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December 2013

Spring Fence and Flowers

Good Sunday morning.  I have a sweet clean and simple scene to share with you today using my favorite spring colors. I love making  projects with a fence and flowers. They work perfectly with window and house cards but  today I wanted the fence and flowers to be the main focal point with a crisp white background that would let the colors shine. I used the Impression Obsession Arched Fence, Tall Grass, Small Grass Border, Memory Box Flower Mound, Puffy Clouds, Mini Clouds and Flying Birds to create the scene and made the frame using Spellbinders Matting Basics A

KC Impression Obsession Fence 1 left

I cut two sections of tall grass to use as the flower stems.  I had already had all three colors of the flowers cut and just had to form them with my stylus and molding pad and attach them to the stems with glossy accents.  I cut two small grass borders, one for in front of the fence and once behind it. 

KC Impression Obsession Fence 1 center

I cut the frame and attached it to the card base with mounting tape. I attached the grass inside the frame and then attached the fence directly to the frame with ATG adhesive.  I tucked the flower stems in behind the fence and attached just at the base of the stems so the flowers could be free and natural looking.

KC Impression Obsession Fence 1 right 

I attached the clouds in the sky background and added one flying bird for the finishing touch.  I think this would be a perfect card to cheer someone up.  I love how it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

Card size:  5.5” x 4.25”     Paper:  Stampin” Up! and Papertrey


Inspired Honeybee and Rose and Blog Candy

Good Saturday morning.  I have had a wonderful holiday vacation and I hope you have as well.  I took a few days off from blog posts to work on CHA sneak peek projects that will be posted in the near future. You will want to keep an eye out for the Impression Obsession design team blogs.

KC Impression Obsession Honeybee 1 left

My project today is definitely a departure from Christmas projects.  I have to admit I have been experiencing a little bit of low mojo since I had to put Christmas things away. I made this made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge and our inspiration site was Sharon’s McCartney’s Mix Media Fiber, Paintings and Artist Books.   I was inspired by the compact frame below with the honeybee and flowers.  I started out to use the flower colors with my bee image but ended up going in a totally different direction with the all black and white. Too me the bee was the significant focal point of the inspiration piece so I went big with bees everywhere.

Altered Compacts (large view)

I stamped the Impression Obsession Honeybee image all over my base layer to create my own designer paper.  I really like how it turned out.  I will say it is a lot of bees.  LOL!  I stamped three bees and embossed with black embossing powder and fussy cut them out to pop up on the flower and frame.

 

KC Impression Obsession Honeybee 1 center

I cut the frame using my Spellbinders Matting Basics A and B and attached it to the base with mounting tape.  I cut the MFT Rolled Rose and Leafy Flourish, formed using my accessory tool kit tools and attached to the frame and base layer.  I softened the arrangement by adding a few sprigs of the Fir Sprig Set.

KC Impression Obsession Honeybee 1 close

I attached the bee to the rose with glossy accents and used rolled glue dots to attach them to the frame. This is a bit out of my wheelhouse but I like it. 

KC Impression Obsession Honeybee 1 right

Do you like eyelet and scalloped trim?  I am offering you the MFT Dotted Scallop Border Trio die set as blog candy today.  Leave a comment telling me what your favorite border die or punch is.  My all time favorite is the Impression Obsession Border Duo 1.  You will have until  5:00 pm Thursday, Jan 2nd to qualify for the random drawing.

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend.

Card Size:  5.5” x 4.25”


Christmas Eve Window and Birdhouse

Merry Christmas Eve. I hope you are enjoying your day and having a good time with family and friends and preparing for Christmas.  My husband will be off work tomorrow and that is a Christmas present in itself.  I am tackling making my first standing rib roast for tomorrow’s dinner so keep your fingers crossed for me.  I have made many beef roasts in my years of cooking but never one that I almost had to mortgage my house for.  LOL!  I did a Google search for recipes and loved Paula Deen’s fool proof recipe because it looked so simple and easy.  Any and all suggestions welcome.  Smile

My project today is one of my all time favorite kind of cards to make.  I love windows, birdhouses and snow and they came together to create a wonderful holiday greeting.  Living in Florida (it was 80 degrees here yesterday) never allows for a white Christmas so I enjoy them through my childhood memories and my card making.

KC Poppy Stamps Grand Madison French Doors 5 left

I started by cutting strips of cardstock to attach to the card base to create the siding.  I used the window as a template to draw the cutting lines for the window opening and cut it out with my craft knife.  I attached the outside window to the card front with mounting tape. I attached the drapes and valance to the inside opening of the window and then attached a window over top of it to cover the rough cut and finish the card.

KC Poppy Stamps Grand Madison French Doors 5 center

I cut the birdhouse to use as a template and covered it with tiny strips of cardstock to match the siding on the house and punched the opening with my 1/8” circle punch.  I cut a second birdhouse and a hand cut roof using kraft cardstock and colored them with my mini applicator and brown ink.  I cut the fence, cut a snowy strip of cardstock to the front base and attached the fence under the window with a double layer of mounting tape. I attached the birdhouse to the scene with mounting tape.  I decorated the window top with fir sprigs and added a red bow for a pop of color. I decorated birdhouse to match the window and then covered them both with glossy accents and flower soft.  I love how it softens the scene.  I love how the red cardinals pop against the white and green.

KC Poppy Stamps Grand MAdison French Doors 5 close

Here’s a closer view of the birdhouse.  I think it is so cute.

KC Poppy Stamps Grand Madison French Doors 5 right

I applied glossy accents to the bottom of the window, fence and ground area and covered with flower soft.  I love that stuff.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Eve.

Card size:  5.5” x 4.25”


White on White Christmas Wreath

Good Monday morning.  I have to work today and then will get to enjoy the rest of the holiday week home on vacation. My husband had to work on Thanksgiving day but we are fortunate that he is off Christmas day.  Disney’s main man, Mickey Mouse never takes a holiday.  He’s a touch boss.  Smile

My project today will be my last holiday wreath of the season.  I love making wreaths so I’m sure I will soon pull out my spring and summer foliage and flowers and keeping them coming. Wreaths are such a Christmas tradition and are perfect hanging on the front door as well as on a card front.  

KC Impression Obsession Twig Wreath 3 right

This is a very simple layout and I thought the red layer behind the white was the perfect way to add another touch of color to the project.  I mounted the layer on the main card base with strips of mounting tape to add interest and dimension.

KC Impression Obsession Twig Wreath 3 center

I cut the Impression Obsession Twig Wreath and Pine Sprig Cluster pieces in all white.  I arranged and attached the white foliage to about a 1/2 of the wreath but left the rest of it plain to show off the twig form. I cut pieces of the Holly Leaf Cluster and inserted them in between the sprigs of pine. I punched several 1/8” circles to add around the wreath to fill in and bring another element of color to the design. I finished with an organdy multi loop bow and attached the wreath to the base with mounting tape. I love how this turned out.

KC Impression Obsession Twig Wreath 3 left

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day. 

Card size:  5.25 square