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Shore Birds

Good Sunday morning.  I have a simple beach scene to share with you today made using the Impression Obsession Shore Birds and Small Grass.  The frame was made using the My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames

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I started by applying Vintage Photo ink to the bottom of the scene layer as well as a separate piece of cardstock using an ink blending too.  I applied a little bit of texture to the sand using a stamp from a retired Stampin’ Up! set called Itty Bitty Backgrounds. I used my deckle scissors to cut the front sand layer.  I masked off the sky area and applied Broken China ink to the water portion of the scene and then removed the mask and softly applied blue in the sky area.  I heat set the ink with my heat gun. I applied white embossing paste to water’s edge using my finger in a light tapping motion and before it dried I sprinkled clear glitter over the paste for a touch of sparkle.  I used a black Copic marker using a scribble motion to color the birds back and head.

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I applied double stick tape to the bottom back of the frame and attached the front sand section. I applied thin strips of mounting tape all the way around the frame and attached it to the scene layer. I attached a blue layer behind the scene with ATG adhesive to break up some of the white. The whole frame scene was attached to the card base using ATG adhesive. I tucked the small grass sections in behind the frame and sand layer attaching with glossy accents.  The birds were attached in the scene with small pieces of mounting tape. 

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Thanks for coming by today and I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Don’t forget about the 40% off Christmas in July sale going on over at Ellen Hutson.

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Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

 

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Essentials by Ellen Christmas in July

Good Saturday morning.   We are still enjoying the lazy days of summer but it's always fun to think about crafting for the holidays! And the Essentials by Ellen line is full of holiday stamps & dies that inspire us to get creating! You will definitely want to hop on over to the CLASSroom to see the wonderful projects by our design team.  Be sure and check out the 40% off Christmas in July Sale Category  at the bottom of my post.

There is nothing more fun to me than making snowman holiday cards.  Snowmen are so whimsical and happy looking.  Julie’s Fat Pants Stamps and Fat Pants Die Set offers different coordinating faces, beards, hats and scarf images to mix and match together to create fun holiday characters.  I used a tree image from Brandi’s Tree Farm Stamps and Tree Farm Die Set accompany the snowman and used the JOY from Julie’s Holiday Words Die Set for the sentiment.

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I cut the head of the snowman and punched two graduated larger circles for the body.  I secured the head and mid-section pieces in place on my MISTI and stamped the face and coal images using black versafine.  I applied a second coat of black versa and stamped a second time to get good crisp images. I can’t say enough how much I love both my MISTI and Mini MISTI.  Do you have o ne?  If not you don’t know what you're missing.  I attached the three circles together using glossy accents to create the whole snowman body.  Next I cut the hat and attached a thin red ribbon using double stick tape.  I attached mini branch sections and tiny red punched circles using glossy accents. I cut a piece of Christmassy ribbon to use as a scarf and cut fringe on both ends.  I used the tip of my paper piercer to separate and feather out the fringe. I attached the ribbon to the snowman using glue dots and embellished it with another mini branch arrangement.

I stamped the tree using black versafine, die cut it and then ran it through my crimper to add a little dimension.  I cut the JOY and added one more little mini branch arrangement to the O.  I like adding little design elements like these in threes.

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I cut two ground snow sections and attached them to the back of the red frame using double stick tape. Next I attached thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.  I tucked the snowman in between the ground sections and attached him in place using pieces of mounting tape.  I turned the tree a little sideways and attached it to the snowman using mounting tape. I finished the scene by attaching the JOY to the ground sections using double pieces of  mounting tape.  I got a little crazy with a Crafter’s Companion Sparkle Pen and applied sparkle to the whole tree and all the mini branches and berries.  The sparkle doesn’t show up well in the photos but it looks great in person. I think all the colorful elements of the snowman scene pop perfectly against the all white background.

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I thought I would share a couple projects that I made last holiday season using the Fat Pants sets.  You’ve got to love that mod Santa Tag.

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Here’s another Fat Pants Snowman  surrounded by snowy evergreens.

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DRUM ROLL PLEASE……check out the special 40% off Christmas in July Sales Category.   The sales from July 21st thru July 24th.  You are going to see the holiday sets I have used today and lots, lots more.  You won't want to miss it.

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Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Impression Obsession 2017 Fall/Winter Release

Good Tuesday morning and welcome to day two of the Impression Obsession Fall/Winter (and more!) Stamp Release Hop!

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We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!  The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 21st.  Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of 6 $25 Gift Certificates! One winner will be chosen each day and then an extra winner will be chosen randomly from all hop days. Comments on all hop days will be open until July 23rd at 9pm CT. All winners will be announced on July 24th.  The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!

