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.
: 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
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
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!
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.
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