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Rustic Christmas Wreath

Good Sunday morning.  I love making wreath projects and couldn’t resist purchasing the new Penny Black Layered Christmas Wreath set with the pine, holly, berry and mistletoe sprigs.  While I was shopping I picked up the Antique Frame Set as well.  For my project today I created a rustic wreath and cut a rustic frame using Essentials by Ellen Tan Woodgrain cardstock.  

KC Penny Black Layered Christmas Wreath 1 left

I cut several sets of foliage using green cardstock and several pieces of pine using brown cardstock.  Before beginning to assemble the wreath I applied Autumn Red Crystal Drops to the berry branches and Simply White Crystal Drops to the mistletoe berries and set them aside to dry.  I cut the frame using the tan woodgrain cardstock and applied Vintage Photo ink by swiping the ink pad directly over the paper.  I smoothed out the color using a damp baby wipe and heat set the ink using my heat gun. I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.

KC Penny Black Layered Christmas Wreath 1 center

I used the leaf tool and leaf pad  to apply scored lines on the holly leaves. I started assembling the wreath by attaching the holly branches around the wreath base using glossy accents. Next I tucked the pine branches around the holly leaves and attached with glossy accents.  Once the crystal drops were dried on the berries and mistletoe branches I tucked them around the holly and pine and attached with glossy accents.  I finished the wreath by adding a multi loop bow

KC Penny Black Layered Christmas Wreath 1 close

I took a close up picture of the wreath so you could get a good look at how nice the crystal drops look on the branches.  I love how they dried with a dimensional appearance.

KC Penny Black Layered Christmas Wreath 1 right

The pictures just don’t this project justice.  I probably should have used a cream card base instead of white.  It is just so much prettier in person.

I wanted to take the opportunity to mention that the Vintage Frame set comes assembled with the thin wires that need to be cut off.  I don’t remember often enough to draw your attention to the small hand held Dremel that I use us to smooth off those pointed wire edges.  The Dremel makes quick work of smoothing the edges and is so much faster than trying to file them down by hand.  I’ve linked the Dremel below in case you want to check it out. The time savings and good finish makes it well worth the price.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying your Sunday. 

Card size”":  5.50” x 4.25”


Framed Poinsettia Arrangement

Good Saturday morning.  I never tire of making poinsettia cards during the Christmas holiday season.  I hope you don’t tire of seeing them.  I recently purchased the Spellbinders Thinking of You Scalloped Rectangle Frame Set and couldn’t resist pairing the smaller frame with a sugared poinsettia arrangement.  I used the Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia Set, Foliage Set along with the Impression Obsession Pine Sprig Cluster to create the floral arrangements and layered the whole design using the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Set. 

KC Spellbinder Poinsettia 6 right

I’m going to refer you back to a poinsettia tutorial I did years ago to show how I form the flowers and attach the layers together.  The forming steps are the same but for my flowers today I added color to my petals and foliage before I shaped them. I cut the flowers and large foliage pieces using white cardstock.  I applied Candied Apple ink to the poinsettia layers using a mini applicator.  I applied Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint ink to the large foliage pieces and large flower section using a mini applicator.  The pine cluster pieces were cut using Easter Grass cardstock. The flower layers were formed using my stylus and molding pad from the Garden Tool Kit and attached together using glossy accents.  I placed a drop og glossy accents in the center of each flower and inserted the tiny yellow flower center in place.  I used a Sofft stylus and tip to apply Cosmic Glitter glue to the flower petals and foliage and sprinkled them with clear Rock Candy glitter.

While I was at it I took a few step by step photos showing how I made the yellow flower center for my poinsettia.  For the purposes of the mini tutorial I made the cuts on the cardstock wider than I actually made for my flower so it would show up better for the photos. 


I cut a thin strip of cardstock about about 1/2” wide and cut several thin strips along one side.  I start making the whole thing bigger than necessary just so it is easier to work with and so my old eyes don’t give out on me.  Once it is completed I cut it down to the size I need for my flowers.


I gently rolled the paper around my tweezers to shape.


I applied glossy accents to the base edge and then closed around the tweezers.



I cut the strips off to shorten and then remove from the tips of the tweezers.


I turn the piece around, clamp it in place with my tweezers and trim off the base side to shorten to fit in my flowers.


I spread out the little strips and attach it in the flower center.  Remember that I made these strips wider to show better for my photos.  In reality my little strips were only about 1/16” wide and fanned out to look more delicate than this photo shows.

