Wacky Watercooler April Blog Hop – Retirement Means Goodbye

Welcome!  It’s that time of year when Stampin’ Up! retires some stamp sets and other products we say goodbye to  and introduces new goodies for us to go “gaga” over. So this hop will feature each of our favorite sets, tools, papers or inks that will be retiring.

How the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop Works: 

Before I show you my projects 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 Heidi Weaver’s blog.  Heidi always amazes me with her creations, so I’m always excited to see what she has created.


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In the Meadow

I have to say I was surprised to see the In the Meadow set retire.  The mountains in the this set coordinate with so many other sets and the doe and fawn stamp is just so sweet and is perfect as a focal point – which is why I used for this card!

Do you ever have a hard time figuring out what layout to use?  I sure do, so for this card I dug through my stash of cards and came across this layout that I used for a 2016 Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.  I guess you could say I CASEd my own card! I even used the same Woodland Textured Impressions EF!

From Land to Sea

Another great set is retiring, From Land to Sea.  It’s not one I have used often, but I really do love it.  I think the turtle stamp is my favorite out of the set. but the jelly fish is a close second.

To make the background behind the turtle I used alcohol inks on glossy white card stock that I have had for years (and I mean years)!  I dropped the ink first on foil in an area about the size of the paper and then pressed the paper into the inks.    Once dry I spritzed it with blending solution.  I made sure to use gloves because I always get ink all over my fingers, and alcohol ink stains everything, including fingers!

I’ve been playing with alcohol inks for the last several days, so I will share some other cards with you later.

Gorgeous Grunge and Papillon Potpourri.

Oh no, not Gorgeous Grunge and Papillon Potpourri.  They can’t be retiring!  Two of my favorite go to sets are leaving the Stampin’ Up! line-up. I just can’t believe it.  If you haven’t gotten these sets in your stamping arsenal, you might want to consider getting them before they are gone.

Since it has me crying the blues over these two sets I decided to make a happy card with them.

To make this card I first stamped butterflies from the Papillon Potpourri set across a piece of Whisper White paper using Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay inks.  I then stamped the greeting from Watercolor Wings using Melon Mambo in the lower right hand corner.  I then inked the “splat”from Gorgeous Grunge with Daffodil Delight ink and stamped it over the words.  I next stamped the large butterfly from Watercolor Wings using Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay and die cut the butterfly using the Butterflies Thinlits.  I cut a Whisper White large circle shape using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits and then adhered it to the card, then adhered the cut butterfly.  Last I assembled the layers of the card. Rhinestones were added for some sparkle!

I hope this card perked you up and made you smile!

Thank you for stopping by My Tanglewood Cottage.

Your next stop is the fabulous Gail Allen. I wonder what her favorite retiring sets will be.













14 thoughts on “Wacky Watercooler April Blog Hop – Retirement Means Goodbye

  1. Love your cards Marie…especially the first one, featuring the In the Meadow stamp set. The butterfly card has the great stamped background with the rainbow of butterflies. I too will miss this stamp set dearly. TFS. 🙂

  2. Hi Marie, I totally agree with you on some of the selections for retiring. It was so sad to see some of them go. Your cards are beautiful and I especially love the Land to Sea. The colors created by the alcohol inks is beautiful. Your happy card is perfect.

    • Thanks Heather. I was surprised with the out come when I used the alcohol inks because I used a blue, green and purple. I never expected a yellow to emerge as the colors blended.

  3. Marie I’ve just had an opportunity to look at your cards and read your post and you’ve created three very different beautiful cards that really show case your favourite retiring products. Although I love them all the Butterfly card is my favourite. The band of bright butterflies fluttering by in the center of the card and the Gorgeous Grunge splatters, really made me smile. Great projects for this hop!

    • Thanks Penny. I love the butterfly card too, because it made me smile once I was once creating it! I love butterflies, so that was an added bonus!

  4. Hi Marie, all those sets you’ve used are on my favourites list as well. I doubt I’ll get rid of any of them. And you used them beautifully. You made me smile when you admitted that you CASEd your own project but then with so many lovely projects that you’ve created, why not? And it’s a wonderful card. I love In the Meadow. It’s a keeper. My favourite among the images in the From Land to Sea set has to be the turtle as well, with the Jellyfish coming a close second. I am madly in love with that alcohol ink background you created. I must get some of those inks.

    • Thanks Heidi. Using the alcohol inks as backgrounds is very interesting to me. I can never get two to even look similar when using the same colors and applying them in the same areas, no matter how hard I try. Such a fun medium to play with!

  5. Sheer artistry! All three cards! Love your alcohol ink background (and am so pleased to see that glossy paper is coming back–maybe I’ll try your technique!), and your butterfly card just makes me smile; the colors and layout are perfect!

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