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Monday, December 8, 2014

Pretty Packaging Blog Hop from Reverse Confetti


Well, it's the 8th of the month and REVERSE CONFETTI has got a brand new shiny BLOG HOP for y'all to get lots of inspiration from.  With Christmas just right around the corner, we know there are those little gifty things that just look so much cuter in some "pretty packaging".  So we've put our thinking caps on and the Confetti Crew and friends have come up with some unique ideas to make your gift giving craftiness come together in a snap! 

The hop started over on the REVERSE CONFETTI Blog HERE and y'all should have made it my blog via SARAH'S Blog HERE. It would be worth your while to start at the beginning of the hop, so you don’t miss a thing!

Our oldest daughter, Shelbie had so much fun doing some "light crafting" with me on Thanksgiving that I thought I'd put together a little something for her that she could do on her own to make as part of her very own "pretty packaging" this year.  I made her this cute and VERY SIMPLE tag kit, inspired by some that I had seen at Target.


This was so easy to make--I simply die cut all the pieces for her.  The tag is cut from the TAG ME Confetti Cuts in two different patterned papers.  The trees are from BRANCH OUT and the name banners are from the LOVE NOTE Confetti Cuts.  I then stamped the "to/from" sentiments from the LIGHTHEARTED LETTERS stamp set on each banner. 


The dividers inside my tin were a little tricky, but with a few measurements and folds of some cardstock, I soon had it cut down to where I needed it, and kept adding layers of folded cardstock to made the smaller compartments.   


I made this tag kit as a set of 8, but it can be made with more (or less), but I was sure to cut an extra of everything to create the tag for the top of my box as her example on how to put it together.  I'm sure she can come up with some glue, but underneath the tags in the largest compartment, I included some pop dots to pop up the tree!  Shelbie's going to love getting these on Tuesday when she comes over!




Ok, I hope you’ve enjoyed hopping with us today. Be sure and hop with us on the 8th of EVERY MONTH for more REVERSE CONFETTI inspiration! You've reached the end of the hop!  If you got lost along the way, you can find the hop order and list of all the participating designers over on the Reverse Confetti blog.
 
Want to win some REVERSE CONFETTI 
 of your very own?  
Just comment on each designer's blogs for your chance!  Comments will close on Wednesday at midnight CST and the winner will be announced over on the RC blog on Friday's "Week in Reverse" post.  Good luck!

SUSIE Q-TIP:  Tie your "sample" tag onto the front of the box with enough ribbon for the recipient to get some use from it as well.  They could easily use it instead of the included twine to tie through the tag's hole for a special gift.  Also, you don't NEED a tin to make this project happen.  Keep it super simple and just put all your pieces into a glassine or clear plastic bag/envelope and attach the handmade tag to the front. 

Stamps:  Lighthearted Letters (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White, Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate (PTI), Dark Kraft (Paper Studio), Candycane Lane (Teresa Collins)
Ink:  Tuxedo Memento Black
Accessories:  Tag Me, Branch Out, Love Note Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Metal Tin, Star Sequins, Ribbon, Red/White Divine Twine (TCP), Foam Boosters

Friday, December 5, 2014

December Verve Diva Inspiration Hop


Welcome to Verve's December Diva Inspirations Hop. It's the 5th of the month and that means it's time for the Divas to serve up some fresh inspiration with their Verve stamps! Leave some comment love along the hop spots for a chance to win a prize, then grab some stamps and play along with our December inspiration challenge for another chance to win!  The hop started over on Julee's blog HERE and you should have hopped all the way through from Sony's blog HERE.  I'm glad you made it!

This month's challenge is entitled O Christmas Tree:

 
Ribbons and sparkle and merry galore! Create a card inspired by the decorations of the season! 
I decided to use the last November VIVA LA VERVE sketch on my little project pieces again.  I used it on my previous Verve post HERE. 

I have a few friends coming over next week for a little Christmas get-together and gift/cookie exchange, so I thought I'd make them each a little something-something to take home with them.  These are scaled down "tag-sized" versions of the sketch.  Quite small at about 3 1/8 by 4 5/8" inches.  I will be punching a hole in the upper left of them and tying them onto packets of hot chocolate.  Yumm!  

As far as being inspired by the inspiration picture, I'm always drawn to snowflakes in my decorating, and having something cozy and warm to drink while putting up the decorations!  So I chose to use the HOLIDAY TREATS set to stamp the snowflakes and sentiments, but the coffee cups are from the older BETTER WITH YOU stamp set and I colored and cut the cups out by hand.  Luckily I caught a break and was able to use the FROSTY SNOWFLAKES DIE set to cut the snowflakes out with!

Well, y'all have reached the end of the hop for this month!  I'm so glad you joined us and if there's anyone you'd like to go back to, here is the master hop list, but before you go, Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we've got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!:
  
1. Julee6. Karen
2. Amy7. Sankari
3. Anya8. Sarah
4. Betty9. Sony
5. Jen10. Susan
  

SUSIE Q-TIP:  Don't forget that just because it says it's a "card" sketch, that doesn't mean you can't use it for a tag, or even a scrapbook layout.  

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Swan Song Blog Hop



Well, sadly as y'all have probably heard, the magazine, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking has closed its doors and will no longer be in publication.  This magazine has been a crafter's best friend and has built numerous friendships among fellow crafty peeps through its inspiration and friendly approach to its readers.  We've all gotten to "know" several of the crew on its editorial team, not to mention the great group of women who made up the "Go-To Gals" section of the magazine, some of whom I have met and still chatter with on a regular basis, and have worked with on various design teams.


A bunch of "friends" of the magazine have gotten together to create this AMAZING Blog Hop to pay tribute to the magazine, the editors and all the people who worked so hard to keep our issues coming.   The hop started over on JENNIFER MCGUIRE'S BLOG HERE, and you should have made it here from ASHLEY HARRIS' BLOG HERE. 


I've only gotten out to one Craft and Hobby Association Show (CHA) back in January 2012.  I had the privilege of meeting Susan Opel there when my bestie, Jen del Muro and I ran into her in the lobby of our hotel (sorry, Susan, but I can't find the pic--I'll send it to you when I do) and were able to have few laughs and chat while she waited for her (Chinese) food?  Or dinner guests?  I can't remember.  I just know it was fun seeing her and introducing ourselves in person after only knowing her through our magazine submissions.  Keep it orange and organized, Susan, we love you! Just be YOU!!!!


I also met Teri Anderson, who is not only uber-talented, but also so inspirational.  I see her in pictures on Facebook doing all these fun runs and stuff and I am totally in awe of her for doing them.  My goal sometime in my life is to be a runner and she truly inspires me to keep that dream alive.  I'm gonna do it someday, Teri!


Anyway, I could go on and on about all my peeps that I'm so sad to see out of a job with uncertain futures.  Everything happens for a reason and I am praying for y'all to have new and grand opportunities that just fall perfectly into place!  I hope this blog hop made your day a little brighter!


Before y'all run off to  I just wanted to share a little about my project.  Nope, it's not a card, but I love the sentiment on these little fabric squares I made quite a bit ago and thought they were totally appropriate because of their message--JUST BE YOU!  I used all REVERSE CONFETTI products from the ALL ABOUT YOU stamp set and the TAG ME Confetti Cuts dies.  They are pretty small, about 3x3" and are all stamped with StazOn Black Ink and hand cut and sewn together with my machine.  Super tedious, but oh-so worth the time they took to make!

Ok, your next stop on the hop is DARNELL KNAUSS!  ENJOY!! 


THANK YOU TO ALL THE STAFF AND EVERYONE WHO MADE 
PAPER CRAFTS & SCRAPBOOKING MAGAZINE POSSIBLE OVER THE YEARS.  
YOU ALL WILL TRULY BE MISSED!  
HUGS AND LOVE!


Monday, December 1, 2014

December Sketch For You To Try from Reverse Confetti

Well, our Christmas decorating is now in full swing here in Lilesland.  We have all four trees up and decorated, and just need to make a run to Hobby Lobby for some more chevron burlap garland and a tree skirt.  Now to just figure out where all my other decorations will go.  I'm in the same boat as usual.  No shelves or fun little niches to decorate, so I have no idea where things could go!  If y'all have any good ideas, let me know!

Anyway, I've got 99 problems, but December's SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY from REVERSE CONFETTI ain't one of them!  You'll definitely want to give this one a GO, so GO check it out and link your cards up on the REVERSE CONFETTI BLOG for your chance to win a $20 Reverse Confetti gift certificate and the title of 'Fetti Fave!

This month's sketch has an interesting design, with the 5 circles to play around with.


I went with a little more graphic feel than I normally get away with.  I used the LET IT SNOW small snowflakes and glued them on top of 4 of the 5 circles I cut from the CIRCLES 'N SCALLOPS Confetti Cuts.  The sentiment is from last year's Christmas set, TINSEL 'N TRIM Now for the fun part--Santa's hat is actually made from the witches' hat from the CAST A SPELL Confetti Cuts and the BRANCH OUT Confetti Cuts.  I just cut the brim off the hat and added the "snow" from the trees.  Of course, the white pom pom was a must!






SUSIE Q-TIP:  If you're not using a Xyron sticker maker or Ken's Stick It adhesive sheets on intricate dies, especially snowflakes, just add a dot of glue to the center of them, stick them down and place a rhinestone on top to hide any messy glue "overages".  As y'all can tell, I know what I'm talking about here.

Stamps:  Tinsel 'N Trim (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White (PTI), American Crafts
Ink:  Tuxedo Memento Black
Accessories:  Let it Snow, Circles 'N Scallops, Cast a Spell, Branch Out and Beautiful Banners Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Chevron Embossing Folder (Lifestyle), Adhesive Rhinestones, Stardust Stickles, Foam Boosters

Finished Size:  A2

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Coffee. Lots and Lots of Coffee.


Well, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving day.  We went to my sister's and enjoyed the day laughing, eating and trying to make the rolls stay in the bowl as we flipped it around like the loops in a roller coaster.  Needless to say, we weren't very good at it and the rolls went everywhere.  We have officially named them forevermore...Inertia Rolls and I'm sure trying to do the same thing will be a tradition from now on.  LOL!  Then Friday, we went to Eric's parents and had her amazing stuffing, crafted, and played an epic game of Monopoly.  Shelbie ended up winning for the first time in her life!

So Thursday night, we dragged all of our Christmas bins out from under the stairs and started putting up the Christmas trees.  They still aren't done.  Hopefully finishing up today, which is also Lindsie's birthday.  That brings me to my card.  With all the commotion going on, I thought this card fit me perfectly, and I'm going to needs lots and lots of coffee in the coming days.  I used the latest VIVA LA VERVE sketch (and I used it again on something else coming your way soon!) and it came together so fast!


The sentiment and coffee cup are from a semi-new set from VERVE called COFFEE. I am in love with the COFFEE WORD DIE and this was the first time I had ever used it! I can just see it in a cute home decor project for my kitchen!

Anyway, I'm off to take Lindsie to do a little birthday shopping.  The walls in her room are still bare and she wants to see about some decor at Home Goods in Southlake today.  THEN, I guess we can finish decorating these trees!  We have 4 to do.  It's the first year we've ever had more than one!  I knew I saved all those hand-me-down Christmas trees for a reason!  The only thing is, is that I don't have a bunch of hand-me-down ornaments--they are all going to be sparsely populated in the trinket department!

SUSIE Q-TIP:  Because the Coffee Word diecut is so fragile and intricate, I ran it through my Xyron X sticker maker thingy to add adhesive to the back of it in one easy step.  This would be the perfect thing to give Ken Oliver's Stick It stuff a good try.  It's on my list to Santa.

Stamps:  Coffee (Verve)
Paper:  White, Aqua Mist (PTI), Hot Fudge (MFT), Ruby Red (SU!), Dark Kraft (Paper Studio), DIY Christmas (Simple Stories)
Ink:  Tuxedo Memento Black
Accessories:  Coffee Word Die (Verve), Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Embossing Folder, Sewing Machine/Thread, Button, Hemp Twine, Cinnamon Stickles, Glue Dots, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

Monday, November 17, 2014

25 Days of Christmas Tags


Well, I'm happy to report that I'm joining the fabulous TRACEY MCNEELY in her fun little annual countdown to Christmas--25 Days of Christmas Tags!  This is the 4th year she's done it and has amassed quite the following AND quite the sponsors and participating design teams!

 
Top that off with fabulous prizes from some of your favorite manufacturers.
Details of how you can have a chance to win one of them is at the bottom of this post.

 

   

 
  
We're on Day 15, and a bunch of us from REVERSE CONFETTI are sharing our tags today. 


For my tag, I used the TAG ME, TOO Confetti Cuts as my base "tag" and decorated it with numerous other dies and the TINSEL 'N TRIM Christmas stamp set for my greeting.  The "candycane" frame is from the LABEL ME stamp set and I cut it out with the coordinating LABEL ME die.  It sits on top of some layered circles from the CIRCLES 'N SCALLOPS Confetti Cuts and I used the new LET IT SNOW snowflake dies and cut them from some glitter paper.  I love my star and sequin centers I made for them...that was a first!

As we move through the 25 days, you have a new opportunity to enter for the prize draw every single day! The main prize draw HERE has five opportunities for you to enter and all the other days from Day 2 on you have one opportunity a day to comment over on TRACEY'S blog HERE.  You also have an opportunity every day to visit the designers' blogs and comment on their blog posts for yet another chance.  There's a list of designers on the REVERSE CONFETTI BLOG HERE. As long as you enter on or before November 27th 11:59 pm EST and follow the entry guidelines.

SUSIE Q-TIP:  Star sequins.  'Nuff said.  Unless y'all want me to tell you that I got them at Michael's in the Christmas section.

Stamps:  Label Me, Tinsel 'N Trim (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White (PTI), Dark Kraft (Paper Studio), Home for Christmas (Pebbles), Silver POW Glitter Paper (AC)
Ink:  Red Hot (MFT), Tuxedo Memento Black
Accessories:  Tag Me Too, Label Me, Circles 'N Scallops, Let it Snow Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Seeing Spots Embossing Folder, Button, Twine, Ribbon, Star and Red Sequins, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  Approx. 3 x 4"

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Little Blue House 12 Days of Ornaments: Day One

Well, I'm thrilled (and just a little horrified as the newbie) to be kicking off this year's Twelve Days of Ornaments event for THE LITTLE BLUE HOUSE! Beginning today, we will feature a unique, hand-made ornament and a full tutorial so that you can easily re-create an ornament for yourself and others...and YOU will have a chance to WIN that day's featured ornament by simply leaving a comment over on the LBH blog. One lucky commenter will be randomly chosen each day!

Here's a little sneak peek pic.  Do you see the REVERSE CONFETTI goodness on there?  Head on over to the Little Blue House Blog HERE today for my tutorial and full pictures.  Follow us every day through November 27th for a new ornament and tutorial from all the designers and a few LBH friends! 

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