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Welcome to my blog! I am a paper crafter that loves to share new tips and techniques. Feel free to case (copy and share everything) any of my projects. I am honored when my work is duplicated. I only ask that you provide a link to my blog if you are uploading to the internet anywhere, giving credit where credit is due. . Please do not submit my projects for contests or magazine submissions. Content within this blog are shared for personal/non-commercial use and for inspiration only. From time to time some of the products used on my blog have been provided by the vendors mentioned in my posts. Let me reassure you , I will always be completely honest with you whether I truly believe a product is fabulous or not.

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Friday, 28 March 2014

Artist In Residence~Clematis Gift Box


Hello Friends!

It's my turn again to post on the Imagine Crafts Blog.  My project features newly released Stazon Ink, Memento Inks as well as Susan's Garden new gorgeous  Clematis Flower.  

Pop on over and see the rest of my project by clicking HERE. Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!!

Ellen

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Impression Obsession Spring Die Hop Day 3





Welcome to Day 3 of the Impression Obsession 2014 Spring Die Hop!
We have some beautiful new dies share AND Gift Certificates to give away each day!!!
The hop will start each day with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST. Each day pay us a visit here and then head over and see our fabulous IO Design Team’s projects with our new dies on their blogs (only one comment per blog per day please). The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!
Every day (Tuesday, March 25th – Thursday, March 27th) one of the blogs will be chosen randomly and a winner will be selected from comments on that blog at 10pm CT. The winner will be announced the following day along with the participating blogs for that day.
Two prizes will be awarded on the last day of the hop. One will be for Thursday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week.
So….if you miss a day or time deadline your comments will still count for a chance to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!
Both Thursday winners will be announced on the IO Blog on Friday.
If you have any questions please email Jeanne.
All of the new dies you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW!
 Impression Obsession Blog

On to my projects.... 


Here is a quick baby card that features  Clothesline Set DIE146-Z and matching   Stamp Set Clothesline CL539. The background was sponged with Memento Summer Sky and a homemade cloud template and "Congratulation was embossed with Versafine Onyx Black and embossed with clear embossing powder. I added 2  Sm. Bird Set DIE154-A to hold up the clothesline and stamped those cute baby outfits on scrap patterned paper.  Only the bottoms of the clothes were  popped up to give the impression that they were blowing in the wind. Simply embellish with part of a Mini Rectangle Tags 1 DIE013-J
and a pearl.

For a link to Mitra's tutorial on HOW TO  ALIGN STAMPS AND DIES....click HERE
Definitely the easiest way to do it!


Baby Card Supplies~
Impression Obsession Products~

Sm. Bird Set DIE154-A, Mini Rectangle Tags 1 DIE013-J,  matching   Stamp Set Clothesline CL539,
Clothesline Set DIE146-Z
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Products~Memento Inks: Summer Sky, Love Letter; Versafine Onyx Black; Clear Embossing Powder; Jumbo Dauber
Other Products~Pop Dots, Pearl

I do love to alter things and in anticipation of patio season (if it ever stops snowing~lol) I altered some votives for those evening on the deck.
Votive Supplies~
Sm. Bird Set DIE154-A
Tiny Flowers DIE140-D
Birdhouse Set DIE156-H
Branch DIE007-L
Leafy Branch DIE055-N
Mini Rectangle Tags 1 DIE013-J
No Place Like Home Cling Set 3114-Xl
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Supplies~Memento Inks:Nautical Blue, Rhubarb Stalk, Rich Cocoa, Bamboo Leaves; Sponge Dauber

Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing!
Ellen

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Day 2~Impression Obsession Spring Die Hop


Welcome to Day 2 of the Impression Obsession 2014 Spring Die Hop!
We have some beautiful new dies share AND Gift Certificates to give away each day!!!
The hop will start each day with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST. Each day pay us a visit here and then head over and see our fabulous IO Design Team’s projects with our new dies on their blogs (only one comment per blog per day please). The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!
Every day (Tuesday, March 25th – Thursday, March 27th) one of the blogs will be chosen randomly and a winner will be selected from comments on that blog at 10pm CT. The winner will be announced the following day along with the participating blogs for that day.
Two prizes will be awarded on the last day of the hop. One will be for Thursday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week.
So….if you miss a day or time deadline your comments will still count for a chance to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!
Both Thursday winners will be announced on the IO Blog on Friday.
If you have any questions please email Jeanne.
All of the new dies you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW!
 Impression Obsession Blog

On to my projects.... 

