Wacky Watercooler September Blog Hop Holiday Favorites

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Are you ready for another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop?  This month The Wacky Watercooler September Blog Hop is all about our favorites from the  2016 Holiday Catalog.  This was a hard choice for me since there are so many sets and bundles that are my favorite!  Of course, after I made the decision on what to sets/bundles to share, I had to decide what type of card to make!  Another hard decision!  Of course I finally finalized my choices and got to work!

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 September Blog Hop you would have arrived here after visiting Penny Hanuszak ‘s blog.  I bet you were dazzled with her creations just like I am!

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Christmas in September – Star of Light

The Star of Light bundle was one of my first choices in the Holiday Catalog.  I fell in love with the stamps and the absolutely gorgeous dies at first glance.

I really like blues and purples together for night sky scenes so for this card I used the 2016 in-color Dapper Denim, Marina Mist, and Elegant Eggplant inks.  The card stocks used were Dapper Denim, Elegant Eggplant, and Whisper White. The detailed star was cut from a Silver Foil sheet.

The Whisper White panel behind the star was sponged first with Marina Mist, then I added Dapper Denim, followed by Elegant Eggplant ink sponged around the edges.  Once I was finished sponging I used an Embossing Buddy to wipe over the sponged piece to prevent extra white embossing powder from sticking to the panel.  I stamped my “swish” and stars using VersaMark ink, applied the White Embossing Powder and then heat set it.

The detailed star and the solid blue star were cut from the Starlight Thinlits Dies.  The Elegant Eggplant shape was hand cut for added dimension and interest.  The greeting is embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.  Rhinestones finish off the card front.

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 A Ghoulish Background

Another first pick from the Holiday Catalog was Ghoulish Grunge.  As I looked at the images in this set I saw many possibilities for great backgrounds.  My favorite stamp in the set is the brick wall.

For this card I stamped the brick wall image three different times with VersaMark Ink then sprinkled Copper Embossing Powder over the stamped images and heat set it.  The splatters were from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and are also embossed with Copper Embossing Powder.  Did you know Copper is the “in” metal this year?

Flourish Thinlits Dies were used to die cut the leaves, sprigs and fun Melon Mambo strip under the circle.  The greeting is from Suite Sayings and the flowers are from the Flower Patch set.

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Paisleys & Posies – Oh Yeah!

To be honest with you, I almost didn’t get the Paisleys & Posies bundle.  I am extremely challenged when I have a stamped set with most of the images similar in size and one that takes an active imagination to put the “pieces” together.  But, I love paisley shapes!  So the challenge began!!

I first did some searching on Pinterest to see what others had done with the set.  I found a lot of cards with great paisley backgrounds made with the set, but didn’t want to go that route.  I also found this adorable fish made with the Paisley Framelits Dies that I will be CASing!!!  (Check it out here.)  But I wanted to do something a little different.

I started with stamping several images, the patterned paisley print, the flowers, and leaves; and then colored them with markers. I laid out all the pieces, tried to arrange them this way and that, but in the end I said  to myself “yuck”.  Not that each individual image wasn’t pretty in its own right.  I just didn’t have the color scheme and pieces coordinating well with each other.  So after many trials and errors this is my finished card.

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The Pretty Paisleys Textured Impressions Embossing Folder was used to create the flower oval ring.  Prior to dry embossing my paper I used a brayer to add Always Artichoke to the folder.  (To apply ink to the folder, I lightly applied pressure to the inked brayer and rolled it over the raised area of the folder making sure I didn’t get ink in the open area.)

This card did require coloring, but coloring is relaxing for me and I loved my end result!  Colors used were Rich Razzleberry, Always Artichoke, Crushed Curry, and Pumpkin Pie.

There you have it, some of my favorites from this year’s Holiday Catalog.  Thank you stopping by.  I hope you were inspired to stamp today!

Your next stop is with Priscilla Ivler.  Priscilla always makes me go “oh, ah” when I visit her blog, so be prepared to be delighted!

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