Wednesday, July 12, 2017

More Flower Cards!

Hey guys!

I'm back with three more cards using the, Bouquet of Thanks set from Simon Says Stamp. It is such a pretty set, I couldn't stop playing with it!

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On this first card, I used the stamp and matching die so I could pop up the image for some dimension. The flowers were stamped and white embossed onto Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock and colored with Zig markers.

For my second card, I also used Zig markers, after white embossing the image. Some added, black splatters were just what the background needed to finish it off.

On this last card, I first did some ink blending with Distress Oxide inks, which I love! They are amazing! So easy to blend, so smooth and creamy! Then I again, white embossed the image. I felt like it needed more depth, so I took out a few Copic Markers and added a bit of shading on the petals and leaves.I sprayed the whole panel with some shimmer spray too - love!

I hope you're all enjoying summer! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs ♥

Saturday, July 1, 2017

SSS Bouquet of Thanks Card

Hi guys!

I thought I'd pop in quick with a card I created last night. I do love coloring with Copic markers!

I used the new, Bouquet of Thanks stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. It's a beauty! I love how the flowers are grouped together and they have a bit of a whimsical feel, don't they? So fun!

That sentiment is included in the set, along with some other really good ones! I just added a few sequins, popped it onto a card base and called it done.

I've added a list below which includes the stamp set, the matching die set and the Copics I used, in case you're interested.

Thanks for the visit. I hope all my American friends have a wonderful 4th of July weekend and holiday!

Hugs ♥

Friday, June 30, 2017

Week 3 Feature Friday at Concord and 9th!

Hi guys!

I'm back again to share my last Feature Friday post for Concord and 9th. I'm a little sad that it's the last week of guest designing for them. I've had so much fun playing with their amazing, creative products!

I loved creating with the Petals and Pallets stamp and die set for this week. Oh, my gosh, it's such a fun and fabulous set! 

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The pallet die can be used in so many different ways. On the card above, I stamped the two woodgrain images, included in the set, with a light gray ink on gray cardstock. I then used the pallet die to make the crate and popped it up a bit for some dimension. You can score and fold it along the edges to make more of a boxed look but I wanted to stretch it out across the card so I could fit more flowers inside. The floral images and matching dies are also included in the set, along with the sentiment. After stamping the solid flowers with some bright ink colors, I added some shading with Copic Markers so they'd have a bit of depth.

You can also use the woodgrain images without the pallet die to create a wonderful, textured background, like I did on my next card.

I was going for a subtle background so I decided to use a light ink again but this time on white cardstock. The hydrangeas were created by also stamping the solid image in very light ink, then I did some really loose, no-line water coloring. What a fun technique that is! It looks a little messy but I still like how it turned out. And another great sentiment from the set.

For my last card, I wanted to create a gift card holder, using the pallet die.

Isn't that fun?! So easy to do! Just cut the pallet twice, score and fold near the edges and glue them together. I also glued a strip of cardstock to the bottom. You could fill it with little candies, or a small gift like a bracelet or earrings, or even just a sweet note for the recipient. So many possibilities! The flowers and leaves were stamped, cut out and Copic colored, again for some depth.

I hope I've given you some fun ideas for using this awesome set! Stop on over to the Feature Friday post on the Concord and 9th blog to check out what Lisa and Rosali created too! They are both so talented!

I want to thank Angie again for inviting me to guest design this month. It's been lots of fun playing with your amazing products!

Thanks for stopping by! ♥ 


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.

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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! ♥