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Relaxing by the Deep Blue Sea

Good Wednesday morning.  My beach scene today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge to use the Stampin’ Up! colors Pacific Point, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi and Crumb Cake.  I substituted Old Olive for the Wild Wasabi cardstock and Kraft cardstock and Antique Linen ink for the Crumb Cake.  I always tend to go for aqua when making my beach scenes and felt the Pacific Point ink and paper would be way too dark.  But when I was finished sponging on the water I decided it created perfect contrast for the green palm trees and the all white frame so I used it for the chair as well as the frame mat.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much I really like the bold colors. 

KC Impression Obsession Beach Chairs 5 right

I thought while I was making this I would take a few shots of how I apply the embossing paste to the water for sea foam.  Don’t get me wrong.  I have no real experience with embossing paste other than dabbing a little of on my water.  I think it would be great to use for snow as well.  But I haven't used it with stencils or other types of techniques.

I started by sponging in the sand, masking off the sky area and sponging in the water and then removing the mask and lightly sponging in the sky.  I heat set the ink before starting to apply the embossing paste but with this dark colored ink it still comes up from under the paste a little. 


I use the triangle shaped palette to apply the paste.  I just get a little at a time on the bottom of the palette.  What you see on the palette in the picture is almost a little too much.


To apply the paste I barely tap it on the paper so just a little of it sticks. It takes a very gentle touch to keep from getting a blob.  If you do get a blob clean off the palette with a rag and turn it on it’s side and scrape the edge along the blog to pick it up.  If a little of the paste remains just tap it lightly with the flat side of the palette to puff it up.  If it still remains a little flat looking just apply a tiny bit more paste on the palette and barely tap it over the spot.


Continue applying the paste across the page until you have the consistency that you like. 


I got a little carried away with the foam washing up on the sand and got a little too much…but I still like it.  I allowed the paste to dry well before starting to assemble the card.

KC Impression Obsession Beach Chairs 5 center

I created the double matted frame and attached it over the scene.  I attached the trees and sea grass in behind the frame using mounting tape and glossy accents. I started to use a white chair but I wanted to carry the bright blue of the mat and water to the frame.  I couldn’t resist adding a little pair of flip flops to finish.

KC Impression Obsession Beach Chairs 5 left

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

Sweet Farm Fresh Strawberries

Good Monday morning.  I have a fun “farm fresh” carton of strawberries to share with you today.   The sentiment is from the new Impression Obsession Farm Fresh clear stamp set and the background was made using the Gingham Cover-a-Card.  The carton of berries was made using the new Small StrawberriesTomato Carton and the strawberry blossoms and stems were made using the Tiny Flowers and Leaves and Stems and tucked in behind the Small Grass Border. The frame was made using the All-in-One Frames Rectangles 2 and was layered using the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Stackables with the frame opening made using the Nesting Card Templates.

KC Impression Obsession Small Strawberries 1 right

I started by placing my gingham stamp on my MISTI, applied the red ink and stamped my cardstock.  And let me just say here that the MISTI makes getting perfect image coverage with the large cover-a-card stamps a breeze.  Next I cut the scalloped layer, cut the frame opening in it with the nesting card template and attached it to the red frame with ATG adhesive.  I’m not sure why I didn’t think to cut the opening so it would create a 1/8” mat on the inner frame opening.  It would have added another pretty element.  Oh well….next time.  I attached the grass border to the back of the frame, applied thin strips to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.  The sentiment was stamped using black versafine and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I attached the sentiment to the red layer with ATG adhesive and used my new Perfect Layers Tool and craft knife to cut the 1/16” border.

KC Impression Obsession Small Strawberries 1 center

I cut and assembled several sets of berries and berry tops using glossy accents and attached them to the back of the carton using glossy accents. The carton was attached in behind the grass with mounting tape.  I attached tiny flowers to several stems and tucked them in behind the grass along with several strawberries. The little yellow flower centers were 1/16” punched circles and attached with glossy accents.  The sentiment was attached to the card base with mounting tape.

