Bring on the Happy

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Today I’m sharing a card crafted with Penny Black supplies from the latest Bring on the Happy release.


To being, I applied a combination of Distress Inks to the 40-389 Bramble stamp and stamped onto white cardstock. I then cut out the hello sentiment with the 51-104 Hello word die from the stamped panel, carefully preserving the tiny pieces from the insides of the letters. I flipped the panel over and taped the cut to hold in those pieces while I removed the hello. I cut the hello several more times out of white cardstock and gold foil, adhering them together and then adhering the sentiment into the stamped card panel. In the long run, I probably could have more simply adhered the hello die cut onto the stamped panel without cutting it out of the panel, but I wanted to explore that other approach first. (Besides I tend to try the most complicated solutions sometimes!)

I cut the butterflies with the 51-132 Flights of Fancy set out of white cardstock and gold foil, adhering them for depth.



Retrosketches #154 and ColourQ #281

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Today, I’m sharing a card crafted with Reverse Confetti stamps and Confetti Cuts combining the sketch from Retrosketches #154 and the color combination from ColourQ #281.


I stamped the sentiment from Arrows ‘n Elements and cut it with the banner in Tag Me. The orange banner was cut with the small tag in Tag Me. I stamped the flowers from Love Blooms, masking after stamping the flower in the bottom left corner.








Essentials by Ellen Bold Blooms by Julie Ebersole

Today, I’m sharing a card created with the Bold Blooms stamp set and coordinating die cut sets from the Essentials by Ellen Winter 2015 release. (By the way, there’s still time to enter the giveaway for the Wish Big stamp set – just leave a comment on my blog hop post.)


I used the stand-alone die set to cut the top part of the flowers and the coordinating set for the underneath part. The leaves were created in a similar manner. I see myself using these flowers for a variety of projects in the upcoming months!


Essentials by Ellen Winter 2015 Release Blog Hop

BlogHopGraphicWelcome to the Essentials by Ellen Winter Release 2015 Blog Hop! I’m showcasing the Wish Big and Fancy Thanks stamp sets along with the Mini Windows and Folk Hearts die sets on my post today!

I get to give the Wish Big stamp set to a lucky someone!  Just leave a comment to enter my giveaway!


There is also a Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, leave a comment there and at every stop along the hop by March 2nd; winners will be announced March 4th! The full list of hoppers is included at the end of this post.

Let’s get started! For my first project, I used the Wish Big stamp set and the Mini Windows die set for a birthday card.

To begin, I cut a window in the lower-right side of a watercolor paper panel with a die from the Mini Windows die set. (The die cuts three sides of the square, creating a window for the card’s recipient to open.) Next, I stamped and heat embossed the bird, the balloon string, the balloon and the “Wish Big” sentiment and watercolored using pencils. (The sentiment was stamped on a separate piece of watercolor paper from the other images.) The black-and-white strip was stamped with a background stamp. To finish, I taped the “Wish Big” sentiment behind the window and adhered the watercolor panel and black-and-white strip to a white card base.

With the same stamp set, I created a buckle card, a card design I learned to make from Julie Ebersole. I used the square die from the Mini Windows set to create a flap on the card front that works as a buckle.


When you open the flap, the hippo is revealed! The bird is adhered to a square, which is the same size as the flap and slides into the flap to secure the card.


Here’s a look at the card with the right flap open.


For this card, I stamped and heat-embossed the hippo, bird, balloon and party hat onto colored cardstock. I then fussy-cut the items and adhered them over the image stamped directly onto the card base and square. The black-and-white striped strip was created in the same manner as the previous card; you can get several strips out of a single stamped background. I drew the balloon string by hand. When folded, this card is 4 1/4″ square.

Now let’s look at some cards created with the Fancy Thanks stamp set and Folk Hearts dies.


To create the nested hearts, I began by placing the largest heart in the Folk Hearts set inside the rectangle die in the MFT Blueprints 1 set to cut the gray panel in my Big Shot. I then took a panel of the pink cardstock and put the next size smaller heart die on it, using the previously cut panel as a guide for placement so that the hearts would line up. I removed the gray panel before running the pink panel through my Big Shot. I cut the red cardstock panel in the same manner. To finish, I stamped the sentiment onto white cardstock and adhered the nesting heart panels one layer at a time to a white cardstock base.

For my final projects, I created two square cards featuring the large “Thanks” sentiment from the Fancy Thanks set. I had the upcoming “bridal season” in mind for these designs.



I heat-embossed the sentiment from Fancy Thanks onto both white and Robin’s Egg cardstock. With a heart die from the Folk Hearts set I cut the heart. For the first card, the heart is a negative die cut and on the second one, it’s a positive die cut.


Here’s the full list of designers hopping today.

Reverse Confetti Newsletter Sneak Peek

Hello ‘Fetti Fans! Here’s a sneak at my card featured in today’s Reverse Confetti Newsletter.


The newsletter has a new feature in which cards are featured along with the inspiration for the projects. I was inspired by an Orla Kiely mug – her patterns and colors are fabulous!

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Happy Birthday ColourQ #280

Today I’m sharing a CAS birthday card created with Reverse Confetti products using the colors from ColourQ #280.


Looking at the colors in the challenge, I knew I’d want to heat emboss the sentiment in gold and use the paler purple for the card base. I cut several strands of the Circle Garland in the deeper, richer colors. I like the abstract aspect of the garland – like lights in a distance. This color palette has a celebratory feel to me!






Reverse Confetti SFYTT February 2015

Have you seen this month’s SFYTT at Reverse Confetti?


I created a CAS card with the plane from Here We Go Confetti Cuts as the focal point.


I cut the plane within the Class Act rectangle so that the plane would be a negative image. I added the die-cut propeller on top. I stamped the larger rectangle, cut with Documented, with a sentiment from Arrows ‘n Elements in gray ink to match the card base. The yellow stars were cut with Oh My Stars.


I hope you’ll play along! Head on over to link up your card on the Reverse Confetti Blog for your chance to win a $20 Reverse Confetti gift certificate and the title of ‘Fetti Fave!







Rose Valentine

A final Valentine’s Day card for 2015!


I stamped Penny Black’s 40-190 Bed of Roses with white pigment ink on black cardstock. I heat embossed the sentiment from the 30-207 From the Heart set and cut it with the smaller tag from the 51-007 Tagged die set. I cut the tag reinforcement piece from black cardstock. I attached the tag onto the rose background with dimensional adhesive and used baker’s twine to finish off the card.

Next stop – St Patrick’s Day!

ColourQ Challenge #279

I’m playing along with ColourQ Challenge #279 - red, black, newsprint and a neutral. While my card isn’t specifically Valentine’s Day themed, it works well as a friendship card and could still work as a Valentine.


I wanted to add a border around the newsprint so that the off-white of the newsprint wouldn’t rest directly against the white card base. The black border also ties in the umbrella handle and the boots.



Conversation Birds

Today, I’m sharing a CAS Valentine’s Day card created with Penny Black stamps and die cuts.



I used the Penny Black 30-207 From the Heart set for the heat-embossed sentiments, 51-094 Tweets die set for the birds and two of the 50-003 Chat Bubbles dies.

I’m playing along with the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #255.