’re On My Mind project.  Are you a member of Splitcoaststampers?  Do you play in the daily challenges? I’ve been a member of SCS for twelve years and have loved playing in the challenges.  I feel I’ve learned everything I know from being a part of this sharing community.  I hope you’ll check out this wonderful online paper crafting community.

KC Impression Obsession Leaves 11 right

I applied peeled paint, spiced marmalade, rusty hinge, fired brick inks in patches on the leaves using mini applicators.  I’m sharing some of the pictures below from my leaves with distress inks tutorial.





After I had the leaf covered with color I used wild honey to highlight and blend the colors.


I apply versa to the leaves, cover with clear embossing powder and heat. 



Embossing the leaves makes all the colors more brilliant.


I attached the scalloped rectangle layer to the card base with mounting tape.  I cut the sentiment three times and attached together with cosmic glitter glue  and then attached it to the card base with the same glue.  I used this glue as it dries clear.

KC Impression Obsession Leaves 11 center

I arrange the leaves and attach to the card base with glossy accents.  I use glossy accents for attaching flowers and leaves because when it dries it holds the pieces securely in place.

KC Impression Obsession Leaves 11 left

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


House In The Woods, Blog Candy Winner and Ellen Hutson Stamp Sale

Good Saturday morning.  Before I start on my post I want to announce that Pam Danner was comment was the lucky winner of my blog candy offer last Sunday.  Congratulations Pam.  Please write me at kittie747@cfrl.rr.com and give me your mailing address and I will get your gift right out to you. I know you will enjoy using the lovely Taylored Expression Damask Embossing Folder.

My project today is a fun and snowy dimensional scene made using the new Sizzix Tree Line, Snowglobe and Tiny Dots Embossing Folder. The little star on the tree by the house was made using the star from Impression Obsession Sun and Moon set.

KC Sizzix Tree LIne 1 right

I embossed the scene base with the tiny dots folder and attached it to the card base with ATG adhesive.  I like those tiny embossed dots looking like snow in the background.  I cut the tree line three times and used one full layer as the farthest back section of trees and attached the tree line base with ATG adhesive and I anchored a few of the larger trees with small pieces of mounting tape. I actually attached a back layer of snow to cover the tree line but it doesn’t really show with the trees I placed in front of it. I cut the other two tree line sections apart and randomly attached them with mounting tape to hold them out in front of the back line of trees. I cut another snow ground section and attached to the bottom of the card with mounting tape.

KC Sizzix Tree LIne 1 center

I cut out a white house section and red window section from the Snowglobe set, attached them together and then attached in the scene with mounting tape.  I added the tiny gold star on the tree closest to the house but you can barely see it in the photos.  I wasn’t exactly pleased with this scene card as I felt like it was missing something but couldn’t quite figure out what to add so I left it alone.  Do you have one of those kind of days?  LOL!

KC Sizzix Tree LIne 1 left

The 20% Save on Stamps sale at Ellen Hutson ends tonight.  You can see more details on the store site.

Stamp Sale[5]

Thanks for dropping by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”