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!

To move through the hop click on the watercooler(s) below:







The Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop Celebrates Occasions

February 2016


Are you ready a fabulous February Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop?  There are ten of us this month, all Stampin’ Up Demonstrators who love our products!

As you make your rounds through the blog tour you will see projects from some amazing stampers.  The projects will feature products from the Stampin’ Up! Handmade from the Heart Occasions, Sale-A-Bration and annual catalog to celebrate the occasions in our lives.

Before I share my projects with you, I want to remind you 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 hop you would have arrived here after visiting Heidi Weaver’s blog.  She never fails to amaze me!

Happy Hopping!

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Timeless Textures and Butterfly Basics

The Timeless Textures in the Occasions catalog is quickly becoming one of my favorite sets.  The set can make an interesting background with a variety of options.

For this card I also used Butterfly Basics, using the small butterfly from the set as the focal point.  I die cut the butterfly using the Butterflies Thinlits, then used the small butterfly die from the Bold Butterfly Framelits to layer on top of it.  I wanted a vintage look for the card so I sponged Soft Suede ink around the edges.

My Tanglewood Cottage Timeless Textures Butterfly Basics

The greeting “Sending Wishes Your Way” is perfect for a birthday card, anniversary, job promotion, or…  What would you use this for?

Birthday Bloom

There are many beautiful cards on the internet featuring the lovely set, Birthday Blooms.  Another hit from the Stampin’ Up! Handmade from the Heart Occasions catalog.

On many occasions I need a card to say I care for a friend, and this card works well to express my love and respect for those who bless my life.  I love the font they used for the greeting “for you”.

My Tanglewood Cottage Birthday Blooms

I used my Stampin’ Write Markers to color the flower.  Water coloring would work well with this too.  You could even use colored pencils or crayons!  (I am going to be stamping this image on colored paper too in the near future.)

After stamping and coloring the flower I cut a portion of the flower away and then slide a Ovals Collection Framelits under and around the flower to cut out the oval (the breakout technique).

The card base is Pool Party and then a layer from the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper.  I actually used Calypso Coral to layer the banner along with the Pool Party layer which was embossed using the Softly Falling EF.  Did you notice the cute Botanical Gardens Jewel?

Everything Eleanor

With winter slowly moving towards spring here in Oregon, I decided to make a butterfly card.  I was in the mood for something more whimsical and light and just love the flourish stamp in Everything Eleanor to achieve the whimsical look.

My Tanglewood Cottage Everything Eleanor BD Blooms

The white leave were cut using a die from the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies. Once again I used the Butterflies Thinlits to cut out the white butterfly layer and then used the Bold Butterfly Framelits to cut out the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper layer.  The greeting is from the Birthday Blooms set.  The final touch to the corners was made using the Curvy Corner Trio Punch.

Well stampers, it’s time to move on to Raquelle Clifton’s blog.  I’m so excited to see what she has created to inspire us! She is new to our hop, so please be sure to take time to welcome her.






Butterfly Basics and Watercolor Wings

What do you do when you need a card in a hurry?  

When I need a card in a hurry I look through my stash of cards for ideas. Then I either:

  • Recreate a card I’ve already made that is easy to make, 
  • Use the same layout but change the main image, or 
  • Change up the card a tab bit – like I did with this card.  

Notice I didn’t say, “I look through my stash and use it.”  I have the hardest time parting with my cards!  

I have chosen two of my all time favorite butterfly stamp sets for this card:  Butterfly Basics and Watercolor Wings.  I also used Gorgeous Grunge again.  In July I made a card very similar to this, but I have changed up the colors to achieve a more fall theme to the card; used a different small butterfly center and added a rhinestone to the butterfly; and added a strip of silver glimmer paper.  The greeting is also different. 

Here’s the card from my July post:

And here’s the card I made in a hurry!

As you can see the layout and use of stamps are basically the same.  With changing just a few elements this card has its own look and feel to it.    

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Creative Blog Hop – Butterfly Basics

Originally posted on January 19, 2015

Happy Monday! I am so excited because I was asked by Donna at Butternut Sage Designs to take part in the Creative Blog Hop. I am so honored! I do not know Donna personally, but I do know she is a talented artist. I have enjoyed her creations for a long time.

The card I am sharing with you today is a tri-fold card. The reason I decided to use this particular fold is because Donna enjoyed my fall tri-fold card, and I wanted this to be a “thank you” for choosing me to participate in the Creative Blog Hop!

The Make Something for Someone Special Occasions Catalog from Stampin’ Up! is full of wonderful stamp sets. This card features the new Butterflies Basic Bundle (I like the clear bundle), and the Spring Flowers Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from the catalog.

Now to answers the four questions that are part of the Creative Blog Hop.

What are you working on now?
I am working on cards and possibly a 3-D project for the upcoming Wacky Watercolor Blog Hop.

How does your work differ from others in your genre?
I like layers and have a hard time making a single layered, simple card even though I love them! I just never seem to be able to stop at one layer! I am addicted to sponging, so often my cards have something that has been sponged! I have to tell myself “no sponging on this card”! Ha!

Why do you create what you do?
I have always enjoyed creating something, whether it’s with yarn, flowers, or even frosting – yep I used to love decorating cakes! Then my daughter-in-law introduced me to stamping. I can remember those first cards…oh my, has stamping come a long way!
I create to express myself and to inspire others. Stamping satisfies my creative side – that need to create something. I also love to see a card come together from the “story” I am trying to tell.

How does your creativity work?
I get inspiration from many sources. Sometimes I’m inspired by something I saw on Pinterest. Other times it is the stamp set itself; often it’s the layout of the card. Many times, when I create a card I am trying to tell a story. For example, with the card above the story is about a butterfly in search of sweet flowers! The ribbon was added to speak of the delicacy of the butterfly. Other times when I create it’s all about the technique. Once the inspiration process has started the story begins!

I have the privilege to nominate two more artists for next week and they are Heidi Weaver from Stampin Along With Heidi and Kath Ricks at All That Scrap. Heidi is one of the original Wacky Watercooler artists and Kath also participates in the Wacky Watercooler hops. I know they will have some fun projects to share with you!

Please leave a comment – I’d love to hear from you.

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  • Butterfly Basics (138813 wood; 138816 clear; photopolymer 137154)

Paper and Ink

  • Very Vanilla (101650)
  • Crumb Cake Card Stock (120953); Ink (126975)
  • Early Espresso Card Stock (119686); Ink (126974)


  • Venetian Crochet Trim (134581)
  • Calypso Coral Assortment Blendabilities (130996)
  • Old Olive Assortment Blendabilities (130999)
  • Pearl Basic Jewels ( 119247)
  • Spring Flowers Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (137364)
  • Butterflies Thinlits Dies (137360)
  • Big Shot (113439)

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Butterfly Basics

Originally posted on January 12, 2015

Have you ever thought about butterfly wings? I do occasionally. They are so delicate, but so very beautiful. They come in all kinds of colors, shapes and sizes. Just like us, all kinds of colors, shapes and sizes! How awesome!

Today I am sharing a vintage take on the challenge #192 over at the Friday Mashup! blog.

The challenge this week is:
  • Create a project with a “Embossing Folder Stamping Technique”
  • Create a project  with “Mix & Matched Shapes”.
  • or Mash it Up! and create a “project using the technique with different shapes”.

I decided to mash it up using the new Butterfly Basic stamp set in the Occasions Catalog from Stampin’ Up! and two different shapes – hearts and butterflies. It’s definitely not a clean and simple card. In fact, it’s kind of messy, but I had fun making it!

I think the butterfly in this set really has a vintage feel to it.

The Embossing Folder Stamping Technique is so easy to do. This is how I did it.
  • Ink up one side of your embossing folder anyway you want. Daubers, straight from ink pad, brayer…
  • Spritz inked side with water. Make sure you use enough water to lift the ink into the paper. Depending on what side of your folder you ink will depend on the print outline. The side with the logo will be a broader print and the other side will be a finer lined print.
  • Next lay the watercolor paper on the folder, close the embossing folder and press gently.
  • Open the folder and gently lift your paper straight up.
  • Set aside to dry.

Experiment with this technique to find what works best for you.

Please leave a comment – I’d love to hear from you.

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  • Butterfly Basics (138813 wood; 138816 clear; photopolymer 137154)

Paper and Ink

  • Watercolor Paper (122959)
  • Shimmery White Card Stock (101910)
  • Melon Mambo Card Stock (115320); Ink (126948)
  • Eggplant Envy Card Stock (105126) Ink (126969)
  • Old Olive Card Stock (100702); Ink (126953)


  • Aqua Painter (103954)
  • Early Espresso 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon (134582)
  • Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (137364)
  • Butterflies Thinlits Dies (137360)
  • Hearts Collection Framelits Dies (125599)
  • Big Shot (113439)
  • Stampin’ Spritzer (126185)
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)
  • Stamping Sponges (101610)

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