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. 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Feature Friday | Holidays with Concord & 9th | Christmas Florals & Silent Night

Hello!

I'm so excited to be sharing today's post with you.  I was asked to guest design for Concord & 9th during September - which also happens to be 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.  There is SERIOUSLY so much goodness in this release - I literally opened the package and the ideas just started flowing.   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.
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.**

The stamp and die bundles that are being featured today, are the Christmas Florals Bundle, and the Silent Night Bundle.  

This pretty pink and gold Christmas card, was created using stamps and dies from the Concord & 9th 2019 Holiday Release.  Featuring the Christmas Florals bundle.  For the full details for each card, along with details about where to purchase the supplies used, please visit the blog post.

For this first card, I began by stamping the individual poinsettia stamp from the Christmas Florals Stamp Set.  I stamped this image 5 times using Oatmeal Cookie ink.  I used a watercolor brush, and a few PanPastels to color in the images.  Using the brush means that the color is laid down very lightly, and it gives a beautiful pastel effect.

PanPastel Colors Used:
380.1 Red Iron Oxide Ex Dark, 220.1 Hansa Yellow Ex Dark, 680.3 Bright Yell. Green Shade
680.8 Bright Yell. Green Tint, 340.1 Permanent Red Ex Dark, 340.8 Permanent Red Tint
250.8 Diarylide Yello Tint

After I colored in all of the flowers, I then die cut the images out using the poinsettia die from the Christmas Florals Die Set.  I cut a piece of Woodgrain Card Stock for my background, as well as cutting a piece of white card stock for my sentiment panel, and a piece of gold card stock from the Neutrals Foil Paper Pack to mat my sentiment panel.  I stamped the "Christmas" stamp in Versamark Ink, then heat embossed it in gold.  Then I stamped the surrounding sentiments in Rustic Rose ink.


This pretty pink and gold Christmas card, was created using stamps and dies from the Concord & 9th 2019 Holiday Release.  Featuring the Christmas Florals bundle.  For the full details for each card, along with details about where to purchase the supplies used, please visit the blog post.

I layered the sentiment panel, and the card background together, then added it to a white card base.  I adhered three of the poinsettias directly to the front of the card - overhanging the edges - before adding the last two flowers with foam squares.  I trimmed the overhanging pieces off, and used a few of the trimmings to fill in any bare spots on the corners.

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For this second card, I stamped the large image from the Christmas Florals Stamp Set in Black 
Amalgam ink, and then colored in the image with Copic markers.  When I color, I work from lightest to darkest, then work my way back to ensure that everything is blended.  I also stamped and white heat embossed the scripty "Merry" onto a piece of vellum.

Copic Colors Used: 
R24, RV29, R59, E29, Y17, YG17, YG67, G99, E34, E37, 0

This fun poinsettia and plaid card, was created using stamps and dies from the Concord & 9th 2019 Holiday Release.  Featuring the Christmas Florals bundle, along with Woven Stripes Background Stamp.  For the full details for each card, along with details about where to purchase the supplies used, please visit the blog post.

Then I die cut the image, sentiment, and the letters using the Christmas Florals Die Set.  The letters were cut from the Copper colored card stock from the Neutrals Foil Paper Pack.  I used the Woven Stripes Background Stamp to stamp the background.   On a 4" x 5.25" piece of white card stock, using Fresh Forest ink, I stamped the stripes horizontally first, then turned the card, and stamped the stripes vertically. (Note: Using the Turnabout Jig to do this can make lining the stripes up where you want them SO much simpler - particularly if you might need to double stamp!)

This fun poinsettia and plaid card, was created using stamps and dies from the Concord & 9th 2019 Holiday Release.  Featuring the Christmas Florals bundle, along with Woven Stripes Background Stamp.  For the full details for each card, along with details about where to purchase the supplies used, please visit the blog post.

Finally, I adhered everything together.  I used Multi Medium Matte to adhere the letters to the image, and then used tine daub of the same glue to adhere the vellum sentiment.  Then I used an adhesive runner to attach the floral image to the background, and then the card front to the card base.  

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This third card was so fun to make, but turned the side of my hand blue for a couple days.   I *MAY* need to start wearing gloves when doing this much ink blending!  


This inky manger scene card, was created using stamps and dies from the Concord & 9th 2019 Holiday Release.  Featuring the Silent Night bundle.  For the full details for each card, along with details about where to purchase the supplies used, please visit the blog post.

I started this card by stamping my manger image from the Silent Night Stamp Set.  Then, I die cut it using the coordinating die from the Sew Silent Die Set.  On a card front sized piece of white cardstock, I lined the image up with the sentiment and large star stamp, to figure out placement.  I very lightly drew some marks with a pencil, to let me know where I needed to ink my light beam and sky background.  Then I started inking.  I began by bringing the Chambray shirt ink from the outside edge to the edges of the light area.  Then I added Denim Days Ink, and Black Licorice Ink on the outer edges, to deepen the color.  Once I was satisfied with the blue coloring, I inked a bit of Buttercream Ink through the beam area, to soften the edges a bit further, and tone down the start white.  I set this panel aside, to work on the hillside.

