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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Happy Graduation!


Well, the entire state of Texas is soggy.  However, even with as much rain as we've had here in the Fort Worth area with flash floods and damaging winds, we are nowhere near as bad off as the poor people in Wimberley, Houston and portions of Central Texas.  Lakes all around us are overfull, and they have started evacuating people in order to open floodgates, knowing in advance that they would be in danger when this takes place.  It's just so sad, so y'all keep praying for everyone affected!

Since we've had so much "indoor time", I've been super busy behind the scenes working on some fun projects for The Little Blue House that I'll get to share with y'all a little later.  So for now, I have another card that was part of my May 'Fetti Fans class.


I knew I wanted to make a graduation card somehow using the TASSEL Confetti Cuts die from REVERSE CONFETTI.  So I found this fun fold idea online and thought it would be cute to have the square on the front be an entire "mortarboard".  The tassel (totally worth the hassle) was cut using 4 layers each of black and yellow tissue paper (cut all at once with the die--like buttah!) and I simply tied it at the top with the twine and glued it to the center of the hat.  I had to hold the card for the picture because it doesn't lay flat, it kind of wants to pop open even though my folds are really smoothed out.  Once the card is open, it reveals the little sentiment that I stamped using the stars in Delicata Gold and both phrases from the WINNING stamp set.  Looks difficult to make all those score lines and angled cuts, but once you "saw" how it was going to work, it was fairly simple! GO CENTRAL CHARGERS, and HAPPY GRADUATION to all the seniors we know!

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SUSIE Q-TIP:  So I haven't made many mistakes in a while...(hahaha!!), but with this card, I did.  I forgot that my ATG gun adhesive is not invisible when used to adhere vellum.  So the DOUBLE EDGE SCALLOP BORDER Confetti Cuts die had to make an appearance and got used on the inside to cover the ugly.  That's all I have to say about that.  I don't want to talk about it.

Stamps:  Winning (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Black, Crimson, White (American Crafts), Vellum Stars (Confetti, Crate Paper), Tissue Paper
Ink:  Delicata Gold, Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories:  Tassel and Double Edge Scallop Border Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Score Board (Martha Stewart), Star Punch, Silhouette (numbers), Black/White Divine Twine (TCP)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Birthday Wishes


Well, I haven't quite finished building my ark yet, but with all the rain we've been getting, looks like I better hurry up!  More is on its way today and throughout the weekend.  Texas is over it I think.  Sorry I've been a little remiss in posting this week.  Even with all the rain, we had our first bad contractor experience over some brick flowerbeds we tried to have installed in our front yard last week.  To the point that we had to fire the guy.  He was leaving on good terms, going to help us uninstall the crappy work, and do all our yardwork (maintenance) for the rest of the year.  Then he went to lunch.  He came back with an attitude, changed his tune and we almost had to call the police to make  him leave.  Anyway, we've kept our chin up through it all, and are slowly but surely chipping away (literally) at the shoddy brickwork ourselves to get it removed.  Meanwhile, our yard that was in perfect condition is totally ruined and full of tiny pieces of brick, mortar and mortar mix that has now hardened in places in our yard.  Another reason I'm ready for the rain to end so that we can get our yard to looking nice again!

Anyway, the only thing that kept me sane was being able to escape to my craft room and just MAKE!  Today I am sharing a card that is one of the ones we made in my 'Fetti Fans Workshop this past Tuesday at The Little Blue House.


I loved how Jen used the FOLDED TAG Confetti Cuts die as an element on the front of the TAGGED TOTE in her post HERE.  So I "borrowed" that idea from her and also used the new CIRCLE SENTIMENTS and SCALLOPED CIRCLE Confetti Cuts to create this interactive birthday card.  The little tag opening could hold a special message, money or a gift card.  I added a red "tail" on my sentiment from the new STITCHED FLAG TRIO, and also emulated her tote using the OFFICE EDGES Confetti Cuts for the notebook edged side and STAR GARLAND for embellishing.

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SUSIE Q-TIP:  Boy cards can have bling on them too!  Here I used silver sequins. Also putting a "fold-out" piece onto the front of a card, makes it interactive and more fun.  Just be careful where you place adhesive so that it remains "interactive" or you might create a sticky situation.

