You Are Fabulous | Peerless Watercolors & Hero Arts

I was looking around my shared office space last week and realized I have nothing cute as décor or wall art! While this project originally started as an idea for a card front (which it could still be as it’s a regular A2-size), It may be a fun, summery piece near my computer monitor!

I cut some Strathmore watercolor paper to A2 size. I used a flat, wide paintbrush to generously wet the whole panel before going back in with two Peerless watercolor paints. If you have never heard of them, click here  to find out about this product and how it’s unique from typical watercolor pans and palettes!

I wanted the most concentration of color towards the bottom, similar to an ombre effect. I used the color Jackqueminot Red for the first layer, using more water towards the top so the color would be softer. I used my heat tool to dry that layer before applying my second color, Geranium Pink, in a similar fashion.  Please know I’m not a watercolor expert, and I only dibble dabble in this as an enthusiastic and relatively new card maker, ha!

summery card

I used the Hero Arts stamp set, You Are Fabulous, to stamp the sunglasses, lipstick, lips and the sentiment. Since this was on watercolor paper, I knew the texture could potentially interfere with getting smooth and crisp stamping so that’s where the MISTI tool came into play. I was originally going to leave it alone (the sunglasses and the sentiment were the only things stamped originally), but I took a risk and stamped the varying lipsticks and the lips. This card makes me want to go on a road trip into the sunset, in a convertible car with the wind blowing back my hair 🙂

I love the look of the watercolor and it’s times like these that I’m reminded how watercoloring for a card or project is fun and so satisfying!

 

Until next time, hope you have a wonderful day!

Congrats Wedding Card + Update

This week I have been really missing the Pacific Northwest and wishing magically I was able to take time off this week and go visit. Maybe one reason I have it on the mind is one of my friends is getting married this weekend! I can’t be there physically, but I wanted to show her and her fiancée that I am thinking of them. Not going to lie, I’m feeling guilty I made a card, bought their present, and sent an “update” email to my friend only a couple days out, but better late than ever?

This was a pretty quick card to create before bedtime! I used an older Hero Arts woodgrain rubber stamp to create the background with Lawn Fawn’s Doe ink. I softened the woodgrain by adhering a same-sized Simon Says Stamp vellum over it. I used the Lawn Fawn Congrats die to cut a couple layers of Kraft cardstock that I glued together. I used a Heidi Swapp Minc marker to create that foiled ombre effect with 2 different colored foil and my Minc Machine. I added DCWV Glimmer cardstock punched hearts as embellishment.

congrats wedding card

I think I’ve mentioned in a previous post, but I have started a “30-Day Crafty Wish List” protocol for myself. Essentially, if there is a new craft product I want (either new to the market OR new to my personal use), I place it on my wish list (aka Google Keep document) and my rule is that it must stay on the list for a minimum of 30 days before I can budget and purchase it. It’s my hope that it helps me really decide what items I want to add to my collection, helping me save money and reduce impulse buys (real talk: unused and never will use items sit in my stash).

SURPRISINGLY, I didn’t sneak a purchase (yes, this was a shocker for me!). It’s also funny that a few days into July, technically I could purchase items from my early June entries… but I haven’t felt compelled to. SO WEIRD! I thought I was going to be rushing to place things into my cart and purchase what’s on my list!

Can’t wait to spend a longer amount of time in my craft room! Until next time, have a wonderful day!

Envelope Punch Board | We R Memory Keepers

As you’ve read in my previous post, I talked about my June challenge. This past weekend, I was still feeling unwell from the nasty head cold I had following Memorial Day weekend. I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired or energetic to be able to come up with new projects. However, I really wanted to do something related to my June challenge!

I dug out my never opened Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers (WRMK for short!) and some old patterned paper. I purchased this tool probably a few months into my cardmaking journey. I wanted this tool because of its ability to be able to create envelopes of numerous sizes! Sometimes a plain or solid colored envelope can be underwhelming when you have created an awesome card, so using specialty paper or patterned paper can “up” the cuteness factor. I now know I can stamp and embellish my envelopes but at least this is another alternative too!

WRMK Envelope Punch Board
The unboxing of the Envelope Punch Board: 1) The tool itself 2) A bone folder 3) 2 detailed instruction inserts 

As a disclaimer, the Envelope Punch Board has been in the crafting industry for awhile now and the patterned paper is at least a couple years old. This isn’t a review for the Envelope Punch Board because I only used it once and only for A2-sized envelopes. The Die Cuts with a View (DCWV) Seaside Yacht 12×12 paperpad was released in 2015 so I think it may be out of circulation when I try to Google it online.