Today I have more quick and easy CAS cards to share.  Until I have my back surgery that is all that can come out of my craft room.  That is one reason I love dies so much, you can create something fast that still looks great!

I paired Thanks Word DIE162-A with Floral Lace Heart DIE054-S for a 5 minute card.  The heart was sponged with Memento Rose Bud ink and popped up over an embossed panel that has been sponged with VersaMagic Pixie Dust around the edges. The "Thanks word has been attached with a mini glue pen. A few rhinestones and some ribbon to finish it off.
 


This next card is also a super quick!  I paired Lg. Bird on Branch DIE161-N with Tiny Flowers DIE140-D.


Precious Treasure B13027 was stamped with Delicata Shimmery Silver ( It didn't show up well in the photo) on a paper doily. The edges of the kraft card stock was sponged with Memento Toffee Crunch and some silver ribbon and tiny pearls were added.

 
Thanks for stopping by and good luck with the drawing!!
Ellen 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Impression Obsession Spring Die Hop~Day One




Welcome to Day 1 of the Impression Obsession 2014 Spring Die Hop!
We have some beautiful new dies share AND Gift Certificates to give away each day!!!
The hop will start each day with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST. Each day pay us a visit here and then head over and see our fabulous IO Design Team’s projects with our new dies on their blogs (only one comment per blog per day please). The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!
Every day (Tuesday, March 25th – Thursday, March 27th) one of the blogs will be chosen randomly and a winner will be selected from comments on that blog at 10pm CT. The winner will be announced the following day along with the participating blogs for that day.
Two prizes will be awarded on the last day of the hop. One will be for Thursday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week.
So….if you miss a day or time deadline your comments will still count for a chance to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!
Both Thursday winners will be announced on the IO Blog on Friday.
If you have any questions please email Jeanne.
All of the new dies you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW!

On to my projects....
I picked up this clock with a clear glass front at the dollar store in anticipation of new dies to play with, so I created a clock for a new baby's room and an easel card to go with it.  I love dies for creating 3d projects and gift giving.  This gift set is obviously for baby Alex.

 
The clock was super easy to do....

~  I took the front and hands off the clock, traced the clock circle on blue card stock and hand cut it out. I sponged here and there with Memento Summer Sky.
I cut the  Sun  out with yellow paper and sponged the edges with Memento Dandelion ink.
~Added some  Clouds  and the name Alex with Alphabet Plain LC DIE157-E .
~ Die cut the Stork and color the legs and beak with Memento Cantaloupe Marker.  
~Sponge the bottom area with Memento Bamboo Leaves and  adhere some Grass  over top.
~ Die cut some Tiny Flowers and cup the using a sponge pad and a stylus.  Adhere to grass.
~Add some glitter glue to flower centers, clouds, baby bag, and sun.
~Reassemble clock.
Easel Card....

~Create and Easel Card  base. 
~Cut a Square Shaker Frame in blue and sponge edges with Memento Summer Sky. Mount Square Shaker Frame over blue card stock and adhere to brown card stock.  
~Die cut the words "sweet baby" with Alphabet Plain LC and adhere to inside of frame.
~Die cut Stork
and color the legs and beak with a Memento Cantaloupe Marker.  Sponge the edges of the baby bag with Memento Rich Cocoa.  Use a stylus and foam pad to create dimension on the stork's head, body and baby pad. Pop up with pop dots.
~Adhere  Moon and Stars and apply glitter glue. Adhere a small gingham bow in the bottom corner.
 ~Create a ledge with Border Duo 2 Die Set DIE018-V , brown card stock and Fence Border Die DIE028-J.  Embellish with Buttons DIE067-C and bakers twine.
~Assemble card.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the draw!!
Ellen


 Supplies~
 Impression Obession Products~

Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Products~
Memento Inks: Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Rich Cocoa, Summer Sky

Other Products~
Mini Glue Pen, Pop Dots, Baker Twine, Glitter Glue, Gingham Ribbon
 

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Artist In Residence~Great Dad


Hello Friends!

It's my turn to post on the Imagine Crafts Blog.  This month The Crafter's Workshop has generously supplied the Artist In Residence Team with brand spankin' new Stencils that were just released at Winter CHA. 


 Click HERE to pop over to Imagine Crafts to see what I created.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!
Ellen

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Impression Obsession Green Challenge

 


 Hello Friends!

It's time for another Impression Obsession challenge.  This weeks challenge is "Green".
 
Play along with us and create something inspired by  "Green" and you could win a $25 gift certificate to the IO store store, just simply by playing along! Just go to the IO Blog for the details on how to play.  Check out what the talented IO team have created to inspire you.....

 IO Blog

Anna Wight
Daniela Dobson

Dina Kowal
Ellen Taylor
Jeanne Streiff
Jenny Gropp
Kittie Caracciolo
Laura Fulcher
Vicki Garrett 

On to my project....
With green the challenge and grad on it's way and green and yellow being the school's colors, I was inspired to make a graduation card. I definitely went with quick and simple today....
1~Stamp You Have Everything F15012 with Memento Tuxedo Black and color with New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Dandelion and Peanut Brittle Memento Markers.  Round the corners, sponge the edges with Memento New Sprout ink and pop up over cream and green layers.
2~Die cut Fancy Cutout Border DIE152-N out of a green 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base and attach image panel.
3~ Finish it off by adding some glitter glue to the stars, rhinestones and some cream satin ribbon. 
4~ To make the fancy Cutout border pop, I added a cream panel on the inside of the green card base.
Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!
Ellen
Impression Obsession Products~
Imagine Crafts / Tsukineko Products~Memento: New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Dandelion, Peanut Brittle. Jumbo Sponge Dauber
Other  Products~Pop Dots, Glitter Glue, Rhinestones

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Artist In Residence~Vertigo Jam

 
Hello Friends!

It's my turn to post on the Imagine Crafts Blog.  I created a card that features brand new Radiant Neon Ink, fabulous Vertigo Film and brand new dies from Impression Obsession.  

Click HERE to see the rest of my project.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!!
Ellen

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Impression Obsession~In My Garden Challenge



 Hello Friends!

It's time for another Impression Obsession challenge.  This weeks challenge is "In My Garden".
 
Play along with us and create something inspired by  "In My Garden" and you could win a $25 gift certificate to the IO store store, just simply by playing along! Just go to the IO Blog for the details on how to play.  Check out what the talented IO team have created to inspire you.....

 IO Blog


Anna Wight
















On to my project.....
 With all of these new fabulous new IO Dies sitting on my desk and Easter just around the corner, I couldn't resist making an Easter decoration.  What comes to mind when I think of my garden is wee little wild bunnies running around, the birds singing and out the office window of my craft room is hollyhocks growing up against the fence.  So there is my inspiration.

 I started with an unfinished wooden bird house from the Dollar Store and colored it with Faber Castelle Gelatos.  I had no idea Gelatos were that easy!  All I did was scribble the Gelatos on and go over it with a water brush.....easy peasy!


 Hollyhocks DIE169-R~ Die cut in white and colored with Lulu Lavender, Grape Jelly and Cottage    Ivy Memento Markers. Added some dimension with my stylus.
 Lg. Fence DIE149-U ~ Sponged with Memento Rich Cocoa.
 Grass Border DIE060-I ~ Sponged with Memento Cottage Ivy
 Rabbit Set DIE168-C~ Sponged with Memento Toffee Crunch 
 Bird On A Branch DIE161-N~Cut in brown card stock and adhered to the house. Then green to use just the leaves and sponge with Memento Bamboo Leaves, Then white for the bird and color with London Fog and Tuxedo Black and a white gel pen for the eye. I sponged some Toffee Crunch on the belly.  To create a wing I used the heart from the Heart Flourish DIE126-U and  cut it in half and popped it up.



Hope you get a chance to play along! Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!
Ellen


Impression Obsession Products~
 Heart Flourish DIE126-U
 Bird On A Branch DIE161-N
 Rabbit Set DIE168-C
 Grass Border DIE060-I ~
  Lg. Fence DIE149-U
 Hollyhocks DIE169-R

Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Products

Memento Inks~Memento Lulu Lavender, Grape Jelly, Toffee Crunch, Bamboo Leaves, Rich Cocoa, Tuxedo Black, London Fog, Gray Flannel, Cottage Ivy; Sponge Daubers

Other Products~ Faber Castelle Gelatos, Water Brush. Bird house