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Holiday Thank You Cards

Good Thursday morning.  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.  I like to make simple thank you cards that reflect the holiday but are not necessarily Christmas.  The simplicity of the Impression Obsession Snowflake Cutout set along with the Thank You from the Greetings Bottom Word Edgers set make a perfect winter card that is fast and easy to make and easy to mass produce.  There is also a Greetings Top Word Edgers set that could be easily used as well.

KC Impression Obsession Snowflake Cutout 5 right

I secured the three snowflake dies and cardstock on the platform and ran through my Big Shot.  The Thank you die was placed on the edge of red cardstock and ran through the Big Shot. 

KC Impression Obsession Snowflake Cutout 5 center

The snowflake layer was attached to the red sentiment layer using ATG adhesive. Both layers were attached to the card base with ATG adhesive.

KC Impression Obsession Snowflake Cutout 5 left

The Snowflake Cutout set also comes with a frame for each snowflake so they can be cut to create full snowflakes like in my project below. 

KC Impression Obsession Snowflake Cutout 1 combines

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

Merry Christmas From Our House to Yours

Good  Christmas morning.  I searched my files to find my all time favorite Christmas project made using the Cottage Cutz Mountain Lodge set and Rustic Sign and Trees set.  I put lots of work into creating this snowy mountain lodge scene but it was well worth it.  We have been having mild weather here in Florida with the highs in the low 80s and lows in the 50s.  The only way I can dream of a white Christmas is to look back on all of my fun snowy holiday projects from the past.

Bob and I wish you all a very blessed and merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

KC Cottage Cutz Mountain Lodge 1 right

KC Cottage Cutz Mountain Lodge 1 center

KC Cottage Cutz Mountain Lodge 1 close right

KC Cottage Cutz Mountain Lodge left

Here is a link to the original September 3, 2012 blog post with full description of how I made this wonderful snowy lodge scene.

Impression Obsession “Anything Goes” Challenge

Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Impression Obsession “Anything Goes” design team challenge.  I decided to pull out my  Pine Sprig Cluster and Wreath Builder sets to create a clean and simple yet old-fashioned mini pine wreath card with red berries and a gingham multi loop bow.  I love the pine set so much that when it was released a few years ago I got four sets so I could multiple pine branches at once.  I know…..I’m a die nut! 

KC Impression Obsession Pine Sprig Cluster 3 right

I started by cutting out the circle wreath base, pine branches and berry branches. I applied Nuvo Red Berry Crystal Drops to the berries and set them aside to dry.   I began creating the wreath by attaching the branches to the wreath base using glossy accents.  The branches are attached in a pattern –straight, left, right and repeated over and over again around the circle until the full wreath base is covered.  The pictures below are from a previous project using a different branch but the pattern remains the same no matter what branch you use.  The pattern gives the wreath a even fullness all the way around.

Wreath 3

Wreath 5

When you get near the finish the branches have to be lifted up and the final rows attached with the same pattern until complete.

Wreath 7

Wreath 9

Once the wreath is complete you can decorate with any kind of embellishments you wish.  I like the plain old-fashioned look of the gingham, pine and berries.  I attached the multi loop bow to the wreath with glue dots and then tucked the berry branches in between the pine branches and attached using glossy accents. 

KC Impression Obsession Pine Sprig Cluster 3 center

The double matted frame was attached to the card base using strips of mounting tape.  The wreath was attached to the card base using glossy accents.  You can check out my full wreath step by step photo and video tutorial over on the Splitcoaststampers tutorial section.

KC Impression Obsession Pine Sprig Cluster 3 left

Why don’t you come along and play with us. To enter the challenge and see a complete list of our team payers go to the Impression Obsession Blog.  You’ll see all the details there!  A random challenge card will be selected to showcase on the IO blog.

Anna Wight

Dina Kowal

Giovana Smith

llina Crouse

Jeanne Streiff

Jenny Gropp

Karen Amidon

Kelli Hull

Kittie Caracciolo  (that’s me)

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett

Card size:  5.25” square

Poinsettia, Holly and Mistletoe Wreath

Good Friday morning.  I love poinsettias!  My mother’s flower shop was always packed with them during the holidays.  I learned my love of floral design from mother and love being able to use my skill to create floral projects on my cards.  I made this card for the Whimsy Stamps 12 Days of Christmas event using the Christmas Branch Die Set and Build a Poinsettia Die Set.  I can’t tell you how much fun I had creating this wreath with the poinsettias and all the beautiful pieces of foliage and berries stems from the branch set. 

