Wacky Watercooler October Blog Hop Fall Celebration


I am always so excited for our monthly Wacky Watercooler Blog hops!  I love to hop through and see what everyone has created.  Join me as we move through the hop and get inspired, be sure to leave a comment if you have time because we all love to hear from you!

This month we will be focusing on occasions and holidays that are so much fun this colorful time of the year.  We will be using products from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog and the Holiday Catalog.

How the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop Works: 

Before I show you my cards 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 Debbie Spano‘s blog.  I just love her creations, I bet you did too!

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Weather Together

Here in the Pacific Northwest we have been experiencing a lot of rain. It is refreshing to have the grass green again and the leaves finally sporting their beautiful fall colors.

This card speaks of the need for umbrellas!  I have three in my car and two on my deck!  You just never know when you need an extra one for a friend!


The cute little penguin is from the set Snow Place.  He was added with one of my customer’s in mind.  She likes “cute” cards and I don’t normally do too many cute cards – something I need to improve upon.

Paisleys & Posies

Celebrating birthdays is one of those occasions that happen year around.  For this card I wanted to capture the colors of fall and celebrate an 80th birthday of a dear friend.  I chose to use Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, and Crushed Curry.


The stamped paisley images were stamped with VersaMark ink and embossed with Copper Embossing Power, as were the greetings.  Once I had embossed the paisley images I sponged the panel with Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Crushed Curry.  I could not get the Crushed Curry captured in the photo, but the edge of the Vanilla pieces are also sponged with it.  The embellishments were die cut using the Paisley Framelits Die.

Country Livin’

I saw a card on Billy Moan’s site that inspired me to make this next card.  I had to chuckle to myself because Billy was inspired by Frances Martin, and Frances Martin was inspired by someone from her team!  CASing is alive and well!


I love the vintage faux sepia tone look! This is such an easy card to create, especially if you like to watercolor.  Here’s how I created this card.

  • Taking a 3 1/4 x 4 1/2 piece of Crumb Cake card stock stamp the truck image on the lower right side of the paper using Stazon Black.  Now stamp another truck on a post-it and cut it out to be used as a mask.
  • Lay the mask over the truck and stamp the fir tree from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set using Black Stazon ink over the front of the truck.  You might have to fill in some branches, just use a Project Life Journaling Pen after you are done watercoloring.
  • Stamp the hills at the top of the piece also using Stazon ink.
  • Using Soft Suede ink paint the body of truck using an Aqua Painter or paintbrush.  (I “squished” my ink pad to have a bit of ink in the lid and then dabbed my Aqua Painter in the ink, but you can put a drop of ink on the lid if you want.)
  • Paint the wood and box of the truck with Early Espresso.  I also added a touch in the wheel area.
  • Paint the hills in using the Soft Suede ink and a touch of Early Espresso in the shadow areas of the hills.
  • Using you Aqua Painter again, paint the ground, grass, and sky using Craft White ink.  Remember this doesn’t have to be painted perfectly, this is watercolor!
  • Dry your piece using your heat gun.
  • Place a drop or two of the white ink in the ink pad lid, then using a toothpick pick up the ink and add it to areas you would like to have snow piled up.
  • I wanted my snow to be more noticeable so I pour White Embossing Power over these areas and then heat set it.
  • Add Wink of Stella to the areas you want to look frosty.
  • Distress the edges and then sponge with Soft Suede.
  • Stamp the Fir boughs from the Christmas Pines set on a piece of 5 1/4 x 4 Early Espresso with the White Craft ink.  Cover with White Embossing Powder and heat set.
  • Distress the edges of the Early Espresso piece and then sponge with White Craft ink.  Lightly dry with heat gun.
  • Assemble card.


I like the Wink of Stella frosted look on my card.

Thank you for stopping by My Tanglewood Cottage!

You are now ready to check out what the talented Penny Hanuszak has to share with you.  I’m always inspired by her creativity.










