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Good Monday morning.  I have a clean and simple project to share with you today using the Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals Stamp Set paired with the My Favorite Things Gift Box Cover-up.

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I secured a piece of hot pressed watercolor paper in my MISTI and stamped both the leaves and flowers multiple times with white pigment ink and then embossed the images using white embossing powder.  I used a waterbrush to watercolor the flowers using Worn Lipstick reinker and the leaves using Shabby Shutters reinker, heat set the color and then fussy cut the images. I used my stylus and molding pad to form the flowers.

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The sentiment was stamped on the card base using black versafine  and the frame was attached to the card base using thin strips of mounting tape. The flowers and leaves were attached to the card base using glossy accents.  I filled the center of each flower with a large drop of red liquid pearls and set aside to dry.  This card was really fast to make but I had to let it lay float for quite a while to let the liquid pearls dry.

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Floral Framed Flower and Foliage

Good Saturday morning.  I have a flower project to share with you today using one of my favorite color combinations and the Hero Arts Daisy Cutting Set, Floral Border with Frame and My Favorite Things Leafy Greenery.  I love the white floral frame against the purple background. I made this card for the Splitcoaststampers Free For All Challenge to create a project with a bow.

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I attached the die cut frame to the card base using strips of mounting tape.  I used my stylus and molding pad to form the petals of each flower layer and attached them together with glossy accents.  I placed the whole set of greenery dies on my platform and cut.

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I attached a few of the larger sections of foliage in the center of the card base and attached with glossy accents.  I attached the flower with glossy accents and then filled in with smaller greenery around the flower attaching with glossy accents. I added a smaller flower and a pearl  to the center of the main flower to complete it.  I finished the project with a small multi loop bow.

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I have to laugh as I finish my post.  I didn’t realize that my foliage took on a sort of windmill shape.  It wasn’t really what I was going for.  It’s funny that I didn’t really notice it while I was arranging. 

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Fall Window Scene

Good Friday morning.  It’s been quite a while since I made a window card.  I was looking through my stash of dies yesterday and found the My Favorite Things Classic Window set, brand new to me and never been opened.  I remember shopping and seeing this set and purchasing because I just “had”  to have it!    A few months later I  find it and realize I had never even taken it out of the wrapper.  Am I the only one that has this issue?  I doubt it very seriously because  most of the paper crafters I know are just as compulsive as me.  LOL!  So I decided to create a window card using fall colors and I really love how this turned out. The background was embossed using the Taylored Expressions Subway Tile embossing folder (another must have item purchased and never used). The scene was completed using the Impression Obsession Branches Corner, Tiny Flowers, Pumpkin Patch and the Lawn Fawn  Grassy Border.

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I started by brayering ink on the inside of the embossing folder and embossing the background.  I heat set the ink and then used the window die as a template to draw cutting lines for the see through window.  I used my kraft knife to cut the opening and then used thin strips of mounting tape to attach the window over the opening.  I attached a little green ribbon with glue dots on each of the drapery pieces and then attached them to the back of the of the window layer with double stick tape. I cut a couple green Branches Corner sections and cut the little branches apart and used them to fill the flower box with foliage  using glossy accents to attach them in place. I lightly sponged orange ink on the tiny flowers and used a brown marker to fill in the centers.  I used my stylus and molding pad to form the flowers and attached them to the foliage using glossy accents. The shutters were attached flat to the card base using double stick tape.

 KC My Favorite Things Classic Window 1 center

I attached two sections of grass using mounting tape.  I sponged orange ink on the pumpkins and used a green marker for the tops.  The pumpkins were attached in place using pieces of mounting tape.  I cut a Branches Corner in white and colored the branches using a brown Copic marker.  I lightly sponged orange and red on all the leaves and then added tips of green on several of them using a green marker.  The branch section was attached using mounting tape.  I cut the lowest branch off so it wouldn’t totally cover the window and attached it to another area using glossy accents.

I had originally planned on using a piece of green striped designer paper behind the window but the orange made the whole scene pop.  I attached the window scene to the orange layer using double layers mounting tape and then attached the whole scene to the card base using double stick tape.

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You can check out my  See Thru Window tutorial to get an idea of how I made this opened window.  Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a great weekend.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Home Inspired Cat Scene

Good Thursday morning.  My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Ways To Use It Challenge.  The challenge today was to create a card based on inspiration found in our home.  It’s easy to be inspired by my three cats and my new baby puppy.  I must like black and white animals because that is the main theme in my house now. So I created a cat scene with three white cats with black spots and tails.

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I have always loved cats and dogs and feel like my home would not feel like home to me without them.

Toby Cassie 8-21-10

Toby 9 years old and Cassie 15 years old

Sophie 7-19-10

Sophie 9 years old

Cody 5-17

We got Cody when he was eight weeks and have had him for almost a month.  I promised myself that I would get a puppy when I retired and could be home to be a good mom and train him properly.  He is an absolute joy and a monster all tied up into one precious companion.  He’s lots of work but I know it is worth it.  And by the way…..my cats are actually tolerating him…..pretty well.  LOL!

I attached the grass and tree to the back of the frame using double stick tape.  I sponged on a blue sky background on the bard base and then attached the whole frame over it with thin strips of mounting tape.  I used my stylus and molding pad to form the tiny flowers and attached them to the tree using glossy accents.

KC Taylored Expressions Shade Tree Cutting Plate 4 center

I colored the cats using a black Copic marker and attached them in the scene using pieces of mounting tape.  The birds were attached to the tree using tiny pieces of mounting tape.

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I hope you don’t mind me sharing my pet pictures since they were the inspiration for my card today.  I hope you are enjoying your week and I’m sure you are looking forward to the weekend.  Happily for me I don’t have to go to work any more so every day feels like a weekend day. 

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Watercolored Mondo Hydrangea

Good Saturday morning.  My project today was inspired by yesterday’s CLASSroom post showing projects using bright colors with black and white.  I love Julie’s Mondo Hydrangea Stamp Set and the coordinating Mondo Hydrangea Die Set and paired them with a white sentiment layer cut using the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges.  I don’t watercolor nearly as often as I used to and I was excited to pull out my Distress reinkers and give it a whirl.  I thought the hydrangea colored in bright pink and bright green foliage would be so pretty against the black polka dot paper.  I didn’t want to use black for the stamped image so I turned to gold embossed lines.  I think it is so pretty.  My pictures just don’t do it justice.

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I applied embossing magic to hot pressed watercolor paper, set the paper and stamp in my MISTI and stamped the images with versa.  I applied gold super fine embossing powder and heated with my heat gun.  Next I used a fairly large round brush to apply water over the hydrangea image and then applied a light layer of Spun Sugar reinker.  I applied the ink outside of the flower lines so when I die cut it there wouldn’t be a while outline as I don’t like that very much. While the flower was still wet I dipped my brush in full strength Worn Lipstick reinker and dabbed around the wet outer center of the flowers.  Next I applied full strength Scattered Straw ink to the center of each blossom and allowed the ink to spread a little out of the line to highlight. I repeated the same technique for my leaves using Scattered Straw and Peeled Paint reinkers.  I secured the dies in place over the images with painter’s tape and ran through my Big Shot.

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I applied the polka dot paper to the card base using ATG adhesive.  The sentiment was stamped on the white scalloped layer and embossed with gold powder. I applied ATG adhesive across the straight edge of the white layer and thin strips of mounting tape along the scalloped border and attached to the card base.  The hydrangea and leaves were attached to the card base with mounting tape. 

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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