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Impression Obsession Design Team Blog Hop Day 1

Good Monday morning and welcome to day 1 of the  Impression Obsession 2017 Spring/Summer Release Hop! We have some beautiful new stamps and dies to share with you and Gift Certificates to give away!  The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST May 15th - May 17th. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates!  Comment entries will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday May 21st and all winners will be announced May 22nd. 

Here is our hop trail.  Good luck!

Dina Kowal

llina Crouse

Jeanne Streiff

Jenny Gropp

Karen Amidon

Kittie Caracciolo  (that’s me)

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett

My project today was made using the Palm Trees and Hammock, Sea Birds, Small Grass and the flip flops from the Single Beach Chair set.  I love making beach cards and this is a framed die cut scene complete with sand, palm trees and I used hot pressed watercolor paper to cut the scene so I could watercolor with Distress reinkers.  I began by lightly applying water to the sand area and then applying a mixture of reinker mixed with water. I repeated the process to color both palm trees and sprigs of grass.  I heat set all the images with my heat gun and set aside while I worked on the background layer.  I used a mini applicator to sponge grey ink to the wings of the birds and assembled the flip flops with glossy accents.hammock.

KC Impression Obsession Palm Trees and Hammock 1 right

I cut a piece of white cardstock to fit behind the framed die cut scene.  I applied a piece of Eclipse tape across the middle of the cardstock to mask off the sky area and to create the ocean water line.  I applied blue ink to the bottom half with an ink blending tool to create the ocean and then removed the tape and applied a lighter shade of blue to the sky area. I heat dried the ink and then reapplied the masking tape.  I applied a thin layer of Cosmic glitter glue to the water area with my finger and then applied Clear Rock Candy glitter.  I wanted the water to look sparkly behind the scene.

KC Impression Obsession Palm Trees and Hammock 1 center

The two frames were attached together with ATG adhesive.  Next I applied thin strips of mounting tape around the border and small pieces behind the top portion of the palm trees and attached the die cut scene.  I applied ATG adhesive to the back of the scene layer and attached the blue scene background.  Once the whole frame and scene were assembled I applied another layer of mounting tape to the back and attached it to the card base.  I finished the scene by attaching the grass sprigs and flip flops with glossy accents and the birds with small pieces of mounting tape.

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Just a reminder that Ellen Hutson is holding a 20% off Mother’s Day Sale on all in stock items.  Use the MOMSDAY17 discount code.

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Thanks for coming by and I hope you enjoy seeing all the wonderful designs using the new stamps and dies.

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Lawn Fawn Hillside Pop-Ups and Lawn Fawn Sale

Good Sunday morning.  I ordered several of the new Lawn Fawn dies from Ellen Hutson earlier this week and couldn’t wait to play with them.   I love making little scene projects and the new coordinating pop-up dies create so many different opportunities.   My project today was made using the Stitched Hillside Pop-up, Flower Hillside Pop-upGrassy Hillside Pop-up, Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait and I added the Impression Obsession Bunny Set and Butterfly Set to finish my scene.   All of these coordinating pop-up dies have tabs built right into the die and made to use inside the card to create fun dimensional projects.  I couldn’t resist using on the front of my card and it was easy to remove the tabs.  I love that they can be used inside or out. 

KC Lawn Fawn Flower Hillside Pop-Up 1 right

I have loved using the Tiny Check designer paper for my backgrounds lately.  It seems to add a happy feeling to the project.  I cut the paper to fit on the front of my A2 sized card base and attached it with ATG adhesive. The leafy tree was cut using Kraft cardstock and I removed the outer frame so I could let it be standing free in the scene.  I misted it with water until it quite damp and applied the brown ink by swiping the ink pad directly over the cardstock and dried with my heat gun.  I attached the leaves to the branches with glossy accents.  I cut tiny thin strips of mounting tape and attached to the tips of the tree limbs and upper back of the tree trunk and attached it to the card base.  I attached the lower part of the trunk flat to the card base so it wouldn’t get in the way of my hillside sections.  I cut the stitched hillside layer and grassy hillside layer in green and the flower hillside in white.  I colored the flower stems and flowers using Memento markers.  The flower hillside set comes with extra flowers and I cut several, formed them with my stylus and molding pad and attached them to the flower heads using glossy accents. I left the tulip flowers as a single layer.

KC Lawn Fawn Flower Hillside Pop-Up 1 center

I attached the grassy hillside layer flat to the back of the flower hillside layer using ATG adhesive.  I attached mounting tape to the back of those two sections and attached them to the card base. I applied mounting tape to the back of the hillside layer and attached it to the flower layer.  I I colored the bunny using a mini applicator and antique linen and vintage photo inks and added a couple tiny leaves and a flower to his neck and attached him in the scene with mounting tape. I added the butterflies in the scene for the finishing touch.  I applied clear Wink of Stella to all the flowers and butterflies but it doesn’t really show up well in the pictures. 

 KC Lawn Fawn Flower Hillside Pop-Up 1 left

If you have any of the new Lawn Fawn products on your wish list you will want to hop over to Ellen’s to take advantage of the 10% off on all in stock Lawn Fawn products.  The sale ends tonight.  Thanks for coming by today.  I hope you have a great Sunday.

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Card size: 5.50" x 4.25"

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Late Summer 2016 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop

Late Summer 2016

Good Tuesday morning and welcome to the Late Summer 2016 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today!  I am also get to give away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose ANY Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set  (Maximum value $25 USD) currently in stock at Ellen Hutson.com  To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on today’s post  by Tuesday, August 23rd!  There is also a Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there by Tuesday, August 23rd.   ALL winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, August 26th! Please check there on that date to see if you are a winner and for further details on claiming your prize!

