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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Viva La Verve Birds

Well, I hope everyone had a fun and Happy Easter!  He is risen!  The girls had a morning Easter egg hunt in the backyard (the ants really enjoyed the Starburst jellybeans), and we went to a late 1pm service at our church, followed of course by a trip to the lot (more on that below) and an easy lunch at Arby's.  Later we dyed eggs.  I am ashamed to say this, but this was the first time my girls had ever done that (they are 10 and 13). #momfail.  I thought they'd be bored with it after a couple of eggs, but they did all 26 I had!  Looks like I've found a new Easter tradition, as this will probably be the last year for egg hunts.  I'm glad they had fun! 

Anyway, I've had this card made for quite a while, but was so wrapped up in getting ready for my Little Blue House class over the last couple of weeks (hi girls!), that I had to put blogging on the back burner for a bit.  I'm ready to come back and start making some cards again.  (Insert cheers from my adoring fans here.  LOL!)

This card was made using April's Week 1 Viva La Verve Sketch+Color and some fun stamps and dies from VERVE.  This tall and skinny sentiment is from the LET IT BE stamp set.  I stamped it in black and then clear embossed it with my heat tool to make the words shine.  Then I added the two birds from the CHICKS RULE set (because I love birds) that I colored with Prismacolor Pencils and covered with a layer of Glossy Accents to make them shiny as well.  The trim across the bottom was made with the AWARDS BANNER die in white with a few other pieces trimmed off and added from gray and pink cardstock.  I have to say, every time I use my stamps and dies from Verve, I fall in love with them all over again!   

Ok, it's been a while since I shared pictures from 

 Ready for the foundation!

 Concrete pumper and crew doing their job...

 It took ALL of these trucks plus 3 more I couldn't get in the picture for our house!

 Needs a little drying time.  It looked small, and I was worried, 
but apparently that's normal!
A couple of days later, the lumber started to arrive.  I LOVE this picture with the beams on the little lift truck with our new address on them (8744 Maple Ridge Trail).  
Makes me happy!

 Pre-fab framing laid out like a puzzle!

We are a little farther along than these show, but I want to get y'all up to speed and then I'll post some a little more current in the next couple of days (hopefully!--I have jury duty tomorrow, so we'll see when I get home).  We are almost to the point of bricking the outside and starting the drywall on the inside.  We have 2 inspections to pass this week before that starts, though--structural/plumbing/electrical and then the very welcome Energy Star inspection.  This is the one that makes sure our electric bill will stay low!

Stay tuned for more in the next few days!  It's super exciting and it's going so fast!

SUSIE Q-TIP:  When using Glossy Accents, make sure you stamp your image using a pigment ink and not a dye ink.  As y'all can see, mine bled a little bit because I didn't do this.  It's one of those "don't ask me how I know this, I don't want to talk about it" moments. 

Stamps:  Let it Be, Chicks Rule (Verve)
Paper:  White (PTI), Sour Apple, Gray, Cotton Candy (MFT), Dots and Stripes, Holly Jolly (Echo Park), Lime Twist (MME)
Ink:  Black Licorice (MFT), Versamark (Tsukineko)
Accessories:  Awards Banner Trim (A Cut Above Dies by Verve), Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Large Dots Embossing Folder, Sewing Machine/Thread, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Glossy Accents (Ranger), Prismacolor Pencils, Adhesive Rhinestones, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

Monday, April 14, 2014

Little Blue House Class this Wednesday, the 16th!

Well, I'm getting super excited!!  Here's why:

Come join me at The Little Blue House in Keller 
this Wednesday, the 16th for my CUTE-ABILITIES WORKSHOP

We will be making this (adorable) spring minibook along with a card. 
 Two workshops to choose from: 10-1pm or 6-9pm. 
Sign up by calling or stopping by 
The Little Blue House
118 W. Olive St.
Keller, TX 76248
If you've already signed up for my class, here's a quick list of what to bring:
Your favorite adhesive (Tape Runner, ATG gun, etc.)
Your favorite liquid glue (just in case)

Foam Boosters such as pop dots, Foam Tape, or 3D Glue Dots
Mini Stapler (if you have one)
Any other essential tools you like to craft with (ruler, trimmer, etc.)

I hope to see y'all there! 
If you have any questions ahead of time,
feel free to contact me via Facebook messages
or email (see right sidebar for address)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April Blog Hop From Reverse Confetti

It looks like spring has finally sprung, and we can’t think of a better way to get some crafty spring inspiration than with a fun new Blog Hop from REVERSE CONFETTI! Today, the Confetti Crew and a few other “friends” will surely brighten your day with their fabulous cards and projects. We hope you will take some time and be inspired as you hop along with us right now!

The hop started over on the Reverse Confetti blog, and you should have made it here from SAVANNAH'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 of Reverse Confetti’s amazing stamp sets!

I'm so ready for spring to get here.  It seems like the weekdays aren't so bad, but then the weekend gets here and the weather decides have drastic temperature drops with rain and gloomy skies.  It's no wonder I gravitated toward bright and springy colors for my card today--something cheery!  The main stamping is done with the CARTON CUTIES set and I stamped the banner outline with the BEAUTIFUL BANNERS set.  The egg carton, eggs, and bunny are made with the CARTON CUTIES dies and the banner is cut from a BEAUTIFUL BANNER die.  And the grass?  Simply a SCALLOP BORDER die with the small scallop side snipped all the way across, then ruffled up.

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


How would you like to win some Reverse Confetti goodies of your very own? Leave a comment on each stop along the way for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to REVERSE CONFETTI. Comments are open until Thursday, April 10 at noon CST, and the winner will be announced on the Reverse Confetti Blog!

A few things before you hop along though, just to keep you “in the know”…
April’s SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY is open for you to play along. Click HERE for a chance to win. AND, be on the lookout for another great COLOR challenge on April 16th and another way to win!

SUSIE Q-TIP:   I'm sure y'all already know this, but it's worth mentioning in case you've not discovered it.  Washi tape.  Nope, there's none on my card, but because of its "low tack", it's perfect for holding your dies exactly where you want to cut.  Reverse Confetti dies are made to be cut after stamping to get a practically perfect lined up cut every time.  Washi tape is just the thing to hold them down and it peels right off without messing up your paper and leaves no sticky residue on the die itself.

Stamps:  Carton Cuties, Beautiful Banners (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Grape Jelly, Cotton Candy, Sour Apple (MFT), White, Raspberry Fizz, Harvest Gold (PTI), Lime Twist (MME)
Ink:  Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), Pixie Pink, Orchid Opulence (SU!)
Accessories:  Carton Cuties, Beautiful Banners, Scallop Border and Love Note (Confetti Cuts Dies, Reverse Confetti), Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Sewing Machine/Thread, Large Dots Embossing Folder, Copic Markers, Button, Lime Divine Twine (TCP), Adhesive Rhinestones, Glue Dots, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

Saturday, April 5, 2014

April Verve Diva Inspiration Hop

Welcome to Verve's April Diva Inspirations Hop. It's the 5th of the month and that means it's hopping time! This month we've got a fabulous challenge that's sure to put a string in your step! So in addition to a comment prize hidden along the hop, you can play along with the challenge and link up your creation for a chance to win another prize!

 Our April challenge is Chic Chevrons:
Chevrons are the new polka-dots! Get groovy and use this popular pattern somewhere on your creation. Whether you draw inspiration from the graphic or zig-zag off on your own, just show us some chic chevrons!

The hop started over on JULEE'S BLOG and hopefully you've hopped along and arrived here from SONY'S blog.  If not, be sure and start at the beginning so y'all don't miss a thing.  Trust me, you WANT to take it all in! 

This card I made for y'all to see today is what I made for my sweet hubby for our 15th wedding anniversary which was on the 3rd.  He surprised me that day!  He took the day off and took me "window shopping" for new furnishings and decor for our new home that's being built.  It was all his idea, too!  I was so shocked and loved spending the entire day with him!  Anyway, I mixed the newer MORE THAN LOVE set with the older TAG TIME set, and for the tag, also cut it out with the TAGGED RECTANGLE die.  I still managed to get a little "chevron chic" in there with my embossing on the red panel.  I used a recent Deconstructed Sketch for my card and cut the hearts out with the WAVY HEARTS and HEART QUARTET dies.  

Ok, don't stop here, move onto my sweet friend, STACEY'S BLOG and see what she's created today.
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've got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines.

