The leaf frame has a very thin layer of cardstock around the opening so I attached a scalloped double matted frame with double stick tape to give it a more substantial appearance. I used the leaf frame as a template to draw pencil lines on the fancy scalloped layer to mark where I wanted to cut a square opening. I used a square Nestabilities die to cut the opening and then applied strips of mounting tape to the back of the fancy layer and attached it to the card base. I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the leafy frame and then attached it over the square cut opening. Using layers of mounting tape between the main scalloped layer and leaf frame allowed more dimension so the little tree house scene would appear set back in the framed opening. Wow! I hope that sentence made sense. I applied a few tiny glue dots to some of the larger foliage branches to hold them in place. I formed the leaves lightly with my fingers to create a more natural look.
I assembled the birdhouse using tan woodgrain and red cardstock . I cut a few extra small leaves and formed a few tiny flowers and attached them to the birdhouse using glossy accents. I added a couple extra foliage branches inside the frame for the birdhouse to hang from. I attached a small piece of twine to a branch with a glue dot and secured it to the base with a second glue dots. I attached the birdhouse in place using mounting tape. I formed a few tiny flowers and attached them to the branches with glossy accents. The two tiny birds were attached with tiny squares of mounting tape.
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Good Monday morning. Do you remember when Poppystamps came out with the Grand Madison Window? I think both the grand and small windows were released in 2011 and I just went crazy for both of them. I have no idea how many projects I have made with them but it is plenty. I had a hankering to make a see thru window card this past weekend with the Grand Madison Window and paired it with the Poppystamps Small Blooming Poinsettia and Impression Obsession Holly Flourish. I couldn’t resist coverring the poinsettias and holly with clear glitter for an extra holiday touch. I have gotten asked quite often where I put my greeting when I make a see thru window. I just turn it over and stamp my sentiment or hand write my note on the back. I know it is a little strange but I love the effect of seeing thru the window.
I attached a piece of pink cardstock to the front of my white card base. I cut two windows, one for the front and one for inside to cover the raw cut edges of my see thru window. I used one of the windows as a template to draw cutting lines and then used my kraft knife to cut out the opening. You can see my step by step see thru window tutorial if you would like to check out the steps to cutting and assembling my card. I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the window and attached it to the front of the card base. I applied ATG adhesive to the back of the second window and attached it to the inside. I took a quick shot of the inside of the card after it was finished to show how clean and neat it looks with no raw edges showing.
I cut three pairs of poinsettia flowers in the pale pink and three in green. I like to use the largest flower in green as the foliage for the assembled flower. I formed the flowers using my stylus and molding pad and assembled them using glossy accents. I cut two sections of the Holly Flourish to use for the foliage. I gently formed the holly stems with my fingers to remove the flat appearance and then attached one to the window with glossy accents in two or three spots to hold. I attached the three poinsettias with glossy accents and then tucked a few cut up pieces of the holly flourish to fill in. I attached the small pearls in the flower centers to finish.
I applied Cosmic glitter glue to the foliage and flowers with my finger and then sprinkled the clear glitter. I love the sparkle but it doesn’t really show well in the pictures.
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Good Sunday morning. I have an old-fashioned Christmas card to share with you today with pine, holly, berries and a multi looped tartan bow. The frame was made using the Poppystamps Leafy Frame and the pine, holly and berry stems were made using the Sizzix Mini Holiday Greens set. The bow was made using ribbon I found at Michaels.
I applied strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base. I wanted to create an all white background for the foliage and ribbon and the die cut frame added another element of interest without distracting from the arrangement.
I lightly formed the holly leaves with my stylus and molding pad and bent and formed the pine using my fingers. I applied 1/8” punched red circles to the berry branches and holly stems with glossy accents. I arranged the pine branches, holly and berry stems and attached to the card base with glossy accents. I tied the bow and attached it to the arrangement with glue dots. Check out my multi loop bowtutorial if you would like to see how I make my multi loop bows.
Here’s a little closer view. I added red stickles to the red berries to create a bit of sparkle.
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Good Friday morning. Splitcoaststampers is holding a special “Falliday Fest” event around the fall and winter holiday crafting season and I was invited to do a Christmas Tree video and step by step tutorial. I hope you don’t mind me sharing Christmas Tree projects that I made over the last couple of years. Funny thing….there are kitty cats in everyone of them. LOL! If these projects are new to you feel free to click on the link above each picture to go back to the original blog post.
I hope you may be inspired to try making a special Christmas Tree project of your own. I’ve linked several branch dies and a punch that you could use to create a tree. You can see the dies and supplies for each project on their individual blog post. Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great day.
Square card size: 5.25” square Card 2 and 3 size: 5.50” x 4.25”
Good Monday morning. I love making colorful fall leaves as the main focal point of a project and placing them on a clean and simple background. My project today was made using Julie’s Autumn Acorn Stamp Set and Autumn Die Set and was paired with the Poppystamps Leafy Frame.
I cut several leaves and used mini applicators to apply Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint and Wild Honey Distress Inks on the leaves in a random pattern. When the leaves were fully colored I applied versa and embossed them with clear embossing powder. I applied Gathered Twigs Distress Ink on the acorn stamp, misted lightly and stamped several times on watercolor paper. I used my waterbrush to fill in the white line details on the image and then applied versa and heat embossed. Hint: Even though I used the larger of the two acorn stamps in the set I used the smaller acorn die to cut them out. The smaller die left less white space around the outer rim of the image. I touched up the remaining white edges with a mini applicator. Check out my step by step Leaves with Distress Inks tutorials if you would like to see how I color my leaves.
I stamped the Happy Fall Sentiment on the card base with versa and embossed with gold embossing powder. I applied mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base. The leaves were arranged and and then attached with glossy accents and and the acorns were attached with mounting tape. Although the card base is totally white the die cut leaf pattern of the frame adds an element of interest without taking away from the leaves and sentiment.
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