For the hill, I cut a curved edge on a piece of white card stock (You can freehand this, or use the edge of a round item to create a line to cut along).  Then I inked up the hill with a bit of Oatmeal Cookie, and Dark Roast inks - being careful to leave a small portion at the top of the curve uninked.  To tone the warmth down in the ink, and bring some green into it, I topped off all of the ink blending with Green Olive ink.

This inky manger scene card, was created using stamps and dies from the Concord & 9th 2019 Holiday Release.  Featuring the Silent Night bundle.  For the full details for each card, along with details about where to purchase the supplies used, please visit the blog post.

I made sure that the background was completely dry, and powdered it heavily with the embossing magic bag - just in case - before heat embossing my sentiment in gold.  Then I heat embossed the stars around the perimeter of the card front.  I tapped Sparkle Silk around the background, keeping it mostly contained to the blue areas.  Then I used my liquid glue to adhere the hill and manger to the background.  The card front was then attached to the card base with foam squares.

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This final card is, quite possibly, the simplest of the bunch, but I kind of really love the simplicity with this one!  I began by ink blending some Tumbled Glass ink slightly above the center of the card front, then allowing that to dry for a few minutes.  I stamped the manger from the Silent Night Stamp Set onto a scrap of white card stock, and die cut if with the coordinating die from the Sew Silent Die Set.

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

I used a clear block to stamp the star cluster image around the edge of the card front in Pineapple Smoothie Ink.  This fun border works best if you rotate the stamp as you go, so that the border is not too repetitive.  One that was done, I used my heat tool to make sure that the ink blending in the center was completely dry, before stamping the sentiment in Denim Days Ink.  The manger was attached with foam squares, and the card front was adhered to the Denim Days card base with an adhesive runner.

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


Whew!  We made it to the end!  Each one of these cards is my favorites for different reasons.  Which is your favorite?   Be sure to check out the Concord & 9th Holiday Release to get these awesome stamp sets!

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. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Sweeter Than

Did you have a great Labor Day weekend?  We did a bunch of yard work at my house, and went to the zoo for a little bit Sunday morning.  Turned out to be a bit of a bust, in terms of seeing my favorite animals, but we did get fairly close to a few others that were out in their enclosures!

This fun card features a few fun mixed media elements, along with being a revisit to a stamp set that has not been used in a while.  All products, including Copic colors, are listed & linked on the blog post for this card.

Today's card features the Fun Stampers Journey stamp set "Hey Honey" (all of the products used, will be listed at the bottom of the post).  I've used this set before, a few times, but it's super cute, and a fun stamp set to revisit.

To begin the card, I colored a bit of texture paste with a reinker.  I simply spread the paste onto palette (any non-porous surface would work) and blended drops of the ink in with my spatula until I had the color I was looking for.  I spread that onto a card front through the Vintage Screen stencil.  Then I used a stencil created from the Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Border dies, and ink blended some clouds onto another piece of white card stock.  I die cut  that ink blended panel using a Journey Circles die.  I also cut a branch using the Summer Branch die, from a piece of Green Olive card stock.

This fun card features a few fun mixed media elements, along with being a revisit to a stamp set that has not been used in a while.  All products, including Copic colors, are listed & linked on the blog post for this card.

On another piece of white card stock, I stamped the hive, and bee stamp.  I stamped the bee three times total.  Then I colored in the images with my Copic markers, then fussy cut them out - while cutting the table off of the hive image.  I also used my Copics to add a bit of dimension to the Summer Branch die, by coloring in the branch portion, and shading the leaves.

Copic Colors Used:
0, Y32,E33, Y08,Y17,E29,B000, B00,BG93, G99

I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment onto a piece of Dark Roast card stock, and then angle cut the end.  Then, using craft glue and small foam squares, I started assembling the layers.  I added the elements with the circle, branch, and sentiment strip all hanging off of the right edge of the card front, and once everything was adhered, I trimmed them down.  Then I matted the card front onto another piece of Dark Roast card stock, and attached it to a white card base.  A few Fashion Gold pieces finished the card.

This fun card features a few fun mixed media elements, along with being a revisit to a stamp set that has not been used in a while.  All products, including Copic colors, are listed & linked on the blog post for this card.

And that's the card for today.  It seems like a lot of steps, but does go really fast.  As I said, the Hey Honey stamp set is one I've used several times before, is there a set in your stash that you haven't used for a while, that could use a revisit?  What is it?

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.