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  1. Verve--Just Go For It!
  2. Top Dog Fall Foliage
  3. Guess Who's Guest Designing for Top Dog Dies!
  4. October Mini Release from Reverse Confetti
  5. Boo In a Box Front Porch Kit REVEAL
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Verve--Just Go For It!

Well, I recently placed a HUGE order for some new stamps and dies from VERVE (I'll be using them very soon), but before it all came in, I had an urge to create this card with the SURELY GOODNESS set from Verve, because I LOVE that sentiment!  It reminds me of the Titanic movie during the sinking scene with the little musical group playing their instruments and trying to keep a peaceful atmosphere.  Even through chaos (and believe me, there's been a ton of it around here), we can be at peace with the way things are.

I chose some colors that are not always my "go-to" palette (other than the kraft!), but I think they work well together, as I tried to challenge myself a little bit and get out of my comfort zone. LOL!   The flowers are heat embossed in white and also came from the SURELY GOODNESS set and were cut using the GOODNESS FLOWERS dies.  I stamped the smaller ones repeatedly on the kraft banner as well and the word "peace" onto the SWEET SCALLOP TAG peeking from behind all that goodness.

SPRIGHTLY SPRIGS and the FLAG IT die set are used to add a little embellishing to the sentiment piece and flowers.  Oh and the PINK SPARKLE sequins are new to my VERVE stash and made excellent layered flower centers! 

SUSIE Q-TIP:  At first, I was going to use the opposite side of the patterned bird paper that was mostly green to tie into the leaves of the flowers.  I was about to glue it down, when I turned it over to "just see" about the other side.  Even though it wasn't a perfect color match, I really loved how it looked once everything else was in place and ready to be put together.  Just go for it and try the other side.

Stamps:  Surely Goodness (Verve)
Paper:  White, Scarlet Jewel, Autumn Rose, Simply Chartreuse (PTI), Dark Kraft (Paper Studio), Sweet Notes by Allison Kreft (Websters Pages)
Ink:  Tuxedo Memento Black, Close to Cocoa (SU!), Versamark, Mocha Powder Puff Chalk Ink
Accessories:  Goodness Flowers, Sweet Scallop Tag, Sprightly Sprigs, Flag It (A Cut Above Dies by Verve), Truly Madly Deeply Seam Binding Ribbon (Verve), Pink Sparkle Sequins (Verve), Circles 'n Scallops Die (Reverse Confetti), Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

Top Dog Fall Foliage

Well, I'm back today with a simple card design (simple for me anyway--I'm usually a more is more girl!) using another new die set from TOP DOG DIES!

Top Dog Dies
I am still completely beside myself that I was asked to be a Guest Designer at TOP DOG, and when I received this particular die set in the mail, I was truly giddy!  I love fall and a leaf/acorn die set was definitely a hole in my stash just waiting to be filled!

I made this card using one of their newest die sets, FALL FOLIAGE.  I had another project in mind when I started cutting several of these leaves (maybe I'll do it for a later post), and then when I started messing with them, this 3D sort of leaf took shape instead!  I had cut 5 of them out, and with the little detail scoring for the veins from the die itself, it was super easy to simply fold them down the center and glue them at each fold. 

Once they were nice and dry, I "trained" them to fan out for the dimension.  The oak leaf is also from the FALL FOLIAGE set (as is an acorn), and I just cut one out and added it to my little cluster.  Then I stamped a sweet sentiment from REVERSE CONFETTI using one of the newest stamp sets. This is the first card in a long long long time that I've made without using a single pop dot!

SUSIE Q-TIP:  I love those trendy enamel dots.  They are adhesive little plastic shiny domes that are a sweet touch to a card or project.  Often, they are placed "randomly" in a threesome to carry the eye toward or away from the focal point of your card.  I wanted my leaves to remain front and center this time, so I just stuck one on top of my hemp twine tied button fro color and shine.  Just another way to use them.

Stamps:  Give Thanks (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White, Dark Chocolate, Ocean Tides (PTI), Sweater Weather (Simple Stories), Gold Mirror Cardstock (Bazzill), Light Kraft (MFT)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukieneko)
Accessories:  Fall Foliage Die Set (Top Dog Dies), Heart and Scallop Punch, Button, Hemp Twine, Herringbone Embossing Folder (Lifestyle), Enamel Dots (Teresa Collins), Glue Dots
Finished Size:  A2

Guess Who's Guest Designing for Top Dog Dies!

Well, looks like I've had a little secret for a couple of weeks.  I was asked to be a guest designer for TOP DOG DIES!  I'm super excited about this and I got a fun package of their own brand of dies to play with that are all recently released and available now on their site. 
Top Dog Dies
While I'm usually not a "cat person", I do love them but just can't have them because I'm extremely allergic.  Thankfully, I was able to get in a little kitty time while working with the new COOL CATS die set.  I didn't get stuffy, and my eyes didn't even swell shut!  LOL!  This is a cat I can live with.

So I started my card using another new die set from TOP DOG, the SCALLOPED FRAME & MAT set, and popped it up on my card base that I had layered a piece of floral paper onto to show through the cut out part of the frame.  Then I stamped a sweet sentiment and heart from REVERSE CONFETTI using some of the newest stamp sets.  I die cut my cat and a few of her accessories (included in the die set) and layered them with my circles in a cluster in the corner of the frame.  Such a sweet card that would be perfect for anyone really, whether a cat lover or not!  Next, I'd like to see what kind of black cat spookiness I can come up with for Halloween using these dies.

Anyway, I'll be back soon with a couple more projects using my new TOP DOG DIES stash...stay tuned!

SUSIE Q-TIP:   I bet y'all didn't know I'm a cheater-crafter.  When I use ribbon across the front of my card or a panel, I simply cut a strip long enough to fold over the edges and use Scotch tape to secure it on the back.  Then I do a "cheater" bow from a separate piece of ribbon and tie it to the one going across.  See?  Cheater.

Stamps:  Roundabout, Roundabout Additions (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White, Aqua Mist, Raspberry Fizz, Smokey Shadow (PTI), Splendid Sunshine (Echo Park)
Ink:  Navy (Heidi Swapp), Summer Sun (SU!)
Accessories:  Scalloped Frame & Mat, Cool Cats (Top Dog Dies), Circle Punch, Sweet Blush Grosgrain Ribbon (PTI), Gray Enamel Dots, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

October Mini Release from Reverse Confetti

Well, were y'all surprised by our new mini release from REVERSE CONFETTI?  Yes, we usually only have a new release every other month, but these products were just too good to keep "under wraps"!

Today I've got a little door hanger to share that I made using the new HANGING OUT Confetti Cuts die

As usual with this being the 8th of the month, we have a BLOG HOP today!  It started over on the REVERSE CONFETTI blog HERE, and you should have arrived here from Lisa's blog HERE.  It's ok if you're just joining us--the Reverse Confetti blog has a master hop list to jump back to!

Back when Jen and I went to San Marcos for the CKC show, we were discussing how cool this HANGING OUT door hanger die would be.  It was then that I decided that I would want to try attaching a treat box of some kind to it.  So that's just what I did using the TAGGED TOTE Confetti Cuts die.  I made the box first, cut the door hanger, and added a few accents to it before using some Scor-tape to hold the box onto the door hanger.  Since the HANGING OUT die is *just* the doorknob/slot part, it didn't matter too much how big my door hanger actually was, so I just cut it to fit my tote nicely.  I think this would be too cute hanging with a little candy in it for some neighbors or kids on Halloween!  Because they are still a little new, here's a look at the treat boxes:

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 over on the Reverse Confetti blog.

Want to win some REVERSE CONFETTI 
of your very own?  

Leave a comment on each of the designer's blogs for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate.  Comments will close at 5pm CST on October 8th and the winner will be announced on October 9th on the Reverse Confetti Blog and our Facebook page.  In addition to having a chance to win just by leaving a comment on the sneak peek posts, we are also running a Facebook promotion for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate. After you are done checking out the sneak peeks, head on over to OUR FACEBOOK PAGE and look for the promotional graphic.

SUSIE Q-TIP:  I really hate that I can't find my power cord/pedal for my sewing machine.  It's still missing from the move.  However, I just had to get some needle action in.  So I punched holes in the tag for my tote box and hand sewed the twine around it.  The best part?  You can't really tell how crooked my holes were.

Stamps:  Spooky Cuties (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  White, Kraft, Orange Fizz (MFT), Aqua, Black (Bazzill)
Ink:  Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories:  Hanging Out, Tagged Tote, Treat Tote, Circles 'n Scallops, Oh My Stars and Double Edge Scallop Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti), Hole Punch, Divine Twine (TCP), Dome Enamel Dot, Button, Ribbon, Scor-Tape, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  9 x 3.75  

Boo In a Box Front Porch Kit REVEAL

Psst...I have 2 posts today.  Be sure and check out a fun announcement from REVERSE CONFETTI HERE.

Well, over the last few days, I've had the privilege to share some fun (and witty, if I do say so myself) sneak peeks of the new FRONT PORCH KIT, BOO IN A BOX from The Little Blue House.  (Nope, they weren't chicken feet, but y'all were close!  Also, the eyes are magnets, so you can move them around!) This owl is my favorite project, EVER and I have ideas to make a Christmas and a Valentine's one!

Well, today is REVEAL DAY and the kit is now available in the store,
and I bet these are going to go fast!
Call us or order online here:
Phone (817) 431-7930, or online at  

So what's a Front Porch Kit?  It's a box full of loveliness.  A box full of crafty goodness.  A box full of potential.  Really, it's a box full of varying craft supplies, papers, alterables, and other embellishments that are all matchy-matchy (y'all know I LOVE that!) that you can create with to your heart's desire.  EEP! 

I've made 2 layouts, a fun door hanging with the included "surface"--a pizza pan of all things!, a clear treat holder, and a sweet little wall hanging that I made with a bunch of my scraps! 

By the way, there's also another NEW and EXCLUSIVE stamp set included in the kit from REVERSE CONFETTI

So what's your favorite?  Be sure and check out all the designers' reveals by visiting the designer links on The Little Blue House Blog's sidebar HERE and look for Tracy, Rhonda, DeeDee, Valerie and Lynette.  

I myself, can't wait to stop by the store (hopefully not on crutches...long story) and see all the designers' projects in real life!!! 


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