Poinsettia, Holly and Mistletoe Wreath

Good Friday morning.  I love poinsettias!  My mother’s flower shop was always packed with them during the holidays.  I learned my love of floral design from mother and love being able to use my skill to create floral projects on my cards.  I made this card for the Whimsy Stamps 12 Days of Christmas event using the Christmas Branch Die Set and Build a Poinsettia Die Set.  I can’t tell you how much fun I had creating this wreath with the poinsettias and all the beautiful pieces of foliage and berries stems from the branch set. 

KC Whimsy Shapology Christmas Branch Set 1 right

I started by cutting several of all the different foliage and berry sections using green cardstock. I cut the twig sections using Kraft cardstock and I colored them with Antique Linen  ink using a mini applicator.   I applied white and red Nuvo Crystal Drops to the holly and mistletoe berry pieces and set them aside to dry.  I applied several tiny drops of yellow Nuvo Crystal Drops to a piece of non-stick craft sheet to use for the poinsettia centers and set aside to dry.  I cut a 2.50” circle ring using Nestabilities Classic Circles to form the wreath base.  I cut red and green sections of the poinsettias. Each poinsettia has three red and one green section.  I formed the flowers using my stylus and molding pad to add dimension.  Check out my Poinsettia Tutorial if you would like to see more details of how I create my flowers.

KC Whimsy Shapology Christmas Branch Set 1 center

The white card base is 5.50” square.  The red layer is 4.75” square, the white is 4.50” square and they were attached together using ATG adhesive and then attached to the card base using mounting tape.  The wreath ring base was attached to the center of the base using glossy accents.  I started building the wreath base by applying full sections of the holly all the way around the ring and attaching with glossy accents.  Once the holly base was in place I attached the three poinsettias using glossy accents.  I filled in around the poinsettias using smaller pieces of holly and mistletoe attaching them in place with glossy accents.  Once I was satisfied with the fullness of the foliage around the flowers I began tucking the twigs, holly and mistletoe berry sections in between and attached with glossy accents.   I finished by attaching the yellow drops in the flower centers using glossy accents.

KC Whimsy Shapology Christmas Branch Set 1 left

I may have gone a little overboard with the  twigs, holly and mistletoe berries but I love the rustic old-fashioned feel of the wreath design.

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

Card size:  5.50” square


Snowy Trees and Cardinals

ood Thursday morning.  I have another nature inspired snowy scene card to share today using the Impression Obsession Tree FrameAll-in-One Frames Rectangles 2, Fir Tree, Small Fir Tree, Fir Sprigs and Cardinals.  I absolutely love using white embossing paste for snow and applying clear glitter on it while it is still wet.  It adds  a special sparkly touch to the scene.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 14 right

I cut the tree frame using tan woodgrain cardstock, applied white embossing paste using a Sofft spatula and then clear glitter and set aside to dry.  The tree stamps and white cardstock were secured in place in my MISTI and stamped using Peeled Paint ink.  I sponged Tumbled Glass ink in the sky area using an ink blending tool.  I used the spatula to gently tap embossing paste to create snow on the green trees and then applied the clear glitter.   I used my deckle scissors to cut the ground snow layer and then applied the embossing paste and glitter.  I thought a few sprigs of fir would look pretty around the tree base so I covered a few of those with the embossing paste and glitter and set aside to dry along with all the other pieces.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 14 center

I applied double stick tape to the back of the frame and attached the tree frame to it. I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frames and attached it to the scene layer.  The frame scene was attached to the white card base using double stick tape.  I tucked the sprigs of fir behind the frame and attached with glossy accents.  I finished by adding the cardinals to the scene for a bright touch of color.  This kind of snowy scene reminds me of my childhood growing up in West Virginia.  We four girls loved sleigh rides and playing in the snow.  What fond memories!

KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 14 left

Thanks for coming by and I hope you are enjoying a wonderful day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Essentials by Ellen December Release

Essentials by Ellen Dec 2017 banner

Good Wednesday morning and welcome to day one of the Essentials by Ellen December release blog hop.  If you just logged on to my post you can check out all the hop details over in The CLASSroom.  Your next stop on the hop will be to Carly’s post.

My project today was made using Julie’s Banner Cake die set, Cue The Confetti stamp set, Otter Ware die set and the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Stackables.

KC Essentials by Ellen Banner Cake 1 right

I cut the Banner cake out once in Robin’s Egg and again in white.  I applied versa to the white piece and embossed with white embossing powder, allowed it to cool and repeated apply versa and embossing with white powder.  I wanted the scroll work and outline of the cake to stand out like frosting.  I cut the top banner portion off of the blue piece, turned it over and secured all the blue scroll work and outline in place with double stick tape.  I wanted those pieces to be in place so the white layers would stand out well above the blue layer.  I applied Apple Green and Sugared Almond Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss to the little white banner flags and set it aside to dry.  I cut out pieces of the star and flower from the Otter Ware set in green and yellow, formed them using my stylus and molding pad and attached the pieces together using glossy accents.  I filled each flower with White Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss and set them aside to dry.

