Halloween Shadowbox Card – Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash Challenge

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Welcome back!  Today I’m sharing my contribution to this months Stock Your Stash Challenge at Reverse Confetti (find all the details here).

I don’t typically send Halloween cards but maybe if what I’m sending could double as “decor” I might reconsider!

Halloween Shadowbox WM

This shadowbox card was so easy to make with the stitched window confetti cut die.  I cut down a piece of black cardstock to 5.5″ x 8.5″.  Instead of scoring at 4.25″ like you would for an A2 card, score at 3 1/4″, 4″, 7 1/4″ and 8″.  Die-cut the window from one of the 3 1/4″ sections (ideally the one that has the 3/4″ sections on either side of it).  If you want to add a greeting to the front, now is the time!

Finally, just fold it up and attach the 1/2″ side on the other 3 1/4″ side and you’ll have a shadowbox. (Wow, this sounds way more complicated than it really it!).

I then cut a piece of white cardstock to fit over the back panel and used Distress Oxide ink to blend a night sky background.

I also stamped the tree from Halloween Gnomes directly on the ink blended panel.  I used Copics to color over it.  When your panel is ready, it can be attached to the back of your shadowbox card.

Then stamp, color and cut the houses, bat, headstones and moon from Halloween Gnomes.  Attach one of the houses, headstones and moon to the back using foam adhesive.  Attach the second house to the front of the shadowbox (just scoot it down to make it look like a smaller house).  The bat is attached using a small strip of transparency.

And that’s it!  You now have a cute card that will still fit in a standard A2 envelope when folded flat and give the recipient something fun to display during the Halloween season!

Halloween Shadowbox Close Up

Thanks so much for stopping by and don’t forget to join the challenge!

Products Used

Halloween Gnomes stamp set

Halloween Gnomes Confetti Cuts

Rounded Stitched Window Confetti Cuts

 

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Reverse Confetti September Release Blog Hop

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Today’s the day!!  Be sure to head over to the Reverse Confetti store to see all of the new release products in one spot.

For today’s project, I really wanted to use that little tree from Joyous Holiday – it reminds me of the aluminum trees from A Charlie Brown Christmas so I wanted to make a very colorful card.

Rainbow Trees WM

You could approach making this card a few different ways:

  • I used distress oxide inks and blended two similar colors on small scraps of paper and then cut them out.
  • You could also just stamp directly onto colored cardstock scraps or
  • Color the trees with your favorite coloring medium

Once the colored trees were cut out, I trimmed off their stars and pots and added white gel pen to the garland.

I then used my Misti to evenly stamp six trees and a sentiment on my card front.  Then it’s so easy to attach each tree (in rainbow order, of course) using a little foam adhesive.

Rainbow Trees Close Up

Here is the list for today’s blog hop:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Samantha

Products Used:

Joyous Holiday stamp set

Joyous Holiday die set

September Countdown to Confetti – Day 3

COMINGSOON

Welcome back for the final day of sneak peeks!  Today’s sneaks focus on the new Joyous Holiday and Joys of the Season sets:

I also used the new All the Stars die for today’s projects:

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You know how sometimes you have an idea and when you actually try it, it works just like you planned?  Don’t you just love it when that happens?!  When I saw the All the Stars die, I wondered if I could use it on each end of a card panel and leave just a little space in the middle for a focal point image.  Worked like a charm:

Peace on Earth Angel WM

This sweet little angel from Joyous Holiday snuggled right into that space in the middle.  I added some soft ink blending on the edges and backed it with gold glitter cardstock.

Peace on Earth Angel Close Up

For my second card today, I was so excited to try out the Joys of the Season set (shhh…don’t tell any of the other sets but this one is my favorite!).  What I love about this set is how many different looks you can get from the same set.  For this card, I used gold embossing and watercolor for a vintage look.

Holly WM

I love how those holly leaves just nestle right next to the sentiment!

Holly Close Up

Don’t forget to leave a comment on each designers sneak peek post for a chance to win a $15 Reverse Confetti gift certificate.  You can also leave a comment on the Reverse Confetti Facebook page for a second chance to win a $15 gift certificate.  Comments will close at noon CST on Sept 7th and the winner will be announced at 5pm CST on Sept 7th on the Reverse Confetti blog and Facebook page.  Good luck!

 

Products Used:

Joyous Holiday stamp set

Joyous Holiday confetti cuts

Joys of the Season stamp set

Joys of the Season confetti cuts

All the Stars confetti cuts

September Countdown to Confetti – Day 2

COMINGSOON

Welcome back for day 2 of Reverse Confetti sneak peeks!  Today’s sneaks focus on the new Halloween Gnomes and With a Thankful Heart sets:

I also used the This & That patterned paper that is being released this month:

This & That 6x6

I love making these little treat boxes for holidays.  They are so easy to make from a single sheet of 6×6 paper.  If you have an envelope punch board just remember – punch and score at 2 and 4 (that’s what I say to myself as I’m making them).

Treat Box WM Square

Once all the boxes were assembled, it was time for the fun part – decorating!  I punched a circle and added a little ink blending to create a “base” of moons or a crystal ball.  All of the images were colored with Copics and then die cut.

Treat Box Wizard Close Up

Treat Box Witch Close Up

Treat Box Tree Close Up

Don’t forget to leave a comment on each designers sneak peek post for a chance to win a $15 Reverse Confetti gift certificate.  You can also leave a comment on the Reverse Confetti Facebook page for a second chance to win a $15 gift certificate.  Comments will close at noon CST on Sept 7th and the winner will be announced at 5pm CST on Sept 7th on the Reverse Confetti blog and Facebook page.  Good luck!

 

Products Used:

Halloween Gnomes stamp set

Halloween Gnomes Confetti Cuts

This & That 6×6 paper pad

September Countdown to Confetti – Day 1

COMINGSOON

Welcome to the first day of sneak peeks for the new Reverse Confetti holiday release (and my first official day posting projects as a ‘Fetti Friend)!  I was so excited when that package of goodies arrived – can’t wait to share all of it with you over the next few days!

Today’s sneaks focus on the new Peony and Sentimentally Yours stamp sets:

I also used the new Stitched Circles Cover Panel and Square Window Tag dies on today’s projects:

So when I first saw the Stitched Circles Cover Panel die, I said “self, you need to put a rainbow ink blended panel behind that”.  There was no other option.

So after I used my favorite Distress Oxdide rainbow combination, I attached the die cut panel using foam adhesive (those little spots behind the stitched circles fit them perfectly).

Love You WM

And as much as I love the actual peony image from the Peony set, I would have wanted that set for the leaves alone.  Take another look – there is so much you could do with them.  With all that rainbow goodness, I didn’t even need to color it!

Love You Close Up

For my second project, I decided to take a crack at no-line coloring that peony image – for a peony, it seemed doable!

Bloom Tag WM

Using the Square Window Tag die, it’s so easy to make a simple gift of flowers something special!

Bloom Tag Vase

Don’t forget to leave a comment on each designers sneak peek post for a chance to win a $15 Reverse Confetti gift certificate.  You can also leave a comment on the Reverse Confetti Facebook page for a second chance to win a $15 gift certificate.  Comments will close at noon CST on Sept 7th and the winner will be announced at 5pm CST on Sept 7th on the Reverse Confetti blog and Facebook page.  Good luck!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Products Used (links will be live on 9/8):

Peony stamp set

Peony Confetti Cuts

Sentimentally Yours stamp set

Stitched Circle Cover Panel Confetti Cuts

Square Window Tag Confetti Cuts

 

Reverse Confetti – Fall is in the Air

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So excited to be a ‘Fetti Friend for the next two months!  I love fall – just wish we could skip the winter part that comes after it!

I created this card by coloring and die cutting leaves from the Fall Foliage set from Reverse Confetti.  Once I painstakingly arranged them around the outside edge of my card front, I picked them all up using Press and Seal.

Keeping them all attached I trimmed 1/4″ from each edge.  I then added foam squares to the back of each leaf, held my breath, and attached them to the front of the card leaving an even margin around the edge.

The sentiment was originally a long, horizontal orientation but I have no fear of cutting up sentiments so now it can also fit perfectly in a portrait card too.

Be sure to stop back on Thursday for the start of sneak peeks for the new holiday release!

Thanks for stopping by!

Samantha

19 Goals in 2019 – January Update

One month down!  Progress was made – much more to go.

Goal #1 – Regular exercise

I started out strong but might need to adjust for later working hours during these first few months.  I exceeded 10,000 steps 12 days this month and averaged 8,175 for the whole month.  Going to try to get that up to an average of 8,500 for February.

Goal #2 – Attend weekly Weight Watchers meetings

Made it to 3 out of 4 Saturday meetings in January – I’ll take that!

Goal #3 – If I bite it, write it

This one was bad – only three “blue dot days” this month (that means I tracked and stayed within my points range for the day).  Shooting for at least 10 blue dot days in February.

Goal #4 – Run a 5k

I’m not really a winter runner – so this will be more of a spring/summer goal.  I did sign up for a “secret” summer 5k.  More to come on that…

Goal #5 – Quarterly spending freeze

Totally nailed this one!  No craft or clothing spending in the month of January for me (and oh boy let me tell you there were temptations – I’m looking at you Hero Arts monthly kit that is now sold out!).

Goal #6 – Monthly budget tracking

All expenses are uploaded and categorized in Quicken for January.  Cash flow was positive (which is good since we had a high entertainment expenses for the month – more on that later!)

Goal #7 – Participate in a few craft shows during the year

This will happen later in the year but I am planning on a neighborhood “vendor fair” at our development community center in March so I’ll need to spend some time preparing for that in February.  Need to do a little research on shows but I’m thinking about a potentially different direction with this.  I’ll share once I figure it all out.

Goal #8 – Declutter the house

I’ve decided to try to tackle one area (small or big) each week so I’ll keep a running list here to see how I do (a little short for January):

  • January – Holiday decorations, kitchen cabinets

Goal #9 – Date nights

My husband and I are both turning 50 this year!  So my gift to him was a fun event planned for each month of the year (paying for things ahead was what blew up the entertainment budget for the month!).  So hopefully I’ve guaranteed success for this goal!  Our January night out was to Main Event for dinner and bowling to celebrate his birthday.

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Goal #10 – Tobii modeling

Still trying to find my way around this one!  Goal for February will be to get some more personal icons loaded up so we can talk about the people/pets we know a little easier.

Goal #11 – Spring break vacation plans

Flights, Clearwater hotel and accomodations for our dog are all booked.  Just need to decide on an Orlando hotel and rental car.  Plus we now have a super cute seashell themed countdown in our kitchen! Less than 80 days!!  I’m just going to keep this picture here all winter:

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Goal #12 – Annual photo book

This one will be a month behind – goal is be to get all of our January pictures uploaded and pages/stories done by the end of February.

Goal #13 – Continue Finn training

We signed up for a Beginner Rally class at Fortunate Fido this month.  It’s actually going really well!

This is the “relax on your mat with a Kong while the instructor talks” portion of class – possibly Finn’s favorite part!

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Goal #14 – Blog up and running

Eleven published posts for the month of January!  I do really need to figure out a way to organize all of this better!  Sticking with the “at least one post a week” plan for now.

Goal #15 – YouTube channel 

Holding on this one until later in the year.

Goal #16 – Complete Kit & Clowder classes

I printed all the practice sheets for the nature class and plan to make a dent in them during the 30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker this month.  Check Instagram for progress!

Goal #17 – Read 4 books

Killin’ it!  I’ve finished three books this month (one was about halfway done already but I’m still counting it!)  I caught up with the last three books in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series.  I read the first book years ago and honestly didn’t realize there were more until I saw them at my daughter’s book fair at school (these are technically teen books).  Loved them all and now I’m left waiting for the next one to come out!

Books read so far:

Goal #18 – Use the craft supplies I have

I know I’ve used some of my new supplies this month but I need to come up with a better way of tracking what I’ve used and deciding what I want to keep and what needs to go.  Right now I have all of my recent purchases in a separate bin and the goal is just to use them and store them with everything else.  Maybe the bin will be empty by the end of February!

Goal #19 – Contribute/mail more cards

I tried to start an ongoing card drive in a Facebook group for families that are affected by Rett Syndrome.  People seemed very interested initially but when I posted a Google form to try to gather information there was very little response (it almost seemed like that post got buried somehow – I even had a hard time finding it).  Need to figure out another plan for this.

Overall not a bad start to the year!