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Hello....Playing with Concord & 9th - the final post for today!

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Yawn, I am getting a bit sleepy.  But I want to post these awesome tags I made with the Concord & 9th set Orange You Sweet.  
I am entering these as one entry into the Where Creativity meets c9 Challenge 12: Anything Goes.

Honestly, I don't know if I can do this,but it is not fair to use up 4 entries.  They are too similar.  But I like a non-traditional entry here and there :)
So, I need to tell you that these "hello" tags are just about my favorite thing I have ever made.  Here is a closeup:


First I used a stitched rectangle die to cut out a circle that was slightly smaller than my scalloped tag.  I cut out the hello from this die set from both the watermelon pink paper and the sparkly green paper and then glued the die cut into the opposite color.  Add some cute green twine and I have one fun tag!  I am going to make a bunch in different colors!


The next two tags were so much fun too!  I just love the green lime on some pale blue cardstock.  I used glitter paper …

Hello...Playing with Concord & 9th: Part 2

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This is the 2nd post I have tonight - I have been playing with the Concord & 9th stamp and die set:  Orange You Sweet.  I challenged myself to use this only this set today.  Here is my second set of cards.  The first will be entered into the Where Creativity meets c9 Challenge 12 : Anything goes.

The fruit stamps on this set are a constant source of fun for me! I stamped the watermelon on CS with pink pigment ink.  I used 2 shades of green for the rind, Twisted Citron and a pine-ish green from HA Monthly kit.  I then stamped with Versamark and clear embossed for the shine.  I used some green glitter paper to cut out the sweet from the die set and glued on top of 2 more I had cut from green paper.  I put on a die cut postage stamp panel and stamped the "You're So" directly on the background.  This card is 3.5 x 2.5 as I have been experimenting with different sizes than the traditional A2.
I made a second card that is so similar I will not be entering it into the con…

Hello...Playing with more Concord & 9th - Part 1

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So, I have a major addiction to Concord & 9th. I suspect you may too. Today, I decided to spend my day just playing with one set of theirs - Orange You Sweet.  This one set of stamps and dies is so versatile!  
Here is my first card, this one will be entered into the Where Creativity Meets c9 Challenge 12 - Anything Goes

I just love this stamp set!  I stamped the Hello 4 times down the side, using Memento Nautical Blue, 2 Hero Arts inks from my Monthly June Kit (I don't know what the colors are called!), and Lagoon by Prima.  Once the ink was dry, I overstamped with Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The sentiment was stamped on a circle cut out with black SSS ink and Versamarked as well then clear embossed.  I just like the pop of the clear embossing.
Here's another card, its a variation on this so I won't enter it into the challenge. But I just love it!!

I did almost the same colors, but added Distress Oxide Twisted Citron for the 2nd ink and a m…

Hero Arts and Wow Embossing - Part 2

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Hi there, it Stefanie back again for more blogging.  Ahh, I made it through Monday! I am back with 2 more cards for the A Blog Named Hero Challenge.  And its a good one. This month its all about WOW products.  I have two cards using my WOW embossing powders in different ways.  So versatile!

My first card uses the newest Monthly Hero Arts kit.  Well, actually both do.  Disclaimer: I opened it up and cannot stop using it.   First, I watercolored my galaxy on Thursday night and let it dry for a day.  Then I used the 2 cute sprays that came with the kit and totally overdid my background. Yup.  I am an over-doer with galaxies.  I know this now, but was unaware at the time.  One of my favorite cardmakers Justin Krieger (@jrk912) made the most fantastic SIMPLE galaxy today.  Sigh.  I'm not there yet.  But I hope to be.
I used the awesome center die cut from the kit and cut a hole in my galaxy and actually put it aside if I need it later.  (I say this laughing - does every card maker do …

Hero Arts and WOW! What a fun combination!

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Oh, I have been waiting to use my new Monthly Hero Arts kit.  I finally, finally had time to play this weekend.  Hero Arts + Embossing = so much fun for me!  I made 3 cards, all of which I am entering into the Hero Arts Embossing with Wow Challenge.   This month, Hero Arts is teaming up with Wow Embossing products for the A Blog Named Hero Challenge.  I am also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Add a Sentiment
My first card is for my sister, my sissy, who is having a crap week.  I want her to know I love her more than anything and I am here for her.




 I started with a 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 base of Bristol Smooth  CS and I blended Distress Oxide ink in Abandoned Coral all over.  My original intent was to do the ombre look, but I just love this color and had a heavy hand.  I spritzed with water to make some magic.  While the background dried, I set off to emboss me some stars.  I stamped the large star with from this month's Hero Arts Monthly kit with Versamark …

Tagapalooza Part 2: The fun continues....

