TIME FOR A CARD TUESDAY

By admin
on August 06, 2013

Howdy, ‘Fetti Friends!

I hope everyone’s week has started off well.  Over here in the del Muro house, we are squeezing in as much (local) fun into these last few weeks of summer before school starts again.  Lots of fun in the sun, as well as some shady play dates are up ahead. At Reverse Confetti, we are gearing up for all things fall and then we’ll be jumping into all the winter holidays.  I hope you’re ready for all the great new things that are up ahead!

As you know, we don’t release every month, but rather every other month. August is one of the months that we do not have a release, but we are still having a lot of fun here and it’s sure to be a month chock full of great projects and  inspiration.  Of course, we’ll be hopping on the 8th, as always.  We hope you’ll join us…

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Right now, it’s TIME FOR A CARD TUESDAY!

This is actually a card that I made for one of the Dare to Get Dirty challenges over on Splitcoast Stampers last week.  The challenge was “Simply Sparkly,” meaning a clean and simple (CAS) card with a bit of bling.  I love making CAS cards and there’s no secret that I have a thing for bling!

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I started by stamping the words AWESOME from the ARROWS ‘N ELEMENTS set and then added three strips of (double stick) red line tape in a diagonal to the bottom half of the die cut (Silhouette) tag.  Next, I added the glitter one color at a time.

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I couldn’t stop at just glitter for a challenge that called for bling!  I also spritzed the base of my card with a little Heidi Swapp Color Shine it Teal.  It’s very subtle, but breaks up all the white just enough.  Plus it sparkles a little bit…bonus!

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As you can see, I also added sequins and topped them with rhinestones for just that added little bit of bling (and color).

Because this card has so much sparkly stuff going on, I wanted to make sure the rest of the card was CAS just as the challenge called for.  I kept the layers to a minimum and the paper color palette is completely neutral.  When I added the kraft panel on the right, I needed a way to bring it together on the rest of the card.  To do this, I layered it under the white star and added kraft colored linen thread.

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AWESOME CARD

Stamps: Arrows ‘n Elements

White, Kraft Cardstock

Brilliance Graphite Black Pigment Ink

Red Line Tape, Martha Stewart Glitter, Linen Thread, Star Punch, Silhouette Die Cutting Machine, Dimensional Adhesive, Heidi Swapp Color Shine, Sequins, Rhinestones

‘FETTI FINDS AND NEW LINK LIST

By admin
on August 05, 2013

Happy Monday, ‘Fetti Fans!

A couple reminders before I announce the ‘Fetti Finds:

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

2. The new SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY is up!  Come play along (link on the sidebar).

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Drumroll, please.

The ‘Fetti Finds from last week’s link list are Taheerah and Nancy Thomas!

Taheerah and Nancy, grab your badge!

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DREAM IN COLOR is such a fun set to work with and there are so many colorful possibilities on ways to create with it.  Taheerah did a fun and fabulous job using it on her card…

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Nancy was able to mix and match PEACOCK PRETTIES and ARROWS ‘N ELEMENTS seamlessly on this awesome card…

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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 August 02, 2013

Hello and Happy Friday, my friends!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful creative week and is enjoying these last weeks of summer vacation.  I’ve been busy as a bee prepping for our fall sets to arrive and designed the winter sets.  You all are going to LOVE what’s in store for Reverse Confetti!  I may be just a little biased in saying so, but I really believe it’s true!  Just wait, you’ll see!

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Being that is Friday (TGIF!), it’s time for our WEEK IN REVERSE where we get to take a look back at what the Confetti Crew has been up to this week.

Savannah‘s crazy cool style is always so fun!

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Amy Sheffer turns up the volume on this bright and beautiful card!

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Val‘s anniversary card is simply perfect!  I love grunge style stamping of the large dots paired with the smaller dots on the heart and that sweet sentiment.

WHOLE LOTTA DOTS, CELEBRATE CAKE

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Susan made a couple of samples for this week’s DARE TO GET DIRTY celebration and challenges over on Splitcoast Stampers.  What a fabulous gift set that uses an awesome color combo!

CELEBRATE CAKE, WHOLE LOTTA DOTS

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I am pretty sure that Dawn has more hours in a day than I do!  She always comes up with several fabulous Reverse Confetti cards each week.  I think Dawn needs to let us in on the secret!

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CELEBRATE CAKE, WHOLE LOTTA DOTS

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INNER ROCK STAR

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Laurie never ceases to amaze me!  I would never think to mix modern, trendy stamps with Giddy Up paper, but she did it and she did it like a boss…

ARROWS ‘N ELEMENTS, WHOLE LOTTA DOTS

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Amber‘s card chock full of awesome stamped details…

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Heather rocked the new SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY!

