Fun in the Sun

Good Monday morning.  I know you probably wonder if I will ever get tired of making beach cards but the answer to that is no.  I just love creating little snippet scenes of the beach with sparkly foamy water rolling up on the sand.  These fun images are from the Impression Obsession Fun in the Sun Die Set and  Fun in the Sun Stamp Set.  I sure would love to be there right now.  Actually it won’t be long until Bob and I will be enjoying Cape Hatteras and celebrating a week long family reunion with my sisters, brother-in-law, grand kids and our nephew and his soon to be bride.. 

KC Impression Obsession Fun in the Sun 1 right

I stamped all the images, colored them with Copic markers and cut them out.  I applied versa and clear embossing powder to all the pieces to add shine and brighten the colors.  I die cut the pieces and trim med then down a little with my snips.

KC Impression Obsession Fun in the Sun 1 center

I used ink blending tools and mini applicator to apply the water, sand and sky area using Broken China and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I applied the white embossing paste to the water and allowed it to roll up the sand like sea foam and added  sparkle to the paste by sprinkling on Rock Candy clear glitter.  I set the chair and umbrella in place using mounting tape and then attached the hat, flip flops, sunscreen and sunglasses with tolled up glue dots.  The ball was attached over the water with a strip of mounting tape.

 KC Impression Obsession Fun in the Sun 1 left

I finished the scene by using my Peeled Paint marker to add sea grass along the sand dunes and then lightly added more brown ink with the mini applicator to fill in around the clumps of grass. I toyed with putting a couple sea birds in the scene but it was just a bit too much with all that was already going on in the scene.

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Clean and Simple Framed Sunflower

Good Sunday morning.  My project today is a clean, simple, fast and easy framed sunflower silhouette card made using the Impression Obsession Sunflower Background and Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames.  I didn’t add a sentiment so it could be used later for whatever occasion I needed it for.  The yellow polka dot paper is from the Lawn Fawn Polka In the Meadow pad.

KC Impression Obsession Sunflower Background 2 left

I made a similar card (see below) to this a while back using the same yellow polka dot paper but used yellow cardstock and placed brown cardstock behind the center.  I thought the white sunflower in silhouette against the yellow with white polka dots was pretty and soft even though the yellow paper is so bright.  I trimmed down the frame off the sunflower background to make it fit behind the frame.  I applied double stick tape to the back of the frame and attached the sunflower. 

KC Impression Obsession Sunflower Background 2 center

I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and several small pieces to the back center of the flower and attached it to the card base.  It doesn’t get much faster than this.  When I’m ready to add a sentiment I will attach a piece across the lower portion of the sunflower like I did in the card below

KC Impression Obsession Sunflower Background 1 right

Thanks for coming by and I hope you enjoy your Sunday.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Watercolored Mondo Hydrangea

Good Saturday morning.  My project today was inspired by yesterday’s CLASSroom post showing projects using bright colors with black and white.  I love Julie’s Mondo Hydrangea Stamp Set and the coordinating Mondo Hydrangea Die Set and paired them with a white sentiment layer cut using the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges.  I don’t watercolor nearly as often as I used to and I was excited to pull out my Distress reinkers and give it a whirl.  I thought the hydrangea colored in bright pink and bright green foliage would be so pretty against the black polka dot paper.  I didn’t want to use black for the stamped image so I turned to gold embossed lines.  I think it is so pretty.  My pictures just don’t do it justice.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea 3 right

I applied embossing magic to hot pressed watercolor paper, set the paper and stamp in my MISTI and stamped the images with versa.  I applied gold super fine embossing powder and heated with my heat gun.  Next I used a fairly large round brush to apply water over the hydrangea image and then applied a light layer of Spun Sugar reinker.  I applied the ink outside of the flower lines so when I die cut it there wouldn’t be a while outline as I don’t like that very much. While the flower was still wet I dipped my brush in full strength Worn Lipstick reinker and dabbed around the wet outer center of the flowers.  Next I applied full strength Scattered Straw ink to the center of each blossom and allowed the ink to spread a little out of the line to highlight. I repeated the same technique for my leaves using Scattered Straw and Peeled Paint reinkers.  I secured the dies in place over the images with painter’s tape and ran through my Big Shot.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea 3  center

I applied the polka dot paper to the card base using ATG adhesive.  The sentiment was stamped on the white scalloped layer and embossed with gold powder. I applied ATG adhesive across the straight edge of the white layer and thin strips of mounting tape along the scalloped border and attached to the card base.  The hydrangea and leaves were attached to the card base with mounting tape. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea 3 left  jpg

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summer sale

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Impression Obsession “Oh My Stars” Challenge

Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Impression Obsession “Oh My Stars” design team challenge.  My project today is clean and simple and was made using the new Stars set.  Red, white and blue was the first color combination that came to mind and I had fun mixing and matching the colors on to highlight the different segments of each star.

KC Impression Obsession Stars 1 left

I cut the stars out once in red and once in blue.  I turned each of the large star sections face down, filled in all the negative openings with the opposite color pieces and adhered in place with tape. I cut the blue and white strips of cardstock and attached them together with ATG adhesive. 

KC Impression Obsession Stars 1 center

I applied mounting tape to the back of the layered strip and attached it to the card base.  Each star was attached in place with mounting tape.  I cut an extra couple of tiny stars and attached them to the card base with glossy accents.  I chose to go for a patriotic look for my card today but I can see them being used for masculine card, Christmas cards and cards for kids.  

KC Impression Obsession Stars 1 right

Why don’t you come along and play with us. To enter the challenge go to the Impression Obsession Blog (all the details are there!). A random challenge card will be selected to showcase on the IO blog and you can enter to win a $25 gift certificate to IO just by playing! I hope you will go check out what the other IO teams members created for the challenge.

Anna Wight

Chris Dayton

Daniela Dobson

Dina Kowal

llina Crouse

Jeanne Streiff

Karen Amidon

Kittie Caracciolo  (that’s me)

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett

Card size: 5.50" x 4.25"