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Concord & 9th November Release // Darling Petals

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing two pretty floral cards made with two new Concord & 9th products, the Darling Petals Turnabout Stamp and Darling Petals Die sets.

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I decided to stamp elements from the Darling Petals stamp set on craft paper for the first card. I started by stamping solid images in white pigment ink so that the colors I stamped on top would show up a little better. I stamped the other flower layers on top of the white images using an assortment of ink colors. I used the die set for the darling sentiment and then stamped “to my” and “friend” in Versafine vintage sepia ink.

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Since the pattern on the card was a little bottom heavy, I added a little twine bow to the top of the card, plus a few clear droplets to add some sparkle.

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I was excited to try a turnabout stamp for the second card I made. I had to do it the hard way, though, because I don’t yet have a stamp positioner large enough to accommodate the stamp! So, I marked the middle of a 6×6 card panel and the middle of the turnabout stamp and lined everything up by sight as I went. I think it came out ok for having to do it manually! However, you don’t have to be like me! Especially if you have a full-sizeMmisti or other stamp positioner. There are lots of good youtube tutorials on how to use this particular kind of stamp, and you can find Angie’s video for the Darling Petals turnabout stamp here.

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So, I started by stamping the background, then cut it down to a size I liked. I added the sentiment elements in the same way I did for the first card, except that I popped up the hello on a piece of craft with some foam tape.

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Since I didn’t have colored card stock to match my background, I just swiped some ink from an ink pad directly onto some white card stock to match my color scheme a little better.

Both cards came together quickly and easily, which to me is the sign of a great stamp set! And I think the elements here are nice and versatile – you can quickly create a nice, pretty background with the turnabout stamp, but the other elements of the set free you up to make your own patterns or focal points, too!

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Have a great weekend!

kimberly

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November Guest Designing for Concord & 9th // Week 1 : Winter Wear + Swirls

I have some exciting news to share! I’ll be guest designing with <a href="http://Concord & 9th” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Concord & 9th for the month of November, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! If you’ve been following along for a while, you know I’ve created several cards with their products in the past, and they are always some of my favorites! This month, you can follow along here and on their blog for a look into their new November release!

This week, I’m sharing three cards I made using the new Winter Wear stamp set & coordinating dies, and the new Swirls dies.

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I think the Winter Wear set is just so cute! I was also happy to have a chance to play around with my copics and watercolors to color the images I chose to stamp.

Concord & 9th

For the first card, I used the Swirls die to add a bit of interest to the background panel. I decided not to cut the die apart for this and just used it as-is, to fill up a bunch of space. I like how it turned out. I then stamped the elements I wanted to copic color on some scrap paper and colored in the cute face and the scarf. It was my first time using my copics in a loooong time, but I think the coloring came out OK.

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I die-cut the scarf with the coordinating Winter Wear dies, and fussy-cut my little top-knot girl and arranged everything on the panel, adhering it with foam tape. I felt like it needed some kind of sentiment, so I stamped an embossed one on some slate grey cardstock and added it with foam tape, too.

Concord & 9th winter wear

Next up is a similar card, except I used the other scarf, only one part of the Swirls die, and watercolored the top-knot girl (clearly that’s what I’m calling her now…). I think she ended up looking like me! :)  A simple sentiment from the same stamp set and she was finished!

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Lastly, I used some of the smallest images in the set to create a festive card background. I stamped everything with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Then I watercolored everything in a few shades of red.

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I added the sentiment using the largest sentiment in the stamp set, and embellished the top and bottom edge of the cardstock with a decorative scallop-edge die. Quick and easy!

Concord & 9th

I hope you enjoyed a look at some of the new items from Concord & 9th’s November release (it’s so good! You can even purchase the whole thing as a bundle)! I can’t wait to share more cards over the next few weeks! Head on over to the Concord & 9th blog  or their shop to check out the products and some more projects from the other designers!

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In other news: my baby shower is tomorrow, and I can’t wait! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

kimberly

 

 

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A New Card for a New Baby

Hi all! Just stopping in today to share a recent card. After what has been a loooong while, I  got back into my craft room twice in the last month! That’s a total win for me.

Baby Ezra card

Most recently I made a card for a friend who has a brand new baby at home, named Ezra. It’s just a simple watercolor background with Neat & Tangled Journaling Alphas on the front to spell Ezra’s name. The hello sentiment is cut from a stamp in another set I had lying around.

Baby Ezra card

Clean and simple. Short and sweet.

Baby Ezra card

I hope your week is off to a good start!

kimberly

DIY, Inspiration

Ice Dyeing and Exciting News!

Wow. It’s been a loooong time. I’ve really been neglecting this blog, and I’m sorry about that! I hope some of you are still hanging in there with me! I do have a fairly good excuse for my absence this time: I’ve been busy growing a human!

Baby O

Look at that little thumb sucker!

I found out in late April that I was pregnant, and this little one zapped my energy (and my desire to eat or keep food down) for quite a while. Now we’re doing pretty good, cruising through the very end of the second trimester and prepping for his or her arrival in a few short months. In the meantime, though, I’ve done very little card making or crafting, and even my soapmaking ended up on the back burner. The good news now is that I’m feeling a little more energized and a lot less nauseous lately! So, I’ve started to do some little DIY projects here and there that I plan to start sharing here soon.

The first of the projects I want to share is an ice dyeing experiment I tried (and re-tried) last week.

