Wacky Watercooler May Blog Hop – Celebrating the Carry-Overs

Welcome back for the Wacky Watercooler May Blog Hop!  Our May hop is all about our favorite sets that made it into this next year’s new annual catalog.  I am always excited to see the new products, but am just as excited to see if my favorite things are sticking around for another year.  I will be sharing three cards with you that are just some of my favorites that are carrying over into the catalog.

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 Jayme Ziemer’s blog.  Jayme does such a fantastic job, it is always a pleasure to see what she has to share with us.

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Bella & Friends

I love dogs.  They are such loving and faithful animals.  My little doggie is now 15 years old and doesn’t see or walk as well as he once did.  One of his favorite things is to have me open the back door so he can sniff (his way of seeing these days) to his hearts content.  He goes in and out until he wears himself out.  Well, yesterday as was his habit he was going in and out and I went looking to see if he was in or out!  As I was looking through our french door there was a squirrel on the top step ready to come on to the porch.  I think I scared him as much as he scared me!  I am so glad I went to the door when I did or I think I would have had an unwanted visitor in the house!

In honor of my sweet little dog I made this wiper card using the Bella & Friends set paired with the Balloon Celebration and Lift Me Up sets.

Isn’t this pup just the cutest.  I absolutely adore this set.

After gluing the card together a “wiper” piece pops up as you pull both sides out, as you can see above. When I am actually holding the card and can pull the card a little more, the dog floating in the air is more visible.

Here’s the back panel of the card.

This fold is such a fun fold and is easy, easy to make.  If you’d like to make this fun fold card, you can find written directions on my up-line’s blog, Regal Stamping, here.

Beautiful You

How many of you are excited the Beautiful You set is staying around?  I sure am.  I can say it is the perfect stamp set to use when creating cards for the girls in the family, and I have a lot of them!

I created a similar card with cork in February using this same stamp from the Beautiful You set, and decided to do one more for you.  I used Stazon to stamp the dancing girl image and then used white acrylic paint to color in the image.  Her arms and legs were colored in with Blushing Bride ink.

Birthday Blooms

The Birthday Blooms sets has got to be one of the prettiest sets in the Stampin’ Up! catalog (of course that is my opinion, and yours might be different!).  I just love the large flower image, and have used various techniques with the flower as the focal point of the card.

For this card I used an old technique that might not even be considered a technique anymore, heat embossing!  In the days of “yester-year”, if you used embossing powder it had an enormous wow factor!  To me it still has the wow effect!

Supplies to make this card:

  • Stamp sets – Birthday Blooms and Falling Flowers
  • Pink Pirouette 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ card stock for card base – folded in half
  • Whisper White 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel
  • Basic Black 3 3/4″ x 5″ panel
  • Whisper White piece to stamp large flower image on
  • VersaMark
  • Memento Ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Embossing Buddy
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Ribbon
  • Markers
  • Adhesive

Steps to make this card:

  1. Wipe Basic Black panel with embossing buddy. This helps to prevent embossing powder from sticking to areas that you don’t want the powder to stick to.
  2. Using VersaMark stamp the flourish from Falling Flowers along the left hand side of the card. (I positioned the stamp so I would only have a portion of the image each time I stamped it, and  stamped the image twice.)
  3. Using VersaMark stamp the greeting “for you” from the Birthday Blooms in the top right corner
  4. Immediately after stamping with the VersaMark (so it doesn’t dry), sprinkle white embossing powder over images and shake off excess embossing powder. (I use a small paintbrush to brush away extra powder that may have clung to the paper.)
  5. Heat set the embossing powder.
  6. Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, stamp the large flower from the Birthday Bloom set on a piece of Whisper White card stock.  Color in the image with markers in the desired colors.  For this card I used Cherry Cobbler, Pink Pirouette, and Pear Pizzazz.  Cut out image. (Yes, you get to fussy cut this beautiful flower!)
  7. Attach ribbon and bow to Basic Black panel.
  8. Attach cut flower image.
  9. Attach Basic Black panel to Whisper White panel, and finally attach Whisper White panel to Pink Pirouette card base.

There you have it, three of my favorite sets that will be carried over in the new Annual Catalog! Thank you for stopping by My Tanglewood Cottage!  Hope you visit again!

Your next stop is with Sheri Lee.  I can’t wait for you to see her wonderful creations!


Beautiful You and Mediterranean Moments

Life has been crazy busy around here lately.  Last week was spring break so I had a chance to watch a couple of my grand-kids.  They have so much energy, I wish I could tap into some of it!  But, I did wear them out a bit by taking them for a walk (or should I say “scootering” – if that’s a word!) They zoomed ahead of me with their scooters and them came zooming back until they were ready for a break and some water.  Once back in car and on our drive home they re-energized their batteries.  By the time we arrived home they ready for some time on the trampoline…did I say they have so much energy!

Masking Technique Card

Today I am sharing a card I created using the Beautiful You and the Mediterranean Moments stamp sets and the masking technique.   This card took me less than 15 minutes to make and was inspired by my dear friend, Jackie.



  • Beautiful You stamp set
  • Mediterranean Moments
  • 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ Basic Black card stock – card base
  • 5 1/4″ x 4″ Real Red card stock
  • 5″ x 3 3/4″ Whisper White card stock
  • Scrap piece of Real Red and a DSP paper of your choice
  • Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
  • Crumb Cake Marker
  • Blushing Bride Marker
  • Post-it note

To make this card:

  • Stamp the girl with the umbrella from the Beautiful You set on the post it note and cut her out.
  • Stamp the girl with the umbrella from the Beautiful You set on to the Whisper White card stock about an inch from the bottom and centered.
  • Lay the mask over the girl and stamp the largest scene from the Mediterranean Moments set onto the Whisper White card stock while centering it on the paper.
  • Color the girl’s hair with a Crumb Cake marker and her legs and neck with Blushing Bride marker.
  • Stamp the umbrella the girl is holding onto the DSP scrap and cut it out.  Give this some time to dry before cutting it out since it takes a little more time for the ink to absorb into the paper.
  • Stamp the girl onto the Real Red card stock scrap – you don’t need the umbrella on this piece. Then cut out her dress.
  • Adhere the girl’s dress and the umbrella onto the Whisper White card stock.
  • Fold the card base in half and adhere the Real Red and Whisper White layers to it.

I really enjoyed this technique with these sets.  To me this girl should be strolling through the market place, headed to the boutique of her choice to shop! (I do love to shop!)

If you haven’t purchased either of these sets you have until May 31, 2017 before the January/May Occasions Catalog ends.  If you want to purchase them today from me, select the appropriate icon below and it will take you to my online store.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you take time to stamp today!

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Wacky Watercooler February “Spring Fever” Blog Hop

The first day of spring is March, 20, 2017, just 32 days away!  I am so ready for spring! Since spring is on it’s way, the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop is all about projects inspired by spring or spring events.  We will be showcasing products from the brand new Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration brochure, and, of course the Annual Catalog.

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 Sheri Lee’s blog.  Didn’t Sheri have some wonderful projects!

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Beautiful You

I have seen some fabulous cards made using the Beautiful You stamp set in the 2017 Sale-a-bration catalog.  I have fallen in love with this set. I like it for so many reasons, but one of the main ones is because the main images can “stand on their own”.

For this card I stamped the beautiful dancing girl using Stazon ink on cork then used re-inkers to paint the image.  I added a wash of color to the background.  (A shout out to my friend Jackie for inspiring me to stamp on cork!)

Once again I stamped the dancer on cork, but this time I painted in her dress with white acrylic paint.  The cork really absorbs the color so I had to take my time and go over the area until I was satisfied with the intensity of the color.

Don’t you love the lace at the bottom of this card?  It’s from the Delicate Details Sale-a-bration set.

Jar of Love with a splash of Beautiful You and Timeless Textures

This next card says SPRING all over it to me!  It makes want to skips through fields of flowers under s sunshine filled sky and of course pick flowers!

The ink colors are Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, and Crumb Cake.  The card stock is Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette, and Whisper White.

(Card stock measurements: Whisper White 3 3/4″ x 5*, Pink Pirouette 4″ x 5 1/4″ and the Early Espresso card base is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ folded.  Scraps of Whisper White and Early Espresso)

To make this card –

  • I stamped the “large scribble image” from Beautiful You about 1″ down from the top of the 3 3/4″ x 5″ Whisper White card stock panel, then turned the image upside down and stamped it again after re-inking with Pink Pirouette.
  • Next I stamped the hearts from Jar of Love using Melon Mambo ink down the left side of the card leaving room to stamp the small splatter from Timeless Textures between each heart using Crumb Cake ink .
  • Using Old Olive ink I stamped two leaf sprigs on scraps of Whisper White card stock; then I die cut them out using the appropriate die from Everyday Jars Framelits.
  • Next I punched out three flowers, one each of Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, and Old Olive using a retired punch (the four petal die from Botanical Builder Framelits would have also worked well.  I was just too lazy to run the paper through the Big Shot!)
  • I stamped the Love You greeting using Melon Mambo ink on a 1/2″ strip of Whisper White paper.  The greeting is from the Crazy about You set.
  • My next step was to die cut the cute little bird from Early Espress card stock using the smallest bird die from the Birds & Blooms Thinlits.
  • And finally, I die cut the fabulous heart from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.

Now I was ready to assemble my card.

  • I adhered the heart over the Pink Pirouette stamped images at the top of my card stock.
  • Next I snipped the end of the greeting piece into a banner and slipped one end into the heart center and adhered it.
  • I then laid out the leaf sprigs and the flowers to my liking around the heart and adhered them to the Whisper White panel.  I added small basic rhinestones to the center of the flowers.
  • Next I made a bow from Line Thread and adhered it to the bottom of my bouquet.
  • The little bird was added next.
  • I had some rhinestone hearts I bought at the craft store and added them to finish off my card front.
  • I finally assembled the layers of the card together.

Has this card made you ready for spring yet?

Dragonfly Dreams, Butterfly Basics, and Watercolor Wings

Well, if you’re not ready for spring yet hopefully this next card makes you start dreaming of warmer days.

This next card is inspired by a tutorial from Splitcoaststampers.  I have had this design in my head since Christmas and finally got around to trying this fun fold.

The Dragonfly Dreams Bundle, the Watercolor Wings Bundle, and the Butterfly Basic Bundle are all fabulous bundles, and they all coordinate together to make a fun card.

The flowers were made using dies from the Flourish Thinlits.

I thought it would be much harder than it was to make this card, but the instructions at Splitcoaststampers are easy to follow,  All you have to do is add you favorite images!

I hope you have spring fever and are ready get out your stamps and create!  If you would like to leave a comment, click on the bubble at the top of this post. I’d love to hear from you.

You next stop is with the ever-so-talented Heidi Weaver.  She is going to dazzle and inspire you like nothing you’ve ever experienced before! Enjoy!

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