Countdown to Confetti - Day One

I'm thrilled to be joining Reverse Confetti as a 'Fetti Friend for the months of July and August!  It's release time and today is the first of three sneak peek days with the release on July 8th.  I can't wait to share all of the new products with you!!!

My project today features the new sets, Later Alligator and Weather It Together and the coordinating die cuts.  

How cute is this alligator?  I absolutely love him :)  I colored him (yes, it's a boy!) with Copic markers and then pounced over him with the colorless blender to give him some texture.  I kept the rest of my card CAS, like I usually do, and added googly eyes to go along with the fun and playful images.

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Gift Sets - Day 4

I'm a few days late on posting this.  I've been thoroughly enjoying having everyone off this week.  We've slept in, gone hiking, biking and to the movies.  It's been great.  Doug begins teaching at the Summer academy tomorrow, so it's somewhat back to reality :(

By the time I got to making this card set, I was fresh out of ideas but I still wanted to make something unique and beautiful.  I was heavily inspired by a card I made for this month's WPlus9 TBT challenge.  There's no reason why you can't go back to cards you've previously made to be inspired!  This set went to the Ethan's before school teacher, who also happens to be Ethan's best friend's Grandma.  She is so sweet and wonderful with the kids.  I thought this design was fitting for her.

I made 4 each of two different color combos.

I apparently didn't take pictures of these sets before I boxed them up?!  oh well!

I hope you are having a great weekend!

Ink:  Early Espresso (Stampin' Up)  Wild Mango, Sweet Nectar, Lake HouseBeanstalk, Mojito, Cockleshell and Bloomsberry (WPlus9)
Paper:  Oatmeal, Kraft (WPlus9)
Accessories:  Twine (PPP)

Gift Sets - Day 3

About half way through my card set making extravaganza I was lacking inspiration.  I headed over to my friend Catherine's blog to check out some of her KISS cards (Keep It Simple Stamper).  I love her KISS series and find myself CASEing those cards often.  I came across this set and then saw Marlene Bonetti, a StampNation member CASEing it and knew this would be the next set I made.

(Peacock Feathers & Dusty Concord Distress Ink)

I had a blast with the technique pieces and I love that each one is a little bit different.  To make that fun background I first stamped and heat embossed the backgrounds with white embossing powder.  Next I used distress inks and pressed them onto a large acrylic block, spritzed it with water and then dipped my embossed pieces into the ink.   Smooshing has become such a popular technique and I think this set is evidence of why!  The results are gorgeous every time! 

(Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed & Peacock Feathers Distress Inks)

Once I was done Smooshing, I heat set each piece.   These pieces were very, very warped so I placed them under Doug's 1,500 page AP Physics book overnight. 

(Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade & Mustard Seed Distress Inks)

I added a different greeting from Label Love by Altenew to each card and embellished them with star rhinestones.  This set is versatile and perfect for every occasion!

If you are ever lacking for inspiration and looking for a great place to get your mojo flowing, I highly recommend checking out Catherine's KISS series!

That's it from me today!  I'll be back tomorrow with another gift set!

Accessories:  Stitched Mats Rounded Rectangles (Lil' Inker Designs)

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Gift Sets - Day 2, Winners Announced & the Bonus is closing!

If you missed it yesterday, I'm posting the gift sets I made for teacher end of the years gifts all week long.  This card is perfect for mass producing because of it's simplicity and limited layers.  I find using simple techniques like Ghost Stamping are perfect too.  I worked in an assembly line for this one, die cutting first, then stamping with the white pigment ink first and stamping over that with the dye inks.  The sentiment was heat embossed.

I made two of this set and they went off to school with Conner.  He chose them for his two favorite teachers.  I love that my boys get excited about giving my cards out as gifts :)

Before I go I wanted to let you know that our winners for our In the Mood class have been chosen. TWO of the winners left comments on my blog, woohoo!  Click here to see if you are one of our winners!

Also, the bonus content is closing down tomorrow.  Anyone that purchases the class in the first week gets lifetime access to a special mood board with two more video tutorials.  Here's a peek...

In the bonus section alone you'll learn:

  • Stained Glass technique
  • Faux Laser Die Cutting
  • Colored Glitter Paper
  • Ombre Technique
  • Shaker Card
  • and SO much inspiraton!

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Paper:  Whisper White (SU) Nautical Navy & Kraft Cardstock (WPlus9)
Ink:  Nautical Navy, Appletini, White (WPlus9)
Accessories:  Stitched Mats:  Rectangles & Dual Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inkers)

Gift Sets - Day 1

Happy Summer all!  I'm loving sleeping in a little and not being on a schedule!  Ahhhh...lazy days of Summer :)  We are about to head out to one of the state parks to go biking but I wanted to pop in here quick and share one of the gift sets I made for end of the year gifts.

Ethan's teacher is having her first baby next month, so I thought it was appropriate to make her a baby thank you set.  I remember when Conner was born I got an onslaught of gifts, she is going to need these! 

I have quite a few card sets to share, so I'll be sharing them throughout the week.  Bye for now :)

Paper:  Whisper White (SU) Patterned Paper (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:  Tuxedo Black Twine (Timeless Twine) Clearly Creative Card Box (Papertrey Ink)
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