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Spring 2015 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop

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Hello, and welcome to the Spring 2015 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing some of the new stamp sets and dies In my post today!  And, Woo Hoo!!! I also get to give this new stamp set, called Bohemian Garden to a lucky someone!  Please leave a comment to enter my giveaway!

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The fun begins in the CLASSroom and there is also a Grand Giveaway! To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, and at every stop along the hop by May 5th!  Winners will be announced May 8th.

Happy hoppin’!

The CLASSroom - http://ellenhutson.typepad.com/the_classroom_new/

Lisa Adametz - http://papergrace.com/

Sandy Allnock - http://sandyallnock.com/

Joni Nina Andaya - http://jonininaandaya.blogspot.com/

Joan Bardee - http://www.dearpaperlicious.com/

Laurel Beard - http://www.laurelbeard.org/

Heather Campbell -  http://parkermolly.blogspot.com/

Kittie Caracciolo - http://www.kittiekraft.com/  You are here

Julie Ebersole - http://papertrufflez.com/

Sharon Harnist - http://paperfections.typepad.com/

Pamela Ho - https://fishydesign.wordpress.com/

Tiffany Johnson - http://iheartartblog.com/

Emily Leiphart - http://leiphartonart.blogspot.com/

Jennifer McGuire - http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/

May Park - https://mayholicraft.wordpress.com/

Catherine Pooler - http://www.catherinepooler.com/blog/

Miriam Prantner - http://mprantner.blogspot.com/

Heather Pulvirenti - http://heatherpulvirenti.blogspot.com/

Julia Stainton - http://juliastainton.com/blog/

Alice Wertz - http://aliceslittlewonderland.blogspot.com/

Carissa Wiley - http://www.sprinkledwithglitter.com/

My first project is a cute scene that showcases one of the fun sentiments from Julie’s 12 Days companion Greetings.  I couldn’t resist pairing the little “calling bird” from the 12 Days set with the Just Chicken In sentiment. 

KC Essentials by Ellen 12 Days Companion Greeting 1 left

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The sky and ground was sponged using distress inks and ink blending tools and the ground foliage was stamped with the smallest flower stamp from Julie’s Bold Blooms set.  I used a yellow marker to add color to all of the flower tips.  The bird was stamped with with black versafine, heat embossed with clear embossing powder and cut out to pop up in the scene with mounting tape. The double mounted frame was cut using the nesting card templates set. 

KC Essentials by Ellen 12 Days Companion Greeting 1 center

I cut several sections of the Wide Tree and cut them apart into smaller sections to use to create the foliage in front of the bird.  I punched 1/8” circles, formed them with my small tipped stylus and molding pad and attached them to the tips of the branches.  I wanted the dimensional flowers to replicate the floral background.  I stamped the sentiment on the largest cloud from the Cloud Set and attached it and the smaller clouds in the scene with mounting tape.  Isn’t he the cutest little bird!!.

KC Essentials by Ellen 12 Days Companion Greeting 1 right

My second project was made using Julie’s Wild Garden die set.  I love making die cut floral projects.  This unique set gave me lots of different pieces to layer and play with. 

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KC Essentials by Ellen Wild Garden 1 left

The flowers were made using the three similar shaped dies in the set.  Each flower section was formed using my stylus and molding pad and attached together with glossy accents.  I used several of the different shaped dies to create the green foliage background for my project.  Again each piece was formed using my stylus and molding pad. The frame was cut using the Nesting Card Templates and attached to the card base with mounting tape.

KC Essentials by Ellen Wild Garden 1centert

I created a base for the floral spray by attaching several pieces of foliage to the card base with glossy accents.  The flowers were attached with glossy accents and then I tucked several more pieces of foliage under and around the flowers to fill it.  I added the pearls for the finishing touch.

KC Essentials by Ellen Wild Garden 1 right

Thanks for coming by and I hope you enjoy all of the wonderful designs along our hop.

Both cards are 5.50” x 4.25”


Julie’s Home and Hearth For Summer

Good Monday morning.  My project today was made using the Essentials by Ellen Home and Hearth that was released for the Christmas holidays last year.  I love the little houses and trees in the set and although they are perfect for a snowy Christmas scene I thought it would be fun to create a pastel summer scene with them.  I cut the frame, houses, trees, ground and sky background using watercolor paper and watercolored everything using distress reinkers and an aqua brush.  I wanted all the elements of the scene to be made with softer colors.  My husband said it looks like a hillside community in the Caribbean.  

KC Essentials By Ellen Home and Hearth 1 right

I misted all of the paper to get good and wet before I began water coloring. When painting with reinkers on watercolor paper you will always need to make your mixture heavier with reinker than water as it will always dry lighter than it looks wet.  I layered the ground sections on to the back of the frame attaching with ATG adhesive and then attached the frame to the card base with mounting tape. I tucked all the houses and trees in behind the ground sections and attached with glossy accents and mounting tape when needed.

KC Essentials By Ellen Home and Hearth 1 center

I cut a section of the Impression Obsession Wide tree, cut it apart and created a colorful tree for the background.  And yes…I have lost my mind as I attached 1/16” punched circles to the branches using glossy accents and I am now almost blind.  LOL!  I added a few branch punch stems around the houses that I cut apart and attached the circles to add another element of color.  I used a bright pink cardstock for the flowers instead of watercolored paper to add a brighter element of color.  The clouds were cut using white cardstock.  After I applied the clouds I felt the little houses needed white roofs so I cut more houses, cut the roofs off with my deckle scissors and attached them for the finishing touch.

KC Essentials By Ellen Home and Hearth 1 left

I appreciate you coming by for a visit and I hope you have a wonderful Monday.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Woody, Surfboards and My Charity 4 Kids

Good Sunday morning.  My project today is a framed beach scene with an old Woody hauling surfboards and parked in the dunes with the sparkly ocean waves in the background. I couldn’t resist adding the plane with the Surf Shop banner flapping in the wind.

KC Impression Obsession Woody with Surfboard 2 left

You know how I love making cards with beach themes.  This past week I had the opportunity to teach Erin, the daughter of my good friend Paula to make beach themed cards to send to My Charity 4 Kids.  My Charity for Kids is a charitable organization that raises funds for kids with special needs.  Erin chose to make cards to earn community service hours and will send her cards to Savannah’s Cards and Cakes 4 Kids, one of the special volunteering opportunities within the My Charity 4 Kids organization.  I wanted to take this opportunity to draw this wonderful organization to the attention of all you paper crafters out there.  I’m sure they would love to receive your donated cards as well.

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Erin had lots of fun designing each of her beach themed cards.  We started with an assortment of beach themed die cuts and then Erin did all of the design work.

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Here is Erin showing off her wonderful cards.  Isn’t she precious!!  I know these cards will bring smiles to the faces of the children that receive them. 

Now let’s get back to my post.  I love the Woody With Surfboards set and it pairs so well with several of the other Impression Obsession beach themed die sets.  I cut the ocean waves and sand dunes with the Ocean Border set.  I added Liquid Applique to the waves, heated and then lightly applied glossy accents and glitter to add sparkle to the scene.  While I had the glitter out I decided the sun would looks good with some added sparkle as well.

KC Impression Obsession Woody with Surfboard 2 center

I sponged in the blue cloud background using a stylus and foam tip.  I attached the layers of sand and water to the back of the frame with double stick tape and then attached the frame to the card base with mounting tape.  I tucked the grass in between the dunes to add another element of color and dimension to the scene.  The plane and banner were attached with mounting tape.

KC Impression Obsession Woody with Surfboard 2 close

I was hoping the close up view of the waves would let you see how sparkly they are but no such luck.

KC Impression Obsession Woody with Surfboard 2 right

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

Card size:  5.50” 4.25”


Coop Sweet Coop

Good Saturday morning.  I haven’t been able to post regularly this past week.  Don’t you just hate it when your job gets in the way of what’s really important.  LOL!  My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge.  The inspiration site was a Pinterest site that focused on postage stamps.  I was inspired by the French Cockerel Stamp and  Farm Yard Animal-Chicken Stamp.

KC Roosters and Chickens right

I decided to create a fun rooster and chicken scene complete with a chicken wire background and chicken coop.  I thought while I was coloring the rooster for my scene I would share a few step by step shots.

My first step was to apply Wild Honey ink over the body and head of the chicken.

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Next I applied Black Soot ink to the tail and chest area.

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The next step was to apply Fired Brick to the comb and body.

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I finished by using Spiced Marmalade to blend all the different body colors together.

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I used the same basic steps to color the chicken and chicks.

KC Roosters and Chickens center

I scored the body of the chicken coop to create the appearance of boards and then sponged it with Vintage Photo ink. The door frame was made using two small rectangle dies.  I attached the chicken wire section directly to the card base.  I originally cut the chicken wire using gray cardstock but it just looked dead so I used white to add more contrast to all the red and green. The frame was attached to the card base with thin strips of mounting tape.  All the grass sections were tucked into the scene and attached with glossy accents. 

KC Roosters and Chickens close

The rooster, chicken and chicks were attached in the scene with mounting tape and rolled glue dots.  The butterflies were added to draw the eye up and add a little dimension to the sky area.

KC Roosters and Chickens left

I’m sure you have noticed the change in my blog template. It was necessary to make the change so my blog would be more user friendly and responsive to mobile devices.  I’ll be coming up with a template that is a little more interesting soon but for now I am enjoying the soft colored background.

I hope to have more regular posts this coming week.  Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Card Size:  5.50” x 4.25”