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Framed Joy and Blog Candy

Good Monday morning.  I have a clean and simple holiday card to share with you today made using the newly released Impression Obsession Joy Frame paired with evergreen sprigs from the Wreath Builder set.  The green frame was made using a die from the Classic Square Nestabilities.  I love the simplicity of this open frame with the die cut joy sentiment. 

KC Impression Obsession Joy Frame 1 right

I started by cutting a piece of red 4.50” square cardstock, placed it on the cutting platform, lined the frame die over it and ran it through my Big Shot.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape on the back of the frame and attached to the white card base.  I cut a piece of green cardstock 4.25” square and cut the frame opening using a square die.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it over the top of the red frame.

KC Impression Obsession Joy Frame 1 center

I applied pieces of mounting tape to the back of the ornament, tucked the hanger portion under the frame and attached it to the card base.I trimmed several pieces of green foliage to different sizes and attached them to the ornament.  I finished by attaching several 1/8” punched circles to the foliage with glossy accents and added sparkle with red stickles.

KC Impression Obsession Joy Frame 1 left

It’s hard to believe it is already October and only a short time left to make holiday cards.  This was such a fast and easy project to make and would be a perfect card to mass produce.  The card actually looked totally complete without the green frame but I added it just to bring another element of green.  I think this would look really great layered over a pretty holiday designer paper with a fairly simple pattern.  The ornament is a separate die so you have a choice of using it or not.  I think the Joy open frame would be pretty framing a snowy scene in the background.

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Do you love ordering your product from Ellen Hutson?  I sure do!  She always includes one yard of beautiful May Arts ribbon and a cute colored image and Thank You sentiment with each order.   I like to store mine up until I have at least a dozen and give them away as a blog candy thank you offering to those who follow my blog.  I love sharing on my blog and it makes me so happy to think I may inspire others.  All you need to do to qualify for my blog candy is leave a comment “on this post” and tell me if you mass produce one design for your holiday cards or if you send one of a kind to each of your recipients.  You’ll have until 5:00 pm Thursday, October 5th to comment and I’ll announce the winner on  my Friday post.  PS……Don’t tell Bob that I’ve placed a dozen orders from Ellen in a short period of time.  Since I’m retired now I’m always here to get the mail and I just add my new products to my stash and he never really knows the difference.  LOL!  Truthfully he never cares how many orders I place.  He knows how much paper crafting means to me.  He’s my biggest fan!!!!! 

I appreciate you coming by today and hope you have a great week.  

Card size:  5.00” square.

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Clean and Simple Poppy Fields

Good Saturday morning.  I still had the Altenew Poppy Fields set on my desk from playing with it for the release blog hop last week and decided to try my hand at coloring the Poppies.  I was very inspired by Kara Vrabel’s brightly colored red Poppies done with Copic markers and wanted to take a stab with them as well.  I only have two red Copic markers and both were a lot darker than what Kara used.  On top of that I am totally Copic coloring challenged so I just did my best.  I think the flowers are way too dark but I do like how they pop against the all white framed background.  I wish I could improve my Copic coloring skills but I never seem to take enough time to practice. 

 

KC Altenew Poppy Fields Stamp and Die 1 right (2)

I secured the cardstock and stamps in my MISTI used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the flowers.  I stamped each flower to get a really good dark image and then set the ink with my heat gun.  I colored the flowers with the lighter red marker and colored outside the lines of the images so there would not be any white outline when I die cut them.  I secured the dies in place with small pieces of Eclipse tape and ran them through my Big Shot. 

KC Altenew Poppy Fields Stamp and Die 1 center

I stamped the sentiment on the card base and framed it using the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Stackables and a Nestabilities Matting Basics.  I attached thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.  And don’t look too close at how crooked that frame is attached.  I love using frames but getting them lined up straight is definitely my Achilles heel.  LOL!  II gently bent and formed the flowers using my fingers and attached them to the card base using glossy accents.

KC Altenew Poppy Fields Stamp and Die 2. left

You should check out the United We Flourish page on Ellen Hutson with video tutorials and step by steps on how to use this fun multi step Poppy Fields set.

Thanks for coming by and I hope you are enjoying your day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Halloween Scene Cards

Good Thursday morning.  I have fun Halloween cards to share with you today.  I am not fond of spooky or scary Halloween cards and Impression Obsession has some  new scene dies that are cartoony and fun.  I thought I would take a few step by step photos of to show how fast and easy these  framed scene cards come together.  The first card was made using the Witch Line and the second with the Halloween Scene

KC Impression Obsession Witch Line 1 right

Project Pieces and Supplies

Witch Line, Black Frame 4.50”, White Frame 4.25”, Card Base 5.00” Square, Mounting Tape

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1.  Apply thin strips of mounting tape all the way around the back of the black frame and a few small pieces in the corners and attach it to the white frame.

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2.  Attach thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the double matted frame and attach to the card base.

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3.  Attach small pieces of of mounting tape to the back of several of the key pieces of the Witch Line and attach it to the card base.

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Here’s my second card that was just as fast and easy as the card above.  The Halloween Scene die creates it’s own frame.  I cut it out using a 4.50” black frame.

halloween scene

I attached the die cut frame to the 5.00” square card base using thin strips of mounting tape and dressed it up by adding an orange scalloped frame from the All-in-One Frames Circles for a little bit more contrast for the scene.

