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Monday, March 23, 2015

LBH Bunny Hop Blog Hop

Well, welcome to our first Media Team blog hop for THE LITTLE BLUE HOUSE!  Today we are sharing tips and tutorials featuring Easter projects we've made. 

The hop started over on The Little Blue House Blog HERE, so if you're just joining me, be sure and hop back to the beginning so you don't miss anything!  I'm sharing a super quick card I made using some of my favorite Reverse Confetti products.  I made the Easter egg 3-D and here's how I did it:

I started by cutting three eggs from the More Than Jellybeans Confetti Cuts dies out of the super cute paper, Hello Sunshine by Doodlebug Designs

Then I held them all together and simply folded them in half long-ways. 

I also diecut a heart for the middle and folded it in half, too, and added it to my "stack".

I used a small hole punch to then punch 2 holes about a quarter inch apart right in the fold line through all 4 thicknesses. 

Then I simply tied a little bit of twine through it and made a bow in the front. 

Next I just fanned up the layers, creating a 3 dimensional effect.  These are so cute and could be used in a variety of ways.  Don't y'all think they'd be so cute on some spring or Easter scrapbook pages?  Or how about some sweet tags to hang off your kiddo's Easter baskets?  Awwww......

Adding it to my card was a snap and I finished it off with some sweet spring Fancy Frills Stickers also from Doodlebug and a banner made with another cute paper from the Hello Sunshine Collection.  I have always loved their stuff--such happiness!

Ok it's time to hop on over to Vicki Chrisman's blog and see what kind of fabulousness she's come up with! 

BUT WAIT, before you go, be sure and leave a comment on each of the designer's blog for your chance to win an Easter basket full of fantastic spring and Easter crafty goodness!  If you've missed anyone along the way, here's the full link list of designers.

Stamps:  More Than Jellybeans, Carton Cuties (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White, Aqua, Pink, Hello Sunshine (Doodlebug Designs)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories:  Fancy Frills Stickers (Doodlebug Designs), More Than Jellybeans and Double Banner Garland Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Spring Fling Quick Card Panel (Reverse Confetti), Twine, Foam Boosters
Finished Size: A2

Saturday, March 21, 2015

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Well, Tuesday was my latest 'Fetti Fans REVERSE CONFETTI class up at The Little Blue House in Keller.  We had a fun time as usual and made 3 cards (one's not pictured here, so I'll have to share it at a later date) and the cute little mason jar lid, like Jen had made for the release (upon her and Tracy's urging, I did it as a class project! LOL!). 

The "bee" card was a remake of one I had also done for the release, but this little chickie one was a new one I designed just for class!

It was fun creating this "scene" using the new THE TWEET LIFE stamps and THE TWEET LIFE Confetti Cuts from REVERSE CONFETTI.  The sun and cloud is from the new Confetti Cuts, SUN 'N CLOUDS which is fast becoming a new favorite of mine. I think everyone should have some of them in your craft stash!  They make great little embellishments!

Ok, if you're out and about today, stop by The Little Blue House, come say hello, and sign up for April's 'Fetti Fans class on the 21st. No guarantees on what my hair will look like.  I need a haircut in the worst way.  Or call me at the store so you don't have to look at my hair at all--817-431-7930. 

SUSIE Q-TIP:  When stamping a repeated row of words or sentiments, start in the middle of your cardstock piece and work your way out to the left and right.  It will look more symmetrical once placed on your card or project.

Stamps:  The Tweet Life (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Bazzill, Anything Goes (Echo Park)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Turquoise (Avery Elle)
Accessories:  The Tweet Life, Circles 'n Scallops, Sun 'n Clouds, Love Note and Tagged Tote Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Copic Markers, Yellow Satin Ribbon, Brown Furry Twine, Seeing Spots Embossing Folder, Sequin, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Reverse Confetti March Release Blog Hop

Well, we hope you've enjoyed all of the new REVERSE CONFETTI sneak peeks we've had over the last few days.  Just to recap, there are 5 new stamp sets and 8 new Confetti Cuts dies/sets available NOW, so there’s plenty to choose from to jump start your spring and summer crafting!  Today we are sharing some last bits of inspiration with y'all, so put on some of your favorite music, sit back and join us for our new release blog hop

The hop started over on the Reverse Confetti blog, 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 inspiration for you to see using all the new Reverse Confetti stamp sets and dies!

I just couldn't resist making another fun card using the new bee set, THE BUZZ.  I wanted to try it out using some colors other than in pinks and turquoise (LOL!), so I chose the darker blue and browns and just highlighted my card with the yellow bee and fun flower I made with the CIRCLES 'N SCALLOPS Confetti Cuts.  Again, I stamped and colored my bee and then cut it with new coordinating THE BUZZ Confetti Cuts.  If y'all are local, this card is very similar to one we will be making in my 'Fetti Fans workshop at The Little Blue House on March 17th!  I would love to see you in my class!  For now, here's a closer look at the new stamps and dies I used today.  
PSSST....The entire new release is available now right HERE!

