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Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Greatest of These is Love Front Porch Kit Sneak Peek--Day 3

 
Well, today is the THIRD day of sneak peeKs for the newest FRONT PORCH KIT from The Little Blue House!  This one is called "The Greatest of These is LOVE".  I had a great time yesterday at LBH teaching the fun pillow box Make-n-Take and if y'all were there for it or the Create-a-thon, you *might* have seen a SUPER SNEAK PEEK of a layout I made with the kit and the design board where we share all the goodies included.  Consider yourself lucky, because that almost never happens!

 
So what's a Front Porch Kit?  It's a box full of loveliness.  A box full of crafty goodness.  A box full of potential.  Really, it's a box full of varying craft supplies, papers, alterables, and other embellishments that are all matchy-matchy (y'all know I LOVE that!) that you can create with to your heart's desire.

I'm just like y'all in that I haven't seen any of the projects in full either, and I'm dying over here to see all of the design team's creations in person!  They will be on display this coming Tuesday at the store!  Guess where I'll be!?!  Don't worry--we put full pics on our blogs as well.


Until then, you'll just have to wait and see!  There's just one more day of sneak peeks, so be sure and check out the designer's links for all of them each day:  Miss Tracy, Rhonda, DeeDee, Valerie, Lynette, and our new "design duo", Cat and Nat from The Blue Crew.

Are y'all playing a little game of "I Spy" yet with my sneak peeks?  I see 9 different products from the kit in the pictures!  Pre-orders for this kit are currently being taken by stopping by the Little Blue House, calling, or going online.  Phone (817) 431-7930 or visit us online at www.thelittlebluehouseonline.com 

I'll see y'all tomorrow with another fabulous sneak peek! 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Greatest of These is Love Front Porch Kit Sneak Peek=--Day 2


Well, it's the second day of sneak peeKs for the newest FRONT PORCH KIT from The Little Blue House!  This one is called "The Greatest of These is LOVE".  Yep, LOVE is definitely in the air with this kit's theme!  It also includes the latest exclusive REVERSE CONFETTI stamp set.  I have to say, it's "love-ly".

So what's a Front Porch Kit?  It's a box full of loveliness.  A box full of crafty goodness.  A box full of potential.  Really, it's a box full of varying craft supplies, papers, alterables, and other embellishments that are all matchy-matchy (y'all know I LOVE that!) that you can create with to your heart's desire.

Yes, the peeks started yesterday, and the full reveal is Tuesday the 27th!  The FPK girls will be sharing Sneak Peeks of some of our creations we've made using this month's kit, themed The Greatest of These is LOVE.  Here's a look at something else fun that I did!  Can't give too much away!


We'll have more sneak peeks tomorrow and Monday, so be sure and check out the designer's links for all their peeks each day:  Miss Tracy, Rhonda, DeeDee, Valerie, Lynette, and our new "design duo", Cat and Nat from The Blue Crew.

Pre-orders for this kit are currently being taken by stopping by the Little Blue House, calling, or going online.  Phone (817) 431-7930 or visit us online at www.thelittlebluehouseonline.com 

I'll see y'all tomorrow with another fabulous sneak peek!

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Greatest of These is Love Front Porch Kit--Sneak Peek Day 1


Well, I'm super excited to tell y'all that I've been working hard behind the scenes here at Lilesland on a new FRONT PORCH KIT from The Little Blue House!  This one is called "The Greatest of These is LOVE".  Yep, LOVE is definitely in the air with this kit's theme!  It also includes the latest exclusive REVERSE CONFETTI stamp set.  I have to say, it's "love-ly".

So what's a Front Porch Kit?  It's a box full of loveliness.  A box full of crafty goodness.  A box full of potential.  Really, it's a box full of varying craft supplies, papers, alterables, and other embellishments that are all matchy-matchy (y'all know I LOVE that!) that you can create with to your heart's desire.

