Inspired Vintage Roses

Good Saturday morning.  My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge and the Craft-Tim Holtz Pinterest  site was our inspiration. Wow!  There was tons of fantastic inspiration on this site but with that said the Tim Holtz vintage and mixed media techniques take me way out of my comfort zone.  My card was inspired by several different creations on the site but it was the Paper Roses  found here that was my initial inspiration.  This is one of those projects that I just couldn’t leave well enough alone and kept adding and adding until I finally couldn’t add any more. I pulled several Spellbinders sets that I haven’t used in quite a while.  The roses were made using the Rose Creations set, the larger leaves were made using the Foliage set and the decorative background layers were made using the Decorative Labels Eight.  The smaller sections of foliage was made using the Impression Obsession Foliage set.

KC Spellbinders Rose Creations 1 right

I cut the background layers and attached them to the card base with strips of mounting tape.  The large foliage leaves were cut and scored with the leaf tool.  The rose layers were cut using pale pink and before forming them I sponged them with Antique Linen and Worn Lipstick Distress ink.  I formed the petals of the roses using a larger stylus to soft the paper and then used a much smaller one to roll the petals inward. The center section of each rose was rolled tightly and then attached together with touches of glossy accents.

KC Spellbinders Rose Creations 1 center

I attached the large leaves to the card base using glossy accents. Nest I attached the three roses with glossy accents and then filled in around the roses with the small foliage sections. I was basically finished with the card and was getting ready to take my pictures when it struck me that the dark green foliage was a little stark for the delicate pink roses. I decided to apply gold Wink of Stella to all the leaves of the smaller foliage sections to soften the arrangement.  From there I thought pure gold foliage would be pretty so I cut the smaller sections of foliage using white cardstock and then colored each piece with the gold Wink of Stella and tucked them around the arrangement. I just couldn’t stop there.  I pulled out some thin gold organdy ribbon, created a multi loop bow and heated it with my heat gun to crinkle and curl for another touch of vintage.  I attached the bow and streamers with glue dots.  So as I sat looking at the card I felt the roses were too plain now that they had all the gold foliage around them so I took to coloring the edges of the petals with the gold Wink of Stella.  Whew!  Finally I had to let it go and just take my pictures.  LOL!

KC Spellbinders Rose Creations 1 close

Here’s a closer view.  I like how it turned out.

KC Spellbinders Rose Creations 1 left

I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Thanks for stopping by.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


You Are My Sunshine

Good Tuesday morning.  I have a sunny and cheerful card to share with you today made using dies from Impression Obsession and My Favorite Things along with some of Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s tiny flowers and leaves.  The frame was made using the My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames, the scene was made using the Impression Obsession Sunburst BackgroundSun and Moon, Tree die, Foliage, Small Grass Border, Small Bird Set and the tiny leaves were made using Elizabeth Craft Designs The Woods 1 and the  tiny flowers are from  the Country Flora 1.  I used the Impression Obsession coordinating Sunshine die and Sunshine Stamp Set on the inside of the card.

KC Impression Obsession Sunburst Background 1 right

I applied double stick tape to the back of the sunburst background and attached it to the card base.  I applied double stick tape to the bottom of the scalloped frame and attached the small grass border.  I cut thin strips of mounting tape, applied it to the back of the frame and then attached it over the sunburst background. The sun was attached to the sunburst background using a piece of mounting tape.

I cut the tree out of Kraft cardstock and colored it using a brown Copic marker.  I cut several sets of tiny leaves and attached them to the tree branches with glossy accents.  I cut and formed several sets of flower using my stylus and molding pad and attached them over the leaves using glossy accents. I applied thin strips of mounting tape to several key spots on the back of the tree and tucked it in behind the grass and attached to the card base.

 KC Impression Obsession Sunburst Background 1 center

I cut two sections of foliage and cut it apart into several small sections.  I attached tiny flowers to the foliage using glossy accents and then tucked them in behind the grass and attached to the card base using glossy accents.  The tiny birds were attached in the scene with rolled up glue dots.

KC Impression Obsession Sunburst Background 1 inside

I stamped the “You Are My” sentiment on the inside of the card and then attached the die cut sunshine with touches of  glossy accents.  The Sunshine set has several sentiments that work great with the large die cut.

Sunshine Stamp Set

KC Impression Obsession Sunburst Background 1 left

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Lilac Inspired Arbor

Good Monday morning.  My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge.  This week we were provided The Vermont Country Store for our inspiration site.  One of my favorite color combinations is purple, green and white so I was especially inspired by the Lilac Vinyl Tablecloth found here. I made my card using the Taylored Expressions Garden Arbor and Gate and Arbor Accessories sets paired with the Memory Box Butterfly Delights, Impression Obsession Small Grass Border, Leaves and Stems and the Spellbinders Floral Ovals.

KC Taylored Expressions Arbor Accessories 2 right

I cut the floral oval and attached it to the purple layer with strips of mounting tape.  I cut a grass border and attached it to the base of the floral oval to create a background for the arbor. 

