The Wacky Watercooler’s May Mashup Blog Hop

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Welcome to My Tanglewood Cottage and the Wacky Watercooler’s May Mashup Blog Hop!  This month we will be showing you projects that feature retiring products we love, our faorite masculine products, and, finally, a sneak peak of up-coming products.  There are only six of us participating this month, but we aim to inspire you to get out your stamps and get your fingers inky!

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 Penny Hanuszak’s blog.  Penny is so talented, I bet you were inspired by what she shared with you.

Happy Hopping!

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Going, going and almost gone – you have until May 31st!

I debated on so many different retiring products to share with you, because there are a lot I will miss.  I decided on the Cups & Kettles Framelits dies that coordinate with the A Nice Cuppa stamp set because this set was only available for a short period of time and you only have a few days left to get it if you want it.  Just about everyone I know loves tea so this is a perfect Suite for me.

Oh, I almost forgot…I also am using Greeting Thinlits which I also am sad to see go.  I love the fact they are such a perfect size for most cards.

When I first began working on this card I had found a water color tutorial online I wanted to try out.  Well, let’s just say I was unsuccessful in achieving the background I wanted to create!  So, I experimented with some sponging and then stamped soft colors over the sponged card stock.


Sponging My Tanglewood Cottage

I started by sponging and blending Daffodil Delight, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, and Pacific Point onto the card stock.

Sponging stamping

Next I inked up several stamps from the Timeless Textures set (which is not retiring, yahoo!) with Soft Sky ink and stamped images randomly over the sponged background.


Cups Kettles A Nice Cuppa My Tanglewood Cottage

Here is my finished “going, going, and almost gone” card!

Masculine Card

This next card features the Open Sea stamp set which is also retiring, along with the retiring World Map background stamp.  I am truly sorry to see these two go.  I have used both so many times to make masculine cards.

I added a sneak-peak product which is FABULOUS –  it’s the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits!  Gotta have a sea for the ship to sail on!


Open Sea My Tanglewood Cottage

Lots of fussy cutting with this card,
which is something I love to do.

Open Sea 3 My Tanglewood Cottage

Also a lot of coloring on this card, another thing I like to do!

Open Sea 2 My Tanglewood Cottage


As demonstrators we were given a selection of pre-order products to choose from, one was the Swirly Bird Suite.  This next card features the Suite and several in-colors which are so pretty.  I used the Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, and Emerald Envy new colors to share with you.


Swirly Bird My Tanglewood Cottage

I hope you were inspired today and that you take time to get your “stampin” on!

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Your next stop is with Deb Smart.  She has such beautiful projects to share with you.   She continually amazes me!

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








The Open Sea Going Global

Have you ever wondered what it was like in the age of exploration over the open sea?  The trials and adventures that awaited the sailors must have made a person’s heart beat double time – or at least it would have mine!  I’m thankful that those brave sailors took on the challenge and made it across the ocean, because this land is truly beautiful!

This card features The Open Sea, set from Stampin’ Up!  I have always enjoyed making masculine cards with this set. I added depth to this card by stamping the ship once on Lost Lagoon card stock and then on Very Vanilla. Since I enjoying “fussy cutting”I  cut each of the sails from the Very Vanilla and then adhered them onto the Lost Lagoon piece with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


Open Sea Going Global My Tanglewood Cottage


Open Sea Going Global

Number of Years

When I first saw the Number of Years stamp set in Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Catalog my first through was, “I don’t like that set.” Well, I was wrong!  After seeing some fabulous cards on the Internet, I just had to have it!

The set is versatile.  You could use it for anniversary cards, birthday cards, and scrapbook pages.  I could see using the numbers for either a card or scrapbook page to coordinate with a football, baseball, basketball, number on a jersey. How about for a grade level?  What about a house number?  Your bowling score; number of children you have; days until retirement?  The possibilities are wide and varied!

After all those possibilities, I’ve made a birthday card to share with you.

Number of Years My Tanglewood Cottage

For this card, besides using the Number of Years stamp set I used The Open sea, Kinda Eclectic, and Timeless Textures sets.  The card stock colors used are Lost Lagoon, Crushed Curry, and Very Vanilla.  Ink colors are Lost Lagoon, Crushed Curry, and Crumb Cake. Thanks for stopping by!

There was not fussy cutting required to cut the numbers, the Large Numbers Framelits Dies are the perfect fit!

Do you want the Number of Years stamp set or the coordinating dies?  You can buy them separately or save 15% off the bundle, just click on the appropriate picture below.

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The Open Sea

I live in Roseburg, Oregon and you may have heard the news report. Our community has been in mourning since the tragic shooting at our community college Thursday. My heart aches for the families and friends who have lost loved ones. We are such a tight community that everyone seems to be affected somehow.  I never thought a tragedy like this would come to our community. Please keep Roseburg, Oregon in your prayers.

I want to share the card I designed for the MOJO Monday challenge that I did not get to participate in. (My site was “down” most of the week-end due to server problems at the host so I couldn’t get it uploaded)

Here’s the sketch that inspired me.

The card is tall & skinny –  5.5 x 7″, scored long side at 3.5″

Open Sea My Tanglewood Cottage The Open Sea stamp set from Stampin’ Up! is a great guy set, don’t you think? It coordinates wonderfully with the World Map stamp too!  Of course Gorgeous Grunge goes with everything!

Open Sea

I couldn’t do a card without adding some detail, so I stamped the ship twice and fussy cut the sails out of one image to layer them. I colored in the map using markers.



Thank you for stopping by. Come back soon, until then, happy stamping.

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Open Sea


January is full of birthdays for my family, one of those birthdays is my son-in-law’s, Jason.  He is such a great guy and so good to my daughter and the kids.   He’s my favorite!  (Actually he’s one of three favorites, but don’t tell him!)  I think he even likes me!  LOL
The Open Sea set is such a great set for a masculine card, and the new set, Hello Sailor, in the Celebrate the Everyday catalog is a great compliment to the set.  For this clean card I stamped the ship twice and cut out the sails and adhered to the first stamped image for depth.
I love the designer series paper, High Tide, it was perfect for this card.
open sea 4

Supplies (Stampin’ Up!)

Stamps:  Open Sea; Hello Sailor
Paper:  Soft Sky; Whisper White; DSP High Tde
Ink: Stazon Black

Accessories: Window Frames Collection Framelits; Paper-Piercing Pack; Bakers Twine Whisper White; Big Shot; Stampin’ Dimensionals

Santa’s List

Friday I had an early Thanksgiving with some of my children that live here in Oregon.  Nineteen (19) of us gathered together – the  house was packed with fun and laughter, and good food!  What a blessing!!!  I feel like Thanksgiving has come and gone, even though it’s not until this next week. This has caused me to begin looking ahead to December and Christmas festivities.
Inspired by several cards I have seen using Stampin’ Ups! Santa’s List set and the World Map background stamp, I dug out my Santa’s List set and The Open Sea set.  Next, since I associate Christmas with Christmas carols I used the Music Notes wheel.  Here’s my finished card.

Supplies (Stampin’ Up!)

Stamps:  Santa’s List; The Open Sea; Music Notes wheel
Paper:  Basic Black; Crumb Cake; Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Ink:  Black – Stazon; Crumb Cake; Soft Suede
Accessories:  Northern Flurry embossing folder; Deco Labels Collection Frame Lits; Apothecary Accents Frame Lits;  Big Shot, colored pencils, Stampin’ Dimensionals; sponges


The Open Sea

I couldn’t sleep last night so I thought I’d make a quick card – ha!  Three and a half hours later I finally finished this card! 
The Open Sea stamp set is a great set to make a  masculine card. I didn’t want to use plain Twine, so I crocheted it to look like a chain!

Supplies (Stampin’ Up!)

Stamps:  The Open Sea;  Coast to Coast; Word Play; Old World Map
Paper:  Night of Navy; Crumb Cake; Vanilla
Ink:  Crumb Cake; Soft Suede; Night of Navy
Accessories:  Circle Card Thinlit Die; Twine; Crochet Hook; Stampin’ Dimensionals