Tropical Vibes with Concord & 9th!

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing my last post as a Concord & 9th Guest Designer for July and their Feature Friday series–it went too fast! Be sure to check out all the projects on the Concord & 9th Blog HERE too! πŸ™‚

Today we are sharing projects made with the Tropical Vibes Bundle! This one has allllllll the Good Summer Vibes, that’s for sure!

I created the background for this card using the Tropical Vibes Turnabout stamp and then die cut out all the pieces from the Tropical Vibes dies.

This next card has the die cut again from the Tropical Vibes dies, but also features the Joyful Tile Bundle–specifically the  Joyful Dies. This is the “oh” turned upside down to create “yo”! I still laugh at this one because that just cracks me up! Yo, Let’s Celebrate! πŸ™‚

I used paper strips and die cut the word from it. Then I added the sentiment from the Joyful Tiles. Love it! πŸ™‚

This background below is definitely one of my favorites. Part of that is because this is not a set of colors I’d normally pull to work together, and they totally do!! So that happy surprise is fun in itself.

This sentiment is from the Tropical Vibes Turnabout. Just so happy with how it turned out overall. Simply delightful!

Lastly, I thought I”d share a card I made using the Tropical Vibes Turnabout with one my all time favorite Concord & 9th products–Kind Card Frame and the Kindhearted Stamp set. (I think these are retired now…?)

I thought the blues were fun and a little unexpected!

You can find the whole lot of new Concord & 9th products HERE. And if you’re a bundle person, get it all HERE.

I hope you have been inspired to send some tropical vibes!! Please be sure to check out the post on Concord & 9th’s Blog today to see both Carrie and Karen’s projects too! Sure to be fun too!

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you missed my posts, you can check them out HERE,  HERE and HERE.

And here’s all the links to the Concord & 9th products:

If you’re on Instagram, follow me HERE. πŸ™‚

Thank you SO MUCH to Concord & 9th for being so awesome and having me along to celebrate this release! It was truly a delight to work with these stamps, dies and the great people behind them! ❀

Have an Fantastic Weekend!

Jill πŸ™‚

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Joyful! Concord & 9th Fun!

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing my third post as a Concord & 9th Guest Designer for July and their Feature Friday series! Be sure to check out Karen & Carrie’s projects on the Concord & 9th Blog HERE too! πŸ™‚

All my cards today feature the new Joyful Tile Bundle. One of my favorite things is a great word die, and this more than fits the bill! πŸ™‚

Rainbow all the things! This one turned out fun! First I stamped the word “enjoy”, inking it with several colored inks and then I die cut it with the coordinating dies. I also cut the words out in fun foam and adhered them on the back of the stamped word. I stamped the graphic stamp twice, just shifting the angle to create sort of a Spirograph look. So fun! To finish it off, I added a little stitching and a few confetti sequins. I want to make more of these, of course! Ha! πŸ™‚

Next up, I made a fun holiday card–I love holiday cards with non-traditional colors! The word JOY is perfection!

I made the background with the new Joyful Tiles Turnabout Stencil pack. These stencils are pretty genius! It’s so fast to create a background with them–1, 2, 3….I use my MISTI to hold it in place and for the sharp corner.

Next up, I have another Holiday card, using a more traditional color palate. Again, I used the Joyful Tiles Turnabout Stencil pack, just trying to keep two rotations slightly lighter. When I was done with that, I used one of my first Concord & 9th sets, O Christmas Tree, to put snowflakes in the centers.

I used the sentiment stamp from the Tropical Vibes Turnabout and the word Joy again from Joyful Tile Bundle. I scored the card base for some added texture and stitched it all down. I’m loving the fact I have two holiday cards already made! It’s July! Whooooooot!!

My last card is a fun combo of the Joyful Tile Bundle and the Tropical Vibes Turnabout. I wasn’t sure what colors I wanted to use, but I just got started and ended up loving the way it came together! πŸ™‚

I stamped the word enjoy with two different colored inks, creating an ombre look in the end. I was amazed it turned out, not gonna lie. πŸ˜‰ I adhered it to the turnabout base using fun foam. I stamped the sentiment and trimmed it out, adding it with foam adhesive.

So, I have two extremes here: A summer tropical vibe and a holiday/Christmas vibe! πŸ™‚ It’s fun to use your goodies in so many different ways though, isn’t it?! πŸ™‚

You can find the whole lot of new Concord & 9th products HERE. And if you’re a bundle person, get it all HERE.

I hope you have been inspired to stretch your supplies to cover different occasions! Please be sure to check out the post on Concord & 9th’s Blog today to see both Carrie and Karen’s projects too! They have wow’d me all month!

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you missed my post the first week, you can check that one out HERE. If you missed last week, you can check that one out HERE.

And here’s all the links to the new Concord & 9th Supplies:

If you’re on Instagram, follow me HERE. πŸ™‚ I’ll see you back here next Friday, for my final guest post. Going so fast!

Have a GREAT weekend!

Jill πŸ™‚

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Toucan Paradise | Concord & 9th Fun!

