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Keepsake Cards With Concord and 9th’s Birthday Stack

Happy Wednesday! Let’s celebrate making it halfway through the week with a super cute stamp and die set from Concord and 9th, Birthday Stacks!

This set is a super fun and innovative take on Birthday classics, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them! This set features large images and dies that cut out the borders of the images. They also cut out a frame or surround for the images. It’s the perfect set for making keepsake cards.

Here, let me show you a keepsake card.

These are hard to photograph due to the dimension. The pictures I took in direct sunlight have shadows all over. These cards are dimensional, with three layers. They fold flat to mail, and pop up when removed from the envelope. This card is standing on its own!

On my first card I used the balloon stamp and the present stamp. I also used the celebrate die for the middle layer.

You have the option of coloring in the images, or using the solid stamps in the set to all color. For my first card, I used the solid stamp (Altenew’s Shades of Purple, and a couple of Hero Arts cubes). It’s super easy to line up the solid image with the outlines.

I did color in the dots on the balloon with a Violet Wink of Stella pen. Oh, and I stamped the outline images with Altenew’s Jet Black ink first.

I’m not going to get into the details of assembling the card, mainly because I forgot to take pictures as I was putting it together, but also because Concord and 9th has an awesome video on their website that takes you through the process. It’s super easy if you follow the video here! So easy, I made 2 cards!

For this card, I stamped the images with Hero Arts Intense Black ink, so that I could color with Copic markers. I colored most of the candles, but I did fill in a few with the solid stamp. I also colored all the flames, even though there is a solid stamp. I used the solid stamp for all of the balloons too (all Altenew inks).

I did get some shots of the different layers, so you can see the dimension.

If you follow the instructions from the Concord and 9th video, the cards will fit in a A2 envelope with no issues. Here is my assistant, Savy, to demonstrate.

I would like to stress following the video’s instructions carefully as I did not, and my first card was 1/2 inch too tall (I wrote the dimensions down wrong…). Thankfully I was able to make an envelope to fit it!

Please don’t think that you are stuck with keepsake cards if you buy this set! You can very easily make flat cards, by trimming off the tabs on the sides of the die cuts. Then you can layer the images or make a one layer card. I have so many ideas and I promise to share another post with them all.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

Making Cards · New Products · Techniques

Altenew’s Layered Rose Die & Distress Oxide Inks

Hello and welcome back! I have a quick post to share my first card made using Altenew’s new Layered Rose Die set. I knew when I ordered the set that I wanted to try a watercolor look with them. Totally unrelated but I also wanted to try a new technique I had heard about from Creativation. My failed attempt at that technique led to today’s card, lol.

First, let’s talk about the new technique. We can only talk about it, as I have nothing to show you. This technique involves smooshing Distress Oxide ink on glossy cardstock, and then covering the cardstock with Micro Glaze when you are done. It’s supposed to enhance the layers of Oxide ink and make it look like alcohol ink. (Video here). I just got my new Distress Oxide inks, and I have a ridiculous amount of photo paper so I thought I would try it. Well, photo paper and glossy cardstock are NOT the same thing. The photo paper is not designed to hold that much water…

Since I did have my Oxide inks out, I decided to get out some watercolor paper to smoosh some backgrounds anyway. I really wanted to try out the new colors. I also decided to smoosh some panels to use with die cutting the roses. I used Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Tattered Rose for the roses, and Cracked Pistachio, Lucy Clover and Bundled Sage for the leaves.

Of course, I didn’t decide to make a blog post out of this card until AFTER I finished it… I do have a few helpful picture though.

I decided to leave the final layer off of the roses. Both my son and I (must have a second opinion lol) liked it better off. The background is Tattered Rose smooshed on watercolor paper. I used MFT’s Brushed Silver cardstock to cut out the frame from Altenew. The sentiment is also Altenew, from Signature Word dies. I die cut it from a pink cardstock, Layered it with 2 white die cuts, covered it with Versamark ink, then heat embossed with Hero Arts’ Pink Prisma powder. I finished the card off with some Raspberry jewels from Lucy’s Cards.

