Friday, October 4, 2019

Joyful Wreath

Hello!

Should. Should. Should.  I have had a lot of shoulds that I needed to take care of this week, but I really wanted to play in the craft room a bit.  So, yesterday, I snuck a few minutes to work on this card.  And, I adore how it turned out!

This elegant stenciled, embossed, and stamped Christmas card features the Wonderful Wreath stencil from Altenew, and the Holiday Script Stamp Set from Fun Stampers Journey.

I began by taping down an A2 sized piece of white card stock, then, I secured the Wonderful Wreath Stencil from Altenew on top, and began daubing Fresh Sage Ink through the stencil.  (Tip: put an additional piece of painters tape over the berries in the center of the stencil, to avoid any accidents if you drop your dauber.)  Once I had the stencil filled in, I removed the stencil, rotated it slightly, and then secured it in place again.  This time, I daubed Fresh Forest Ink through the stencil.  Using a couple of Color Burst pencils, I added a little shading to the leaves to add some depth.  I set that panel aside for a moment, while I ran a piece of Fresh Sage card stock through my Platinum die cut machine with the Layered Scallops embossing folder.  I also cut a strip of Mirror Gold card stock for an accent piece.

I made sure my stenciled panel was completely dry, and then carefully prepped the surface with my Embossing Magic Bag, before daubing in the berries from the stencil with Clear Pigment Ink, and heat embossing them in gold.  I did do these just a couple at a time, in order to both, not smear the ink, and to see the placement better.  Once those were done, I stamped the "Joy" sentiment from the Holiday Script Stamp Set from FSJ, in Black Amalgam Ink.  Then I trimmed down the stencil panel, and attached it to the embossed panel with White Liner Tape.  I added the gold strip with the same adhesive.  Then I added the card front to a white card base with foam squares.

This elegant stenciled, embossed, and stamped Christmas card features the Wonderful Wreath stencil from Altenew, and the Holiday Script Stamp Set from Fun Stampers Journey.

I thought the card needed just a little something at this point, so I used a little bit of 620.8 Phthalo Green Tint Pan Pastel around the edges of the wreath.  Anywhere that the Pan Pastel stuck, but shouldn't, was removed with a pencil eraser.  A few pearls finished the card off. 

I really loved this card!  That Wonderful Wreath Stencil from Altenew is stunning, and would make a perfect background for many of their gorgeous floral stamps as well.  And the Holiday Script Stamp Set from FSJ has been a favorite of mine for a while now.

Onto a few more shoulds for today.  Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:
Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.) Please note, when possible, I try to offer multiple sources for the items I use. Products with two or more logos - underneath, or on the side, give you options of where to purchase, in case the item has sold out at one shop. To visit the first store, click on the photo of the item. To visit the second (or greater) source, click the logo for the second shop - you will still be taken directly to the product. 

Friday, September 27, 2019

Feature Friday | Holidays with Concord & 9th | Stocking Stuffers & Holly Berry

Hello!

Today is my final Feature Friday post for Concord & 9th.  I've been thrilled to share so many projects with you, featuring the products from the September Holiday release!  Today's projects feature items from the Stocking Stuffers Bundle, and the Holly Berry Bundle.   (All products used, will be listed at the bottom of this post.)


This card was created using stamps and dies from the Concord & 9th Stocking Stuffer bundle.  Find the full details, including supply list, on the blog.

To begin the first card, I cut a card front from Oatmeal Cookie card stock.  Using Oatmeal Cookie ink, I stamped the pine cone and holly images from the Stocking Stuffers Stamp Set randomly across the background.  I die cut the stocking, and tag, from the Stocking Stuffers Die Set, out of Cranberry Bliss, and Whip Cream card stock.  I also cut out the holly berries (Buttercream, and Green Olive card stock), and the little bow (gold foil paper from the Neutrals Foil Pack).  I stamped the sentiment onto the little tag in Black Amalgam ink, then inked the edges of the tag, and white portions of the stocking with Tin Pail ink.  The red portion of the stocking, and the card front, was inked in Oatmeal Cookie ink.  Then I adhered everything together with liquid glue and foam squares, and attached the card front to a white card base.

