Tuesday, March 20, 2018

City Crafter Challenge Blog - M is For Monogram

I'm so super excited to share this card from Brandy with you and announce a special collaboration we've set up with the ladies over at the City Crafter Challenge Blog.  Kirsty is the hostess of this blog and her lovely design team inspires challenges each week following different themes.  You have seen both Brandy and I join the fun on occasion.  Brandy and I both were knocked out by the Concord and 9th January release of the Monogram stamps and dies.  Concord and 9th has a strong place in our crafting community built on solid design and functionality.  Their stamps have great beauty and finesse, but they also have an ease of use functionality that allows one to create very different projects from the same tools.

Which brings us to the challenge.  The City Crafters were willing to allow Brandy to host this week's challenge and offer some blog candy to the winner of the challenge.  One person will be gifted an "A is for Awesome" Concord and 9th monogram stamp.

Brandy's creation was made using Altenew inks and the stamp and dies to create this wonderful card.  she's sent a few more versions that I need to edit the photos and get posted for your inspiration.  I'm hard pressed to know whether to join the challenge and make something of my own or edit those photos, ha ha.

Either way, check out the challenge M is for Monogram over at the City Crafter Challenge Blog.

As an extra special treat, Brandy and I will be giving away one set of the Concord and 9th monogram stamp set (same as above) and the coordinating dies to one of you who comment on our blog during any post this week.  Comment on each blog post and becoming a follower for extra chances to win!  We'll pull a name as a random selection for all comments made/followers added before midnight MST March 26th.  Wishing you a win at either the City Crafter Challenge and/or here at Contagiously Crafty!

Andie for 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Finishing a Set - Notecards from the Stash

I'm stopping in to share my hard work from this weekend.  I decided to finish up the assembly line for the cards that I mentioned earlier in the week.  Here's the line up in a variety of colors.

Some of the images are better colored than others, but I think all the cards turned out lovely.  So much fun and useful too.  These will go in the stash to be a gift or something similar.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I wanted to stop in and share this card in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.  The die cuts were made using new to me Taylored Expressions dies.  It was tedious to put together,  but very satisfying results.  Brandy let me borrow a Art Impressions sentiment stamp which worked out well.  I pinned a St. Patrick's Day button on the card envelope and passed them out at work yesterday.

Super fun!  I hope your day is filled with green and good eats.  We're enjoying the pleasant aroma of corned beef cooking as I type and my daughter is due home for a spring break visit later tonight.  It's a good day.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hello and Thinking of You - More Notecards from the Stash

I had previously white heat embossed using my Simon Says Stamp Floral Bliss stamp set onto watercolor paper.  Using my Mission Gold watercolors, I colored in the flowers and fussy cut the image out.  These colored images were left in the stash for quite some time - I didn't exactly know what to do with them.  When going through the stash recently, I pulled them out to see what I could make with them.  This card is the example.  I used a stencil and Distress Oxide inks in Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick to create the background.  Then, I created my own coordinating cardstock with the same inks, ultimately white heat embossing the sentiment to keep with the theme.

The image is too wide for a standard A2 sized card so I trimmed the leaves on the edges and tucked them behind the image.  It worked well and I really like the card design.  I've set up an assembly line and will spend a couple of nights making coordinating elements for other versions of this same card as I have quite a few of these in the stash.  Fun and I get something used in the stash.  Win, Win!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A Flowery Birthday Card

I'm still working my way through the card bases I stamped using my Studio Katia Blooming Bunch stamp set.  I didn't vary the card layout much - keeping with the birthday greetings on some vellum and using the Studio Katia crystals to decorate the card front.  I did use three different Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color the flowers.  I think I did a better job getting some depth to the flowers, though I'm not sure my pictures show this off very well.

On the inside, a simple sentiment, keeping it simple so that this card can be used for a variety of different birthday occasions.  I think both Brandy and I would have to say that the simple, but effective design of this stamp makes card fronts a quick, simple and delightfully beautiful result.