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  1. Reverse Confetti March Sketch for You To Try
  2. Lemony Retro Sketch #154
  3. A Viva la Verve Special Delivery
  4. February 'Fetti Fans Workshop Cards
  5. Stella Just Winked at Dear Lizzy!
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Reverse Confetti March Sketch for You To Try

Well, happy winter weather advisory day number 3 from Fort Worth, Texas, home of where winter-and-spring-happens-all-in-one-day over and over again.  Our snow was beautiful.  We got about 4 inches and now the snow has turned into rain, so now we have some nice ice.  Next it will probably be a big wet mess in the next few days as it melts off and gets ready for another round! 

All that makes it really hard to believe it's already the first of March and time for another SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY from REVERSE CONFETTI!  

Here's a look at this month's easy peasy skctch!

As I was making this card, I was thinking about all the icy stuff melting and watching everything get all drippy outside my front window in my craft room, hence the snowflake and popsicle inspiration.  Not to mention the irony my friend came across the other day while driving out in the icy mess--she was behind a Blue Bell Ice Cream truck!  Anyway, I used the LET'S CHILL stamp set and LET'S CHILL Confetti Cuts dies for the sentiment and main image.  Then I added a couple of hearts from the LOVE NOTE Confetti Cuts and a small snowflake from the LET IT SNOW Confetti Cuts set.  All that is backed with some cuts from the CIRCLES 'N SCALLOPS set and then the sentiment is highlighted with the DOUBLE EDGE SCALLOP BORDER.  Ok, I'm off to the store for some ice cream!  Hoping to find my favorite=="I Heart Chocolate" from Blue Bell. 

We'd love for y'all to play along in our SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY Challenge--HERE'S where to find all the details on how and what you could win.  How about an awesome REVERSE CONFETTI gift certificate!

SUSIE Q-TIP:  You see what I did there?  I used a snowflake die and it's not even Christmas time or a normal "season" for it.  I bet I could even pull this card off in the summer with one on it!  Maybe it will make you feel a little cooler in the heat.  Just because something is "out of season", there still may be uses for it if it applies to the sentiment you are trying to convey.

Stamps:  Let's Chill (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White, Aqua Mist (PTI), Cotton Candy (MFT), Close to Cocoa (SU!), Berry Shimmer CS (Bazzill), Anything Goes (EP)
Ink:  Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), Memento Luxe Love Letter 
Accessories:  Let's Chill, Let it Snow, Love Note, Circles 'n Scallops and Double Edge Scallop Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Seeing Spots Embossing Folder, Button, Divine Twine (TCP), Adhesive Rhinestone, Hot Glue, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

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

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). 

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:


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