The punch board normally retails for $24.99 and includes a scoring tool, instructions, measurement guide and scoring line etched on the tool. It also has a corner rounder that you could use for your envelopes or your cards.

WRMK Instruction
Measurements and dimensions of possible envelopes you can create. Not pictured is the back with step by step pictures on how to create the envelope

Click here  to see the product description for the tool!

Click here  to see the official WRMK’s YouTube video on how to use it.

2 Step Process
This is my interpretation of the steps. First you take your pre-cut paper and align it with the measurement indicated on the chart. Then you push down the punch and score at the etched score line (to the right of the paper). You rotate the paper (counter clockwise direction, so to your left) and align the score mark as indicated. Repeat the process for all sides. As I’ve mentioned, I got a little lost so I definitely had to use the video!

I took some of my favorite papers from the paperpad and followed the directions and insert from the packaging. Not going to lie, I was briefly confused by the directions as I went along but the video quickly cleared it up for me. In addition to this tool, you’ll need a paper trimmer to cut your paper to the measurements needed for your desired envelope and then a strong adhesive for the seams when constructing it. I used my Tombow adhesive runner but thin double-sided tape should work too!

I’m posting a link to a video  I found helpful to avoid making measurement mistakes! I found that one of the envelopes I made didn’t look quite right. I think there is a bit of a learning curve with this tool to make sure it all aligns correctly. As the linked video mentions, one wrong score or punch can cause the remainder of the card to be inaccurate and misshapen when you try to assemble it.

Envelope
What I love about using patterned paper (especially if it’s double sided!) is that when the recipient opens the envelope, there is a pop of color from inside!

Envelopes

Don’t these envelopes look nice and nautical? I suppose I need to start creating cards to go inside them 😉

 

 

 

June Crafty Challenge

Earlier this week, I had an epiphany that I have personally been spending too much money on crafting and planner supplies. I spent some time during Memorial Day weekend making online purchases because of some great sales. I was eagerly waiting for my items to arrive and to get some inspiration, I went on YouTube to watch some of my favorite planners, bloggers and crafters use these new items I purchased.

I was watching one blogger show all the viewers her massive stash of planner supplies where she admitted a lot of it was unused and that she had multiple duplicates of certain products that were still unused… but she proceeded to share she purchased MORE items! I watched another video of one my favorite crafters light-heartedly share she purchased some supplies that will just be a part of her collection and hoarded stash that “I’ll probably never use but that’s okay, it’s pretty to look at”.

I think we live in a very materialistic and instant gratification consumerism society that it’s easy to get caught up in buying the latest and greatest. Crafting supplies aren’t cheap and it seems like awesome products are being released on the daily that all our favorite people and friends use. FOMO or Fear of Missing Out can be a real feeling that causes you to take on the mentality of Keeping Up with the Joneses splurging on products we probably don’t need (or at least RIGHT NOW). I totally get it and I’m guilty to some degree of just the two examples I gave above.

The reason I may be more sensitive and having this epiphany is that recently my husband and I revisted our goal of buying our first home. We are in a rental home until early 2018 and with how fast 2017 is passing us by, I’ve realized we need to really buckle down and get into better financial health to be able to do it when this lease is up!

As of June 1st, I started a No Spend on crafting supplies. The items I see or really want have to be on my “Wish List” for a minimum of 30 days.

Some things I’ve thought about:

  • Not only will this help me decrease my impulse buys but it’ll also help me think about the importance or prioritization of this product versus another thing on my list (new nifty tool or new package of cardstock?)
  • One by-product of this challenge is being able to personally challenge myself to dig through new and old supplies I already have! I’m guilty of having supplies I haven’t used in months or having new stamp sets or inks I haven’t played with collecting dust.
  • How about trying those new techniques I rushed out to get supplies for?
  • How about using up some of my old paperpads and cardstock before getting new ones?

I’ll keep you posted!

PS- No new projects recently. I caught a nasty headcold and I am still getting over it. I hope to return to crafting later this week!

Plane and Simple Stamp Set | Lawn Fawn

I finally got to play with some of my Lawn Fawn goodies!

As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I purchased and received my newest Lawn Fawn goodies on the 22nd but only got to play with them this weekend.

Not going to lie, I didn’t have a specific vision or idea for this card. I was winging it and I was only attached to the idea of ink blending and a sky background. First I cut some cloud masks with an older set called Lawn Fawn Spring Showers die (which has a matching stamp set too!).

