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Good Tuesday morning.  The weather here in Florida has been beautiful with low humidity and chilly nights. So the only way I can experience a white Christmas is to create it on my card fronts. My project today was made using the new Impression Obsession Front Door paired with the Wrought Iron Fence and an evergreen wreath and door trim made using the Martha Stewart Branch Punch. The brick background was paper is from the Authentique Classic Christmas pad.

KC Impression Obsession Front Door 1 right

I started by attaching the designer paper to the card base with ATG adhesive.  The door was cut and pieced together using double stick tape and then attached to the card base. I cut the fence sections, applied touches of Crafter’s Pick Ultimate Glue to the back of each with my finger and attached them on either side of the door.  Once they were secure I trimmed off the excess fence and finished off the edges by attaching  thin strips of black cardstock. I finished the scene by attaching a hand cut piece of cardstock across the ground area in front of the door.

I created my wreath for the door using a 3/4” circle and used just the top three sprigs all the way around. 

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I decorated the wreath with punched 1/8” circles attached with glossy accents, applied a multi loop bow  and then applied red stickles to the punched circles for sparkle.  Once the stickles was dry I applied light touches of the Crafter’s Pick with an old paint brush and lightly sprinkled with white flower soft.  You can see my step by step and video wreath tutorial over on Splitcoaststampers.

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I used full pieces of  branches to arrange an evergreen bough across the top of the door frame and on both sides of the door.  I didn’t use quite as light a touch when I applied the Crafter’s Pick to the branches as I did for the wreath.  I wanted the snow to look full and fluffy.

KC Impression Obsession Front Door 1 Center

I applied a fairly significant layer of glue on the ground section with my finger and applied a full layer of flower soft to create a fluffy carpet of snow.

KC Impression Obsession Front Door 1 left

I love the snowy welcoming door scene.  I want to walk right on in.

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Sparkly Nature Christmas Scene and Cyber Monday Sales Alert

Good Monday morning. I had such a nice holiday weekend.  I sure hope you did as well.  I had fun playing with some of my new dies from Impression Obsession that I’ll share with you this week.  My project today was made using the new Split Tree die to be the main focal point of my sparkly winter scene.  I filled my scene with a singe deer from the Deer Pair, Bunnies from the Rabbit Set, Cardinals and lots of sparkly Fir Sprigs.

KC Impression Obsession Split Tree 1 left

I placed the two tree sections together when I ran through my Big Shot Express  to create a full tree.  They can also be used separately on the edge of a card like a gatefold card.  I applied Cosmic glitter glue to the branches and sprinkled clear glitter and set aside to dry.  I cut the frame using Nesting Squares and applied double stick tape to the lower back to attach my hand cut ground snow sections.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape on the back of the frame and attached to the card base. I cut one additional ground snow section and attached to the front of the frame.  I applied glitter glue to the ground sections, sprinkled with clear glitter and allowed to dry.  I cut several pieces of fir sprigs, applied glitter glue and glitter and set aside to dry.

KC Impression Obsession Split Tree 1 center

I cut green fir sprigs and punched 1/8” red circles to use on the necks of the animals. I cut off tiny portions of the fir sprigs and attached to the necks with glossy accents. I attached the red punched circles with glossy accents and applied red stickles to add an additional touch of sparkle. The animals were attached in the scene with mounting tape and the birds were attached with glue dots.  I finished by tucking the frosty white fir sprigs in around the animals and attaching with glossy accents.  Sadly the pictures don’t show how pretty and sparkly this scene is. I can’t explain about how much I love creating snowy nature scenes for my holiday cards. The little pops of red seems to make the scene come alive.

KC Impression Obsession Split Tree 1 right

In my Sunday post I suggested you die lovers may want to ask Santa for a Dremel to help file down the wire edges when you cut dies apart. Today I would like to suggest asking Santa for a Big Shot Express. I’ve had mine for several months now and I just can’t say enough about how much I enjoy having this tool.  If you do lots of die cutting like me then you definitely need to be a very good girl or boy and put this on your Santa wish list.

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Last thing is the sales reminders. Check out Ellen Hutson’s Cyber Monday 20% off 10 year Anniversary Sales,  Impression Obsession Annual Sale and Stamp-n-Storage Holiday Sale..

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Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Wrought Iron Fence and Wreath and Holiday Sales Alert

Good Sunday morning and sadly the last day of the holiday weekend.  It’s back to work and business as usual.  I hope your holiday was wonderful and that you were able to get rested up a little before charging into the busy Christmas holiday preparations. My project today was made using the Impression Obsession Wrought Iron Fence and a wreath made using the Impression Obsession Holly Flourish and Martha Stewart Branch Punch.  If you would like to see how I make my wreaths you can check out my Step by Step picture tutorial and Video tutorial over at Splitcoaststampers. You can also find three different wreath tutorials in the Tutorial section on my right side bar.

