Wacky Watercooler Blog Tour – Holiday Sneak Peek!

Welcome to the newest edition of the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!

I'm super-excited for you to be here, because today we're giving you a Sneak Peek at the Holiday Catalogue – from which you'll be able to order in only 7 days!!  Woot!!

I hope you've been saving up for this one, because I'm telling you – after you see what we've created,  you're going to want it ALL!  I know I did, when I saw the catalogue :)  

Before we get to the good part :) here's how the Blog Hop works, if this is your first time joining us (if not – go ahead – skip to the projects! :) )   The Hop runs in a circular fashion, meaning that all of us 8 participants have linked our blog to the person ahead & behind us; all you have to do is click on the 'Next' or 'Previous' button to go forward or backwards, and if you like to start at the very beginning or simply want to see the whole list, click on the 'Home' button.  Easy-peasy!  'Cause that's the way we roll ;) 

If you're going forward, you would've come to my blog from the oh-so-talented Kath Ricks; isn't she amazing?!  Gosh, that gal's got talent :)  If you're traveling backwards (no judgment here!), then you're probably putting your socks back on after having them knocked off by our fabulously talented coordinator, Heidi Weaver!

Now, without further ado – here is my first card!

Okay – don't say I didn't warn you!  You're going to have to have the 2 sets that I used for this card! :)

The houses, lamp posts and wreaths come from the adorable Holiday Home set; and guess what?  No fussing cutting!  That's right – I used the matching Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies for cutting out the houses!  Even better news – you can Bundle & Save the stamp set and Framelits, for 15% OFF!  How's that for starting your holidays early? :)

The cute little car & tree it's carrying is from the White Christmas stamp set; truly the 1st set I said to myself that I just MUST GET from this new catalogue!  You'll see more of it in my next card.

The card base is in Lost Lagoon cardstock, with a panel of All is Calm Specialty Series Designer Paper. I just love the soft snowflake images on this piece!  The images are stamped in Memento Black Ink, and coloured with the fabulous Blendabilites Markers.  It was so easy, and so much fun colouring these images; I just love my Blendies! :)

As promised, my next card shows off more of the White Christmas stamp set:

Is this just too stinkin' cute, or what??!!  

With a Soft Sky cardstock base, the panel of Whisper White is the perfect background for snow!  To make the starry night background, I used the new Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on just the top 1/2 of the Whisper White, then using a the Soft Sky ink pad and a Sponge Dauber, lightly sponged over & around the stars.  The embossed stars picked up the ink nicely, allowing you to see the stars.  This super-cute photopolymer set makes it so easy to do 2-step stamping, which I did to add additional snow drifts and add the birds on the trees.  Shading the snow with my Coastal Cabana Blendabilities Markers give it a nice little 'chill', don't you think?  All images were stamped with the Memento Black Ink pad, and coloured using the Blendabilities.  

My final card uses a stamp set that was made available before the Holiday Catalogue pre-order period; so maybe you've already used yours, too.  It's called 'Beauty of the Season', and it is such a classic winter image, I just love it.

I think this gorgeous cardinal could be used year-round, don't you?

I started with a Crumb Cake cardstock base, and layered a panel of Cherry Cobbler cardstock embossed with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.  I stamped the images onto Whisper White with the Memento Black Ink, and again used my Blendabilities, this time in Cherry Cobbler, to colour the Cardinal and berries.  The branch was coloured using the Baked Brown Sugar Stampin' Write Marker.

I then cut out the image using the Labels Collection Framelits, and gently sponged a bit of Pool Party in the background.  I layered this over a strip of Burlap Ribbon, and added a (retired) wood button tied with Linen Thread.  I think these details kept the card looking very natural and true to the image of a bird in the wild.

Well, that's it for me for now!  It was very difficult deciding which stamp sets to showcase this time around – don't worry, you'll be seeing lots more in the days & weeks to come!  

For now, if you've enjoyed my posting please leave a comment to let me know you were here – I love reading your messages!  Thanks so much for visiting, and if you're heading off to Heidi's blog – hang onto your socks, and click on the 'Next' button!  If you'd like to go back to Kath's wonderful creations, simply click the 'Previous' button; or head on 'Home' to the list of participating blogs.

Thanks so much for stopping by – I hope you had fun!  I know I did! :)  

 

 

Oh, my aching back!

Hello there, my Stamping Friends!

Have you ever been going about your daily routine, just minding your own business; then you bend down to pick up something – and as you do, you have that sudden, stabbing pain in your lower back and you know – you just know – that all is NOT right in your world as of that moment?!  

Well, that's what happened to me :(  Let me tell you, it's not nice, and it NEVER happens at a "good" time!!  Of course, there's never a 'good' time for  your back to go out, but hey – there are 'better' times than others!  Like how about NOT the day before you receive your order of Holdiay catalogue pre-order goodies?!  How about NOT 3 days before you have family coming to stay with you for a week?!  *sheesh!*  

As the saying goes, 'the show must go on', and so must the woman of the house! LOL!  Thank goodness for understanding family and friends, for crock-pots for easy meals, and forgiving Design Team members who know that somtimes your body just won't allow you to sit and create, so you have to miss a blog tour :(   In fact, this is my first day sitting at the computer for any length of time, and I have yet to see what the other Creation Station Design Team created focusing on the fabulous Kinda Eclectic stamp set.  I hope you'll join me in taking the blog tour, if you haven't already – you know you're gonna love what the team came up with!  You can start at Justin Krieger's blog just by clicking HERE.

I also received my wonderful August Paper Pumpkin kit, but haven't had a chance to play with it, either!  I can't wait – this kit certainly lives up to it's name – 'Seriously Amazing'!!  Take a look at what's in the kit:

Look at all these goodies!!

With this month's kit, you get to make 4 large cards, 4 small cards, 4 large envelopes and 4 small envelopes!  Of course, you also get all the embellishments, Ink Spot and Stamp set to go with it.  Not only that, but in this kit you also get a sheet of Stampin' Dimensionals plus a sheet of Glue Dots!!  Serioulsy!  Amazing!! :)  

Of course, if your the adventurous type, you can always make different projects that those shown in the instructions; or you can just take it easy, follow the 'rules', and still have 8 fabulous projects to WOW your friends with!   When I get a chance to play with my set, I'll share with you what I come up with.  Will you share with me?  Share your pictures with me – email them to me at debsmart@shaw.ca, and I'll do a Paper Pumpkin sharing page, here on my blog!

Remember – SIGN UP NOW for Paper Pumpkin and you'll get 50% OFF for your first 2 MONTHS!  CLICK HERE to sign up for YOUR monthly creative break!

More good news – this week's Weekly Deals are available now!  More great Framelits, Dies and Embossing Folders for you to grab at great prices – while you're grabbing your Big Shot & Bundles deals!  

 

Remember – the Big Shot & Bundles promotion EXPIRES AUGUST 31st – so ORDER YOURS NOW and don't miss out!  To refresh your memory, if you purchase your Big Shot before Aug. 31st, you get to CHOOSE AN EXCLUSIVE FRAMELIT SET & STAMP SET FOR FREE!!  That's up to $60 in FREE product!  If you already own a Big Shot, you can still take advantage of the Exclusive Bundles at 15% OFF!  Here's what you get to choose:

To see each of the Bundles in detail, CLICK HERE to go directly to my 'Current Promotions' page and see them up close – then either click on 'Shop Now', or contact me to place your order!  

As a SPECIAL INCENTIVE, I'm offering FREE SHIPPING ON EVERY BIG SHOT & BUNDLE ORDERED by AUG. 31st – so what are you waiting for??!!  :)

Well, I think I need to go do some back stretches now – but I hope you'll  come back on Thursday Aug. 21st for the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – I'll be sharing some SNEAK PEEK projects from the new Holiday Catalogue!! 

Until then – Happy Stamping!

 

Creation Station Blog Tour – Party Time!

Welcome to another Creation Station Blog Tour!

If this is your first Blog Tour, no need to worry about figuring out how to navigate – all the participating blogs are linked in a circle, so as long as you keep clicking the Next button, you will be taken through all of the blogs.  Due to the summer holidays, not all of our team is participating this time, but not to worry – you will be thrilled with the creations you see today!

If you started at the beginning, you will have come to my blog from the fabulous Jennifer Downey – she is so fun & creative, I love seeing her projects. 

Our theme this time is all this Party!!  A lot of the group will be using the stamp set Amazing Birthday, but since I don't have that one, I'm featuring the funny Age Awareness stamp set!  (I can be pretty cheeky when it comes to birthdays, so this set suits me quite well!)

The Age Awareness set is photopolymer, which means that it's easy to line up the stamps for sayings, and making sure you're stamping where you want to – all without having to  use the Stamp-a-ma-jig!  

This is the entire stamp set:

That is a lot of stamps!  And for only $19.95, a terrific deal!

Because it has been so hot hear for the last 2 weeks, I only have 2 projects to share with you (I was in severe danger of melting into a  puddle at my crafting table!) – here is my first card:

This is the front view – unopened.  

This style of card is called an Easel Card – this is how it opens:

See what I mean about the cheeky factor!  I love it :)  I also love this new Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper – it is so bright & fun!  My card base is Rich Razzleberry cardstock, and I stamped the sentiments in Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie and Tempting Turquoise – all colours that are within the DSP.  I used the Labels Framelits Collection to cut them out, and added some Brights Candy Dots as embellishment.

I had fun making my next card, especially because I got to try out another one of my new Stampin Up! products:

What do you think of the fabulous new Striped Scallop Framelit- I think it adds a lot of WoW to a card!  Using the Striped Scallop Framelit, I cut layers out of Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Coastal Cabana cardstocks.  I layered the scallops on a base of Strawberry Slush, and stamped the sentiment in Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana.  I just had to add my new stand-by embellishment – the 2014 In Colour Sequin Assortment, along with a few Basic Rhinestones (you can not have too much bling, right).

Well, that is all the projects for me this time.  Thanks so much for stopping by and having a look!  Before you head over to see what amazing project Justin Krieger has for you, I would love it if you could leave a comment, so I know you were here!  

All of the product I used in my projects is shown below;  if you would like to order anything, simply click on the picture and you will be taken directly to my online store.

Thanks for stopping by – enjoy the rest of the Tour! 

 

 

 

So You Wanna Big Shot?

So – how long have you been waiting to purchase your Big Shot, Stamping Friends?

Well – wait no more!!  

 

Starting NOW until August 31st – BUY A BIG SHOT, and GET A FREE BUNDLE!!  That's right – simply Buy a Big Shot Die Cutting/Embossing Machine, and you get to CHOOSE A FREE EXCLUSIVE STAMP SET & FRAMELIT BUNDLE!  That's over $60 FREE PRODUCT!  

Are you lucky enough to already own your own Big Shot?  Don't feel left out – we've got you taken care of, too!  You can CHOOSE ANY OF THE EXCLUSIVE BUNDLES (yes, you can buy more than 1!) and get 15% OFF the regualr retail price!

Yes, I also did say 'Exclusive'.  These bundles are only available for this promotion, during the month of August; after August 31st, you'll have to pay the full price for the stamp set, and the framelit set.  Here are the Exclusive Bundle sets:

And  of course you'll need to order your Big Shot :

To ORDER YOURS NOW, simply click on any of the above pictures and you'll be taken directly to MY ON-LINE STORE; or if you prefer, give me a call at 604.298.0472 or email me at debsmart@shaw.ca and I'll be happy to place your order for you!  ('cause I'm good with customer service; I'm like that! :) )

As an ADDED BONUS – EVERYONE who ORDERS A BIG SHOT WITH ME DURING AUGUST will receive 1 FREE EXCLUSIVE BIG SHOT CLASS with me – I'll teach you all about how to Get the Most from Your Big Shot.  You can bring your Big Shot and your Bundle, as well as we'll be using my Framelits, Dies, and Embossing Folders, and I'll teach you all the basics, plus MORE ways to use your Big Shot & accessories! And to make sure you don't forget what you've learned – I'll supply the written tutorials, as well!  

Of course, that's not the only deal on right now – you have until Tuesday August 5th to take advantage of the WEEKLY DEALS:

Look at that!!  The Clear Oval Accents Dies and the Gift Bow Bigz L Die are sale – what a great time to snap these up!!  

Remember, if your order totals $200 (before tax & shipping), YOU GET $35 IN FREE PRODUCTS  Benefits!  Snap up another fabulous Exclusive Bundle, and if your order totals $265 (before tax & shipping), YOU GET $40 IN FREE PRODUCTS Benefits!  Woohoo!!

If you're really big on SAVING, and would like to get more discounts to enjoy your hobby, or start your own business, you can JOIN MY TEAM as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator – you choose $155 in products for only $125, PLUS you get 30% OFF your first demonstrator order of $200 or more!  Just think of the Big Shot bundles you can get at AMAZING SAVINGS – not to mention all the other fabulous Stampin' Up! products! :)  Plus, you'll have the support of me as your INKcredibly Creative Crew Team Leader, and join a group of fun, creative women who share your love of stamping & creating!

Simply CLICK THE JOIN MY TEAM button on the left-hand side of this page – and START A FUN, REWARDING new chapter of your life!  C'mon – I'm waiting! :)

​Talk to you soon – be sure to come back on Sunday for our Creation Station Blog Tour!

 

New Tutorials Added

Hello, my Stamping Friends!

I hope you've all been keeping well, and hydrated, if you're experiencing heat like we are here!  Hopefully you're not in any of the places that are experiencing the terrible weather like hurricanes, severe storms and/or lightning strikes!  If you are – stay safe!!

I am counting down the days until I'm able to pre-order from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue!  That's right – if you're a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, you get to start pre-ordering stamps and supplies from the Holiday Catalogue starting August 1st!  I've seen it on-line (still don't have a 'hard copy' yet in my hot little hands!), and let me tell you – you're going to love it!  There are so many fabulous stamp sets, lots of new dies and framelits for the Big Shot – I could go on, and on.  

If there were some stamp sets and/or framelits from last year's Holiday Catalogue that you didn't get to pick up – it's not too late!  Click HERE and you can see the many sets that are still available – but ONLY UNTIL  AUGUST 27th – and while supplies last!  

I'm also getting ready for another great Creation Station Blog Tour, which will be happening this coming Sunday, August 3rd.  Be sure to come back & check it out – we'll be celebrating Birthdays! :)

I posted a while back about my Technique Junquies Club; it's a group of clients who get together once a month at my place, and I show them at least 2 new techniques, and we create a completed project using the techniques.  Our first 2 techniques were Bleached Stamping, and the Shaving Cream technique.  We had so much fun, and everyone was amazed at how easy & fun it was to do!  

This is the completed card:

We used the Blended Bloom stamp as our Bleached Stamping image.

Here's what the pan of shaving cream, with the re-inkers swirled through it, looked like!

I've put these 2 tutorials on my Tutorials page now, for  you to access, and have fun with these techniques for yourself!  I would love to see your completed projects when you're done – just send a picture to me in an email at debsmart@shaw.ca, and I'll share them here, on my blog!

Okay – I've got to get back to creating, and finished working on my classes & events schedule!  I'm so looking forward to having fun with you over the next few months!

Until then – Happy Stamping!

 

 

Act Quickly for these Specials!

Hello, Stamping Friends!

How have you been?  It's been pretty much life as usual, here – except I'm having an awful time sleeping these days.  Most  nights, I see 3:00 am roll around, and I'm still awake….not a good way to get through the day!  Unfortunately, that's been effecting my creativity, so I don't have anything new to share today :(

I do want to remind you that the BUY 3, GET ONE FREE Designer Series Paper Special is ending on July 31st, so if you don't have your order in yet – don't delay!   You are going to love the new designs this year; everything from soft & warm like Lullaby to vibrant & cheeky like Sweet Taffy, classical like Back to Black or cheerful & homey like Flowerpot and Park Lane.  There's something for everyone – or if you're like me – get it all!!  

If you're looking for some crafting spontenaity in your life – how about a monthly crafting escape that is delivered directly to your door?  Try out Paper Pumpkin now, and you can get your first 2 months at 50% OFF!  That's like one free month!!  

 

Each Paper Pumpkin kit contains everything you need to make a fabulous craft – just add your own adhesive!  That's right – stamp(s), paper, embellishments, even ink is included in the kit!  You can follow the enclosed directions to make exactly what was designed; or, you can get adventurous – and add in your own extras and imagination and come up with something completely your own!!  

Know someone who always admires your creations, but claims they "could never do that!"  Well, they can, with Paper Pumpkin – and you could send them a gift kit, at 50% OFF!  What a great surprise would that be! :)

To sign up, simply click HERE, and enter the code HALFOFF2.  It's that easy!  Each Paper Pumpkin kit ships approximately the 15th of each month, and depending on where you live, you (or your lucky friend!) will receive it about 5 days later.

Currently I'm working on my schedule of classes and events for the rest of the year; I'll be adding some new classes, along with some return favourites (like the Christmas Stamp-a-Stack!).  I'm also working with my downline member and INKcreadibly Creative Team member Debbie; we're planning a full day-long retreat!!  It's going to be super-fun, super-special, and you're going to love it!!  There will be goody bags, door prizes, classes, and of course lots of stamping!  We're still working on the details, so stay tuned, and I'll be back with more information when you can sign up!

If you would like to have lots of fun stamping, learning new tips and techniques, all while having your own business or simply 'paying for your hobby' and being part of a FUN , FABULOUS TEAM – I'd love to  have you JOIN US!!  You can be a member of my INKcredibly Creative Team simply by signing up to be a Demonstrator, and choosing to join up with me!  

You can either click on the "JOIN MY TEAM" button to the top left on this page, or contact me and I'll be happy to talk to you about the benefits of being your own boss, and having fun while doing it!  My phone is 604.298.0472 or email me at debsmart@shaw.ca  It'll be your best decision ever!

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

 

 

Creation Station Blog Tour – Flower Patch

WELCOME BACK to another WONDERFUL Blog Tour with the Creations Station Design Team!

I'm so glad to see you here – I hope you're enjoying our Blog Tour so far!  If you started at the 'beginning', you are joining me from the amazing Jennifer Downey's blog; isn't she just SO talented?!!  I just love browsing through Jennifer's blog – it makes me smile :)  If you've traveled the other direction, then you've just seen the awesome Jen Arkfeld's creations – I'm not exaggerating with the word 'awesome', right?!  This is such an amazing group to be a part of; I pinch myself every 2 weeks to make sure I'm awake! :)

If this is your first Creation Station Blog Tour, all you need to do to take the tour is continue clicking either the Next or Back buttons to get to the next participating blog.  We are all linked in a circle, so keep clicking, and you'll be taken all the way around, and back to where you started.  If you get lost at any time, just go to the bottom of the post, and you'll find a list of all the participating blogs – just click on the name, and you'll be taken straight there.

This blog tour we decided to focus on the stamp set Flower Patch, and the matching Framelits set Flower Fair.  I've had this set for a little while now (you may have already seen some of my past creations) and I love playing with it!  The matching framelits set makes it so easy to create fabulous layered and dimensional projects, without the time-consuming fussy cutting!  

I've prepared 2 projects for you today; here is my first card:

See what I mean about layering?! :)  I started out with the idea of showing the 'masking' technique – but just couldn't stop there, and had to add even more dimension with popped-up layers.  You can also tell I'm still lovin' the new In Colours :)  The card base is Lost Lagoon, layered with Tangelo Twist.  The flowers are all stamped with Tangelo Twist, Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Twist and Hello Honey; the leaves are stamped with Pear Pizzaz and Mossy Meadow.  The masking was so easy to do, as all I had to do to create the masks was use the matching framelits to cut the shapes I wanted to mask!  Just for good measure, I added a few flowers from the Petite Petals stamp set – easy peasy with the matching Petite Petals Punch.  (Demonstrator Tip – I find that when stamping the larger photopolyer stamps, placing the Stampin' Pierce Mat underneath your cardstock ensures an even transfer of ink from the stamp to your cardstock.  If you don't yet have a Stampin' Pierce Mat, using a few layers of fun foam craft sheets works in a pinch!). 

I knew I wanted to use the 'Happy Blooming Birthday' sentiment from this set; while I was pondering how to  place it, I spied the large leaf Framelit, and  - ta da!!  My little stroke of genius, if I do say so myself! :)

My next project is doing double-duty; I taught this in my techniques class last night, to learn 2-step stamping (with and without the Stamp-a-ma-jig), and how to make a Waterfall Card.  It was lots of fun; everyone got inky, learned how easy the Stamp-a-ma-jig is to use, and also found out how the Photopolymer stamps don't even need the Stamp-a-ma-jig to 2-step stamp!  

Here's what we made:

This is the card closed; you can  see that we made our own background, instead of using Designer Series Paper.  More fun stamping, and getting in 2-step stamping practice!

By pulling the tab towards the right, the stamped squares 'flip' over, revealing the one underneath!

Finally you see the 3rd square, and the sentiment on the waterfall tab :)

Once again we used the new In Colours; Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow and Tangelo Twist, with some Pear Pizzaz and Smoky Slate as well.  The cardstock is Whisper White for stamping on, a base of Tangelo Twist, and smaller squares of Hello Honey.  The ribbon on the waterfall tab is the 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon in Hello Honey.  

This was such a lot of fun to make; I will be posting the tutorial on my blog during the week, if you'd like to check back.

Those are my projects for this Tour; I hope you've enjoyed them!  I'd love it if you would leave a comment, and let me know what you think!  

Now, be sure to continue on to see Jen's fabulous creations – just click on the Next button below.  To go back to Jennifer's blog, click on the 'Back' button.  

All supplies I've used are listed below; if you'd like to order any of them, just click on the product picture to be taken directly to my online store.  Of course, you can always contact me to place your order!

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

 

PARTICPATING BLOGS:

Jenn Arkfeld

Ilina Crouse

Kathy Kartak

Cindy Beach

Teneale Williams

Sara Levin

Heidi Boos

Jennifer Frost

Jennifer Downey

Deborah Smart – You are here! :)

 

SUPPLIES USED:

 

Wacky Watercooler 1st Anniversary Blog Hop!

Can you believe it  -  a whole year of amazing-ness!!  

Yes, my stamping friends – this is the 1st Anniversary of the Wacky Watercooler's Blog Hops!  We're still going strong, and we hope you're going to continue joining us for monthly sharing of amazing and creative projects to help get your creative mojo going :)

If this is your first time joining in a Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – welcome!  (be sure to check  all the previous months too, so you're not missing out on anything!).  The Blog Hop goes in a circular fashion, so no matter where you started, as long as you keep clicking the "NEXT" button at the bottom of each blog, you'll go all the way 'round through all the blogs, back to where you started.  Of course if you're a rebel, you can click 'PREVIOUS', and go backwards through the Hop! :)  We like ALL kinds of personalities – probably because we ARE all kinds of personalities in this group!

If you've done the 'conventional' way, you've come to my blog from the fabulous Heidi Weaver's blog; I'm not exaggerating using the word 'fabulous', am I?!  I always enjoy seeing what Heidi has created.  If you're doin' the reverse direction, then you'll have already seen the creative genius that is Marsha Reed!

With this being our 1st Anniversary, I was going to make it a 'party' theme….but then thought, well, I did just do a 'confetti' party type theme on the last blog hop I did with a different group. 

So, I decided to focus on the friendships I have made with this group of amazing ladies who belong to the 'Watercooler'.  The 'cooler gang has been around a lot longer than a year; that's just when we started doing the blog hops.  I've been fortunate enough to be a member of the group for almost 3 years now (time flies when you're having fun!).  I do mean 'fortunate', for this group of ladies, even though I've only 'known' them online, I am blessed to call my friends!  This is the kind of group that  you can bring your funny stories, your sad stories, your 'can you believe this?!' stories; not to mention your questions, problems, concerns; your 'I did it!' and 'rats, I blew it'; and you can always get the support, kindness and generosity you'd expect from any of your closest friends!

Here is my first card, using the 'Lullaby'and '2013-2015 Backgrounds' Designer Series Papers to do the 'Starburst' technique.

The card base is Baked Brown Sugar cardstock, embossed with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.  Using the Labels Collection Framelits, I cut the smallest size in Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock, and layered that behind the sentiment stamped from the Flower Patch stamp set.  A Rhinestone Basic Jewel on either side, coloured with the Crisp Cantaloupe Marker finishes it off.   As I said earlier – the ladies in this group are AWESOME! :)

My next card is interactive, and pretty fun – no matter what your age! :)

This is a spinner card!  I started with a cheery card base of Coastal Cabana cardstock, then using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the words, repeatedly stamped 'Cheers' across the Whisper White panel in Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe and Strawberry Slush.  I love how there's an exclamation point after the word :)  I used my Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio  Pudding markers to colour in the drink and olive stamps, and stamped onto Whisper White cardstock.  I then punched it out using the Curly Label punch, and then backed it with a 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punched in Coastal Cabana.

In this picture you can see how the drink spins over to the other side of the card when it is tipped – such fun! After putting the panels together, I decided that it needed a little something more – so In Colour Sequins to the rescue!  The only stamp set used for this card was Happy Hour – a favourite I've had since it first came out over a year ago :)  I think this card properly says "Cheers!", a toast to my friends in the Watercooler gang!

For my final card, I wanted to try a unique step-card layout that I saw a while ago.  I hope you like it!

This is how the card looks when open; you can see the 'steps' on the left side of the card.  I couldn't resist dipping into my Blendabilities markers to colour the beautiful flowers and leaves!  The largest flower is from the set Choose Happiness, as are the leaves and the sentiment; the smaller flowers are from the stamp set Everything Eleanor.  First I stamped the flowers on Whisper White cardstock in Blackberry Bliss ink, then using the Rich Razzleberry Assortment coloured them in.  The leaves were coloured using the Old Olive Assortment.  The flower centres were coloured with the Daffodil Delight Assortment, using only the medium and light markers. I added more dimension to the card by stamping and cutting 2 of the large flowers, and by fussing cutting the branch with leaves and popping them all up with Dimensionals.

 

Here you can see how the card looks closed; all the important elements are still visible.  I didn't want any Designer Series Paper taking away from the flowers, so I made my own background using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, and Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss ink pads.  The sentiment is stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink on Whisper White cardstock; I used a retired border punch to add some interest to each end, then sponged more Blackberry Bliss around the edges with a Sponge Dauber.

I think this card says it perfectly about my friends in the Wacky Watercooler; whether they participate in these Hops or not; "When I need a friend, you're there."   Thanks for being there, my friends!!

And thank  you to you, my stamping friends, for following my blog, showing me your support as a reader and with your comments; every visit and comment is greatly treasured by me!  

Be sure to continue on with the Hop now – click 'NEXT' to see the incredible creations of Marsha Reed, or click 'PREVIOUS' if you're heading towards Heidi's terrific post.  

All the products I've used are pictured at the very bottom of the page; if you'd like to order any, please click on the image to be taken straight to my store.  

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

WACKY WATERCOOLER PARTICIPATING BLOGS:

Jackie Susnik 

Heidi Weaver  

Deborah Smart - You are here! :)

Marsha Reed 

Priscilla Ivler

Kath R.

Stefanie Pletscher 

Terri Antoniw 

Bev Quinn 

Kathe Deck

Card Classes = Fun with Friends

Hello Stamping Friends!

I  hope you've enjoyed your weekend; it's been a very hot one, here!  Actually, the whole past week has been quite hot and muggy – Vancouver is known for it's humidity – and the upcoming  week will be more of the same!  So, that's about it for my explanation of why I haven't been blogging – it's been too hot to stay indoors, and in front of the computer :)  

Do you attend card classes with me, or with another demonstrator?  Get together with your friends and spend some quality crafting time?  I just held a class on Friday, and we all mentioned how it seemed like it had been forever since we'd seen each other!  Usually I hold classes every week, but with the summer holidays, it's been more sporadic.  I just love getting together with my lovely customers and doing some stamping; we enjoy the crafting part of the evening, but also the social time just as much!  Amanda was telling us about getting ready for her 'Dirty Dash' competition (everyone dresses in funny costumes, and races around a mud-filled obstacle course – all in the name of fun & fundraising!); Debbie was talking about her sister's baby shower that was happening the next day, and keeping her little girls entertained over the summer; and Lynn was feeling rushed as she arrived late, due to being out in a friend's boat, and the engine dying!  

So you see, if  you don't already take part in classes, you should consider signing up; it's more than just putting together cards, it's about friendships, stories, laughs and sharing with people with whom you share a common bond. :)

The class on Friday was Yeah, Baby – All About Babies (which I figured was a natural progression, since the class before that was all about Weddings! LOL).  We had fun getting creative with the 'Something for Baby' and the matching 'Baby's First' Framelits.  Here's what we made:

 

This card has soft colours that are gender neutral, so if you need a 'new baby' card in a hurry, you can use this one!  The card base is Smoky Slate, with a panel of 'Lullaby' DSP in Crisp Cantaloupe with the cutest little hearts on it!  The middle panel of Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock is embossed using a retired Decorative Edges embossing folder; too bad it's retired – it works perfectly with the hearts on the DSP.  The baby carriage is stamped in Lost Lagoon, and of course cut out with the Big Shot & Baby's First Framelits Die.  Have I told you before how much I love matching framelits?!!  I mean, I don't 'hate' fussy cutting, but a framelit/die makes the image look much more professional, in my opinion (based, of course, on the quality of my fussy-cutting!).    The sentiments are from Petite Pairs stamp set, in Lost Lagoon ink, and cut using the Banner Framelits

Pistachio Pudding is another good gender neutral colour; that's what we used here, with Whisper White.   Each of the squares on the right have an image stamped & popped up with dimensionals.  The long panel of Whisper White on the left is embossing with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.  The 'Sweet Baby' sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set, and cut using the *matching* (yippee!) Bitty Banners Framelits set.  (can you see how easily this card goes together?!)  The edges of each piece of Whisper White is sponged with Crisp Cantaloupe ink using a sponge dauber to add some depth.  

For this next card, I just had to go with the ducky – and what else – a bath tub!  It just seemed right :)

And of course no ducky tub is complete without bubbles!!  This paper from the Lullaby DSP pack reminded me of wallpaper, so I used that on top of a card base of Coastal Cabana.  The bath tub I made by using the largest of the Apothecary Framelits dies, and cutting in in half; you get 2 tubs from one piece!  I then sponged the edges with Coastal Cabana, and popped it on top of the DSP with dimensionals.  The duckies were stamped in Daffodil Delight and Coastal Cabana; the little socks are stamped in Crisp Cantaloupe.  I needed something else to decorate the 'wall', but didn't want anything big….so I decided to make a picture frame!  I used a retired baby set to stamp the baby's face in Baked Brown Sugar, punched it out with the Petite Curly Label punch, used the 1" Square punch for the 'frame' of Hello Honey, and topped the picture with a bow made of Thick Baker's Twine in Coastal Cabana.

The bubbles were punched using the 1/2" Circle Punch, and the smallest of the retired Itty Bitty Punch Pack circle, using Coastal Cabana card stock and Vellum card stock.  Some I layered together, and adhered them to the bath tub using glue stick and Tombow liquid glue.  I used the uni-ball Signo Gel Pen for the 'shine' on the bubbles.

Here's a close up of the bubbles, so you can see the layers:

This next card is made with one of last year's Single Stamps – and it's perfect for this class!

How cute is this?!  I saw a similar card done by another demo, Mary Fish, and wanted to use it for this class – so here's mine.  The (retired) single stamp is called 'Oh, Baby!'; and it's stamped in Versa Mark and Black ink, and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  (If I had black embossing powder, I would've been able to skip the black ink).  I used the Daffodil Yellow polka dots from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack; the rest of the card is in Whisper White, Basic Black and Daffodil Yellow.  The flower is stamped with the Petite Petals set and punched with the matching Petite Petals punch.  Did you know that you can make your own glimmer brads?  Yup – that's what I did!  I needed a black glimmer brad, so I took a grey one, covered it in Versa Mark ink, then Heat & Stick Powder and heated it with my Heat Gun.  Then, I sprinkled the brad with Black Stampin' Glitter from last Hallowe'en!  Presto – a black glimmer brad!!  You can do this with any colour of embossing powder (you don't need the Heat & Stick powder for that) or glitter, so your brad will match your project perfectly! 

**Demo tip – in preperation for embossing, make sure you rub your cardstock with your Embossing Buddy.  This will ensure that you have no residual finger prints or static on your page that your embossing powder will stick to – where you don't want it to!

So that's how we spent our Friday night – what fun!!  :)   

Before I go, I just want to remind you of the terrific deal on now on Designer Series Paper – BUY 3, GET ONE FREE!   That's a savings of $13.95 here in Canada – money you could put towards another ink pad, perhaps?  Or a stamp set that's on your wish list? :)  This offer EXPIRES JULY 31ST, SO ORDER NOW so you won't be sad!  

Here are the products I used in the above cards; if you'd like to order them, simply click on the picture(s), and you'll be taken directly to my on line store.  You can also call or email me to place your order – I'm happy to do that for you!  My contact infor is 604.298.0472 or debsmart@shaw.ca  

I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon!  In the meantime – Happy Stamping!