Saturday, March 9, 2019

Feathered | Concord & 9th NEW Release

Hi!

The March release is now available over at Concord & 9th today, and I have a few cards to share with you, using one of the new bundles.  Have you been following along for the sneak peeks, over on their social media?  There's some cute stuff with this release, make sure to go over and check it out!


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Today I'm working with the stamp set Feathered, along with the Feathered coordinating die set.  This stamp and die duo is also available as a bundle.  There are three cards, each using this bundle, and each has its own product list following the photos of that card.  Be sure to scroll through all three!


Handmade cards featuring the new Feathered stamps & dies from Concord & 9th.

For this first card, I began by stamping, and white heat embossing the lined feather stamp, on vellum paper.  I then flipped the vellum over it, and colored the back side of the feather with a Copic marker.  Then I stamped the floral feather pieces, using my MISTI to line up each stamp into the appropriate places.  Using colored pencils, I added a little shading to the flowers for some depth.  I die cut all the feather pieces, and layered them onto a piece of woodgrain card stock.  I added a sentiment strip, with the sentiment heat embossed in white.  I adhered the card front to a top folding card base, then added sparkling clear jewels, and random Nuvo drops around, and on, the elements to finish off this card.

Handmade cards featuring the new Feathered stamps & dies from Concord & 9th.

Card #1 Supplies Used:
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Handmade cards featuring the new Feathered stamps & dies from Concord & 9th.

This card began by stamping and heat embossing the lined feather image in gold, onto watercolor paper.  Then, I added a drop of Sparkle Silk into three wells of the Bloom Palette, and added a drop of Splash to each well.  I added water to mix the two, which left me with shimmery watercolor to drop into the embossed image.  While that piece dried, I stamped the image repeatedly, onto a piece of Whip Cream card stock, and sprinkled that with Sparkle Silk.  I stamped, and heat embossed, my sentiment onto a strip of vellum, and attached that to the card front.  I die cut the dried watercolor feather, and adhered that on top, and attached the card front to a top folding card base.

Handmade cards featuring the new Feathered stamps & dies from Concord & 9th.

Card #2 Supplies Used:
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Handmade cards featuring the new Feathered stamps & dies from Concord & 9th.

This card began by ink blending the card front panel.  I used a sponge dauber to add Banana Cream, Bubble Gum, and Pomegranate Splash ink to the panel, then set that aside to dry overnight.  (You could use your heat tool to be certain the ink was dry before continuing, I just happened to have the time to allow it to sit.)  Once dry, I die cut the stitched feather from the panel.  I coated the feather die cut in shimmer, and set that aside while I stamped the floral images in the corners with Clear Pigment Ink, and rubbed a bit of Copper PanPastel over the stamped images.  Then, I adhered a bit of Pomegranate Splash card stock behind the opening left from the die cut feather, and die cut the tiny heart from the die set out of the same card stock.  I stamped my sentiment, and attached the feather, slightly offset from the negative space, using foam squares.

Handmade cards featuring the new Feathered stamps & dies from Concord & 9th.

Card #3 Supplies Used:
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All three cards today, were super fun and easy to create.  I love when a new stamp set can inspire so many different styles of cards!  Which was your favorite?  It's hard for me to choose, because I like each of them, but I think Card #3 is my favorite.  I love that Copper PanPastel over that ink blending.  It turned out so well!

And there's a bonus today!  If three cards just weren't enough, I'm sharing a fourth card over on my Instagram - using this same stamp and die set.  Be sure to stop on over to check that one out too!


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Friday, January 25, 2019

Charming Thank You

Hey there! 

It's been a while.  Those who have been following along for a bit, know that I had moved my mother into my home the beginning of December.  It's been an adventure.  Mom is super agreeable and easy going, but it is sure an adjustment - for both of us! I love my mom to pieces, and it's tough to watch her deal with the effects of aging.  I keep thinking I'm getting my bearings, only to have something else shift.  So, while I'm starting to get into the craft room a little more, I'm not sure quite how long it's going to take to get back to, or find a new, "normal".   I so appreciate you sticking with me through this. 


Today's card features one of my favorite dies that FSJ once offered as a hostess benefit.  Right now, you can find this Charming Thank You die set (along with a whole bunch of returning favorites - did you miss out on the Market Tote die set during it's original run?) on the Spellbinders shop.  I love this scripty die, and was thrilled to pull it out for another use.  (Links to all of the products used are at the bottom of the post.)


I die cut the sentiment three times from Pale Rose card stock, and then stacked the die cuts using the Ranger multi medium matte.  I added a coat of the Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen (LOVE!), for some fun sparkle.  I cut a piece of woodgrain card stock for my card front, and wrapped that with a strip of vellum.  A strip of Tin Pail Card stock, topped with a trimmed-down piece of sparkle washi tape, helped to "ground" the die cut.  Some scattered Nuvo Crystal Drops finished the card front, which I mounted, using foam tape, onto a Whip cream card base. 


Isn't that just the perfect pale pink and gray combo?!

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Supplies Used:
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Friday, January 4, 2019

May Kindness Return

Hello!  

