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Essential By Ellen Holiday 2016 Release Hop

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Good Wednesday morning and welcome to the Holiday 2016 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing just a few of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today!  You will definitely want to hop along to see all the wonderful new sets and all the designer’s beautiful projects.

And, yay!!! I also get to give away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose ANY Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set  (Maximum value $25 USD) currently in stock at Ellen Hutson.com  To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on today’s post  by Tuesday, October 25th!

There is also a crazy good Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, also by Tuesday, October 25th!

ALL winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, November 4th! Please check there on that date to see if you are a winner and for further details on claiming your prize!

Happy hoppin’!

My first Project was made using the Season to Sparkle Stamps and Season to Sparkle Die Set. I love the shape of the deer and thought it would be so pretty embossed in gold on a clean white background.   

KC Essentials by Ellen Season to Sparkle 1 left

I cut the deer and the stars and embossed them with gold embossing powder.  I stamped the sentiment with versa and embossed with gold embossing powder.  I wanted to have one more element of gold so I applied versa along both edges of a piece of cardstock, embossed with gold and then attached to the sentiment layer. The sentiment strip was attached to the card base with ATG adhesive.  The deer was attached with mounting tape and the stars were popped up on glue dots.

KC Essentials by Ellen Season to Sparkle 1 center

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My second project was made using the Stitches Cover Plate, Homespun Holiday Stamps and Homespun Holiday Die Set. I think the pattern on the Stitches Cover Plate is so pretty and wanted the majority of it to be uncovered for my project.  The tree from the Homespun Holiday set was just the perfect thing to add a holiday image to go along with the sentiment but still allow the stitches to show well.

KC Essentials by Ellen Stitches Cover Plate 1 right

I stamped and cut the tree image twice and colored with Peeled Paint and Candied Apple markers. I applied versa to the images and embossed with clear embossing powder. I cut the bottom portion off of one of the trees and offset and layered it to the back of the front tree.  I wanted to show a few more branches. I stamped and cut the red tree trim piece and star, colored with red marker and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The star was attached to the tree top with glue dots.  I cut the trim into three pieces and attached in the branches with glue dots.

The sentiment was stamped using black versafine on the white layer and embossed with clear embossing powder. The sentiment was layered with red cardstock and attached to the card base using ATG adhesive.  The tree was attached to the card base with mounting tape.

KC Essentials by Ellen Stitches Cover Plate 1 left

The sentiment was stamped using black versafine on the white layer and embossed with clear embossing powder. The sentiment was layered with red cardstock and attached to the card base using ATG adhesive.  The tree was attached to the card base with mounting tape.

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You should have arrived here from Julie Campbell and Kimberly Crawford is your next stop along the hop trail.  If you get lost along the hop, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.

Thanks for coming by and I sure hope you have fun checking out all the wonderful creations and the fantastic holiday stamps and dies.

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You Are My Sunshine

Good Tuesday morning.  I have a sunny and cheerful card to share with you today made using dies from Impression Obsession and My Favorite Things along with some of Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s tiny flowers and leaves.  The frame was made using the My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames, the scene was made using the Impression Obsession Sunburst BackgroundSun and Moon, Tree die, Foliage, Small Grass Border, Small Bird Set and the tiny leaves were made using Elizabeth Craft Designs The Woods 1 and the  tiny flowers are from  the Country Flora 1.  I used the Impression Obsession coordinating Sunshine die and Sunshine Stamp Set on the inside of the card.

KC Impression Obsession Sunburst Background 1 right

I applied double stick tape to the back of the sunburst background and attached it to the card base.  I applied double stick tape to the bottom of the scalloped frame and attached the small grass border.  I cut thin strips of mounting tape, applied it to the back of the frame and then attached it over the sunburst background. The sun was attached to the sunburst background using a piece of mounting tape.

I cut the tree out of Kraft cardstock and colored it using a brown Copic marker.  I cut several sets of tiny leaves and attached them to the tree branches with glossy accents.  I cut and formed several sets of flower using my stylus and molding pad and attached them over the leaves using glossy accents. I applied thin strips of mounting tape to several key spots on the back of the tree and tucked it in behind the grass and attached to the card base.

 KC Impression Obsession Sunburst Background 1 center

I cut two sections of foliage and cut it apart into several small sections.  I attached tiny flowers to the foliage using glossy accents and then tucked them in behind the grass and attached to the card base using glossy accents.  The tiny birds were attached in the scene with rolled up glue dots.

KC Impression Obsession Sunburst Background 1 inside

I stamped the “You Are My” sentiment on the inside of the card and then attached the die cut sunshine with touches of  glossy accents.  The Sunshine set has several sentiments that work great with the large die cut.

Sunshine Stamp Set

KC Impression Obsession Sunburst Background 1 left

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Lattice Layered Floral Tag

Good Saturday morning.  My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Mix-Ability challenge to use at least two mediums.  Anna Wight was the host this week and she challenged us to create a layered floral tag.  For my tag I used color washing with Distress Ink reinker, PanPastel and Copic  markers.  The tag was made using the Poppystamps Pinpoint Main Street Tags,  Taylored Expressions Lattice Cutting Plate, Elizabeth Craft Designs Bunch of Flowers1 and Curvy Leaves.

I started by cutting the tag base using the largest die in the set. I cut the lattice layer, cut it again with the tag die and then attached it to the tag base with double stick tape.  I used the two largest tag dies to cut a frame and attached it over the the lattice using double stick tape.  The frame covered up the raw cut edges of the lattice and added another element of interest to the project.

KC Elizabeth Craft Bunch of Flowers 1 4 front

I cut the flower layers using white cardstock and color washed them with a brush using pink reinker mixed with water. My photos don’t  show much variation of color from the center out to the petals.  The light pink ink dried much lighter than when it was wet.  I actually added color to the center of the flowers and some on the petals with a pink Copic marker.  Check out my Color Washed Tutorial if you would like to see step by step color washing where I used a darker ink that allowed more variation of color.  I cut the leaves using white cardstock and colored them green using a mini applicator and green PanPastel.  I followed up by applying a yellow green ink with a Copic marker to add a more natural appearance to the leaves and also seal the pastel.

I formed the flowers using my Susan’s Garden Tool Kit stylus and molding pad and attached the three different sized layers together using glossy accents.  I lightly formed the leaves with the stylus and molding pad.  I arranged the foliage in place and attached to the tag base with glossy accents.  The flowers were attached in place using glossy accents.  I added the three tiny white snow pearls for the finishing touch.

KC Elizabeth Craft Bunch of Flowers 1 4 side

I had lots of fun combining the different mediums for my flowers and leaves.  It is always fun for me to play in the challenges on Splitcoaststampers and this challenge inspired me to get out both my PanPastel and Copic markers which I haven’t used in a long time.  I have learned so much playing in the Splitcoaststampers challenges over the 12 years that I have been a member and have gained so much from the wonderful community of paper crafters.  If you are new to Splitcoaststampers and would like to check out the challenges, galleries and resources just click here to go to the home page.  There is more information, inspiration and fun there than you could ever imagine.  You can start your own gallery to upload your artwork and you’ll find people there who love to encourage you.  I hope I see you there.

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

Tag size”  5.00” x 3.25”


Ornate Framed Jasmine

Good Friday morning.  Wheeee!  The weekend is almost here and I’m looking forward to it!  How about you?  My project today was made with the new Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Notes Jasmine by Susan Tierney-Cockburn, the new Taylored Expressions Dotted Lattice Embossing Folder and the Impression Obsession Ornate Oval Frame.

