Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cards For Him Blog Hop

Some of the Reverse Confetti designers are teaming up with StampNation today to celebrate the men in our lives and StampNation's newest online class, “Cards For Him,” which is now open for registration!  This class is perfectly timed for Father’s Day which is right around the corner, but of course is great for masculine card ideas year-round.
Masculine cards are challenging for many of us, and this class really delivers when it comes to ideas and techniques especially suitable for little boys, tweens/teens, and men! Today's card was inspired by the Texture lesson:

I started by spreading some dimensional paint over a stencil on watercolor paper. After the paint dried, I used re-inkers, a mop brush, and water to splotch on some color. I love how the modeling paste resists the ink a little bit. The sentiment, a mix of stamps from Reverse Confetti's ARROWS 'N ELEMENTS, CLASS ACT, and SPOOKY SENTIMENTS, is die-cut with the little pocket/flap die in the CLASS ACT CONFETTI CUTS die set.

There are TEN FREE class registrations hidden along the hop, as well as a $15 REVERSE CONFETTI gift certificate, so make sure you leave comments along the way. The more comments you make, the greater your chances are for winning! 
You have until 11:59 pm on May 2nd to leave a comment to be entered to win!  Winners will be announced at on May 3rd on Catherine's Blog.  

Click HERE to learn more and to Register by May 7 to get the discounted rate!   


StampNation Members, click HERE to grab your 50% off discount code!   

Ready for the blog hop list?  Grab a cup of coffee and buckle up!  You are in for a treat, we've got tons of inspiration in store for you!

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy today's hop!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Curtain Call: Confetti Crush

Today's card was inspired by the current Curtain Call Confetti Crush challenge, sponsored by Reverse Confetti.

I didn't set out intending to CASE this gorgeous card by Amy Kolling, but that's where I ended up. Thank you for the extra inspiration, Amy!

I just love the random spillage of confetti in the background of the inspiration picture, and the paper cones reminded me of vellum. Deep in the craft vault, I found some colored vellum I could use, so a plus for finding and using some {very old} stash! The sequins add to the festive feel, and conveniently hide the glue dots that are holding down the vellum. The sentiment is from Reverse Confetti's Lots To Say set.

There's still time to play along, but hurry! The challenge closes at 8 am CDT tomorrow April 25, and the lead will win a gift certificate to the Reverse Confetti store.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Reverse Confetti April Color Challenge

Reverse Confetti has introduced its new Color Challenge for April. Such soft, soothing, Spring-inspired colors -- positively dreamy! For more color challenge inspiration, the link list, and all the details, please visit the Reverse Confetti blog.

To my surprise and dismay, my overstuffed craft room is actually missing something -- the color purple. I had to dig through a ginormous stack of giveaway/throwaway 12x12 papers to find something. I kid you not, that purple piece is from the 1990's! Slim pickings in the embellishments department as well, but I did find a few different inks to choose among.

The flowers are from PETALS 'N POSIES and have been die-cut with the matching PETALS 'N POSIES CONFETTI CUTS dies. The sentiment is from CARTON CUTIES. Everything is placed on a Soft Stone card base.

And the layout is the current Retro Sketches #110 - how fun!

Remember, more challenge inspiration plus all the details are posted over on the Reverse Confetti blog!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April Card Kitchen, Part 2

The April Card Kitchen kit features Jillibean Soup's Spicy Social Soup line. If you missed them, the first four of my April kit cards are posted HERE. Visit The Card Kitchen blog for lots more kit inspiration.


Life Is Better With You

Life is Good

We Got Hitched
My nephew and his fiancee recently got married, so this card is for the newlyweds. I was playing around with the name tag die cut, when this idea sprung into my head. The "status update," "#epic," and "This really happened" die-cuts were perfect! I found the social media theme a super fun, fresh, and very current approach to a very traditional occasion - weddings! (Now, let's all just hope, for the sake of this card, that she took his name!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 14, 2014

April Card Kitchen, Part 1

Let's talk about the April Card Kitchen kit -- LOVE! As I mentioned in my last post, it features Jillibean Soup's Spicy Social Soup collection, which I just adore. The social media theme was so much fun to play with! Also included are some super fun embellishments, including Jillibean Soup's new Wooden Nickels and a new Circle Placemat.

