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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lemony Retro Sketch #154


Well, I'm lucky to say (knock on wood) that life hasn't handed us any lemons lately (I'm whispering this, so that the powers that be won't hear me and knock me down).  We are still just so thankful for being able to live in this brand new house, all three of our girls are doing well, Eric's job is going great and he's staying healthy and so is my mom.  And for me, working at The Little Blue House has been nothing short of amazing!  The only complaint I have right now is that I have some major ringing in my left ear and can't hear out of it.  That's been going on for about 2 weeks and I'm seeing the doctor on Monday.  Meanwhile, the upside to that, is that I'm enjoying the quiet--making lemonade from those lemons for sure!

I got to have a little playtime today in between laundry and baking these funfetti sugar cookies, so along with mixing those ingredients, I thought I'd mix up a little REVERSE CONFETTI with the latest sketch from Retro Sketches (#154). 

Here's the sketch from RETRO SKETCHES.  It's a cute little quick and easy square card.  I have to admit, I just HAD to add that upper left embellishment.  I don't do well with white space!


To get all my "ingredients" ready, I started by stamping the lemons, sentiment and leaves from the FRESH 'N FRUITY stamp set and die-cutting them with the FRESH 'N FRUITY Confetti Cuts.  I then stamped the striped flag banner from scratch using the SO STRIPEY background set (one of my all-time faves), and just hand-cut it to fit nicely behind my sentiment.  I cut the hearts from the LOVE NOTE Confetti Cuts and the little yellow arrow banner thingy from the DOCUMENTED Confetti Cuts set in order to have all my pieces at hand so that putting the card together would be a snap. 



I hope life isn't handing y'all any lemons right now either, but if so, I hope y'all can make the most of it.

SUSIE Q-TIP:  Y'all know I love my layers on my cards.  When I started this one, the yellow mat I had cut at a quarter inch larger than the white.  I just looked too heavy to me.  I trimmed it down to my usual 1/8th inch larger and it just balanced the card out so much better.  Try it for a fresher, more stylish look.

Stamps:  Fresh 'n Fruity, So Stripey (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White, Enchanted Evening, Lemon Tart, Raspberry Fizz (PTI), Pink Lemonade (MFT)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), YoYo Yellow, Summer Sun, Green Galore (SU!), Gumdrop Green (MFT), Navy (Heidi Swapp)
Accessories:  Fresh 'n Fruity, Documented, Love Note Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Circle Punch, Adhesive Rhinestones, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  4.25 x 4.25 Square

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Viva la Verve Special Delivery



Well, this week has been an eventful weather week for us here in north Texas.  Yesterday and today were ice days and the kids have been out of school.  Tomorrow (Wednesday) is predicted to have about 4 inches of snow, but by the time the afternoon rolls around, it should all be melting off.  Then this weekend, they are forecasting another round of the same.  What I thought would make for some fun crafty days, I haven't gotten to be crafty at all!  They had me hunkering down with them in our pj's watching movies, making nachos and just hanging out.  It's been fun, and I am totally for it when they want to spend time with me.  Those days are going to end too quickly and I've got to take it when I can get it!

I am managing to write up this blog post while Eric keeps them busy with a game of Monopoly.  I made this card over the weekend before the kids got their "ice-cation" and after working at The Little Blue House booth at the Scrapbook Expo (FUN FUN FUN!).  It's the latest VIVA LA VERVE sketch using some of my favorite "oldies" from VERVE.  


One of my favorite stamping friends, Kelli Hull has just welcomed her new granddaughter (she's adorable!) into the world and I had her and her sweet family in mind when I made this card.  I used the CHICKS RULE stamp set for the chick and combined it with the sentiment from the FRAMED LILIES set stamped onto the MINI BOOKPLATE LABEL die cut for a perfect baby card.  The heart from the HEART QUARTET is a sweet accent stamped with the flowers from the Chicks Rule set and then just hot glued to the bakers twine so that it looks like I threaded the button through it.  It was fun getting my Copics out again after not using them for a while!  Can we say, "INK REFILLS"!?!?!  Some of them need some attention!

SUSIE Q-TIP:  Surely by now, y'all have heard about Wink of Stella brush pens.  They are a fabulous liquid glittery pen with a brush tip.  I used the "clear" on this card to make the label, flower and heart super sparkly.  You NEED these pens in every color.

