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Framed Poinsettia Arrangement

Good Saturday morning.  I never tire of making poinsettia cards during the Christmas holiday season.  I hope you don’t tire of seeing them.  I recently purchased the Spellbinders Thinking of You Scalloped Rectangle Frame Set and couldn’t resist pairing the smaller frame with a sugared poinsettia arrangement.  I used the Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia Set, Foliage Set along with the Impression Obsession Pine Sprig Cluster to create the floral arrangements and layered the whole design using the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Set. 

KC Spellbinder Poinsettia 6 right

I’m going to refer you back to a poinsettia tutorial I did years ago to show how I form the flowers and attach the layers together.  The forming steps are the same but for my flowers today I added color to my petals and foliage before I shaped them. I cut the flowers and large foliage pieces using white cardstock.  I applied Candied Apple ink to the poinsettia layers using a mini applicator.  I applied Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint ink to the large foliage pieces and large flower section using a mini applicator.  The pine cluster pieces were cut using Easter Grass cardstock. The flower layers were formed using my stylus and molding pad from the Garden Tool Kit and attached together using glossy accents.  I placed a drop og glossy accents in the center of each flower and inserted the tiny yellow flower center in place.  I used a Sofft stylus and tip to apply Cosmic Glitter glue to the flower petals and foliage and sprinkled them with clear Rock Candy glitter.

While I was at it I took a few step by step photos showing how I made the yellow flower center for my poinsettia.  For the purposes of the mini tutorial I made the cuts on the cardstock wider than I actually made for my flower so it would show up better for the photos. 

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I cut a thin strip of cardstock about about 1/2” wide and cut several thin strips along one side.  I start making the whole thing bigger than necessary just so it is easier to work with and so my old eyes don’t give out on me.  Once it is completed I cut it down to the size I need for my flowers.

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I gently rolled the paper around my tweezers to shape.

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I applied glossy accents to the base edge and then closed around the tweezers.

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I cut the strips off to shorten and then remove from the tips of the tweezers.

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I turn the piece around, clamp it in place with my tweezers and trim off the base side to shorten to fit in my flowers.

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I spread out the little strips and attach it in the flower center.  Remember that I made these strips wider to show better for my photos.  In reality my little strips were only about 1/16” wide and fanned out to look more delicate than this photo shows.

KC Spellbinder Poinsettia 6 center

I attached the scalloped layer to the card base with thin strips of mounting tape.  I cut very thin strips of mounting tape and applied to the back of the decorative frame and attached it to the scalloped layer.  I used glossy accents to attach the poinsettias to the frame and then tucked the foliage sections under and around the flowers and attached with glossy accents. I like that the pine sprigs cut from green cardstock add another color of green so they show up well with the larger foliage pieces.

KC Spellbinder Poinsettia 6 left

Did you happen to see my Ten Year Anniversary Post and Blog Candy Opportunity?  If not hop on over to check it out and leave a comment for a chance to win one of ten blog candy gifts offerings.  All you need to do to qualify is leave a comment by 5:00 Tuesday, November 14.

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Clean and Simple Gold Christmas Bells

Good Tuesday morning.  I have a clean and simple Christmas project to share with you today using the Impression Obsession Bells set along with Pine Pair and Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames.  I think these intricate die cut bells are perfect to use alone or embellished.  I love using an all white card background (I know I say that all the time) to allow the main images stand out.  These bells cut in gold and decorated with an old-fashioned Christmas patterned ribbon and pine branches look so pretty against the white.  Too bad the photos don’t show how pretty the gold paper is.

KC Impression Obsession Bells 1 right

I applied mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached to the card base.  I applied tiny pieces of mounting tape to the top portion of the bells and attached them in place.  I tied a multi loop bow and cut three pieces of pine branches to use to embellish the bells.  I applied glossy accents to the pine branches and attached to the bells.  The ribbon was attached with three glue dots.  I finished the ribbon by adding a formed 1/4” punched gold circle to bring in another element of the gold. 

 

KC Impression Obsession Bells 1 center

I took a picture of the bells before I decorated so you could see how pretty they are all by themselves. A pretty gold embossed sentiment inside either of these versions of the card would be the perfect finish. Both of these versions are fast, easy and would be perfect for mass producing your holiday cards.

KC Impression Obsession Bells 1 no trim

I appreciate you coming by today and I hope your week is going well.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Framed Acorns

Good Tuesday morning.  Have you seen the new Essentials by Ellen release landing page?  There are wonderful sample ideas for using the new sets as well as a great coloring video by Sandy Allnock.  I love the new release format on the store site so I can see all the sets at once and get inspiration at the same time. My project today was made using the new Thistle Die Set.  I had lots of fun coloring the die cuts to create a fall arrangement.  I know the leaves in the set are not oak leaves but I liked surrounding the acorns with the bright colors anyway.

