Friday, April 17, 2015

Five for Friday

1. First of all, I'll start off with some good news....
After a week and a half of no-sugar, no-deep-fried foods and very little bread 
(I had half of a bagel on Wednesday), I've lost 1 3/4 pounds. Yay!

 I would like to thank you for your well-wishes with my diet.
The support and encouragement is very much appreciated!
Also, I wanted to clarify the no-sugar thing:
I do eat natural sugars (like in fruit) as well as some things with sugar in them
(like peanut butter), but I don't eat refined sugar, like chocolate bars,
baking, pastries, etc.
My treat is to have a little bit of sugar-free chocolate ice cream with a banana for dessert.

2. Sage had to build a "simple machine" for her science class.
She decided to build a pop can crusher.
I told her to ask her dad to help her with it.

And when it was done, I helped her make it pretty.

We mixed some of the paint from her bedroom and painted the outside of the can crusher.
Then, with my Silhouette, we cut some vinyl to make her own logo.
"I'll bet I'm the only one with a logo!" she said yesterday morning.

3.  Sage & Jonah are both testing for their 2nd degree poom belts in taekwondo next month.
Along with the application they fill out, they need to submit photos of themselves.
So I took their photos.
These two are my favourites:

(Oh, and the hoodie that Sage is wearing here is the one she won last week
at Jonah's Jazz Choir Coffeehouse. Isn't it nice?)

4. This week, we've been busy with the Festival of the Arts in our city.

Sage & I played a duet at the Sacred Evening on Sunday (Be Thou My Vision).
Jonah and Sage both played their solos (two each) on Tuesday and 
Jonah & I played a duet that morning, too (Maple Leaf Rag.)
They both did really well -- I'm very proud of them!

(By the way, I can't stand the colour of the wall behind the piano in that church!
I really wish they would paint it,.When I scrapbook these photos, I often convert 
them to black and white because I can't stand the colour of that wall!)

5. One of the girls in my Sunday School class had a birthday earlier this month
and I wanted to share the card I made for her, using Reverse Confetti products
& some Papertrey Ink patterned paper.

Five for Friday Leigh Penner @reverseconfetti #reverseconfetti #cards

I started by stamping my sentiment (from Let's Chill) onto the patterned paper panel.
Then I diecut the popsicle die from Let's Chill Confetti Cuts from the patterned paper.
I also diecut six more of them from some white cardstock.
I matted the card on some sweet blush cardstock without the patterned paper popsicle.
In its space, I added the six white diecuts, one on top of the other. 
I adhered the patterned paper popsicle last.
I also added a stick (diecut from classic kraft cardstock) and 
stamped with the coordinating die from Let's Chill).

I love the dimension this gives to my card!

Five for Friday Leigh Penner @reverseconfetti #reverseconfetti #cards

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cas(e) this sketch #119

Today, I have a card to share that I made for
 CAS(E) This Sketch #119 designed by N@ Ali:

I decided to use some Reverse Confetti products to make my card.
Here it is:

CAS(E) This Sketch #119 Leigh Penner @reverseconfetti @leigh148 #reverseconfetti #sketches #cards

I started by stamping the flamingo from Fabulous Flamingo in hibiscus burst, raspberry fizz and 
delicate golden glitz.
I stamped the leaves from Love Blooms in aqua mist and limeade ice.
I stamped the banner using Beautiful Banners and then diecut it 
with the coordinating Beautiful Banners Confetti Cuts.
A little flower sequin from Pretty Pink Posh finishes it off.

CAS(E) This Sketch #119 Leigh Penner @reverseconfetti @leigh148 #reverseconfetti #sketches #cards

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 23nd to link up your card.



Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Happy Day

Today, I have a card to share that I made using the pretty
flowers and leaves from the Chickaniddy Crafts Date Night Clear Stamps.

Here's my card:

Leigh Penner Happy Day @chickaniddycrafts @leigh148 #chickaniddycrafts #cards

I started by trimming some white cardstock to 4x5.25" and 
stamping my flowers in sweet blush,and berry sorbet inks.
I stamped the flowers onto some post-it notes, trimmed them out with some scissors and 
used them as masks to stamp the coral flower and the leaves.

Leigh Penner Happy Day @chickaniddycrafts @leigh148 #chickaniddycrafts #cards

I stamped the leaves near the bottom of my panel as well. 
I diecut a piece of the 12x12 Itty Bitty Ballerina patterned paper & the 
Mini Sticker Tag with PTI's Get a Handle on It banner die and adhered them to my card. 
I stamped two flowers onto another piece of white cardstock and trimmed them 
out by hand before adding them to my card.

Leigh Penner Happy Day @chickaniddycrafts @leigh148 #chickaniddycrafts #cards

I adhered my card to a piece of the 12x12 Itty Bitty Ballerina patterned paper 
that I trimmed to 4.25x5.5."

