Make a Wish and WIN from Concord & 9th!

C&9 full photo lori craig

I am thrilled to be back from summer vacations and lazy days to be celebrating something fun with you today! I wish today that we would all take a minute to give a big shout-out and crazy moment (ok… month long moment!) to celebrate the fabulous first birthday of Concord & 9th?  It’s a year that’s flown by, but it’s been full of beautiful, fresh stamp designs and beautiful artwork! Really love the Concord & 9th team! Class-act!

C9 Birthday Bash RECTANGLE




When the Concord & 9th crew asked me to help celebrate, I couldn’t wait to get inky, plus they even game me a $20 gift certificate <keep reading for giveaway details> to share with one of  you. I had to say yes! And to top it off, my friend and cohort at Splitcoast Lydia (THE BIRTHDAY GIRL HERSELF!) has a project and gift certificate to share, as well!

I pulled out a favorite Concord & 9th set in my stash, Wildflower and started stamping…

C&9 partial right lori craig

Actually, I started with blending foam and a beautiful rainbow of Distress Ink Pads to apply vibrant color across a sheet of Ranger Watercolor Paper, and then I stamped images from Concord & 9th’s  Wildflower set and “wish” from one of their earliest sets in Clear Embossing Ink and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. After that I spritzed and dripped H2O across the front for blending and texture drops.

When my rainbow was dry, I added a beautiful accent from Bouquet Die that I cut from white glittered paper over the top and applied a few sparkly sequins.

C&9 full photo2 lori craig

So fun! Do you know what else is fun? I have a $20 gift certificate to give away to the Concord & 9th store for one lucky reader! (I sure could use it because their newest set, Give Thanks – with a super fun stalk of wheat (swoon!) – became an instant favorite of mine! I’ve already bought mine and it’s en route, so I’ll give the gift card away to one of you!

Leave a comment with what state you live in and how long you’ve been stamping… I’ll draw a winner on Sunday night when I get back from teaching a set of fun Copic Marker Workshop classes in Dallas!

Since summer is officially over around here… look for more regular posting. I never stopped stamping, so I’ve got some fun things to show you in the coming days! Have a good one! ~ Lori

Edit to add: Comments are closed for this give-away! Thank you for entering. I will post winner info soon! Thank you!

138 responses to “Make a Wish and WIN from Concord & 9th!

  1. *swoooooooooon* I love your rainbow background on this card, Lori! Gorgeous!!!!

    I live in TX and I’ve been stamping for about 15 years, give or take. 🙂

  2. This is a beautiful card… the white against that wonderful background! I am from upstate NY… the foothills of the beautiful Adirondack Mts……and started stamping about 10 years ago.

  3. Pretty Rainbow Background!
    I live in the great state of Illinois! And have been stamping since 2011:)

  4. I love the watercolor background – beautiful colors! I live in California and have been stamping for the past 30 years!

  5. Mary-Anne V.

    What a pretty background for this elegant floral die.

  6. This is gorgeous! Love the rainbow of colors!
    I live in Florida and been stamping since 2003/2004?…then again, I always loved stamping when I was a kid. 🙂

  7. I’m in Iowa and I have been stamping since 1999.

  8. Earlier I saw this card on Instagram and loved it!!! I live in Oregon and Ive been stamping for a year and a half… love it!!

  9. Love the colors and love the card.

  10. Vicenta Ghylin

    Awesome card. Love the Wildflower stamp set and your rainbow background. I live in Oregon and have been stamping for about a year now. Thank you for sharing your design and for being part of this birthday blog hop giveaway

  11. Love your background it makes the flower die stand out.

  12. Melissa Friedrich

    Such a pretty rainbow background for the pretty flowers on your beautiful card! I’ve been stamping for 7 years now, more intensely since I’ve become an empty nester these past 2 years. I recently moved from Austin TX TO Roanoke VA. I’m loving the mountains!

  13. Harriet Skelly

    What a beautiful card! Welcome back from the summer! I live in California and I have been stamping for 10 years.

  14. Gorgeous card!
    I’ve been stamping since 2006 and live in Idaho. Thank you for the chance to win!

  15. Gorgeous card, Lori! I have been stamping for about 15 years and I moved to Western NC from Colorado last november. From the Rockies to the Smokies, but I am originally from South Carolina.

