Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – a Focus on 2014-2016 In-Colors

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It’s time for another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.  We are focusing on the 2014-2016 In-Colors that are retiring this year for this blob hop.  And, one of our projects will be  CASEing a friend (how fun is that!)

I’m sad to say good-bye to some beautiful colors, so all three of my projects feature them.  I’m going to order a stash of paper and ink of these colors while I can still get them!

About the Blog Hop:  This is a circular Blog Hop. That means that wherever you begin, if you continue to go to the “next” blog 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 have been moving forward through the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop you would have arrived here after visiting Buffy Cooper’s blog.  I love her work!

Happy Hopping!

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Sunburst Sayings

I originally was not going to order the Sunburst bundle.  I felt I couldn’t be creative or think outside the box with this set.  Then I started seeing some fabulous cards made with the Sunburst Sayings and the Sunburst Thinlits Die.  I have to laugh at myself after thinking such, because this card definitely did not require me to think outside the box.  But, I love the look of it with the gorgeous Blackberry Bliss and rich Hello Honey colors.

I have plans to use this bundle on a scrapbook page soon, and have ideas floating around in my head for other cards.


Sunburst Sayings My Tanglewood Cottage

Birthday Blooms

I have to say I love, love, love the Birthday Blooms set.  The large flower is  beautiful when simply stamped without adding ink to the inside of it.  I think it is stunning when color is added.

For this card I used the floating re-inker technique to add color to the flower.  To make areas darker I just added more Lost Lagoon ink to the image by lightly touching my brush to the water to pull the ink to the paper.  The leaves are watercolored with Mossy Meadow, even the lighter colored leaves.  For  the center of the flower I used a Tangelo Twist marker once the image had dried.


Birthday Blooms My Tanglewood Cottage WWC


Birthday Blooms My Tanglewood Cottage WWC 2

Floating Re-Inker Technique

For those of you who have never tried this technique it is quiet simple.

  1. You stamp your image on watercolor paper with VersaMark and then sprinkle embossing powder on and heat it.
  2. Spritz the watercolor paper with a generous amount of water.  I usually use a paper towel to soak up excess amounts around the outside of the image so the color does not bleed outside the image.
  3. Using a paint brush or aqua painter, pick up ink and lightly touch the puddled water with the tip of the brush.  The ink will quickly disperse in the water.
  4. Continue applying ink to cover the image and until you achieve the look you want.
  5. If you seem to have too much water on the paper once you are done you can dip the paper towel in the water to pull some off.
  6. Let dry before adhering to your card.

CASing A Friend!

I had a lot of fun looking through Piscilla Ivler’ blog, Stampin’ Amigos.  She had so many cards I wanted to CASE and then I came across this card that she had shared on one of the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hops in October of 2015.

Stampin Amigos CASE

I loved the striped wallpaper, wainscotting and of course the lacy ruffle across the window.  I knew I had found “the card”!

I have all the basics of this card, the wallpaper, wainscotting and the ruffle – did I say I love that ruffle?

Serene Sihouettes My Tanglewood Cottage

I put my spin on the card by making it a Pop-out Swing card.

Serene Shihouettes My Tanglewood Cottage 2

I used the Brick Wall Embossing Folder to add the brick look to the inside of the card by inking the folder, then closed it and rubbed the ink onto the paper.

Two retiring sets were used on this card, Serene Silhouettes and Happy Home.  The striped wallpaper was made using the Brushstrokes stamp inked with Lost Lagoon.

Thank you Priscilla for the inspiration!

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Your next stop is with fellow Oregonian Jean Fitch.  Jean has a heart for sharing and is a talented artist.  I know you will be inspired after you see what she has created.

Thank you for joining me for the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.




20 thoughts on “Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – a Focus on 2014-2016 In-Colors

  1. Love your CASE of Priscilla’s card – especially the detail inside made with the Brick Wall EF. Your Birthday Blooms card is absolutely gorgeous! That is the perfect stamp for the floating re-inker technique.

