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Happy July 4th and Flag Tutorial

Good Tuesday afternoon and Happy Fourth of July.  There is so much controversy in our country nowadays regarding the American Flag.  I usually never share my opinion on any political subject publically but I am proud to be an American and happily celebrate this holiday and our flag.  Anything less would be dishonoring all those that fought for our freedom and those especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.   My project was made using the Impression Obsession US Flag and Flag Banner.

 KC Impression Obsession US Flag 2 left

I took a few step by step shots of how I put this flag together.  There are lots of parts and pieces but it really isn’t hard at all.

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I started by cutting a piece of printer paper the exact of the body of the flag and covered it with 1/2” double stick tape and one thin piece of 1/8” tape.

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I removed the backing from the tape and attached the flag body to it.

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I cut the flag again in red and attached the stripes.  The double stick tape holds the pieces perfectly in place.

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I cut the blue star section and pushed out all the tiny stars. Next I attached the  double stick tape to the back.

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I lined the white star section directly over top of the blue and held it firmly in place.  In the photo you see that most of the stars had already been removed.  I had forgotten to take a picture when I first started.

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I used a stylus to push the stars out of the white and pushed down firmly to place the stars in the holes of the blue. I removed the back off the back of the blue star section and put it in place on the flag.

KC Impression Obsession US Flag 2 center

I had some left over banners from other projects and decided to add three of them to the base of the flag.  I just had to add one little white star on each one of them.

KC Impression Obsession US Flag 2 right

I love to celebrate the 4th with corn on the cob, hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken, steaks and anything else you can cook on the grill.  No 4th celebration would be the same without a big juicy watermelon.  Thanks for stopping by  and I hope you have a wonderful day. Thanks to all of you who left me comments about your favorite tutorial style.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Retirement, Paper Crafting and Patriotism

Good Monday morning.  It is an especially nice Monday for me as it’s the first day of my retirement after working for over forty years.  Time sure does fly by.  I am so excited to be home and to have the opportunity to play more with my paper crafting, creating tutorials and to begin having more regular blog posting.  Speaking of tutorials…..I would love to know if you enjoy tutorials done with step by step photos and written instructions or if you prefer video tutorials.  Do you enjoy learning on your own from online tutorials or do you prefer attending classes? Leave a comment on this post and let me know what you think.    

My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple Challenge to create a patriotic card.  I used the Impression Obsession Land of the Free, Flag Banner and Stars

KC Impression Obsession Land of the Free 2 right

This was a pretty fast and easy project.  I created the white layer with red trim, applied strips of mounting tape and attached it to the card base.  I cut the words and banner out in both red and blue.  I created the shadow for the words using two colors and attaching them together with Crafter’s Pick glue.  I use Crafter’s Pick for this because it dries perfectly clear.  I applied tiny strips of mounting tape to the back of the words and attached them to the card base.

KC Impression Obsession Land of the Free 2 center

I cut three blue banners and attached them to the red banner with glossy accents. I attached small pieces of mounting tape to the back of each banner and attached them in place on the card base.  I finished by adding the small white stars on each banner and attaching with glossy accents.

KC Impression Obsession Land of the Free 2 left

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great 4th of July holiday.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Fish and Sea Plants

Good Sunday afternoon.  My project today was made using the Impression Obsession Fish Set, Sea Plants, Little Fishes and the All-in-One Frames Squares.  I used an all white frame and background so the colors of the fish and plants would really pop.

KC Impression Obsession Fish Set 1 right

I cut the plants using vellum and colored them with Copic markers.  I Googled photos of underwater sea plants to get color ideas. I used the vellum so the fish could be seen in behind the plants.  I colored the blue and yellow fish with Distress Markers,  I used yellow and orange cardstock for the other fish and applied orange ink to them with a mini applicator to add some depth of color.  When I was finished I applied versa to all the fish and embossed with clear embossing powder.

KC Impression Obsession Fish Set 1 center

I attached two sections of the fence together with double stick tape and then applied mounting tape and attached it to the card base.  I started creating the scene by applying glossy accents to the  all the sea plants and tucking them in behind the frame. I placed the fish in and around the plants and attached with mounting tape. 

