Friday, June 16, 2017

Guest Designing For Concord & 9th!

Hey guys!
I am so excited and honored to be one of three guest designers this month for Concord & 9th! Is that awesome or what?!

I had the pleasure of meeting Angie this past spring at a crafty retreat and what a sweetheart she is! When she asked me to guest design, I was like. . . "Seriously?! Me?! Ummmm . . . . . .YES PLEASE!" Thank you so much, Angie! You guys have the coolest products! So innovative, clever and fun!  

So I'll be sharing my cards, along with the other two talented guest designers, for the next three, "Feature Fridays," including today.

The June release from Concord & 9th is amazing and I couldn't wait to play with the products! Today, I'll be sharing some cards using the new, Flower Turnabout Stamp set and the Hope stamp set and die Bundle.

All products used are listed below in the affiliate links.

Let's start with the fun, Flower Turnabout set. It's another in their "Turnabout" Series. If you haven't seen the past sets in this series, or don't know how to use them, Concord & 9th has wonderful videos on their YouTube channel, showing how to use them. 

 I love how you can stamp it once, twice, three or four times to get different looks. I decided for both of my cards to stamp it all four times because. . .well, to be honest, I didn't want to stop - ha! I added the stamped leaves, which are also included in the set, and then added some dots here and there using a Copic Marker. Fun how it looks like patterned paper! The sentiment is from the Hope stamp set.

For my second card, I wanted to use some unique colors and decided on a blue, silver and black combo. It was fun to emboss a portion of the stamping with silver embossing powder. I think these colors look really pretty together. The, Thank You sentiment is included in the set.

Okay seriously, this next stamp and die set is awesome! I mean the images are beautiful, the sentiments are perfect and that die? So very cool! I created a really simple card by literally just doing a bit of ink blending on the card base, die cutting the label and the "Hope," adding a sentiment from the set and splattering on some watery ink to match. So easy and isn't it pretty? This is a 4-bar card size, which I think is perfect for this set!

And now let's talk about the, Hope stamp set for a minute. I have to be honest here. I love open floral images so I can do some coloring but these ones are solid. I was worried I wouldn't do these gorgeous stamps justice. I seriously have always struggled with solid images and layering stamp sets. Needless to say I was a bit nervous. So, I chose some bright, happy ink colors, sat down and just started playing with them. I am happy to say I loved how it turned out! It ended up being my favorite of all four cards. Go figure! Oh! And I used two different blue inks on the "Hope" portion of the sentiment to get an Ombre look.

That's it for today. I'd love it if you'd head on over to the Concord & 9th blog to check out today's Feature Friday. It'll give you a chance to see what Rosali and Lisa created with these products too. They are both so talented and I am very lucky to be guest designing this month, along side them for Concord & 9th!

Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Simon Says Stamp May Release!!!

Hey guys!

I'm really excited for Simon's new release! It's absolutely awesome and I had so much fun playing with some of the new products they sent to me, so let's get right to it!

All products used are listed below in the thumbnails, along with the whole new release. Affiliate links used.

I created six different cards and did some really pretty stamping on a few envelopes too!

There's a new set called, Envelope Greetings and it's perfect for dressing up your envies and making them as special as the card inside.

 But it's not just for using on your envelopes.

You can create beautiful cards with this set too! Don't be afraid to cut up the sentiments. It really helps to stretch those supplies.

And here's a couple more cards created using different sentiments from the same set.

On the card above, I also used a fabulous new stamp set called, Perfect Shapes. There are a bunch of different, solid shapes in this set - a square, a star, a heart, a circle and more! And boy, do they stamp beautifully with Distress Oxide Inks! So many fun techniques to try!

More Distress Oxide inks were used on this colorful card but this time I used the adorable die set called, Twisted Stitch Borders. It comes with two different dies that are so cool!

My next two cards were created using two Paintable Prints from the, Suzy's Doodles line. I ADORE using these prints to just sit and color. Then all you have to do is adhere the panel to a card base and you're all set!

 I used Zig Markers on each of these panels but they work perfectly with Copics, or any other markers or paints you have on hand.

Aren't those mushrooms adorable? I love how talented Suzy is! And don't forget, when you order these, there are 12 different prints in the pack!

I love how my last card turned out! I must admit, it took me quite awhile to make but I enjoyed the process.

That is actually a die called, Floral Sparkle Wreath. I wanted to try something different, so I used a shim in my Big Shot to EMBOSS with the die, then I colored the raised portions, very carefully, I might add, with Copics. 

I decided it would look better if I die-cut the image again, from another piece of cardstock and cut a circle around it, (look closely) then adhere it directly over the original embossed areas. I guess we could call it, embossed, inlaid die cutting. I hope that makes sense! The shimmer comes from a clear Spectrum Noir sparkle pen. The sentiment is from an older SSS set.

Sorry this was so long but as I said at the beginning of my post, I'm really excited about this release and couldn't stop playing! I've already ordered a bunch and can't wait to play some more when it all arrives!

Thanks so much for the visit! ♥


Here's all the products from the new release:


And here are the rest of the products I used on my cards: