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Christmas Dove

Good Sunday  morning. My project today is a little out of my wheelhouse. I love seeing how others use sequins on their projects but I’ve never thought they would work well with my card making style.  I thought I would throw caution to the wind and give it a try and ordered a few of the Pretty Pink Posh holiday and winter sets.   I used the Holiday Shimmer Mix on my card today to embellish Julie’s Bird Shapes and Taylored Expressions Holly Embossing Folder.

KC Essentials by Ellen Bird Shapes 1 left

I attached the embossed holly layer to the card base using strips of mounting tape.  I applied Cosmic Glitter Glue and glitter to the holly leaves, allowed them to dry and attached them to the neck of the dove. I attached sequins to the neck of the dove using glossy accents.  I used mounting tape to attach the dove to the card base.

KC Essentials by Ellen Bird Shapes 1 center

My plan was to have the whole card be white on white with the only color being the holly and sequins but I didn’t really like it.  I decided to add just a couple of sequins to the background but ended up adding more than I really should have.  I just couldn’t seem to stop myself. I think this is a pretty card but it is definitely a case where less may have been better.   LOL!  With that said I have to say how much I love the bird image.

KC Essentials by Ellen Bird Shapes 1 left

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

Card size”  5.50” x 4.25”

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Snowman Window Scene

Good Saturday morning.  I have been having so much fun playing with the new Impression Obsession die release.  There are several new dies in the release that make fast work of creating holiday cards. I linked several of them at the bottom of my post.  There is no one that I know that loves creating projects with lots and lots of details more than me.  But when the Christmas holiday gets near I often need to put together a few fast and easy cards. My project today was made using the whimsical Snowman Window Scene and it took about ten minutes to make.  I could easily mass produce a bunch of these in no time.  Oh…and…have you seen the new line of Taylored Expressions cardstock?  I used Cherry Pop for my card base.

KC Impression Obsession Snowman Window Scene 1 right

The card base is 4.50” square, the white layer is 4.00” square and the red layer is 3.75” square. I attached the front red layer to the white layer with ATG adhesive and then applied mounting tape to the back of the layers and attached them to the card base. I think popping up the layers adds more interest than if it were attached flat to the base.

KC Impression Obsession Snowman Window Scene 1 center

I attached thin strips of mounting tape to several key spots on the back of the snowman window and attached it to the base.

KC Impression Obsession Snowman Window Scene 1 left

This die set comes in two pieces. The outer edge of the frame is one piece and can be used alone to cut a solid shaped die cut. You leave the outer frame die off and cut the scene out in a solid piece of cardstock. I made one up to show the difference.  I added a scalloped frame in white to add more contrast.  I like first card the best.

KC Impression Obsession Snowman Window Scene 2 right

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

 

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Country Christmas Wreath

Good Thursday morning.  I wish I had a dollar for every paper wreath I have made for my cards over the years.  I was excited to see the new Impression Obsession Wreath Builder set with the four different branch shapes.  I used the evergreen, holly and berry branches on today’s project and they work together so well to create natural looking wreath.  I think the red and white gingham paper and scored white background creates a country Christmas feel.  

KC Impression Obsession Wreath Builder 1 right

 

Wreath-Builder

 

I cut the wreath base and several sets of evergreen, holly and berry branches in green and some berry branches in red. I followed my normal basic process of attaching the branches to the base using glossy accents.  You can check out my evergreen wreath step by step picture and video tutorial over on Splitcoaststampers  and the paper wreath tutorial on my blog if you would like to see how I assembled this wreath.  In my tutorials you’ll see that I attach the branches by placing one straight up, one to the left and one to the right and continuing that pattern all the way around the base.  The branches in this set have a right curved and left curved shape and that caused me to modify how I attached them to the base. I attached the holly branches one left and one right all the way around the base.  Next I filled in the wreath with the evergreen branches one left and one right and tucked them in around the holly. I tucked the green berry branches in and around the holly and evergreen to add another lever of fullness.  I used the red berry branches to fill in the center all the way around the wreath.  I need to mention that as I worked to build the fullness of the wreath I cut length off of the branches to confine them within the main shape of holly branch base. I hope that made sense. I applied red stickles to the red berry branches and set the wreath aside to dry.  I finished by adding a white multi loop bow.

KC Impression Obsession Wreath Builder 1 center

I wanted to make the wreath the main focus of my card so I created a simple base using the red gingham and scored white base.  I added a strip of crimped white cardstock to cover where the white and gingham pieces met and to make the card base appear like a wall in a country home.  I attached the wreath to the card base using glossy accents.  I think this wreath is so sweet and old-fashioned looking.

KC Impression Obsession Wreath Builder 1 left

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Die Blog Hop Day Three

Good Wednesday morning and welcome to day three of the Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Die Blog Hop!  We have some beautiful new dies to share AND a Gift Certificates to give away!  You can find all the details and the design team participants on the Impression Obsession Blog . Visit our IO Design Team’s blogs and comment for a chance to win one of THREE $25 Gift Certificates!

My projects today were made using the new Tree Window Scene and Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames .  I made a project over the weekend made using this dark blue and white color combination and loved the contrast.  I thought it would be fun to use that color combination again with this whimsical tree image.  I used the colors two ways and here’s what I came up.  The all white background is pretty but I really love how the white tree and frame pops against the dark blue background.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Window Scene 1 e

I applied double stick tape to the back of the outer frame, cut the window scene down a little to fit and attached it to the frame.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Window Scene 1 c

I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and to a few key spots on the tree trunk and limbs and attached it to the card base.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Window Scene 1 b

Thanks for coming by and I hope you enjoy all the team projects along the hop.

IO Die Hop

Thanks for coming by and I hope you enjoy all the team projects along the hop.

Anna Wight

Daniela Dobson

Dina Kowal

Jeanne Streiff

Jenny Gropp

Karen Amidon

Kittie Caracciolo  (that’s me)

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

 

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Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Die Blog Hop Day 2

IO Die Hop

Good Tuesday morning and welcome to day two of the Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Die Blog Hop!  We have some beautiful new dies to share AND a Gift Certificates to give away!  You can find all the details and the design team participants on the Impression Obsession Blog . Visit our IO Design Team’s blogs and comment for a chance to win one of THREE $25 Gift Certificates!

KC Impression Obsession Spider Trio 1 Combined

Our theme today is Halloween and I had fun making projects that aren’t really too spooky.  Well…unless you’re scared to death of spiders. LOL!  My large card was made using the new  Spider Trio, Spider Web Background and the All-in-One Frames Rectangles 2. I applied double stick tape to the back of the frame, cut a small portion off the Spider Web Background so it would fit and attached it to the frame.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.  All three spiders were attached to the card base with doubled pieces of mounting tape.

KC Impression Obsession Spider Trio 1 right

The small 3” X 3” card was made using the new Bat with Sign and All-in-One Frames Squares.  The bat, sign and frame were all attached to the card base with mounting tape.  Fun, fast and easy and perfect to put in with a special Halloween treat.

KC Impression Obsession Bat with Sign 1 right

Thanks for coming by and I hope you enjoy all the team projects along the hop.

Anna Wight

Daniela Dobson

Dina Kowal

Jeanne Streiff

Jenny Gropp

Karen Amidon

Kittie Caracciolo  (that’s me)

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett

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