KC Essentials by Ellen Banner Cake 1 center

I placed the sentiment stamp and white scalloped layer in my MISTI and stamped the sentiment using Mustard Seed ink. I began assembling the card by attaching the large yellow scalloped layer to my card base using ATG adhesive.  I attached the blue and white scalloped layer together using thin strips of mounting tape and then attached it to the yellow layer with thin strips of mounting tape. I applied long strips of rolled up double stick tape to the back of the white scroll work and cake outline and attached it in place of the blue layer.   I applied tiny thin pieces of mounting tape to the back of the banner posts and flags and double stick tape to the back portion of the cake and attached it to the white base.  I finished by attaching the tiny flowers to the cake using glossy accents.

KC Essentials by Ellen Banner Cake 1 left

banner cake  cue the confetti

I hope you have a great day and I appreciate you stopping by.  Be sure to hop on over to Carly’s post to see her wonderful project.  And you can find the complete hop list and details at The CLASSroom.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Deer Snowglobe Scene

Good Tuesday morning.  I have another nature inspired holiday card to share with you today made using the Impression Obsession Brush Tree Line, Deer Snowglobe, Fir Sprigs and framed using the Penny Black Antique Frame.  The Deer Snowglobe is a sweet die cut on it’s own but I wanted to create a complete scene around it.  Adding the trees, blue sky and falling show made the whole scene come to life. 

 KC Impression Obsession Deer Snowglobe 1 right

I cut the snowglobe using white cardstock.  I colored the deer using Antique Linen and Vintage Photo ink and mini applicators.  I applied tiny touches of Pumice Stone ink to the birch tree indentions using a mini applicator.  I used a Nestabilities Classic Circle die to create the background layer for the scene. I secured my Brush Tree Line stamp and white circle in my MISTI and stamped the image using Peeled Paint ink.  I used rolled strips of 1/8” double stick tape to attach the globe to the background layer.  I cut abase portion of the globe using Essentials by Ellen Tan Woodgrain cardstock and applied Vintage Photo ink to darken the woodgrain. Sadly that doesn’t really show well in the photos.  I applied white gesso to the snow ground section of the globe with a small brush.  I used gesso to apply the falling snowflakes in the background. I tucked several pieces of fir sprigs in behind the ground layer and attached with glossy accents.  I applied touches of white gesso to the branches to create a snowy forest feel.  I finished the globe by attaching the woodgrain base with mounting tape.

KC Impression Obsession Deer Snowglobe 1 center

The Antique Frame was attached to the card base with thin strips of mounting tape.  The snowglobe was attached to the frame using double stick tape.  I wanted to add another holiday touch  to the card so I added fir sprigs, tiny 1/16” red berries and a tiny red bow to finish.  I think this card would be pretty for anyone to receive but it would be a perfect card for a masculine friend or family member.

KC Impression Obsession Deer Snowglobe 1 left

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Snowy Winter Deer Scene

Good Sunday morning. When I make my holiday cards I have a few favorite themes that I repeat every year.  I simply adore making scenes with deer.  Sometimes the scenes are full of color with green foliage backgrounds and deer peeking out from behind tree branches.  Sometimes all white images against an all white background with only touches of red and green.  Today I created colorful deer with red birds against an all white background.  I recreate these kind of deer scenes year after year because they make me so happy.  I love making them so much.  Today’s project was made using the Impression Obsession Square Tree Window, Deer Trio, Cardinals, Fir Sprigs and Wreath Builder.

KC Impression Obsession Square Tree Window 2 right

I started by attaching the tree frame to the card using mounting tape.  I hand cut a ground snow piece and attached it to the frame with mounting tape.  The deer were cut using white cardstock and colored using Antique Linen and Vintage Photo ink and mini applicators.  I attached a tiny holly leaves and tiny red berries on the neck of the fawn and applied tiny white spots with a white gel pen. The cardinals were cut with red and lightly touched with a black Copic marker on the beaks. 

KC Impression Obsession Square Tree Window 2 left

The deer and cardinals were attached to the scene with mounting tape. The fir sprigs were tucked in behind the ground snow and attached with glossy accents.  I finished by adding a tiny touch of red stickles to the berries on the fawn’s neck but it doesn’t show well in the photos.

I did a file search for all the holiday deer cards I have made in the past and I posted several of my favorites.   I had lots of fun looking back.  I hope you don’t mind me sharing.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 4 left

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 3 right

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 6 left

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 4 right

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 1 left

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 9 right

 

KC Memory Box Grand Stag Oval Frame 1 left

KC Impression Obsession Door window 3 full deer

 

KC Impression Obsession Small Deer 4 right

KC Memory Box Leaping Deer 4 left

 

KC Impression Obsession Deer and Doe 1 right

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great Sunday.  Today’s card size is: 5” square.