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My Irma Vacation and Essentials By Ellen Concertina Tag

Good Friday morning!  It has been quite a while since my last post.  I attended my nephews wedding  in Maryland over the Labor Day holiday weekend and came home just in time for Hurricane Irma’s visit to Florida.  I won’t go into all the ugly details of my “Irma vacation” but we endured the Florida 90 degree temps and high humidity for ten days with no power at our house.  I have no real complaints because we remained safe during the storm and we were truly blessed with no damage to our home.  I believe in guardian angels and I know they were watching over us.  In the big scheme of things it was just a minor inconvenience compared to the devastation and destruction endured by others during all the storms. 

While I was out of commission I missed being able to post my project for the new Essentials by Ellen September release.  You will definitely want to check out this release if you haven’t seen it already.  My project  was made using the Concertina Tag Dies paired with several fun images from the other new sets.

Kittie Concertina Tag

I started by cutting a white tag for the base.  I then cut a red tag and cut it into two sections for layering.  I cut the top portion of the red layer using the bottom of the cutting die to create  matching decorative layers for all three tag sections.  I attached the top portion to the white using ATG adhesive. Next I trimmed off enough of the bottom section to leave a strip of white space all the way across the three tag sections and attached it to the base using ATG adhesive and offsetting it a tad bit to allow the white bottom border show. I cut all the sentiment letters in green and the Peeking out again in white so I could create a shadow.  The words Joy, Merry and No Peeking were attached to the tag base using Crafter’s Pick Ultimate Glue.  I attached the large circles and star whole covers over the circular opening at the top of each tag.

KC Essentials by Ellen Concertina Tag Dies front

Next I secured all the small images in my MISTI and stamped them multiple times using black versafine and then heat set.  I used markers to color the images and cut them out.  I applied Liquid Applique to the Santa hat, heat set and attached it to the O using glossy accents. I attached the candy canes to the back of the gingerbread boys and attached them to the tag base using glossy accents.  I created a dimensional Christmas tree with several layers of tree and applied tiny red ornaments using red stickles.  I cut a tiny star from Julie’s Home and Hearth set to use on top of the tree and an additional star as an additional embellishment for the merry tag section.  I attached tiny holly and berries to the N and O on the third tag using glossy accents.  I finished by applying red stickles to the berries, gingerbread boy arms and legs and the red stripes on the candy canes to add sparkle.  So sad that it doesn’t show well in the photos.

KC Essentials by Ellen Concertina Tag Dies center view

You can see all the sets displayed together on this page as well as videos by Julie and Brandi discussing their new release sets.

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


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.

Ellen christmas-in-july-sale

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”




Impression Obsession 2017 Fall/Winter Release Day 5

Good Friday morning and welcome to day five of the Impression Obsession Fall/Winter (and more!) Stamp Release Hop!  We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!  The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 21st.  Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of 6 $25 Gift Certificates! One winner will be chosen each day and then an extra winner will be chosen randomly from all hop days. Comments on all hop days will be open until July 23rd at 9pm CT. All winners will be announced on July 24th.  The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!

If you’ve arrived from Kelli’s blog you’re at the right place. If not please head to the Impression Obsession blog to start at the beginning of the hop.

My project today was made using the new Solid Holly background stamp paired with the Large Poinsettia Set, Small Poinsettia Set, Holly Flourish, Pine Pair, Foliage and the Merry Christmas Sentiment.

KC Impression Obsession Solid Holly 1 right

I started by placing the holly background stamp and paper in my MISTI.  I applied versa to the stamp and stamped three different times to get full coverage.  I think I need to add versa refill to my pad.  Anyway…..the beauty is that my MISTI held my stamp exactly in place which allowed me to stamp over and over again until I got the image I wanted and kept it perfectly in line. I applied clear embossing powder to the holly stamped image and heat embossed.  I cut a full set of large and small poinsettias and used a mini applicator to apply Festive Berry ink to all the petals.  I cut two large poinsettia sections in green to use as my background foliage for the poinsettia and a couple holly flourish sections and pine pairs and used a mini applicator to apply Peeled Paint to the leaves.  Although the red and green ink doesn’t really show up well in the picture it adds depth to the flower and foliage.  I applied several small 1/8” punched circles to the holly branches.  I cut a small branch of foliage leaves in yellow to use in the center of the flower and applied Mustard Seed ink using a mini applicator.

KC Impression Obsession Solid Holly 1 center

The sentiment was attached to the white layer using thin strips of mounting tape. The sentiment layer was attached to the card base using mounting tape.

I formed the flower petals using my stylus and molding pad and attached the sections together using glossy accents.  I attached the green leaves to the back of the flower and attached with glossy accents.  I applied a good amount of glossy accents to the back of the poinsettia and attached it to the card base.  I curled the small mustard colored leaves, applied Crafter’s Pick glue to each and set them in the center of the flower. The beauty of the Crafter’s Pick glue is that it dries perfectly clear but takes lots more time to dry than glossy accents.  I gently formed the holly and pine with my fingers and tucked them under the poinsettia and attached with glossy accents. I love how pretty the poinsettia and foliage looks against the green holly background and with the pop of white for the sentiment. 

KC Impression Obsession Solid Holly 1 left

Your next step on the hop will be Laura’s blog.

Thanks so much for coming by and I hope you enjoy all the fun design team projects.

Card size:  5.25” square

solid holly


Joy to the World

Good morning and Merry Christmas.  My Christmas morning project was made using the Impression Obsession Joy to the World sentiment die and paired with the Pine Pair and  Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Stackables.

KC Impression Obsession Joy to the World 1 right

The scalloped layers were attached to the card base with mounting tape. The sentiment was attached with tiny pieces of mounting tape applied to the larger letter sections of the sentiment.

KC Impression Obsession Joy to the World 1 center

The pine was arranged and attached to the top corner using glossy accents. The multi loop bow was attached with glue dots.

KC Impression Obsession Joy to the World 1 left

I love the gorgeous Impression Obsession Joy to the World sentiment and wanted to share it for my Christmas morning post.  It truly is the reason for our celebration during this special time of year.  Bob and I wish you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas. 

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Merry Christmas and Pine

Good Saturday afternoon.  I have had a good time today playing with some of the Impression Obsession holidays that I haven’t had the chance to use yet.  I love the flourish surrounding the sentiment and the tiny ornament and deer that came with the Merry Christmas Flourish set.  I used the Pine Pair and my new Lawn Fawn Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables.

KC Impression Obsession Merry Christmas Flourish 1 right

I attached both the scalloped layers to the card base using mounting tape.  Then I cut tiny pieces of mounting tape and attached to the major letters of the sentiment and attached to the white scalloped layer.

KC Impression Obsession Merry Christmas Flourish 1 center

I attached the pine pieces to the top corner of the card using glossy accents and attached the multi loop bow with glue dots. I finished by adding one of the leaping deer and tiny gold ornament.

KC Impression Obsession Merry Christmas Flourish 1left

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas eve with your family and friends.  We are gong to watch White Christmas this evening.  It’s our favorite Christmas classic.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”