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July 2017

Splitcoaststampers Dare To Get Dirty

Good Monday morning.  The Splitcoaststampers Dare To Get Dirty event is going on this week and what fun it is.  Each summer Splitcoaststampers holds a celebration event as a thank you for all of the Fan Club members. If you are a Fan Club member and aren’t familiar with this event you can click here to go and check it out.  If you are unfamiliar with the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club you can click here to find out more information about membership advantages.  I am hosting a Dare To Get Dirty challenge today and I would love for you to come on over and check it out

My project today was made using the Beach Chairs, Palm Trees and Hammock, Mini Beach Fun Set, Sea Birds, Beach Fence and Grass Border.  

Kittie Beach Challenge left

I started by applying Antique Linen ink to the bottom portion of the scene layer for the sand as well as another piece of cardstock to cut and use for the sand layers. Next I masked off the sky area  with a piece of Eclipse masking tape and applied Broken China ink to create the  the water.  I used a mini applicator to apply the blue along the sand edge because it is smaller and kept the blue off of the brown. Then I used the ink blending tool to apply the rest of the water.  While the mask was still on I lightly applied white embossing paste with my finger, gently tapping the paste to create the appearance of sea foam.  White the paste was still wet I sprinkled clear glitter on to add some sparkle.  It’s hard to see it in the photos.  I removed the mask and used an ink blending tool with Broken China ink and cloud template to create the sky area.  I cut two additional sand sections using my  deckle scissors.  I always like the look of the deckled edge for sand so it looks more natural.

Kittie Beach Challenge center

I cut two sets of the trees, the sand castle and fence sections.  I applied Vintage Photo ink to the tree trunks and fence with a mini applicator and then applied the Shabby Shutters to the tree tops as well as the grass border.  I applied Antique Linen ink to the sand castle with the mini applicator. The chair and birds were cut using white cardstock and the bucket and shovel were cut in red and blue. I applied Pumice Stone ink to the birds using a mini applicator.  Once I had all the parts and pieces colored and in place I began assembling the scene.  First I attached the two sand layers to the card base using thin strips of mounting tape.  The trees were attached in behind the sand layers using mounting tape.  Next I bent the fence sections lightly to look weathered and attached them to the sand layer in front of the trees with glossy accents.  The chair, sandcastle and bucket were all tucked in behind the sand and attached with mounting tape.   I cut two small sections of the grass border and attached them  in front of the fence with glossy accents.  The birds were colored with Pumice Stone ink and a mini applicator and were attached in the sky using small pieces of mounting tape.

I should have been finished with the card but decided to add Cosmic Glitter Glue to the sand castle and sand layers and sprinkled with clear glitter.  It made the sand look real.  Too bad it doesn’t show in the photos.

Kittie Beach Challenge right

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a great week.  Just a reminder that this is the last day of the Stamp-n-Storage Just For You sale.  Be sure to use Coupon Code: SAVE15.



Branch Framed Garden Scene

Good Monday afternoon.  I have a stamped watercolor garden scene to share with you today using the Art Impressions Watercolor Tree Set, Watercolor Foliage Set and Watercolor Flower Set paired with the Impression Obsession Branches Corner.  I used my retired Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Mini fern stamp to create the leaves on the trees. I used Distress Markers to apply ink to the stamps and used water brushes to  pull the color out for the grass and lightly touched the flowers to soften.

KC Art Impressions Tree Set 3 right

I secured the watercolor paper in my MISTI with the magnets and set the tree stamp in place, applied ink and stamped a couple of times to get good coverage.  I repeated this  step two more times to create three trees.  You can really only see two well in the scene.  I tried something different for my trees this time and I like how it worked.  I stamped the trees in green thinking it would be easier to cover the upper branches when applying leaves.  Then I took my brown marker and colored over the green trunk and lower branches.  It worked great. Next I stamped the leaves using a darker green and lighter green to fill in the tree.  I used the darker green to stamp the grass images leaving small spaces in between each image.  I added purple flowers all around the tree trunks and ground area.  Then I used a damp brush to pull the green from the grass images to fill in all around the flowers and used a wet brush to pull the green out to the edges of the scene.  I added a few pink flowers in the background to draw the eye back.  I applied tiny dots of white gel pen to the center of each of the purple flowers. I finished the scene by sponging blue in the sky area using an ink blending tool.

KC Art Impressions Tree Set 3 center

I cut four Branches Corners to use to create the branch frame.  I applied double stick tape to the back three sides of the frame.  I attached one full branch in the left corner, turned one on it’s side and attached to the right side of the frame.  I cut the other two branches apart and attached to the lower sides of the frame.  I attached the scene to the card base using ATG adhesive.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it over the scene to finish.

