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Essentials by Ellen February 2017 Release Hop

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Welcome to the February 2017 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new products on my post today!

It’s a good thing you are here because I’m giving away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose any in stock Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set  (Maximum value $25 USD) at Ellen Hutson. To enter, please leave a comment on today’s post by Tuesday, February 28!

There is also an AMAZING Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, too, by Tuesday, February 28!

ALL winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, March 3! Please check there on that date to see if you are a winner and for further details on claiming your prize!

You should have arrived here from Heather Campbell's blog and your next stop along the hop is Darlene DeVries' blog.  If you get lost along the hop, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.

Happy hoppin’!

My projects today were made using the Oh Deer Stamps and Oh Deer Die Set and the Otter Ware Stamps and Otter Ware Die Set.

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Julie’s deer images in the Oh Deer sets are so precious and I thought they would be perfect paired with the heart wreath and flower images from the Otter Ware sets.  I placed hot pressed watercolor paper in my MISTI and stamped the deer with gathered twigs ink and then used my waterbrush to pull some of the brown out to the body of the deer. I heat dried the image and then stamped the deer again to reinforce the body lines.  I love my MISTI!!  After they dried I used a mini applicator to add just a little more brown on their backs and ears.  I cut the deer out using the dies and then trimmed a little of the edges off with my scissors. I used my MISTI to line up my wreath stamp and used crushed olive ink to stamp the image. I once again used my waterbrush to pull the green out to fill in the wreath, allowed to dry and then stamped again to darken the wreath foliage image.

KC Essentials By Ellen Oh Deer 1 right

I carried the heart theme to the card base using Lawn Fawn Let’s Polka In The Meadow.  I think the tiny heart pattern is so sweet. I had lots of color choices in the paper pack but really loved the green to represent a forest background for the deer.  I attached a double matted frame to the card base using mounting tape.  I attached both the deer to the card base with mounting tape.  I layered the heart wreath over an all white wreath to make it stand out a bit more in front of the green background  then secured it in place with  mounting tape.  I was going to leave the wreath plain but decided to add the three tiny red flowers to add a touch of color.  I carried the red over to the tag for the finish.   

KC Essentials By Ellen Oh Deer 1 center

I really love Julie’s wreath image and couldn’t resist creating a clean and simple project that made it the main focal point.  I repeated the same steps as above to stamp and color the wreath using my MISTI, markers and waterbrush. I stamped a few extra pieces of foliage, colored and cut them out.  I trimmed the foliage pieces off a little and arranged them on the wreath and attached with glossy accents.  I cut three red flowers, formed them with my stylus and molding pad and attached then to the wreath with glossy accents.  I applied clear Wink of Stella to the flowers to add some sparkle and then set the tiny pearls in the center.

KC Essentials by Ellen Otter Ware 1 right

I cut and assembled the square frames to create a triple matted frame and attached to the card base using mounting tape.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape all the way around the back of the wreath and attached it to the card base.

KC Essentials by Ellen Otter Ware 1 left

I hope you are enjoying our blog hop and seeing all the wonderful new sets in the release.  You should have arrived here from Heather Campbell's blog and your next stop along the hop is Darlene DeVries' blog.  If you get lost along the hop, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.

Oh Deer card is 5.50” x 4.25”

Wreath card is 4.50” square

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Framed Birdhouse

Good Sunday morning.  I have a bright and cheerful framed birdhouse card to share with you today made using the Poppystamps Massa Leaf Frame,  My Favorite Things Birdhouses, Stitched Square Scallop Edge Frames, Lawn Fawn Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables and Impression Obsession Tiny Flowers.

KC My Favorite Things Birdhouses 1 left

The leaf frame has a very thin layer of cardstock around the opening so I attached a scalloped double matted frame with double stick tape to give it a more substantial appearance. I used the leaf frame as a template to draw pencil lines on the fancy scalloped layer to mark where I wanted to cut a square opening.  I used a square Nestabilities die to cut the opening and then applied strips of mounting tape to the back of the fancy layer and attached it to the card base.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the leafy frame and then attached it over the square cut opening.  Using layers of mounting tape between the main scalloped layer and leaf frame allowed more dimension so the little tree house scene  would appear set back in the framed opening.  Wow!  I hope that sentence made sense. I applied a few tiny glue dots to some of the larger foliage branches to hold them in place.  I formed the leaves lightly with my fingers to create a more natural look.

KC My Favorite Things Birdhouses 1 center

I assembled the birdhouse using tan woodgrain and red cardstock .  I cut a few extra small leaves and formed a few tiny flowers and attached them to the birdhouse using glossy accents.  I added a couple extra foliage branches inside the frame for the birdhouse to hang from.  I attached a small piece of twine to a branch with a glue dot and secured it to the base with a second glue dots.  I attached the birdhouse in place using mounting tape.  I formed a few tiny flowers and attached them to the branches with glossy accents.  The two tiny birds were attached with tiny squares of mounting tape.

KC My Favorite Things Birdhouses 1 right

I hope you are having a great weekend and I appreciate you coming by today.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Impression Obsession “Some Bunny Loves You” Challenge

Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Impression Obsession “Some Bunny Loves You” design team challenge. My project today was the Bunny Set, Bouquet, Butterfly Set and was framed using the Circle Shaker Frames.  The matting circles were made using the Nesting Circles.

KC Impression Obsession Bunny Set 14 right

I started by cutting the circle frame and the two matting frames and attached them together using tiny strips of mounting tape. I applied double stick tape to the back lower portion of the frame and attached two full sections of the green bouquet stems.  I applied double stick tape all the way around the back of the frame and stems and attached it to the card base.

KC Impression Obsession Bunny Set 14 center

I formed the different colored flowers from the set with my stylus and molding pad and attached them to the stems using glossy accents. The bunnies were colored using mini applicators and Antique Linen and Vintage Photo ink. Each bunny was attached to the scene using mounting tape. I trimmed a portion off the back section of the bunny on the left to get him to fit inside the frame.  I attached the three butterflies in the scene with glossy accents for the finishing touch.

KC Impression Obsession Bunny Set 14 close

Here’s a closer view of those three precious bunnies.  I love making projects with them.

KC Impression Obsession Bunny Set 14 left

Why don’t you come along and play with us. To enter the challenge go to the Impression Obsession Blog (all the details are there!). A random challenge card will be selected to showcase on the IO blog and you can enter to win a $25 gift certificate to IO just by playing! I hope you will go check out what the other IO teams members created for the challenge.

Daniela Dobson

Dina Kowal

llina Crouse

Jeanne Streiff

Jenny Gropp

Karen Amidon

Kelli Hull

Kittie Caracciolo  (that’s me)

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett

 

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Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree and a Flower Garden

Good Sunday morning.  I have a fun spring scene card to share with you today made using the Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait setting paired with the My Favorite Things Leafy Greenery, Elizabeth Craft Lilac and Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders 4.  I love the whimsical tree and flowers with the green gingham paper from the My Favorite Things Tiny Check Paper Pack.

KC Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait 1 right

I cut the tree frame once using Kraft cardstock and again using Bazzill Lollipop. I applied Vintage Photo ink to the tree using a mini applicator and and then lightly drug the ink pad directly over the tree to add some texture. I cut the tree section off of the pink frame and trimmed the Kraft frame on all four sides to neatly fit behind the pink frame.  I applied double stick tape to the back of the pink frame and attached the tree frame to the back of it. I cut two sets of leaves and two or three sets of tiny flowers and leaf sections from the Lilac set.  I formed the leaves and the flowers using my stylus and molding pad and then attached them to the tree limbs using glossy accents. I cut two sections of ground using the stitched borders instead of the grass section that came with the tree set because I wanted them to fit across the whole scene.  The section in the back was cut on an up hill angle to add interest and attached directly on the gingham card base using ATG adhesive.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and tree and attached it to the card base.  The front grass border was attached to the front of the frame with ATG adhesive.

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I cut several leaf stems from the Lilac set, formed them lightly with my stylus and molding pad and then attached the tiny flowers using glossy accents. I tucked the leaf stems and flowers in behind the grass sections attaching them with glossy accents. I cut a whole set of all the foliage in the Leafy Greenery set and tucked them in and around the flower stems. I added a few tiny butterflies from the Memory Box Butterfly Delights set to finish.  .

KC Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait 1 left

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

Card size:  5.50” X 4.25”

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Scallop Framed Daisy and Blog Candy

Good Saturday morning.  I have a flower project to share with you today made using the Hero Arts Daisy Cutting Set and My Favorite Things Mini Scallop Square Stax and Stitched Square Scalloped Edge Frames

KC Hero Arts Daisy Cutting Set 1 left

I attached the yellow and white scalloped layers together with strips of mounting tape and attached the two layers to the card base with mounting tape.  I cut a strip of yellow and cut the sides using scalloped frame and attached it to the white layer with double stick tape.

KC Hero Arts Daisy Cutting Set 1 center

I formed the petals by placing the flower sections face down on the molding pad and curling the petals with the large stylus.  I turned the flower sections face up on the molding pad and gently pushed down in the center to raise the petals.  I attached four flower layers together to create a nice full daisy.  I lightly applied Wild Honey ink to the flower center using a mini applicator and then attached it in the flower center using a square of mounting tape. I formed the leaves with the stylus and molding pad. I attached the leaves and flower to the card base using glossy accents. I didn’t think the flower and leaves filled out the space enough so I added the thin scalloped frame attaching it with thin strips of mounting tape.

KC Hero Arts Daisy Cutting Set 1 right

Blog Candy

I’m sure if you follow my blog you know how much I love shopping at Ellen Hutson.  And if you love shopping there as well you know she sends a yard of beautiful ribbon as a thank you gift.  I stash mine in a plastic bag to keep them all together and when the bag gets full I love to offer them as blog candy.  This time my bag is overflowing with 27yards of ribbon  (please don’t tell my husband I’ve placed 27 orders over the last several months).  All you need to do to qualify for my gift is leave a comment on this post by Tuesday, February 7 at 5:00 pm.  I’ll announce the winner on my blog Wednesday morning.

Card size:  5 inch square

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