Friday, September 27, 2019

Concord & 9th Friday Feature: Holly Berry Bundle

Good morning!  
This is post number two today.  If you are looking for my Concord & 9th Stocking Stuffers Bundle Feature post, please click HERE.

This post is my final Concord & 9th September Holiday Release Feature Friday post.  It's been an honor to be a guest designer for September.  And September certainly has flown by!

Today I'm sharing projects created with the Holly Berry Bundle.

The Holly Berry Bundle consists of the Holly Berry Turnabout Stamp Set,

I made a number of very simple, but classy holiday cards using the Holly Berry Dies.

I had experimented with heat embossing the Woven Stripes Background on dark cardstock.  Look how pretty that is!  The woven detail is still visible even when embossed!

I wanted to see how it looked in plaid.  It reminded me of a holiday tablecloth that we used to have on our dinner table.

But that tablecloth was in a dark red/burgundy.  So I made another.

I decided to use the gold foiled paper from the Neutrals Foil Paper Pack.  

I cut several of the Season's Greetings frames in gold, and the solid frame from matching cardstock and simply added them to my embossed panels that I had trimmed to A2 size.

I love this simplicity!

The Holly Berry Turnabout makes gorgeous holiday backgrounds, and has two turnabout stamps included.  One for the leaves, one for berries.  The leaf turnabout images are very stylized, so much so that I wondered if it could be used for more than just the holidays.  (I love when I can make seasonal themed stamps work all year long!)  I tried fall ink colors, beige, kraft, chocolate and turquoise and loved the result.  I paired my background with an ink blended leaf from Thankful Leaves Dies.  I had inked the full leaf before cutting the veining.  I removed the veins, and darkened them with more brown ink, then popped it back in place and adhered it to the background panel.  I cut a small strip for the partial greeting, and added the word wonderful, that I had stamped in turquoise and carefully trimmed out with scissors.

Thanks for joining me this month for this Feature Friday experience!  It's been so much fun to share my projects with you.

Thanks for this opportunity, Concord & 9th!!

Concord & 9th Feature Friday: Stocking Stuffers Bundle

Can you believe that September is almost over already?  Today is my final Friday Feature day as a guest designer for Concord & 9th's September Holiday Release.  Once again, I have two blog posts today.  This post features projects created with the Stocking Stuffers Bundle.

The Stocking Stuffers Bundle includes the Stocking Stuffers stamp set;

I also have a post today that features the Holly Berry Bundle HERE.

The Stocking Stuffers Bundle contains stamps and dies to create interactive holiday cards.  Today I made hanging Santa stocking cards with hidden slide-out greetings.

I stamped the three gift toppers onto a Copic friendly white cardstock using my Original MISTI.  I stamped all three at once, as well as the small pinecone and holly image.
I then added color to the images with Copic markers.

Next, I stamped and colored the stockings, and die cut and colored the cuff of the stockings as well.

Here is one of the assembled cards.  I first used the small die to cut the slider hole in a panel of black cardstock before adding my mantel.  My wood mantel was created by stamping the Barnwood background stamp on white cardstock with dark gray ink.  Using a blending brush, I added kraft and gray inks to create a neutral stained wood color.  

I die cut the slider tab from white card stock and stamped my hidden greeting, then slipped it through the hole and carefully adhered the topper to the top of the greeting.  Next I adhered the black panel to a top-fold card base, adding adhesive only to the edges of the panel to make sure that my slider greeting was free to move beneath.

Next I added my pine boughs.  These pine boughs were cut from 4 different green cardstocks using the Take a Bough dies.  I simply snipped portions from the ends of each die cut and layered above the mantel.  I added a piece of twine and the tiny tag to the garland too.  I adhered the stocking in place and heat embossed the visible greeting.

A second, very similar card using gold cording in the garland.

And a third, which uses the string bows from the Stocking Stuffer die set to attach the tiny tag with the "pull me" directions.

The set of three:

The set of three showing the hidden messages:

I still have several colored pieces to create more cards with.  I decided to use of of the stocking toppers here on this cards.  I stamped the background using the Woven Stripes background stamp.  I stamped it both horizontally and vertically to create the plaid.

I created a "tray" with a strip of red cardstock, and wanted to have the little monster from Monster Hugs Bundle carrying it as if bringing gifts to a good friend.  The little matching die that cuts the separate monster fingers was perfect to add to the edges of the tray!

I added the nice list greeting to the die cut (from Holly Jolly dies) and inked the edges before adding two extra pinecones to the bottom.

I love to find ways to use my new sets with older ones and try to think outside the box.  With these very versatile sets, it opens up so many new possibilities!!  

Please click HERE to see my other post that showcases the Holly Berry Bundle.  I'm using the dies to make very simple, but classy holiday cards, as well as experimenting with a way to make a holiday set a year-round set!  

Thanks for visiting!  Have an awesome day!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Concord & 9th Friday Feature: Mistletoe Messages Bundle

Hello!  This is post number two for today:  Part two of my Concord & 9th September Release Feature Friday.  If you'd like to see the post which features the Merry Shapes Bundle, please click HERE.

This post features the Mistletoe Messages Bundle.  This bundle includes the Mistletoe Magic stamp set which is a 3"x 4" set full of small holiday greetings that are perfect for cards and tags:

and the Mistletoe Messages Dies, which includes the large Mistletoe sprig, berries, a string bow and a double ended banner die sized for all of the stamp set sentiments.

My first project uses the Mistletoe die, both for the ivory die cut, and the negative from that diecut used as a stencil to ink the Mistletoe image onto my card panel with Tea Dye Distress Oxide ink.  

I added the ivory die cut and layered the gold berries, cut from the gold foil paper from the Neutrals Foil Paper Pack to my inked panel.  The panel was trimmed down to 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" and layered with a dark brown cardstock, a striped patterned paper and the gold foil before adhering it to a folded cardbase.  The sentiment was heat embossed in ivory onto the dark brown banner strip and added right-justified to the card.

My next card uses the Mistletoe dies once again.  This time, I die cut the Mistletoe sprig multiple times from the green foiled paper from the Holiday Foil Paper Pack, as well as some pale green glitter paper.  I snipped the die cuts apart, into mini sprigs which I arranged to fit beneath the frame die from the Holly Berry Dies.  The berries were die cut from white and gray cardstock and added randomly amongst the sprigs.  

I used the Jolly Dies to cut dark teal cardstock and the pale green glitter paper to cut the tiny banner and the large word.  The teal letters were inlaid into the glittered banner before adhering to my card.

For my final card, I used the tiny snowflake, one of the sentiment stamps and the banner die along with one of my older stamp sets in my collection.  These sentiments can give new options to many of your other holiday and winter themed sets.  Here, I used the Let It Snow sentiment to along with the large snowflake from Snow Flurry.  I had heat embossed the large snowflake with clear embossing powder onto a white cardstock panel.  I then inked the panel with Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide ink.  I added spritzes of water to lift some of the ink with a paper towel.   I also splattered some white acrylic paint to add tiny snow specks.  When my panel  and paint were fully dry, I also stamped the tiny dainty snowflake randomly over the panel using white pigment ink.  

Once that ink had dried, I trimmed the panel to 4 1/8"
 x 5 3/8" and adhered it to a white cardbase.  I added the sentiment banner strip with foam  dimensional tape, and also added a few gems.

I also used the banner strip and Noel sentiment on a card in THIS post today which features the Merry Shapes Bundle.  Please feel free to check that post out too!

Two other guest designers are featuring the Merry Shapes and Mistletoe Messages Bundles today also.  Please visit Emily and Sara by clicking their highlighted names.

That's all from me today!  Come back next Friday for more Feature Friday posts.
Have a fantastic weekend!

Concord & 9th Friday Feature: Merry Shapes

Happy Friday everyone!  It's been a warm week here in Minnesota.  Having 80+ degree temperatures in September is not uncommon,  but 80+ degree days with a non-working air conditioning system has been rather uncomfortable.  A faulty capacitor has been replaced  and it's working again now, but having some fun new winter holiday products to work with helped make a few hot, humid days this week much more bearable.  Today I'm excited to share more Concord & 9th September Release Feature Friday projects with you.  Today's features include this post featuring the Merry Shapes Bundle, as well as a second post HERE, which features the Mistletoe Messages Bundle.

