CardMaker Magazine/Impression Obsession Blog Hop

Good Wednesday morning and welcome to the Cardmaker Magazine and Impression Obsession design team blog hop!  Impression Obsession is hosting a giveaway of a $25 gift certificate to shop and you will find lots of inspiration by hopping along to see all of the beautiful projects by both teams.  You can find all the hop details on the Impression Obsession blog.

It’s hotter than blue blazes here in Florida so I did my best to cool things off a little by making a fall card.  I used the Impression Obsession Tree Die paired with the Oak Leaves and Rake, Bushel of Apples, Pumpkin Patch, Grass Border and framed my scene using the Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames.

  KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 13 right

I started by sponging in a light blue cloudy sky using Tumbled Glass ink, ink blending tool and cloud template.  I I cut the tree frame using watercolor paper, misted it lightly with my mini mister and applied ink directly to the paper using my Vintage Photo ink pad.  The pumpkins were cut using orange cardstock and I applied Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo inks with a mini applicator to add more color.  The leaves were cut using white cardstock and I applied Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint ink with a mini applicator to create the fall colors. The broom was cut using white cardstock and was colored with Spiced Marmalade ink. The bushel basket was cut using white cardstock and Vintage Photo ink was applied with a mini applicator.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 13 center

I began assembling the pieces of the scene by attaching two layers of the grass border to the back of the frame using double stick tape.  I trimmed down the size of the tree frame using scissors and attached it to the back of the frame with double stick tape.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and the trunk of the tree and attached it to the card base. I placed a few pumpkins in the bushel basket and attached with glue dots.  The basket was tucked in behind the grass layers and attached with mounting tape.  I placed a few more pumpkins in the grass and around the tree trunk and attached with mounting tape.  I used glossy accents to attach the leaves to the branches, a few falling in the sky area and some in the grass.  I leaned the rake against the tree and attaching with mounting tape and then applied clear Wink of Stella to the leaves to add a little shine and sparkle.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 13 left

You should have arrived at my post from Jeanne Streiff’s  Inky Paws blog and your next stop will be at Kelly Gettelfinger’s Always Stampin blog.  If you get lost you can click on over to the Impression Obsession Blog to see the full list of hop participants. I know you will enjoy seeing all of the design team projects.

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Winter Woodland Scene

Good Sunday morning.  My project today was made using the new Penny Black Woodland Scene die set. The set has one die with a tree, deer, owl, squirrel and bunny and a die with a row of birch trees.  The dies are smaller than I thought when I purchased them but I still like them.  My card size is 4.50” square.

KC Penny Black Woodland Scene 1 left

I cut the two die scenes out using watercolor paper and watercolored them using Distress reinkers mixed with water and a brush.  After the paper dried I added touch of white embossing paste to the ground and branches using an old paintbrush.  Even though the ink was dry on the scenes some of the brown ink was absorbed by the embossing paste so I lightly dabbed white gesso over all the spots to create the snow.

KC Penny Black Woodland Scene 1 center

I used my craft knife to cut a square opening in the blue card base to create a see thru window.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the front of the full tree scene and attached it over the opening on the inside of the card.  I applied double stick tape to the back of the deer scene and attached it over the opening on the front of the card.  I created a double matted frame and attached it over the scene with thin strips of mounting tape. You can click on the see thru window and double matted frame links to see my step by step tutorials.

KC Penny Black Woodland Scene 1 close

I didn’t realize how hard it would be to see the front images with the back trees being as dark as I painted them.  I took this close-up view so you could more clearly see the little squirrel, owl and bunny.  I will make an effort next time to use colors that allows everything to show more clearly.

KC Penny Black Woodland Scene 1 right

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

Card size:  4.50” square


Take a Bough Poinsettia Wreath

Good Saturday morning.  My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge.  Our inspiration this week is Harry & David and for some reason just the name Harry & David makes me think of Christmas. After browsing through Christmas products I was most inspired by the evergreen in the Winter Sleigh Centerpiece.  This gave me the opportunity to use my new Concord & 9th Take a Bough die set and I paired it with the Impression Obsession Small Poinsettia Set and My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle Stax.  The Take a Bough set is really versatile and offers an opportunity for lots of fast and easy holiday projects.  Click on this link to hop over to Ellen’s site to see several fun projects with the set.  My favorite is a standing Christmas tree and here is link to a YouTube tutorial that I think you will enjoy.

KC Concord & 9th Take a Bough 1 right

I cut a few sections of the two smaller evergreen pieces in green.  I used my stylus and molding pad to lightly form each piece to add dimension and attached the sections together with glossy accents to create a loose swag background for my poinsettia. I cut one section of each size poinsettia in red and then the largest one in green, formed the petals and attached them together with glossy accents. I added a small snow pearl to the center of the flower to finish.

KC Concord & 9th Take a Bough 1 center

I attached the scalloped layer to the red background layer with ATG adhesive and then attached them to the card base with thin strips of mounting tape.  I attached the flower and evergreen to the card base with glossy accents.  I cut and formed two thin strips of red cardstock and tucked under the flower and attached with glue dots to look like ribbon tails.

KC Concord & 9th Take a Bough 1 left

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I really appreciate you stopping by.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


If Flowers Could Hug

Good Sunday morning.  My project today was made for the Featured Stamper Challenge.  I host this challenge once a month and it is always fun to go on a search to find a new featured stamper to present. This week I chose Donna Idlet’s lovely gallery of projects for our challengers to use for inspiration.  My card was inspired by Donna’s A Bouquet of Flowers For You. I kept Donna’s flower and frame theme but changed the color combination and used one large flower instead of creating a bouquet.  I was really excited to play with the newly released Essentials by Ellen Mondo Peony Stamp Set, Mondo Peony Die Set and Lovely Sentiment set and this challenge was the perfect opportunity.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Peony 1 left

I don’t watercolor often any more since I use mostly dies for my projects.  I enjoyed using my brush and reinkers to color the flower and foliage but I didn’t do as well as I would like in creating darker and lighter shades of color.  I had an even harder time getting good photos that actually showed the small amount of shading that I was able to accomplish.  I just couldn’t win.  LOL! 

I stamped the images on hot pressed watercolor paper with versa and embossed with gold embossing paper.  The lines on the flower are very delicate and I felt I would have a much crisper outcome with the versa and gold embossing with the smooth finish of the hot pressed paper.  I used Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey reinkers for the flower and Peeled Paint reinker for the foliage.  I use the lids of my ink pads as palettes when I watercolor.  That way whatever reinker is left will be there the next time you need it.  I painted the images before I cut them out with the dies.  I painted a small border of color outside the lines of the images so when I die cut them out the outer edges around the lines would not be white. I stamped, embossed and painted two different flowers. I used one as the base flower and cut across the middle of the flower petals with my scissors to create a partial flower to pop up on the base of the flower to create dimension.  The sentiment was stamped with versa and embossed with gold embossing powder.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Peony 1 center

I cut the frame using my Nesting Squares and attached it to the card base with thin strips of mounting tape. The flower base and partial flower were attached together with mounting tape and then attached to the card base with mounting tape.  The foliage pieces were  lightly formed with my fingers and then tucked in and attached around the flower glossy accents. My favorite thing about this card is the precious “If Flowers Could Hug I Would Send You A Thousand” sentiment.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Peony 1 right

If you want to see some exquisite examples of this gorgeous flower click on this link to go look at the samples on the store site for the Mondo Hydrangea.  There is no way I could come close to the beautiful work these ladies did to show off this set.

I hope you have a great day and I appreciate you coming by.

Card size:  5.25” Square