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Framed Sugared Poinsettia and Holly

Good Monday afternoon.  I’ve had painters here all day today so I am posting late again.  I recently purchased the Taylored Expressions Ornate Frame Cutting Plate and couldn’t wait to use it with a flower project.  I’m mostly making Christmas cards right now so I pulled out my Impression Obsession Large Poinsettia Set and Small Poinsettia Set and Holly Flourish.

KC Impression Obsession Small Poinsettia Set 3 left

I cut the frames and attached them to the card base using mounting tape.  I cut all the flower sections and holly using white cardstock and colored them using Distress Inks and mini applicators.  The flower was colored using Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Fired Brick. The foliage was colored using Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint.  I formed the flowers and foliage using my stylus and molding pat and attached the sections together using glossy accents.I applied Cosmic Glitter Glue to the petals, leaves and holly with my finger (it’s messy but worth it) and dipped them in the Rock Candy glitter.  I finished the flower with a tiny white pearl in the center.

KC Impression Obsession Small Poinsettia Set 3 right

I attached the flower and foliage to the card base using glossy accents and then tucked the pieces of holly under the flower and attached with glossy accents. I love the white ornate frame and background and how it allows the floral arrange pop.  I wish the sparkle on the flower showed better in the photo.  It is wonderful in person.

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Concertina Tag with Winter Scene

Good Sunday afternoon.  I’ve gotten a late start today.  I’m getting ready for the whole inside of my house to be painted and it has been quite a job getting everything down and out of the way.  Worst was unloading my china cabinet.  I also took Cody, my new puppy to his first day of puppy training.  Wow!  Seven puppies training all at once was interesting to say the least.  LOL!  My project is a masculine winter deer scene made using my Essentials by Ellen  Concertina Tag, Impression Obsession Brush Tree Line, Deer Snowglobe and Pine Sprig Cluster.  I think this three side tag is so cute and made with the deer makes it nice to use for a guy gift.  It could also be very cute folded closed and attached to a card front.  The tag trio is 6 3/8” x 3 1/4”.  Each individual tag is 2 3/8” x 3 1/4”.

KC Essentials by Ellen Concertina Tag 2 front

I cut the tag twice using white cardstock.  I applied Tumbled Glass ink to the first tag using an ink blending tool. to create the sky area.  Next I secured the tree line stamp and tag in my full sized MISTI and stamped it twice across the tag to fill in the background. I colored the three deer using Antique Linen and Vintage Photo and a mini applicator.  Check out my coloring die cut animals tutorial if you would like to see how I colored the deer.

KC Essentials by Ellen Concertina Tag 2 right

I cut the bottom off of the second tag to create the snow layer for the scene.  I attached it to the tag using double stick tape.  I attached the deer in behind the snow layer using rolled up glue dots.  I wanted them to stand away from the background for dimension but mounting tape would have had them sticking too far out for such a small scene.  I tucked pine sprigs around the deer feet and attached in behind the snow layer using glossy accents.  I added tiny 1/16” circles to the sprigs for a touch of color.  And yes….I had to have my strongest reader on to even see those little things. The sprigs and red berries don’t really show in the pictures but the little touch of red really does add to the overall scene.

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I finished by applying white Embossing Paste to the ground area and then sprinkled with clear Rock Candy glitter before the paste could dry.  This was a fun little tag to make and would be easy to recreate with different backgrounds, die cut trees, etc.  I just loved the softness of the tree line in behind the deer.

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


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




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.

ribbon blog candy

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.


Gift Card Pocket and Gift Card Foldover

Good Friday morning. Hang on to your hat because my post today is long with lots of step by steps photos.  Have you seen the new Impression Obsession Gift Card Pocket and Gift Card Foldover die sets? The two sets are made to coordinate with each other but they are both stand alone sets.  I’ve had a few questions about how to work with these sets so I put together a tutorial that I think will be helpful.  The wonderful thing about gift card holder dies is that you can definitely use  them over and over again.  They may seem like an expensive investment but their uses are endless for gift giving events all year long and year after year. 

