CONFETTI CAMERA

By admin
on October 03, 2013

Howdy, Friends!

We’re glad that you are joining us for this week’s Confetti Camera!

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 or sneak peek 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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Don’t forget, we have a new SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY and our weekly link list is open.

Let’s see your take on the sketch and all those Reverse Confetti projects!

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This week the Confetti Camera is zooming in on Confetti Crew member SAVANNAH O’GWYNN

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Her Confetti Camera project:

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This project features stamps from the SPOOKY CUTIES and SPOOKY SENTIMENTS sets.

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Post Production Interview

What do you like best about this project?

I love that this tag is so SIMPLE and versatile! You could use just about any themed stamp set for this card (i.e. Christmas, birthday, etc.). I also love that we can put our information on the back for our new neighbors- perfect little tag for them to keep!

What was your process for making this project? Starting point?

I knew I wanted to make something simple for my Halloween treats. When I looked at the RC Spooky Cuties and Spooky Sentiment sets, I knew that I had to use those witch’s shoes and sentiments for my little tag!

What inspiration can others take from this project?

Like I mentioned earlier- this tag is so versatile! I def. think I’ll be making more of these tags for Christmas and birthdays!

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Describe/Share your stamping space.

I have adopted Jennifer McGuire’s way of storing my stamps– I use some fridge bins along with clear plastic sleeves to hold all of my stamps and dies.

Let’s take a tour…

And, in pictures…

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Do you have a clean desk/space before starting a project?

I usually do– however, in my video and pictures it doesn’t look like it! I am a HUGE clean freak!

What is your must have tool?

I absolutely loooooooove my CutterBee scissors! I use them 100% of the time! I usually fussy cut on every card I create, and these scissors are perfect for little details and fussy cutting!

Do you always make A2 sized cards? What’s your fav size to make?

I tend to start with an A2 sized card, but I always cut it down to whatever looks right! Most of my cards are between 3 1/2″ x 5″…. and sometimes I make square cards… and sometimes I even make a taller card (like 3 1/2″ x 7″)!

What is your favorite RC project so far… and why?

I love all of my creations….but I absolutely loooooooooove my fringe card, Thanks card, and any card using the chevrons from the Arrows ‘n Elements stamp set! I LOOOOVE that fringe card because it has an awesome color story and texture! I love that Thanks card because I cut apart the stamps to create this custom sentiment. And I love those chevrons! I LOVE adding them on the side of pictures and journaling cards, as well as using them as the background!

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CONFETTI CAMERA

By admin
on September 26, 2013

Howdy, Friends!

We’re glad that you are joining us for this week’s Confetti Camera!

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 or sneak peek 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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Before we jump into the CC post, just a quick reminder that we want to see YOUR Reverse Confetti creations!  Link ‘em up on Monday’s ‘Fetti Finds link list (new link list each Monday).  There’s a find-it-fast button over on the sidebar.  **For this link list only: ‘Fetti Finds will be announced Sunday and the ‘Fetti Fave will be announced Monday**

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This week the Confetti Camera is zooming in on Confetti Crew member HEATHER PULVIRENTI!

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Her Confetti Camera project:

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Detail shot…

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This project uses the new stamp set, FOREVER FALL

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Post Production Interview

What do you like best about this project?

My favorite thing about this card is the unexpected color scheme.  More often than not, cards/projects centered around a pumpkin theme are going to include colors that tend to have more of a fall vibe.  I like the pop of pink and green on navy!

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

The only thing I had my heart set on when creating this card was the sentiment.  I love the “hello pumpkin” sentiment from the Forever Fall stamp set! The font is super cute, and I’m a sucker for the coordinating pumpkin.  I wanted the sentiment and pumpkin image to take center stage, so I opted for a very CAS design.

What inspiration can others take from this project?

This is a toughie! I would have to say if anything, don’t be afraid to step outside the box and try new color combos.  You never know, you might just be (pleasantly) surprised!

