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Essentials by Ellen Christmas in July

Good Saturday morning.   We are still enjoying the lazy days of summer but it's always fun to think about crafting for the holidays! And the Essentials by Ellen line is full of holiday stamps & dies that inspire us to get creating! You will definitely want to hop on over to the CLASSroom to see the wonderful projects by our design team.  Be sure and check out the 40% off Christmas in July Sale Category  at the bottom of my post.

There is nothing more fun to me than making snowman holiday cards.  Snowmen are so whimsical and happy looking.  Julie’s Fat Pants Stamps and Fat Pants Die Set offers different coordinating faces, beards, hats and scarf images to mix and match together to create fun holiday characters.  I used a tree image from Brandi’s Tree Farm Stamps and Tree Farm Die Set accompany the snowman and used the JOY from Julie’s Holiday Words Die Set for the sentiment.

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 3 right 

I cut the head of the snowman and punched two graduated larger circles for the body.  I secured the head and mid-section pieces in place on my MISTI and stamped the face and coal images using black versafine.  I applied a second coat of black versa and stamped a second time to get good crisp images. I can’t say enough how much I love both my MISTI and Mini MISTI.  Do you have o ne?  If not you don’t know what you're missing.  I attached the three circles together using glossy accents to create the whole snowman body.  Next I cut the hat and attached a thin red ribbon using double stick tape.  I attached mini branch sections and tiny red punched circles using glossy accents. I cut a piece of Christmassy ribbon to use as a scarf and cut fringe on both ends.  I used the tip of my paper piercer to separate and feather out the fringe. I attached the ribbon to the snowman using glue dots and embellished it with another mini branch arrangement.

I stamped the tree using black versafine, die cut it and then ran it through my crimper to add a little dimension.  I cut the JOY and added one more little mini branch arrangement to the O.  I like adding little design elements like these in threes.

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I cut two ground snow sections and attached them to the back of the red frame using double stick tape. Next I attached thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.  I tucked the snowman in between the ground sections and attached him in place using pieces of mounting tape.  I turned the tree a little sideways and attached it to the snowman using mounting tape. I finished the scene by attaching the JOY to the ground sections using double pieces of  mounting tape.  I got a little crazy with a Crafter’s Companion Sparkle Pen and applied sparkle to the whole tree and all the mini branches and berries.  The sparkle doesn’t show up well in the photos but it looks great in person. I think all the colorful elements of the snowman scene pop perfectly against the all white background.

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I thought I would share a couple projects that I made last holiday season using the Fat Pants sets.  You’ve got to love that mod Santa Tag.

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Here’s another Fat Pants Snowman  surrounded by snowy evergreens.

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 1 right

DRUM ROLL PLEASE……check out the special 40% off Christmas in July Sales Category.   The sales from July 21st thru July 24th.  You are going to see the holiday sets I have used today and lots, lots more.  You won't want to miss it.

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Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Button Snowman and Christmas Sale Alert

Good Tuesday morning. Before I start my project I want to make sure you are aware of the Make It Merry 30% off Christmas Category Sale at Ellen Hutson.

I haven’t used buttons on my projects for a very long time but I have been intrigued for a while by the 28 Lilac Lane Embellishment Kits and Embellishment Bottles with matching buttons, sequins, pearls and seed beads and had to try a couple.   My first thought when opening the Winter Wonderland Bottle was a snowman scene.  Here’s what I came up with.

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I started by picking buttons with only two holes and attached little pieces of black cardstock on the back with so the holes would look like eyes and coal buttons.  Since the snowman is so little I created the scene on a small piece of kraft cardstock and layered it with the white and gingham layers.  I hand cut a little piece of ground snow with my deckle scissors and attached to the bottom of the scene. Next I attached the two fir trees with glossy accents.  The white scalloped layer was attached to the gingham card base with mounting tape.  The scene was attached to the red piece and was attached to the white layer with mounting tape.

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I heated up my hot glue gun and used it to attach the two buttons to the scene.  I could have used glue dots but I wanted the buttons to be really secure.  I hand cut the tiny hat and scarf using Taylored Expressions red and white felt and attached them to the snowman with tiny dots of hot glue.  I finished by attaching sparkly sequins all around the snowman for the look of falling snow.  I know….the snowflakes are almost the size of the snowman.  LOL!

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Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great day.  Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Category Sale over at Ellen Hutson.

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Christmas Snowman

Good Sunday morning.  I love making snowmen on my holiday cards and I had lots of fun playing with the new Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants Stamps and coordinating Fat Pants Die Set to create my project for today’s post. I framed my scene using the My Favorite Things Pierced Oval Frames, added snowy evergreen to the scene cutting apart the Penny Black Conifer Tree  and added branch arms using the Impression Obsession Wide Tree.  The hat was embellished with ribbon and Fir Sprigs and red berries. I couldn’t resist adding a cardinal from the Cardinals set.

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I cut the snowman head and hat from dies in the die set and cut the two larger circles from the Nesting Circles set.  I stamped the face image and bold circles on the body using Black Versafine ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.I dressed up the hat with a red ribbon, fir sprigs and berries and added red stickles for sparkle.  I attached the body and head of the snowman together with glue dots and then attached the hat with glue dots.  There is a nose image in the stamp set but I hand cut one out with my snips to add a little bit of dimension.  The ribbon scarf was attached with glue dots and the branch arms were attached to the back of the snowman using glossy accents.

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 1 center

I cut a ground snow section using my deckle scissors and attached it to the back of the frame with ATG adhesive.  I applied small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.  The snowman was attached to the card base with mounting tape. I cut a couple Conifer trees apart and tucked the branches in behind the ground snow and attached with glossy accents.  I applied the Ultimate glue to the branches with an old brush and sprinkled with Flower Soft. I finished by attaching the loan red cardinal on the branch arm with a rolled glue dot.  I love the big smile on the snowman’s face and his festive hat.  Julie Ebersole creates some of the cutest images ever. 

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Christmas Tree Farm

Good Saturday afternoon.  I’m late getting started with my post today but I sure had lots of fun making this project.  This is my first chance playing with the new Essentials by Ellen Tree Farm Stamps and Tree Farm Die set. There are so many cute images to play with in this set.  I finally decided on a scene with the trees and trailer. If I had this to do over again I wouldn’t add the flower soft snow as I think it took away from the trees. But once it’s on it’s on.  LOL!

KC Essentials by Ellen Tree Farm 1 right

I stamped the trees several times and colored using my water brush and reinkers and cut out.  The trailer was stamped on grey cardstock, cut out and then I applied Rusty Hinge ink with a mini applicator to give an old rusted out appearance. I cut tiny branches off fir sprigs to create a little wreath for the door and attached the pieces with glossy accents.  I added a few sprigs to the sign and added red punched circles.  The lights were colored using a red marker and then I applied red stickles for some sparkle.

KC Essentials by Ellen Tree Farm 1 center

I cut two layers of ground snow using my deckle scissors and attached to the card base.  I tucked the back trees in behind the snow layer and attached with mounting tape.  The trailer was tucked in behind the front ground snow and attached with glossy accents.  The front trees were attached at the top with mounting tape and the bases of the tree were attached with glue dots. I used a small brush and white gesso to add falling snow in the sky area. I used the glitter glue to attached the flower soft to the tree tops and trailer roof.

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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