Sunday, October 23, 2016

You got this!

Hello, friends!  Today I'm playing along with 2 challenges, the Essentials by Ellen October Pin-Sights Challenge and Freshly Made Sketches 259!

I used my new Mondo Peony from Essentials by Ellen for the first time for my card today!  I used several shades of orange distress inks to watercolor the flower (Carved Pumpkin, Ripe Persimmon and Rusty Hinge), and for the leaves I used Twisted Citron and Crushed Olive.  The sentiment is from Oh Frappe, I inked it selectively and left off the word "coffee".  The black enamel dots were made using Nuvo Crystal Drops.  I recently ordered my first 3 colors of these drops (black, white, and gold), and I have to say I love them and I'll definitely be ordering more colors!

Hope you're having a terrific weekend, thanks for stopping by today!

TupeloDesignsLLC Guest Designer

Hello there my crafty friends!  I'm here today with my final guest post for TupeloDesignsLLC.  I want to thank them for allowing me to guest design for them over the past two months!  I'm so happy to have discovered this wonderful company and I know I'll definitely be a customer going forward.  Here are some of the benefits TupeloDesignsLLC offers their customers:

**Free shipping for all US orders (no minimum purchase or code required)

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For my card today I'm using the CRAZY DOGS stamp set from Stampers Anonymous.  I combined it with some products from Reverse Confetti to make a fun Christmas card.

I used the JINGLE ALL THE WAY Confetti Cuts to cut the sentiment in a white panel.  The red is showing through from behind, and I filled in some of the letters by cutting the sentiment from green card stock.  I love the two tone look!  I stamped the dog and colored him with Copic markers.  For the Santa hat I used the hat from Reverse Confetti's JOLLY HOLIDAY stamp set.  It fits this dog perfectly!  I added a sprig of greenery and berries to the dogs tail, which I cut using LEAFY WREATH Confetti Cuts I added some GLOSSY ACCENTS to the dogs nose and the berries to finish the card.

Once again I want to thank Tupelo Designs for having me, it's been a pleasure!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Reverse Confetti Happy Fall-idays: Christmas

Hello, and welcome back to day 3 of Happy Fall-days!  Today we're sharing ideas for your Christmas celebrations!  The fun starts on the Reverse Confetti Blog!  

Every Christmas I love to hand out mason jars filled with yummy treats (either homemade or store bought depending on how much time I have lol), and making special tags for these treat jars has become a tradition at my house.

I used a variety of Reverse Confetti stamps and confetti cuts to make my tags, there are so many awesome ones to choose from!

I had so much fun mixing and matching different stamp and dies to create my tags.  For my reindeer tag I used JINGLE ALL THE WAY Confetti Cuts, TOPPED OFF TAG Confetti Cuts, TOP O' THE TAG Confetti Cuts, MERRY CHRISTMOOSE Confetti Cuts, and JOLLY HOLIDAY stamps.  I watercolored the reindeer on CLOUD WHITE Card Stock using distress inks.

For this tag I used HOLLY JOLLY TAG LAYER Confetti Cuts, TOP O' THE TAG Confetti Cuts, and HOLLY Confetti Cuts.  All of the patterned paper on my tags is from the VERY MERRY 6X6 Paper Pad.

For the Santa tag I used NO PEEKING TAG LAYER Confetti Cuts, TOP O' THE TAG Confetti Cuts, and JOLLY HOLIDAY and MERRY CHRISTMOOSE stamp sets.

I was tickled pink to find 3 colors of ribbon in my stash that matched the new Reverse Confetti paper colors perfectly!  I have SO much ribbon and I barely use it these days so any time I can find a use for it I'm thrilled.

Be sure to hop along and see what the rest of the Confetti Crew has created, I'm sure you'll love it!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Reverse Confetti Happy Fall-idays: Halloween

Hello, friends, and welcome to Reverse Confetti's Happy Fall-idays!  Today the Confetti Crew will be sharing lots of ideas for your Halloween crafting!

