Friday, November 17, 2017

Concord & 9th #FeatureFriday - Beautiful Branches

Hello! I can't believe it's already my second post for Concord & 9th's Feature Friday! Today myself and the other ladies are showcasing the Beautiful Branches stamps and dies! This is a fantastic all occasion set and I love the script sentiments! Gorgeous! I made three projects again this week - I will share them along with some of the supplies I used!

Here's my first project! I started with a piece of Neenah Desert Storm and used Hero Arts white embossing powder for the branches. The flowers are with Simon Says Stamp Ultra Fine Steel Navy embossing powder and I used Zing! copper metallic embossing powder for the centers. I stamped the sentiment and embossed it with the copper powder three times to add a ton of dimension. I felt the card was empty, so I added a bunch of Antique Rose Nuvo drops. As you can of them got a little big and wonky. I got out of hand! But I wasn't going to trash the whole card because of one mistake!

I love all of the shine!

My idea for this card was to have hanging lights from the top of the card...but it didn't look how I imagined it, so I tweaked it to be winter berries! I stamped and embossed the branches with the Zing! copper embossing powder and embossed a bunch of berries with Hero Arts white powder - same with the sentiment. I added red centers to each of the berries with Autumn Red Nuvo drops.

It's not what I had planned for...but I like the result anyway!

I saved my favorite for last! I know it's not spring...but I couldn't resist a bright and springy card! I stamped the branches with Versafine Onyx Black and added the flowers with Simon Says Stamp Steel Blue, Thistle, and Wisteria inks and the centers with Slate ink. I was going to leave it as is...but it needed another pop of color, so I added leaves using Simon Says Stamp Catkin and Willow inks.

I wish I had stamped the sentiment lower. It looked a little off - so I tried to fill in with some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins!

Thanks for coming by! Stay tuned for more projects using Concord & 9th stamps and dies!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Little Trio of Bears

Hi! I have one more project to share featuring the Concord & 9th Hi There Bear stamps and dies! 

This one is super simple! I was inspired by a card that Tracie Pond designed for #c9FeatureFriday last week! I loved her panda peeking in from the edge of the I thought I would try it for myself! I just LOVE the sentiment that says "we all voted". I'm going to use it all the time! My family always pretends to vote on things. It's a joke when we all get together! I stamped three different bears and die cut them and their accessories with the coordinating dies. I arranged them on the card so they would peek in from different areas of the card, stamped my sentiment, added some Wink of Stella, and added some Nuvo Drops! Super duper simple, but these bears are so cute they make any card amazing!

Monday, November 13, 2017

We All Voted...

Hello! I have more cards using the Concord & 9th Hi There Bear stamps! Today I created a set of cards that are almost the same. I used different embellishments and I goofed on one...but we'll talk about that later! 

I'm in LOVE with these bears! SO SO SO in love! I love the variety of bears that you can make! And I have an idea to use some masking to make a Pooh bear!!! We shall see if it works!

I started by stamping the outline of the bear four times with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I stamped two right side up and two upside down. Then I filled in the bears with various colors of ink! And of course I made one a panda bear!

I die cut the tiny heart from red cardstock and covered them in Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents and adhered them with foam squares to the panda's raised hand. I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed it onto black cardstock. I left one card plain, added Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins to another, and clear droplets to the last.

Can you see my goof in this one? That's right...I only stamped one bear (the brown bear) upside down. *face palm* I almost trashed it, but I thought I would keep it around for now! Maybe I will use it and maybe I won't! It took my husband a little while to find the mistake so maybe it's not that noticeable!

Thanks for joining me! I still have one more card to share featuring the Hi There Bear stamps and dies. And be sure to stop by on Friday to see another stamp featured!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Concord & 9th #FeatureFriday - Hi There Bear

Hello! I am so excited to announce that I have been asked to design for Concord & 9th for their #FeatureFriday for the month of November! I am thrilled and honored beyond words!

Well, let's jump right in! This is the first #FeatureFriday for the month and today we are featuring the Hi There Bear stamps and dies! This set is tooooo cute! There are multiple images to create different bears - panda bears, brown bears, black bears, polar bears - the possibilities are endless! And there are so many coordinating images to go along with the bear - an umbrella, bouquet of flowers, cotton candy, a balloon! So cute! And my favorite part is that there is a stamp with a stripe background that the bear will fit perfectly into!

I made three projects for today, but I will have more coming later this week!

