Merry Mantles from Concord & 9th

Yes. I’m aware that you’ve just placed pumpkins on your mantle and found the box of faux autumn leaves, but it’s time for Christmas crafting! Sharing the Merry Mantle Bundle from Concord & 9th today!


Coloring these stockings reminded me that making stockings was one of the things I was going to do this year. Our family has stockings at my mom’s house, but I’ve never made them to hang at home. The girls are both in college, so the time is right, am I right? Anyway, I didn’t do it because #2020.

I colored my stockings with Polychromos Pencils. I was asked this week if I preferred the Polychromos Pencils to Prismacolor, and I **SO** do prefer them. They blend so beautifully, and the color is so vibrant. I do use Gamsol for a little blending here and there, but the pencils really do most of the work.

My second card with Merry Mantles features the wreath. It’s easy to color, just vary your shades of green for depth and variety. The stamp and the die both have an outward notch to make the die line up easy, and it was a breeze – cuts beautifully.


 

I used the new Candy Stripe Background and Aqua Sky ink to create the pretty, soft plaid. Love the contrast of the Aqua Sky and the green of the wreath. I also used a brayer to smooth the ink on the stamp.

 

 

I finished off both cards with stamps and die sentiments from the Seasonal Sayings Bundle. I love the crisp, clean look of these fonts – both the stamps and the dies.

 

Many thanks to Concord & 9th for having me as a guest designer this month. It’s been a great month of fun creative time, and I’ve loved working with these products. Don’t take that as an “I’m finished” because I still have more to share tomorrow!

Happy Friday! Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

More Concord & 9th JOY

JOY to the WORLD! Sharing more 2020 Holiday Collection from Concord & 9th today. I’ve used the Joy to the World Bundle. This big JOY word die is designed to make the front panel of a tri-fold card, or as a stand-alone focal point on a full card-front, as I’ve done here.

I created my background by blending Concord & 9th colors: Aqua Sky, Oceanside, and Peacock on Bristol Smooth cardstock. The background was then splattered with white gouache and spritzed with a clear sparkle before adding JOY to the WORLD and snowflakes cut from the Iconic Christmas Dies.

I hope you’ve penciled in some time for crafting this week. It’s been a great escape from crazy for me! Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll be back to share more soon!

Iconic Christmas from Concord & 9th

How about some good old fashioned traditional JOY!? I think we all need that right now! Today, I’m sharing two cards with the new Concord & 9th Iconic Christmas Turnabout stamp set!

The turnabouts make beautiful fast backdrops for cards and tags. You simply ink up, stamp, quarter turn your cardstock and switch ink colors, then repeat. You can add four different colors. Here I’ve showcased Concord & 9th colors: Parsley, Clover, Wheat and Cranberry for a traditional Christmas. I find the squares easiest to work with in my MISTI with the turnabout stamps. I simply trim to preferred size after stamping.

After stamping my background, I added JOY from the 2020 Holiday Joy Bundle and a pretty poinsettia created with Fresh Cut Floral Dies – edition 4.

Square cards require extra postage, so keep that in mind, but I think it’s worth it sometimes for a special greeting. I may end up framing this one and just forego the extra postage. LOL

My second card also features the Iconic Christmas Turnabout, but this time I used only a white ink for a subtle backdrop for the coordinating diecut baubles from Iconic Christmas Dies.

 

MERRY • MERRY Christmas! It’s not too early to start creating, and your December self will be so happy you crafted early!

Thanks for stopping by. More to share soon!

Merry Christmas

 

Say Merry Christmas with this beautiful Concord & 9thSimon Says Stamp exclusive STAMPtember collaboration set,Tis the Season!

STAMPtember sets are available in limited quantities and only from SimonSaysStamp.com, and I loved working with this set and predict this beauty will be a fast sell-out!


First I stamped my wreath with Old Paper Distress Ink on Neenah 110# Classic Crest Solar White cardstock and colored with Polychromos Pencils for a no-line coloring effect.

After coloring, I added some score lines to create a frame around the edge, popped up a second wood sign, and added sequins for just a bit of shimmer to finish my card.