  16. What a sweet card! Love the colors:) I live in Russia now, but about 14 years ago I lived in Cincinnati, Ohio for several years. I’ve been stamping for 3 years:)

  17. I’m glad you returned from vacation, too, so you could create this absolutely gorgeous card for us! The background is *the* perfect canvas for the Bouquet Die. Rainbow dazzling! I’m one of your neighbours to the north; residing in a small town in the Rocky Mountains, in Alberta, Canada. I’d like to “think” I’m Concord and 9’s biggest Canadian fan! A number of their products have been warmly welcomed into my home….but as you know, there’s always room (and a *need* grin) for more! Thank you for the gc opportunity!

  18. Hi Lori ~ Love your post and your card is stunning. I’m a self-described Distress Ink junkie and love what you’ve done with them here, especially with the white popping on top. Gorgeous. I’m a (central) New Yorker and have been joyfully stamping for over 20 years, although I will say that stamping now is more of an art than “just” stamping!! We’ve come a long way baby!! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Hello. My name is Gloria. I am addicted to stamping. It all started in 1995 when I bought one bear stamp, some pigment ink, and one container of embossing powder. That was all it took; I was hooked. Oh, and I live in Kansas. I love the Concord and 9th Bouquet die!

  20. beautiful card. . . I live in South Carolina and have been stamping for maybe 20 yearws. . . .

  21. Hi there! I’m from Christchurch, New Zealand (not sure if I’m allowed to enter this draw!). I have been doing brush and dip pen calligraphy for about a year now. A few days ago I stumbled across stamping for the first time so I’m an absolute newbie to this!

  22. I love your card!!! I’m from Montana, and I was gifted my first stamp about 20-some odd years ago and it’s been a sanity saver since!! (I’m ogling over the Give Thanks set too!!)

  23. Angie Williams

    Beautiful card Lori! I love the colors! Tfs

  24. Denise Bryant

    Beautiful card! I love your pretty colors, and the combo of the stamped flowers and the die! I love that gorgeous Wildflower set too (just got it!) but there is lots more on my wish list! I also checked out the Give Thanks set you mentioned, and my list grew again! Happy Birthday to Concord & 9th!
    I am in northern CA and I started stamping in 1986, when my daughter was in preschool. Thought it would be kinda fun to make her and her friends some party invitations, bookmarks, etc…..

  25. It doesn’t get any better than rainbow colors and flowers!

  26. What a gorgeous rainbow background! I live in VA and have been stamping for since I attended a SU party at a friend’s house in 1997! 19 years and I still love to get inky!

  27. Michael Farrell

    Great color blending! Beautiful card. Thanks for the inspiration.

  28. Love, love, love this gorgeous card! This is one of my favorite techniques & you have really hit it out of the park with this creation. I am originally from Washington state but have lived in central Nebraska for almost 20 yrs & love this gorgeous state. I have been stamping since 2002 & love it.

  29. Gilda (McStamper)

    Beautiful card. I live in Texas and started stamping i 1996.

  30. Dee Earnshaw

    Your card is awesome. LOVE how you made the background:)
    I live in sunny Wisconsin and have been crafting for over 4 years and find so much inspiration on the web. Thank you for the chance to win an awesome prize:)

  31. Courtney McKim

    This is beautiful. I live in Wyoming and I am still a newbie (just a few years) to the card world.

  32. Judie Attard

    Simply beautiful colours and texture! Gorgeous!

  33. Wow! Love the card. The twist with the stamped Wildflowers behind the die cut is awesome. I love both the wildflowers and the die. If only I had more resources! LOL!

  34. Beautiful! I have so many wish list items from C9, including the products you have used. I live in NY and started stamping about 10 years ago when I saw a relatives homemade cards (from Stampin Up).

  35. Very pretty!! I live in Michigan and have been stamping for about 10 years!! Morphed into a stamper from scrapper.

  36. Debbie Anemaet

    Beautiful card, Lori! Love the watercolor and that’s a great die. I live in the beautiful mountains of Tennessee and did lots of stamping when my kids were young and then took a looong break. Buy now since I got passionate about it again it’s been about 3 1/2 years. Love love love it! Thanks so much for sharing with us and for participating in this great hop and giveaway.

  37. Gorgeous card and I love your background technique. The white die against that background is so pretty. I live in beautiful Cape May, NJ and have been stamping for about 7 years.

  38. I am in NC and have been stamping for over 10 years. I love your card, the colorful background really makes the white die cut pop!

  39. i live in nebraska and have been stamping for about 18 years. the background on your card is so lovely and the white die cut is perfect against it. i just got my “give thanks” stamps the other – now just need time to ink them up!

