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August 2015

Leafy Framed Peony

Good Sunday morning.  I’ve had a crazy busy work week and am having such a good time at home this weekend.  It’s always so nice wake up knowing I can relax and not have to rush off to work.  My internal clock doesn’t know the different between work days and weekends so I still wake up before the crack of dawn each day.  LOL!  I am definitely a morning person.

My project today was made using my new Impression Obsession Peony Set 2 stamp set designed by Dina Kowal and paired it with my new Poppystamps Leafy Frame.  I was intrigued by the multi step stamping and what a beautiful flower and foliage it produced. I hopped over to Dina’s blog and found her step by step tutorial on how best to use these stamps. For all of you crafters out there who have a MISTI stamp positioner you’ll find the multi step stamping a breeze.  I don’t do enough stamping projects to justify purchasing a MISTI so I used my Stamp-a-ma-Jig and it worked just fine.

KC Impression Obsession Peony Set 2 1 left

I used Barn Door, Festive Berry, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany Distress Inks and Black Versafine ink for the different petal layers. I used the Stamp-a-ma-Jig to position all of the different layers so they would be placed as precisely as possible. I lightly misted the stamps each time allow for a good covering of ink.  I used plain white cardstock.

KC Impression Obsession Peony Set 2 1 center

I cut a mask of the base flower stamp on a piece of Post-It Removable Labeling Tape, cut it out and masked the finished flower so I could stamp the foliage leaves.  I used Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Inks for the leaves.  I didn’t use the Stamp-a-ma-Jig for the leaf layers because they were much easier to position by eyeballing it through the acrylic block.  I attached the frame layer to the card base with strips of mounting tape. I cut out the completed flower and leaves so I could pop it up inside the frame opening.

KC Impression Obsession Peony Set 2 1 right

Although this stamped flower is all one layer of cardstock it appears to be so full of dimension with the different layers of color.  I did form the flower and foliage a little with my stylus and molding pad for added dimension and love how it turned out.

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

Framed Watering Can of Flowers

Good Monday morning.  Before I start my post I wanted to draw your attention to Ellen Hutson’s 40% off sale in the OVERSTOCK Category! Woo Hoo!  I love a good sale!

Overstock Sale Instagram

I have a watering can scene to share with you today made using the Memory Box Wonderful Watering Can, Impression Obsession Leaves and Stems, Tiny Flowers, Picket Fence, Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames and Icicle Edger.  The fun designer paper background is from the Beau Jardin pad.

KC Memory Box Wonderful Watering Can 1 left

I love the tiny flowers in the designer paper and wanted to let as much of it show as possible.  I cut a strip of the icicle edger, cut it into two pieces and attach to the back of the frame.  Next I attached the fence behind the grass, attached thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.

KC Memory Box Wonderful Watering Can 1 center

I cut several stems and tiny flowers for the watering can bouquet.  I formed the flowers with my stylus and molding pad and attached them to the tops of the stems with glossy accents.  I started the  bouquet by attaching the shortest flowers in the can first with glossy accents and worked my way up using longer and longer stems to complete the design.  I attached three of the stems to thin strips of cardstock to extend the length to allow them the height for the top flowers.  I hope that made sense.

KC Memory Box Wonderful Watering Can 1 right'

I attached the can to the scene with mounting tape and then added a few stems and loose flowers around it to soften the bottom of the fence. I think this is such a cheerful card and would be perfect for so many occasions. I love this shade of purple.

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

Mixed Media Experiment

Good Saturday afternoon.  My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge. A Pinterest Mix Media/Canvas Art site was provided as our inspiration and I must say I almost became overwhelmed with all the wonderful projects. A few weeks ago my friend Audrie posted a gorgeous beach card using texture paste that took my breath away.  She used the paste to create a foamy ocean and puffy sky as a background for her framed beach house. I was so intrigued because I had never used texture paste.  I was getting ready to order some so I could give Audrie’s technique a try and then remembered I had purchased some quite a while back and had never even opened the jar.  Sad isn’t!!  Anyway….I decided to try my hand at creating a mixed media project for today’s challenge and was inspired by two different projects.  I loved the brick and window in the project found here and the frosty, snow covered  evergreen and pinecones found here.  Here’s what I came up with. 

