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.






Butterflies – Punched

Originally posted on August 24, 2014

Several years ago my husband and I sold our home and built a new home on adjoining property. We had a wisteria bush at the home we sold that had been his mothers. This last week-end our sweet neighbor had the plant divided and brought us a large portion of the plant. I’ve replanted it, hoping it survives the transplant. If it does my husband will be so happy, and I will be happy to have such a beautiful plant! I’m hoping it attracts some butterflies!

The card I am sharing today is a very quick and simple card. Minimum stamping, a few quick punches, a run through the big shot, and if you want to and some paper piercing, you are almost done!

To make this card:

Cardstock sizes you will need:

  • 11” x 4 ¼” piece of your choice of colored card stock for card base
  • 5 ¼” x 4” Whisper White paper
  • 2” x 3 ¼” Whisper White paper
  • 2” x 2” Designer Paper of your choice
  • 1” x 2 ½” Designer Paper of your choice
  1. Using the Everything Eleanor stamp set from Stampin” Up!, stamp the frame image in the upper left hand section of the 5 ¼” x 4” Whisper White paper.
  2. Punch out the large butterfly using the Elegant Butterfly punch in the lower right hand corner at an angle on the 5 ¼” x 4 piece. Make sure to have the punched image of the butterfly high enough on the paper if you want to do paper piercing around it.
  3. Pierce around the punched out area of the butterfly using the butterfly in the Occasions Paper Piercing pack.
  4. Emboss the 5 ¼” x 4” Whisper White paper using the Large Polka Dot embossing folder. (This is one of my favorite embossing folders!)
  5. Stamp your greeting on the 2” x 3 ¼” Whisper White paper.
  6. Cut out the greeting using the same shaped frame from Apothecary Accents.
  7. Punch out two butterflies using the Bitty Butterfly punch from the 1” x 2 ½” Designer Paper of your choice.
  8. Adhere the 2” x 2” Designer Paper on to the 5 ¼” x 4” Whisper White paper behind the punched out butterfly.
  9. Fold the card base.
  10. Adhere the piece of 5 ¼” x 4” Whisper White paper to card base.
  11. Adhere the greeting piece onto the stamped frame image using dimensionals.
  12. Shape the 2 small butterflies as desired with a bone folder and adhere to 5 ¼” x 4” Whisper White paper.
  13. Shape the larger butterfly as desired with a bone folder and adhere over the punched out area.
  14. Color Pearl Basic Jewels with your choice of Blendabilities and let dry.
  15. Add pearls to the butterflies.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies


  • Everything Eleanor (131987 wood; 124164 clear)
  • Good Greetings

Paper and Ink

  • Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
  • Island Indigo Card Stock (122923); Ink (126986)
  • Designer Series Paper – Retired


  • Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder (133739)
  • Apothecary Accents Framelits (127003)
  • Flower Fair Framelits (133731)
  • Elegant Butterfly Punch (127526)
  • Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406)
  • Big Shot (113439)
  • Blendabilities – Daffodil Delight Assortment (130998)
  • 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!

Petite Petals

Originally posted by July 19, 2014

Growing up my mom had hydrangeas in her flower bed. I have always liked them.  I have a beautiful hydrangea on my deck and the blooms are a vivid Melon Mambo color which inspired this card.

This card does not have hydrangeas but it does have flowers! I used the Petite Petals set to make the flowers and just love them. The Olive Green embellishments are made with Crystal Effects.

Today I will share the steps I took to make the card and how to make the Crystal Effects embellishments. The card is actually a simple card to make; it just has lots of little steps!

Prior to making the card make your embellishments.

How to make the colored Crystal Effects embellishments.

  1. Drop Crystal Effects onto a silicone craft sheet. You can make the drops any size you’d like!
  2. Let dry. Drying time depends on size of drop.
  3. Once dry, color with Blendabilities and let dry for a few seconds.
  4. Pop off the silicone craft sheet and apply to card!

How to make the card.

  1. Stamp the 5 ¼ x 4 inch piece of Whisper White paper with Smoky Slate ink using the Dictionary stamp.
  2. Stamp the flourish stamp from Everything Eleanor using Old Olive ink.
  3. On a piece of Whisper White paper stamp four flowers using Petite Petal stamp set in Eggplant Envy ink and four flowers in Melon Mambo.
  4. Punch out the flowers using the Petite Petal punch.
  5. Sponge the punched out flowers with Eggplant Envy and Melon Mambo ink.
  6. Curl the flower edges with your bone folder.
  7. For the leaves you will be doing the two-step technique. You will use the two large leaves stamps from the Stippled Blossom Stamp. Stamp the leaves six times in Old Olive on Whisper White paper. (note: The solid leaf image is second generation)
  8. Cut out the leaves. Yep! Cut out, no thinlit or punch.
  9. Stamp the greeting “hello sweet friend” from the Six-Sided Sampler set onto Whisper White paper.
  10. Cut the greeting in a banner shape. (My banner was 5/8 “ x 2”)
  11. Sponge the greeting banner with Melon Mambo ink.
  12. Punch out 3 flowers in Eggplant Envy paper and 3 in Melon Mambo paper using the flower punch from Itty Bitty Accents Punch-Pack.
  13. Assemble the flowers and leaves onto the card.
  14. Adhere Pearl Basic Jewels to the center of the flowers.
  15. Adhere the colored Crystal Effects embellishments with Crystal Effects on to the card.
  16. Adhere Whisper White piece to 5 ½ “ x 4 ¼ “ piece of Eggplant Envy.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies


  • Petite Petals (133152 wood; 133155clear)
  • Stippled Blossoms (132076 wood; 126747 clear)
  • Six-Side Sampler (130953 wood; 130956 clear)
  • Everything Eleanor (131987 wood; 124164 clear)
  • Dictionary (130348 wood; 130351clear)

Paper and Ink

  • Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
  • Eggplant Envy Card Stock (105126); Ink (126969)
  • Melon Mambo Card Stock (115320); Ink (126948)
  • Old Olive Ink (126953)
  • Smoky Slate Ink (131179)


  • Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)
  • Crystal Effects (101055)
  • Blendabilities – Old Olive Assortment (130999)
  • Bone Folder (102300)
  • Petite Petals Punch (133322)
  • Itty Bitty Accents Punch-Pack (133787)
  • Silicone Craft Sheet (127853)
  • Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)
  • Sponges (101610)

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.


You’re Lovely

Red, black and white are among my favorite combinations for cards.  I have seen some lovely cards with this combination of colors lately and it inspired me to make this card.  
I recently got the You’re Lovely Stampin’ Up! stamp set and just had to pull it out and use it.  The two large stamps from this set, make an excellent focal point for cards.  Anytime I can use the flourish stamp from Everything Eleanor I will!  It was just the right touch I wanted for the background on the tag.  I wanted a vintage feel for this card, but without sponging, so when I inked up the Dictionary stamp I didn’t worry about ink coverage. 

Supplies (Stampin’ Up!)

Stamps:  You’re Lovely; Everything Eleanor; Dictionary; Viola’s Lace (wheel)
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler; Whisper White; Black
Ink: Stazon Black; Cherry Cobbler

Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch; Scallop Scalloped Tag Topper Punch; Basic Jewel Pearl; Cherry Cobbler Marker,  Deco Labels Collection Frame Lits; Big Shot; White Embossing Powder; Heat Tool; Stampin’ Dimensionals


Festive Flurry

I really enjoy making cards with a lot of sparkle.  They remind me of holiday lights and the ornaments I made as a child.  
Stampin’ Ups! Glimmer Paper in silver is absolutely stunning and I couldn’t help myself in using it on this card for my Christmas Stamp Camp.  I added more sparkle on the side of the card by using a stamp from the Everything Eleanor set stamped in VersaMark; added the Heat and Stick powder to the image; and finished by sprinkling the image with Dazzling Diamonds (lightly heat set once again).  Once I had added the touch of Dazzling Diamonds this card sparkled all over!

Supplies (Stampin’ Up!)

Stamps:  Festive Flurry; Mosaic Madness; Everything Eleanor
Paper:  Whisper White; Marina Mist; Glimmer Paper – Silver
Ink:  Soft Sky; Marina Mist
Accessories:  Festive Flurry Frame Lits; Big Shot; Heat and Stick Powder; Dazzling Diamonds; Mosaic Punch; Silver Ribbon; Sponge; Stampin’ Dimensionals