WEDNESDAY IN THE WORKS: CHALKBOARD TUTORIAL

By admin
on July 31, 2013

Hello and Happy Hump Day!

It’s time for another (our 3rd) 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 THE CHALKBOARD TECHNIQUE, 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.

Here’s a card that I did for the DARE TO GET DIRTY Chalkboard Challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers…

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This card uses words from the I LIKE YOU set on top of a black cardstock panel made to look like a chalkboard.  Detail shot…

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What you’ll need:

Black (or dark) cardstock panel

VersaMark Ink Pad (or other ink that embossing powder will stick to)

White Pigment Ink

White Detail Embossing Powder

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White Gel Pen

Stamp(s) (of course)

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STEP ONE (no photo):

Stamp and heat emboss image or sentiment on black cardstock panel.

NOTE: You can just stamp something in white, but I like to have the embossed words, as shown, so they don’t wear away to much in steps two and three.

STEP TWO:

Apply white pigment ink to edges of cardstock panel.  You can do this by directly putting the edge of your panels in the ink or by rubbing ink with your finger.  Smudge the excess around the edges.

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STEP THREE:

Get inky!  Get some ink on your finger and smudge it all around the cardstock panel, rubbing it “in” in some areas and leaving it a little thicker in others. Don’t forget to go over/around the embossing (just make sure it is dry and set). This will give the appearance of a chalkboard that has been erased several times.

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STEP FOUR:

Draw decorative lines or dots on your panel.  Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect, but if you want straight lines, use another sheet of cardstock or a straight edge.  To create the rounded-in corners, I used a ticket corner punch on another sheet of cardstock and then traced around it.

TIP: Go back over your lines after tracing to darken and/or thicken them.

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STEP FIVE (no photo):

Add embellishments and apply to project.

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HUGS ‘N KISSES CHALKBOARD CARD

Stamps: I Like You

White Pigment Ink, VersaMark Ink

White, Black, Gray, Red Cardstock

Embossing Powder, White Gel Pen, Washi Tape, Dimensional Adhesives, Baker’s Twine, Heart Punch, Sequins, Enamel Dots

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TIME FOR A CARD TUESDAY

By admin
on July 30, 2013

Tuesday Greetings Reverse Confetti family, friends and fans!

It’s TIME FOR A CARD TUESDAY!

My card today is straight from the DARE TO GET DIRTY challenges over on Splitcoast Stampers. (Read more about all the fun and inspiring challenges HERE).

This one is for the “Ray of Light” challenge and these warm and sunny does of summer are the perfect mojo kick-starters.  For the sun’s rays, I cut out a full sun from the Silhouette and then cut it in half and layered it for added dimension…

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For the sentiment, I mixed and matched sentiments from both the Arrows ‘n Elements and I Like You sets, making the perfect one for this card that I plan on slipping to the Chief Party Pooper (read more about that HERE).

The aqua panel is stamped with VersaMark ink with the overlapping circles from Whole Lotta Dots

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I’m keeping this post short and sweet.  But, before I send you on way for the day, a couple of notes…

  • We wanna see your Reverse Confetti creations!!  Upload them to the new link list posted Monday.  The “find it fast” button labeled “‘Fetti Find” is over on the left sidebar gets to you to the current link list (fast!).
  • The new ‘Fetti Fave will be announced on Thursday!  They will win the ENTIRE NEXT RELEASE!
  • Are you ready for the next SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY?  Stay tuned for the new sketch on August 1.

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‘FETTI FINDS & NEW LINK LIST

By admin
on July 29, 2013

Hello and Happy Monday ‘Fetti Fans!

Did you enjoy your weekend?  Did you get any crafting done or take a dip in the pool, lake or ocean?

I am currently working on holiday stamp designs and was knee deep in all things Christmas over the weekend.  It’s a little hard to get in the spirit of decking the halls when the mercury is pushing 100 degrees.  My mojo was refreshed with a great time with friends and some time spent poolside on Sunday evening.  I’m ready for a great week ahead and hope you are, too!

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Did you see?…this week is DARE TO GET DIRTY over on Splitcoast Stampers. If you aren’t familiar with this exciting week that is chock full of fun challenges and awe inspiring inspiration, be sure to check it out HERE. Have fun and play along in those challenges with your Reverse Confetti stamps and then link up on the new link list  for a chance to be the next ‘Fetti Fave and win THE ENTIRE NEXT RELEASE!  I’ll be sharing some of my DTGD creations here on the blog later this week…and I hope you will, too!

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A couple reminders before I announce the ‘Fetti Finds:

1. New link lists are posted EVERY MONDAY!  Come play along! (details below)

2. The ‘Fetti Fave will be announced July 31…will it be you?

3. The *new* SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY will be posted on Aug. 1

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Drumroll, please.

The ‘Fetti Finds from last week’s link list are Carole Burrage and Penny Ward!

Carole and Penny, grab your badge!

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I love the happy summer colors and all the textures on Carole‘s card using PEACOCK PRETTIES

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Penny‘s clever use of DREAM IN COLOR on this crayon box caught my eye…

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Want to be a ‘Fetti Find or even a ‘Fetti Fave? Check out these details…

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 July 26, 2013

Howdy and Happy Friday!

Are you enjoying the new segments here on the Reverse Confetti blog? Yesterday, I worked on a tutorial for next Wednesday’s Wednesday in the Works post.  Confetti Camera will be on hold for a couple of weeks since the new Sketch For You to Try and monthly hop fall on the next 2 Thursdays.  Stay tuned for more inspiration when we point the Confetti Camera on each of the Confetti Crew in the weeks following.  While I have seen Susan’s space in person, I am looking forward to taking a peek into the rest of the Confetti Crew’s spaces; aren’t you?

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It’s Friday and that means it’s time for the WEEK IN REVERSE where we take a peek at what the Confetti Crew has been up to this past week.

Heather‘s dark based card with the pops of pink is just stunning!

WHOLE LOTTA DOTS, CELEBRATE CAKE AND DREAM IN COLOR

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Amy K.’s preppy color palette and trendy nautical themed card are the perfect mix for this darling card.

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I could just eat up Val‘s triple scoop card!

CELEBRATE CAKE, WHOLE LOTTA DOTS, ARROWS ‘N ELEMENTS

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Amy S.’s clean and simple card simply rocks!

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Dawn has been a busy in her stamp room, creating 3 fabulous cards this week!

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ARROWS ‘N ELEMENTS

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Savannah has a wicked sense of design and this card shows that off!

I LIKE YOU, CELEBRATE CAKE, ARROWS ‘N ELEMENTS

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Laurie created the perfect combo with this card…sweet and sparkly!

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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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!

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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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WEDNESDAY IN THE WORKS: GETTING PUBLISHED

By admin
on July 24, 2013

Howdy, Friends!

I’m so happy to be back blogging daily (during the week).  For those of you that were familiar with my “old” blog (iheart2stamp.com), you know that I posted quite a bit and I have to be honest and say that I kinda missed that.  Right now, we are working on getting it moved over to a new server (and looking correct).  This process had been way slower than anyone anticipated.  While I won’t be adding any future content to that blog, I have had requests for people to be able to access past content for inspiration, etc.

Today is the second installment of the new segment, 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 GETTING PUBLISHED, 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.

Today, we are focusing on one of those “everything in between” topics and discussing GETTING PUBLISHED…and what it means for you when you get published using Reverse Confetti stamps!

I’ve had many people ask me, “How do you get published?”  There is no one “how” when it comes to getting published, but I have put together 5 quick tips that I hope that you will find helpful and get you started.

#1 JUST DO IT & DON’T BE AFRAID OF REJECTION

You can’t get your work into magazines unless you try to get your work in magazines.  Don’t be afraid of not getting your work accepted, because that will happen. Yep, there I said it.  You will get rejected. EVERYONE who tries gets rejected at some point or another, even the most talented and “famous” of them all.  Seriously, ask them.  I have yet to meet ANYONE that gets all their stuff accepted.  It’s part of it.  I think it’s a good part, too.  For one, it’s a bit humbling.  Also, it can give you a chance to reflect on what you could have done differently (notice I did not say “better”).  On the flip side, WHEN your projects do get picked up, it is so uplifting and you want to do happy dance.

#2 BE YOURSELF

When I say “be yourself” I mean that you should focus on your own talents.  When you do this, you will be happier while creating and most likely produce something that you are happier with.  For example, I know I have told you that I am not a technique-y type person/stamper.  When the technique calls come through, I generally skim over them to see if something piques my interest.  Nine out of ten times, it’s not something that I would do just for fun or that interests me and therefore I don’t create for that call.  I don’t want to make something just to make something or do something for the first time for a call.  I’m not saying don’t try something new, but it is best to create things that show off your likes and talents.

#3 KNOW WHAT THE CALL IS ASKING FOR

Many publication calls/editorial calendars have specific requirements…read them and follow them.  If you have a question, ASK!  You will find that editors are happy to explain or clarify what they are looking for.  In line with this, be aware of what kind of magazine you are submitting to and keep that in mind when creating/submitting.  If the magazine has a focus on stamps, be sure to use stamping and/or stamping techniques on your project(s).

Where can you find this info?

Publication calls and editorial calendars can generally be found on the magazine’s website.  If you are not able to find it, email the editor and ask them for the current call/calendar.

#4 BE ORIGINAL

It’s okay to be inspired, but do not take and idea that is not your own and try to profit from it through publication.

#5 SEND IN CLEAR PHOTOGRAPHS

Editors cannot feel your project or see it from every angle, so that ONE picture that you send in better be awesome and show them what that project is all about!  I can tell you from experience that my projects in late night photos without proper natural lighting RARELY get picked up.  I often take several pictures in natural light, choose a few to edit and then pick the best one to submit.  When there are 100 projects that you are up against, you want your project to stand out.  A grayish, blurry picture is NOT the way to do that!

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I will generally hold onto my “rejects” to either be resubmitted to another call from either the same or different magazine.  Sometimes, they sit in my stash waiting to be blogged about, kinda like this one using WHOLE LOTTA DOTS and a sentiment from PEACOCK PRETTIES

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Detail shot of the panel I created by layering the large dots and overlapping circles from WHOLE LOTTA DOTS

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All this talk about publications.  Let’s talk about what’s in it for you!!

Did you get your Reverse Confetti project published?

We want to know about it and reward you!

Publication Incentives:

  • $20 store credit when Reverse Confetti stamps are the focal point of your card/project
  • $50 CASH BONUS + FREE SET OF CHOICE when your card/project is on the cover

Compensation is based on the following guidelines:

  • Publication must be in print format.  Online issues/publications are not eligible.
  • Proper credit to Reverse Confetti must be included in the supply list within the spread.
  • Reverse Confetti stamps must be the focal point of the card/project.

Maximum of 5 publication incentives issued per month.

Please email info@reverseconfetti.com with the following information within 60 days of publication date:

-Your full name

-Publication name and date

-Picture or scan of published page

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HELLO FRIEND CARD

Stamps: Peacock Pretties, Whole Lotta Dots

White, Black, Red Cardstock

Aqua Dye Ink, Brilliance Graphite Black Pigment Ink

Black Acrylic Flatback, Flower Dies, Dimensional Adhesive

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TIME FOR A CARD TUESDAY: OH HELLO x 3

By admin
on July 23, 2013

Hello and Happy Tuesday, Y’all!

We are just back from a mini vacation/road trip from Houston this past weekend. Last week, Tony asked me if me and the kids wanted to go with him to Houston while he was at a meeting.  Realizing that we have done a whole lot of nothing this summer, I figured it would be a great change of pace and jumped on the opportunity to make some memories and see some family and friends.  We had a great time, and I am exhausted…proof that it was fun, I suppose.  I originally planned to have another card for Time for a Card Tuesday, but my mojo and my tummy are running on empty so I pulled one from my “reject” pile.  I’m not saying that I don’t like this card, I’m saying that it didn’t get chosen to the magazine I submitted it to.  I’ll be chatting more about getting published, the new Reverse Confetti publication incentive, as well as sharing another “reject” tomorrow.

