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Concord & 9th Guest Sending Thanks

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Hello! I am on the Concord and 9th blog one more time as this month’s guest designer, this time featuring some fun, fresh thank you cards!

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First up is the Give Thanks bundle set that comes with these delicate coordinating overlay dies that work beautifully with the stamp set. I especially loved the wheat leaves! With detailed dies, I like to let them shine on their own. So for my card, I created a soft ombre watercolor background with blues, greens, and green-yellow.

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After the background was dried, I then stamped the wheat stamp with distress inks with a spritz of water. I wanted to create a little more depth where I was going to overlay the die cuts. Then once all those were dried, I glued the wheat die cut from white cardstock over my stamped areas. I finished up the card with the sentiment thanks stamped in black.

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For my next card, I played with the thanks card die, which not only has this really beautiful script word die, but it creates a interlocking fold in the front of your card! I just had to give it a try. My card is a bit smaller than A2 because I wanted to work with just a 4.25″ by 11″ piece of cardstock. I first die cut the thanks card front and then set it aside. Next I measured the size of my front card “doors” so I can decorate those and glue them on.

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For the background, I blended distress inks to create the ombre look. Then I stamped the wheat in alternating angles across the panel with versamark ink and added clear embossing powder. I wanted just a hint of the pattern in the background. I then added water to distress the background and even wiped it gently with my wet paper towel to help soften the background and bring out the pattern. I really love how the background came out!!

I hope you enjoy today’s post and celebrate Concord and 9th’s birthday with us all month long! Their daily $20 giveaway is still continuing here and all new August products are available here. Congrats to Angie and Greg making past their 9,000 IG follower milestone and happy birthday all month long!

Cheers,

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MFT Color Challenge #52

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Happy Thursday! It’s time for a new color challenge 52 over at My Favorite Things. Today’s challenge really inspired me to create a cute little scene!

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The gradient shades of grey gave me lots of options of picking a stamp set to work with, but I really love this smug, princess feline from the BB Cool Cat set.

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I create a soft shade of bricks using a stencil and distressed ink. I die cut the window with white card stock and the wooden shades and curtains in light blue. I placed our feline princess outside the window sill as the center of attention. Staying with the color scheme, I heat embossed my sentiment in silver in the top center.

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I just love this window die!! I absolutely love all the details, from the shades to the curtain lines.

Hope you join us in the bi-weekly color challenge and can’t wait to see how you interpret the color scheme! Head on over to the MFT Blog to check our more inspiration from participating designers and link up your creations!

Happy crafting,

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MFT Sensational Stitched Flowers Card Kit Day Release

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It’s the MFT Sensational Stitched Flowers Card Kit Release Day!!! Are you in love with the kit yet? I just love how cute and easy it is to create with these stitched flowers! MFT_SensationalStitchedFlowers_BlogHeader

Today, I am sharing another out of box inspiration with a lot of in lay die cutting! I thought these flowers would look beautiful paired with large word dies and I just love the results. First off, I die cut my stitched flowers and leaves with colored cardstock that comes in the kit. I just the love the bright color combinations that this kit already comes with.

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I wanted some of my flowers to overlap each other, but not necessarily create additional layers. It’s a tiny detail, but creating that flat design, to me, just looks and feels so much better. So if look closely, for a couple of the flowers, I die cut it once, and then again with the overlapping flower, so that they fit like puzzle pieces.

Then, there’s the word die ‘because’. Notice that there’s no flower that actually passing through the sentiment? After I adhered my flowers down on the grout gray cardstock, I die cut that piece with the word die, and tossed it. It’s like digging out a pumpkin that you’re about to carve!

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I then stamped the bottom sentiment in black hybrid ink and then coated it with some clear embossing. The ‘because’ sentiment was die cut 4 times from grout gray cardstock and glued together to create the thickness. The top layer is blended with peach bellini and persimmon dye ink. And that finishes up today’s card!

These kits do tend to sell out so be sure to visit the MFT Store for yours today! Visit the MFT Blog for full list of participating designers and opportunities to win gift vouchers to the store!

Happy crafting,

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MFT Sensational Stitched Flowers Card Kit Day 2

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It’s the day 2 of the MFT Sensational Stitched Flowers Card Kit previews and we are showcasing some “out-of-box” inspiration of how you can pair these beautiful stitched flowers with some other products you may already have in your stash!

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These flowers work beautifully around frames, and in today’s card I wanted to use them to help frame my sentiment. Similar to my card from yesterday’s post, I die cut my flowers out of white cardstock and colored them with copic markers.

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My sentiment is from LJD Whimsical Greetings, and perfectly framed with the LJD Rectangle Peek-a-Boo Window. I just love the double stitching in this frame! With bright flowers, I like to have a muted background. I chose a simple pattern background stamp and stamped it in latte dye ink against on grout grey card stock.

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The frame is elevated with some craft foam and flowers are directly adhered to the frame. To add a little bit of interest, I also slightly curled the flower petals with my finger and only added glue towards the center of the flower.

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Visit today’s post at My Favorite Things for more inspiration from the participating design team members. All products in the August Card Kit will be available in the MFT Store on Tuesday, August 23rd at 10pm EST. And with a purchase of the kit, you will also receive the “free with $60” die automatically (while supplies last) until the next release.

Don’t forget! The MFT retirement sale is also still going on, which offers 50% off stamps (like this background stamp I’m using today!), dies, stencils, paper and pigment ink on retired products, while supplies last. A lot are selling out so be sure to check out the sale section in the store soon!

See you tomorrow for the release!!

Cheers,

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MFT Sensational Stitched Flowers Card Kit Day 1

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It’s finally time to showcase this month’s MFT card kit called Sensational Stitched Flowers! Today we’re sharing inspirational ideas featuring only products that are in the kit, which means the kit provides you everything you need to recreate these cards. How cool is that?

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The star of the kit is the stitched flower dies. You can create beautiful bouquet of flowers in an assortment of colors and sizes. Although the kit comes with a variation of colored cardstock that you can use, I chose to use white cardstock nevertheless so I can color and add shading to my flowers.

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The kit also comes with a stamp set filled with large sentiments, for all occasions, just perfect to build your flowers around. I used the tropical teal card stock as my bottom layer to help both my flowers and sentiment pop out. The kit also includes a versamark cube and white detail embossing powder, which I used for my sentiment

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I also wanted to give you a side angle shot to show you the layers and curling of the flowers. I used the kraft cardstock for top and bottom rectangles. The flowers are adhered on both the kraft and the bottom teal layer. And as a last touch, I added little dots with my white gel pen. Of course, sequins and enamel dots are also perfect for embellishment too!

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Visit today’s post at My Favorite Things for more inspiration from the participating design team members. All products in the August Card Kit will be available in the MFT Store on Tuesday, August 23rd at 10pm EST. And with a purchase of the kit, you will also receive the “free with $60” die automatically (while supplies last) until the next release.

Don’t forget! The MFT retirement sale is also still going on, which offers 50% off stamps, dies, stencils, paper and pigment ink on retired products, while supplies last. A lot are selling out so be sure to check out the sale section in the store soon!

Cheers,

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