If you really know me then you know I have a deathly fear of bears...but not panda bears! They are too cute! I knew I wanted to make a little panda card! I started by stamping the "friend" image repeatedly using my MISTI and embossing with gold powder from Hero Arts. Then I stamped my panda bear with gray and black ink and also stamped the balloon.

I used the coordinating dies to cut out my stamped images and some hearts, a bow tie, and a gift bag. I also used the nifty "u" shaped die to cut a place in his paw to hold the balloon! I love it!

I added Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents to the bow tie, balloon, and hearts.

I wanted to show the range in the stamp set, so I decided to use just an accessory image - the umbrella! I stamped it three times across my card and then masked off the the middle and right umbrella. I stamped the sentiment multiple times using a technique from Jennifer McGuire. Then I used images included in the stamp set to add color to the umbrellas. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that each little portion of the umbrella can be stamped separately so that I can do a rainbow!

I added Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents to the umbrellas!

My last project isn't a card! Are you shocked?! Me too! My son just turned two and we have been teaching him little things - he can count to three and now we are learning color matching! I LOVED this stripe background and that the bears can fit right into the negative space of the stripes! And then you can add any kind of bear you want! I love the panda bear and I didn't want to add too much color and confuse my son, so I made the other bear with the same gray ink!

No glitz or glam - this was a really simple project! I cut pieces of cardstock to be slightly bigger than the stamped image and used my MISTI to complete this project so quickly!

I hope you guys enjoyed these projects! I'm so thrilled that I will be back next Friday with more projects using a different product! Hooray!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Colorful Christmas Trees

Hello! I'm jumping back into Christmas cards today! You have no idea how excited I was when I saw that WPlus9 re-released the Holiday Trimmings stamps! I saw them last year for Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember and I missed out! But it's backkkkk!!!

I just wanted to make some quick and simple cards using both traditional and non-traditional colors. I used my MISTI to make things even easier!

I started with using High Dive ink from Simon Says Stamp. This is one of my favorite blue inks! I topped off the middle tree with a Hollyhock colored bow.

For my pink trees I used Cotton Candy ink from Simon Says Stamp, but I stamped it three times to intensify the color. This was super easy to do with my MISTI. I used the High Dive ink for the bow.

I used Thistle ink for the purple trees, but again, I stamped it three times to make the color slightly darker. The bow on top is Sunshine ink. I thought maybe I would do one card with traditional colors, so I did Key Lime trees with a Watermelon bow. 

I stamped the tree trunk with brown ink and the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I think this set is so cute and I can't wait to create some more cards with these stamps! 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Sparkly Kind Flowers

Hello! I thought I would take a little break from Christmas cards because I received this GORGEOUS stamp set that was included in the Simon Says Stamp November card kit called Kind Flowers. This is just the most beautiful stamp set and you definitely need in your stash! 

As soon as I got the card kit I ripped right into it! I started by spraying down a piece of black cardstock with Tattered Angels iridescent silver shimmer spray. I love love love it! Then I white heat embossed the large floral image onto the panel. I die cut the sentiment with the die included in the kit and stamped and heat embossed the matching sentiment. I used my Versamarker to color in the sentiment so that the whole thing would be white. I used foam tape behind the sentiment for dimension.

I wanted a pop of color, so I used some Dandelion Yellow Nuvo Drops at the centers of the flowers and to fill in the dots in the stamp. Super simple, but I feel like it packs a punch!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Holiday Plaid Backgrounds

You guys...when I said I love the October release from Concord & 9th...I wasn't kidding! I really really love it! I have three more Christmas cards to share with you today! 

I used the Plaid Background stamp for each of these cards, but I used different colors for the backgrounds.

This is the first card I made. I didn't prime my stamp first like I usually do. I know that there's a type of "film" on stamps from the manufacturing process and I was hoping to take advantage of that! I wanted a distressed background! I used red embossing powder on kraft cardstock and gold embossing powder for the additional lines.

I needed some shimmer, so I die cut the Merry die from gold glitter paper and some fun foam for some dimension. The "Christmas" sentiment is from a Hero Arts stamp set. I use it all the time when I need a little sentiment.

Here's another one using traditional Christmas colors. I stamped with red ink and embossed with gold powder. I die cut from gold glitter cardstock again for the sentiment!

I wanted to try using some non-traditional colors, so rather than re-inking my stamp, I grabbed another piece of white cardstock and stamped again. This is the "leftover" ink from the red card in the previous photos, but since it's second generation it looks pink! I used the gold embossing again because I loved it so much!

I thought I would go all out with the non-traditional Christmas colors, so I used a light blue glitter cardstock for the sentiment!

Thanks for joining me!