KC Spellbinder Poinsettia 6 center

I attached the scalloped layer to the card base with thin strips of mounting tape.  I cut very thin strips of mounting tape and applied to the back of the decorative frame and attached it to the scalloped layer.  I used glossy accents to attach the poinsettias to the frame and then tucked the foliage sections under and around the flowers and attached with glossy accents. I like that the pine sprigs cut from green cardstock add another color of green so they show up well with the larger foliage pieces.

KC Spellbinder Poinsettia 6 left

Did you happen to see my Ten Year Anniversary Post and Blog Candy Opportunity?  If not hop on over to check it out and leave a comment for a chance to win one of ten blog candy gifts offerings.  All you need to do to qualify is leave a comment by 5:00 Tuesday, November 14.

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Ten Year Blog Anniversary Celebration and Blog Candy

Good Thursday morning.  Today I am celebrating a “Ten Year Blog Anniversary” milestone.  My Very First Blog Post ever was published ten  years ago on November 9 2007.  It is amazing to look back on my original post and to browse through the years to see all the twists and turns my paper crafting style has taken.  This will be my 2206th post and I am honored to have had 7,406,868 page views to date.  I thought it would be fun to celebrate my anniversary by giving a blog candy gift for each year as a thank you to you for following my blog.  You can see more details about the blog candy below.

KC Impression Obsession Evergreen Trees 1 right

I love making snowy winter scenes for holiday cards. Today’s project was made using the Impression Obsession Fir Tree, Small Fir Tree, Evergreen Trees and Sun and Moon. The frame was using the My Favorite Things Pierced Square Frames.  I secured the stamps and cardstock in my MISTI and stamped using Peeled Paint ink.  I stamped three trees on the card base and then stamped several random trees.  I placed my dies over the stamped random trees and die cut them.  I wanted the die cut trees to have the same pattern as the background trees.  In the end it didn’t matter much because I covered them so much with white embossing paste and glitter.

KC Impression Obsession Evergreen Trees 1 center

Once the background trees were stamped I heat set them and then applied Tumbled Glass ink to the sky area using an ink blending tool.  I applied white embossing paste to the stamped and die cut trees by lightly tapping it on with my finger and then sprinkled with the clear glitter.  I also applied the paste to the ground area on the tree background and sprinkled with glitter. 

I attached the tree background to the back of the frame using thin strips of mounting tape.  I attached the green layer behind the framed scene with ATG adhesive and then attached to the white card base using ATG adhesive.  I secured the die cut trees in place using strips of mounting tape.  I used a tiny tipped brush to apply white dots of white paint to the sky area to create falling snow and then finished by adding one star in the sky.  This is really so much prettier in person than it shows in the photos.  That seems to happen so often. 

KC Impression Obsession Evergreen Trees 1 left

Here a the projects from my first post.

KC Lovely as a Tree 24

Stampin” Up! Lovely as a Tree.   Lovely as a Tree is one of my favorite SU sets and I will never let it go.

KC Punch Pals

Stampin’ Up! Punch Pals

All you need to do to qualify for one of my ten blog candy gifts is leave a comment telling me how your paper crafting style has changed over time.  You will have until Tuesday, Nov 14th at 5:00  pm to comment and the winners will be announced on my Wednesday blog post. Here are photos of the ten gifts.  Some are brand new and some have been gently used.  The winners will be selected  by and the gifts will be awarded in the same order.  Good luck!

Art Impressions Trifolds 


Elizabeth Assorted Dies

Memory Box Frames

Memory Box Loose Dies

MFT Assorted Dies

MFT Stencils

Spellbinders 1

Spellbinders 2

Tonic Assorted Dies

Thank you so much for coming by and for ten years of following my blog.  I appreciate it more than you know.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”



Christmas Angel

Good Friday morning.  My project today is a clean and simple Christmas card made using the Impression Obsession Angel paired with the Pine Sprig Cluster, a poinsettia made using a flower from the Spring Wreath set and the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Stackables.

KC Impression Obsession Angel 1 right

I started by layering the scalloped red layer to the green using mounting tape.  I added another element of dimension by attaching the green layer to the card base with mounting tape.  I attached  small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the angel and attached it to the card base.

KC Impression Obsession Angel 1 center

I tied a gold organdy multi loop bow and attached it to the angel with glue dots.  I tucked a few pine sprigs under the bot and attached with glossy accents.  I finished by creating a small poinsettia and attaching it in the center of the bow with glue dots.

KC Impression Obsession Angel 1 left

This delicate die cut angel is so pretty and I think it looks perfect against the red.  Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great weekend.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


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”