Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Watercoloring with Reverse Confetti

I have been excited to share this for the last five days. I had a little bit more of "just for me" stamping and card making last week and I decided to pull out my distress markers and do some water coloring with the flowers from the latest release by Reverse Confetti. I love being inspired by my design team sistahs! After seeing a few recent projects by Amy Kolling and Sarah Gough, I  sat down to make this card. I also watched a video from the Lawn Fawn Youtube channel and loved the colors Nicole used. 



I started with some white embossing of the outline images of the Love Blooms stamp set onto Tim Holtz distress watercolor paper. Once that was dry, I set to water coloring. I don't have all the pretty colors (although after this project I decided I needed,wanted the mini ink pads, so I ordered those yesterday. 12 of them anyway. thanks to Amazon Prime, they'll arrive tomorrow!). I quickly scribbled my markers onto an acrylic block and used my aqua painter to pick up the color. I let the flowers dry and then water colored a background with similar colors-spun sugar, picked raspberry, and dusty concord, scattered straw. 



After all my water colored pieced were dry, I used the Love Blooms Confetti Cuts to die cut my flowers. I cut out my main image panel with the Tagged Tote die

I just love that rounded piece. I wanted some gold tones mixed in with the pretty pastels, so I stamped the sentiment in Fuse Green ink. It's such a unique shade and looks beautiful with the water colored flowers. I then scattered some gold sequins about, for some blingy accents! I added a strip of Gold Foil cardstock along the bottom to balance my panel and then used a skinny card base, 3.75 x 5.5 inches. I love how this came together. 






Have a wonderful Wednesday. I hope all my friends in the Northeast are starting to shovel their way out of that snow. I have to be honest, I don't care for snow all that much, but I am a bit jealous of it. I do like a good snowfall at least once during the winter. Stay warm, friends!


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Monday, January 26, 2015

Reverse Confetti January SFYTT

There is still time to play along with the Reverse Confetti January SFYTT. I have a sample today used LOTS of the just released products. I adore tags! This cool new Square Tag was a great way to show off the new Sugary Sweet Sentiments stamp set. 


Following the sketch, I made the tag stand out by using one of the new Happy Hearts Quick Cards and cut it down with the Documented Confetti Cut die. A row of sweet hearts was easy to add thanks to the Love Note die. 



Here's a closer look at just the card. 



Of course I couldn't resist making a little treat bag with some yummy Swedish Fish to go with the sentiment. While I had out the Love Note dies, I cut a large heart and stamped the word "love" from Here's the Story stamp set (I masked off the first part of the sentiment so I could only stamp the word love). I punched a hole in the heart and made it into a sweet little heart tag! 


Here's the sketch.

Come stop by the Reverse Confetti Blog for all the challenge details and the link up!








Have a fantastic Monday! I know a lot of folks are snowed in, somehow this storm has missed us in Cincinnati. I have mixed feeling about that. I'm sure ours is coming. Stay warm! 



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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sweet Sunday Sketch 253 {love}

Hello stampy friends. I have a card today with the newest Sweet Sunday Sketch. For some reason I struggled with this one.  Looks easy enough, but I had to walk away from my card and re-work it at least 3 different times. I know that happens some days, but in the end, thanks to my Lil' Inker Desings stamps and dies I am happy with the extra effort I put into this one. 


I used the new, All You Need is Love, stamp set. The large sentiments  are a great way to fill larger spaces. Here I stamped it in Persimmon ink onto a Stitched mats-circle. I decided to add a sweet little  vellum Stitched Hearts for a subtle little embellie. 

I made quick and easy panels with the Stitched Mats-square and Long and Skinny Stripes for my other layers.  Papers are from Pink Paislee-Solstice. I've been waiting to use those hearts. So sweet. 

Here is this week's sketch. 




Please hop on over to Karen's Blog for all the challenge details. You'll also find TONS more great inspiration from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Team. 

I hope you will join in on all the fun this week.  Please hop on over to see what the Sweet Sunday Stampers have created this weekend:
Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful Sunday!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs {perfect pair}

I got a little "just because" stampy time this week. No DT commitments, or release prepping, so I took advantage of it and make a card, just for the love of it. Speaking of love......I love these new, adorable stamps from LID. The stamp set is called Perfect Pairs and I love coloring them. They aren't too big, so coloring them takes no time at all. I used the peas and carrots during release week and pulled out the PB&J image today. It's too cute, I can't stand it!



I made a skinny card, 3.75 x 5.5 inches. I used the Stitched Mats-circles to create a "frame" for my cuties. I love being able stamp a sentiment around the edge of a circle. Easy to do with acrylic stamps. A scattering of sequins and a teeny twine bow complete my card. 


Check out the LID new release! I know you'll LOVE it! 



Have a wonderful Friday! I hope you have something fun planned for the weekend.



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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pawsitively Perfect {RC and Color Q}

I have been trying to work with different color combos lately. I love color, but I don't always feel like I venture out of my comfort zone and find myself reaching for the same colors time and time again. Color challenges are GREAT for pushing me out of my little box. I am linking this card up to the Color Q challenge


I think I am a first time player with this challenge blog. I had fun working with this combo. ETA: I missed the link up, but I'm okay with that. Here is the challenge graphic. I used Melon Mambo, Marina Mist, MFT blueberry and wisteria. 

I used all Reverse Confetti stamps and was inspired by the current Retro Sketch no.149 layout. The stamp set is the darling Puppy Love set. I used the sweet paw print and trio of hearts to create a background on the left corner, following the sketch. 

For my focal point, I cut two of the Documented Confetti cut rounded rectangles. I LOVE the size and it's perfect for showing off LOTS of stamps. I stamped some tone on tone hearts (Whole Lotta Hearts) along the bottom in wisteria ink. I stamps and colored both of the pups and then used the matching Puppy Love dies to cut them out. What a sweet pari, dontcha think?? 

I added a sentiment and some hearts to the top of my main panel and then accented the side with a few scallops cut from the Double  Edge Scallop Border Confetti Cut. A little button and twine pulled it all together. 









Thanks for stopping by! 



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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Still Time to Play with Curtain Call {soft scarf challenge}

There is still time to join us for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!  


You have until January 25th at 8:00 AM CST to be inspired and share your project!




Current challenge details and link-up are here. 
The LEAD of this challenge will be invited to be a guest designer in an upcoming challenge!

 A randomly selected PARTICIPANT in the Soft Scarf challenge will win six new clear stamp sets from our sponsor, Hero Arts.



Here is another card I made, inspired by the colors
and the texture of that scarf. I used an SU embossing folder
to achieve that look. 
Stamp set is from the Cut & Stamp line called The Fox Says.

Come see what the rest of the Curtain Call Crew has done with
a second round of inspiration cards.

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Happy Birthday Sugar Pea Designs Blog Hop


Happy birthday and 1 year Anniversary to Sugar Pea Designs. I was thrilled when Wendy asked me to be a part of the celebration! I adore their stamps and love to see this stamp company expanding their line. It's been a fabulous year and I can't wait to see where SPD goes! 

Hopefully you have arrived from Brianna's blog, Happy Scrapper. If not then, please start back at the beginning with the Sugar Pea Designs blog. You don't want to miss any of the details. 

I pulled out one of my favorite stamp sets, My Hero, to make this birthday card. I also used the current SPD Sketch Challenge for my layout. I simply flipped it, cuz I love making top folding cards. 


Once I cut that strip of Limelight paper, and added the sentiment, I decided it needed a little bit of something extra. So I flipped through my Sugar Pea stamps for a star and pulled out Pure Magic.  I did some tone on tone stamping and scattered them around the panel, and just what it needed. 

You will surely want to join the hop. There is so much wonderful SPD creations, plus there are prizes!! YES, it's Sugar Pea Designs birthday and Wendy is giving out the gifts!! 




  • a $100 Gift Certificate to someone who comments on all of the blogs in the hop  
  • There is a link up, too....come play along with the birthday hop and you have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the SPD store. Details HERE
  • Want to SHOP??!!!  SPD is offering a coupon code: BDAY01 for customers to receive 10% off their entire purchase (valid until January 24th)
  • Blog hop and  LinkUp ends midnight, January 28th 
  • Winners will be announced on Feb 1st.


  • I think that's all from me! Thanks a bunch for stopping by. Now off you go. Piali is up next!

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