Wacky Watercooler February “Spring Fever” Blog Hop

The first day of spring is March, 20, 2017, just 32 days away!  I am so ready for spring! Since spring is on it’s way, the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop is all about projects inspired by spring or spring events.  We will be showcasing products from the brand new Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration brochure, and, of course the Annual Catalog.

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 Sheri Lee’s blog.  Didn’t Sheri have some wonderful projects!

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Beautiful You

I have seen some fabulous cards made using the Beautiful You stamp set in the 2017 Sale-a-bration catalog.  I have fallen in love with this set. I like it for so many reasons, but one of the main ones is because the main images can “stand on their own”.

For this card I stamped the beautiful dancing girl using Stazon ink on cork then used re-inkers to paint the image.  I added a wash of color to the background.  (A shout out to my friend Jackie for inspiring me to stamp on cork!)

Once again I stamped the dancer on cork, but this time I painted in her dress with white acrylic paint.  The cork really absorbs the color so I had to take my time and go over the area until I was satisfied with the intensity of the color.

Don’t you love the lace at the bottom of this card?  It’s from the Delicate Details Sale-a-bration set.

Jar of Love with a splash of Beautiful You and Timeless Textures

This next card says SPRING all over it to me!  It makes want to skips through fields of flowers under s sunshine filled sky and of course pick flowers!

The ink colors are Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, and Crumb Cake.  The card stock is Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette, and Whisper White.

(Card stock measurements: Whisper White 3 3/4″ x 5*, Pink Pirouette 4″ x 5 1/4″ and the Early Espresso card base is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ folded.  Scraps of Whisper White and Early Espresso)

To make this card –

  • I stamped the “large scribble image” from Beautiful You about 1″ down from the top of the 3 3/4″ x 5″ Whisper White card stock panel, then turned the image upside down and stamped it again after re-inking with Pink Pirouette.
  • Next I stamped the hearts from Jar of Love using Melon Mambo ink down the left side of the card leaving room to stamp the small splatter from Timeless Textures between each heart using Crumb Cake ink .
  • Using Old Olive ink I stamped two leaf sprigs on scraps of Whisper White card stock; then I die cut them out using the appropriate die from Everyday Jars Framelits.
  • Next I punched out three flowers, one each of Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, and Old Olive using a retired punch (the four petal die from Botanical Builder Framelits would have also worked well.  I was just too lazy to run the paper through the Big Shot!)
  • I stamped the Love You greeting using Melon Mambo ink on a 1/2″ strip of Whisper White paper.  The greeting is from the Crazy about You set.
  • My next step was to die cut the cute little bird from Early Espress card stock using the smallest bird die from the Birds & Blooms Thinlits.
  • And finally, I die cut the fabulous heart from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.

Now I was ready to assemble my card.

  • I adhered the heart over the Pink Pirouette stamped images at the top of my card stock.
  • Next I snipped the end of the greeting piece into a banner and slipped one end into the heart center and adhered it.
  • I then laid out the leaf sprigs and the flowers to my liking around the heart and adhered them to the Whisper White panel.  I added small basic rhinestones to the center of the flowers.
  • Next I made a bow from Line Thread and adhered it to the bottom of my bouquet.
  • The little bird was added next.
  • I had some rhinestone hearts I bought at the craft store and added them to finish off my card front.
  • I finally assembled the layers of the card together.

Has this card made you ready for spring yet?

Dragonfly Dreams, Butterfly Basics, and Watercolor Wings

Well, if you’re not ready for spring yet hopefully this next card makes you start dreaming of warmer days.

This next card is inspired by a tutorial from Splitcoaststampers.  I have had this design in my head since Christmas and finally got around to trying this fun fold.

The Dragonfly Dreams Bundle, the Watercolor Wings Bundle, and the Butterfly Basic Bundle are all fabulous bundles, and they all coordinate together to make a fun card.

The flowers were made using dies from the Flourish Thinlits.

I thought it would be much harder than it was to make this card, but the instructions at Splitcoaststampers are easy to follow,  All you have to do is add you favorite images!

I hope you have spring fever and are ready get out your stamps and create!  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 ever-so-talented Heidi Weaver.  She is going to dazzle and inspire you like nothing you’ve ever experienced before! Enjoy!

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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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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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Butterfly Basics and Watercolor Wings

What do you do when you need a card in a hurry?  

When I need a card in a hurry I look through my stash of cards for ideas. Then I either:

  • Recreate a card I’ve already made that is easy to make, 
  • Use the same layout but change the main image, or 
  • Change up the card a tab bit – like I did with this card.  

Notice I didn’t say, “I look through my stash and use it.”  I have the hardest time parting with my cards!  

