Lovebirds

Good Monday morning.  I have a clean and simple project to share with you today using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Lovebirds and Reverse Confetti Lacy Scallop Frame. I love the delicate limbs and leaves and the placement of the lovebirds. I didn’t want anything to detract from the sweet images so I paired them with an all white background.  The decorative frame adds dimension and grounds the images adding to the overall prettiness. 

KC Elizabeth Craft Lovebirds 1 left

I cut the image using white cardstock and colored the leaves and branches with Memento markers and the birds with Copic.  The only reason I switched is because I didn’t have a light enough blue marker.  I actually covered the bird and leaves with clear Wink of Stella but it doesn’t really show well in the photos.  I cut a couple extra leaf sections to add at the bottom of the branch to soften and cover the bare branch.  I lightly formed all the leaves with my stylus and molding pad.

 KC Elizabeth Craft Lovebirds 1 cemter

I attached the frames together with thin strips of mounting tape and then applied a second layer of tape and attached to the card base.  I applied double layered pieces of mounting tape to the back of both birds and several of the leaves so they would stand well away from the base.

KC Elizabeth Craft Lovebirds 1 right

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

 

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Ornate Wrought Iron Frame

Good Sunday morning.  My project today was made using the Impression Obsession Ornate Oval Frame and Wrought Iron Fence paired together to create this awesome frame.  The floral arrangement was made using the Foliage set, Tiny Flowers and Elizabeth Craft Designs Bunch of Flowers 1.

KC Impression Obsession Ornate Oval Frame 2 right

I thought combining the two dies would make a really pretty frame for my floral arrangement.  The frame die cuts into 4 sections, three frame layers and an oval.  I attached the three frame sections together using double stick tape to create a more substantial frame to attach the fence sections to.   The fence comes in two sections and I attached then together in the center with double stick tape.  This got a little tricky as the border around the fence is very thin.  I cut 1/8” double stick tape sections in half lengthways to create a thin enough adhesive to hold the sections together without showing from the front.  I removed the backing off the tape on the frame and attached the frame to the fence. Once it was secure I used my snips to cut off the excess portions of the fence.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.  I really love how the frame and fence sections look together to create a totally different piece. 

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KC Impression Obsession Ornate Oval Frame 2 center

I had one more piece of this beautiful paper from the Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments Collection and I thought it would be so pretty as the background for my frame and flowers.  I had a bit of a hard time trying to decide what color flowers I should use.  The dominant colors of the paper are peach and lavender so that’s what I used.  They are a fairly strange color combination but I went with it anyway.  If I had it to do again I would have created the frame using cream colored cardstock.  I formed the flowers using my stylus and molding pad and attached the sections together using glossy accents. I cut two sections of foliage and attached it to the frame using glossy accents to create the base for the flowers.  I arranged the large flowers and attached with glossy accents. I finished by adding several of the tiny flowers around the edges of foliage to soften the arrangement.  The floral arrangement covered up more of the frame than I had intended but It still shows enough to be pretty.

KC Impression Obsession Ornate Oval Frame 2 left

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you have an enjoyable Sunday. One thing is for sure.  I’m gong to have a few hard days getting used to the daylight savings time change.  Ugh!  How about you??!!

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Watercolor Notecard and Envelope

Good Saturday morning.  It’s Watercolor Weekend at Ellen Hutson and featuring Sandy Allnock and some of her favorite things for watercoloring.  I decided to try my hand at painting a little tree scene using some of the Daniel Smith watercolors that I have collected.  First let me say without a doubt I am no Sandy Allnock.  I only wish I could watercolor like her.  I am not exactly thrilled with how my tree scene and pitiful matching envelope turned out but I  thought  I would blog it in hopes that it may give other’s the courage to try.  And since I am sharing my feeble attempt with you I hope none of you will let Sandy know how far off my tree is compared to the ones she is sharing in her video tutorial in the CLASSroom today.  Deal!!

KC Daniel Smith Watercolor 1 left

I signed up to take Sandy’s Exploring Watercolor class a while back and have all the lessons saved but haven’t been able to start them yet.  I think it’s about time that I do. I treated myself to a special Exploring Watercolor with Sandy Allnock Bundle being offered at Ellen Hutson.  It is a great savings compared to purchasing the items separately and you can get an additional 10% off this weekend.  If you have been thinking of trying to play with watercolors this is a great way to get started. 

Contents of the bundle:

  • DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors, Essentials 5ml Set of 6
  • Canson Arches French Bound Cold Press Watercolor Paper Pad 9x12
  • Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Round 8
  • Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Round 12
  • Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Wide Wash Blender 1 in

I used  the Daniel Smith Extra Fine Primatek Set of Six and a Fabriano note card that I have had in my stash for years.  I started by applying a light wash of water to the corner of the card where I wanted to paint my scene.  I painted the trunk of the tree first, allowed it to dry some and then applied the green to the ground area and tree top.  Next I painted in the green sprigs and tiny pink flowers.  I didn’t have the courage to watercolor a blue sky around the scene so I lightly sponged Tumbled Glass distress ink with an ink blending tool and then lightly brushed it with my brush.  I have a problem getting too heavy handed with my paints and get the images too dark. I hope with practice I can get over that.  I wish that a tiny bit of Sandy’s talent would come my way.

KC Daniel Smith Watercolor 1 right

Sandy Favorite

Thanks for coming and I hope you have a great weekend.

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Impression Obsession Framed Bunny Scene

Good Thursday morning.  Have you checked out the Impression Obsession 15% off sale going on at Ellen Hutson? If not you should hop on over and check it out.

I have made so many bunny scene cards using the Impression Obsession Bunny Set but I can’t seem to help myself.  They are just so sweet and fun to use all three together. I like to create a fairly close area for them so I pulled out the Shaker Circle Frames to frame the scene. I used the Grass Border, Small Grass Border, Foliage set and the Tiny Flowers set to surround the bunnies in foliage and pretty flowers and added one tiny butterfly from the Butterfly Set.

KC Impression Obsession Bunny Set 15  right

I attached double stick tape to the back of the frame and attached the grass sections in place. I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base. I formed all the tiny flowers using my small tip stylus and molding pad.  I cut the full set of Foliage pieces and attached the tiny flowers to the branches using glossy accents.  I attached rolled glue dots to the back of a few key branch and flowers and applied glossy accents to the bottom of the stems and tucked them in behind the grass sections.

KC Impression Obsession Bunny Set 15  close

I cut the bunnies using white cardstock and applied Antique Linen and Vintage Photo using a mini applicator.  If you would like to see how I colored my bunnies you can a few step by step photos in my Coloring Die Cut Animals tutorial in the tutorial section on my blog.  I attached a couple tiny leaves and tiny flowers to the neck of each bunny with glossy accents.  The tiny flowers were made using a very small stylus and 1/8” circles.  They are just the perfect size to dress up the bunnies. Each bunny was set in place using a piece of mounting tape. I added a touch of sparkle to the flowers and butterfly using clear Wink of Stella. I wish it showed up better in the pictures.

KC Impression Obsession Bunny Set 15  left

I hope you enjoy seeing these fun little bunnies as much as I enjoyed playing with them. Don’t forget to check out the Impression Obsession sale this week at Ellen Hutson

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

Card size:  5.00” square

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Impression Obsession Butterfly Block

Good Wednesday morning.  I have a project to share with you today here on my blog as well as a step by step tutorial in the CLASSroom using the Impression Obsession Ornate Square Frame and the Bouquet set.  The Ellen Hutson design team is featuring Impression Obsession products all this week as well as having a 15% off sale on all in-stock Impression Obsession products.

I had fun coloring the Impression Obsession Butterfly Block using Memento Markers and a waterbrush.  I applied clear Wink of Stella over all the images to add some shine but it doesn’t really show well in the pictures.  

KC Impression Obsession Butterfly Block 7 right

I cut the Butterfly Block out of hot press watercolor paper, misted well with water using my mini mister and began coloring with markers and a waterbrush.  I wanted the colors to be bright so they would pop against the all white frame and card base. I heat set and then applied the clear Wink of Stella over all the images. I applied double stick tape to the back of the frame and attached the block die cut to the back and trimmed off the top and bottom portion to fit in my square frame.

KC Impression Obsession Butterfly Block 7 center

I applied mounting tape around the back of the frame and in a few key pieces of the die cut so everything would stand away from the card base. I hate to admit how crooked I got the frame attached to the card base.  I didn’t notice it until I dropped down here to add my last couple lines of description.  LOL!

KC Bouquet left

I would like to invite you to join me in the CLASSroom for my Framed Bouquet project and step by step tutorial. 

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

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