Wacky Watercooler April Blog Hop – Retirement Means Goodbye

Welcome!  It’s that time of year when Stampin’ Up! retires some stamp sets and other products we say goodbye to  and introduces new goodies for us to go “gaga” over. So this hop will feature each of our favorite sets, tools, papers or inks that will be retiring.

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 Heidi Weaver’s blog.  Heidi always amazes me with her creations, so I’m always excited to see what she has created.

 

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In the Meadow

I have to say I was surprised to see the In the Meadow set retire.  The mountains in the this set coordinate with so many other sets and the doe and fawn stamp is just so sweet and is perfect as a focal point – which is why I used for this card!

Do you ever have a hard time figuring out what layout to use?  I sure do, so for this card I dug through my stash of cards and came across this layout that I used for a 2016 Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.  I guess you could say I CASEd my own card! I even used the same Woodland Textured Impressions EF!

From Land to Sea

Another great set is retiring, From Land to Sea.  It’s not one I have used often, but I really do love it.  I think the turtle stamp is my favorite out of the set. but the jelly fish is a close second.

To make the background behind the turtle I used alcohol inks on glossy white card stock that I have had for years (and I mean years)!  I dropped the ink first on foil in an area about the size of the paper and then pressed the paper into the inks.    Once dry I spritzed it with blending solution.  I made sure to use gloves because I always get ink all over my fingers, and alcohol ink stains everything, including fingers!

I’ve been playing with alcohol inks for the last several days, so I will share some other cards with you later.

Gorgeous Grunge and Papillon Potpourri.

Oh no, not Gorgeous Grunge and Papillon Potpourri.  They can’t be retiring!  Two of my favorite go to sets are leaving the Stampin’ Up! line-up. I just can’t believe it.  If you haven’t gotten these sets in your stamping arsenal, you might want to consider getting them before they are gone.

Since it has me crying the blues over these two sets I decided to make a happy card with them.

To make this card I first stamped butterflies from the Papillon Potpourri set across a piece of Whisper White paper using Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay inks.  I then stamped the greeting from Watercolor Wings using Melon Mambo in the lower right hand corner.  I then inked the “splat”from Gorgeous Grunge with Daffodil Delight ink and stamped it over the words.  I next stamped the large butterfly from Watercolor Wings using Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay and die cut the butterfly using the Butterflies Thinlits.  I cut a Whisper White large circle shape using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits and then adhered it to the card, then adhered the cut butterfly.  Last I assembled the layers of the card. Rhinestones were added for some sparkle!

I hope this card perked you up and made you smile!

Thank you for stopping by My Tanglewood Cottage.

Your next stop is the fabulous Gail Allen. I wonder what her favorite retiring sets will be.

 

 

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Wacky Watercooler March Sale-a-bration Blog Hop

Welcome to another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!  I’m so glad you could join us.  This month we will be featuring projects from the Sale-a-bration brochure, and, of course the Annual Catalog.  It’s a smaller blog hop, with only five us able to participate, but have no fear, it is a hop to delight your eyes!

I want to remind you, if you are wanting to get more of the fun free Sale-a-bration items (Free after the appropriate purchase – $50 in the USA, before shipping and tax), you have only until March 31st, time is running out!

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 Marsha Reed’s blog.  I’m always excited to see her projects and I know you will be too!

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First up – Moon Baby Carried Away

I have to be honest with you, I really don’t like most baby stamp sets, but  I fell in love with the Moon Baby stamp set the moment I saw it.  The babies featured in this set are just plain adorable!  And, there is just something about a baby hanging out on a moon dangling a star that says “precious” to me!

 

I used Wink of Stella to make the moon sparkle on this card.

Are you wondering what the Sale-a-bration item is on this card?  Well, it’s the Designer Series Paper, Carried Away.  This particular piece is Night of Navy and white and has clouds, hot air balloons and a mountain scene.  Since I didn’t want the hot air balloons or the mountain scene to show, I cut the piece so the mountain scene was not included.  I then die cut lots of clouds from Whisper White card stock using the cloud dies from the Outdoor Adventure Framelits and layered the clouds so the hot air balloons weren’t visible.  Doesn’t that baby look dreamy?!

Tasty Trucks – Another Fun Sale-a-bration stamp set!

My next card features the Tasty Trucks set.  There have been some fabulous cards made using the Tasty Trucks Sale-a-bration set on Pinterest.  Anything from ice cream beach scenes to an ambulance, even treat boxes designed using the truck stamp. Such a fun, fun set.

 

I paired the Tasty Trucks set with the Always an Adventure stamp set.  I love the dimension the layers add to this card.

Hey Chick

Now for my favorite Sale-a-bration set, Hey Chick! I love, love, love this set!

Easter is around the corner so I decided to make egg holders featuring those sassy chickens.

 

Kathe Johnson shared via You Tube her egg holder design and instructions.  I used her dimensions, with the exception of the hole punch because the chocolate eggs I purchased were larger than Cadbury eggs.  I used a 1 3/8″ hole punch instead, which would even hold plastic eggs.  (You can find Kathe’s video here.)

I hope you have had a chance to get all the Sale-a-bration items you wanted.  If not, you still have until March 31, 2017.

It’s time for you to see what Fiona has for you.  I bet it will be inspiring!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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Wacky Watercooler Celebrates the Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration “Take Two”

Are you ready for round 2 of the mini Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop for January?  Well, ready or not, here it is!

We will once again be sharing with you some of our favorite products from the 2017 Occasions Catalog & Sale-a-bration Brochure.  There are 12 of us participating this time, so you are sure to have plenty of ideas to CASE!

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 Deborah Smart ’s blog.  She always knocks my socks off!

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Dragonfly Dreams

We live in rural Oregon and have a creek fed pond on our property.  During the summer months we have so many dragonflies around and about.  They are so beautiful.  So I was excited to see the wonderful Dragonfly Dreams bundle in the Occasions Catalog.

The In the Meadow stamp set paired perfectly with the Dragonfly Dreams bundle to make this card.

Supplies you will need to CASE this card!

  • Dragonfly Dreams bundle
  • In the Meadow stamp set
  • Gorgeous Grunge stamp set
  • Old Olive card stock 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ folded in half for the card base.
  • Early Espresso card stock 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Very Vanilla card stock 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Crumb Cake ink
  • Soft Suede ink
  • Old Olive ink
  • Sponge
  • Your choice of ribbon or lace
  • Rhinestones

How to recreate this card –

  • Die cut out the dragonfly pieces from Old Olive and Early Espresso card stock
  • Using Crumb Cake ink, stamp the flowers 3 times across at about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom on the Very Vanilla card stock.
  • Using the Soft Suede ink, stamp the flowers 2 times beneath the previously stamped flowers, with a third flower stamped even lower and partially off the paper.
  • Using Old Olive ink stamp the splatter beneath the Soft Suede flowers.
  • Sponge the edges of the Very Vanilla card stock with Soft Suede.
  • Adhere your lace or ribbon to the bottom portion of the Very Vanilla piece.  I also tied a piece of Baker’s Twine around the lace to add interest.
  • Glue the detailed dragonfly to the plain dragonfly and adhere to the Very Vanilla card stock as shown.
  • Add the rhinestones.
  • Glue the Early Espresso card stock to the folded Old Olive card stock.  Then glue the Very Vanilla piece to the Early Espresso piece.

For the inside of the card:

  • Stamp the dragonfly in the corner using Crumb Cake ink.
  • Stamp the flowers in the corner using Crumb Cake ink.

Hey, Chick

The Hey, Chick stamp set has got to be one of the cutest chicken sets I’ve seen.  The chickens are so sassy to me – just love them!  And, this stamp set is a Sale-a-bration set so it is free if you spend $50 (USA), before shipping and tax.

When I was coloring these chickens I thought of all the people I know who have been putting fun colors in their hair like purple, blue, red…  So when I colored these gals I decided they needed to have their own  “do” going on!

Don’t you just love these girls!  These particular chickens are Polish Frizzle Bantam White Chickens and the stamp set was designed by Lori Sume.

I hope you enjoyed what I shared with you for this hop.  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.

Thank you for stopping by.

It’s time to visit with our next talented blog hop artist, Lisa Kmiec.  I wonder what you will be CASing from her projects.

To move through the hop click on the link below:

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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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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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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Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – New Annual Catalog Favorites

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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