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


Inspired Stay Salty Ocean Scene

Good Saturday afternoon.  My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge and our inspiration site this week is EcoCycled on Etsy.  I wasn’t particularly inspired by any certain piece but more inspired by the print behind all of the art pieces.  I had my new Essentials By Ellen Stay Salty Stamp Set and Stay Salty Die Set from playing with them for the new release this past week.  I thought it would be fun to create an ocean scene with a print background.  I couldn’t resist using those fun die cut waves again.

KC Essentials by Ellen Stay Salty 2 left

I stamped the print background on cream cardstock with versa and embossed with it super fine gold embossing powder.  I sponged in the sand using Vintage Photo ink, water and clouds in the sky using Tumbled Glass ink an an ink blending tool.  I used my new Ink Antics cloud template for the clouds.  I sponged blue on a piece of cardstock and cut out the waves.  I stamped the boat on cream cardstock with versa and embossed with gold embossing powder. I applied the blue ink on the boat and then used my craft knife to cut in between the sails. I applied Cosmic Glitter Glue on the waves and applied glitter.  I applied glue on the sand beach area and applied glitter. The sail 

KC Essentials by Ellen Stay Salty 2 center

I cut the frame using my Nesting Card Templates and attached it to the card base using strips of mounting tape.  I applied mounting tape pieces to the back of the waves and attached in the scene.  I finished by attaching the little sailboat in the scene with mounting tape.  I had fun with this project but not sure that I am overly fond of creating a scene over print.  But it’s always good to try and step out of my comfort zone. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Stay Salty 2 right

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”