Side bar: do any of you have the nifty My Favorite Things Cloud stencil? I passed on it first glance when it came out and I totally regret not snagging it when I had the chance! Many places have sold out and are back-ordered.

But back to this card…I placed the cloud masks randomly on my card front. I used an ink blending tool and used three Lawn Fawn inks : Minty Green, Merman, and Mermaid. It wasn’t the look I was envisioning in my mind, so I re-positioned those masks and did another layer of ink blending. I would recommend cutting out several cloud masks because if you are a bit heavy handed like myself, the masks get bent and come up from your card after prolonged blending.

LF Cloud Masking

I wanted to utilize the Lift the Flap dies to reveal the sentiment so I did my best (impatiently) to center the die and ran it through my Big Shot. One thing I’d advise is to use your bone folder to make the crease even, I was getting a bit of bulging originally when I was bending back the flap, so something to be aware of if you don’t use a bone folder tool.

I took another cardstock panel and did similar cloud mask ink blending. Using strong double-sided adhesive tape, I adhered the pieces together.

The flap die I used is the biggest one from the set and could be used to hide/reveal a traditional gift card. The Plane and Simple set is so cute and now I think I’ll add the coordinating dies to my wish list because I tried cutting out that heart smoke trail and I gave up!

I stamped one of the airplane stamps from the set and this is where I regret not getting the coordinating dies! I fussy cut and used a marker on the edges to sharpen the image a little bit. For some added interest, I used the same cloud dies and cut more clouds from vellum and Lawn Fawn’s Watercolor Wishes paper pad. I used foam dots to add some dimension to the clouds and plane.

LF Plane and Simple 1

LF Plane and Simple 2

On the inside, I chose that sentiment, “The sky’s the limit” and stamped some hearts in Manatee ink. To finish my card, I added some Doodlebugs sequins that matched the inks I’ve used.

LF Interior sentiment

Have you perfected the ink blending sky background? Any tips or suggestions?

Supplies Used

  • Lawn Fawn Plane and Simple stamp set
  • Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes 6×6 paper pad
  • Lawn Fawn mini ink cubes in: Mermaid, Manatee and Merman
  • Lawn Fawn Minty Fresh ink
  • Lawn Fawn Spring Showers die cut
  • Simon Says Stamp masking paper
  • Simon Says Stamp vellum
  • Doodlebugs sequins
  • Neenah Solar White 80lb. cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending tools
  • Foam dots

 

2017 Summer Lawn Fawn Release

You guys…. the newest Lawn Fawn Release came out and I have yet to play with them! The weather is a bit hot, muggy and volatile this Memorial Day weekend, so I am definitely carving out some crafty time!

I wanted to share a quick post of what I’ve purchased starting with the brand new items and then items that are new to me but have been out for quite some time.

I say this each time, but each Lawn Fawn release gets better and better! As a generalization, the crafting industry comes out with products constantly that set the bar higher and higher. Innovative products come out or highly anticipated products come out and we all scramble to purchase them… jokingly I think we all collect and hoard them too!

Anyway, this Lawn Fawn release was packed with such amazing and clever items but I had to narrow it down to the ones I knew would be cost effective for me in the long run. Also, please excuse my photos. When taking these photos, the weather was gray and gross and I just got new lights so still experimenting on how to best take my blog photos.

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Lawn Fawn Extra

PLANE AND SIMPLE

During the sneak peek week, I don’t recall this set being teased out so I was pleasantly surprised seeing it. I really love sky-centered cards and backgrounds so naturally, I was drawn to this set because I imagined the possibilities of ink blending a pretty sky and using those adorable heart-shaped clouds with the optional smiley faces.

Plane and Simple

UPON A STAR

I have been interested in astronomy since I was in 6th grade. I think that’s when I realized that our universe is so much bigger than myself and vast enough we may never know all the secrets. A beautiful starry sky is so calming and centering to me. Crafting wise… I love ink blending and I think using this stamp set would challenge me to perfect my galaxy background technique.

Upon a Star

YOU’RE CLAWSOME

How clever and unique is this set?! I also purchased the die set component for this set since this would be awesome for shaker cards and interactive cards! One of the most memorable inspirational projects from the sneak peek week was how one of the lovely Lawn Fawn Design Team members, Audrey, created a scene straight from Pizza Planet from Toy Story!

