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Belleek Inspired Poinsettia and Holly

Good Saturday morning.  I realized this morning that I haven’t really made many poinsettia projects this holiday season.  Making dimensional flowers is one of my favorite techniques and poinsettias are so pretty on Christmas cards.  My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge.  Our inspiration this week is a Ceramic Art site on Pinterest and I was inspired by a floral vase.  I created the poinsettia with the Impression Obsession Large Poinsettia Set and Small Poinsettia Set along with the Pine Pair, Holly Flourish, Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames and the Taylored Expression Holly Embossing Folder.

KC Impression Obsession Large Poinsettia Set 3 right

I used the Belleek Inspired technique to create my cream and white holly embossed background.  I applied Antique Linen ink to my brayer and tolled it on the inside front of the embossing folder, inserted the white cardstock and ran through my Big Shot.  I attached the embossed layer to the card base using ATG adhesive and then attached the frame using thin strips of mounting tape.  I formed the poinsettia petals using my stylus and molding pad and attached the flowers together using glossy accents.  I cut several pieces of pine and a two sections of the holly flourish to create my floral arrangement.

KC Impression Obsession Large Poinsettia Set 3 center

I attached a few of the pine branches to the  card base using glossy accents to create a base for the poinsettia.  I attached the poinsettia with a good amount of glossy accents and then tucked more pine branches and the holly sprigs around to to complete the arrange and added a pearl to the center of the poinsettia to finish.  I decided I wanted to add sparkle to the flower and foliage so I applied Cosmic glitter glue to all the pieces with my finger and then sprinkled generously with clear glitter.  Applying glitter after the piece is finished creates a mess but it was worth it.  I love how pretty and sparkly everything is.  Too bad it doesn’t show that well in the photos.

KC Impression Obsession Large Poinsettia Set 3 left

I tried a special filter setting on my camera to take a couple shots of my card and really liked how it turned out so I thought I would share it on my post.  I am technically challenged with my camera so always use the basic auto setting when I take my shots.  Let’s just say I was surprised when I ventured out to use a different setting and came up with something so pretty and interesting.  LOL!

KC Impression Obsession Large Poinsettia Set 3 filtered

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Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Christmas Dove

Good Sunday  morning. My project today is a little out of my wheelhouse. I love seeing how others use sequins on their projects but I’ve never thought they would work well with my card making style.  I thought I would throw caution to the wind and give it a try and ordered a few of the Pretty Pink Posh holiday and winter sets.   I used the Holiday Shimmer Mix on my card today to embellish Julie’s Bird Shapes and Taylored Expressions Holly Embossing Folder.

KC Essentials by Ellen Bird Shapes 1 left

I attached the embossed holly layer to the card base using strips of mounting tape.  I applied Cosmic Glitter Glue and glitter to the holly leaves, allowed them to dry and attached them to the neck of the dove. I attached sequins to the neck of the dove using glossy accents.  I used mounting tape to attach the dove to the card base.

KC Essentials by Ellen Bird Shapes 1 center

My plan was to have the whole card be white on white with the only color being the holly and sequins but I didn’t really like it.  I decided to add just a couple of sequins to the background but ended up adding more than I really should have.  I just couldn’t seem to stop myself. I think this is a pretty card but it is definitely a case where less may have been better.   LOL!  With that said I have to say how much I love the bird image.

KC Essentials by Ellen Bird Shapes 1 left

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

Card size”  5.50” x 4.25”

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Holly, Pine and Gingham

Good Sunday morning.  I have a clean and simple holiday card to share with you today that I made for the Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper Challenge.  Penni, better known on SCS as razldazl is our featured stamper this week and my card was inspired by her Early Fall card found here. If you aren’t familiar with this challenge the goal is to pick a card out of the artist’s gallery and use the basic design but change it up in some way.  I used Penni’s negative die cut, layout  and embossing but changed my theme to Christmas. My project was made using the Essentials by Ellen Poinsettia and Pine, Taylored Expressions Bead Board embossing folder and Nesting Card Templates.  The gingham background paper is out of the My Favorite Things Tiny Check pad. Essentials by Ellen also has a coordinating stamp set that works with the Poinsettia and Pine called Mistletoe and Holly.  

