Summer School!

Happy Summer! My friend Jen suggested we get our Summer School on and participate in the MFT Summer School series. I thought it was a great idea and I was game, as I always love a challenge! ๐Ÿ™‚You can Join in the fun HERE. I think there is still several days left to participate. You don’t have to do them all, by any means.

I dug into my MFT archives of well used stamps and dies and pulled out some for these projects. I had fun making them all and enjoyed the challenges. On with the cards, yes?!

For this card, I used one of my favorite Birdie Brown stamps off all time from the Polynesian Paradise set. I also used the Stripes Cover Up and the Four Way Chevron Cover up (embossed). I inlaid the strips to create subtle texture for the white space. White space rules! ๐Ÿ™‚

Primary Colors–Red, Yellow and Blue…

For this card, I used the London Mouse set and the Amazing set for the sentiment. Added some Kuretake watercolors for the background and fussy cut the mice. out. I thought this turned out fun!

I love repetition, but even more, I enjoy simplicity. It’s always hard to know if something is too simple or just enough. Especially after you’ve been looking at too long. LOL! My rule of thumb: Walk away! If you’re debating, it’s usually best to walk away. ๐Ÿ™‚

The black and white of these pandas is perfection for this. The biggest debate was what color to make the sign! ๐Ÿ˜‰ This set is called Happy Pandas and the dies are the old school version (they are solid and not cut out) which was funny to go back and figure out again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

For Complementary Colors, I chose to go with Green and “Red”, aka, Pink. ๐Ÿ™‚

This dino is from the set You’re Rawr-some! Love that sentiment! ๐Ÿ™‚ I watercolored the dino with my Kuretake watercolors (a bit too solidly for my taste). Still not sure I like this look, but it’s good to try something different once in awhile, right?

For this one, I went with these cutie Koalas colored with Copic Markers! Back to my comfort zone. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This set is called Cuddly Koalas. I also used the Chunky Herringbone stencil, Stitched Rectangle Frame and Grassy Field die. Cute cute!

To finish these, I added some stitching to each. My Panda card had some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear confetti bits added.

Big thanks to my friend Jen for suggesting we do this (Jen’s are sure to be showstoppers!!) and thanks to you for stopping by!

Take care– Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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Welcome!

Happy Monday! Hope your week is going well, thus far! Just popping in with a fun little card to send and welcome a new little pup!

awwwww! Love this stamp from Avery Elle Happy Howl-idays, and the letters I arranged using Lawn Fawn’s Harold’s ABC’s. I watercolored this little Frenchie with Clean Color Zig Markers and added some Pretty Pink Posh confetti sequins.ย 

I hope Chewie enjoyed his card. โค

Well, that is all for now! See you back here later this week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care– Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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*Technique Tuesday and MISTI!* (pssst….Giveaway!)

Good Morning and Happy Weekend!! Today, we are having a fun blog hop between the My Sweet Petunia and Technique Tuesday! Whooohoooo! A perfect pairing of two of my most used companies. ๐Ÿ™‚ Buckle up, there are prizes!!

On with my card, yes?

For this card, I used Technique Tuesday’s Happy Happy Happy Stamp set and Man Day stamps for the Birthday sentiment stamp. I stamped and heat embossed them in white, easily spacing them straight with MISTI. After that, I used my Kuretake pearl palette of sparkly watercolors from Kuretake. (This set HERE is a larger solid color set.)

Anywho, I polished off this card with a few Pretty Pink Posh confetti sequins and and some stitching.

Now, let’s chat about the Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented from My Sweet Petunia! I gave my standard MISTI a little tune up and I am really loving it! First, you should know that I use my MISTIsย  “backwards”. So, when I saw that you can replace your ruler strips with not only other colors, but that I could also have my numbers in the correct direction, I was all over it. You can check those options out HERE. (There are also turquoise replacement rulers.) Now I just need to retrofit my Mini MISTI!