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Describe/Share your stamping space.

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My craft room wears a lot of hats, it also functions as our office, extra storage and general catch-all.  We moved into our house 7 1/2 years ago, and always had the intention of doing something fun with the space.  Unfortunately, that has yet to happen! Invariably, something always comes up that needs our attention (like our surprise bathroom remodel), so that room has been a little neglected.  It’s the only room in our house that has yet to even be painted! Lol… So rather than blind everyone with the crazy amount of clutter and old white walls, I’m sharing a pic of my itty bitty stamping area. (Ha!)

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

I do normally try to put things away between projects.  With such a tiny amount of space, I can’t afford to give up any more real estate!

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

Hmm… I think my favorite tool would probably have to be my heat gun.  I have been on a huge heat embossing kick lately, so a fully functioning heat gun is a must.

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

No, not always. I also like to make 3 1/2 x 5 cards (today’s card), as well as 4 x 4 cards.  It helps break up the monotony.

What is your favorite RC project so far? Why?

My favorite so far would probably have to be this card:

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It just makes me happy!

This card features PEACOCK PRETTIES, DREAM IN COLOR and WHOLE LOTTA DOTS

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WEEK IN REVERSE will return next week.  Stay tuned to our FACEBOOK PAGE for some featured projects from this week.

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CONFETTI CAMERA

By admin
on September 19, 2013

Howdy, Friends!

We’re glad that you are joining us for this week’s Confetti Camera!

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 or sneak peek 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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Before we jump into the CC post, just a quick reminder that we want to see YOUR Reverse Confetti creations!  Link ‘em up on Monday’s ‘Fetti Finds link list (new link list each Monday).  There’s a find-it-fast button over on the sidebar.

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This week the Confetti Camera is zooming in on Confetti Crew member Dawn Easton!

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Her Confetti Camera project:

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Post Production Interview

What do you like best about this project?

I love that the Reverse Confetti stamps have gotten me to step out of my comfort zone and create CAS cards. Who needs designer papers when you can create your own backgrounds?!

Here I’ve used SPOOKY CUTIES and SPOOKY SENTIMENTS.

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

When it comes to Halloween I love to create using purples, oranges and greens. Rather than dark colours I went with a brighter colour scheme. I knew I wanted to use several different images and it’s always fun to mix and match!

What inspiration can others take from this project?

What I think others should take away from my project is how versatile Reverse Confetti stamps are. I often times mix and match several sets to create a card. It’s always so much fun! Making a background as I’ve done here or creating a small scene.

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Describe/Share your stamping space.

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I’m currently in the process of setting up my stamping space again. Moving is always difficult but I enjoy decluttering my room and starting fresh in a new space. I have a picture of my filing cabinet that Brian picked up for me a few months ago. My dad painted it a pretty aqua colour and it’s perfect for all my cardstock!

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

Oh most definitely! If I don’t, then I’m yelling for Chloe to help me find my glue dots or something. I have a hard enough time finding things when they are right in front of me, let alone under a mess. Besides I find it easier to concentrate when it’s tidy.

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

Not sure that I can create a project without using my Big Shot and dies. Even the simplest of projects need a little something, right?

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

I quite often create 5 x 5 cards but they aren’t the easiest to find envelopes for. Plus mailing them cost a tad more so most often they are the ones that are hand delivered.

What is your favorite RC project so far? Why?

Oh my gosh….my favourite RC project….hmmmmm…..I love to create with RC stamps and I’ve missed stamping the past two weeks!

Looking back through my posts I would have to say it’s this one:

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As I’ve said several times, the RC stamps are so fun to mix and match. That’s exactly what I’ve done here using three different sets: WHOLE LOTTA DOTS, ARROWS ‘N ELEMENTS and CELEBRATE CAKE.

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CONFETTI CAMERA

By admin
on September 12, 2013

Howdy, Friends!

We’re glad that you are joining us for this week’s Confetti Camera!

