Fall Pumpkins

Good Sunday morning.  I have another fun fall project to share with you today made using the Impression Obsession Pumpkin Set, Tree Frame, Large Fence, Squirrel Set, Oak Leaves and Rake, Leaves and Stems and Small Grass Border.  I thought I would share a few step by step photos of how I colored the pumpkins and the leaves.

KC Impression Obsession Pumpkin Set 5 right

I start by die cutting the pumpkins using orange cardstock and apply Spiced Marmalade ink using a mini applicator.

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Next I lightly apply Vintage Photo around the edges of the pumpkin to add depth of color.

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This final picture doesn’t show that I apply a darker layer of brown ink on the stem of the pumpkin.

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I color the tiny leaves with three colors. I apply Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint and Fired Brick on each leaf.  I don’t apply the colors on the exact same spot for each leaf but move it around so the leaves don’t all look exactly alike.

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After all three colors are applied I finish each leaf by lightly swiping the mini applicator with Spiced Marmalade ink over the entire leaf.  I do not add more ink to the applicator because I’m not trying to color over the three colors.  This step just blends all three colors together for a more natural looking leaf.  There is only a little space for each color on the leaves but changing up where each color is applied makes a difference in the completed project. This may seem like a tedious job but it goes really fast.

I started the tree by cutting the Tree Frame out using white cardstock.  I misted the whole image quite heavily with water and then swiped my Vintage Photo ink pad directly over the cardstock to apply color.  Once I was happy with the color I heat dried with my heat gun.  Next I cut the frame and a couple larger branches off of the tree.  I cut the branches apart and began rearranging them to create a full tree and attached with glossy accents.  I didn’t think to take pictures of how I did this because I wasn’t even sure it would work but I really like how it turned out.  Once the tree was complete I attached leaves over the branches with glossy accents.  The leaves covered up the spots where the branches were attached so you would never guess the tree had been modified. After the leaves were all attached I gently bent them with my fingers so they would look more natural and not so flat.

The squirrels were colored using Antique Linen and Vintage Photo and mini applicators.

KC Impression Obsession Pumpkin Set 5 center

Once all the parts of the scene were finished I began assembling the scene.  The fence was attached to the card base section with thin strips of mounting tape.  Next the grass border was attached to the bottom of the fence with thin strips of mounting tape.  I attached thin strips of mounting tape and rolled glue dots to the back of the tree and then attached it to the card base.  I attached foliage from the Leaves and Stems set to the pumpkins using glossy accents and then tucked them in behind the grass border and attached with mounting tape. I added a few additional stems of foliage around the pumpkins and then attached the squirrels for the finishing touch. 

KC Impression Obsession Pumpkin Set 5 left

I really love how this turned out.  We don’t have a season with fall colors in Florida and it is something I have missed all forty years that I have lived here.  I hope you have found my step by step pictures helpful.  Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a wonderful Sunday. 

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Floral Framed Flower and Foliage

Good Saturday morning.  I have a flower project to share with you today using one of my favorite color combinations and the Hero Arts Daisy Cutting Set, Floral Border with Frame and My Favorite Things Leafy Greenery.  I love the white floral frame against the purple background. I made this card for the Splitcoaststampers Free For All Challenge to create a project with a bow.

KC Hero Arts Daisy Cutting Set 4 right

I attached the die cut frame to the card base using strips of mounting tape.  I used my stylus and molding pad to form the petals of each flower layer and attached them together with glossy accents.  I placed the whole set of greenery dies on my platform and cut.

KC Hero Arts Daisy Cutting Set 4 center

I attached a few of the larger sections of foliage in the center of the card base and attached with glossy accents.  I attached the flower with glossy accents and then filled in with smaller greenery around the flower attaching with glossy accents. I added a smaller flower and a pearl  to the center of the main flower to complete it.  I finished the project with a small multi loop bow.

KC Hero Arts Daisy Cutting Set 4 left

I have to laugh as I finish my post.  I didn’t realize that my foliage took on a sort of windmill shape.  It wasn’t really what I was going for.  It’s funny that I didn’t really notice it while I was arranging. 

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Fall Window Scene

Good Friday morning.  It’s been quite a while since I made a window card.  I was looking through my stash of dies yesterday and found the My Favorite Things Classic Window set, brand new to me and never been opened.  I remember shopping and seeing this set and purchasing because I just “had”  to have it!    A few months later I  find it and realize I had never even taken it out of the wrapper.  Am I the only one that has this issue?  I doubt it very seriously because  most of the paper crafters I know are just as compulsive as me.  LOL!  So I decided to create a window card using fall colors and I really love how this turned out. The background was embossed using the Taylored Expressions Subway Tile embossing folder (another must have item purchased and never used). The scene was completed using the Impression Obsession Branches Corner, Tiny Flowers, Pumpkin Patch and the Lawn Fawn  Grassy Border.

