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Monday, September 1, 2014

September SFYTT from Reverse Confetti

Well, Happy Labor Day!  We are out of town in Austin, TX as we speak at a soccer tournament that Lindsie is in, and hopefully winning the championship right about now!  Keep y'all's fingers crossed for us!  Speaking of winning (and the fact that it's the first day of the month), REVERSE CONFETTI has a new Sketch For You To Try that's a real winner (and super easy to tackle). 

Here's a look at this month's sketch:

And here's a closer look at my card:

I went for an unusual color combo (maybe I'm ready for fall?), but I thought it was cute with the little oranges from the FRESH 'N FRUITY stamp set which I stamped in two different colors of orange for a little contrast.  I cut them with the FRESH 'N FRUITY Confetti Cuts die for that perfect little outline of white around them.  I stamped the sentiment on a circle and then another scallop circle, both cut from the CIRCLES 'N SCALLOPS Confetti Cuts die set, and did a little piercing around the green one along the embossed line from the die.  LOVE THAT! 

Ok, well I hope y'all get a chance to play along with the sketch!  Be sure and check the REVERSE CONFETTI Blog HERE to be inspired by the Confetti Crew and their creations and to get the scoop on how easy it is to get in on the SFYTT action!  Wish us luck in the championship!  Go ODYSSEY '01 girls!

SUSIE Q-TIP:  I hadn't done any paper piercing in a long time.  I still LOVE the way it looks and the little extra detail it gives.  Here's your friendly reminder to get a little piercing done.  LOL.

Stamps:  Fresh 'N Fruity (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White, Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores (PTI), Lime Twist (MME)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Pumpkin Pie, (SU!), Orange, Green (Avery Elle), Gumdrop Green (MFT)
Accessories:  Fresh 'N Fruity, Circles 'N Scallops Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Paper Piercer/Mat Pack, Adhesive Rhinestones, Chevron Embossing Folder, Ribbon, Button, Divine Twine, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

Sunday, August 31, 2014

All Things Grow With Love

Well, this post was supposed to make it to my blog a little sooner, but I had a few technical difficulties and I am now having to rewrite the post.  (Don't ask.)  So please forgive me for keeping it short and sweet! 

I had been inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest that was super simple and over the top pretty, and thought I'd see if I could capture the same feel of that card using some of my VERVE goodness! (Of course I forgot to pin it and it would take me YEARS to find it again, but it was a beautiful card with just one flower, a spray of leaves, and a flag banner made of ribbon.)  So because I love yellow, I thought stamping and cutting out the flowers from the GOOD FRIEND set would be a good start.  I then stamped the leaves from the BLOOM & GROW set and used my ELEGANT LEAVES die to cut them out (so much easier!).  I used the ROUNDED SCALLOP FRAME die for some extra focus for the sentiment, also from BLOOM & GROW.  It was a little tricky getting everything lined up just so, but I'm pretty happy with how this turned out.  And look!  Another single corner rounded on the card base!

SUSIE Q-TIP:  I don't always choose to make a clean and simple card, but when I do....LOL!  No really, when I do, it always seems a bit easier for some reason to balance all that white space with a little touch of black.  Try it. 

Stamps:  Good Friend, Bloom & Grow (Verve)
Paper:  White, Berry Sorbet, Black, Harvest Gold, Chartreuse (PTI), Lime Twist (MME)
Ink:  Tuxedo Memento Black
Accessories:  Elegant Leaves, Rounded Scallop Frame (A Cut Above Dies by Verve), Corner Rounder, Scallop Circle and Circle Punch, Button, Adhesive Rhinestones, Hemp Twine, Glue Dots, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Have a Happy Day!

Well, the girls are back in school as of yesterday.  I wasn't ready for our summer to be over!  We've been so busy with the house and doing all those things you do when you move (installing blinds, shopping, watering the new grass, shopping, unpacking, installing more blinds, paint touching up and shopping), that it seems like they got shortchanged on all the usual summer activities. 

