I’m a tad (understatement of the year!) excited to finally be able to let the cat out of the bag and announce that I was asked by the very kind people at Concord & 9th to be a guest designer for the month of July!! I did a crazy happy dance and then wrote back with a big fat YES!
I’m a big fan of their designs and have a sizeable hoard…. erm, collection… of their stamps and dies already. One of the first things I got from them is the Take A Bough die cut and I have a small, colourful forest on the window sill in my craft room. But this blog post is about the new release, which you can find as a bundle HERE, and specifically the Laurel Frame Stamp and coordinating die cut set which is today’s featured product. You can also get it as a bundle.
Anyone who knows the crafty me, knows I’m both a sucker for florals and a coordinating diecut, so this set I couldn’t wait to play with! I might have gone a bit overboard but I made seven cards in two days. It was so fun to play with colour combos and layers, I just couldn’t stop. I am getting a little bit ahead of myself here but check these out!
Grabbing my MISTI, the Laurel Frame stamp as well as lots of inks from Altenew, I stamped and stamped and stamped some more. I wanted some ‘traditional’ colours, like the card below, as well as some fun, funky colour combos. Using the coordinating diecut, which you can get separately or get the stamp and diecut bundle at a discounted price if, like me, you are not a fan of fussy cutting.
Pink and greens always look lovely together when it’s florals, doesn’t it?
Not much else was needed for this card apart from stamping the card base with VersaMark ink using the Stripes & Sayings, a ‘hello’ cut out of Tonic Studios gorgeous metallic card stock in Pink Chiffon. The inks I used for all these cards are from Altenew, they all come in full-sized oval pads as well as mini-cubes.
For this first one I used Bamboo and Parrot inks (which also comes in a 4-pack with two other greens, both in Oval pads and mini cubes) for the Laurel Frame, and Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious and Rubellite (which also comes in a 4-pack of Oval pads or mini cubes) for the roses. The frame I cut out with the coordinating die cut and then I cut out another one in foam sheet, these two I layered up and added to the card base.
I made another three cards with the same background stamping, i.e. the Stripes & Sayings stamp with VersaMark ink on coloured card stock. The only difference between all these cards are the orientation of the laurel frame and finishing touches.
My next card got turned into a shaker card, with a pink, grey and silver colour scheme. Layout wise it’s very similar to my first one, but by changing the colours and adding the shaker element, it’s a very different card in the end.
The third card in the “Stripy series” is teal and silver. The Laurel Frame is done with inks from the Sea Shore ink family and the roses from Rock Collection. This one could have been a shaker card but instead I added vellum to the circle and adhered the ‘hello’ there. This one is diecut and then heat embossed with Platinum embossing powder from Altenew. A few sparkly sequins finished this one off.
My last Stripy card is probably the one that stands out the most colour wise. I used Warm & Cozy inks for the Laurel Frame but I obviously hadn’t cleaned the stamp enough in between stamping so it has some staining from the last ink I used on it. At first I thought I’d just throw it away and start again but then I looked at it again and actually kinda liked it! So I decided to go quite bold and do purple roses as well as purple card stock for the sentiment. The inks used for the roses are from the Shades of Purple ink family. A few matte gold sequins finished this off perfectly.
Deep teal and grey is one of my favourite colour combos, I simply love it so I decided to do another card in those colours. For this one I used the darker inks in the Sea Shore ink family for the Laurel Frame and the lighter ones from the Rock Collection for the roses.
For the sentiment on this one I used the new Lovely Blossom Die, the coordinating die to the Lovely Blossom Turnabout stamp, and cut it out of silver glitter card stock. To make it stand out a bit more I cut out a middle in a lighter coloured card stock than the card base, as well as one in foam sheet and after these were layered up, I adhered the sentiment directly to it. A few matte silver sequins and LOTS of Nuvo Jewel Drops in Sea Breeze finished the card off.
My next card was done with inks from the Tropical Forest and Warm & Cozy sets. I stamped the Laurel Frame with the green inks, cut it out and then added some details with green Copic markers to add some more depth and interest. The roses I stamped up with the yellow/orange inks and cut out too. I used another green card base and added the Laurel Frame direct to it, the roses also got adhered without any foam tape (shocker!) to make the card quite flat.
Setting this aside, high up, to avoid smearing it, which I have done numerous times before, I got working on the next, and final I promise, card.
On a light sea foam coloured card base I added a stamped Laurel Frame, which I had used Sea Shore inks for, as well as Cherry Blossom inks for the roses. I did a similar thing as the last teal card, where I cut out a middle I foam sheet as well as pink card stock, and added to the card. On this I stamped ‘Happy birthday’ in black ink and then framed it with different sized drops of Rosewater Nuvo Jewel drops.
As usual, I have used compensated affiliate links in this post, most notably Concord & 9th of course, and a little bit of help from Altenew and Tonic Studios. What that means is that I get a small commission directly from these companies if you choose to buy something using one of these links. At NO extra cost to you whatsoever. If you end up supporting me like this, please know it means the world to me and every little helps, so thank you in advance!
Thanks for stopping by today and for making it to the end, it was a bit of a big one this one, sorry.
Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica