Thursday, August 11, 2016

Concord & 9th Birthday Bash Blog Hop!





Hello!  I'm so excited to be here today to help Concord & 9th celebrate their 1 year birthday!  Their stamp and die designs captured my heart from the moment I first discovered them!  The owner's, Angie and Greg, are kind, generous, and supportive, and I couldn't be happier that they've had so much success in their first year!

In addition to the blog hop there are giveaways, discounts, and lots of other fun happenings going on all this month at Concord & 9th, be sure to check it out HERE!  As if that weren't enough, they're generously giving away a $20.00 gift card to their store at each stop of the blog hop this month (details on that at the end of this post!)

Now on to my card!  I wanted to create a card that expressed my feelings about Concord & 9th, and this sentiment says it perfectly!





I do believe that for we card makers, beautiful, inspiring stamp designs enrich our lives, at least they do mine.  There's nothing quite like the butterflies I feel inside when I first lay eyes on a stamp set that makes my heart go pitter patter and inspires me to CREATE!






I adore the beautiful fonts Concord & 9th uses for their stamp sets, and this one happens to be my favorite!






To make my card I started with an ink blended background.  I didn't have the exact shade of blue card stock that I needed so I used my Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink and my ink blending tool to create it.  I stamped various flowers from one of my favorite Concord & 9th stamp sets, Wildflower, and embossed them with white embossing powder.  I colored the flowers using Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers.  I used some of the flower stamps, cutting the petals apart, to make the "leaves" for my card.  I stamped the sentiment, from By Your Side, using Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I added lots of clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to finish my design.

Be sure to leave a comment below for your chance to win a $20.00 gift card to Concord & 9th  You have until August 18th to leave your comment, when I'll be drawing a random winner.  

I want to thank Angie and Greg for inviting me to participate in their celebration, I wish Concord & 9th MANY more years of success!




123 comments:

  1. A beautiful arrangement of wildflowers, Diane, and the sentiment is absolutely perfect! Your passion for creating, especially with C&9th products, comes through loud and clear, in both your cards and your words! Cheering that you're part of this celebration; you work magic with these images!
    Hugs~c

    ReplyDelete
  2. Love Love Love your card. Colors are great too. Both sets are a must have!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I just love the bold, bright colors you used. The blue BG really makes the flowers pop. Very pretty!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Gorgeous card today Diane, congrats on the fetaure. Love the colours!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Fantastic card! The blue really makes the flowers pop. The Wildflower images are on the top of my wishlist.

    ReplyDelete
  6. What a gorgeous card! The vibrant colors & awesome design really caught my eye& the sentiment is perfect! I love the font on it also!

    ReplyDelete
  7. What a gorgeous card! The vibrant colors & awesome design really caught my eye& the sentiment is perfect! I love the font on it also!

    ReplyDelete
  8. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  9. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Third times a charm! I love this card! Thank you for including the details of how you made it as I had to know how you did the sentiment. It is so clear and crisp. Great job!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Wow - the Blueprint Sketch background just makes those flowers POP! What a great design.

    ReplyDelete
  12. LOVE this card, Diane! The blue is gorgeous with those fabulous blooms! And how clever to cut your flowers to make the leaves. So happy to see you as part of the Concord & 9th celebration!

    ReplyDelete
  13. wow--I loved this card. I would never have thought to used such a dark, vibrant color as a background. I've run into the same problem--not the right cardstock--but never would have come up with the ink blended idea as a solution. So, thanks for that! And the yellow flowers really pop out of that blue. Great job.

    ReplyDelete
  14. wow--I loved this card. I would never have thought to used such a dark, vibrant color as a background. I've run into the same problem--not the right cardstock--but never would have come up with the ink blended idea as a solution. So, thanks for that! And the yellow flowers really pop out of that blue. Great job.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Beautiful card. Love the colors you used and the white embossed adds a special touch. Thank you for sharing and being part of the Concord & 9th birthday giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Such a lovely card! Great colors. love the embossing!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Oh you don't know how much I wanted that one!!!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Love the shade of blue you used for your background, and the Wildflower set is a favorite! In fact, I just ordered it yesterday and it is on its way! Beautiful sentiment in a pretty font and great colors for the flowers!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Those lovely flowers really pop against the blue!!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Gorgeous card and
    the wildflowers are
    so pretty!
    Carla from Utah

    ReplyDelete
  21. Love the layering of the flowers.
    The colors are so bright and cheerful.
    Wonderful card.
    thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I love your fabulous card, Diane! It's gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Stunning card - love the bright fun colors!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Beautiful! Amazing colors/coloring/creative fussy cutting!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Your card is beautiful - I love that blue background and the colorful flowers!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Hi Diane ~ Your card is incredibly lovely. The bright, beautiful die cut flowers on the bold background is just brilliant as well as your use of (cut apart) flower petals for leaves. Beautifully done! Thanks so much for sharing & inspiring us today.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Such pretty and bright colors! They go so well together!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Such pretty and bright colors! They go so well together!