Luckily, Lindsie has a soccer tournament going on this weekend in Austin.  We are leaving Friday and Eric will come and join us on Saturday, so I can't wait for a little "girls night" with them in our hotel all by ourselves--a last little summer fling! 

Anyway, I was sad to miss this month's Diva Inspiration Hop from VERVE, but I just couldn't swing it with having just moved!  I've been able to play a little bit in my new craft room, but it's all about to get turned upside down again tomorrow---ELFA INSTALLATION DAY!!!  Yes, that will be a happy day, so I thought this card was super appropriate to share today.  Above is a little before picture of what it looks like now, boxes and all.  My new (to me) farm table will get a fresh coat of dark gray paint and will be my main workspace.  I can't wait!  Don't worry, there will be after pictures, too. 

I started off my card by picking out some fun colors.  I just love pink and orange together.  I know this was probably a sketch that I found, but I can't for the life of me remember where it came from...pardon moi!  The main sentiment is from the BE BLESSED set--so nice and bold!  I framed it in pink with the ON OCCASION frame and die cut it with the OCCASION FRAME Die.  I added the flowers which I heat embossed in white from the SUNNY DAYS set, stamped the leaves and cut them out with the LEAFY SPRIGS Die.  This card came together so quick and easy.  I think I'll send it in to Audrie's teacher next week.

Ok, I better be on my way.  All those boxes in my new space (the rest is in the garage)?  They have to get moved out of the way, so the installers have room to work.  When I was at The Container Store the other day and saw how big the "butterfly" bolts are that they use to hold it all on the wall, I have to admit to throwing up in my mouth just a little at the thought of the giant holes they will be putting in my pretty, freshly painted walls.  I will definitely have to turn away as they drill those holes! 

SUSIE Q-TIP:  Every time I see a handmade card that one of my crafty friends' have made by embossing images in white, I really love how they look.  My favorite white embossing powder that I've found works awesome is the Recollections brand detail white from Michael's. 

Stamps:  Be Blessed, On Occasion, Sunny Days (Verve)
Paper:  White, Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Sweet Blush, Chartreuse (PTI), Twirly Girly (Chickaniddy Crafts)
Ink:  Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery (SU!), Versamark
Accessories:  Occasion Frame and Leafy Sprigs Dies (A Cut Above Dies by Verve), Chevron Embossing Folder (Lifestyle), Circle Punches, Corner Rounder, White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Shine Bright Sequin Mix (Verve), Orange Grosgrain Ribbon, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Reverse Confetti's August Color Challenge is Here

Well, today is the 16th of the month and that means it's time for another Color Challenge from REVERSE CONFETTI

This time, the colors to use are:  Navy, Red and Gold--fun and super easy!

Of course the shades of all those colors are open for interpretation and since I'm not completely unpacked in my craft room, I was further challenged to use the limited supplies I had at the ready without digging through 845,263,289 boxes to find other colors of cardstock to use. 

I decided to go for the obvious choice for this time of year and make a "back to school" card, perfect for the color challenge!  I used the CLASS ACT stamp set and CLASS ACT Confetti Cuts to start with.  I cut the front side of my card base with the OFFICE EDGES die set to make the fun little tab and then used it again to create the gold notebook edged panel.  The tab at the top was reverse masked so that I could stamp the alphabet background and keep it "inside" the frame of the tab.  After the front was complete, I added the navy polkadot strip from the WHOLE LOTTA DOTS set.  (It's SO my favorite!)

SUSIE Q-TIP:  Change up your card style and make a fancy cut out edge from the front panel.  It can have a little tab, or just cut it straight.  It's kind of fun working with a smaller "canvas" for the main card front.  I give it an A+.

