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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

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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

Rustic Christmas Wreath

Good Sunday morning.  I love making wreath projects and couldn’t resist purchasing the new Penny Black Layered Christmas Wreath set with the pine, holly, berry and mistletoe sprigs.  While I was shopping I picked up the Antique Frame Set as well.  For my project today I created a rustic wreath and cut a rustic frame using Essentials by Ellen Tan Woodgrain cardstock.  

KC Penny Black Layered Christmas Wreath 1 left

I cut several sets of foliage using green cardstock and several pieces of pine using brown cardstock.  Before beginning to assemble the wreath I applied Autumn Red Crystal Drops to the berry branches and Simply White Crystal Drops to the mistletoe berries and set them aside to dry.  I cut the frame using the tan woodgrain cardstock and applied Vintage Photo ink by swiping the ink pad directly over the paper.  I smoothed out the color using a damp baby wipe and heat set the ink using my heat gun. I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.

KC Penny Black Layered Christmas Wreath 1 center

I used the leaf tool and leaf pad  to apply scored lines on the holly leaves. I started assembling the wreath by attaching the holly branches around the wreath base using glossy accents. Next I tucked the pine branches around the holly leaves and attached with glossy accents.  Once the crystal drops were dried on the berries and mistletoe branches I tucked them around the holly and pine and attached with glossy accents.  I finished the wreath by adding a multi loop bow

KC Penny Black Layered Christmas Wreath 1 close

I took a close up picture of the wreath so you could get a good look at how nice the crystal drops look on the branches.  I love how they dried with a dimensional appearance.

KC Penny Black Layered Christmas Wreath 1 right

The pictures just don’t this project justice.  I probably should have used a cream card base instead of white.  It is just so much prettier in person.

I wanted to take the opportunity to mention that the Vintage Frame set comes assembled with the thin wires that need to be cut off.  I don’t remember often enough to draw your attention to the small hand held Dremel that I use us to smooth off those pointed wire edges.  The Dremel makes quick work of smoothing the edges and is so much faster than trying to file them down by hand.  I’ve linked the Dremel below in case you want to check it out. The time savings and good finish makes it well worth the price.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying your Sunday. 

Card size”":  5.50” x 4.25”

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Scribble Heart Wreath

Good Saturday morning.  My project today was made using the new Impression Obsession Scribble Heart paired with Foliage and Tiny Flowers.  The sentiment is from the Forest Flowers Stamp Set.  I had been giving thought for a while about how I would like to use the Scribble Heart.  I finally decided it would look beautiful as a heart shaped wreath with foliage and flowers.  I couldn’t resist doing it in red which makes it look like a Valentine but I think it can be used for any occasion.

KC Impression Obsession Scribble Heart 1 left

I started by placing my card base in my MISTI and securing it in place with the magnets.  I placed the sentiment stamp along the lower edge of the card where I wanted it to be stamped, lowered the top of the MISTI to attach the stamp, applied black versafine ink and stamped the sentiment.  I attached the white and red layers together with ATG adhesive, attached mounting tape to the back and attached it to the card base.  I cut the heart die and attached thin strips of mounting tape to key spots on the back and attached it to the white and red layered square. 

KC Impression Obsession Scribble Heart 1 center

I cut a foliage pieces apart to create smaller sections to use for the floral arrangement.   I formed the tiny flowers using my stylus and molding pad and attached them to the foliage using glossy accents.  I tied a small multi loop bow and attached it to the heart using glue dots and then tucked the floral foliage sections in under the bow and attached them in place with glossy accents.

KC Impression Obsession Scribble Heart 1 close

Here’s a closer view of the flower arrangement.  I like how the heart creates the appearance of a wreath with the flowers and foliage.

KC Impression Obsession Scribble Heart 1 right

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

Card size:  5.00” square

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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.

KC Essentials By Ellen Oh Deer 1 right

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.

KC Essentials by Ellen Otter Ware 1 right

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.

KC Essentials by Ellen Otter Ware 1 left

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

KC Essentials by Ellen Light Parade 1 center

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. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Light Parade 1 left side

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.

 KC Impression Obsession Wide Tree Wreath

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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