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.

A few things before you hop along though, just to keep you “in the know”…
March'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! 
SUSIE Q-TIP:  Sometimes when I stamp in black and am not pleased with the coverage of a solid area, I use my black Copic or black fine-tip pen to "perfect" those areas that are not so perfect.  Sure wish there was a pen like that for my body.

Stamps:  The Buzz, Whole Lotta Dots (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White, Enchanted Evening, Dark Chocolate, Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet, Chartreuse (PTI), Happy Day (Pebbles)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Gumdrop Green (MFT)
Accessories:  The Buzz, Circles 'n Scallops, Fresh 'n Fruity, Big Chevron Pretty Panel, Love Note, Tag Me Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Corner Rounder, Copic Markers, Adhesive Rhinestones, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Countdown to Confetti: Shine Bright and The Buzz

Well, we are on day three (the last day) of our sneak peek foray from REVERSE CONFETTI, and today will be no different in sharing a couple more stamp sets to love and some new Confetti Cuts Dies.

Let's get right to it!  Today we are revealing two new stamp sets that have coordinating Confetti Cuts dies to go with them--SHINE BRIGHT and THE BUZZ,  and in case y'all needed to take another look at those new SPRING FLING QUICK CARD PANELS, I've got y'all covered!

My first card uses the SHINE BRIGHT stamp set for the sentiment.  It's a fun set totally centered around the sun (get it?).  It's got several "sunny" words and phrases that can be mixed and matched to lend a hand at making some great spring and summer cards and projects.  And don't we all need a little sunshine right about now?  The clouds and sun are cut from the coordinating SHINE BRIGHT Confetti Cuts, and the border in gold at the bottom was made using the smaller side of the DOUBLE EDGE WONKY SCALLOPS Confetti Cuts die.  Layered underneath everything is that cool ombre SPRING FLING QUICK CARD PANEL.  I love those things!

Ok, my next card just happens to also say "Hello Sunshine" (don't know how that happened!), but it's another SPRING FLING QUICK CARD PANEL making the statement this time.  However, the stamped star of the show is THE BUZZ, another awesome set perfect for spring and summer.  I love that this one came about while Jen and I were brainstorming in our hotel room in San Marcos at CKC last September! 

The bees were easily cut (after I stamped and colored them--much faster!) from the coordinating THE BUZZ Confetti Cuts.  I "repeat" stamped the "just be you" sentiment onto the turquoise flag panel to make my own patterned paper to use as the backdrop for the bees.  The last main thing I added was the pink solid cut from the new BANNER GARLAND DUO.  I can't put that thing down!  BZZZZZZZZ!!!  Here's a look at the new stuff I used today:

Just so y'all know...everything will be available on the 8th--that's tomorrow!  We'll wrap up with a blog hop that day as well that y'all won't want to miss.  YAY!  Meanwhile, don't forget that Jen has a link list for all the sneak peek days (March 5-7) over on the REVERSE CONFETTI blog HERE. 

Want to win some REVERSE CONFETTI of your very own?  

Leave a comment on each of the designer's blogs for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate.  Comments will close at noon CST on March 7th and the winner will be announced at 5pm on March 7th on the Reverse Confetti Blog and our Facebook page.  In addition to having a chance to win just by leaving a comment on the sneak peek posts, we are also running a Facebook promotion for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate. After you are done checking out the sneak peeks, head on over to OUR FACEBOOK PAGE and look for the promotional graphic.
SUSIE Q-TIP:  So after using the same one since I started heavily papercrafting almost every day (for like literally 10 years), I finally got a new 12-inch trimmer.  I loved loved loved my old one (a larger blue and orange Fiskars model) to the point of I had finally worn off a lot of the measurements and markings.  There was also this long black cutting bar that wore out  after so many cuts, but could be replaced.  It got harder and harder to find the replacement bar and when I found them, I would buy multiples.  The day finally came when I could not longer find the replacements and I had worn out my last "backup" bar.  I even called Fiskars for their help, but to no avail.  They no longer make them.  It was a sad day in Susanville when I finally replaced that old trimmer for the new one.  Which also didn't have a scoring blade.  I'm a cardmaker.  I need to score!  ;)  I was teaching a class at The Little Blue House recently, and one of my girls there showed me what she used---a stylus with her regular paper trimmer!  I even had one from my tole painting days.  OMG, it was life-changing!  I highly recommend.  And also, love your paper trimmer, someday it won't be available anymore.  

