Friday, May 31, 2019

{Two Many Cards Video Series} featuring Honey Bee Stamps + Giveaways!

Hi, everyone! I'm thrilled to have my friend Ardyth Percy-Robb guesting with me this month for Two Many Cards. If you're new to this series, please visit my original post HERE, which explains how and why we're sharing our own unique take on the same products. 

Today, we're so excited to be featuring beautiful products from Honey Bee Stamps, including the Rainbow Wishes stamp set and Rainbow Wishes honey cuts. I'm also using the Thanks a Bunch stamp set and Over the Rainbow 6x6 paper pad.

I started by die cutting rainbow arcs from eight patterned papers to represent the colours of the rainbow. I also die cut three of the four cloud dies from both white glitter and silver glitter cardstock.

The sentiment is a custom one created by combining words from both Rainbow Wishes and Thanks a Bunch. It was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder for a shiny look.

On my first card, I added little details like die cut rays on the inside of the peeking cloud, raised edges on the cloud in the foreground and inlaid falling hearts that coordinate with the rainbow.

Oh my second card, I use two rainbows in colours that mirror the order of the other.

I also created a shaker from one of the larger cloud dies. I added sparkling clear sequins in several sizes, both inside the shaker and to embellish the rainbows.

The sentiment from this card is from the Rainbow Wishes stamp set and it was heat embossed just like the first card.

I had so much fun making these two cards and I love how I was able to achieve two totally different looks while keeping both designs clean and simple. I think a set of these would make a great end-of-year teacher gift!


Honey Bee Stamps is giving away TWO $20 gift certificates and one lucky winner will be chosen randomly from each of our videos. You must be a subscriber to both our channels!

Be sure to leave some love for both of us to increase your chances of winning! Comments will close at 11:59pm EST on June 7, 2019 and the winners will be announced in the YouTube description for today's video before the next video goes live. Be sure to check back to see if you're one of the lucky winners!

Please head over to Ardyth's YouTube channel to see her clever take on Rainbow Wishes.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


{Concord & 9th} May 2019 Feature Friday: Cool Treats Turnabout

Welcome back to another Concord & 9th Feature Friday! This week, I'm delighted to be sharing two projects featuring the Cool Treats Bundle. Can you believe this was my first time using a turnabout?! Whaaat? Well, I clearly need to own a few more sets the rest! LOL

I actually made this card second but it was finished first because I didn't know what to do with the completed Cool Treats Turnabout background! The stamping wasn't perfect on my first attempt so I decided to use a strip of it and I love how it looks!

I used the little popsicle dies and added texture to all of them by die cutting the stitched elements and dry embossing the halves on to the blue popsicle. I sponged the popsicles to make them the same colours as the ink colours used (see supply list below). I created my own vertical sentiment with phrases from the Cool Treats Turnabout and this month's freebie Lots to Say. I finished with a strip of white glitter cardstock, a white glitter heart and a few stamped stars.

I restamped the Cool Treats Turnabout and covered it completely with vellum. This allowed it to shine but not distract from the big popsicle. I used the diagonal lines in two colours to create a frame for the sentiment. Then I recut the popsicle in white glitter cardstock to create a dipped look and to add sparkle to the card. I finished with a white hemp bow on the stick.

I can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed playing with the Cool Treats Bundle! It's a must-have, especially for the summer months, but my family enjoys cool treats year-round so I can totally imagine making holiday cards with it by switching up the sentiment. I need to play with these more and see what other delicious designs I can dream up. ;)

It has been an absolute pleasure guesting for Concord & 9th this month! In case you missed my other guest designer posts, here they are:

May 24th | Feature Friday (post): Vintage Flower Bundle (product)
May 17th | Feature Friday (post)Simple Serif Alphabet Bundle (product)
May 10th | Feature Friday (post)Filled In Florals Bundle (product)

I also shared a Two Many Cards video featuring both the Filled In Florals Bundle and Fine Line Florals Bundle, and you can watch that HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, May 27, 2019

{Save the Crafty YouTuber Video Hop} featuring Paper Smooches with Store Coupon + Giveaways!

Welcome to the 3rd Save the Crafty YouTuber Video Hop! I'm so honoured to be participating in this event, organized by the fabulous Justine Hovey, and you can find all the details on her blog HERE.

I'm featuring many Paper Smooches stamps and dies in my video and I'm sharing a shop coupon, which appears twice in my video, so be sure to watch carefully and have a pen ready to write that down that coupon code for a wonderful discount!

I made four cards with the Splash stamp set and Splash Icons, and I managed every image in the set except the whale's tail. It could also be used as a mermaid's tail, if you wanted to get creative. ;)

The other die set featured across all four cards is the Water Dies, which is an absolute must-have  since it can be used as water, grass, sand and even party streamers! On my first card, featuring the beaver, I used it to cut windows for a shaker element.

I use the ink blended Water Dies cut from the beaver card on the shark card, as additional waves. I love the layered look of the coordinating die cuts, which adds even more depth to the water.

The top edge of both the beaver and shark water panels were cut with one of the Waves Dies. This has been one of my go-to sets for years. The sentiment on the shark card is from the Super stamp set.

