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Friday, August 11, 2017

August Sketch for You to Try and a SALE from Reverse Confetti

Well, today it's my turn to share my latest card for the AUGUST SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY from REVERSE CONFETTI.

And GOOD NEWS!!!!!!  
It's Jen's annual birthday sale!!!!

Back to my project...It's a great sketch and my card came together pretty quick, especially since I stuck to an easy color combo (so yes, sketch+easy color combo=stress-free cardmaking!).
I already had the BANNER IN BLOOM flowers colored with Prismacolor Pencils and cut from the BANNER IN BLOOM Confetti Cuts sitting on my desk as a reject from a previous project.  They were just off white, so since I needed them to be pink, I just gave them a quick makeover and colored right over the off white.

I took the sketch pretty literally, other than making my circle panel just an open frame using the CIRCLES 'N SCALLOPS Confetti Cuts.  I used some FLAMINGO cardstock for the horizontal strip and added the sentiment from the new SENTIMENT ESSENTIALS and then cut it out with the SENTIMENT ESSENTIAL Confetti Cuts (my newest favorite stamp and die set!).  Once I added the large black dots, I felt like the flower area needed a bit more "weight" to it and that's when I pulled the flowers back off and created the black flag banner to balance out my card.  I'm hoping I won't need to give this card to anyone, but it's always good to have a couple on hand! 

Here's a look at what I used today. 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! It would sure be sweet if you played along!  LOL!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

August Blog Hop from Reverse Confetti

Well, it's the 8th of the month and that means it's time for a little inspiration with our monthly blog hop from REVERSE CONFETTI!  There's no release this month, but you'll LOVE what's coming in September!  For this blog hop, each person on the Confetti Crew has picked out a fun color combo, showing off our fabulous cardstock and inks from Reverse Confetti.

The hop started over on the REVERSE CONFETTI BLOG and then moves on over AMY KOLLING'S BLOG (did y'all see that we met up at 6 Flags while she was here in Texas?...hello, FUN!!!), and you should have made it here from LAURIE'S BLOG. It would be worth your while to start at the beginning of the hop, so you don’t miss a thing. We have tons of projects for you to see focusing on all the colors that Reverse Confetti offers.

The color combo I came up with is FLAMINGO, ICED AQUA, ROYAL PURPLE, and SAND.  No reason, I just thought they looked cute together as I was going through my cardstock trying to decide what direction to take.  It just so happens that these colors are perfect to use with the FOODIE FUN stamps and FOODIE FUN Confetti Cuts for the "jelly sandwich" look!  The purple layer is actually a piece of GRAPE SODA Cardstock that I inked in ROYAL PURPLE through the HEART STENCIL.  I just love doing that--it almost looks airbrushed!  My sentiment is cut from the IN THE BAG Confetti Cuts and stamped with the SIMPLY SENTIMENTS set.  

Normally, I'm the last person on the hop every month, but this time, one of our very special guests is following me up to close us out...
I think you're going to like her--
Our newest 'Fetti Friend---THERESE CALVIRD

A few things before you hop along though, just to keep you “in the know”… 

August's SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY is open for you to play along.  Click HERE for a chance to win and become our newest ‘Fetti Fave! 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

You're a Class Act

Well, I can't believe August is already here!  We've had a busy (and hot) summer, especially this week.  Being the newly elected Choir Booster Club President for Lindsie's high school, there are already so many things taking place.  This week was the show choir's boot camp week where they learn their new choreography for their show.  The booster moms and I coordinated and provided/picked up food for their lunches every day for these kiddos and directors, about 65 of them!  It was hard work, but so fun and worth helping out.  If you have a kid in choir, you already KNOW they are the best kids and so appreciative of everything you do for them!

Anyway, I had a little time in between doing all that to create this fun "back-to-school" card, since that's literally all I've had on my mind this week (I'm working on a "back-to-school" scrapbook layout for The Little Blue House, too!). 

I started with making all my pieces:  ABC COVER PANEL Confetti Cuts for the base, then the LOVE NOTE Confetti Cut scallop rectangle, topped with the cute apple, notebook paper and sentiment stamped from the CLASS ACT set and all cut with the CLASS ACT Confetti Cuts.  I thought the card needed a little something else, so I pulled out my HELLO AND THANKS Confetti Cut, and my WORM WISHES stamp set.  After stamping the worm, I colored him a little more with some green Prismacolor pencils for a little more depth. 

I wish I could give this card to every single one of the moms that helped me this week with the planning, shopping, picking up, decision-making, unloading and loading my car a thousand times, serving, cleaning up and general support all this week.  Class acts.  All of them


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Plum Perfect Mini Bags

Well, hi everyone!  Hot enough for ya?  It sure is here (North Texas)--our heat index this week has been topping out at around 105-107 degrees.  That's just too hot to do anything!  No Six Flags, no pool.  We just stay in and come up with other things to do.  Yesterday's theme was cooking and baking.  We made spaghetti squash pizza casserole for dinner and a zuchini banana dark chocolate chip bread that was AMAZING!  Lindsie and I took turns being each other's sous chef.  I'm so glad she's like me and enjoys cooking. 

So while all that was baking, I threw a couple of sweet little treat bags together using some fun stuff from REVERSE CONFETTI.  The quick little bag was just made from a couple of pieces of cardstock and patterned paper and some score lines.  I'll have a bit more info and the measurements below.

After I figured out the concept of the bags themselves, with a little help from Pinterest, I wanted to decorate them with the cute jam jars from the IN A JAM stamp set and cut from the IN A JAM Confetti Cuts.  I used some of our new ink colors for the "labels"--Wine and WisteriaSidenote about the Wine ink color--If you are a Texas Aggie fan, this is the PERFECT color!

More about the bag itself:  It's not a die, but just a pattern I found for a simple rectangle that is 4.5 x 6.5 and scored the long side at 2.75 and 3.75;  the short side at 1 and 3.5.  That's how I did the white one, but I wanted to make one with our FRIGHT NIGHT 6x6 paper pad.  So that's where the green one is cut from.  I obviously had to adjust the rectangle size to 4.5 x 6 and scored at 2.5 and 3.5 on the long side and again at 1 and 3.5 inches on the short side.  You then have to snip the short score lines in the middle of the long side so that the bag will fold.  I held them together with Scor-tape.  The green one is just a tad shorter  than the white one since I started with a smaller rectangle, but it's still pretty cute!  I added the HANG UPS, TOO Confetti Cuts with a brad through them as a cute way to "close" the bag and then tied some RC twine around each one.  To open them all you have to do is undo the brad--there's no glue on the hang ups.  These would make cute little back to school treats to give out to teachers, or even as a hanging embellishment on a gift bag!

Quick measurements:
White bag--4.5 x 6.5 rectangle, scored at 2.75 and 3.75 on long side & 1 and  3.5 inches on short side.
Green bag--4.5 x 6 rectangle, scored at 2.5 and 3.5 on long side & 1 and 3.5 inches on short side. 


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