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Hello there, and welcome to the 2nd of the two new segments we are introducing on the blog this week.

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In this weekly segment, one of the Confetti Crew designers will have the camera on both themselves, as a designer, and on their Reverse Confetti creations.  You’ll get a dose of Reverse Confetti inspiration, as well as get to know each designer a little better through some interview questions that we have prepared.  A couple of things to note:

1) This segment will not “air” if there is a different post scheduled for that day, such on Sketch for You to Try on the 1st of each month or on a hop day.

2) Each designer will answer the same set of questions until we have featured every Confetti Crew Design Team Member.

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This week the Confetti Camera is zooming in on yours truly!

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Let’s put the camera on this cute ‘n caffeinated card…

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Detail shots…

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Post Production Interview

 What do you like best about this project?

 I love that I was able to use FOUR sets easily to create a fun coffee themed card.

(I Like You, Arrows ‘n Elements, Celebrate Cake and Whole Lotta Dots)

What was your process in making this project? Did you have a starting point (color, inspiration, sketch, etc.)?

I knew that I wanted to make a coffee themed card and I had this general color scheme in mind.  I’m loving working with gray right now!

What inspiration can others take from this project?

I think the inspiration that others can take from this project is both the color palette, as well as the little details (rhinestones matted with sequins, tone on tone stamping and little pops of color, specifically the aqua on this card).

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What does your studio/creative space look like?

My studio is also my office.  I recently (as in last weekend) reorganized my space to be a more efficient creative studio, as well as an office for Reverse Confetti.  Here’s a peek into my world…

This room is technically our home’s formal dining room.  I’m taking some of the pictures from our formal living room which our kids playroom.  Needless to say two things:

1) We are not very formal people.

2) Getting work done with the kids *right there* proves to be complicated at times.

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Studio Side…

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The desks and the hutch are from our pre-kid days and once were in my hubby’s office.  I picked up this piece with drawers and a cabinet from IKEA a couple of years ago.  It was in their last chance/floor model section and I got it for a steal.  It barely fit into my vehicle.  In fact, the IKEA employees that loaded it for me tore up my tint.  Fortunately, IKEA was super easy to work with and paid for it (directly) to be fixed.  Not that IKEA needs bonus points in my book, but I gotta say that got some serious brownie points with me on that whole ordeal.

I purchased the purple buckets (which may just get a nice coat of aqua spray paint at some point) from Target a few years ago.  They seem to come out with a variety of different colors each year.  I think this year is simply black and white.  The handles on them flip out so that they can stack nicely one on top of the other…

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This hutch was part of the original office set that I mentioned above and fits all my paper, ribbon and embellishments (in the drawers).  The rolls of ribbon are stored in clear plastic silverware separators from Target…

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Moving on down the wall, is my desk where I create.  The Rubbermaid bin stores all of my punches, as well as a few other odds ‘n ends.  The black rolling cart holds dies which are separated by company into plastic pencil boxes.  You can also see my scrap paper bin, which obviously needs a little attention.   The long drawer in the desk houses my acrylic blocks, adhesives and tools that I use often…

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Over to the left is the Reverse Confetti side of things (you can see the rug I put in the room in this pic, too).  Soon enough those peg boards will be full.  Under the desk you can see the wire drawers that are filled with my alterables, bags, tins and the like.  I suppose they should technically be on the other side of the room, but they fit so nicely right there.  Anyone else recognize the bag that is draped over the chair?  It’s the make ‘n take from the Silhouette booth at CHA a couple years ago…

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Now, to say this corner needs a little love would be a drastic understatement. The fact is, that I just don’t sew all that much.  It’s quite rare…lately, at least.  Maybe one day I will find an old sewing table to put here.  For now, it’s my cheapy bookcase and I’m okay with that.   The clock (which has seen better days and used to have a few more elements attached) has come down now to make room for my latest Home Goods find (an early birthday present for me-pic below)…

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Love this clock, which will actually end up on a shelf (to be hung) above the markers on my desk…

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(Post Production Questions continued)

Do you have to clean your desk before starting a new project?

Yes.  I’m a little OCD like that.  I will put everything back before I get started.  Not only does it give me a clean slate both literally and figuratively, but also make a HUGE mess each time I create so I have to make room to create again.  If I’m already clearing off a space, I might as well clear the whole thing.

What is your must-have tool?  Why do you like it so much?

 Hands down, my Big Shot!  I used it all the time for die-cutting and embossing.

Do you always make A2 sized cards?  If you deviate from the standard size, what favorite size to make?

For the most part, yes, I mainly make A2 sized cards.  It’s easy to cut a piece of 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock in half and make 2 cards from it without any extra/waste left over. As much as I am not a fan of mass production, I also like making 3×3 mini cards in sets.  They’re so cute and sweet and make a fun little gift.

What is your favorite RC project so far? Why?

I imagine that this question is going to be easier for the rest of the Confetti Crew to answer, as I feel as though I have a very personal connection to each of these stamps and the projects I make with them.  Since we’ve only had 2 releases, I am going to go ahead a choose a card from each of the releases…

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This was the *very first card* I made using Reverse Confetti stamps (Peacock Pretties). Specifically, I like the colors and its simple, yet elegant, design.

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This party combo features three of the latest released sets (Celebrate Cake, Whole Lotta Dots and Arrows ‘n Elements).  I like it because it was fun to make (and that’s important to me!) and it will be a fun set to give to someone.

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TIME FOR COFFEE AND KISSES CARD

Stamps: I Like You, Arrows ‘n Elements, Celebrate Cake, Whole Lotta Dots

VersaMark Watermarking Ink, Navy and Orange Dye Ink

Orange, Aqua, Navy, Gray, Green and White cardstock

Gray Stripe and Green Polka Dot Pattern Paper (Echo Park)

Silhouette Die-cutting Machine, Sequins, Rhinestones, Dimensional Adhesive, Enamel Dots, Corner Rounder Punch, Nestabilities Dies, Circle Punch

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WEDNESDAY IN THE WORKS: HANDMADE EMBELLISHMENTS

Greetings Friends, Fans and Family!

Today kicks off the one of two new segments here on the Reverse Confetti blog…Wednesday in the Works.  It’s not really about one thing in particular, but rather “the works” of a stamped card or project.  Today we’re focusing on handmade embellishments, but a variety of topics will be covered in this segment… from color combos to shaped cards to inspiration pieces to mixing and matching stamps and/or papers…and everything in between.

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In the works today…handmade embellishments.

I used to buy lots of embellishments…in every color available.  Soon, I had a drawer full of embellishments and a few embellished projects.  Truth be told, what looked pretty in a package didn’t always look good on a project and I rarely found myself wanting to design around an embellishment.  I found myself using punches, die cuts and what I had on hand to make my own embellishments…  ones that perfectly matched my project, not only in color, but in size, shape and style.

One of my favorite embellishments to add to birthday cards is a candle.  Not the waxy ones from the package, but rather a handmade one from paper.  They are easy to make and easy to coordinate with any theme or style and can be made to give to either gender.  Small or tall, they will fit on any of your cards, tags or bags.

For this card, I used a trio of candles created from pattern paper scraps as the backdrop to the sentiment…

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The kraft panels were stamped with each of the patterns from the new set, WHOLE LOTTA DOTS.  The sentiments are from the (also new!) set CELEBRATE CAKE. Polka dots and cake…who could ask for more?

Detail shot…

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I’ve created a step by step photo tutorial on how to make these super cute handmade embellishments that add that perfect touch to any birthday card…

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You will need:

Pattern Paper – shown cut into 2.5″ x 2 ” panels

(Note: small patterns or solid colors work best)

Double side adhesive

Baker’s Twine (or other cording to make the “wick”)

Optional: Pencil and Glue

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Step One:

Apply double sided adhesive to edge of reverse side of one panel.

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Step Two:

Beginning with the edge without adhesive, roll paper.  I choose to wrap it around a pencil to avoid creases, but do not adhere the edge when it is on the pencil.

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Step Three:

If you have chosen to use a pencil, remove paper from around the pencil.

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Step Four:

Tightly roll the panel and adhere edge with double stick adhesive.

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Step Five:

When candle has been rolled and the edges have been adhered, add “wick.”  My “wick” is a 1.5″ length of baker’s twine.  I applied a tiny dab of glue to the end that I stuck into the candle.  This is optional, but ensures that your “wick” won’t come out.

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Repeat each step to complete the desired amount of candles on your project.

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HAVE YOUR CAKE CARD

Stamps: Celebrate Cake, Whole Lotta Dots

White, Kraft Cardstock

Pattern Paper (Echo Park, Fancy Pants)

Brilliance Graphite Black Pigment Ink, White Pigment Ink

Baker’s Twine, Nestabilities Circle Dies

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TIME FOR A CARD TUESDAY

Hello and Happy Tuesday, ‘Fetti Fans!

Is everyone enjoying their summer vacation?  It actually feels a little like fall here in North Texas…73 and rainy.  Perfect for me to duck into my newly reorganized studio/office and create.  Over the past few (rainy) days, I’ve whipped up a few cards using the new releases.  And, by “whipped up,” I mean that I spent a few hours tinkering and toying with stamps, ink and the like.  I’m not a fast creator.  Are you?  Rarely do I even use glue before I am actually done creating the project and I’m always adding and rearranging panels and embellishments until I get them just right.  I suppose it’s all part of the process, but I have to admit that I am a bit envious of stampers/crafters that really can just think of an idea and create it in no time at all.

I’ll be sharing more about my creative space and process in one of the new segments on the blog this week.  Stay tuned!

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As for today, it’s Tuesday and that means it’s

TIME FOR A CARD TUESDAY!

Have you noticed the gold trend that is everywhere these days?  I was just admiring some fun and funky gold office accessories in a local store the other day and I just love all the gold accents that are popping up in the world of fashion, too!  Of course, the gold trend has trickled into paper crafting…papers, mists, sequins, cording, embellishments and more!  I stuck to what was already on my desk…gold tinsel embossing powder and INNER ROCK STAR. I’ve had the idea to create a card with several of the records in a line for quite sometime now, but it wasn’t until I embossed a record in gold for this card that I know that I wanted them all to be gold…

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Detail shot…

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I love all the white space on this card!  Even though there are a lot of little pieces, I was still able to maintain the white space and keep it clean and simple (CAS).  I started this card by creating this strip of gold records.  To play off the star in the center of the records, I added the punched stars.  To bring it all together, I added the gold sequins which tie into the shape and color of the records.

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FOR THE RECORD CARD

Stamps: Inner Rock Star

White, Black Cardstock

Brilliance Graphite Black Ink

Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder, Gold Sequins, Dimensional Adhesive

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‘FETTI FINDS & NEW LINK LIST

**PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR THE

SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT**

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Hello there, ‘Fetti Fans!  I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing weekend.  I spent a good chunk of the weekend re-organizing my office/studio.  I will be sharing the reorganization later this week as part of a new segment here on the Reverse Confetti blog.  I look forward to sharing my space with you!  As for today, it’s all about YOU, the Reverse Confetti customer!  The linked projects were ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING and it was hard to pick just a couple of cards to be the ‘FETTI FINDS.

A big congrats to Lesa Smaligo and Tracey Cuccia.  They are the ‘FETTI FINDS from last week’s link list.

Thank you to everyone that linked up last week!  The new link list is at the end of this post. I’m already looking forward to seeing what you make!

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I just love all the colors and polka dots on Lesa Smaligo’s card.  She used a sentiment from DREAM IN COLOR and the large solid polka dots from the new set, WHOLE LOTTA DOTS

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For the record, Tracey’s card ROCKS!  What a fun card using the new set, INNER ROCK STAR!

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Each Monday we’ll be posting:

  • The ‘FETTI FINDS from the previous week’s link list.
  • A new link list at the bottom of the ‘Fetti Find post.  It will remain open through Saturday of that week.

 <– NOTE: You’ll be able to find the current ‘Fetti Find post quickly by clicking on the button the sidebar.

The last day of the month:

  • The ‘FETTI FAVE will be announced here on the Reverse Confetti blog.  This will be one of the ‘Fetti Finds from that month and they will be chosen based on their project and creative use of REVERSE CONFETTI stamps.  The ‘FETTI FAVE will receive the ENTIRE NEXT STAMP RELEASE and be invited to play along with the Confetti Crew for sneak peek days and the new release hop.

Just a couple of rules…

  • Anything goes, as long as Reverse Confetti stamps are the only stamps used OR are the main focal point of the project.
  • No limit to the number of projects linked, but they must be posted to your blog or gallery that same week (no linking older projects).

Alright, it’s your turn now!

 

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SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY WINNER

Thanks to everyone that played along in the July SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY (SFYTT).  All of the cards were A-MAAAA-ZING!  In the end, there could be just one winner and this card literally made me say “Whoa, WOW!” out loud…

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(using Happy Harbor)

A big congrats to SARAH GOUGH!  She is the July SFYTT WINNER and will receive the entire next release and is invited to join the Confetti Crew for peeks and hops.

Sarah, please email me.

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Without a doubt, all the cards were great and there were several cards that stood out and I would like to take a moment to share some

SFYTT Honorable Mentions…

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Amy Tsuruta (using I Like You)

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Alyssa Scritchfield

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Lisa Henke (using Inner Rock Star)

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