The Wacky Watercooler 2013 Year End Blog Hop!

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Welcome to another Fabulous Blog Hop with the Wacky Watercooler Gang!

 
Who is the Watercooler Gang?  We are a group of creative, fun-loving Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the globe, who love to collaborate to bring you fantastic creations and creative ideas, featuring Stampin' Up! products.
This Blog Hop will feature items for Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas and New Year's.
We hope that you'll enjoy making the rounds of all the blogs, and find some inspiration and seasonal joy!
 
The Blog Hop goes in a 'circular' fashion, so as long as you  click on either the 'Next' or 'Previous' Buttons, you will be taken to the next Blog on the Hop.  If at any time you get lost, or wish to see the full list of all the participants, you can click on the 'Home' button, and that will take you to the Wacky Watercooler Home Page, where all participating blogs will be listed (as well as at the bottom of this post).
 
Did you come here from KatheD's blog?  Isn't she amazing – so creative!  Let's see if I can hold up the standard that she set!
 
I'm preparing for a couple of Craft Fairs that I have coming up (first one is this Sunday), and I know that everyone needs tags for their presents.  After all – without a tag – who gets the present?!

 

I just love the Chalk Talk Framelits – it's so quick and easy to make a tag shape!  And who could not like the Snow Flurry stamp set and coordinating Framelits – talk about making a snow storm! ๐Ÿ™‚  I really like the Pool Party Ink and Silver Glimmer Paper combination, but I know some people like more 'traditional' Christmas colours, so I also made some Cherry Cobbler Ink paired with Champagne Mist Glimmer Paper.  Nice & rich looking, don't you think?

This is how I've packaged them up for the Craft Fair (and I did stamp 'To' and 'From' on the reverse side of the tags!)

A favourite gift of many, including my family, to give is Gift Cards!  Especially if you have teenagers, like I do – they seem to prefer choosing their own gifts, but cash always seems a bit impersonal, to me (not to my teenagers, though!)  So, I'm always looking for clever ways to 'dress up' a gift card.

I'm having lots of fun playing with the newly released Envelope Punch Board – that's right – that's how this was made!  Thanks to another demo who is incredibly talented at coming up with unique ways to use the tools Stampin' Up! gives us, I was able to make these gift card holders.  On the left you can see it closed, and then open on the right.  See how the gift card is pulled upwards, as you open the card?  Cute, right?!  Check out http://jackietopa.typepad.com/ for more amazing inspiration!

My final project shows off the Tag a Bag Gift Boxes; these are terrific for fast & fabulous gift giving!  I just love how they come folded flat, and the heavy-duty clear acetate sleeve that fits over the box perfectly.

Can you see how I used the Embossing Folders to emboss the sleeve?  It sure adds a quick 'wow' to the package.

You can purchase the coordinating Tag a Bag Accessory Kit for quick tags, but since these are for Christmas gift giving, I decided to splurge a little!

The poinsettia is made with the Joyful Christmas stamp set; I stamped it in Cherry Cobbler ink onto Whisper White card stock twice; in cutting out the 2nd flower, I only cut the centre blossoms out, and popped them up with dimensionals.  I coloured the poinsettia using Cherry Cobbler ink and a blender pen, to keep it from being too dark.  The leaves were stamped and coloured (again using a blender pen) with Gumball Green ink.

For all of the boxes, I made a 'belly band' of card stock and coordinating designer series paper to go around the box, and adhere the focal point.  Once again I used the Festive Flurries stamp set and coordinating Framelits; on the box on the top, right side, I made a rosette using the Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series paper.  The embellishments include Frosted Finisheds Embellishments, Pearls, Rhinestones, Silver 1/8" Ribbon,  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding and some (retired) Pool Party ribbon.

I hope you've enjoyed my little creations; I know you're going to enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop, with all ladies we have showing off their talent!
 
If you've come to my blog from the creative KatheD's blog, you'll want to click the 'Next' button below, to see what wonderful projects Christine has prepared for you!
 
