Friday, February 10, 2017

#beastmode Blog Hop

(Surprise, Jen!)

The Reverse Confetti team and Jennifer McGuire are hopping today to bring encouragement and cheer to friend and RC owner Jen del Muro.

Jen was diagnosed with breast cancer toward the end of last year. She is a fierce one and her prognosis is good, but the journey over the next year will nonetheless be a battle. We want to fill today (and every day of her journey) with love and support. I am continually amazed by Jen's positivity and strength and determination. She's an inspiration to all of us standing with her in this fight. 

Jen's mantra, #beastmode, has gone viral among her friends and crafty peers, and it totally fits Jen's personality.

We love you, Jen!

The card I've made for Jen features a sentiment from My Heart Trusts

My prayer for Jen every day is for complete healing, minimal discomfort, strength, peace, and especially that the year passes quickly and she can put all this behind her!

I made the marbled background using a nail polish marbling technique. I remember doing marbling with shaving cream and re-inkers back in the day, but I've never done it with nail polish. I filled a tray  with a inch or two of water (I used an empty salad greens container), then drizzled three different nail polish colors, swirled a little with the handle of an old paintbrush, then quickly submerged a piece of watercolor paper for a few seconds to pick up the color.

I used magenta, light green, and gold shimmer polish colors. I love every bit of the veining and shimmer and even gunkiness in some areas, and the best part of all is that it literally only took minutes to create half a dozen marbled backgrounds. (I picked out the prettiest one for Jen!)

Be sure to work your way through the hop line-up, and if you'd like to leave your own words of encouragement for Jen, you can do so on the Reverse Confetti blog.

And last, but not at all least, a friendly PSA: PLEASE make sure you and/or the women in your lives are doing self-exams and getting regular mammograms when advised!

Amy Sheffer (you're here)

Thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Reverse Confetti February Creative Hop

Reverse Confetti has changed to an every-other-month release schedule, but we'll still be hopping on the 8th of every month, bringing you fresh inspiration for your favorite Reverse Confetti products!

And ... we have prizes! Be sure to tune in to the Reverse Confetti blog for all the details on that!

It's been a while since I got my shabby on, but that's just what I've done for today's Valentine decor project. I started with a corrugated metal heart that I picked up at Hobby Lobby.

Next, I added a paper doily and two lengths of trim, and wrapped some aqua wired cord around the heart.

I used mini clothespins to clip letter stickers to the trim. The letters, by Heidi Swapp, are really, really old and from my scrapbooking stash.

I used the stitched hearts from the XOXO Hearts Confetti Cuts die set to cut some light pink felt hearts, which I rolled and layered into a flower. The leaves, cut from aqua felt, were die-cut with leaf dies from the Blooms 'N Buds Confetti Cuts die set. 

I also added a few paper stitched hearts from one of the patterns in the True Love paper collection and some light pink buttons.

The pink felt "xoxo" die-cut was also done with the XOXO Hearts Confetti Cuts die set.

Visit the Reverse Confetti blog for links to all the designers posting today. 

Thanks for much for stopping by!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Make It Monday #275: Stamped Dangles

Happy Monday, friends! I am hosting this week's Make It Monday challenge over at Papertrey Ink. Hope you'll join in the fun!

Lately I've been fascinated with "dangles," which are doodled jewelry-like embellishments for hand lettering. Two artists, in particular, pop up regularly on my Instagram feed: 

Joanne Fink, creator of Zenspirations and author of a book called Zenspirations Dangle Designs
Olivia Kneibler of Olivia and Company and author of a soon-to-be-released book called The Art of Drawing Dangles: Creating Decorative Letters and Art With Charms.

I thought it would be a fun challenge to stamp and doodle dangles onto sentiments, so that's the topic of this week's video and challenge!

