Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Coffee Loving Cardmakers + The Stamps of Life Collaboration Hop!

We're so excited to be collaborating with Super Sponsor, The Stamps of Life.  We're celebrating National Cocoa Day hop style!  You should have arrived here from the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's blog.  If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the festivities which is The Stamps of Life blog!

Here's how I was inspired:

Oh boy, did I have fun!  So thoroughly inspired by the fun products that I worked with.  Let's chat about my first card:

I combined the following Stamps of Life products:

Hot Chocolate Dies

That polka dot pattern was stamped onto the die cut mug.  Isn't it awesome.  Their images stamp like a dream!  I couldn't help diecutting the spoon in glittery silver cardstock.  The sentiment is from the hotchocolate2stamp set.

My design was inspired by CAS(E) this sketch!

This card had me chuckling:

When I saw The Stamps of Life's new corgis2stamp set, I just had to buy it.  My girl and I are simply smitten with corgis!   We work close to each other, in the heart of Amazon-zille and there are tons of people walking their dogs and quite a few Corgis.  

When I was in europe last year, we stopped into Liberty House in London and I bought THIS ornament.

This will go postal to someone with a can of cocoa.

Guess what?  I have an extra Hot Chocolate Dies set to giveaway!  A random winner will be drawn from the comments left on this post.

That's it for me, up next is my fabulous teamie, Helen Gullett.

In case you get lost along the way, here's the complete hop listing:

The Stamps of Life
Vanessa Buzard
Katherine Cartwright
Leslie Capone
Kristine Reynolds
Coffee Loving Cardmakers 
Amy Tsuruta 💚
Helen Gullett
Dana Warren
Kathy Schweinfurth
Lisa Bzibziak
Laurel Seabrook
Katie Brooks  

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Day 12 of Ellen's 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist

I'm thrilled to be teaming up with the super awesome Lisa Adametz for the Ellen Hutson LLC - 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist.  We're featuring Reverse Confetti products!  Lisa gave me a sneak peek of her tag and oh my, you're not going to want to miss it!!!

Here's how I was inspired with the prompt 'Clear':

I'm not going to lie, I based my project on that fun Starbucks gift card!  I started with a panel using the Scalloped Bag & Tags Creator confetti cuts.  I placed the card behind the panel and scored it just enough to give it a big of a pocket.  I secured the back with adhesive.

I eyeballed (very technical) the gift card and used the window from the Round Top Tag on the front of the gift card tag.  I backed it with a smidge of acetate to create my 'Clear' window.

That cute elf girl is from the Christmas Cheer set.  Isn't she adorable?  I tried to color similar to the girl on the gift card.  The sentiment is from the Snow Bunnies set.  The reinforcer is from the Hang Ups set.

A cute tag that could easily be hung on the tree for a bit of a treat for a coffee lover 💚  That's it for me, remember to go check out Lisa's post + Instagram for loads of inspiration!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Reverse Confetti December Stock Your Stash | Thanks

Have you seen the new monthly Reverse Confetti challenge, Stock Your Stash?!

The new challenge is the STOCK YOUR STASH Challenge!  This is a chance to create a card to keep in your stash.  (Of course, you could send it off right away!).  Each month will bring a new theme.  

There will be a new Stock Your Stash challenge posted on the Reverse Confetti blog on the 1st of each month.

The link list will be open from the 1st until noon CST on the 29th of the month. 

Reverse Confetti stamps and/or Confetti Cuts are required to win.  This is a way we get to thank our customers for using our stamps.  Anyone is welcome to play, though!

You may enter as many times as you wish.

Use #SYSChallenge when playing along with this challenge.
There will be a random winner selected each month and that person will receive a $20 gift certificate to the Reverse Confetti store. The winner of challenge will be posted on the Reverse Confetti blog at the end of the month.

Here's how I was inspired for this month's challenge:

I decided to do a holiday thank you.  Loving the color palette from last month's new release!  Let's start on the bottom and work our way up.  I used a panel from the Winter Solstice 6x6.  That set the color scheme for my project.  I topped it off with a Premier Polar White panel with the Hello & Thanks Label confetti window.  

The Triangle Trees have been stamped using the same paper pad and the following inks:

Rose  |  Lagoon

I topped it off with the thanks confetti cut in Piggy Bank.  The fimo button is from my stash, along with the twine.

Make sure you stop by the Reverse Confetti blog for more inspiration!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

December Creative Hop | Reverse Confetti

Hello!  Today is the 8th of the month which means it's time for the Reverse Confetti Creative Hop!  You should have arrived here from my teamie, Heather Hoffman.  If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is the Reverse Confetti blog!

Today I'm sharing a gift card sleeve.  I've been seeing different variations on social media and wanted to give it a go.  

My Step Daughter is bringing her boyfriend for Christmas.  He's a nice techie that works for Amazon.  What better gift than an Amazon Gift Card, right?  My design is all around the gift card.  I started off with a panel of Midnight cardstock just a smidge bigger than the gift card.   

The black polka panel is from the Fright Night 6x6 paper pad.   I cut it a bit bigger than the Midnight panel on three of the sides and scored them to adhere to the black panel. 

Before adhering the pattern panel I trimmed off a bit on the diagonal.   I used scor-tape on the sides that needing to be adhered down.

The Step Daughter and Boyfriend own  two cats, hence the little scenery I designed.  I used the following stamps + coordinating confetti cuts:

Furever Friends
Too Cute to Spook
Christmas Bear
S'more Love

All the images have been colored with copic markers in a fairly serene color palette except for their hats.  I wanted to give it a festive look.

We have a Year to Remember as a theme and we're to post our top 3 favorite projects:

How about a bit of a halloween themed card?

The mixed patterns make me a happy crafter.

Next up is a winter themed card:

I still love that adorable Cool Friends set.

My final choice is one that I posted earlier this week for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and it features all Reverse Confetti products:

Who wouldn't want a coffee mug wreath?!

Next up is the fabulous Kathy Schweinfurth!  In case you get lost along the way, the full hop listing is available below!

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Friday, December 7, 2018

2018 Fall | Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Final Day + Project

Today wraps up the 2018 Fall  |  Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  We're still going strong and at last look, there were 1,016 links!  I have my final project to share, it features a bunch of Lawn Fawn goodies!  I should add my disclaimer now, I've been up since 1:30 am, it is now almost 10:00 am.  Please excuse any typos or nonsensical jargon.

True story, I 'misplaced' the STAMPtember collaboration set with Lawn Fawn, Nutty or Nice? for Simon Says Stamp.  I may have been casually looking for it for a couple of months...LOL.  I literally stumbled upon it YESTERDAY.  Just in time for the hop.  I combined the following sets:

STAMPtember collaboration set with Lawn Fawn, Nutty or Nice? for Simon Says Stamp
Thanks a Latte
Ready, Set, Snow
Yet, Set, Go
Love You a Latte
Stitched Mountain Borders
Scalloped Rectangle Stackables
Simple Stitched Hillside Borders
Leafy Tree Background:  Portrait
Perfectly Plaid :  Christmas 6x6
Knock on Wood 6x6
Knit Picky 6x6
Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink

I stamp up a bunch of images and try to cram as many as possible in my scenery.  I kept to an overall red + green color palette.  TRUTH:  When I initially finished my card, I was looking at it and realized it was missing something.  Um yeah, coffee.

That my friends is how tired I am right now...LOL.  Let me chat about my scenery for a bit.  I luckily had that Knock On Wood Mountain already die cut.  The background is compliments of Color Bursts.  I love those things, it looks different every time.  The squirrel in the front row cracks me's like she's trying to pass as a snow person.  The little snow person is trying to be taller than the others so she's sitting in a coffee cup, okay a bit of a stretch but if you knew me, I'd try that myself.

Surprise Surprise, I'm linking up to the Lawn Fawnatics:  Winter Holiday challenge:

So I should really power through and complete 2 projects but I just can' to power nap.  I'll be back later for the Friday Night FLASH Party.  Remember to link up your projects by 3 pm pacific to be eligible!

Pretty Things Survivors Do Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Welcome to our Pretty Things Survivors Do inaugural blog hop! We are glad you’re here.

PTSD is a “psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.” (American Psychiatric Association definition)

Although mostly associated with war veterans, it affects 3.5% of the population and 4% of US children ages 13-18 will experience PTSD in their lifetime. About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year. (Brain and Behavior Research Foundation)

The holidays are a difficult time for those living with PTSD. We are participating in the blog hop in the hopes that you may be reminded to reach out to loved ones, neighbors, and friends who could be living with PTSD daily. If one person is remembered this holiday season, then we have achieved our goal of spreading awareness. Below you will find different ways you can help those with PTSD.

You should have arrived here from the awesome Tracy Freeman's blog.  If not, you'll want to start at the beginning which is Sandy Allnock's.
Rubeena Ianigro
Amy Tsuruta 💚
Crissy Salima Smith

The wonderful Joanne Maree Soukup is donating one I Care Stamp set for us to each giveaway!

I'm doing a separate giveaway!  How about a $15 Gift Card to Butterfly Reflections Ink?

Just leave a comment to be eligible to win!  Commenting will be open until Friday, December 14th at 11:55 pm pacific.  Are you a no-reply blogger?  Make sure you leave your email so that I can reach out to you if you're one of my winners!

So, I have to tell you, I fretted about my project for today.  I was invited to be a part of this special blog hop.   Although I haven't personally experienced PTSD, I have friends that do struggle with it.  I wanted to make a project that is appropriate for the season but not necessarily shout Christmas:

I ended up combining The Ton's Brushed Hugs + Blizzard Hugs.  I teamed them up with American Crafts Cozy & Bright paper.

I'm sensitive to the fact that not everyone celebrates Christmas.

This is perfect for the winter season and to let someone know that I'm thinking of them.

Thank you for joining us!  If you know someone who lives with PTSD and would like ways to support them, please visit the following sites and remember to reach out to a neighbor, friend or family member during this holiday season, you could make a difference in their day.

Next up is the spectacular Tracie Pond!