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.













Papillon Potpourri

Originally posted on September 13, 2014

Growing up I had a mom that could sew. She was very talented and one time she even made me a swimsuit! It was just as nice as the ones in the store! I was reflecting back about the clothing she had made for me and got to thinking about a polka-dotted dress that she made. I remember the fabric feeling very soft to my skin and I loved the large polka-dots and the color of the fabric, it was a muted cantaloupe crisp! I’ve owned several polka-dotted pieces of clothing over the years and always wore them until they were out of style.

So… here is a polka-dot card! Love those polka-dots! I used the Decorative Mask, Dots and Stripes, by Stampin’ Up! It is a great addition to anyone’s stamping supplies. You can sponge through the openings, spritz, trace, emboss, paint…just about anything! What a fun way to make a background for your cards or scrapbook pages.

Do you have the Decorative Mask?  Leave me a comment below and let me know how you have used it.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies


Papillon Potpourri (132058 wood; 123759 clear)
Tape It (130712 wood; 130715 clear)
Label Love (130619 wood; 130622 clear)


Whisper White Craft Pad (101731)
Tempting Turquoise Card Stock (102067); Ink (126952)
Eggplant Envy Card Stock (105126) Ink (126969)


Decorative Mask – Dots and Stripes (133775)
Artisan Label Punch (130920)
Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)
Coastal Cabana Assortment Blendabilities (131000)
Gold Sequin Trim (132983)
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!

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.


Papillon Potpourri and Secret Garden

Oh how I love specials, or anything associated with a sale!  This month Stampin’ Up! is offering the Papillon Portpourri stamp set and the Bitty Butterfly punch in a bundle at 15% off!  So, that means I get to celebrate and design a card!!!  I love butterflies so I was excited to pull out this set and get to work.

As I was designing my card today I began to wonder what papillon meant other than those cute little dogs, so I looked it up on the internet.  According to wiki.answers.com:  “Papillon is French for “butterfly”. When it comes to the dog breed Papillon the name was given describing the ears of the dog, resembling butterflies”.  Okay, now that I have that out of the way, here is my card!


Stamps/Wheels:  Papillon Potpourri; Secret Garden; Curly Cute; and Gingham Wheel
Paper:  Black; Real Red; Daffodil Delight; Whisper White; and Wild Wasabi 
Ink:  Stazon – Black
Accessories:  Markers; Blender Pens; Stampin Dimensionals; Bitty Butterfly punch; Petals-A-Plenty embossing folder; and Secrety Garden framelits. 

Check out this month’s special at my store.  Thanks for stopping by!