Stamps:  Class Act, Whole Lotta Dots, Crushin' (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White, New Leaf (PTI), Summer Sun (SU!), Dots & Stripes (Echo Park)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Red Hot (MFT), Navy (Heidi Swapp)
Accessories:  Class Act, Office Edges Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Button, Blueberry Divine Twine (TCP), Gold Sequins, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Candles 'n Confetti Birthday Blog Hop

Well, we are FINALLY in our new home and are still in awe of the fact that "we live here?"!  After only being here a little over a week, I'm maintaining a slow and steady pace unpacking, as life still goes on around us.  I've finally set up a temporary workspace in my craft room until I can truly get that room situated, and I got to play in there a bit yesterday.  I am so thrilled to say that my first card made in my new home is for my very best friend in the whole wide world, Jen del Muro, and today is her birthday!  What's more, a few of the Reverse Confetti Crew and 'Fetti Friends and I are thrilled at the chance to surprise Jen with a celebratory blog hop in her honor and share birthday inspiration using REVERSE CONFETTI!  Happy Birthday, Jen del Muro!  I love you, bestie!  Hope you like your SURPRISE!!

The Candles 'n Confetti Birthday Hop started over at Stacey's blog HERE and you should've made your way here by way of Tracey's blog HERE. If not, make sure you start at the beginning of the hop so you don't miss a thing!

For my card, I used OLIVER OWL and colored him up with my Copics.  Then I layered and layered using the August Sketch For You To Try (there's still a few days to participate, y'all!).  Oliver sits atop a background made with the scallop rectangle from the LOVE NOTE and the DIAGONAL STRIPE PRETTY PANEL Confetti Cuts dies.  I used a few more dies which are pictured below.

To help celebrate this special day, Jen is serving up a sweet deal with a REVERSE CONFETTI One-Day SALE! Shop at Reverse Confetti TODAY and SAVE 20% off your entire order!  Just use this shopping code:  JENSBDAY20

Here's our Birthday Blog Hop Order:

Last, but certainly not least...stop by and visit the birthday girl!

Here's the icing on the cake:  REVERSE CONFETTI will be sponsoring the PRETTY PINK POSH Cutting Edge Blog Hop later this month, too! We would love to see you show off your favorite Reverse Confetti Cuts and join in the fun!  All the info on that hop and how y'all can play along can be found HERE.

Now, it's time to hop over to Lisa's blog HERE for more Candles 'n Confetti!

Thanks for joining us today for this fun birthday hop! 

SUSIE Q-TIP:  When you want to add just a hint of color with your Copics to an area of your stamped image, try using a very light color and just draw inside the line image with that color.  Then take a blender pen and blend it out until that color fades into the white center of the area.  That's what I did on his little collar on my card using a very pale mint green and his eyes pop more with a hint of icy blue around the edges.

Stamps:  Oliver Owl Quirky Cuties (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White, Sweet Blush, Raspberry Fizz (PTI), Dark Kraft (Paper Studio), Sew Lovely (Carta Bella)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Love Note, Diagonal Stripe Pretty Panel, Double Edge Scallop Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Seeing Spots Embossing Folder, Copic Markers, Button, Twine, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Quirky Cuties Blog Hop (with a prize) from Reverse Confetti

Well, it's been a little bit since I posted the last time.  We've been crazy busy gearing up to get into our new home.  There have been some big hoops to jump through, and a huge roller coaster ride of emotional ups and downs wondering if closing on this house would ever come to fruition.  Well, yesterday we got the news we've been waiting 10 months for--that we will finally get to close on our home.  We are hoping to hear a definite date for closing today, but our best guess is that it will be late next week, and we are moving in with my sister tomorrow.  Keep y'all's fingers crossed for us!

As for today's post, it's a little something different from the Confetti Crew and a few of our "coloring" friends.  Instead of a Confetti Camera this week, we are having a QUIRKY CUTIES Blog Hop from REVERSE CONFETTI (read below about the prize)!  Everyone on the hop has chosen a stamp set from our fun Quirky Cuties line (all line art images of sweet little animals that are super fun to color), and has made a card or project using them. 

The hop started over on the REVERSE CONFETTI Blog HERE, and if you're just joining us, you'll want to head that way to get the most from the hop (I'm the end).  

