Wacky Watercooler Celebrates the Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration “Take One”

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the first Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop of 2017.  We are celebrating the 2017 Occasions Catalog & Sale-a-bration Brochure with two mini hops this month.  For this first hop we will each be sharing with you two projects from new products that we just couldn’t live without!

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 Marsha Reed’s blog.  She she always has such fun projects for us to CASE.

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Everyday Hero

Who doesn’t love an everyday hero?  Especially little boys, and of course little girls!  From Spiderman, to Batman, or perhaps to Superman you will find children eagerly hoping to get a toy of their favorite one for their birthday.

I have a grandson who has been into super-heroes since he was a little guy so the Everyday Hero set was one I knew I wanted the minute I saw it in our Celebration Catalog.  I love the buildings, the greetings, the capes, and especially the way I can make my hero male or female depending on how I combine the stamps.

Now I want you to know this is also a perfect set for the adults in your life who are your hero!

This is my first double Z fold card.  It was extremely easy to assemble.

I really spent some time on this card practicing my coloring skills!  But it was a lot of fun to create.

What do you give the little guy that has everything!  A super-hero box of course to hold that tiny gift or money.

This was pretty quick to make.  I just stamped the buildings on Soft Sky card stock along the bottom of each flap and then colored them. I then adhered the box together leaving the back panel loose so it will open and close – that way I can put my gift in!  I stamped the super-hero on Sahara Sand colored card stock and then colored in his hair and suit.  Ta-da it was done!

Well that’s it for this hop.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  If you would like to leave a comment, click on the bubble at the top of this post. I’d love to hear from you.

You next stop is with the fabulous Penny Hanuszak!  She never fails to amaze me with her wonderful projects.




Stampin Up! Online Extravaganza Sale November 21 – 28, 2016



Stampin’ Up! is starting their Black Friday Online Extravaganza early – November 21-28! THAT’S TODAY!  Who can  resist savings up to 40%?  And there will be two 24-hour sales with new products on the first and last day of this event.

Could you use a little help checking a few things off your gift list without even have to leave the house! Check out the full details on the products being discounted during Online Extravaganza here.  You don’t want to miss out on these great deals.

Some of the items are only on sale today, and some or only while supplies last so check out the sale early!

Also, here is a pdf for you to download.

Don’t delay and miss out on some fabulous prices!


Washi Wednesday – Celebrating Independence

Today’s Washi Wednesday card is a reminder of July 4th, the day we celebrate the birth of American independence.   Cities across America  celebrate with parades as a reminder of our freedoms and to honor those who have given of themselves for our country.  Families and friends gather to reconnect and enjoy barbecued hamburgers and hotdogs.  And many go to see the fireworks that bring the skies to life with colors of the rainbow.  A time of celebration for sure!

Washi Wednesday Celebrating Independence Card

I chose the traditional red, white and blue colors for my card.  The Floral Boutique Designer Washi Tape coordinates perfectly with the Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, and Night of Navy card stocks.


Washi Tape Timeless Textures Watercolor Wings My Tanglewood Cottage


The top butterfly is stamped using stamps from Watercolor Wings and then die cut with the smallest Butterflies Thinlits die.  A Cherry Cobbler small butterfly is cut using a die from the Bold Butterfly Framelits to layer behind the top butterfly.


Timeless Textures, Watercolor Wings, Flora Boutiique Designer Washi Tape, mytanglewoodcottage.net

The flourish from the Timeless Textures stamp set is stamped in Dapper Denim.  The greeting is from Confetti Celebration – a perfect fit for this card!

I hope you have a lot of fun celebrating this 4th of July!  Until next time, happy stamping!


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Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – New Annual Catalog Favorites

Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop

It’s time for another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.  This time we are sharing some of our favorites things from the new annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  We will be sharing our favorite new In- color, new stamp set/bundle, and Designer Series Paper.  This hop will inspire your socks off!

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 Kath Rick’s blog, “All That Scap”.  Kath is so gifted and always has such fun projects.  I bet you were inspired by what she shared with you.

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My Favorite In-Color

This was such a hard decision to make because I really do like them all, so I just decided on Flirty Flamingo.


Sunshine Sayings, Sunshine Wishes, My Tanglewood Cottage

This shaker card was actually pretty quick to make, and easy.  I will be putting written instructions for this card in my tutorials or you can click here.  I have to tell you I love the new Foam Adhesive Strips.  They bend so nicely that it was a dream to make this shaker card!

My Favorite New Stamp Set/Bundle

If I thought making a decision about the new In-Colors was tough, I was in trouble because I really do love so many of our new sets/bundles.  So, I chose to use a bundle I had not played with yet – the Best of Birds and Birds & Blooms Thinlits Dies.


Best Birds Birds & Blooms Thinlits Dies, Vintage Leaves, Leaflets Framelits, Woodland Embossing Folder, My Tanglewood Cottage

I also used the Vintage Leaves, Leaflets Framelits, and the Woodland Embossing Folder.  To color the bird I used colored pencils and then applied baby oil to a q-tip to blend the colors.

Favorite Designer Series Paper

I have to be honest, this was an easy choice, since I have only ordered one DSP pack – the Floral Boutique DSP.  The colors in the DSP are Night of Navy and Whisper White, but as you can see I’ve added a third color, Daffodil Delight to two of the three banners.  I simply took a maker and colored in a portion of the image.   This DSP is so pretty I’m looking forward to using it again.


Birthday Blooms, Detailed Floral Thinlits, Floral Boutique DSP My Tanglewood Cottage


I love the new Detailed Floral Thinlits too so I just had to incorporate one of the dies in a card to share with you!  And I had to pull out one of my favorite sets from the January Occasions catalog Birthday Blooms because I love to color and just love that flower stamp!  (I’m so glad that set made it in the new catalog.)  AND, yes I got to fussy cut too!

Did I choose any of your favorite things to share with you?  I hope so!

Thank you for stopping by, it now time for you to see what Priscilla has to share with you.  Hold onto your socks and get ready to be inspired!  Happy Hopping!









Washi Tape Wednesday – It’s A Butterfly

Are you ready for another Washi Tape Wednesday?  I’ve been having a lot of fun learning how to incorporate Washi Tape in my card creations.

This next card was inspired my one of my consultants, Kathy Brown.  She made a beautiful card using the Butterfly Thinlits and Washi Tape, so I had to give it a try.

Drum roll please……

Washi Tape, Butterfly, Birthday Celebration, Rose Wonder, mytanglewoodcottage.net

To make this butterfly I simply laid the Washi Tape in a row on a piece of card stock, placed my Butterfly Thinlit Die on the card stock covered with the tape and ran it through the Big Shot.  The Washi Tape I used was from my old stash with the exception of the polka-dot black which was from the Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape collection.

The dandelion was stamped in Pool Party and Old Olive and randomly stamped over Whisper White card stock.  The greeting is from the Rose Wonder set.

Have you been playing with Washi Tape lately?  Leave me a comment and let me know how you’ve been using it.

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time get your fingers inky and stamp!

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Washi Tape Wednesday – Swirly Bird

What a mad dash to the finish line I have been experiencing this week.  My daughter-in-law who is a talented artisan (who makes the most amazing jewelry) is having a Tumbled Stands event here at my home this week-end.

We decided to have garden event which meant I needed to weed, re-bark mulch, power wash the deck, mow, trim the poor roses (and they are poor!)…and the list goes on!  I’m down to the wire with a lot to do yet!

But, I promised another Washi Tape Wednesday.

Washi Tape Wednesday Card ~


Swirly Bird, Washi Tape @ mytanglewoodcottage.net

This card was so easy to make.  I simply decided on the order of the Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape and wrapped it across the 5″ x 3 3/4″ Whisper White panel.  Next I stamped several of the next to smallest scribble and the flower from the Swirly Bird stamp set several times and die cut them out.   I stamped a single bird and fussy cut it out.  I layered all this over the “wavy” scribble die cut and the medium circle die cut scribble.

The words are from the new Thoughtful Banners stamp set.  The card is finished off with a Baker’s Twine white ribbon.

Exciting News

You can now order from the the new Stampin’ Up! 2016/2017 catalog today!  Check out the fabulous new products here.

Use the June Host Code UZKSYCDC on your order of $50 or more and I will send you the new 2016/2017 Stampin’ Up! catalog.  If your order is over $150, don’t use the code and earn Stampin’ Rewards starting at $15 in free product PLUS the catalog!  (Be sure to share your information with me so I can send the catalog to you.)  Catalogs will be mailed out about two weeks after the end of the month.

That’s it for tonight.  I hope you enjoyed this easy card.

Until next time, happy stamping!

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Washi Tape Wednesday – Playful Palette

I have a confession.  I have had a hard time using washi tape.  I have rolls of it in my drawers – unused rolls!  Well, it is time for me to break out that tape and overcome my fear.  It’s time to learn how to use washi tape!  So, I am hoping to share some cards made using washi tape over the next several weeks.  Thus, Washi Tape Wednesday!

For this card I used the Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape.  I love the colors in this bundle of Blushing Bride, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, and Basic Black.  To me this bundle is fun and sassy!


Swirly Bird Washi My Tanglewood Cottage

Don’t you just love that little bird.  He’s from the Swirly Bird Stamp Set

Washi Tape Tutorial

This card is super easy to make and I put together a tutorial for you so you can use up your Washi Tape.  (I hope I’m not the only one who has rolls and rolls sitting in their drawers!)

Happy Day MyTanglewoodCottage

I”ve also added this tutorial to my Tutorial Page so you an reference it easily in the future.

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Get those fingers inky!!  Happy stamping!

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In the Meadow

I love to take walks along lakes, rivers or ocean sides.  So creating this card was a lot of fun for me.  This card was inspired one of the April, 2016  Creative Crew Challenges.  This challenge was to create a scene that had flowers, have a lake in the scene, and a path leading to a lake.  The stamp set In the Meadow from Stampin’ Up! came to my rescue and was the perfect fit for this challenge!


My Tanglewood Cottage In the Meadow

To make this card I started by stamping the mountains in the background using Black Stazon Ink.  (It’s important to use Stazon because water based inks will bleed.)  Using a brayer I added Marina Mist ink above the mountains for the sky and a little below the mountains for the lake being careful to not deposit any ink on the mountains. Old Olive ink was used on the lower portion of the card.Once I was done with the brayer I used an Aqua Painter to move the ink around in the sky, lake and grassy area.  Next I used Chocolate Chip ink to put in my path, also using an Aqua Painter.  The Chocolate Chip ink easily blended and covered the Old Olive ink.

The next step was to add the trees, grass and flowers, again using Black Stazon to stamp the images, with the exception of using some Old Olive ink to add more dimension to the grass. Mossy Meadow ink was used to fill in the leaves on the trees, and Chocolate Chip for the trunk.  The flowers were colored in using markers and a gel pen.  I used Smoky Slate and Basic Gray, along with the Old Olive and Mossy Meadow to watercolor the mountains.

The greeting “Think of You” from the Westlands stamp set was stamped on Whisper White card stock and die cut using the Circles Collection Framelits.  Die cut flowers from Botanical Builder Framelit Dies added the final touches.

Thank for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed the card and were inspired to make one yourself!

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Wacky Watercooler’s March Madness Blog Hop

2016 March Banner


Are you ready for a mad, mad Wacky Watercooler’s March Madness Blog Hop?  There are ten of us that will be showing off our “mad” creations, all Stampin’ Up Demonstrators who love our products!  We will each show you at least one fancy fold to delight and inspire you!

As you make your rounds through the blog tour you will see projects from some amazing stampers.  The projects will feature products from the Stampin’ Up! Handmade from the Heart Occasions, Sale-A-Bration and annual catalog to celebrate the occasions in our lives.

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 visiting Buffy Cooper’s blog.  Isn’t she awesome!

Happy Hopping!

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When preparing for this hop I looked at a lot of different fancy folds, and decided to share two fancy folds with you that I had never tried before.

The Swing Easel Card

This first fancy fold is called a Swing Easel Card fold.  It is actually an easy card to do, especially when there are so many videos on the internet to learn from.  I watched this video made by Debbie Henderson.

Botanical Blooms My Tanglewood Cottage Special Fold

Botanical Blooms My Tanglewood Cottage Special Fold 3

Botanical Blooms My Tanglewood Cottage Special Fold 2

I can’t believe I only used one stamp to make this card!  Gotta love the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies!  Can you find where I stamped?

Pop Up Slider Card

I have to tell you I really liked making this card.  I love this fold and have more ideas in mind to share later.  You can find a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers here.  Since I wanted to mat the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper with Old Olive card stock I watched the video at the end of the tutorial rather than following the “pictured” instructions.

I chose to use the beautiful flower in the Birthday Blooms set as my focal point.


Birthday Blooms My Tanglewood Cottage Special Fold

The large flower is stamped on Whisper White paper than colored with markers.  I then cut a portion of the flower away and slipped an oval die under and around it to die cut out the oval shape, leaving a portion of the flower “breaking out” of the oval.  I stamped small flowers which are on the large stamp and then cut them out to add more detail to the card.  The leaves are made using the Bird Builder Punch.  The butterflies are from the Kinda Eclectic set and punched out with the Bitty Butterfly Punch.

Birthday Blooms My Tanglewood Cottage Special Fold Opened

When you pull on the ribbon the paper slides up to expose the greetings.  This card also opens like a basic card, I just could not get a good picture to share with you.

3-D Project – Berry Basket

I just recently bought the Berry Basket Die and have been busy making some for our booth at a local scrap-booking and stamping  event.   One of the other demonstrators in the booth made a birthday diansaur cake using the Cutie Pie Thinlits, so I made a basket to compliment the cake as a birthday favor. ( I hope I remember to take a picture of the cake to share with you later!)  We both used the No Bones About It stamp set and the Sprinkles of Life set to make our projects.

When you purchase the Sprinkles of Life set Stampin’ Up! will donate $3.00 to the Ronald McDonald House to keep families together and surrounded by love when their child is receiving medical treatment far away from home.

No Bones About It Berry Basket 1 My Tanglewood Cottage

I filled a cellophane bag with toy dinosaurs to put in the basket and tied off the bag with Burlap Ribbon.

Don’t you think a little boy would just love getting this!

No Bones About It Berry Basket My Tanglewood Cottage 2

No Bones About It Berry Basket My Tanglewood Cottage 3

No Bones About It Berry Basket My Tanglewood Cottage 4

I used my fringed scissors to make the grass along the bottom of the basket.

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It’s time for you to hop on over the see what the crafty Christine Giuda has to share with you for our March Madness hop.  She always has such wonderful projects and I know you will be “mad” about her creations this month!

Thanks for stopping by!






Bloomin’ Heart Valentine Wish

With Valentine’s day being a day for card giving it seemed only fitting to do a Valentine’s day post.

It is a time for love whether it be romance or showing appreciation to the friends in one’s life. I remember passing out tiny cards with lollipops, candy hearts, or chocolate to my classmates as a child, and it was always nice to see how happy it made people. As the years progressed my love for giving and making cards grew. Sharing my craft with others has brought me a special joy. Looking back on those fond memories is where I got the inspiration for these two cards which are  perfect for the sweethearts in your life.

This first card is a clean and simple card which I created for the Creative Crew February Challenge.  A single rectangle with the heart from the Bloomin’ Hearts stamp set are the focal point.  The single butterfly from the Watercolor Wings was cut out using the Butterfly Thinlits and adds the finishing touch.

I used the thick Whisper White card stock for my card base.  This extra thick card stock allows me not to have to put an additional piece of white card stock inside my cards!  I love it!!!


Bloomin Heart My Tanglewood Cottage


This card has the same basic elements as the first card, I just added layers of Rose Red, Blushing Bride, and the  Love Blossoms DSP Stack.


Bloomin Heart Friend My Tanglewood Cottage

Hope you were inspired to get out your stamps and make a card today!


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