Framed Flower

Good Sunday morning.  I have a Belleek Inspired project to share with you today made using the new Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals Die Set, Impression Obsession Ornament Flourish , Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Stackables and Taylored Expressions Damask Embossing Folder. Check out my Belleek Inspired step by step tutorial if you would like to know more about how I made this background.

KC Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals 3 left

I used a brayer to apply ink to the front inside of the embossing folder, inserted the cardstock and ran through my Big Shot.  This technique creates such a beautiful background and is perfect to use with s simple floral arrangement like I created today.  I showed a few step by step photos on how I cut in the petals of the flower to create more dimension on my Sparkly Rustic Botanicals project this past week.   I let the Ornament Flourish set play double duty today by using just the pretty flourish sections of the set to embellish the flower and leaves. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals 3 center

The embossed layer was attached to the card base using ATG adhesive.  The scalloped frame was attached using thin strips of mounting tape.  The flower, leaves and flourish pieces were all attached using glossy accents.  I finished the flower with a tiny white pearl in the center.  This was a very fast and easy project to make yet it looks like it was lots more involved.  Shhhh!  You don’t have to share that information with the card recipient. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals 3 right

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Inspired Whimsical Scene

Good Saturday afternoon.  My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge and the Houzz site was on inspiration site.  I was inspired by a whimsical tree scene rug in the Kid’s Rugs department called Daydream.   The tree and leaves were stamped using the images from the Impression Obsession Solid Tree set, paired with the Small Bird Set, ducks from the Farm Girl Set and tiny flowers from the Garden Notes Sunflower Set.

KC Impression Obsession Solid Tree Set 2 left

I secured the tree stamp and hot press watercolor paper in my MISTI, applied Vintage Photo ink to the trunk and lower branches of the tree and Peeled Paint to tips of the branches.  I stamped the leaves multiple times using Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint.  I used a damp brush to lightly pull the color out of the stamped leaves and then filled in some of the branches using a wet brush and Vintage Photo reinker.  I lightly sponged Shabby Shutters over the whole tree to soften and sponged in the ground area using Shabby Shutters and a touch of Vintage Photo at the base of the tree.  I used my mini fern stamp from the retired Stampin’ UP! Watercolor Minis set to fill in the grass area to add a touch of texture.

KC Impression Obsession Solid Tree Set 2 center

The inspiration Daydream rug scene.

daydream rug

So I decided to add the small die cut and punched flowers to the scene to mimic the flowers on the tree in the inspiration piece but was instantly sorry after I attached a few.  But once I started I had to continue because I didn’t want to tear up the scene by pulling off the glue down flowers.  I used duck images in my scene to replace the dog in the rug scene.  I lightly applied Wild Honey to the baby ducks, Pumice Stone to the momma and used an orange marker for the beaks and feet. I added a couple birds flying in the scene instead of using an owl on the branch.  Since there was so much green in my scene I decided that a yellow layer for the scene would pull out the yellow of the ducks and tiny flowers. 

KC Impression Obsession Solid Tree Set 2 right

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”




Essentials by Ellen Plant Lady

Good Friday morning.  My project today is a framed scene made using the Essential by Ellen Plant Lady Stamp Set and Plant Lady Die Set paired with the My Favorite Things Rectangle Frames.  Boy oh boy did I have fun creating this fun fun garden scene.   Have you checked out the Essentials by Ellen August release? The new Plant Lady set is one of my favorites.

KC Essentials by Ellen Plant Lady 1 right

I started by stamping all the images multiple times on hot press watercolor paper using my MISTI and black versafine ink and then heat embossed with clear super fine embossing powder. I watercolored all the images using reinkers, water and a watercolor brush. I started by coloring and cutting out the Plant Lady along with a second garden apron to paper piece along with those garden tools.  I also cut the garden gloves out to pop over her hands and cut a second front portion of the glove to place over the stems of the beets she is holding in her hands.  Speaking of beets…I colored and cut out several beet plants along with several pots and the watering can. I colored the pots and watering can and then added dirt and rust to them to look more authentic  I like to use a dry brush dipped lightly in reinker and then use a stipple motion to apply the dirt and rust spots.  I added some ding marks in the watering can using a black artist pen. I stacked three garden pots and attached them together using glue dots. I attached plants to two of the pots using glue dots.  Make note that after I cut out all the parts and pieces using the dies I fussy cut off the white edges with my scissors.  I did use a black copic marker edge to go around the edges of all the stamp lines so everything looked clean and neat.