I have chosen two of my all time favorite butterfly stamp sets for this card:  Butterfly Basics and Watercolor Wings.  I also used Gorgeous Grunge again.  In July I made a card very similar to this, but I have changed up the colors to achieve a more fall theme to the card; used a different small butterfly center and added a rhinestone to the butterfly; and added a strip of silver glimmer paper.  The greeting is also different. 

Here’s the card from my July post:



And here’s the card I made in a hurry!



As you can see the layout and use of stamps are basically the same.  With changing just a few elements this card has its own look and feel to it.    

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I have always like butterflies – real butterflies and the not so real butterflies – everything from jewelry and clothing to crafts.  So when Stampin’ Up! comes out with another butterfly set I just have to have it!

Today I’m sharing a card made using the Watercolor Wings and Gorgeous Grunge stamp sets.  The colors I chose to use are Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, and of course, black.  This card is a thank you card, but you could substitute any greeting.  This thank you greeting is from Sassy Salutations. 

Thank you for stopping by!  Please leave me a comment, I love to hear from you.

 

 

Wacky Waterolor Blog Hop – Christmas In July and Other Fun Projects



It’s time for another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!  Since the weather outside has been frightful, not cold but hot, hot, hot – anyway, that’s the way it has been here in Oregon – we thought we’d cool it down a bit with a Christmas project.  Yep, a Christmas in July project!  Not only that, but we will be sharing a CASE from the new catalog and a project using a new punch. 

Before I share my projects 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 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.  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 enjoying some fabulous projects created by Deborah Smart.  Deborah always amazes me with her talent!

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Christmas in July 

Let’s go ahead and get things cooled off with a Christmas card.  I don’t think it’s ever too early to get Christmas cards made since the month of December always seems to be packed with activities, leaving hardly any time to really enjoy creating.

This card features the photopolymer Wondrous Wreath set from Stampin’ Up! along with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits.  I’ve also used the “Merry Christmas” from the White Christmas photopolymer set.
After stamping Merry Christmas in Cherry Cobbler I fussy cut the banner and then attached it over the wreath.  The green and black banner piece was created using a piece of DSP from the Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper and applying Pear Pizzazz ink over it with a sponge.

CASE From the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog

Stampin’ Up!’s annual catalog is filled with beautiful projects that are easily CASEd and I had a hard time deciding which project to share with you.  After much deliberation I decided on a simple card featuring the Watercolor Wings stamp set found on page 75 of the catalog.  For this card I needed only the Watercolor Wings stamp set.  I love the fact that this set has several greetings to choose from.

This card was  made in a matter of minutes, EXCEPT, there was the tying of the Gold Metallic Thread.  My fingers struggled with getting the bows made!  Slippery stuff!  Of course mine did not turn out like the example in the catalog!  

Since I prefer cards that are a step up, I also created this card. I stamped the same images on a Whisper White piece it is just a half inch smaller all around.  Notice how just adding a couple of layers to the card changes the overall appearance.  

A New Punch 

It was interesting for me to look back at the cards I’ve made over the years.  Very few are what I would call playful, so when this card came together I was excited!  The card still has a lot of details, and I like details!

There have been a lot of samples I’ve noticed on the Internet using the Sprinkles of Life and the Tree Builder punch, but I had not shared one with you yet.   



 

To create this card you will need Real Red, Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, and Soft Suede card stock.  (I used scraps for everything but the card base.)

    • Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock 10 ½” x 4” and score at 2 ½” and 5 ¼”
    • Cut a piece of Real Red card stock 5 ½” x 4 ¼”. 
    • Cut a 2 ¾” piece and a 2 ½”piece of Daffodil Delight.  Using the Decorative Dots Textured Impression Embossing Folder, dry emboss the 2 pieces of Daffodil Delight Card stock. 
    • Stamp a bunch of apples on a strip of Real Red card stock (How’s that for technical instructions?!) and then punch them out with the Tree Builder punch.  
    • Stamp the basket using Soft Suede ink onto Crumb Cake paper. 
    • Stamp two candles using Soft Suede ink onto Crumb Cake card stock.  Cut out, omitting the flame on the candle.  Glue both pieces to basket. 
    • Using the appropriate shape from Chalk Talk Framelits die cut a piece of Whisper White card stock.
    • Using the same shape you cut the Whisper White piece out with, trace around the outside edge of the die with a pencil onto Real Red card stock and then fussy cut out the shape.  Glue the Whisper White piece onto the Real Red piece. 
    • Using black ink stamp the “Thanks a Bunch” from the Sprinkles of Life set onto the Whisper White piece you just cut out . 
    • Adhere the basket and apples to the Whisper White piece. (I did adhere some apples with Stampin’ Dimensionals for added depth.)
    • Using Soft Suede ink and card stock, stamp the tree trunk and punch out.
    • Using the Soft sued ink and Always Artichoke card stock, stamp the tree leaves three times and punch out.
    • Position and adhere the tree onto the Whisper White card base inside portion.
    • Stamp the flower stems using Always Artichoke ink on both sides of the tree.
    • Stamp the flowers above the stems using Daffodil Delight and then Real Red ink. 
    • Using Soft Sky ink stamp clouds above the tree and across the inside portion of the card.
    • Sponge Soft Sky ink along the top portion of the inside portion of the card.
    • On a ½” x 4” piece of Whisper White card stock randomly stamp Daffodil Delight and Real Red flowers.
    • Adhere the 2 ¾” piece and 2 ½”piece of dry embossed Daffodil  Delight pieces to the Whisper White card stock appropriately.  Note:  In theory the 2 ½”piece should fit perfect, but I found I had to trim it a bit.
    • On the outside edge of the front 2 ½”piece of Daffodil Delight card stock adhere the ½” x 4” piece of Whisper White that was stamped with flowers.
    • Adhere the piece with the apples and basket to the front Daffodil Delight 2 ½” piece, centering it with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
    • Adhere two apples in the lower corner of the front Daffodil Delight piece.
    • Adhere the Whisper White card base to the Real Red card base. 

    I hope you enjoyed my projects.  Please leave a comment – I love to hear from you. 

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    Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – Celebrating the New 2015-2016 Annual Catalog


    Welcome to another inspiring Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring products you will find in the new 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! annual catalog.  Stampin’ Up! has fabulous stamps sets that will make you smile and go “oh” and “ah”, beautiful new designer series papers to add to your wish list, new in colors, kits, and the list goes on.  They have also carried over some great products from last year’s catalog that I am so happy to see again since I didn’t get some of them last year.

    Before we get started, I just want to remind you this is a circular Blog Hop. That means that wherever you begin, if you continue to go to the “next” person 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’ve been moving forward through the blog hop, you have arrived here after enjoying the fabulous projects created by the ever so talented Christine Guida.

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    This first card features the Build a Birthday stamp set.  I wasn’t sure if I was really going to like this set at first.  Once I got it in my hands and saw the possibilities, I was hooked.  What I like about this set is it will be one that I can make a fast, simple birthday cards with.  Rather than making this card simple by stamping a single layer, I stamped the images five (5) times each; hand cut the images, and then layered them.  I decided to save the fast, simple stamping until later!

    The crosshatched stamp in the You’ve Got This stamp set is going to be one of those go to stamps for many of my creations.  It makes a fabulous backdrop, and stamping it multiple times allows you to make a distinctive background.  I chose to stamp the crosshatched stamp behind the Hexagon Hives Thinlits die to add interest on this next card.   The flower has been stamped multiple times and cut out, then layered, to add dimension.  (Had to get some fussy cutting in!)   

     

    The butterfly was stamped on white card stock and also on vellum, punched out and layered.



    I found a color combination (Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie) on Pinterest that I really liked and just had to make a card using the color combination that I want to share with you.  I used three sets that were carryovers from last year’s catalog, Blended Bloom, Flower Patch, and Trust God on this card.  If you haven’t had a chance to purchase these sets, don’t wait because you won’t be disappointed once you have them in your hands!

     

    After masking off a portion of the card stock, I sponged Pumpkin Pie over the remaining portion.  The flower was embossed with gold embossing powder prior to coloring.   

    Ready for a vintage card?

    When talking with a friend the other day, she mentioned she has been doing a lot of water coloring on her cards.  Inspired by our talk I decided to make a watercolor background for my next card.  Of course I needed to use another new set, and keeping with the watercolor theme, I used Watercolor Wings!

    What’s wonderful about the Watercolor Wings stamp set is it coordinates with cutting dies!  For those of you who don’t like fussy cutting the Bold Butterfly Framelits and Butterfly Thinlits is a must have.  

      

    The butterfly on this card was stamped and looked like this before I die cut it out.  The transformation is awesome!

    Here’s how I made the background: 

    • I spritzed the watercolor paper lightly with water.
    • Using the flower stamp and leaf stamp from Choose Happiness. I stamped the images multiple times. Colors used were Melon Mambo and Old Olive.
    • Next I sprayed more water on the card so the ink would move and blur the images.
    •  After the images were dry I sponged ink lightly over the paper.  Colors used were Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede. 

    Well fellow stampers that’s it for now.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Please leave a comment, I love to hear from you. 

    Your next stop is Gail Allen’s blog Stampin and Other Stuff.  Be ready to have your socks knocked off!  She has some fun things in store for you!  Just click the “next” button and you will be on your way! 
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