Starting today, and also Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the FPK girls will be sharing Sneak Peeks of some of our creations we've made using this month's kit, themed THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE.  So be sure and check out the designer's links for all their peeks each day:  Miss Tracy, Rhonda, DeeDee, Valerie, Lynette, and our new "design duo", Cat and Nat from The Blue Crew.  Then, we will have the FULL REVEAL on Tuesday, the 27th. 


The color palette this time around is soft and beautiful with muted tones of pink, gold, coral, grays and creams with black as a cool addition (and y'all KNOW I love to use black as an accent color on anything!). Swoon!

Pre-orders for this kit are currently being taken by stopping by the Little Blue House, calling, or going online.  Phone (817) 431-7930 or visit us online at www.thelittlebluehouseonline.com 

I'll see y'all tomorrow with another fabulous sneak peek!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Trying Something New That Shanna Showed Me


Well, you'd think I'd forgotten how to blog, it's been so long since my last post!  A lot has happened since that time--I went to CHA, "single-parented" it the week after I got back while Eric was out of town, I finished designing and prepped for a new RC class at The Little Blue House (1/21), and worked a lot at the store (can't call it working--I love my job!). But the coolest thing I got to do was take my first class on "bible journaling".
The Little Blue House had the utmost pleasure of having Shanna Noel come and teach her Illustrated Faith class to 72 women this past weekend.  In between the two sessions on Friday, all of the LBH designers/educators along with Shanna, went to lunch (she needed some Texas BBQ and sweet tea), and then came back for her to give us our own special class.  OMG, can I just say, she is a doll and has a great testimony of how she got to be the person and do what she does today!  Waving!  Hi Shanna!  (Pronounced "Shawna", btw and she will pass on the sweet tea next time--not a fan.  Those Californians!)


After the "learning" part of the class, we got to be more "hands on" and play around with working on a page in our own bible.  When told what to bring, "some favorite stamps" were on the list.  I knew what a great fit some of my stamps from VERVE would be, so I grabbed a couple of my sets--WORDS OF WISDOM (I love the mixed fonts) and BRIGHTER DAYS (for the flowers) and packed them in my bag before leaving the house.


How cool is it that the stamps I pre-chose coordinated perfectly with the bible verses we had just covered and focused on in the class?  God makes cool stuff like that happen.  Ok, so this is the VERY first time I've ever done anything like this before.  I dove right in and started doing some resemblance to a watercolor wash over the side of my page.  Then I randomly stamped my main sentiments from the WORDS OF WISDOM set in black and then again in a light pink.  I highlighted what stood out to me in Prismacolor Pencils and colored in some hearts and added the super shiny gold sticker letters.  The top was missing more detail, so I stamped the large and small flowers from the BRIGHTER DAYS set using a masking technique and colored only parts in with my pencils and blender. I can't get over how great all my VERVE stamps are going to work for this--pssst, there's a sale going on there now!


Overall, I am super happy with how it turned out and love my new art form!  I can't wait to play some more.  After sending my oldest daughter, Shelbie (22) a picture of this page, she asked me if I was going to do every page, astonished at what a project it would be.  I told her I was going to do a little here and there--it's a lifelong, ongoing project for sure!

SUSIE Q-TIP:  Another first for me was using MEMENTO LUXE ink pads.  OMG!  They are amazing and the perfect ink for bible journaling because they are a pigment ink and won't bleed through the thin bible pages.  Also, if you'd like more information about bible journaling in my area (Fort Worth, TX), call or come by The Little Blue House in Keller.  We'd love to help you get started.