My first project uses the candy cane from Merry Shapes as my focal image for some holiday gift tags.  After cutting several of the canes from white cardstock, I stamped the candy cane onto the grid paper in my MISTI, then aligned one of the negatives from my die cut around the stamped image.  I used the bar magnet and a disc magnet to secure the negative in place.

Now I am able to pop those white die cuts into the negative and stamp on each of them perfectly.

I cut tags using the tag dies from both Holiday Cheer Tag Dies and Little Love Tag Dies from white cardstock.  I used my MISTI to stamp a border of Woven Plaid to the bottom of each tag.  (I could stamp two at a time!)

I used a small acrylic block to stamp the MERRY three times to each tag before adding the stamped candy cane with dimensional foam tape.  As a finishing touch, I added the red bow diecut to each candy cane (from the Mistletoe Messages Dies).

Since these tags will be given away, I decided to make a small gift bag for the tags.   I used my Original MISTI to stamp the geometric tree image and greeting from Merry Shapes onto a small muslin bag.  I placed a small piece of cardstock inside the bag to prevent any ink from transferring through from the front to the back panel of the bag, then stamped with regular dye ink, and set it aside to dry carefully before handling.

I used the tree image and dies for this cards, stamping two trees directly to my white card base, then adding three more that I had die cut from felt using the solid tree die, then die cut once again using the stitching die.  I used several strands of silver embroidery floss to simply stitch around each tree before adhering them to my card base with Scor-Tape.

This card was a simple exercise in color and perspective.  

I began by using the star stitching die to cut the holes from a white cardstock panel before inking a pink to purple sky with Distress Oxide inks.  

I cut three tree die cuts from the Silver foil paper from the Neutrals Foil Pack, three from a silver glitter paper and one from white cardstock.  Beginning with the solid silver mirror-finish trees, I placed them low on my ink panel, then added a hand cut "snow drift" over the top, covering about half of the die cut.  I trimmed the excess drift paper away using a paper trimmer.  

I added the three silver glitter paper trees in the same manner, this time placing them higher on my panel, and coverinng only the lower third of the die cut with a second hand-cut snow drift.

I sprayed my single white tree die cut with spray adhesive and added clear prisma glitter  to give it a fine glittery shine before adding in to my panel.  

I placed it even higher up than previous trees on my panel so it would appear taller and closer in the foreground of my scene.   I stamped the Happy Holidays greeting to another strip of white cardstock and cut one more snow drift curve before adding it to my panel and trimming the bottom edge flush with the previous layers.  

Rather than stitch the star, I used silver gel pen to draw in my stitching on the angled lines, and a white gel pen for the horizontal and vertical.

Trees are also the focus of this card, using three patterned paper die cuts along with white and foil  diecuts from the Holly Jolly Dies.  These die cuts were added to my white cardbase that I'd added Woven Stripes Background.

The following simple card uses the letters from Merry Shapes.  Instead of using the letter O to form the word Joy, I used the globe from Globe Greetings.  I stamped with globe with Kraft ink, then the blue oceans were added with an ink blending brush.    The Noel banner is from the Mistletoe Messages Bundle.

One final project uses the light bulb filament and stamps from Merry Shapes and a makeshift stencil that I created by cutting into post-it tape with the smaller circle die.  Using this circle stencil, I created the bulb shape with a buttery yellow ink for each bulb, then added a brighter yellow ink to create the glow.  I also brushed in a pale gray ink to accentuate the glow of the bulbs before adding the sentiment from Shine On.

Merry Shapes was a very fun set to play with.  It's simple geometric shapes allowed for lots of creativity, and added some new ways to use sets and sentiments I already owned.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Make sure you check out the Mistletoe Messages feature post as well as the posts from Emily and Sara too!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Concord & 9th Friday Feature: Christmas Florals

September is my favorite month for many reasons:  school starts again, and our family falls back into a regular routine. the temperatures start to cool and the Minnesota fall colors appear. September is also my birthday month, and best of all, stamp company Christmas releases happen! (So I usually make full use of that birthday month excuse and order ALL the things.)

This September is even more special.  I was thrilled and honored to invited to be a guest designer for Concord and 9th for their September Holiday Release!!  I was absolutely thrilled to get an early chance to see and work with all of these amazing new Holiday products for Concord and 9th's Feature Fridays.

