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Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Paper Players Sketch Challenge #305--Summer Lovin'


Well, I found a new (to me) challenge to play along with.  It's called The Paper Players It's a weekly challenge where winners get recognized by their design team members.  What's so cool about it, is that it's a rotating challenge in that every week, it's a different type such as sketch, color, CAS, theme, etc.  Here's a little more information about it. 

This week's challenge (PP305) happens to be a sketch.  You know I love a good sketch.  They are such great inspiration to get your ideas flowing!


I actually had more of a coffee theme in mind when I sat down to create this.  So I did as I normally do, and started pulling out supplies.  I also started up a little Netflix on my Kindle and put on "Grease Live" (I'd never watched it).  "Summer Lovin'" started playing and my whole card concept had to change!  It became a fun summery card using the PINEAPPLES APLENTY stamp set and PINEAPPLES APLENTY Confetti Cuts and a few other things from REVERSE CONFETTI.  I used the CIRCLES 'N SCALLOPS to create a focal point for the pineapples and added the DOUBLE PANEL CIRCLES Confetti Cuts layer to break up the bold green stripes from my patterned paper.  The little heart is from the STAMPED NOTE Confetti Cuts.  So is that song stuck in your head now?  Your welcome. 

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So who's going to play with me in the challenge?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Girly Happy Birthday!


Well, we keep living life in the fast lane over here in Lilesland.  The girl's soccer teams are ramping up for their upcoming seasons.  Eric's been busy keeping up with the never ending watering of the yard in this Texas heat and I've been working a bunch at The Little Blue House in between running the kids everywhere.  Ack!  Calgon take me away!

Anyway, last week I taught my July 'Fetti Fans workshop and this is one of the cards we made using a bunch of stuff from REVERSE CONFETTI


I had originally had wanted a more "boyish" feel for this card, but once I had the green and teal going, I couldn't help myself and had to add the touches of pink!  I was so excited to put that cut flower on there and create a cute little cluster.  This card looks very unassuming but there's lots of stuff on here!  Here's what else I used (I get kind of carried away):



If you're local, I'll be teaching this same workshop again this Tuesday night the 26th from 10am-1pm.
 This is only one of the 4 super cute cards 
we will be making that day.
Just call the store to reserve your spot at 817-431-7930.
 


 

Monday, July 11, 2016

July Sketch for You to Try from Reverse Confetti


Well, I've been on a roll with my crafty mojo lately (and that's a good thing, because it means I have lots to show y'all over the next couple of weeks!).  So today I'm sharing my latest card for the July SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY from REVERSE CONFETTI.

Here's a look at the sketch and a few things I'll point out about my card:


I had been wanting a crafty opportunity to pair up my fun anchor embossing folder with the SEASIDE stamp set and SEASIDE Confetti Cuts.  So I grabbed some patriotic star paper and a few other primary colors and started playing.  Instead of using the TOP 'o THE TAG Confetti Cuts with a tag, I simply positioned it on top of a rectangular panel, so that I could get the extra length I needed for the sketch.  The cute whale is riding on the DOIN' THE WAVE Confetti Cuts and layered on top of the STRAIGHT STRIPES PRETTY PANEL Confetti Cut die. 


 

Y'all be sure and head on over to the Reverse Confetti Blog 
to see what the other gals have created for today, 
and all the details on how to play along for a chance to win a  
Reverse Confetti Gift Certificate!   
 
And hey, guess what?   For all my 'Fetti Fans girls from The Little Blue House, this is another one of the 4 cards we will be making in class this month.  There are two dates to pick from--Thursday the 14th from 6-9 and Tuesday the 26th from 10-1.  Call the store at 817-431-7930 to reserve your spot or just to say hello to me!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

July Diva Inspirations Hop


Well, it's time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop!  You should have made it here from STACEY'S BLOG, but if you've just joined us, there's a link list at the bottom of this post so you don't miss a thing!
There are TWO $30 gift vouchers to the Verve store up for grabs this month and two ways to win! First, comment on the design team's blog hop posts (linked below) for an entry in the first giveaway. Then to be entered into our challenge prize drawing, go get inky and link up your take on the challenge. You have until August 5 to link up. Feel free to play along with the challenge as many times as you like. Verve stamps aren't required to play, but we do smile a little brighter when we see them!
We're headed into the lazy days of summer,
 and this outdoor scene is sure to inspire some cozy creations.
Take your inspiration from the graphic or follow the color pattern, just have fun stamping. We can't wait to see what you create!
This inspiration graphic is so pretty, I just wish I could hang out in that space.  I especially love the colors and the variety of pattern.  I so wish I knew how to layer a living space like that.  For now, I guess I will just settle for layering that style into my card!  I'm choosing to believe that there is coffee in those pots, so I created a coffee themed card this month using the BETTER WITH YOU stamp set.  In following the latest Viva la Verve Sketch HERE, 
 