The next technique I used on the duck card was to dry emboss with the Water Dies. This worked out perfectly since I ink blended a single panel with a sky-to-sea transition.

The glittery white Curly Clouds were a perfect balance to the dry embossed waves. The sentiment on this card is from the Group Hugs stamp set, another one of my well-loved sentiment sets.

On my otter card, I added several glittery white die cuts to the panel. I also used one of the dies to create a slit in the panel so I could tuck the 'beaver's paws' behind the wave. It's holding a clam shell from the Summer Lovin stamp set.

As always, all of the detailed instructions are on the video, and all of the supplies I used on these cards are in the supply links below. Don't forget to use the Paper Smooches shop coupon that appears in my video. The coupon code is valid for the duration of this video hop.

There are so many prizes to be won. Some video artists are giving away a specific prize but our sponsors are giving away prizes to anyone who comments. The more love you leave, the higher your chances of winning!

Thanks so much for hopping with us!


Friday, May 24, 2019

{Concord & 9th} May 2019 Feature Friday: Vintage Flower

Welcome back to another Concord & 9th Feature Friday! This week, I'm delighted to be sharing a project featuring the Vintage Flower Stamp Set. This set is so easy to use, whether it's coloured or left uncoloured. I thought it would be perfect for watercolouring with distress inks since that's my favourite colouring medium.

I used four colours for the flower and another for the buds/berries and two colours for the leaves. I also used a bit of blue around the stamped images to create a subtle sky and a bit of depth. All of those colours are listed in the supply list below for your reference.

I masked off the word 'you' from the original sentiment and heat embossed the rest of the sentiment on the panel. Then I stamped the Gingham Background on a strip of watercolour cardstock and used Scor-Tape to adhere a strip of glitter gold cardstock. I die cut the letters and heart, using the Simple Serif Alphabet Dies, and watercoloured the tops of the letters to match the flowers. Finally, I popped them on fun foam and adhered them to the panel with liquid glue.

In case you missed it, last week's Feature Friday post featured the Simple Serif Alphabet Dies and the previous week's Feature Friday featured the Filled In Florals Bundle, a companion set to the Fine Line Florals Bundle. I also sneak peeked these sets together in a Two Many Cards video and you can watch that HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll see you again next Friday! :)


Saturday, May 18, 2019

{Catherine Pooler Designs} You're Amazingly Amazing + Last Chance for Insta Hop and Video Hop Prizes!

Hello, friends! I hope your weekend is off to a good start. Today's card is a reminder that both the Catherine Pooler Storybook Insta Hop and the Catherine Pooler Storybook Video Hop come to an end today, so be sure to get your follows, tags, likes and comments in for your chance to win one of several $25 gift certificates to the Catherine Pooler Store!

I combined both the Fluttering Friends and Forest Foliage stamp and die sets, along with Lovely Friends to show how well you can pair up new sets with existing sets. The heat embossed gold berries are from Fluttering Friends, the leaves are from Forest Foliage and the little flowers and sentiment are from Lovely Flowers.

I also used all four ink colours from the new Urban Oasis Collection (Rouge, Lemongrass, Sage and Queen for a Day), along with two existing ink colours (Mandarin Spice and Daydream). Again, this shows how well the new ink colours pair with existing colours!

All of the leaves and berries were adhered to the panel with glue dots, and the red and yellow flowers were popped up with foam tape for a bit of dimension. The gold berries nicely highlight the beautiful gold sentiment.

This card could be given on any occasion for love and friendship, and the sentiment could even work for a birthday.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, May 17, 2019

{Concord & 9th} May 2019 Feature Friday: Simple Serif Alphabet

Welcome back to another Concord & 9th Feature Friday! This week, I'm super excited to be sharing a project featuring the Simple Serif Alphabet Dies. The way I designed this card didn't allow me to use the coordinating stamp set but you can be sure that I'll find some way to use them on a future project. I love alphabet die sets because you can do anything with them!

I started this card by picking colours for the Gingham Background. I set my card panel and the background stamp in my MISTI stamping tool so it would stamp a portion across the top and bottom of the panel. Then I used the stitched diamond design in three different colours, gradually getting darker towards the centre of the card.

I used three of those same ink colours and masking paper to ink blend a striped pattern. I added a strip of white glitter cardstock under the three stripes, held the dies in place with removable tape and ran it through my Spellbinders Platinum 6. I love the glittery bottoms! The sentiment that I split and stamped above and below the die cut word is from the May 2019 Earned Reward, Lots To Say. You can get this 3x4 stamp set for free with any $60+ order, now through June 8th or while supplies last. It's such a great little stamp set!

The bears I added to the bottom of my card are from the Hi There Bear Bundle. This remains one of my favourite Concord & 9th sets. It has a panda so how could it not be?! I stamped a panda, grizzly bear and polar bear, my own versions of my families favourite bear family, We Bare Bears. I die cut the tiny bow tie from part of the ink blended panel so it would match the Gingham Background and the die cut letters.

In case you missed it, last week's Feature Friday post featured the Filled In Florals Bundle, a companion set to the Fine Line Florals Bundle. I also sneak peeked these sets together in a Two Many Cards video and you can watch that HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll see you again next Friday! :)