EDITED TO ADD:  I had a sweet commenter worry that my bible was now ruined, as my page is now warped from the wetness it sustained from the watercoloring, and that the pages in a bible are too thin to stamp on.  I want to remove all worry from bible journaling and "ruining" your bible, so here's my take on that:

I don't think my bible is ruined at all! Yes, I did use watercolors to make the wash and yes it was wet, but I used the water sparingly and with a plastic mat under the page so that all the other pages would stay dry, and then shot it with my heat gun for faster drying. In fact, I think the crinkly-ness it gave my page is a bonus! I love the texture and feel it now has, although as the book is closed, it will flatten out even more. Also, as far as stamping goes, there are some inks that would bleed through, so choosing the right ones carefully is key. You definitely want a pigment based ink such as Memento Luxe (as stated in my post) or StazOn. So ruined? No. Broken in, yes and I can't wait to do more! If using "wetter" mediums because of the warping isn't something that you are a fan of, by all means, stick with a "dryer" approach such as the stamping, stickers, journaling pens and pencils.  I hope this has encouraged y'all to try it!  Happy crafting! 

Stamps:  Words of Wisdom, Brighter Days (Verve)
Paper:  Journaling Bible
Ink:  Memento Luxe Black and Angel Pink
Accessories:  Gold Sticker Letters (Jen Hadfield), Small Sticker Letters (Jillibean Soup), Watercolors, Waterbrush, Heat Gun, Prismacolor Pencils, Blender

Love Abounds Sale

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Reverse Confetti January Release Blog Hop


Well, it's been a fast and furious week for us here as we packed up the Christmas stuff and put it away, got the kiddos back in school, Eric back to work after 2 weeks of vacation, several projects made and blogged for this REVERSE CONFETTI release, and today I'll be doing laundry and packing to go to CHA on Friday.  Whew!  Even if y'all have as much going on as I do, I hope you get a chance to sit back and enjoy our new release blog hop from REVERSE CONFETTI today.  With 6 new stamp sets, 8 new Confetti Cuts, and the introduction of the new Quick Card Panels, there's a lot to love on this month!

The hop started over on the Reverse Confetti blog, and you should have made it here from Laurie Schmidlin's blog.  It would be worth your while to start at the beginning of the hop, so you don’t miss a thing. We have tons of inspiration for you to see using all the new Reverse Confetti stamp sets and dies!


I couldn't resist making more than one project for our hop today!  My first one to share is this cute "sucker" card that I used the new SUGARY SWEET SENTIMENTS on for the tag to go with the sucker.  The background came together in a snap, as I just used 2 of the new HAPPY HEART DAY QUICK CARD PANELS.  The "love love love" one is whole, and the ombre hearts are a strip I cut from another one of the panels to make my card square.  Added the sucker and boom!  DONE!  Those QC Panels sure live up to their name!


My next card is one focused on the new LOVE BLOOMS stamp set and coordinating LOVE BLOOMS Confetti Cuts dies.  


I decided I'd try layering the flowers for dimension since they come in 3 different sizes (in the stamp set and die sets).  It worked out nicely!  I stamped and diecut the bottom and top layers of my main flower and only diecut the middle layer with coordinating patterned paper.  I furled them up a little bit to make the petals curly, then started just "clustering" them all together onto my tag for my card front.  I love this saying, even though I think it's Jen poking fun at my age (again)!  

Ok, I hope you’ve enjoyed hopping with us today. Be sure and hop with us on the 8th of EVERY MONTH for more REVERSE CONFETTI inspiration! You've reached the end of the hop!  If you got lost along the way, you can find the hop order and list of all the participating designers over on the Reverse Confetti blog.


 
 
A few things before you hop along though, just to keep you “in the know”…
January's SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY is open for you to play along.  Click HERE for a chance to win and become our newest ‘Fetti Fave! 
 

SUSIE Q-TIP:  I love the look of the scalloped edge around the first base layer on a card.  I accomplished this by piecing together 4 strips cut from the DOUBLE EDGE SCALLOP BORDER Confetti Cuts die, and gluing them to the underneath side of my large base layer after I had embossed it.  Fairly simple.


