Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop Steps It Up For August

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It’s time for another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop to get your creative juices inspired!  This month we are going to dazzle you with stepping up our original card to a version that is sure to tickle your fancy.  Our first project will be the “I’m in a hurry” card, followed by a look at the same card, just stepped up a bit.  You know the “I have a bit more time to fuss with this card” version.  The next card will be will be totally stepped up, that “Oh, this is a fancy card!”  (I do have to confess I ended up with four versions of the card rather than three!  You will see how simple it was to do just that!)

How the Wacky Watercooler Blog HopWorks: 

Before I show you my cards I wanted to remind you that 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 Priscilla Ivler’s blog.  I love visiting Priscilla’s Blog, she is so creative!

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I decided to use the Jar of Love stamp set from Stampin’ Up! as my featured stamp set for this blog  hop.  I also used the Balloon Celebration and Endless Birthday Wishes sets.

“I’m in a hurry” Card- Birthday Wishes

Where my inspiration came from:  My daughter had a birthday this month and while thinking of her I began to make this card.  I wanted to send her a card with the greeting “birthday wishes” on it.  And, as I’m looking at the jar image I’m thinking “What am I going to fill it with?”  I’ve seen so many cards with the beautiful flowers that come with this set that I decided I wanted to do something different.  So…. I began to think… when I was a kid I loved to pick dandelions once they had gone to seed and blow “wishes”.   “Ah, perfect” I thought, “We have a dandelion stamp in the Birthday Celebration set!”

 

Jar of Love 1 My Tanglewood Cottage

How I created this card:

  • On a piece of 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Extra Think Whisper White card stock folded in half, I stamped the jar at an angle (from the Jar of Love set) using Smoking Slate ink in the upper left hand corner of the card front.
  • Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink I stamped the greeting (in the upper right hand corner) using two separate stamps from the Endless Birthday Wishes set…the birthday stamp and the wishes stamp.
  • Using the larger dandelion stamp from Balloon Celebration I stamped the image randomly in the lower right corner and some in the jar to make the wishes appear as they were being poured out of the jar.  The inks I used were Perfect Plum and Old Olive.
  • On a scrap piece of Sliver Foil paper, using Black Stazon, I stamped the jar lid.
  • Using the lid die cut from Everyday Jars Framelits I die cut the lid and then attached it with adhesive over the jar mouth.

“I have a bit more time to fuss with this card” Version

By simply adding a banner and die cutting the jar you can easily step up the original card.

 

Jar of Love 2 My Tanglewood Cottage

To created this card:

You will need a piece of 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ Old Olive card stock folded in half; a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock; a piece of 2″ x 3 7/8″ Perfect Plum card stock; and a 2″ x 3″ piece of Whisper White card stock, a scrap piece of Sliver Foil paper about 1 3/4″ x 1/2″

  • Attach the Whisper White card stock to the Old Olive card base.
  • Cut the piece of 2″ x 3 7/8″ Perfect Plum piece into a banner and adhere it to the Whisper White card stock about 1/2″ from the left hand side.
  • Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink stamp the greeting (in the upper right hand corner) using two separate stamps from Endless Birthday Wishes set…the birthday stamp and the wishes stamp.
  • Stamp the jar on the 2″ x 3″ piece of Whisper White card stock using Smoky Slate ink and die cut out using the Everyday Jars Framelits.
  • Using the larger dandelion stamp from Balloon Celebration stamp the image randomly in the lower right corner and some in the jar to make the wishes appear as they were being poured out of the jar.  The inks are Perfect Plum and Old Olive.
  • On a scrap piece of Sliver Foil paper, using Black Stazon, stamp the jar lid.
  • Using the lid die from Everyday Jars Framelits, die cut the lid and then attached it with adhesive over the jar mouth.
  • Adhere the jar on to the card front at angle over the banner.

“Oh, this is a fancy card!” Version

This next step up is by adding some depth to the card and making a shaker card.

 

Jar of Love 3 My Tanglewood Cottage

To created this card:

You will need a piece of 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ Old Olive card stock folded in half; a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock; a piece of 2″ x 3 7/8″ Perfect Plum card stock; and a 2″ x 3″ piece of Whisper White card stock, a scrap piece of Sliver Foil paper about 1 3/4″ x 1/2″; a piece of 2″ x 3″ of acetate paper;  scrap Whisper White card stock; and a piece of Silver Glitter paper.

  • Cut the piece of 2″ x 3 7/8″ Perfect Plum into a banner and adhere to the Whisper White card stock about 1/2″ from the left hand side. (Yep, adhere it before you cut the jar shape out!)
  • Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink stamp the greeting (in the upper right hand corner) using two separate stamps from the Endless Birthday Wishes set…the birthday stamp and the wishes stamp.
  • Place the large jar die from the Everyday Jars Framelits over the “banner section” and run it through the Big Shot to cut out the jar shape.  (Be sure to leave yourself enough room from the edges to add the foam strips to create the shaker portion of the card.)
  • Stamp the jar image on the acetate using Black Stazon ink.
  • Adhere the acetate piece to the back of the Whisper White card stock so the image shows through the jar opening. (This will allow you to determine where you want to stamp the dandelion images.)
  • Using the larger dandelion stamp from Balloon Celebration stamp the image randomly in the lower right corner to make the wishes appear as they were being poured out of the jar.  The inks are Perfect Plum and Old Olive.
  • Again, using the larger dandelion stamp, stamp three images or more on the 2″ x 3″ Whisper White card stock. (This will be the back to the shaker)
  • Once more using the larger dandelion stamp, stamp seven images on the scrap Whisper White card stock and fussing cut them out – this does not have to be exact.
  • Using the heart die from the Everyday Jars Framelits die cut hearts from the glitter paper.
  • Edge the backside of the jar image that is stamped on the acetate with a foam strip.  (You will not use a full strip for this.)
  • Fill the open shaker portion with the fussy cut dandelions and the hearts.  You will need three hearts for the card front.  (Make sure you have the shaker pieces facing the right way.)
  • Remove the film from the foam strip to expose the sticky side.
  • Adhere the 2″ x 3″ Whisper White card stock with the the dandelion images facing up to enclose the shaker pieces.
  • Adhere the 5 1/4″ x 4″ Whisper White card stock to the card base. (I used foam strips along the edges.)
  • On a scrap piece of Sliver Foil paper, using Black Stazon, stamp the jar lid.
  • Using the lid die from Everyday Jars Framelits, die cut the lid and then attached it with adhesive over the jar mouth.
  • Attached the remaining three hearts to the card.

“Oh, this is a little fancier card!” Version

Do you see the next step up?  I embossed the banner with the Sparkle Embossing Folder.

 

Jar of Love 4 My Tanglewood Cottage

To create this card you would follow the instructions for the prior card with the exception  of embossing the banner prior to adhering it to the Whisper White card stock.  You can download the PDF instructions here.

I hope you enjoyed the cards as much as I enjoyed the challenge for this Blog Hop.

Your next stop is with is with Fiona Whitehead.  This is Fiona’s first hop with us.  I am so excited to see what she has created for us.  Why don’t we check it out – just click on the “Next” Watercooler!

 

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17 thoughts on “Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop Steps It Up For August

  1. I totally missed the blog hop or even thinking about it…….so sad. I am in love with this stepped up card design. And three times, WOW! OMG. Your cards are terrific! You totally nailed the stepped up theme! And, the last one – a shaker? Very, very cool. Love all three! Great job!

  2. Marie, these are all awesome! I love how you kept the same design and managed to add just the right touch to each version. That lid on the jar looks so real. And love the Perfect Plum dandelion wishes.

  3. Hi Marie, I bought that Balloon Celebration set for the dandelion images. What a clever idea, to use the “blow away wish seeds” inside your jar! And the colour choice—perfect. The progression through your cards really appeals to me and is spot on for our stepping it up theme. Love the shaker and then the added embossing on the banner. You know I have to ask. What would card number 5 have added? Love it!

    • You know Heidi, I think I would have used Wink of Stella on the dandelions for another step up or popped some of the dandelions up with a dimensional. This card just happened to lend itself to the theme. Thanks for your kind comments.

  4. Oh I adore these cards – this is one of my favourite sets although I don’t have those dandelions. I love those colours together also – thank you too for the warm welcome – I’ve enjoyed being part of the blog hop.

  5. This is one of my favourite stamp sets, and I love how you used the ‘dandelion wishes’ for a birthday, Marie! I may ‘case’ your idea – hope you don’t mind! I really like the progression of add-on’s and embellishments, until your final, fabulous card.

    • Deb, I need to play with this set more. I think there are so many fun possibilities. I do hope you “case” my idea, and I hope you share it on your blog! Sorry you couldn’t join us this time – you were missed.

  6. Marie you’ve created four stunning cards here. I loved the first one, because of the dandelions spilling out of the jar and your colour choice, and then I moved on to your next card, and the addition of the banner really made the card pop off the page. Your fancy versions 3 and 4 are just totally over the top. I love the shaker card and your instructions are wonderful. What a bonus! Thanks so much Marie for sharing your talents on this hop!

    • Penny, thank you so much for your kind comments. I hope the instructions were easy to follow and everyone who wants to gets a chance to make the card(s).

  7. Here it is June of 2017 and I am just seeing your beautiful Jar of love card you made for your daughter – hooray for Pinterest!
    I loved the card and am about to CASE it today. Thank you for the great directions. Are you a teacher? I hate it when people show a card and then keep the directions a secret. I will be dropping by your blog in the future.

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