You're Clawsome

PUSH HERE

This cute smaller set takes the guesswork out of interactive cards. I had to pick this up for the elaborate cards I send out from time to time.

Push Here

DUN NUH

My favorite animal is the great white shark. I have been collecting shark knick knacks since I was a young teenager and my husband and I have had a sweet tradition of collecting shark-themed items on coastal trips we take. So my rationale for picking out this cute mini set and coordinating die set is a no-brainer.

Duh Nuh

LIFT THE FLAP

This is a die set that I think can be used often because of the interactive piece of hiding a secret message OR even hiding a gift card. I think it’d be fun to use on a shaker card.

Lift the Flap

SIMPLE GIFT CARD SLOTS

This is another die set that I can use often when I give cards and gift cards. I know a lot of people who dislike giving gift cards but I fall into the camp where I default to this for gifts (sorry not sorry). Instead of my card slipping and sliding around in the envelope, these can create a nifty notch to hold it in place!

Simple Gift Card Slot

NEW TO ME

MINTY FRESH INK PAD

This color is so pretty! Not going to lie, I didn’t have a clear cut reason of why I purchased this but it came out from the last release and I felt like this was one product that “got away” ha. It has been sold out multiple times from all the storefronts I frequent so I thought might as well!

Minty Fresh

CARDSTOCK

While Neenah is a tried and true high-quality cardstock, sometimes I feel I need a bit of a different card base for my cards. Real talk, sometimes I hate that my clumsy self can get ink smudges or gunk on my pristine Neenah bases by the end of my crafty session and I feel like darker cardstock could hide some imperfections, amiright?!

I purchased the Storm Cloud and Narwhal cardstock because I love grays and thought it would be a nice neutral.

I also purchased the Rainbow cardstock set, where it has a sample of the original Lawn Fawn colored cardstock. I thought about it the other day that I enjoy a lot of the Lawn Fawn products but never tried their cardstock. Easy fix!

Rainbow Pack

Any products from the release you’ve purchased?

 

Crafty Shout-Outs and Happy Mail

I wanted to write a short and sweet post of all the great HAPPY MAIL I got this week! Not going to lie, the past couple of weeks I was in a funk but the Happy Mail and things falling back into place (was there a full moon or some weird cosmic event the past couple of weeks?!) definitely made this week that much sweeter.

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Just a pile of my Lawn Fawn goodies. Will share more photos in my upcoming haul post! 
  • For those that know the famous Kristina Werner in the cardmaking industry, a lot of her fans (like myself) will research and snag a product she recommends. Recently she recommended a book called Calligraphy Made Easy by Ashley Gardner. What’s awesome is that it can be found on Barnes and Noble and I was able to snag it for less than $10! I’m no calligraphy or lettering expert, but I thought this would be a great book to add to my growing amount of lettering supplies! Click this link to check it out. Another personal fun fact about this book and the author… she lives in a town near Dallas!
calligraphy made easy
Isn’t the cover of this book so gorgeous?!
  • Giveway from Kari Webster! If you are on Instagram or YouTube, I’d highly recommend following and subscribing to Kari Webster, also known as KwcardDesign. She creates really cool cards and fun tutorials. I was fortunate enough to win some goodies from her during a random giveaway she hosted! I got a new Wink of Stella shimmer pen, Lawn Fawn 6×6 Polka in the Meadow paperpad, and a Technique Tuesday stamp set.

KWCardDesign giveaway

 

  • In relation to the Lawn Fawn release, I re-posted a promotional sale for @Doodlebugswa on Instagram. I wasn’t asked or pressured to do this; I did it because I always enjoy my shopping experience from them and there is free shipping after $20! I was given some goodies because of what I promoted. There wasn’t a list of the brands of the items I received but I am so in love with the patterned paper that was gifted to me and the ombre mini envelopes! Click this link to check out this small but mighty Washington state store!

doodlebugs wa freebies

It’s been a hectic week but my goal is to carve out some time to get a chance to play!

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

 

Encouragement Card | Honey Bee Stamps

Finally! I finally got to play a little bit with some of my goodies from my latest Honey Bee Stamps haul.

Not going to lie, the past couple of weeks have been a little stressful and I feel like I’m finally getting out a temporary funk! I didn’t make this card for anyone specific, but it did act as a bit of a reminder and encouragement to myself to keep up a positive attitude, despite some bumpy and undesirable experiences that have cropped up.

