Wacky Watercooler October Blog Hop Fall Celebration

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I am always so excited for our monthly Wacky Watercooler Blog hops!  I love to hop through and see what everyone has created.  Join me as we move through the hop and get inspired, be sure to leave a comment if you have time because we all love to hear from you!

This month we will be focusing on occasions and holidays that are so much fun this colorful time of the year.  We will be using products from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog and the Holiday Catalog.

How the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop Works: 

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 Debbie Spano‘s blog.  I just love her creations, I bet you did too!

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Weather Together

Here in the Pacific Northwest we have been experiencing a lot of rain. It is refreshing to have the grass green again and the leaves finally sporting their beautiful fall colors.

This card speaks of the need for umbrellas!  I have three in my car and two on my deck!  You just never know when you need an extra one for a friend!

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The cute little penguin is from the set Snow Place.  He was added with one of my customer’s in mind.  She likes “cute” cards and I don’t normally do too many cute cards – something I need to improve upon.

Paisleys & Posies

Celebrating birthdays is one of those occasions that happen year around.  For this card I wanted to capture the colors of fall and celebrate an 80th birthday of a dear friend.  I chose to use Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, and Crushed Curry.

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The stamped paisley images were stamped with VersaMark ink and embossed with Copper Embossing Power, as were the greetings.  Once I had embossed the paisley images I sponged the panel with Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Crushed Curry.  I could not get the Crushed Curry captured in the photo, but the edge of the Vanilla pieces are also sponged with it.  The embellishments were die cut using the Paisley Framelits Die.

Country Livin’

I saw a card on Billy Moan’s site that inspired me to make this next card.  I had to chuckle to myself because Billy was inspired by Frances Martin, and Frances Martin was inspired by someone from her team!  CASing is alive and well!

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I love the vintage faux sepia tone look! This is such an easy card to create, especially if you like to watercolor.  Here’s how I created this card.

  • Taking a 3 1/4 x 4 1/2 piece of Crumb Cake card stock stamp the truck image on the lower right side of the paper using Stazon Black.  Now stamp another truck on a post-it and cut it out to be used as a mask.
  • Lay the mask over the truck and stamp the fir tree from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set using Black Stazon ink over the front of the truck.  You might have to fill in some branches, just use a Project Life Journaling Pen after you are done watercoloring.
  • Stamp the hills at the top of the piece also using Stazon ink.
  • Using Soft Suede ink paint the body of truck using an Aqua Painter or paintbrush.  (I “squished” my ink pad to have a bit of ink in the lid and then dabbed my Aqua Painter in the ink, but you can put a drop of ink on the lid if you want.)
  • Paint the wood and box of the truck with Early Espresso.  I also added a touch in the wheel area.
  • Paint the hills in using the Soft Suede ink and a touch of Early Espresso in the shadow areas of the hills.
  • Using you Aqua Painter again, paint the ground, grass, and sky using Craft White ink.  Remember this doesn’t have to be painted perfectly, this is watercolor!
  • Dry your piece using your heat gun.
  • Place a drop or two of the white ink in the ink pad lid, then using a toothpick pick up the ink and add it to areas you would like to have snow piled up.
  • I wanted my snow to be more noticeable so I pour White Embossing Power over these areas and then heat set it.
  • Add Wink of Stella to the areas you want to look frosty.
  • Distress the edges and then sponge with Soft Suede.
  • Stamp the Fir boughs from the Christmas Pines set on a piece of 5 1/4 x 4 Early Espresso with the White Craft ink.  Cover with White Embossing Powder and heat set.
  • Distress the edges of the Early Espresso piece and then sponge with White Craft ink.  Lightly dry with heat gun.
  • Assemble card.

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I like the Wink of Stella frosted look on my card.

Thank you for stopping by My Tanglewood Cottage!

You are now ready to check out what the talented Penny Hanuszak has to share with you.  I’m always inspired by her creativity.

 

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Vintage Leaves and Sheltering Tree with a Touch of Christmas Magic

A few weeks ago I was wondering if fall would ever come.  The leaves at our home hadn’t began to change and the weather was still in the upper 70s and 80s.  However, fall has finally arrived!  Leaves are transforming into beautiful works of art and provide a beautiful contrast to the evergreens.

Today’s card is a celebration of fall.

 

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To create the background I first stamped the leaves from Sheltering Tree randomly in Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, and Rich Razzelberry directly on the side with the writing on the Woodland embossing folder. (Yep, I used all those colors, even though I couldn’t capture all the colors with my camera.)  After placing a piece of Whisper White paper in the EF I gave the folder a good massage to help aid the transfer of the inks onto the paper, and then ran it through Big Shot.

The Leaves were stamped with two of the smaller leaves from the Vintage Leaf stamp set.  To add the color to the leaves I used the rock and roll technique along with gently adding other colors to the stamp.  I then sponged Crushed Curry ink over the leaves to add more depth to them.  They were die cut with the Leaflets Framelits.

The bird was die cut using the Birds & Blooms Thinlits from Early Espresso card stock.  Did you notice the trees behind the cute little bird?  The trees are from the Christmas Magic set.  I thought they added a nice touch.  The greeting is from the Rose Wonder set.

 

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Here’s a card using the same stamps, card stock and inks, just a different direction!  I find it interesting how just changing the direction of the card makes a big difference.

I hope you were inspired to stamp today.  Thanks for stopping by!

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