Monday, March 20, 2017

Concord & 9th Faith and Love

Hi Folks! I've got a TRUCK LOAD of cards to share with you using the new Concord & 9th sets Faith and Love and Lily. These sets were initially meant for Bible Journaling, but as you'll see they are perfectly at home on the front of a card. I was only supposed to create 1 or 2 cards from these sets, but I was having so much fun, loved the results, and could not leave the craft room ... for a few days, hahaha! One night I had even climbed into bed, and then hoped out a few minutes later to try out another idea. Any stamp set that has me creating from 2:00-4:00 in the morning is a winner in my book!

But enough chatting, let's get started, shall we? We've got a lot to get through today!

This is actually the card I hoped out of bed for : ) I just love all the sketchy words in Faith and Love, and how they look in the actual stamp packaging, so I wanted to replicate that on a card. I stamped the lily from Lily, and then made a mask so I could stamp all those words in the background of this one layer card.

You can see the progression of how this card came about once the lily and words were stamped. I first sponged around the lily with green, which was more to make the lily white through contrast, versus making the background green, but the words were too prominent and distracting. So I inked the entire card in blues and greens. The words were still demanding more attention than I wanted to give them, so I added some water spatters and sequins.

This card uses the same concept of stamping/coloring the lily, masking it, and inking around the mask to make it stand out. Instead of using the solid, center stamp to color in the lilies, I used my Zig Clear Color markers and flicked the brush from the center of each petal to the end. No watercoloring at all here, just the straight marker to give it a more stylized look.

Very similar card, but instead of sponging the background, I left it white and drew a border around the card. Also changed the sentiment (there are so many to choose from, you'll always have something different!)

Using only the Zig watercolor brush to color the lilies made things go a lot faster, so I ended up making a few more of these.

Here's another shot of a card coming together. I started with choosing and arranging the words for my sentiment, and thought it wasn't half-bad with just the black text on a white base. But I decided to add a background, in pink, with the fern and spatter stamps. Also not bad. Inking the edges really helped put more focus on the message. And finally ...

I inked each of the stamps in a different color, and then, with the stamps still laid out on my misti, shifted my card base to the right a touch before stamping again. This gives the text color and helps it stand out a little more. 

So in love with being able to make longer sentiments that say more than "happy birthday" or "thank you." I think it makes the card more unique, which is kind of the whole point in making your own cards. This has the feel of subway art, and is bordered with a combination of stamps, also from the Faith and Love set. You could put the flowers in all four corners, only one corner, or opposing corners like I have here. Then whatever is left you stamp with the line and plain corner stamp.

Here's another version in pink. Other stamps from this set include the dotted arrow underneath "follow" and the cute heart. The text "heart" is borrowed from the You Are Here set.

Here's what my Misti looked like. There is only one set of corners and lines, so after stamping the first time I removed all the words, turned the card panel around 180 degrees, and then stamped the corners/line in the other direction to perfectly frame the sentiment. You'll also see the were a few stamps that had to be on regular blocks, mostly because they needed to go too close to the other words. And, I was still in the process of making the previous card, so you'll see that all laid out on the Misti as well. My Misti sure got a lot of traffic that day!

Here is the set of cards, with an additional yellow/orange flowered card on the right. You would not believe, but since I had everything laid out on the Misti, I went ahead and made 9 MORE panels. Why not, right?

Changing the colors in the flowers, and the patterned paper underneath, makes it easy to give each card its own flavor. 

Wow, that was a lot of cards to get through; so happy you made it to the end! Next Monday I'll be showcasing a different set from Concord & 9th so be sure to stop back. Thanks so much!


The products featured in this post can be found through the following links. These are affiliate links, which simply means if you decide to make a purchase I will receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you. This helps me justify spending so much time and money on this wonderful hobby of ours to my hubby : ) 
Faith & Love BUNDLEFaith & Love Stamp Set Lily Stamp Set

Collection of Rainbow Birthday Cards

Hello! Rainbows just make everyone happy, so what better theme for a Happy Birthday card? I've gone a little overboard on the rainbows for an entire set of cards, all using the CAS-ual Fridays Shenanigans birthday sentiment.
I lined up the rainbow of Catherine Pooler Inks, put the birthday stamp on my MISTI, and started stamping down the card. Based on how high the sentiment is, I moved the card down 9/16" before stamping the next color. When I got to the green "birthday" for this card, I left more of a space and indented so I would have room to stamp "happy." It was important for me to line up "happy" with the left edge of "birthday" so the left margin was consistent. 

It took me awhile to get the spacing right. The first cards I stamped on the left will most likely go to some of my sons' friends, who probably don't pay attention to the cards anyway (unless there's a gift card inside!)

I happen to like this card with the yellow birthday highlighted, maybe because it separates the warm colors on top from the cool colors on the bottom. 

I was having so much fun with the rainbow look, I buckled up for a few more ...

For these cards, instead of moving the card down 9/16" every time I switched colors, I moved the card down a smaller 5/16". 

The overlapping effect made more of a focus on the sentiment that was all by itself, with the "happy" stamped on the side. I started the rainbow in the middle, with yellow, for this card.
This one is full-force rainbow, to the 100th power. The blurring effect runs completely down the card to the last purple color. Kinda like an exclamation mark with a long line and a point at the bottom.
I think this card could be used for anyone ... child, teen, male, female, they would all work.

