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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Happy Fall

Well, Fall is finally making its way into North Texas!  It's not even reached 80 degrees today!  Now is when all our fall projects ramp up, since we can actually be outside for more than 10 minutes at a time before we start sweltering.  Eric and I have plans to finish a large shelf for our living room, decorate for fall, and have a garage sale in the next few weeks.

I'm already starting to see all the cute Halloween decorations here and there in our neighborhood.  That's gotten me in the mood for some more fall and Halloween crafting.

I made this card for my upcoming October 'Fetti Fans Workshop at The Little Blue House.  I started with the largest LACY SCALLOP FRAME Confetti Cuts and created a background.  Then I made the tag from the TOPPED OFF TAG Confetti Cuts and glued the WEB TAG LAYER over it.  I stamped, colored, and cut out the little mummy, bat and stars from the BEST WITCHES set and BEST WITCHES Confetti Cuts.  The sentiment was stamped with the new TREAT YO' SELF set onto a circle punch and the banner from the FLOWERS FOR MOM Confetti Cuts set.  I hope you like it!  I'm gonna go open some windows now!

Copics Used (putting this here for class participants):  E00 (mine was dry so I used YR00), E02, BV31, C3, V15, V17, 0

Class Info:  I'd love to have you come make cards with me (This one and 3 more)!  Tuesday, October 18th from 10-1 or 6-9 at The Little Blue  House in Keller.  Call or come by the store to register. 817-431-7930.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Welcome (Back) Presents

Well, good news!  I got my car back yesterday from the collision shop!  She looks as good as new and smells like fresh paint!  I was so excited to get my baby car back and turn in my rental car.  Call me crazy, but I even bought it a present after I left the shop.  Did y'all know that Bath and Body Works sells car scent holders and a bunch of the fancy scents they sell in other products?  I just recently found out.  But really, I didn't just get it as a "coming home" present (yes I did).  If y'all have kids in soccer who take off their cleats in the car after a game and you almost throw up every time, or who forget to wash their uniform and wear it again with that "just got off the field" smell and you still almost throw up every time, YOU NEED THIS LITTLE THING (I got the coffee cup one) from Bath and Body in your life!  I'm already hooked and my car smells like Pumpkin Cupcakes! I will never buy a "little tree" again!

Ok, on to my cute little tag...another creation using the MONKEY BUSINESS stamp set and MONKEY BUSINESS Confetti Cuts from REVERSE CONFETTI. 

I have a friend who is taking my class tonight ask me what Copic colors would be good to color him with because we are making THIS CARD, so I colored him up again and used it for this cute baby boy tag that would be perfect hanging from a gift bag or even attached to a card front.  I ended up using E23, E25 and E27 for the darker portions and E30 and E31 for the lighter areas.  The ears are R00, R02, and a touch of R22.  The actual tag consists of using several Confetti Cuts  dies--TOPPED OFF TAG as the base, then the BIG STRIPES TAG LAYER, and the dotted cut from the HANG UPS, TOO set.  Then the sentiment is stamped from the FANCY WORD COORDINATES stamped onto the little banner from the TAG ME set.  The pennant banner is from the LEAPING LIONS Confetti Cuts set.

Ok, well I have to run (and go drive my car) pick up kids, take them to Grease rehearsals, and get back to the store to teach my second class for the day!


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Just Monkeyin' Around

Well, it's not very often that I just get to create something for the sake of creating something.  It's usually for a challenge or design team assignment.  Not that that isn't just as fun, but sometimes having no boundaries when deciding what or how to create something is a bit freeing and can give your creativity a boost.  (Getting to do this kind of stuff as my actual full-time job is over the moon amazing!)  So I was just "monkeyin' around when this card was born!

The only thing I knew I wanted to accomplish when I set out to create this card, was that I wanted a boyish feel to it.  Sometimes you just get something stuck in your head like that and you can't let it go, so I grabbed some papers accordingly.

When I went to check out my REVERSE CONFETTI stash, I went with this cutie stamp set called MONKEY BUSINESS.  I colored him and his balloons using some Prismacolor pencils and only a blender pencil (no OMS) because I liked the grainy look it gave.  I cut my images out with the MONKEY BUSINESS Confetti Cuts and got all my pieces ready to go which included cutting a DOUBLE EDGE SCALLOP BORDER, two cuts from orange cardstock of the STITCHED FLAG TRIO, and several SEEING STARS Confetti Cuts.  For real y'all, that doodle-y star is my fave, fave, fave!!!

Anyway, once he was all complete, I really fell in love with this card and decided he would have a purpose after all--We will be making this card (along with 3 others) in my next 'Fetti Fans Workshop at The Little Blue House on September 22nd.  Call or stop by the store for more details and to sign up!  817-431-7930 Don't you want to get into a little monkey business!?!?!  LOL.

Monday, September 12, 2016

It's Fall Y'all Front Porch Kit Reveal Time

Well, over the last few days, the Front Porch Gals and I have been sharing sneak peeks of the new Front Porch Kit, IT'S FALL Y'ALL from The Little Blue House. From everyone's sweet comments and and encouragement, I can tell y'all are excited to see more and get your hands on one of these kits!

Well, today is REVEAL DAY and the new Front Porch Kit is available at the store (tomorrow because we're closed on Mondays) and online HERE.    They will go fast, so call or stop by to get yours.  817-431-7930  We can even ship them to you (you pay postage).

 Ok, no more sneaking around--it's time for me to show y'all my projects!  I have two scrapbook layouts to share.  One is a double page layout that would be great for any tailgating, game day party, high school football, or just your favorite casual times watching a game on tv.   

The other one is a single page layout I did with family, food and football in mind.  What are YOUR favorite toppings on YOUR pizza?  LOL!  Do you see the theme "It's Fall Y'all" coming to life?! 

Above is a look at everything included in the kit!  I know RIGHT!! WOW!!
Here's a link list of all the Front Porch Designers this time around, so you don't miss anything. Y'all are going to LOVE all the reveals!  We'd love for you to come see them in person too!: 

I'll see y'all tomorrow up at the store!   

Sunday, September 11, 2016

September Sketch For You to Try from Reverse Confetti

Well, it's been a tough week here in Lilesland, and I'm happy to report that my car is now in the shop, I have a rental car and am finally getting back to our "normal" craziness.  I just wish this big knot in my back would take a hike!  Anyway, I'm looking forward to hearing from the collision center as to what the damage is on Monday.  Please be praying it's completely fixable and for a speedy repair, and I guess throw in a positive thought about my back getting back to normal.  Thanks! 
Meanwhile, I'm really glad I had already made this card a little while ago for this month's SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY from REVERSE CONFETTI! (Sorry for the bad pics, I didn't get to get some good ones after the wreck.)

For all my 'Fetti Fans workshop peeps, this is going to be one of the cards we'll be making in my workshop this month at The Little Blue House!  I've been wanting to pick up and play with the fun DONUT YOU KNOW stamp set and DONUT YOU KNOW Confetti Cuts for a while, and decided to make a cute shaker birthday card using them.  It's been a while since I made a shaker card. I love the mix of sequins I put in it! The really sparkly dark blue ones are from Thailand.

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!

It's Fall Y'all Front Porch Kit Sneak Peek--Last Day!

Well, today is the THIRD day of sneak peeks for the newest FRONT PORCH KIT from The Little Blue House!  This one is called IT'S FALL Y'ALL. I've been creating and making, creating and making, using all the fun stuff from the kit, so here's my last sneak peek before the reveal tomorrow.

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.

The sneak peeks started Friday, so if you didn't get a chance to hop around and get a taste for the new Front Porch Kit, be sure and do that.  Today is our last sneak peek day!  Then, we will have the FULL REVEAL tomorrow, Monday, September 12th online with several project available to see at the store on TuesdayHere's a link list of all the Front Porch Designers this time around, so you don't miss anything:
If you'd like a chance to WIN an entire kit, be sure and leave a little love on each of the designer's blogs each day,
 and we will draw a winner after the reveal.

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

I'll see y'all tomorrow with the full reveal of my projects!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

September 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 October 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!

The changing colors of autumn is always such a treat. Like a paintbrush came and colored the world. One of my favorite trees around the neighborhood turns a brilliant purple in the fall, and is so beautiful against the blue sky. So while some may find this a wintry inspiration, to me a bit of regal purple and a touch of sky and earth will always be fall. Follow the color pattern, or take your inspiration from the graphic, either way it's sure to be lovely! We can't wait to see what you create!


I'm sure y'all will notice that this card is a little out of the norm for me.  It's a very clean and simple card, with no layers and only subtle embellishments.  I actually love it, though!  A sprained wrist from a fall I took a couple of weeks ago, coupled with being rear-ended in a car accident on Tuesday, has left me a little gimpy, so pardon my "not my usual style" card, but I must.keep.crafting!.  Hoping y'all will find inspiration in it anyway.

The inspiration photo and color scheme immediately made me think of wanting to make a fall card with this color palette that's not normally used for fall.  I thought I could represent the three pillows on the bed with the three pumpkins from the BOUNTIFUL HARVEST stamp set and color them in the suggested colors.  I used my Copics for that, added a little sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella brush pen and cut them out.  I made the "quiet" background to mimic the wallpaper in the photo using the cool texture-y stamp from the BETTER TOGETHER set.  I love that particular stamp!  All that was left to do was to stamp the sentiment and then I added some of the super sparkly sequins from the SHINE BRIGHT MIX from Verve.  Ahhhh, I'm so ready for FALL!!!

Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Wednesday, October 5.
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. Julee6. Marisa
2. Betty7. Maureen
3. Charmaine8. Stacey
4. Christyne9. Susan
5. Laurie10. Teresa

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