1. Julee9. Susan
2. Amy10. Stacey
3. Anya11. Teresa
4. Betty12. Maureen
5. Karen13. Marisa
6. Sankari14. Charmaine
7. Sarah15. Janelle
8. Sony16. Christyne
SUSIE Q-TIP:  If y'all haven't ever noticed, I LOVE to mix patterns and textures.  Don't be afraid to do the same.  I didn't really know how the floral pattern on the tag was going to fare with the chevron and more masculine feel of this card.  Um, I think it works, especially with the addition of the wooden butterfly and lots of layers.  Go for it!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I'm Teaching Times 2!

Well, not only am I now what I call a "pop-up" teacher (substitute teacher) at my daughter's elementary school, but I'm also getting back into the swing of teaching crafty classes!  I've got my first one scheduled at THE LITTLE BLUE HOUSE in Keller, TX for Wednesday, April 16th.  If you're local, I'd love to have you in my class!  We'll be making a "springy" mini album, but first "warming up" with a remake of a recent card I made.  Kind of like Def Leppard opening up for KISS.  Gotta get the mojo flowing, ya know?  These are snippets of the mini album. :)

My classes will be called "CUTE-ABILITIES" Workshops with emphasis on stamping and die-cutting, whatever the project may be.  This time, we'll be using a ton of products from REVERSE CONFETTI!
at The Little Blue House
Keller, TX
Wednesday, April 16th
or 6-9pm

There are only 10 spots available per session, 
and the classes are already filling.  
Be sure and stop by and/or call to get registered soon.   
(817) 431-7930   
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Confetti Camera Day!

Well, it's Thursday and that means another cool Confetti Camera post over on the REVERSE CONFETTI Blog!  It's my turn this week to share.  My post is actually the first one of a new "round", and this time, the Confetti Crew will combine 2 or more REVERSE CONFETTI stamp sets on each of our projects.  We just want everyone to see how easily many RC sets can be mixed and matched to work together.

Above is just a little teaser of my card.  I hope y'all take a minute and head over to the REVERSE CONFETTI Blog HERE and check out the full post today and every Thursday.

P.S.  Stay tuned for my next post...more progress is happening FAST on LUCKY LOT #9!  

Monday, March 24, 2014

New Release Blog Hop from The Cat's Pajamas

Well, who got their SHOPPING on at THE CAT'S PAJAMAS release party?  What did y'all get?  I'm loving the entire release.  I hope to have more projects to showcase really soon using more of the stamps. I NEED to make a banner with that fun YOUR NUMBER IS UP stamp set and NUMBERS die set!  I'm thinking burlap and red!
So today, the Cat Pack has one last dose of inspiration--our new release BLOG HOP!  The hop started over on NOELLE'S BLOG and if you made it here from NANCY'S BLOG, you are moving along in the right direction!
I am in LOVE with the new SLIDER CutUps Die.  It totally makes creating a fun interactive card so simple!  I used the new FLYING BY stamp set with our favorite kitty, Sprinkle, jet-setting through the clouds.  I cut her out and glued her directly to the slider "button" that is created to attach whatever you want to for the sliding motion.

The main layer directly next to the card base is only adhered on three sides, allowing the tag to be pulled out on the right.  However, I could have just made it a flat card with no "inside" like a normal card.  The red dot is a tab that has the word "pull" embossed right on it from the die!  That Alma is super cool to think of such things!  

Ok, that's about it from me!  
Your next stop on the hop is 
my ultra crafty friend, LISA!  

See y'all soon!  Y'all can check out all the new stamps and dies right HERE at THE CAT'S PAJAMAS WEBSITE.

SUSIE Q-TIP: It was helpful when making this card to cut down on the extra-glue-squishing-out-from-the-sides-factor by using my ATG gun along the 3 adhered sides around the pull out part (it's a tape runner on steroids).  This assured me of the fact that my slider didn't get stuck in there by some stray glue.  That would not have been pretty.

Stamps: Flying By, Your Number is Up (The Cat's Pajamas)
Paper: White, Kraft, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist (PTI), Ballet Blue (SU!), Red Chevron (The Paper Studio)
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), Real Red, Tempting Turquoise (SU!)
Accessories: Slider, Stars, Framed Up 2, Cloud Border CutUps (The Cat's Pajamas), Large Dots Embossing Folder, Circle Punch, Copic Markers, Silver Brads, Corner Rounder, Stardust Gel Pen, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

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