    ReplyDelete
  29. The background! Those flowers! Everything is gorgeous.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Oh WOW Diane, what a beautiful card.These flowers are gorgeous and the colours you've used are perfect.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Oh WOW Diane, what a beautiful card.These flowers are gorgeous and the colours you've used are perfect.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Love how the flowers pop against the blue background!

    ReplyDelete
  33. Fabulous design and bold colors! Love it!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Awesome card. I like the colors you chose.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Love the flowers and your creativity. Nice bold, cheerful colors too! Thanks for sharing. Happy 1st Birthday Concord & 9th!

    ReplyDelete
  36. Such a beautiful color combination!!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Love the colors on your card and the saying.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Gorgeous card!! Love the orange against the blue background!!

    ReplyDelete
  39. I so love those flower colors against the blue background. Very pretty. TFS

    ReplyDelete
  40. Stunning background, Diane!! The blue truly makes the flowers pop and the sentiment definitely rings true. Thanks for sharing with us!

    ReplyDelete
  41. love the wild flowers! they look gorgeous on the background. amazing sentiment

    ReplyDelete
  42. love the wild flowers! they look gorgeous on the background. amazing sentiment

    ReplyDelete
  43. Gorgeous card! Love the bright flowers on that beautiful background!

    ReplyDelete
  44. Beautiful card, love the Wildflower set too, and the sentiment is awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  45. The vibrant blue background is fabulous with these beautiful flowers!

    ReplyDelete
  46. Gorgeous card! Love the bright blue background and creative leaves.

    ReplyDelete
  47. Such a pretty color combo! I love that blue background!

    ReplyDelete
  48. Love your card, vibrant and fun!

    ReplyDelete
  49. OMgosh I love these colors, so beautiful

    ReplyDelete
  50. I usually don't try colored backgrounds - but this one looks gorgeous, and makes me want to try! The flowers look absolutely beautiful against that beautiful blue!!

    ReplyDelete
  51. Lovely card and sentiment. Thanks for sharing - Happy Birthday to Concord & 9th and thanks for the give-away!

    ReplyDelete
  52. Great card live the bright colors.

    ReplyDelete
  53. Beautiful card and sentiment. Love how the colorful flowers contrast with the lovely background, brilliant choice of colors! Gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  54. A beautiful card! I love the colors and the flowers. Thank you for showing us your art. Happy birthday!

    ReplyDelete
  55. Wowzers! I love how you made your own background. The embossed flowers and sentiment really pop! Great idea for the leaves.

    ReplyDelete
  56. LOVELY colors and the layering is yummy!!! I adore the bright colors and your flowers are beautiful! TFS!

    ReplyDelete
  57. It is a lovely sentiment and your card really sets it off. Love the pretty background you made and the flowers are gorgeous !

    ReplyDelete
  58. Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing with us and for being a part of this great hop and giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
  59. Love the flowers and how you made everything pop with the pretty blue background.

    ReplyDelete
  60. I get butterflies when a design comes together too. Concord and 9th does make life better for us! Your card is a perfect example!

    ReplyDelete
  61. This is gorgeous!!! I love these colors together and what a brilliant idea to create your leaves from the petals. I feel the same way about stamps. There are certain sets that just take my breath away.

    ReplyDelete
  62. Love this card! Happy Birthday to Concord & 9th!

    ReplyDelete
  63. Wow! I just love how those bright colors pop against that gorgeous blue background!!

    ReplyDelete
  64. Such a beautiful card you created and your feelings behind your sentiment is so lovely, such a wonderful way to express them!

    ReplyDelete
  65. Just gorgeous card. Will get the stamp and try to copy it. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  66. Pretty card and love the colors.

    ReplyDelete
  67. Love the color combo on this beautiful card.

    ReplyDelete
  68. Love the color combo on this beautiful card.

    ReplyDelete
  69. I love their fonts, too!!! Love your bright colors!

    ReplyDelete
  70. I think this is the most striking and creative of the cards I'd seen in this blog hop!

    ReplyDelete
  71. I think this is the most striking and creative of the cards I'd seen in this blog hop!

