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  1. April Viva La Verve
  2. Something Different
  3. April Sketch for You to Try
  4. You are One-of-a-Kind
  5. April Release Blog Hop from Reverse Confetti
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April Viva La Verve


Well, it's been a while since I played around with a sketch from the VIVA LA VERVE Sketch blog.  After looking at it, I knew this one would be one I could easily just jump right in and do!

I actually had no particular theme or card in mind when I started with this project, so I winged it and just pulled out the first paper pad I found without looking, decided on the pieces and then started just blindly pulling out some of my VERVE stamp sets that would somewhat match up with the papers I randomly chose.  HA!  Try that for a challenge sometime!


Since the papers had these warm tones, when I pulled out the ONE CUP stamp set, it was perfect!  (Yes, I first pulled a couple of Christmas sets, an Easter set...had to keep choosing!)  All I had to do from that point was decide how I was to use the stamp set.  I decided to stamp the sentiment onto a tag I cut from the FLOURISHED TAG die set since it resembles the tea bag "paper" thingie so nicely (what is that called?).  Instead of a circle sticking out from the side like the sketch, I made a tab of sorts and stamped it and all my other yellow pieces with the teabag stamp from the set to make a patterned paper.  I chose to used the stacked cups to embellish that area of my card, so I stamped and colored them and then used the CUPPA TEA die set to cut them out.  I popped them up to make them stand out even more. 

Start to finish, since I didn't do much hemming and hawing over paper, stamps and all, took only about 30 minutes to complete!  I think I should do that more often!  Don't overthink it, kids!
    

Something Different


Well, Texas has violent mood swings when it comes to spring weather.  Tuesday night was supposed to be very rough for us with 70-80mph wind gusts, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and volleyball size hail (not really, just grapefruit sized--just putting on my weatherman "airs" there).  I don't usually panic over storms as I've lived in Texas all my life and am used to the "if you don't like the weather in Texas, just wait a minute" mentality, but this one had me a little freaked out because of the upgrades on the hour and how sure the weather stations were saying it was going to hit.  Eric came home from work early, we played Tetris in the garage for a couple hours in order to get both our cars in (not just my new car!), and my 'Fetti Fans class that night was cancelled due to the impending tempestuous weather surely heading our way.  Even Audrie was secretly placing her favorite toys in the closet in case we had to hunker down in there for the night.  Your welcome, North Texas.  Because we did all that, the cap didn't hold and it all fell apart and blew over, just leaving us with a heavy rainshower and a few electricity flickers.  The next time all the warnings come (which could be this Friday and Saturday they are predicting), I will certainly do the same thing.  Prayers were answered that night that the storm didn't hit, but who knows when we won't be so blessed?
Anyway, tonight I am teaching the class that got postponed and thought I'd share one of the fun cards we will be making. 

It's a "double gate-fold" card (measurements found in the resources section on Splitcoaststampers.com), but with my own little twist on it.  I added the cute removable band that keeps it closed and decorated it with some fun stuff from REVERSE CONFETTI.


I first created the actual card part and then just used a strip of paper and measured how long I'd need it to be in order to wrap around the card and still be able to slide off.  I stamped the strip using the WHOLE LOTTA DOTS stamp set and further embellished it with the new EDGE ESSENTIALS Confetti Cuts, adding the little holes along the edges.  I cut the circle and pinked circle from the FLOWERS FOR MOM Confetti Cuts and then stamped the cute koalas from the new BEAR HUGS stamp set and colored them in with some watercolor pencils, attached it to the band and glued on the fun twine bow.  The girls in my morning class on Tuesday loved it, and I hope these girls tonight enjoy making it as well!


    

April Sketch for You to Try


Well, April's Sketch for You to Try from REVERSE CONFETTI is in full swing, and I've seen some really good cards made with it both from the Confetti Crew and some of our fans.  Today I'm sharing my take on the sketch!
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Something a little different from me this time as far as layers and lots of "stuff"--hardly any and a fun and stylish look with some cool Confetti Cuts, a little stamping and a little spritzing with some Color Shine from Heidi Swapp (still my favorite--I would love to have at least one each of everything she comes out with!).