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 or sneak peek 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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Before we jump into the CC post, just a quick reminder that we want to see YOUR Reverse Confetti creations!  Link ‘em up on Monday’s ‘Fetti Finds link list (new link list each Monday).  There’s a find-it-fast button over on the sidebar.

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This week the Confetti Camera is zooming in on Confetti Crew member Laurie Schmidlin!

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Her Confetti Camera project:

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Detail shot…

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This card features the *new* set COUNT YOUR RAINBOWS

Paper:  White, Lucille patterned paper (Basic Grey)
Ink:  Soft Granite (Hero Arts), Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Innocent Pink (Gina K)
Accessories:  Wooden embellishments (Prima), Glitter, Flower (Prima), Label Dies (PTI), Corner Rounder punch, Delicate Vine Die (Memory Box), Sewing machine, Seam Binding ribbon

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Post Production Interview

What do you like best about this project?

I like the homespun feel of the colors and patterns.  It just seems warm, cozy, and perfect for Fall (even though it is not meant to be a season specific card)!  Oh, and the glitter…I do love me some glitter!

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

I usually always start with either certain colors that I’ve pictured in my mind or patterned paper.  It probably seems like a backwards way to start, but that is how it usually goes for me! 

What inspiration can others take from this project?

Hmmm.  I guess the softer more subtle colors of the focal image/sentiment contrasted with the busy and bolder colors of the background actually make the image stand out more instead of taking away from it.  I also love how the card opens a little differently.  I seem to always make cards that open from the bottom, so I thought this was a fun way to spice things up a bit!

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Describe/Share your stamping space.

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Stamp organization:

I like to organize mine by date (right now) but will probably plan on changing it to alphabetical order at some point.

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

I have got to have a clean space to create.  If (and I’ll be honest…when) my room gets messy, I find it seriously messes with my mojo!  I adore an uncluttered and organized area!  Almost always I clean up and put everything away after every single project.  Even if I’m going to just start on another one right away!

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

That’s a tough one.  I never have liked to be limited to just one of anything!  LOL!  If I had narrow it down, though, I would say my paper trimmer and Scor-Buddy!  I am almost as obsessive about straight, clean cuts and folds as I am about cleaning up my stamping area!  Another must have for me is probably my Stamp-a-ma-jig!  I measure and line up everything!  My daughter thinks I’m nuts and laughs at me most of the time, but I do love my images and sentiments all lined up nicely!  (Yes, I used my stamp-a-ma-jig on the card above!)

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

I would say most of them are A2 sized, but I do like the odd sizes as well!  Shaped cards, square cards, circle cards, pocket cards…they are all fun to make!  I consider myself and “equal opportunity” card maker!  Hee!

 What is your favorite RC project so far? Why?

Well, like I mentioned earlier, I have a hard time limiting myself to one of anything (blush).  I couldn’t narrow it down to just one, so I chose my top two.  The first one I love because of the unique shape of the card and how the white border really causes the other colors to really pop!  The second card features many of my favorite things:  tone on tone heat embossing, machine stitching, tilted panels, wooden embellishments, and white ink on kraft cardstock!

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Happy Harbor

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Arrows ‘n Elements, Whole Lotta Dots, Celebrate Cake

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CONFETTI CAMERA

By admin
on August 29, 2013

Howdy!

We’re glad that you are joining us for this week’s Confetti Camera!

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…or on the sneak peek days that are just around the corner!! (we’re just a little excited over here)!

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

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Before we jump into the CC post, just a quick reminder that we want to see YOUR Reverse Confetti creations!  Link ’em up on Monday’s ‘Fetti Finds link list (new link list each Monday).  There’s a find-it-fast button over on the sidebar.

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This week the Confetti Camera is zooming in on Confetti Crew member AMY SHEFFER!

