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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.

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It’s Your Time To Bloom

Good Monday morning.  I have a clean and simple project to share with you today using the Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals Stamp Set paired with the My Favorite Things Gift Box Cover-up.

KC Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals 4 left

I secured a piece of hot pressed watercolor paper in my MISTI and stamped both the leaves and flowers multiple times with white pigment ink and then embossed the images using white embossing powder.  I used a waterbrush to watercolor the flowers using Worn Lipstick reinker and the leaves using Shabby Shutters reinker, heat set the color and then fussy cut the images. I used my stylus and molding pad to form the flowers.

KC Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals 4 center

The sentiment was stamped on the card base using black versafine  and the frame was attached to the card base using thin strips of mounting tape. The flowers and leaves were attached to the card base using glossy accents.  I filled the center of each flower with a large drop of red liquid pearls and set aside to dry.  This card was really fast to make but I had to let it lay float for quite a while to let the liquid pearls dry.

KC Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals 4 right

Thanks for coming by to day and I hope you have a great week.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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If Flowers Could Hug

Good Wednesday afternoon.  I got new toys in the mail today and couldn’t wait to play.  My new toy is the Altenew  Leafy Garland and I paired it with tiny flowers I had left over from a project I made using the BCRF Courage Set and the Taylored Expressions Garden Party Embossing Folder.   The sentiment is from Julie’s Lovely set.  The oval double matted frame was made using Spellbinders Classic Oval dies.

KC Altenew Leafy Garland 1 left

I started by cutting the oval in my rectangle cardstock and then embossed it.  I cut a second oval using the pink and created the double matted frame.  The sentiment was stamped using versa and was embossed using super fine gold embossing powder. The little flowers were formed using my stylus and molding pad and two flower sections were attached together with glossy accents for each flower.

KC Altenew Leafy Garland 1 center

The embossed frame was attached to the sentiment layer using mounting tape. The pink layer was attached to the back of the frame layer with ATG adhesive and then the whole thing was attached to the card base using ATG adhesive.  The garland was attached to the frame using several rolled up 3/8” glue dots.  The flowers were attached with glossy accents and the little white snow pearls were added for the finishing touch/.

KC Altenew Leafy Garland 1 right

I think the garland die makes such an elegant statement and yet was so fast and easy to use.  Julie’s sentiment fit so well in the oval frame and matched the flower garland.  I think this is a perfect card to send to someone who needs cheering up.

Thanks for coming by and I hope your week is going well. 

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Framed Flower

Good Sunday morning.  I have a Belleek Inspired project to share with you today made using the new Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals Die Set, Impression Obsession Ornament Flourish , Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Stackables and Taylored Expressions Damask Embossing Folder. Check out my Belleek Inspired step by step tutorial if you would like to know more about how I made this background.

KC Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals 3 left

I used a brayer to apply ink to the front inside of the embossing folder, inserted the cardstock and ran through my Big Shot.  This technique creates such a beautiful background and is perfect to use with s simple floral arrangement like I created today.  I showed a few step by step photos on how I cut in the petals of the flower to create more dimension on my Sparkly Rustic Botanicals project this past week.   I let the Ornament Flourish set play double duty today by using just the pretty flourish sections of the set to embellish the flower and leaves. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals 3 center

The embossed layer was attached to the card base using ATG adhesive.  The scalloped frame was attached using thin strips of mounting tape.  The flower, leaves and flourish pieces were all attached using glossy accents.  I finished the flower with a tiny white pearl in the center.  This was a very fast and easy project to make yet it looks like it was lots more involved.  Shhhh!  You don’t have to share that information with the card recipient. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals 3 right

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Essentials by Ellen Plant Lady

Good Friday morning.  My project today is a framed scene made using the Essential by Ellen Plant Lady Stamp Set and Plant Lady Die Set paired with the My Favorite Things Rectangle Frames.  Boy oh boy did I have fun creating this fun fun garden scene.   Have you checked out the Essentials by Ellen August release? The new Plant Lady set is one of my favorites.

KC Essentials by Ellen Plant Lady 1 right

I started by stamping all the images multiple times on hot press watercolor paper using my MISTI and black versafine ink and then heat embossed with clear super fine embossing powder. I watercolored all the images using reinkers, water and a watercolor brush. I started by coloring and cutting out the Plant Lady along with a second garden apron to paper piece along with those garden tools.  I also cut the garden gloves out to pop over her hands and cut a second front portion of the glove to place over the stems of the beets she is holding in her hands.  Speaking of beets…I colored and cut out several beet plants along with several pots and the watering can. I colored the pots and watering can and then added dirt and rust to them to look more authentic  I like to use a dry brush dipped lightly in reinker and then use a stipple motion to apply the dirt and rust spots.  I added some ding marks in the watering can using a black artist pen. I stacked three garden pots and attached them together using glue dots. I attached plants to two of the pots using glue dots.  Make note that after I cut out all the parts and pieces using the dies I fussy cut off the white edges with my scissors.  I did use a black copic marker edge to go around the edges of all the stamp lines so everything looked clean and neat.

KC Essentials by Ellen Plant Lady flat

Now that I had all the parts cut out I sponged in a blue cloudy background for the scene.  I attached it to the card base with ATG adhesive and then attached the frame over the cloud background using thin strips of mounting tape.  The Plant Lady was the first image I added to the scene.  She was attached with pieces mounting tape. Then I moved all the little pieces around until I had the complete scene that I wanted and began attaching them all around the feet of the Plant Lady.  I loved making the little stack of pots look crooked like they would sitting out in a real garden or garden shed.  The pots, watering can and pots with plants were all attached with mounting tape.  The spare plants were tucked in behind the frame and attached with glossy accents. The loose beets were attached with piece of mounting tape and/ or rolled up glue dots.  My final step was to create the rickety sign with the “Beet the Heat” sentiment. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Plant Lady 1 left

Brandi Kincaid has created two Leading Lady sets-Crafty Lady and Plant Lady along with coordinating sentiment sets.  I can’t wait to see who she’ll come up with next?

Thanks for joining me here today and I hope you have a great weekend.

Card size”  5.50” x 4.25”

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