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Essentials by Ellen February 2017 Release Hop

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Welcome to the February 2017 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new products on my post today!

It’s a good thing you are here because I’m giving away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose any in stock Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set  (Maximum value $25 USD) at Ellen Hutson. To enter, please leave a comment on today’s post by Tuesday, February 28!

There is also an AMAZING Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, too, by Tuesday, February 28!

ALL winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, March 3! Please check there on that date to see if you are a winner and for further details on claiming your prize!

You should have arrived here from Heather Campbell's blog and your next stop along the hop is Darlene DeVries' blog.  If you get lost along the hop, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.

Happy hoppin’!

My projects today were made using the Oh Deer Stamps and Oh Deer Die Set and the Otter Ware Stamps and Otter Ware Die Set.

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Julie’s deer images in the Oh Deer sets are so precious and I thought they would be perfect paired with the heart wreath and flower images from the Otter Ware sets.  I placed hot pressed watercolor paper in my MISTI and stamped the deer with gathered twigs ink and then used my waterbrush to pull some of the brown out to the body of the deer. I heat dried the image and then stamped the deer again to reinforce the body lines.  I love my MISTI!!  After they dried I used a mini applicator to add just a little more brown on their backs and ears.  I cut the deer out using the dies and then trimmed a little of the edges off with my scissors. I used my MISTI to line up my wreath stamp and used crushed olive ink to stamp the image. I once again used my waterbrush to pull the green out to fill in the wreath, allowed to dry and then stamped again to darken the wreath foliage image.

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I carried the heart theme to the card base using Lawn Fawn Let’s Polka In The Meadow.  I think the tiny heart pattern is so sweet. I had lots of color choices in the paper pack but really loved the green to represent a forest background for the deer.  I attached a double matted frame to the card base using mounting tape.  I attached both the deer to the card base with mounting tape.  I layered the heart wreath over an all white wreath to make it stand out a bit more in front of the green background  then secured it in place with  mounting tape.  I was going to leave the wreath plain but decided to add the three tiny red flowers to add a touch of color.  I carried the red over to the tag for the finish.   

KC Essentials By Ellen Oh Deer 1 center

I really love Julie’s wreath image and couldn’t resist creating a clean and simple project that made it the main focal point.  I repeated the same steps as above to stamp and color the wreath using my MISTI, markers and waterbrush. I stamped a few extra pieces of foliage, colored and cut them out.  I trimmed the foliage pieces off a little and arranged them on the wreath and attached with glossy accents.  I cut three red flowers, formed them with my stylus and molding pad and attached then to the wreath with glossy accents.  I applied clear Wink of Stella to the flowers to add some sparkle and then set the tiny pearls in the center.

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I cut and assembled the square frames to create a triple matted frame and attached to the card base using mounting tape.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape all the way around the back of the wreath and attached it to the card base.

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I hope you are enjoying our blog hop and seeing all the wonderful new sets in the release.  You should have arrived here from Heather Campbell's blog and your next stop along the hop is Darlene DeVries' blog.  If you get lost along the hop, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.

Oh Deer card is 5.50” x 4.25”

Wreath card is 4.50” square

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Snowy Christmas Tag and 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist in the CLASSroom

Good Sunday Morning. I have a cute snowy Christmas tag to share with you today made using the Essentials by Light Parade stamps and paired with the Home and Hearth die set and Poppystamps Pinpoint Main Street Tags

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I stamped one of the three houses and the car on watercolor paper using black versafine and embossed with clear embossing powder and used Zig brush markers to color the images.  I made a big boo boo coloring the lights on the roof so I traced around the roof of the house on white cardstock and cut it out, crimped and attached it to the roof with glue dots.  I cut out several trees for the scene and to use on the top of the car.  I attached the blue tag to the base tag with ATG adhesive.  I cut an additional white tag and used my deckle scissors to cut the ground snow for the scene and attached to the tag with ATG adhesive.

I tucked the house and trees in behind the snow layers and attached with mounting tape. I folded two tree tops in half and attached to the roof of the car with glossy accents and attached the car in the scene with mounting tape.  I finished the scene by applying falling snowflakes in the sky area and on the trees with a white gel pen and attaching a tiny gold star to the top of one tree. 

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I would like to invite you to join me in the CLASSroom for my 12 Days of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Country Christmas Wreath Tag and step by step tutorial. Anna Wight joined me today as a guest designer and has the sweetest country tag to share.

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Leave a comment on my post to be entered into the drawing for a $25 gift code to Ellen's store!  Create your own tag with mine or any of the other 11 challenge themes (posted daily from the 1st to the 12th) to be entered into the grand prize drawing for a $150 gift code to shop at Ellen Hutson.  Check out the details here!!

Have you told Santa what you want for Christmas?  You may want to put Stamp-n-Storage products on your wish list. Use the discount code HOLIDAY15 to receive 15% off your order. 

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Thanks for coming by today.  Have a great Sunday!

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Home Sweet Christmas Home

Good Tuesday morning.  The weather here in Florida has been beautiful with low humidity and chilly nights. So the only way I can experience a white Christmas is to create it on my card fronts. My project today was made using the new Impression Obsession Front Door paired with the Wrought Iron Fence and an evergreen wreath and door trim made using the Martha Stewart Branch Punch. The brick background was paper is from the Authentique Classic Christmas pad.

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I started by attaching the designer paper to the card base with ATG adhesive.  The door was cut and pieced together using double stick tape and then attached to the card base. I cut the fence sections, applied touches of Crafter’s Pick Ultimate Glue to the back of each with my finger and attached them on either side of the door.  Once they were secure I trimmed off the excess fence and finished off the edges by attaching  thin strips of black cardstock. I finished the scene by attaching a hand cut piece of cardstock across the ground area in front of the door.