Wacky Watercooler September Blog Hop Holiday Favorites


Are you ready for another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop?  This month The Wacky Watercooler September Blog Hop is all about our favorites from the  2016 Holiday Catalog.  This was a hard choice for me since there are so many sets and bundles that are my favorite!  Of course, after I made the decision on what to sets/bundles to share, I had to decide what type of card to make!  Another hard decision!  Of course I finally finalized my choices and got to work!

How the Wacky Watercooler Blog HopWorks: 

Before I show you my cards 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 September Blog Hop you would have arrived here after visiting Penny Hanuszak ‘s blog.  I bet you were dazzled with her creations just like I am!

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Christmas in September – Star of Light

The Star of Light bundle was one of my first choices in the Holiday Catalog.  I fell in love with the stamps and the absolutely gorgeous dies at first glance.

I really like blues and purples together for night sky scenes so for this card I used the 2016 in-color Dapper Denim, Marina Mist, and Elegant Eggplant inks.  The card stocks used were Dapper Denim, Elegant Eggplant, and Whisper White. The detailed star was cut from a Silver Foil sheet.

The Whisper White panel behind the star was sponged first with Marina Mist, then I added Dapper Denim, followed by Elegant Eggplant ink sponged around the edges.  Once I was finished sponging I used an Embossing Buddy to wipe over the sponged piece to prevent extra white embossing powder from sticking to the panel.  I stamped my “swish” and stars using VersaMark ink, applied the White Embossing Powder and then heat set it.

The detailed star and the solid blue star were cut from the Starlight Thinlits Dies.  The Elegant Eggplant shape was hand cut for added dimension and interest.  The greeting is embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.  Rhinestones finish off the card front.



 A Ghoulish Background

Another first pick from the Holiday Catalog was Ghoulish Grunge.  As I looked at the images in this set I saw many possibilities for great backgrounds.  My favorite stamp in the set is the brick wall.

For this card I stamped the brick wall image three different times with VersaMark Ink then sprinkled Copper Embossing Powder over the stamped images and heat set it.  The splatters were from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and are also embossed with Copper Embossing Powder.  Did you know Copper is the “in” metal this year?

Flourish Thinlits Dies were used to die cut the leaves, sprigs and fun Melon Mambo strip under the circle.  The greeting is from Suite Sayings and the flowers are from the Flower Patch set.



Paisleys & Posies – Oh Yeah!

To be honest with you, I almost didn’t get the Paisleys & Posies bundle.  I am extremely challenged when I have a stamped set with most of the images similar in size and one that takes an active imagination to put the “pieces” together.  But, I love paisley shapes!  So the challenge began!!

I first did some searching on Pinterest to see what others had done with the set.  I found a lot of cards with great paisley backgrounds made with the set, but didn’t want to go that route.  I also found this adorable fish made with the Paisley Framelits Dies that I will be CASing!!!  (Check it out here.)  But I wanted to do something a little different.

I started with stamping several images, the patterned paisley print, the flowers, and leaves; and then colored them with markers. I laid out all the pieces, tried to arrange them this way and that, but in the end I said  to myself “yuck”.  Not that each individual image wasn’t pretty in its own right.  I just didn’t have the color scheme and pieces coordinating well with each other.  So after many trials and errors this is my finished card.



The Pretty Paisleys Textured Impressions Embossing Folder was used to create the flower oval ring.  Prior to dry embossing my paper I used a brayer to add Always Artichoke to the folder.  (To apply ink to the folder, I lightly applied pressure to the inked brayer and rolled it over the raised area of the folder making sure I didn’t get ink in the open area.)

This card did require coloring, but coloring is relaxing for me and I loved my end result!  Colors used were Rich Razzleberry, Always Artichoke, Crushed Curry, and Pumpkin Pie.

There you have it, some of my favorites from this year’s Holiday Catalog.  Thank you stopping by.  I hope you were inspired to stamp today!

Your next stop is with Priscilla Ivler.  Priscilla always makes me go “oh, ah” when I visit her blog, so be prepared to be delighted!