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March 2014

Framed Spring Flowers, Birds and Bunnies

Good Monday morning.  I can’t seem to stop making spring bunny scenes.  I think they are so happy and sweet and perfect for Easter cards. I have had this Memory Box Mansfield Frame for a long time and don’t think I have ever used it.  I think it is such a perfect size to create a small scene in. I used the Impression Obsession Rabbit Set, Leafy Branch, Tiny Flowers, Leaves and Stems, Bird Set along with the My Favorite Things Fresh Cut Grass.  

KC Impression Obsession Rabbit Set 4 right

I like adding layers on the card base to add interest and dimension to my projects.  I attached the smaller base layer on the card front with mounting tape.  I attached mounting tape to the back of the frame, attached the double layer of grass to the back and then attached the frame to the base. 

KC Impression Obsession Rabbit Set 4 center

I cut the leafy branch in green and colored the branches with a brown Copic marker.  I formed the leaves and branches lightly with my stylus and molding pad and attached them to the frame with glossy accents. I attached the birds to the branches with rolled up glue dots.

I cut  the stems and colorful flowers and formed them with my stylus and molding pad.  I attached the flowers to the stems with glossy accents and then tucked them in behind the grass attaching them in place with glossy accents.

I cut the rabbits using white cardstock and then applied ink with a mini applicator to give them definition.  Aren’t they adorable!  I tucked them into the scene attaching with mounting tape.  If you like to see how I color my animals you can check out my tutorial here

Kc Impression Obsession Rabbit Set 4 close

Here’s a closer view.  The three tiny butterflies were attached with tiny drops of glossy accents.  They were the perfect touch to finish the scene.

KC Impression Obsession Rabbit Set 4 left

I hope you are enjoying my spring scenes. I’m sure having fun making them.  I appreciate you stopping by today and hope you have a great week.

Card size:  5.5” x 4.25”


Framed Polka Dot Hydrangeas

Good Sunday morning.  My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge and Damask Love, a beautiful blog dedicated to crafting projects and tutorials was our inspiration site.  You most definitely need to check Amber’s beautiful projects.  My polka dot hydrangeas were inspired by Amber’s brightly colored polka dot Folded Notebook Cards found here.  I loved the floral arrangement Amber had in the photos with her notebooks and my mind went straight to hydrangeas.  I know…..I have never seen polka dot hydrangeas either but anything goes in art.  LOL!

I started by creating the white frame using my Matting Basics B set and attached it to the card base with mounting tape.

KC Impression Obsession Hydrangea Set 4 right

I used the Hydrangea set base flower base, leaves and stem to create the flower and used Layered Floral to fill in the fluffy hydrangea petals instead of using the smaller flowers in the set.  The three different sized flowers helped give a natural appearance to the shape of the flowers.

Impression Obsession Dies, Hydrangea     Impression Obsession Dies, Layered Floral

KC Impression Obsession Hydrangea Set 4 center

I formed the flowers and flower base with my stylus and molding pad and then attached them randomly on the stems.  When complete I attached the stems and flowers to the flower base with glossy accents and then attached the three hydrangeas to the card base with glossy accents.

Here’s a closer view of the flowers.

KC Impression Obsession Hydrangea Set 4 close

I attached the leaves in around the flowers and then attached the three stems to the frame with touches of glossy accents.  I added the bright pink multi loop bow for the finishing touch.  I love how the bright flowers pop against the all white background. Polka dots or not I think these flowers look so alive and vibrant.

KC Impression Obsession Hydrangea Set 4 left

Thanks for coming by today.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Card size:  5.5” x 4.25”


Spring Tree and Bunnies

Good Saturday morning.  I have another spring project to share with you today with a flowering tree and a couple sweet bunnies. I made a card a few weeks ago made with the Small Alder Tree covered with Heather Flower Soft.  This time I used the Grand Alder Tree layered with two small trees to create dimension and covered with the flower soft.  I love how the tree turned out.

KC Memory Box Grand Alder Tree 3 right

I started by cutting the tree using white cardstock and colored them with a brown and green Copic marker.  I applied tiny thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the small trees and attached them together and then to the larger tree.  I applied Crafter’s Pick glue around the leaves and limbs and sprinkled on the flower soft.  I attached the tree to the card base with glossy accents.

KC MEmory Box Grand Alder Tree 3 center

I cut two tall grass sections, cut the off from the bottom to make them shorter and attached them to the grass layer with ATG adhesive.  I punched out several 1/8” circles, formed them with my tiny tipped stylus and molding and attached to the tips of the grass. You can’t tell in the pictures but the grass was cut a little larger than the base and attached on both sides with glue dots and allowing the grass to bow out a little away from the card base. 

