Friday, December 8, 2017

Reverse Confetti / December Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Reverse Confetti December Blog Hop!  

Make sure to check out the Reverse Confetti blog for all the details of this hop and for a full list of inspiration and information!

This time of year is all about giving.  I've made an ensemble of winter cheer for a very special person.  

My card uses the plaid pattern paper from Warm Heart with a strip of Royal Purple cardstock.  I love these adorable snowmen from Cool Friends and I colored them with the same colors from the papers in the Warm Heart collection.  My sentiment, from Sentimental Christmas, was stamped in black onto a tag from Tag Duo.  I adhered my snowman and sentiment tag with foam adhesive and tucked a snowflake from Snowflake Trio behind the sentiment.

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For my box, I've used the Clear Treat Box & Box Wrap Combo done in Royal Purple cardstock with an accent of plaid pattern paper from Warm Heart.  I added a smaller tag from Tag Duo along with a sentiment from Sentimental Christmas.  I adhered my colored snowman and added another snowflake from Snowflake Trio.  I filled my box with coordinating M&M's and added my tag with baker's twine. 

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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! Now it’s time to hop on over to Melissa Phillip's blog. Here is the full list of participants sharing inspiration:


One thing before you hop along though, just to keep you “in the know”…

December's NEW SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY is open for you to play along.  Check it out for a chance to win and become our newest ‘Fetti Fave! 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Reverse Confetti / CAS(E) this Sketch!

CAS(E) this Sketch

Hi everyone!  I had to switch gears for a bit.  Back to some non-holiday cards.  To jumpstart my creativity, I always look to my favorite challenge blogs including CAS(E) this Sketch!  This sketch was perfect and simple!

For the layers on my sketch, I used paper from Cheerful & Kind pattern paper pad and a scallop layer of white cardstock using the Double Edge Scallop Border Confetti Cut.  To keep this simple, I added a few white heat embossed and watercolored blooms from Build a Bunch.  I added a stamped and die cut "hi" from Sentiment Essentials.  To finish, I added some Sparkling Clear Confetti from Pretty Pink Posh.

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Here's the sketch to jump start your creativity!

Thanks for sharing a part of your day with me!

Avery Elle / Otterly Fantastic

Hello!  I am here with a card that starts off my Valentine's using the adorable new set called Otterly Fantastic from Avery Elle.

Otterly Fantastic

Since alcohol inks have "come back in style", I used them here to create a water backdrop for my otter.  I started my card off with a panel of Yupo paper from Ranger.  These inks work best with this type of paper.  To an applicator, I added a felt pad (different than what we use for ink blending) and added a few, random drops of Mermaid, Citrus, and Silver Mixative.  They really only need to be drops as the next step is to add a few drops of Alcohol Blending Solution to the felt pad.  To create my background, I used the applicator and simply placed it on the paper, twisted, and lifted off.  I repeated this for the entire panel.  After letting the panel dry, I used the Wonky Stitches Die to die cut the panel.  

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My otter was Copic colored with E42, E43, E44 and die cut with the coordinating Otterly Fantastic Elle-ments.  What I love is that there is a die that cuts the paws so that the otter can "hold" something!  In this case since this is for Valentine's, I used the heart stamp from the set.  Using Scalloped & Pierced Hearts Elle-ments, I die cut a red heart and white heat embossed the sentiment.  After adding the heart to the right side, I added the otter and a few extra hearts.  This panel was added to my alcohol ink background created earlier. 

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Don't be afraid of trying new things with the alchol inks.  I have even "messed up" and simply laid more color down over it.  Have fun creating some amazing backgrounds!

Otterly Fantastic
Otterfly Fantastic Elle-ments
Wonky Stitches Die
Scalloped & Pierced Hearts Elle-ments

Friday, December 1, 2017

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Tis the Season

Hello and Welcome!  I am excited to get things started off with the first day of the Advent Calendar Extravaganza!  This is such a fun online event each year hosted by my friend Taheerah and this year is better than ever!  Make sure to visit Taheerah's blog (linked below) for all the event details and for additional links!