I started with figuring out how I would approach the diagonal strip on the sketch and decided to try the DOUBLE PANEL CIRCLES Confetti Cuts along with some "ric-rac" I made from the new EDGE ESSENTIALS Confetti Cuts dies and just glued that to my card front diagonally and just trimmed off the excess along the sides of my card.  Worked like a dream!  From there, it was easy to create a little vignette using the FLOWERS FOR MOM Confetti Cuts, some LEAFY Confetti Cuts for the greenery and stamped the sentiment from the POSTED stamp setI love it when a project is finished and it looks just like you envisioned it in your head!  Thank you, Mojo!





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Y'all be sure and head on over to the Reverse Confetti Blog 
and all of our social media sites 
to see what the other gals have created for today, 
and all the details on how to play along for a chance to win a  
Reverse Confetti Gift Certificate!  
    

You are One-of-a-Kind


Well, I feel like it's been a while since I ventured onto my blog here.  We have a lot going on, that's for sure!  Between taking care of my mom, tending to all of Lindsie and Audrie's activities (along with a new boyfriend for Lindsie--we like him!), working and designing for The Little Blue House (my favorite-est job ever!), and having to buy a new car last week (yes, HAD to--the wheels were literally about to fall off my '98 Expedition), I've barely had time to breathe!  I'm beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel, but not for too long! 

So for my post today, I'm sharing a card that I made for my 'Fetti Fans card workshop last month at LBH, but that I never talked about here.  I actually love this card, and it deserves its 15 minutes of fame!  LOL!


A couple of the girls on the REVERSE CONFETTI Crew had used the DOUBLE PANEL HEARTS Confetti Cuts "twice" and placed them side by side for a larger effect and I just loved that idea!  I had to share it and incorporate that into this card for my girls taking the class last month.  The seam where they meet is just covered by the green strip--easy peasy!  Then I used the FLOWERS FOR MOM Confetti Cuts to create a nice resting place for my large butterfly from the BUTTERFLY DREAMS stamp set and then cut it and the smaller red ones from the BUTTERFLY DREAMS Confetti Cuts.





Stay tuned--I'll be back in a couple of days to share my April SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY card!
    

April Release Blog Hop from Reverse Confetti


Well, it's the 8th of the month and that means it's time for a brand new shiny blog hop from REVERSE CONFETTI!  This time, we each have two new projects to share for the hop.  We hope you've enjoyed seeing all the sneak peeks so far!

The hop started over on the Reverse Confetti blog, and you should have made it here from LAURIE'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 projects for you to see using all the new Reverse Confetti stamp sets and dies! 


My first project is a single page scrapbook layout, mainly focusing on the INSTA-FRAME Confetti Cuts for the pictures and part of the title ("insta").  Audrie got one of those Instax cameras for her birthday last year, so I had some pictures that fit into the frames perfectly!  I kept the layout pretty clean and simple, but did manage to include the pocket from the TIE-RIFIC Confetti Cuts and a banner from the BITTY BANNERS Confetti Cuts set.


My other hop project is this card that I think would make a fun birthday card for a boy.


Once again, those SCHOOL DAYS Quick Card Panels came to my rescue and became a great start to my card (it's the black "polaroid" frame on the bottom of the "stack".  Then I just started layering lots of other Confetti Cuts.  The new ones I used are the DOUBLE PANEL CIRLCES Confetti Cuts, along with the BITTY BANNERS stamp set for the sentiment, cut from the BITTY BANNERS Confetti Cuts dies and layered on top of each other.  So cute!




Ok, I hope you’ve enjoyed hopping with us today. Be sure and hop with us on the 8th of EVERY MONTH for more REVERSE CONFETTI inspiration! You've reached the end of the hop!  If you got lost along the way, you can find the hop order and list of all the participating designers in the master list below or on the Reverse Confetti blog. Everything we've shown over the last few days, is now available in the REVERSE CONFETTI website.


 

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 become our newest ‘Fetti Fave!
 

 
    

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