Bird Amidst Holly and Sales Alerts

Good Friday afternoon.  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  My husband had to work but got off in time for us to enjoy a wonderful dinner together.  Before I talk about my project I want to let you know to scroll down to the bottom of my post to see information about the sales going on in some of my favorite stores. 

My project today was made using the Penny Black Bird Amidst Holly die paired with the My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames, Pierced Rectangle Frames and the Impression Obsession Holly Flourish. I fully intended to do this in nothing by red and white but it didn’t allow the bird to be seen well enough amidst the white.  I tucked the green holly around the bird and I think it really makes it show better. I love how the double frame adds so much dimension.

KC Penny Black Bird Amidst Holly 1 right

I attached the two frames together with thin strips of mounting tape.  Then I applied more strips of mounting tape to the back of the frames and attached to the card base. I cut two sections of the holly, punched 1/8” red circles and attached them over the berry sections of the branches with glossy accents.  I applied small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the holly leaves and attached to the card base.  The bird was attached with a double layer of mounting tape.

KC Penny Black Bird Amidst Holly 1 center

I applied the punched red circles to the green holly with glossy accents, cut the branch apart and tucked the pieces in around the bird and attached with glossy accents. I applied the red stickles to all the berries praying the whole time that I wouldn’t smear it somewhere on any of the white background or holly leaves.  LOL!

KC Penny Black Bird Amidst Holly 1 left

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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”


Sparkly Tall Trees

Good Sunday  morning.  I have had the Penny Black Tall Trees for several weeks and have been looking forward to using them.  I paired them with the stars from the Essentials by Ellen Hearth and Home and double framed the scene using the My Favorites Things Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames and Pierced Rectangle Frames

KC Penny Black Tall Trees 1 right

I started by hand cutting the ground snow layers using my deckle scissors.  The trees were cut using green cardstock and I colored the trunks with a brown Copic marker. I applied Cosmic glitter glue to the ground pieces and tree tops and used my Martha Stewart Coarse Crystal Glitter  to create sparkle and texture.  The glitter on the trees doesn’t show well in the photos but they are pretty and sparkly in person.  I cut several stars , applied the glitter glue and the diamond glitter. I cut the two frames and attached them together with thin strips of mounting tape.

KC Penny Black Tall Trees 1 center

I began assembling the pieces by applying double stick tape to the lower back of the frame and attaching the ground snow pieces.  I applied another layer of thin strips mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.  The The tallest tree in the background was attached with a single layer of mounting tape.  The others were attached with two layers of mounting tape.  The stars were attached in the sky area with glossy accents.  I think the different size stars look too busy and if I had it to do over again I would have only applied a few of the tiniest stars.  Oh well….next time! 

KC Penny Black Tall Trees 1 left

My favorite thing about this project is the double frame and the texture of the coarse glitter.  Oh….. can you imagine how much glitter I have sticking to my work surface.  It’s everywhere.  LOL!  I hope you are having a lovely weekend.  Thanks for stopping by.



Poinsettia, Holly and Blog Candy

Good Sunday morning.  As promised in my post yesterday I put down the Hero Arts Snowy Tree set.  But with that said I still made a Christmas card for the Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper Challenge and Tracy Fehr is the featured artist this week.  After browsing through Tracy’s gallery it was her Poinsettia Swirls card that Inspired my project for today.  I used the Impression Obsession Large Poinsettia Set, Small Poinsettia Set, Ornate Oval Frame, Flourish, Most Wonderful Time sentiment and the new Penny Black Bird Amidst Holly.  You can read more about my blog candy offer at the bottom of my post. 

KC Impression Obsession Large Poinsettia 2 right

I stamped the sentiment on vanilla cream cardstock using Stampin’ Up! Old Olive pigment ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I think the sentiment would pop more if it had been stamped in red but it is what it is. I die cut the ornate frame, used it as a template to draw an oval around the sentiment, hand cut the sentiment to fit behind the frame and attached them together using double stick tape. Wow…that was a mouthful!  I hope it made sense. I used the two smaller flowers from the large set and the largest from the small set for the poinsettia.  I cut one of the larger flowers in green for the foliage.  I used my stylus and molding pad to form the petals on the flowers and assembled the layers together attaching with glossy accents. The holly was cut twice and formed with my stylus and molding pad.  I punched out 1/4” circles for holly berries and attached to the holly with glossy accents. I made the mistake of apply glue and clear glitter to the berries and it made the red fade totally out.  When the glue was dry I colored over the berries with red Wink of Stella. This then led me want some sparkle on the poinsettia so I colored over the leaves with the Wink of Stella.

