Framed Rose Cluster and Big Shot Express

Good Sunday morning.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  It seems like they go by so fast and the next thing we know it’s Monday already and time to start the work week over again. 

My project today was made with the Creative Expressions Stockholm die set, Sizzix Starry Night embossing folder, Impression Obsession Spiral Flowers Large set, Leaf Cluster and Small Bow.

KC Impression Obsession Spiral Flowers Large 4 left

I started by embossing the white layer and attached it to the white card base with ATG adhesive. Next I cut the decorative frame layers, applied mounting tape to the back of all the different sections and attached them to the card base.  I really like how the embossed background adds an element of dimension without taking away from the framed layers.


KC Impression Obsession Spiral Flowers Large 4 center

I assembled the roses by rolling them around the tweezers from the Garden Tool Kit and closed each rose by applying glossy accents.  The leaves were formed with the smaller end of the stylus and molding pad.  I applied glossy accents to the back of each rose and attached one of the larger leaves.  I attached the three roses to the card base with glossy accents and then filled in with a few more leaves around the roses and attached with glossy accents.  I finished by adding just the tails of the small bow and attaching it in among the leaves with glossy accents.  Have I told you how much I love using the Ranger Fine Tip Applicator on my mini glossy accents bottle. It provides so much more control and eliminates the dreaded clogging. 

KC Impression Obsession Spiral Flowers Large 4 close

Here’s a closer  view of the flowers and leaves.

KC Impression Obsession Spiral Flowers Large 4 right

I waited with bated breath for the release of the new Big Shot Express and was so excited when I got mine.  I have had it for several weeks now and have waited until I had lots of opportunity to work with it and putting it to the test before writing about it here on my blog.  All I can is WOW!!!!  I have used my Big Shot machine for years and have always been happy with it. The Big Shot Express has EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS!!  It provides even more consistent pressure than the hand cranked Big Shot and with only the push of a button. If you are like me and use your die cutting machine daily then you should definitely treat yourself to this wonderful machine. 


Sizzix-Big-Shot-Express edited

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Thanks for stopping by today.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

Framed Flower Stems

Good Wednesday morning. Have you had the chance to check out the CLEARANCE category at Ellen Hutson? There are still hundreds of items marked 50% to 75% off. My floral project today was made using another frame that I have in my stash that you can find in the sale , the Memory Box Calozonia Frame.   I paired the frame using the Creative Expressions Trailing Ivy, Susan’s Garden Notes Hydrangea, Hydrangea 2 and Memory Box Butterfly Delights.

KC Elizabeth Craft Susan Hydrangea 2 left

I cut the frame, applied mounting tape to the back and attached it to the layered pink and white card base.  I cut the ivy vines and both sizes of the hydrangea blossoms, formed them lightly with my stylus and molding pad and then assembled the flowers using glossy accents.

KC Elizabeth Craft Susan Hydrangea 2 center

I applied small squares of mounting tape in a few key spots on the back of the ivy and flower stems and attached them to the card base and frame.  I brought in the color of the frame a second time by adding the tiny butterflies.  I added a multi loop bow for the finishing touch.  The ribbon actually matches the flowers perfectly but the camera picked up the colors looking a little off in the photographs. I tried several shots but it was not going to happen.  LOL! 

KC Elizabeth Craft Susan Hydrangea 2 right

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a nice day. A week or two I complained that we were having one of the warmest winters that I remember and wishing for a little cold weather.  I got my wish as it is 36 degrees on my back porch this morning and will warm up to the high 50s.  I know this is not really very cold weather to all you who live in really cold country but I will definitely be wearing my winter coat to work this morning.  LOL!

Card size”  5.50” x 4.25”

Weathered and Shabby with Blog Candy

Good Friday morning.  My project today is another attempt to create a shabby card by combining a weathered wood background and a delicate lacy die cut with a soft floral spray. 

KC Sandee's Challenge 2 right

I wanted to create a background of weathered and distressed wood like you would find on an old dresser or window frame. I used the Taylored Expressions Bead Board embossing folder with kraft cardstock to create the wood lines and then lightly painted with the retired Picket Fence Crackle Paint leaving a few bare spots to allow the brown to show. 

KC Sandee's Challenge 2 center

I used the Creative Expression Copenhagen set for the doily and attached it to the background using mounting tape. I used the Petite Vinery set for the foliage and the flowers were made using the Elizabeth Craft Bunch of Flowers1.  I formed the foliage and flowers using my Garden Tool Kit and attached them to the doily with glossy accents.  I added a tiny pearl in each flower center for the finishing touch.

KC Sandee's Challenge 2 left

I would love to give away some blog candy.  Are you up for it?  Today I am offering eight dies sets from the Dee’s Distinctively Bell Floral Collection.  There are three different flower petal sets with accompanying leaf and stem sets. All you need to do to qualify is leave a comment on this post telling me if you know of any crafting other product out there like the Picket Fence Crackle Paint that can be used to create the white crackling effect.  Well for that matter I would love to know about any other color  as well.  No need to worry if you don’t have a suggestion.  Just leave a comment and you will still qualify for the gift. Click here to see the blog candy sets.  You will have until 5:00 pm on Sunday night, August 16 to leave a comment.

