Wacky Watercooler April Blog Hop – Spring has Sprung!

 

That's right – we dared to call this the 'Spring' Blog Hop, whether or not the weather outside your window is cooperating, or not!  We'll just have to go by the calendar, not the weather report ๐Ÿ™‚

Regardless of weather, we're always excited to see you back again, to join in and enjoy sharing our creativity with you. 

In case this is your first Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop, let me give you a brief introduction as to who we are.  We are a group of like-minded demonstrators who have all gotten to know each other (some only virtually, some in person) through the demonstrator-only site called Stampin' Connection.  (It's one of the many perks of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator – you meet so many amazing people, from around the world!)


 We've decided that we like getting together (virtually) to create, and by the numbers of viewers from our past Blog Hops, we're guessing that you enjoy it, too!  So we've started doing these Hops monthly, and we hope you'll keep coming back to join in the fun!

The Hop runs in a circular fashion, so no matter where you started, as long as you keep clicking on the "Next" button, you'll go through all the particpating blogs.  If you like to 'hop around', you will find a list of all participating blogs at the end of this post, as well as by clicking on the "Home" button, which will take you to the Wacky Watercooler home site.

If you started at the beginning, you'll have come to my blog from the amazing Debbie Martin's blog.  She never fails to inspire with her wonderful creations!

So now it's my turn – I hope you enjoy what I'll be sharing.  My projects for this Hop are actually doing double-duty – what you see here today is what my Easter class will be making tomorrow evening!  They don't usually get to see what they're making before-hand – I hope they don't mind me sharing this time!

 

I'm a little late to the 'mini coffee cup' dance, but here I am, all the same!  (I like to think of it as being 'fashionably late'!)  Although I designed these with being an Easter treat in mind, you can use them – even decorated the way they are here – for any occasion!  Here's some other views, so you can see some of the details.

Of course, carrying 2 cups is much easier with a little carrier – one piece of cardstock, and there you go!

As you can see, I'm still in love with the Spiral Flower Die – I only used 1 layer of cardstock to make each of the roses, and yet look how pretty & full they look!  I used the Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock, and sponged the edges with the matching Crisp Cantaloupe ink.  The flower behind the rose is stamped using the Mixed Bunch stamp set, and punched with the Blossom punch.  The 'For You' is stamped with in Pool Party ink with the Layered Labels stamp set, and cut out with the coordinating Apothecary Accents Framelits.  (I do apologize for using some of the Sweet Sorbet designer paper from Sale-a-bration that just ended; normally I wouldn't do that for a Hop, but I do use some retired items in classes).

My next project to share is an Easter card – although again, simply by switching the sentiment, the card layout can be used for any occasion.

Once again going with a base colour of Crisp Cantaloupe (is it time for an intervention? do I use this colour a lot?!)  I layered it with Smoky Slate cardstock and the gorgeous Watercolour Wonder designer series paper.  Really – this paper is so gorgeous, I hardly had to do anything to make this card look as good as it does!!  Thank you, Stampin' Up!, for making it so easy to create, and look like a pro! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

 

You've probably see this type of closure everywhere by now – blogs, pinterest, etc.; again, I'm 'fashionably late' – but only because my Scallop  Tag Topper Punch was on back-order!  You can see I'm making up for lost time, though! ๐Ÿ™‚  I followed the super-easy video from Tanya Bell – Stamping T(http://stampingt.com.au) to make this innovative closure using this punch.

 

My final project was super fun to make – and surprisingly easy!!  Easy, of course, when you have the fabulous France Martin to tell you how to make it ๐Ÿ™‚  France – or Frenchie, as she is called – came up with a way to make this gorgeous basket from 1 piece of cardstock – and with minimal cutting!  Be sure to check out her blog www.frenchiestamps.com and tell her I sent you!

Too cute, right?!  Sure doesn't look like it was made from only 1 piece of cardstock, does it?! 

Here's a side view.  I used Crumb Cake for my basket, as it's a nice neutral colour.  Think of this basket in different colours – wouldn't a little flower girl at a wedding look adorable carrying this basket down the aisle, sprinkling petals from it? 

