WEDNESDAY IN THE WORKS

By admin
on October 16, 2013

Hello from freezing cold Texas.   And, by freezing I mean 50-something degrees.  Yes, I admit it…I am a cold weather wuss!  Don’t get me wrong, I love sweater weather and a good cup of hot cocoa (or salted caramel hot chocolate from Starbucks), but I’m still in flip flop mode and am not quite ready for this!  I can’t imagine that designing our SPRING (!) stamps right now has anything to do with that.  What do you think?

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It’s Wednesday and time for WEDNESDAY IN THE WORKS.

What is 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 SUBWAY ART STYLE, 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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Subway art has been very popular in home decor for the past couple of years and it has crossed over to graphic design (ads, printed invitations, etc.) and, of course, paper crafting.  I love this trend, and when I sat down to design our first subway art style stamp set (SPOOKY SENTIMENTS), I knew that it needed to be versatile.  Not only in the fact that you can use the different sentiments easily on a variety of projects, but also that there is versatility in all the different possible combinations.  In addition, I created the coordinating image set, SPOOKY CUTIES, so that it would “stack” nicely with the sentiments.

Here’s a card I made using a combination of sentiments from SPOOKY SENTIMENTS, along with pumpkins from SPOOKY CUTIES and FOREVER FALL.

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Here’s a few tips to create a subway art panel using the SPOOKY SENTIMENTS set:

1. Choose a color palette that coordinates with the sentiments.  I chose a very basic color palette: black ink on white paper, but you could use a variety of colors like the pillow above.

TIP: To create variety and visual interest, add a strip(s) of paper in a different color(s).  I did this with the purple flag-ended “got candy” strip

2. Vary long and tall sentiments.  These sets are designed so that 2 tall sentiments will fit across the span of one long sentiment.

3. Add images in place of sentiments to break up all the lettering.  Here I used the pumpkins in place of a tall sentiment.  Note that both the shape and color break up the space, but still coordinate with the overall theme of the subway art panel.

4. Use lines or other elements to divide words.  In the SPOOKY SENTIMENTS set, there is a line of diagonal lines (used on this card), but you can also use dots (I LIKE YOU has a strip that would be perfect for subway art) or symbols (lots in the LIGHTHEARTED LETTERS set).

In the end, there is no true right way to do subway style.  Have fun with it and don’t be afraid to mix it up a little!

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SFYTT WINNER ANNOUNCED

By admin
on October 15, 2013

Howdy ‘Fetti Fans and Friends!

 Thanks to everyone that played along with this month’s SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY!  As always, the entries were all FANTABULOUS!

Drumroll, please.

The winner of this month’s SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY is SARAH GOUGH with this card using SPOOKY CUTIES and SPOOKY SENTIMENTS

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Congrats, Sarah! 

Sarah is the September Sketch for You to Try WINNER and WINS THE ENTIRE NEXT STAMP RELEASE and is invited to join the Confetti Crew for sneak peeks and the hop during release week!

Sarah, please email me.

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As noted above, all of the entries were fabulous and I want to take a moment to recognize a couple of

SFYTT Honorable Mentions…

EricaRose

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Rosemary (using FOREVER FALL)

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Penny Ward (using COUNT YOUR RAINBOWS and ARROWS ‘N ELEMENTS)

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TIME FOR A CARD TUESDAY will return next week.  See you tomorrow for my WEDNESDAY IN THE WORKS post.  And, until then…

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‘FETTI FINDS & NEW LINK LIST

By admin
on October 14, 2013

Happy Monday ‘Fetti Fans!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  The del Muro household was let down by our Sooners, but made happy by visiting friends and decorating for Halloween.  I’ll have pics of some of the decor soon.  I also squeezed in a little bit of design time and am thrilled about what is up ahead for Reverse Confetti…and am beyond ecstatic that you are here with me on this journey!

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The Reverse Confetti creations that were linked last week were INCREDIBLE!  I love all the creativity and different kinds of projects that I am seeing linked!

The ‘Fetti Finds from last week’s link list are Kim Singdahlsen and Amy Tsuruta

Kim and Amy, grab your badge!

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Kim’s clean and simple design using FOREVER FALL is so dynamic and totally eye-catching!

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Amy’s card using PEACOCK PRETTIES  along with this month’s SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY is fabulous! Great colors and design elements!

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We want to see your Reverse Confetti creations!  Post them here for a chance to win FREE STAMPS!

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.

 <– FIND IT FAST: You’ll be able to find the current ‘Fetti Find post quickly by clicking on the button on 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).

SHOW US YOUR REVERSE CONFETTI CREATIONS…

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WEEK IN REVERSE

By admin
on October 11, 2013

Happy Friday, ‘Fetti Fans!

Before we get to the projects from this week, I want to announce the winner from the blog hop comments.

Congratulations to Maureen Morton (winner randomly chosen from Savannah O’Gwynn’s blog)…

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Maureen, please email info@reverseconfetti.com

Thank you to everyone that hopped with us!

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If you missed the hop, HERE is the beginning.  You won’t want to miss a bit of the inspiration the Confetti Crew and Friends came up with!  I won’t be posting all those projects here today on the WEEK IN REVERSE post, but I do have a couple cards that weren’t part of the hop to share from the Confetti Crew.

Amy Kolling created this fun card with a fabulous layout for World Card Making Day.

ARROWS ‘N ELEMENTS, CELEBRATE CAKE

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Lisa proved on the hop that she can mix and match Reverse Confetti stamps with perfection, and this card is no exception.

ARROWS ‘N ELEMENTS, I LIKE YOU, WHOLE LOTTA DOTS, LIGHTHEARTED LETTERS

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Have a great weekend and don’t forget to…

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CONFETTI CAMERA

By admin
on October 10, 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 VAL STANGLE!

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Her Confetti Camera project…

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This project uses: I LIKE YOU, FOREVER FALL, WHOLE LOTTA DOTS, LIGHTHEARTED LETTERS and ARROWS ‘N ELEMENTS

What do you like best about this project?

The way the stamped elements and pre-printed cards guide the viewer around the card; “I love you, today, yesterday, tomorrow & always XO.”  That, and I made sure to use red, Jay’s favorite color.

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

I had a stack of Simple Stories cards leftover from a quickie vacation scrapbook I put together recently, and the tab page was something I knew could be worked into a card for our anniversary.  From there, I added another card strip and elements from several RC set to bring it to life.

Stitching adds visual interest to the striped panel and to the pre-printed tabs that would otherwise look flat.

 What inspiration can others take from this project?

Don’t be afraid to mix up sets when working on a project, I used 5 RC sets on this card and it all works.  Also, patterned paper can be your friend if used in ways to compliment your stamped images.

 Describe/Share your stamping space.

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I am a standing stamper, I just can’t sit and stamp at all!  My space is a 10’ section of cabinet height cupboards topped with a Corian counter that is in our small great room off the kitchen.  A bonus, we when entertain, it becomes a buffet. I hide everything in the cabinets below or in another room.

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

Absolutely.  As my space is not in a room that is closed off from the rest of the home, I clean it up after every whirlwind session.  A clean, organized space also allows me the think clearly.

I store my RC stamps in clear sleeves that have a computer printed graphic for easy viewing.  The sleeves are kept in a RC photo box in the bookcase at the end of my counter.

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

My Tonic guillotine cutter.  I use it every single time I craft.  It cuts precisely and is not an expensive cutter. And, since I use dies on almost every card, my Cuttlebug and/or Grand Calibur.

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

I make A2 cards frequently, but love square cards as well as other non-standard sizes.

What is your favorite RC project so far? Why?

It’s hard to pick a favorite, but if I have to choose just one, it is my monthly home décor scrap project.  It sits on my workspace and I see it every day.

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WEDNESDAY IN THE WORKS

By admin
on October 09, 2013

Do you know what day it is?  It’s hump day!  Happy Wednesday, ‘Fetti Fans!

Thanks to everyone that has hopped with us so far!  If you missed the hop yesterday, be sure to scroll on down to the post below so you don’t miss a bit of inspiration…or a chance to win!

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Being that it is Wednesday, it’s time for WEDNESDAY IN THE WORKS.

What is 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 ACETATE CARDS, 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.

