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Warm Wishes Winter Scene

Good Friday morning.  I have had the Avery Elle Warm Wishes Stamp Set and Warm Wishes Die Set for quite a while and have just gotten around to playing with them.  The scene layer was made using the Penny Black Antique Frame set. I added a star embellishment to one of my trees using the Impression Obsession Sun and Moon set and a couple holly leaves using the Impression Obsession Wreath Builder.

KC Avery Elle Warm Wishes 1 right

I used Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper for the trees and house images. I secured the paper and stamps in my MISTI  and stamped.  I used a brush to pull the color out of the image lines and added color by watercoloring with a mix of reinkers and water.  I cut the trees out using the die set but hand cut the house out. I painted the roof of the house white with white gesso.  I sponged in the blue background on the frame layer and then applied falling snow in the sky area and on the trees and house using a white gel pen. 

KC Avery Elle Warm Wishes 1 center

I attached the white frame layer to the green layer using ATG adhesive. I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the framed layer and attached to the card base.  I cut the bottom portion of a second frame layer and then cut across using my deckle scissors to form the white ground snow.  I attached it in place with strips of mounting tape.  The house and trees were tucked in behind the snow layer and attached with glossy accents.  I added a few holly leaves and 1/16” red berries to the ground area and to the front of the house.  The red berries  really don’t show well in the pictures but they add a little extra touch of color to all the green and brown. I finished by adding the gold star on the tallest tree in the scene.

KC Avery Elle Warm Wishes 1 left

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

Ellen Hutson LLC 11th Anniversary Blog Hop


Good Friday morning and welcome to the 5th day of the Ellen Hutson 11th Anniversary Blog Hop.  You should have arrived here from LauraJane Head’s wonderful post.  You will definitely want to go to The CLASSroom to learn all the details about the wonderful prize opportunities.

I have been a happy and faithful customer of Ellen’s since she opened her online store.  I made Bob’s Christmas shopping very easy each year as my wish lists were always filled with new “must have” products in the store.  You can imagine how thrilled I was several years ago when Ellen invited me to be a member of The CLASSroom design team. 

For this special anniversary hop the designers were asked to create a project using our favorite Essentials by Ellen products. {{{{{WHAT???}}}}} How do I choose?  After much thought I finally decided to use Fat Pants and Hinged Alphabet.  I have always loved making snowmen and snowy scene holiday cards. I simply adore the fun snowman elements in the Fat Pants sets.  To me there is nothing cuter than using a black top hat, scarf and holiday holly leaves and sparkly berries to dress the snowman up.

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 4 right

I started by cutting out the snowman elements.  I stamped the face and body buttons using black versafine ink.  I applied Nuvo Crystal Drops to a craft sheet, allowed them to dry well and then picked them up with the tip of my paper piercer and attached them to the eyes, mouth and buttons using glossy accents.  You can see my sheet below with several Nuvo Drop colors I made for a few future projects.   I am too big a chicken to try applying the crystal drops directly on my project because I know I will somehow mess it up and have to start over.  LOL!

nuvo drops

I attached the body parts of the snowman together with large glue dots and attached the hat with mounting tape.  I decorated the hat and scarf using ribbon, holly leaves and berries attached with glue dots and glossy accents.  I added sparkle to the berries using red stickles. I applied brown ink to the branch arms and attached them to the back of the snowman body with glossy accents.

I cut the red scalloped layer, set the hinged letter dies in place and secured them with pieces of Eclipse masking tape and ran through my Big Shot to cut.  I cut a piece of blue cardstock and applied white falling snow using a white gel pen.  I hand cut a snow layer using my deckle scissors.

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 4 center

I began assembling the scene by attaching the blue snowy layer to the card base using ATG adhesive. Next I attached the snow layer to the blue using ATG adhesive. I applied thin strips of mounting tape the red scalloped “Snow” layer and attached it to the card base.  I tucked the snow man in behind the snow layer and attached with mounting tape. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 4 left

For sure I never get to see snow or snowmen here in Florida so I always have to create my own on card fronts.  I love this fun snowman with his big happy smile and fancy decorated hat and scarf.  He is certainly ready for the holidays. 

