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.













From Land to Sea – Salted Background Technique

I love going to aquariums and peering through the windows at all the sea life the Lord has created.  I especially love the jelly fish with their delicate tentacles floating in the water.  It’s no wonder I was drawn to the From Land to Sea set from Stampin’ Up!

The card I am sharing with you today was inspired by Heidi Weaver’s card (view it here).  I really loved her layout and positioning of her jelly fish and of course the turtle so I had to CASE (copy and share everything) her gorgeous card!  I changed it up a bit using different colors,  by making a different background, and using a thinlit for the greeting.  I also used rhinestones rather than a stamp for the air bubbles.


From Land to Sea My Tanglewood Cottage

Don’ you just love the From Land to Sea stamp set?

To create the background:

To create the background I sponged Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point and then Elegant Eggplant inks onto water color paper.  As I sponged on the ink I blended them together.  Next I heavily sprayed the paper with water so the inks would blend together even more.  Once the paper was wet I sprinkled kosher salt onto the paper and then let it dry.

Once it was dry I  remove all salt crystals.  (You can do this by using your hands, a paper towel, or the edge of a piece of scrap card stock.)  You will notice a haze of salty water, this just adds to the beauty of your background.

The salt background is an easy and fun technique – give it a try.

I wanted to mention before you go…if you are interested int the Greetings Thinlits Dies which I used for this card, they are retiring.  You only have until May 31, 2016 or while supplies last.  You can purchase the dies at my online store simply by click on the icon below.

Thank you for stopping by!

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