KC My Favorite Things Classic Window 1 right

I started by brayering ink on the inside of the embossing folder and embossing the background.  I heat set the ink and then used the window die as a template to draw cutting lines for the see through window.  I used my kraft knife to cut the opening and then used thin strips of mounting tape to attach the window over the opening.  I attached a little green ribbon with glue dots on each of the drapery pieces and then attached them to the back of the of the window layer with double stick tape. I cut a couple green Branches Corner sections and cut the little branches apart and used them to fill the flower box with foliage  using glossy accents to attach them in place. I lightly sponged orange ink on the tiny flowers and used a brown marker to fill in the centers.  I used my stylus and molding pad to form the flowers and attached them to the foliage using glossy accents. The shutters were attached flat to the card base using double stick tape.

 KC My Favorite Things Classic Window 1 center

I attached two sections of grass using mounting tape.  I sponged orange ink on the pumpkins and used a green marker for the tops.  The pumpkins were attached in place using pieces of mounting tape.  I cut a Branches Corner in white and colored the branches using a brown Copic marker.  I lightly sponged orange and red on all the leaves and then added tips of green on several of them using a green marker.  The branch section was attached using mounting tape.  I cut the lowest branch off so it wouldn’t totally cover the window and attached it to another area using glossy accents.

I had originally planned on using a piece of green striped designer paper behind the window but the orange made the whole scene pop.  I attached the window scene to the orange layer using double layers mounting tape and then attached the whole scene to the card base using double stick tape.

KC My Favorite Things Classic Window 1 left

You can check out my  See Thru Window tutorial to get an idea of how I made this opened window.  Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a great weekend.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Home Inspired Cat Scene

Good Thursday morning.  My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Ways To Use It Challenge.  The challenge today was to create a card based on inspiration found in our home.  It’s easy to be inspired by my three cats and my new baby puppy.  I must like black and white animals because that is the main theme in my house now. So I created a cat scene with three white cats with black spots and tails.

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I have always loved cats and dogs and feel like my home would not feel like home to me without them.

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Toby 9 years old and Cassie 15 years old

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Sophie 9 years old

Cody 5-17

We got Cody when he was eight weeks and have had him for almost a month.  I promised myself that I would get a puppy when I retired and could be home to be a good mom and train him properly.  He is an absolute joy and a monster all tied up into one precious companion.  He’s lots of work but I know it is worth it.  And by the way…..my cats are actually tolerating him…..pretty well.  LOL!

I attached the grass and tree to the back of the frame using double stick tape.  I sponged on a blue sky background on the bard base and then attached the whole frame over it with thin strips of mounting tape.  I used my stylus and molding pad to form the tiny flowers and attached them to the tree using glossy accents.

KC Taylored Expressions Shade Tree Cutting Plate 4 center

I colored the cats using a black Copic marker and attached them in the scene using pieces of mounting tape.  The birds were attached to the tree using tiny pieces of mounting tape.

KC Taylored Expressions Shade Tree Cutting Plate 4 left

I hope you don’t mind me sharing my pet pictures since they were the inspiration for my card today.  I hope you are enjoying your week and I’m sure you are looking forward to the weekend.  Happily for me I don’t have to go to work any more so every day feels like a weekend day. 

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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If Flowers Could Hug

Good Wednesday afternoon.  I got new toys in the mail today and couldn’t wait to play.  My new toy is the Altenew  Leafy Garland and I paired it with tiny flowers I had left over from a project I made using the BCRF Courage Set and the Taylored Expressions Garden Party Embossing Folder.   The sentiment is from Julie’s Lovely set.  The oval double matted frame was made using Spellbinders Classic Oval dies.

KC Altenew Leafy Garland 1 left

I started by cutting the oval in my rectangle cardstock and then embossed it.  I cut a second oval using the pink and created the double matted frame.  The sentiment was stamped using versa and was embossed using super fine gold embossing powder. The little flowers were formed using my stylus and molding pad and two flower sections were attached together with glossy accents for each flower.

KC Altenew Leafy Garland 1 center

The embossed frame was attached to the sentiment layer using mounting tape. The pink layer was attached to the back of the frame layer with ATG adhesive and then the whole thing was attached to the card base using ATG adhesive.  The garland was attached to the frame using several rolled up 3/8” glue dots.  The flowers were attached with glossy accents and the little white snow pearls were added for the finishing touch/.

KC Altenew Leafy Garland 1 right

I think the garland die makes such an elegant statement and yet was so fast and easy to use.  Julie’s sentiment fit so well in the oval frame and matched the flower garland.  I think this is a perfect card to send to someone who needs cheering up.

Thanks for coming by and I hope your week is going well. 

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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