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.













Wacky Watercooler Celebrates the Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration “Take Two”

Are you ready for round 2 of the mini Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop for January?  Well, ready or not, here it is!

We will once again be sharing with you some of our favorite products from the 2017 Occasions Catalog & Sale-a-bration Brochure.  There are 12 of us participating this time, so you are sure to have plenty of ideas to CASE!

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 Deborah Smart ’s blog.  She always knocks my socks off!

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Dragonfly Dreams

We live in rural Oregon and have a creek fed pond on our property.  During the summer months we have so many dragonflies around and about.  They are so beautiful.  So I was excited to see the wonderful Dragonfly Dreams bundle in the Occasions Catalog.

The In the Meadow stamp set paired perfectly with the Dragonfly Dreams bundle to make this card.

Supplies you will need to CASE this card!

  • Dragonfly Dreams bundle
  • In the Meadow stamp set
  • Gorgeous Grunge stamp set
  • Old Olive card stock 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ folded in half for the card base.
  • Early Espresso card stock 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Very Vanilla card stock 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Crumb Cake ink
  • Soft Suede ink
  • Old Olive ink
  • Sponge
  • Your choice of ribbon or lace
  • Rhinestones

How to recreate this card –

  • Die cut out the dragonfly pieces from Old Olive and Early Espresso card stock
  • Using Crumb Cake ink, stamp the flowers 3 times across at about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom on the Very Vanilla card stock.
  • Using the Soft Suede ink, stamp the flowers 2 times beneath the previously stamped flowers, with a third flower stamped even lower and partially off the paper.
  • Using Old Olive ink stamp the splatter beneath the Soft Suede flowers.
  • Sponge the edges of the Very Vanilla card stock with Soft Suede.
  • Adhere your lace or ribbon to the bottom portion of the Very Vanilla piece.  I also tied a piece of Baker’s Twine around the lace to add interest.
  • Glue the detailed dragonfly to the plain dragonfly and adhere to the Very Vanilla card stock as shown.
  • Add the rhinestones.
  • Glue the Early Espresso card stock to the folded Old Olive card stock.  Then glue the Very Vanilla piece to the Early Espresso piece.

For the inside of the card:

  • Stamp the dragonfly in the corner using Crumb Cake ink.
  • Stamp the flowers in the corner using Crumb Cake ink.

Hey, Chick

The Hey, Chick stamp set has got to be one of the cutest chicken sets I’ve seen.  The chickens are so sassy to me – just love them!  And, this stamp set is a Sale-a-bration set so it is free if you spend $50 (USA), before shipping and tax.

When I was coloring these chickens I thought of all the people I know who have been putting fun colors in their hair like purple, blue, red…  So when I colored these gals I decided they needed to have their own  “do” going on!

Don’t you just love these girls!  These particular chickens are Polish Frizzle Bantam White Chickens and the stamp set was designed by Lori Sume.

I hope you enjoyed what I shared with you for this hop.  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.

Thank you for stopping by.

It’s time to visit with our next talented blog hop artist, Lisa Kmiec.  I wonder what you will be CASing from her projects.

To move through the hop click on the link below:






Lighthearted Leaves

It is raining today and I am so thankful.  In the last 19 years I have never seen our creek fed pond so low.  The Blue Heron has been taking advantage of the good fishing because of shallow water.   Poor fish.

Before I share with you the card I made using Lighthearted Leaves (again!) I want to share some good news with you.

Stampin’ Up! is offering 15% off retail on stamps purchases October 19 – 23.  Save 15% off retail on stamp purchases for five days.  If your wish list is as long as mine NOW  is the time to get those stamps sets you have wanted.  

Here’s the Details:

  • Dates: October 19-23, 2015
  • Host stamp sets, rotary stamps, and supply list stamp sets are not eligible for the 15 percent promotional discount on stamps.
  • Bundles are not eligible for this promotional discount, but they will retain their current 15 percent Bundle & Save discount. The stamp set from the bundle may still be purchased ala carte with the 15 percent promotional discount.
  • Stamps purchased using a 50 percent Stampin’ Rewards discount will not be available for this 15 percent promotional discount. Stamps purchased using Stampin’ Rewards discounts will still be 50 percent off retail value of the stamp set.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion.
  • There is no limit to how many discounted stamp sets can be placed on an order.
  • There is no minimum purchase required for this promotion.
  • Order Deadlines:
    • Phone: October 23, 2015 by 6:50 PM (MT).
    • Online: October 23, 2015 by 11:55 PM (MT).

ALSO – if you’ve been thinking about joining Stampin’ Up!, this sale makes your $99 Starter Kit go even further (when you select stamps, as they’ll be marked down 15%).  Join today!  Good news indeed!

Lighthearted Leaves and Gorgeous Grunge are a great match up.

As I was thinking about this card, I knew I wanted strong fall colors.  The in-colors introduced in 2014 are still some of my favorite colors, and they are beautiful colors for fall.  Blackberry Bliss is such a rich, elegant  color, that’s why I chose it for the leaf color and my card base.  The splashes of color were created using the Gorgeous Grunge set.  I used Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, and Black Berry Bliss.  To add some “sparkle” to the card I used Silver Metallic Thread behind the leaf.

Lighthearted Leaves Blkberry Bliss

Don’ you just love the colors of fall!

Well, stampers thank you for stopping by.  Don’t forget the 15% off sale.  Stamp sales are the best sales!  Why not save 15% today!  And, remember if you shop through my online store and spend $25 this month you will receive the Lighthearted Leaves Free TutorialsCheck out the details here.   

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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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Watercolor Wings

I have always like butterflies – real butterflies and the not so real butterflies – everything from jewelry and clothing to crafts.  So when Stampin’ Up! comes out with another butterfly set I just have to have it!

Today I’m sharing a card made using the Watercolor Wings and Gorgeous Grunge stamp sets.  The colors I chose to use are Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, and of course, black.  This card is a thank you card, but you could substitute any greeting.  This thank you greeting is from Sassy Salutations. 

Thank you for stopping by!  Please leave me a comment, I love to hear from you.



Wacky Watercooler May “Retirement Blues Blog Hop

Welcome to another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!  Stampin’ Up! announced their retirement list and many of us are singing the “retirement blues”.  We will be sharing some of the products we will miss the most.
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 creations by Jean Fitch, a fellow Oregonian.  
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Before I start singing the blues, I want to share a card I made for two of my grand kids.  They will be graduating from pre-school this coming week-end.  I can’t believe how quickly they are growing up!  I thought it would be fun to make them a “graduating” card and wanted to make it age appropriate.  I love to look for ideas on Pinterest and found many using the owl punch.  I love the little vest the owl wears and he really does look smart wearing glasses!  

No worries the owl punch is NOT retiring!

Since I’m singing the blues, I decided to a use a beautiful blue, Coastal Cabana, as the primary color for my next card.  I’m sorry to see this fabulous color retire.  I’ve used several retiring products on this card.  Stippled Blossoms and Itty Bitty Banners are retiring stamp sets.  Also retiring are the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and the Coastal Cabana Thick Baker’s Twine. 

To achieve the two-tone color on the large butterfly, I rocked the stamp on a Coastal Cabana ink pad after I inked the stamp with Daffodil Delight.

Fussing cutting is so relaxing for me.  I like to stamp all the images I need to cut for my card and then sit on the sofa and cut them out.  And, since it’s been awhile since I’ve been able to create, I wanted to make a card with a lot of cutting involved!  Don’t you love the layers and depth they add to the flower?  Another great stamp set slated for retirement – Regarding Dahlias. 

I can honestly say I am singing the blues over this next stamp set that is retiring.  Perfect Blend is such a fun stamp set that is featured on this card.  Almost everyone I know drinks coffee, and I have used this stamp set for making some fabulous gift card holders.  This is one set I am thankful to have on the shelf.

Well, that’s all I have to share.  I hope you liked my creations.  Please leave a comment and let me know you were here.  I love reading your messages!

Your next stop will be at the gifted Heidi Weaver’s blog.  You are going to love what she has to share.  Just click the “next” button below to see what she has in store for you!  Enjoy all your stops – I know you will be inspired!  


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Four Feathers

Originally posted on October 5, 2014

Sometimes when you have out a stamp set, you just have to keep using it. That’s just what I did with the Four Feathers set from Stampin’ Up! I really, really like these feathers!!