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Her Confetti Camera project…

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Detail shots…

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This card features the ARROWS ‘N ELEMENTS and WHOLE LOTTA DOTS 

Paper: White and Sahara Sand card stock; Fancy Pants Wonderful Day 6×6

Ink: black and white pigment inks

Tools & Accessories: Silhouette cut file, circle die, foam adhesive, vellum, wood veneer stars, paper piercer/needle/thread, corner rounder

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Post Production Interview

What do you like best about this project?

I like the overall clean and graphic look, as well as the mostly neutral color palette.

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

My starting point was an occasion — my oldest son’s thirteenth birthday, which we celebrated this past Sunday. Masculine and teen – a most tricky recipient, agreed? I pulled out some of the more masculine colors and patterns from a new-to-me 6×6 pad, Wonderful Day by Fancy Pants, and then sketched out a few layout ideas. The chevron circle is a shape I’ve had in my Silhouette library for a long time, and I was really itching to work that into today’s card as well.

 What inspiration can others take from this project?

Maybe it will give others an idea for a teen boy card.

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Describe/Share your stamping space.

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

Yes and no. If my space is too clean, I tend to stay away so I don’t mess it up again. If it’s too messy, I tend to stay away because I can’t stand it. Somewhere in between pristine and a total wreck is my sweet spot — where there are just enough scraps and embellishments around me to inspire creativity. I’m a slow crafter, so usually, by the time I manage to complete a project, I’m so over it that I just leave the resulting mess for later. It’s unfortunate, since cleaning up yesterday’s mess isn’t a very fun way to start today’s card.

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

I’d have to say my dies (and die-cutting machines). I love being able to create an endless supply of inexpensive, custom shapes and embellishments.

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

Almost always, yes. On a rare occasion, I’ll go for square or shaped.

What is your favorite RC project so far? Why?

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This card, featuring Arrows ‘N Elements, is probably my favorite. As I was making it, I was doubtful that the graphic arrow image and bold sentiment from Arrows ‘N’ Elements would be a good match for the soft, floral loveliness of Crate Paper’s On Trend collection. I kept setting aside the Crate collection, but something about it kept beckoning. I’m so glad I heeded the inner muse, because I love the juxtaposition of the graphic and the shabby! A happy surprise!

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CONFETTI CAMERA

By admin
on August 22, 2013

Hello Friends, Fans and Family!

We’re glad that you are joining us for this week’s Confetti Camera!

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 Confetti Crew member AMY KOLLING!

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Her Confetti Camera project…

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Detail shot…

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This card features the INNER ROCK STAR and CELEBRATE CAKE sets.

Post Production Interview

What do you like best about this project?

I really love that this is a totally STAMPED card.  Just plain stamping…….no fancy dies or pattern paper (which I LOVE don’t get me wrong)!

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

My starting point for this was to search my favorite challenge blogs for a theme or color combination.  I found a great color challenge using aqua, green, and orange.  I thought this color combination would be perfect with the Inner Rock Star set from Reverse Confetti……kinda funky and fun!

What inspiration can others take from this project?

I really like the border on the left using a banner stamp that was stamped multiple times, cut out, and adhered to the main panel.  Remember, I did not use fancy dies for this card!  The other thing is….don’t be afraid to do a little fussy cutting!  My guitars and the borders were cut by hand but did not take a ton of time to do but I love the result!

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Describe/Share your stamping space.

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My stamping space is a very cluttered MESS.  Yes, I admit it.  It’s been a work (or mess) in progress for some time.  I’m quite embarrassed to show you anything other than my desk at this time and this is even a cleaned up desk for this pic!  I am lucky to say that I have an extra room in our basement that could be a bedroom but I claimed it for my space when we moved in!  At one time, I did share it with my husband but he has since moved to the kitchen table.  hehe

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

Yes and no.  My desk is never totally cleaned off…..that being said, after every project, I do put those supplies away and leave my stamping space clean for the next project.  Now, if I could just clean the rest of my desk………..