KC Impression Obsession Small Strawberries 1 close

Here’s a closer view of the strawberries.  I love that the berries looks so real with the embossed seed pattern.

KC Impression Obsession Small Strawberries 1 left

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

Things We Love 2015, Great Giveaway and Discount Code

Good Saturday morning and Welcome to the Things We Love 2015! I’m so excited to be part of something new this year from Ellen Hutson LLC.  From December 1 thru 10 the Ellen Hutson Design Team will be sharing their favorites and each day a different designer will be featured.  Julie’s favorites were featured yesterday and Carissa’s favorites will be featured tomorrow. I have been excited this week seeing what my fellow design team members favorites are.  Make sure that you KEEP READING (or scroll down to the bottom of the post) for details on the giveaway and my exclusive discount code!!

Now I have to admit I started scratching my head trying to figure out how I would ever narrow down my top favorites. But then I started thinking about the inks, adhesives, and tools that I reach for and use on a constant basis and it didn’t seem so overwhelming.  I did get a little shaky in the knees and my eyes started twitching when trying to narrow down my favorite dies.  Oh Ellen….can I list more than 5?  Wow!  This was not an easy job for me.  LOL!



 Art Supplies


Die Domain

Since I had such a hard time narrowing down my die choices I decided to list the frames I use most often.  I so love to frame my scenes and floral projects.





 I love Distress Inks pads, reinkers and markers.


Card Shoppe by Bazzill: This wonderful cardstock is dyed completely through and is a perfect heavy weight. I LOVE THIS PAPER. Hot Press watercolor paper is my very favorite to work with. It has a smoother finish more like cardstock but is a dream for water coloring.



I love all the tools below but I can't say enough about Susan's Garden Tool Kit. Those tools breathe life into my floral projects.

 Things We love Give Away Details

Ellen is providing a wonderful gift package to give you using one of my favorite coordinating die and stamp sets.


This giveaway consists of the following items:

For a chance to win simply comment on this blog post between now and December 9th and tell me what your favorite "tool" is. One winner will be randomly chosen to receive these five wonderful products. One comment per person please!

Things We Love Discount Code

If you want to go shopping I have an exclusive discount code for you! You can use this discount code thingswelovekittie on any purchase of in stock product at Ellen Hutson LLC from now until December 14th! Enjoy!

PS...All of Julie's stamps and dies are on a special discount.  Check it out!

Susan’s Mini Chrysanthemums and GardenTool Kit Talk

Good Tuesday morning.  I am having lots of fun playing with Susan’s new Garden Patch sets by Elizabeth Graft Designs.  My project today is a bright spring shadowbox full of flowers and was made using the Garden Patch 1 Inch and Mini Daisy and Chrysanthemum set and framed using the Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Squares.  I also have some tool talk at the end of my post regarding Susan’s Garden Tool Kit

My original plan was to create a see thru window with a window box full of flowers.  But when I got finished with my tiny flowers I thought they would look so pretty in a shadow box.  These tiny flowers are so perfectly sized for card fronts.  I’m sure they are going to be well used in my future card making. 

KC Elizabeth Craft Garden Patch 1 Inch Mini Daisy and Chrysanthemum 1 right

I cut the frame from Susan’s set and layered it with a double matted frame.  I had already cut an opening in the card front to create the see through window so I attached the frame over the opening with strips of mounting tape. I attached a piece of cardstock on the inside of the card to cover the opening with strip of mounting tape. I wanted the flowers to appear lower inside the boxes.

KC Elizabeth Craft Garden Patch 1 Inch Mini Daisy and Chrysanthemum 1 center

I used my stylus and molding pad to form all of the bright flowers and assembled them with glossy accents.  I used the largest flower in the set to create a green background layer for each flower.  I used a 1/8” circle punch for the flower centers and formed then with my tiny tipped stylus.   I attached each flower to the inside of the shadow box using glossy accents.

KC Elizabeth Craft Garden Patch 1 Inch Mini Daisy and Chrysanthemum 1 close 2

KC Elizabeth Craft Garden Patch 1 Inch Mini Daisy and Chrysanthemum 1 close 1

Here a couple closer views to show the depth of the shadow box and the sweet mini Chrysanthemums. 

KC Elizabeth Craft Garden Patch 1 Inch Mini Daisy and Chrysanthemum 1 left

I love this color combination together.  It screams spring and Easter to me.

Card size 5.25” square

Susan’s Garden Tool Kit

I just received Susan’s new Garden Tool Kit by Elizabeth Craft Designs.  If you follow my blog regularly you know that I use Susan’s original Accessory Tool Kit tool kit for almost every project I make. Although I loved the original kit I have always had issues with the rubber outer covers slipping down on the stylus, leaf tool and loop tools while I was gripping with my fingers.  Maybe it was just caused by the wear and tear I put the tools through. Although this didn’t prevent me from using the tools but it was frustrating to me. 

I had the opportunity to talk on the phone with Susan a few weeks ago (she is so sweet)  about her new kit and the improvements made on the tools. She explained that the tools were similar to dental tool handles and made from solid steel with engraved finger grips on each tool handle.  .  I could hardly wait to get them in my hands.

The tools come in an impressive case that snaps shut to secure the tools. 


Each tool is held in place with elastic bands.  This case is perfect to secure your tools when taking them to a paper crafting event or class.


Here is a close up of the stylus so you can see the engraved groves on the handle.


I had the opportunity to use the new tools on my project today and I am so excited to have them.   I highly recommend this tool kit if you don’t already have a good set of tools for your dimensional die cutting and flower making.  Good tools make all the difference in the final outcome of your projects.

I am off work today and Bob and I are going to go visit the Tiffany Wing of Morse Museum in Winter Park. The Morse Museum houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933), including the artist and designer’s jewelry, pottery, paintings, art glass, leaded-glass lamps and windows; his chapel interior from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago; and art and architectural objects from his Long Island country estate, Laurelton Hall. The Museum’s holdings also include American art pottery, late 19th- and early 20th-century American painting, graphics, decorative art.

My sister Cindy and Bob visited the museum few weeks ago. They both loved it and Bob said he couldn’t wait to take me there.  I’ll fill you in on my adventure later this week.  Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you are enjoying the day.

Clean and Simple Autumn Leaves

Good Friday morning.  I have a clean and simple fall project to share with you today made using the Impression Obsession Leaves set and Fancy Cutout Border.  I love fall leaves and they are so much fun to make for a card front.  I wanted the leaves to be the main focus but added the decorative die cut border with the orange peeking through for another touch of color.

KC Impression Obsession Leaves 8 center

I cut the leaves using watercolor paper.  I actually had a happy mistake when I first started.  I noticed a dot of black on one of the leaves and tried to lightly wipe it off with a clean baby wipe.  The baby wipe didn’t remove the dot but it did add just a light layer of moisture which allowed my inks to sponge on so smoothly.  I had actually intended to mist the leaves before starting to apply ink but I wouldn’t not have gotten such a delicate layer of moisture and I think would have had a totally different outcome. Baby wipes….who knew??? 

KC Impression Obsession Leaves 8 left

I used rusty hinge, peeled paint, fired brick, wild honey and spiced marmalade distress inks.  The Sofft mini applicator  is such a wonderful tool for sponging small areas.  This is a tool I would never want to be without.

PanPastel Sofft Mini Applicators, 12 pk

When I was finished apply and blending the ink on the leaves I applied versa and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The embossed shine brought out the rich colors of the leaves but made it very difficult to get a good photograph. I formed the leaves lightly with my stylus and molding pad.

I popped the die cut layer over the orange with mounting tape and then applied to the card base with ATG.  I attached the leaves in place with a healthy dose of glossy accents.

KC IMpression Obsession Leaves 8 right

Check out my  Leaves with Alcohol Ink and Leaves with Pan Pastel tutorials to see other leaf coloring techniques.

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”