I hope your weekend is full of your favorite things and plenty of creative time! Thanks for stopping by!

Concord & 9th September Release

How about some Season’s Greetings from Concord & 9th. I am thrilled to be a guest designer for Concord & 9th this month because there are so many beautiful things to share.

If you are new to my blog, thank you so much for stopping here today. Please follow me on Instagram (wheatfield_designs) or Facebook where I share frequent creative snippets.

Because I like starting with the REALLY good stuff, I’m sharing this FREE (FREE!) die set called Fresh Cut Florals Edition 4 – Poinsettias and Pine Boughs. The set is free with the September Product Release Bundle. I used beautiful colors from the Concord & 9th color collection: Parsley, Evergreen and Cranberry.

The die set allows you to create 2 different sized poinsettias. The flower petals can also double as leaves to layer behind a finished flower. Create a festive spray by including the pine bough with the poinsettias.

Fresh Cut Florals Edition 4 is also available for purchase, and it’s a show-stopper with a little glitter pizazz on the petals. Use it to adorn a card front, tag or package trim. The sentiment is cut from silver foil paper using the Festive Friends Dies.

Check out the full Concord & 9th September release here. So many fun, festive ideas to make quick work of holiday creativity.

The second project I wanted to share this morning is a card created with poinsettia accents but shows off the sentiment from Peace on Earth. I’ve paired the Cranberry color with wheat and white for a crisp, classic look.

Peace on Earth with it’s coordinating dies was a fast favorite for me. I love the typography, and the phrasing is split in all the perfect places for beautiful stand-alone sentiments or to use all together.

With all that is going on in our world, I’m going to hold tight to this prayer through our coming days. Let the be peace on earth...

Thanks for stopping by, and stay with me all month long as I share my favorite projects from every piece of the release. I’ll be back soon with more to share.

STAMPtember: Picket Fence Collaboration

Happy Hour, Friends! Tonight I am so happy to be sharing a special STAMPtember collaboration set between Picket Fence Stamps and SimonSaysStamp.com

The Picket Fence collaboration set is called Happy Water, and it’s perfect for invites and girlfriend cards! Please don’t delay shopping if you think this set is cute, and who can argue it’s not!! These collaborations have been selling out FAST.

First, I stamped my cocktails in VersaFine Black on Neenah cardstock and colored with Polychromos Colored Pencils. This is such a fast image to color. With so much glass, I left lots of white space and swiped over it at the end with a pale blue marker to cover the glass.

After the images were colored, I went over the top of the glasses with a clear glaze Sukura pen to give them shine and a bit of dimension. It was really tricky to photograph, but it’s a simple way to give your cards a little polish.

Here’s a peek at the stamp and die combination. It bears repeating: these collab sets have been flying off the shelf, so please don’t delay if you like this one!

I can’t wait to see the other designer’s projects with this cute set! Hope you enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hero Arts Winter 2020 Release Blog Hop

Is it too early for Joy & Comfort? I think not!

I’m thrilled to be on the Hero Arts 2020 Winter Catalog Blog Hop today. This hop celebrates a beautiful holiday collection from a company that everyone loves! I think when you’ve had a chance to see all of the beautiful projects, you’ll agree that it’s time for Joy & Comfort!

I loved working with Stocking Bouquet from the new catalog. Loads of beautiful Christmas springs and florals to color and arrange. I had a car ride this week, so I packed up stamped images and my Polychromos Pencils for the long haul.

Then, I spent an afternoon mixing things up and adding them to a blended ink background for my first Joy & Comfort card.

Tip: my ink blended background is on Bristol Smooth cardstock. When I cut the scalloped white layer to frame, I also used Bristol Smooth. I do this so that the tone-on-tone of the papers is the same. Continuity in paper tones and texture gives your finished card a polished look!

I love sending Christmas cards, and usually send quite a few. So, one thing I try to keep in mind is design ideas that keep them flat for mailing to avoid the need for extra postage and/or damage in transit.

Christmas Rose Bold Prints was an instant winner in my book! Lots of beautiful, (but open!) detail for easy coloring. These panels quickly transition to full card front panels. With 6″ by 6″ of stamped space, there’s plenty of beauty to cut up for tags or smaller card elements, too!