Here’s today’s “reject…”

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This card is chock full of details!  The base layer is a piece of gray cardstock that I distressed the edges and sewed to card base.  The pink panel is stamped with the large dots from our new WHOLE LOTTA DOTS set in VersaMark watermark ink.  Atop of that pink layer, I placed 4 navy chevrons from the (also new!) ARROWS ‘N ELEMENTS set.  The sentiment, also from the Arrows ‘n Elements set, is stamped in triplicate, cut out and popped up with dimensional adhesive on a tag.  I **love** the gray, orange, pink and navy color palette, but I felt that it was needing a punch of another color.  I decided to bring in the green at the last minute after fidgeting with the panels for several minutes.  The green behind the sentiment is repeated in the circles that offset the silver sequins.  Why silver?…to play off the gray, while still being neutral.

Detail shot…

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OH, HELLO CARD

Stamps: Arrows ‘n Elements, Whole Lotta Dots

VersaMark Watermark Ink; Hot Pink and Navy Dye Ink

White, Dark Gray, Orange, Hot Pink, Green, Kraft Cardstock

Paper Distresser, Sewing Machine, Corner Rounder Punch, Linen Thread, Dimensional Adhesive, Circle Punches, Sequins

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‘FETTI FINDS & NEW LINK LIST

By admin
on July 22, 2013

Hello and Happy Monday, ‘Fetti Fans!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!  The del Muro clan had a wonderful weekend spent with friends and family.  I know a bunch of you gals are headed out to CHA this week.  I hope everyone has a blast and I look forward to seeing/hearing all about the new paper lines and goodies that are set to hit stores in the upcoming months.  I’m also interested to see what people think about the new location and format.  Let me know!  As you can figure, Reverse Confetti is not at the CHA summer show.  We look forward to catching up with everyone in the winter.

A couple of reminders before I dive into the ‘Fetti Finds and new link list…

1. Orders placed July 20-22 will be processed on July 23rd.

2. Check out our new weekly segments that we just added:

  • Wednesday in the Works
  • Confetti Camera

3. New link lists are posted EVERY MONDAY!  Come play along! (all details below)

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Drumroll, please.

The ‘Fetti Finds from last week’s link list are Stacey Schafer and Colleen Begley!

Thank you to everyone that linked up last week.  I’m already looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with this week!

Stacey and Colleen, grab your badge!

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Love the colors and design of Stacey‘s card using INNER ROCK STAR

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Colleen‘s card using CELEBRATE CAKE is just so yummy…

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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.

 <– 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 July 19, 2013

Greetings and Happy Friday!

Just a couple of notes before I get started on this week’s WEEK IN REVERSE post…

1. Orders made July 20-22 will be processed on Tuesday, July 23.

2. Just a reminder to upload your Reverse Confetti creations to the ‘Fetti Find link list HERE (closes tomorrow).

3. If you didn’t get a chance to see our 2 new segments on the blog this week, be sure to keep scrolling after this post.

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Now, it’s time for WEEK IN REVERSE where we get to take a peek back at what the Confetti Crew has done this past week with Reverse Confetti stamps.  The Crew has been very busy this week with their Reverse Confetti stamps.  Grab that cuppa, sit back, relax and enjoy this week’s review…

Amy Sheffer mixed and matched three of the new release sets: Inner Rock Star, Whole Lotta Dots and Arrows ‘n Elements in this card that I must say ROCKS…

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Heather made my heart set sail with this nautical themed beauty using the Happy Birthday sentiment from the new set, Celebrate Cake

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Susan’s Celebrate Cake tag + card is so cheerful and fun…

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Savannah is so clever how she masked the sweet sentiment from Happy Harbor and paired with the anchor from the same set…

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Val’s grunge effect card using Whole Lotta Dots and Arrows ‘n Elements is just as it says…AWESOME!…

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Amber’s sunshine-y card using I Like You brings a smile to my face…

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Dawn has been a busy lil’ stampin’ bee this week, whipping up four Reverse Confetti creations using Celebrate Cake, Arrows ‘n Elements and Whole Lotta Dots

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Amy Kolling’s CAS nautical themed card using Happy Harbor is absolutely stunning…

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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.

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 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…

Drawers

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…

Hutch

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…

Desk

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…

RCside

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)…

sewingspace

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

clock

(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…

PeacockPretties_HelloFriend

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.

CC6

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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celebrate

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