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Participating Demonstrators and their Blogs:

Jeannine Tarrio – http://www.jeanstamps.com/

Bev Q – http://stampwithbev.blogspot.ca/

KatheD – http://kathesadventure.blogspot.com/

Deborah Smart – www.stampandcreate.net

Christine Giuda – http://www.dancinstamps.blogspot.com

Kath R. – http://kath-allthatscrap.blogspot.com/

Gail Allen –  http://stampingandotherstuff.blogspot.ca/

Jeanne Kupsh – http://happy-jeannie.blogspot.com

Heidi Weaver –  http://heidistampinalong.blogspot.com/

Terri Antoniw – http://stampwithter.blogspot.com/

Thank you for visiting the Wacky Watercooler 2013 Year End Blog Hop – I hope you enjoyed it, and that you'll come back & visit again soon!

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

 

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  1. Terri says:

    I love your projects deborah!!

  2. Gail Allen says:

    Love the snowflake and Chalk Talk tags! Great combo.

  3. Jeannie says:

    Wow, wow, wow!!! Soooo many amazing projects!! Thank you for sharing all this luscious goodness with us! (You are totally going to sell out of those tags at your fair!)

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Awww – thanks for the wonderful compliments, Jeannie! It’s been great taking part in the blog hops with you ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Debbie says:

    LOVE, love, LOVE everything you made! Thanks for sharing!! Hope you have a great craft fair!!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Thanks for ‘hopping’ by, Debbie!ย  I’m glad you liked the projects.ย  I’ll let you know how the craft fair goes – I”m looking forward to seeing you at the Christmas Stamp a Stack next week!

  5. Heidi Weaver says:

    Hi Deb, thanks for sharing your terrific projects and for being part of this Blog Hop. You’re right—without tags, Christmas gift-giving would just be a free-for-all. And what wonderful tags you’ve made! I feel a CASE coming on. I love your version of Jackie Topa’s gift card holder. That envelope punch is so versatile! I haven’t even begun to discover its limits—if it has any. I’m glad that Stampin’ Up! carried over the Ornament bundle because they’re the perfect decoration for that card. You’re loving those sleeved boxes as much as I love them, Deb. I’ve made them for Hallowe’en as well and can’t get enough of them. Love the snowflakes and will have to try topping my next box with some—and emboss the acrylic sleeve with snowflakes, too, of course.

  6. Wow, what great projects for the Christmas season! Love your tags and packaging, gift card holder and embossed boxes!! Everyone needs these items for their holiday gift giving.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      What kind comments – thanks so much, Jeannine!ย  I’ve been having fun doing some different things this year ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Bev says:

    Deborah your crafts are full of holiday fun! I really like the poinsettias – great texture and dimension. Good luck at the craft fair.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Thanks for your lovely comment, Bev!ย  I’ve really enjoyed doing these Blog hops with you great ladies!

  8. Kath says:

    I hope all goes well with your shows, your projects are sure to please.

  9. Gail L. says:

    Wonderful projects!

  10. Susan Horr says:

    Those snowflake tags are beautiful! If I were at your craft show, I would buy all of them!

  11. Deborah, I love your newest projects!. I didn’t realize until I visited your blog and had already posted mine that our tags are very similar. We may have cased from the same person or I cased from you. In that case, thank you. lol

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Louise!ย  I think we all love the snowflakes, and they are so versatile they can be used on anything ๐Ÿ™‚ย  (at least, I seem to be putting them on everything!)ย  Have a great week

  12. Hi Deborah,

    Your projects are fabulous. I really like what you did with the Tag a Bag Gift Boxes, I would have never thought to emboss the acetate sleeves, that looks FANTASTIC!!!

    Peace, Love & Joy,
    Joyce Fisher

  13. Christine Giuda says:

    Deb, I love your tags and think I will add them to my list of cases. I would like to do some for the craft sale I am participating in on the 7th of December if that is OK with you.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      What a nice compliment – case away, Christine! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  They were well received at my fair this past weekend – best of luck at your fair!

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