Impression Obsession Design Team “Quick Christmas Cards” Challenge

  Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Impression Obsession “Quick Christmas Cards” challenge. During the holidays we get a little pressed for time and need to make extra cards to have on hand.  The Christmas Word Collage is a perfect die to use for quick cards or for mass producing.  I added a few pieces of Pine Sprig, Holly Flourish and a little bow to embellish but the word collage looks great all by itself.  

KC Impression Obsession Christmas Word Collage 1 right

I cut a white A2 base card and attached a red 5.25” x 4.00” piece to the base using mounting tape for a touch of dimension. I applied 1/8” double stick tape to the back of the word collage and attached it to the red layer. 

KC Impression Obsession Christmas Word Collage 1 center

Initially I wanted to add a couple sprigs of holly and a tiny bow to embellish the simple card front but I got a little carried away and added holly, pine and a multi loop bow.  If I had it to do over again I would have left all of it off.  Next time!  LOL!  With our without the pine, holly and bow this card only took a few minutes to make.

KC Impression Obsession Christmas Word Collage 1 left

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:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Home Sweet Christmas Home

Good Tuesday morning.  The weather here in Florida has been beautiful with low humidity and chilly nights. So the only way I can experience a white Christmas is to create it on my card fronts. My project today was made using the new Impression Obsession Front Door paired with the Wrought Iron Fence and an evergreen wreath and door trim made using the Martha Stewart Branch Punch. The brick background was paper is from the Authentique Classic Christmas pad.

KC Impression Obsession Front Door 1 right

I started by attaching the designer paper to the card base with ATG adhesive.  The door was cut and pieced together using double stick tape and then attached to the card base. I cut the fence sections, applied touches of Crafter’s Pick Ultimate Glue to the back of each with my finger and attached them on either side of the door.  Once they were secure I trimmed off the excess fence and finished off the edges by attaching  thin strips of black cardstock. I finished the scene by attaching a hand cut piece of cardstock across the ground area in front of the door.

I created my wreath for the door using a 3/4” circle and used just the top three sprigs all the way around. 

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I decorated the wreath with punched 1/8” circles attached with glossy accents, applied a multi loop bow  and then applied red stickles to the punched circles for sparkle.  Once the stickles was dry I applied light touches of the Crafter’s Pick with an old paint brush and lightly sprinkled with white flower soft.  You can see my step by step and video wreath tutorial over on Splitcoaststampers.

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I used full pieces of  branches to arrange an evergreen bough across the top of the door frame and on both sides of the door.  I didn’t use quite as light a touch when I applied the Crafter’s Pick to the branches as I did for the wreath.  I wanted the snow to look full and fluffy.

KC Impression Obsession Front Door 1 Center

I applied a fairly significant layer of glue on the ground section with my finger and applied a full layer of flower soft to create a fluffy carpet of snow.

KC Impression Obsession Front Door 1 left

I love the snowy welcoming door scene.  I want to walk right on in.

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Sparkly Nature Christmas Scene and Cyber Monday Sales Alert

Good Monday morning. I had such a nice holiday weekend.  I sure hope you did as well.  I had fun playing with some of my new dies from Impression Obsession that I’ll share with you this week.  My project today was made using the new Split Tree die to be the main focal point of my sparkly winter scene.  I filled my scene with a singe deer from the Deer Pair, Bunnies from the Rabbit Set, Cardinals and lots of sparkly Fir Sprigs.

KC Impression Obsession Split Tree 1 left

I placed the two tree sections together when I ran through my Big Shot Express  to create a full tree.  They can also be used separately on the edge of a card like a gatefold card.  I applied Cosmic glitter glue to the branches and sprinkled clear glitter and set aside to dry.  I cut the frame using Nesting Squares and applied double stick tape to the lower back to attach my hand cut ground snow sections.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape on the back of the frame and attached to the card base. I cut one additional ground snow section and attached to the front of the frame.  I applied glitter glue to the ground sections, sprinkled with clear glitter and allowed to dry.  I cut several pieces of fir sprigs, applied glitter glue and glitter and set aside to dry.

KC Impression Obsession Split Tree 1 center

I cut green fir sprigs and punched 1/8” red circles to use on the necks of the animals. I cut off tiny portions of the fir sprigs and attached to the necks with glossy accents. I attached the red punched circles with glossy accents and applied red stickles to add an additional touch of sparkle. The animals were attached in the scene with mounting tape and the birds were attached with glue dots.  I finished by tucking the frosty white fir sprigs in around the animals and attaching with glossy accents.  Sadly the pictures don’t show how pretty and sparkly this scene is. I can’t explain about how much I love creating snowy nature scenes for my holiday cards. The little pops of red seems to make the scene come alive.

KC Impression Obsession Split Tree 1 right

In my Sunday post I suggested you die lovers may want to ask Santa for a Dremel to help file down the wire edges when you cut dies apart. Today I would like to suggest asking Santa for a Big Shot Express. I’ve had mine for several months now and I just can’t say enough about how much I enjoy having this tool.  If you do lots of die cutting like me then you definitely need to be a very good girl or boy and put this on your Santa wish list.

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Last thing is the sales reminders. Check out Ellen Hutson’s Cyber Monday 20% off 10 year Anniversary Sales,  Impression Obsession Annual Sale and Stamp-n-Storage Holiday Sale..

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Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Wrought Iron Fence and Wreath and Holiday Sales Alert

Good Sunday morning and sadly the last day of the holiday weekend.  It’s back to work and business as usual.  I hope your holiday was wonderful and that you were able to get rested up a little before charging into the busy Christmas holiday preparations. My project today was made using the Impression Obsession Wrought Iron Fence and a wreath made using the Impression Obsession Holly Flourish and Martha Stewart Branch Punch.  If you would like to see how I make my wreaths you can check out my Step by Step picture tutorial and Video tutorial over at Splitcoaststampers. You can also find three different wreath tutorials in the Tutorial section on my right side bar.

KC Impression Obsession Wrought Iron Fence 1 right

I cut a 5.50” x 4.25” black piece of cardstock and attached it with ATG adhesive to a A2 cream card base. I applied ATG adhesive to the back of the music paper and attached to the black card base.  I cut the fence using black cardstock and applied rolled up strips of double stick tape to the back and attached it to the card base.  I didn’t want the fence to be attached to the base so rolled tape allows for a tiny bit of dimension. The pictures below show me using  1/4” tape but I actually used 1/8” for the fence since the bars are very thin. 

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I wanted to create a fairly small wreath that wouldn’t overwhelm the fence so I used a one inch circle for the base.  I punched out lots of branches and cut the stem off right where the first two larger branches fork off so they would fit better for the smaller wreath.

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I attached the branches to the wreath base alternating the pattern-1 left, 1 right and 1 center and repeated it all the way around the base.  Since this is such a small wreath the tightly arranged branches covered the inner circle of the wreath. I cut a couple holly flourish sections, cut them apart and applied 1/8” punched circles for holly berries.  I applied red stickles to the berries for a touch of sparkle and set aside to dry.  I created a small multi loop bow and attached it to the wreath using glue dots. Once the bow was attached I arranged and attached the holly branches with glossy accents to fill in around the wreath.  I tucked several longer pieces in around the bow to mingle with the streamers.  I applied a good amount of glossy accents to the back of the wreath and attached it to the card base.  I took a couple close up pictures for a better view.

KC Impression Obsession Wrought Iron Fence 1 close front

KC Impression Obsession Wrought Iron Fence 1 close side

I thought the wreath would be the perfect embellishment to use with the iron fence and I love the music designer paper in the background.  It reminds me of old-fashioned Christmas decorations.

KC Impression Obsession Wrought Iron Fence 1 left

Before I close I wanted to take a minute to talk about a tool you may want to put on your Santa wish list. If you love collecting dies as much as I do then this small Dremel is the perfect tool to grind and smooth the poking out pieces of wire after you cut the dies apart.  The Dremel is a fairly inexpensive tool that saves lots of time and energy versus hand filing off the pieces.  I can’t tell you how many times I have hurt myself with those ugly little wire tips. My husband has a larger Dremel out on his tool bench that would be overkill for our little dies. I’ve linked the Dremel that I have down in my supply list so you’ll know which one to ask Santa for. 

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Last thing is the sales reminders. Check out Ellen Hutson’s 10 year Anniversary Sales,  Impression Obsession Annual Sale and Stamp-n-Storage Holiday Sale..

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Thanks for coming by today and I hope you continue to have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

 

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