KC Memory Box Grand Alder Tree 3 left

I finished by adding a few butterflies, a couple of bunnies and some flower soft in the grass right under the tree area for the final touch. I love making seasonal scenes and spring sure gives me lots of inspiration to work with.  

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

Card size”  5.5” x 4.25”


Tool Focus “Dremel”

Good Friday morning.  I don’t have a project to share with you today but I wanted to draw your attention to a tool my husband recently purchased for me.  Over the years my husband’s Christmas wish list of tools included a Dremel and several of the accessories that work with it. Of course the one he has is a “man sized” toy….I mean tool that he uses for odd jobs around the house.  I asked if Dremel made a “girl sized” tool that I could use to file off the little wires that remain when I pull connected dies part.  You know…..the ones that inflict puncture wounds if not carefully filed off.  LOL!  His answer was ”yes they do” and the Dremel 7300 came to me in the mail from Amazon a few days later.

If you are of unsure what I mean by die sets that come connected you can see my new Taylored Expressions Build a House die set that have the pieces connected by wires and needs to be pulled apart and have the pointed edges filed off.

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I don’t know about you but I have grumbled to myself many times when I have opened a new set and found that the pieces were all connected.  But recently I found out from an owner of one of my favorite companies that this is the most economical way to produce multiple piece die sets.  Otherwise the cost of manufacturing sets like Taylor’s above would be much higher and that price would be passed down to us as a customer.

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I took a picture of the tool in my hand so you could see that it really is “girl size”.  I have copied the description for it below.

 

  • Cordless small rotary tool; compatible with Dremel bit accessories; 1/8-inch collet
  • Small rotary tool ideal for delicate tasks and finer work; 2 speeds (6,500 and 13,000 rpm)
  • Lightweight plastic housing
  • Includes MiniMite 7300-N/8 4.8-volt cordless two-speed rotary tool, (8) accessories, wrench, battery, and charger

The small charger for the Dremel stays plugged into the wall and is easily attached to the bottom of it for use.

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I have filed these wires off several times with my hand file set and it really is an awful chore.  The rotary file makes this a breeze and only takes a few seconds.

I hope you don’t mind me taking time away from a card project to share this information with you.  I believe it is the best $25 I have spent in a long time.

I would love to hear your comments and reviews on this project.  I hope you have a great day and upcoming weekend.


Impression Obsession 2014 Spring “Die” Hop Day 3

Good Thursday morning. Welcome to Day 3 of the  Design Team Spring Die Hop! I have been sharing the new dies with you over the past couple of weeks but this week our team is going to wow you each day of the hop with their “die” creativity. 

My project today was made using the Mason Jar, Fancy Cutout Border, Tiny Flowers and Leafy Branch.

I knew when I saw the new Mason Jar die that I would have to try my hand at creating a floral design with the water and stems showing through the glass. 

KC Impression Obsession Mason Jar 1 left

I started by cutting the jar out of a piece of acetate and coloring in the water with a Copic marker.  The ink looked a little streaky and I almost started over but it was the best I could do so I kept it.  I cut the lid out of gold foil paper, cut an opening in it to put the flower stems through and attached it to the acetate jar with glossy accents. We all know that normally there would be no lid on the jar when arranging flowers but for my purposes I needed to add definition between the jar and the flowers.  So we will just imagine that I removed the canning seal and left the lid on to look pretty.  LOL!

I cut several leafy branch stems, some to use whole and  some cut some apart to create my design. I inserted the stems in the opening of the jar and attached them in place with glossy accents.  After I was finished designing the foliage I attached the tiny flowers all around with glossy accents. I hand cut several long strips of cardstock to fill in the appearance of stems and attached them to the back rim of the jar.    

KC Impression Obsession Mason Jar 1 center

I placed the white card layer on my magnetic platform, put the die in place, cut once and then attached it to the card base with mounting tape.  I thought the fancy border with the pink behind it would be the perfect background for the flower arrangement. I finished by applying glossy accents to the back rim of the jar and the lower flower stems and attached it to the die cut layer.

KC Impression Obsession Mason Jar 1 right

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you will hop on over to the wonderful design team posts and leave comments for a chance to win a prize.  You can see all the details on the Impression Obsession blog.

Anna Wight

Daniela Dobson

Dina Kowal

Ellen Taylor

Jeanne Streiff

Jenny Gropp

Kittie Caracciolo(you are here)

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett

Card Size 5.5” 4.25”