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October 2015

Poinsettia, Pine and Holly Wreath

Good Saturday morning.  I have a traditional Christmas wreath card to share with you today.  I love to make mini wreaths especially for my special holiday cards.  I formed the wreath base using my Martha Stewart Branch Punch and embellished it with a poinsettia made from the Impression Obsession Small Poinsettia Set, Holly Flourish and Pine Sprigs.  The background was created using the Taylored Expression Holly embossing folder and the decorative strip was cut using the Impression Obsession Border Duo 1. 

KC Impression Obsession Small Poinsettia Set 2 right

I created a round circle base for my wreath using Nesting Circles and attached the branches all the way around with glossy accents.  Check out my Floral Wreath tutorial if you would like to see step by steps of assembling a wreath. I use different foliage on the tutorial project but it shows the basic steps.  I attached 1/8” punched circles to the holly branches and applied red stickles to add a bit of sparkle.  I cut the holly flourishes apart and attached long with a few pine sprigs to the wreath with glossy accents.  I formed the flower petals with my stylus and molding pad, assembled and then attached it to the wreath with glossy accents.

KC Impression Obsession Small Poinsettia Set 2 center

I attached the decorative layer to the embossed card base with ATG adhesive.  Funny thing happened.  My eye always wants to see a design element like the decorative border to be on the left side of the card.  When I was finished attaching it to the card base I didn’t realize I had it upside down so it is on the right.  I know it looks fine but it just feels wrong to me.  LOL! I attached the wreath to the card base with glossy accents.  I added a small pearl to the flower center for a finishing touch.

KC Impression Obsession Small Poinsettia Set 2 left

Last week I showed you three decorated pillow boxes made using the new Lawn Fawn Pillow Box die. You can check them out here. I thought it would be fun to make another one with a die cut sentiment cut right into the box.  The Impression Obsession Circle Greeting Cutout Set is just the perfect size and really pops with the all red box and the white background.  I cut the box, cut the sentiment, attached a piece of white cardstock behind the circle opening and then formed the box attaching with double stick tape.  I thought the simplicity of the pine branches and gingham bow was the perfect embellishment. 

KC Lawn Fawn Pillow Box 2

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

Box size:  4.25” x 2.25”


Peace and Pine Sprigs

Good Tuesday morning.  My project today is a clean and simple card using Julie’s Christmas Scribbles Stamp SetChristmas Scribbles Die SetBrushstroke Peace and Taylored Expressions Bead Board embossing folder.

KC Essentials By Ellen Christmas Scribbles 2 left

I die cut the pine sprigs and then stamped the image on each using peeled paint ink. I heat dried the ink to set it and then used my waterbrush to apply a light mixture of water and reinker to fill in the sprigs with color.  I heat dried the sprigs again and then applied versa to each and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I love how embossing makes the colors brighten.

KC Essentials By Ellen Christmas Scribbles 2 center

I lightly formed the sprigs with my fingers to add dimension and attached them to the card base with glossy accents.  I used rolled up double stick tape to attach the peace sentiment to the card base .  I attached a bright red multi loop bow to the top of the sprigs for the finishing touch.

KC Essentials by Ellen Christmas SCribbles 2 right

Pine and red ribbon always reminds me of old-fashioned Christmas’ from times past.  Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great day.


Christmas Pillow Boxes

Good Monday morning.  Have you been crafting long enough to remember when the only way to make a pillow box was have it printed on cardstock, hand cut and then hand scored?  I have!  Years ago I had my husband create several difference sizes of them in Photoshop so I could make boxes for gifts.  They made such cute gift boxes but were fairly tedious to cut them out by hand.  My projects today were made with the new Lawn Fawn Pillow Box.  Wow!  What a snap it was to cut, fold and assemble the boxes.  All the boxes were assembled using double stick tape.

