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Friday, October 31, 2014

Trick or Treat from Reverse Confetti

Well, after my last post, I thought I'd jump back to the day at hand and show y'all a little Halloween tag I made that would be super quick to put together if y'all are still needing to dress up a little package for some sweet 'treaters. 

I did this quite some time ago using a bunch of REVERSE CONFETTI products, but saved it just for today!  Check it out...

I used our TAG ME, TOO Confetti Cuts die to start out with for a nice tag. shape.  I love this one because it's not too small.  You can actually put a bit of stuff on the front and it's still cute and not overloaded.  I cut the larger circle from the CIRCLES 'N SCALLOPS set and then used last year's Halloween stamps--SPOOKY CUTIES AND SPOOKY SENTIMENTS for the cat and greetings.  I cut the cat out and added some glossy accents to him, and cut a strip of the stamped "happy Halloween" to go across the bottom of my tag.  The bat is actually a glittery foam sticker from Hobby Lobby (I had to share because I get asked about them every time I use one..LOL!) that I just added a rhinestone to. 

Ok, well I'm off to procure a bunch of candy, what's your favorite kind?  Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

SUSIE Q-TIP:  Tying twine in double is really easy.  Just double the length, folding it in half, and tie as if it were a single length.  Makes your life easy and you don't have to tie two bows separately.  Maybe this isn't such a new concept to some of y'all, but you'd be surprised as to how many in my classes didn't realize this.  Pass it on.

Stamps:  Spooky Cuties, Spooky Sentiments (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Black (Bazzill), Old Olive (SU!), Various DP
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Tag Me Too, Scallops 'n Circles Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Ribbon, Twine, Glossy Accents, Bat Sticker, Adhesive Rhinestone, Foam Boosters

Viva La Verve--An Early Christmas Card

Well, Happy Halloween!  I can't wait to get out with the girls to trick or treat and see all the other little spooks in their costumes.  Audrie is going as a girly Captain America and Lindsie is going to be a girlie Ironman.  Which reminds me, I still need to pick up some gold eye makeup for her!  Anyway, on with why we're really here...

I was able to play along in the newest challenge (starts today, actually!) for VIVA LA VERVE!  The sketch is a super simple one, and now that we have Halloween "almost" out of the way, I'm sure a bunch of y'all are ready to start in on making all of your awesome Christmas cards.

So I used the sketch and came up with this really simple and very duplicatable Christmas card.  I started it off by stamping the wreath from the VERVE set, O CHRISTMAS TREE onto a light kraft cardstock in brown ink.  I was thinking I'd go over the pine needles in green, but I kind of liked it in the brown tones alone, so I left it and only colored the flowers and bow with Prismacolor pencils.  I stamped the greeting from the BRIGHT SPIRITS stamp set, and then highlighted the wreath with gold Stickles, and added the gold twine and sequins.  Easy Peasy and very pretty! 

SUSIE Q-TIP:  Take it from me, you want to put your Stickles on LAST and then don't touch your card again until after it dries.  Never try to add twine at the last minute near wet Stickles.  You tend to get it all over your hands and card.  If your lucky (like me), you only smear what came off onto your fingers on the back of said card.  Don't ask me how I know this.  I don't want to talk about it.

Stamps:  O Christmas Tree, Bright Spirits (Verve)
Paper:  White (PTI), Kraft, Red (MFT), Candy Cane Lane (Teresa Collins)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip (SU!), Tuxedo Memento Black
Accessories:  X-acto Knife, Gold Twine, Gold Stickles, Gold Sequins, Prismacolor Pencils, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Happy Fall

Well, the weather had heated back up here in North Texas, and for a while I thought it had forgotten about fall.  Until today.  I think it's coming back!  We have a cold front coming through and it's going to drop our temps to where they should be this time of year.  I can't wait, and just in time for Halloween!  So with fall on my mind, I created a little something using my TOP DOG dies and a few stamps from Reverse Confetti.

Top Dog Dies
I had been inspired by this creation I found on Pinterest and decided to make a sweet little foldable book/card thingy.  It's going to go on top of a glass curio cabinet that I've filled with all things fall and Halloween. 

I just had to get out the new FALL FOLIAGE DIES again and play some more with them.  They are my favorite leaf/acorn dies I've ever used!  Y'all need them.  Just sayin'.

I paired the leaf theme with the Forever Fall stamp set from Reverse Confetti. I used the "mat" part of the sweet SCALLOPED FRAME AND MAT DIE SET from Top Dog as a couple of the backdrops for my focal points on a few of the "pages". 

I cut them to be able to fit different angles and aspects of the die cut onto my small "canvas". 

It has been such a pleasure being a Guest Designer for Top Dog Dies!  I loved doing it and sharing my take on some of their products.  If y'all get a chance, put in a good word for me with them--I'd love to do it again!

SUSIE Q-TIP:  So as not to use too much liquid glue and chance that I might warp my fun little project, I used my ATG gun to adhere the main pieces together to make the base of my card/book thingy.  The leaves and the rest of the pieces were glued on with my old standby...Scotch Quick Dry.  LOVE that stuff!

Stamps:  Forever Fall (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Dark Kraft (The Paper Studio), 24/7 (Simple Stories), Dots and Stripes (Echo Park), Aqua Mist (PTI), Lime Twist (MME)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip (SU!), Aqua, Orange (Avery Elle), Red, Green (MFT)
Accessories:  Fall Foliage, Scalloped Frame and Mat Dies (Top Dog), Corner Chomper, Copic Marker, Foam Boosters, ATG Gun, Hot Glue, Clear Buttons, Hemp Twine
Finished Size:  4 1/2 x 13 3/4"

Monday, October 27, 2014

Let's Party

Well, we partied pretty hard this past weekend.  Along with a large house comes larger parties, I guess.  Saturday night, we celebrated Audrie's 11th birthday with a sleepover consisting of 9 little screaming 10-11 year-olds.  I barely survived.  Then once they all left yesterday, it was time to "reset" for the next party, a Pampered Chef party hosted by my oldest daughter, Shelbie, but at our house.  It was fun, especially getting to meet her boyfriend's mom for the first time!  Don't get me wrong, I love to entertain, but who's big idea was it to host two large parties in the same weekend?  Oh, yeah, that would be me.

Needless to say, Audrie had a blast and it wouldn't have ever been possible to have such a fun and long list of guests had it not been for getting this house.  They played and played, ran all over and I'm glad that this party will be one of the first fun memories she has in our new house.  So this card was made with the party and sweet little Audrie in mind using several of my VERVE stamps. 

I don't know why, but when I make a card with cupcakes on it, I can't hold back from using pinks and browns.  It just seems like a natural choice, so this time I didn't "fight the feeling" and just went with that tried and true color scheme.  The cupcake image is from the newer SMALL PACKAGES stamp set which I stamped in brown and colored with my Prismacolor pencils, while the "Happy Birthday" sentiment is from Verve's classic BIG WISH set.  If you want several different birthday greetings, that's the one to get!  I stamped it onto the SCROLL banner and cut it with the matching SCROLL die.  Since I used the latest VIVA LA VERVE sketch, it called for a heart or embellishment to peek out on the side.  I went with the textured looking heart from the MORE THAN LOVE stamp set, yes a Valentine's set!

SUSIE Q-TIP:  Using Prismacolor pencils isn't always about blending them out with odorless mineral spirits (OMS).  I swear that sometimes even though it's odorless, it still can give me a headache.  So since I have just gotten over a migraine, I didn't want to chance it.  I simply blended my colors with the Prismacolor "colorless" blender pencil.  Worked like a dream!  Party on.

Stamps:  Small Packages, Big Wish, Die Sidekicks, More Than Love (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  White, Kraft, Dark Chocolate (PTI), Cotton Candy (MFT), Dark Kraft (The Paper Studio), Sweet Notes by Allison Kreft (Webster's Pages)
Ink:  Tuxedo Memento Black, Chocolate Chip (SU!)
Accessories:  Scroll Die (A Cut Above Dies by Verve), Circle and Pinked Circle Nestabilities, Circle Punch, Seeing Spots Embossing Folder, Stardust Stickles, White Tulle, Buttons, Cotton Candy Divine Twine (TCP), Prismacolor Pencils, Glue Dots, Hot Glue, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Verve--Just Go For It!

Well, I recently placed a HUGE order for some new stamps and dies from VERVE (I'll be using them very soon), but before it all came in, I had an urge to create this card with the SURELY GOODNESS set from Verve, because I LOVE that sentiment!  It reminds me of the Titanic movie during the sinking scene with the little musical group playing their instruments and trying to keep a peaceful atmosphere.  Even through chaos (and believe me, there's been a ton of it around here), we can be at peace with the way things are.

I chose some colors that are not always my "go-to" palette (other than the kraft!), but I think they work well together, as I tried to challenge myself a little bit and get out of my comfort zone. LOL!   The flowers are heat embossed in white and also came from the SURELY GOODNESS set and were cut using the GOODNESS FLOWERS dies.  I stamped the smaller ones repeatedly on the kraft banner as well and the word "peace" onto the SWEET SCALLOP TAG peeking from behind all that goodness.

SPRIGHTLY SPRIGS and the FLAG IT die set are used to add a little embellishing to the sentiment piece and flowers.  Oh and the PINK SPARKLE sequins are new to my VERVE stash and made excellent layered flower centers! 

SUSIE Q-TIP:  At first, I was going to use the opposite side of the patterned bird paper that was mostly green to tie into the leaves of the flowers.  I was about to glue it down, when I turned it over to "just see" about the other side.  Even though it wasn't a perfect color match, I really loved how it looked once everything else was in place and ready to be put together.  Just go for it and try the other side.

