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!

Kat Scrappiness Blog Hop to Benefit Coffee Oasis

When: Friday, December 7 through Monday, December 10
Time: 6 am pacific
THEME: Winter

To make it more fun there are giveaways!  There are two ways to participate and win in this blog hop.
  • Option One:  Create a winter themed card and enter it into the blog hop.  If you are entering your card to the blog hop, just click on “Add Your Link” at the bottom of the list and follow the instructions, it’s quick and easy!   If you have any questions on how to enter the blog hop, please contact Kat Scrappiness and we will be happy to help.
  • Option Two:  Leave a comment on the blogs and YouTube channels participating in the hop!
At the end of the hop, (on December 13th) Kat Scrappiness will randomly choose the winners and they will win fabulous prizes from our sponsors. (Prizes listed below)  All Winners names will be posted on our blog and we will attempt to contact everyone who leaves their contact information.  If prizes are not claimed within 7 days, another winner will be chosen.
If you are participating in the hop, please post your card/project on social media and use the following tags:
MEGA Sponsors
Please keep in mind that the following sponsors have agreed to donate a portion of their sales during this hop to the Coffee Oasis so please visit them and remember that if you place an order, you will be donating and supporting Coffee Oasis as well!  These sponsors are also providing prizes to the hoppers as well!

Kat Scrappiness is offering 15% off EVERYTHING IN THE STORE and is donating 15% of all sales during this blog hop to Coffee Oasis!  
Use coupon code:  COFFEEOASIS 

We are also giving away gift packages!

Jessica Lynn Original is donating 8% of all sales during the blog hop to Coffee Oasis!

Prize Sponsors:

Prizes being donated by sponsors:

Learn more about Coffee Oasis:
Coffee Oasis is a coffee shop/organization located in Washington State that provides help for our youth including programs for drug abuse, homelessness, violence and poverty.  (You can read more about their programs HERE )

How you can help Coffee Oasis
We are hoping that this blog hop will bring awareness to organizations such as Coffee Oasis and that we can raise a little money and support or them!  Kat Scrappiness has pledged to donate 15% of all sales proceeds to Coffee Oasis and our other sponsors have all donated prizes to give away to all of you blog and youtube hoppers!  So please visit them and show some support.  You can also donate directly to Coffee Oasis HERE.  Even if you can only donate $1 or $5, it doesn’t matter. Every little bit will help a kid in need.

You should have arrived here from Nadine Carlier.  If not, you'll want to start at the beginning, which is the Kat Scrappiness Blog!
WHEW!  So I had soooo much designing today's product that is filled with Kat Scrappiness exclusive products and other products available in her shop:

Isn't that cup fabulous?  It's a Kat Scrappiness - Layered Coffee Cup Die.  The sentiment is Kat Scrappiness - Let's Get Caffeinated.

The pattern paper and oval coffee is by Echo Park Paper - Coffee collection.  I stamped out the background using words from Honey Bee Stamps' Perfect Blend stamp set.

I was inspired by the Paper Craft Crew Challenge:

I was thoroughly inspired by Tina's gorgeous card HERE.

I'm also going to link up to the 2018 Fall |  Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop:

Next up is Joylita D'Souza!  In case you get lost along the way, here's the hop listing: