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.













One Wild Ride

When I was 20 years younger my husband and I would go riding on his dirt bike and it was one wild ride!  He put pegs on the back of his bike so I had a place to put me feet, since dirt bikes are a “one man” bike.  I’d hang on for my life (lol) as we went zipping along.  He is now thinking about getting a street bike, like the one in the One Wild Ride Set.

Besides having a wonderful motorcycle image the One Wild Ride set is full of great greetings.  It is a perfect set to make cards for the guy in your life.


One Wild Ride My Tanglewood Cottage


One Wild Ride Side My Tanglewood Cottage

To make you will need the following pieces of card stock:

  • 1 piece of 4 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ watercolor paper
  • 2 pieces of Real Red card stock cut at 4  1/2″ x 3  3/4″ and 1  1/2″ x 5  1/4″
  • 3 pieces of Basic Black card stock cut at 4  3/8″ x 3  5/8″; 1  3/8″ x 5 1/8″; and 1  7/8″ x 5  1/4″
  • 1 piece of 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Basic Grey card stock
  • 3 pieces of Very Vanilla card stock cut at 4′ x 5 1/4″; 1  1/4″ x 5″; and 3  1/4″ x 1″
  • 3  1/4 x 1  3/4″ copy paper

To make this card:

  1. Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, stamp the motorcycle on the copy paper then cut it out.  You will use this piece as a mask.
  2. Using Stazon Jet Black ink, stamp the motorcycle on the watercolor paper
  3. Place the motorcycle mask over the cycle stamped on the watercolor paper.  Ink the mountains from the In the Meadow set in Smoky Slate ink, spritz it with water a couple of times and then stamp it behind the motorcycle image.   Remove mask.
  4. Using an Aqua Painter watercolor a shadow under the motorcycle using Smoky Slate ink and then let the paper dry.
  5. Stamp the “Born to Ride” greeting on the 3  1/4″ x 1″ piece of Very Vanilla piece and die cut it out with the Bunch of Banners Framelits or fussy cut it out.
  6.  Stamp the Route 66, tire tracks and “birthday wishes to the leader of the pack!” on the 1  1/4″ x 5″ piece of Very Vanilla card stock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  7. Fold the Basic Gray card stock at 2 1/8″ and 4 1/4″
  8. Adhere the 1  7/8″ x 5  1/4″ Basic Black piece of card stock to the bottom portion of the front panel.
  9. Adhere the watercolor paper to the Basic Black 4  3/8″ x 3  5/8″ card stock.
  10. Adhere the Black card stock to the 4  1/2″ x 3  3/4″ Real Red card stock.
  11. Apply adhesive to the back lower portion only of the 4  1/2″ x 3  3/4″ Real Red card stock then adhere the layered piece to the card front centering it on the card front.
  12. Adhere the “Born to Ride” piece to the lower portion of the layered piece.
  13. Adhere the 1  1/2″ x 5  1/4″ Real Red piece to the lower edge of the 4″ x 5  1/4″ Very Vanilla  piece.
  14. Adhere the 1  3/8″ x 5 1/8″ Basic Black card stock to the Real Red piece you just adhered to the Very Vanilla
  15. Adhere the stamped 1  1/4″ x 5″ Very Vanilla piece to the Basic Black card stock you just adhered.
  16. Adhere the Very Vanilla layered piece to the inside of the card.
  17. Fold the card into the easel fold.

If you need any of the supplies to make this fun fold card,  just click on the image below and it will take you to my online shop.  Don’t forget to use the host code AEWMYCMX for August.  And, see the My Tanglewood Cottage Rewards page to keep track of your purchases.

I hope you were inspired today.  Thanks for stopping by!

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In the Meadow

I love to take walks along lakes, rivers or ocean sides.  So creating this card was a lot of fun for me.  This card was inspired one of the April, 2016  Creative Crew Challenges.  This challenge was to create a scene that had flowers, have a lake in the scene, and a path leading to a lake.  The stamp set In the Meadow from Stampin’ Up! came to my rescue and was the perfect fit for this challenge!


My Tanglewood Cottage In the Meadow

To make this card I started by stamping the mountains in the background using Black Stazon Ink.  (It’s important to use Stazon because water based inks will bleed.)  Using a brayer I added Marina Mist ink above the mountains for the sky and a little below the mountains for the lake being careful to not deposit any ink on the mountains. Old Olive ink was used on the lower portion of the card.Once I was done with the brayer I used an Aqua Painter to move the ink around in the sky, lake and grassy area.  Next I used Chocolate Chip ink to put in my path, also using an Aqua Painter.  The Chocolate Chip ink easily blended and covered the Old Olive ink.

The next step was to add the trees, grass and flowers, again using Black Stazon to stamp the images, with the exception of using some Old Olive ink to add more dimension to the grass. Mossy Meadow ink was used to fill in the leaves on the trees, and Chocolate Chip for the trunk.  The flowers were colored in using markers and a gel pen.  I used Smoky Slate and Basic Gray, along with the Old Olive and Mossy Meadow to watercolor the mountains.

The greeting “Think of You” from the Westlands stamp set was stamped on Whisper White card stock and die cut using the Circles Collection Framelits.  Die cut flowers from Botanical Builder Framelit Dies added the final touches.

Thank for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed the card and were inspired to make one yourself!

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