Stamps:  Surely Goodness (Verve)
Paper:  White, Scarlet Jewel, Autumn Rose, Simply Chartreuse (PTI), Dark Kraft (Paper Studio), Sweet Notes by Allison Kreft (Websters Pages)
Ink:  Tuxedo Memento Black, Close to Cocoa (SU!), Versamark, Mocha Powder Puff Chalk Ink
Accessories:  Goodness Flowers, Sweet Scallop Tag, Sprightly Sprigs, Flag It (A Cut Above Dies by Verve), Truly Madly Deeply Seam Binding Ribbon (Verve), Pink Sparkle Sequins (Verve), Circles 'n Scallops Die (Reverse Confetti), Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top Dog Fall Foliage

Well, I'm back today with a simple card design (simple for me anyway--I'm usually a more is more girl!) using another new die set from TOP DOG DIES!

Top Dog Dies
I am still completely beside myself that I was asked to be a Guest Designer at TOP DOG, and when I received this particular die set in the mail, I was truly giddy!  I love fall and a leaf/acorn die set was definitely a hole in my stash just waiting to be filled!

I made this card using one of their newest die sets, FALL FOLIAGE.  I had another project in mind when I started cutting several of these leaves (maybe I'll do it for a later post), and then when I started messing with them, this 3D sort of leaf took shape instead!  I had cut 5 of them out, and with the little detail scoring for the veins from the die itself, it was super easy to simply fold them down the center and glue them at each fold. 

Once they were nice and dry, I "trained" them to fan out for the dimension.  The oak leaf is also from the FALL FOLIAGE set (as is an acorn), and I just cut one out and added it to my little cluster.  Then I stamped a sweet sentiment from REVERSE CONFETTI using one of the newest stamp sets. This is the first card in a long long long time that I've made without using a single pop dot!

SUSIE Q-TIP:  I love those trendy enamel dots.  They are adhesive little plastic shiny domes that are a sweet touch to a card or project.  Often, they are placed "randomly" in a threesome to carry the eye toward or away from the focal point of your card.  I wanted my leaves to remain front and center this time, so I just stuck one on top of my hemp twine tied button fro color and shine.  Just another way to use them.

Stamps:  Give Thanks (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White, Dark Chocolate, Ocean Tides (PTI), Sweater Weather (Simple Stories), Gold Mirror Cardstock (Bazzill), Light Kraft (MFT)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukieneko)
Accessories:  Fall Foliage Die Set (Top Dog Dies), Heart and Scallop Punch, Button, Hemp Twine, Herringbone Embossing Folder (Lifestyle), Enamel Dots (Teresa Collins), Glue Dots
Finished Size:  A2

Monday, October 13, 2014

Guess Who's Guest Designing for Top Dog Dies!

Well, looks like I've had a little secret for a couple of weeks.  I was asked to be a guest designer for TOP DOG DIES!  I'm super excited about this and I got a fun package of their own brand of dies to play with that are all recently released and available now on their site. 
Top Dog Dies
While I'm usually not a "cat person", I do love them but just can't have them because I'm extremely allergic.  Thankfully, I was able to get in a little kitty time while working with the new COOL CATS die set.  I didn't get stuffy, and my eyes didn't even swell shut!  LOL!  This is a cat I can live with.

So I started my card using another new die set from TOP DOG, the SCALLOPED FRAME & MAT set, and popped it up on my card base that I had layered a piece of floral paper onto to show through the cut out part of the frame.  Then I stamped a sweet sentiment and heart from REVERSE CONFETTI using some of the newest stamp sets.  I die cut my cat and a few of her accessories (included in the die set) and layered them with my circles in a cluster in the corner of the frame.  Such a sweet card that would be perfect for anyone really, whether a cat lover or not!  Next, I'd like to see what kind of black cat spookiness I can come up with for Halloween using these dies.

Anyway, I'll be back soon with a couple more projects using my new TOP DOG DIES stash...stay tuned!

SUSIE Q-TIP:   I bet y'all didn't know I'm a cheater-crafter.  When I use ribbon across the front of my card or a panel, I simply cut a strip long enough to fold over the edges and use Scotch tape to secure it on the back.  Then I do a "cheater" bow from a separate piece of ribbon and tie it to the one going across.  See?  Cheater.

Stamps:  Roundabout, Roundabout Additions (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White, Aqua Mist, Raspberry Fizz, Smokey Shadow (PTI), Splendid Sunshine (Echo Park)
Ink:  Navy (Heidi Swapp), Summer Sun (SU!)
Accessories:  Scalloped Frame & Mat, Cool Cats (Top Dog Dies), Circle Punch, Sweet Blush Grosgrain Ribbon (PTI), Gray Enamel Dots, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

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