Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop 3rd Anniversary Celebration

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Welcome!  We are celebrating the 3rd Anniversary of the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop! We have all the original participants of the very first hop playing along with us – isn’t that exciting!  To celebrate our three years of “hopping” together we have a line up of projects that will inspire you to the moon and back!  Our projects will feature an anniversary card; a stamp set that has survived since being introduced in 2013 (our choice of the Wetlands, Gorgeous Grunge, or Flower Shop sets that were in the first hop); and we will be featuring our version of a CASE from the original blog hop.

How the Wacky Watercooler Blog HopWorks: 

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 Jeannine Tarrio’s blog.  Doesn’t Jean have some sweet projects!

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Anniversary Card

My anniversary card was inspired by the Best of Birds Stampin’ Up! set.  Why you might ask…well it has a stamp with the words “Happy Anniversary” in it!  Doesn’t take much to inspire me sometimes!!!

I dug out a very neglected coloring medium from my creative stash to make this card – chalk!  I can’t even remember the last time I used chalk.  I bet it has been at least 5 years.


Best of Birds Vintage Leaves MyTanglewoodCottage

To make this card I stated by embossing a piece of Soft Sky card stock with the Wonderland EF.  After it was embossed I brayered Tip Top Taupe over the raised image.  I stamped the birds and branch on Whisper White card stock.  The birds were colored in with chalk and the branch was colored in with markers.  After I was finished coloring I die cute out the images with the Birds and Blooms Thinlits.  I then stamped three leaves from the Vintage Leaves set and die cut them out using Leaflets Framelits.  The flowers are die cut using the little flower in the Botanical Builder Framelits.  The greeting from the Best of Birds set is stamped on a piece of vellum.  Once everything was cut out I assembled my card.

The Stamp Set That Survived!

I chose to use the Wet Lands set for this card, it has always been one of my favorite sets.  I paired it with Butterfly Basics and Falling Flowers stamp sets and the May Flowers Framelits (the little sprig).


Wet Lands MyTanglewoodCottage


Wet Lands Open MyTanglewoodCottage


I chalked this image also.

Wet Lands 2 MyTanglewoodCottage


The little flowers were die cut from the Botanical Builder Framelits.  I used a button shank to cut the ends off of tiny brads then glued the brad heads on using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

CASE from the Original Blog Hop

There were so many wonderful projects to case from the original hop that I had to look at all the possibilities several times.   After much deliberation I choose to CASE a project created by Heidi Weaver.  I have never made a Pillow Box, even though I own a Pillow Box punch board.  (Another one of the must have tools – ha!)   Heidi did provide a link to a template to make this adorable box if you don’t have a punch or die.  You can find her template here.

My little Pillow Box is decked out in a floral patterned from the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.  The Floral Boutique DSP is a rich Night of Navy color with many beautiful designs.  I used the Thick Baker’s Twine in Whisper White instead of making a band out of card stock to add another element to my box.


Botanical Gift Box MyTanglewoodCottage

Since we are celebrating our 3rd Anniversary I added a strip of Vellum with Happy Anniversary stamped on it.

The Botanical Builder Framelits were used to cut Vellum and Whisper White Card Stock for the flower petals and the center of the flower is cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

Botanical close up gift box

Thank you Heidi for the inspiration, I like my little box and will have to make more!

It’s time for you to check out what Penny Hanuszak has to created to share with you.  She has such creative ideas that I know you will love!

Thanks for stopping by and joining in the fun with the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!













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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Four Feathers

Originally posted on October 4, 2014

Hello there friends! Today I am going to share a card using the Four Feathers stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I have always liked feathers and intrigued with how there are so many colors and designs in feathers. I was looking on the internet and was amazed at the beautiful birds adorned with their amazing feathers!

My inspiration for this card came from the card Karen Hasheck created. To create the “scene” on the feather I die cut a feather from the top card layer, sponged and stamped it, and then I adhered it behind the cut out space.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies


  • Four Feathers (135050wood; 135053 clear)
  • For All Things (135152 wood; 135155 clear)
  • Wet Lands (126695 wood; 126697 clear)
  • Feel Goods (131916 wood; 129684 clear)

Paper and Ink

  • Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
  • Eggplant Envy Card Stock (105126) Ink (126969)
  • Crushed Curry Ink (131173)
  • Pumpkin Pie Ink(126945)
  • Early Espresso  Ink (126974)


  • Argyle Embossing Folder (127750)
  • Feathers Framelits Dies (135852)
  • Big Shot (113439)
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
  • Stamping Sponges (101610)

Like what you saw and what to create it yourself?  Click here to shop at my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator website 24/7!