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! 🙂

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

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! 🙂 It too features the Toucan Paradise Bundle, just keeping it simple with a background and sentiment.

I stamped the sentiment with Versamark  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. 🙂

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. 🙂 I’ll see you back here next Friday!

Have a GREAT weekend!

Jill 🙂

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You Rock!

Happy Thursday! I thought I’d pop in and share another fun card from the July Release over at  Paper Smooches. You can check it all out HERE ♥️!! 🙂

Today, I’m sharing a card using the new You Rock die. I kept this one VERY simple and in person, it’s allllll in the layers!

I just love layering up a good rainbow as it has a major impact in person, but it is tricky to photograph, I will say. 😉
Here’s a super close up:
Paper Smooches: You Rock die.
These and all the other new goodies are available over at Paper Smooches HERE!
I just love the fun simplicity of this die and Kim’s handwriting!! 🙂
If you missed my post Blog Hop, check that out HERE and my other post with a card from the new release HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jill 🙂

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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!! 🙂 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! 🙂

On with the cards– That’s why we are all here, right?  🙂

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. 🙂

This “hello” sentiment is perfect for many occasions–I stitched it in dark (navy) blue.  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. 🙂

I thought the flowers, scoring and stitching added the perfect finishing touch! 🙂


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! 🙂


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! 🙂


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.  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! 🙂 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. *wink  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. 🙂 Its lovely. Perfect to say hello!
Well, I find my bucket of photos is now empty! 🙂 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!?  😉

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. 🙂 I’ll see you back here next Friday! Spoiler Alert: Next week’s cards are bright and uber fun! 🙂

Take care– Jill 🙂

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All The Feels

Happy Thursday! Hopefully you have seen the  new release from Paper Smooches. If not, you can check it all out HERE ♥️!! 🙂 It’s such a fun one!!! ❤

If you missed my post Blog Hop, check that out HERE and my other post with a card from the new release HERE.

Today, I’m sharing a card using the new Inhale Exhale sentiment set and Clouds Stencil! The sentiments in this set are so unique and Kim’s hand lettering just really puts them in their own stratosphere of delightful! 🙂
I also used the recently released Fab Frames Dies –these dies are getting a workout for some many cards!! ❤ I used a bunch of different inks to blend the ink onto the Cloud stencil, stamped the sentiment, stitched the frame and put it all together. I enjoy how it turned out! 🙂
These and all the other new goodies are available over at Paper Smooches HERE!
This card is perfect for so many occasions–I wish I had made a handful all at once to send! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Jill 🙂

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Paper Smooches JULY Release!

Happy Day! There is a  NEW RELEASE from Paper Smooches available NOW ♥️!! 🙂 It’s such a fun one with awesome patterns and sentiments! ❤

If you missed my post yesterday for the DT Blog Hop and Giveaway, check that out HERE!

Today, I’m sharing a card using the new Patterns Stencil and Inverted Greetings! The sentiments in this set are so unique and fun–I just ❤ them!
This new Patterns Stencil makes quick work of a background to add lots of color or just a little, if you’d like. 🙂

Paper Smooches: Patterns Stencil, Inverted Greetings. These and all the other new goodies are available over at Paper Smooches HERE! ❤ Have fun!

I just love a card filled with rainbow goodness! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Jill 🙂

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Paper Smooches JULY Blog Hop!

Happy Paper Smooches blog hop day! There is a NEW RELEASE from Paper Smooches available tomorrow, July 7th at 10am ♥️!! 🙂 This release is chock full of AWESOME sentiments and fun patterns–this is a release that you will use over and over and over and over! 🙂 ❤ it so much!

Here we go!

  • Hello!  It’s time to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches JULY 2019 release with you!  THREE new stamp sets, THREE new dies and TWO NEW stencils will be available to purchase at 10:00 AM Central time zone on July 7th.  Once they go live, you will find the new products here: www.papersmoochesstamps.com

    To add extra fun to our blog hop…there is a prize!  The prize – a $30. gift code to use at the PS online store.

    Here are the details:

    • Leave a comment on any of the blogs listed below (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it will increase your chances of winning) 
    • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the blog below
    • Deadline: You have until midnight Central time on July 8th to leave a comment.
    • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on July 9th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

    Paper Smooches blog

    Guests:

    Design Team:

    Ways to increase your chances of winning:

    (which means that you have up to four extra chances to win on each blog)

    Did you know that Paper Smooches offers up a fun challenge each month?  Keep an eye on the PS blog for details.  http://papersmooches.blogspot.com/

Today, I’m sharing a card showing off the new Pattern Builder Dies! This is a die set that can be used often to just add bits and pieces here and there on so many cards!

The sentiment is from the forthcoming Inhale Exhale sentiment set! The lettering on this stamp set is just THE BEST! So unique and fun!! 🙂

Paper Smooches: Pattern Builder Dies, Inhale Exhale. (These will be available tomorrow.)

I’m really looking forward to sharing all my projects this month–the sentiments: ❤ !

Next up, be sure to visit Karin–Karin never disappoints! 🙂 Thanks for joining us today!!

Take care–Jill 🙂

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Ellen Hutson’s New July Release!

Today, there is a super fun NEW RELEASE from Ellen Hutson! This release is by Julie Ebersole and you know I am a fan of what Julie whips up! This release is no exception! 🙂

There is so much fun on the mermaid front, but this time I flocked to the Rainbow and Unicorns set!  Because: Rainbows.  🙂 #trouble

Go Forth and Be Fabulous! ❤

This little unicorn and all the rainbow fun! eeeeek!

For this card, I created a Distress Oxide Ink background with masking and blending.

Fantasmagorical?! ❤

I colored all the little images with Copic Markers and then added them to the cards in little scenes.

This sentiment had me at Sprinkles! I love everything sprinkles!  LOL! 🙂

This sentiment is a RIOT! Sure to make someone laugh, I’m sure! I did!

Too funny!

And then this last card, I kept it very simple, but it probably took the longest to make! It was late at night and I was trying to line everything up with tired eyes. Silly! 🙂

Rainbow delight! With Sparkly glitter to boot!! 🙂

I used three new Essentials by Ellen products for these cards:

Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps, Pure Magic By Julie Ebersole

Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps, Unicorns ‘N Rainbows By Julie Ebersole

Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies, Unicorns ‘N Rainbows By Julie Ebersole

I also used the previously released and versatile: ESSENTIALS BY ELLEN CLEAR STAMPS, PATTERN PLAY BY BRANDI KINCAID.

For several of the cards,  I added a few Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear confetti bits. Love those little sparkly bits!

Be sure to check out all the fun new products released today over at Ellen Hutson HERE! Have a great Sunday!

Thanks for stopping by!

Take care– Jill 🙂

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