Sunday, February 26, 2017

Pair of Thanks - Queen & Co. Heart Throb Kit

Over the past month or so, I've had the pleasure of crafting with Queen & Company's Heart Throb card kit. I've crafted with a lot of kits over the span of more than a decade, and I can honestly say this is one of my very favorite kits!

Six foam heart shaker kits, a sequin mixture, toppings for filling the shakers (and for embellishing), enamel dots, a paper pack, sentiment stickers, acrylic words, a stitched heart die and three word dies.

Heart Throb is available in the Queen & Co. store and is currently $5 off.

Don't mistake this as a Valentine's-exclusive kit (although it's great for that, too); love is year-round, right? Plus there's the "thanks" and "hello" sentiments for extra mileage.

Thanks So Much

I have two thank-you cards on the Queen & Co. blog today. Hope you'll stop by for a closer look!

This card above has a more simple design and features a heart shaker with a thick frosted acrylic word sentiment.

Thanks A Bunch

The second card is much more layered and colorful than the first, with lots of patterns and overlapping hearts, more of those beautiful toppings inside the shaker, and a mixture of papers from the Heart Throb paper pack.

Thanks for visiting!

You Are One-Of-A-Kind - February SFYTT

You Are One Of A Kind

Reverse Confetti's February Sketch For You To Try is winding down. You have until noon CST tomorrow, February 27 (earlier deadline than usual due to the short month) to link up your entry HERE on the Reverse Confetti blog. We'd love to have you play along!

Here's the sketch:


I started with an Aqua stamped Butterfly Dreams image, layered onto a Lime Green circle die-cut, layered onto a Lacy Scallop Circle and backed with a vellum Wreath.


I adhered the butterfly just down the middle so I could gently curve the wings forward for some dimension.


For the rectangle panel on the sketch, I used one of the die-cuts from the All Framed Up die set. I cut it in half, adhering half to the top and half to the bottom of the circle panel for extra length. Last, I added a black Hang Ups, Too die-cut before adhering the whole thing to a heart pattern from True Love and a black card base.

Visit the Reverse Confetti blog today for more sketch inspiration.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Thanks So Very Much

Thanks So Very Much

Happy Weekend! After a few starts and stops at daily gratitude journaling, I seem to have found something that works for me, an app called Gratitude365. It's easy to use, allows you to link a photograph to a specific day, and since it's on my phone, it's {almost} always with me. So naturally, with all the focus on gratitude, I need more thank-you cards!

Today's card is created with some beautiful supplies by Reverse Confetti, and follows a layout that is this week's sketch at the Freshly Made Sketches challenge blog. Here's the sketch:

Thanks So Very Much

I white embossed a sentiment from Posted Note Sentiments onto a simple stitched circle die-cut (I used a die from the Pop Up Circle Confetti Cuts set and embellished with a die-cut stitched heart from the XOXO Hearts Confetti Cuts set, some sprigs from the Leafy Confetti Cuts die set, and some clear sequins.

\Thanks So Very Much

The plaid panel in the background is from Reverse Confetti's True Love 6x6 paper pad. The left and right borders have been accented with a white strip that I die-cut with one of the borders from the Edge Essentials Confetti Cuts set.

For one final accent, I tied on some Charcoal Striped Twine. I use that stuff enough that I'm starting to get paranoid about it. I've even extracted "Friends Don't Let Friend Overuse Black and White Baker's Twine" promises from a pair of trusted paperrafty friends. You, too, will let me know when I get there right?  ;)

Friday, February 10, 2017

#beastmode Blog Hop

(Surprise, Jen!)

The Reverse Confetti team and Jennifer McGuire are hopping today to bring encouragement and cheer to friend and RC owner Jen del Muro.

Jen was diagnosed with breast cancer toward the end of last year. She is a fierce one and her prognosis is good, but the journey over the next year will nonetheless be a battle. We want to fill today (and every day of her journey) with love and support. I am continually amazed by Jen's positivity and strength and determination. She's an inspiration to all of us standing with her in this fight. 

