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Christmas Tree Peace

Good Sunday morning. I have a fast and easy holiday card to share with you today made using the Impression Obsession Peace Frame, Snowfall, Sun and Moon and Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames.  The designer paper is from the Penny Black Festive and Frosty pad.I love the snowfall background and think it is perfect to use with the trees and peace die cut sentiment.  It makes such a nice impression on the card front and yet is really easy to put together.  These dies would be easy to use to mass produce your holiday cards.

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The Peace Frame actually cuts out a square frame opening but I wanted to create a rectangle frame so I could show off more of the designer paper.  I cut both the peace frame and 6-in-1 frame out in red.   I hand cut a ground snow layer and attached it to the back of the outer frame with double stick tape.  I trimmed off the outer edges of the peace frame and attached it to the back of the front frame with double stick tape. I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached the trimmed snowfall piece.  I applied double stick tape to the back of the snowfall piece and attached it to the card base.

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I attached the front tree to the card base with a double section of mounting tape.  The smaller trees were attached behind the ground snow and were attached with mounting tape.  I finished by applying the tiny star on the front tree with glossy accents.  Fun, fast and easy.

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Thanks for coming by and I hope you have an enjoyable Sunday.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Essentials by Ellen October Release Hop Day 4

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Good Saturday morning and welcome to the 4th day of the Essentials by Ellen October Release blog hop.  I’m excited to be hopping along to share Brandi and Julie’s amazing stamp and die sets.  You should have arrived here from Julia’s wonderful blog. If you want to start at the beginning of the hop just go back and start at the CLASSroom.  You can see the whole release here along with some great samples and video tutorials.

I’m playing with Julie’s new Bear Hug die set.  If you love Julie’s All Inside Stamp and Die Set then you are going to love using this die set for all kinds of projects. 

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I chose to create a plush bear Christmas ornament with the heart in the set and a poinsettia and  tiny Christmas trees. I used the small flower die from the Otter Ware Die Set to create the poinsettia and the Christmas trees from the Home and Hearth.  I thought I would show a few step by step photos of how I put the bear together. 

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I used acrylic yarn from JoAnn’s to sew the pieces together. 

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I line up the two bear pieces and arms and pinned them in place.  I started sewing by slipping the threaded needle in between the two bear layers so the knot would be hidden inside and brought the needle up through the first hole of the top bear. I used a simple whip stitch beginning along the straight edge of the bear so that I would be finishing the closure on a straight edge. 

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When I was all the way around the ears and feet edges of the bear I started back down the straight edge and left the opening large enough to allow me to insert the batting  to fill the bear.  I knew it would be much easier to close the opening along the straight edge rather than near the feet or ear edges of the bear.  I gently inserted the batting up into the ears and down in the feet sections first and then filled in the rest of the bear.  Once I was satisfied it was filled enough I completed the stitching to close the opening.

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When the opening was totally secure I inserted the needle between the two layers and pushed it through to the other side of the bear.  I didn’t want there to be a knot showing so I pulled the yarn through and out the other side and snipped it off.   I failed to get a picture of the backside of the bear but it is as flawless as the front showing no knots.

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I used hot glue to attached the eyes and nose to his face.

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I created a knot with the yard and then pulled the needle through both poinsettia layers to create the center and then hot glued the yarn to the back side of the second flower and trimmed it off.  I decided to use the tiny Christmas trees as the foliage for the poinsettia and to layer on the heart.  The picture above just shows the pieces for that little arrangement.  When I was getting ready to attach the heart inside the arms of the bear I decided it would be cute to add a trio if trees behind the heart along with a little star to top off the center tree.   I hot glued the three trees and heart in place to finish. 

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Note:  I failed to add a yarn hanger to the bear so it could be hung on the Christmas tree.   I should have created one by knotting two ends of yarn together and tucking the knotted end in between the two bear layers before stitching it together.  With the knot inside the bear you would not have any ugly knots showing on either side of the bear.  Duh!  I didn’t think of doing it as I was making this little guy.  LOL!

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Here are links to the whole release:

I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you have fun hopping on over to Laurel’s blog!  You can find the complete hop list below.

Ellen Hutson LLC 

Francine Vuilleme  

Sharon Harnist  

Taheerah Atchia  

Julia Stainton 

Kittie Caracciolo   (you are here)

Laurel Beard

Project Links along with my regularly used tools and supplies:

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Framed Sugared Poinsettia and Holly

Good Monday afternoon.  I’ve had painters here all day today so I am posting late again.  I recently purchased the Taylored Expressions Ornate Frame Cutting Plate and couldn’t wait to use it with a flower project.  I’m mostly making Christmas cards right now so I pulled out my Impression Obsession Large Poinsettia Set and Small Poinsettia Set and Holly Flourish.