  40. Becca Yahrling

    Wow, that’s just stunning! Love the white flowers stamped with the white glitter flowers. They pop off the pretty w/c. I have lived in Florida my whole life (39+ forever! ha!) and I’ve been stamping for about 10 years or so. 🙂

  41. Thanks for the inspiration! I live in CA and I started stamping as a kid almost 30 years ago!

  42. Lana Dunsmore

    I live in Washington state and started stamping in college over 20+ years ago. Thanks for sharing!

  43. Awesome card!! Really love the white stamping mixed with the white die!!

  44. Very pretty card. I live in the center of the wonderful USA, in the state of Missouri. Who knows how long I’ve been stamping, (crafting forever) but I’ve been hard core paper crafting for about 5 years.

  45. MissElaineous

    Those colors are so beautiful!

  46. Annie Solomon

    Love your card. I never seem to recall how beautiful distress ink backgrounds are. Thanks for the reminder! I’m originally from Long Island, NY, but have lived in Nashville lo these past 30+ years. I’ve only been stamping for a few years, and I’ve fallen in love with it.

  47. Debbie Vasel

    Wow, what a background.
    I am from Nebraska and have been stamping about 15 years.

  48. That is such a clever die vut!

  49. Love the beautiful blended background and the sparkly vase of flowers. I live in Ohio and have been stamping for about 16 years.

  50. I live in Ontario Canada. I have been stamping since the early 90s. Thank you.

  51. Debbie Myers

    What a sweet card! I’m from sunny San Diego California. Although I started scrape booking several years ago I’ve been focusing my attentions on cards and art journals for the last 3 years.

  52. Mary Holshouser

    I live in Southern Illinois, across the river from St. Louis, MO.
    I’ve been crafting all of my life. I started making cards about 12 years
    ago. I’ve been a demonstrator for SU for 9 1/2 years and I love it.
    I don’t stick exclusively to SU – too many wonderful things
    around to be bound to one company.
    I love the shading on your card. I’ve just started working
    with the watercoloring and it is fantastic.
    thanks or sharing.

  53. What a delightfully lovely card!
    I’m in FL and started stamping nearly half a century ago, but only seriously in the past 10 years

  54. I’ve been stamping for probably 20 years! I live in Washington state. I started stamping years ago when my kids were all little and I made Christmas cards using the D.O.T.S. Stamps. So long ago. Now I feel old.

  55. Karen Roberts

    Love this card! The dimension is awesome.

  56. Teresa Doyle

    Hi Lori, your card is so beautiful. The pretty background is a great backdrop for the white flowers and vase.
    I live in Nova Scotia, Canada and have been stamping for 17 years!

  57. This is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO insanely gorgeous; I just love it!

  58. sharon mesdag

    I live in Ontario, Canada. This probably makes me ineligible but I do have to comment on your beautiful card and technique you used, can’t wait to try it.

  59. Carla Hundley

    Love your beautiful
    watercolored card.
    The image is so
    Carla from Utah

  60. Carolee McCaslin

    Such a pretty card!! I live in Wash. state and have been stamping for 18 years when I went to my first Stampin Up party:) It got me hooked!!!

  61. Good gosh… your rainbow background is gorgeous, and a perfect backdrop for the beautiful white C&9th images. Love it!!!
    I live in southern Indiana. My daughter introduced me to stamping about 12 years ago, and I have been stamping ever since. The best of times are when the two of us can get together to stamp!!

  62. I have been stamping for just about a year. Love your card! It is stunning!

  63. What a great way to use this huge die…I may have to steal…er…CASE it. Love the colors you’ve chosen…beautiful.

  64. gorgeous card… love the way the white die cut pops against the beautiful background! I live in Washington State and I have been stamping since about 2008.

  65. Gorgeous card, love the rainbow colors! I live in Kansas and have been stamping for almost eight years.

  66. I’ve been stamping forever – since the late 70s. I too like the Give Thanks set.

  67. Love this – so pretty!

  68. This is really a gorgeous card. I love that you embossed over the inked background then added the die cut bouquet. Really pretty. I live in Indiana and have been stamping since 1993. I didn’t discover the web and blogs right away and that just opened up the world of stamping for me. I have my eye on that same Give Thanks set! It’s great. Can’t wait to see what comes next on your blog. Glad I found you.

  69. Gorgeous card, Lori! The white really stands out over your beautiful rainbow background. I live in Washington State and have been stamping since about 2005. What a fun blog hop with so much inspiration and a wish list that keeps growing and growing!