You can see on the leaves that I changed up which color I used for each layer. I wasn’t a big fan of the Bundled Sage outline layers, but I liked it for the middle layer. It probably would have been best as the bottom layer, but I didn’t have any panels left to die cut.

I did take a picture of the card with the outline layer laid over one of the roses, so you could see what it looked like.

You can see more of the variety of color from the Distress Oxide inks on the bottom layers if you leave it off. And, I don’t think if really matches the other layers.

I also saved all of the negative pieces to use on another card.

You can see I already pieces one flower together. I used the outline to help me put it together, but I may pull it out when I use the negative pieces.

These tiny ziplock bags I found at Michael’s are perfect for holding tiny die cut pieces together.

Here are some of the other smooshing panels I made with the new Distress Oxide colors.

Tattered Rose and Hickory Smoke.

Picked Raspberry (old color), Hickory Smoke and a little Tattered Rose. I love how you can layer the same color over itself, drying the layers in between, and get such a variety of colors!

Wilted Violet (old) and Faded Lilac.

I purposely left a lot of white space on these panels, as I already have panels fully covered with ink. I want to use these smooshed areas as focus points.

I did pick up some other colors, but didn’t smoosh them all. I also smooshed some into some Concord and 9th products I will share in another post, once I make them into cards.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

New Products

Concord and 9th February Release

Happy Friday! I thought I would celebrate the weekend by sharing Concord and 9th’s February release with you. Yes, I did purchase the February release bundle this month! It was way too tempting!

I love those pool colored envelopes!

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Here is the whole bundle. The only thing not included in the bundle, but “released,” in February was the Love and Hugs stamp set, which was January’s Free with 60$ purchase set. I happened to get it in January, and made a card that I will share below.

Let’s take a closer look at each bundle.

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This is the Birthday Stacks bundle. It’s so hard to describe what this set can do, but I will try. Do you see the lines that stick out on the ends of the dies? Those lines have notches that you use to fold tabs in to create keepsake boxes. I highly recommend checking out the video on Concord and 9th’s website. I plan on using this set for cards this weekend, and will be sure to write a post.

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I was super excited about this set when I first saw it. Wonderful Florals is a large floral image with the word Wonderful. It has supporting images you can add to the image, or stamp separately, cut out with the matching die and use it to add dimension. I also like that the word Wonderful has a separate die.

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The Mosaic Turnabout is 2 turnabout stamps in one. You can take the center out and stamp it by itself, or stamp it with the outer piece. I like the different options.

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This cute set is the Everyday Bundle. I’ve been looking for some bigger sentiments, and I like the ones included in this set. They are traditional, but a couple of cute ones as well. I also like the versatility of the dies.

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With all the cover plate dies I’ve found in my possession recently, plus the turnabout stamps, I needed some good sentiment dies. This set has some friendly sentiments and I like the tiny heart dies as well.

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The Everyday Tintables cards are a new product from C&9th. The yellow part is resistant to inks and watercolors, so you can blend ink or paint over them, and the resist part will stand out. They have the “Just a little note,” card as well as patterns.

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And bonus, the Hooray die is the free gift with purchase of $60 or more for February! Yeah for needing more sentiment dies.

As I mentioned, I don’t have any cards to share with these items, but do have a card I made with the Love and Hugs set.

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I used the Hero Arts Nesting dies to cut out a heart from MFT’s Wild Cherry cardstock, and also to dry emboss a heart on the white panel. Fun foam popping up the red heart. The large Love & Hugs was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed in white. I stamped the little hearts from the set in Altenew’s Ruby Red, brushed them with Wink of Stella, and covered them with Glossy Accents. The card base is also Wild Cherry.

Thanks for stopping by, and sticking around through my shopping spree! I plan to use some of these products this weekend (I’m even taking off Friday to have some extra time). I’ll be sure to share the results with you.