If you get lost along the hop, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.  You should have arrived here from Heather Campbell’s blog  and your next stop will be Julie Ebersole’s blog.

My first project was made using the Stay Salty Stamp Set  and coordinating Stay Salty Die Set .  The sun is from the All Inside Die Set and the frame was made using the My Favorite Things Pierced Square Frames.

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I stamped the boat image on white cardstock with versa and embossed with white embossing powder. I used my waterbrush and Broken China reinker to color the boat and when it was dry I cut it out.  The fish fin was stamped with Broken China ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. The sun and waves were cut using white cardstock and then I applied Cosmic Shimmer Glue and clear glitter to add sparkle and set aside to dry. 

The background was sponged using both Broken China and Tumbled Glass ink and then it was attached to the card base with ATG adhesive.  The frame was attached over the scene using thin strips of mounting tape.  The waves , boat, clouds, sun and fish fins were all attached with small pieces of mounting tape.

My second and third projects were made using the Warm Fuzzies Stamp Set , Bear Ware Stamp Set and coordinating Bear Ware Die Set.

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I love that so many of the Warm Fuzzies sentiments match up so perfectly with the Bear Ware images.  Both of these cards were fast and easy to make.  The images and sentiments were stamped with black versafine and embossed with black embossing powder.

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The rod and fish done in black and white seemed perfect for a masculine card.

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The tiny bouquet of flowers are so cute and were so  fun to watercolor with my waterbrush and Peeled Paint and Festive Berries reinkers.  I thought they looked so sweet with the cream colored Mini Scalloped Square Stax layers.

And if this wonderful release wasn’t enough to get excited about click on the Sizzlin’ Summer Sale banner below to see all the items on sale for a 20% discount.

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Thanks for coming by and I hope you enjoy all the wonderful projects along the blog hop.


Dare To Get Dirty Day 3

Good Monday morning.  Today is day three of the Splitcoaststampers Dare To Get Dirty week long challenge event. This event is a special thank you to all of the fan club members who support the site all year long. This special week of challenges will give you tons of opportunity to be inspired and to show off your wonderful and creative projects right along with the current Dirty Dozen team as well as the Alumni team members.  Are you a member of the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club? If not go here to check out all the benefits and how to become a member. If you are a member hop right on over the special challenge forum here.

I have another beach scene project to share with you today using the Impression Obsession Sea Birds, Shore Birds and Tall Grass.  I made this scene on a single layer card base and attached two layers of sandy beach to add dimension.

KC Impression Obsession Sea Birds right 

I started by applying a mask to the sky area and applied Tumbled Glass ink with an ink blending tool to create the water line.  I removed the mask and used my retired Stampin’ Up! cloud template and ink blending tool to add a few clouds in the sky area.  I cut a strip of white cardstock, misted it lightly with water using a mini mister and then swiped my Antique Linen ink pad directly on the cardstock to apply the ink.  I heat set the ink on the cardstock with my heat gun and then cut the strip of cardstock in half using my deckle scissors to create the two sandy beach sections. I heat set the ink and then applied Cosmic Glitter Glue and Cool Diamond glitter to both sand sections.  I used a palette knife to apply white Embossing Paste to the water to create the appearance of sea foam.  I applied the markings on the birds using a mini applicator and Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke ink.

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The back sand layer was attached directly to the card base with ATG adhesive.  The front layer was attached with a strip of mounting tape.  The grass sections were cut apart to shorten the pieces and were attached in behind the front sand layer using glossy accents.  All the birds were attached in the scene with small pieces of mounting tape.  This was a fast and easy project to put together and so much fun.  It is amazing to me how sponging on color and popping up a few images can transform a plain piece of cardstock into a lovely scene.

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Dare To Get Dirty 2016 Day Two

Good Sunday morning.  Today is day two of the Splitcoaststampers Dare To Get Dirty week long challenge event. This event is a special thank you to all of the fan club members who support the site all year long. This special week of challenges will give you tons of opportunity to be inspired and to show off your wonderful and creative projects right along with the current Dirty Dozen team as well as the Alumni team members.  Are you a member of the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club? If not go here to check out all the benefits and how to become a member. If you are a member hop right on over the special challenge forum here.

My project today was made using the Impression Obsession Sea Birds, Shore Birds, Tall Grass, Beach Fence and My Favorite Things Rectangle Frames.  I framed and layered the scene in all white to add dimension and  created the beach scene on a small scale to put most of the emphasis on the large bird.  I love how the colors of the scene pop against the white. 

KC Impression Obsession Shore Birds right

I sponged the sandy area using Antique Linen ink and ink blending tool and masked off the sky line and sponged in the water using Tumbled Glass ink.  I removed the mask and lightly sponged in the sky area using my retired Stampin” Up! cloud template. I heat set the inks on the scene and applied Cosmic Glitter Glue and Cool diamond glitter to the sand area and set aside to dry.  I misted a little water on the fence sections and swiped the Vintage Photo ink pad directly on them to apply the ink. The light misting allows the ink pad to flow easily to apply the ink.  I applied the white embossing paste with a small palette to create the sea foam.  You can see a few pictures of how I apply the embossing paste in my Relaxing by the Deep Blue Sea post.  I used a mini applicator to apply Pumice Stone ink to the birds and a Spiced Marmalade marker to color the legs and beak of the crane.

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I applied mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached the small scene layer. I applied ATG adhesive to the back of the scene and attached it to the larger white layer.  I added one more element of dimension by attaching the layered frame to the card base with mounting tape. I tucked the frame and grass sections inside the frame and attached with glossy accents.  I trimmed the feet of the crane off a little to shorten the legs to fit better in the scene and attached him with mounting tape.  The two small gulls were attached in the sky and on the frame for the finishing touch. 

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”