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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Well, it's officially the "Holiday Season", my favorite time of year, and I'm truly looking forward to it this year!  We've been blessed with our family, health, and our fabulous home to enjoy the holidays with, and that is just what I plan to do.  I've been working really hard these past few weeks to get to a point of being able to "take in" the holidays this year, as last year was just a whirlwind and it seemed like I was just going through the motions.  Have y'all ever felt that way?  I'm determined to have more peace this year and I finally see light at the end of the tunnel!

Anyway, all that was what was on my mind as I was making this sweet little Christmas card using some of my most wonderful stamps and dies from VERVE.  I didn't follow a sketch or anything this time, but just enjoyed the process of freely stamping and creating.  I don't think I had ever used the little tree and present stamps from the HOLIDAY GREETINGS set, so that seemed like a good starting point.  Then I had this perfect piece of white scrap on my table for the sentiment from the CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR set (to me, worth having JUST for that sentiment!).  All that was left was to decide on papers, and I just started adding elements.  It needed one more touch, so the PENNANT TRIM was added from that die to really make the tree and words stand out. 

Ok, off to continue decorating our trees in an easygoing fashion!  We started 2 days ago, and I'm definitely ready to get all the Rubbermaid tubs full of decorations out and and gone from my living room....peacefully.

November Sale 

Stamps:  Holiday Greetings, Christmas in the Air (Verve)
Paper:  White, Red, Kraft (PTI), Brown (MME), The Story of Christmas (Echo Park), Green Gingham
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Pennant Trim (A Cut Above Dies by Verve), Presents Embossing Folder (Sizzix), Red and White Bakers Twine (Maya Road), Ribbon (Maya Road), Sequins, Clear Wink of Stella, Rhinestone, Hot Glue, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Reverse Confetti is Thankful for YOU!

Well, there just so happens to be a SALE going on at Reverse Confetti!  Be sure and check out all the details on the  
Enjoy your Thanksgiving Holidays!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Holiday Wishes

Well, I have a new card to share today.  It's new to most of y'all, but if you took my REVERSE CONFETTI 'Fetti Fans class at The Little Blue House last week, you now are the proud owner of one just like it!

The card focuses around the new TOPPED OFF TAG.

I layered the tag up and added the little square from the SHAKERS 'N FRAMES Confetti Cuts set to stamp my sentiment on from the SEASONAL SENTIMENTS set--it's perfect!  The three little stockings are some red cardstock that I stamped the dots onto from the WHOLE LOTTA DOTS stamp set, then cut them with the JOLLY HOLIDAY Confetti Cuts, and added a little piece of white to to the tops of them.

Now I'm off to enjoy this week a bit,
with the girls out of school for Thanksgiving break.  
I'll probably sneak in a little crafting here and there, when I make my samples for my next 'Fetti Fans Workshop for December (It's my Christmas tag workshop!).  
I hope y'all enjoy your week as well!

Monday, November 16, 2015

November Sketch For You to Try

Well, other than a bunch of bad luck here at Lilesland (broken car and my mom is really sick), I'm trying to keep my chin up, stay crafty and get into the holiday spirit!  So when I was deciding what direction to take this month's SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY from REVERSE CONFETTI, I chose to add to my Christmas card collection for this year.

Here's a look at the sketch and a little more about my card:

This sketch had me stumped at first, because I'm so used to there being a "main focal point" more or less.  However, the more I looked at it, I realized there's really several options for that focal point and I decided to capitalize on the two offset rectangles by cutting the TAG ME TOO Confetti Cuts die in half and using them for a fun backdrop for my MERRY & BRIGHT Christmas lights stamps that were also cut from the MERRY & BRIGHT Confetti Cuts.  Along with my usual layer-y style, I added a few embellishments including the red flag banner from the STITCHED FLAG TRIO Confetti Cuts.  The three triangles are actually the ice cream cones from the LOVE 'N ICE CREAM Confetti Cuts set.  I have to say, I really love how this turned out!  I might have to pull this little sketch out again sometime!

Y'all be sure and head on over to the Reverse Confetti Blog to see what the other gals have created for today, 
and all the details on how to play along for a chance to win a  
Reverse Confetti Gift Certificate!  

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Crazy for Christmas--Memory Keeping

Well, today is the last day of our Crazy for Christmas online event from REVERSE CONFETTI.  If you are just now hearing about it (I hope not!), I would totally encourage you to visit the last two day's posts for some gorgeous inspiration and fun holiday ideas for the holidays from several of our Confetti Crew members.  Today we are focusing on the "Memory Keeping" part of Christmas to round out our showcase!  At the end of this post, I'll have a link list that you can use to see all the designer's projects.

For my Christmas Memory Keeping project, I chose to make a cute little tag book that could easily become a gift after I add a few mini pictures!

My original "vision" for this project was to only use one size of tag and keep it super clean and simple.  However, when i started pulling out my Confetti Cuts tag dies, they all seemed to layer nicely and I knew they would be cool together using the graduated sizes.

So here's the tag Confetti Cuts dies I used for my "pages"--TAG ME (both sizes), SQUARE TAG, THANKS TAG, TAG ME TOO, and then the new GIFT CARD HOLDER TAG which I made two of so that the book would stand up.  I think there's only two other tags in the Reverse Confetti arsenal that I didn't use, but you totally could.

I started by cutting each tag shape from thin chipboard.  Then cut them again two times each from coordinating Christmas papers (I had just gotten the new Lori Whitlock "Story of Christmas" 6x6 pad and couldn't wait to cut into it!), and adhered them to each side of my chipboard tags. 

The next step was to decorate, so I just started cutting several embellishments from solid colored cardstocks and papers using various Confetti Cuts for those and several rectangle and square dies that come with several of the tag dies. 

These included the LAYERED SNOWFLAKE, WREATHS, LOVE NOTE (hearts), SHAKERS 'N FRAMES, WINTER WORDS, DOUBLE EDGE SCALLOP BORDER, HOLLY, CIRCLES 'N SCALLOPS, and BRANCH OUT Confetti Cuts.  You could easily use whatever you have, or pare down to just a couple and stick with a more consistent theme. 

After I got a feel for where I wanted everything to go (yes, fronts and backs of each tag are decorated), I stamped a few things with the new ALPHABETICAL stamp set, along with using the new WITH LOVE and the older TINSEL 'N TRIM (still one of my favorite Christmas sets!). 

I went a little crazy and "gilded" all the edges with some Tim Holtz gold paint dauber, and added the big flaky glitter and some of my red bling from Thailand as well for the finishing touches.  I put the tags all together with a binder ring, and added the beautiful ribbons and trims last.  I love the vintage-y feel to this little book--not something I get to do everyday, but I totally enjoyed making this (will be on display at The Little Blue House very soon!).




You're going to want to see what the other girls did today, 
so as promised, here's a link list to all your favorites on the Nice List:

Susan Liles (you are here)

Heather Pulvirenti

  Jean Manis

Amy Tsuruta

Amy Sheffer

Lisa Henke

Leigh Penner

Sarah Gough

Stacey Schafer

I'll be back soon with my November Sketch for You to Try card as well as a little look at my 12 Days of Ornaments project for The Little Blue House...more to come!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Crazy for Christmas--Gift Giving

Well, welcome to Day 2 of our Crazy for Christmas online showcase event from REVERSE CONFETTI!  It's the second day of our 3 day event showcasing some STUNNING holiday inspired projects.  Our second day's theme is "Gift Giving" and the Confetti Crew has gone above and beyond to inspire y'all to take your Reverse Confetti stamps and dies to the next level!  We have projects galore to share that will help you get your "crafting" cap on for the upcoming holidays.  At the end of this post, I'll have a link list that you can use to see all the designer's projects.

For the "Gift Giving" theme, I thought it would be fun to feature something cute and fairly quick to make that would be perfect to make for neighbor kids or mass-produce for a classroom full of kiddos as little gifties.

These cuties were made from several Confetti Cuts dies and very little stamping.  The SWEET TREAT TENT Confetti Cuts act as his body, and I used the largest scalloped die from the CIRCLES 'N SCALLOPS  Confetti Cuts for his head.

I found that the rectangle piece from the THANKS TAG Confetti Cuts set made a great top hat and I just added a strip of black paper for the brim.  Of course I HAD to embellish it with my favorite HOLLY Confetti Cuts! After that and his face was assembled, I added the candy and closed them up with some Scor-Tape.

A little strip of ribbon tied around his neck made a fun little scarf.  From that point, I could have left them plain, but I had a few kiddos in mind as I created these, so I decided to add a name tag to each one.  I simply cut some of those flag banners (again) from the TAG ME Confetti Cuts and added the small snowflake from the new LAYERED SNOWFLAKE Confetti Cuts set, and then stamped their names with the brand new ALPHABETICAL stamp set.  

So what do y'all think?  These were really fun to make and I can just see them done up as Santa, Reindeer or even a little Elf!


You're going to want to see what the other girls did today, 
so as promised, here's a link list to all your favorites on the Nice List:

Susan Liles (you are here)

Lisa Adessa 

Kay Miller 

  Jean Manis

Amy Tsuruta

Amy Kolling

Amy Sheffer

Laurie Schmidlin

Amy Rohl

Sarah Gough

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