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I cut the frames and attached them to the card base using mounting tape.  I cut all the flower sections and holly using white cardstock and colored them using Distress Inks and mini applicators.  The flower was colored using Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Fired Brick. The foliage was colored using Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint.  I formed the flowers and foliage using my stylus and molding pat and attached the sections together using glossy accents.I applied Cosmic Glitter Glue to the petals, leaves and holly with my finger (it’s messy but worth it) and dipped them in the Rock Candy glitter.  I finished the flower with a tiny white pearl in the center.

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I attached the flower and foliage to the card base using glossy accents and then tucked the pieces of holly under the flower and attached with glossy accents. I love the white ornate frame and background and how it allows the floral arrange pop.  I wish the sparkle on the flower showed better in the photo.  It is wonderful in person.

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Clean and Simple Modern Christmas

Good Wednesday morning.  I have a holiday card to share with you today made using the new Essentials by Ellen Modern Christmas Stamp Set and Modern Christmas Die Set by Julie Ebersole.  I always marvel at Julie’s wonderful clean and simple card designs and this new set is a perfect example of her unique style.  My style is much more traditional and but I had lots of fun making projects that took me out of my comfort zone.  The stars on my gift cards were made using Julie’s Home and Hearth die set.

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I started by die cutting the holly leaves first and then stamping them with Impression Obsession Hybrid Turf ink.  I secured my card base, sentiment and circular stamps in my MISTI and stamped them two times to get good crisp images. I mounted the image layer on the green with molding tape and them mounted them both on the card base with mounting tape.

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I gently formed the holly leaves with my fingers and attached them to the base using glossy accents.  I cut three red circles, laid them face down on my molding pad and rounded them with the large end of the stylus. I attached small pieces of molding tape to the back of the circles and attached them to the holly leaves.  I finished by applying red stickles to add a bit of sparkle.

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I created these gift cards using the whimsical tree shapes and bow.  I was going to use the bow die to create a dimensional bow but thought the plain stamped bow was fun.  I added  stars to the top of the trees and finished by adding a touch of sparkle to the star with yellow stickles.

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I used Impression Obsession Chartreuse, Turf and Cherry Hybrid Inks for this project.  I love that IO created these inks in sets of three coordinating colors.  These color coordinated sets of three make it so easy to pick ink colors for multi stamped images.  You can see all of these ink sets on the Impression Obsession Hybrid Ink page. 

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Thank you very much for coming by and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”    Gift card size:  3.00” square

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Framed Joy and Blog Candy

Good Monday morning.  I have a clean and simple holiday card to share with you today made using the newly released Impression Obsession Joy Frame paired with evergreen sprigs from the Wreath Builder set.  The green frame was made using a die from the Classic Square Nestabilities.  I love the simplicity of this open frame with the die cut joy sentiment. 

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I started by cutting a piece of red 4.50” square cardstock, placed it on the cutting platform, lined the frame die over it and ran it through my Big Shot.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape on the back of the frame and attached to the white card base.  I cut a piece of green cardstock 4.25” square and cut the frame opening using a square die.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it over the top of the red frame.

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I applied pieces of mounting tape to the back of the ornament, tucked the hanger portion under the frame and attached it to the card base.I trimmed several pieces of green foliage to different sizes and attached them to the ornament.  I finished by attaching several 1/8” punched circles to the foliage with glossy accents and added sparkle with red stickles.

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It’s hard to believe it is already October and only a short time left to make holiday cards.  This was such a fast and easy project to make and would be a perfect card to mass produce.  The card actually looked totally complete without the green frame but I added it just to bring another element of green.  I think this would look really great layered over a pretty holiday designer paper with a fairly simple pattern.  The ornament is a separate die so you have a choice of using it or not.  I think the Joy open frame would be pretty framing a snowy scene in the background.

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Do you love ordering your product from Ellen Hutson?  I sure do!  She always includes one yard of beautiful May Arts ribbon and a cute colored image and Thank You sentiment with each order.   I like to store mine up until I have at least a dozen and give them away as a blog candy thank you offering to those who follow my blog.  I love sharing on my blog and it makes me so happy to think I may inspire others.  All you need to do to qualify for my blog candy is leave a comment “on this post” and tell me if you mass produce one design for your holiday cards or if you send one of a kind to each of your recipients.  You’ll have until 5:00 pm Thursday, October 5th to comment and I’ll announce the winner on  my Friday post.  PS……Don’t tell Bob that I’ve placed a dozen orders from Ellen in a short period of time.  Since I’m retired now I’m always here to get the mail and I just add my new products to my stash and he never really knows the difference.  LOL!  Truthfully he never cares how many orders I place.  He knows how much paper crafting means to me.  He’s my biggest fan!!!!! 

I appreciate you coming by today and hope you have a great week.  

Card size:  5.00” square.

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