Clean and Simple Smell the Flowers

Good Tuesday afternoon.  Today I have a clean and simple, fast and easy project to share with you that I made for the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge.  I used the newly released Essentials by Ellen  Rustic Botanicals Stamp Set , Rustic Botanicals Die SetModern Graphics Paper Pack and Julie’s wonderful sentiment stamp set Lovely.

KC Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals 1 right

I secured the stamp and cardstock in my MISTI and inked and stamped the images and sentiment using black versafine.  I I embossed all the images and sentiment using clear super fine embossing powder. I lined the dies up on the foliage. flower and flower center, secured them in place with pieces of Eclipse and ran them through my Big Shot.  I gently formed the flower petals and foliage leaves using my stylus and molding pad.

KC Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals 1 center

I wanted to use one of Julie’s new Modern Graphic papers as a background for my colorful flower and foliage.  I especially love the random black spot pattern on the one I used and think it adds interest to the card.  The sentiments in the Lovely set are wonderful and it’s a great set to have on hand . 

KC Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals 1 left

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and I hope you have a great day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Fall Holiday Gate

Good Monday afternoon.  I have a fall scene card to share with you today using the Impression Obsession Holiday Gate, Branches Corner, Birds and Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames.

KC Impression Obsession Holiday Gate 1 left

I stamped all the images using black versafine ink  and heat set. The fence was painted  with Hickory Smoke reinker, water and watercolor brush.  I used a dry brush with a stipple motion to add Vintage Photo ink to the fence sections to age. The ground covering was applied with a mini applicator and finished using two of my SU retired images from Watercolor Minis and Itty Bitty Background.  The pumpkins, wreath, birds and branches were colored using watercolor brushes and reinkers. The corner branch was cut down a little so the bottom branches wouldn’t hang to far over the fence and gate.  I used the Inky Antics cloud template and an ink blending tool to apply the cloud background in the sky. 

KC Impression Obsession Holiday Gate 1 center

The branch section was attached to the scene base using double stick tape.  The frame was attached over top of the scene using thin strips of mounting tape. The competed scene was attached to the card base using another layer of mounting tape. The birds were attached in the sky using glossy accents and the bird on the post was attached with mounting tape.  The pumpkins and wreath were attached with mounting tape and glue dots.

KC Impression Obsession Holiday Gate 1 right

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

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Framed Hollyhocks

Good Sunday afternoon.  I have a flower project to share with you today using the Impression Obsession Full Bloom Hollyhocks and Hollyhocks die. 

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Hollyhocks stamps  Hollyhocks die

I secured the stamp and watercolor paper in my MISTI, applied Worn Lipstick ink to the stamp using the ink pad, misted and stamped the image.  I repeated this step a couple of times to get a good full image.  Next I used my water brush to apply fired brick ink to the flowers to create more depth of color.  I used my peeled paint marker to draw in the green stems for the flowers.  I cut two sets of die cut hollyhocks and colored them using the same inks and marker.

KC Impression Obsession Hollyhocks 8 center

I applied mounting tape to both frame layers and attached the hollyhocks background and then attached the whole thing to the card base with ATG adhesive.   I formed the hollyhocks gently with my stylus and molding pad and attached them to the base using glossy accents.  I tucked pieces of foliage around the flowers and attached with glossy accents.  I had lots of fun using both the stamp and die together on the same card.

KC Impression Obsession Hollyhocks 8 left

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a great day.

Card Size 5.00” square

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Crafty Lady

Good Saturday morning.  I started paper crafting using Stampin’ Up! products back in 2003 and one of the most popular sets during that time period was Stella Stamper.  We were all crazy for images and sentiments that pertained to the craft.  Brandi Kincaid has created a modern version with updated images and sentiments that appeals to crafters today.  My project today was made using the Essentials by Ellen Leading Ladies- Crafty Lady Stamp Set and Crafty Lady Die Set.  You can check out both Crafty Lady and Stella Stamper below.

KC Essentials by Ellen Crafty Lady 1 right

I stamped all the images using black versafine and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I stamped the base girl image on watercolor paper and then stamped her a couple of times on pink and green cardstock and on MFT Merry and Bright Plaid Patterns.  I used reinkers to watercolor the head, hair, hands and feet.  You’ll notice I got a little carried away with the pink on her cheeks.  In truth I had some brown hair ink smudge over on the side of her face so I tried to camouflage it with the pink on her cheeks.  LOL!  There is a matching die set that I could have used to cut out all the images but I wanted to paper piece the clothing and bag so I fussy cut all images.  I pieced the shirt, jacket, pants and shoes to the base image and attached with glossy accents.  I attached all the little images-paint brush, marker, scissors and ATG to the back of the bag with glue dots. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Crafty Lady 1 center

I stamped the sentiment on the card base with black versafine and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I attached the frames to the card base using thin strips of mounting tape.  The Crafty Lady was attached to the frame with a single layer of mounting tape and a double layer of tape under the bag.  Sadly you can’t see the crafting elements well in the photos as they all are a too dark so I took a little close up and over brightened it for you to see.  Yes.  I cut those little images out and almost went blind trying to do it.  I ended up with a scissor cut and Band-Aid. LOL!

KC Essentials by Ellen Crafty Lady 1 close 

This stamp and die set would be a perfect gift for a paper crafting friend.

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Crafty Lady

 

stamper stella

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”  I didn’t link the pink paper as I’m not sure what it is.  Sorry!

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Clean and Simple Watercolored Hydrangea

Good Thursday morning.  Today is day six of the Splitcoaststampers Dare To Get Dirty challenges.  My card today was made for Sandee’s challenge.  You can find the details of all the challenges here but you need to be a Fan Club member.  If you would like to check out how to become a Fan Club member click here

I used the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea Stamp Set and Mondo Hydrangea Die Set for my project and tried my hand at watercoloring the images.  Sadly the photos do not really show how pretty the flower is. 

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I secured my hot press watercolor paper in place in my MISTI and set the stamps in place.  I used Spun Sugar and Peeled Paint Distress Markers to apply the green and pink to the stamp, misted the stamp and paper and stamped the image. I stamped the image a second time to get good coverage and then used my waterbrush and reinkers to pull the colors out into the blossoms and leaves.  I added darker shades of pink using Worn Lipstick reinker and added bits of green back for the flower centers and stems.  By this time I had mostly obliterated the outline of the petals so I applied Worn Lipstick to the stamp and stamped over the flower again.  I had actually removed the stamp from my MISTI so I had to line it up by eye. So you can see the petals are a little off but I still really like how it turned out.  I always color outside of the lines of flower stamped images when I am going to die cut them so the white border doesn’t show.  I don’t like those white borders very much.  The flower and leaves were die cut and you can barely see any border at all.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea 4 center

I was not as pleased with how the leaves turned out.  So I decided to try applying versa and clear embossing powder to them and heated.  They came out looking much better.  So I embossed the whole flower as well.  It did brighten the colors.  I attached the flower to the card base with mounting tape.  I gently formed the leaves a little with my fingers  and attached them with glossy accents. I finished by adding a soft white multi loop bow.  You can check out my multi loop bow tutorial here.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea 4 right

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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