  70. Miriam Prantner

    Love the stamped flowers in the background that make that bouquet so much fuller and deeper!

  71. Wow! This card is just outstanding! Great colors for the dreamy effect. I’m from Oklahoma, I’ve been stamping about 10 years.

  72. I’ve been stamping in California for about two decades — since my daughter was a Girl Scout! I

  73. Beautiful card!
    I live in Germany and I discovered stamping last winter:-)

  74. Absolutely beautiful card! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  75. Julie H in MN

    I started stamping when I about 5, my Mom bought me sponge type stamp set for my birthday…..then I quit and did some embroidery and knitting and cross stich and crocheting, until about 22 years ago and I started back in. I LOVE it. Your card is just absolutely gorgeous!!

  76. This card is so gorgeous, soft looking but packs a punch! I live in Oklahoma and have been stamping for 20 years and I love every minute of it!

  77. Marty Harris

    I live in NH and have been stamping for nearly forever. I received my first stamps as a child, but only became serious about stamping about 15 years ago…

  78. Beautiful card!

  79. Alma Dirpaul

    So many stamp sets to choose from…Sophisticated stamp set is really nice

  80. Love how you mixed the stamped flowers and the die cuts. I’m from Michigan, and I’ve been stamping/card making for about 2 years.

  81. Cindi Patton

    I simply LOVE your card! I live in beautiful California and I’ve been stamping for about 5 years.

  82. Teresa Godines

    Stunning card. I love that background. I live in California… the Northern part. I have lived in Ca. for my entire live. I did try out the Southern part of the state for a few years but ended up coming home to be close to family. I have been stamping for about 6 years.

  83. sheron egolf

    Love this card! I live in Maine and I am a newbie stamper.

  84. My goodness! how pretty! Love this! Currently live in Michigan and started scrapping when my children were little. Now doing more mixed media. Love using stamps for canvases.

  85. Barbara Baxter

    I love your watercolor background in contrast to the white wildflowers.

    I live in western New York and have stamped for over 20 years — but always learning something new! And meeting great stampers!

  86. Kitty Tatman

    I love this die! Thanks for the clever way to use it!

  87. Such a pretty and summery card. I’m a Dutch native who moved to Crete, Greece in 2008 and I started stamping in 2011.

  88. Georgia. Super pretty card! Stamper for nine years or so.

  89. Beautiful card! I live in AR and I’ve been stamping since I was about 3! LOL

  90. Such a pretty card. Love your background & that die is really fun. I live in Nevada and have been stamping since about 1994! Thanks.

  91. Lori Danieski-Bellotti

    Love the soft beautiful colors…the stamp set is beautiful

  92. I live in Hong Kong and I started stamping a year ago. your card is very cheerful and pretty!

  93. I live in Alabama (the beautiful) and I started stamping in 2011. Thanks for the chance! I love the white main image on top of the colorful background.

  94. Hilaria McAllister

    I am from Havana, Cuba and have lived in Michigan since 1969. I really like the rainbow colored effect with the water drop effect. Compared to most commentators here, I am a relative newbie as I’ve only been stamping since April 2016.

  95. Gorgeous card!! I live in Arkansas and have been stamping over 15 years.

  96. I live in Georgia and have been stamping and making cards for over 40 years. I started using programs on my computer in the beginning. I’ve seen lots of trends come and go AND come back again. Card making brings me joy. Your card is gorgeous.

  97. Gorgeous rainbow card! I live in Oregon and have been stamping off and on for almost 20 years. Crafting slowed down once kids arrived. : )

  98. Ericka Strange

    Beautiful card. Love the background with the white flower. So pretty.

  99. Beautiful! Love, love, love Concord & 9th

  100. What a beautiful rainbow card..and I love how you’ve stamped flowers behind that wonderful vase of flowers, they blend in so well, I didn’t even realize they were stamped separately!!
    I actually live in India, Karnataka..and I’ve been stamping for a bit over two years..and am super delighted that I do! 😀

  101. Central NJ. Been stamping since 2007! Thanks for the chance to win.

  102. Fabulous background and love the die cut from sparkly stock!

  103. I live in Idaho and have been stamping for twenty+ years. I am also so happy to wish Concord and 9th a very happy first birthday. They just keep getting better all the time.

  104. What a pretty card! I love that background the the vase of flowers!

    I live in California and I have been stamping more seriously about 6-7 years. I dabbled before that.

  105. Beautiful background!

    I live in Oregon and stamping has been my recent hobby – 2 months.

  106. I live in Ohio and have been stamping for about 3 years but I’ve been crafting all my life. Love your card!

  107. super stick chick

    Fabulous card!

    • super stick chick

      Ooop, forgot to mention, I’m from Minnesota and have been stamping for about 10 years.

  108. I love how soft yet vibrant the background is. I have that die set. Now I have some inspiration. I’ve been stamping since mid 90’s.

  109. I live in India. Been stamping for 2-3 years. I love the vibrant colors of the background. And the bouquet die looks really gorgeous.

  110. Most of the time I live in a state of confusion….I need every new product that’s released by all these awesome companies and my condition has existed since 2011. Northern Cal is my zip code.

  111. I love the softness and elegant look of this card. Thanks for the inspiration.

  112. Love the white glitter paper shape — such a good touch, such a good eye.

  113. Gorgeous card. Such a beautiful background.

  114. Karen O'Keefe

    Thanks for sharing this cool technique! I will try that myself soon. I didn’t know there was such a thing as blending foam–and I have several colors of distress ink. I’m in Portland, OR.

  115. I love a simple card – beautiful colors!

  116. Christine Canfield

    i love the organic texture of the watercolor paper!

  117. Such a beautiful and sweet card. Love the soft color background!

  118. Judy Bennett

    I live in Indiana and have been stamping since 2010. I absolutely love it. Lori, your card is beautiful. I think your coloring of the background is awesome. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent. Happy Birthday to Concord & 9th.

  119. Your background is incredible, but what I love most is that you filled in the bouquet with a few stamped blooms. What a brilliant idea! I adore this card. Thanks for the chance to win! (PS I live in Virginia, and I’ve been stamping off and on for about 5 years.)

  120. Beth Karschnick

    Hey Lori, I’m so pleased to meet you. Your card looks amazing! Wildflowers is one of my fave Concord & 9th stamp sets, along with Pop Art Pineapples and Birdie Banners and…WOW, it’s hard to pick just one set…I think I’m in love with them all….*SIGH*. I have been stamping for 12 years but I feel like I’ve really only been stamping for 2 as that is when I was introduced the world of cyber stamping!!! I live in Michigan and I am not looking forward to winter like a lot folks around here are. I love my summers and they are never long enough!! Thanks for sharing! Have a safe trip!!

  121. Pairing that stamp set and that die – a match made in heaven! You made an absolutely beautiful card. I live in Wisconsin and have been stamping for about 14 or 15 years.

  122. What a beautiful use of that lovely die! Your background is the perfect backdrop for it – I can’t help but smile looking at this! Such a happy card!

  123. Brithzi Sandy

    I love the white against the rainbow colors. The card is simply beautiful!

  124. Elizabeth kelly

    Happy. Birthday, concord and ninth! I live in the city of the Alamo,San Antonio,Texas. The blog has been great and I hate to see it end. Your card is so soothing with the colors of ink. I also love the floral die. Thank you for your art.

  125. What a beautiful card, Lori!! Love the vibrant colors.

  126. Wow, very lovely.

  127. GORGEOUS card. I’m always on the look-out for rainbow-colored projects and this is a keeper! So smart to emboss the Wildflowers first and then overlay the Bouquet diecut. I never thought of using glitter paper for that. I love all the texture. I bet this is even prettier in person!

    • So excited by the card, I forgot the question! I’m in Michigan and have been stamping for 30 years…way before it was popular and stamps were hard to find. So happy that’s not the case anymore!!!

  128. So refreshing – I love the softened colors of watercolored rainbow shades! I live in Ohio, and have been stamping seriously for 11 years. I have just a few C&9th sets, and would love to add to them – thank you!

  129. This is such a beautiful card. Thank you for sharing this with us:)

  130. Linda Miltzow

    Ordered the wheat set, too, from C&9th! Ready to try it out! Your card is so fun and colorful and sparkly, just right for celebrating a birthday!
    Hope you had a good trip, Lori!

  131. Roberta Morin

    Hi Lori, I love your card using pastel rainbow colors! I live in Virginia and have been stamping since 2008. I was introduced to stamping in 2000, but didn’t actually get involved until 8 years later.

  132. I’m from Virginia (or I should say that I live in Virginia – as an army brat I’m never sure where to say I’m from). I’ve been stamping on & off for about 15 years. My hobbies tend to cycle.

  133. I’m 28, live in WA and I have been stamping for 4 years now!

  134. Gorgeous background colours for this pretty bouquet !
    I have been stamping for 15 years and I reside in TX!