Essentials by Ellen Christmas in July

Good Saturday morning.   We are still enjoying the lazy days of summer but it's always fun to think about crafting for the holidays! And the Essentials by Ellen line is full of holiday stamps & dies that inspire us to get creating! You will definitely want to hop on over to the CLASSroom to see the wonderful projects by our design team.  Be sure and check out the 40% off Christmas in July Sale Category  at the bottom of my post.

There is nothing more fun to me than making snowman holiday cards.  Snowmen are so whimsical and happy looking.  Julie’s Fat Pants Stamps and Fat Pants Die Set offers different coordinating faces, beards, hats and scarf images to mix and match together to create fun holiday characters.  I used a tree image from Brandi’s Tree Farm Stamps and Tree Farm Die Set accompany the snowman and used the JOY from Julie’s Holiday Words Die Set for the sentiment.

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 3 right 

I cut the head of the snowman and punched two graduated larger circles for the body.  I secured the head and mid-section pieces in place on my MISTI and stamped the face and coal images using black versafine.  I applied a second coat of black versa and stamped a second time to get good crisp images. I can’t say enough how much I love both my MISTI and Mini MISTI.  Do you have o ne?  If not you don’t know what you're missing.  I attached the three circles together using glossy accents to create the whole snowman body.  Next I cut the hat and attached a thin red ribbon using double stick tape.  I attached mini branch sections and tiny red punched circles using glossy accents. I cut a piece of Christmassy ribbon to use as a scarf and cut fringe on both ends.  I used the tip of my paper piercer to separate and feather out the fringe. I attached the ribbon to the snowman using glue dots and embellished it with another mini branch arrangement.

I stamped the tree using black versafine, die cut it and then ran it through my crimper to add a little dimension.  I cut the JOY and added one more little mini branch arrangement to the O.  I like adding little design elements like these in threes.

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I cut two ground snow sections and attached them to the back of the red frame using double stick tape. Next I attached thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.  I tucked the snowman in between the ground sections and attached him in place using pieces of mounting tape.  I turned the tree a little sideways and attached it to the snowman using mounting tape. I finished the scene by attaching the JOY to the ground sections using double pieces of  mounting tape.  I got a little crazy with a Crafter’s Companion Sparkle Pen and applied sparkle to the whole tree and all the mini branches and berries.  The sparkle doesn’t show up well in the photos but it looks great in person. I think all the colorful elements of the snowman scene pop perfectly against the all white background.

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I thought I would share a couple projects that I made last holiday season using the Fat Pants sets.  You’ve got to love that mod Santa Tag.

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Here’s another Fat Pants Snowman  surrounded by snowy evergreens.

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 1 right

DRUM ROLL PLEASE……check out the special 40% off Christmas in July Sales Category.   The sales from July 21st thru July 24th.  You are going to see the holiday sets I have used today and lots, lots more.  You won't want to miss it.

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Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Ellen Hutson Christmas In July Sale Enabler Alert

Good afternoon.  I couldn’t resist sending out an additional post today alerting you to the special 40% off Christmas in July Sale going on starting today and going through until the 24th.  The discount is only for items listed in the special sales category.   I just popped over to check it out the sale and I am amazed at how many of my favorite product lines are in the sale.  So if you have holiday stamps and dies on your wish list this is the perfect time to grab them at the sale price before they are gone. 

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Impression Obsession 2017 Fall/Winter Release Day 5

Good Friday morning and welcome to day five of the Impression Obsession Fall/Winter (and more!) Stamp Release Hop!  We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!  The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 21st.  Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of 6 $25 Gift Certificates! One winner will be chosen each day and then an extra winner will be chosen randomly from all hop days. Comments on all hop days will be open until July 23rd at 9pm CT. All winners will be announced on July 24th.  The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!

If you’ve arrived from Kelli’s blog you’re at the right place. If not please head to the Impression Obsession blog to start at the beginning of the hop.

My project today was made using the new Solid Holly background stamp paired with the Large Poinsettia Set, Small Poinsettia Set, Holly Flourish, Pine Pair, Foliage and the Merry Christmas Sentiment.

KC Impression Obsession Solid Holly 1 right

I started by placing the holly background stamp and paper in my MISTI.  I applied versa to the stamp and stamped three different times to get full coverage.  I think I need to add versa refill to my pad.  Anyway…..the beauty is that my MISTI held my stamp exactly in place which allowed me to stamp over and over again until I got the image I wanted and kept it perfectly in line. I applied clear embossing powder to the holly stamped image and heat embossed.  I cut a full set of large and small poinsettias and used a mini applicator to apply Festive Berry ink to all the petals.  I cut two large poinsettia sections in green to use as my background foliage for the poinsettia and a couple holly flourish sections and pine pairs and used a mini applicator to apply Peeled Paint to the leaves.  Although the red and green ink doesn’t really show up well in the picture it adds depth to the flower and foliage.  I applied several small 1/8” punched circles to the holly branches.  I cut a small branch of foliage leaves in yellow to use in the center of the flower and applied Mustard Seed ink using a mini applicator.