Visit The Card Kitchen blog for lots and lots of inspiration using the April kit.

Here's the first half of my April cards:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Card Kitchen Catch-Up

The APRIL Card Kitchen kit is currently available, and it's an absolutely fabulous kit that features Jillibean Soup's new Spicy Social Soup line. This collection was so fun to play with! You can see most of my kit cards, as well as inspiration from Shellye McDaniel and  Kimber McGray over on The Card Kitchen blog. I'll share my cards here as well sometime in the next day or two, but for today, I still have MARCH kit cards that I haven't shown here yet. (It seems I still make a lot of things, but I just don't blog nearly as much as I used to!)

The March kit features Jillibean Soup's Birthday Bisque collection, and just may be my all-time favorite kit! Here's what I did with it:

Have a great weekend! Soooo happy for the warmer temps!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Reverse Confetti April Blog Hop

It looks like spring has finally sprung, and we can’t think of a better way to get some crafty spring inspiration than with a fun new Blog Hop from REVERSE CONFETTI!  Today, the Confetti Crew and a few other “friends” will surely brighten your day with their fabulous cards and projects.  We hope you will take some time and be inspired as you hop along with us right now!

The hop started over on the Reverse Confetti blog, and you should have made it here from Leigh Penner’s blog. It would be worth your while to start at the beginning of the hop, so you don’t miss a thing. We have tons of inspiration for you to see using all of Reverse Confetti’s amazing stamp sets!

For my project, I combined the new CLASS ACT set with COUNT YOUR RAINBOWS from last fall to make a teacher appreciation card. The main panel was die-cut with CLASS ACT CONFETTI CUTS dies, and the top edge of the card base was die-cut with OFFICE EDGES CONFETTI CUTS. The number border at the top was cut on my Silhouette. The other horizontal strips are layered washi tapes.

My layout is the April Sketch For You To Try (more sketch challenge info at the end of this post):

I hope you’ve enjoyed hopping with us today. Be sure to hop with us on the 8th of EVERY MONTH for more REVERSE CONFETTI inspiration! Now it’s time to hop on over to Jen Tapler's blog. If you get lost along the way, you can find the hop order and list of all the participating designers over on the Reverse Confetti blog

How would you like to win some Reverse Confetti goodies of your very own?  Leave a comment on each stop along the way for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to REVERSE CONFETTI. Comments are open until Thursday, April 10 at noon CST, and the winner will be announced on the Reverse Confetti Blog!
A few things before you hop along though, just to keep you “in the know”…
April’s SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY is open for you to play along.  Click HERE for a chance to win. AND, be on the lookout for another great COLOR challenge on April 16th and another way to win!

Celebrate the creative side of you!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Color Outside the Lines

I love how watercoloring is all trendy again with card-makers, and was especially inspired by the intensity of color on this card by Kristina Werner. To get this look, I wet the watercolor paper first then added a few drops of different re-inkers. After the paper had dried a bit, I used a straw to blow some of the excess ink around for the splatter look. I'm not the most patient person in the world, so I had to just walk away entirely to let the paper and ink fully dry before adding the white embossed sentiment from Reverse Confetti's DREAM IN COLOR stamp set.

I hesitate to show the detail shot because color isn't the only thing outside the lines. See all that stray white embossing, despite my best efforts to clean up the powder before embossing? Oh, well ...

I'm linking this up to the current CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #71. Fun sketch!

Speaking of sketch challenges, have you seen Reverse Confetti's April Sketch For You To Try? 
Check it out HERE and do join us! My take on the SFYTT is posted HERE. The deadline is noon CST on April 14. 

Have a fantastic weekend!

Stamps: DREAM IN COLOR by Reverse Confetti
Paper: Strathmore watercolor paper
Ink: Stampin' Up re-inkers and VersaMark
Accessories: white embossing powder, heat tool, sequins