Inspired by #52 and Where Creativity Meets C9 #8

Hi friends! Today I have two one layer cards featuring stamps from Concord & 9th. Both of these cards were created using just the card base, with no additional paper layers.


(Background paper is Garden Tea Party floral wrapping paper from Paper Source.)

First up, I have a one layer card using the large floral stamp from Hello Lovely and the large background stripe stamp from Stripe Builder.


First I stamped the floral stamp down in the corner, using Versamark ink, and then embossed with gold powder.  Then I made a mask, which let me tell you, now I understand why they call it “fussy cutting”. With the mask in place, I stamped the stripes in black ink (Lawn Fawn). Where the stripes should have been behind the floral spray, but weren’t due to the mask, I filled in with a black brush marker, which thankfully matched the Lawn Fawn ink perfectly.  Next, I stamped and embossed the sentiments in gold to match the floral spray. Finally I added a few enamel dots for embellishment.

52I’m entering this card into the latest Inspired by all the Little Things challenge. I was inspired by the striped rain coat, black & white scene, and the small pops of bright lights.

Since I went to the trouble of cutting out that mask, I decided to make a second one layer card using the floral stamp from Hello Lovely.


For this card, I stamped in the upper left corner, lay down the mask, and then stamped again in the upper right. I should note that I only partially inked the stamp the second time because I didn’t want the floral spray extending too far down the card. Pro tip: Make sure your stamp is completely dry after cleaning and before positioning in your stamp platform. I ended up with diluted grey ink smudging my card before I stamped the second time. To correct that, I smooshed some of that ink onto my craft mat, spritzed it, and flicked it over my card with a paintbrush. Happy accident. I finished the card with an embossed sentiment from the Give Thanks set, some black and white string, and some enamel dots that provide the only color on this card.
challenge8I’m entering this card into the latest Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge, which is “one layer” cards.

Thanks for stopping by today!







Update: I was the challenge winner at WCMC9! Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments!

With love in my heart

Valentine’s Day is upon us. My husband and I have decided to give each other the gift of take-out for dinner and catching up on our stories (The Expanse, likely) or watching hockey. I will probably knit. The dogs will snuggle with us on the couch and most definitely start snoring. Idyllic, if you ask this introvert.

When I sat down at my desk yesterday, I was really stuck for ideas. I scanned through the challenge blogs I follow looking for inspiration and was coming up empty. It happens. Second pass, a few small ideas started surfacing. Finally I settled on an idea for the latest challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9. Love is this month’s theme.


Here is my card:


I started off by die-cutting a heart out of watercolor paper. Then I trimmed a piece of card stock down to A2 size. (By the way, My Favorite Things’ Whip Cream card stock is a perfect color match to most of the watercolor paper I’ve used.) Then, using my MISTI, I positioned the heart onto the panel and held it in place with a magnet. Using stamps from the Wildflowers set from C9 and Papertrey Ink’s Soft Stone ink, I stamped an arrangement of flowers so that they fell off the edge of the heart.


Then I used Distress Markers (Candied Apple and Worn Lipstick, my favorites) and a water brush to paint just the petals on the heart. I love these two shades of red together. I used both colors on the larger petals, and just Worn Lipstick on the smaller petals.

The sentiments are from the Give Thanks set, with a slight modification: I wanted the “l” in love to be bigger, so I inked up just the “ove” part, and then used the larger “l” from the Sophisticated Scrip letter set. It was almost seamless, but I was just a touch off in my positioning. Illustrator pen to the rescue! Finally, I mounted the panel to a top-folding A2 card base.


I hope to have another Valentine’s Day card (or Galentine’s Day, in this case) later this week. I just need to get it in mail to my “gal”. Don’t want to spoil it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Like No Otter


Hi everyone! Today I have a card using the Otterly Love You set from My Favorite Things. You know what one of my favorite things is? Otters.

To create this one-layer card, I used a no-line watercoloring technique along with some masking. I stamped my raft (!!!) of otters starting from the bottom and using, masking paper (from Inkadinkadoo) that I had cut into the shape of each otter I needed to cover, worked my way up to cover the bottom third or so of the watercolor paper. I used Distress Ink in Antique Linen, since it blends nicely with browns. Once they were all placed (which probably took more time than actually coloring), I started filling them in using Distress Markers (in Hickory Smoke and Vintage Photo for the otters, Tumbled Glass for the water, and some Candied Apple for the heart. Hey can we talk about that otter holding the heart? Seriously. )


I posted a time-lapse video of coloring these little guys on Instagram if you want to see a little of how I approached it. Layers layers layers.

After I finished coloring the otters, I colored in the heart and then added some watery shadowing to complete the composition.  Then I stamped the sentiment (so many great otter puns to choose from), scored and folded the watercolor paper, and there you have it.


I think I otter go cook some dinner now. Thanks for swimming by!

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.


Here is my card:


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.


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!

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!


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!



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.


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.


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.


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.


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


Obsessed: C9’s You’re My Person

It’s Friday night and I’m writing this while my husband flips between the NHL draft and the Blue Jays game. It’s all sportsball to me, so let’s talk about cards.

I have been making cards with Concord & 9th’s You’re My Person set all week. I don’t think I’ve made so many cards with a single set before. But it’s been really fun to think of different ways to use that pretty bouquet of wildflowers.

I tried to use different techniques for each card, instead of defaulting to my beloved watercolor. For the first card, it’s all stamping. I filled the panel by stamping the bouquet four times. Then I filled each flower or leaf with the solid stamps, which I seriously can’t believe I managed to line those up properly each time. Took an entire morning! I used the companion Thinking of You die from the bundle for the sentiment, cutting it on both black and white cardstock and then layering them slightly offset to make it stand out.


For the next card, I decided to emboss the bouquet with silver  powder onto black cardstock and color it with Prismacolor pencils. I love how they look on black paper, especially that turquoise. I love the sentiment on this one too.


For the third card, I embossed with gold powder onto watercolor paper. At first, I thought I would paint a soft background and then fill in the flowers in a monochromatic fashion. But as I was painting, I decided to just paint the background, so I kept adding layers to make those flowers pop. I struggled with what to do next. I had cut the fishtail and immediately regretted that decision (all that work!). What to do, what to do, nothing looked right. And then I though, oh use the larger wildflowers to make a coordinating background! It’s not exactly what I envisioned, but I like it.


For the last card I decided to just use the solid stamps to make a more CAS card. I layered it with a watercolor striped background I made earlier.


I want to make, like, a million more cards with this set. I just love it.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!