Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – a Focus on 2014-2016 In-Colors

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It’s time for another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.  We are focusing on the 2014-2016 In-Colors that are retiring this year for this blob hop.  And, one of our projects will be  CASEing a friend (how fun is that!)

I’m sad to say good-bye to some beautiful colors, so all three of my projects feature them.  I’m going to order a stash of paper and ink of these colors while I can still get them!

About the Blog Hop:  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 Buffy Cooper’s blog.  I love her work!

Happy Hopping!

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Sunburst Sayings

I originally was not going to order the Sunburst bundle.  I felt I couldn’t be creative or think outside the box with this set.  Then I started seeing some fabulous cards made with the Sunburst Sayings and the Sunburst Thinlits Die.  I have to laugh at myself after thinking such, because this card definitely did not require me to think outside the box.  But, I love the look of it with the gorgeous Blackberry Bliss and rich Hello Honey colors.

I have plans to use this bundle on a scrapbook page soon, and have ideas floating around in my head for other cards.


Sunburst Sayings My Tanglewood Cottage

Birthday Blooms

I have to say I love, love, love the Birthday Blooms set.  The large flower is  beautiful when simply stamped without adding ink to the inside of it.  I think it is stunning when color is added.

For this card I used the floating re-inker technique to add color to the flower.  To make areas darker I just added more Lost Lagoon ink to the image by lightly touching my brush to the water to pull the ink to the paper.  The leaves are watercolored with Mossy Meadow, even the lighter colored leaves.  For  the center of the flower I used a Tangelo Twist marker once the image had dried.


Birthday Blooms My Tanglewood Cottage WWC


Birthday Blooms My Tanglewood Cottage WWC 2

Floating Re-Inker Technique

For those of you who have never tried this technique it is quiet simple.

  1. You stamp your image on watercolor paper with VersaMark and then sprinkle embossing powder on and heat it.
  2. Spritz the watercolor paper with a generous amount of water.  I usually use a paper towel to soak up excess amounts around the outside of the image so the color does not bleed outside the image.
  3. Using a paint brush or aqua painter, pick up ink and lightly touch the puddled water with the tip of the brush.  The ink will quickly disperse in the water.
  4. Continue applying ink to cover the image and until you achieve the look you want.
  5. If you seem to have too much water on the paper once you are done you can dip the paper towel in the water to pull some off.
  6. Let dry before adhering to your card.

CASing A Friend!

I had a lot of fun looking through Piscilla Ivler’ blog, Stampin’ Amigos.  She had so many cards I wanted to CASE and then I came across this card that she had shared on one of the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hops in October of 2015.

Stampin Amigos CASE

I loved the striped wallpaper, wainscotting and of course the lacy ruffle across the window.  I knew I had found “the card”!

I have all the basics of this card, the wallpaper, wainscotting and the ruffle – did I say I love that ruffle?

Serene Sihouettes My Tanglewood Cottage

I put my spin on the card by making it a Pop-out Swing card.

Serene Shihouettes My Tanglewood Cottage 2

I used the Brick Wall Embossing Folder to add the brick look to the inside of the card by inking the folder, then closed it and rubbed the ink onto the paper.

Two retiring sets were used on this card, Serene Silhouettes and Happy Home.  The striped wallpaper was made using the Brushstrokes stamp inked with Lost Lagoon.

Thank you Priscilla for the inspiration!

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Your next stop is with fellow Oregonian Jean Fitch.  Jean has a heart for sharing and is a talented artist.  I know you will be inspired after you see what she has created.

Thank you for joining me for the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.




Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – The September Mix Up

Welcome to The September Mix Up Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.  As you make your rounds through the blog tour you will see fabulous projects from the Holiday and Annual Stampin’ Up! catalogs.  

Before I share my projects with you, I want to remind you 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 hop you would have arrived here after oohing and aahing over Heidi Weaver’s projects.  I always love seeing what she has to share. 

I know you’ll enjoy seeing all the other blogs too.  Happy hopping!   

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Serene Silhouettes

I was outside earlier listening to the birds.  I find it interesting that this time of year the bird sounds are more of a chirp.  It is as they are talking about life!  During the spring the sounds are a happy song with many melodies blending and rising all around me in an expectation of new life.  I do love listening to the birds anytime of the year – it is so relaxing.  

For this first card I used the bird stamp from the Serene Silhouettes stamp set which is found in the Annual Catalog.  Can’t you image the birds talking?  

The Basic Gray piece of card stock is dry embossed using the Woodland Textured Impressions EF which is from the Holiday Catalog.

I stamped the tree from Sheltering Tree set on the Calypso Coral.  This set is also in the Annual Catalog.

Happy Scenes

Let’s shake things up a bit!  To create this shaker card I used a set from the Holiday Catalog, Happy Scenes.  The opening is cut using the large leaf die from the Leaflets Framelits Dies.

I embossed the image with Black Embossing Powder prior to water coloring the sky and ground.  When I was done water coloring I colored in the pumpkins and leaves with markers.  

My biggest challenge with this card was the beads, they kept sticking to the acetate sheet – static clean!!


Wonderland is a fabulous set found in the Holiday Catalog.  The trees stamp alone make a beautiful card or can be used with so many other stamps.  I posted a “Walk Down Memory Lane” card earlier this week using a retired set and the Wonderland set.  You can check it out here, it is the second card of the post.

I wish I could have capture the elegance of this card with my camera.

I first embossed the trees with White Embossing Powder, stamped again (offsetting a bit) with VersaMark, and then embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.  I used a Silver Foil Sheet for the layer behind the stamped image.  

Thank you for stopping by My Tanglewood Cottage.  I hope you were inspired!

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Your next stop is with Jackie Susnik.  I must say she does fabulous work!


White Christmas and Serene Silhouettes

Posted by on October 10, 2014

Here in Oregon we have been experiencing a prolonged summer. The temperatures have remained in the 80’s. Thankfully, the temperatures are to begin coming down into the 70’s. Even with the temperatures saying the contrary to fall having arrived, I definitely could tell things are changing. As I was walking tonight the road was scattered with leaves and the breeze is getting cooler in the evening. And, our neighbor’s maple tree is beginning to turn beautiful colors of red, orange, and yellow.

Maple tree

Today I want to show you how versatile the White Christmas stamp set from Stampin’ Up! is. This set lends to making a wonderful fall card besides a Christmas card. The Serene Silhouettes card added the focal point for the card.

Thanks for stopping by.  I’d love to hear your comments!


  • White Christmas (135767 Photopolymer)
  • Serene Silhouettes (132073 wood; 127324 clear)

Paper and Ink

  • Very Vanilla Card Stock (101650)
  • Cajun Craze Card Stock (119684); Ink (126965)
  • Early Espresso Card Stock (119686); Ink (126974)
  • Pumpkin Pie Ink (126945)
  • Crushed Curry Card Stock (131199); Ink (131173)


  • Autumn Accents Dies (127812)
  • Decorative Dots (133520)
  • Big Shot (113439)
  • Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine (132975)
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
  • Stamping Sponges (101610)


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