Then I decided to add the Mouse Pad to my MISTI. I recommend this for quick clean up and ease. I’ll still use my grid papers (those are HERE), but this has made everything look cleaner overall. Highly enjoyable! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ok, I mentioned prizes! Here’s the details: Two lucky commenters will be chosen from theย hopย to win one of two prizes: a $50 shopping spree atย www.mysweetpetunia.comย and a $50 shopping spree atย www.techniquetuesday.comย – You must leave your comments no later than Monday, May 28th, at 11:59 PM Central time and winners will be announced on Tuesday May 29th, on theย Technique Tuesdayย and My Sweet Petuniaย blogs.ย 
Next on the hop, you’re going to head over to Susan Wymer‘s blog and see what she has in store! It is surely worth the hop over! ๐Ÿ™‚
Here’s the list of all the fun stops today! Be sure to hop along and leave comments for your chances at the prizes above! ๐Ÿ™‚
Good luck and have a wonderful weekend! Hope it includes some stamping! ๐Ÿ™‚

Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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Grandparents

Yay for all the new April Technique Tuesday products available HERE! I had to make a card with THIS fun new TT flower set called Just Us Girls. This great sentiment is from the very sweet Grandma Blessings Stamps set.

I just enjoy these little whimsy flowers all grouped up together! Such fun! I colored them with Zig Clean Color markers and whipped them into a bit of watercolor. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and foam tape to adhere them. I put a few dollops of clear Nuvo drops to finish it off. I like how bright and cheerful it turned out overall. And then I popped this directly in the mail! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope it arrived swiftly. โค

I have a few more cards using this Just Us Girls set, but I need to finish them. So we’ll see if I can get those buttoned up to share one day too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We need more hours in the day sometimes, don’t we?!

Thanks for stopping by again today!

Take care–Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hope Your Day Glows…

When I see a Rainbow Challenge, I just have to jump in! ๐Ÿ™‚

The current Lawn Fawnatics Challenge is just that–check it out HERE. Check out the fun image of inspiration:Eeeep! Love it! Rainbows. Glowing Candles. Hence my card of rainbow-ed glowing light bulbs! ๐Ÿ™‚

For this card, I used Lawn Fawn’s new Lights Out and the sentiment from the new adorable Little Fireflies. Adorable! Looking forward to making them glow in the dark for my son on a future card. ๐Ÿ™‚

I white heat embossed these cuties on watercolor paper and watercolored them with Distress Inks. I was on a roll last night. ๐Ÿ™‚ I do โค smiling things!

Be sure to check out the challenge and join in HERE! Fun fun!

Have a great week!

Take care– Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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Good Vibes Only

Have you seen this month’s Pin-Sights Challenge over on Ellen Hutson? It’s good. Let me show you:

oooooooo so fun! I have been wanting to play along and finally got around to feeling good and made one last night. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s my card:

How cute are these guys, weathering the storm? โค

I made this card using Ellen Hutson’s super cute sets: Totally Random Sayings Vol. 1 by Julie Ebersole, Bear Ware (and dies) Bear Ware 2 (and dies). I also used Neat & Tangled’s Geometric Blooms stencil to add a smidge of background.

I watercolored these images with Distress Inks and added some stitching. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you have time to jump in on this current EH Challenge too! I’d love to sneak another one in, but that could be a pipe dream. Ha!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Take care– Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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Technique Tuesday Release Day!

The day has come for all the new Technique Tuesday March products to be available HERE! Hoooooray! AND I get to share my favorite card from this release! โค

(If you missed my post Tuesday, click HERE. If you missed my post yesterday, catch up on that one HERE!)

As I said, this is my favorite card, because I am always a huge fan of the laughs the Sassy sets bring me! ๐Ÿ™‚ This card was made with the new Technique Tuesday stamp set: Sassy Love Your Guts. And the coordinating dies for this stamp set are HERE.

I mean, if this sentiment does say I love your guts, what does?! Haaaaa! I think it’s a riot! ๐Ÿ™‚

For the background of this card, I again blended on Distress Oxide inks and added some splatters. (Sensing a pattern this month, are you? LOL!) I colored the fun jellyfish with Zig Clean Color markers and white heat embossed the sentiment on a black piece of cardstock. I adhered all the jellies with foam tape for dimension, added a few sequins and stitched the panel down. I can’t wait to give this one to my husband. Bwaaaahaaahaa!

Be sure to head over the Technique Tuesday Blog HERE so you can link to the whole TT DT’s Sneaks! I imagine they are all pin worthy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, you can find all the NEW March products from Technique Tuesday HERE!

Thanks for stopping by again today!

Take care–Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

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