This gift bag was created using stamps and dies from the Concord & 9th Stocking Stuffers bundle.  Find the full details, including a template for the bag, and a supply list, on the blog.

Today's second project is an adorable little gift bag - perfect for some fun treats, or a small gift.  I began by stamping the poinsettia image from the Stocking Stuffers Stamp Set, in Hazelnut Blend ink, randomly across the two panels that form the gift bag (see template).  The panels were cut from Oatmeal Cookie card stock. Once that was completed, I quickly colored in the images using Color Burst pencils.

Colored Pencils Used: 
02, 016, 020, 022, 039

I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment on the bottom edge of a 4.25" x 1.75" strip of vellum, and then I die cut the branches from the Stocking Stuffers Die Set, out of Green Olive and Fresh Forest card stock.  I die cut the bow from Cranberry Bliss card stock.  I adhered the back together with White Liner tape (being sure to burnish the area where the tape adhered the seams, to make sure it was bonded).  I scored the vellum at 1/4" and attached that just inside the bag with White Liner, and attached the branches with liquid adhesive.  A few pearl "berries" finished the bag.  I used my tiny stapler to close the top of the back, however, you could also use washi tape or punch a couple of holes in the top to tie ribbon through..  To save the template, click on the image, then right click to save the full sized image. 


This card was created using stamps and dies from the Concord & 9th Holly Berry bundle.  Find the full details, including supply list, on the blog.

The third project, I'm sharing today, was this super sweet and simple, nearly monochromatic card.  I began by using the Turnabout Jig to line up a Tin Pail card stock card front, and then stamped the Holly Berry Turnabout foliage stamp in Tin Pail ink.  I used the same ink for all four turns, to fill the background.  I allowed that to dry completely, before quickly stamping the berry Turnabout stamp in VersaMark ink.  I heat embossed the berries with white embossing powder.  Then, using the Holly Berry Dies, I die cut a Tin Pail background, plus die cut the sentiment panel twice - once in Silver Foil paper from the Neutrals Foil Pack, and once from the Red Foil paper in the Holiday Foil Paper Pack (both pieces had the backs covered in Stick It Adhesive Sheets, prior to die cutting). I adhered the Silver foil die cut on top of the red foil die cut - slightly off center - to create a shadow effect.  Then I attached the Tin Pail background.  I popped the sentiment panel up on foam squares, and attached the completed card front to a white card base.

This explosion box, and the ornament inside, were created using stamps and dies from the Concord & 9th Holly Berry bundle.  Find the full details, including supply list, on the blog.

Today's final project is a little harder to explain step by step.  I created an explosion box, with a paper ornament inside.  I got really friendly with my Turnabout Jig and Holly Berry Turnabout Stamps for this project, along with the Woven Stripes Background Stamp.   The box itself is just over 4" x 4", and was created with Oatmeal Cookie card stock.  I stamped the Holly Berry Turnabout in Lemongrass, and Cranberry Bliss inks, and then matted the panels onto Lemongrass card stock.  The top of the box has a bow made of Lemongrass satin ribbon, and Lemongrass leaves cut from the Holly Berry Dies.  I added some Gold Fashion berries to the leaves. A sentiment panel, die cut from Buttercream card stock and the Gold Foil paper from the Neutrals Foil Pack, finished the outside of the box.


Inside the box, panels made with the Woven Stripes Background Stamp, and Lemongrass ink, are matted on Lemongrass card stock.  The sentiment panel was stamped with Black Amalgam ink, and Cranberry Bliss ink, and a coordinating panel was attached to the opposite side for a personalized message.  The platform in the center was made with Lemongrass card stock, and is stamped with the leaves stamps in Lemongrass, and Green Olive inks.  The platform is matted with some of the gold foil paper, and more Fashion Gold pieces were added as berries around the circle die cut that holds the ornament.

This explosion box, and the ornament inside, were created using stamps and dies from the Concord & 9th Holly Berry bundle.  Find the full details, including supply list, on the blog.