I created my wreath for the door using a 3/4” circle and used just the top three sprigs all the way around. 

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I decorated the wreath with punched 1/8” circles attached with glossy accents, applied a multi loop bow  and then applied red stickles to the punched circles for sparkle.  Once the stickles was dry I applied light touches of the Crafter’s Pick with an old paint brush and lightly sprinkled with white flower soft.  You can see my step by step and video wreath tutorial over on Splitcoaststampers.

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I used full pieces of  branches to arrange an evergreen bough across the top of the door frame and on both sides of the door.  I didn’t use quite as light a touch when I applied the Crafter’s Pick to the branches as I did for the wreath.  I wanted the snow to look full and fluffy.

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I applied a fairly significant layer of glue on the ground section with my finger and applied a full layer of flower soft to create a fluffy carpet of snow.

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I love the snowy welcoming door scene.  I want to walk right on in.

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Wrought Iron Fence and Wreath and Holiday Sales Alert

Good Sunday morning and sadly the last day of the holiday weekend.  It’s back to work and business as usual.  I hope your holiday was wonderful and that you were able to get rested up a little before charging into the busy Christmas holiday preparations. My project today was made using the Impression Obsession Wrought Iron Fence and a wreath made using the Impression Obsession Holly Flourish and Martha Stewart Branch Punch.  If you would like to see how I make my wreaths you can check out my Step by Step picture tutorial and Video tutorial over at Splitcoaststampers. You can also find three different wreath tutorials in the Tutorial section on my right side bar.

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I cut a 5.50” x 4.25” black piece of cardstock and attached it with ATG adhesive to a A2 cream card base. I applied ATG adhesive to the back of the music paper and attached to the black card base.  I cut the fence using black cardstock and applied rolled up strips of double stick tape to the back and attached it to the card base.  I didn’t want the fence to be attached to the base so rolled tape allows for a tiny bit of dimension. The pictures below show me using  1/4” tape but I actually used 1/8” for the fence since the bars are very thin. 

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I wanted to create a fairly small wreath that wouldn’t overwhelm the fence so I used a one inch circle for the base.  I punched out lots of branches and cut the stem off right where the first two larger branches fork off so they would fit better for the smaller wreath.

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I attached the branches to the wreath base alternating the pattern-1 left, 1 right and 1 center and repeated it all the way around the base.  Since this is such a small wreath the tightly arranged branches covered the inner circle of the wreath. I cut a couple holly flourish sections, cut them apart and applied 1/8” punched circles for holly berries.  I applied red stickles to the berries for a touch of sparkle and set aside to dry.  I created a small multi loop bow and attached it to the wreath using glue dots. Once the bow was attached I arranged and attached the holly branches with glossy accents to fill in around the wreath.  I tucked several longer pieces in around the bow to mingle with the streamers.  I applied a good amount of glossy accents to the back of the wreath and attached it to the card base.  I took a couple close up pictures for a better view.

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I thought the wreath would be the perfect embellishment to use with the iron fence and I love the music designer paper in the background.  It reminds me of old-fashioned Christmas decorations.

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Before I close I wanted to take a minute to talk about a tool you may want to put on your Santa wish list. If you love collecting dies as much as I do then this small Dremel is the perfect tool to grind and smooth the poking out pieces of wire after you cut the dies apart.  The Dremel is a fairly inexpensive tool that saves lots of time and energy versus hand filing off the pieces.  I can’t tell you how many times I have hurt myself with those ugly little wire tips. My husband has a larger Dremel out on his tool bench that would be overkill for our little dies. I’ve linked the Dremel that I have down in my supply list so you’ll know which one to ask Santa for. 

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Last thing is the sales reminders. Check out Ellen Hutson’s 10 year Anniversary Sales,  Impression Obsession Annual Sale and Stamp-n-Storage Holiday Sale..

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

 

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Fall Twiggy Wreath

Good Saturday morning.  I have another fall leaf project to share with you today using the Impression Obsession Leaves, Small Leaf Set, Twig Wreath, Foliage and Wide Tree.  I really enjoy coloring leaves for fall projects.  I decided I wanted to get one or two more in before we head full time into Christmas.

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I cut the wreath and wide tree sections and applied Antique Linen and Vintage Photo ink by swiping the ink pad directly on the paper.  I swiped the lighter ink first to add color and then lightly swiped the darker brown ink so some of the lighter color would show through.  I applied Fired Brick, Wild Honey and Peeled Paint ink to the leaves with mini applicators, let them dry and then applied clear Wink of Stella to add some sparkle. I cut the foliage sections using green cardstock and applied the Wink of Stella to match the leaves.

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I attached the wreath to the card base using glossy accents applied to the area that is covered with leaves.  The rest of the twig wreath is loose so it would look natural and not too flat.  I started the wreath design by attaching foliage section to create a base for the leaves.  Next I started attaching the leaves around the foliage in a fairly loose arrangement.  I filled in around the leaves with added sections of foliage and pieces of the wide tree.  I like the natural appearance of the twigs peeking out from the leaves and foliage.  I may have gone a little too far in my design.  You when you feel you should stop adding things but just keep on going anyway…!  LOL!!!

KC Impression Obsession Small Leaf Set 4 close

I took a side view of the wreath that shows off how pretty and sparkly the leaves are.  Pictures sometime don’t do the project justice.  This is far more beautiful in person than in these photos.

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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