Wacky Watercooler November Blog Hop Christmas Celebration

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Time for another Wacky Watercooler Blog hop!  This month we are focusing on Christmas and I am excited for you to see all the beautiful cards we have so share with you!

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 Sherri Lee’s blog.  She has such fun creations!

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Snow Place Shakes It Up!

I love snowmen.  I usually have two Christmas trees in my home and one is decorate with only snowmen.  I usually buy a couple of new snowmen to add to my tree each year.  I like to take my time and find just the right two.  You’d be surprised at all the different kinds of snowmen there are!

My first card is a shaker card, and it’s a snowman card!

Using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits I used the large, medium, and small “circle” swirly to create my snowman.  The Snow Place stamp dresses up my snowman!!

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Here’s the instructions:

  • Using a piece of 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ Whisper White card stock first cut out the large “circle” swirly (Swirly Scribbles Thinlits) at the bottom of the piece.  Retain this cut out piece.
  • Lay the medium “circle” swirly die so it drops down into the large cut out section and cut it out.  Discard this partial swirly piece.
  • Lay the small “circle” swirly die so it drops down into the medium cut out section. Discard this partial swirly piece.
  • Now place the piece in the Softly Falling Embossing Folder and emboss the piece.
  • Adhere a piece of 3 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ window sheet to the back of the Whisper White piece over the opening.  Dust the piece with your Embossing Buddy – this will prevent your beads from sticking to it.
  • Cut out a medium and small “circle” swirly.
  • Adhere the large “circle” swirly piece to the window sheet into the area you cut it out of like you would a puzzle piece.
  • Adhere the medium “circle” swirly piece to the window sheet into the area you cut it out of like you would a puzzle piece.
  • Adhere the small “circle” swirly  piece to the window sheet into the area you cut it out of like you would a puzzle piece.  You should be able to see your snowman now!
  • Using the Snow Friends Framelits die cut the earmuff from Real Red card stock and adhere to the snowman head.
  • Stamp the scarf with Emerald Envy ink from the Snow Place stamp set and die cut it out using the Snow Friends Framelits die and adhere to the snowman.
  • Die cut two arms from Chocolate Chips card stock using the Snow Friends Framelits die.
  • Punch the banner out of Real Red card stock using the Duet Banner Punch.
  • Slightly bend the greeting “Time to Chill” (Snow Place set) and place on your acrylic block.  Using Black Memento Ink stamp the greeting on the banner.
  • Lay the banner and hands on your snowman to determine exactly where you want each piece before adhering to your snowman.  Once you have determined where you want your pieces, adhere to the snowman.
  • Using a black sharpie color three basic pearls black and adhere them in the snowman’s belly area.
  • Turn the piece over and run a piece of the Foam Adhesive Strips around the lower section of the snowman (the large “circle” swirly area).
  • Fill with beads.
  • Remove protective film from the foam and adhere a piece of Whisper White 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 to finish the shaker area.  (I had to trim mine down a bit afterwards.)
  • Adhere additional pieces of Foam Adhesive Strips to the corners and where you need them to support your card.   Adhere the snowman piece to a piece of folded 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Extra Thick Whisper White card stock.

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Fast and Easy Noel

This card is one of the fastest I’ve many in a long time.  There’s no stamping except on the inside of the card.

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A piece of vellum is embossed using the Woodlands Embossing Folder to create a frosty scene.  Then I used the Pretty Pines Thinlits for the boughs and the Noel from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits to create more layers and dimension.  Basic Rhinestones are sprinkled over the vellum and a  Real Red bow pulls it all together.

A Special Fold with the Star of Lights

What does Night of Navy, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, and Silver Glimmer Paper have in common?  A Star of Lights card of course!

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I used the retired set All Ye Faithful to stamp Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus since Christ is who the star led the shepherds to after all!

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I have to say this fold is my favorite card fold, I have seen it called the Pop Out Fold.  It is not the double Z fold you see on the Pinterest even though it looks very similar.  Here are the instructions on how to create this fold.

Well, that rounds up my projects to share with you this hop.  Thank you for stopping by!

You are now off to see what Gail Allen has created for us to enjoy.  Be prepared to be delighted!

 

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Wacky Watercooler September Blog Hop Holiday Favorites

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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!

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