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises await behind the door!


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Today's Advent sponsor is Catherine Pooler Designs.  
I have been lucky to help Catherine with several of her last releases including her ink lines.  IF YOU HAVEN'T checked out her ink yet, YOU MUST!  It's phenomenal!  Click HERE to visit the inks.

I've used the 'Tis the Season stamp set, which will be released soon as it was part of the holiday Stamp of Approval box.  I stamped the poinsettia in Rockin' Red ink and the leaves in Eucalyptus (brand new color!).  The centers and leaves with berries were gold heat embossed.  These were all die cut with the matching dies.  To create my background, I used the tiny snow stamp and larger berry stamp to white heat emboss a white panel.  After embossing, It's a Boy ink from Catherine Pooler was blended over the panel using the emboss resist technique.  To finish, I layered my poinsettias across my panel and added a white heat embossed sentiment on black cardstock with foam adhesive.  

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It’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Catherine Pooler Designs so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post - then head back to and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!


Because I love Catherine's ink SO much, I thought I'd share the whole color chart that is available!  The colors are so vibrant and stamp beautiful!  Let me say this......I didn't think I needed another ink in my collection until I used these!  

Click HERE to visit the inks.  Trust me you will want them all!  ☺

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

SugarPea Designs / Mix It Up Challenge #37

Mix It Up 
Welcome!  I am here sharing a card using the November Mix it Up Challenge from SugarPea Designs over at the SugarPea Designs blog.  Make sure to check out the blog for all the details!

For this month's challenge, I used both sides of the Mix It Up Challenge.  (see graphic below) 

I loved the sketch in this challenge but it proved to be too much white space.  Usually this isn't a problem for me but to solve it for today's card, I used a woodgrain embossing folder.  It gave just the right about of texture and interest to the background for my adorable images from Mugs & Kisses.  The images were Copic colored and die cut using the Mugs & Kisses SugarCuts Dies.  The pattern paper (polka dots) is from the Happy Holidays Paper Collection.  

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Pretty Pink Posh / 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Welcome to the 25 Days of Christmas Tags! 
With the holidays fast approaching, it's time for Tracey McNeely's
annual 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  Make sure to check out her blog for all the details on the sponsors, ways to win, and how to link up your own tags!  
Tracey's blog:  In My Creative Opinion
I am helping celebrate today's sponsor, Pretty Pink Posh, by sharing my own tags!

Pretty Pink Posh has lots of fun winter/Christmas themed goodies to use for tags.  Since I tend to wrap at the last minute, I wanted some very CAS tags.  I love the Joy Shaker Die cut out of some thick red glitter cardstock.  I backed it with a white circle that had some light Broken China Distress Oxide inks blended.  My second tag uses the Scallop Square Tag Dies.  I die cut and quickly colored my snowman from Happy Snowman.  It was added over a hand trimmed glittery snow hill.

25 Days of Christmas Tags

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Avery Elle / Pierced Scallop Rectangles and Cool Beans

Hello!  I am here with my take on the new Large Pierced Scallops Elle-ments from Avery Elle.  There are so many uses for a die set like this!  I love to use my dies for shaped cards and the largest scallop rectangle is perfect!

Pierced Scallop Rectangle

I started my card by using the largest scallop rectangle die to cut my card base.  To do this, you place your folded cardstock just below the cutting edge of your die.  What you are left with is a shaped card base!  

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For my main panel, I used the layering rectangle in the Large Pierced Scallops Elle-ments.  
I love this coffee themed set, Cool Beans, that has 6 fun sentiments in a cool font.  This set is perfect for all those coffee lovers out there!  I repeatedly stamped the 'thanks a latte' in New Moon Dye Ink and stamped one of the small heart stamps in between the repeated sentiments.  I colored in the heart with Copic R29.  My to go coffee cup was colored in with Copic 110.  For the cozy, I made my own buffalo check pattern with red cardstock and the Copic 110.

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Thanks for sharing a part of your day with me!

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