Jen's mantra, #beastmode, has gone viral among her friends and crafty peers, and it totally fits Jen's personality.

We love you, Jen!

The card I've made for Jen features a sentiment from My Heart Trusts

My prayer for Jen every day is for complete healing, minimal discomfort, strength, peace, and especially that the year passes quickly and she can put all this behind her!

I made the marbled background using a nail polish marbling technique. I remember doing marbling with shaving cream and re-inkers back in the day, but I've never done it with nail polish. I filled a tray  with a inch or two of water (I used an empty salad greens container), then drizzled three different nail polish colors, swirled a little with the handle of an old paintbrush, then quickly submerged a piece of watercolor paper for a few seconds to pick up the color.

I used magenta, light green, and gold shimmer polish colors. I love every bit of the veining and shimmer and even gunkiness in some areas, and the best part of all is that it literally only took minutes to create half a dozen marbled backgrounds. (I picked out the prettiest one for Jen!)

Be sure to work your way through the hop line-up, and if you'd like to leave your own words of encouragement for Jen, you can do so on the Reverse Confetti blog.

And last, but not at all least, a friendly PSA: PLEASE make sure you and/or the women in your lives are doing self-exams and getting regular mammograms when advised!

Amy Sheffer (you're here)

Thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Reverse Confetti February Creative Hop

Reverse Confetti has changed to an every-other-month release schedule, but we'll still be hopping on the 8th of every month, bringing you fresh inspiration for your favorite Reverse Confetti products!

And ... we have prizes! Be sure to tune in to the Reverse Confetti blog for all the details on that!

It's been a while since I got my shabby on, but that's just what I've done for today's Valentine decor project. I started with a corrugated metal heart that I picked up at Hobby Lobby.

Next, I added a paper doily and two lengths of trim, and wrapped some aqua wired cord around the heart.

I used mini clothespins to clip letter stickers to the trim. The letters, by Heidi Swapp, are really, really old and from my scrapbooking stash.

I used the stitched hearts from the XOXO Hearts Confetti Cuts die set to cut some light pink felt hearts, which I rolled and layered into a flower. The leaves, cut from aqua felt, were die-cut with leaf dies from the Blooms 'N Buds Confetti Cuts die set. 

I also added a few paper stitched hearts from one of the patterns in the True Love paper collection and some light pink buttons.

The pink felt "xoxo" die-cut was also done with the XOXO Hearts Confetti Cuts die set.

Visit the Reverse Confetti blog for links to all the designers posting today. 

Thanks for much for stopping by!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Make It Monday #275: Stamped Dangles

Happy Monday, friends! I am hosting this week's Make It Monday challenge over at Papertrey Ink. Hope you'll join in the fun!

Lately I've been fascinated with "dangles," which are doodled jewelry-like embellishments for hand lettering. Two artists, in particular, pop up regularly on my Instagram feed: 

Joanne Fink, creator of Zenspirations and author of a book called Zenspirations Dangle Designs
Olivia Kneibler of Olivia and Company and author of a soon-to-be-released book called The Art of Drawing Dangles: Creating Decorative Letters and Art With Charms.

I thought it would be a fun challenge to stamp and doodle dangles onto sentiments, so that's the topic of this week's video and challenge!

I hope you'll play along! Link up your creation HERE on Nichole's blog.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Hogs & Kisses

I carved out a little time this morning to do something I haven't done in a while: play along with a couple of challenges. The Freshly Made Sketch #273 is a really fun one:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge is all about LOVE *and* they are featuring Reverse Confetti, so I'll be entering their challenge as well!

CAS isn't my forte, so I labored a bit :) The trio of patterned paper and the adorable pig were the easy parts! The pig and fence are from Reverse Confetti's Cured stamp set and are die-cut with Cured Confetti Cuts dies. The papers are all from Reverse Confetti's True Love 6x6 paper pad.

I added a little bit of stitching to the patterned paper strips ...

... and a paper clip with some black and white baker's twine.

Thanks for stopping by!