Stamps:  Chicks Rule, Framed Lilies (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  White, Lt. Blue (Bazzill Card Shoppe), Kraft in Color (Doodlebug), Bubble Gum (MFT), Barely Banana (SU!), Anything Goes (EP)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Pretty in Pink (SU!)
Accessories:  Mini Bookplate Label, Heart Quartet (A Cut Above Dies by Verve), Circle Leaf Embossing Folder, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, Copic Markers, Button, Baker's Twine, Clear Wink of Stella Pen, Pastel Sequins (Verve), Hot Glue, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

Here's a couple of sales for you at Verve.  All stamps are 20% off and you will also want to check out the "Fond Farewell" Retiring Stamps sale (60% off select items). 
 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

February 'Fetti Fans Workshop Cards


Well, guess what I'm getting ready for?  I'm going to the SCRAPBOOK EXPO tomorrow and Saturday at the Gaylord in Grapevine, TX.  For some, that's a far drive, but for me, it's just right up the road.  In fact, Audrie was born in Grapevine and often calls it "her town" and that's "her hospital" when we are driving that way.  It will be my first time to go!


I'm joining Tracy and The Little Blue House team, and hosting the Reverse Confetti Make-n-Take at our booth, so come by and see us (Jen's coming in on Saturday to join me)!  Here's just a little peek at what you can make!


Before I designed my Make-n-Take (it's for tomorrow, Saturday's will be Jen's design), I was busy busy making class samples and teaching my 'Fetti Fans Workshop up at the store.  Today, I thought I'd share a couple of the cards we completed in the class using my REVERSE CONFETTI supplies. 


Since this class fell on an "off month" for a new release and no big holiday to wrap the theme around, I chose to do some casual, every day type of cards.  I think this first one was my favorite from the class.  I used the TRIPLE CHEVIES Confetti Cuts die to layer underneath my main panel on my card as a good start.  Then the dotted burlap (from LBH) was cut using the DOCUMENTED Confetti Cuts for the large rounded rectangle shape and I just cut the green mat to fit and rounded the corners by hand.  Several PETALS 'N POSIES stamps and CONFETTI CUTS were used for the flower cluster, along with the WHOLE LOTTA DOTS for the light blue flag banner.  The sentiment was stamped from the IN A BIG WAY set on to the sweet scalloped circle from the CIRCLES 'N SCALLOPS Confetti Cuts die. 


One of the other cards we did (we usually tackle 4 per class), is this girly birthday card using the BE A BARISTA stamp set.  I really wanted to use this set, as I hadn't played with it in a while.  This was our "easy" card of the class!  I stamped the sentiment onto the circle from CIRCLES 'N SCALLOPS and layered it onto a trio of fun created with the LOVE NOTE, CLASS ACT and DIAGONAL STRIPE PRETTY PANEL Confetti Cuts dies.


Ok, I've got to go get busy die-cutting and stamping all the pieces for the Make-n-take tomorrow!  When is someone going to buy me a Vagabond!?!?  If you're going to the EXPO, please stop by The Little Blue House booth, say HI, and pick up some of your favorite REVERSE CONFETTI and LBH kits!







 


SUSIE Q-TIP:  I did have to run the burlap piece back and forth a few times with the die through my Big Shot, as it had a paper backing which made it a bit thicker.  It still cut it without much effort.  There were a few spots where I had to "help it" with scissors, but the main shape was cut fine.  Would I try this with a snowflake or very intricate die?  Maybe not.  Always test to make sure that your cutting "medium" (other than paper) will work before you get your heart set on making something with an exact look in mind. 

Hello Card
Stamps:  In a Big Way, Whole Lotta Dots (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Blue, Olive, Orange (Bazzill), White, Light Blue (Bazzill Card Shoppe), Happy Day (Pebbles), Dotted Burlap (AC)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Brocade Blue (SU!)
Accessories:  Documented, Triple Chevies, Circles 'n Scallops and Petals 'n Posies Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Herringbone Embossing Folder, Adhesive Rhinestone, Button, Divine Twine (TCP), Hot Glue, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

Brewin' Up Birthday Wishes Card
Stamps:  Be a Barista (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Teal Green, Pinkish Red (Bazzill), Brown, Cream (Bazzill Card Shoppe), We Go Together (Pebbles), Life Documented (Simple Stories)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukinkeko), Chocolate Chip (SU!)
Accessories:  Love Note, Circles 'n Scallops, Diagonal Stripe Pretty Panel, and Class Act Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Paper Piercer/Mat Pack, Button, Brown Hemp Twine, Hot Glue, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

Stella Just Winked at Dear Lizzy!



Well, I just wanted to pop on here and tell y'all that I have a cool product review of my Yellow Wink of Stella pen and another tutorial using the new Dear Lizzy Serendipity collection over on the LITTLE BLUE HOUSE BLOG.  

 


I hope y'all get to go check them both out!  Here's the links:


 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Bitten by the LOVE Bug!


Well, did y'all see that my first Media Team feature was posted over on The Little Blue House blog?  I hope you get a chance to check it and all the other Media Team member's projects out.