First, I stamped the full background in Versamark on white cardstock and embossed with gold embossing powder. Then the image was colored with Polychromos Pencils and blended with Gamsol.

After trimming the colored panel down to allow for a slight mat to frame the images, I centred the panel on a white cardstock base. Finally, I added a small vellum banner with Merry Christmas embossed from Stocking Bouquet to complete the card front.

I appreciate you swinging by my blog today. It’s an honor to participate with this company and these incredibly inspiring artists. I hope you enjoy the hop, and I hope your day is full of Joy & Comfort!

See many other projects from the wonderful winter stamp collection and find lots of inspiration from the amazing artists below.  Be sure to leave as many comments along the hop as you can – Hero Arts will give away three $50 gift cards, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by leaving a comment between now and Sunday, September 6th at 11:59pm Pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

 

Dare to Get Dirty 2020

It’s my favorite week of the card making year! From the Splitcoaststampers team and our fabulous design team alumna from 16 years of creative inspiration, we host Dare to Get Dirty! I’ve been a part of the Splitcoaststampers community since 2004, and the community is the reason I am still stamping today! The people have become wonderful friends.

Splitcoast is the largest single source of card making inspiration on the web with galleries organized by company name/brand, the largest tutorial library on the web with step-by-step and how-to videos,  immeasurable information on tools, style, design, industry, company  chatter, and more.  It’s basically the Library of Congress for stamping and papercraft.

Every August we host Dare to Get Dirty to celebrate the Fan Club members who support Splitcoaststampers. 99% of the Splitcoast content is free, but we roll out special content monthly for Fan Club members – with lots of challenges, chatter and prizes.  You can find information about our Fan Club and how to join HERE.

Fan Club members can join our Dare to Get Dirty challenges in our Challenge Forum.

My card for the challenge I am hosting was created with my new Sketchbook Florals and background from the Field Notes Kit (currently sold out!) from Taylored Expressions. I’ve  embossed the flowers in gold and colored with Polychromos colored pencils. The larger single blooms on these cards allow for detail, but still a clean and simple card design.

You can see all of the entries for my challenge HERE. FIFTY FIVE Beauties when I checked this morning!

This is my card for Mary’s challenge from yesterday! I watercolored a wreath with Daniel Smith Watercolors – from Lydia’s Daniel Smith Split Group (Facebook)  on Arches Cold Press. The sentiment is from a very old Stampin’ Up set in my archive bin – the ones I’ll never part with! Love seeing all of the different takes on the challenge ideas!

Let’s end my post with adorable cuteness from Waffle Flower – the Be a Unicorn die for Lori McAree’s challenge! LOVED this one! The sentiment was created with Be Bright Building Blocks Stamp and Die from Taylored Expressions. So cute. All of the samples for this challenge can be seen HERE.

Lots of inspirational ideas to be found! LOTS OF PRIZES to give away! I hope you find time to join us. Forty-one challenges are open between now and September 4th. 🙂  See you there!

Sketchbook Florals with Field Notes

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, it’s not a secret that a sketchbook with watercolor or pencils has become a hobby-on-the-go. Business trips, vacations, or close to home – it’s very relaxing to me.  And, while landscapes are fun, I always seem to circle back to flowers.

It’s also no secret that I’m a long time Taylored Expressions fan, and today those worlds collide! Eep! 

My sketchbooks are full of flowers… and today, I’m excited to share that a few of my favorite florals have made their way into a brand new set called Sketchbook Florals in the August Taylored Expressions kit called Field Notes!

When it comes to florals in card making, I love simple blooms with depth and beauty in a single stem that allow for effortless card design, and simple blooms are what you’ll find here. Each is large enough to stand alone on the card-front and easy to color.

Taylor hit all the buttons with the additions to this complete stamping kit to include a beautiful, Rough Draft Background stamp, Frayed Edge masking stencils (the masking stencils are the genius brainchild of my friend Laurie Willison!), stamped sentiments and accessories that remind you of sketchbook accents like date stamps, grids, and swatch boxes… all easy layers behind beautiful blooms, without overpowering. And, it would not be a Taylored Expressions kit without beautiful coordinating stickers and envelopes.