Sucker for You Card

Stamps:  Sugary Sweet Sentiments (Reverse Confetti)
Paper: White (PTI), Grape Jelly (MFT), Happy Heart Day Quick Card Panels (Reverse Confetti)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black 
Accessories:  Sucker, Divine Twine, Button, Purple Sequins (Thailand), Hot Glue, Foam Boosters, Scor-Tape
Finished Size:  5.5 x 5.5

An Old Friend
Stamps:  Love Blooms, Give Thanks (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White (PTI), Barely Banana (SU!), Twirly Girly (Chickaniddy)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi (SU!)
Accessories:  Love Blooms, Tag Me Too, Give Thanks, Double Edge Scallop Border Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Button, Adhesive Rhinestones, Linen Thread and Seam Binding Ribbon (TCP), Seeing Spots Embossing Folder, Foam Boosters, Hot Glue
Finished Size:  A2
 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Countdown to Confetti: Love Blooms and Sugary Sweet Sentiments


Well, we are on day three (the last day) of our sneak peek foray from REVERSE CONFETTI, and today will be no different in sharing a couple more stamp sets to love and some new Confetti Cuts Dies.

Let's get right to it---today we are revealing a new flowery set called LOVE BLOOMS with available Confetti Cuts to coordinate and SUGARY SWEET SENTIMENTS, a stamp set meant to be paired with candies and soda--perfect for the upcoming season of LUUUVVVV.


For my first project, I chose to make a set of pocket type scrapbooking cards on which I incorporated several flowers from the LOVE BLOOMS stamp set and cut them with the LOVE BLOOMS Confetti Cuts

These in particular would work well for a baby theme.  They also could be the start of an actual card, if you layered them on a card base. 


The actual cards are cut from the new DOCUMENTED Confetti Cuts die set which has several little fun elements that can be added to several types of projects.  They are also stamped with the RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW and HERE'S THE STORY stamp sets. 


My next project uses the SUGARY SWEET SENTIMENTS stamp set.  I started with the TAGGED TOTE dies and made my little box, only I used the tag from it to cut the "window" from the front and lined it with acetate before putting it together. 


I added the little pink new SQUARE TAG for my sentiment and then the ARROW Confetti Cuts die and a heart from the HEART TO HEART set on the front of my little box.  After filling it with Pop Rocks, I tied up the top with the little chevron piece from the DOCUMENTED Confetti Cuts die.  So fun! 




 






Just so y'all know...everything will be available on the 8th--that's tomorrow!  We'll wrap up with a blog hop that day as well that y'all won't want to miss.  YAY!  Meanwhile, don't forget that Jen has a link list for all the sneak peek days (January 5-7) over on the REVERSE CONFETTI blog HERE.


Want to win some REVERSE CONFETTI of your very own?  

Leave a comment on each of the designer's blogs for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate.  Comments will close at noon CST on January 7th and the winner will be announced at 5pm on January 7th on the Reverse Confetti Blog and our Facebook page.  In addition to having a chance to win just by leaving a comment on the sneak peek posts, we are also running a Facebook promotion for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate. After you are done checking out the sneak peeks, head on over to OUR FACEBOOK PAGE and look for the promotional graphic.

SUSIE Q-TIP:  Audrie got these Pop Rocks in her stocking for Christmas and was thoroughly displeased to find them missing as I used them for this project.  This cute little box is currently destroyed and sitting on my computer desk as I type.  It's completely OK to steal the candy and do this.  However I highly don't recommend giving it back.  Your kid will then ask to give the Pop Rocks to your dog who has a candy crush.  We didn't do it.  Secretly want to try it.

Love Blooms PL Cards
Stamps:  Love Blooms, Right Here Right Now, Here's the Story (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Various Cardstocks (PTI)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Gable Green, Pink Passion (SU!)
Accessories:  Love Blooms, Here's the Story, Right Here Right Now, Circles 'n Scallops, Tag Me, Love Note, Pretty Panels:  Big Chevron, Heart Love, Straight Stripes Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Black Stickles, Circle Punch
Finished Size:  3x4 approx.

