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Floral Border and In Bloom

Good Tuesday afternoon.  I am off work this week and am supposed to be cleaning, straightening and purging my craft space.  Oh boy!  What a huge job.  So I decided to play with something other than Christmas for a change.  I’m usually sad to see the holidays go and putting an end to making Christmas cards but I am more ready this year. My project was made using the new Hero Arts Floral Border with Frame, Susan’s Garden Notes Hydrangea 2, Impression Obsession Foliage and Martha Stewart Hydrangea Punch.  The gorgeous paper is Scrapberry’s In Bloom and was sent to me as a gift from a my dear friend  Eva  from the Netherlands.

I decided to create a totally white frame using the Floral Border so the background paper could be the main focal point.  I cut the card base at 5.25” and attached the paper with ATG adhesive. I cut the frame layer 5.00”, centered the floral die and ran through my Big Shot.  I applied mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.

KC Hero Arts Floral Border with Frame 2 right 

I punched and die cut several hydrangea blossoms, formed them with my stylus and molding pad and attached the flowers together with glossy accents.  I cut a couple full sections of Foliage and cut them apart to arrange with the flowers.KC Hero Arts Floral Border with Frame 2 center

I attached the foliage to the frame with glossy accents and then attached the flowers.  I tucked a few more sections of foliage around the flowers to fill in.  I used Pretty Pink Posh 3mm cupped Sparkling Clear sequins in the flower centers and attached a few around the inner frame and on the frame to add an additional feminine touch to the piece.

KC Hero Arts Floral Border with Frame 2 left

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

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Home Sweet Christmas Home

Good Tuesday morning.  The weather here in Florida has been beautiful with low humidity and chilly nights. So the only way I can experience a white Christmas is to create it on my card fronts. My project today was made using the new Impression Obsession Front Door paired with the Wrought Iron Fence and an evergreen wreath and door trim made using the Martha Stewart Branch Punch. The brick background was paper is from the Authentique Classic Christmas pad.

KC Impression Obsession Front Door 1 right

I started by attaching the designer paper to the card base with ATG adhesive.  The door was cut and pieced together using double stick tape and then attached to the card base. I cut the fence sections, applied touches of Crafter’s Pick Ultimate Glue to the back of each with my finger and attached them on either side of the door.  Once they were secure I trimmed off the excess fence and finished off the edges by attaching  thin strips of black cardstock. I finished the scene by attaching a hand cut piece of cardstock across the ground area in front of the door.

I created my wreath for the door using a 3/4” circle and used just the top three sprigs all the way around. 

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I decorated the wreath with punched 1/8” circles attached with glossy accents, applied a multi loop bow  and then applied red stickles to the punched circles for sparkle.  Once the stickles was dry I applied light touches of the Crafter’s Pick with an old paint brush and lightly sprinkled with white flower soft.  You can see my step by step and video wreath tutorial over on Splitcoaststampers.

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I used full pieces of  branches to arrange an evergreen bough across the top of the door frame and on both sides of the door.  I didn’t use quite as light a touch when I applied the Crafter’s Pick to the branches as I did for the wreath.  I wanted the snow to look full and fluffy.

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I applied a fairly significant layer of glue on the ground section with my finger and applied a full layer of flower soft to create a fluffy carpet of snow.

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I love the snowy welcoming door scene.  I want to walk right on in.

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Wrought Iron Fence and Wreath and Holiday Sales Alert

Good Sunday morning and sadly the last day of the holiday weekend.  It’s back to work and business as usual.  I hope your holiday was wonderful and that you were able to get rested up a little before charging into the busy Christmas holiday preparations. My project today was made using the Impression Obsession Wrought Iron Fence and a wreath made using the Impression Obsession Holly Flourish and Martha Stewart Branch Punch.  If you would like to see how I make my wreaths you can check out my Step by Step picture tutorial and Video tutorial over at Splitcoaststampers. You can also find three different wreath tutorials in the Tutorial section on my right side bar.

KC Impression Obsession Wrought Iron Fence 1 right

I cut a 5.50” x 4.25” black piece of cardstock and attached it with ATG adhesive to a A2 cream card base. I applied ATG adhesive to the back of the music paper and attached to the black card base.  I cut the fence using black cardstock and applied rolled up strips of double stick tape to the back and attached it to the card base.  I didn’t want the fence to be attached to the base so rolled tape allows for a tiny bit of dimension. The pictures below show me using  1/4” tape but I actually used 1/8” for the fence since the bars are very thin. 