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I should have called this post:  One more and I can go to bed.  Haha!  Here's the lowdown on that:  I, like many of you, work full time.  I am in IT, so my full time work week is more than 40 hours.  I also have 3 children at home right now, 3 dogs (1 of which is a 3 month old puppy), a husband and unfortunately an uncurable auto-immune disease.  The only reason I bring that up is that my schedule is PACKED with doctor appointments.  Crafting is my soul relaxing.  It is very important that I take out time for that, for me.  So, the only way I can craft is to bust ass all week doing for my family, doing for my job, doing for my health and on the weekends - I craft like my life depends on it.  And, I think it does to be honest.  Like I said, crafting is my soul relaxing.  Its the way I see myself, how I figure it all out.  Not to get too deep, but I know you know what I mean!
So, anyhoo, Sunday nights are spent mad posting.  And I mean MAD POSTING!  And what I don't finish toni…

Tagapalooza Part 1: How the addiction began...

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Oh man, I have fallen for tags - big time.  Let me tell you how this happened.  I have been wanting to try my hand at making tags for awhile, but I lack the tools to do so.  So I pushed the idea to the back of my mind.  Until I was browsing at my local craft store last week and noticed a bag of tags (yes, I repeated that a few times too).  On clearance.  For $1.50.  So, it begins.
This first batch of tags was made after I experimented with my MFT The Whole Herd stamp and die set.  

I mean, seriously??  These are adorable!  I can totally see tying these onto a gift bag or a present. My inspiration was the MFT Sketch Challenge # 346, turned sidewards.  (Or is it sideways?  I never know).  I digress.  Here they are closer up:

I cut my haystack out of 110 lb CS and colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  I propped it up on foam tape and stamped the sentiment directly onto the background.  All my tags were stamped with Simon Says Stamp black ink - my very favorite ink I own.
My next …

THD Challenge 15 - or as I call it, Inspiration Sunday

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So I wake up this morning, fully intending to craft all day as I had yesterday.  I opened up Instagram and, even though I had passed by this many times, I finally saw The Heart Desires Challenge 15.
 What I mean is, I saw the photo and was instantly inspired.  This happens alot on Sundays when I devote the whole day on Saturday to creating.  I made a ton of things that I will be sharing in different posts today and tomorrow, but here is my entry into the HDC #15:

I am also entering this into the Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge 12: Anything Goes and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Add a Sentiment.  Whew, that was a mouthful.  
So, I had a blast making this card, it was actually my final project of the weekend.  I do not know if this will make any sense, but sometimes when I am afforded the luxury of crafting for 2 days (the husband babysits the puppy, the kids help cook dinner, etc), I get this creative "high". Like time passes so quickly and before I know it,…

MFT Color Challenge 75 and Simon Says Stamp Card Challenges

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I just love this card.  I have grown quite attached to it in the several days it has taken to make this card.  

I am entering this card into 3 challenges: MFT Color Challenge #75 Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Birthday Cards Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - For a Child
So, I started by blending Distress Oxide inks in Cracked Pistachio, Lucky Clover, and Twisted Citron.  I wanted to emulate the 2 greens in the MFT color Challenge and I did not have the exact colors. This does a pretty good job I think.  I then cut out the sentiment with the MFT Happy Birthday to You die.  I also cut a piece of green fun foam to 5 1/4 by 4 inches and then ran through my cuttlebug with this die. While the letters were still stuck in the foam, I glued the cutout letters from this card on top. After it dried and I pressed it with my 5 pound plate from my husbands gym (works like a charm), I punched out the letters and put them aside for a later project. I glued the Distress Inked panel onto the fu…

MFT Sketch 345 and SSS Challenges - Wahoo, I'm back to blogging!

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Sigh, It has been a super long time since I have been participating in craft therapy.  Its been a rough month.  My brother passed away at what we thought was a healthy 48.  I had all 4 kids home for summer break and we got a adorable puppy.  Recipe for there being absolutely no time or no motivation to create.
But, my craft mojo is coming back.  And I am spoiling myself but putting me first.  (And the kids are back in school - finally!!).
My first card is for 3 challenges: MFT Sketch Challenge #345 Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Birthday Cards Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - For a Child

I love this card!  I took some pastel rainbow shades and cut the circles with my circle stack dies.  Before I attached them to my A2 panel, I stamped the left edge with the clouds from MFT Magical Unicords in Prima Island Lagoon Ink. I stamped the Unicorn from MFT Magical Unicorn stamp set with my favorite ink -Simon Says Stamp and colored with Spectrum Noir markers in PL1 and PL2.  I love th…