Nicole

Kit Unboxing · Making Cards · New Products · New to Me

Hero Art My Month Hero February 2018 Unboxing

Happy Valentines Day and welcome back! Today I am sharing the unboxing of the February 2018 My Monthly Hero kit.

Here is what was included in the kit:

FEBRUARY KIT INCLUDES:

► – 6″ x 8″ Clear stamp set

► – 24 Coordinating dies

► – 3 Ink cubes (Nest, Robin’s Egg, Feather)

► – 2 5½” x 8½” sheets Stone woodgrain cardstock (111 lb. cover)

► – 2 5½” x 8½” sheets Bubinga woodgrain cardstock (111 lb. cover)

► – 2 Mini grapevine wreaths

LIMITED TIME ONLY! Once this product sells out, it will no longer be available. Quantity limited to two kits per household. Kit shipping begins February 9th!

With all of the goodies packed into this kit, it’s an incredible value at $34.99. (Contents add up to $80 if bought separately.)

As of this post, the kit is still available.

Let’s open that box!

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That is a peek of the 2018 Catalog underneath the good stuff!

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A closer look at the catalog.

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Stamps and dies on the left, cardstock, ink and birds nest on the right.

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Here is a closer look at the stamps and dies. There are some awesome sentiments in this kit. I like “Chirping for you,” and “Spread Your Wings.” “You Are One Cool Chick,” is great too!

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The woodgrain cardstock and inks. I haven’t swatched the inks yet, but they look pretty.

I’m struggling a bit with this kit, as I’m not really a bird person.  But, I did have one idea I was able to knock out pretty quickly.

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My plan was to stamp the feathers, and use the die cut heart piece on a separate card, but I liked how it looked, keeping it together. I used Altenew ink for the feathers (Rose Quartz, Sunkissed, Buttercream, Minty Mint, Dew Drop, Sea Breeze  and Lavender Fields). For the bird and sentiment, I stamped it with Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I added some Lucy’s Cards Jewels in matching colors. I added the panel with fun foam to a Snow Cone card base.

This card was quick and fun to put together. I think I will be using the feathers more then the birds,  but I like the Hitchcock feel of the birds and the fonts.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

Making Cards · New Products

Hero Arts January MMH Kit

Hello and welcome back. Today I wanted to share a post including the cards I made using the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero January 2018 kit. I previously shared the unboxing and the first card I made with the add on Confetti die.

I think I mentioned before that I was afraid it would be difficult to be “unique,” with this set. One of my goals with crafting is to try to do something different, or out of the box. I wasn’t sure I could do that with this kit, especially after the fabulous cards the design team shared. I kept my cards simple, and as you can see they are very similar. I stamped a bunch of panels all at once, in different colors.

 

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This first card was stamped in a light pink Altenew ink (I forgot to keep track :(). The second layer was stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with the Hero Arts silver powder from a previous kit. I repeated the heat embossing, so get the thicker, smoother look (I did the same on the first three cards). I matted the white panel on to some of the shimmery pink cardstock included in the kit. It’s beautiful! I also used the cardstock for the sub sentiment from the kit, and double heat embossed it. I adhered it to the card with foam tape. I added some Clear Sparkle Confetti sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to finish off the card.

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For this card, I stamped the first layer in Delicata Pink Simmery ink, and the second layer was double embossed, as previously mentioned. I used MFT’s small banner from the Hearts in a Row Vertical set, and the sub sentiment is from MFT’s From the Heart. I added a sliver of MFT Silver Sparkle cardstock to the banner, and some Silver jewels from Studio Katia. The card base is Gina K Design’s Bubblegum Pink.

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The first layer on this card was stamped in a Altenew’s Sea Breeze ink. The sub sentiment is again from MFT’s From the Heart, and I used a banner from the Hearts in a Row Vertical set. The jewels are from Lucy’s Cards and the card base is MFT’s Snow Cone.

