Friday, June 23, 2017

Week 2 Guest Designing For Concord and 9th!

Hi there!

I'm excited to be back for the second week, guest designing for Concord and 9th

This time we're creating with their adorable, "Orange You Sweet" stamp and die set. It's such a cute set and so fun to play with!

Last week, I created four cards. I was on a roll and then, BAM! My mojo decided to take a vacation - gah! Hate when that happens, especially when I'm guest designing! (insert sad, embarrassed face here.) BUT! It happens to everyone and I know I'll be back to my creative self soon. Until then, I did enjoy making a couple of fun cards for this week's post!

I created a yummy design with a puny sentiment for my first card. It's perfect for a sweet thank you! And I figured a card with watermelon on it, deserves to have its photo taken outside!

Just simple stamping and die cutting here, with a little ink blending and a couple strips of black and white, striped paper. I cut some of the watermelon images into halves, and even quarters, for a more playful look. 

For my second card, I chose some summery colors and white embossing. I very carefully colored the lemons, limes and oranges with Copic Markers. I say carefully because you don't want to hurt the nibs of your makers, which can happen if they touch the embossed lines. Of course, I had to add a bit of shimmer with a Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen. And I LOVE the, "I could just squeeze you" sentiment! 

There are so many possibilities with this set! The adorable fruit images and all the fabulous sentiments are perfect for your summer cards! It's a classic that I'll reach for many times in the future, I'm sure!

Don't forget to head over to the Concord and 9th blog to check out the Feature Friday post and see what Rosali and Lisa also created with this set. You won't want to miss it!

Thanks for stopping by! ♥

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

SSS, "One of a Kind" Release!

Hi guys!

Have you seen the fun, new release from Simon Says Stamp? It's called, One of a Kind and it's filled with fabulous products you'll love! 

From fruit to flowers, ice cream treats to hearts, sequins to inks and so much more, it's the perfect release for all your summer card making needs!

Here's a look at all the items in the new release. Affiliate links shared at no cost to you.

Happy Shopping! ♥

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! ♥