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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=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=”I have some exciting news to share! I’ll be guest designing with 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! (opens in a new tab)”>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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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Floral Happy Birthday Card

It’s amazing how the weather in  New England can fluctuate so much from day to day. Two days ago I was sweating to death in my not-air-conditioned house and today I’m wishing I wore a sweater and looking forward to hot soup for dinner! Though some of my flowers and veggies are doing really well, this fluctuating weather seems to have also taken a toll on my garden this year. So for now I’ll have to settle for lots of floral cards in bright colors to get me by!

Happy birthday floral emboss resist

I created this one by stamping several floral images from the SSS Spring Flowers stamp set onto a watercolor paper panel. I used VersaMark ink and white embossing powder to stamp and then emboss the images. Over all of that, I painted two layers of watercolor washes in pink and purple-toned shades.

Happy birthday floral emboss resist

The die-cut sentiment comes from the Painted Happy Birthday die. The rest of the sentiment was stamped on black paper and heat embossed in white, then mounted to the front of the panel with some foam tape.

Happy birthday floral emboss resist

You can just barely see it in the photos, but I also added a bit of string just behind the sentiment for added interest. I wrapped some string around my fingers in a circle, then placed it on the panel, pulling at it here and there to create a less perfect look. Some light pink sequins scattered around the panel finished the whole thing off!

Happy birthday floral emboss resist

I’ve also entered this card into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge #76!

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Smile Three Times // Second Generation Stamping

Three happy cards seem like a good recovery from last week’s sympathy card post, don’t you think?

Smile Wplus9 Punny Produce

I have been making lots of card sets lately (see here, and here…and here) and this Punny Produce: Pear set from Wplus9 was so cute and simple I couldn’t stop with just one card, so I made three! I started by stamping the pear outline in a medium-tone brown ink onto three different scallop-edge card panels. Next, I chose three colors of ink and stamped the solid image inside each outline.  I did something a little different for the stamping this time, though! I used second generation stamping for each solid filler image. So, I’d stamp off once (using varying amounts of pressure) onto some scrap paper before stamping the image onto my project. This created a nice effect along with some variation of tone on each image, which I really like.The ink colors I used were: Appletini, Old Gold and Cranberry Crush, all of which are dye inks from Wplus9.

Smile Wplus9 Perfect Pear

The stamp set also includes a solid image to fill in the stem and leaf outline, but I decided to skip it for this design.

Smile Wplus9 Punny Produce

I kept the sentiment fairly simple, using only the Smile Circle wafer die and some vellum (cut into a circle using this die set). I cut the die twice for each card, and sandwiched the circle of vellum between each smile die cut with some Multi Medium Matte glue before adhering it to my panel with the same adhesive.

Smile card set

I mounted each panel onto an A2-sized card base made of Neenah Desert Storm card stock and then added a few sequins in coordinating colors to finish each card!

Smile Wplus9 Punny Produce

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Cas(e) This Sketch #211 Guest Designer

Sending love card
I’m so excited to announce that I’m a guest designer for this week’s Cas(e) This Sketch challenge! If you’ve never participated in the challenge before, it’s great fun! Every week there is a new sketch to inspire your creativity. Here is this week’s sketch:
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For my card, I decided to stamp a few images from the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set with Versa Mark Ink and then emboss them with white embossing powder. I then added several layers of a watercolor wash in some blue and green tones, letting each layer dry in-between.  Sending love floral watercolor

Once my panel was dry, I embellished the edges using a stitched rectangle die. I then die-cut a sentiment using a Sending die and some slate gray card stock. Before I adhered the sentiment, I stamped the word love from a Wplus9 Hand Lettered Hello stamp set with Versa Fine Onyx Black ink. I popped the Sending part of the sentiment on using multi matte medium glue. That stuff never does me wrong.

I added a few clear droplets to finish everything off.

Sending love SSS altenew

I can’t wait to see what everyone creates for the challenge this week!

Sending love card

kimberly

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Sending Lots of Love

Sending lots of love

Hello again! Today I’m sharing a card that is very similar to one I created a few weeks ago

Sending lots of love

I started with an A2-sized card base and masked off about 1 and a half inches at the bottom, and then began stamping various floral images from the Altenew Hello Sunshine stamp set. I used SSS Intense Black Ink for this, because I knew I’d be coloring the images in with my Copic markers after I finished all the stamping.

Sending lots of love

I colored everything with a combination of Copic colors and I really ended up loving the color scheme. I then outlined each image with a gray marker (N2) to make everything stand out a bit more. After that, I added a line of liquid platinum embossing powder across the bottom of the card to delineate the space between where the white space and the stamped part of the card met.

Sending lots of love

For the sentiment, I die cut the SSS Sending wafer die from some dark gray card stock several times and stacked them up (using spray adhesive to stick them together). I stamped the lots of love part of the sentiment on the panel before adhering my Sending die cut just above it.

Sending lots of love

I also entered this card into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge. You can read more about the challenge (and enter a card!) by clicking here.

Sending lots of love

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

kimberly