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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist in The CLASSroom

Good Wednesday morning.  Have you been checking out the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist in the CLASSroom? This is my 6th year to take part in this special holiday event and I look forward to it every year.   I would like to invite you to join me and Obsession Obsession design teammate Daniela Dobson in The CLASSroom to see what we came up with.

Tag and Bow

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


Ellen Hutson LLC 11th Anniversary Blog Hop

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Good Friday morning and welcome to the 5th day of the Ellen Hutson 11th Anniversary Blog Hop.  You should have arrived here from LauraJane Head’s wonderful post.  You will definitely want to go to The CLASSroom to learn all the details about the wonderful prize opportunities.

I have been a happy and faithful customer of Ellen’s since she opened her online store.  I made Bob’s Christmas shopping very easy each year as my wish lists were always filled with new “must have” products in the store.  You can imagine how thrilled I was several years ago when Ellen invited me to be a member of The CLASSroom design team. 

For this special anniversary hop the designers were asked to create a project using our favorite Essentials by Ellen products. {{{{{WHAT???}}}}} How do I choose?  After much thought I finally decided to use Fat Pants and Hinged Alphabet.  I have always loved making snowmen and snowy scene holiday cards. I simply adore the fun snowman elements in the Fat Pants sets.  To me there is nothing cuter than using a black top hat, scarf and holiday holly leaves and sparkly berries to dress the snowman up.

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 4 right

I started by cutting out the snowman elements.  I stamped the face and body buttons using black versafine ink.  I applied Nuvo Crystal Drops to a craft sheet, allowed them to dry well and then picked them up with the tip of my paper piercer and attached them to the eyes, mouth and buttons using glossy accents.  You can see my sheet below with several Nuvo Drop colors I made for a few future projects.   I am too big a chicken to try applying the crystal drops directly on my project because I know I will somehow mess it up and have to start over.  LOL!

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I attached the body parts of the snowman together with large glue dots and attached the hat with mounting tape.  I decorated the hat and scarf using ribbon, holly leaves and berries attached with glue dots and glossy accents.  I added sparkle to the berries using red stickles. I applied brown ink to the branch arms and attached them to the back of the snowman body with glossy accents.

I cut the red scalloped layer, set the hinged letter dies in place and secured them with pieces of Eclipse masking tape and ran through my Big Shot to cut.  I cut a piece of blue cardstock and applied white falling snow using a white gel pen.  I hand cut a snow layer using my deckle scissors.

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 4 center

I began assembling the scene by attaching the blue snowy layer to the card base using ATG adhesive. Next I attached the snow layer to the blue using ATG adhesive. I applied thin strips of mounting tape the red scalloped “Snow” layer and attached it to the card base.  I tucked the snow man in behind the snow layer and attached with mounting tape. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 4 left

For sure I never get to see snow or snowmen here in Florida so I always have to create my own on card fronts.  I love this fun snowman with his big happy smile and fancy decorated hat and scarf.  He is certainly ready for the holidays. 

I sure hope you enjoy seeing all the wonderful projects along today’s hop path.  Be sure to check out each day’s hop this past week and leave comments to qualify for prizes.  You can also take part in the 11th Anniversary challenge for a chance to win more prizes.  All you have to do is upload a project using your favorite Essentials by Ellen product.

Thanks for coming by today and thank you to all of you who sent well wishes regarding my eye surgery.  All went well and I am recovering nicely. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you enjoy your whole holiday weekend. 

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Framed Songbird Branch

Good Wednesday morning.  I needed to make a wedding card and thought the Impression Obsession Songbird Branch  would look pretty in all white against a silver shimmery paper and framed with the Square Frame

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I cut the Songbird Branch three times.  One to use as the base and the others for extra branches and an extra set of extra birds.  I cut the branches off of both sides of the branch base and attached it to the back of the frame with double stick tape.  I formed the leaves on the branches with my stylus and molding pad to add a more natural appearance.  I attached extra branches to the base birds and branch with glossy accents.  I didn’t want the raw cut ends of the branches to show so I cut the birds off one of the extra branches and attached them over top of the base birds using rolled glue dots. 

KC Impression Obsession Songbird Branch 2 center

The square silver layer was attached to the card base with mounting tape. Once I had the extra branches and birds in place I turned the frame over and applied thin strips of mounting tape all the way around and on the back of the birds and attached it to the card base.  I wish you see could this card in person.  The white images look elegant and pretty against the soft silver background.  It was difficult to get good pictures.  The card is 5.00” square.

KC Impression Obsession Songbird Branch 2 right

I would like to invite you to join my in the CLASSroom for my Dragonfly and Cattails project and step by step tutorial.

KC Impression Obsession Dragonfly and Cattails right

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

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Impression Obsession Spring/Summer Release Blog Hop Day 3

Good Wednesday morning and welcome to day 3 of the Impression Obsession 2017 Spring/Summer Release Hop! We have some beautiful new stamps and dies to share with you and Gift Certificates to give away!  The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession.  Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates!  Comment entries will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday May 21st and all winners will be announced May 22nd.

Here is our hop trail.  Good luck!

Anna Wight

Daniela Dobson

Dina Kowal

llina Crouse

Jeanne Streiff

Karen Amidon

Kelli Hull

Kittie Caracciolo  (that’s me)

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett

 KC Impression Obsession Lighthouse Circle 1 right

My project was made using the Lighthouse Circle, Crab and Salt Life.  The Lighthouse Circle is such a fun die to play with.  I loved the version Jeanne did for Monday’s hop.  see below They say that great minds run on the same track.  LOL!  Well…Jeanne and I have shown how totally opposite styles and themes can be made using the same dies.

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I cut the lighthouse circle in blue and then the top portion of the lighthouse in red.  I attached the red pieces in place on the top of the lighthouse with glossy accents. I love the nautical feel of the red, white and blue.  I wanted the salt life sentiment to fit up in the framed opening so I cut the star out of the middle and attached the two words with tiny strips of mounting tape.   I cut two additional stars and used them to embellish the frame. I added the big crab to bring one more element of red to the project.  I applied some sparkly shimmer to the red stars, sentiment and crab with a sparkle pen to finish.  My red, white and blue creates a bold masculine theme and Jeanne’s soft watercolor blues creates a soft and tranquil theme.

KC Impression Obsession Lighthouse Circle 1 left

I would like to invite you to join me in  the CLASSroom for my Faux Graniteware Pitcher and Hollyhocks project and step by step tutorial.

Kittie W

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great time on our new release blog hop. 

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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