The ornament was created with 16 circles of the Holly Berry stamping on Whip Cream card stock, and 16 circles of the Woven Stripe stamping - on Lemongrass card stock.  They were adhered back to back to create 16 circle panels, and then were adhered together at the top and bottom on the Woven Stripes circles, and in the center for the Holly Berry circles.  Gold Foil squares were attached between each two panels to create the "topper".  The Die Release Tool was used to punch holes in the topper, and I used the Red thread from the Sew Essentials Kit, to create the hanger.  Die cut Holly leaves from Gold Foil, along with a few Mini Jingles finished the ornament.  
I've had so much fun sharing my creations with you this month!  I hope you've found some inspiration, along with a few fun new stamp sets from Concord & 9th, that you just have to get your hands on!  


Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:
Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.) Please note, when possible, I try to offer multiple sources for the items I use. Products with two or more logos - underneath, or on the side, give you options of where to purchase, in case the item has sold out at one shop. To visit the first store, click on the photo of the item. To visit the second (or greater) source, click the logo for the second shop - you will still be taken directly to the product. 


Friday, September 20, 2019

Feature Friday | Holidays with Concord & 9th | Merry Shapes & Mistletoe Messages

Hello!

As I stated in last Friday's post, I was asked to guest design for Concord & 9th during September -  their holiday release month!  For the Fridays in September, I'll be showcasing a few items from the release - with directions as to how I made the projects.  

The 2019 Holiday Release

**Warning: this is a long post with multiple cards and lots of photos.  It may take a moment to load completely, if you are on a mobile device.  All products used for each card will be listed in the directions, as well as listed and linked at the bottom of the post for your convenience.  Affiliate links used - full disclosures can be found here.**


Today's post features cards made with the Merry Shapes Bundle, and the Mistletoe Messages Bundle.  

For this first card, I began by stamping the "J", "O", and "Y" letters, from the Merry Shapes Stamp Set, onto a piece of white card stock.  I used Candy Apple, Lemon Drop, and Limeade Splash inks, and each letter was double stamped using the MISTI.   I left the "J" stamp in place, and on the other end of my MISTI, I stamped the ornament in the Candy Apple Ink, along with one of the starlight candies, and stamped an additional two of the candies with the Limeade Splash ink.  

This colorful and fun Christmas card was created using stamps and dies from the Concord & 9th 2019 Holiday Release.  Featuring the Merry Shapes bundle.  For the full details for each of four cards, along with details about where to purchase the supplies used, please visit the blog post.

Once all of the ink from the initial stamping was dry (I did use my heat tool to ensure that they would be totally dry), I stamped in Versamark, and heat embossed, the ornament topper and the star shape in the center of the "O".  I then put the candy cane stripe stamp onto a clear block.  I made sure my "J" stamp was clean, and dry, and I inked up the striped stamp in Versamark, and kissed it to the "J" stamp.  This is done by pressing the stamping surface of both stamps together - lining up the curve of the candy cane with the curve of the "J".  Then, I pressed the "J" over the top of the previous red stamping.  This allowed me to heat emboss white candy cane stripes onto the "J".  While I had all of the embossing materials out, I stamped and heat embossed the "Happy Holidays" sentiment onto a strip of Black Licorice card stock.

I used the coordinating dies from the Sew Merry Die Set, to die cut the ornament and candies out.  I fussy cut the letters, and angle cut the sentiment banner.  On a card front sized piece of card stock, I stamped the string stamp from the Merry Shapes Stamp Set, in the same Limeade Splash, and Lemon Drop colors previously used.  I also stamped the solid tree shape in Limeade Splash, and Tin Pail Ink.  A generous sprinkling of Sparkle Silk was added, before moving on to assembly.

This colorful and fun Christmas card was created using stamps and dies from the Concord & 9th 2019 Holiday Release.  Featuring the Merry Shapes bundle.  For the full details for each of four cards, along with details about where to purchase the supplies used, please visit the blog post.

Using liquid glue, I adhered the ornament and candies directly to the card front.  I added the letters with foam squares, and then layered the sentiment banner over them.  I matted the card front with white card stock, and then added that to a white card base.

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This second card began by die cutting the tree and tree stitching dies from the Sew Merry Die Set, five times out of the heavy weight card stock provided in the Sew Essentials kit.  Now, I'm not a stitcher (anything involving a needle usually results in me stabbing myself), but my mom tried REALLY hard to teach me counted cross stitch when I was young.  I hated it, and do not even attempt it anymore, but I did decide when I was looking at these trees that needed stitching that a criss cross stitch would really add to the "Tree" texture, so that's how I stitched them.  (Tip: the Die Release Tool is super helpful in getting rid of any card stock left in the stitching holes after they are die cut.)  Three trees were done in the darker green in the kit, and two in the softer sage color.