I love creating faux wood projects with the aged crackling effect and was very sad to see the Ranger line retire.   Here a few of my favorites from the past. Right click on the pictures to open a new tab to see a larger view.

KC Poppy Stamps Carolina Birdhouse 1 right KC Sizzix Birdhouse 1 left KC Sizzix Dahlia 2 leftKC Coming Up Roses left

KC Sizzix Wheelbarrow 1 front right KC Wood Birdhouse 2 left front

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25:

Splitcoaststampers Dare To Get Dirty 2015 Day 4

Good Tuesday morning. Today is day four 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. Have you had a desire to be on the Dirty Dozen design team? 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 of being a member. If you are a member hop right on over the special challenge forum here.

I love to use the Belleek Inspired Technique when I want to add an extra element of elegance and dimension to a floral project.  it works really well when using detail embossing folders with  repeated pattern but can work with any folder. I especially love using soft colors of ink like the pale pink on my project today  because it shows the color but doesn’t overshadow the pattern. Lay your embossing folder front side down and apply ink by rolling with a brayer.  Insert the cardstock in the folder and place the front of the folder face down on your die cutting platform and run through to emboss. I love using open frames with this technique because it adds a dimensional element without covering up the whole patterned design of the background.  I applied mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.

Flower Challenge Susan's Anomone right

I have really enjoyed playing with Susan’s new line of flower dies that are sized perfectly for card fronts.  I chose the Susan’s Garden Anemone set for this project. I cut two sets of petals, the flower base for the  petals and several pieces of foliage.  I added a pale shade of pink to the petals with a mini applicator before forming.  I wanted the pink shade on the petals to perfectly match the soft background.  I formed the petals with my tolls from Susan’s Garden Tool Kit and assembled using glossy accents. I used pale yellow for the center of the flower but if I had it to do over again I would have used white.  The yellow seems to be out of place with all the pink and white.

Flower Challenge Susan's Anomone center

I formed the foliage using the stylus and molding pad and began assembling my floral arrangement.  I created the foliage base using the larger leaves and attached with glossy accents. I attached the flower to the foliage base with glossy accents and then tucked more larger and smaller leaves in around the flower to fill in the arrangement.  I liked the design but felt it needed a little something to soften the foliage so I cut sections of the  Leafy Branch apart, lightly formed them and then tucked them in around the leaves.  I wanted to bring in one more element of pink so I lightly colored a piece of white cardstock with the pink ink and cut the tiny flowers  from Susan’s Sunflower set. and attached them to the tiny foliage sections.

Flower Challenge Susan's Anomone left

Thank you for coming by today and I hope you are having a great week.

Note:  I keep the full list of my regularly used tools in my supply links below.  Some may not have been used in today’s project. 

Inspired Framed Floral

Good Saturday morning.  My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge and the inspiration site today is Soft Surroundings. I almost went into inspiration overload on this site as there were so many beautiful fabrics, furniture, bedding sets and accessories but I finally settled on the Aubusson Bedding Collection.  I used the Creative Expressions Scandinavian Collection Background, Camellia, Petite Vinery and the tiny flowers from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Backyard 2 set.  The frame was made using the Nesting Card Templates set.

bedding collection 

I chose a floral designer paper for the background with similar colors as the inspiration bedding.  I cut the decorative scroll panel down to fit on the back of an A2 sized frame and attached them together with double stick tape.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.

KC Creative Expressions Camillia Complete 2 right

I cut three pieces of the vines, lightly scored the leaves with my leaf tool and leaf pad and attached them to the outer edge opening of the oval frame with glossy accents. I formed several sizes of the camellia blossoms with my stylus and molding pad and attached the layers together with glossy accents and finished with a tiny pearl center. I applied glossy accents to the back of the flower and attached it to the frame base.

KC Creative Expressions Camillia Complete 2 center

The tiny formed flowers were attached to the vines with glossy accents for the finishing touch.

KC Creative Expressions Camillia Complete 2 left

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you are having a wonderful and relaxing weekend.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

Floral Vines Birdhouse Haven

Good Sunday morning.  I am hosting the Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper Challenge this week and am so happy to be featuring Lizzie Walker as our featured artist.  You may know her as Veritycards on SCS or her Veritycards blog.  If you aren’t familiar with Lizzie’s gorgeous work then you need to be sure and check out her SCS gallery and blog.  I was inspired by several of Lizzie’s cards and finally settled on combining features from two of them for my project.  I loved the fancy white frame on her My Thoughts card and the framed birdhouse scene on her Home Sweet Home.  Here’s what I came up with.

KC Memory Box Birdhouse Village 3 right

I double layered two Creative Expressions Granada and Stockholm dies to create an intricate background for the scene. They were attached to the card base with mounting tape. The vines were cut into smaller sections to fit the card front and tiny red flowers were attached with glossy accents.  The birdhouse was cut using white Woodgrain Embossed cardstock and colored with scattered straw and vintage photo ink using mini applicators.

KC Memory Box Birdhouse Village 3 center

The fines were attached to the card base with glossy accents and the birdhouse was attached with a double layer of mounting tape.  All the tiny red birds were attached for the finishing touch.  Red and green is one of my favorite color combinations to use and I especially love how the white background makes the colors pop.

KC Memory Box Birdhouse Village 3 left

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

Card size:  6.00” x 4.00”