If you’ve arrived from Kelly’s blog you’re at the right place. If not please head to the Impression Obsession blog to start at the beginning of the hop.

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My project today was made using the new Fall Pathway, Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames and Leaves.  I started by stamping the tree image  on hot pressed watercolor paper using black versafine and heat setting the ink.  I colored the images using a brush and Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey Distress reinkers.  I sketched in some grass sprigs using a Peeled Paint marker and then pulled the color out using a wet brush to fill in the ground area.  I sponged the sky area using Broken China ink and an ink blending tool.  The scene and brown crimped strip was attached to the card base with ATG adhesive.  I attached two sections of the 6-in-1 frames together with double stick tape and then applied thin strips of mounting tape and attached it to the card base. 

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I colored leaves from the Small Leaf Set using Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey and  mini applicators.  I have attached a few step by step pictures from one of my past posts to show how I apply color to the leaves.

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When the leaf is totally covered with ink I apply versa, apply clear embossing powder and heat emboss.  Embossing the leaves really enhances the color and makes them come alive. 

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I gently formed the leaves with my fingers and attached them to the frame corners with glossy accents.

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Your next step on the hop will be Laura’s blog

I was on vacation this past week in Cape Hatteras, NC with my family and had such a great time.  I fully intended to have some blog posts in place to publish while I was gone but never got to it.  You know what they say about good intentions…..right!  LOL! Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Clean and Simple Framed Sunflower

Good Sunday morning.  My project today is a clean, simple, fast and easy framed sunflower silhouette card made using the Impression Obsession Sunflower Background and Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames.  I didn’t add a sentiment so it could be used later for whatever occasion I needed it for.  The yellow polka dot paper is from the Lawn Fawn Polka In the Meadow pad.

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I made a similar card (see below) to this a while back using the same yellow polka dot paper but used yellow cardstock and placed brown cardstock behind the center.  I thought the white sunflower in silhouette against the yellow with white polka dots was pretty and soft even though the yellow paper is so bright.  I trimmed down the frame off the sunflower background to make it fit behind the frame.  I applied double stick tape to the back of the frame and attached the sunflower. 

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I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and several small pieces to the back center of the flower and attached it to the card base.  It doesn’t get much faster than this.  When I’m ready to add a sentiment I will attach a piece across the lower portion of the sunflower like I did in the card below

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Thanks for coming by and I hope you enjoy your Sunday.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Impression Obsession “Friendly Florals” Challenge

Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Impression Obsession “Friendly Florals” design team challenge.  I love creating die cut floral cards.  My project today was made using the newly released Uncaged Bird paired with flowers made using  Tiny Flowers and Spring Wreath.  I added some  extra leaves from the Leaves and Stems set and decorative foliage using cut up sections of the new Vines die to the floral arrangement on the bottom of the cage . The double frames were made using the Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames.

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I started by attaching the frames to the card base using thin strips of mounting tape. I cut two sections of the Uncaged Bird.  The first one was cut in green to use as the base for the birdcage.  The second one was cut using scrap cardstock.  I trimmed off all of the vines, leaves and bird so that all I had left was the  birdcage form.  I applied versa to the cage and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. Next I applied Crafter’s Pick Ultimate Glue to the back of the embossed birdcage and attached it to the green base.  The two sections together create a gold birdcage with all of vines and leaves showing in the background. I cut the bird out using the blue cardstock and attached it to the back of the green base with glossy accents.

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I cut both Tiny Flowers and the larger flowers from the Spring Wreath in pale pink and lightly applied Worn Lipstick ink to the flower centers using a mini applicator.  I used my stylus and molding pad to form the flowers to add dimension and then attached them with glossy accents to the vine sections of the birdcage  

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I applied pieces of mounting tape to the back of the birdcage base and attached it to the base of the card and frame.I cut several pieces of the Leaves and Stems, attached flowers to each and attached them with glossy accents to the bottom of the cage to form the floral arrangement.  I cut off some of the curly decorative sections of the Vines and tucked them in around the arrangement and attached with glossy accents.

   Here’s a little closer view that shows how pretty the gold cage is with the pink flowers and green foliage. Here’s a little closer view that shows how pretty the gold cage is with the pink flowers and green foliage.

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Here’s a little closer view that shows how pretty the gold cage is with the pink flowers and green foliage.  This is such a sweet card.  I think it will be one of the cards we send to my mother-in-law in the nursing home.  She loves to hang my cards on the wall around her room.

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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.

Anna Wight

Daniela Dobson

Dina Kowal

llina Crouse

Jeanne Streiff

Jenny Gropp

Karen Amidon

Kittie Caracciolo  (that’s me)

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett

Card size”  5.50” x 4.25”

 

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