Wacky Watercooler May Blog Hop – Celebrating the Carry-Overs

Welcome back for the Wacky Watercooler May Blog Hop!  Our May hop is all about our favorite sets that made it into this next year’s new annual catalog.  I am always excited to see the new products, but am just as excited to see if my favorite things are sticking around for another year.  I will be sharing three cards with you that are just some of my favorites that are carrying over into the 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 Jayme Ziemer’s blog.  Jayme does such a fantastic job, it is always a pleasure to see what she has to share with us.

* * * * *

Bella & Friends

I love dogs.  They are such loving and faithful animals.  My little doggie is now 15 years old and doesn’t see or walk as well as he once did.  One of his favorite things is to have me open the back door so he can sniff (his way of seeing these days) to his hearts content.  He goes in and out until he wears himself out.  Well, yesterday as was his habit he was going in and out and I went looking to see if he was in or out!  As I was looking through our french door there was a squirrel on the top step ready to come on to the porch.  I think I scared him as much as he scared me!  I am so glad I went to the door when I did or I think I would have had an unwanted visitor in the house!

In honor of my sweet little dog I made this wiper card using the Bella & Friends set paired with the Balloon Celebration and Lift Me Up sets.

Isn’t this pup just the cutest.  I absolutely adore this set.

After gluing the card together a “wiper” piece pops up as you pull both sides out, as you can see above. When I am actually holding the card and can pull the card a little more, the dog floating in the air is more visible.

Here’s the back panel of the card.

This fold is such a fun fold and is easy, easy to make.  If you’d like to make this fun fold card, you can find written directions on my up-line’s blog, Regal Stamping, here.

Beautiful You

How many of you are excited the Beautiful You set is staying around?  I sure am.  I can say it is the perfect stamp set to use when creating cards for the girls in the family, and I have a lot of them!

I created a similar card with cork in February using this same stamp from the Beautiful You set, and decided to do one more for you.  I used Stazon to stamp the dancing girl image and then used white acrylic paint to color in the image.  Her arms and legs were colored in with Blushing Bride ink.

Birthday Blooms

The Birthday Blooms sets has got to be one of the prettiest sets in the Stampin’ Up! catalog (of course that is my opinion, and yours might be different!).  I just love the large flower image, and have used various techniques with the flower as the focal point of the card.

For this card I used an old technique that might not even be considered a technique anymore, heat embossing!  In the days of “yester-year”, if you used embossing powder it had an enormous wow factor!  To me it still has the wow effect!

Supplies to make this card:

  • Stamp sets – Birthday Blooms and Falling Flowers
  • Pink Pirouette 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ card stock for card base – folded in half
  • Whisper White 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel
  • Basic Black 3 3/4″ x 5″ panel
  • Whisper White piece to stamp large flower image on
  • VersaMark
  • Memento Ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Embossing Buddy
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Ribbon
  • Markers
  • Adhesive

Steps to make this card:

  1. Wipe Basic Black panel with embossing buddy. This helps to prevent embossing powder from sticking to areas that you don’t want the powder to stick to.
  2. Using VersaMark stamp the flourish from Falling Flowers along the left hand side of the card. (I positioned the stamp so I would only have a portion of the image each time I stamped it, and  stamped the image twice.)
  3. Using VersaMark stamp the greeting “for you” from the Birthday Blooms in the top right corner
  4. Immediately after stamping with the VersaMark (so it doesn’t dry), sprinkle white embossing powder over images and shake off excess embossing powder. (I use a small paintbrush to brush away extra powder that may have clung to the paper.)
  5. Heat set the embossing powder.
  6. Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, stamp the large flower from the Birthday Bloom set on a piece of Whisper White card stock.  Color in the image with markers in the desired colors.  For this card I used Cherry Cobbler, Pink Pirouette, and Pear Pizzazz.  Cut out image. (Yes, you get to fussy cut this beautiful flower!)
  7. Attach ribbon and bow to Basic Black panel.
  8. Attach cut flower image.
  9. Attach Basic Black panel to Whisper White panel, and finally attach Whisper White panel to Pink Pirouette card base.

There you have it, three of my favorite sets that will be carried over in the new Annual Catalog! Thank you for stopping by My Tanglewood Cottage!  Hope you visit again!

Your next stop is with Sheri Lee.  I can’t wait for you to see her wonderful creations!