Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hello, Gorgeous

Hello, gorgeous! Have you played along with the current Curtain Call Wishing Well challenge? Challenge entries are due September 25 at 8 am CDT, and a randomly chosen participant will win a $25 gift certificate from our generous sponsor, Whimsy Stamps.

Here's the lovely inspiration photo:

Be sure to check out the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge blog today for round two of challenge inspiration.

For my card, I drew inspiration from the colors, as well as from the stones. I started by sponging a circular area of the background in green. Around that, I created a stone background texture using a stencil and some texture paste. I die-cut the word Hello using the HELLO LARGE WORD DIE by Whimsy Stamps from a leftover piece of a watercolored and spritzed background - the colors were perfect for this challenge. The word "gorgeous" is from the HAPPY HELLO stamp set by Whimsy Stamps. A thread nest, sequins, and a washi tape border along the right add the finishing touches.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Stamp Nation Sketch Challenge


REVERSE CONFETTI is sponsoring a sketch challenge over at Stamp Nation

The sketch is a super fun one! Here's a little peek at what I put together for the challenge, using Reverse Confetti's CAST A SPELL stamp set, as well as CAST A SPELL CONFETTI CUTS, CIRCLES 'N SCALLOPS CONFETTI CUTS, and PRETTY PANELS STARS CONFETTI CUTS.

To see the sketch challenge, along with loads of inspiring sketch samples from both the Stamp Nation design team and the Reverse Confetti design team, head over to Stamp Nation. If you're not already a member, right now, Stamp Nation is offering a $1 trial membership (but hurry, the offer expires today!). Join a thriving community of stampers and enjoy access to hundreds of instructional videos, challenges, message boards, galleries, and so much more!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Wishing Well

It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

We have a wonderful new sponsor, Clearly Whimsy Stamps, for the Curtain Call Inspiration: Wishing Well!  A randomly selected participant in the Wishing Well challenge will receive $25 store credit to Whimsy Stamps and the LEAD will be invited as Guest Designer of a our next challenge!

I chose to work with the HAPPY HELLO stamp set and coordinating HELLO LARGE WORD DIE. I love making "hello" cards -- they're so perfectly all-purpose! Check out all the fun graphical elements in HAPPY HELLO:

I started my card by watercoloring a scrap of watercolor paper in the pink, orange, and yellow colors of the flowers in the inspiration photo. Out of that, I die-cut the word "hello." The leaves were cut on my Silhouette and sponged with different green inks. I dry-embossed the background with a new-to-me folder, a gift from my fabulous teammate Sheri Gilson, then added a strip of washi tape before stitching down the leaves and word die-cut with metallic thread. I stamped the word "friend" in black, trimmed it down and popped it up on foam tape, then added a few enamel dots to finish things off.

Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!

Wishing Well Designers

INK: Versafine Onyx Black
PAPER: Neenah solar white card stock, Tim Holtz watercolor paper
OTHER: washi tape, embossing folder, watercolor paints, foam tape, 
enamel dots, metallic thread, sewing machine, 
Silhouette cut file: leafy branches by Kolette Hall (design id# 63956)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wickedly Wonderful Halloween - SFYTT

Hello, friends! Just a friendly reminder that there's still time to play along in this month's Sketch For You To Try challenge over at Reverse Confetti. Some of the Confetti Crew have posted sketch samples today. Check out the Reverse Confetti blog to see all of them and to link up your sketch creation. The deadline to participate is noon CST on the 14th. A $20 gift certificate and "Fetti Fave" title are up for grabs!

Here's the sketch of the month:

I combined some fun shiny new and not quite new Reverse Confetti products today. The sentiment is from the new CAST A SPELL stamp set and has been cut into a label shape using the new GIVE THANKS LABEL CONFETTI CUTS die. The panel with the tiny star cut-outs, as well as the tiny stars sprinkled around here are there, are from the new PRETTY PANELS STARS CONFETTI CUTS die. The star border along the top, as well as the larger scattered stars, are from the OH MY STARS CONFETTI CUTS die set.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Reverse Confetti September Release Hop

Well hello, REVERSE CONFETTI fans! Today is release day and we are kicking it off with our new release blog hop. Soon (sooner than soon, we hope) that crisp fall air, candy corn, and the smell of pumpkin spice will be upon us. We couldn’t wait that long, so we’ve got some exciting new products with a fall flair to get you in the autumnal spirit a little early, along with another great everyday sentiment set and several versatile Confetti Cuts dies that we know you’ll “fall” head over heels for!

