Hi friends! I am back with my last post as a guest for Concord and 9th. I had such a wonderful time playing with these beautiful, clever new products from the March Release, and I’m so grateful to have been asked to be a guest for March. Now, settle in, because this is a long post. I have several projects to share using the new For the Record, Greatest Hits, and Little Crate bundles! Let’s get started with the details.
For my first project, I took to Pinterest to get some inspiration on how to use the new For the Record stamp and die bundle. This set features a record background turnabout, which is stamped in multiple steps so that you can get a variety of colors on your background! I stamped the background using Aqua Sky, Ballet Slipper, and Mushroom inks. I love this color combo; it totally gives me 50’s soda shoppe vibes!
I saw a photo on Pinterest of a room with an entire wall of vinyl records that had been decorated with silk flowers and thought that it was a perfect mashup of the new For the Record and my first love: flowers! I am unabashedly feminine in my cardmaking, and I will add flowers or pink if at all possible, ha. I die cut lots of the little posies from the Flower Shoppe companion die set using Ballet Slipper cardstock, adding some teeny little leaves cut from Aqua Sky cardstock.
For the greeting portion of the card, I die cut the “record” die from the For the Record die set from some more Ballet Slipper cardstock, and lightly blended some Ballet Slipper ink towards the top of the die cut to create a pale pink ombré sentiment die cut. I backed it with a Mushroom cardstock outline, creating lots of contrast for the pale pink letters. I die cut the “for the” from some more Mushroom cardstock, backing it with some white cardstock to help the sentiment stand out, then heat embossed a greeting from the For the Record stamp set on a small rectangle of Mushroom cardstock. I arranged all of the sentiment pieces on a vellum oval die cut (included in the For the Record die set) to give them a bit more of a neutral ground from the busy patterned card front. I accented the sentiment with some pale pink flowers from the In the Meadow die set. A girly take on this For the Record bundle, to be sure!
For my second card, I created a sentiment collage using lots of bright colors and the new Greatest Hits Bundle! I started by created my color blocked background. I trimmed some strips of Honeysuckle, Marmalade, and Oceanside colored cardstock, as well as a couple of thinner strips of white glitter cardstock. Using some scrap white cardstock, I adhered all of the pieces together to create one panel, then popped the strips up in the center of my white A2 card base.
With my background complete, I turned my attention to the sentiment. So many fun sentiments in fabulous fonts and shapes=sentiment collage! I selected all of the sentiments that would work nicely together, then stamped them on more white cardstock using Honeysuckle, Marmalade, and Oceanside inks. I die cut them all using the coordinating dies, though I did fussy cut the You Rock sentiment, as there wasn’t any coordinating die for that particular sentiment. I popped all of the sentiments up on the striped card base using foam adhesive. I die cut several of the little stars included in the coordinating die set from some silver holographic cardstock and scattered them across the stripes for an added element of shine!
My final project for this month’s guest spot features the darling new Little Crate die set. This was designed to work perfectly with the pocket die from the Greatest Hits dies to create a milk crate full of vinyl records (how darn creative is that, right?) but…. you know I had to put my own girly spin on it. I thought the crate would be the perfect holder for an array of miniature cards. I created an homage to aqua, using only the Peacock, Oceanside, and Aqua Sky product bundles, accented with crisp white. The crate itself was crazy easy to assemble; you die cut the large die twice and layer them together perpendicular to each other. The dies also cut the strips for the top and bottom. These are used to add extra sturdiness to the crate as well as some extra dimension and texture. You could even cut these in different colors if you wanted to get fancy! I added a few flowers, die cut tag, and some crisp white twine to the front of the crate to zhuzh it up.
I created three little envelope pockets using the Greatest Hits dies, cutting and assembling an aqua ombré trio of pockets. These were so intuitive and easy to assemble; I do recommend using super strong double sided tape to create a very secure pocket. I used the Woven Stripes stamp with the coordinating ink shades to add a little texture to the fronts of each of the pockets, lightly ink blending around the edges of each pocket with the same coordinating ink shade to give it a bit of a vintage, distressed feel. I adhered a white “for you” die cut to the front of each pocket, as well, cut using the sentiment die from the Little Crate die set.
I created a trio of miniature cards by folding three A2 card fronts in half. These fit perfectly inside of the little pockets, and gave the tiniest, sweetest canvas on which to decorate with my favorite C9 products that I’ve been saving for a rainy day! On the Aqua Sky card, I embellished it with an Oceanside Plaid Card Front-Thin die cut, adding a sentiment from Greatest Hits Bundle embossed in white on vellum. I accented it with a few flowers from the Delicate Blossoms die set. I created an Oceanside version, again using the Delicate Blossoms die set and the three different shades of aqua cardstock. The final mini-card uses such a fun technique, one which I will probably create a full sized project and do a post on by itself because I loved it so much. I stamped the base layers of the Painted Peony stamps on Peacock cardstock using white pigment ink, which acted as a barrier for the subsequent layers of colorful ink to keep it from sinking into the deep teal cardstock. I added a die cut greeting from the Greatest Hits dies, backing it with some white cardstock to make it pop.
These little mini-cards are the perfect size to hold a gift card. Wouldn’t a little crate of these cards and envelopes, wrapped in a little cellophane bag and tied with some pretty twine, make a lovely gift?
Now, to celebrate the new March Release, Concord & 9th is providing each guest with a $25 gift card to give away! All you need to do to enter is be a blog follower and leave a comment on this post telling me which of the new products from the March Release were your favorite. I will select a winner on Monday, 3/20, and then Concord & 9th will email you the gift card.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and thank you tons and tons to the folks at Concord & 9th for asking me to be your guest this month! It was my pleasure to work with these marvelous products. Have a marvelous day, friends!