This card started out with just five feathers, and the number kept growing. I had stamped so many feathers and was trying to decide which ones I liked the best, so I ended up using almost all of them! I added the little acorn from Truly Grateful for a fun touch of autumn. I’ve seen the Gorgeous Grunge set used with this set so often; I just had to use it too!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies


  • Four Feathers (135050wood; 135053 clear)
  • Truly Grateful (131730 wood; 131733 clear)
  • Gorgeous Grunge (130514 wood; 130517clear)
  • For All Things (135152 wood; 135155 clear)

Paper and Ink

  • Very Vanilla (101650)
  • Bermuda Bay Card Stock (131197); Ink (131171)
  • Early Espresso Card Stock (119686); Ink (126974)
  • Crumb Cake Card Stock (120953); Ink (126975)
  • Soft Sky Card Stock (131203); Ink (131181)


  • Feathers Framelits Dies (135852)
  • Big Shot (113439)
  • Gold Sequin Trim (132983)
  • Coastal Cabana Assortment Blendabilities (131000)
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
  • Stamping Sponges (101610)

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Since I had the Stampin’ Up! Clockworks set out I thought I better make another masculine card.  You never know when someone’s birthday sneaks up on you!  Ha!!   Once again, I used Gorgeous Grunge and Off the Grid stamp sets to add an interesting background to put the pocket watch against.

I really like making bows with a fork.  They’re easy to make when you need a little one, and they turn out with just the right shape.

Supplies (Stampin’ Up!)

Stamps:  Clockworks; Gorgeous Grunge; Off the Grid; Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper:  Old Olive; Baked Brown Sugar; Vanilla
Ink: Old Olive; Baked Brown Sugar; Soft Suede; VersaMark

Accessories: Chalk Talk Frame Lit; Word Window Punch;  Modern Label Punch; Antique Gold Embossing Powder; Argyle Embossing Folder; Big Shot; Heat Tool; Stampin’ Dimensionals

You can find all the items to make this card at my demonstrator website-just click here!




This winter it seems I’ve been a lot sicker than normal.  Last week I went to the doctor and was told I had bronchitis. Ugh!  It never fails when I’m sick I need to be in my craft room creating for some important event.  So at the end of the week I drug myself off the couch and made a birthday card for my oldest son. 
I’ve had Stampin’ Ups! Clockworks set for almost a year, and I hadn’t even opened the case!  That is down right shameful!  What took me so long?!!!  It’s a wonderful set to make a masculine card with.  I also pulled out one of my “must have sets”, Gorgeous Grunge.  Gorgeous Grunge is so versatile and can be used with a variety of card styles. The Off the Grid stamping set by Stampin’ Up! is anther great set to own.  I like the look of these stamps sets together. 
Sometime soon I need try and make a feminine card with Clockworks.  I think it could make a very stunning vintage card!

Supplies (Stampin’ Up!)

Stamps:  Clockworks; Gorgeous Grunge; Off the Grid
Paper:  Old Olive; Baked Brown Sugar; Vanilla
Ink: Old Olive; Baked Brown Sugar; Soft Suede; VersaMark

Accessories: Artisan Label Punch; Antique Gold Embossing Powder; Season of Style Designer Washi Tape,  Argyle Embossing Folder; Big Shot; Heat Tool; Stampin’ Dimensionals

You can find all the items to make this card at my demonstrator website 

Gorgeous Grunge

My granddaughter, Megan, turned 12 this month.  She is an outstanding athletic for her age, and I know she would say she is definitely not a bows and ribbons kind of girl!  I wanted to make the card fun and “girly”, but not fussy.  She does enjoy the outdoors, I have even known her to go fishing, so butterflies were my choice of “girly” for her! Wanting the card to be vibrant and colorful I chose to use the colors in the rainbow, my kind of rainbow anyway!  Ha!  
To achieve a watercolor look for the background behind the butterflies, I inked my Gorgeous Grunge stamp and used my spritzer and misted the stamp with water. 

Supplies (Stampin’ Up!)

Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge; Word Play (retired)
Paper:  Whisper White; Pacific Point;
Ink: Stazon Black; Real Red; Pumpkin Pie; Daffodil Delight; Old Olive; Pacific Point; Perfect Plum

Accessories:Bitty Butterfly Punch; Spritzer

You can find the items to make this card at my demonstrator website.