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing my second post as a Concord & 9th Guest Designer for July and their Feature Friday series! Be sure to check out their projects on the Concord & 9th Blog HERE too! πŸ™‚

Both cards today feature the new Toucan Paradise Bundle. It is such a perfect set for my current vibe: Summer, Tropical, Hot. πŸ™‚

This toucan is so fun and I love that he can be stamped in pieces to change up the colors. I masked off a section and then stamped all the elements within that section with bright and cheerful colors.

I stamped the toucan and die cut him out with a branch, adhering him with foam tape. I added some reverse scored lines on the opposite side for added texture. I really enjoy how simple and crisp this one turned out in the end.

My second card is a little wild! πŸ™‚ It too features the Toucan Paradise Bundle, just keeping it simple with a background and sentiment.

I stamped the sentiment with VersamarkΒ  on vellum and used sparkly embossing powder. It looks awesome in when it catches the light. ❀ I stitched it all down on top of the centered stamped elements. I only wish I had stamped a few of these background all at the same time, because I love the look of these stamps all together. πŸ™‚

You can find the whole lot of new Concord & 9th products HERE. And if you’re a bundle person, get it all HERE.

I hope you have been inspired to try something BRIGHT and tropical! Please be sure to check out the post on Concord & 9th’s Blog today to see both Carrie and Karen’s projects too! SURE to be fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you missed my post last week, you can check that one out HERE.

If you’re on Instagram, follow me HERE. πŸ™‚ I’ll see you back here next Friday!

Have a GREAT weekend!

Jill πŸ™‚

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Concord & 9th

Today is an exciting day, as I’m joining Concord & 9th as a Guest Designer for July and their Feature Friday series—-I could NOT be more excited!! πŸ™‚ I have always enjoyed seeing this feature and I am delighted to participate this month! Many thanks to Concord & 9th for having me <3….I have been having a grand ol’ time, that’s for sure! Also designing this month are Carrie Rhoades and Karen Reategui! Be sure to check out their projects on the Concord & 9th Blog HERE too! πŸ™‚

On with the cards– That’s why we are all here, right?Β  πŸ™‚

This first card features the new Sew Pretty Dies, Joyful Tiles Turnabout Stencil Pack, and Tropical Vibes Dies. If you haven’t hand stitched a card, I highly recommend giving a go. It creates a lovely added element to each card–and these dies make it quick work. I stitch while watching TV–because I can rarely just sit. πŸ™‚

This “hello” sentiment is perfect for many occasions–I stitched it in dark (navy) blue.Β  I thought it would be fun to stencil the base first, before stitching. Have you used a Turnabout Stencil? It functions just like a Turnabout Stamp. I use my Misti for corner to hold the stencil in place and get the tight fit. πŸ™‚

I thought the flowers, scoring and stitching added the perfect finishing touch! πŸ™‚


Next up, I used the Sew Pretty Bundle and the new Tropical Vibes Turnabout stamp for the sentiment.

I thought it would be fun to stitch up the diamond a little different, and it turned out pretty cool! The trick for this specific look, is to have two colors going at the same time, so you can stitch them alternating, as you go. You can do one color at a time, it just creates a more layered look vs. integrated. Both are fun! πŸ™‚


Next up, I have a sweet stamped little number… This card features the Sew Pretty Stamp set.

I stamped the Hello with a dark blue and then magically found the matching Copic to fill in the outlined Hello. (Insider tidbit: This was completely a strike of luck to find the right color straightaway. Haaa! This will likely never occur again.) I simply adore the “from all of us” sentiment. Just delightful!

For the background, I masked off some stripes with Post it tape and blended on some ink. I stitched the panel on to complete the card.

…So I might have made a few cards because I could not stop! πŸ™‚


This next card features the Sew Pretty Bundle. There are so many possibilities with the stamp and die combos, especially because you can leave the diamond open or complete it, adding a little extra die piece to pierce the holes. This is likely my most straight forward card, if you will.Β  A lovely little number to give to the Bride & Groom!

It’s also delightful that in the bundle, you receive the floss and needles to stitch with. So when you receive your goodies, you are ready to rock! πŸ™‚ The floss colors are all fabulous and go together swimmingly.

I added the simple stitched line and score lines to finish it all off.


And last but not least, is the first card I made! This card again features the Sew Pretty Bundle.

I stamped the diamonds to overlap each other. I originally had three colors of ink to use, and grabbed the wrong one to lay down the last diamonds. But don’t tell anyone. *winkΒ  So if I made this one again, I’m not sure if I’d use two inks or three, as was originally intended…?

This green floss might be my favorite in the bundle. πŸ™‚ Its lovely. Perfect to say hello!
Well, I find my bucket of photos is now empty! πŸ™‚ As you can see, I really enjoyed exploring lots of possibilities with these new stamps and dies. And I still want to try a few other things. I’m hoping to get those done sometime in the next weeks–there should be some new seasons to binge watch soon!?Β  πŸ˜‰

You can find the whole lot of new Concord & 9th products HERE. And if you’re a bundle person, get it all HERE.

I hope you have been inspired to try your hand at making something fun and possibly explore trying something a little “different” with them too! Please be sure to check out the post on Concord & 9th’s Blog today to see ALLLLLLL the fun!