KC Tattered Lace Winter Florals 3 left

I embossed the background layer with Taylored Expressions Brick Embossing Folder using white cardstock.  I applied brown ink to the brick with a sponge and heat dried with my gun.  I sat looking at my bottle of Wendy Vecchi’s white Embossing Paste wondering the best way to apply it over the brick and finally decided to use my finger.  I dabbed it all over trying to leave some of the brown showing through but got a little heavy handed.  I also had the complication of having the brown ink coming up into the paste and turning it a little brown.  Ugh!  I reached for a bottle of white gesso and dabbed it around over the paste with my finger to try and cover the brown spots.  It worked pretty well but I needed to add a couple coats in places.  When this mess was all dry and used a sanding block to sand some of the paste and paint off so more of the brown brick would show.

I cut the window die and applied the embossing paste over it with my finger.  After the window dried I sponged a touch of brown on it to tone down the white to match better with the background and then attached it using thin strips of mounting tape. 

KC Tattered Lace Winter Florals 3 center

I loved the snowy foliage from the inspiration piece and was inspired to use Impression Obsession Holly Flourish and poinsettias from the Tattered Lace Winter Florals set to embellish my window.  I cut and formed the poinsettias and then assembled them using glossy accents.  I applied the embossing paste to the poinsettia petals using a old small brush and set them aside to dry.  I cut the holly and lightly dabbed the paste with my finger. Once everything was dry I arranged the holly and flowers and attached with glossy accents.  I discovered that adhesive doesn't like to stick very well to embossing paste so I had to hold the pieces secure in place to allow them to adhere completely.  I finished by placing a tiny pearl in the center of each flower.

KC Tattered Lace Winter Florals 3 right

The embossing paste  was lots of fun to play and experiment with.  Now maybe I will make myself pull out a palette and try using it with the several stencils that I purchased and have never used.  LOL! 

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

Impression Obsession “Say It Big” Challenge

Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Impression Obsession design team “Say It Big” challenge. My project today is a fast, easy, clean and simple card made using a phrase from the Greetings Top Word Edgers and paired with the Spiral Flowers Large, Leaf Cluster and Border Duo 1.  I thought the two decorative borders were a perfect way to highlight the sentiment and allowing it to be the main focus and the tiny rolled flower and leaf cluster the perfect embellishment.

KC Impression Obsession Greetings Top Word Edgers 1 right

I laid the sentiment and border duo dies on a piece of white cardstock, straightened them in place and cut.  I cut a second larger piece with the border duo for the top of the card. I applied mounting tape to the back of both layers and attached them to the card base.

KC Impression Obsession Greetings Top Word Edgers 1 center

I cut and formed the spiral flower, attached several leaves to the back of it with glossy accents to create a foliage base and then attached it to the card base with glossy accents.  Once the flower was securely in place I tucked a few more leaves around it to fill in. This card only took about fifteen minutes to make but the recipient will think it was made with lots of love especially for them.

KC Impression Obsession Greetings Top Word Edgers 1 left

Why don’t you come along and play with us. To enter the challenge go to the Impression Obsession Blog (all the details are there!). A random challenge card will be selected to showcase on the IO blog and you can enter to win a $25 gift certificate to IO just by playing! I hope you will go check out what the other IO teams members created for the challenge.

Anna Wight

Daniela Dobson

Dina Kowal

Ellen Taylor

Jeanne Streiff

Jenny Gropp

Karen Amidon

Kittie Caracciolo  (that’s me)

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett

Card Size 5.50 X 4.25”