Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – Celebrating the New 2015-2016 Annual Catalog

Welcome to another inspiring Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring products you will find in the new 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! annual catalog.  Stampin’ Up! has fabulous stamps sets that will make you smile and go “oh” and “ah”, beautiful new designer series papers to add to your wish list, new in colors, kits, and the list goes on.  They have also carried over some great products from last year’s catalog that I am so happy to see again since I didn’t get some of them last year.

Before we get started, I just want to remind you this is a circular Blog Hop. That means that wherever you begin, if you continue to go to the “next” person 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’ve been moving forward through the blog hop, you have arrived here after enjoying the fabulous projects created by the ever so talented Christine Guida.


This first card features the Build a Birthday stamp set.  I wasn’t sure if I was really going to like this set at first.  Once I got it in my hands and saw the possibilities, I was hooked.  What I like about this set is it will be one that I can make a fast, simple birthday cards with.  Rather than making this card simple by stamping a single layer, I stamped the images five (5) times each; hand cut the images, and then layered them.  I decided to save the fast, simple stamping until later!

The crosshatched stamp in the You’ve Got This stamp set is going to be one of those go to stamps for many of my creations.  It makes a fabulous backdrop, and stamping it multiple times allows you to make a distinctive background.  I chose to stamp the crosshatched stamp behind the Hexagon Hives Thinlits die to add interest on this next card.   The flower has been stamped multiple times and cut out, then layered, to add dimension.  (Had to get some fussy cutting in!)   


The butterfly was stamped on white card stock and also on vellum, punched out and layered.

I found a color combination (Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie) on Pinterest that I really liked and just had to make a card using the color combination that I want to share with you.  I used three sets that were carryovers from last year’s catalog, Blended Bloom, Flower Patch, and Trust God on this card.  If you haven’t had a chance to purchase these sets, don’t wait because you won’t be disappointed once you have them in your hands!


After masking off a portion of the card stock, I sponged Pumpkin Pie over the remaining portion.  The flower was embossed with gold embossing powder prior to coloring.   

Ready for a vintage card?

When talking with a friend the other day, she mentioned she has been doing a lot of water coloring on her cards.  Inspired by our talk I decided to make a watercolor background for my next card.  Of course I needed to use another new set, and keeping with the watercolor theme, I used Watercolor Wings!

What’s wonderful about the Watercolor Wings stamp set is it coordinates with cutting dies!  For those of you who don’t like fussy cutting the Bold Butterfly Framelits and Butterfly Thinlits is a must have.  


The butterfly on this card was stamped and looked like this before I die cut it out.  The transformation is awesome!

Here’s how I made the background: 

  • I spritzed the watercolor paper lightly with water.
  • Using the flower stamp and leaf stamp from Choose Happiness. I stamped the images multiple times. Colors used were Melon Mambo and Old Olive.
  • Next I sprayed more water on the card so the ink would move and blur the images.
  •  After the images were dry I sponged ink lightly over the paper.  Colors used were Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede. 

Well fellow stampers that’s it for now.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Please leave a comment, I love to hear from you. 

Your next stop is Gail Allen’s blog Stampin and Other Stuff.  Be ready to have your socks knocked off!  She has some fun things in store for you!  Just click the “next” button and you will be on your way! 



 Thanks for stopping by!

Blended Bloom

Originally posted on June 28, 2014

I love art and I love to walk through our local art gallery and oh and ah over beautiful paintings and drawings. I cannot draw or paint and wish I could. Therefore, I am thankful for stamps! Whoever started this craze out there – I love you! Ha!

I’ve been playing with watercolor techniques for a while and have enjoyed learning more about the different techniques. For this card I selected the Blended Bloom Stamp from Stamin’ Up! and used the floating re-inker technique to paint the image. After painting the image I fussy-cut the flower out and adhered it with dimensionals.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies


  • Blended Bloom (135906 wood)
  • Kinda Eclectic (135347 wood; 135350 clear)

Paper and Ink

  • Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
  • Blackberry Bliss Card Stock (133675); Ink (133642); Re-Inker (133648)
  • Hello Honey Cardstock (133678), Ink (133643), Re-Inker (133649)
  • Mellow Moss Ink (133645)
  • VersaMark (102283)
  • Watercolor Paper (122959)


  • Top Note Bigz (113463)
  • Honeycomb Embossing Folder (129378)
  • Big Shot (113439)
  • Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406)
  • White Embossing Powder (109132)
  • Heat Tool (129053)
  • Aqua Painter (103954)
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Like what you saw and what to create it yourself?  Click here to shop at my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator website 24/7!

Blended Bloom

Originally posted on May 10, 2014

Stampin’ Ups! new alcohol-based markers, Blendabilities, are awesome! The markers come in a 3-pack of light, medium, and dark shades of the same color which makes them easy to use.  And the colors are fabulous and coordinate with our papers perfectly!  I can hardly wait for my customers to be able to order them.! June 2nd is less than a month away! And, did I say, they are easy to use and the colors are fabulous?!!!

I have never used alcohol-based makers before and I’ve never taken any art classes, so I was a little concerned how my first attempt would turn out. I still have a lot to learn about shading, but was pleased with my first attempt. Here’s a look at my first project using the Blended Bloom stamp set which will also be available in the new catalog.

Supplies (Stampin’ Up!)

Stamps: Blended Bloom; Everything Eleanor; Papillon Collage; Feel Goods
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Rich Razzleberry; Black (Stazon)
Paper: Whisper White; Rich Razzleberry; Coastal Cabana
Blendabilities: Rich Razzleberry Assortment; Coastal Cabana Assortment; Daffodil Delight Assortment
Accessories:  Bitty Butterfly Punch; Stampin’ Dimensionals

You can find all the Stampin’ Up!  items to make this card at my demonstrator website.