Happy stitching–thanks so much for stopping by!

If you’re on Instagram, follow me HERE. πŸ™‚ I’ll see you back here next Friday! Spoiler Alert: Next week’s cards are bright and uber fun! πŸ™‚

Take care– Jill πŸ™‚

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Rest and Refresh! NEW Release from SSS!

There is a New Release available over at Simon Says Stamp HERE— It’s called Rest and Refresh! I has the pleasure to use the sweet new Filigree Wreath.

I decided to make a “few” cards using this fun new wreath…figuring if I was going to die cut all these pieces, I might as well! I love to die cut inlay and I decided I need to watch some TV and zone out, so the combo worked out well. It’s like putting together a puzzle. The key is not lose any of the little bits–that is actually a bit tricky. πŸ™‚

All the little bits add such detail, I kept the rest of these cards pretty simple from there.

Here it is in all green!

I kinda really dig the one color! πŸ™‚

Here’s another very clean one. I’m not a big on adornments for Sympathy cards.

I was going to do all white, but decided to add this colored panel behind.

And lastly another colorful one:

I decided I’d make the dots black on this one, and I don’t think I used the correct pen unfortunately. I’m probably the only one who notices that though. πŸ˜‰

I thought the lot of these turned out lovely and they are great for mailing because they are flat. This new Filigree Wreath die has so much detail and sweetness, I felt I could keep the rest very clean. β™₯️

I used sentiments from the new Paper Smooches set Sunnyville and the previously released Sympathy Sampler. The “Be You” sentiment is from Concord & 9th’s Rainbow Wishes.

Thanks to Simon Says Stamp for having me along to celebrate this fun NEW release!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Friday!

Take care–Jill

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Rainbow Wishes

Hope your week is going well! Mine has been jam-packed, but last night, I just had to stamp some color! πŸ™‚ So I made these:

Be You. Be Happy. ❀

I figured, if you are stamping rainbows, STAMP some RAINBOWS in bulk . πŸ˜‰ I stitched each one a little different to mix things up. Loving this stamp set and especially ❀ the sentiments and the font they are in. Gah! πŸ™‚

For all these cards, I used Concord & 9th’s Rainbow Wishes . Ahhhh rainbows. ❀

I added a few scoring lines to the top of this. These were an experiment, and I decided I do not like this broken up look in scoring. But now I know, and I certainly was not going to bin these just because of that little detail. Not tragic. πŸ˜‰

I also stamped envelopes with Concord & 9th’s little stamp set. πŸ™‚

Well, that is all for now! πŸ™‚

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope wherever you live, you are experiencing a nicer Spring season. Haaaa! We are not having typical weather, but rather a continuing winter. Ugh.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Take care– Jill πŸ™‚

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More Thanks

The weekend is here! Yay! This past week was jam-packed and I’m ready for a day off!

Today, I’m sharing a bunch of Thank You cards I have made. The rainbow ones I made back in January and never shared. The blue ones I made recently for our PTO at school to give. I tried to use the school colors and keep them manly, because they are all for men!Β  πŸ˜‰

For all these first Thank You cards, I used Concord & 9th’s Many Thanks die and for some I used their Many Thanks Turnabout Stamp. Love that stamp! It makes you want all the turnabouts, right? I quite enjoy the way the peeps at Concord & 9th think–quite inventive!

I scored all these card panels & stitched on the speech bubbles, but neither shows up fantastically in these photos. Hooray for Rainbows 🌈! πŸ™‚

I usedΒ Copic Markers to color these for bulk purposes. Generally speaking, I like to use colored cardstock to cut the letters instead. I’m a purest, I guess. πŸ˜‚! However, sometimes you just need to get some cards made! So I took the quick route on these above.

This next set below, are the “manly” ones for school.

These used both white and a dark blue colored cardstock. As you can see, it worked out one-for-one! So I had nothing leftover. Whoohooo!

Sometimes I used the outline of the speech bubble, sometimes not. Also a fun thing to be about to add or take away. πŸ™‚

This ombre paper above is by Lil’ Inker and I am LOVING it big time! It was gifted to us at our recent retreat. Now I fear I will not use it because I ❀ it so! Ha! It is THIS Ombre Stripes Lil’ Inker pad. Thank you so much, Lil’ Inker! ❀

This patterned paper below was just found in my stash. πŸ™‚ It worked out pretty well too. But it’s no ombre stripe! πŸ˜‰

This two below I used the turnabout stamp to create the background. I used the same gray colored ink pads on both, but to me they look slightly different. Weird. :).

Of course, all my cards were polished off with a little stitching in end.

I’m so glad these all came together. I will definitely be using all these Concord & 9th products regularly around here. I am a sucker for simple fonts and speech bubbles though, so that’s a given! Ha! If I could just work and design faster, they’d be quick work! But I’m not a bulk producer, so I’m ok with the slower pace. πŸ™‚

You can see a “Fall” themed Thank you card I made with these products HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Enjoy your weekend! πŸ™‚

Take care– Jill πŸ™‚

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