KC Taylored Expressions Arbor Accessories 2 center

I cut several sections of the vine and the tiny flowers from the Accessories set.  I attached one full vine to the arbor with glossy accents.  I only attached in a few spots so the rest of the section of vine would look loose and natural. I then cut the other sections apart and attached them to the arbor to fill it in on both sides. I formed the tiny flowers with my stylus and molding pad and attached around the arbor with glossy accents.  I cut the fence section in half and attached to both sides of the arbor with glossy accents. I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the arbor and fence and attached it to the card base.  I cut two small sections of grass border and attached in front of the fence and then attached a couple stems with tiny flowers on each side of the arbor.  I added a few butterflies to the scene for the finishing touch.  I think the Butterfly Delights might be retired as I couldn’t find it on Ellen’s site to link.

KC Taylored Expressions Arbor Accessories 2 left

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Ornate and Floral Framed Get Well Soon

Good Sunday morning.  I am hosting the Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper Challenge this week and we are honoring Lisa Sommerville.  You can see Lisa’s Splitcoaststampers gallery here and more of Lisa’s work of her blog at Splendiferous Creations

Here are the rules of the challenge:

Go to the Featured Stamper's gallery and CASE a card, following these simple CASEing Guidelines:
1. Change 2 or more things on the Featured Stamper's project. It could be a color combo, embellishments, backgrounds, or even the main image could be different -- but similar because you don't own the exact image. Please list the changes you made in your description.
2. Give credit to the original stamper and put a link to the original card in your description.

I was inspired by Lisa’s Thank You card with the die cut sentiment and floral embellishments.  I kept the die cut sentiment and floral embellishment theme but used a square layout and frame and changed the color combination to pink, white and green. For my project I used the Impression Obsession Ornate Square Frame, Get Well Soon, Foliage and Tiny Flowers.  The square layers were cut using the Nesting Squares.

KC Impression Obsession Get Well Soon 1 left

I started by cutting the layers and frame. I attached the pink layer directly to the card base and attached the white layer to the pink using strips of mounting tape.  The frame and sentiment were attached with strips of rolled up double stick tape. The rolled thin layer of adhesive makes it very easy to apply to the back of die cut images with thin borders and yet allows them to be popped up for dimension. 

rolled double stick tape 1

rolled double stick tape 2

The foliage sections were cut apart and attached to the corners of the frame using glossy accents.  The tiny flowers were formed using my stylus and molding pad and attached to the foliage with glossy accents.

KC Impression Obsession Get Well Soon 1 center

Here’s a closer view of the floral sprays and sentiment.  I couldn’t resist adding one little flower and leaf section to the S of the sentiment.

KC Impression Obsession Get Well Soon 1 close

I forgot to mention above that  I cut two sentiments and attached them together with touches of glossy accents to make it appear a little more substantial.

KC Impression Obsession Get Well Soon 1 right

I hope you will come over and check out the home page of Splitcoaststampers where you will find challenges, galleries, tutorials and forums. There’s so much to see and learn.  Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

Card size:  5.00” square


Lattice Layered Floral Tag

Good Saturday morning.  My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Mix-Ability challenge to use at least two mediums.  Anna Wight was the host this week and she challenged us to create a layered floral tag.  For my tag I used color washing with Distress Ink reinker, PanPastel and Copic  markers.  The tag was made using the Poppystamps Pinpoint Main Street Tags,  Taylored Expressions Lattice Cutting Plate, Elizabeth Craft Designs Bunch of Flowers1 and Curvy Leaves.

I started by cutting the tag base using the largest die in the set. I cut the lattice layer, cut it again with the tag die and then attached it to the tag base with double stick tape.  I used the two largest tag dies to cut a frame and attached it over the the lattice using double stick tape.  The frame covered up the raw cut edges of the lattice and added another element of interest to the project.

KC Elizabeth Craft Bunch of Flowers 1 4 front

I cut the flower layers using white cardstock and color washed them with a brush using pink reinker mixed with water. My photos don’t  show much variation of color from the center out to the petals.  The light pink ink dried much lighter than when it was wet.  I actually added color to the center of the flowers and some on the petals with a pink Copic marker.  Check out my Color Washed Tutorial if you would like to see step by step color washing where I used a darker ink that allowed more variation of color.  I cut the leaves using white cardstock and colored them green using a mini applicator and green PanPastel.  I followed up by applying a yellow green ink with a Copic marker to add a more natural appearance to the leaves and also seal the pastel.

I formed the flowers using my Susan’s Garden Tool Kit stylus and molding pad and attached the three different sized layers together using glossy accents.  I lightly formed the leaves with the stylus and molding pad.  I arranged the foliage in place and attached to the tag base with glossy accents.  The flowers were attached in place using glossy accents.  I added the three tiny white snow pearls for the finishing touch.

KC Elizabeth Craft Bunch of Flowers 1 4 side

I had lots of fun combining the different mediums for my flowers and leaves.  It is always fun for me to play in the challenges on Splitcoaststampers and this challenge inspired me to get out both my PanPastel and Copic markers which I haven’t used in a long time.  I have learned so much playing in the Splitcoaststampers challenges over the 12 years that I have been a member and have gained so much from the wonderful community of paper crafters.  If you are new to Splitcoaststampers and would like to check out the challenges, galleries and resources just click here to go to the home page.  There is more information, inspiration and fun there than you could ever imagine.  You can start your own gallery to upload your artwork and you’ll find people there who love to encourage you.  I hope I see you there.

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

Tag size”  5.00” x 3.25”