    ReplyDelete
  72. My favorite Concord & 9th set used to perfection. All that glorious color boggles my mind.

    ReplyDelete
  73. My favorite Concord & 9th set used to perfection. All that glorious color boggles my mind.

    ReplyDelete
  74. I love the colors in your card. The sentiment is also special. Concord & 9th has great products!

    ReplyDelete
  75. Lovely colors! I especially love the background.

    ReplyDelete
  76. Beautiful colors. And brilliant idea to use the flower petals as leaves! I love your card.

    ReplyDelete
  77. Love how the blueprint background makes the flowers so vibrant :) Happy Birthday Concord & 9th!

    ReplyDelete
  78. I love the Wildflowers stamp set! You did a wonderful job showcasing just how great it is!

    ReplyDelete
  79. I love your background...makes those floral images really stand out...this month of inspiration from all you C&9 folk is just making my head spin...so many ideas about different techniques to use those stamps and dies...Di xx

    ReplyDelete
  80. Beautiful! I love the color combination.

    ReplyDelete
  81. Diane, I am in love with your design and colors on this card! It is just WOW!!!

    Happy Birthday, Concord & 9th!

    ReplyDelete
  82. What a beautiful, vibrant card, Diane! I'd love to make one like this. Thanks so much for sharing with us and for participating in this great hop and giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
  83. What a beautiful, vibrant card, Diane! I'd love to make one like this. Thanks so much for sharing with us and for participating in this great hop and giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
  84. Wow, indeed! This is simply gorgeous! That blue really shows the flowers beautifully!

    ReplyDelete
  85. Your card is beautiful and the blue ink blended background really makes it standout. Wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
  86. I don't know why, but I love flowers on blue backgrounds. Do I think flowers look bad with other types of backgrounds???? Smh.
    This cards is just so bright and cheery. Love it! TFS!

    ReplyDelete
  87. That is the Perfect sentiment to describe Concord and 9th! Such a fun company - I find myself looking forward to every release. Here's to hoping we get to celebrate their birthday for many many yrs to come!

    ReplyDelete
  88. love how you made your blue card stock!

    ReplyDelete
  89. Perfect sentiment and love the colors.

    ReplyDelete
  90. Great card and wonderful idea for your leaves. Love the color combination and the backgtound is perfect

    ReplyDelete
  91. Hey Diane, It's so great having all you great disigner/card makers all here in one place! I love how you used the flowers in the wildflower stamp set. I love this set and I made a card just the other day with mine and it's totally different than yours.I have been stamping for the last like 12 years and yet I feel as though I'm just brand new as I've only recently discovered this cyber world of an amazing family of card makers!YOu all are so friendly and kind.Thanks Concord and 9th for making such amazing stamps and dies and thank you Diane for inspiring me in a totally different way that i look at cardmaking!!!

    ReplyDelete
  92. Hey Diane, It's so great having all you great disigner/card makers all here in one place! I love how you used the flowers in the wildflower stamp set. I love this set and I made a card just the other day with mine and it's totally different than yours.I have been stamping for the last like 12 years and yet I feel as though I'm just brand new as I've only recently discovered this cyber world of an amazing family of card makers!YOu all are so friendly and kind.Thanks Concord and 9th for making such amazing stamps and dies and thank you Diane for inspiring me in a totally different way that i look at cardmaking!!!

    ReplyDelete
  93. Love the blue and how it makes the flowers pop!

    ReplyDelete
  94. Gorgeous colors! Love that vibrant blue background.

    ReplyDelete
  95. Gorgeous colors! Love that vibrant blue background.

    ReplyDelete
  96. I love your card and the colors! Thank you for sharing :)

    ReplyDelete
  97. Card making is definitely better with Concord & 9th! What a bright, bold, beautiful card to celebrate their 1st birthday!

    ReplyDelete
  98. This is so pretty! Love those blooms against the blue background- and I'm with you- that font!!!

    ReplyDelete
  99. Beautiful flowers....your blue background really makes them Pop! Roberta Morin

    ReplyDelete
  100. Gorgeous.. I love this color combo.

    ReplyDelete
  101. Love, love these color combos. Lovely card.

    ReplyDelete
  102. Love your card and your words reflect my feelings totally!

    ReplyDelete
  103. Lovely card! I really thought the background was blue paper. Awesome coloring skills!

    ReplyDelete
  104. love your card Diane - wonderful colors and sentiment!

    ReplyDelete
  105. The card is so tropical and cheerful.

    ReplyDelete