Sunday, June 23, 2019

keep smiling | reverse confetti

So it seems our pacific northwest weather has gone back to normal.  It hasn't been as warm as it had been a couple weeks ago.  I decided to bring the sunshine to my blog with the Reverse Confetti Ice Cream Social set.

This is such an adorable set.  Who doesn't love an ice cream truck?

I've teamed up the So Many Sentiments and Sweet Striped 6x6 paper pad.   I had to add a bit of glitz to my card with the strip of gold glitter cardstock.

 The soft colors are compliments of the Color Throwdown:

I rotated the Paper Players sketch:

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Squeeze the Day | theletterlingo

I love this Citrus Crush stamp set by theletterlingo.  It's so much fun and I've been on a citrus kick!

So my original card had another pink lemon on it but as I was photo editing I came up with paper piecing the lemon to coordinate with the rainbow base panel.  I don't paper piece much anymore but love the look.

I wanted to fill up the soda labels with something but wanted the focus to be on the rainbow sodas so I decided to keep them plain.  It keeps with a clean and simple design.  The only bottled soda we have in the fridge is Ramune.  Have you heard of it?  The kids love it.  My mom use to have it when she was younger and she's turning 80 next year.

I'm happily linking up to the Paper Players, Summer Beverage challenge:

It's funny, I think that I'm generally a Clean & Simple designer but this is # 3 for this challenge.  That means I started with the intention of linking up to this challenge only to look at my card and realize it wasn't anywhere near clean & simple...HERE + HERE.

I generally don't clean up my copics speedy quick but this time I did, I tried to remember my color combos:

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Sending Smiles | Graciellie Design

I've been wanting to print up the Graciellie Design - Happiness digital set:

Pop over to her shop, that set is currently on SALE!  It's such a fun one, love that mason jar and the sweet sentiments.

Did you see what I did?

I designed the background panels to look like watermelon.  The pattern strip in the middle is from Pattern Happy.  I've been gravitating to black and white panels.

I colored up the image with various copics and then used my Lawn Fawn Glue Tube and made dots by following the pattern on the image and smooshed the heart gold and iridescent confetti on there.  That glue works wonderfully.

I was inspired by the latest Freshly Made Sketches:

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Pugs and Hugs | Funky Fossil Designs

Did you know that Funky Fossil Designs has started carrying stamps in addition to their stencils + MDF shapes?  I couldn't resist picking up the Pugs and Hugs set!

I'm super loving the size of the images!  Originally I was only going to share 2 of my cards, I don't want to overwhelm you with the cuteness of the set (wink).  But then I realized that the set I was going to share only featured one of the three images. 

Here's the other thing, I picked up some of her super fun stencils too!

So let's chat about each of them speedy quick.  It makes it easy since I used the same layout/design for each one (more about that at the bottom of my post).  So I gotta be honest, and it probably won't be a surprise but the Pug in the Mug was what put the set over the top for me!  This one has been teamed up with their Coffee Bean Background in Distress Oxide Tea Dye.

This guy has been nestled onto the Knitted Background Stencil in Distress Oxide Hickory Smoke.  I had to buy that particular stencil because my girl is on year two of knitting.  

Are you still with me?  I only have two more to go! This one uses one of the other images in the set, perfectly teamed up with the Sorry sentiment.  I used the Starburst stencil with Distress Oxide Pumice Stone.

This is my final one, he's been teamed up with the Brick Wall Stencil.   

So okay, the card design?  It's compliments of the Sunday Stamps Challenge:

The cardstock I used:

Stampin' Up Real Red
Stampin' Up Night of Navy
Stampin' Up Lost Lagoon
Stampin' Up River Rock
Reverse Confetti Stone

Since I had already cut up the strips, I had enough for 4+ cards.

If you made it all the way down here, thanks so much!
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Monday, June 17, 2019

Mahalo | Reverse Confetti

I'm up on the Reverse Confetti blog today sharing a project I made especially for today!  Here's a bit of a sneak peek:

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Merci | Impress + A Muse

I'm on a citrus kick, I spotted the Lemons stamp from Impress and wanted to color it up: 

I decided to stamp up a plaid with their Thin Stripe Lines stamp.  Although I have the Sweet and Sour sentiment, it wasn't hitting me with the design I had in mind.  I stepped away from the project, with the supplies gathered.

Hours later, I needed to take a belated photo of a wonderful print that Seeka sent to me.  It's the

Coffee Because Adulting is Hard

To prep for that photo, I had to clean and move a basket full of vintage A Muse stamps when I spotted the Merci one. 

Perfect, eh?  

The cardstock I used is Bazzill Marshmallow.  I stumbled across several packages when cleaning (story of my life).  I stocked up after taking several Julie Ebersole classes.  I love the texture and how you can lightly watercolor.  For my project, I did Zig on Zig.

My project was inspired by 'give me lemons':

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Let's Taco 'bout your graduation | Lawn Fawn

It's that time of the year, graduation season.  This was designed especially for my friend's son.

Doesn't everyone love Tacos?  Even my momma does, she gets hers without cheese (gasp!).  

I so wanted to stamp that sweet smiley face on the center image but sigh, it most likely wouldn't be as appreciated by a male graduate.  The dachshund?  Their family owns a Chiweenie, a cross between the Chihuahua and the Dachshund.

The Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel, seriously people, what a genius product.  I've combined 

Year Nine   |   Critters at the Dog Park      
Reveal Wheel Spring Sentiments 

I'm not generally a crafting rebel but I did clip the Year Nine 'your birthday' and separated the words.  Yes, I held my breath. 

I'm linking up to the Lawn Fawnatics challenge:

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Friday, June 14, 2019

time for tea | Clearly Besotted

So, it seems I've been doing a bunch of shopping lately.  I couldn't resist Clearly Besotted's latest release.  It was their Love London set that sucked me in...LOL.  I also threw in Pick a Peony and Simply Said.

Here's how I was inspired:

Time for Tea!  Yes!

Spun Sugar   |   Picked Raspberry   |   Wilted Violet

Those hippos, they kill me, so cute.

That trio window was made using a circle die.  Whew, I'm not a fussy crafter but I'm happy with how they lined up.  I know, I just ordered something online that is similar.

I meant to whip up this card this morning but it took much longer than I thought.  Seems like a fairly basic coloring scheme, eh?  I ended up using 20 alcohol markers!  a mix of Copics and Spectrum Noirs.


R05  |  R35
Y04  |  Y19
B14  |  B06
C00  |  C0  |  C1  |  C2  |  C3  |  C5  |  C7  |  C9

Spectrum Noirs:

GY1  |  GY2
HB1  |  HB3

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

citrus got real | Essentials by Ellen

If you follow me on IG, you may have seen my latest additions from Ellen Hutson - Essentials by Ellen.  I always LOVE Julie Ebersole's releases, this one is no exception with citrus, coffee + hair buns.

Today I'm featuring the Squeeze The Day set.  I was first introduced to Pink Lemons via Blue Apron (Big Fan of their WW meals).  Julie is so clever with her sentiments...

I stamped the images with Versafine  Onyx Black on Watercolor paper.  I dug out my Zigs!  I haven't used those in awhile.  We've been using them on MnT's for crafty day (thanks Toni!)...I kind of forgot how much I love them.  I generally color zig on zig.

I made this especially for a friend of mine, let's see, I've known her for a very long time.  I worked with her via my first 'real' job so it's been a couple of years.  She has 2 kids, her oldest is going to college this Fall, out of state.  As a Momma that has gone through that twice, it's tough.  My oldest went to the University of Washington, lived in the dorms in Year One and I was a mess.  She was only 40 minutes away from home but the transition was tough.  My youngest (who just graduated from college last month) went out of state to NY.  I guess I should be glad that I had a bit of experience before that happened.  Honestly, still trying to get use to him not coming back home.

So although I haven't made her boy's graduation card yet, I knew just what I wanted to design for her.  This card will include an invite to Bubble Tea because, well, that makes everything better.

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