Ice dying

My friend gifted me a massive, amazing, pregnancy pillow (that I now can’t imagine living without) and the all-white pillowcase was screaming at me to do something with it. After some pinterest searching, I decided that I loved the look of Ice-dyed fabrics. They’re not in-your-face tie-dye. To me they seem a bit more subtle than that, and you end up with great results using minimal effort. The set it and forget it aspect really appealed to me.

Ice dying

Here’s how I did it:

Materials:

  1. white fabric
  2. soda ash (this is an optional ingredient, but I would recommend it. It helps your fabric to absorb the dye and is said to make colors more vibrant overall)
  3. ice
  4. fabric dye (after one failed attempt using indigo powder, I got smart and ordered this stuff, which worked fantastically)
  5. dish rack
  6. wash tub
  7. plastic gloves (important! I learned this the hard way…)
  8. spoon

Ice dying

Ice dying

Instructions:

  1. Put your fabric(s) in your was tub (or sink) and soak according to soda ash package instructions. I soaked mine in a ratio of 1 cup soda ash to 1 gallon water for 15 minutes.
  2. When time is up, wring out all the extra moisture from your fabric(s), but do not rinse.
  3. Spread your damp fabric on top of your dish rack that sits atop your wash tub. Add some twists and turns here and there to give the end product a nice, interesting look. You could position your dish rack over your sink but I’d recommend doing it over a wash tub because you don’t want to stain your sink. As the ice melts, the water and dye will drip into your bin.
  4. Cover the fabric in lots of ice. Lots!
  5. Put your gloves on if you haven’t already.
  6. Using a spoon (metal is best), sprinkle your dye on top of the ice. If you want a less saturated look, use way less dye than I did. I went a little overboard, I think.  Feel free to add lots of different colors here, too!
  7. Now you wait. Let the project sit for about 24 hours before you give it a good rinse with cold water until the water runs clear.
  8.  Throw your fabric in the washer with detergent on a cold cycle and then send it through the dryer or hang to dry.
  9. All done! Enjoy your new colorful project!

Ice dying
It’s so fun to watch the magic happen!

Ice dying
I have a few more onesies and some other colors of dye, so you know what I’ll be doing this weekend!

Ice dying

Let me know if you try this technique for dying fabrics. I’d love to see how your project turns out!

kimberly

Cards

Floral Focus // Best Wishes

It’s been a while! I’ve been in a serious card-making rut, but I did manage to make this going-away card for a friend recently. The design is inspired by one of the many gorgeous cards made by Natasha Valkovskaya who has a wonderful instagram account that you should check out! I’ve seen her use the technique of stamping stripes over an image and then die-cutting it and popping it up on some dimensional foam, so that’s what I did here. I’ve seen many other great card makers use this technique, too. It’s a great one!

Best Wishes

I used a large outline bloom from Altenew’s Beautiful Day stamp set. I used images from Mama Elephant’s Brush Strokes set for the brush-stroke lines across the image. I stamped the lines using ApricotButtercup and Tutti Fruity pigment inks. The best wishes sentiment came from the SSS Birthday Farm Animals stamp set.

Best Wishes - detail

I’m sure there’s a name for this particular technique, when background-meets-focal-point, but I can’t seem to figure it out at the moment. If you know what it’s called, or have an idea of what to call it, let me know! I know many people have used this technique before.

Best wishes

Have a great week!

kimberly

Cards, Soap

Boston Voyager Magazine Q&A

Well, my craft room is a complete disaster zone, which means I haven’t been in there in a while. If we’re being perfectly honest, I’ve basically just closed the door so I don’t have look at the mess. Out of sight, out of mind, right?! I know I’m going to have to buckle down and get things cleaned up in there soon though, because I have Mothers Day cards on my to-do list. I also need to get a backlog of unlabeled soaps labeled. Maybe this weekend? Wish me luck, I’ll need it.

In the meantime, I wanted to share with you that I recently did a Q & A with Boston Voyager Magazine for their Inspiring Stories series. If you’d like to read it, click here.

It was fun to do, and it’s even more fun to see my story on their website! I still don’t feel like I’m anywhere near as awesome as a lot of the other people featured on the site, but I’ll take it!

Here’s the link again if you missed it: http://bostonvoyager.com/interview/meet-kimberly-toney-freshwater-studio-worcester/

Enjoy the rest of your week!

kimberly

DIY

DIY “Marbled” Mug Using Alcohol Inks

I have a new obsession with alcohol ink.

Alcohol ink mug

I’ve been playing around on Yupo paper with various inks. I share photos of those pieces on my personal instagram from time to time, if you want to check them out.

Today, I just wanted to share a quick and easy alcohol ink DIY project. It’s sooo simple! All you need is a glazed ceramic or porcelain mug, paintbrush, alcohol inks, a straw (optional), 99% isopropyl alcohol and an oven. Maybe gloves, too. This can get messy.

  • I bought a white ceramic mug for $2.99 at HomeGoods.
  • I used a paintbrush to paint some isopropyl alcohol onto the surface of the mug first
  • I then started dropping my colors on, randomly. I used colors from this Lakeshore set and this Nature Walk set of alcohol inks.
  • I swirled the mug around here and there to let the colors run *sort of* where I wanted them to. You really just have to give up a bit of control when it comes to alcohol ink!
  • I used a straw every once in a while to push some ink around even more by blowing air through the straw onto the wet ink.
  • When I was happy with the results, and after I was sure all the ink was dry, I put the mug into my oven at 300 degrees for 30 minutes to set the ink. I’ve also read that you can cure your mug (or plate, or bowl?!) with a layer of dishwasher safe Modge Podge, but I haven’t tried that.

Voila! I’m pretty much ready to alcohol-ink anything ceramic at this point. So much fun!

kimberly