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!

 

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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

Sneak-peak

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.

 

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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.

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Wacky Watercooler’s March Madness Blog Hop

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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!

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The Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop Celebrates Occasions

February 2016

 

Are you ready a fabulous February Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop?  There are ten of us this month, all Stampin’ Up Demonstrators who love our products!

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 Heidi Weaver’s blog.  She never fails to amaze me!

Happy Hopping!

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Timeless Textures and Butterfly Basics

The Timeless Textures in the Occasions catalog is quickly becoming one of my favorite sets.  The set can make an interesting background with a variety of options.

For this card I also used Butterfly Basics, using the small butterfly from the set as the focal point.  I die cut the butterfly using the Butterflies Thinlits, then used the small butterfly die from the Bold Butterfly Framelits to layer on top of it.  I wanted a vintage look for the card so I sponged Soft Suede ink around the edges.

My Tanglewood Cottage Timeless Textures Butterfly Basics

The greeting “Sending Wishes Your Way” is perfect for a birthday card, anniversary, job promotion, or…  What would you use this for?

Birthday Bloom

There are many beautiful cards on the internet featuring the lovely set, Birthday Blooms.  Another hit from the Stampin’ Up! Handmade from the Heart Occasions catalog.

On many occasions I need a card to say I care for a friend, and this card works well to express my love and respect for those who bless my life.  I love the font they used for the greeting “for you”.

My Tanglewood Cottage Birthday Blooms

I used my Stampin’ Write Markers to color the flower.  Water coloring would work well with this too.  You could even use colored pencils or crayons!  (I am going to be stamping this image on colored paper too in the near future.)

After stamping and coloring the flower I cut a portion of the flower away and then slide a Ovals Collection Framelits under and around the flower to cut out the oval (the breakout technique).

The card base is Pool Party and then a layer from the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper.  I actually used Calypso Coral to layer the banner along with the Pool Party layer which was embossed using the Softly Falling EF.  Did you notice the cute Botanical Gardens Jewel?

Everything Eleanor

With winter slowly moving towards spring here in Oregon, I decided to make a butterfly card.  I was in the mood for something more whimsical and light and just love the flourish stamp in Everything Eleanor to achieve the whimsical look.

My Tanglewood Cottage Everything Eleanor BD Blooms

The white leave were cut using a die from the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies. Once again I used the Butterflies Thinlits to cut out the white butterfly layer and then used the Bold Butterfly Framelits to cut out the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper layer.  The greeting is from the Birthday Blooms set.  The final touch to the corners was made using the Curvy Corner Trio Punch.

Well stampers, it’s time to move on to Raquelle Clifton’s blog.  I’m so excited to see what she has created to inspire us! She is new to our hop, so please be sure to take time to welcome her.

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Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop, January Mini Hop – Number Two

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Are you ready for round two of the January Mini Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop?  It will be fabulous!

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 and Sale-A-Bration  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 being dazzled by Kath Ricks.  She is so talented!

Happy Hopping!

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I am featuring the Love Blossoms Suite (Bloomin’ Love stamp set and Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits dies) for my projects.  I love the lacy intricate design of the heart from the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies.   This die works well with any kind of paper you use.

I was thinking about the possible uses for this heart die other than the obvious, Valentine’s Day.  Here are some of the ideas I came up with for cards.

  • Friendship card
  • Just because card
  • Wedding card
  • Hello card
  • Happy birthday card
  • Love card
  • Thinking about you card
  • To a little girl card
  • Love you or romance card
  • Vintage card

Isn’t this a versatile die, I just love it!  Can you think of anymore ideas?  If you do, would you leave me the idea in the comment section, please!

Let me show you a couple of ideas based on romance/Valentine’s Day.

This first card has an “earthy” feel to it. 

I was amazed how quickly this card came together.

 

Blooming Heart Woodgrain Side

Blooming Heart Woodgrain

My steps to making this card.

