Monday, May 22, 2017

Text Hugs with Concord & 9th

 I've been on a roll with Concord & 9th products lately; I just can't help it.  I get so many ideas and it's hard to narrow it down sometimes.  That's not a bad thing though.  Hopefully, my ideas and designs will inspire your ideas and designs and we'll all be happier as a result.  The world needs more cuddles and hugs anyway.

This card started with having the hugs die cuts left over from other projects, whose videos are linked below if you're curious, and using gray helped to ground the card as well as help the teal and purple tones stand out.  The tone on tone gray text background served to soften the design as well as give it a coziness.  To create the frame, you can use any two rectangle dies; just make sure they're spaced evenly before you run it through your die cutting machine.  Here's the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supply list is below.

Concord & 9th Cuddles and Hugs stamp and die sets
Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock and ink
Neenah 110 lb Solar White cardstock (base)
Tombow Mono Multi glue
Little Things Sequin mixes
  • Pearl Necklace
  • Starshine
Matte Medium
DCWV Shimmer cardstock
My Favorite Things Wonky Stitches dies

 Watercolor shaker video

Rainbow Hugs video

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments and I'll be happy to help!  Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you next time!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Traingle Turnabout with Concord & 9th

 Welcome!  Concord & 9th are becoming known for their innovative products, and this triangle turnabout stamp is no exception.  After each time you stamp, you turn it 90 degrees and stamp again until you've stamped 4 times and completed the rotation.  The possibilities for designs is really endless as you can do a minimalist approach with only one stamp, heat emboss a layer to and texture and dimension, emboss resist, 4 different colors (like I did) or monochromatic with 4 shades of the same color; so many options.  I went with really bright, fun, tropical colors and finished it off with a bold black sentiment and sequins.
Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supply list is below.

Concord & 9th Triangle Turnabout stamp
Concord & 9th Lovely stamp
Simon Says Stamp inks
  • Watermelon
  • Key Lime
  • Orange Crush
  • Lemon Zest
My Favorite Things Wonky Stitches Die
Nuvo Black embossing powder
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Bristol Smooth cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Green Apple cardstock
Ranger Matte Medium
Simon Says Stamp Crystal Reflections sequins

Let me know if you have any questions!  Don't forget to like and comment on my YouTube videos; it really helps me out ;)

In His glory and much love,

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Ink Blended Rainbow Hugs with Distress and Concord & 9th

 Hello!  As you know, I love bright colors; they make you happy.  Ink blending being one of my favorite techniques; it's one I use often and I love experimenting with new color combos to see what I can create.  Emboss resist, ink blending and die cuts are all employed to create this bright, happy, punchy card. 

If you have trouble with ink blending, I have a few tips for you.  The first is to change your cardstock.  I used Neenah 110 lb Solar White for years and I got good results, but it took some work.  I heard some good things about Strathmore Bristol Smooth and once I tried it, I never looked back.  Bristol Smooth is a bit heavier and smoother than Neenah, but Neenah isn't a bad cardstock.  I still use it for sturdy cardbases.  The second tip is to hold your blending tool at an angle so that the entire surface of the tool is not in contact with the cardstock.  Use circular motions and little pressure; more pressure creates more friction making is harder to move the tool around. 

Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel where I demonstrate how to create this project from start to finish.  My supply list is below.

Concord & 9th Cuddles and Hugs stamp and dies
Bristol Smooth cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110 lb (cardbase)
Distress Inks (original)
  • Mermaid Lagoon
  • Squeezed Lemonade
  • Abandoned Coral
  • Wilted Violet
Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz
My Favorite Things Wonky Stitches die
Wow White embossing powder
Matte Medium

Thanks for joining me today!  Leave any questions in the comments and I'll be happy to help.  See you next time!

In His glory and much love,

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Summer inspired Mixed Media DT project with Infinity Engraving

 Hey there!  Todays project was inspired by summer and my husbands step-mom.  She is such a wonderful, sweet, kind and generous lady.   I have been thinking about what to do for her canvas for quite some time, as her tastes are simple and mellow.  I used her favorite colors as a starting point and her love for gardening as a theme. 
 Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and the supply list is below.  Feel free to leave any questions in the comment section here or on YouTube and my supply list is below.
8x10 Canvas
Infinity Engraving die cuts
Dylusions Acrylic Paint
  • White Linen
  • Lemon Zest
  • Fresh Lime
  • Cut Grass
  • Vibrant Turquoise
  • London Blue
Dina Wakely Clear Gesso
Dina Wakely Matte Medium
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Pure Platinum
Imagine Crafts Sheer Shimmer Spritz
Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone
28 Lilac Lane Embellishment Mixes
  • Winter Blues
  • Minty Fresh
  • New Leaf 
Mixed Media can be intimidating, but don't let fear stop you from learning, creating and growing.  I don't always have a finished project in mind and my projects don't always turn out the way I imagined.  However, they always come from my heart and that's what's important in the end.  The person receiving or buying the piece finds beauty and meaning in it; that's the key to keep in mind.
See you next time!

For His glory and much love,

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Soft and Loose Watercolor Mother's Day Hugs Shaker with Concord & 9th

 We are almost half way through the year already and while I'm wondering where the time has gone, Mother's Day has quietly crept up.  I have three Mother's Day cards to make every year and I enjoy the creative challenge of doing something different.  Traditionally, flowers make an appearance and while my Mom and both MIL's enjoy flowers, I went a another direction.  This design is really versatile, perfect for birthday, thinking of you, encouragement and sympathy.  Starting with white embossing on watercolor paper, I used powdered watercolor paints to create a loose and soft emboss-resist background.  After that was dry, I die cut the "hugs" and the border edge detail.  To finish it up, I stamped an accompanying sentiment in the bottom right corner, built the shaker and mounted it to a card-base. 
Here is the link to the video tutorial on my YouTube channel and my supplies are list below.  If the idea of Watercolor is intimidating, try the loose technique demonstrated in my video.  It's really easy and so user-friendly, not to mention hard to mess up.

140 lb Watercolor paper
Concord & 9th Cuddles and Hugs stamp and die sets
White embossing powder
Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals shakers
  • Guten Tag Teal
  • Polka Purple
Colorburst Liquid Metals Platinum
Colorburst Orchid
My Favorite Things Wonky Stitches
Hero Arts Acetate
Tombow Mono Multi glue
3M Foam Tape
Little Things Sequin Mixes
  • Pacific
  • Lucky Dip Purple Paradise
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
SSS Smoke cardstock

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