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. ย 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. ย 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!

Where Creativity Meets C9 #2

Today I have a card to share for the latest challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9. The theme of this challenge was watercolor. Concord &9th and watercolor? Yes, please!


I made this card immediately after seeing the challenge post and then just sort of held onto for, like, forever. Nothing like procrastination!


I used the You’re My Person floral stamp: I masked of a wide strip and stamped the large floral stamp twice to fill it in, rotating it slightly so that the flowers would line up without overlapping. I used Distress Ink in Antique Linen to make the impression so that I could have a no-line watercolor look. I lost some of the detail in the flowers that way, but I’m still pretty happy with the look. I painted the flowers with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. Then I stamped the sentiments Brushed Blossom set in VersaFine and heat embossed with clear powder. I stamped and painted a few more flowers around the sentiment. Then I attached the panel to a top-folding A2 card base.

Thanks for looking!

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!

Color Throwdown #409

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


Here is my card:


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.


And there you have it. Until 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:


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


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.



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


Thanks for stopping by!

SSS Card Kit: Handwritten Floral Greetings

Those cards that are piling up? Here’s one I made last month using the July card kit from Simon Says Stamp. The kit is unfortunately sold out, so here’s a link to the stamp set, Handwritten Floral Greetings. This was one of my favorite card kits since I started subscribing last spring. I’m such a sucker for florals.

To make this card, I first stamped and embossed the flowers and leaves in white, and then filled in with some of the other smaller floral stamps using clear embossing powder. I love tonal embossing like this. Then I embossed the “grateful” (from My Favorite Things) onto velum, trimmed it and attached it to the gray cardstock. I layered that onto a yellow patterned paper from the kit using a piece of craft foam.

I’m hoping to make more cards with this kit soon. It’s perfect for thank you notes, and I actually have a “thank you” note war going on with my mom. This stamp set will have to make an appearance soon, I think.

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time!


The Ton Stamps: Loose Peonies

Hi friends, long time no blog! My crafty mojo has waxed and waned this summer, as I’m sure it has for lots of you. Gotta get out there and enjoy the warm days before they disappear! But I do have a bunchย of card photos piling up, waiting to be edited and shared, so.

Today, I have the finished version of a card panel I posted on Instagram awhile ago. It features the Loose Peonies set from The Ton Stamps.


To create the cluster, I stamped the peony in Versamark on watercolor paper, heat embossed it, then stamped the second peony, applied the embossing powder and carefully brushed away the overlap before heat setting it. Lather, rinse, repeat for the third peony. I mixed Hibiscus Burst and Melon Berry inks from Papertrey Ink, loosened the inks with a spritz of water, and painted the peonies. I started very light and built up the layers of color to add shadow and depth. Peonies for days, y’all.

I finished the panel with a stamped sentiment from the same set and some leftover yarn that just happened to match the card perfectly.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!