Stamps:  Circle Sentiments (Reverse Confetti)
Paper: White, Red, Mustard Cardstock (AC), Birthday Boy (Echo Park)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Navy (Heidi Swapp)
Accessories:  Star Garland, Stitched Flag Trio, Folded Tag, Scalloped Circle, Oh My Stars, and Office Edges Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Hemp Twine, Silver Sequins, Embossing Folder, Foam Boosters
Finished Size: A2

Friday, May 8, 2015

Reverse Confetti May Release Blog Hop


Well, we hope you've enjoyed all of the new Birthday month 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 jump start your spring and summer crafting and to sweeten any celebration!  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 still have aspirations of starting a "Project Life" type pocket page scrapbook.  I thought the LOVE AND ICE CREAM stamp set's sentiments and the LOVE AND ICE CREAM Confetti Cuts would look so cute in a set of the little slip in cards for these types of pages.  


Some of them have a bit of stamped lines from the RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW stamp set to be used for journaling space, and the rest of them are just for added cuteness!  


Looking at them now, I also think they could be used as tags or a focal point of a card.  Don't be surprised if y'all see a little spinoff of them soon!
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”…
May'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! 

Stamps:  Love and Ice Cream, Circle Sentiments (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White, Raspberry Fizz, Sweet Blush (PTI), Light Kraft (Bazzill), Silver Pow Paper (AC), Green Chevrons (Paper Studio)
Ink:  Pixie Pink, Pink Passion (SU!), Gumdrop Green (MFT)
Accessories:  Love and Ice Cream, Love Note, Star Garland, Stitched Flag Trio Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Corner Rounder

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Countdown to Confetti: Love and Ice Cream


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.

 
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!  The last stamp and die set we are introducing to y'all is one of my favorites of this release.  It's called LOVE AND ICE CREAM and LOVE AND ICE CREAM Confetti Cuts. 


So here's the scoop on this card--I started with the journaling sized card that I cut from the older DOCUMENTED Confetti Cuts set, and turned it horizontally to fit the large sentiment (that's adorable, by the way!) from the new LOVE AND ICE CREAM set, stamping it towards the right side of the card.  I then cut and pieced together a "double scoop" from the LOVE AND ICE CREAM Confetti Cuts die set and gave the cone a little texture by running it through an embossing folder.  I then just layered the completed ice cream panel on some other layers, one of which is another LET'S CELEBRATE Quick Card Panel.  This card was so simple to make and totally duplicatable if you were to maybe make it into a party invite or to have a bunch of cute birthday cards ready to give out!


Ok, that's about all for me for now--I have another fun project using LOVE AND ICE CREAM to share tomorrow.  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 (May 5-7) over on the REVERSE CONFETTI blog HERE.  

Because it's our BIRTHDAY MONTH
we are upping the prize ante!  Check it out:   
Leave a comment on each of the designer's blogs for a chance to win one of TWO $25 gift certificates.  Comments will close at noon CST on MAY 7th and the winner will be announced at 5pm on MAY 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 one of TWO $25 gift certificates. After you are done checking out the sneak peeks, head on over to OUR FACEBOOK PAGE and look for the promotional graphic.

See y'all tomorrow!  

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Countdown to Confetti: Circle Sentiments and God is Good


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 using two more new stamp sets, CIRCLE SENTIMENTS and a new faith-based set called GOD IS GOOD.


I'm really excited about both of these sets because I can already envision them being used in so many different ways.  Starting with this card, the CIRCLE SENTIMENTS are the main focus of the little medallion I made by stamping the turquoise frame, cutting it with the new SCALLOPED CIRCLE Confetti Cuts, and then popped up the actual sentiment stamped on white.  To make the banners coming from the medallion, I used a couple of our new Confetti Cuts sets, STITCHED FLAG TRIO and the sweet STAR GARLAND Confetti Cuts.  



I can just see these little medallions made up to go on gift bags, tags and treats!


Next up is a card I made using the new stamp set, GOD IS GOOD.  It's the first set from REVERSE CONFETTI that has a faith-based theme and I am SO HAPPY to see these in our scope of stamps.  I backed the beautiful sentiment onto a navy SCALLOPED CIRCLE and then layered the sentiments that I stamped onto the white CIRCLES 'N SCALLOPS Confetti Cut from a few releases ago. You can also see one of the STITCHED FLAG TRIO die cuts and how they all have that stitching across the top--fun!


I added the flowers from the LOVE BLOOMS set.  I can't wait to use the new GOD IS GOOD set in conjunction with my bible journaling.  Stay tuned, because I don't think I can hold out on that much longer!
 

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 (MAY 5-8) for all the sneak peeks over on the REVERSE CONFETTI blog HERE. 


Because it's our BIRTHDAY MONTH
we are upping the prize ante!  Check it out:   
Leave a comment on each of the designer's blogs for a chance to win one of TWO $25 gift certificates.  Comments will close at noon CST on MAY 7th and the winner will be announced at 5pm on MAY 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 one of TWO $25 gift certificates. After you are done checking out the sneak peeks, head on over to OUR FACEBOOK PAGE and look for the promotional graphic.

See y'all tomorrow!





Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May Verve Diva Inspirations 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 May challenge is Let it Bloom
Florals are always fashionable. Let your creativity bloom and use some fabulous florals on your card. Use the inspiration graphic as a starting point, or head off in your own direction – just show us some blooms!


I was in the mood for a little floral inspiration and this was just the thing to kickstart it (not to mention that Jen brought me a cool blue vintage Mason Jar she had found at a garage sale this weekend that is very similar to the one pictured!).  So I grabbed a set I had not played with before called BUTTON BEST from VERVE and a few matching dies and went to town.  The flowers were stamped first and cut out with the PETAL POINTS dies and then some leaves were added using the LEAFY SPRIGS die set.  The SWEET SCALLOP TAG was used for my main sentiment and then the additional one from the same set is stamped in the corner and fills some of that white space nicely!

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!
Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Sunday, May 20.
Prize: $25 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. Julee6. Sarah
2. Amy7. Susan
3. Anya8. Maureen
4. Betty9. Marisa
5. Sankari
Stamps:  Button Best (Verve)
Paper:  White, Hawaiian Shores, Sweet Blush (PTI), Sew Lovely (Carta Bella)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Pretty in Pink, Summer Sun (SU!)
Accessories:  Sweet Scallop Tag, Leafy Sprigs, Petal Points Dies (A Cut Above Dies by Verve), Circle Punch, Seam Binding Ribbon (Verve), Yellow Enamel Dots, Buttons, Twine, Foam Boosters
Finished Size: A2

Countdown to Confetti: Monkey Business and Party Hats

PSST...I have TWO posts today!  Click HERE for my Verve Diva Inspiration Hop post! 


Well, today starts the COUNTDOWN to our new MAY release from REVERSE CONFETTI!  This month, we are debuting 5 new stamp sets and 6 new Confetti Cuts This is a very SPECIAL RELEASE because this month is our BIRTHDAY MONTH FOR REVERSE CONFETTI!  We are all about celebrating the occasion with all the new stuff which also includes a brand new set of Quick Card Panels, made to coordinate perfectly with the new stamps and dies. So grab some ice cream and celebrate with us as we debut our new release over the next few days.


First up on the Sneak Peek stage are two new sets that have coordinating Confetti Cuts dies--MONKEY BUSINESS and PARTY HATS.

Here's my MONKEY BUSINESS card that also uses a new LET'S CELEBRATE QUICK CARD PANEL.  


This little guy was super fast to color and is so cute!  I'd say this card went together in about 20 minutes once I got everything all stamped, colored and papers picked out (that didn't take too long either!).  I'm sure one of the girls will love giving this card to one of their friends for their birthdays.  

Next up is a fun little project using the PARTY HATS stamps and coordinating PARTY HATS Confetti Cuts dies.  I cut the older  FOLDED TAG Confetti Cuts die and popped up the PARTY HATS onto the front of it after making some fun fluff and pompom to dress up the hat with tissue paper (Jen's idea).  


This was actually one of the Make-n-Takes Jen and I taught at The Little Blue House's National Scrapbook Day celebration this past weekend (The Day of Our People).  I'm still in recovery mode!  That was a huge make-n-take project for almost 100 women!  We loved it though (and especially helping Miguel with his and all his bling:  You know who you are!)


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 (MAY 5-8) for all the sneak peeks over on the REVERSE CONFETTI blog HERE.

Because it's our BIRTHDAY MONTH
we are upping the prize anty!  Check it out:   
Leave a comment on each of the designer's blogs for a chance to win one of TWO $25 gift certificates.  Comments will close at noon CST on MAY 7th and the winner will be announced at 5pm on MAY 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 one of TWO $25 gift certificates. After you are done checking out the sneak peeks, head on over to OUR FACEBOOK PAGE and look for the promotional graphic.

See y'all tomorrow!

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