KC Impression Obsession Fish Set 1 close

Here’s a closer view of the fish and plants.  I like how this turned out.

KC Impression Obsession Fish Set 1 left

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great July 4th holiday.

Don’t forget to check out the Stamp-n-Storage 4th of July Ink Pad Holders sale.

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By the Sea

Good Sunday afternoon.  I have another beach card to share with you today but this time I placed the birds as the main focus of the scene.  I used the new By The Sea Stamp Set and coordinating  By The Sea Die Set  paired with the Sea Plants and framed with the Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames set.

KC Impression Obsession By the Sea 1 left

I started by sponging in the sand using a mini applicator using Vintage Photo ink.  Next I masked off the water line with a piece of Post-It Adhesive and sponged Broken China ink in the darker blue water with a mini applicator.  I removed the tape and sponged in the sky area using a cloud stencil and ink blending tool.  I used my finger to lightly apply white embossing paste on the water.  I didn’t apply much of the paste because I wanted the water to appear in the distance.  Before the paste was dry I applied clear glitter to add a bit of sparkle to the water.  It doesn’t show really well in the pictures.  I attached the scene to the frame using mounting tape.  I wanted there to be dimension between the frame and card base so I attached it using another layer of mounting tape. 

 

KC Impression Obsession By the Sea 1 center

I stamped the birds on white cardstock using Pumice Stone ink and embossed with clear embossing powder to set the ink.  Next I cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I used a mini applicator to lightly apply a bit of Pumice Stone ink to the birds. I colored the legs and beaks with a Spiced Marmalade marker.  I cut three sections of the foliage and cut them in different lengths and tucked them in behind the frame using glossy accents.

KC Impression Obsession By the Sea 1 close

Here’s a closer view of the scene.  When I create a scene like this I love framing it with an all white background so the bright colors pop.

KC Impression Obsession By the Sea 1 right

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Hinged Alphabet Baby Card

Good Friday morning.  Have you seen the new Essentials by Ellen Hinged Alphabet Set and Hinged Numbers Set?  Were you dying to get the sets only to see them sell so fast they were out of stock in the blink of the eye.  They are back on the shelves now so if you want to get them you’d better move fast and hop on over to Ellen’s.  I linked the Hinged Numbers Set and the Hinged Thanks Set below in case you want to check them out. My project today is a sweet baby card made using the new Hinged Alphabet Set, Impression Obsession Cutie Pies Stamp Set, Cutie Pies Die Set and My Favorite Things Mini Scallop Rectangle Stax.  The cute blue heart designer paper is from the Lawn Fawn Let’s Polka In the Meadow 6 x 6 paper pack.

 KC Essentials by Ellen Hinged Letters right

I started by stamping the three animal images on the designer paper using black versafine and embossing with clear embossing powder. I used the coordinating dies to cut out the animals and then trimmed them a little with my snips to get remove the thin border. I cut two sections of the scalloped rectangle.  I attached a piece of the designer paper to the card base using ATG adhesive.

I cut a piece of white cardstock to use to create the hinged baby layer and set the B and A in place.

KC Essentials by Ellen Hinged Letters 1

I applied a piece of Post-It adhesive paper over the letters to secure and ran the layer through my Big Shot.

KC Essentials by Ellen Hinged Letters 2

I set the B and Y in place, secured the letters with the adhesive paper and ran the layer through my Big Shot.

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I cut two rectangle layers because a single section  isn’t wide enough to fit all the way across the card base. I knew that wouldn’t matter because I would cover up the section of the card where the two pieces met with the hinged baby layer.  I cut the two sections to fit and attached them to the card base with ATG adhesive. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Hinged Letters center

Next I attached thin strips of mounting tape to the hinged baby layer and attached it in place on the card base.  I finished by applying mounting tape to the back of the three animals and attached them to the scalloped layer. These little cutie pies images are so precious and perfect for a baby card.

KC Essentials by Ellen Hinged Letters left

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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