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I wanted to create a fairly small wreath that wouldn’t overwhelm the fence so I used a one inch circle for the base.  I punched out lots of branches and cut the stem off right where the first two larger branches fork off so they would fit better for the smaller wreath.

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I attached the branches to the wreath base alternating the pattern-1 left, 1 right and 1 center and repeated it all the way around the base.  Since this is such a small wreath the tightly arranged branches covered the inner circle of the wreath. I cut a couple holly flourish sections, cut them apart and applied 1/8” punched circles for holly berries.  I applied red stickles to the berries for a touch of sparkle and set aside to dry.  I created a small multi loop bow and attached it to the wreath using glue dots. Once the bow was attached I arranged and attached the holly branches with glossy accents to fill in around the wreath.  I tucked several longer pieces in around the bow to mingle with the streamers.  I applied a good amount of glossy accents to the back of the wreath and attached it to the card base.  I took a couple close up pictures for a better view.

KC Impression Obsession Wrought Iron Fence 1 close front

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I thought the wreath would be the perfect embellishment to use with the iron fence and I love the music designer paper in the background.  It reminds me of old-fashioned Christmas decorations.

KC Impression Obsession Wrought Iron Fence 1 left

Before I close I wanted to take a minute to talk about a tool you may want to put on your Santa wish list. If you love collecting dies as much as I do then this small Dremel is the perfect tool to grind and smooth the poking out pieces of wire after you cut the dies apart.  The Dremel is a fairly inexpensive tool that saves lots of time and energy versus hand filing off the pieces.  I can’t tell you how many times I have hurt myself with those ugly little wire tips. My husband has a larger Dremel out on his tool bench that would be overkill for our little dies. I’ve linked the Dremel that I have down in my supply list so you’ll know which one to ask Santa for. 

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Last thing is the sales reminders. Check out Ellen Hutson’s 10 year Anniversary Sales,  Impression Obsession Annual Sale and Stamp-n-Storage Holiday Sale..

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Thanks for coming by today and I hope you continue to have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

 

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Rustic Christmas Wreath

Good Saturday morning.  My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge.  The inspiration site provided was a Pinterest site filled with wonderful Christmas inspiration.  I was inspired by a rustic centerpiece  made with a birch log, pinecone, evergreen branches and ornaments.  I created an old-fashioned Christmas wreath using evergreen branches , tiny pinecones and a gingham bow and then double framed it with woodgrain embossed cardstock to mimic the log, I used the Martha Stewart Branch Punch to create the wreath and paired it with pinecones made using the Impression Obsession Spiral Flowers die set.  The frames were cut using the My Favorite Things Pierced Square Frames and Essentials by Ellen White Woodgrain Embossed cardstock.

KC MFT Pierced Square Frames 1 right.

I cut a small one inch circle ring and attached evergreen branches with glossy accents all the way around to create my wreath.  Check out my Evergreen Wreath Video Tutorial along with step by step pictures over at Splitcoaststampers if you would like to see how I make my wreaths. The wreath I made for the tutorial was a bit larger than the one I made today but the steps are the same no matter what size you want to make.

KC MFT Pierced Square Frames 1 center

I cut several spiral flowers using kraft cardstock and applied vintage photo ink with a mini applicator.  I rolled the flowers in more of a cone shape than I would for a flower and secured them closed with glossy accents.  I attached my multi loop gingham bow with glue dots and then attached the pinecones around it with glossy accents.

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I cut the frames out of the woodgrain embossed cardstock and then applied ink direct to paper with a pumice stone ink pad. The ink pad hit the embossed portion of the cardstock but still allowed the white woodgrain background to show.  I love the contrast.  I attached the frames to the card base with thin strips of mounting tape.  I applied pieces of mounting tape to the back of the wreath so when attached it would sit as high as the frames.

KC MFT Pierced Square Frames 1 left

I love making holiday projects that reminds me of holidays past when Christmas decorations were made simply by using evergreen, pinecones and ribbon.  Thanks for coming by today and I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Card size:  4.25” square       Evergreen Wreath Video and Step by Step Tutorial