The hop started over on the Reverse Confetti blog, and you should have made it here from Leigh Penner’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!
My treat tote was created with the TAGGED TOTE CONFETTI CUTS die. The background is stamped with SO MANY STARS (the newest background set). The white star panel was done with the new PRETTY PANELS STARS die, and the orange treat was done with one of the dies in the TREAT TOTE. Last is the witch hat, which was stamped with one of the CAST A SPELL images.
I love how easy it is to create these cute little packages with the new tote dies, and can't wait to make these by the dozens to give out to teachers and friends next month. I also love how the TAGGED TOTE comes with the smaller arched piece that can be used as a layer or separately as a tag.

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! Now it’s time to hop on over to Sarah Gough’s blog. If you get 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”…
  • September’s SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY is open for you to play along. Click HERE for a chance to win.
  • AND, be on the lookout for a NEW COLOR challenge we will be introducing on September 16th and another way to win!

Celebrate the creative side of you!

PAPER: gray and white card stock, orange textured card stock
INK: Versafine Onyx Black, VersaMark
OTHER: clear Wink of Stella, cellophane bag, Halloween paper shred, Stampin' Up ribbon, 
Halloween baker's twine, green Copic marker, Studio Calico wood veneer stars

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Countdown to Confetti: Cast A Spell and Give Thanks

Welcome to Day Three of REVERSE CONFETTI's Countdown to Confetti. All new stamps and dies will be available at midnight! Join us again tomorrow for a celebratory blog hop. In the meantime, head over to the Reverse Confetti blog for links to all the designers posting today, as well as details on how you can win one of two Reverse Confetti giveaways.

Today we're featuring two new sets, and I have two projects to share, so be sure to stick with me 'til the end! First up is GIVE THANKS. Here's where that gorgeous double-line frame that I used yesterday comes from. And matching label dies - YES!

For my card, I've gone minimalist again. Inspiration comes from the current Curtain Call Lovely Leaves Challenge (and from Gayatri's lovely sample card last week).

photo source:
I cut the leaf sprig with my Silhouette, then sponged on Distress Inks in the colors from the inspiration photo. The background is a soft gray watercolor wash, concentrated in the lower left corner. GIVE THANKS is full of fabulous fall sentiments in a font combo that is both sophisticated and a little bit playful. Sequins and a bit of torn vellum peeking out added just a little pizzazz.

Next up is CAST A SPELL, a primarily Halloween set with some serious witchy appeal -- broomsticks, cauldrons, ravens, oh my! I love Halloween cards, but I also love versatility and getting lots of mileage out of my stamp sets. So here's a non-Halloween way to use CAST A SPELL

I started with a watercolor wash background in pink, orange, and yellow, then sprinkled on some tiny card stock white stars (the leftovers from the new PRETTY PANELS STARS CONFETTI CUTS die. The sentiment is heat embossed in white on vellum and cut with the smaller of the two TAG ME CONFETTI CUTS dies. For a little shimmer, I painted the tiny stars with a clear Wink of Stella pen, adhered a loop of sparkly silver thread using a few small dabs of matte multi medium, and added a few Pretty Pink Posh silver star sequins. 

I'm linking this up to the current Color Throwdown Challenge #308:


Remember to check out the Reverse Confetti blog for more inspiration using these two new stamp sets and all the September dies! 

Thanks for stopping by!

PAPER: gray card stock, vellum, watercolor paper
INK: Versafine Onyx Black; Seedless Preserves, Fired Brick, Barn Door, Rusty Hinge,
Spiced Marmalade, and Mustard Seed Distress Inks
OTHER: watercolor paints, Ranger mini ink blending tool, Pretty Pink Posh sequins
Studio Calico wood veneer hearts, black baker's twine
Stampin' Up binder clip, foam adhesive
paper piercer and white gel pen for faux stitching
leaves motif by Cali Arroyo/Silhouette design ID #46819

PAPER: watercolor paper, white card stock, vellum
INK: VersaMark
OTHER: watercolor paints, white embossing powder, heat tool, silver thread, 
Pretty Pink Posh silver star sequins, clear Wink of Stella pen, enamel dot
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