What I did first was stamp several images in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on my card front from the Stick With Me stamp set. I used the Hexagon stencil (not sure this is on sale, but I think I received this as a promotional item during the last big sale) and strategically laid it over the images so that the hexagon framed a majority of the image. I used sponge daubers to messily sponge on ink with Simon Says Stamp Lemon Zest, Hollyhock, Jellybean and Willow. The green and yellow inks were layered for the greenery *(leaves and cacti) and then HollyHock for the stand-alone flowers. I used a couple lightTonic Studios Nuvo alcohol markers to color the leaves (or are they flowers?) above the cacti.

I thought about leaving the card alone but I really wanted to use my FAVORITE sentiment from the Prickly Sentiments stamp set : “Bloom where you are planted”. I love that sentiment so much so, I recently purchased a Mantra Band with the same saying as a daily reminder for myself. A lot has changed and happened since we’ve moved to Texas and despite some surprises and disappointments (I’m the queen of expectations!), I must remind myself to make the best of any situation.

The sentiment surprised me a bit by being a bit longer than I expected, so I had to let it overhang on the card front (which I typically don’t do). I stamped the sentiment in the HollyHock ink on some beautiful Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes paper. I cut a couple more banners in different paper colors from this paper pad and attempted to layer them for added interest.

bloom where you are planted

Real talk, I wasn’t a big fan of cacti and succulents a year ago. Since it’s been so trendy and I’ve seen some awesome projects, this trend has definitely grown on me!

Supplies Used:

Honey Bee Stamps Prickly Sentiments Stamp Set

Honey Bee Stamps Stick With Me Stamp Set

Honey Bee Stamps Hexagon Stencil

Simon Says Stamp inks in: Lemon Zest, HollyHock, Jellybean, and Willow

Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes 6×6 paper pad

Lawn Fawn Sentiment Banners die cuts

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Tonic Studios Nuvo Alcohol-based markers in #449 and $453

DeskGlam Unboxing and First Impression

One day I was scrolling through Instagram and some of the planner accounts I followed were re-posting a “Rep search” for a hot-pink company I’ve never heard of before. I found myself going down a rabbit hole clicking on the associated hashtags before landing on @deskglam’s account.

You can read more about DeskGlam here  but essentially, it’s a subscription box service offering pretty yet productive desk and office supplies. For those that don’t know, I’ve moved from doing bedside nursing to a mostly, desk-bound office job. I’m still getting used to this career transition and I told myself a couple weeks ago “If I’m going to be in an office, I need cute supplies!” that have some personality yet are functional. Surprisingly, a lot of random hospital personnel and nurses end up in my office and I’ve seen a lot of them scanning or touching my office supplies (kind of weird to me, but I digress).  Hopefully if I start finding and accumulating cute supplies, these same people won’t be walking away with my pretty things!

Disclaimer: I purchased this box personally and in no way was I solicited to write this or review this service or product. I just wanted to share in case it was something you personally may be interested in.

What was Advertised

From DeskGlam’s website FAQ itself , a monthly box should consist of products that are worth $60 or more of unique, colorful and inspiring office/work supplies packaged in a bright pink box. One thing I thought was cool was that each month will feature many new “creativepreneurs’” products so it’s not product brands you may necessarily see on the shelves of big stores. Since I’ve been in the crafting community, I realize the importance of supporting small businesses, so this was a fun perk.

How Does it Work and how much?

From the website, you sign up for a monthly subscription (starting at $24.99 plus shipping) or you can just purchase one box like I did. Around the 15th of each month, it should be shipping out or on  your door step! What I’ve learned in some update e-mails and on the website, there are limited spots per month in receiving a box. So you may find that the demand and popularity is pretty big, so you’ll need to be put on a wait list to receive one.

First Impressions

I did receive my May box via USPS and it was indeed a bright, hot pink box! I don’t think this was the fault of DeskGlam, but I noticed that my box was moderately dinged, scuffed, and damaged with a couple of holes. Luckily, my products weren’t damaged so that wasn’t a turn off for me, although the box would have been super cute to re-use. I think because there was a hole in my box, there was the opportunity for some dirt or grime to enter, which I found a couple smudges on a couple of my white products.

All the items were put together neatly in pretty pink tissue paper. At the top of the packaging was a handwritten note from the founder, Cristin. What a nice touch!

Here are the items I’ve received from this month:

  • Light blue nail file
  • Two black and gold dotted cards with white envelopes
  • Four mini erasers of popsicles, an orange, and the word Hot
  • Three bright and cheery binder clips
  • Mini flag banner
  • Blue Poppin mini journal
  • Mechanical pencil with pineapples. Side note: Cute and clever, the only thing that let you know it was a mechanical pencil (instead of a regular pencil) is the lead point!
  • Pen with pineapples
  • Three file folders with different designs (they look handmade)
  • Three colorful tassel paper clips

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It was clear which items were created by which company(ies), but a majority of my box had products from a company called Purposeful Indulgence.

I’m glad I satisfied my curiosity for DeskGlam because the products made me smile and they are much cuter than the normal and plain office supplies you’d typically see. I must not have read too much on the website because I was a bit surprised that some of the products like the file folders appeared hand-made (washi tape or some kind of vinyl design). I could totally be wrong but now that I’ve read that these boxes can showcase independent creativepreneurs, it makes sense there is a handmade component. The website and customer service experience was good and I didn’t have to reach out to them for anything. I don’t think I will continue to subscribing every month due to personal financial reasons. At this point, the shipping costs may be the biggest con for me. Last I’ve checked, it’s about $9.99 and that stacks up with the already $24.99 cost per month. I think I may buy a box (if there’s room on the list since I’ve canceled the monthly option) every other month or once a quarter.

Overall, I’m happy to have supported this company and I hope they succeed! Not going to lie, sometimes I’m a bit critical as a consumer (never want to waste money!) but I didn’t do that with this post because it was their first box and I’m sure the upcoming weeks and months will be an opportunity for feedback and growth. I wish DeskGlam all the best as I think this is an awesome idea and I’m excited to see how this company will grow.

If you’re interested in seeing more, check this company out on Instagram! The IG handle is @deskglam and @purposefulindulgence . DeskGlam’s hashtag is #prettyproductivity, so cute to see more inspiration!

 

 

 

HUGS Card | Concord & 9th

Hello!

Last week was a busy and chaotic week so I’m hoping this week will be a better one. For any nurses who happen to read here, happy belated Nurses Week!

This card was made for one of my work leaders. Without going into details, it seems like 2017 hasn’t been her year so far; it’s like she cannot catch a break! This HUGS card is meant for gratitude for her leadership and kindness as well as encouragement and positivity for the weeks ahead.

The main products I’ve used for this card are from Concord & 9th and Simon Says Stamp inks. Originally from a previous haul, I picked up the Concord & 9th Floral Fill-In Patterned paper not only because of how cute it was, but I’m a sucker for florals, grays, and stripes found in this set. After placing my order, I found out that these cards were specifically made to coordinate with the Floral Fill-In stencils (a type of layering stencils). So I waited until another purchase to get them.

I started off with picking one of the papers, which already had pre-printed flowers and splatters. I layered the first stencil and sponged on three different inks- Twirling Tutu, Rosie Cheeks, and Hollyhock. I was aiming for a messy and organic look, so I haphazardly sponged some flowers or petals more heavy handed than others. The beauty with these stencils is that you don’t have to layer them to get the floral look. I used the second stencil (it is meant for thinner details in the petals) with the darkest ink I chose, Watermelon.

I really could have left the card front as is, but I wanted to help soften the florals (at the time I thought the colors were a bit too bold) so with the same inks and sponge, I tried creating an ombre look with vellum. I felt like the front of the card needed something a bit extra, so I rummaged through my die cuts and found a newer die I haven’t used yet. It’s the My Favorite Things die that reads HUGS. I had the idea that I would die cut this sentiment from more Concord & 9th’s paper. My picture may not be detailed enough but the paper has repeating words of love and happiness. I wanted some dimension but wasn’t feeling the foam tape today so I cut the HUGS word three more times from cheaper cardstock. I glued them together and while I could have left the HUGS word alone (hint, I didn’t), I decided to tie it in with the inks I’ve used. Hence, some more ink sponging  🙂

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As I’ve mentioned, I could have left the card like this. I love the messy and imperfect look

I hope you get a chance to try out these newer Concord & 9th products. I think you can create many looks with the stencils and the innovative paper; I hope they come out with more like these!

Supplies Used

  • Concord & 9th Floral Fill-In Patterned Paper
  • Concord & 9th Floral Fill-In Stencils
  • Simon Says Stamp mini ink cubes: Twirling Tutu, Rosie Cheeks, Hollyhock and Watermelon
  • Neenah Solar White 110lb. cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp vellum
  • Tombow Mono Dots adhesive runner
  • Tim Holtz Mini ink blending tool
  • My Favorite Things Hugs sentiment