Today's card is super simple and easy.  I loved the resulting card so much, that I'm sharing an alternative version that is even SIMPLER - for those times when you need to stamp and be done quickly.

Simple Thank You card, made with the Concord & 9th Grateful for You stamp set.   Colored image was done with FSJ Color Burst pencils.

I started by stamping the floral image from the Grateful for Everything Stamp Set from Concord & 9th, in black ink onto Denim Days card stock.  Then I grabbed my FSJ Color Burst pencils, and colored in the image.  I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment onto a strip of vellum, and then wrapped the vellum around the colored panel.  The panel was adhered, with foam squares, to a card base made from Whip Cream card stock.  A few scattered rhinestones finished the card off.

Simple Thank You card, made with the Concord & 9th Grateful for You stamp set.

I wanted to show how this card worked, in an even simpler version.  By stamping and heat embossing the floral image in gold - without coloring - you still get a beautiful card, and one that you can throw together when you see the postman working his way up the other side of the street, and have in the mailbox before he gets to your house! For this version, I swapped out the rhinestones for Fashion Gold pieces.

Simple Thank You card, made with the Concord & 9th Grateful for You stamp set.   Colored image was done with FSJ Color Burst pencils.


Are you back in the swing of things after the holiday season?  I'm starting to feel like there's a rhythm working out to our days here.  I'm able to sneak into the craft room more frequently - which is so nice!

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Supplies Used:
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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

New Year, New Tools (A Crafty Christmas Haul)

Hello!


I hope you have been having a wonderful holiday season.  Happy New Year!  I'm so excited for this New Year.  Twenty-eighteen was a "meh" year, and I'm looking forward to seeing what 2019 brings.
Christmas came and went in a blur at my house.  With it, came some fun new crafty tools.  I love snooping on what others are buying/getting, and since this is all coming in a short period of time, I wanted to share with you what I received, either as gifts, or purchases with gift cards.  It may seem odd that so many things are basics for a craft room, however, after several years in the direct sales market, I'm finding loads of things that I want, that others have had for some time!   You'll start seeing these tools pop up in my videos and supply lists very soon!  
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Lets  start with this fun item!  I got a MISTI Stamp Positioner!  My other (different company) stamp platform broke along the hinges, recently, and when my husband was looking for ideas for me, this was at the top of my list.  I'm excited to break it in with some fun layering stamps - or a Concord & 9th Turnabout!  To go with my new MISTI, I purchased the Wipe Off Mouse Pad insert.  This will allow me to stamp cling stamps onto a washable surface, rather than the standard foam insert that will soak up the ink.  




Another fun item I received, was the Tonic Studios Guillotine trimmer.  I have a larger size guillotine style trimmer, but it's rarely on my desk, unless I'm doing a larger project.  It just took up too much room.  This smaller size trimmer only cuts up to an 8.5" tall piece of paper, but that is perfect for cutting card fronts.  I tend to keep a stack of card bases on my desk anyway, so for those larger pieces, I can pull out the bigger trimmer.  If you're not into the orange color, another option that is similarly sized, is the Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Comfort Trimmer.  
I also ordered the We R Memory Keepers Score Board.   Again, I have another score board in a larger size, but don't typically pull it out a lot due to the amount of space it takes up.  This score board is sized perfectly for card making, and you can use the score tool that comes with the board, or your own bone folder (I'm still in love with my teflon bone folder).  One of the first things I found when I was removing the Score Board from the packaging, is that on the back side, there are a few cute shapes, and a diagonal line, so that you can score or emboss those onto your projects as well.  
These jumped right into my cart, as I was placing an order for something else.  I've used the Ranger Multi Medium Matte in the past, and I love this product.  It's a liquid glue that dries completely matte - so if you get a little seepage as you are adhering elements, it will blend in with your paper.  It's got a small tip, which it great for using with more intricate die cuts.  It's strong as well, so it works great for adhering elements to your project.  It's a great adhesive for mixed media work.  Truth be told, I've also used it for some household repairs with success (It's actually really good for repairing broken ceramic pieces that the cats knocked over - let's not get into the details of how I had to figure that one out). 
To go with the Multi Medium Matte, I ordered these Darice Ultrafine Tip Applicator Bottles.  All I really wanted was the top.  I took the tip off of the Multi Medium Matte bottles, and attached these ultra fine tips.  This gives me even greater precision with where I apply the adhesive.  There is a pin in the top, which helps to keep the tip from getting clogged up. 







I have a few more things on order, that haven't yet arrived, that I'm excited to try.  Some I ordered because I've heard great things about them - and some just because they caught my eye - and I want to try them: Neenah card stock (this is supposed to be great for stamping on); woodgrain card stock (pretty!); Bazzill Pale Rose Card Stock (I'm always on the hunt for that "perfect" pale pink card stock); Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pens (sparkles - you know I had too!); Nuvo Crystal Drops in some pretty, neutral, colors (I'm anxious to try these, and I think the neutrals will be used most frequently); Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Jewels (more pretties!); and some ultra thick envelopes (I want to do some more mail art in the coming year, and the thicker envelopes may work better to hold the inks from stamping, etc.  At least, that's my theory!).

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