Sunday, July 9, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #11

Good morning, friends!  I am SO happy to have a card to share with you today!  It has been such a long time.  Between taking care of my mom and then going to Utah to visit (more about that in a second...really, you don't want to miss that part), I have had no spare time.  So I'm extra excited to share with you my card for the newest Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge
Challenge #11 is embossing.  I used heat embossing on my card.  Funny story about that. I found out about the challenge theme the night before we left on our trip.  I was short on luggage space, so I grabbed a few ink cubes, a couple card bases/envelopes, scissors, glue, a waterbrush, mini misti, stamping block, and two Concord & 9th stamp sets.  All my supplies fit in a little pencil box.  I really thought one of my sisters-in-law had a heat gun and planned to use it, but grabbed the only embossed image I had, a cake from Happy Day, just in case.  Well, turns out I was wrong, my SIL did not have a heat gun, and I only had that one embossed cake to work with.  I have never been more nervous in my life to watercolor an image because I knew there was absolutely no way for a do-over.  Thankfully it turned out okay!  
The colors for the wedding I attended were blush pink and navy.  I knew the bride had a pink cake, so actually my embossed cake from Happy Day worked out perfectly.  I just used the ink from the ink pads and my waterbrush to color the image. 
While the cake was drying I stamped several images from Many Mandalas in light grey onto my card base.  You can see them a tiny bit better in this photo.  It is subtle but really adds so much.
Many Mandalas is one of my new favorite Concord and 9th sets.  I love the variety of sizes and layering possibilities of the images (even though I didn't layer any on my card).  But I have to tell you, my most favorite thing about the this set is the sentiments.  LOVE them!  If you haven't picked up Many Mandalas, you really should.  You won't regret it.  And actually I loved the images and sentiments so much that in addition to using them on my card, I used theme to create a simple coordinating envelope.
Okay, I told you I would tell you more about my Utah trip, so here it goes.  If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I had the most amazing opportunity (blessing, really) to meet the Concord and 9th team last week.  Concord and 9th started just a month after I moved away from Utah (although I didn't know about them until several months later), and their headquarters happens to be about 15 minutes (or less) from my old home.  Meeting Angie, Greg, Robyn, and Amy was AMAZING!  
They are kind, generous, talented, and just SO FUN to be around.  Honestly, I wish I could hang out with them every day.  I smiled so much my cheeks hurt.  I laughed lots. I shook with excitement (okay, and maybe some nerves at first, too...I can be shy).  And I literally skipped and giggled while I was touring their office. (I have a hard time hiding my emotions and the excitement I felt just could not be contained!) I saw all of their stamps and dies, their card/project samples, the rooms they create in, work in, photograph in, etc.  I got to see and hold all of the new products being released today as well as all of Robyn's cards they have been sharing during this month's release sneak peeks.  Honestly, it was one of the happiest days of my whole life.  I feel like I've always made it pretty clear that I'm head over heels for Concord and 9th's products, but after meeting them I'm even more a fan.  Knowing the people behind the company makes me love them even more!  I didn't know that was possible, but really they are the best of the best...the kind of people who truly brighten the world around them.  My soul was filled with sunshine that has had me smiling for days.  It was truly a dream come true.  Now if you have made it this far, thank you for letting me gush!  And don't forget to get out your Concord & 9th goodies and join us for our Where Creativity Meets C9 Embossing Challenge, so you can have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Concord & 9th or a chance to guest design for an upcoming challenge.  I'm so grateful for you, friends!  Have a blessed Sunday!

Friday, June 30, 2017

12 Kits of Occasions - It's a Guy Thing

Good morning!  You may have noticed it has been extra quiet around here lately.  My mom had a pretty bad fall and broke her knee a few weeks ago, so I've been helping take care of her. We also had a family trip planned, and unfortunately with my mom's unexpected injury, I wasn't able to use this month's kit before we had to leave town.  Michele (whom I just love) put together a fun and fabulous kit for the men and boys in our lives. Make sure you head over to The 12 Kits of Occasions Blog to see how my fabulous teammates have used this awesome kit.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Sneak Peek

Hello, friends!  It's been a week...but one to make you grateful because things could be so much worse.  On a really happy note, I've just posted a card on the Where Creativity Meets C9 blog with a new-to-me set that I'm loving.  I'd love if you'd check it out. ;)

Friday, June 9, 2017

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #10

Good morning!  It's time for another Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge.  Yay! I look forward to these challenges every month, but I have to admit that this particular one really highlighted the "challenge" part for me.  Our theme for Challenge #10 is Layered. 
If you've been around here for any length of time, you'll know my comfort zone is clean and simple...un-layered if you will, as one layer or nearly one layer cards are my favorite.  Luckily we try to keep things pretty open for these challenges, so I encourage you to think out of the box!  Some of my teammates layered stamping images, some did more mixed-media layering, and me...I layered flowers.  I explored many other layered ideas, but when it came down to it, I knew I had to choose something that still reflected "me". 
This card has lots more layers of dimension than mine typically have.  And guess what?  I kinda love it.  With the flowers popping out it feels like I am sending a bouquet and that makes me so happy. To make it, I stamped a bunch of floral images from Concord & 9th's Wildflower Stamp Set in lots of different colors, fussy cut them out, and then just played with colors and arrangement popping them up at varying heights with dimensional adhesive.  I love the colors I settled on: Raspberry Fizz (PTI), Blueprint (Distress Ink), Lucky (SSS), and Mint Melody (SU!).  In attempt to create more layers, I die cut frames and card bases in a few different colors and mixed and matched until I found a combination I liked. My sentiment is from the new Globe Greetings. (LOOOVE this set!)  I finished my card off with a few enamel dots and teeny tiny black pearls to help balance out the black sentiment and add a few more "layers".
I made a fun discovery, too, while stamping.  I wanted larger leaves for my flowers, so I turned one of the flowers in the Wildflower Stamp Set into leaves.  I've done this before, but this time, I figured out how to give it veins, which makes it even better! 
There is an image that I assumed was to make berry sprigs, but it happens to be the perfect size to fit inside the flower petals.  I wouldn't put it past the geniuses behind Concord and 9th (Greg and Angie) to have had this in mind already, but it was pretty exciting to me when I made this happy discovery. :) 
When I started this card I wasn't exactly sure who it was going to, and when I chose the sentiment I was filled with such gratitude thinking of the many, many people in my life who indeed tdo make the word (my world especially) a better place.  I love that cardmaking so often turns my thoughts to gratitude!
Thanks so much for joining me today!  Whether it is in your comfort zone or not, I sure hope you will join us for Where Creativity Meets C9's Challenge #10.  My teammates have done a fabulous job with their cards and are definitely worth checking out.  Have a happy day, my friends! 

Monday, June 5, 2017

A Friend...

Hello!  My friend (and super talented cardmaker) Michele is the guest designer for Time Out Challenge #84, so I just had to make time to play along. An added bonus was that the theme of the challenge is "flowers and friends make life a garden" and I just purchased The Stamp Market's Watercolor Bouquet Stamps and was eager to use them.  And let me just tell you, I am absolutely in LOVE with this set.  I only had a few minutes to make this card, and it came together so quickly with these beautiful stamps.  I used a sentiment from Papertrey's Choose Joy set, another favorite of mine.  I thought it was pretty perfect for the challenge, too.  
I'm happily linking this up to the Simon Says: Anything Goes Challenge as well.  
We had a beautifully rainy day, which means my garden is happy, and therefore I am happy, too.  I hope you week is off to a great start! :)