  • First I inked up the Hardwood background stamp with Tip Top Taupe ink and stamped the image on Tip Top Taupe card stock.
  • I then die cut the heart shape out.
  • Next I sponged the outside edges and inside edge of the cut out heart shape with Early Espresso ink.
  • I adhered the Real Red Cotton Ribbon and Venetian Crochet Trim onto the Tip Top Taupe piece.
  • Stamped the two small flowers and one larger flower from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set and die cut them out.  Sponged them with Early Espresso and adhered them to the heart shape.
  • Die cut the “xoxo” from the Circle Card Thinlits  and adhered this to the Tip Top Taupe piece.
  • Adhered the heart shape to the Early Espresso piece.  To make sure I had this position correctly I laid the Tip Top Taupe piece on the Early Espresso piece and after applying adhesive tot he heart piece I then laid the piece down through the cut out – like doing a puzzle piece.
  • Adhered the Early Espresso card stock to the Real Red card base.
  • Next I adhered the Tip Top Taupe piece to the Early Espresso piece.
  • Finished up the inside.

Traditional Valentine’s Day

This card comes with all the traditional flavors of Valentine’s Day.  Glitter paper adds the final touch for romance.

 

Bloomin Heart Glitter Side

Bloomin Heart Glitter

Don’t you just love this Love Blossoms Suite?  I am looking forward to using this set more.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you were inspired.

Your next stop will be with the talented Priscilla Ivler.  I love her projects, they really inspire me!

 

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Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop, January Mini Hop – Number One

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Welcome to the first of two January Mini Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop (try to say that fast)!

As you make your rounds through the blog tour you will see fabulous projects from the Stampin’ Up! Handmade from the Heart Occasions and Sale-A-Bration  catalogs.  I am sure you are going to be delighted with what you see as you hop along!

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 the gifted and talented Heidi Weaver’s blog.  She is incredible!

Happy hopping!

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Sky is the Limit

There were so many great products in the new Handmade from the Heart Occasions Catalog I had a hard time deciding what to buy first.  Once I received my first order my next challenge was which stamp set to use first!

I’ve decided I wanted to share a manly card with you so I used  one of my new toys – the World Traveler Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  It is  wonderful to use simply as it was intended, to emboss your card stock. Or you can do as I did and I add ink (Old Olive and Early Espresso) directly on to the folder to “stamp” and emboss the images of the embossing folder at the same time.  Next I sponged Soft Sky over the card stock.

Sky is the Limit My Tanglewood Cottage 1

The  plane, greeting, and clouds are from the Sale-A-Bration set the Sky is the Limit.  It is a limited time set , only available through February 15th.  If you’re wanting this set get it before it is gone!

Sky is the Limit My Tanglewood Cottage 2

Ready for A Nice Cuppa Tea?

There are few things a good cup of tea cannot fix. Whether it be a black tea in the morning to wake up with, a lighter flowery tea in the afternoon with a meal, or a sleepy time tea for bed; tea can be used brighten up a day. I like to take any opportunity that I can to share a cup with a friend, so I created this card as a neat way to pass along a cute little pick me up.

Cups Kettles Side Step My Tanglewood Cottage

This is a single side step card with a gusseted treat pouch for tea nestled on the side step.  I made the treat pouch using the Envelope Punch Board.

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Behind the treat pouch is a cute little creamer cut with a die from the Cups & Kettle Framelits Dies and an area to write a message to the recipient of the card.

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The teapot, teacup, and spoon were also cut from dies from the Cups & Kettle Framelits Dies and the flowers are from the Sale-A-Bration set Flowering Fields.  The greeting is from A Nice Cuppa stamp set.

Did you notice the heart shape seems to be floating in air?  I used a tiny piece of a window sheet to adhere it to the cup.

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All this talk of tea has made me want a cuppa, so off I go!  Enjoy the rest of the hop.  Your next stop is Jackie Susnik!  Be ready for some wonderful inspiration!

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Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – October Holiday Round-Up!

October 2015 BannerWelcome to The October Holiday Round-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.   My projects center on Christmas, which seems to be just around the corner.

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 sweet Jaylin’s blog.  Isn’t she incredible!

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

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While I was taking pictures today I was thinking about how the flowers behind the card(s) truly don’t go with the theme of the cards I was photographing.  We are still experiencing summer weather here in Oregon.  Today was in the low 80s (crazy)!  My flowers are still blooming and for the most part still look good.  I do love the flowers, and outdoors seems to be the best place to take my pictures.  I know many other places don’t experience the seasons like we do and have warm weather in December.  So, I guess the location and flowers will work for my pictures!

First up – Wonderland

I was truly having a creative block when I made this card.  All I knew is I wanted the trees from the beautiful set Wonderland to be on an oval.  Not much to work with for me.

After many trials and errors (lots of errors!) I decided to stamp the trees using Versamark ink and then emboss them with Silver Embossing Powder.  I cut out a circle and adhered it with temporary adhesive to the oval, tore a piece of a sticky note and placed it beneath the trees for a mask and began sponging with Night of Navy ink.  Once done sponging I removed the masks and sponged a little ink under the trees.

Wonderland 10-15The greeting was stamped prior to embossing the Whisper White layer behind the oval and banners.  The layer was dry embossed using the Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder.

Next In Line – Christmas Cuties

The stamp set Christmas Cuties truly has cuties in it!  All three images are adorable!

It is so easy to achieve this brick wall look by directly applying Cajun Craze Ink from the ink pad to the Brick Wall EF on the front inside of the folder.  Then, lay your Cajun Craze card stock in the folder and emboss!  If you get your folder a little messy that’s good, it adds a lot of character to the look.

Christmas Cuties 10-15Can’t you just image a little elf dancing around the room while getting ready to “deck the halls”?

Last by not least – Christmas Cuties (again!)

I really enjoyed making this card.  Unlike my first card for this hop, I had the design in my mind before I even sat down to make it.

The boy image from Christmas Cuties is so darn cute that it makes me want to squeeze his cheeks if I could!  He looks like one happy little fellow with that smile.

Christmas Cuties Boy 10-15Marina Mist and Smokey Slate were brayered on to the front inside of the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder before laying the Whisper White card stock on the EF and running it through the Big Shot.  The little boy was colored in using a Blender Pen and ink.

Well, that’s all for today.  Thank you for stopping by My Tanglewood Cottage.  I hope you were inspired to create!

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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

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!
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Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – Let’s Sprinkle August With Life

Welcome to another fun Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!  Our theme this time is Let’s Sprinkle August With Life.  I will be sharing two project I made with the Sprinkles of Life stamp set from Stampin’ Up! And, of course we can’t forget to share the Tree Builder punch that coordinates so beautifully with the set.  I will be also sharing a CASE from Stampin’ Up!’s catalog.  

Before I share my project with you I want to remind you this is a circular hop.  That means that wherever you begin, if you continue to go to the “next” person on this list, you will eventually wind up right where you first started.  You will fin the “next” button (and the “previous” button – if you wan to go backwards) at the end of this post.  The “home” button will give you a listing of all participating blogs.  I hope you’ll take time to look at all our blogs.

If you’ve been moving forward through the blog hop you have arrived here after stopping by Christine Giuda’s blog.  Doesn’t she have wonderful projects – I just love her creativity!  

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Sprinkles of Life – Easel Card


It is easy to create a “designer series” paper with the sprinkles stamp.  To create the DSP look I randomly stamped Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Elegant Eggplant sprinkles over a piece of Whisper White card stock.  
The top part of the cupcake is layered to give more dimension to the card. Of course I used the Tree Builder punch to punch out the cupcake!




This is how the unopened card looks.



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Did you notice I put a thin strip of the designer series paper I made over the Daffodil Delight ribbon?



Sprinkles of Life – Flap Fold Card

 

I was on a fancy fold kick!  While looking on Splitcoaststampers I came across the Flap Fold Card tutorial and decided to give it a try.  It’s actually very easy and fun to make.  







This picture is with the top flap folded over and behind. 

For the main panel I started with Whisper White card stock and sponged Pool Party for the sky and Garden Green for the hill.  I made the clouds on this piece lighter than on the top flap by stamping with Soft Sky ink instead of Pool Party so the sun with the happy birthday would be the main focal point in the sky.

I love how easy it is to punch out the tree and flowers with the Tree Builder punch.



The inside.


Catalog CASE

 

I am so glad the group decided to do another CASE from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog for two reasons:
  • It made me go back through the catalog and look at all the wonderful creations the talented Stampin’ Up! team put together. 
  • I realized I have always had a great source of inspiration right under my nose! 

 

I really liked this card found at the top of page 105 in the annual catalog.  As you can see, this card was created using softer colors.






I decided I wanted to make a card using bolder colors.  I chose to use some of my favorite in-colors from last year – Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, and Hello Honey.  I also stepped up the card by adding an extra layer with the Blackberry Bliss as my card base.








I hope you take time to look through the annual catalog again soon.  If you are like me you will be surprised at what you find to CASE!

I hope you enjoyed my projects as much as I enjoyed making them and I hope you were inspired along the way.

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You are now off to be inspired by Gail Allen.  I’m sure you will be delighted by what you see!

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Thank you so much for stopping by.