I hope you'll play along! Link up your creation HERE on Nichole's blog.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Hogs & Kisses

I carved out a little time this morning to do something I haven't done in a while: play along with a couple of challenges. The Freshly Made Sketch #273 is a really fun one:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge is all about LOVE *and* they are featuring Reverse Confetti, so I'll be entering their challenge as well!

CAS isn't my forte, so I labored a bit :) The trio of patterned paper and the adorable pig were the easy parts! The pig and fence are from Reverse Confetti's Cured stamp set and are die-cut with Cured Confetti Cuts dies. The papers are all from Reverse Confetti's True Love 6x6 paper pad.

I added a little bit of stitching to the patterned paper strips ...

... and a paper clip with some black and white baker's twine.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Papertrey January Release in Review Part 2

Today is the last day of Papertrey Ink's huge pre-anniversary sale. Don't miss out on unbelievable prices on some of your favorite stamps, dies, and other papercrafting essentials! Details HERE.

I have a few more projects to share using the recent January release products:

First is Boho Rounds, designed by Maile Belles. My daughter is re-doing her room and has picked out some bohemian tapestries to hang on the walls. This card is inspired by one of them. She loves indigo, turquoise, aqua, and teal, and so do I!

I heat embossed the images in white, then added color with Prismacolor pencils.

Stamps: Boho Rounds

Dies: Tag Sale: Quilted

Ink: Versamark, Dark Indigo

Paper: Dark Indigo, Spring Rain, Tropical Teal

Other: white embossing powder, silver and white glitter dots, Nuvo drops, Prismacolor pencils

My next card features What the Doodle: Paisley stamps and dies designed by Betsy Veldman. 

It's a little hard to see, but I stamped the paisleys in white onto a Soft Stone background. 

I also stamped the large one onto watercolor paper, diecut it, and colored with Zig clean color markers. The sentiment is from Dawn McVey's Family Ties.

Stamps: What the Doodle: Paisley, Family Ties

Dies: Family Ties, Keep It Simple Frames, What the Doodle: Paisley

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Soft Stone, White, and Pale Peony card stock; Green Parakeet patterned paper

Other: button, watercolor markers, white embossing powder

And last up is another fun card using the birthday Cornered die. Just like the one I shared during the countdown, this one features a colorful arrangement of Tag Sale: Quilted banners in the background. 

Such a fun die!

Dies: Cornered, Tag Sale: Quilted

Paper: White, Kraft, Limeade Ice, New Leaf, Enchanted Evening, Dark Indigo, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal card stock

Other: Dr. Ph Martin's Bleed Proof White

Be sure to visit the Papertrey team for more January release inspiration:

Friday, January 27, 2017

Inspiration Station -- Replicating Fabric Patterns with Floral Stamps

Reverse Confetti newsletter subscribers enjoy weekly access to Inspiration Station, which features exclusive, newsletter-only content. If you're not already a subscriber, consider signing up! The subscription box is right on the front page of the Reverse Confetti store

Here's a little peek at a project I've got in today's newsletter:

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

We're the Perfect Pear - January SFYTT

Reverse Confetti's January Sketch For You To Try (SFYTT) challenge is winding down in a few days, so if you haven't played along yet, please consider joining in the fun! The deadline to link up your creations is noon CST Sunday, January 29. You can find all the info (including giveaway details) and link-up HERE.

Our sketch this month looks like this:

A little something there for all styles, I think! Here's my take on it:

I put together the pears from Foodie Fun with papers from the True Love paper collection. I thought the play on "pair" called for two pears, so I cut a second one from some vellum card stock. Since large portions of it are behind the stamped pear or sentiment strip, it was easy to hide the adhesive. For the angled strip, I used a narrow strip of another True Love pattern. The white-type-on-black-background pattern was a instant favorite for me.

The rectangular frame is from All Framed Up. I die-cut from both Cloud White card stock and Piggy Bank card stock for some added contrast. 

Visit the Reverse Confetti blog for links to the other designers who are posting SFYTT inspiration today.

Thanks for visiting! Have a great week!