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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.

KC My Favorite Things Classic Window 1 right

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.

KC My Favorite Things Classic Window 1 left

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.

KC Taylored Expressions Shade Tree Cutting Plate 4 right 1

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.

KC Taylored Expressions Shade Tree Cutting Plate 4 left

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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Color Challenge Flower Garden Scene

Good Tuesday morning. My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge to use Stampin’ Up! colors Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Fresh Fig and Vanilla.  I had to substitute Rose Red for the Fresh Fig. I hadn’t made a scene for a while using my Impression Obsession Wheelbarrow and decided these colors were perfect for a garden scene.   I used the All-in-One Frames Rectangles 2, Grass Border, Small Grass Border, Picket Fence, Foliage, Tiny Flowers, Small Bird Set and Branches Corner.

KC Impression Obsession Wheelbarrow 6 right

I cut the wheelbarrow using gray cardstock, colored the wheel and handlebars using a black Copic marker.  I applied Rusty Hinge over the wheelbarrow and then applied some black spots around the major points on it using a extra fine artist pen.  I smooshed the black spots and rust colors using a mini applicator to age the wheelbarrow. I attached sections of foliage to the wheelbarrow using glossy accents and double stick tape and then attached the formed tiny flowers to the branches using glossy accents. 

KC Impression Obsession Wheelbarrow 6 center

I attached the grass borders to the back of the frame using double stick tape and then attached thin strips of mounting tape around the back of the frame.  The fence and branches corner were attached to the back of the frame and then the whole thing was attached to the card base. I attached tiny flowers along the grass border and in the branches using glossy accents.  I applied a light touch of red ink to the yellow birds to dull down the yellow a little but they look very orange in the pictures.  I attached the birds in the scene using glossy accents and mounting tape.

KC Impression Obsession Wheelbarrow 6 left

I love making flower garden scenes.  It is so much fun to start a project and see what it will finally evolve into.

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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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”

 

 
 

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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”

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