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

I’m not quite sure I can name just one so I’ll just say that my favorites are my Fiskars paper trimmer, Scor-Pal, and my Big Shot/dies.  I love my dies a LOT……my friends will agree.  I have one of the first Big Shots and because I use it on nearly every card, I recently bought a “back up” just in case it breaks.

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

I generally make A2 sized cards but occasionally find myself using my dies to shape a card.

What is your favorite RC project so far? Why?

My favorite RC project is one of the very first I created for RC’s first release!  My “you’re swell” card uses a fabulous color combination and the layout is one of my favorites with a layered window.  A side note about this card……..I had it all done and thought, it’s missing something.  Then I realized that the lighthouse needed something.  I searched through my RC sets and found the little stamp with 3 dots (it’s actually bubbles for the fish).  Stamping my “rays” for the lighthouse was a last minute detail but one that really made me LOVE this card!

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This card features the HAPPY HARBOR stamp set.

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CONFETTI CAMERA

By admin
on August 15, 2013

Hello, ‘Fetti Friends and Fans!

Confetti Camera is back this week!

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. **we are making an exception today** **SFYTT WINNER IS ANNOUNCED BELOW**

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 Confetti Crew member AMBER HIGHT!

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Her Confetti Camera project:

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This card features  both the Celebrate Cake and Arrows ‘n Elements sets.

Post Production Interview

What do you like best about this project?

Oh my, I like a few different things about this card. I love the colors first and foremost. Sometimes when I get in a color rut, I pull out a piece of patterned paper and let the color combo in the paper inspire me. I probably wouldn’t have picked out these fun colors if it hadn’t been for this paper! I also love doilies so I was pretty stoked to be able to throw a couple of those into the mix.

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

Well, this is our August SFYTT so obviously, that was my starting point. After that, I kind of pulled some dies out, some papers, and let my muse take over. I often stamp like this, with no real direction. But soon I start gluing things down (sometimes way too early, then I have to peel off a layer to add ink or sewing, ha!) and adding ribbon/twine, buttons, all the fun little finishing details, and I end up with something like this!

What inspiration can others take from this project?

Hmmm. Well, the layout, obviously. It’s such a fabulous sketch, and I’m sure I’ll be returning to it often.

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Describe/Share your stamping space.

Here are a few pictures as you walk into my small but functional scrapbook room:

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My work station (can you tell the desk is well loved? LOL! I have paint and cuts all over this table!) I bought these little cube shelves at Target for $16 a piece! On the bottom are 2 of the units (they have 6 cubes each) and then on top is an off-center cube. I love these because they were so cheap, and also allow me to have all my must have tools out in front of me! If I don’t see it, I won’t play with it, so I have to have it all out in the open, ha! It might not be pretty, but dang it…I love my space.

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This is how I store my 8.5×11 cardstock. In the large file cabinet in the corner (its’ covered with magnets because I use to store my dies on those magnets *again, if I don’t see it I won’t use it*) Each color has a main file folder, plus the manila file folder. The manila file folder holds the scraps of each color. My favorite way to organize my cardstock!

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This is how I store my ink pads, right to the left of my workstation so I can grab any color I want! They’re organized by color. The top drawer holds all my buttons…followed by blue/purple ink pads, then neutrals, then orange/yellow, then green/turquoise, then red/pink.

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Finally, this is my storage solution for my new Reverse Confetti stamps! I bought this binder and the sleeves at Hobby Lobby. LOVE IT! I have my phone on top of the binder for size reference.

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

Oh yes, my space has to be back to immaculate after every card. But you know what? It does get messy in here…

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 I know my messy might not be your definition of messy, but this scene right here makes me twitchy, lol

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

My BIG SHOT! I simply can’t make a card without my Big Shot. I love dies. Dies of all sizes, types, manufacturers, etc. I see a die, and I must possess it. LOL! So I guess dies are also my must have tools!

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

Pretty much…always. On the rare occurrence I deviate from the standard A2, I go for square cards.

What is your favorite RC project so far? Why?