KC Elizabeth Craft Jasmine 1 left

When I saw Susan’s pretty Jasmine set I knew I wanted to play with it.  The flowers are so delicate and I really love the foliage that comes with the set.  I cut the flowers, lightly applied Scattered straw in the center of each one and then formed using my stylus and molding pad from Susan’s Garden Tool Kit. I formed the stamen by rolling them around my tweezers tip and securing them with Crafter’s Pick glue.  I also used Crafter’s pick to attach the stamen in the center of the flower because it dries clear.

KC Elizabeth Craft Jasmine 1 center

The frame was attached to the card base with thin strips of mounting tape. The leaves were cut and then scored  with the leaf tool, and formed lightly with the stylus and molding pad.  They were arranged and attached  to the card base with glossy accents. The flowers were attached to and around the foliage with glossy accents.  I made this arrangement more of a free form design so the flowers and branches would look more natural.

KC Elizabeth Craft Jasmine 1 close

Here’s a closer view of the flowers.  I think they are so pretty and delicate.

KC Elizabeth Craft Jasmine 1 right

Don’t forget to check out the 15% off sale over at Ellen Hutson.  The sale ends tonight at midnight Pacific Time.

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Watercolor Bucket and Flowers

Good Monday morning.  I have a watercolor project to share with you that ended up with some die cuts as well.  I used the Art Impressions Watercolor Containers, Watercolor Flower Set, Watercolor Foliage Set and paired them with the Impression Obsession  Foliage set, tiny flowers from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Edges Hyacinth and framed with the My Favorite Things Pierced Square Frames.  I must say that this whole card started out going in one direction and due to a comedy of errors ended up totally different.

KC Art Impressions Watercolor Containers 1 left

I started stamping the bucket on watercolor paper using Hickory Smoke ink and then lightly filled in using the same ink and my waterbrush.  The I finished it by adding touches of Rusty Hinge ink to age the bucket.  I stamped the bucket again on removable labeling tape, cut it out and used it as a mask.  I covered the bucket with the mask and stamped foliage and flowers using Peeled Paint and Worn Lipstick inks to fill the bucket with a large arrangement.  I lightly touched the foliage and flowers with my waterbrush to soften the ink.  I used a grass image and flower image and stamped the ground area using Peeled Paint and Wilted Violet. I used the waterbrush to soft the flowers and fill in the grass area. I ended up not being pleased with my flower arrangement in the bucket so I cut out the bucket and grass and flowers around it.  I cut another piece of watercolor paper, lined up the bucket on the paper, marked it with a pencil and then proceeded to recreate the flower arrangement.  I soften the arrangement with the waterbrush and really like this arrangement better.  I stamped more grass and flowers on the second piece of watercolor paper so that it would fill in around the bucket.  I sponged Tumbled Glass ink in the sky area. I applied ATG adhesive to the bucket/grass layer and attached it to the second piece of watercolor paper and making sure to get it lined up perfectly.

KC Art Impressions Watercolor Containers 1 center

Once I got the bucket grass layer attached over the second layer I didn’t feel satisfied with how it looked.  Maybe because I am obsessed with dimension.  LOL!  The bucket looked a little odd popped up more than the flowers in the arrangement.  So cut some foliage pieces with green cardstock but colored them over with a Peeled Paint marker to make them as green as the stamped grass and foliage.  I tucked the small pieces of foliage in behind the bucket and attached with glossy accents.  I knew I had to add some kind of flower to match the stamped flowers in the background so I got out Susan’s Garden Edges Hyacinth set and used the tiny multi flower die to cut pink flowers.  I formed them with a mini stylus and molding pad and attached them to the foliage with glossy accents.  Well….now that I had dimension in the flower arrangement I knew I had to add some tiny purple flowers to the ground area to balance out the scene. 

KC Art Impressions Watercolor Containers 1 close

Here’s a closer view of the scene from the side.  You can see the cut lines on the bucket but it’s really hard to see the cut line of the front grass area.  I applied mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it over the scene.

 

KC Art Impressions Watercolor Containers 1 right

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a great Monday to  begin your week. 

Card size:  5” Square