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Wrought Iron Fence and Wreath and Holiday Sales Alert

Good Sunday morning and sadly the last day of the holiday weekend.  It’s back to work and business as usual.  I hope your holiday was wonderful and that you were able to get rested up a little before charging into the busy Christmas holiday preparations. My project today was made using the Impression Obsession Wrought Iron Fence and a wreath made using the Impression Obsession Holly Flourish and Martha Stewart Branch Punch.  If you would like to see how I make my wreaths you can check out my Step by Step picture tutorial and Video tutorial over at Splitcoaststampers. You can also find three different wreath tutorials in the Tutorial section on my right side bar.

KC Impression Obsession Wrought Iron Fence 1 right

I cut a 5.50” x 4.25” black piece of cardstock and attached it with ATG adhesive to a A2 cream card base. I applied ATG adhesive to the back of the music paper and attached to the black card base.  I cut the fence using black cardstock and applied rolled up strips of double stick tape to the back and attached it to the card base.  I didn’t want the fence to be attached to the base so rolled tape allows for a tiny bit of dimension. The pictures below show me using  1/4” tape but I actually used 1/8” for the fence since the bars are very thin. 

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I wanted to create a fairly small wreath that wouldn’t overwhelm the fence so I used a one inch circle for the base.  I punched out lots of branches and cut the stem off right where the first two larger branches fork off so they would fit better for the smaller wreath.

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I attached the branches to the wreath base alternating the pattern-1 left, 1 right and 1 center and repeated it all the way around the base.  Since this is such a small wreath the tightly arranged branches covered the inner circle of the wreath. I cut a couple holly flourish sections, cut them apart and applied 1/8” punched circles for holly berries.  I applied red stickles to the berries for a touch of sparkle and set aside to dry.  I created a small multi loop bow and attached it to the wreath using glue dots. Once the bow was attached I arranged and attached the holly branches with glossy accents to fill in around the wreath.  I tucked several longer pieces in around the bow to mingle with the streamers.  I applied a good amount of glossy accents to the back of the wreath and attached it to the card base.  I took a couple close up pictures for a better view.

KC Impression Obsession Wrought Iron Fence 1 close front

KC Impression Obsession Wrought Iron Fence 1 close side

I thought the wreath would be the perfect embellishment to use with the iron fence and I love the music designer paper in the background.  It reminds me of old-fashioned Christmas decorations.

KC Impression Obsession Wrought Iron Fence 1 left

Before I close I wanted to take a minute to talk about a tool you may want to put on your Santa wish list. If you love collecting dies as much as I do then this small Dremel is the perfect tool to grind and smooth the poking out pieces of wire after you cut the dies apart.  The Dremel is a fairly inexpensive tool that saves lots of time and energy versus hand filing off the pieces.  I can’t tell you how many times I have hurt myself with those ugly little wire tips. My husband has a larger Dremel out on his tool bench that would be overkill for our little dies. I’ve linked the Dremel that I have down in my supply list so you’ll know which one to ask Santa for. 

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

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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”

 

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Snowglobe Village and Holiday Sales Alert

Good Saturday morning.  When I first saw the Tim Holtz Snowglobe die set I couldn’t resist purchasing it because I love creating village cards.   I must admit that I was a tiny bit addled when I opened the envelope and saw 23 pieces in the set.  I was sure I had bitten off more than I could handle but after laying out all the pieces everything made sense.  There are two large dies to make mountains and matching pieces to create snow caps but I made them green so there wouldn’t be too many colors to muddy up my scene. I think they just look like large snow caped trees.  LOL!  Instead of using the arched snowglobe frame that comes in the set I opted to use my My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames.  I added tiny evergreen boughs to the houses made using my Martha Stewart Branch Punch and 1/16” punched circles.

KC Sizzix Snowglobe 1 right

I assembled all the pieces to create the houses.  There are two different  roof pieces to use with the house die so you can create variety in the scene. I backed all the house windows with a Gold Shimmer cardstock from Papertrey.  I used the same paper to cut several stars.  The two large mountain sections in green along with several small trees. I cut and attached the snow caps to the mountains with glossy accents.  I wanted the small trees to have snow caps so I cut them out in white and cut them with my scalloped scissors and attached them with glossy accents.  I cut the frame, applied double stick tape to the lower back  section of the frame and attached the ground snow.  Then I attached thin strips of mounting tape and attached a back ground snow section, applied double stick tape to the back of that section and then attached the whole frame to the card base.  I could have left off the back snow section because it is almost totally covered by the tree and houses. 

KC Sizzix Snowglobe 1 center

I began applying mounting tape to the back of the green tree sections and attached to the card base.  I tucked the houses in behind the ground snow and attached them in place with mounting tape. I added the one small tree with the star and two larger trees on either side of the scene for balance.  I finished by attaching several stars in the sky with glossy accents.  I added sparkle to the stars with yellow stickles and to the red berries with red stickles.  Too bad you can’t really see the sparkle in the photos.  This set is fun to play with but I must admit that I would have much preferred using softer more natural shaped trees.  My husband, however loved the mod feel of the trees.  Just to shed a little light on our differing tastes Bob says he felt like was the Jetsons moving in with the Waltons.   LOL!

KC Sizzix Snowglobe 1 left

Have you had a chance to check out the sales listed below.  I would be so honored if you would shop using my direct store links.

Check out Ellen Hutson’s 10 year Anniversary Sales.  Be sure to check out the three different sales times and coupon codes.

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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”

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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!

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I would be so honored if you would shop using my direct store links.

Check out Ellen Hutson’s 10 year Anniversary Sales.  Be sure to check out the three different sales times and coupon codes.

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Stamp-n-Storage

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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”

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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! 

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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.

 

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Snowy Tree and Blog Candy Winners

Good Sunday morning.  Before I start my post I want to thank everyone for your supportive comments on my Nine Year Anniversary post and announce the three winners of my blog candy.  Congratulations to Donna Rinckel with comment #15, Sabrina Radican with comment #34 and Tracy McDonald with comment #79.  Please send me your mailing addresses to email at kittie747@cfl.rr.com and I will get your gifts right out in the mail to you.

My project today was fast and simple and would be an easy one to mass produce for holiday cards.  I love the Hero Arts Color Layering Snowy Tree Stamps  and Color Layering Snowy Tree Frame Cuts.  I thought it was pretty enough to stand alone layered on an oval background with just the touches of sparkle from the glitter and clear sequins. I had the plaid paper on my desk from the project I posted yesterday and decided to use it again. 

KC Hero Arts Color Layering Snowy Tree 3 right

I attached the designer paper and the dotted layer to the card base using ATG adhesive.  The red and white layers were attached together with ATG adhesive and then attached to the card base with mounting tape.

KC Hero Arts Color Layering Snowy Tree 3 center

The tree was stamped on white cardstock with green ink and heat dried.  I used the snow layer stamp to stamp white pigment ink and then embossed with white embossing powder. I cut a second white oval section and cut across the top of it with deckle scissors to create a snowy ground layer.  I applied Cosmic glue to both the tree and ground snow layer and sprinkled with clear glitter.  When both pieces were dry I attached them to the oval base with mounting tape.  The clear sequins were attached with touches of glossy accents.

KC Hero Arts Color Layering Snowy Tree 3 left

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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