We are excited to introduce another guest designer, Jessica Frost-Ballas. She has a great blog called All the Sparkle where she features her creative projects! We love Jessica's style, especially her cards with cool techniques creating sky backgrounds.
Here is a little bit about Jessica:
Hi, I'm Jessica from all the sparkle and I'm so excited to be guest-designing for the December release for Concord and 9th! I live in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley with my husband, two dogs, a cat, and a rabbit. I’ve been crafting in one form or another since I was a child but have recently been able to devote more time (and space!) to card-making and I LOVE it! I am a freelance harpist and I spend most days teaching piano and harp to students of all ages. I enjoy the ever-changing nature of my day job but I really love my time spent crafting as it allows me to access and unleash a very different side of my creativity! I love experimenting with new techniques and I usually can’t resist adding just a little extra sparkle to all of my cards and projects!! At the moment my favorite cards to make are shakers or anything involving watercolors or distress inks! I generally tend towards cool colors although I can't resist pink and gold!
Jessica has made two cards for us, one using Tree Hugs and one using Written in the Stars.
We love the gold embossing and white ink on the Tree Hugs card. The Ruby sequins are so cute - which is probably why they are now sold out. You could recreate this card using Gold sequins though!
The missing you card showcases her unique 'sky' techniques, plus she made this in to a shaker! We didn't think about using the trees and telephone poles together - very clever!
If you are not yet following Jessica, go to her blog now! From there you can follow her other social media outlets. THANK YOU SO MUCH Jessica for sharing your talent with us at Concord & 9th!
We are lucky enough to be sponsoring another week over on CASology! Click over to see how you can play along. Below is this weeks cue word and Angie's attempt at creating an OWL out of stamp sets we currently carry (none of which include an owl). Challenge accepted! Angie used our Pop Art Pineapple stamps and dies to create this little fella. The wings are the pineapple body cut in two, the feet and beak are the flowers, and the dip on his head is just an edge of the pineapple body die. Oh, the eyes are from our Bags & Tags dies - they are the little circle tag reinforcer. Perfectly sized for big owl eyes!
This card would be good to welcome a new little baby or even a new neighbor. Would you like to have a chance at winning the Pop Art Pineapple stamp set? Head over to CASology to play along!
We just love to find talented crafters via social media! Today's guest post is from Amy Kolling. Her blog is called Stamp-n-Paradise. You need to check it out! Here are some fun facts about Amy:
Hello! My name is Amy Kolling. I live in Kansas with my 2 kids and husband. Beside my crafty resume, I work full time as a Dialysis RN at one of the largest clinics within the company. I started scrapbooking nearly 20 years ago with layouts using my wedding photos. Once I found stamping (via a Stampin' Up friend), I became a die-hard cardmaker . . . there was just something about all the matchy ink and papers that had me hook, line, and sinker! I would not be where I am today without the amazing stamping community of friends that have encouraged me from the very beginning. I am a CAS, with a few layers, kind of stamper but like to try all sorts of techniques that may or may not take me out of my comfort zone.
We love Amy's fresh, clean style so we asked her to create cards using our new Shine Brighter stamp set and Shine Brighter dies. Amy did a great job of incorporating other Concord & 9th products too. The 'MERRY and BRIGHT' card base is using our Happy Hues card pack (she trimmed down one card to use as a panel rather than the full card base - clever!) and the Ocean 3mm sequins. The 'it's your day to SHINE' card uses our Tree Ring stamp as a backdrop. SO PRETTY!
A huge THANK YOU from us to Amy for creating such fun cards, and guest posting for us! Be sure to link to her blog HERE so that you can find out about a special give-away, awe at her creations and follow her on all her social media outlets!
Are you following Joan of Dear Paperlicious? If not, you should be! Not only is she very talented at stamping and papercrafting, but she has a great blog and is very kind! She was one of our first customers and followers, and then she asked to interview us as a new company as part of a monthly blog series she is doing. We were honored!
Joan asked great questions and posted Concord & 9th product photos & samples. Check it out HERE if you want to know more about us, but more importantly, start following Joan's blog Dear Paperlicious where you can also find all of her other social media outlets! She is SO inspiring!!!
Starting Mon, 11/9 at 9am MT through Mon, 11/30 at 11:59pm MT we are offering the following products bundled together at 15% off!
Being Classy stamp set + Being Classy dies + Happy Hues card/envelope pack!
Not only that, but we will donate 25% off all the profits from this bundle to charity! This is one of the ways we are participating in the Share Handmade Kindness challenge that the amazing Jennifer McGuire started!
Treat yourself - or buy these as Christmas gifts for those crafters in your life! You save AND you get to help those in need. Win-Win!
*available while supplies last
Kymona did a guest post for us back on September 24th. Click here to read more about Kymona.
The coloring of the cakes are cool, the card shapes are unique, and the card using the Cake Edition Paper Route™ (in the middle) is so clean & simple...with all that paper that comes in the Paper Route™ packs, you could make TONS of quick cards!
Head over to her blog called Kreative Kymona to read about a special offer! It might include freebies & a discount through Monday...just sayin'.
We were lucky enough to find Erin on social media. Her bright & bold style stood out to us. We were so curious to see what she'd do with our products so we invited her to do a guest post.
Here is a little bit about Erin:
Residing in Dallas, Texas with my husband, 3 children, 1 dog and a 1 cat, my little craft room is my escape after bedtime or during naptime. I started paper crafting in 2008 with a good old Cricut Expression machine. From there, I started getting into stamping and although a bit intimidating at first, I became hooked. I never looked back and am addicted to trying out new and fun stamping techniques with watercoloring and love my Copics. If I were to define my card making style, I would have to say bold, graphic and bright. I like to make a statement with my cards, no doubt.
Erin used Pop Art Pineapple stamp set and the coordinating Pop Art Pineapple dies to create this card. Pineapples are so trendy still and she has added a fun modern twist. The scalloped line along the bottom of the card is from our Bags & Tags die set as well. Erin thought outside of the "bag" when using this one!
We love how Erin uses black & white with pops of color. She used Lots of Blots stamp set for this card. I love how the "so grateful" becomes the focal point of the card, and the long brushstroke lines frame the card nicely. The Bags & Tags dies also includes a circle die that is sized perfectly to die cut the 'so grateful' circle.
A huge thank you to Erin for us for posting along with us. To enjoy more of Erin's talent, and to find out about a special giveaway, go visit her blog Erin Lee CREATIVE where you can also link up to her social media!
We are excited to announce our sponsorship with CASology - the creative study of all things clean & simple! We love the idea of clean & simple so it was a no-brainer to join efforts with Melissa. Each week there is a new cue card to prompt creativity and a winner is selected from the weekly challenge. You should play along! Here is todays cue card: