Just Do It Already!

Thank you for visiting and for taking time out of your day to read my first ever blog post! I've been planning to start a blog for quite some time and thanks to Concord & 9th I decided to just do it already! (Whether I feel like my website is ready or not)

Concord & 9th is one of my FAV vendors.  Their products are so unique and well-thought out that they truly allow for creative and custom designs.  I just recently placed an order with them and received their gracious Seriously, Thank You stamp set free gift (with a $60 qualifying purchase).  When I saw their August challenge come across my blog feed, "Anything Goes" encouraging us to love our Concord & 9th products, I knew I had to participate!

 I LOVE when things come in fun packaging!

I LOVE when things come in fun packaging!

 Most recent order: Happy Balloons die and stamp bundle, Love Notes die (on sale!!), and my free gift, Seriously, Thank You stamp set. 

Most recent order: Happy Balloons die and stamp bundle, Love Notes die (on sale!!), and my free gift, Seriously, Thank You stamp set. 

Please note, if you spend $75 or more, you do get free shipping.  Unfortunately I found this out after placing my order or I would have added the coordinating Love Notes stamp set to my order.  But next time!!

Now, on to my projects!  I truly showed my Concord & 9th products some love so I apologize, this is going to be a really long first post!

 LOVE the  Double-Cut Alphabet dies ! Also used the dies to the  Happy Balloons bundle .

LOVE the Double-Cut Alphabet dies! Also used the dies to the Happy Balloons bundle.

 I didn't use the Love Notes envelope die I received in my order because I wanted the envelope to fit inside the A2 sized card so I used a Simon Says Stamp gift card envelope. The FOR YOU and bottom banner is from the  Love Notes die set !

I didn't use the Love Notes envelope die I received in my order because I wanted the envelope to fit inside the A2 sized card so I used a Simon Says Stamp gift card envelope. The FOR YOU and bottom banner is from the Love Notes die set!

 The "happy" is stamped with Clearly Kelly Outline Letters and the back banner and heart are from the  Love Notes die set .

The "happy" is stamped with Clearly Kelly Outline Letters and the back banner and heart are from the Love Notes die set.

My next project uses the free gift, Seriously, Thank You, received with my order.  I used some of the new Distress Oxide inks (LOVE, LOVE, if you haven't tried these inks yet you must!!).  The paper is from Echo Park, I think I got it at Tuesday Morning.

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 Super simple design.  I used my Misti to ink the stamp in multiple colors then die-cut the panel and adhered it onto the patterned paper.

Super simple design.  I used my Misti to ink the stamp in multiple colors then die-cut the panel and adhered it onto the patterned paper.

 I just love the Echo Park colors and patterns, it was hard to choose a background.

I just love the Echo Park colors and patterns, it was hard to choose a background.

These next cards are made with the Celebrations Card Die which I've had for a while but it is on sale now!!  The center flaps fit together to close the card.  Greg from Concord & 9th has a great video showing how the die works. (shared after the photos)

 The heart is a Tim Holtz die cut from orange stock.

The heart is a Tim Holtz die cut from orange stock.

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 These cards use the coordinating bows and ribbon that come with the die.  I dry embossed the white gift and the silver is from a paper pad from Hobby Lobby.

These cards use the coordinating bows and ribbon that come with the die.  I dry embossed the white gift and the silver is from a paper pad from Hobby Lobby.

These next cards are clean and simple.  They use the Double-Cut Alphabet dies that are so fun to work with. I purchased the bundle which came with some fun backgrounds to stamp directly on the letters or put behind the die-cut letters.

 I used double-sided foam from Papertrey Ink to create the YAY. shaker letters.  In hindsight I don't know why I used a "." instead of an "!".  It would've been much cuter with the "!" with the orange shaker pieces.  I then used the foam letters that were left over from this card to create the other YAY card with the orange.

I used double-sided foam from Papertrey Ink to create the YAY. shaker letters.  In hindsight I don't know why I used a "." instead of an "!".  It would've been much cuter with the "!" with the orange shaker pieces.  I then used the foam letters that were left over from this card to create the other YAY card with the orange.

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 I used the coordinating stamp set with Distress Oxide inks to stamp the letters.  The star is from the Seriously, Thank You stamp set.

I used the coordinating stamp set with Distress Oxide inks to stamp the letters.  The star is from the Seriously, Thank You stamp set.

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 Here you can kind of see the raised letters.

Here you can kind of see the raised letters.

I hope you made it to the end of this very long post and are inspired to check out some Concord & 9th products.  Thanks so much for stopping by my brand-spankin-new blog!

Happy 2nd Anniversary Concord & 9th, I Seriously Cannot Thank You Enough for motivating me to initiate my blog and be inspired to enter a challenge!  

Greg and Angela seem like genuine, fun, good-hearted people.  I was introduced to them on the Crafty Chats (that I miss so much!) through Online Card Classes.  Here is their video: