Crafty Comeback Party - Day 11 - Concord & 9th + Giveaway

Good morning and happy Monday!  I hope that you had a wonderful weekend.  Ours was pretty quiet, which is always nice.

I've got a great way to start of the week, and that is with Concord & 9th!  If you guys haven't seen their latest release of holiday stamps & dies....you MUST!  It is amazing!  This company is new to me since coming back to the crafting world, and I am SO impressed.  Their stamps & dies work beautifully and the designs are fantastic!

Today I have created 3 Christmas cards with different background techniques using the Blooms Fill-In stamp set.  I combined it with the Ornamental stamp set to make them Christmas themed!!  Here is a peek at all 3!



For the first card I stamped all of it in either pigment or dye inks...and I used every fill-in possible.  I love how bold & colorful it is!  This is a stamp set that has pieces that build together to create this amazing background.  This aspect of stamping doesn't come naturally to me, so I always write down on the top of the stamp set (on the acetate sheet that the stamp design is printed on) what each piece is.  This way I'm not trying to figure out where each stamp goes in the middle of the process.


I wanted to keep the focus on the beautiful background, so I stamped a simple sentiment from the Ornamental stamp set to a paper strip, and adhered it over a knot of gold thread.

Then I accented with some beautiful jewels, and that was it!  I got these jewels from Michael's, so they won't be linked below.  


For my next card, I stamped with pigment ink...and then stamped with a glue pad over top of that and covered it in ultra fine glitter.  It left the flowers open & free of glitter, so I was still able to stamp the layers into it.  This time I didn't stamp in all of the layers in order to keep a soft color palette and focus on the glitter! (Quick tip - have EVERYTHING ready when you are stamping with a glue pad.  Let's just say the first attempt I didn't have my glitter out and I couldn't find it - and I left the stamp with glue sitting on top of the paper.  It wasn't pretty.)


I diecut the word merry (which is the free with $60 diecut at Concord & 9th thru November 8th) from glitter paper and 3 times from white cardstock, then glued them together.  I then layered the sentiment to the card front on top of a knot of gold thread. 

Then I accented with some pretty jewels to finish.  Once again - these are from Michael's, and not linked below.

For my last card, I decided to stamp the background to kraft cardstock with white pigment ink, and see how it turned out.  I loved the result, but did have to stamp it a few times to get it even.  (Not the stamps fault...I think I need a new white pigment ink pad.)  Thankfully I used my MISTI (SSS | EH) with all of these, so re-stamping was a breeze, and was always perfectly lined up!  I don't use my MISTI all the time because I stamp fairly well with just a clear block, but when you need to possibly be able to add more ink and re-stamp something....it is a must have!

 As you can see, I stamped the flowers sparingly, but I used shimmery gold ink.  I wasn't sure if it would show up very well, so I tested a few different inks on a piece of scrap kraft cardstock....until I found the one that works perfectly!  The verdict - Delicata Golden Glitz (SSS \ EH) for the win!!

 I cut the sentiment frame using the Bloom Fill-Ins dies, but used the sentiment from the Ornamental stamp set.  It stamps a little off the edges, but I actually really loved that!  It felt like a good fit for this card!  I adhered it to the front by wrapping it around the stamped background with twine before putting the card completely together.


Those are my cards for today!  I hope you love them as much as I do!  Thank you so much to Concord & 9th for being part of my crafty comeback party!

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Comments

  1. Loving the added jewels Lea:)) You are so BRAVE stamping with glue and working with glitter!

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  2. Beautiful set of cards!!! My fav is your second one! Colors are amazing!!!

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  3. I have a glue pad ... not sure I have ever used it!! Thanks for the inspiration AND tip for using it. Your cards are all beautiful. Love the sparkle & gems.

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  4. Beautiful cards! I love your color combos and embellishments on each one!

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  5. Such beautiful cards! I especially love the gold one! I love how you offset it a little! I need to remember to try that on my next creation! And I also like how you showed us how versatile the stamp set were!

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  6. Beautiful cards. I love
    the Merry one, such
    pretty colors. Happy
    Monday!
    Carla from Utah

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  7. There is so much to love with these cards. Your colour palettes are always so gorgeous. Thanks for the daily inspiration.

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  8. I love the different cards. So beautiful!

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  9. Amazing job on those! They look like preprinted paper, and are just beautiful.

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  10. I like the unique products from Concord & 9th. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards.

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  11. Oh wow--you are one talented lady! I love every single card, but can't imagine being able to use that stamp set myself! Thought the first was my favorite--so gorgeous & striking, but I adore glitter, so love the second beautifully soft one & Golden Glitz on kraft is stunning, so that's a winner, too!

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  12. Love your gorgeous cards with all the bling!!

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  13. your cards are lovely, Lea - and so good to have you back in the crafting world!

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  14. How wonderful that you've discovered Concord & 9th..you've created a trio of absolutely gorgeous cards with these newcomers in your collection. Thank you for not asking us to choose a favourite: they're tied for #1 with me! Love these!
    ~carol

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  15. Wonderful and unique backgrounds on these cards plus I like the shimmer and sparkle.

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  16. Your cards are beautiful! I really like the one done on kraft paper. Your embellishments on it are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing and welcome back again.

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  17. I especially love the first one--it has a blue background. LOVE the look all the way around...

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  18. These are beautiful! I especially love the last one, the white on kraft and the gold is absolutely divine!

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  19. I love the kraft card with the white and gold stamping. It's lovely.

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  20. From colourful to classy... all beautiful cards.

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  21. wow, wow, wow!! your cards are beyond amazing!!! love!!!

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  22. Wonderful cards. I especially love the gold one. The glue pad is something I hadn’t heard of. I’m going to give it a try though.

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  23. These are absolutely gorgeous! I have all this on my wish list!!

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  24. Your cards are all lovely! Thanks for sharing and inspiring us!

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  25. Pretty Cards! I don't really use glitter but looks fun!

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  26. Such pretty cards, thanks for sharing

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  27. Your cards are awesome. I love the designs and colors.

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  28. These are great Christmas spirit cards but the last gold one is my favourite.

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  29. Wow! Such wonderful cards Lea. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas and inspiring us to try something new. The gold card is so very special.

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  30. These backgrounds are beautiful! Love the various looks!

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  31. These cards are truly stunning, Lea!!! I am so inspired by this post I am going to purchase these sets. You make them look so effortlessly beautiful I love it. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us :)

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  32. All of these cards are so lovely! I really like the not quite traditional colors :)

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  33. What gorgeous creations! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  34. Wow, these cards are so beautiful! I love your color choices and layers!

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  35. Beautiful cards, everyone! I love your use of non traditional colors for Christmas cards. And the jewels...lovely.

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  36. Beautiful, amazing cards with lovely color combinations and detail! Oh... how I 'need' this Concord & 9th set!

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  37. So beautiful! I especially love your second card with the glitter - it looks so ethereal. And I told myself I didn't need anymore Christmas sets, but I may have to get this one and spend enough to get the die also. :) Thank you for the inspiration!

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  38. Gold always adds such a great touch to Christmas cards, and I bet your cards are even prettier in person where the glitter of the gold is seen up close! :) Thanks for sharing these pretty designs!

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  39. Just beautiful - love them all xx

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  40. A glue pad, eh? Sounds like a fun toy! I love your pastel version. Delightful.

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  41. Fabulous cards!! You really have inspired me to get some play time in my craft room today :) Love the gold on kraft and need to try that!

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  42. Three very different and unique holiday cards. Good job making each stand out! I especially like the blue background one.

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  43. Love the cards today! This stamp set is absolutely gorgeous!

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  44. Such pretty cards! I love the colours in the last one - so elegant.

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  45. BEAUTIFUL cards!
    LOVE the variety of inky designs you have created, all different, all wonderful! I haven't used layering stamps, so will remember your tip for when I do take the leap :)

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  46. All three cards are fabulous but I especially like the bold and vibrant colors on the blue one! <3

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  47. Gorgeous cards!! The blue one is just totally stunning!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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