Spring Bouquet, Blog Candy and Ellen Hutson Sale

Good Saturday morning, My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge and a Pinterest Floral Arrangement Page was our inspiration site this week.  I was inspired by so many of the floral arrangements that I sort of went into inspiration overload.  I’ve mentioned in my blog posts many times that I grew up in my mother’s flower shop.  Browsing down through all of the gorgeous floral arrangements on this site made me homesick for my parents.  My mother would have loved my simple floral design made with the tulips, lilac and lily of the valley.   I started with three different flower sets, Impression Obsession Lily of the Valley, Penny Black First Blooms and Elizabeth Craft Designs Lilac.  I cut foliage using Impression Obsession Foliage, My Favorite Things Leafy Greenery and Penny Black Graceful Greenery. The frame was made using My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames and Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames.

KC Impression Obsession Lily of the Valley 2 right

I cut the tulips using hot pressed watercolor paper and colored them using Memento markers and a waterbrush. I used an acrylic block to create a palette, applied ink to the block and picked up the color with my brush and painted the flowers and stems.  The lilac flowers was cut using purple cardstock, formed with a stylus and molding and then attached to the foliage using glossy accents.  The lily of the valley was cut using white cardstock.  The stems were colored using a green marker and I lightly colored the flower with a little washed yellow ink so the flowers would stand out a little against the all white background.  All of the foliage was cut using green cardstock.

KC Impression Obsession Lily of the Valley 2 center

The frame was attached together using mounting tape and then attached to the card base with another layer of mounting tape.  I started creating the bouquet by attaching the larger foliage together using glossy accents.  When I had a substantial foliage base I started tucking the flower stems in between the foliage and attaching them in place with glossy accents.  Once all the stems were in place I attached a large piece of mounting tape to the back of the bouquet and attached it to the card base.  I attached a few small pieces of foliage to the bottom of the bouquet to cover up the raw foliage stems and attached them in place with glossy accents.  I tied a white multi loop bow and attached it to the base of the bouquet with glue dots. I added a touch of sparkle to all the flowers using a  clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.

KC Impression Obsession Lily of the Valley 2 close

Here’s a little closer view of the bouquet.  I love the lilac and tulip colors together.

KC Impression Obsession Lily of the Valley 2 left

While I was digging around for flowers and foliage for my project I realized that I have two of the Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Notes Tulip.  I thought it would be fun to offer it as a special springtime blog candy gift.  All you have to do to qualify for the gift is leave a comment on this post.  You will have until Friday, April 21 at 5:00 pm to comment and I will announce the winner on Saturday morning.

Elizabeth-Craft-Designs-Dies-Garden-Notes-Tulip-by-Susan-Tierney

I couldn’t resist letting you know that Ellen Hutson is holding a special sale this holiday weekend.  I love a good sale!!!  You can check out the details below. 

Ellen buy more 2

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you are enjoying this special Easter holiday weekend.

card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Framed Forest Flowers

Good Tuesday morning.  My project today was made using the newly released Impression Obsession Forest Flowers Stamp Set and Forest Flowers Die Set by Pink Ink and was framed using the All-in-One Frames Squares.  The gold embossing is a little over the top but it was fun to make.

KC Impression Obsession Forest Flowers 1 right

First I applied embossing magic to hot pressed watercolor paper, stamped the images using versa and then embossed with gold embossing powder.  The floral frame was stamped on one piece of paper and the sentiment on another.  I lined up the square die over the floral frame and ran it through my big shot.  This die cut out the square and the circle opening at the same time.  I cut the sentiment layer to fit behind the frame leaving about 1/4” all the way around.  I used a versa marker to apply versa to the edges of the sentiment layer and embossed with gold embossing powder.  I had to repeat adding versa along the edges one more time to get good coverage and gold embossed a second time.  I wanted the outer frame to match with gold trim.  I used the versa marker to apply versa on the inside edges of the frame and applied gold embossing powder.  I was not quite as successful applying the versa on the curves as I was the straight edge and it looked messy.  I used my versa pad to apply versa to the whole frame and embossed it with the gold embossing powder.

KC Impression Obsession Forest Flowers 1 center

I colored all the tiny floral images using Memento markers.  They were fun to color.  At first I had planned on water coloring them using a brush and marker ink but the images are so tiny I decided to stick with the markers so I could stay inside those tiny lines.  I attached the floral frame over the sentiment layer using mounting tape and then attached applied ATG adhesive to the back of the layers and attached to the card base. I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the gold frame and attached it to the card base.

KC Impression Obsession Forest Flowers 1 left

I hope you have a good day and I appreciate you coming by.

Card size:  4.50” square

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Impression Obsession Lily of the Valley

Good Monday morning.   My project today was made using the newly released Impression Obsession Lily of the Valley and  Happy Easter 2 paired with the All-in-One Frames Rectangles 2 and Foliage.  Purple and green are such a such color combination and so pretty used with floral projects. 

KC Impression Obsession Lily of the Valleyt 1 right

I cut the frame and attached it to the card base using thin strips of mounting tape.  Next I placed a long strip of double stick tape on my work surface and rolled it up with my finger to create a thin strip of adhesive.  I applied the strip of adhesive to the back of the Happy Easter sentiment and attached it to the card base.  The thin strip of rolled adhesive allows the sentiment to be slightly popped up and not perfectly flat to the card base.

rolled double stick tape 2

The Lily of the Flower flowers were cut using white cardstock and the stems were colored using a Peeled Paint marker.  I formed the tiny bell shaped flowers using the smaller end of my stylus and molding pad. 

KC Impression Obsession Lily of the Valleyt 1 center

I began creating the floral spray by attaching the flowers to the frame with glossy accents. I attached three stems pointing up towards the top of the frame and three down towards the bottom of the frame.  Next I attached pieces of foliage over the bare stems using glossy accents.  Then I cut off several of the flower stems to shorten them and tucked them into the foliage and attached them using glossy accents. I love these delicate stems of Lily of the Valley. 

KC Impression Obsession Lily of the Valleyt 1 left

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a good week.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Impression Obsession Hydrangea Blooms

Good Sunday morning.  My project today was made using the new Impression Obsession Pink Ink Hydrangea Blooms Clear Stamps and matching Hydrangea Blooms Die Set.  The images in the set can be mixed and matched to create lots of different projects.  I chose the watering can and several of the different sized hydrangea blooms and leaves and paired them with the Large Fence, Small Grass Border and Butterfly Set.

KC Impression Obsession Hydrangea Blooms 1 right

I placed all of the hydrangea and leaf images on my Mini MISTI, applied color using distress markers and stamped them on Arches Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper.  I applied the different colors of marker ink on to an acrylic block to use as a palette.  I used a wet brush to pick up the inks and lightly applied color to the images. I used a white gel pen to add definition to the flower centers.  I cut all the images out using the matching dies and then trimmed off any white borders left using my scissors. I assembled the leaves and flowers and arranged them in the watering can and attaching them together with glue dots.  I loved the tiny For You tag and and attached it to the watering can using glossy accents.

KC Impression Obsession Hydrangea Blooms 1 center

I wanted to create a fun backdrop for the can that would add interest but still allow the can to be the main focus.  I used the purple check from the My Favorite Things Tiny Checks Brights pad to create contrast for the white fence.  I attached the checked paper to a green layer using my ATG adhesive and then attached it to the card base using mounting tape.  I applied mounting tape to the top of the fence sections and glue dots to the bottom.  I wanted the  top of the fence to popped up away from the background paper but I didn’t want that extra bulk at the bottom of the fence since I was going to the grass border over the fence using mounting tape.  I hope that made sense.  LOL! I tucked the can of hydrangeas in behind the grass and attached it to the fence sections using mounting tape.  The little scene just didn’t seem complete to me so I cut butterflies using the watercolor paper and colored them with the same marker that I used for the flowers and attached them in the scene with glossy accents.  I added a touch of sparkle to them using a Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen. They look much darker in the photo than they do in person but I really like that they add another interest element to the scene.  You can never go wrong with butterflies.  

KC Impression Obsession Hydrangea Blooms 1 left

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

Card size:  4.50” square

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Impression Obsession Abstract Flowers

Good Saturday morning.  I have a fast, clean and simple project to share with you today made using the newly released Impression Obsession Abstract Flowers paired with the All-in-One Frames Rectangles 2 and the For You sentiment. 

KC Impression Obsession Abstract Flowers 1 right

I started by cutting a Robin’s Egg frame to layer in behind the white frame to break up the white background.  I attached the two together with ATG adhesive and then attached them to the card base using thin strips of mounting tape.  I cut out all three sizes of the flowers in Robin’s Egg and then cut two of the largest flower in Peapod green.  I attached the three flower layers together using pieces of mounting tape. 

KC Impression Obsession Abstract Flowers 1 center

I cut one of the green layers in half and attached them about 1/2” apart on the card base using glossy accents.  This allowed the green flower to be large enough to show up well.  I cut one section off the second green layer and attached near the center bottom  of the two original green sections to fill in the empty space.  The blue flower was attached to the card base using glossy accents.  I molded all the flower petal sections with my fingers to add dimension and interest.  I added sparkle to the flower using Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen Clear Overlay .  It doesn’t show well in the photos but is really pretty in person.  The For You sentiment was attached to the card base using thin strips of mounting tape.  I added three Snow Pearls to the flower center for a delicate finish.

KC Impression Obsession Abstract Flowers 1 left

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you enjoy your weekend.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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