For my card, I got a little sentimental (as I was packing away all my crafty stuff), and went with BEBE BUNNY.  She was the second Quirky Cutie and I remember Jen and I going over and over her during the design process, deciding on tweaks here and there, until she was just right, with the cutest dress, purse and shoes with the sweetest little "head tilt"--yes I'm a little partial to her. 

I colored her up with my Copic markers and gave her some glasses (see?  She even looks a little like me!).  I cut several circles from the new CIRCLES 'N SCALLOPS Confetti Cuts to serve as a great backdrop for her once I got her all cut out.  I added the pink scallop border using the DOUBLE EDGE SCALLOP Confetti Cuts and popped that piece up at a fun angle.

Ok, so here's the FUN part--the PRIZE INFO!  We actually are teaming up with STUDIO 3 SOLUTIONS, and have 2 prizes to give away!   TWO random commenters will win:  A Studio 3 Solutions Color Cubbie + 3 Quirky Cuties (winner’s choice).  Comments will close this Sunday at 5 pm CST and the winner will be announced on the Reverse Confetti blog on Monday the 28th.

Well, with me, you've reached the end of the hop, but we are all still here if you want to go back and take a second look at anyone's project.  Jen has the hop lineup posted over on the Reverse Confetti Blog HERE.  Have a great day, and I'll see y'all again after we get settled into our new house.  I'll be unpacking the 875,657,483 boxes in my craft room just as fast as I can!

SUSIE Q-TIP:  I wasn't going to make the navy blue panel crooked, but when I started to glue it down, it looked cute that way, so I kept it.  That's called going with the artistic flow.  Don't let it come between you and your project--if it looks better some way you didn't originally intend, don't fight the feeling.  Just do it. 

Stamps:  BeBe Bunny Quirky Cuties (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White, Aqua Mist, Raspberry Fizz (PTI), Dark Kraft (Paper Studio), Sew Lovely (Carta Bella)
Ink:  Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories:  Circles 'n Scallops, Double Edge Scallop Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Circle Punch, Copic Markers, Glossy Accents (Ranger), Button, Divine Twine, Adhesive Rhinestones, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Reverse Confetti July Color Challenge

Well, I had a great time teaching and sharing REVERSE CONFETTI yesterday at The Little Blue House in Keller!  And today, I get to share some more Reverse Confetti love with all of y'all!

It's the 16th of the month and that means it's time for a new COLOR CHALLENGE from REVERSE CONFETTI

Take a look at the gorgeous aqua, coral and lime green color palette Jen came up with for us for this month...I think it looks so summery!

I thought these colors fit in well with using the CELEBRATE CAKE stamp set.  I had a "cupcake banner" in mind when I started this card, but it quickly turned into adding that bold gold heart from the LOVE NOTE Confetti Cuts instead of a center cuppie!  The birthday sentiment is from the ALL ABOUT YOU Keywords set and I added the new CIRCLES 'N SCALLOPS for the "you".  Everything is set upon the newest big tag Confetti Cuts, TAG ME TOO which I stamped using the stripes from SO STRIPEY in gold.

Check out the July Color Challenge post over on the Reverse Confetti blog HERE for all the details on how EASY it is to play along and WIN a $20 gift certificate to Reverse Confetti!!

SUSIE Q-TIP:  A tag always makes a great backdrop for the focal point on a card.  Just sayin'.  Just make a cute tag, create a simple background for the base of the card, and use pop dots to add the tag and complete your card.

Stamps:  Celebrate Cake, All About You, So Stripey (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White, Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet (PTI), Gold Mirror, Chevron (Paper Studio)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Berry Sorbet (PTI), Green Galore (SU!), Gold Delicata (Tsukineko)
Accessories:  Love Note, Tag Me Too, Circles 'N Scallops, Doin' the Wave Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Gold Enamel Dots, Ribbon, Divine Twine, Foam Boosters 
Finished Size:  A2

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