Good morning! For the month of August, the Where Creativity Meets C9 team has the pleasure of joining Concord and 9th as their guests for the month. We are helping celebrate their 3rd birthday by kicking off their release day with some projects featuring the new Freebie for this month: Birthday Dies and Birthday Balloons stamp set! The dies are free with any purchase over $60, and you get both the dies and the Birthday Balloons stamp set when you spend $120 (which is not difficult with the gorgeousness that is this release! Swooooon.) These little freebies are perfect for birthday cards, especially those masculine cards that so many of us find so challenging!
Our theme this month for Where Creativity Meets C9 is “Anything Goes,” so I chose to go with some simple stamping and die cutting to get started. I find that when I’m in need of some color inspiration, I go to pinterest and look for different color combinations from Design Seeds, wedding planners, and so forth. (You can check out my Pinterest board for color combos that inspire me here.) I found a really pretty pin with the unique color combination of baby pink, smokey blue, bright, royal blue, and mustard yellow. (The closer we get to fall, the more mustard yellow seems to appeal to my creativity.) I translated this to Spun Sugar, Stormy Sky, Mustard Seed, and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide inks.
I first stamped the balloons and confetti in all of these different Oxide colors, which was easy because of the opacity of the Oxide inks… no masking required. Plus, the slight translucence of the inks create that illusion of slightly translucent balloons. I love that you can actually stamp with Oxides and get great results!
After I’d stamped my balloons and confetti from the new freebie Birthday Balloons set, I used the dies to die cut some banners and the greeting from the freebie Birthday Dies set using some bright blue foil card stock. I used my gridded craft mat to carefully arrange the individual letters of “birthday” so that they were nice and straight, then picked them up with some low-tack washi tape and added adhesive to the back, then added both die cut words to the card front while still attached to the washi tape. After the liquid adhesive had dried, I carefully removed the washi tape, revealing a nice straight sentiment. Easy!
This card is perfectly flat and super simple to mail… it would look great in all masculine colors too, though I guess there are enough masculine colors on this card to be used in a pinch, right? That little bit of pink won’t hurt a tough guy! Ha! #realmenwearpink #unlesshesaredhead
I hope you will check out the new release from Concord and 9th…. there are some stunning floral sets and some simpler, super versatile sets that are just fantastic. I can’t wait to show you all that we’ve been working on! Now, for some challenge details: create a project-any project- using Concord and 9th stamps as the focus of your project, then link it up to our post. Be sure to read all of the rules so that, if your project is chosen, you have covered all of the bases to be eligible to win! One lucky random winner will be the recipient of a $25 shopping spree to Concord and 9th, and one crafter will be chosen to be a guest designer for Where Creativity Meets C9 on an upcoming challenge.
Thanks so much for dropping by today! The Where Creativity Meets C9 team will be back with you every Friday for the month of August to share more inspiration using the new Concord and 9th release, so be on the lookout. Have a marvelous day!