I sure hope you enjoy seeing all the wonderful projects along today’s hop path.  Be sure to check out each day’s hop this past week and leave comments to qualify for prizes.  You can also take part in the 11th Anniversary challenge for a chance to win more prizes.  All you have to do is upload a project using your favorite Essentials by Ellen product.

Thanks for coming by today and thank you to all of you who sent well wishes regarding my eye surgery.  All went well and I am recovering nicely. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you enjoy your whole holiday weekend. 

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

Ten Year Blog Anniversary Celebration and Blog Candy

Good Thursday morning.  Today I am celebrating a “Ten Year Blog Anniversary” milestone.  My Very First Blog Post ever was published ten  years ago on November 9 2007.  It is amazing to look back on my original post and to browse through the years to see all the twists and turns my paper crafting style has taken.  This will be my 2206th post and I am honored to have had 7,406,868 page views to date.  I thought it would be fun to celebrate my anniversary by giving a blog candy gift for each year as a thank you to you for following my blog.  You can see more details about the blog candy below.

KC Impression Obsession Evergreen Trees 1 right

I love making snowy winter scenes for holiday cards. Today’s project was made using the Impression Obsession Fir Tree, Small Fir Tree, Evergreen Trees and Sun and Moon. The frame was using the My Favorite Things Pierced Square Frames.  I secured the stamps and cardstock in my MISTI and stamped using Peeled Paint ink.  I stamped three trees on the card base and then stamped several random trees.  I placed my dies over the stamped random trees and die cut them.  I wanted the die cut trees to have the same pattern as the background trees.  In the end it didn’t matter much because I covered them so much with white embossing paste and glitter.

KC Impression Obsession Evergreen Trees 1 center

Once the background trees were stamped I heat set them and then applied Tumbled Glass ink to the sky area using an ink blending tool.  I applied white embossing paste to the stamped and die cut trees by lightly tapping it on with my finger and then sprinkled with the clear glitter.  I also applied the paste to the ground area on the tree background and sprinkled with glitter. 

I attached the tree background to the back of the frame using thin strips of mounting tape.  I attached the green layer behind the framed scene with ATG adhesive and then attached to the white card base using ATG adhesive.  I secured the die cut trees in place using strips of mounting tape.  I used a tiny tipped brush to apply white dots of white paint to the sky area to create falling snow and then finished by adding one star in the sky.  This is really so much prettier in person than it shows in the photos.  That seems to happen so often. 

KC Impression Obsession Evergreen Trees 1 left

Here a the projects from my first post.

KC Lovely as a Tree 24

Stampin” Up! Lovely as a Tree.   Lovely as a Tree is one of my favorite SU sets and I will never let it go.

KC Punch Pals

Stampin’ Up! Punch Pals

All you need to do to qualify for one of my ten blog candy gifts is leave a comment telling me how your paper crafting style has changed over time.  You will have until Tuesday, Nov 14th at 5:00  pm to comment and the winners will be announced on my Wednesday blog post. Here are photos of the ten gifts.  Some are brand new and some have been gently used.  The winners will be selected  by and the gifts will be awarded in the same order.  Good luck!

Art Impressions Trifolds 


Elizabeth Assorted Dies

Memory Box Frames

Memory Box Loose Dies

MFT Assorted Dies

MFT Stencils

Spellbinders 1

Spellbinders 2

Tonic Assorted Dies

Thank you so much for coming by and for ten years of following my blog.  I appreciate it more than you know.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”



Concertina Tag with Winter Scene

Good Sunday afternoon.  I’ve gotten a late start today.  I’m getting ready for the whole inside of my house to be painted and it has been quite a job getting everything down and out of the way.  Worst was unloading my china cabinet.  I also took Cody, my new puppy to his first day of puppy training.  Wow!  Seven puppies training all at once was interesting to say the least.  LOL!  My project is a masculine winter deer scene made using my Essentials by Ellen  Concertina Tag, Impression Obsession Brush Tree Line, Deer Snowglobe and Pine Sprig Cluster.  I think this three side tag is so cute and made with the deer makes it nice to use for a guy gift.  It could also be very cute folded closed and attached to a card front.  The tag trio is 6 3/8” x 3 1/4”.  Each individual tag is 2 3/8” x 3 1/4”.

KC Essentials by Ellen Concertina Tag 2 front

I cut the tag twice using white cardstock.  I applied Tumbled Glass ink to the first tag using an ink blending tool. to create the sky area.  Next I secured the tree line stamp and tag in my full sized MISTI and stamped it twice across the tag to fill in the background. I colored the three deer using Antique Linen and Vintage Photo and a mini applicator.  Check out my coloring die cut animals tutorial if you would like to see how I colored the deer.

KC Essentials by Ellen Concertina Tag 2 right

I cut the bottom off of the second tag to create the snow layer for the scene.  I attached it to the tag using double stick tape.  I attached the deer in behind the snow layer using rolled up glue dots.  I wanted them to stand away from the background for dimension but mounting tape would have had them sticking too far out for such a small scene.  I tucked pine sprigs around the deer feet and attached in behind the snow layer using glossy accents.  I added tiny 1/16” circles to the sprigs for a touch of color.  And yes….I had to have my strongest reader on to even see those little things. The sprigs and red berries don’t really show in the pictures but the little touch of red really does add to the overall scene.

KC Essentials by Ellen Concertina Tag 2 leftjpg

I finished by applying white Embossing Paste to the ground area and then sprinkled with clear Rock Candy glitter before the paste could dry.  This was a fun little tag to make and would be easy to recreate with different backgrounds, die cut trees, etc.  I just loved the softness of the tree line in behind the deer.

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


Peace Frame, Survey Question and Blog Candy

Good Saturday morning.  Before I start my project description I would like to ask your opinion on something.  Would you prefer having step by step instructions listed like you see them for my project today? Does you think it makes it easier to follow the steps rather than being in paragraph form like I normally do?  I would really appreciate your opinion. Leave a comment on this post with your response by this coming Monday at 5:00 pm to be considered for my random blog candy drawing.  I'll announce the winner on my Tuesday  blog post.  See blog candy gift below. 

My project today was made using the newly released Impression Obsession Peace Frame and Snowfall paired with the All-in-One Frames-Squares 2 and Hill Landscape Layers.   The new Peace Frame set  and Snowfall die work perfectly together to make a beautiful clean and simple project.  This project was fast and easy and can be easily mass produced for holiday cards.  The Peace Frame is a freestanding die and does not require an additional frame.  I just happen to like having the white outer frame to create more contrast against the green background. 

KC Impression Obsession Peace Frame 1 right

Project Pieces and Supplies

Scalloped Frame, Peace Frame, Snow Fall Layer, Trees, Landscape Pieces, Adhesive, Mounting Tape, Green and White Cardstock

Card Base 5.00” Square

KC Impression Obsession Peace Frame 1 center


1. Apply adhesive to the back of the Scalloped Frame, line it up over top of the Peace Frame and attach.

2. Line up the two Landscape Pieces the way you would like them to show in the scene and trim them down to 3.25” wide.

3. Apply adhesive around the bottom and lower sides on the back of the frame and attach the front Landscape Piece.

4. Apply thin strips of mounting tape all the way around the back of the frame.

5. Attach the back Landscape Piece in place on the bottom of the frame.

6. Apply adhesive to the back edges of the Landscape piece and attach the Snowfall Layer to the mounting tape and Landscape Piece on the back of the frame.

7. Apply adhesive to the back of the Snowfall Layer and attach to the whole frame to the card base.

8. Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the trees and tuck in behind the Landscape Layers and attach.

KC Impression Obsession Peace Frame 1 left

Blog Candy:  Memory Box Marshmallow Clouds, Honeyblossom Sprig and Forest Bird.

memory 3  memory 2 memory 1

 Thanks for taking the time to answer my survey question. I’ll look forward to seeing what you have to say.  Just so you know I am also gearing up to use my iPhone 7 to do videos but I have a little more learning to do  and some speech therapy to work on before I post one.  LOL!  I appreciate you coming by and I hope you have a great day!