Feature Friday with Concord and 9th

Hi everyone!

Hope you’ve had a good week so far. I’m over on the Concord & 9th blog with the other two designers showing the Magnolia Wreath bundle today. 

The stamp set and die set can be bought separately but are designed to go together 

If you’ve ever struggled with aligning multi layer sets, C&9th have designed both the stamps and dies with special tabs that makes lining up so much easier.

I’m not one for layering normally -I leave that to other talented designers, but this set just cries out to be stacked and layered- so I did! Despite my CAS brain screaming ‘stop it- no more layers or bits’ , I ignored it and carried on!! 😂

I thought I’d do something more summery to show you that it’s not necessary to keep it for Christmas alone. So I created this tag; pretty much similar but change out the colours and add the flowers in. 

I love the dimension and height you can get with this set. I just wished I’d had more time to play. If you’re over in the U.K., and want to grab a set- they’re available over here ( for the stamp set) at Seven Hills Crafts. They’ve also got the Seasonal Borders and Season of Cheer sets here.

Do visit the Concord and 9th blog to see what Laurie and Andreea have created ( they’re gorgeous btw!)

See you soon! Have a lovely weekend,

Keren xx

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September 22, 2017 at 5:02 pm 4 comments

Concord & 9th September Release

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It’s really lovely to be guest designing for Concord & 9th. They have fresh and inventive designs and it’s exciting to see their new product. Each Friday in September I’m up on the blog with the other guest designers and this week we’re looking at this bundle; Season Of Cheerseason_of_cheer_bundle_large

I love the fact that the set is perfect for Autumn, Thanksgiving, Christmas and general ‘cheer’ . The stamp set has a wonderful leaf border perfect for stamping the whole width of a card blank- or trimming out to create something like this

I adore the texture on the leaves; perfectly realistic leaves and gorgeous when stamped in a multitude of autumnal shades. I first stamped out the border in a number of colours. As the image is designed to be stamped as one piece- you might need to be a little creative in your cutting- but it’s really simple.


I loved the accompanying die set. Both these sets can be purchased as a bundle or will work perfectly separately too. I wanted the sentiment to look as if it was appearing out of the card.

On the die set were a couple of smaller shapes, including a beautiful spriggy leaf that I thought deserved a little bit of a spotlight. Isn’t it a gorgeous die!
There are some small circles on the die set; I water-coloured them to make look like pink-y berries. Adding lots of the same leaves clustered gives a great effect. I simply arranged them, placed some Orafol over so they don’t move and add the glue to the reverse.

Do go and visit the Concord & 9th blog and see what else the other girls have created. Next Friday I’ll be creating with the Magnolia Wreath bundle

Thanks for visiting me today,

Keren x

September 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm 4 comments

Win & Tonic September

Hi! Please forgive the slightly over-posting. This is post two of three posts today.  What’s that they say about waiting for one bus and then 3 come all at once?!!

Well as it’s the 15th; that means it’s a new challenge over at Win & Tonic. I picked the ‘New….’ theme and the ‘dimensional’ theme. When I thought of a new home card, I imagined a lovely front door with some etched glass and a welcoming banner; so that’s exactly what I did!

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The bottom of the door might look as if I’ve cut it a little off centre, but it actually is slightly opening as I’ve designed the door to open when you twist the handle (aka as a very old brad!)

I’ve used Tonic Craft Perfect in Cherry Red and Ocean Blue and the lettering is the Windsor Alphabet in Upper and Lower Case. The numbers are Postal Type Essentials dies.

Once I’d trimmed out two rectangle for the top of the door, I backed it with acetate that I’d stamped with Stazon using the Delicate Details- Vine Flourish stamp set 


Do join in with the challenge– there’s always a great Tonic prize for a randomly picked participant.

See you a bit later for my final post- a really fab company’s stamp release!

xx

 

 

September 15, 2017 at 1:49 pm 6 comments

STAMPtember and Clearly Besotted

Good morning! How are you all?

It’s my great pleasure to introduce the latest STAMPtember set from Simon Says Stamp’s collaboration with Clearly Besotted. It’s a beautiful 3-step floral set.