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For this card, I stamped the first layer in the ink from the kit (Royal Red) and the second layer in Altenew’s Jet Black. I added a heart cut out from MFT’s Wild Cherry cardstock, and stamped with a sub sentiment from From The Heart in Versafine ink and embossed. I added the little triple heart stamp from Concord and 9th’s Love and Hugs, and the jewels are Lucy’s Cards. The card base is more Wild Cherry.

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Of course I had to stamp this on Gina K’s In the Navy cardstock and emboss in gold. I used Delicata’s White Shimmer ink on this one. I cut out a bunch of little hearts from Concord and 9th’s Hearts and Love in MFT’s Gold Foil cardstock. I like this set because it cuts out a bunch of hearts at one time. The card base is Gina K’s Kraft.

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Bonus card! I used the left over panel from my first card with the Window on Love Confetti Fancy Die. I cut some more out of heavy weight white cardstock and layered them together. I cut out a heart from vellum using Hero Arts’ nesting hearts, as an anchor for the sentiment. The sentiment is from From the Heart, and I used the fishtail banners again. I embellished it with some of the leftover hearts.

If I didn’t specifically mention the card base, it was made with 110 lbs Neenah Classic Crest Solar White.

Whew, that was a lot of cards! And, posted just in time to receive the February kit!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

Challenges · Making Cards · New Products

MFT Sketch Challenge 370

Hello and welcome back! I hope your week is going well. Today I have a quick post to share the card I made for this week’s sketch challenge at MFT. This week’s card is very similar to last week’s, and pretty true to the sketch, since I didn’t have much time to get creative.

The sketch:

And my card:

My apologies for the bad pictures, it was late by the time I finished.

I broke out the Stitched Heart Peekaboo Window to make an opening for a heart shaker pouch in my MFT Wild Cherry cardstock. This time I used a Wild Cherry maze piece.

I took the sentiment from Welcome Baby, and masked off the bottom line so I was left with “You are Amazing,” which was stamped with Altenew’s Jet Black ink. I cut it out with the Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strips and used the bigger size on MFT Silver Sparkle. I layered the two and adhered it with fun foam.

Silver gems from Studio Katia finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

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Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge

I can’t believe it’s Monday! I really need a little more weekend. I was so inspired by all of the organization shared on Instagram since the new year that I decided to get a bit more organized myself. This included another trip to IKEA, the purchase of another (bigger!) Kallak unit, and building it! I also bought my daughter a new bed, which had to be assembled. Oh my, I don’t think I will ever be able to stand up straight again!

Because of all of this excitement I didn’t have much time to craft this weekend. I made some simple cards, using pieces I had leftover from earlier cards. I wasn’t very innovative either.

This week, the Wednesday challenge is Anything Goes (thank goodness) featuring Art Impressions products. I don’t have any Art Impressions products, which made this a bit easier for me.

I grabbed the Silver Sparkle Cover I had left over that was die cut from Hero Arts Window on Love Confetti Cover die. I also had some leftover white pieces to inlay.

I used a Hero Arts Heart infinity die to cut out a vellum heart to anchor the sentiment. The word “Love,” from Simon Says Stamps Love, was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts Pink Prisma powder. This powder is gorgeous!

The sub sentiment is from Concord & 9th’s Monogram Ampersand and was stamped in Altenew’s Jet Black ink. I adhered it with foam tape. Pink gems from Lucy’s cards accent the sentiment. I used fun foam, and a Neenah Solar White card base.

Once I get everything organize I’ll write a blog post. I don’t really have any earth shattering tips. I pretty much use the same system that Jennifer McGuire does. I finally broke down and purchased a label maker, and I’m finally cutting up my ink swatches and putting them in the pockets. Oh, and I made some paper swatches too. The one thing that saved me is that I watched Jennifer’s videos when I first started crafting, and applied her system right away. I highly recommend her Favorite Crafty Things of 2018 Organization video.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole