Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Reverse Confetti Spring Fling Blog Hop

Hi, 'Fetti Fans!
Spring is in the air and Reverse Confetti is celebrating with a 
Spring Fling Blog Hop.

The hop started over on the Reverse Confetti blog and 
you should have made it here from the incredibly talented Sarah Gough's blog
It would be worth your while to start at the beginning of the hop, so you don’t miss a thing. 

When I think of spring, I think of Teacher Appreciation
and honour the people who work with my children.
I like to bring treats (i.e. Butter Crunch) to their teachers 
when we go for parent-teacher conferences.

Here are the tags I made for the treats:

I diecut the Folded Tag Confetti Cuts from some white cardstock and 
stamped on it in aqua mist ink, using Class Act.

I added the sentiment in onyx black and the A+ in pure poppy (also from Class Act.)

The tags open up and that's where my kids wrote notes to their teachers.

Short and sweet!
And some of them got a little "punny":

(for their art teacher)

For their music teacher.
So cute!

I hope you’ve enjoyed hopping with our Spring Fling Blog Hop today!

Now it’s time to hop on over to the wonderfully talented Jean Manis' blog
If you get lost along the way, you can find the hop order and
list of all the participating designers over on the Reverse Confetti blog.

Would you like to win some Reverse Confetti goodies of your very own?
Leave a comment on each stop along the way for a chance
to win a $15 gift certificate to Reverse Confetti.
  Comments are open until Friday, May1st at 11:59 CST, and 
the winner will be announced on the Reverse Confetti blog on Sunday!

Oh, and before I go...

Reverse Confetti is also having a
"Win It Before You Can Buy It" contest on their Facebook Page.
Click here for your chance to win!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Fusion: Happy Days

Today, I'm playing along with the current Fusion Card Challenge:

I love those fun yellows and reds!
I decided to make my card using some Crate Paper patterned paper and 
some Reverse Confetti goodies.

Fusion: Happy Days Leigh Penner @reverseconfetti #reverseconfetti #cards

On a piece of white linen cardstock, I stamped the "hello" from 
the newly released Color Me Happy stamp set in pure poppy, berry sorbet, 
summer sunrise, harvest gold and lemon tart.

A strip of patterned paper from Crate Paper's The Pier collection 
and a trio of buttons & twine finish it off.

Fusion: Happy Days Leigh Penner @reverseconfetti #reverseconfetti #cards

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Make It Monday #209

Today I have a card to share that I made for this week's

I decided to use my new Brushed Blooms stamps and dies for my card.

I started by stamping my Brushed Blooms diecut in aqua mist, 
limeade ice, sweet blush & hibiscus burst.
Then, I stamped my sentiment (from Graceful Greetings).
Then, I adhered the rest of the diecuts around the stamped diecut and sentiment.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink April Blog Hop

Well, it's the 25th of the month, so that means it's time for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.
This month's challenge was an inspirational photo.

Isn't it pretty?
I was inspired by the navy tablecloth, the clear plates, 
the flowers and the polka dots on the vase.
Here's my card:

I used enchanted evening cardstock as my base and stamped my sentiment
(from Graceful Greetings) in versa mark and heat embossed it in white.
I diecut some polka dot vellum with the KIS Frames and layered them together.
Over these, I stamped on my Brushed Blooms diecut in limeade ice,
sweet blush, hibiscus burst & raspberry fizz.
I trimmed the diecut down my hand and added a couple of buttons and twine.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Five for Friday

 What a busy week!
I can't believe it's already Friday!

1. I spend Monday & Tuesday afternoons at the Festival of the Arts
where Sage participated in the Speech Arts section and performed an English
and a French poem.

She did really well!
So well in fact that we got an email yesterday afternoon informing us that she
won an award for her Speech Arts performances. :)
(And Jonah is getting an award for his piano, too.)

2. Jonah left on Wednesday for Banff with his Jazz Choir.
I think he was getting nervous, as he seemed to need a bit of reassurance
on Tuesday evening while we were packing.

He took this photo with the iPod so he'd have a photo of us to take along.
I'm sure he'll have a great time.

We saw him off on the bus Wednesday evening.

He contacted us with FaceTime yesterday and it seems like he's having a good time.
They went to the Calgary Zoo in the morning and he said he took lots of pictures
(like mother, like son!)

3. I've been in spring cleaning mode lately....
On Saturday, I cleaned up our basement storage area/pantry
and tackled Cameron's side, where previously, you couldn't even walk.
On Tuesday, Sage & I went through her clothes & removed anything that didn't fit anymore.
Next on my list: my closet.
I'm debating between having a garage sale (which the kids want)
and giving everything away to the thrift store.

4. Remember my Monthly Moments album?
Yeah, long time no see.
I got stalled on it in September and have been letting the months pile up.
Terrible, I know.
Well, this week, I was determined to get caught up.
And guess what?
I did it.
I finished spreads from September 2014 to March 2015.
They're very CAS, but they tell the story of the pictures, which is the point.
I didn't get around to taking photos yesterday of the spreads,
but rest assured, I will post them soon.

5. I have a card to share for the latest Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Bouquet:

I love the colours of the flowers in this photo, so stamped them with 
my SSS Flowers on my Mind stamp set.

Five for Friday Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge Leigh Penner #cards

I stamped the flowers along the side  of a panel of stamper's select white cardstock.
Then, I stamped the leaves and sentiment (PTI's Sentiment Splits) on a second panel.
I stamped the flowers on coordinating diecuts and adhered them to my card.

I'm also linking this up to this week's
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Clean & Simple.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cas(e) this sketch #120

Today, I have a card to share that I made for
 CAS(E) This Sketch #120 designed by Gayatri Murali:

I love the bird image on the sketch and the fun splatter behind him, 
so I decided to copy this for my card.

CAS(E) This Sketch #120 Leigh Penner #cards

To create my background, I pressed some summer sunrise ink onto my acrylic block.
spritzed it with water and pressed my yardstick onto it.
Once it was dry, I added the diecut leaves from vellum and bird from berry sorbet
and aqua mist cardstock (both dies are from PTI's Songbirds.)
Then I stamped the sentiment in versafine onyx black (also from Songbirds).

I'm also linking this up to this week's
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Clean & Simple.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see the rest of the DT's takes on the sketch 
and to play along, if you'd like.
You have until Thursday, April 30th to link up your card.

Oh, and before you go, I also have a fun card up on the 
Reverse Confetti Blog today for the Confetti Camera series: Everything Old is New Again!  
I'd love for you to check it out!  

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Guest designing for Top Dog Dies

I was so excited be asked to guest design for Top Dog Dies today!
I am being featured on Top Dog Dies blog & wanted to share my projects here, too.

I was sent the adorable Onesie Vest Die Set to play with.
Now, while this super cute set coordinates perfectly with the Onesie Die to make
adorable baby cards, I thought it would be fun to use the Onesie Vest Die Set
to create masculine cards for "older" boys. ;)

For my first card, I diecut the vest from a fun piece of My Mind's Eye patterned paper.

Guest Designing for Top Dog Dies Leigh Penner #cards #topdogdies

I flipped the patterned paper over to diecut the bowties and buttons -- 
I love it when the back of the patterned paper coordinates like that!
I stitched on the buttons with some black thread and stamped the sentiment 
(from Papertrey Ink's Think Big Favourites #5 stamp set) along the side.
This card would work for a wedding, engagement, graduation or promotion -- I love it!

Guest Designing for Top Dog Dies Leigh Penner #cards #topdogdies

Next, I used some patterned paper (again, from My Mind's Eye) to create a fun Father's Day Card.

Guest Designing for Top Dog Dies Leigh Penner #cards #topdogdies

Once again, there was a fabulous coordinating pattern on the back, so I diecut the bowtie from that.
I diecut the buttons and pocket (so cute!) from some Papertrey Ink Fine Linen cardstock
and matted my card on that as well.
My sentiment was computer generated.

Guest Designing for Top Dog Dies Leigh Penner #cards #topdogdies

I sewed the buttons on with some rustic cream button twine from Papertrey Ink.

And lastly, I had some fun with the bowtie and buttons from the set...

Guest Designing for Top Dog Dies Leigh Penner #cards #topdogdies

If you know me, you know that I love Doctor Who.
And when I see a bowtie, I can't help but think of the 11th Doctor and 
his habit of saying: "Bowties are cool."
So, I created this card, using some white linen cardstock as my background.
I added a couple of strips of Echo Park patterned paper for my suspenders and diecut 
the bowtie from some Papertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel cardstock.
The buttons were also diecut from the white linen cardstock.

Guest Designing for Top Dog Dies Leigh Penner #cards #topdogdies

The sentiment was stamped on the soft stone cardstock background 
using Reverse Confetti's Let's Chill stamp set.
This card is going to be given to my son, Jonah, who leaves tonight for his jazz choir trip
to Banff -- I'm so proud of him for all the hard work he's done to go on the trip!
And, he is pretty darn cool, too. ;)

Thanks for looking!