I was able to get the 'cross-hatch weave' look by simply using my 'Stripes' embossing folder twice – once straight, then the second time switching the direction!  I stamped the flowers using the Petite Petals stamp set and coordinating Petite Petals Punch (like  a lot of you, I had to wait for my punch to arrive from back-order as well; it's worth the wait, trust me!!)  Add a little ribbon for decoration, fill the basket with whatever treats you want, and you're done! 

I hope you've enjoyed my projects for this month, and hope that I've given you some inspiration on how you can take a seemingly 'seasonal' item, and change it around for whatever occasion suits your needs.  I will be putting up tutorials for these projects on my tutorials page by the end of the weekend, so please do come back!

If you continue on in the circular route, you'll be in for a treat heading to Gail Allen's blog; she always provides a treat feast for the eyes!

So to head to Gail's blog click this link http://stampingandotherstuff.blogspot.ca

To go back to Debbie Martin's page, click this link http://www.cleverandcute.blogspot.com

To go to our Wacky Watercooler Home page, click this link http://wackywatercoolerstamping.blogspot.com

We'd appreciate it if you take a minute to leave us some love by way of a comment on our posts!!  Thanks so much for visiting – until next time, Happy Stamping!

 

 

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  1. kath says:

    Lovely projects, I have been wondering what to do with that piece of DSP that you used in your second card, Now I know what to do with it.

  2. Gail Allen says:

    Where to start? It’s all great! Cute basket. Cute coffee cups. But I really love the Watercolour DSP card. And Crisp Cantaloupe with Smoky Slate – awesome!

  3. ter says:

    well, I knew before I got here that I would love your projects and once again you did not disappoint!!! I wish we lived closer… I’d love to come pick your brain a little bit and of course hang out and craft together. I’d probably learn a lot! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. buffycooper says:

    Nice projects! Love the watercolor wonder card.

  5. craftymedic says:

    Great work! You always amaze me!

  6. Heidi Weaver says:

    Thanks so much for being part of this blog hop, Deb. As usual, you are sharing some wonderful projects. You may think you’re late coming to the “mini coffee cup” dance, but I’m still waiting to receive my first ones. Of course now I have someone to CASE. *grin* I love the Watercolour Wonder DSP. Your Scallop Tag Topper card just underlines why. All the designs in it are gorgeous, aren’t they?

    There is no question about my going to Frenchie’s site. I have to try my hand at making that basket—especially if it takes only one piece of cardstock. WOW!

  7. Christine Giuda says:

    Deb, these projects are wonderful. That little basket is definitely a cutie. I love the cup idea with it’s little carrier. Great gift packaging. What can I say about that beautiful card. I love it.

  8. Jeanne Kupsh says:

    Cute, cute, cute!!! Loving all your pretty Easter goodies this time! Colorful and fabulous! (I’m growing to love Crisp Cantaloupe too!)

    • Deborah Smart says:

      I’m so glad that Crisp Cantaloupe is going to be around for another year, Jeanne!ย  Thanks so much for the kind comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Marsha Reed says:

    Wonderful projects, Deb. Love the mini cups and the basket and the card. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Jackie says:

    Debbie, such COOL projects. Love the coffee cups with holder. And the rose on top to finish them off is perfect.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Aren’t those cups cute?ย  And I am still loving playing with the Spiral Flower Die – I’m glad you like it, Jackie!

  11. Very great projects. I have been wanting to make one of these baskets, thanks for steering me to instructions.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Glad to hear I could help steer you to the Frenchie’s basket video, Debbie!ย  Have fun – you’ll be amazed how easy it actually is to make ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Janet says:

    Love your blog! Thank you for sharing your creativity. Where did you buy the mini coffee cups – so cute!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Thanks so much for your kind comment, Janet!ย  I’m so glad you like my blog ๐Ÿ™‚ย ย  Aren’t those little cups cute?ย  A group of us went together and ordered them through webstaurant.com

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