In case y'all didn't get the memo, our Love Bug feature will run through Valentine's Day and features some awesome "love-inspired" projects from the LBH Media TeamHere's a link to mine specifically where you'll find full pics of what I made, and HERE's a link to all the Love Bug features to inspire you daily until Valentine's Day. 

Be sure and leave a comment on every LOVE BUG project and tutorial over 
on the LBH blog, so you will be entered into a drawing 
for a LOVE BUG Prize Bag filled with lovely goodies! 
Thanks for reading! XOXO

Sunday, February 8, 2015

February Blog Hop from Reverse Confetti: ABC Valentines



Well, it's the 8th of the month and REVERSE CONFETTI has got a brand new shiny BLOG HOP for y'all to get lots of inspiration from.  This time, the Confetti Crew and a few friends are having a "love affair" with making ABC (anything BUT a card) Valentine's projects.  We're even going so far as to adding a few step-outs/tutorials along the way!

The hop started over on the REVERSE CONFETTI Blog HERE and y'all should have made it my blog via LAURIE'S BLOG HERE. It would be worth your while to start at the beginning of the hop, so you don’t miss a thing!

Being in the new house and not having a lot of decor to begin with, one of my goals for this year is to make a few DIY projects.  My hope is to make some larger pieces (I have one in progress right now) and also come up with some fun smaller pieces for accents and some to change out seasonally.  I've had cutting vinyl with REVERSE CONFETTI Confetti Cuts dies on my mind, so when I came across these sweet mason jars with the hearts "cut out" as inspiration on Pinterest, I knew exactly what to make and how I was going to give the project a little Reverse Confetti love!


I couldn't wait to head out to Michael's, Dollar Tree and Home Depot for my supplies to get started:  A few mason jars, some spray paint, and some of those battery operated tealights.  I already had some vinyl that I had used with my Silhouette some time ago, and I grabbed my HEART TO HEART Confetti Cuts die because it was the perfect size for my "cut out" heart image. 


I first wiped the jars down with a baby wipe to get any greasy residue from hands or grimy fingers off.  Then, I simply die cut the vinyl (doesn't matter what color), the same way I would die cut paper with the HEART TO HEART die, and adhered them to the outside of the jar (the smooth side). I almost left them this way--they look so cute!


It was time to spray paint!  There's just something about spray paint that's so fun! 


Maybe it's just the smell that makes me happy!  Or loopy.  I spray painted right over the vinyl hearts, creating a reverse mask.


Meanwhile, back at the farm, while my jars were drying (the red took a while), I came inside from the fumes and made the little tags I was to tie on with jute using the CRUSHIN' Valentine's stamp set from last year.  I cut them into circles with the FRESH 'N FRUITY orange (the fruit not the color) die.  That circle was the perfect size to layer on top of the smaller tag from the TAG ME Confetti Cuts.  I kept the look very clean, simple and on trend.  Hello, GOLD!


When they were finally done drying, the fun part was peeling off the vinyl heart and seeing what a perfect image it left on the clear glass!  I did have to do this slowly as some extra paint wanted to pull up along with the hearts on one of the red jars.  Just go slow and start at the bottom when using that thicker, glossy paint.  The metallic paint dried faster and had no problems with peeling. 


After that, I simply tied the tags onto the jars with the jute cording and added the cute little tealights.  I made 2 red and 2 gold ones and filled one of the gold ones with conversation hearts so that they show through.  You could decorate the tops of the jars as well, but I like mine open and quite plain, so I'll save them for another project for another day.  Here's a look at what I used:



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.
 
Want to win some REVERSE CONFETTI 
 of your very own?  
Just comment on each designer's blogs for your chance to win a $15 RC gift certificate.  Comments will close on Thursday the 12th at noon CST and the winner will be announced over on the RC blog on Friday's "Week in Reverse" post.  Good luck!
 
SUSIE Q-TIP:  I found the perfect solution to not having to turn my jars and get fingerprints on them while spray painting.  My crafting tool bag has a "lazy Susan" (I really hate that term) on the bottom of it so it can turn.  It's detachable, so I took it and put double sided tape on it and mounted a piece of cardboard to it.  With the jars turned upside down (which I recommend regardless if you have a lazy Susan), it was super easy to just keep turning them while I sprayed several light coats to cover my jars. Once painted, since the tape wasn't super sticky, I was able to pick up the cardboard, jar and all, and move them to the "drying area".  A new piece of cardboard for each jar, and the painting went quickly!

Stamps:  Crushin' (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Dark Kraft (The Paper Studio), White (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black Memento Luxe
Accessories:  Heart to Heart, Fresh 'n Fruity, and Tag Me Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Mason Jars, Spray Paint, Jute Cording, 3D Glue Dots

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