KC Essentials by Ellen Poinsettia and Pine 1 left

Since I can never get a card layer cut straight with my paper trimmer I used the Nesting Card Templates to cut the embossed layer. I laid a piece of waxed paper of top of the white layer, lined up the rectangle die and pine die and ran them through my Big Shot Express all at once (have I told you how much I love my power Big Shot Express).  I left the pine die cut in place on the card base, placed it in the embossing folder and ran through my Big Shot. Hint:  l like to use waxed paper or even printer paper to layer between my cardstock and dies when using light paper so there are no marks left from the die.  They also protect the front of the cardstock when using an open die like the rectangle I used today to keep the cardstock from getting imprints from the plate. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Poinsettia and Pine 1 center

I cut a small piece of the gingham paper and attached it on the card base with ATG adhesive. I removed the pine die cut, applied mounting tape on the back of the embossed layer and attached it to the card base. I attached the pine piece to the top edge of the opening with glossy accents. I made a multi loop bow using red and white gingham to match the paper inside and attached it with glue dots.  I had planned to use only the white and red gingham but couldn’t resist adding the green holly leaves from the set to add one more Christmas element. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Poinsettia and Pine 1 right

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Shady Tree and Elephant

Good Sunday morning.  I made several baby cards with the new Impression Obsession Patchwork Elephant over the last couple of weeks using coordinating designer paper.  I think he looks equally cute done in plain grey and pink.  I paired him in a scene with the Taylored Expressions Shade Tree Cutting Plate, Impression Obsession Leaves and Stems and Tiny flowers and My Favorite Things Fresh Cut Grass.  The frame was made using the Nesting Card Templates.

KC IMpression Obsession Patchwork Elephant 3 right

I started by attaching the grass and shade tree to the back of the frame suing double stick tape. I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base. I assembled the elephant parts together with glossy accents and mounting tape and tucked him in behind the grass and attached to the card base with mounting tape.

KC Impression Obsession Patchwork Elephant 3 center

I used my stylus and molding pad to form several tiny flowers for the tree and stems and attached them with glossy accents.  I tucked the stems in around the base of the tree and attached with glossy accents.  I couldn’t resist adding one tiny flower with leaves to the elephant’s ear and a few butterflies for the finishing touch.

KC Impression Obsession Patchwork Elephant 3 left

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Garden Party Frame

Good Saturday morning.  My card today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Free For All Challenge to use a frame.  I recently received the Taylored Expressions Garden Party Embossing Folder from Ellen’s and I thought it would be so pretty used as a frame.  I had the three vanilla roses on my desk made using the Impression Obsession Spiral Flowers Large that I made for a project last week but didn’t use and decided to create a floral spray with them.  The foliage  was made using the Impression Obsession Leaf Cluster and My Favorite Things Leafy Greenery.  The frame opening was made using a die from the Nesting Card Templates.

KC Impression Obsession Spiral Flowers Large 6 right

I started by cutting a piece of cardstock just a tad smaller than the card base and cutting the frame opening in it.  It was necessary to cut the frame before embossing.  If I had embossed first the embossed design would be flattened when running it through the Big Shot to cut the frame.  Ask me how I know that.  LOL!

KC Impression Obsession Spiral Flowers Large 6 center

The three flowers were made of vanilla cardstock and I never use vanilla and white together.  To solved the problem I sponged Festive Berry ink on the petals using a mini applicator. I attached on of the larger leaves from the Leaf Cluster set to the back of each rose and then attached them to the card base using glossy accents. I cut all of the foliage from the Leafy Greenery set down to smaller pieces and then tucked them in around the rose cluster and attached with glossy accents.

KC Impression Obsession Spiral Flowers Large 6 left

Be sure to check out Ellen’s 20% off sale on all in-stock Ranger products.  I love a good sale and for me this is a great opportunity to get some of the new Distress Ink and reinker colors.  I’ve gotten way behind on collection them.

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”