KC Impression Obsession Wrought Iron Fence 1 right

I cut a 5.50” x 4.25” black piece of cardstock and attached it with ATG adhesive to a A2 cream card base. I applied ATG adhesive to the back of the music paper and attached to the black card base.  I cut the fence using black cardstock and applied rolled up strips of double stick tape to the back and attached it to the card base.  I didn’t want the fence to be attached to the base so rolled tape allows for a tiny bit of dimension. The pictures below show me using  1/4” tape but I actually used 1/8” for the fence since the bars are very thin. 

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I wanted to create a fairly small wreath that wouldn’t overwhelm the fence so I used a one inch circle for the base.  I punched out lots of branches and cut the stem off right where the first two larger branches fork off so they would fit better for the smaller wreath.

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I attached the branches to the wreath base alternating the pattern-1 left, 1 right and 1 center and repeated it all the way around the base.  Since this is such a small wreath the tightly arranged branches covered the inner circle of the wreath. I cut a couple holly flourish sections, cut them apart and applied 1/8” punched circles for holly berries.  I applied red stickles to the berries for a touch of sparkle and set aside to dry.  I created a small multi loop bow and attached it to the wreath using glue dots. Once the bow was attached I arranged and attached the holly branches with glossy accents to fill in around the wreath.  I tucked several longer pieces in around the bow to mingle with the streamers.  I applied a good amount of glossy accents to the back of the wreath and attached it to the card base.  I took a couple close up pictures for a better view.

KC Impression Obsession Wrought Iron Fence 1 close front

KC Impression Obsession Wrought Iron Fence 1 close side

I thought the wreath would be the perfect embellishment to use with the iron fence and I love the music designer paper in the background.  It reminds me of old-fashioned Christmas decorations.

KC Impression Obsession Wrought Iron Fence 1 left

Before I close I wanted to take a minute to talk about a tool you may want to put on your Santa wish list. If you love collecting dies as much as I do then this small Dremel is the perfect tool to grind and smooth the poking out pieces of wire after you cut the dies apart.  The Dremel is a fairly inexpensive tool that saves lots of time and energy versus hand filing off the pieces.  I can’t tell you how many times I have hurt myself with those ugly little wire tips. My husband has a larger Dremel out on his tool bench that would be overkill for our little dies. I’ve linked the Dremel that I have down in my supply list so you’ll know which one to ask Santa for. 

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Last thing is the sales reminders. Check out Ellen Hutson’s 10 year Anniversary Sales,  Impression Obsession Annual Sale and Stamp-n-Storage Holiday Sale..

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Thanks for coming by today and I hope you continue to have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

 

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Snowglobe Village and Holiday Sales Alert

Good Saturday morning.  When I first saw the Tim Holtz Snowglobe die set I couldn’t resist purchasing it because I love creating village cards.   I must admit that I was a tiny bit addled when I opened the envelope and saw 23 pieces in the set.  I was sure I had bitten off more than I could handle but after laying out all the pieces everything made sense.  There are two large dies to make mountains and matching pieces to create snow caps but I made them green so there wouldn’t be too many colors to muddy up my scene. I think they just look like large snow caped trees.  LOL!  Instead of using the arched snowglobe frame that comes in the set I opted to use my My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames.  I added tiny evergreen boughs to the houses made using my Martha Stewart Branch Punch and 1/16” punched circles.

KC Sizzix Snowglobe 1 right

I assembled all the pieces to create the houses.  There are two different  roof pieces to use with the house die so you can create variety in the scene. I backed all the house windows with a Gold Shimmer cardstock from Papertrey.  I used the same paper to cut several stars.  The two large mountain sections in green along with several small trees. I cut and attached the snow caps to the mountains with glossy accents.  I wanted the small trees to have snow caps so I cut them out in white and cut them with my scalloped scissors and attached them with glossy accents.  I cut the frame, applied double stick tape to the lower back  section of the frame and attached the ground snow.  Then I attached thin strips of mounting tape and attached a back ground snow section, applied double stick tape to the back of that section and then attached the whole frame to the card base.  I could have left off the back snow section because it is almost totally covered by the tree and houses. 

KC Sizzix Snowglobe 1 center

I began applying mounting tape to the back of the green tree sections and attached to the card base.  I tucked the houses in behind the ground snow and attached them in place with mounting tape. I added the one small tree with the star and two larger trees on either side of the scene for balance.  I finished by attaching several stars in the sky with glossy accents.  I added sparkle to the stars with yellow stickles and to the red berries with red stickles.  Too bad you can’t really see the sparkle in the photos.  This set is fun to play with but I must admit that I would have much preferred using softer more natural shaped trees.  My husband, however loved the mod feel of the trees.  Just to shed a little light on our differing tastes Bob says he felt like was the Jetsons moving in with the Waltons.   LOL!

KC Sizzix Snowglobe 1 left

Have you had a chance to check out the sales listed below.  I would be so honored if you would shop using my direct store links.

Check out Ellen Hutson’s 10 year Anniversary Sales.  Be sure to check out the three different sales times and coupon codes.

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Thanks for coming by today and I hope you continue to have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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