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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Stars and Stripes from Echo Park

Well, I'm still out playing at the lake, but I'd love for y'all to swing over to THE LITTLE BLUE HOUSE blog today where I'm sharing some concept ideas for making this cute patriotic mini book (or any minibook for that matter) using some of my favorite papers--STARS AND STRIPES from ECHO PARK! 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Keep Calm

Well, as y'all are reading this, I AM keeping calm and enjoying some lake air, water and fun with several friends on a lake trip vacation (much needed).  But before I left, I sat down to make something cute with my VERVE stamps.  Apparently with all the running around preparing and getting things bought for the trip, I had coffee on my mind.  LOTS of it!

So I had found this little mini frame (the opening is 2x2) at Micheal's a while back in their dollar section.  I loved how it was cork around the picture part and had a distressed gray finish.  I pulled it out and started going through my stamps, wondering what could fit in there.  Once I came across the COFFEE set, I knew I needed to make this!  The mini cup is from the older BETTER WITH YOU set and I colored it with my Copics and added a little glossy to the heart.  The fantastic part of this is when I discovered that the little row of arrows in the BORDERLINE set fit PERFECTLY stamped around the cork border of the frame!

I thought this would be a cute little thing to set out beside my coffee mugs and coffeemaker in the kitchen.  Now I have to make another one.  Why?  Because my oldest daughter, Shelbie came over and confiscated it right away!  She loves coffee too, so how could I say no?

Stamps:  Coffee, Better With You, Borderline
Paper:  White (PTI)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Frame, Copic Markers, Glossy Accents

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Well, the mad rush is on to get a bunch of stuff accomplished before leaving for our lake trip vacation.  One of those things is to at least get started on making a card or two for the upcoming JULY release from REVERSE CONFETTI.  Those peeks will start on the 5th like always, so stay tuned.

However, today I have a quick card I made when I was testing out some watercoloring and "bokeh" techniques. 

I used the GOD IS GOOD set and stamped my sentiment right over a background piece I used those techniques on.  Totally simple design, but adding a black border and a few sequins really helps to make it "shine". 
SUSIE Q-TIP:  Even though I used Memento Luxe black ink for the sentiment and heat set it, when I went over it slightly with white craft ink to make the "bokeh" effect circles, it made the black ink run just a tiny bit.  For this project, if y'all choose to repeat it, when getting to the white craft ink step, just do it around your sentiment, don't try to go over it, or let those inks mix, even if it says it can take it.  I still like how this card turned out, so I didn't throw it away.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Happy Father's Day a Little Late

Well, we didn't really get to do much for Eric this past Sunday to celebrate Father's Day for this that and the other reasons, so we plan to have a little celebration for him on Saturday, right before we leave to go on vacation.  I made this card for him using a few of my old favorites from VERVE and I LOVE how it turned out. 

We'll be vacationing with friends at a lake, so the palm trees really aren't the thing, but at least we get to enjoy some time in the water boating, tubing and relaxing on the shore.  That was my inspiration for this card, along with a fun ink blending technique I found on Pinterest.  I first stamped the palm trees from the RELAX stamp set onto kraft cardstock and cut them out.  Then I made a circle mask and blended my inks with sponges to fill in the circle.  Then I stamped the sentiment in two colors from the HAPPY DAYS set and used Glossy Accents to make the "happy" shiny.  Added the palm trees and VERVE SEQUINS (the sparkliest!), layered it up, and done!  This was super easy to make and I know Eric will appreciate getting it this Saturday, even if it is a little late!  Then we are off to relax and enjoy our getaway with the kids and some great friends!

SUSIE Q-TIP:  The next time I do a "sunset" over the beach type of card, it might be a good idea to blend the blue ink right above the brown, since that's where the water actually is.  Just sayin'.  #iwasntthinking

Stamps:  Relax, Happy Days (Verve)
Paper:  White, Black, Autumn Rose (PTI), Dark Kraft (The Paper Studio)

Ink:  Chocolate Chip and Various Colors (SU!), Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Circle Nestabilities, Sequins (Verve), Glossy Accents, Sponge Daubers
Finished Size:  A2

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Monkey Business

Well, it's been a super busy week, even though I'm down one kid right now.  Lindsie, our 14 year old is off at camp at the University of Nebraska, learning from the best about how to be a better show choir performer.  She's been gone since Sunday and will be back this coming Sunday, and absolutely loving it!  (I know I'll be hearing about attending college there when she gets back!) I don't know how it happened that this week is crameverythingyoupossiblycanintoit week, but I guess it's kept my mind off missing her so bad. 

Anyway, one of the things I did this week was teach at The Little Blue House.  It was all about trying out different mediums.  We made 5 tags using REVERSE CONFETTI stamps and dies, but used watercolor paint, crayons and pencils to create backgrounds and color our images.  We made the other tags pictured, plus 2 more!

We made this particular tag using the MONKEY BUSINESS stamp set and cut him and his balloons out with the MONKEY BUSINESS Confetti Cuts die.  He's colored with watercolor crayons for a very "painty" look, and I even added the cheeks.  Not your typical "clean" coloring that markers or pencils give, but I like the uniqueness of the crayons.  I'll be dabbling more with them for sure.  I created the background on the tag with a watercolor paint wash and added the clouds from the SUN 'N CLOUDS Confetti Cuts. 

I'll be offering this class again on July 7th, so if you'd like to learn more about those coloring mediums, 
call or stop by the store to see the samples and reserve your seat!  

SUSIE Q-TIP:  Use more water, less paint for washes and less water, more paint for details like grass once the background wash is completely dry.

Stamps:  Monkey Business (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Cold Press Watercolor Paper (Canson), White and Raspberry Cardstock (AC)
Ink:  Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Monkey Business, Sun 'n Clouds, and Tag Me Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Watercolor Crayons (Faber-Castell), Waterbrush, Watercolor Paints (Leow-Cornell), Ribbon, Silhouette Cameo, Wink of Stella Clear Marker, Foam Boosters

Monday, June 8, 2015

June Creative Blog Hop from Reverse Confetti

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 lifting up the men in our lives and making ABC (anything BUT a card) MASCULINE projects. I know many crafters struggle with masculine projects, so today should give you plenty of creative ideas just in time for Father's Day or any day you want to celebrate "the guys"! 

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!

I've been in "scrapbook" mode with some other projects I had going on for The Little Blue House, so I decided to keep rolling with it and made this single page layout using my stuff from REVERSE CONFETTI.  (I'll be adding the baseball pics to it later, so come back and look.  I had the darndest time locating them!)

Since we 'Root, root, root for the home team', our TEXAS RANGERS, I pulled out a bunch of red, white and blue papers, along with the WINNING stamp set and coordinating WINNING Confetti Cuts dies to get me started.  The banner was easy using the pennant die from the WINNING Confetti Cuts set, and I stamped the letters on it with the LIGHTHEARTED LETTERS Alphabet set.  Once everything was laid out, I further embellished my page with the STARS PRETTY PANEL, the "base" trophy piece from the WINNING Confetti Cuts, STAR GARLAND, and the STITCHED FLAG TRIO Confetti Cuts.  

I then highlighted several things with my clear Wink of Stella brush pen and then stamped the "Way to Go" sentiment repeatedly under the pictures to fill in that space and balance it out.  

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.  Head over to the Reverse Confetti Blog for more details.

Right now, all the scrapbook stores are getting in their patriotic and Fourth of July themed papers.  It's a good idea to grab some of these as they are so versatile for LOTS of projects.  That's what I've used here for my baseball layout.  I've even used patriotic papers for Christmas stuff.  Must haves and oh, GO RANGERS!

Stamps:  Winning, Lighthearted Letters (Reverse Confetti)
Papers:  Navy, Red, White, Light Blue (Bazzill), Starz (Bella Blvd.), Stars and Stripes (Pebbles)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories:  Winning, Stars Pretty Panel, Star Garland and Stitched Trio Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Star Punch, Clear and Black Wink of Stella Pens, Baseball Brads, Silver Star Sequins, Black Twill Thickers (AC), Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  12x12

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Reverse Confetti Inspiration Station

Well, if you subscribe to the REVERSE CONFETTI Weekly Newsletter, you'll be getting a sweet look at what I have to share in the Inspiration Station section this time around.  Yep, it contains exclusive content that you can't find just anywhere. 

The Inspiration Station feature of our newsletter is where one of the Confetti Crew members has found something (a photo, and actual item, etc.) that has inspired a Reverse Confetti project or card.  This time, it's my turn to inspire you!  Can you guess where my inspiration came from?

Here's a couple of peeks, but to see the whole thing, and get some handy tips about how I made this, you'll want to sign up for our FREE weekly newsletter where I know inspiration abounds!  Head over on the RC website HERE before you miss another issue!

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