The Wacky Watercooler’s May Mashup Blog Hop

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Welcome to My Tanglewood Cottage and the Wacky Watercooler’s May Mashup Blog Hop!  This month we will be showing you projects that feature retiring products we love, our faorite masculine products, and, finally, a sneak peak of up-coming products.  There are only six of us participating this month, but we aim to inspire you to get out your stamps and get your fingers inky!

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 Penny Hanuszak’s blog.  Penny is so talented, I bet you were inspired by what she shared with you.

Happy Hopping!

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Going, going and almost gone – you have until May 31st!

I debated on so many different retiring products to share with you, because there are a lot I will miss.  I decided on the Cups & Kettles Framelits dies that coordinate with the A Nice Cuppa stamp set because this set was only available for a short period of time and you only have a few days left to get it if you want it.  Just about everyone I know loves tea so this is a perfect Suite for me.

Oh, I almost forgot…I also am using Greeting Thinlits which I also am sad to see go.  I love the fact they are such a perfect size for most cards.

When I first began working on this card I had found a water color tutorial online I wanted to try out.  Well, let’s just say I was unsuccessful in achieving the background I wanted to create!  So, I experimented with some sponging and then stamped soft colors over the sponged card stock.


Sponging My Tanglewood Cottage

I started by sponging and blending Daffodil Delight, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, and Pacific Point onto the card stock.

Sponging stamping

Next I inked up several stamps from the Timeless Textures set (which is not retiring, yahoo!) with Soft Sky ink and stamped images randomly over the sponged background.


Cups Kettles A Nice Cuppa My Tanglewood Cottage

Here is my finished “going, going, and almost gone” card!

Masculine Card

This next card features the Open Sea stamp set which is also retiring, along with the retiring World Map background stamp.  I am truly sorry to see these two go.  I have used both so many times to make masculine cards.

I added a sneak-peak product which is FABULOUS –  it’s the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits!  Gotta have a sea for the ship to sail on!


Open Sea My Tanglewood Cottage

Lots of fussy cutting with this card,
which is something I love to do.

Open Sea 3 My Tanglewood Cottage

Also a lot of coloring on this card, another thing I like to do!

Open Sea 2 My Tanglewood Cottage


As demonstrators we were given a selection of pre-order products to choose from, one was the Swirly Bird Suite.  This next card features the Suite and several in-colors which are so pretty.  I used the Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, and Emerald Envy new colors to share with you.


Swirly Bird My Tanglewood Cottage

I hope you were inspired today and that you take time to get your “stampin” on!

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Your next stop is with Deb Smart.  She has such beautiful projects to share with you.   She continually amazes me!

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








13 thoughts on “The Wacky Watercooler’s May Mashup Blog Hop

  1. Marie–I love the teacup card that we made in class & the sponging one, but the open sea card is gorgeous!! Is this going to be in a class??

    • Thanks Jackie for your kind comments! I’m not sure if we will make the Open Sea card because it was very time consuming, but you can come and play with me and we can make it together if we don’t make it in class!

  2. Marie, you certainly have a dramatic flair! Love the way you showed the beautiful sponging and blending effects. Then you showed the addition of the Timeless Textures images. And then *kaboom* you dropped that gorgeous teacup creation on us. Wow! Love the colours and everything about it. But I’m hoping you’re wrong and they reverse the retirement of those dies. I did not get the Swirly Scribbles bundle. I’m probably one of the only ones who didn’t. They didn’t appeal but you and a number of other people are changing my mind with your lovely creations. Oh…and I humbly give my fussy-cutting Queen crown to you. I have never attempted all those sails (yet) but love the final 3-D effect. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for being part of our awesome Wacky Watercooler blog hop!

    • Thank you for your sweet comments Heidi! I wish I was wrong about the Cups & Kettle dies too, but as of right now they are going. 🙁 There will be plenty of time to get the Swirly Bird Suite, which I believe you will because they are so wonderful. Definitely a temptation! I saw your WW post and you get to keep your fussy cutting crown after your masterful cutting of the flamingo! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Wow, Marie! The cutting of the sailing ship is totally masterful! You have created a gorgeous card!
    And those cups and kettles–so cute, with a lovely background. I also like your Swirly Bird sample; just started to play with that myself. Nice work!

    • Thanks Priscilla. I really do enjoy that fussy cutting! I’ve also just started playing with the Swirly Bird set. I think it will be a fun set.

    • I agree Heather that it’s a shame to see them go. Part of the problem with the retiring stamp sets is they always come out with more I want! 😉

  4. Absolutely wonderful cards, Marie. I love how you made waves from the Swirly Scribbles die and the fussy cutting! Wow! I can’t wait to get my order with the Swirly Bird bundle. Oh, and the tea cup card is very nice.

    • Thanks Marsha. I think you will have a lot of fun with the Swirly Bird bundle. It will be interesting to see what others do with the set.

  5. Marie all three of your card projects are simply stunning. I really like how you used new and retiring for your “hate to see it go card”. That rainbow of colour and the thinlet sentiment are just perfect. I’m a big fan of Open Sea and I must say this is one of the best cards I’ve seen. I absolutely love how you used the swirly scribbles thinlet on the water and have to agree with Heidi that you are a Queen of fussy cutting for all those sale. Awesome card! And finally your super cheerful Swirly Birds card will make everyone want to get this stamp set and thinlets bundle……….makes me smile, it’s such a happy card! Thanks for sharing!

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