INNER ROCK STAR, WHOLE LOTTA DOTS

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Want to play along with the sketch? We sure hope you do!  All participants have a chance at winning the ENTIRE NEXT RELEASE from Reverse Confetti!  Happy stamping and good luck!

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AUGUST SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY

By admin
on August 01, 2013

Happy AUGUST!  Wow…time flies!

I love August.  The hot weather, time by the pool or at the lake (like today), friends and family, back to school and birthday cake!  Yep, I’m a Leo (does that explain a lot?).  I’m one of those people that loves their birthday.  Do you?   I know some people want their birthday to be kept a secret, but not me.  I guess after being put on top of a table and getting sung to by a whole restaurant I just embraced the idea of my birthday being an extra fun and special day.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ll probably still be doing loads of laundry and playing chauffeur all day, but it will still be fun and special.

I love the idea of doing Random Acts of Kindness on your birthday…the same amount to match your age.  Have you ever done this?  What did you do?  I’d love some ideas!

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Well, I’m sure you didn’t come here to discuss my birthday…that’s just an added bonus, right?

Today is August 1st, which means we get to introduce the new SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY (aka SFYTT).  I know that I always say this, but this sketch really is full of possibilities!  I can’t wait to see how you will make it your own!

The August SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY…

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While it might not seem like it, especially because of how I started this post, but it really is a coincidence that I made a birthday card as my sample.  I just really wanted to use the CELEBRATE CAKE set (from our Key Words Collection)…

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Confetti Crew Member, Heather Pulvirenti posted THIS card using the overlapping circles from WHOLE LOTTA DOTS embossed in neon green embossing powder and I immediately was in love and wanted neon green embossing powder so that I could do the same thing!  I even ventured to Hobby Lobby with both kids in tow to get it.  We’re just going to consider that “commitment to my craft” and not “crazy craft lady OCD.”  We’re all in agreement, right?  Ok good, glad we’re on the same page.

Pic of the various details on this card, including the said neon green embossing on the black panel and arrows from the ARROWS ‘N ELEMENTS set…

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I’ve also been playing around with some of my Heidi Swapp Color Shine sprays (purchased at Michaels).  Instead of spritzing it onto my card base, I put a small paintbrush into the bottle and then flicked the Tinsel color onto by card base to give it just a hint of splatter…

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The SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY details you need to know…

  • There will be a new sketch posted on the Reverse Confetti blog on the 1st of each month.
  • The sketch link list will be open from the 1st until noon CST on the 14th. The sketch will be posted in the sidebar and you will be able to click on it to get to that month’s SFYTT post with the link list during this time.
  • We originally stated that you must play with Reverse Confetti stamps to win; however, we are allowing “anything goes” until the end of the year. Note, that we will be adding this requirement in January.
  • You may enter as many times as you wish.
  • There will be a winner each month and that person will receive ALL OF THE STAMP SETS for the next release and be invited to share their creations during our sneak peeks and hop!  The winner of SFYTT will be posted on the Reverse Confetti blog on the 15th of each month.

Want more SFYTT samples?  The Confetti Crew will be posting their sketch creations over the next couple of weeks for a continuous does of inspiration.  Today, check out what Heather did with the sketch!

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AUGUST SFYTT CARD

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

Brilliance Graphite Black Pigment Ink, VersaMark Watermark Ink, Hot Pink Dye Ink

White, Black, Green, Gray Cardstock

Neon Green Embossing Powder, Star Punches, Sequins, Rhinestones, Linen Thread, Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Tinsel, Dimensional Adhesive

YOUR AUGUST SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY CREATIONS:

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JULY ‘FETTI FAVE!

By admin
on July 31, 2013

**Please scroll down for the  Wednesday in the Works post (tutorial today)**

Howdy, howdy!

It’s the last day of the month and it is time to announce the July ‘FETTI FAVE!

Drumroll, please.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TALENTED TRACEY CUCCIA!

She is the July ‘Fetti Fave and wins the ENTIRE NEXT RELEASE from Reverse Confetti and is invited to play along with the Confetti Crew for our new release sneak peeks and hop!

Here’s her INNER ROCK STAR card that she linked up the ‘Fetti Find link list…

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Please join me in wishing congrats to Tracey!

(Tracey, please email me)

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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

Embossing Buddy

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.

I LIKE YOU, HAPPY HARBOR

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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!

INNER ROCK STAR, WHOLE LOTTA DOTS

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

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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!

CELEBRATE CAKE, ARROWS ‘N ELEMENTS

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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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