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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Diving Into the Beach Party Mini Kit from Echo Park

Well, I have a little layout I did for THE LITTLE BLUE HOUSE using Echo Park's BEACH PARTY Mini Kit.  I posted a little tutorial over on the LBH Blog as well on how I made one of the embellishments on this page.  

Head on over to The Little Blue House Blog HERE and see more!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

July Sketch for You to Try from Reverse Confetti

Well, we are well into July and by now y'all know there's a new SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY from REVERSE CONFETTI.  Surely y'all have already made a card using the newest sketch and submitted it for the "Fetti Fave" title and a $20 gift certificate to Reverse Confetti.  What?  You haven't?  Find all the info on how to play to win HERE

If you haven't entered yet, or if you're planning on entering again, let me show y'all what I created using the July Sketch for You to Try:

I followed the sketch pretty much to a "T" without going too abstract and straying too far from it.  It's my favorite way to go.  Why reinvent the wheel, KWIM? 

I used a sentiment from the new MY WORLD stamp set and mixed it perfectly with a die cut plane from the older HERE WE GO Confetti Cuts.  The green flag piece is from the STITCHED FLAG TRIO Confetti Cuts and I couldn't resist layering those banners from the LEAPING LIONS and the DOUBLE BANNER GARLAND Confetti Cuts dies.  All of this is layered on top of the fun chevron WEATHER OR DOT? (AND STRIPES) QUICK CARD PANEL, which made a great "jumping off" point for my color scheme on this card.  Another reason to LOVE those things! 

Ok, that's all from me today.  Yesterday was a doozie, so I'm taking it easy by the pool today with Jen and the kiddos.  Hope y'all find time to create today!


SUSIE Q-TIP:  I first had little white circles behind the three rhinestones along the left side.  I soon realized I needed some red to balance out my card in that area.  I pulled off the rhinestones and just punched 3 red circles and glued them right on top of the white ones so I wouldn't have to tear up my card and possibly start all over.  Just looks like a new layer and I meant to do that from the side.  Strategic mistakes.  

Stamps:  My World (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White, Enchanted Evening, Orange Zest (PTI), Red Hot, Sour Apple (MFT), Weather or Dot? (and Stripes) Quick Card Panel (Reverse Confetti)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black 
Accessories:  Here We Go, Stitched Flag Trio, Leaping Lions, Double Banner Garland Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Circle Punches, Silver Brad, Adhesive Rhinestones, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

Friday, July 10, 2015

July Verve Diva Inspiration Hop

Well, it's 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! You have the rest of the month to link up, so feel free to play as often as you like. Here's the details, please play along!

Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Friday, July 31.
Prize: $30 gift voucher to the Verve online store!
So let's get to it---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 July challenge is Sensational Stripes!

Stripes go with everything! Make them nautical, or pair with florals for a graphic look. Use stripes however you're inspired! Use the inspiration graphic or head off in your own direction, just show us your stripes!

I love using stripes!  I decided to mix mine up a bit and add a few colors (and patterns) other than the ones in the inspiration photo to make a punchy birthday card that I think could be used for a boy or a girl.  I used the ROUNDED RECTANGLE and ROUNDED SCALLOP FRAME DIES for my sentiment layers and stamped the BIRTHDAY TO YOU PLAIN JANE onto the white rectangle---it fit perfectly!  I embellished it with stars from the STARRY die and balloons from the BIRTHDAY BASH stamp set which I colored with Copic Markers.
OK, it's time to keep going on the hop, so head on over to see what MAUREEN did for your inspirational enjoyment!  I'm sure she's got something beautiful to share as always!
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. Julee8. Susan
2. Amy9. Maureen
3. Betty10. Marisa
4. Jen11. Stacey
5. Karen12. Laurie
6. Sankari13. Amber
7. Sarah 

SUSIE Q-TIP:  When gluing down sequins or rhinestones (or any tiny embellishment like that), place them on your project where they are to go.  Then, rather than putting glue onto the sequin (and dropping it or fumbling with it, getting said glue all over your fingers), simply scoot the sequin away, put a dot of glue where it WAS on your project, and then place the sequin into the glue (tweezers are helpful).  As I say in my classes, the less glue you get on your fingers, the better things will stick to your card.  Think about it.

Stamps:  Birthday Bash, Birthday to You (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  White, Spring Rain, Orange Zest, Black (PTI), Starz (Bella Blvd.), Orange Stripe (Recollections from Michaels), Make a Wish Girl (EP)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories:  Rounded Rectangle, Rounded Scallop Frame, Starry Dies (A Cut Above Dies by Verve), Star Punch, Copic Markers, Sequins, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Release Blog Hop from Reverse Confetti

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 6 new Confetti Cuts dies/sets available NOW, so there’s plenty to choose from to have a fresh take on your 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 saved my card using the new POSTED NOTE SENTIMENTS and POSTED NOTE Confetti Cuts to share for the blog hop.  It's actually also doubling as one of my first samples for my new 'Fetti Fans Workshop at The Little Blue House on the 21st.  I think this stamp and die set is so darn clever!  The POSTED NOTE SENTIMENTS set are perfect to add to the little "clip" on the POSTED NOTE Confetti Cuts little "wood stand".  The textured piece on the stand is also ran through my Big Shot with the new WOODGRAIN Confetti Cuts to give it that embossed wood look.  I think I want one of these in real life.  Then I could clip my cards to it!


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. Everything we've shown over the last few days, is now available in the REVERSE CONFETTI website.

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

July'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!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Countdown to Confetti: My World

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 another new stamp set to love and a coordinating Confetti Cuts die set.

This last stamp set the Confetti Crew is debuting is called MY WORLD, and there's a super cute Confetti Cuts die set that coordinates perfectly called simply GLOBE. 

I decided to do something a little bit different and made a pocket card to hold a tag.  The GLOBE Confetti Cuts makes a great focal point for the outside of the pocket, while the tag carries the sentiment from the MY WORLD stamp set.  I can totally tell I'm going to have lots of fun with this GLOBE die and sentiment set!  They are so on trend!

SUSIE Q-TIP:  It was discovered by another Confetti Crew member that the large circle from the DONUT YOU KNOW set fits perfectly with the globe stand, so that if you wanted to make a solid circle globe there instead of the cutout heart piece, it works great!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Countdown to Confetti: You are a Star and Posted Note

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 YOU ARE A STAR which has a coordinating YOU ARE A STAR Confetti Cuts die set. Some of us are also debuting the new POSTED NOTE SENTIMENTS and POSTED NOTE Confetti Cuts as well.  (I'll be showing my sample on Wednesday's blog hop.)

I am in LOVE with this new YOU ARE A STAR set, and the first thing I KNEW I wanted to do with it and the YOU ARE A STAR Confetti Cuts was make a scrapbook layout with pictures we took from our Pensacola Beach trip a couple of years ago.  Well, one picture made it to the layout at least!

I think the stars resemble starfish, hence the nautical approach.  I found this sketch on Pinterest and followed it pretty closely, but used the stamped and cut stars in a long cluster rather than as a banner below the pic. Some of the stars are simply cut from gold paper and not stamped at all.  The anchor is cut from my Silhouette.  Anyway, I'm sure I'll be grabbing this set for many occasions and putting it to good use!  Here's a closer look at the stamps and Confetti Cuts:

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 JULY 7th and the winner will be announced at 5pm on JULY 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:  The sticker letters (Thickers by American Crafts) were too brown for my layout, so I covered them with orange stickles and it worked great.  Always try and think of ways to change what you have rather than think you need to make a run to Michaels.  Or wait, what?  You don't have a stash?  Ok, go to Michaels.

Stamps:  You are a Star, Right Here Right Now (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White, Orange Zest (PTI), Tan, Turquoise, White (AC), Patterned Papers, Clear Cuts Gold Confetti (Bella Blvd.), Gold (Chickaniddy)
Ink:  Orange, Mermaid, Kraft, Sea Glass (Avery Elle)
Accessories:  You are a Star Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Sewing Machine/Thread, Silhouette, Washi Tape, Orange Stickles, Seam Binding Ribbon (TCP), Linen Thread (Fun Stamper's Journey), Thickers, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  12x12

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Countdown to Confetti: Later Alligator and Weather It Together

Well, today starts the COUNTDOWN to our new JULY release from REVERSE CONFETTI!  This month, we are debuting 5 new stamp sets and 6 new Confetti Cuts and another original set of Quick Card Panels.  We can bet that they will all be your new favorites, so get your wishlist ready!

First up on the Sneak Peek stage are two new sets that have coordinating Confetti Cuts dies--LATER ALLIGATOR and WEATHER IT TOGETHER.  

I made this card using the new LATER ALLIGATOR stamp set and Confetti Cuts that I colored with my Copic Markers.  I'm always reminded how much I still love to color when I have a new "image" stamp to work with!  I've layered my alligator and older GEOMETRIC Confetti Cuts atop one of the new WEATHER OR DOT QUICK CARD PANELS.  I love those little alligators!!!

Next up is a sweet "thinking of you" type card that features the WEATHER IT TOGETHER stamp set and coordinating WEATHER IT TOGETHER Confetti Cuts.  

I also layered several things on this card over a new WEATHER OR DOT QUICK CARD PANEL. The sun, cloud and sentiment are part of the stamp set, which by the way has several elements that can coordinate with the LATER ALLIGATOR and other stamp sets already in the REVERSE CONFETTI store.  

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 (JULY 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 JULY 7th and the winner will be announced at 5pm on JULY 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:   When I stamped the sun, I didn't have an orange pigment ink that would play nice with my Copic markers, so I went ahead and stamped it with a regular Stampin' Up orange ink and just didn't let my Copic ink touch the stamped part.  You can see a white space in between the colored edge and the stamped image.

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