KC Impression Obsession Halloween Scene 1 left

Here’s a card I posted a while back made with the new Halloween Web with lots of fun Halloween images added around the frame.

KC Impression Obsession Halloween Web 1 right

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

All cards are 5.00” Square

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Ho Ho Ho Square

Good Monday morning.  Did you see my Saturday blog post with a survey question and blog candy opportunity.  If not I would love for you to check it out here and leave a comment with your opinion regarding tutorial format and for a chance to win three Memory Box dies.

My project today was made using the newly released Impression Obsession Ho Ho Ho Square framed with the All-in-One Frames Squares 2  and embellished with tiny holly leaves from the Wreath Builder and Twig Wreath.  I usually don’t mass produce holiday cards as I don’t have a huge list of people I send to.  But when I do need a few quick cards I like to use dies that are fast and easy to assemble but yet make a great impression.  I love using white for holiday silhouette images layered over a red background. 

Project Pieces and Supplies

Scalloped Frame, Ho Ho Ho Square, Wreath Builder (holly), 1/8” Circles, Mounting Tape, 1/8” Double Stick Tape, Glossy Accents, White Card Base 5.00” Square, Red Layer 4 1/4” Square

KC Impression Obsession Ho Ho Ho Square 1 left

1. Apply mounting tape to the back of the red square  layer and attach it to the square card base.  Using mounting tape to raise the red layer is not necessary but I think it adds dimension and interest to this clean and simple card. KC Impression Obsession Ho Ho Ho Square 1 center

2.  Apply double stick tape to the back of the scalloped frame and attach it to the Ho Ho Ho Square.  The Ho Ho Ho Square Frame is a free standing die cut image and can be used without the addition of frame.  I used the scalloped frame to make it look more substantial for the scene and I really like the decorative scalloped border.

3.  Apply thin strips of mounting tape all the way around the back of the frame.  Add small pieces of mounting tape to the back of Santa, reindeer, the largest HO and the top of the houses to make sure they stand away from the red base.  Some may think using strips of mounting tape all the around the back of the frame is overkill and and instead it could be secured to the card base with spaced out pop dots.  I’ve done frames both ways but I live in Florida where there is high humidity and using full strips of tape helps keep the frame more securely in place.

4.  Attach the Ho Ho Ho Square to the red card base.

KC Impression Obsession Ho Ho Ho Square 1 right

5. Trim three leaves off the holly branch and attach them to the large O with glossy accents.  Adding a touch of a third color like I did with the green holly leaves adds an element interest without detracting from the overall image design.

6. Attach three red berries to the holly leaves with glossy accents. I used the berries from the Twig Wreath set but you can easily use a 1/8” circle hole punch.  

Thank you so much for coming by today and I hope you have a great week.  Don’t forget to leave a comment on my Saturday post (if you haven’t already) to qualify for my Memory Box blog candy.

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Peace Frame, Survey Question and Blog Candy

Good Saturday morning.  Before I start my project description I would like to ask your opinion on something.  Would you prefer having step by step instructions listed like you see them for my project today? Does you think it makes it easier to follow the steps rather than being in paragraph form like I normally do?  I would really appreciate your opinion. Leave a comment on this post with your response by this coming Monday at 5:00 pm to be considered for my random blog candy drawing.  I'll announce the winner on my Tuesday  blog post.  See blog candy gift below. 

My project today was made using the newly released Impression Obsession Peace Frame and Snowfall paired with the All-in-One Frames-Squares 2 and Hill Landscape Layers.   The new Peace Frame set  and Snowfall die work perfectly together to make a beautiful clean and simple project.  This project was fast and easy and can be easily mass produced for holiday cards.  The Peace Frame is a freestanding die and does not require an additional frame.  I just happen to like having the white outer frame to create more contrast against the green background. 

KC Impression Obsession Peace Frame 1 right

Project Pieces and Supplies

Scalloped Frame, Peace Frame, Snow Fall Layer, Trees, Landscape Pieces, Adhesive, Mounting Tape, Green and White Cardstock

Card Base 5.00” Square

KC Impression Obsession Peace Frame 1 center

Steps

1. Apply adhesive to the back of the Scalloped Frame, line it up over top of the Peace Frame and attach.

2. Line up the two Landscape Pieces the way you would like them to show in the scene and trim them down to 3.25” wide.

3. Apply adhesive around the bottom and lower sides on the back of the frame and attach the front Landscape Piece.

4. Apply thin strips of mounting tape all the way around the back of the frame.

5. Attach the back Landscape Piece in place on the bottom of the frame.

6. Apply adhesive to the back edges of the Landscape piece and attach the Snowfall Layer to the mounting tape and Landscape Piece on the back of the frame.

7. Apply adhesive to the back of the Snowfall Layer and attach to the whole frame to the card base.

8. Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the trees and tuck in behind the Landscape Layers and attach.

KC Impression Obsession Peace Frame 1 left

Blog Candy:  Memory Box Marshmallow Clouds, Honeyblossom Sprig and Forest Bird.

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 Thanks for taking the time to answer my survey question. I’ll look forward to seeing what you have to say.  Just so you know I am also gearing up to use my iPhone 7 to do videos but I have a little more learning to do  and some speech therapy to work on before I post one.  LOL!  I appreciate you coming by and I hope you have a great day!

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