Today's Feature Friday post focuses on the Concord & 9th Christmas Florals Bundle.  This Bundle is the holiday version, very similar to their very popular previously released Wonderful Florals Bundle.  This set features Poinsettias, the large font Christmas, and a variety of mix and match coordinating words and sentiments.

It also has a matching die set, with dies to cut the whole large image, the letters alone, as well as various portions of the image, and a small sentiment frame for the add on sentiments.

I chose to stamp the large image in black ink and colored with Copic Markers.  I colored very loosely, leaving lots of white areas for highlights, using several shades of reds and greens and blue-greens for variation and shading.  

While my panel was drying, I created a background for my image.  I stamped the Barnwood Background stamp onto a panel of white cardstock, with dark gray ink.  Then using a blending brush, I brushed in kraft, and brick red ink to create a warm, rich wood grain color.  When the ink was dry, I covered the whole wood grain panel with embossing ink (direct from the ink pad), then heat embossed the whole panel with clear, to create a highly varnished shine.  This panel was the added to my A2 side fold cardbase.

I used the matching die to cut my painted image out and adhered it to my shiny woodgrain panel.  I also cut the merry word die from both red and white cardstock and layered them slightly off-set to the upper left of my card.

I used the large image again, this time heat embossing the image onto hot press watercolor paper with gold.  This allowed me to add color with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

 I lightly added color direct to paper with my markers in small areas, then pulled with color across and blended colors with an aquabrush.  To create variation of color, I used colors from peach to corals to reds,  trying to create dimension on each half of the petals and shading by using different tones.
This time, I used the large image die as well as the letter die to create the cut out letters from my colored panel.  I built a shaker card, by flipping my colored and die cut panel face down, and adhering a small piece of clear window plastic behind the cut out letters of my panel.  (My ATG gun is my prefered adhesive when making shaker cards.) . On top of my window plastic, I added a 3' x 4" frame of double layered adhesive foam tape,  making sure that all sides of the frame fit tightly against each other and were tightly sealed, so none of my shaker pieces would be able to escape through any gaps.  I then added a mix of sequins inside the frame, then sealed the sequins into shaker frame with a piece of red mirror foiled paper from the Holiday Foil Paper Pack.  My shaker panel was now ready to be adhered to my card base.  I decided to use the Barnwood Background again, this time though, I stamped in a medium gray ink onto a beige cardstock, and brushed in kraft ink to add a bit more variation of color to the wood panels.  

I have one more quick card to share in this post.  I love the very clean font of the letters in the Christmas word die that is included in this bundle, and I was curious if they would fit across the front of a horizontal A2 card.  I cut them from red cardstock and lined them up carefully along one of the printed grid lines of my craft mat on my desk.  With a bit of careful adjusting, I was able to make them fit within a 5 1/2" space.  Since they were now all aligned and spaced, I wanted to save that arrangement to use on a cards.  So I cut a piece of Post It tape (washi tape works too), about y6 1/2" long and taped it right on top of my aligned letters.  This saves them all in a row, perfectly aligned.  I was able to pick up the whole row together and set it aside to use when I was ready.

I stamped the Woven Stripes Background onto a white, top-fold A2 cardbase.  Then added my row of letters that spelled out CHRISTMAS.  I simply flipped the row of taped together letters, added liquid adhesive to the back of each letter, then glued the whole row to my card base at once.  As soon as the glue was secure, I simple peeled off the tape!

I cut mistletoe die cuts from the Mistletoe and Holly Bundle, from a light and darker green, added a hint of highlight to some of the Mistletoe leaves with a white gel pen.  I added them to my cards, along and a bright red die cut bow with liquid adhesive.

And also stamped the two small add on sentiment builder stamps from Christmas Floral onto the small strip die cuts.  I layered these sentiment strips onto red double ended banner diecuts (also from Mistletoe and Holly Dies).  The sentiment strip fits perfectly over this banner die!  I added them left and right justified above and below my word Christmas and simply snipped off the outer flag ends.

Thanks for visiting today!  I have a second post featuring the Silent Night Bundle HERE.  And...  I'll be back next Friday with more!

Make sure you check out today's other Feature Friday Guest Designers:

Have a stellar day!
Happy crafting!