If Flowers Could Hug

Good Sunday morning.  My project today was made for the Featured Stamper Challenge.  I host this challenge once a month and it is always fun to go on a search to find a new featured stamper to present. This week I chose Donna Idlet’s lovely gallery of projects for our challengers to use for inspiration.  My card was inspired by Donna’s A Bouquet of Flowers For You. I kept Donna’s flower and frame theme but changed the color combination and used one large flower instead of creating a bouquet.  I was really excited to play with the newly released Essentials by Ellen Mondo Peony Stamp Set, Mondo Peony Die Set and Lovely Sentiment set and this challenge was the perfect opportunity.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Peony 1 left

I don’t watercolor often any more since I use mostly dies for my projects.  I enjoyed using my brush and reinkers to color the flower and foliage but I didn’t do as well as I would like in creating darker and lighter shades of color.  I had an even harder time getting good photos that actually showed the small amount of shading that I was able to accomplish.  I just couldn’t win.  LOL! 

I stamped the images on hot pressed watercolor paper with versa and embossed with gold embossing paper.  The lines on the flower are very delicate and I felt I would have a much crisper outcome with the versa and gold embossing with the smooth finish of the hot pressed paper.  I used Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey reinkers for the flower and Peeled Paint reinker for the foliage.  I use the lids of my ink pads as palettes when I watercolor.  That way whatever reinker is left will be there the next time you need it.  I painted the images before I cut them out with the dies.  I painted a small border of color outside the lines of the images so when I die cut them out the outer edges around the lines would not be white. I stamped, embossed and painted two different flowers. I used one as the base flower and cut across the middle of the flower petals with my scissors to create a partial flower to pop up on the base of the flower to create dimension.  The sentiment was stamped with versa and embossed with gold embossing powder.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Peony 1 center

I cut the frame using my Nesting Squares and attached it to the card base with thin strips of mounting tape. The flower base and partial flower were attached together with mounting tape and then attached to the card base with mounting tape.  The foliage pieces were  lightly formed with my fingers and then tucked in and attached around the flower glossy accents. My favorite thing about this card is the precious “If Flowers Could Hug I Would Send You A Thousand” sentiment.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Peony 1 right

If you want to see some exquisite examples of this gorgeous flower click on this link to go look at the samples on the store site for the Mondo Hydrangea.  There is no way I could come close to the beautiful work these ladies did to show off this set.

I hope you have a great day and I appreciate you coming by.

Card size:  5.25” Square


Inspired Stay Salty Ocean Scene

Good Saturday afternoon.  My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge and our inspiration site this week is EcoCycled on Etsy.  I wasn’t particularly inspired by any certain piece but more inspired by the print behind all of the art pieces.  I had my new Essentials By Ellen Stay Salty Stamp Set and Stay Salty Die Set from playing with them for the new release this past week.  I thought it would be fun to create an ocean scene with a print background.  I couldn’t resist using those fun die cut waves again.

KC Essentials by Ellen Stay Salty 2 left

I stamped the print background on cream cardstock with versa and embossed with it super fine gold embossing powder.  I sponged in the sand using Vintage Photo ink, water and clouds in the sky using Tumbled Glass ink an an ink blending tool.  I used my new Ink Antics cloud template for the clouds.  I sponged blue on a piece of cardstock and cut out the waves.  I stamped the boat on cream cardstock with versa and embossed with gold embossing powder. I applied the blue ink on the boat and then used my craft knife to cut in between the sails. I applied Cosmic Glitter Glue on the waves and applied glitter.  I applied glue on the sand beach area and applied glitter. The sail 

KC Essentials by Ellen Stay Salty 2 center

I cut the frame using my Nesting Card Templates and attached it to the card base using strips of mounting tape.  I applied mounting tape pieces to the back of the waves and attached in the scene.  I finished by attaching the little sailboat in the scene with mounting tape.  I had fun with this project but not sure that I am overly fond of creating a scene over print.  But it’s always good to try and step out of my comfort zone. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Stay Salty 2 right

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I appreciate you stopping by today.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Impression Obsession “A Day at the Beach” Challenge

Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Impression Obsession “A Day at the Beach” design team challenge to make a beach card project.  I have been having lots of fun lately making monochromatic beach cards. My project today was made using the Sea Birds and Mini Shell Set.  The frame was made using Nesting Squares.