    • Priscilla’s card was so wonderful and truly provided the inspiration for my card.

      I am so glad the Birthday Blooms set is staying around because it is so lovely.

      Thanks for your comments Gail.

  2. Hi Marie, I love your first two projects, especially reading the floating re-inker tutorial. After seeing your gorgeous flowers, I really have to try that technique. What a fun way to make Priscilla’s card your own, by making it into a Pop Out Swing card! Brilliant and such fun. That ribbon makes a wonderful ruffle and I will miss is dearly. It’s one of my favourite ribbons among those that SU! has carried. Thanks for being part of our crazy April Blog Hop.

    • Thank you Heidi for letting me participate in the crazy April Blog Hop! All our glitches keep it interesting!

      I really had fun CASing Pricilla’s card. I wanted to CASE it when I saw it in October, I had just not gotten around to it. Thank you for your wonderful comments.

  3. Marie I have to say that all three of your projects are absolutely stunning. It would be hard to choose a favourite. I love the bold colours on your sunburst card and the subtle shading of your Birthday Blooms card. The butterfly and the floral image on the bottom were both a nice touch. I can see why you chose to CASE Priscilla’s Window card, and what a beauty you created. That additional scene beyond the brick wall is really lovely. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talents on this hop and for the Floating Re-Inker Tutorial. Most appreciated.

  4. These are beautiful, Marie! I love the Birthday Blooms card. And the window card – so cute! You can almost feel the spring breezes coming through the window. And your “twist” to make it a pop out is so clever!

    • Thanks Buffy. I wanted the feeling of being outside for the inside of the card and tried to achieve that feeling with the brick wall. With the wind we’ve been experiencing here, the breeze would have totally been coming through the widow! LOL!!

  5. Marie: Now you’ve done it! I have to get the birthday blooms set and I have to try the floating reinker technique. Absolutely amazing artistry! And I really am intrigued with how you created the pop out swing card. Lovely.

  6. I LOVE what you did with my card, Marie! So clever to create a pop-out swing card with the window! Thank you!
    But your Birthday Blooms card is a work of art. I’ve tried the floating re-inker technique but have never gotten the beautiful results you did–just gorgeous!
    And you may have enabled me to get that sunburst thinlits die–your color combination is stunning and really makes the card pop!
    Great cards!

    • Priscilla, I fell in love with your card when you showcased it on our October hop. I’ve been drawn to stripes lately too, so I was excited to rediscover your card! Thanks for your beautiful inspiration. I’m still have ideas for the Sunburst die, I just have to get them to paper. I also, think it would be a great addition to a scrapbook layout. I don’t think you would be sorry getting the die especially once you begin playing with it. I think the large flower in the Birthday Blooms set is so pretty, even if I had messed up a lot with the ink it would have turned out! Thank you for all your kind comments.

    • Hi Joan. I will be happy to give you the measurements for this card. However, I want to let you know I made a second card and had to adjust the bottom piece (on this card the Lost Lagoon piece) because of the placement of the window. You will likely have to make some adjustments also.

      The card base was 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

      The striped piece is 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ Once it is covered with the Tip Top Taupe railing and Lost Lagoon piece it is 3 5/8 x 4 1/4″. This all depends on your window placement.

      The railing is 1/2″ x 4 1/4″

      The Lost Lagoon piece is about 1 3/4″ (with only 1 3/8″ showing) x 4 1/4″ – Again this all depends on where you place your window.

      The inside piece was cut at 5 1/4″ x 6″ and scored at 2″ and 4″.

      I adhered the stamped striped piece to the card base before running the paper through the Big Shot to cut the window. If you are wanting to have the “brick wall” on the inside you might consider doing that step before adhering the striped piece to the card stock so you don’t accidentally get ink on the front of the card.

      My biggest challenge was getting the ribbon to stay in place! I found that Fast Fuse seemed to work the best. If you know of a better alternative, please let me know.

      Thanks for stopping by and have fun stamping!

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