Here’s the set; ‘My Best Friend’. As with the multi step stamping images, start with the lightest colour for the most solid image and then go to a slightly darker colour for the next smaller image and the darkest for the smallest.
I used the black for the final colour to add the most contrast- so I chose that for the base colour. Adding some coloured diagonals gave a base to ground the floral images on. I added some pencil details although they’re very feint and the set actually doesn’t really need any embellishing.

To purchase the set- visit the STAMPtember new products page where you’ll be able to find it! In case you were wondering, STAMPtember is a month long celebration of stamping with lots of stamp companies providing exclusive stamp sets for Simon Says Stamp.

I did want to try and do something different with the set- and played around with using the solid image and kiss-stamping the smallest image onto it. It created a fun effect although I wished I’d used a darker colour.

It’s not my favourite project but hopefully gives you an idea of some other ways of using the set.

Do check out all the other products available.

Thanks for joining me today; see you again a little later 😉

Keren x

September 15, 2017 at 9:00 am 2 comments

PaperArtsy- Zinski Art new release

Hey! How are you? 

Tonight it’s my complete pleasure to introduce a new release from Zinski Art. These images are quirky, cool and really fab for creating scenes ( which you probably know by know, I love creating!)

Please pop over to the PaperArtsy blog and I’ll give you a little taste here 

I’d love to know what you think!!

Keren xx

September 5, 2017 at 7:05 pm 2 comments

New Winnie and Walter Premiere Day 4

Hello again! I hope you’re having a fantastic day.

Last day for Premieres- the release is available for purchase today!!

I decided to use one small stamp on the ‘Wish Big with Evelin T Designs’ set as it was curved, I knew it would be perfect to create a wreath. 

Lining it up was reasonably easy. It didn’t quite work out to being a perfectly matched circle, but that was no problem! I knew I wanted some sort of bow or tie to attach it to the card or make it look that way at least- and so used the little bit left over to add my ribbon into. No one knows it was a cover-up! 😉

The sentiment is also in the set and I actually used gold embossing powder ( which hasn’t seen an outing in a long time!) which seemed to finish it off. There are matching cutaways to this set, but as I was creating a continuous wreath, I could use them this time, however, fussy cutting was relatively quick and easy. 

Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these new sets- they’re a beautiful collection and I haven’t even showcased them all. Do visit the blog to see other gorgeous males from the design team and don’t forget to enter to win the entire release! 

Have a great weekend. I’m trying to hurry through upcycling a kitchen trolley type thingy (nope, I don’t know what it’s called either!!) and I’ll post the results once I’m done!

Xx

September 1, 2017 at 12:01 pm 10 comments

Winnie and Walter Premiere Day 3

Morning!! ( or afternoon!).

It’s great to hear across the different social media platforms and then blog that people are loving the new stamps. Today I’m using just a couple of Dies; ‘Ring in the Season’ and ‘In A Word; Celebrate’ cutaways. When I saw the scalloped circle I saw ‘Jammy Dodgers’! 

Now, I simple die cut about 8 of the light yellow scalloped circles and using the heart die in the same set, diecut hearts from the middle of 4. I had to line them up carefully due to the scalloped edges so when I stacked them, they fitted ok! Then I Die cut one of the circles from red and stacked them slightly at an angle from the bottom sandwich to the top; it just helps with the dimension when taking the photo so you could see there was a stack. 

I then poured a load of Glossy Accents in the heart cavity and left it overnight so it looks like real sticky jam! To get the biscuit patterning I just used an Aqua Flow pen and a white gel pen. I just studied a photo and it came out surprisingly like it was a raised biscuit! 

In the UK, if you’re ‘jammy’ it means you’ve done well or are lucky, which is why there’s a Jammy Dodger on a celebrate card- because trust me, if I was celebrating something, I’d want more than a biscuit!! 😉

I’ve not really begun to tap the potential of the stamp set- so go over to the blog and see the whole set- 

One more day of Premieres, hasn’t it been a fab launch. All products are available to purchase tomorrow! 

Till then,

Keren xx

August 31, 2017 at 12:05 pm 6 comments

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