KC Essentials by Ellen Thistle 1 left

I cut all the pieces using white cardstock.  Before I started coloring my die cuts I Googled acorn photos for inspiration on how to create a realistic acorn for my project. 

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I loved the texture on the acorn cap in the photo.  I misted water on the back of the cap pieces to soften the paper, laid them face down on the leaf pad and then used the small tipped stylus from my Garden Tool Kit to apply the markings.  I turned the caps over and used mini applicators to apply Antique Linen and Vintage Photo ink to color.  I colored the acorn bodies and twig branches using Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs ink. The leaves were colored using Wild Honey, Fired Brick and Peeled Paint inks.  You can see a short mini video that I put on Instagram if you would like to see how I color my leaves.  Be gentle as it is my first time to make a video using my iPhone.  LOL!  I cut the frame using Essentials by Ellen Tan Woodgrain cardstock and layered the card base with White Woodgrain cardstock.

KC Essentials by Ellen Thistle 1 center

I attached the frame to the card base using thin strips of mounting tape.  I attached a few of the leaf sections and bare branches to to the card base with glossy accents to create a base arrangement for the acorns.  The acorns were attached with doubled up pieces of mounting tape. Once the acorns were in place I tucked a few more branches and leaves around them to finish the arrangement.  I added a tiny bit of sparkle to the acorn caps with clear Wink of Stella.  I doesn’t show well in the photos but it helped distinguish the caps from the body of the acorns.

KC Essentials by Ellen Thistle 1 right

Although I didn’t use the new Thistle Stamp Set for my project I linked it below.  The images are beautiful and can be used to create gorgeous floral images.  Thanks so much for coming by and I hope you have a great day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Framed Happy Fall Leaves

Good Monday morning.  I have a clean and simple fall card to share with you today using the Impression Obsession Fall Leaf Background paired with the Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames.  I decided to frame just a portion of the leafy background and sentiment instead of using the complete die cut layer.  I love using bright colors with an all white background.  The white seems to make the colors really pop.

KC Impression Obsession Fall Leaf Background 3 right

I cut the leaf background and colored a portion of it using mini applicators and Peeled Paint, Fired Brick and Wild Honey Distress Inks.  I cut the colored portion of the background to fit behind the frame. I applied double stick tape to the back of the frame and attached the leaf layer. 

KC Impression Obsession Fall Leaf Background 3 center

I applied thin strip of mounting tape to the back of the frame and a couple key spots on the leaf background and attached it to the card base.  I cut out a second Happy Fall section of the background, trimmed it and popped it up over the base using thin strips of mounting tape.

KC Impression Obsession Fall Leaf Background 3 left

This is really a fast and easy, clean and simple fall card and yet makes such a pretty statement.  It would be really easy to mass produce.  Thank you for coming by today and I hope you have a great week.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Impression Obsession “Animal” Challenge

Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Impression Obsession “You’re An Animal” design team challenge to use an animal on our project.  I love making fall scenes and took this opportunity to create one around surrounding a deer. The deer is from the Deer Trio paired with the Tree Frame, Foliage, Oak Leaves and Rake, All-in-One Frames Rectangles 2 and Fir Tree and Small Fir Tree.

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 10 left

I started by securing the scene base and stamp in my MISTI and stamped them across the whole sheet to create a background for the scene.  I applied Tumbled Glass ink to the sky area of the scene using an ink blending tool.  I cut the tree frame, deer, leaves and foliage using white cardstock.  I misted the tree frame well with a mini mister and then applied Gathered Twigs directly to the cardstock with my ink pad.  I know the tree looks almost black in the photos but in person it looks dark brown. I used mini applicators to apply Fired Ink, Peeled Paint and Spiced Marmalade to the leaves and foliage.  I used both Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs and a mini applicator to apply ink to the deer.  I hand cut a small section of cardstock in white to use for the ground area and applied Peeled Paint with a mini applicator.

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 10 center

I applied double stick tape to the back of the lower portion of the frame and attached the ground piece.  Then I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached the the tree frame.  I attached a second layer of mounting tape to the back of the tree frame and attached background scene.  I applied double stick tape to the back of the framed scene and attached it to the card base. I attached several of the small oak leaves to the tree branches using glossy accents.  The deer was attached to the scene base with mounting tape.  I tucked the foliage branches in around the deer and attached with glossy accents.  I finished by adding a couple falling leaves in the sky area with glossy accents.

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 10 right

Why don’t you come along and play with us. To enter the challenge and see a complete list of our team payers go to the Impression Obsession Blog.  You’ll see all the details there!  A random challenge card will be selected to showcase on the IO blog.  Card size: 5.50" x 4.25"  

Chris Dayton

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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