Sunday, August 17, 2014

Graffiti Birthday

So, last night I found myself with a rare evening alone. Like, all of my family, except me of course, was out for the evening. Which left me alone! Did I mention I was ALONE? (End-of-summer-break desperation, folks, what can I say?) I hit the grocery store for sushi and wine, and then in true introvert fashion, I retired to my studio to stamp (and watch Outlander).

I had no agenda, so I looked through my favorite challenge blogs, and the current Color Throwdown #305 jumped out at me. 

Don't you just love that graphic, with the stack of letters? It reminded me of a Crafter's Workshop number stencil that has a similar stacked look. I sponged on different Distress Inks from the same color palette (Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint, and Spiced Marmalade), then spritzed with some Earl Grey Maya Mist to add the gray color.

The sentiment banner is done with Reverse Confetti's BEAUTIFUL BANNERS stamp set and coordinating BEAUTIFUL BANNERS CONFETTI CUTS die set. The paper star accents were die-cut with Reverse Confetti's OH MY STARS CONFETTI CUTS die set, and the wood veneer stars are by Studio Calico. The "nest" of black thread adds to the graffiti look.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

August Card Kitchen + Announcement

Hello friends, a bit of sad news: Jillibean Soup's Card Kitchen kit club is closing. You can read the announcement HERE. I've enjoyed designing with these kits each month for the past (almost) two years, and am so thankful to Jill and Kimber for the opportunity to be a part of it!

I've long been addicted to kits, scrapbooking kits for a long time, and now project life and card kits, so I'll be searching for another one. If you have a favorite, let me know!

Here are eight cards using the August kit:

For more August kit inspiration, visit the Card Kitchen blog!

Happy weekend!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Tropical Trip

It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

I'd love to take a trip right to this tropical scene that I created with Lawn Fawn's adorable Life is Good stamp set and coordinating dies. I started with the stamped island and water, then watercolored in the sand, sea, and sky using Tombow markers and a water brush. The trees, hammock, and crab are stamped, watercolored, and die-cut. The sun was cut on my Cameo (which is in obvious need of a new blade and/or a fresh, new, nice and sticky mat - my apologies for the sloppy sun!). The "hello" and clouds are die-cuts (Simon Says Stamp and Lil' Inker, respectively), and the word "paradise" was computer-generated prior to die-cutting. 

For little extras, I added some twine bows to tie the hammock onto the trees, used a clear Wink of Stella pen to add some shimmer to the water, and coated the hello die-cut with glossy accents.

STAMPS: Life is Good (Lawn Fawn)
DIES: Life is Good (Lawn Fawn), Small Hello (Simon Says Stamp), 
Rainbow & Clouds (Lil' Inker Designs)
CUT FILES: Lori Whitlock Sun (Silhouette ID #17118)
OTHER: clear embossing powder, water brush, Scotch foam tape
white linen thread, Ranger glossy accents

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Candles 'n Confetti Birthday Hop!

We are celebrating a very special someone's birthday today!
Happy Birthday, Jen del Muro!

A few of the Reverse Confetti Crew and 'Fetti Friends are thrilled at the chance to surprise Jen with a celebratory hop in her honor and share birthday inspiration using Reverse Confetti!

The Candles 'n Confetti Birthday Hop started over at Stacey's blog and you should've made your way here by way of Laurie Willison's blog. If not, make sure you start at the beginning of the hop so you don't miss a thing! When you're finished here, you'll be visiting Sarah Gough next. 

There's more...
Jen is making today even sweeter with a Reverse Confetti One-Day SALE!
Shop at Reverse Confetti TODAY and SAVE 20% off your entire order!
Shopping Code:  JENSBDAY20

One more thing ... mark your calendars for August 22-25. Reverse Confetti will be sponsoring a Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge blog hop. The hop will include a link-up, and EVERYONE is encouraged to join in the die-cutting fun! More info is posted HERE.

For my card, I decided to use this amazing card of Jen's as my inspiration. I used the same idea with the stitched OH MY STARS border die-cuts and the popped up stars. My star strips were cut from a watercolored panel that was a cast-off from a different project. The thread is a gold metallic thread that I've had for years. I love how it curls on the ends! The sentiment, from CELEBRATE CAKE, is heat embossed in white. To create a kind of confetti look, I spritzed on some white ink (some gold was already on the watercolor scrap) and added some 4mm and 6mm gold sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

I was also inspired by the Cutting Edge Challenge #7, specifically the yellow/orange/pink combo (although my pink is more red), the stripes, and the white on kraft background.

Birthday Blog Hop Order

Amy Sheffer (you are here)

Last, but certainly not least...stop by and visit the birthday girl!

Now, it's time to hop over to Sarah Gough's blog for more Candles 'n Confetti!

Thanks for sharing in the birthday fun today!

PAPER: kraft card stock, Tim Holtz watercolor paper
INK: Versamark, Tim Holtz Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, and Mustard Seed Distress inks
OTHER: white embossing powder, heat tool, 
Stampin' Up dimensionals, gold thread, sewing machine,
Mister Huey's white opaque mist, Heidi Swapp gold mist, 
glue dots, glue pen

Monday, August 11, 2014


Just a reminder that the August Sketch For You To Try is still open over at Reverse Confetti. You have until noon CST on Thursday (the 14th).

Here's this month's sketch:

Today's card began with just putting together the different pretty papers in Pink Paislee's Hello Sunshine collection (and the sketch of course). I had a few stamps out as possibilities, and in the end settled on the large SMILE sentiment from Reverse Confetti's YOU MAKE ME SMILE stamp set. I heat embossed it in white onto vellum, a look I've been loving on some of Laurie Willison's recent projects (this and this, for example).

Thanks for visiting!

PAPER: Neenah solar white card stock, vellum card stock
Pink Paislee Hello Sunshine collection (6x6)
INK: Versamark
OTHER: white embossing powder, heat tool, 
Studio Calico wood veneer hearts, black baker's twine
Stampin' Up binder clip, foam adhesive
paper piercer and white gel pen for faux stitching

Saturday, August 9, 2014


I've been having way too much fun with the current Curtain Call Bow Tie challenge! Today's card is the last of the batch of four cards I made for this challenge.

Just a reminder, our sponsor is Waffle Flower Crafts, and a randomly selected participant in the Bow Tie challenge will have his or her choice of a Waffle Flower Crafts stamp set! Have you played along yet? Tomorrow is the deadline (8 am CST).

I have used Waffle Flower's Mailable 3D Bow Template Die and their Bowtiful Additions stamp set.

Have a great weekend!

StampsBowtiful Additions (Waffle Flower)
DiesMailable 3D Bow Template Die (Waffle Flower)
Paper: white card stock, Pink Paislee's Hello Sunshine 6x6 pad
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Other: wood veneer stars, felt

Friday, August 8, 2014

Reverse Confetti August Blog Hop

It's blog hop day at REVERSE CONFETTI (the 8th of every month, by the way)! If you're already hopping with us today, you should have made it here from Leigh Penner's blog, and next you'll be visiting Sarah Gough (I'll link to her again at the end). If you've just happened to stop by, you can find the beginning of the hop, as well as all the hop participants, on the Reverse Confetti blog.

We have a $15 Reverse Confetti gift certificate to give to one random commenter, so be sure to leave some comment love along the way! Comments close Monday, August 11, at 5pm CST. The winner will be announced on the Reverse Confetti blog as part of the Time For A Card Tuesday post.

Our theme this month is to create a background using either Reverse Confetti's background stamp sets OR any other Reverse Confetti stamp set. I'm loving the trendy triangles that seem to be in all of the paper collections these days, so I pulled out the polka-dot triangle image from CELEBRATE CAKE (typically either an ice cream cone or a party hat) and created my own triangle background. The sentiment is from GO TOGETHER.

I was also inspired by the current Fusion Card Challenge:

I obviously used the sketch. Less evident, but also there, is the inspiration from the photo: the blue and white colors; the rows of dish ware; and the light, airy feel. I even spot a triangle in the cupcake pyramid!

That's it for me! To continue hopping, head over to Sarah Gough's blog. If you get lost anywhere along the hop, head back to the Reverse Confetti blog for a full hop list. 


PAPER: Neenah white card stock, 
Papertrey Soft Stone card stock and vellum card stock, 
Stampin' Up Soft Sky card stock
INK: Versafine Onyx Black, Stampin' Up Soft Sky
OTHER: paper piercing tool/needle/white thread; 
Studio Calico wood veneer feathers, 
distressing tool, clear rhinestones, 
Stampin' Up Sahara Sand marker; Scotch foam tape
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