Gift Card Foldover assembled 

Gift Card Pocket

White Cardstock, 1/4” Double Stick Tape, Teflon Bone Folder

The Gift Card Pocket has two die cut sentiments-Happy Holiday and Seasons Greetings but you can use the pocket with or without the sentiments. 

pocket 1

1.  Line up the pocket die and sentiment on your die cutting platform.

pocket 2

2.  The pocket die has built in score lines for folding.  Fold over the score lines and use your bone folder to create a crisp fold.  I always use my Teflon bone folder because it never leaves shiny spots on the cardstock.  If you don’t have one I highly recommend you put it on your Santa’s wish list.  It is worth it’s weight in gold.

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3.  Apply double stick tape on the outer edges of the side folds.

pocket 4

4.  Fold the sides in and attach the back of the folder to create the pocket.

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5.  I used the Gift Card Foldover die to create a holder for my gift card and it fits perfectly inside the pocket.

pocket insert

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I like to add decorative elements to gift cards.  It makes it look more like a gift rather than just an envelope with a gift card in it.  I thought a poinsettia with some pine would look pretty.  I wanted to keep the elements small so they wouldn’t cover up the sentiment.

Decorate the Pocket

Green Pine Sprigs, Small red Poinsettias-3 Red and 1 Green, Pearl,  Garden Tool Kit- Large and Small Stylus, Molding Pad

decorate 1

1.  Place the flowers face down on the molding pad and use the large stylus to push in the petals to round them up.

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2.  Place the flowers face up and push down in the center with the small stylus to push the petals up.

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3.  Apply a dot of glossy accents to the center of the green flower and attach the three red flowers.  Make sure to offset the layers so the flower has a more natural appearance.

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4.  Apply glossy accents to the tip ends of the pine sprigs and attach them to the corner of the pocket.  Continue adding pine to create a nice base for the flower.  Alternate the curves of the pine to add a more natural shape.

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5.  Apply a good amount of glossy accents to the back of the poinsettia and attach it to the pine base.

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6.  Once the poinsettia is placed use your paper piercer to go in under the top petals and push down on the green base of the flower to secure it.

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Decorated Gift Card Foldover

The Gift Card Foldover can be used like I did above as a simple holder for a gift card.  But this set comes with two sentiments- A Gift For You and Birthday Wishes.  The beauty of having both the Gift Card Foldover and Gift Card Pocket is that all four sentiments are sized to work with both.  I chose to create a holiday gift card with the A Gift For You sentiment and added a simple bow treatment with some holly sprigs with red berries  to dress it up a little.

Red Gift Card Fold Over, White Back Layer- 3.75” x 2.50”, Green Holly Sprigs, 1/8” Red Punched Circles, Glossy Accents, White Ribbon, Round Corner Punch, 1.4” Double Stick Tape, Glue Dots

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1.  Line the die and sentiment up on the die cutting platform.

follldover 1

2.  Cut a piece of white cardstock 3.75” x 2.50” to fit on the inside of the foldover.   I used my corner rounder punch to round the corners.

foldover 2

3.  Apply double stick tape to the top and bottom inside of the foldover and attach the white layer.

Gift Card Pocket assembled

4.  Apply a small ribbon around the holder and tie off with a knot at the top corner.  Apply glossy accents to the little red berries and attach to the holly sprigs.  Attach the sprigs of holly to the corner of the foldover with glossy accents to create a base for the bow just like in the Gift Card Pocket project.  Create a small multi loop bow and attach it to the top corner using glue dots.  Oh….and make sure  you insert your gift card before you tie your ribbon.  LOL! Check out my video multi loop bow tutorial  if you would like to see how I make my bows. 

Fold Over Gift Card

I hope this hasn’t been too long of a post for you.  I thought it would be worth while to show both of the gift card sets  and how they can be used apart and together. I love using old-fashioned pine and holly to decorate my cards and package for Christmas and red, green and white are my favorite Christmas colors.  Thanks so much for coming by and I hope you have a great weekend.