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Muse Challenge #113

My super-talented friend, Michele, is this week's Muse,
so I thought I'd play along.
Here's her pretty card:

I thought the off-white, blue and black combo was so fun!

I started by looking for some blue striped patterned paper in my stash
and came across this fun piece of patterned paper from Prima
and decided to pair it with the coffee cup from Reverse Confetti's Be A Barista.

Muse Challenge #113  Leigh Penner @reverse confetti @leigh148 #reverseconfetti #cards

I diecut some rustic white cardstock using the largest scalloped circle
Using the smooshing technique with Blueberry Sky ink, I inked the diecut,
and then once it was dry, I stamped the cup from Be A Barista.

Muse Challenge #113  Leigh Penner @reverse confetti @leigh148 #reverseconfetti #cards

The hello was diecut from true black cardstock using Hello Confetti Cut.
I just love this die!


Thanks for looking!

Monday, April 13, 2015

On the Bazzill Basics & Chickaniddy Crafts Blogs today

Hey there!
Just popping in today to let you know that I have
this card up on the Bazzill Blog today.

Nice & bright, eh?
Click here to check out my step-by-step tutorial.

Oh, and before you go, I also have a card up on the Chickaniddy Crafts Blog today.
Here's a peek:

Click here to see which floral stamps I used on my card.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Fusion Card Challenge: Elegance

We've had such wonderful weather this weekend!
We invited some friends over yesterday and had our first wiener roast of the season.

However, this meant that I spent the majority of the day cleaning & getting our yard ready.
We also set up the trampoline & cleaned up the summerhouse!
So, I didn't have time to craft during the day, but I did start on a card for 
I finished it this morning while everyone was still asleep.

I was totally inspired by the flowers in the photo to make my card.

I diecut and stamped my PTI Brushed Blooms flowers.
For my jar, I decided to use some Bazzill Basics Blue Mylar.
At first, I thought I'd heat emboss the jar and sentiment in clear embossing powder,
but well, yeah, that didn't work so well.

So, I ended up stamping the jar (Lawn Fawn's Summertime Charm) and 
sentiment (from Wplus9's Fresh Cut Florals) onto my white cardstock background
and layering the mylar diecut over top. 
This worked well!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Five for Friday

1. We had a good Easter.
We went to my mom's on Saturday for supper.
On Sunday, Sage & I attended our church's sunrise service.

In the evening we went to see Furious 7.

(We'd tried to go on Friday and stood in line, only to have it sell out
right before we reached the counter!)
It was really good!
Jonah's already planning on going to see it again tomorrow with his friends.

2. I've decided that I need to give up sugar & deep-fried foods again.
I've gained weight over the winter and would like to lose it.
I gave up sugar and deep-fried foods in 2012 and didn't eat sugar for two & a half years.
Unfortunately, I started eating it again and I can't seem to do things in
moderation -- I'm just not wired that way.
I'm an "all or nothing kind of girl. ;)
So, in an effort to find some sort of accountability,
I thought I'd post my progress on my blog,
hoping it will help me stick to my plans....

3. I gave up sugar on Monday and had my first real temptation last night:
it was Jonah's Jazz Choir's Coffee House (i.e. concert & dessert night)

There are 18 kids in the choir that are going to Banff in two weeks.
Jonah is one of the six boys.
He sang a solo in one of the songs (I'll be There) and did a super job!
Oh, and Sage won a really nice hoodie as a door prize. :)

(Oh, and I brushed my teeth right before we left and didn't eat anything all evening -- yay me!)

4. We have the Festival of the Arts coming up in Morden in the next couple of weeks.
Sage & I are playing a duet on Sunday at the Sacred Evening (Be Thou My Vision.)
On Tuesday morning, Jonah will play two songs on the piano
and then we'll play a duet together (Maple Leaf Rag).
In the afternoon, Sage will play two songs.

The following week, Sage and Jonah will both participate in the Speech Arts
section of the Festival.
They'll each perform one English & one French poem.
Jonah is also doing a duet with a friend.

5. I have four cards to share today.

I was totally inspired by Laurie Willison's 
and found that using my MISTI to make my card made it super
quick and easy to make four cards with the same design.
I just changed up the colours on each one.

I used my PTI Feather's Finery large feather for the technique.
On this card, I inked it in (from top to bottom) tropical teal, Hawaiian shores & aqua mist.
The sentiment is from PTI's Think Big Favourites #3.
A few buttons and twine finish them off.

Here, I used Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry and Sweet Blush.

On this one, I inked the feather in Plum Pudding, Winter Wisteria & Lavender Moon.

And lastly, this one was inked in Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky & Spring Rain.

Thanks for looking!