Monday, April 5, 2021

Have a Purrfect Birthday! + Giveaway + New Coupon Codes

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April showers bring May flowers, right? Right on cue this weekend, it rained cats and dogs (I wish). 

Since we are predicted to have a drought this year, (my favorite) even though I hate rain, I'm okay with it. Our poor mostly dead plants need it after that insane winter storm, so a good soak never hurts.

I found an incredible vegan chocolate for Easter - it's called Sjaak's. I don't even remember how I found it, but I bought it and saved it for yesterday and it far, far exceeded my expectations. Most of the vegan chocolate I've had is pretty underwhelming, but these people hit a home run for sure.

My handmade journal class started this weekend and it was AMAZING. SO much fun. You can join any time - it's an ongoing class you can take whenever you'd like. You might be seeing the ones that people made this weekend pop up on Instagram and Facebook. I told everyone, they're very addicting to make, and sure enough - they can't stop! So join us for this fun and easy class any time

I decided to let the thunderstorms inspire me today, so I'm bringing you cats, dogs and a little rain! 

I basically did the same technique on both cards - ink blending Distress inks in Wilted Violet and Spiced Marmalade - but I did one on the inside of the images and one on the outside. 

This adorable kitty combo comes with masking stencils - so the kitty on the right - the openings mask off the shirt and hat, letting me ink blend the kitty in Squeezed Marmalade and Wilted Violet, and then a different part of the stencil masks off the kitty, so I could ink blend the shirt, presents, balloons etc. in Twisted Citron and Mustard Seed. SO CUTE. Nice one layer birthday cards!

The doggie combo also has a stencil like that, but for that card I used the dies to cut some masking paper and put that on a blank card front - it's easier to stamp after this step instead of stamping and then trying to line up the mask. Then I ink blended around all the masked and splattered it with water for the rain effect. I removed the masks and stamped the images. Super quick & easy - if you wanted to make a few month's worth of birthday cards, I think these sets make it easy. It's really fun if you're not a marker artist, which I certainly am not!



They also have a fantastic giant smile word die and sentiment set that I've used for a small stack of all occasion cards. 


Birthday Puppies Combo
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Birthday Kitties Combo
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Oversized Smile Stamp Set
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Last Chance – 25% off with code...
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2021-04
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Understand Blue Card Making Bundle #3...
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If you want to see some sale items, she has a section where everything is 25% off until it sells out - a little budget friendly shopping to be had there.

Nina is giving away three $25 shopping sprees today - so be sure and see her blog for details on how you can enter that giveaway.

Is it raining where you are? Are you glad or mad? I love seeing new little things poking out of the ground - and our tomatoes are off to a good start. Nice to get back to that after a year off.

Loveyameanitbye. Oh - and I've added some new coupon codes below. 

CURRENT COUPON CODES
15% off anything at Marker Universe or any of their other sites - Understandblue15.
10% off at Sweet Sentiment with code UNDERSTANDBLUE
10% off the whole store at A Colorful Life Designs - LydiaFan10
5% off at LBC here with code LYDIA5
10% off at Sweet Sentiment with code UNDERSTANDBLUE
Phone stand for filming link below in the banner - 20% off sitewide with code UNDERSTANDBLUE

54 comments:

  1. Hi Stranger :) - Super fun colorful cards!

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  2. Your cards always make me "SMILE", Lydia! Where can I find that Sjaak's? ;)

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  3. Those cards are cute as can be!
    Lori S in PA

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  4. Adorable cards!! Love those colors! I love how they created stencils for you to individual the critters!!

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  5. Those kitty colors are crazy cool. <3 I am having alot of fun with this release.

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  6. I love the "party" colors. Cute cards, thanks for sharing.

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  7. What fun cards with these adorable kitties and pups! Fun color combos!

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  8. Fun colors. I like the different cat poses, especially the "flying" cat. That dog with the cupcake and lit candle on the back is quite cute as well.

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  9. Love the watercolour purple and orange background!

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  10. your backgrounds for these critters are so fun!

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  11. Love your cards and fun use of color.

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  12. Such cute , colorful cards!
    Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  13. Cute cards! Love the way you used the masks!

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  14. Such fun cards! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Those are adorable, love the colors you used.

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  16. Your cards are so sweet. Love these critters.

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  17. Love these masked creations. Two approached and two fabulously different results! Love the inked background the most!

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  18. Such cute cards with critters! This is a fun new release.

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  19. I always love seeing your cards Lydia and these are so vibrant and fun! I knew you would have a fabulous background with yours!!

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  20. Cute rainbow kitties. Love them!

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  21. Never thought about making the kitties rainbow colored, clever use of the stencils.

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  22. Such cute cards! I love how easy it was to ink blend with the masks yet it looks like a lot of effort went into each card.

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  23. I absolutely love the "wild" colors of the cards. Those colors really pop!

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  24. Fun and colourful cards, love them.

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  25. I love the colors you chose!! Fabulous!!

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  26. Beautiful cards!! Love the color choices. Thanks for sharing ❤️

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  27. Great color choices for the cards! Definitely grabs my attention! So cute!

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  28. Beautiful cards, love to see it both ways 😍

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  29. Fantastic cards! Thanks for sharing...

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  30. Clever ink blending the kitties. Adorable projects!

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  31. Really cute cards Lydia. Love the colours you chose❤️

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  32. Very cute doggie cards and love the choice of colours.

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  33. Always a sucker for animals.
    These are fun. Great cards.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. So adorable!! I love the colours and the ink blended kitties.

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  35. Your cards are so fun! I love the colors!

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  36. What super fun cards!! Love the wonderful colours you've chosen!! Thanks so much for the great inspiration! Stay safe! :)

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  37. These are really fun! The masks make it perfect against the cool backgrounds. Really fun release, I'm thinking these card turned out amazing being fueled by chocolate! You may just have to try it a few more times to be sure you love it! Tee hee.

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  38. Love the bright colors and cute cards.

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  39. Love the colors you used. Thank you for sharing!

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  40. Beautiful cards, thank you for sharing!

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  41. I like your colorful and creative cat and dog cards.

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