When I first sat down to complete a project for this post, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do.  Three things came to mind: acetate cards, square cards (or other than A2) and non-traditional colors combos for fall.  I managed to do a card that actually uses all three of these concepts…

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I started with a piece of thick acetate (that I have been hoarding for quite sometime) and cut it into a 4.25″ square card base (4.25″ x 8.5″).  Why 4.25″ square?…because it will fit into an A2 envelope, which means no additional postage.  I recommend using a thicker acetate sheet, if you can.  Otherwise, common overhead projector acetate sheets will work, but are much more flimsy.

For the front of this card, I stamped the “HELLO pumpkin” from our FOREVER FALL set in black ink on a 2.75″ piece of white cardstock, matted with a piece of gray cardstock.  That panel is adhered to the front of the acetate card with red line tape.  The one downside of acetate (which is also what makes it a fun material to work with) is that it is see through, which means you will be able to see your adhesive from the reverse side of the panel.  To overcome this, you can cut a panel the same size or slightly larger and place it on the opposite side of the acetate.

Because the acetate is see through, I was also able to create another “mat” with the inside cardstock panels that I cut larger (3 3/8″ white square matted with 3.5″ aqua square).

Side view of card…

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As you can see, I stamped pumpkins (also from the FOREVER FALL set) on both the inside and outside of the card.  On the front, I cut out two of the pumpkins and popped up one for added dimension.  To play off the polka dots on the pumpkins, I stamped the pink cardstock panel with the large dots from WHOLE LOTTA DOTS.  I then wrapped black and white baker’s twine around the card three times and double tied a bow…

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I’m looking forward to giving this card to the sweetest lil’ pumpkin I know…my sweet daughter, Ellie…

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Happy Fall, Y’all!

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HELLO PUMPKIN CARD

Stamps: Forever Fall, Whole Lotta Dots

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black; Pumpkin and Olive Dye Ink

Cardstock: White, Gray, Aqua, Pink and Black

Other: Acetate Sheet, Baker’s Twine, Nestabilities Pinked Circle Die, Circle Punches, Dimensional Adhesive

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OCTOBER BLOG HOP

By admin
on October 08, 2013

Hello and welcome to the October Blog Hop!

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This is the start of the hop.

There is a full list of hoppers toward the end of this post in case you get lost along the way.

As the graphic above suggests, there is a TON of AWESOME inspiration from not only the best design team anyone could ask for, The Confetti Crew, but also from some very, very special guests, or as we like to call them ‘FETTI FRIENDS!

So, grab that cuppa joe, sit back, relax and click on through this amazingly fun blog hop!  Don’t forget to leave a comment on each stop along the way for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to the Reverse Confetti store.  Comments are open until Thursday, October 10th at 2pm CST, and the winner will be announced on the Week in Reverse post.

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I love Halloween and I love creating treat containers, so I combined the two to create this duo for our October hop…

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I cut these containers and rosettes from my Silhouette and then dressed them up with our SPOOKY CUTIES, SPOOKY SENTIMENTSand WHOLE LOTTA DOTS sets.  They were so fun and easy to create and will be a great sweet treat for a couple of my neighbors on Halloween.

The dots (from WHOLE LOTTA DOTS) were stamped and gold embossed.  I love the gold paired with the Halloween theme.  Can you tell from this picture that the ghost is spar-ka-lay, too?  I colored him lightly with my Copics and then added a little twinkle with a Sakura Stardust pen.

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And, the cauldron with the oh-so-fun witch shoes…

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I think these would be fun to use as party favors or even as part of a table setting.  Switch up the colors or theme and the possibilities are endless!

Are you ready to HOP? Let’s go!

 –now you’re headed to see–>Amber Hight

Nina Yang

Amy Kolling

Gayatri Murali

Amy Sheffer

Dawn Easton

Sarah Gough

Heather Pulvirenti

Jen Tapler

Kimberly Crawford

Laurie Schmidlin

Taheerah Atchia

Lisa Henke

Nancy Thomas

Savannah O’Gwynn

JJ Bolton

Val Stangle

Tracey Cuccia

Susan Liles 

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HALLOWEEN TREAT CONTAINERS WITH ROSETTES

Stamps: Spooky Cuties, Spooky Sentiments, Whole Lotta Dots

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black: Olive and Gray Dye Inks

Cardstock: Kraft, Orange, Black, White and Gray

Other: Gold Embossing Powder, Halloween Baker’s Twine, Nestabilities Pinked Circle, Punched Circles, Orange Chevron Ribbon, Sakura Stardust Pen, Copic Markers, Silhouette Die Cuts

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‘FETTI FINDS & NEW LINK LIST

By admin
on October 07, 2013

Hello and Happy Monday, ‘Fetti Fans!

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend, including World Card Making Day! I was a busy bee with family and such and didn’t get to play in the studio this weekend.  I’m hoping to make up for that this week, though…especially since I seem to be collecting a slightly ridiculous amount of Halloween themed pattern paper.  I just love it all!

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Don’t forget, tomorrow is our monthly hop…

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The ‘Fetti Finds from last week’s link list are SARAH GOUGH and PENNY WARD

Sarah and Penny, grab your badge!

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Sarah’s take on the new SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY using Spooky Cuties and Spooky Sentiments is just too cute to spook!

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Penny’s wildly colorful and cute card using Arrows ‘n Elements is so fun and on trend!

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We want to see your Reverse Confetti creations!  Post them here for a chance to win FREE STAMPS!

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.

 <– FIND IT FAST: You’ll be able to find the current ‘Fetti Find post quickly by clicking on the button on 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).

SHOW US YOUR REVERSE CONFETTI CREATIONS…

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WEEK IN REVERSE

By admin
on October 04, 2013

WOW…Friday, already!?  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, but this week seemed to zooooom by!

I know that part of my weekend will be spent cheering for my alma mater, Arizona State University, who will be duking it out (here in Dallas) with Notre Dame.  Do I have tickets?…no (sniffle), but I’ll be cheering them on from the comforts of my living room sofa.  I’m hoping to get some crafty time in, too!

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It’s time to take a peek back at what the Confetti Crew has created this week in our WEEK IN REVERSE.

Heather is just one of the designers that decided to use her Reverse Confetti stamps on a scrapbook page this week!  I just adore how this layout (the October SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY) and sentiment, along with the graphic background compliment the picture of her beautiful daughter with her face painted!

PEACOCK PRETTIES, I LIKE YOU

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Val also did a scrapbook page.  I love all the elements and how she flipped the SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY to create this page featuring her son playing water polo.

ARROWS ‘N ELEMENTS, LIGHTHEARTED LETTERS, COUNT YOUR RAINBOWS

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This might just be one of my favorite cards from Amy Kolling!  I love all the colors and details and how stacked up all the images, dots and large sentiment.

SPOOKY CUTIES, SPOOKY SENTIMENTS, WHOLE LOTTA DOTS

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Amy also used the latest SFYTT on this card that is just so sweet!  It’s the perfect card to give to a loved one!

COUNT YOUR RAINBOWS, ARROWS ‘N ELEMENTS

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Susan had a mind-share with Amy and came up with this fun card that also features 1-2-3.  Now, they’ve got me thinking I need to make one that says ABC!

COUNT YOUR RAINBOWS, FOREVER FALL, LIGHTHEARTED LETTERS

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Amy Sheffer sure knows how to WOW with her cards and this one is no exception!  I love how the simple white sentiment panel stands out against all the fun details.

FOREVER FALL

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I’m batty for  Dawn’s card using this month’s SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY!  I love how she stamped the fence multiple times  for a bold panel.

SPOOKY CUTIES, SPOOKY SENTIMENTS

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Savannah knows how to put together some sweet treats!  If you missed the Confetti Camera post from yesterday, be sure you check it out!  I love her candy bag adorned with witch shoes here.

SPOOKY SENTIMENTS

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Laurie’s bright and cheerful card put a huge smile on my face!  Love the use of the buttons as the rainbow and her sparkly and colorful “COUNT.”

COUNT YOUR RAINBOWS

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Lisa’s non-traditional rainbow colors are oh-so-fun paired with this sentiment.

COUNT YOUR RAINBOWS

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Lisa also made this spooky and sweet card featuring this month’s SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY.  The cauldron bubbles stamped repeatedly on the pattern behind the witch shoes is just one of the many awesome details on this card.

SPOOKY CUTIES, SPOOKY SENTIMENTS

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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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