Wacky Watercooler 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop!

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We are celebrating 3 YEARS of Hopping together!!

We can hardly believe that it has been 3 years already, since our inaugural Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!

We’re really excited, as we have the entire original group together, plus some of our more recent members as well!  If you’ve been with us since the start of our journey, I hope that you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have! 🙂  This fabulous group of people have been through alot together; we’ve celebrated anniversaries (within and outside of Stampin’ Up!), some have left Stampin’ Up!, some have mourned the loss of loved ones (and we have grieved along with them), and we have continued to celebrate our friendships.

If you haven’t joined one of our Watercooler hops before, you may be wondering who we are, and what it’s all about.  Basically, we are a group of demonstrators who met in the online SU! demonstrator only site, called the ‘watercooler’ in a nod to offices in bygone days, where  people used to gather around the literal watercooler, to chat and share stories.

Each of the participating blogs is linked via the ‘Next’ and ‘Previous’ buttons you’ll see at the bottom of each post; to enjoy all of the projects created by each of us, simply click in one direction, and you’ll be taken to the next blog in the circle.  In the event of internet gremlins messing things up, you can click on the ‘Home’ button, where you will find the complete list of participating blogs, and you can click on the links from there.

To celebrate our 3rd Anniversary, we’ve chosen to do the following projects:

Project One:  Featuring an Anniversary Card.   

Project Two:  Featuring a stamp set that has survived since being introduced in 2013 (Wetlands, Gorgeous Grunge, Flower Shop).  

Project Three:  Featuring your version of a CASE from the original blog hop.

If you’ve been clicking the ‘Next’ button, you’ll have arrived here from Heidi Weaver’s blog – weren’t her projects amazing?!  She never ceases to amaze with her creativity.

Here is my first project – my Anniversary card:

WWC hop anniversary card

You’ll notice that I made it a ‘3rd’ Anniversary! 🙂  I wanted the card to be a bit special, so I made it a ‘Z Fold’ card, using a base of Rich Razzleberry cardstock.

For the focal panel, I used the Number of Years stamp set, and first stamped the leaves in Emerald Envy, stamping them twice.  I then stamped the different flowers in Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum and Blushing Bride inks.  I then attached the stamped panel onto a larger panel of Blushing Bride cardstock, and attached it (by the left side only) the the front of the Z panel.

I stamped the banner images from Thoughtful Banners and Number of Years stamp sets, then stamped the words inside the banners in Rich Razzleberry ink using the Number of Years stamp set.  I used the Duet Banner Punch to punch out the ‘Happy’ banner, and the thinlit from the Large Numbers Framelits and the Big Shot for the ‘Anniversary’ banner.  I attached the banners  using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

In this picture, you can see the ‘Z Fold’ of the card:

wwc anniv. hop z fold

I attached a panel of the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper onto the inside base of the card, then a piece of Whisper White cardstock on top of that.  I stamped the sentiment from the Floral Phrases stamp set in Rich Razzleberry ink.

wwc anniv. blog z fold inside

My next project is a card that uses 2 stamp sets that have been in the annual catalogues since 2013 – our original blog hop – Flower Shop and Gorgeous Grunge:

wwc anniv. hop flower shop

The stamp sets may be ‘vintage’, but I used a couple of our brand new In Colours, Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach, along with Calypso Coral and Crumb Cake.

I started with a card base of Flirty Flamingo cardstock, and stamped the flower image from the Flower Shop and the dots from Gorgeous Grunge in the same ink, stamped off once, so that you can barely see it.  On the panel of Crumb Cake cardstock, and repeated the flower and Gorgeous Grunge images, this time in Crumb Cake ink, stamped off once.

I layered a panel of the In Colour Designer Series Paper in Flirty Flamingo on top of the Crumb Cake, using Stampin’ Dimensionals, the wound the Linen Thread 3 times around it, then attached it all the the card base.

I stamped 3 flower images in (left to right) Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo and Calypso Coral onto Whisper White cardstock using the Flower Shop stamp set, then used the Pansy Punch to punch them out.  I then attached the flowers, using Stampin’ Dimensionals, on top of the Linen Thread.

My final project is to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) a project from our original blog hop 3 years ago; it could be any project, from any of the other participants.  I was intrigued by a folded box that was in Jean Fitch’s post –  here is her original project.

wwc ann. hop box

Like Jean, I followed the video tutorial done by Tanya Bell, a demonstrator in Australia – you can see the video HERE.   I created my box using a full 12″ x 12″ sheet of Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper.

The above picture shows the box closed, with a belly band created using the Botanical Builder Framelits, Melon Mambo, Sweet Sugarplum and Basic Black cardstock.

You can make the entire box just by scoring and folding, or you can add a few strips of Tear & Tape Adhesive (which I did, as Tanya showed in here video).  It’s quite a roomy box, as shown in the picture below:

folded box, open

I put a container of the Metal Rimmed Pearls inside, but there’s room for more – it’s a bit wider than the container, and you could probably stack at least 2 or 3 on top of each other.

Another great thing about this box – it can fold flat, stored away until you need it!  Here’s a picture of the box from the side, so you can see how deep it is.

wwc anniv hop box side

Well, that’s it for my projects!  If you have time to leave a comment, I love to read what you have to say 🙂

Now you’ll want to head over to Kathe Deck’s blog, to see her wonderful projects – be prepared for the WOW factor!  Just click on the ‘Next’ button below.  If you want to head backwards to see Heidi’s projects again, just click the ‘Previous’ button.

Until next time – happy stamping!

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  1. KatheD says:

    Deb, as always, I love every one of your projects. Jean’s fold-flat box was on my list of possible CASE projects but I don’t have any current 12×12 papers 😉

    • Deborah Smart says:

      I’m glad you liked my take on Jean’s fold-flat box, Kathe! I have to admit- I had to literally follow the video step by step – but when I was done, I thought – ‘that wasn’t too hard!’ 🙂 I hope you get a chance to put one together, soon.

  2. Ter says:

    Hi Deb! I finally have a new laptop so now I can leave comments when I view these blogs!! And participate in the hop and challenges once again!! Great job on your projects! You always do a wonderful job!!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Terri, it was so wonderful to have you back on the hop with us again!! I hope you’ll be able to join in more often, now you have your new computer (as time allows, of course). Thanks for your kind comments on my projects; I do appreciate them 🙂

  3. Gail Allen says:

    Deb – all outstanding projects! But the one that really catches my eye is the Flower Shop – Gorgeous Grunge card. Those colours with Cumb Cake – just yummy!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Thank you, Gail! I wasn’t too sure about that one at first, but when I added the ‘ghosting’ of the images on each layer, I liked it better 🙂 Thanks for your kind comments – it’s always a joy being in a hop with you!

  4. Super projects Deb. Very creative as always!

  5. buffycooper says:

    Great projects, Deborah! Your box is so fun, and I love the fresh look the new In Colors give the Flower Shop set.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      You’re very kind, Buffy! Thanks so much for stopping by – I hope you enjoyed the whole hop 🙂

  6. Great projects, Deborah! I especially like your case of Jean’s box from the first blog hop. Love that belly band.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      It was great to have you back hopping with us again, Jeannine! Thanks so much for your kind comments 🙂

  7. Heidi Weaver says:

    Wonderful projects, Deb! These three years have gone fast, haven’t they? I love all your projects. You always manage to put your own very distinctive “stamp” on your creations. My favourite would have to be that lovely Anniversary card. Your “z-fold” really does that stamp set justice and makes the card outstanding.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Yes, Heidi – these 3 years have zipped by! It’s been such fun all along 🙂 Thanks for your comments; I’m glad you enjoyed my projects, and the anniversary card

  8. Tracy Grauer says:

    I think Flower Shoppe and Gorgeous Grunge will always be on my favorites list! So classic and versatile!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      I agree, Tracy – Flower Shop and Gorgeous Grunge are two ‘staples’ on my shelf 🙂 Thanks for visiting, and taking the time to leave a comment -I do appreciate it! I hope that you enjoyed our 3rd anniversary blog hop!

  9. Such a lovely Anniversary card Deb. I really like the Emerald Envy and Rich Razzleberry mix on the card, and of course it’s using one of my favourite stamp sets this season. Can’t get enough of those numbers. I really like the colour pairing on your second card and how you matched up the flowers with that cheery DSP. Awesome. Great minds think alike for sure as we both chose Miss Jean’s beautiful folding box for our CASEs. I love the botanical flower and dsp you chose for yours. Thanks as always for sharing your wonderful design sense and Happy Anniversary for your three years on the blog hop!

  10. Jackie says:

    Deborah, lovely projects! The box is excellent, in such elegant colors. The anniversary card is such a cool fold.
    Appreciate the bazinga!

  11. Marie Green says:

    Such wonderful projects Deb! You used one of my favorite folds for your anniversary card! And, the detail in the card is fabulous! I forget what a fun set the Flower Shop is, and combined with the new in-colors it made quite a “flirty” card! I almost CASEd Jean’s box too! Great choice!

  12. Sue Mac Donald says:

    what a wonderful box template! thank you for sharing!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed the fold flat box, shown in our Watercooler Anniversary blog hop, Sue! It really is easy to make, though it may look complicated. Have fun creating your own!

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