I decided to make something that's been around for ages, but I haven't made them in a very long time, Sour Cream Tube Treat Holders!  I believe the original idea for these tubes came from packages of sour cream that some restaurants served with their baked potatoes.  I haven't ordered a baked potato from a fast food restaurant in many years so I don't know if these still exist.  But I do know that these treat holders are easy and fun to make, and a perfect way to use your favorite patterned papers!  I used the FRIGHT NIGHT 6X6 Paper Pad to make all of my tubes.

These tubes can be made in many different sizes.  For my tutorial pics I started with a piece of patterned paper cut to 3"X5".

If you're using a paper with a design on one side as I did here you'll want to apply a strong adhesive such as ScorTape to the back side of the paper, placing your tape on the 2 long sides and 1 short side.

Remove the paper backing from the tape and attach at the short end, forming a tube.

Next you'll want to pinch shut one end of your tube.  At this point it's important to remember to fill your tube with treats!  You can fill with any kind of candy you desire, or even some money or a small toy.

Now you can pinch the other end of the tube closed in the opposite direction of the first closure.

After I made my first tube I decided to try another size.  The ghost tube above starts with a piece of paper that measures 3"X4".  As I said, you can make these just about any size you'd like, although I wouldn't recommend going smaller than the 3"X4" size.  If you find that your adhesive isn't keeping the ends closed very well you can add a mini staple on the end.  If you own a paper crimper these look ADORABLE with the ends crimped.  Unfortunately I got rid of my paper crimper and couldn't do that with these.

Now for the FUN part, decorating your tubes!  You certainly don't have to decorate them, they're cute just left plain, but I couldn't resist adding some of the adorable Reverse Confetti Halloween products to these!

One of the simplest ways you can decorate the tubes is to punch 2 small holes close together on one end and tie some twine, string, or ribbon and make a bow.

You can also die cut some of the cute shapes from HALLOWEEN BITS Confetti Cuts and glue them onto your tubes.  Here I did that with the bat and the ghost, stamping the word BOO! from TREAT YO' SELF on the ghost.  I also stamped the stars from BEST WITCHES on the green polka dot patterned paper before assembling the tube.

You can kick things up a notch by making some cute tags for your treat holders.  The small tag from TAG ME Confetti Cuts is the perfect size for these tubes!  I used pieces of leftover patterned paper I had from cutting the tubes to make the ghost and bat tags above.  I added the sentiment from BEST WITCHES, and attached the tags to the tubes with some black twine.

One last example, the pumpkin face from HALLOWEEN BITS Confetti Cuts fits perfectly in the small tag from TAG ME Confetti Cuts!

I have a small jelly cabinet that sits by my front door and it's the perfect spot to place a basket of these treats for visitors who stop by over the next few weeks to grab one when they go.  I hope you'll give these a try, they're perfect for any occasion or holiday, and they're easy enough to make that even your children could help you.

Now it's time to hop along and see what the rest of the Confetti Crew have created to inspire your Halloween crafting!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Batty about you!

Well hello there, so happy you popped in for a visit!  Today I'd like to share a card with you that I made using the current Sketch For You To Try from Reverse Confetti!

I love to give Halloween cards to my family and friends, so I've been creating a bunch of them with the fabulous products Reverse Confetti has recently released.

For this card I used TREAT YO' SELF, HALLOWEEN BITS Confetti Cuts, and FRIGHT NIGHT 6X6 Paper Pad.

I started by adding a piece of patterned paper from the FRIGHT NIGHT 6X6 Paper Pad to a black card stock base.  I used the purple chevron paper and trimmed the bottom, then I added a few more pieces from the pad (black dots and bats).  I die cut a circle from CLOUD WHITE Card Stock using CIRCLES 'N SCALLOPS Confetti Cuts and DETAILED CIRCLES Confetti Cuts and stamped the sentiment from TREAT YO' SELF on it.  I die cut 2 bats using HALLOWEEN BITS Confetti Cuts, 1 from black card stock and 1 from silver glitter card stock.  I overlapped the bats placing them slightly askew and added them to my card.  For some finishing touches I added some green enamel hearts and green baker's twine.  I unraveled the bakers twine just for fun, and I think it's a perfect look for this Halloween card.

There's still plenty of time to play along with the current sketch.  The winner will receive a $20.00 gift certificate to the Reverse Confetti store!