Christmas Tree Farm

Good Saturday afternoon.  I’m late getting started with my post today but I sure had lots of fun making this project.  This is my first chance playing with the new Essentials by Ellen Tree Farm Stamps and Tree Farm Die set. There are so many cute images to play with in this set.  I finally decided on a scene with the trees and trailer. If I had this to do over again I wouldn’t add the flower soft snow as I think it took away from the trees. But once it’s on it’s on.  LOL!

KC Essentials by Ellen Tree Farm 1 right

I stamped the trees several times and colored using my water brush and reinkers and cut out.  The trailer was stamped on grey cardstock, cut out and then I applied Rusty Hinge ink with a mini applicator to give an old rusted out appearance. I cut tiny branches off fir sprigs to create a little wreath for the door and attached the pieces with glossy accents.  I added a few sprigs to the sign and added red punched circles.  The lights were colored using a red marker and then I applied red stickles for some sparkle.

KC Essentials by Ellen Tree Farm 1 center

I cut two layers of ground snow using my deckle scissors and attached to the card base.  I tucked the back trees in behind the snow layer and attached with mounting tape.  The trailer was tucked in behind the front ground snow and attached with glossy accents.  The front trees were attached at the top with mounting tape and the bases of the tree were attached with glue dots. I used a small brush and white gesso to add falling snow in the sky area. I used the glitter glue to attached the flower soft to the tree tops and trailer roof.

KC Essentials by Ellen Tree Farm 1 left

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Impression Obsession Design Team “Quick Christmas Cards” Challenge

  Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Impression Obsession “Quick Christmas Cards” challenge. During the holidays we get a little pressed for time and need to make extra cards to have on hand.  The Christmas Word Collage is a perfect die to use for quick cards or for mass producing.  I added a few pieces of Pine Sprig, Holly Flourish and a little bow to embellish but the word collage looks great all by itself.  

KC Impression Obsession Christmas Word Collage 1 right

I cut a white A2 base card and attached a red 5.25” x 4.00” piece to the base using mounting tape for a touch of dimension. I applied 1/8” double stick tape to the back of the word collage and attached it to the red layer. 

KC Impression Obsession Christmas Word Collage 1 center

Initially I wanted to add a couple sprigs of holly and a tiny bow to embellish the simple card front but I got a little carried away and added holly, pine and a multi loop bow.  If I had it to do over again I would have left all of it off.  Next time!  LOL!  With our without the pine, holly and bow this card only took a few minutes to make.

KC Impression Obsession Christmas Word Collage 1 left

Why don’t you come along and play with us. To enter the challenge go to the Impression Obsession Blog (all the details are there!). A random challenge card will be selected to showcase on the IO blog and you can enter to win a $25 gift certificate to IO just by playing! I hope you will go check out what the other IO teams members created for the challenge.

Anna Wight

Daniela Dobson

Dina Kowal

Jeanne Streiff

Jenny Gropp

Karen Amidon

Kittie Caracciolo  (that’s me)

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Home Sweet Christmas Home

Good Tuesday morning.  The weather here in Florida has been beautiful with low humidity and chilly nights. So the only way I can experience a white Christmas is to create it on my card fronts. My project today was made using the new Impression Obsession Front Door paired with the Wrought Iron Fence and an evergreen wreath and door trim made using the Martha Stewart Branch Punch. The brick background was paper is from the Authentique Classic Christmas pad.

KC Impression Obsession Front Door 1 right

I started by attaching the designer paper to the card base with ATG adhesive.  The door was cut and pieced together using double stick tape and then attached to the card base. I cut the fence sections, applied touches of Crafter’s Pick Ultimate Glue to the back of each with my finger and attached them on either side of the door.  Once they were secure I trimmed off the excess fence and finished off the edges by attaching  thin strips of black cardstock. I finished the scene by attaching a hand cut piece of cardstock across the ground area in front of the door.

I created my wreath for the door using a 3/4” circle and used just the top three sprigs all the way around. 


I decorated the wreath with punched 1/8” circles attached with glossy accents, applied a multi loop bow  and then applied red stickles to the punched circles for sparkle.  Once the stickles was dry I applied light touches of the Crafter’s Pick with an old paint brush and lightly sprinkled with white flower soft.  You can see my step by step and video wreath tutorial over on Splitcoaststampers.


I used full pieces of  branches to arrange an evergreen bough across the top of the door frame and on both sides of the door.  I didn’t use quite as light a touch when I applied the Crafter’s Pick to the branches as I did for the wreath.  I wanted the snow to look full and fluffy.

KC Impression Obsession Front Door 1 Center

I applied a fairly significant layer of glue on the ground section with my finger and applied a full layer of flower soft to create a fluffy carpet of snow.

KC Impression Obsession Front Door 1 left

I love the snowy welcoming door scene.  I want to walk right on in.

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Sparkly Nature Christmas Scene and Cyber Monday Sales Alert

Good Monday morning. I had such a nice holiday weekend.  I sure hope you did as well.  I had fun playing with some of my new dies from Impression Obsession that I’ll share with you this week.  My project today was made using the new Split Tree die to be the main focal point of my sparkly winter scene.  I filled my scene with a singe deer from the Deer Pair, Bunnies from the Rabbit Set, Cardinals and lots of sparkly Fir Sprigs.

KC Impression Obsession Split Tree 1 left

I placed the two tree sections together when I ran through my Big Shot Express  to create a full tree.  They can also be used separately on the edge of a card like a gatefold card.  I applied Cosmic glitter glue to the branches and sprinkled clear glitter and set aside to dry.  I cut the frame using Nesting Squares and applied double stick tape to the lower back to attach my hand cut ground snow sections.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape on the back of the frame and attached to the card base. I cut one additional ground snow section and attached to the front of the frame.  I applied glitter glue to the ground sections, sprinkled with clear glitter and allowed to dry.  I cut several pieces of fir sprigs, applied glitter glue and glitter and set aside to dry.

KC Impression Obsession Split Tree 1 center

I cut green fir sprigs and punched 1/8” red circles to use on the necks of the animals. I cut off tiny portions of the fir sprigs and attached to the necks with glossy accents. I attached the red punched circles with glossy accents and applied red stickles to add an additional touch of sparkle. The animals were attached in the scene with mounting tape and the birds were attached with glue dots.  I finished by tucking the frosty white fir sprigs in around the animals and attaching with glossy accents.  Sadly the pictures don’t show how pretty and sparkly this scene is. I can’t explain about how much I love creating snowy nature scenes for my holiday cards. The little pops of red seems to make the scene come alive.

KC Impression Obsession Split Tree 1 right

In my Sunday post I suggested you die lovers may want to ask Santa for a Dremel to help file down the wire edges when you cut dies apart. Today I would like to suggest asking Santa for a Big Shot Express. I’ve had mine for several months now and I just can’t say enough about how much I enjoy having this tool.  If you do lots of die cutting like me then you definitely need to be a very good girl or boy and put this on your Santa wish list.

Big Shot Express

Last thing is the sales reminders. Check out Ellen Hutson’s Cyber Monday 20% off 10 year Anniversary Sales,  Impression Obsession Annual Sale and Stamp-n-Storage Holiday Sale..


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Impression sale


Stamp n Storage 2

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”