Dual-tip Embossing Stylus

Friday, March 6, 2015

Countdown to Confetti: Folded Tag Sentiments and Confetti Cuts

Well, today is the second day of sneak peeks from REVERSE CONFETTI.  We have some inspiring projects to show off today!

Today, the Confetti Crew is sharing what we've made with the new FOLDED TAG SENTIMENTS which has a coordinating FOLDED TAG Confetti Cuts die set.  It's a sweet tag that can be folded and decorated inside and out and then used so many ways.

I decided to make this fun little tag set using coordinating papers and supplies to add to my stash and have on hand  for quick gift packaging.  The sentiments are the perfect size for the tag and can be stamped and cut from the FOLDED TAG SENTIMENT stamps and Confetti Cuts.  The little flag on the side is from the DOCUMENTED Confetti Cuts from the last release and adds a fun touch.

The tag is cut and has a perforated fold line along with a rounded slot to tuck the bottom into and can be easily opened to read a note inside.  I die cut a blank rectangle for my note to fill in later.  These would make some dear little lunchbox notes too, don't y'all think!?  Or Valentine's for next year!  Here's a look at the new products I used today:

We have lots more sneak peeks to share over the next 2 days.  Then, everything will be available on the 8th.  Don't forget that Jen has a link list going daily (March 5-8) for all the sneak peeks over on the REVERSE CONFETTI blog HERE.

Want to win some REVERSE CONFETTI of your very own?  

Leave a comment on each of the designer's blogs for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate.  Comments will close at noon CST on March 7th and the winner will be announced at 5pm on March 7th on the Reverse Confetti Blog and our Facebook page.  In addition to having a chance to win just by leaving a comment on the sneak peek posts, we are also running a Facebook promotion for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate. After you are done checking out the sneak peeks, head on over to OUR FACEBOOK PAGE and look for the promotional graphic.

SUSIE Q-TIP:  I think I've said this before, but don't forget about that stash of tulle y'all have (or should have!).  It can be used in place of ribbon on tags or along with it.

Stamps:  Folded Tag Sentiments (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White, Aqua Mist (PTI), Kraft in Color, Hello Sunshine (Doodlebug Design)
Ink:  Fizz, Lemon Grass (Avery Elle)
Accessories:  Folded Tag and Documented Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Adhesive Rhinestones, Tulle, Silver Twine, Foam Boosters

Thursday, March 5, 2015

March Verve Diva Inspiration Hop

PSST...I have TWO posts today!  Click HERE for my Sneak Peek for Reverse Confetti.

Well, it's the 5th of the month and time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop! There are two ways to win Verve prizes: comment on the design team's blog hop posts (linked below) to see their take on the inspiration, then go get inky and link up your take on the challenge to be eligible in our prize drawings!

The hop started over on Julee's blog HERE and you should have hopped all the way through to SARAH's Blog and then here.  I'm glad you made it!  

 Our March challenge is B is for Birthday...
Don't be caught short (like me) - make a fabulous birthday card to keep in your stash or give away! Use the inspiration graphic as a starting point, or head off in your own direction - just show us your birthday creations!
Well, I had good intentions of following along with the inspiration picture and I certainly needed birthday cards, but when it came right down to it, I was more inspired to make some tags, as I am always needing them even more to attach to gifts when the girls go to parties and a thank you tag for another friend of mine.  

So what started off as all the soft pretty colors from the picture for my tags, as I was making them, they morphed into these bold vibrant colors that I thought went better with the heavy inking on the tags themselves.   

I used some of my favorite Verve-a-licious stamp sets and dies.  The flowers and sentiments are from the MAKING A STATEMENT stamp set and I cut the flowers out using the LOOPY BLOOMS dies.  The leaves are the LEAFY SPRIGS dies (I LOVE THESE!) and the heart behind all that is from the JOTTED HEART die that I use so often!  Also, that gorgeous seam binding ribbon is found right HERE in the embellishment section of the website in all those beautiful colors!

It's time to keep going on the hop, so head on over to see what MARISA did for your inspirational enjoyment.  She's a fabulous artist, and does amazing things with VERVE!

Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Thursday, Mar. 19.
Prize: $40 gift voucher to the Verve online store!
Need a little inspiration? 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. Julee 7. Sankari
2. Amy 8. Sarah
3. Anya 9. Susan
4. Betty 10. Marisa
5. Jen 11. Maureen
6. Karen 12. Stacey

SUSIE Q=TIP:  As y'all can see, I didn't add "ties" to my tags, just in case I wanted to use them on cards.  I can always attach a string if necessary.  But, because I hot glue my bows and buttons, I needed to have a backing on the hole at the top of my tag for the glue to adhere to.  I simply used a small circle punch and glued it on the back to cover the hole, giving my hot glue a soft place to land.   

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