Wacky Watercooler “March Madness” Blog Hop

Welcome to another fabulous Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop! Our theme this time is “March Madness”.  Some of our participants have been experiencing frigid weather, while others have had sunshine and flowers – thus our cold weather friends have gone mad! (Us fair weathered friends too!  LOL!)   I’ve been one of the lucky participants that has had spring weather arrive with daffodils blooming and new growth sprouting all over.  Our fruit trees are in blossom which is a delight to see. We each will be sharing with you one of our favorite special folds, so be sure to look for your favorite fold to CASE!  

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Before we get started, I just want to remind you, this is a circular Blog Hop.  That means that wherever you begin, if you continue to go to the “next” person on the list, you will eventually wind up right where you first started.  You will find the “next” button (and the “previous” button – if you want to go backwards) at the end of this post. The “home” button will give you a listing of all participating blogs.
If you’ve been moving forward through the blog hop, you’ll just have seen the wonderful and fun creations by the very fabulous Gail Allen from Sechelt, BC, Canada.
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Do you need an idea for a gift? How about a gift card?  I personally love gift cards or money for someone who I know loves to shop or is hard to buy for.  My first punch art project was made with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and basic punches.  

After die cutting out the Mini Treat Bag I decorated the front of the holder as I would a card to add interest to it, even though it works as an “envelope” for the gift card holder.  The branch is from a stamp in the A Happy Thing, Sale-A-Bration set. I used markers to ink and color in the branch portion of the stamp – it worked perfectly for holding the baby swinging in the tree.   Punch art made the baby and blanket.  To make the clouds in the sky I punched out a piece using a Scallop Circle Punch and used it as a mask to make clouds as I sponged in the sky.
I love masculine cards and my favorite go to stamp set for a masculine card is The Open Sea.  The background is the World Map which I colored in with markers.  The frame is a Framelits die from On Film.  The ship was stamped twice because I wanted it to be 3D.  I hand cut out the sails…I know a lot of fussy cutting, but I love details!

And now…. my fancy fold card.  My last project is an easel card.  I have had the Yee-Haw stamp set for some time and had not used it so I pulled it off the shelf and got to work.  More fussy cutting!  The background was made using the Hardwood stamp, with more cutting! 
I guess I do have a little madness going on….cutting, cutting, cutting!

So there you have it!  I hope you liked my creations.  Please leave a comment to let me know you were here – I love reading your messages!
If you don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and would like to order any of the items I shared, please visit my online store here
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Your next stop will be with the talented Christine Giuda.  I know you’ll love her projects. Just click the “next” button below to see what she has in store for you! Enjoy all your stops – I know you will be inspired!


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Lotus Blossom – Clean and Simple

Here’s a clean and simple card that can take less than five minutes to make.  A little stamping, a little sponging, a little cutting and gluing, and you are done!  Since I did not place a sentiment on the front of this card I could use this card for any occasion. 
The Lotus Blossom stamp set is a Sale-A-Bration set and the DSP is also a Sale-A-Bration item.  Check out them out at my store if you would like to get either of these items free!

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Lotus Blossom  – spend $50 and you can get this free! (139143)
Paper and Ink
Pacific Point Cardstock (111350) Ink (126951)
Eggplant Envy Card Stock (105126) Ink (126969)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Irresistibly Yours DSP – spend $50 and you can get this free! – (138635)
Circle Collection Framelits (130911)
Big Shot (113439)
Stamping Sponges (101610)

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