 
I used the BANNER BUNDLE die set for the main sentiment and made my focal point from the COFFEE WORD DIE cut 3 times from different colors.  The orange one is stamped with one of the word stamps also from BETTER WITH YOU to give it a little more depth, along with the "coffee rings" along the bottom of the orange piece so it kind of resembles the rug in the picture.  The finishing touch is the old stand-by, the PENNANT TRIM die going across the bottom of the sentiment panel.  I just bent it a little to make it curve.  See?  Lots of pattern and color--it's so ME!!


Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Friday, August 5th.
Prize: $30 gift voucher to the Verve online store!

Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we're giving away a $30 gift voucher to Verve to one random commenter along the hop.  Just leave a little love as you hop about for a chance to win!


1. Julee7. Maureen
2. Betty
3. Charmaine8. Stacey
4. Laurie9. Susan
5. Lesley10. Teresa
6. Marisa

Saturday, July 9, 2016

July SUMMER SALE at Reverse Confetti!


Well, REVERSE CONFETTI is celebrating summer with a 20% off sale from now until July 10th!  Everything in stock on their site is included in the sale with the exception of New Release products.  What have you been holding off getting?  Now's the time!  Check out the REVERSE CONFETTI blog here for more details and to see who's sharing a project and their favorite RC stuff today and tomorrow.


So when Jen asked us to share what our TOP 5 favorite RC products were, I was confused.  That's a trick question.  However, if I HAD to choose right now, and off the top of my head, I would definitely say this FABULOUS FLAMINGO set (because it reminds me of when I made a card using it, for a friend that we had the most fun with at a lakehouse last summer!), WHOLE LOTTA DOTS background stamp set (I use it all.the.time.), SPOOKY SENTIMENTS (because Halloween), CLASS ACT (for the teacher in me), and FOR THE LOVE OF LATTE (because coffee--hello!?)!  And of course all the Confetti Cuts that go with all of the above--do those count with my top 5?


Oh goodness that was hard to do!  Honestly, I love it all and the stamps and dies just keep getting better with each release. My FABULOUS FLAMINGO card for today also features several other "favorites"--TAG ME TOO, CIRCLES 'N SCALLOPS and the PAISLEY Confetti Cuts which I cut from the SO VERY SPRING QUICK CARD PANELS.  

For all my 'Fetti Fans girls from The Little Blue House, this is one of the 4 cards we will be making in class this month.  There are two dates to pick from--Thursday the 14th from 6-9 and Tuesday the 26th from 10-1.  Call the store at 817-431-7930 to reserve your spot or just to say hello to me! 






Thursday, July 7, 2016

Sweet Summer Banner


Well, we had an amazing Fourth of July weekend with 3 fireworks shows, a great party at our close friend's house and lots of fun just hanging out as a family and with my in-laws.  Eric was off all weekend, plus Monday and Tuesday, so we totally enjoyed having him around for his mini vacation!  We didn't get much of anything productive done because we were all having too much fun!

I did work on a few upcoming projects, but nothing I can reveal just yet, so I have something today to share that I made a little bit ago that we made in my June 'Fetti Fans workshop at The Little Blue House.  (Boy, that was a long sentence that needs work, but I'm too tired, y'all--please don't call the grammar police on me!)  It's a fun summer banner that uses the INSTA FRAME Confetti Cuts for the main pieces instead of tags.

  
They have lots of embellishments on them from the PINEAPPLES APLENTY stamp set and PINEAPPLES APLENTY Confetti Cuts, along with a popsicle from the LET'S CHILL Confetti Cuts set.  I used the cutout word, "sweet" from the LOVEY WORDS Confetti Cuts and paired it with "summer" stamped with the ALPHABETICAL stamp set.


After putting it all together, I wanted to give it just a little more pizzazz, so I created the tassels at the ends of the banner from tissue paper and the TASSEL Confetti Cuts.  It makes a fairly long tassel, but I wanted it a little smaller, so I just gave them "haircuts" and shortened them for a fun look.  That was definitely a "lightbulb" moment when I figured that out!


Ok, well, I've got lots coming up in the next few days, crafty-wise.  I'll be sharing some more REVERSE CONFETTI projects, plus a few things I made for The Little Blue House.  You won't want to miss it!


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Here's a few more things I used on my project!

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