Monday, December 5, 2016

Countdown To Confetti - Mouse Mail

Welcome to Day One of Reverse Confetti's December release countdown!

The December release includes 4 new stamp sets and 6 new dies/die sets. (No new colors of ink and card stock, patterned paper, stencils, etc. this month, but no worries they will return in the new year!)

Today the team will be featuring an adorable new critters set: Mouse Mail

All of the new products will be available in the Reverse Confetti store
at midnight ET December 8.

Be sure to visit the Reverse Confetti blog for links to all the designers posting peeks today. Leave comments on each designer's blog for a chance to win a $15 Reverse Confetti gift certificate. Also, head over to the Reverse Confetti Facebook page for an additional giveaway. 

Mouse Mail has got to be the most adorable Dawn Machel set so far! I just love the sweet, wide-eyed expressions on these two!

I stamped the two mice as well as an extra packet of letters, die-cut everything using the Mouse Mail Confetti Cuts dies, then colored with Copic markers.

The pair are layered over a Mist stitched circle that I die-cut using the Pop Up Circle Confetti Cuts. Behind that is a Navy Lacy Scallop Circles die-cut. The sentiment is stamped onto a wavy banner that I die-cut using the Greetings Frame Confetti Cuts die. All of the patterned papers are from Reverse Confetti's Warm Heart Paper Collection.

On the Kraft base panel, I randomly stamped the packet of letters in white.



StampsMouse Mail

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, white pigment

Paper: Reverse Confetti  Navy and Mist card stock; Reverse Confetti Warm Heart patterned paper collection; Kraft card stock

Other: Copic markers, foam tape

For links to all the designers posting today, visit the Reverse Confetti blog.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Neat & Tangled December Guest Designer - Awesome!

Second post today. Click HERE for my Moments Inked Meal Planner review.

Exciting news, friends! I will be guest designing for Neat & Tangled this month. My first post is today, and I hope you'll check it out HERE.

I've paired their new Star Cover Plate (is that just so gorgeous?!) with a sentiment using the Awesome stamps and Awesome die. Words dies? Yes, please ... always!

I'll be back on the Neat & Tangled blog the next two Fridays. Looking forward to it!

Introducing Moments Inked Meal Planner System

Have you seen the new Moments Inked Meal Planning System by Papertrey Ink? It was introduced a few weeks ago alongside the 2017 version of our popular Moments Inked Memory Planner. I’ve been using the Meal Planner for a couple of weeks now, and am excited to share my thoughts about it today!

Before I get to the meal planner review, though, just quick word about the 2017 Moments Inked Memory Planner. Most of the planner is the same as last year’s version, including the option for spiral-bound or binder format. All of our favorite features have been carried forward, including the monthly and weekly pages, monthly dividers, monthly color schemes, and such, but there are a few enhancements as well that I know I really like and think you will too. If you haven’t seen a review of those additions, I encourage you to take a look at them HERE. Big bright colorful polka dots — that’s all I’m saying! 

So, on to the meal planner. I’m sure many of you have seen the reviews from the other design team members. If not, check them out: AshleyLexi, Laurie SRebeccaLizzie, and Laurie W

Meal planning saves time and meal planning saves money, whether you’re running a large household or just cooking for yourself. Meal planning can help you eat a greater variety of foods, use ingredients more efficiently, take advantage of weekly specials at the grocery stores, eat more foods in season, avoid last-minute take-out or restaurant meals, and save you extra trips to the grocery store. 

I have incorporated some type of meal planning into my routine for years, but never anything as functional, efficient, and just downright pretty as the Moments Inked Meal Planner. Let me show you!

First, let’s talk about size, specs, and format. Frist, the meal planner is the same size as our regular planners and is printed on the same white linen paper. Like our regular planner, the meal planning pages feature a rainbow of beautiful signature Papertrey colors. And like our regular planner, the meal planner is available in either spiral-bound or in a binder format. (Covers for the spiral-bound and binders for the binder pages are sold separately.) Other products in the Moments Inked product line are compatible with the meal planner, making it easy to decorate and/or customize your meal planner, if desired. 

I was really torn between the two formats, but decided to try the spiral version first for two main reasons: 1) I'll be able to store the meal planner in the kitchen, so my family will be able to easily access both the current meal plan and the shopping list; and 2) I like having previous menus archived right in the same notebook for easy reference when planning future weeks. I fear I would misplace used binder pages and lose out on that archiving opportunity. What I don't like (about spiral notebooks in general) is that the coil gets in the way when I'm writing. 

I've added two covers to my meal planner. One is the front cover. The second one I’m using as a pencil board. Because of the fold-out, tear-off list, the writing surface of the spiral bound is a tiny bit uneven. Not a big deal, but slipping an extra cover behind the list provides a nice flat, sturdy writing surface. The second cover also works as a bookmark.

Undated: perfect if you skip a week or just need a do-over (a few extra pages are included, 55 for the year, for just that purpose). 

Recipe Location: I’ll never forget the time I had probably $40 of organic, locally sourced, grass-fed short ribs sitting in front of my relatively new Instant Pot and frantically googling the heck out of the internet looking for the recipe had prompted me to buy the short ribs in the first place, a cut of meat that at that time I had never, ever cooked in my life. I had no back-up plan. This section should ensure that never happens again!

(By the way, the salmon is highlighted because it was a new recipe.)

Defrost / Advance Prep / Slow Cooker: These reminders are perfect! One of my family’s favorite recipes works best when prepared over the span of three days. Inevitably, I forget to marinate the first day, and we’re either rushing the recipe or scrambling for dinner if we postpone that meal to the next day. Hoping this little reminder will help with that. 

After I’ve finished my meal planning, I can add any advance prep tasks to my to-do list or to my weekly spread.

Fold-out, tear-off grocery list: The other girls have said it already, this is GENIUS! I love that the list is organized by category, too. Nothing like getting to the end of your list and having to backtrack for that one little thing you overlooked the first time around. The extra shopping list on the back will come in handy, too, especially if I need to pick up something in bulk at Costco, or something specific at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. 

This week, I needed to make two trips to the grocery store. My Tuesday trip was hurried, so I purchased only the things I would need before I could get back for a longer trip. I highlighted those immediate items, crossing them off as I shopped. When I finished, I used some of the new skinny washi tape to adhere my list to my weekly divider, so my list was easy to find when I went back yesterday. 

A whole page of notes: I have a feeling this will be extremely handy each week. I can note when to make a double batch and freeze one/gift one, when I expect leftovers for lunches the following day, any ingredients substitutions I might want or need to make, times when I might need to tailor or supplement the meal for one or more of us. 

Also, either throughout the week or certainly at the end of each week, I’d really love to get in the habit of quickly reflecting back on the meals — what worked well, what didn’t, did we like/dislike new recipes we may have tried, was there a good variety of vegetables and different protein sources, etc. In a perfect world, I’d fine-tune my meal plans to the point that I could just repeat and rotate seasonally. Now *that* would save me a bundle of time!

Although the planner is ready to use right out of the box, I have added a few things that I think will help me with my meal planning. Above is a moveable extra page where I can include any breakfast and lunch notes.

And the second is a tabbed list for our family favorites and go-to meals. I die-cut this using the Moments Inked: Tabbed List die and stamped the title and lines with images from the Moments Inked: Listed stamp set. This will be great for those weeks when I just can't think of anything to fix.

Overall, I’m loving the meal planner so far! I almost wish the days weren't labeled. I don’t always meal plan Monday - Sunday, and I don’t always meal plan for a whole week, sometimes more, sometimes less. But the bigger reason is that probably 90% of the time, we don’t stick to the schedule. We still have the meals I plan for, we just tend to rearrange the days. I haven’t decided yet how to handle when that happens (maybe just write in pencil so I can erase) and don’t know how much it will actually bother me, but it seems pretty minor in the grand scheme. 

Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope this has been helpful!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday in the Works - 3D Ornaments

Hey friends, I'm on the Reverse Confetti blog today. Hope you'll join me over there!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

I Come Bearing Gifts - November SFYTT

Happy Saturday friends! I'm excited to share my card sample for Reverse Confetti's November Sketch For You To Try. The deadline to join in the fun is approaching (noon CST November 29), so be sure to get your entry linked up HERE for a chance to win a Reverse Confetti gift certificate.

Here's the November sketch:

And here's my take:

I adore this sweet image from Bearing Gifts. I did my coloring with Copic markers, then die-cut the image using the corresponding Bearing Gifts Confetti Cuts die. The November sketch is perfect for layering patterned papers. I've pulled from Reverse Confetti's Very Merry and Warm Heart paper collections. 

The sentiment is stamped onto a banner that I die-cut from Cloud White card stock using one of the Flowers for Mom Confetti Cuts dies. I framed the stamped image with a Lacy Scalloped Circles Confetti Cuts die in RC Aqua card stock.

A pair of sequin-topped snowflakes, die-cut with the Snowflake Trio Confetti Cuts dies, are perfect wintry accents. 

I couldn't resist adding a bit of Charcoal Striped Twine to the top. Love that stuff!

Be sure to check out the Reverse Confetti blog today, too. Lots of the design team is sharing samples to inspire you!

Friday, November 25, 2016

25 Days of Christmas Tags - Jillibean Soup

I'm back today for another go at Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags series. Today is Day 25, and Jillibean Soup is the featured sponsor!

Be sure to visit Tracey's blog for all the details, including how you can join in the fun for a chance to win prizes.

Check out this all-star line-up of generous sponsors:

I started with a Jillibean Soup Chalkboard Tag. The sweet little houses and the sentiment banner are from the Peace, Joy & Love stamp set. The stars are from the Ornament stamp set. 

Last, I added some Adhesive Sequins for some sparkle.

Don't forget to visit Tracey for lots more Jillibean Soup tag inspiration. Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

25 Days of Christmas Tags - Reverse Confetti

One thing I look forward to each fall is Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags series. Such a fantastic showcase of tag designs of all styles -- truly inspiring! 

Be sure to visit Tracey's blog for all the details, including how you can join in the fun for a chance to win prizes.

Speaking of prizes, check out this all-star line-up of generous sponsors:

Reverse Confetti is the featured sponsor for today, which is Day 23 of the series. Before I get to my tag, I also wanted to let you know about a Reverse Confetti sale going on right now through Sunday:

And here's my tag:

I started by building a wreath using the Leafy Wreath Confetti Cuts dies. I love that you can go with a simple diecut base layer as your wreath, or build up layers with all the little extras that are included in the die set. It's no secret I love my layers, so I opted to tuck in lots of different bits and pieces to create a very full look.


The base of the wreath was cut from Cloud White card stock, then sponged in Reverse Confetti's Lime Green and Avocado inks. Next I added extra leaves, branches that I cut from Stone card stock, and berry clusters made of Cloud White and Brick card stock and topped with Ruby Slippers Stickles. For some added visual texture, I spritzed the Stone branches with white opaque mist.

The ornament was stamped with Vintage Ornaments in Brick ink, metallic silver ink, and RC Aqua ink onto Vintage Ornaments Confetti Cuts die-cuts. I adhered the wreath and ornament to a circle tag base that I cut using a Lacy Scalloped Circle Confetti Cuts die. 

To the top, I attached a Hang Ups, Too tag hanger in Stone card stock and accented with some Caribbean Solid Twine.

I cut two Lacy Scalloped Circles for the tag base, so that I could add a stamped "to/from" to the inside. I used an image from With Love for that. Last, I cut a stitched circle out of Very Merry patterned paper, cut it down, and added it above and below for a little extra color.

Visit Tracey for her tag as well as links to the rest of the designers posting today. Thanks for visiting!