I just really enjoy looking at this card : ) 

These cards are over at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog today if you'd like additional information. Feel free to use my code "KELLY2017" which will save you 15% off any purchases at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Calling All Sistahs Blog Hop

Hi Folks! Here's your friendly reminder on the 17th of the month to check yourself, and/or schedule a mamogram if it applies to you! And to have fun hopping on the CAS-ual Fridays Calling All Sistahs blog hop : ) 

I stamped several images of the Heart Ribbon and a few die cut Ruffled Ribbons to give the feel of a tribe of women standing behind the recipient and rooting her on. The sentiment is from Be and gives a rather loud cheer all on its own.

You may have come from the clever Jeanne Jachna's blog. If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog.

Should you be interested in purchasing anything from the Calling All Sistahs line, 50% of the profits  are donated to National Breast Cancer Foundation. You are also invited to participate in next month's blog hop. Check out all the details at CAS-ual Fridays, along with information on prizes.

Don't forget the discount code KELLY2017 to save 15% off your purchases! 

I will now send you on your merry way to visit Sue and see what she has to share!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Concord & 9th Guest Design

 Hi Folks! I couldn't be more excited to be guest designing with the wonderfully fabulous Concord & 9th this month! I had the good fortune of meeting Greg and Angie at Creativation (CHA) this year, and theirs was one of my favorite booths in the whole show. Towards the end of the show when you'd run into people you know, they typically would ask what the highlights of the show had been. Concord & 9th always came up, either by me or someone else. Their products are so fresh and current, their booth looked amazing with patio lights and a ton of wood they assembled into a wall, and they are the nicest people ever. I really felt a strong connection to Angie and Greg, so was naturally thrilled when they asked me to be a guest for their new release!

I'll share 5 posts over this next month, using all the goodies from their most recent release last week. Let's get started!

The Lucky stamp set and coordinating dies have many different combinations. Using both dies and the stamp, you can have FOUR different layers/colors for the word "lucky," making it easy to be the focus of the card. Here I've only used two pieces from the die, the charcoal background and the gold sparkle script. The mix 'n match options really saved me on this card. I originally just used the gold sparkle script, but with all the busy-ness of the stars below, and all the other words, it just didn't have enough weight to it. Adding the charcoal outline really helped make it stand on its own, and since I used a color that was similar to the background, it wasn't standing out too much. Just right.

I also wanted the word "stars" to stand out a little more since they are a feature of the card, so instead of using the stamp, I die cut the letters and made my own version of the word. Just wait until you see these alpha die cuts ... like the lucky dies, they each have their own outline!! Ack! I love that. The possibilities! You can see the die to the left of the card. This card couldn't handle any more busy-ness so I just used the inside of the letters. But, the double cut alpha dies are perfect for when you want to feature a word ... the equivalent of bolding a word.

The sentiments embossed in white are also included in the Lucky set. The sentiment in gold is from a fun set I'll feature later this month called You are Here. It's got a giant heart made from two roses, so clever. In the bottom corners of the card a few clusters of tiny stars are stamped with Galaxy Gold.

This star is included with the Lucky dies. It has an outline as well (are you seeing a theme in this release?!) so you really get three different looks ... inside, outside or both. Here I've just used the outside portion of the stars so I can tie gold thread around them and dangle them across the card. Love having movement on cards. 

I'll share a tip: when you are too lazy busy to pick out all the colors of cardstock that go together for a set of small dies, just cut them all out from white paper and use your markers to color the paper. So much easier!

To finish off the card I added some patterned paper to the inside. Like I always say, the inside is half the real estate of the card, so it might as well be pretty too! When it's time to send the card, I'll write the sentiment on pre-cut scrap pieces of paper I keep in a drawer for that purpose.

One more card. This is super simple, and thanks to some double-sided patterned paper is quite colorful. My goal with this card was to have a general curved shape on the bottom, having the sentiment also part of that curve. I die cut "lucky" once from black, and then ...

... once from the green as well. I didn't use the green word at all, just stuck that in my album of extra word dies, and only used the bottom, negative portion of the die to fill in the space below "lucky."

The green section also made a nice spot to stamp the rest of the sentiment on. This card would be a good candidate for mass-producing since there is not much time invested in it.

Finally, here are some pictures from the crazy-busy Concord & 9th booth at Creativation:

Love this picture! It has all my favorite companies ... Michele from CAS-ual Friday Stamps, Suzi and Catherine from Catherine Pooler Designs / Stamp Nation, Shay from Winnie & Walter, Greg and Angie from Concord & 9th, and then me. Fun, fun!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I've got so many more projects to share this month!

The products featured in this post can be found through the following links. These are affiliate links, which simply means if you decide to make a purchase I will receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you, which helps me justify spending so much time and money on this wonderful hobby of ours to my hubby : )

Double-Cut BUNDLEDouble-Cut Alphabet DiesLucky Stamp SetLucky BUNDLELucky DiesDouble-Cut Numbers Dies

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

One of my Favorite 90's Movie Lines

When I saw the Sentimental: Love stamp set from Winnie and Walter, I actually squealed.

It has one of my favorite movie quotes ever.

I still remember my heart melting the first time I watched Jerry Maguire and heard Jerry (Tom Cruise) tell Dorothy, "You complete me," right before Dorothy tells him, "Shut up. You had me at hello." That, and the scene from Say Anything with John Cusack holding up the boom box playing Peter Gabriel's In Your Eyes, are the two sweetest 90's movie moments, in my opinion. Sigh. 

Aaaanyway, I've got a card!

And it has a lovely picture of a doggy and a kitty hanging up on a family room wall, complete with wallpaper, baseboards, and some pretty darn trendy gray wood flooring.

And it's on the Winnie & Walter blog today if you want to go check it out!

 Winnie & Walter, LLC

Thanks for looking!