First I stamped the coneflower in a very light Toffee ink on watercolor paper and added no-line watercolor. One of the neat things about no-line watercolor with these images is that they will be a bit forgiving. Just follow the basic shape image! The background was created with my Blender Brushes and splatters of color off of the paintbrush.

For my next card, I used the Frayed Edge stencil on my panel in Confetti Cake ink, embossed the blooms in Gold Embossing Powder on separate cardstock and watercolored before clipping with the coordinating die. I added the perpetual calendar and ‘birthday blessings’ from the Birthday Simple Strips. I’ll just circle the date for my special friend when I get ready to send this through the mail.

For the last card that I’m going to share today, it’s another no-line watercolor bloom, the panel is layered on vellum, and then layered on the toffee card stock with the grid background stamped in toffee ink. At the end, I added a little bit of splatter to both visible layers for interest!

Field Notes is available today from Taylored Expressions. The kit includes:

  • Sketchbook Florals Stamp Set
  • Sketchbook Florals Dies
  • Field Notes Stamp Set
  • Rough Draft Background
  • Masking Stencils – Frayed Edge Rectangles
  • 6 Custom Envelope Seals
  • 6 Colored Envelopes (Blue Corn, Lavender Glaze, Salt Water Taffy, Sprinkles, Sweet Basil and Toffee)

I know the TE Design Team has been busy creating so many beautiful samples. I’m going to check out all of their inspiration by hopping over to the Taylored Expressions Blog. I hope you’ll join me!

a PIG DEAL from Taylored Expressions

Something fun from Taylored Expressions today! Love this adorable and limited  Farm Fresh kit that releases today. Each kit includes:

  • Gingham Check Background Stamp
  • Farm Fresh Stamp Set
  • Farm Fresh Critters Stamp Set
  • Farm Fresh Critters Dies
  • Set the Scene – Grass Stencil Strips
  • 6 Mini Wobble Springs
  • 6 Custom Envelope Seals
  • 6 Colored Envelopes

I had so much fun pairing my cute farm critters with Karin Brushmarker PRO. I have a whole herd of critters to show you today! A few of them are pig deals!  😉

As soon as my kit arrived, I got busy coloring images with Karin Brushmarkers, then the cards came together lickety-split! These quirky chicks are adorable, and I kind of feel like they are crafty chick friends hanging out together, because look at their fun rainbow banner for their chicken coop!

The wobble heads included in your kit make for fun interaction without any extra fuss. LOVE THAT!

For my next card, I paired the cute cow with birthday elements from Big Grumpy Birthday. BOOM! They are scaled perfectly for these critters! I used the kit grass stencil and a cloud stencil with my Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes for a fast and easy  background. The whole scene is mounted on a stamped gingham (LOVE!) background panel.

While you are shopping at TE, check out the Karin Brushmarker PRO collection. I am loving these markers for ease of use and beautiful blends.  I love the look of these pens and how they feel when you hold them. I love the vibrant ink colors and the see-through barrel. The ink is a liquid technology that allows you to see and use every drop of ink in the barrel. No waste!

The pig deal sentiment cracks me up! I already know exactly who I’m sharing this card with! Chuckling as I think about that because he tells us frequently, in jest, that he’s kinda a big deal. LOL

I’ll be making lots of cards with this set, and I love the addition of the fence! Great little anchor for cute scenes! I paired this scene with the cute sun and cloud dies from Taylored Expressions. All elements are cut from watercolor paper and colored with Karin.

My last card today features the horse. I always wanted a horse when I was growing up, and my grandpa always told us, “nope. horses are hard on fence.” LOL I have no idea if that is true or not, but there was zero percent chance he was adding horses to his herd of Black Angus.

I hope you’ve enjoyed a little tour around the farm today! Please stop by Taylored Expressions and snatch the Farm Fresh Kit up. The kits loaded with fun and in limited supply. I kept thinking about all of the ways I’d mix and match each element in my everyday crafting. So fun!