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January 2014

Bronc Buster

Good Friday morning.  My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use It Challenge to use a horse I some way.  I dug down deep and dusted off my Stampin’ Up! Bronc Buster set.  It has been a long time since I played with this stamp set.  I thought the embossed wood layer made using the Sizzix Bricked and Wooden folder would be the perfect background for the silhouette image. This would be so cute for a little boy who loves cowboys.

KC Bronc Buster 4 left

I brayered Vintage Photo ink on the inside of the embossing folder and embossed using kraft cardstock.  I used my Inkssentials ink blending tool to apply Walnut Stain ink on the raised portions of the paper to add depth to the wood.


KC Bronc Buster 4 center

I applied ink to the stamp, misted lightly with water and stamped on vanilla cardstock.  I used the Tim Holtz Distresser tool to rough up the edges and then applied ink to the edges using my Color Box Stylus and Foam Tip. I attached it to the wood background with mounting tape.

KC Bronc Buster 4 close

I applied ink directly on kraft cardstock with the ink pad, wiped it lightly with baby wipes to even the color, heat dried a little and then cut in three thin strips. The dampness softened the cardstock and made easier to braid.  I attached one end of the strips together with glossy accents and taped to my table.  Using a fairly delicate touch I braided the strips and secured at the other end with glossy accents. I think this looks so much like real leather.

KC Bronc Buster 4 right 

If you would like to see some other faux leather projects as well as faux snakeskin and faux gold you can check out my tutorial here.

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

Card size:  5.5” x 4.25    Paper:  Kraft     Stamps: Bronc Buster (retired)

Clean and Simple Sweet Sentiments

Good Thursday morning.  I have a clean and simple project to share with you today using the Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments designer paper.  I think the flowers in this design are so beautiful and I love the purple polka dot paper on the back side of the flowers. There isn’t much need for any embellishment other than a simple bow.  The paper is perfect enough by itself.

KC Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments 2 right

The ribbon came from a stash I have from my mother’s flower shop.  It is really, really old.  I think the vintage feel of the vanilla and scallops on the ribbon are perfectly paired with the old-fashioned paper design.

KC Graphic 45 Sweet SEntiments 2 center

I like the “Love You” sentiment tag extended from the heart of the ribbon. This whole card only took a few minutes to make but it’s so sweet.

KC Graphic 45 Sweet SEntiments 2 left

Thank you for coming by today.

Card size:  5.5” x 4.25

Shabby Faux Wood Frame in the CLASSroom

Good Wednesday morning.  I would like to invite you to join me in the CLASSroom for my faux wood frame tutorial.

KC MFT Rolled Rose Vintage Frame right

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

Easter Bunnies

Good Monday morning. I have a sweet Easter card to share with you today using the new Poppystamps Fuzzy Bunnies and Bunny Buddies with lots of Easter eggs, flowers and butterflies.

KC Poppy Stamps Fuzzy Bunnies 1 right

I created the scene on a soft blue background that was attached to the card base with mounting tape.  I attached one layer of grass directly on the blue card base and placed it higher than the front grass layer so it would show behind the fence.  I attached the fence to the card base with mounting tape and attached the front grass section directly to the fence with ATG adhesive.

KC Poppy Stamps Fuzzy Bunnies 1 center

I colored the bunnies using a Sofft mini Applicator using light and dark brown ink.  I tucked them into the grass and attached them with mounting tape. I inserted a branch full of tiny flowers to the scene to add a little height to draw the eye up.

KC Poppy Stamps Fuzzy Bunnies 1 close

I punched out 1/4” circles in different colors and tucked them into the grass to look like hidden eggs. I thought the three dark pink butterflies and the tree strips of cardstock were the perfect finishing touch to add that bright element of color one more time. I really liked the offset layout for a change.

KC Poppy Stamps Fuzzy Bunnies 1 left

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

Card size:  5.5” x 4.25”

Rose, Butterfly and Belleek Inspired Flourish Background

Good Sunday morning.  I have a clean and simple yet elegant project to share with you today.  I love the Belleek Inspired technique. and the effect of brayering ink on the inside of an embossing folder. It creates such a soft background when used with light colored ink.

KC MFT Mini Rolled Roses 8 rleft

I applied ink on the front inside of the Starry Night embossing folder, inserted my paper and put it through the Big Shot with the front side face down. I punched the eyelet border using the Martha Stewart PATP Eyelet set, crimped with my straight Crimper and attached to the card base with mounting tape

KC MFT Mini Rolled Roses 8 center

I cut the mini rose using the MFT Mini Rolled Roses set, rolled it around my tweezers and attached it closed with glossy accents. I lightly applied a light pink PanPastel to the petals.  I cut leaves using the leaf cluster and formed them with my stylus and molding pad. I attached three large leaves to form a circle with glossy accents. I attached the rose right in the center with glossy accents and tucked branches and additional leaves around to create the small floral spray.

KC MFT Mini Rolled Roses 8 close

I thought the Memory Box Pippi Butterfly would be perfect to add one more elegant element to this soft and feminine card.

KC MFT Mini Rolled Roses 8 right

You can see step by step pictures of the Belleek Inspired technique here.

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

Card Size:  5.5” x 4.25”  Paper:  Papertrey Vanilla  Ink: Retired SU Pink