KC Art Impressions Tree Set 3 left

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Shore Birds

Good Sunday morning.  I have a simple beach scene to share with you today made using the Impression Obsession Shore Birds and Small Grass.  The frame was made using the My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames

KC Impression Obsession Shore Birds 5 right

I started by applying Vintage Photo ink to the bottom of the scene layer as well as a separate piece of cardstock using an ink blending too.  I applied a little bit of texture to the sand using a stamp from a retired Stampin’ Up! set called Itty Bitty Backgrounds. I used my deckle scissors to cut the front sand layer.  I masked off the sky area and applied Broken China ink to the water portion of the scene and then removed the mask and softly applied blue in the sky area.  I heat set the ink with my heat gun. I applied white embossing paste to water’s edge using my finger in a light tapping motion and before it dried I sprinkled clear glitter over the paste for a touch of sparkle.  I used a black Copic marker using a scribble motion to color the birds back and head.

KC Impression Obsession Shore Birds 5 center

I applied double stick tape to the bottom back of the frame and attached the front sand section. I applied thin strips of mounting tape all the way around the frame and attached it to the scene layer. I attached a blue layer behind the scene with ATG adhesive to break up some of the white. The whole frame scene was attached to the card base using ATG adhesive. I tucked the small grass sections in behind the frame and sand layer attaching with glossy accents.  The birds were attached in the scene with small pieces of mounting tape. 

KC Impression Obsession Shore Birds 5 left

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Don’t forget about the 40% off Christmas in July sale going on over at Ellen Hutson.

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Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”



Essentials by Ellen Christmas in July

Good Saturday morning.   We are still enjoying the lazy days of summer but it's always fun to think about crafting for the holidays! And the Essentials by Ellen line is full of holiday stamps & dies that inspire us to get creating! You will definitely want to hop on over to the CLASSroom to see the wonderful projects by our design team.  Be sure and check out the 40% off Christmas in July Sale Category  at the bottom of my post.

There is nothing more fun to me than making snowman holiday cards.  Snowmen are so whimsical and happy looking.  Julie’s Fat Pants Stamps and Fat Pants Die Set offers different coordinating faces, beards, hats and scarf images to mix and match together to create fun holiday characters.  I used a tree image from Brandi’s Tree Farm Stamps and Tree Farm Die Set accompany the snowman and used the JOY from Julie’s Holiday Words Die Set for the sentiment.

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 3 right 

I cut the head of the snowman and punched two graduated larger circles for the body.  I secured the head and mid-section pieces in place on my MISTI and stamped the face and coal images using black versafine.  I applied a second coat of black versa and stamped a second time to get good crisp images. I can’t say enough how much I love both my MISTI and Mini MISTI.  Do you have o ne?  If not you don’t know what you're missing.  I attached the three circles together using glossy accents to create the whole snowman body.  Next I cut the hat and attached a thin red ribbon using double stick tape.  I attached mini branch sections and tiny red punched circles using glossy accents. I cut a piece of Christmassy ribbon to use as a scarf and cut fringe on both ends.  I used the tip of my paper piercer to separate and feather out the fringe. I attached the ribbon to the snowman using glue dots and embellished it with another mini branch arrangement.

I stamped the tree using black versafine, die cut it and then ran it through my crimper to add a little dimension.  I cut the JOY and added one more little mini branch arrangement to the O.  I like adding little design elements like these in threes.

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 3 center

I cut two ground snow sections and attached them to the back of the red frame using double stick tape. Next I attached thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.  I tucked the snowman in between the ground sections and attached him in place using pieces of mounting tape.  I turned the tree a little sideways and attached it to the snowman using mounting tape. I finished the scene by attaching the JOY to the ground sections using double pieces of  mounting tape.  I got a little crazy with a Crafter’s Companion Sparkle Pen and applied sparkle to the whole tree and all the mini branches and berries.  The sparkle doesn’t show up well in the photos but it looks great in person. I think all the colorful elements of the snowman scene pop perfectly against the all white background.

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 3 left

I thought I would share a couple projects that I made last holiday season using the Fat Pants sets.  You’ve got to love that mod Santa Tag.

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 2 Tag

Here’s another Fat Pants Snowman  surrounded by snowy evergreens.

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 1 right

DRUM ROLL PLEASE……check out the special 40% off Christmas in July Sales Category.   The sales from July 21st thru July 24th.  You are going to see the holiday sets I have used today and lots, lots more.  You won't want to miss it.

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Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”




Ellen Hutson Christmas In July Sale Enabler Alert

Good afternoon.  I couldn’t resist sending out an additional post today alerting you to the special 40% off Christmas in July Sale going on starting today and going through until the 24th.  The discount is only for items listed in the special sales category.   I just popped over to check it out the sale and I am amazed at how many of my favorite product lines are in the sale.  So if you have holiday stamps and dies on your wish list this is the perfect time to grab them at the sale price before they are gone. 

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