Reason for the Season – a Simple Card

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Our home was filled with laughter with kids scurrying everywhere!  There were 18 of us this year!  Then, my sister and brother-in-law came to visit us today. Such good memories!  Love my family so.

I have a little time to share with you a clean and simple card.  I used the Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies to create this winter scene.

 

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Can you see the clear mica flakes on the tree and a few sprinkled on the ground?

Here’s the details to make this quick card.

  • Start with a Marina Mist card base – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ folded in half
  • Emboss a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.
  • Using the tree from the Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies from a 3 1/2″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock.
  • Stamp the greeting from the Reason for the Season set using Marina Mist ink in the lower right corner of the tree piece.
  • Tear a piece of scrap paper and sponge the snow drifts on the tree piece using Marine Mist.
  • Add a a very small amount of glue to the areas you want to add mica flakes on the tree piece then sprinkle the flakes over the piece.
  • Adhere the embossed piece to the card base, then add the tree piece to the embossed panel.

Thank you for stopping by.  If you need any of the products I used to create this card, you can simply click the items below and you will be directed to my online store.

Don’t forget the Online Extravaganza event that Stampin’ Up! has running through November 28th.  You can save up to 40%!

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

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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!

 

Wacky Watercooler November Blog Hop Christmas Celebration

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Time for another Wacky Watercooler Blog hop!  This month we are focusing on Christmas and I am excited for you to see all the beautiful cards we have so share with you!

How the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop Works: 

Before I show you my cards 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 Sherri Lee’s blog.  She has such fun creations!

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Snow Place Shakes It Up!

I love snowmen.  I usually have two Christmas trees in my home and one is decorate with only snowmen.  I usually buy a couple of new snowmen to add to my tree each year.  I like to take my time and find just the right two.  You’d be surprised at all the different kinds of snowmen there are!

My first card is a shaker card, and it’s a snowman card!

Using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits I used the large, medium, and small “circle” swirly to create my snowman.  The Snow Place stamp dresses up my snowman!!

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Here’s the instructions:

  • Using a piece of 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ Whisper White card stock first cut out the large “circle” swirly (Swirly Scribbles Thinlits) at the bottom of the piece.  Retain this cut out piece.
  • Lay the medium “circle” swirly die so it drops down into the large cut out section and cut it out.  Discard this partial swirly piece.
  • Lay the small “circle” swirly die so it drops down into the medium cut out section. Discard this partial swirly piece.
  • Now place the piece in the Softly Falling Embossing Folder and emboss the piece.
  • Adhere a piece of 3 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ window sheet to the back of the Whisper White piece over the opening.  Dust the piece with your Embossing Buddy – this will prevent your beads from sticking to it.
  • Cut out a medium and small “circle” swirly.
  • Adhere the large “circle” swirly piece to the window sheet into the area you cut it out of like you would a puzzle piece.
  • Adhere the medium “circle” swirly piece to the window sheet into the area you cut it out of like you would a puzzle piece.
  • Adhere the small “circle” swirly  piece to the window sheet into the area you cut it out of like you would a puzzle piece.  You should be able to see your snowman now!
  • Using the Snow Friends Framelits die cut the earmuff from Real Red card stock and adhere to the snowman head.
  • Stamp the scarf with Emerald Envy ink from the Snow Place stamp set and die cut it out using the Snow Friends Framelits die and adhere to the snowman.
  • Die cut two arms from Chocolate Chips card stock using the Snow Friends Framelits die.
  • Punch the banner out of Real Red card stock using the Duet Banner Punch.
  • Slightly bend the greeting “Time to Chill” (Snow Place set) and place on your acrylic block.  Using Black Memento Ink stamp the greeting on the banner.
  • Lay the banner and hands on your snowman to determine exactly where you want each piece before adhering to your snowman.  Once you have determined where you want your pieces, adhere to the snowman.
  • Using a black sharpie color three basic pearls black and adhere them in the snowman’s belly area.
  • Turn the piece over and run a piece of the Foam Adhesive Strips around the lower section of the snowman (the large “circle” swirly area).
  • Fill with beads.
  • Remove protective film from the foam and adhere a piece of Whisper White 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 to finish the shaker area.  (I had to trim mine down a bit afterwards.)
  • Adhere additional pieces of Foam Adhesive Strips to the corners and where you need them to support your card.   Adhere the snowman piece to a piece of folded 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Extra Thick Whisper White card stock.

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Fast and Easy Noel

This card is one of the fastest I’ve many in a long time.  There’s no stamping except on the inside of the card.

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A piece of vellum is embossed using the Woodlands Embossing Folder to create a frosty scene.  Then I used the Pretty Pines Thinlits for the boughs and the Noel from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits to create more layers and dimension.  Basic Rhinestones are sprinkled over the vellum and a  Real Red bow pulls it all together.

A Special Fold with the Star of Lights

What does Night of Navy, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, and Silver Glimmer Paper have in common?  A Star of Lights card of course!

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I used the retired set All Ye Faithful to stamp Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus since Christ is who the star led the shepherds to after all!

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I have to say this fold is my favorite card fold, I have seen it called the Pop Out Fold.  It is not the double Z fold you see on the Pinterest even though it looks very similar.  Here are the instructions on how to create this fold.

Well, that rounds up my projects to share with you this hop.  Thank you for stopping by!

You are now off to see what Gail Allen has created for us to enjoy.  Be prepared to be delighted!

 

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Wacky Watercooler October Blog Hop Fall Celebration

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I am always so excited for our monthly Wacky Watercooler Blog hops!  I love to hop through and see what everyone has created.  Join me as we move through the hop and get inspired, be sure to leave a comment if you have time because we all love to hear from you!

This month we will be focusing on occasions and holidays that are so much fun this colorful time of the year.  We will be using products from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog and the Holiday Catalog.

How the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop Works: 

Before I show you my cards 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 Debbie Spano‘s blog.  I just love her creations, I bet you did too!

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Weather Together

Here in the Pacific Northwest we have been experiencing a lot of rain. It is refreshing to have the grass green again and the leaves finally sporting their beautiful fall colors.

This card speaks of the need for umbrellas!  I have three in my car and two on my deck!  You just never know when you need an extra one for a friend!

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The cute little penguin is from the set Snow Place.  He was added with one of my customer’s in mind.  She likes “cute” cards and I don’t normally do too many cute cards – something I need to improve upon.

Paisleys & Posies

Celebrating birthdays is one of those occasions that happen year around.  For this card I wanted to capture the colors of fall and celebrate an 80th birthday of a dear friend.  I chose to use Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, and Crushed Curry.

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The stamped paisley images were stamped with VersaMark ink and embossed with Copper Embossing Power, as were the greetings.  Once I had embossed the paisley images I sponged the panel with Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Crushed Curry.  I could not get the Crushed Curry captured in the photo, but the edge of the Vanilla pieces are also sponged with it.  The embellishments were die cut using the Paisley Framelits Die.

Country Livin’

I saw a card on Billy Moan’s site that inspired me to make this next card.  I had to chuckle to myself because Billy was inspired by Frances Martin, and Frances Martin was inspired by someone from her team!  CASing is alive and well!

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I love the vintage faux sepia tone look! This is such an easy card to create, especially if you like to watercolor.  Here’s how I created this card.

  • Taking a 3 1/4 x 4 1/2 piece of Crumb Cake card stock stamp the truck image on the lower right side of the paper using Stazon Black.  Now stamp another truck on a post-it and cut it out to be used as a mask.
  • Lay the mask over the truck and stamp the fir tree from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set using Black Stazon ink over the front of the truck.  You might have to fill in some branches, just use a Project Life Journaling Pen after you are done watercoloring.
  • Stamp the hills at the top of the piece also using Stazon ink.
  • Using Soft Suede ink paint the body of truck using an Aqua Painter or paintbrush.  (I “squished” my ink pad to have a bit of ink in the lid and then dabbed my Aqua Painter in the ink, but you can put a drop of ink on the lid if you want.)
  • Paint the wood and box of the truck with Early Espresso.  I also added a touch in the wheel area.
  • Paint the hills in using the Soft Suede ink and a touch of Early Espresso in the shadow areas of the hills.
  • Using you Aqua Painter again, paint the ground, grass, and sky using Craft White ink.  Remember this doesn’t have to be painted perfectly, this is watercolor!
  • Dry your piece using your heat gun.
  • Place a drop or two of the white ink in the ink pad lid, then using a toothpick pick up the ink and add it to areas you would like to have snow piled up.
  • I wanted my snow to be more noticeable so I pour White Embossing Power over these areas and then heat set it.
  • Add Wink of Stella to the areas you want to look frosty.
  • Distress the edges and then sponge with Soft Suede.
  • Stamp the Fir boughs from the Christmas Pines set on a piece of 5 1/4 x 4 Early Espresso with the White Craft ink.  Cover with White Embossing Powder and heat set.
  • Distress the edges of the Early Espresso piece and then sponge with White Craft ink.  Lightly dry with heat gun.
  • Assemble card.

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I like the Wink of Stella frosted look on my card.

Thank you for stopping by My Tanglewood Cottage!

You are now ready to check out what the talented Penny Hanuszak has to share with you.  I’m always inspired by her creativity.

 

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Vintage Leaves and Sheltering Tree with a Touch of Christmas Magic

A few weeks ago I was wondering if fall would ever come.  The leaves at our home hadn’t began to change and the weather was still in the upper 70s and 80s.  However, fall has finally arrived!  Leaves are transforming into beautiful works of art and provide a beautiful contrast to the evergreens.

Today’s card is a celebration of fall.

 

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To create the background I first stamped the leaves from Sheltering Tree randomly in Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, and Rich Razzelberry directly on the side with the writing on the Woodland embossing folder. (Yep, I used all those colors, even though I couldn’t capture all the colors with my camera.)  After placing a piece of Whisper White paper in the EF I gave the folder a good massage to help aid the transfer of the inks onto the paper, and then ran it through Big Shot.

The Leaves were stamped with two of the smaller leaves from the Vintage Leaf stamp set.  To add the color to the leaves I used the rock and roll technique along with gently adding other colors to the stamp.  I then sponged Crushed Curry ink over the leaves to add more depth to them.  They were die cut with the Leaflets Framelits.

The bird was die cut using the Birds & Blooms Thinlits from Early Espresso card stock.  Did you notice the trees behind the cute little bird?  The trees are from the Christmas Magic set.  I thought they added a nice touch.  The greeting is from the Rose Wonder set.

 

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Here’s a card using the same stamps, card stock and inks, just a different direction!  I find it interesting how just changing the direction of the card makes a big difference.

I hope you were inspired to stamp today.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Wacky Watercooler September Blog Hop Holiday Favorites

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Are you ready for another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop?  This month The Wacky Watercooler September Blog Hop is all about our favorites from the  2016 Holiday Catalog.  This was a hard choice for me since there are so many sets and bundles that are my favorite!  Of course, after I made the decision on what to sets/bundles to share, I had to decide what type of card to make!  Another hard decision!  Of course I finally finalized my choices and got to work!

How the Wacky Watercooler Blog HopWorks: 

Before I show you my cards 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 September Blog Hop you would have arrived here after visiting Penny Hanuszak ‘s blog.  I bet you were dazzled with her creations just like I am!

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Christmas in September – Star of Light

The Star of Light bundle was one of my first choices in the Holiday Catalog.  I fell in love with the stamps and the absolutely gorgeous dies at first glance.

I really like blues and purples together for night sky scenes so for this card I used the 2016 in-color Dapper Denim, Marina Mist, and Elegant Eggplant inks.  The card stocks used were Dapper Denim, Elegant Eggplant, and Whisper White. The detailed star was cut from a Silver Foil sheet.

The Whisper White panel behind the star was sponged first with Marina Mist, then I added Dapper Denim, followed by Elegant Eggplant ink sponged around the edges.  Once I was finished sponging I used an Embossing Buddy to wipe over the sponged piece to prevent extra white embossing powder from sticking to the panel.  I stamped my “swish” and stars using VersaMark ink, applied the White Embossing Powder and then heat set it.

The detailed star and the solid blue star were cut from the Starlight Thinlits Dies.  The Elegant Eggplant shape was hand cut for added dimension and interest.  The greeting is embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.  Rhinestones finish off the card front.

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 A Ghoulish Background

Another first pick from the Holiday Catalog was Ghoulish Grunge.  As I looked at the images in this set I saw many possibilities for great backgrounds.  My favorite stamp in the set is the brick wall.

For this card I stamped the brick wall image three different times with VersaMark Ink then sprinkled Copper Embossing Powder over the stamped images and heat set it.  The splatters were from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and are also embossed with Copper Embossing Powder.  Did you know Copper is the “in” metal this year?

Flourish Thinlits Dies were used to die cut the leaves, sprigs and fun Melon Mambo strip under the circle.  The greeting is from Suite Sayings and the flowers are from the Flower Patch set.

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Paisleys & Posies – Oh Yeah!

To be honest with you, I almost didn’t get the Paisleys & Posies bundle.  I am extremely challenged when I have a stamped set with most of the images similar in size and one that takes an active imagination to put the “pieces” together.  But, I love paisley shapes!  So the challenge began!!

I first did some searching on Pinterest to see what others had done with the set.  I found a lot of cards with great paisley backgrounds made with the set, but didn’t want to go that route.  I also found this adorable fish made with the Paisley Framelits Dies that I will be CASing!!!  (Check it out here.)  But I wanted to do something a little different.

I started with stamping several images, the patterned paisley print, the flowers, and leaves; and then colored them with markers. I laid out all the pieces, tried to arrange them this way and that, but in the end I said  to myself “yuck”.  Not that each individual image wasn’t pretty in its own right.  I just didn’t have the color scheme and pieces coordinating well with each other.  So after many trials and errors this is my finished card.

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The Pretty Paisleys Textured Impressions Embossing Folder was used to create the flower oval ring.  Prior to dry embossing my paper I used a brayer to add Always Artichoke to the folder.  (To apply ink to the folder, I lightly applied pressure to the inked brayer and rolled it over the raised area of the folder making sure I didn’t get ink in the open area.)

This card did require coloring, but coloring is relaxing for me and I loved my end result!  Colors used were Rich Razzleberry, Always Artichoke, Crushed Curry, and Pumpkin Pie.

There you have it, some of my favorites from this year’s Holiday Catalog.  Thank you stopping by.  I hope you were inspired to stamp today!

Your next stop is with Priscilla Ivler.  Priscilla always makes me go “oh, ah” when I visit her blog, so be prepared to be delighted!

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One Wild Ride

When I was 20 years younger my husband and I would go riding on his dirt bike and it was one wild ride!  He put pegs on the back of his bike so I had a place to put me feet, since dirt bikes are a “one man” bike.  I’d hang on for my life (lol) as we went zipping along.  He is now thinking about getting a street bike, like the one in the One Wild Ride Set.

Besides having a wonderful motorcycle image the One Wild Ride set is full of great greetings.  It is a perfect set to make cards for the guy in your life.

 

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To make you will need the following pieces of card stock:

  • 1 piece of 4 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ watercolor paper
  • 2 pieces of Real Red card stock cut at 4  1/2″ x 3  3/4″ and 1  1/2″ x 5  1/4″
  • 3 pieces of Basic Black card stock cut at 4  3/8″ x 3  5/8″; 1  3/8″ x 5 1/8″; and 1  7/8″ x 5  1/4″
  • 1 piece of 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Basic Grey card stock
  • 3 pieces of Very Vanilla card stock cut at 4′ x 5 1/4″; 1  1/4″ x 5″; and 3  1/4″ x 1″
  • 3  1/4 x 1  3/4″ copy paper

To make this card:

  1. Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, stamp the motorcycle on the copy paper then cut it out.  You will use this piece as a mask.
  2. Using Stazon Jet Black ink, stamp the motorcycle on the watercolor paper
  3. Place the motorcycle mask over the cycle stamped on the watercolor paper.  Ink the mountains from the In the Meadow set in Smoky Slate ink, spritz it with water a couple of times and then stamp it behind the motorcycle image.   Remove mask.
  4. Using an Aqua Painter watercolor a shadow under the motorcycle using Smoky Slate ink and then let the paper dry.
  5. Stamp the “Born to Ride” greeting on the 3  1/4″ x 1″ piece of Very Vanilla piece and die cut it out with the Bunch of Banners Framelits or fussy cut it out.
  6.  Stamp the Route 66, tire tracks and “birthday wishes to the leader of the pack!” on the 1  1/4″ x 5″ piece of Very Vanilla card stock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  7. Fold the Basic Gray card stock at 2 1/8″ and 4 1/4″
  8. Adhere the 1  7/8″ x 5  1/4″ Basic Black piece of card stock to the bottom portion of the front panel.
  9. Adhere the watercolor paper to the Basic Black 4  3/8″ x 3  5/8″ card stock.
  10. Adhere the Black card stock to the 4  1/2″ x 3  3/4″ Real Red card stock.
  11. Apply adhesive to the back lower portion only of the 4  1/2″ x 3  3/4″ Real Red card stock then adhere the layered piece to the card front centering it on the card front.
  12. Adhere the “Born to Ride” piece to the lower portion of the layered piece.
  13. Adhere the 1  1/2″ x 5  1/4″ Real Red piece to the lower edge of the 4″ x 5  1/4″ Very Vanilla  piece.
  14. Adhere the 1  3/8″ x 5 1/8″ Basic Black card stock to the Real Red piece you just adhered to the Very Vanilla
  15. Adhere the stamped 1  1/4″ x 5″ Very Vanilla piece to the Basic Black card stock you just adhered.
  16. Adhere the Very Vanilla layered piece to the inside of the card.
  17. Fold the card into the easel fold.

If you need any of the supplies to make this fun fold card,  just click on the image below and it will take you to my online shop.  Don’t forget to use the host code AEWMYCMX for August.  And, see the My Tanglewood Cottage Rewards page to keep track of your purchases.

I hope you were inspired today.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop Steps It Up For August

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It’s time for another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop to get your creative juices inspired!  This month we are going to dazzle you with stepping up our original card to a version that is sure to tickle your fancy.  Our first project will be the “I’m in a hurry” card, followed by a look at the same card, just stepped up a bit.  You know the “I have a bit more time to fuss with this card” version.  The next card will be will be totally stepped up, that “Oh, this is a fancy card!”  (I do have to confess I ended up with four versions of the card rather than three!  You will see how simple it was to do just that!)

How the Wacky Watercooler Blog HopWorks: 

Before I show you my cards 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 Priscilla Ivler’s blog.  I love visiting Priscilla’s Blog, she is so creative!

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I decided to use the Jar of Love stamp set from Stampin’ Up! as my featured stamp set for this blog  hop.  I also used the Balloon Celebration and Endless Birthday Wishes sets.

“I’m in a hurry” Card- Birthday Wishes

Where my inspiration came from:  My daughter had a birthday this month and while thinking of her I began to make this card.  I wanted to send her a card with the greeting “birthday wishes” on it.  And, as I’m looking at the jar image I’m thinking “What am I going to fill it with?”  I’ve seen so many cards with the beautiful flowers that come with this set that I decided I wanted to do something different.  So…. I began to think… when I was a kid I loved to pick dandelions once they had gone to seed and blow “wishes”.   “Ah, perfect” I thought, “We have a dandelion stamp in the Birthday Celebration set!”

 

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How I created this card:

  • On a piece of 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Extra Think Whisper White card stock folded in half, I stamped the jar at an angle (from the Jar of Love set) using Smoking Slate ink in the upper left hand corner of the card front.
  • Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink I stamped the greeting (in the upper right hand corner) using two separate stamps from the Endless Birthday Wishes set…the birthday stamp and the wishes stamp.
  • Using the larger dandelion stamp from Balloon Celebration I stamped the image randomly in the lower right corner and some in the jar to make the wishes appear as they were being poured out of the jar.  The inks I used were Perfect Plum and Old Olive.
  • On a scrap piece of Sliver Foil paper, using Black Stazon, I stamped the jar lid.
  • Using the lid die cut from Everyday Jars Framelits I die cut the lid and then attached it with adhesive over the jar mouth.

“I have a bit more time to fuss with this card” Version

By simply adding a banner and die cutting the jar you can easily step up the original card.

 

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To created this card:

You will need a piece of 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ Old Olive card stock folded in half; a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock; a piece of 2″ x 3 7/8″ Perfect Plum card stock; and a 2″ x 3″ piece of Whisper White card stock, a scrap piece of Sliver Foil paper about 1 3/4″ x 1/2″

  • Attach the Whisper White card stock to the Old Olive card base.
  • Cut the piece of 2″ x 3 7/8″ Perfect Plum piece into a banner and adhere it to the Whisper White card stock about 1/2″ from the left hand side.
  • Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink stamp the greeting (in the upper right hand corner) using two separate stamps from Endless Birthday Wishes set…the birthday stamp and the wishes stamp.
  • Stamp the jar on the 2″ x 3″ piece of Whisper White card stock using Smoky Slate ink and die cut out using the Everyday Jars Framelits.
  • Using the larger dandelion stamp from Balloon Celebration stamp the image randomly in the lower right corner and some in the jar to make the wishes appear as they were being poured out of the jar.  The inks are Perfect Plum and Old Olive.
  • On a scrap piece of Sliver Foil paper, using Black Stazon, stamp the jar lid.
  • Using the lid die from Everyday Jars Framelits, die cut the lid and then attached it with adhesive over the jar mouth.
  • Adhere the jar on to the card front at angle over the banner.

“Oh, this is a fancy card!” Version

This next step up is by adding some depth to the card and making a shaker card.

 

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To created this card:

You will need a piece of 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ Old Olive card stock folded in half; a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock; a piece of 2″ x 3 7/8″ Perfect Plum card stock; and a 2″ x 3″ piece of Whisper White card stock, a scrap piece of Sliver Foil paper about 1 3/4″ x 1/2″; a piece of 2″ x 3″ of acetate paper;  scrap Whisper White card stock; and a piece of Silver Glitter paper.

  • Cut the piece of 2″ x 3 7/8″ Perfect Plum into a banner and adhere to the Whisper White card stock about 1/2″ from the left hand side. (Yep, adhere it before you cut the jar shape out!)
  • Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink stamp the greeting (in the upper right hand corner) using two separate stamps from the Endless Birthday Wishes set…the birthday stamp and the wishes stamp.
  • Place the large jar die from the Everyday Jars Framelits over the “banner section” and run it through the Big Shot to cut out the jar shape.  (Be sure to leave yourself enough room from the edges to add the foam strips to create the shaker portion of the card.)
  • Stamp the jar image on the acetate using Black Stazon ink.
  • Adhere the acetate piece to the back of the Whisper White card stock so the image shows through the jar opening. (This will allow you to determine where you want to stamp the dandelion images.)
  • Using the larger dandelion stamp from Balloon Celebration stamp the image randomly in the lower right corner to make the wishes appear as they were being poured out of the jar.  The inks are Perfect Plum and Old Olive.
  • Again, using the larger dandelion stamp, stamp three images or more on the 2″ x 3″ Whisper White card stock. (This will be the back to the shaker)
  • Once more using the larger dandelion stamp, stamp seven images on the scrap Whisper White card stock and fussing cut them out – this does not have to be exact.
  • Using the heart die from the Everyday Jars Framelits die cut hearts from the glitter paper.
  • Edge the backside of the jar image that is stamped on the acetate with a foam strip.  (You will not use a full strip for this.)
  • Fill the open shaker portion with the fussy cut dandelions and the hearts.  You will need three hearts for the card front.  (Make sure you have the shaker pieces facing the right way.)
  • Remove the film from the foam strip to expose the sticky side.
  • Adhere the 2″ x 3″ Whisper White card stock with the the dandelion images facing up to enclose the shaker pieces.
  • Adhere the 5 1/4″ x 4″ Whisper White card stock to the card base. (I used foam strips along the edges.)
  • On a scrap piece of Sliver Foil paper, using Black Stazon, stamp the jar lid.
  • Using the lid die from Everyday Jars Framelits, die cut the lid and then attached it with adhesive over the jar mouth.
  • Attached the remaining three hearts to the card.

“Oh, this is a little fancier card!” Version

Do you see the next step up?  I embossed the banner with the Sparkle Embossing Folder.

 

Jar of Love 4 My Tanglewood Cottage

To create this card you would follow the instructions for the prior card with the exception  of embossing the banner prior to adhering it to the Whisper White card stock.  You can download the PDF instructions here.

I hope you enjoyed the cards as much as I enjoyed the challenge for this Blog Hop.

Your next stop is with is with Fiona Whitehead.  This is Fiona’s first hop with us.  I am so excited to see what she has created for us.  Why don’t we check it out – just click on the “Next” Watercooler!

 

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Playful Pals – It’s A Frog!

Years ago when my husband and I were first dating in the early spring he would call me on the phone to chat.  His home was located in the country and there was a huge pond on the property that was creek “fed”.  And I bet you can guess what the pond was full of (besides fish!) – frogs!  I can still remember the sound of bull frogs croaking through the phone as we talked!  Over the years I came to love that sound and the memories it brings to mind.

Playful Pals is such a cute set and of course you can make an adorable frog card with it!  This little guy is all decked out with a Pacific Point bow tie to hop on over and wish one of my grandsons a happy birthday!  He sits on a lily pad of Always Artichoke card stock created from an oval shape with a slit made in it, and then sponged around the edges with Always Artichoke ink.  The leaves are from the Botanical Blooms Suite and the water was created by running a piece of Soft Sky through the Big Shot in the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  The waves are from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits.

 

Playful Pals Frog My Tangewood Cottage

 

Do you know what frogs eat?  I wasn’t sure so I Googled to find out.  According to KidZone, they are actually  carnivores, which means that they will eat meat.  (Who would have guessed!)   However, small to medium sized frogs eat insects such as flies and mosquitoes.  So this next frog is a small to medium variety!

 

Playful Pals Frog with fly My Tanglewood Cottage

I just couldn’t resist adding a tongue and a fly to this card!

Isn’t this a fun card?  I think I will have to give my husband one of these cards too for his birthday in memory of our earlier days!

That’s it for now.  Ribbit (Thanks for stopping by in frog talk!)

 

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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).

 

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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!

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