KC Impression Obsession Solid Holly 1 center

The sentiment was attached to the white layer using thin strips of mounting tape. The sentiment layer was attached to the card base using mounting tape.

I formed the flower petals using my stylus and molding pad and attached the sections together using glossy accents.  I attached the green leaves to the back of the flower and attached with glossy accents.  I applied a good amount of glossy accents to the back of the poinsettia and attached it to the card base.  I curled the small mustard colored leaves, applied Crafter’s Pick glue to each and set them in the center of the flower. The beauty of the Crafter’s Pick glue is that it dries perfectly clear but takes lots more time to dry than glossy accents.  I gently formed the holly and pine with my fingers and tucked them under the poinsettia and attached with glossy accents. I love how pretty the poinsettia and foliage looks against the green holly background and with the pop of white for the sentiment. 

KC Impression Obsession Solid Holly 1 left

Your next step on the hop will be Laura’s blog.

Thanks so much for coming by and I hope you enjoy all the fun design team projects.

Card size:  5.25” square

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Impression Obsession 2017 Fall/Winter Release Day 4

Good Thursday morning and welcome to day four of the Impression Obsession Fall/Winter (and more!) Stamp Release Hop!  We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!  The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 21st.  Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of 6 $25 Gift Certificates! One winner will be chosen each day and then an extra winner will be chosen randomly from all hop days. Comments on all hop days will be open until July 23rd at 9pm CT. All winners will be announced on July 24th.  The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!

If you’ve arrived from Kelli’s blog you’re at the right place. If not please head to the Impression Obsession blog to start at the beginning of the hop.

My project today was made using the new Falling Leaves paired with the Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames

KC Impression Obsession Falling Leaves 1 right

The leave images in this set are so pretty and natural looking.  I thought they would look pretty with gold embossed lines instead of using black.  I dusted vanilla cardstock with  embossing magic powder to prepare for embossing.  I placed the stamps in my MISTI, applied versa, stamped and embossed using gold embossing powder.  I used my snips to fussy cut the leaves and applied Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick Distress Ink using mini applicators.  I applied versa to each leaf and embossed with clear embossing powder. The sentiment was stamped using versa and embossed with gold embossing powder.

KC Impression Obsession Falling Leaves 1 center

The sentiment was attached to the card base using ATG adhesive.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it over the sentiment.  I gently formed the leaves with my fingers to add dimension and attached them to the frame using glossy accents.

KC Impression Obsession Falling Leaves 1 left

Your next step on the hop will be Laura’s blog.

Thanks so much for coming by and I hope you enjoy all the fun design team projects.

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Impression Obsession 2017 Fall/Winter Release Day 3

Good Wednesday morning and welcome to day three of the Impression Obsession Fall/Winter (and more!) Stamp Release Hop!  We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!  The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 21st.  Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of 6 $25 Gift Certificates! One winner will be chosen each day and then an extra winner will be chosen randomly from all hop days. Comments on all hop days will be open until July 23rd at 9pm CT. All winners will be announced on July 24th.  The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!

If you’ve arrived from Kelli’s blog you’re at the right place. If not please head to the Impression Obsession blog to start at the beginning of the hop.

My project today was made using the new Bushelful of Love paired with the Branches Corner, Oak Leaves and Rake, Small Grass Border, Grass Border, Small Leaf Set, All-in-One Frames Rectangles 2 and Foliage.  I sort of pulled out everything but the kitchen sink on this one.   I wanted my puppy dog to be popping out of the bushel basket surrounded by loads of fall leaves.  I got started filling in around him with leaves and it took on a life of it’s own.  LOL!

KC Impression Obsession Bushelful of Love 1 right

I started by applying color to all the leaves for the project using mini applicators and Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint and Fired Brick Distress Inks.  I showed step by step pictures in my post yesterday showing how I color larger leaves.  I thought I would show you a picture today showing you can even accomplish the same coloring technique on small leaves.  I love the little oak leaves in this set.  When I finished applying color to all the foliage I applied versa and embossed it all with clear embossing powder.

 

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I stamped the bushel basket and puppy using Black Versafine and my MISTI.  I heat set the ink and watercolored using Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs reinkers.  I fussy cut the images out using my snips.  I used an ink blending tool  and Cloud template to apply Broken China ink on the base card to create the clouds.  I attached the Branches Corner and Grass Borders to the back of the frame using double stick tape, attached thin strips of mounting tape to the frame and attached the it to the card base.

KC Impression Obsession Bushelful of Love 1 center

I attached the front of the dog to the backside of bushel basket using glossy accents.  I left the paws free and popped them up with a tiny piece of mounting tape.  I tucked all the leaves and foliage around the dog and and attached them in place using glossy accents.  I finished by adding several leaves around the ground and attached them with glossy accents.  If I had it to do over again I would have made the dog black and white so he would show up better in the leaves.

KC Impression Obsession Bushelful of Love 1 left

Your next step on the hop will be Laura’s blog.

bushelful of love

Thanks so much for coming by and I hope you enjoy all the fun design team projects.

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