KC Essentials by Ellen Plant Lady flat

Now that I had all the parts cut out I sponged in a blue cloudy background for the scene.  I attached it to the card base with ATG adhesive and then attached the frame over the cloud background using thin strips of mounting tape.  The Plant Lady was the first image I added to the scene.  She was attached with pieces mounting tape. Then I moved all the little pieces around until I had the complete scene that I wanted and began attaching them all around the feet of the Plant Lady.  I loved making the little stack of pots look crooked like they would sitting out in a real garden or garden shed.  The pots, watering can and pots with plants were all attached with mounting tape.  The spare plants were tucked in behind the frame and attached with glossy accents. The loose beets were attached with piece of mounting tape and/ or rolled up glue dots.  My final step was to create the rickety sign with the “Beet the Heat” sentiment. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Plant Lady 1 left

Brandi Kincaid has created two Leading Lady sets-Crafty Lady and Plant Lady along with coordinating sentiment sets.  I can’t wait to see who she’ll come up with next?

Thanks for joining me here today and I hope you have a great weekend.

Card size”  5.50” x 4.25”


Impression Obsession “Orange and Turquoise” Color Challenge

Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Impression Obsession “Orange and Turquoise”  design team color challenge.  My project today is clean and simple and was made using the Sun Sand Sea die.  I have been wanting to use this sentiment die and couldn’t figure out exactly what to do with it.  I decided it would be bold and show up well in front of a beach scene if I used orange.  I added some orange to my sun as well and used turquoise for my water. 

KC Impression Obsession Sun Sand Sea 2 right

I used mini applicators and an ink blending tool to create my little scene.  I used Antique Linen and Tumbled Glass inks for the sand, sea and sky areas.  I applied the sand area first and applied a straight mask across the sky to create the water line. I masked the sun with a punched out circle while I applied the sky.  I removed the mask  and placed the negative opening left from the punch and applied Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade to color the sun.  While the open circle mask was still on the sun I applied cosmic glitter glue and sprinkled with clear glitter.  I dabbed white embossing paste on the water and shore line with my finger and sprinkled more clear glitter on it while it was still wet.  I sketched in a few sea oats sprigs with a green marker and then attached the die cut sentiment with touches of glossy accents.

 KC Impression Obsession Sun Sand Sea 2 left

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

Anna Wight

Chris Dayton

Dina Kowal

llina Crouse

Jeanne Streiff

Jenny Gropp    

Karen Amidon

Kelli Hull

Kittie Caracciolo  (that’s me)

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett

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.




Sparkly Rustic Botanicals Flower and Mini Tutorial

Good Wednesday afternoon.  I have another project to share with you today using Julie’s newly released Rustic Botanicals Die Set and Modern Graphics Paper Pack along with another of her sentiments from the Lovely set.   Have you ever started out making a project with an idea of exactly what you want it to be and then have it head south?  That is what happened to me today.  I started out making a simple three layer dimensional flower using the flower die from the set and Sour Grape cardstock.. I got the flower totally finished and decided I would just add a touch of color to the petals using a mini applicator and some Dusty Concord ink. Yikes!!!  Dusty Concord is a very dark purple and I failed to test it out on scratch paper before I started applying it to my flower petals.  Big mistake!!!  I wasn’t going to toss the flower so I grabbed a  Spectrum Noir Amethyst Glamor Glitz and Glamor Pen and applied it to all the petals.  Wow!  This took me totally out of my comfort zone with this mod sparkly flower. So I had no choice but to use the Olive Jade Falling Leaves Pen on my leaves. I had originally planned on using another piece of the black and white paper from Julie’s paper pack but decided I would color the pattern with purple to add another touch of sparkle to the card.  I mean….the sparkle factor on this is way over the top.  LOL!

KC Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals 2 left

This flower die was created the specific size of the flower image in the coordinating set  but I always like to do double duty with my dies.  The flower die creates a flower that has more center space and not lots of depth in the cut of the petals. I wanted to create a three layer dimensional flower.  I used my scissors to cut in on both sides of each petal to create more room for forming that layer.



I placed the flower face down on the molding pad and used my stylus to roll and form the back of each petal.


I turned the flower face up and pushed down in the center of the flower to pull all the petals up.


I didn’t alter either of the two bottom layers but formed them with my stylus and molding pad.  The furthest flower on the left was only formed slightly to create the base of the flower.  I added more formation of the second flower layer.  I used the small circular die from the set to create the flower center and used my small tipped stylus to scrunch it up.



I used the leaf tool from the garden tool kit to score the leaves and then gently formed them with my fingers.

KC Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals 2 close

Here’s a closer view of the flower.  It was a little hard to get a good clear picture of the flower with the full card.

KC Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals 2 right

I must say this is not my norm but sometimes it’s fun to go out of our comfort zone. I’ll refer to this as a happy mistake gone wild (wild for me that is).  LOL!

Thanks for coming by and I hope your week is going well.  I’m on third week of puppy/potty training our new now 11 week old puppy.  He sure is a bundle of joy and a bundle of hard work.  LOL!

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”