KC Whimsy Shapology Christmas Branch Set 1 right

I started by cutting several of all the different foliage and berry sections using green cardstock. I cut the twig sections using Kraft cardstock and I colored them with Antique Linen  ink using a mini applicator.   I applied white and red Nuvo Crystal Drops to the holly and mistletoe berry pieces and set them aside to dry.  I applied several tiny drops of yellow Nuvo Crystal Drops to a piece of non-stick craft sheet to use for the poinsettia centers and set aside to dry.  I cut a 2.50” circle ring using Nestabilities Classic Circles to form the wreath base.  I cut red and green sections of the poinsettias. Each poinsettia has three red and one green section.  I formed the flowers using my stylus and molding pad to add dimension.  Check out my Poinsettia Tutorial if you would like to see more details of how I create my flowers.

KC Whimsy Shapology Christmas Branch Set 1 center

The white card base is 5.50” square.  The red layer is 4.75” square, the white is 4.50” square and they were attached together using ATG adhesive and then attached to the card base using mounting tape.  The wreath ring base was attached to the center of the base using glossy accents.  I started building the wreath base by applying full sections of the holly all the way around the ring and attaching with glossy accents.  Once the holly base was in place I attached the three poinsettias using glossy accents.  I filled in around the poinsettias using smaller pieces of holly and mistletoe attaching them in place with glossy accents.  Once I was satisfied with the fullness of the foliage around the flowers I began tucking the twigs, holly and mistletoe berry sections in between and attached with glossy accents.   I finished by attaching the yellow drops in the flower centers using glossy accents.

KC Whimsy Shapology Christmas Branch Set 1 left

I may have gone a little overboard with the  twigs, holly and mistletoe berries but I love the rustic old-fashioned feel of the wreath design.

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

Card size:  5.50” square

Snowy Trees and Cardinals

ood Thursday morning.  I have another nature inspired snowy scene card to share today using the Impression Obsession Tree FrameAll-in-One Frames Rectangles 2, Fir Tree, Small Fir Tree, Fir Sprigs and Cardinals.  I absolutely love using white embossing paste for snow and applying clear glitter on it while it is still wet.  It adds  a special sparkly touch to the scene.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 14 right

I cut the tree frame using tan woodgrain cardstock, applied white embossing paste using a Sofft spatula and then clear glitter and set aside to dry.  The tree stamps and white cardstock were secured in place in my MISTI and stamped using Peeled Paint ink.  I sponged Tumbled Glass ink in the sky area using an ink blending tool.  I used the spatula to gently tap embossing paste to create snow on the green trees and then applied the clear glitter.   I used my deckle scissors to cut the ground snow layer and then applied the embossing paste and glitter.  I thought a few sprigs of fir would look pretty around the tree base so I covered a few of those with the embossing paste and glitter and set aside to dry along with all the other pieces.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 14 center

I applied double stick tape to the back of the frame and attached the tree frame to it. I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frames and attached it to the scene layer.  The frame scene was attached to the white card base using double stick tape.  I tucked the sprigs of fir behind the frame and attached with glossy accents.  I finished by adding the cardinals to the scene for a bright touch of color.  This kind of snowy scene reminds me of my childhood growing up in West Virginia.  We four girls loved sleigh rides and playing in the snow.  What fond memories!

KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 14 left

Thanks for coming by and I hope you are enjoying a wonderful day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

Deer Snowglobe Scene

Good Tuesday morning.  I have another nature inspired holiday card to share with you today made using the Impression Obsession Brush Tree Line, Deer Snowglobe, Fir Sprigs and framed using the Penny Black Antique Frame.  The Deer Snowglobe is a sweet die cut on it’s own but I wanted to create a complete scene around it.  Adding the trees, blue sky and falling show made the whole scene come to life. 

 KC Impression Obsession Deer Snowglobe 1 right

I cut the snowglobe using white cardstock.  I colored the deer using Antique Linen and Vintage Photo ink and mini applicators.  I applied tiny touches of Pumice Stone ink to the birch tree indentions using a mini applicator.  I used a Nestabilities Classic Circle die to create the background layer for the scene. I secured my Brush Tree Line stamp and white circle in my MISTI and stamped the image using Peeled Paint ink.  I used rolled strips of 1/8” double stick tape to attach the globe to the background layer.  I cut abase portion of the globe using Essentials by Ellen Tan Woodgrain cardstock and applied Vintage Photo ink to darken the woodgrain. Sadly that doesn’t really show well in the photos.  I applied white gesso to the snow ground section of the globe with a small brush.  I used gesso to apply the falling snowflakes in the background. I tucked several pieces of fir sprigs in behind the ground layer and attached with glossy accents.  I applied touches of white gesso to the branches to create a snowy forest feel.  I finished the globe by attaching the woodgrain base with mounting tape.

KC Impression Obsession Deer Snowglobe 1 center

The Antique Frame was attached to the card base with thin strips of mounting tape.  The snowglobe was attached to the frame using double stick tape.  I wanted to add another holiday touch  to the card so I added fir sprigs, tiny 1/16” red berries and a tiny red bow to finish.  I think this card would be pretty for anyone to receive but it would be a perfect card for a masculine friend or family member.

KC Impression Obsession Deer Snowglobe 1 left

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”