Where Creativity Meets C9 #1: Celebration

Hi friends, today I have a card for the very first challenge for Where Creativity Meets C9. The theme is celebration! And it’s a great excuse (as if I needed one) to play with stamps from Concord & 9th.

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Here is my card:

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I have been obsessed lately with no-line Copic coloring, and I have been coloring several bears from the Hugs stamp set from C9. I even made a prototype Christmas bear complete with ugly Christmas sweater.

For this bear, and for most of my bears, I selectively stamped just the bear, leaving his sign uninked. I wanted him to be holding the balloon string instead. I colored him with Copics. Then I stamped the heart, which is actually the heart-shaped leaf from the Give Thanks set. The sentiment stamps are from the Sweet & Cool set.

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Then I die cut the panel with a pierced vertical die from Avery Elle and mounted it with craft foam onto a panel of black cardstock that I stamped with the big stripe stamp in Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder. That all went on a top-folding A2 card base.

That’s it for today! See you next time!

Color Throwdown #409

Hi everyone! Today I have a card for the Color Throwdown challenge.

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Here is my card:

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I used the Wildflower stamp set from Concord & 9th. I get a lot of mileage out of this set. Love it. I stamped the flowers in Versamark onto black cardstock and embossed them with white fine detail powder. Then I painted them with light blue and yellow gouache paint. Since this is regular 110# cardstock, the gouache works well because it’s highly pigmented and doesn’t need much water at all. Then I die cut “you’ve got this” (also from Concord & 9th) in white cardstock and craft foam and assembled it on the painted cardstock.

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And there you have it. Until next time…

Make It Monday #260

This week’s Make It Monday challenge over on Nichole Heady’s blog was “From Black and White to Color“.  This is a technique I see often and love, but hadn’t tried before. And the main challenge for me was finding a Papertrey Ink stamp set that had outline stamps I could use! Haha!

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For this card, I used the Vintage Linens set with some watercolor paint. I stamped the flowers and sentiment onto a piece of watercolor paper with Versafine pigment ink and heat embossed them with clear powder. Then I cut out the vertical panel and painted the flowers. I adhered the side strips to my card base, and then used some craft foam to make the vertical panel pop out.

Short and quick today. I got happy mail yesterday and more is coming today, and I want to play! Thanks for stopping by and see you next time!

 

Inspired by…#22

I’m so happy that the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge is back; it has become one of my favorite challenges in the short time that I’ve been making cards. This week the inspiration photo is a beautiful painting of sunflowers:

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I was inspired by the colors and the paint strokes. Here is my take:

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I used the By Your Side Bird die from Concord and 9th to cut out a template to transfer to watercolor paper. Then I painted the scene with goauche paints, since they go on a bit more opaquely than watercolors. I tried to mimic the brush strokes, which is tricky with goauche, it turns out! Then I stamped the Thanks sentiment from Give Thanks set, also from C9.

Then, as I was trying to take photos, Miss Monkey decided to photobomb the set. She does love birdies.

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(She’s not actually eating the card, just claiming it with face rubs)

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Thanks for stopping by!

Make It Monday #259

This past week’s Make It Monday challenge over on Nichole Heady’s blog was Ombre Cluster Stamping. Love me some ombre! I made two cards using this technique, expanding from a cluster to just full on background because I could never get a composition that I was happy with.

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For the first card I used some of the details stamps from Papertrey’s Bloomers set.  I got this set before I really had a good selection of inks, so I haven’t actually used it much. But I thought it would be fun to use this particular detail stamp (and its smaller siblings) because they kind of looked like fireworks, which goes well with the whole celebration theme of the card. Yes, let’s pretend I planned it that way.🙂

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I stamped with a trio of Hero Arts Shadow Ink dye ink cubes in Red Royal, Pale Tomato (my current fave), and Fresh Peach. I trimmed the 4-bar card down a smidge on the long edges and then ink blended these colors on another piece of 4-bar sized card stock. I also die cut the little banner and ink blended the Red Royal onto it and heat embossed the sentiment.

For the second card, I made another 4-bar sized panel using the flowers and leaves from Graceful Greetings II. I stamped them with dye ink from My Favorite Things in Poppy,  Coral Crush, Gumdrop Green, and Sour Apple. I stamped a sentiment from the set in VersaFine and heat embossed it. Then I cut the panel down using a stitched rectangle die and adhered it to a 4-bar card base.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend. See you next time!

Honey, I love you

I had hoped to spend the weekend making cards for challenges, or just make cards in general, but we’ve been busy dealing with the aftermath of a couple of really crazy storms. For the last couple of days, the only thing you could hear in our neighborhood was wood chippers and chainsaws. And thunder. Lots and lots of thunder. We escaped with very minor damage; our neighbors were not so lucky. One lost their garage to an uprooted tree. Another had damage to their roof from the same tree. You couldn’t even see a house up the street because it was under another uprooted tree. By the way, we have big, old, beautiful trees. We will have to replace the gutters on our garage, but they needed replacing anyway. Other than that, we just had to replace the contents of our refrigerator from the extended power outage.

This is all to say that I’ll be sharing a card from the Pile To Be Blogged instead of playing with new stamps and being inspired by all the fun challenges. There’s always next week🙂

For this card, I blended two stamp sets to make a sweet one layer card: The Buzz set from Reverse Confetti and the Love You. Mean It set from Concord & 9th. They go together quite well, no?

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I first traced a circle onto watercolor paper in pencil and then stamped the images along the line. Then I loosely watercolored, keeping the color palette pretty simple. Then I cut the panel down using a wonky stitch rectangle die and tied some matching twine across. Then I adhered the panel to the card base with a piece of craft foam.

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This card makes me think of summers in the country. A breeze blowing through open windows, walking through a field, afternoon naps, cicadas buzzing, and lemonade. Not severe thunderstorms.

Hope you all enjoy the last few weeks of summer! Thanks for stopping by!

Grateful

I really enjoy making thank you cards. It’s probably my favorite kind of card to make. And since I just celebrated a birthday last month, I had many opportunities to say thank you to my dear friends and family who celebrated with me.

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I made this card to say thank you to my CFF’s (Craft Friend Forever) mom, who made me the most wonderful birthday cake. Once again, I used the Grateful die (and stamp) from My Favorite Things, along with the Sketched Blooms set.

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For this one-layer card, I first die cut the grateful and then stamped the flowers around it. Then I traced the grateful in pencil through the die cut, like a stencil, to guide my stamp placement on the inside of the card.

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It was a bit tricky, and it’s not quite perfect, but probably as close as I’ll ever get! Then, also on the inside, I stamped the rest of the sentiment.

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I really liked how it turned out! And if it gets me more cake, I’ll gladly make many, many more of these!