This sweet stitched Christmas card was created using stamps and dies from the Concord & 9th 2019 Holiday Release.  Featuring the Merry Shapes bundle.  For the full details for each of four cards, along with details about where to purchase the supplies used, please visit the blog post.

Once I had the trees done, I put a strip of painters tape across a white card front piece of card stock.  I blended a bit of Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink to the upper portion of the card front.  I sprinkled some Sparkle Silk on this inked area as well, before carefully removing the tape.  I lined my trees up where I wanted them, and lightly penciled a mark where the trunks should go. Then, in Dark Roast Ink, I stamped the small rectangle stamp from the Merry Shapes Stamp Set.   I used liquid glue to attach the trees to the appropriate places on the card front, and also to adhere a few Gold Friendship Sequins to one of the trees.

This sweet stitched Christmas card was created using stamps and dies from the Concord & 9th 2019 Holiday Release.  Featuring the Merry Shapes bundle.  For the full details for each of four cards, along with details about where to purchase the supplies used, please visit the blog post.

On a strip of Fresh Forest card stock, I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink, and heat embossed it in gold.  I angle cut the end of this strip, and then attached it on top of the trees with liquid glue.  I prepped my card base, by adding strips of Whip Cream Sparkle Washi Tape to the edges, then attached my card front with foam squares.

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The third card today, is probably the fastest of the bunch.  It's so easy!  I began by die cutting the leaves and berries, from the Mistletoe Messages Die Set, out of the red and green foil from the Holiday Foil Paper Pack.  I also die cut the bow from white card stock, and die cut the leaves from a card front sized piece of Black Licorice card stock, which we will use the negative in the card today.  


This chalky and shiny Christmas card was created using stamps and dies from the Concord & 9th 2019 Holiday Release.  Featuring the Mistletoe Messages bundle.  For the full details for each of four cards, along with details about where to purchase the supplies used, please visit the blog post.

I heavily powdered the Black Licorice piece with my Embossing Magic Bag, and stamped the "Noel" from the Mistletoe Messages Stamp Set, with Versamark Ink, and heat embossed it in white.  I did the same with the small cluster of stars, however, they were a bit easier to repetitively stamp using a tiny clear block.  Once the embossing powder was dry, I brushed the white powder off.  Some remained, but I like the chalky effect.

This chalky and shiny Christmas card was created using stamps and dies from the Concord & 9th 2019 Holiday Release.  Featuring the Mistletoe Messages bundle.  For the full details for each of four cards, along with details about where to purchase the supplies used, please visit the blog post.

I created a card base from Candy Apple card stock, and adhered my card front directly to the base with liquid glue.  I quickly added the green foil leaves in the negative space, which allowed me to shift the card stock perfectly into place.  I attached the bow, and red foil berries over the leaves.

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The final card today is probably my favorite of the bunch.  I love the softness, with just a little shine added.  I began by die cutting two sets of leaves from Fresh Sage card stock, using the Mistletoe Messages dies.   I also die cut two sets of the berries from Buttercream card stock, and a bow from the gold foil in the Neutrals Foil Pack.

This soft and simple Christmas card was created using stamps and dies from the Concord & 9th 2019 Holiday Release.  Featuring the Mistletoe Messages bundle.  For the full details for each of four cards, along with details about where to purchase the supplies used, please visit the blog post.

For stamping on this card, I stamped the sentiment from the the Mistletoe Messages Stamp Set in Versamark, and heat embossed it in gold, onto a piece of Tin Pail card stock.  I also stamped the Woven Stripes Background Stamp, onto a card front sized piece of white card stock, using Gina K Black Amalgam Ink.  I rotated that, and stamped again to create the plaid.

I attached the leaves, berries, and bow into place on the Tin Pail piece, and trimmed it down slightly, using my paper trimmer.  I layered that over the plaid piece, and then matted the card front onto a piece of Black Licorice card stock.  The card front was then adhered to a white card base.

This soft and simple Christmas card was created using stamps and dies from the Concord & 9th 2019 Holiday Release.  Featuring the Mistletoe Messages bundle.  For the full details for each of four cards, along with details about where to purchase the supplies used, please visit the blog post.


Down to the end.  I shared my favorite, which is yours?  Be sure to check out the full holiday release,   As a reminder, Concord & 9th will also be sharing these projects, along with projects by the other guest artists, on their blog and Instagram - if you don't follow them, please do so for some great inspiration.


Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:
Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.) Please note, when possible, I try to offer multiple sources for the items I use. Products with two or more logos - underneath, or on the side, give you options of where to purchase, in case the item has sold out at one shop. To visit the first store, click on the photo of the item. To visit the second (or greater) source, click the logo for the second shop - you will still be taken directly to the product. 

Make A Wish Before It's Too Late! | Crafty Friends Blog Hop ft Hero Arts

Hello!
It's time for another Crafty Friends Blog Hop!  This month, we have chosen to feature HERO ARTS!  Hero Arts has been around for over 40 years, is a Certified Green Business, AND Hero Arts was one of the first companies I (and many, many others) was ever exposed to in the rubber stamping world!  Hero Arts was kind enough to offer our hoppers a coupon code - good for September 20th & 21st only.
The instant I saw the Dragons & Unicorns Stamp Set, this card sprang to mind.  There is a coordinating die set as well, but as this is a one layer scene, I did not use them for this card.

The Crafty Friends are at it again, this month we're hopping featuring products from Hero Arts.  Get the full product list, along with all the details about this adorable, charred, card, on the blog.

To begin, I stamped the images onto a card front piece of white card stock.  Then I stamped them again onto some painters tape to create a mask.  Using my craft knife, I quickly cut out the images - they don't need to be perfect, we just make sure the lightest areas of the images are covered.  I put the masks on the images, and then put a strip of painters tape across the entire card front.  Using the Life Changing Blending Brush, and a cloud stencil, I inked clouds into the sky.  I used Tumbled Glass for all of the clouds, and added a little Mermaid Lagoon to the cloud lines closest to the "ground".  Then I carefully pulled up the tape, and put a fresh strip down, so as not to transfer any ink.  I inked Oatmeal Cookie beneath this tape line.  Once my inking was done, I stamped my sentiment.  I wanted to make sure that it was very dark and crisp, which is why I waited until after inking.

The Crafty Friends are at it again, this month we're hopping featuring products from Hero Arts.  Get the full product list, along with all the details about this adorable, charred, card, on the blog.

After the background inked, I colored in my images.  I used a very light touch with the pencils, adding multiple layers of color.  When each layer was complete, I used a little Mona Lisa Odorless Paint Thinner to blend everything together.  This keeps the "tooth" of the paper intact, rather than burnishing with the pencil to blend.

Pencil Colors Used: 
02, 05, 08, 010, 014, 017, 020, 021, 023, 024, 025, 033, 034, 039, 041, 044, 047

Once the image was colored, I layered my card front onto another piece of white card stock, and then added this to a white card base.  I used my Punch Press to "chew" away a portion of the side of the card (this does go through all of the layers of the card).  Then, using a small sponge dauber, I inked that portion with Oatmeal Cookie, and Dark Roast inks.  A little dab of shimmer, from my Nuvo Shimmer pen, on flame was the final touch.  

The Crafty Friends are at it again, this month we're hopping featuring products from Hero Arts.  Get the full product list, along with all the details about this adorable, charred, card, on the blog.

I love this cute little birthday card, and hope my son-in-law will appreciate it!  Don't forget, there's only a couple of days to use the 20% off coupon code at Hero Arts.  
It's time to hop forward to Lydia's blog!  For your convenience, here's a handy list of the stops, in case you get turned around!


Sara Sherlock (You are here!)


Click the image below to head off to see what Lydia has created!  


Thanks for stopping by!



Supplies Used:
Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.) Please note, when possible, I try to offer multiple sources for the items I use. Products with two or more logos - underneath, or on the side, give you options of where to purchase, in case the item has sold out at one shop. To visit the first store, click on the photo of the item. To visit the second (or greater) source, click the logo for the second shop - you will still be taken directly to the product.