KC Impression Obsession Mini Shell Set 2 right

I cut a piece of Eclipse masking tape to create mask for the straight water line and cut another piece with deckle scissors to create a mask for the sand beach. When I had both masks in place I applied Broken China ink with an ink blending tool to create the ocean.  I removed the straight line mask and lightly sponged in the clouds in the sky area using the same blue ink and my retired Stampin’ Up! cloud template. I dry set the ink with my heat gun and then removed the sand mask.  I applied Cosmic glitter glue to the sand area with my finger being careful to keep it out of the blue ocean and then applied clear glitter. I applied white embossing paste to the ocean with a small palette knife to create the sea foam.  You can see a few step by step pictures of how I apply the embossing paste on my Relaxing by the Deep Blue Sea blog post. I attached the scene layer to the card base with ATG adhesive and then attached the frame over the scene using thin strips of mounting tape.

KC Impression Obsession Mini Shell Set 2 left

I cut the mini shells using white cardstock and applied the blue ink using a mini applicator. I applied Cosmic glitter glue to each shell and applied clear glitter to add sparkle.  When the glue was dry on the shells I attached them across the bottom of the frame using tiny pieces of mounting tape and glue dots.  I used a mini applicator to lightly apply blue ink to the sea gulls and then attached them in the scene using small pieces of mounting tape. I love how this turned out.  I wish you could see in the pictures how the shells and the beach area sparkle with the glitter.

KC Impression Obsession Mini Shell Set 2 center

Why don’t you come along and play with us. To enter the challenge go to the Impression Obsession Blog (all the details are there!). A random challenge card will be selected to showcase on the IO blog and you can enter to win a $25 gift certificate to IO just by playing! I hope you will go check out what the other IO teams members created for the challenge.

Anna Wight

Daniela Dobson

Dina Kowal

Jeanne Streiff

Jenny Gropp

Karen Amidon

Kittie Caracciolo  (that’s me)

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett 

Card size:  4.50” Square


Late Summer 2016 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop

Late Summer 2016

Good Tuesday morning and welcome to the Late Summer 2016 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today!  I am also get to give away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose ANY Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set  (Maximum value $25 USD) currently in stock at Ellen Hutson.com  To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on today’s post  by Tuesday, August 23rd!  There is also a Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there by Tuesday, August 23rd.   ALL winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, August 26th! Please check there on that date to see if you are a winner and for further details on claiming your prize!

If you get lost along the hop, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.  You should have arrived here from Heather Campbell’s blog  and your next stop will be Julie Ebersole’s blog.

My first project was made using the Stay Salty Stamp Set  and coordinating Stay Salty Die Set .  The sun is from the All Inside Die Set and the frame was made using the My Favorite Things Pierced Square Frames.

stay salty_200 stamp stay salty dies_200  All Inside

KC Essentials by Ellen Stay Salty 1

I stamped the boat image on white cardstock with versa and embossed with white embossing powder. I used my waterbrush and Broken China reinker to color the boat and when it was dry I cut it out.  The fish fin was stamped with Broken China ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. The sun and waves were cut using white cardstock and then I applied Cosmic Shimmer Glue and clear glitter to add sparkle and set aside to dry. 

The background was sponged using both Broken China and Tumbled Glass ink and then it was attached to the card base with ATG adhesive.  The frame was attached over the scene using thin strips of mounting tape.  The waves , boat, clouds, sun and fish fins were all attached with small pieces of mounting tape.

My second and third projects were made using the Warm Fuzzies Stamp Set , Bear Ware Stamp Set and coordinating Bear Ware Die Set.

warm fuzzies_200 Bear Ware_200 Bear Ware Dies_200

I love that so many of the Warm Fuzzies sentiments match up so perfectly with the Bear Ware images.  Both of these cards were fast and easy to make.  The images and sentiments were stamped with black versafine and embossed with black embossing powder.

KC Essentials By Ellen Warm Fuzzies 4

The rod and fish done in black and white seemed perfect for a masculine card.

KC Essentials by Ellen Warm Fuzzies 1

The tiny bouquet of flowers are so cute and were so  fun to watercolor with my waterbrush and Peeled Paint and Festive Berries reinkers.  I thought they looked so sweet with the cream colored Mini Scalloped Square Stax layers.

And if this wonderful release wasn’t enough to get excited about click on the Sizzlin’ Summer Sale banner below to see all the items on sale for a 20% discount.

Sizzlin Summer

Thanks for coming by and I hope you enjoy all the wonderful projects along the blog hop.