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Rustic Christmas Wreath

Good Sunday morning.  I love making wreath projects and couldn’t resist purchasing the new Penny Black Layered Christmas Wreath set with the pine, holly, berry and mistletoe sprigs.  While I was shopping I picked up the Antique Frame Set as well.  For my project today I created a rustic wreath and cut a rustic frame using Essentials by Ellen Tan Woodgrain cardstock.  

KC Penny Black Layered Christmas Wreath 1 left

I cut several sets of foliage using green cardstock and several pieces of pine using brown cardstock.  Before beginning to assemble the wreath I applied Autumn Red Crystal Drops to the berry branches and Simply White Crystal Drops to the mistletoe berries and set them aside to dry.  I cut the frame using the tan woodgrain cardstock and applied Vintage Photo ink by swiping the ink pad directly over the paper.  I smoothed out the color using a damp baby wipe and heat set the ink using my heat gun. I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.

KC Penny Black Layered Christmas Wreath 1 center

I used the leaf tool and leaf pad  to apply scored lines on the holly leaves. I started assembling the wreath by attaching the holly branches around the wreath base using glossy accents. Next I tucked the pine branches around the holly leaves and attached with glossy accents.  Once the crystal drops were dried on the berries and mistletoe branches I tucked them around the holly and pine and attached with glossy accents.  I finished the wreath by adding a multi loop bow

KC Penny Black Layered Christmas Wreath 1 close

I took a close up picture of the wreath so you could get a good look at how nice the crystal drops look on the branches.  I love how they dried with a dimensional appearance.

KC Penny Black Layered Christmas Wreath 1 right

The pictures just don’t this project justice.  I probably should have used a cream card base instead of white.  It is just so much prettier in person.

I wanted to take the opportunity to mention that the Vintage Frame set comes assembled with the thin wires that need to be cut off.  I don’t remember often enough to draw your attention to the small hand held Dremel that I use us to smooth off those pointed wire edges.  The Dremel makes quick work of smoothing the edges and is so much faster than trying to file them down by hand.  I’ve linked the Dremel below in case you want to check it out. The time savings and good finish makes it well worth the price.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying your Sunday. 

Card size”":  5.50” x 4.25”

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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. 

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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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Paper Layering Hummingbird and Lawn Fawn Sale

Good Tuesday morning.  My project today was made using the new Hero Arts Paper Layering Hummingbird Pair and the new Penny Black Graceful Greenery paired with the My Favorite Things Pierced Square Frames and Impression Obsession Tiny Flowers.  The lavender frame mat was cut using a square Nestabilities.

KC Hero Arts Paper Layering Hummingbird Pair 1 left

I started by attaching the two square frames together with double stick tape and then attached it to the card base using thin strips of mounting tape. I cut three sections of the Graceful Greenery and lightly formed the leaves using my stylus and molding pad. I arranged two of the whole greenery sections around the top of the frame and attached them with glossy accents. I cut the third section into a couple pieces and attached with glossy accents.

KC Hero Arts Paper Layering Hummingbird Pair 1 center

I formed the tiny flowers with my stylus and molding pad and attached them to the greenery with glossy accents.  I cut one lavender and one dark purple hummingbird.  I applied rolled up glue dots to the back of the lavender bird and attached it over top of the purple bird and offsetting it slightly to create a dark outline.   I thought the purple outline would allow the bird to show up better against the white background. 

KC Hero Arts Paper Layering Hummingbird Pair 1 close

I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out but I love the flow of the greenery and flowers around the frame.  I think the hummingbird image is beautiful.  Next time I will try my hand at applying at coloring it.

KC Hero Arts Paper Layering Hummingbird Pair 1 right

Enabler Alert:  Ellen Hutson is holding a 10% off sale on Lawn Fawn products this week. 

lawn fawn sale

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

Card  size:  4.50” square

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Penny Black Birdhouse Abode

Good Monday morning.  I love making cards with birdhouse scenes and my project today was made with the Penny Black Birdhouse Abode die paired with the Impression Obsession Picket Fence, Grass Border, Tiny Flowers, Foliage and Cardinals.  The matted frames were made using the Nesting Rectangles.

KC Penny Black Bird Abode 1 right

I cut the whole birdhouse die out once in green and then cut just the house portion out in red and again in Kraft cardstock.  I cut a thin strip of Kraft cardstock just the width of the wooden pole, applied vintage photo ink with a mini applicator and attached over the green base pole with double stick tape. Next I trimmed the Kraft birdhouse, applied the vintage photo ink and attached it over the green birdhouse base with mounting tape.  I cut the roof section off the red birdhouse and attached it to the birdhouse with glossy accents.  I cut a thin strip of red cardstock and attached it to the base of the birdhouse and attached it with glossy accents.

I cut the red and green frames and attached them together with double stick tape. I used the smallest rectangle die to cut the rectangle opening in the card base to create a see thru window for the birdhouse. I applied double stick tape to the front of the birdhouse frame and attached it to the inside opening of the window. I cut a single green frame and attached it over the back of the birdhouse on the inside of the card base to finish the opening.  I cut a section of fence using Kraft cardstock and applied vintage photo ink by swiping the ink pad directly over it. I used a waterbrush to spread the ink more evenly but still allowed some of the darker spots of ink show off the wood grain of the fence.

KC Penny Black Bird Abode 1 center

I attached the fence and grass sections to the card base using double stick tape.  I attached the grass border all the way across the birdhouse opening.  I applied double stick tape to the back of the double matted frame attached it to the opening.  I cut small pieces of foliage and tucked it in behind the grass and attached with glossy accents.  I attached a few formed tiny flowers to the foliage and roof of the birdhouse with glossy accents.  I applied small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the cardinals and placed them in the scene to finish. I thought the birdhouse scene looked so cute with the red gingham background.

KC Penny Black Bird Abode 1 left

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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First Blooms by Penny Black

Good Sunday morning.  I have a pretty floral project to share with you today using the new Penny Black First Blooms set paired with the My Favorite Things Leafy Greenery and Lawn Fawn Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables. I cut the tulips using and foliage using Arches Hot Press Watercolor Paper and colored them using an assortment of Memento Markers and a waterbrush.

KC Penny Black First Blooms 1 right

I recently received several of the Memento Markers and was anxious to watercolor with them. I cut all the flowers and foliage and I misted each image with a mini mister to prepare the paper to receive color.  I applied the marker inks on a large acrylic block  for a palette, picked up the inks using my waterbrush and painted the images.  While the ink was still damp on the tulips I used the brush tip of the marker to lightly apply lines of ink around the outer side edges and inside the body of the tulips to create the appearance of petals. Once the lines were drawn I lightly washed them with the waterbrush to smooth out the lines.  I hope that made sense. I used a couple green markers and a yellow one to paint the foliage to give a more natural appearance.

KC Penny Black First Blooms 1 center

The First Blooms set comes with three different dies with tulips on each stem. I cut two full sets so I would have enough to create a tulip bouquet. Once they were painted and dry and cut some of the pieces apart to make it easier to arrange my bouquet. I began by attaching stems of the tulips and foliage sections together with glossy accents.  I continued adding the flowers and foliage and adhering them together with the glue so they would all stay together.  From start to finish I held the stems of the bouquet together which got a little messy and sticky for my fingers but the outcome was certainly worth the effort.

KC Penny Black First Blooms 1 close

I cut the two frame sections and attached them together with thin strips of mounting tape. I then applied another layer of mounting tape to the back of the second mat layer and attached the frame to the card base. I attached small triple layered pieces of mounting to several of the tulip heads and some double layers to the back of the foliage stems and then attached the bouquet inside the frame and to the card base. I wanted the bouquet to have lots of dimension.  I finished the bouquet by adding a simple white multi loop bow.  I love how this turned out.  I especially love the Memento Lilac Posies color that I used for the tulips. When I was totally finished I decided to apply clear Wink of Stella to the tulips to add a touch of sparkle.

KC Penny Black First Blooms 1 left

Thank you for dropping in today.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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