KC Lawn Fawn Pillow Box 1 Group

I decorated the boxes with lots of different dies.  The first one was made using the new Santa’s Belly set.  I was so intrigued when I saw this and thought it would make such a cute box for children and adults alike. The dies not only cut but have score lines that perfectly fit the box.  There’s no guesswork necessary. I attached the belt and scalloped pieces to the box with double stick tape.  The buckle and buttons were cut with gold foil paper and attached with glossy accents.  The holly was made from a section of the Memory Box Jolly Holly Branches.  I added red stickles to the berries but it doesn’t show much in the pictures.

KC Lawn Fawn Pillow Box 1 Santa

The second box was made using My Mind’s Eye Cozy Christmas. II think this is such a perfect box for a masculine gift.  used the Santa belt from the Santa’s Belly set for the snow layer and used my deckle scissors to cut the top portion to create a natural snowy look. I attached it to the box with double stick tape. I added a deer from the Impression Obsession Deer Trio, Evergreen Trees, and Pine Sprig Set. The deer was colored using vintage photo ink and a mini applicator. The trees were painted using white gesso and a brush. All the images were attached with mounting tape and glossy accents.

KC Lawn Fawn Pillow Box 1 Deer

The third box was also made using the Cozy Christmas paper and the flowers and band were made using the American Craft Christmas Glitter Paper. I think this is such an elegant box for a lady.  I used the belt from the Santa’s Belly set to create the band and the flowers and foliage were made using the Impression Obsession  Small Poinsettia Set, Pine Pair and Pine Sprig Set.  The flowers and foliage were formed using Susan’s Garden Tool Kit stylus and molding pad.  I arrange and attached the pieces using glossy accents.  I added a drop of yellow stickles to the flower centers to finish.

KC Lawn Fawn Pillow Box 1  Poinsettia

Here’s a picture showing that the box is the perfect size to use for a gift card or other small items. The size of the assembled box is 4.25” x 2.25”. 

KC LAwn Fawn Pillow Box 1 credit card

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my different versions of the gift box.  I’m going to try and make a few more to share this week.  They are so fast and easy and fun to make.  Have a great Monday and thanks for coming by.


Holly Framed Trees

Good Sunday morning.  I recently purchased the Memory Box Jolly Holly Frame and couldn’t wait to use it.  I thought it would be pretty to create a nature scene in the frame opening.  I thought it would look like you were looking through close up branches out to a scene in the distance.

KC Memory Box Jolly Holly Frame 1 left

I applied ink to the tree stamp, misted with water , stamped on the cardstock and repeated the steps to stamp across the whole page. I heat dried the trees and then sponged in blue ink in the sky area using an ink blending tool. I finished by laying the scene in my splatter cubby and  splattering white gesso to create the soft falling snow.  I hand cut a piece of white cardstock to create the snow bank and attached it directly to the scene base.

KC Memory Box Jolly Holly Frame 1 center

I applied stickles to all the red holly berries, set aside to dry and then attached it to the card base with thin strips of mounting tape.  I love the falling holly branches.  I think they look so pretty.

KC Memory Box Jolly Holly Frame 1 right

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25


Fall Leafy Frame and Falling Leaves

Good Saturday morning.  My project today is a bit of an experiment.  I wanted to try coloring the Memory Box Leafy Frame with fall colors and wasn’t sure if I could keep my mini applicators from going too far outside the line of the die cut leaves and sprigs. I paired the frame with the Impression Obsession Oak Leaves and Rake die set.  I liked how the frame turned out and didn’t want to put something inside it that would be too distracting so I thought a few falling leaves would do pretty,

KC Impression Obsession Oak Leaves and Rake 1 rught

I applied peeled paint, spiced marmalade, fired brick and rusty hinge with mini applicators, applied versa over all the coloring with my versa marker and then embossed with glossy accents.  I used the same colors on the tiny leaves, smooshed each one into my versa pad and clear embossed them as well. 

KC Impression Obsession Oak Leaves and Rake 1 center

I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.  The leaves were attached with drops of glossy accents.  I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to use the rake but ended up adding it for another touch of interest.

KC Impression Obsession Oak Leaves and Rake 1 keft

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a restful and relaxing weekend.  I’m sure looking forward to one.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”