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I really loved making this little duo. It was so fun to make my own patterned paper with the Arrows n’ Elements stamp set. I got to play with pattern and color, and then embellish my little heart away! So fun!

And then, most recently I made this card with I Like You and I LOVE it!

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I have many favorite cards, but I’ll stick with these two for now.

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CONFETTI CAMERA

By admin
on July 25, 2013

Howdy, Friends!

Today is the second post for the new segment, CONFETTI CAMERA.

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 {my bestie and the Design Team Coordinator for Reverse Confetti} SUSAN LILES!

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Her Confetti Camera project…

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This card is ROCKIN’ all four sets from our latest release!

Arrows ‘n Elements

Celebrate Cake

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Whole Lotta Dots

A couple of detail shots…

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Post Production Interview

What do you like best about this project?

I really love the tilted border on the orange base piece.  (from the Whole Lotta Dots set)

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

I did have somewhat of a starting point for this card.  I had a graphic look in mind using the guitars from the Inner Rock Star set, that I knew I had seen somewhere (a record album cover, concert poster, perhaps?).  So I went to my old standby, Pinterest and looked up “guitar posters”.  There I saw three guitars together like this and ended up with something totally different than what my mind originally conjured up!  Instant MOJO!

What inspiration can others take from this project?

I really like the popped up guitar in the middle with the sentiment stamped directly on top.  It matches up with the same sentiment that I stamped on the orange guitars.  Kind of a 3D look!  Maybe there’s name for this technique?  Also, The small black stars are actually the black mat showing through where I punched the stars off the edge of the white panel.  Cool, no?

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What does your studio/creative space look like?

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I take up about a third of our tiny-to-begin-with master bedroom.  I’ve had it configured with these two very old  desks against the one wall for several years now and I think it’s what works best for me, given the space I have to work with.  Everything is at my fingertips, stored in drawers or on the wall.  I do need another chair for my sewing desk.  I drag the one back and forth.  I also have a large wooden armoire in the garage for the extra necessities that I replenish my consumables from.

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

Yes, I have to start fresh with each project.  I don’t have that much space to begin with and I’m not much of an organizer/re-organizer like some of ya’ll crafty peeps out there.  So it helps that everything has it’s own little niche and I know where everything is and can put it all up pretty quickly before starting a new project.

Here’s a look at my mess right after I finished making this card.  Don’t ask me why I have a ketchup packet on my side TV tray table. (which I confiscated from my oldest daughter and just started using–love it!)  You don’t want to know why I was eating lunch in my bedroom the other day.  It’s not too bad of a mess, right?

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

I MUST HAVE my trusty little 6″ ruler and most of my crafty friends know this about me!  I know it sounds crazy, but I love that thing and will probably use it until the numbers wear off!  I don’t know why I like it so much, maybe because I need to use it all the time?  Now I’ve used it so much that it’s really smooth feeling.  Ahhhh, crafty comfort!

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

Yes, I’m pretty boring that way.  All of them seem to be A2 for the most part (4.25 x 5.5″), unless I get really brave and go for a square card or a tag!  I guess I need to break out of that box, huh?!

What is your favorite RC project so far? Why?

I know Jen said last week that this would be an easy question for everyone on the design team except her, since the company is her “baby” and she’s got a ‘personal connection’ with each stamp set and project she comes up with.  I don’t think it’s an easy question for me, either!  I’ve been completely blessed to be by Jen’s side since the conception of the company and feel the same way she does!  Too bad for ya’ll that we didn’t get video of the happy dances we did when the first shipment of the stamps arrived!  Wait, you may have heard us squeal for joy even all the way to where ya’ll are!  Yep, that was us.  Ok, so I better pick a favorite…I guess it has to be my Whale Hugs and Fishy Kisses card.  I love the bright colors and sweet sentiment that makes me happy to be right where I am with Reverse Confetti!

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CONFETTI CAMERA

By admin
on July 18, 2013

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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SupplyList

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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