You Totally Rock Tagged Tote
Stamps: Sugary Sweet Sentiments (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White, Pinks, Red CS (PTI), Clear Acetate

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Square Tag, Circles n' Scallops, Tagged Tote, Heart to Heart, Arrow Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Cropadile, Ribbon, Foam Boosters, Scor-tape

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Countdown to Confetti: Right Here Right Now and Here's the Story


Well, from the looks of y'all's reactions to yesterday's postings from the Confetti Crew, y'all like what you've seen so far!  Today is the second day of sneak peeks from REVERSE CONFETTI and I think you'll be just as enthused once you see what we are sharing this time.

Debuting today are two more stamp sets, RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW and HERE'S THE STORY.   


Both of these stamp sets work wonderfully with your pocket type scrapbooking (and Project Life), but I used RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW to make the little calendar on my "happy love day" card.  The numbers are just a block of calendar days, but there are months and days of the week included in this stamp set in order to customize it along with the little circles and dots to pick out the day. 

Yesterday I touched on the new QUICK CARD PANELS.  We are so excited about this new product.  These are printed cardstock panels that come 16 to a set (2 each of 8 designs) and will be in limited quantities.  The entire "happy day" panel on my card is one of them.  Also on my card, I used the new PRETTY PANELS: HEART LOVE Confetti Cuts die, but just used the "love" inset in black and white and layered them right on top of my Quick Card Panel.  CUTE!  You also may spy a small heart diecut from the HEART TO HEART dies. 


The  QUICK CARD PANELS are so stinkin' EASY to use as you can stamp on them, embellish them, or even cut them down to fit your needs--I think that's my favorite part, other than the fact they can be used in many other ways besides on cards! 


My tag base is actually made from one of them.  I simply cut it out using the TAG ME TOO die and embellished it, using the preprinted hearts and flag banner of the panel as a sort of "map" for adding my dimensional elements...some of which are also new!  Seriously, this tag came together in about 15 minutes!


I used the new HERE'S THE STORY stamp set for the sentiment on my tag and added the new PRETTY PANEL: STRAIGHT STRIPES as a nice backdrop for my little additions to the tag.  The heart diecuts are from the LOVE NOTE Confetti Cuts set and are the same size as the hearts on the QC Panel.  Perfect!  Also, thanks to a friend of mine who just went to Thailand to get super cheap but super sparkalay dance costuming rhinestones and sequins;  she's the reason for the extra sparkle on my card.  Aren't they beautiful!?






We have lots more sneak peeks to share over the next 2 days.  Then, everything will be available on the 8th.  Don't forget that Jen has a link list going daily (January 5-8) for all the sneak peeks over on the REVERSE CONFETTI blog HERE.



Want to win some REVERSE CONFETTI of your very own?  

Leave a comment on each of the designer's blogs for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate.  Comments will close at noon CST on January 7th and the winner will be announced at 5pm on January 7th on the Reverse Confetti Blog and our Facebook page.  In addition to having a chance to win just by leaving a comment on the sneak peek posts, we are also running a Facebook promotion for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate. After you are done checking out the sneak peeks, head on over to OUR FACEBOOK PAGE and look for the promotional graphic.
 
SUSIE Q-TIP:  Sparkle + sparkle = Rhinestones + sequins.  You girls who've taken my card classes before already know this.

Happy Love Day Card
Stamps:  Right Here Right Now (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Pure Poppy, Black, White (PTI), Tempting Turquoise (SU!), Dark Kraft (Paper Studio), Happy Heart Day Quick Card Panel (Reverse Confetti)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red (SU!)
Accessories:  Heart to Heart, Pretty Panels: Heart Love Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Sequins, Dotted Hemp Ribbon, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

Simply the Best Tag
Stamps:  Here's the Story (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Black, White, Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet (PTI), Steel Gray (MFT), Happy Heart Day Quick Card Panel (Reverse Confetti)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Pretty Panels: Straight Stripes, Tag Me Too, Love Note Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Sequins (Verve), Rhinestones (Thailand), Gray Organdy Ribbon, Black Stitched Ribbon (PTI), Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  3x4 approx.

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