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October 2017

Clean and Simple Gold Christmas Bells

Good Tuesday morning.  I have a clean and simple Christmas project to share with you today using the Impression Obsession Bells set along with Pine Pair and Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames.  I think these intricate die cut bells are perfect to use alone or embellished.  I love using an all white card background (I know I say that all the time) to allow the main images stand out.  These bells cut in gold and decorated with an old-fashioned Christmas patterned ribbon and pine branches look so pretty against the white.  Too bad the photos don’t show how pretty the gold paper is.

KC Impression Obsession Bells 1 right

I applied mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached to the card base.  I applied tiny pieces of mounting tape to the top portion of the bells and attached them in place.  I tied a multi loop bow and cut three pieces of pine branches to use to embellish the bells.  I applied glossy accents to the pine branches and attached to the bells.  The ribbon was attached with three glue dots.  I finished the ribbon by adding a formed 1/4” punched gold circle to bring in another element of the gold. 

 

KC Impression Obsession Bells 1 center

I took a picture of the bells before I decorated so you could see how pretty they are all by themselves. A pretty gold embossed sentiment inside either of these versions of the card would be the perfect finish. Both of these versions are fast, easy and would be perfect for mass producing your holiday cards.

KC Impression Obsession Bells 1 no trim

I appreciate you coming by today and I hope your week is going well.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Christmas Tree Peace

Good Sunday morning. I have a fast and easy holiday card to share with you today made using the Impression Obsession Peace Frame, Snowfall, Sun and Moon and Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames.  The designer paper is from the Penny Black Festive and Frosty pad.I love the snowfall background and think it is perfect to use with the trees and peace die cut sentiment.  It makes such a nice impression on the card front and yet is really easy to put together.  These dies would be easy to use to mass produce your holiday cards.

Kc Impression Obsession Peace Frame 2 right  

The Peace Frame actually cuts out a square frame opening but I wanted to create a rectangle frame so I could show off more of the designer paper.  I cut both the peace frame and 6-in-1 frame out in red.   I hand cut a ground snow layer and attached it to the back of the outer frame with double stick tape.  I trimmed off the outer edges of the peace frame and attached it to the back of the front frame with double stick tape. I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached the trimmed snowfall piece.  I applied double stick tape to the back of the snowfall piece and attached it to the card base.

Kc Impression Obsession Peace Frame 2 center

I attached the front tree to the card base with a double section of mounting tape.  The smaller trees were attached behind the ground snow and were attached with mounting tape.  I finished by applying the tiny star on the front tree with glossy accents.  Fun, fast and easy.

Kc Impression Obsession Peace Frame 2 left

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have an enjoyable Sunday.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Framed Acorns

Good Tuesday morning.  Have you seen the new Essentials by Ellen release landing page?  There are wonderful sample ideas for using the new sets as well as a great coloring video by Sandy Allnock.  I love the new release format on the store site so I can see all the sets at once and get inspiration at the same time. My project today was made using the new Thistle Die Set.  I had lots of fun coloring the die cuts to create a fall arrangement.  I know the leaves in the set are not oak leaves but I liked surrounding the acorns with the bright colors anyway.

KC Essentials by Ellen Thistle 1 left

I cut all the pieces using white cardstock.  Before I started coloring my die cuts I Googled acorn photos for inspiration on how to create a realistic acorn for my project. 

acorns

I loved the texture on the acorn cap in the photo.  I misted water on the back of the cap pieces to soften the paper, laid them face down on the leaf pad and then used the small tipped stylus from my Garden Tool Kit to apply the markings.  I turned the caps over and used mini applicators to apply Antique Linen and Vintage Photo ink to color.  I colored the acorn bodies and twig branches using Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs ink. The leaves were colored using Wild Honey, Fired Brick and Peeled Paint inks.  You can see a short mini video that I put on Instagram if you would like to see how I color my leaves.  Be gentle as it is my first time to make a video using my iPhone.  LOL!  I cut the frame using Essentials by Ellen Tan Woodgrain cardstock and layered the card base with White Woodgrain cardstock.

KC Essentials by Ellen Thistle 1 center

I attached the frame to the card base using thin strips of mounting tape.  I attached a few of the leaf sections and bare branches to to the card base with glossy accents to create a base arrangement for the acorns.  The acorns were attached with doubled up pieces of mounting tape. Once the acorns were in place I tucked a few more branches and leaves around them to finish the arrangement.  I added a tiny bit of sparkle to the acorn caps with clear Wink of Stella.  I doesn’t show well in the photos but it helped distinguish the caps from the body of the acorns.

KC Essentials by Ellen Thistle 1 right

Although I didn’t use the new Thistle Stamp Set for my project I linked it below.  The images are beautiful and can be used to create gorgeous floral images.  Thanks so much for coming by and I hope you have a great day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Framed Happy Fall Leaves

Good Monday morning.  I have a clean and simple fall card to share with you today using the Impression Obsession Fall Leaf Background paired with the Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames.  I decided to frame just a portion of the leafy background and sentiment instead of using the complete die cut layer.  I love using bright colors with an all white background.  The white seems to make the colors really pop.

KC Impression Obsession Fall Leaf Background 3 right

I cut the leaf background and colored a portion of it using mini applicators and Peeled Paint, Fired Brick and Wild Honey Distress Inks.  I cut the colored portion of the background to fit behind the frame. I applied double stick tape to the back of the frame and attached the leaf layer. 

KC Impression Obsession Fall Leaf Background 3 center

I applied thin strip of mounting tape to the back of the frame and a couple key spots on the leaf background and attached it to the card base.  I cut out a second Happy Fall section of the background, trimmed it and popped it up over the base using thin strips of mounting tape.

KC Impression Obsession Fall Leaf Background 3 left

This is really a fast and easy, clean and simple fall card and yet makes such a pretty statement.  It would be really easy to mass produce.  Thank you for coming by today and I hope you have a great week.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Impression Obsession “Haunted Greetings” Challenge

Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Impression Obsession “Haunted Greetings” design team challenge.  I’m not so fond of spooky or scary Halloween projects so I tend to stick with things that are more on the fun and cute side.  I decided to do something a little different today and made the majority of my project black and white.  My card was made using the Square Tree Window, Boo and Mini Bats.  The designer paper in the background is Essentials by Ellen Modern Graphics.

KC Impression Obsession Boo 1 right

I started by attaching the designer paper to the card base using ATG adhesive.  I then attached mounting tape to the back of the tree window frame and attached it to the card base.  I die cut the Boo and accessories in black, white and orange so I could layer them to create a shadow of color so they would show up better on the black and white background.  I attached the ghost, cat and witch hat to the colored background piece with glossy accents.

KC Impression Obsession Boo 1 center

The Boo sentiment was attached to the frame with pieces of mounting tape. The hat, cat and ghost were attached to the Boo with pieces of mounting tape.  I finished by adding a few white bats to the frame for a white contrast against the black frame.

KC Impression Obsession Boo 1 left

Why don’t you come along and play with us. To enter the challenge and see a complete list of our team payers go to the Impression Obsession Blog.  You’ll see all the details there!  A random challenge card will be selected to showcase on the IO blog.

Anna Wight

Chris Dayton

Dina Kowal

llina Crouse

Jeanne Streiff

Jenny Gropp

Karen Amidon

Kelli Hull

Kittie Caracciolo  (that’s me)

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett

Card size:  5.25” square

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