KC Impression Obsession Large Poinsettia Set 2 center

I attached the framed sentiment to the lower right of the card base with mounting tape.  This left me enough room to arrange the flower and holly. I cut the holly sections apart, arranged them on the frame and attached with glossy accents.  The poinsettia was set in place and attached with glossy accents.  I attached flourish sections to the arrangement with glossy accents. I had one section of holly leaves and berries left so I attached to the bottom of the frame for the finishing touch.

KC Impression Obsession Large Poinsettia Set 2 left

Now for the blog candy.  I love that Ellen Hutson has a wish list section to help us keep track of items we want to purchase when we have recovered financially from the past purchases.  LOL!  I placed the Taylored Expressions Damask Embossing Folder on my list a while back.  I placed an order this past week and ordered the folder “again”.  I hadn’t remembered that I already had ordered  it and failed to remove it from my list.  So my forgetfulness is providing me the opportunity to give the folder as blog candy to one randomly chosen lucky person.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by Friday the 16th at 5:00 pm telling what new item/s  you have on your wish list.  I’ll announce the winner on my Saturday morning post.  And you never know…I may dig up some other blog candy gifts to send  to out to a few other randomly drawn winners.


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


Rustic Fall Branches

Good Sunday morning.  I have been enjoying making fall projects this past week.  I thought I would use my new Penny Black Dancing Branches  and Sizzix Bricked and Wooden embossing folder set to make a rustic fall card for the Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper Challenge.  The featured stamper this week is Marg Mortimer and I was inspired by Marg’s Wishes Card. I kept the same basic layout as Marg’s card but changed from a floral to fall theme.  I used an oval opening in the main card layer instead of round.

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I started by creating a alcohol ink palette on my craft sheet, misting it with alcohol blending solution and then laying a piece of glossy cardstock facedown in the inks and lightly pressing with my fingers and set aside to dry.  Rubber gloves were used for this process. 


I cut the branch die out three times.  Some of the colors didn’t show up as well as I had hoped so I applied inks on alcohol blending pads and lightly dabbed directly on the branches. My colors became somewhat muddled so I applied versa to the branches and heat embossed with clear embossing powder to brighten them. They didn’t turn out as I had hoped they would but I still wanted to use them.

KC Penny Black Dancing Branchlets 2 center_thumb

I brayered brown ink on the inside of the embossing folder and used Kraft cardstock to create the wooded layer.  I applied more ink to the embossed layer by wiping my brown pads directly on the cardstock. I like the rustic look and thought it would be perfect with the branches.  I used glossy accents to attach one full branch section to the oval opening on the card base.  I cut the other two branch sections apart and attached them around the main branch with glossy accents.  I attached a few little leaves sticking upward at the edge of the oval opening and then attached the green ribbon to finish.

KC Penny Black Dancing Branchlets 2 right_thumb

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Winter Woodland Scene

Good Sunday morning.  My project today was made using the new Penny Black Woodland Scene die set. The set has one die with a tree, deer, owl, squirrel and bunny and a die with a row of birch trees.  The dies are smaller than I thought when I purchased them but I still like them.  My card size is 4.50” square.

KC Penny Black Woodland Scene 1 left

I cut the two die scenes out using watercolor paper and watercolored them using Distress reinkers mixed with water and a brush.  After the paper dried I added touch of white embossing paste to the ground and branches using an old paintbrush.  Even though the ink was dry on the scenes some of the brown ink was absorbed by the embossing paste so I lightly dabbed white gesso over all the spots to create the snow.

KC Penny Black Woodland Scene 1 center

I used my craft knife to cut a square opening in the blue card base to create a see thru window.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the front of the full tree scene and attached it over the opening on the inside of the card.  I applied double stick tape to the back of the deer scene and attached it over the opening on the front of the card.  I created a double matted frame and attached it over the scene with thin strips of mounting tape. You can click on the see thru window and double matted frame links to see my step by step tutorials.

KC Penny Black Woodland Scene 1 close

I didn’t realize how hard it would be to see the front images with the back trees being as dark as I painted them.  I took this close-up view so you could more clearly see the little squirrel, owl and bunny.  I will make an effort next time to use colors that allows everything to show more clearly.

KC Penny Black Woodland Scene 1 right

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

Card size:  4.50” square