Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!

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Welcome back to another fabulous blog hop with the Wacky Watercooler gang!  I’m so glad that you’re here; you’re in for a real treat (no tricks) with the creative talents of  13 friends and Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, ready to share our talents with you.

In case you’ve never taken one of our tours, let me take a minute to tell you a bit about us.  Why the ‘Wacky Watercooler’?  Well, it’s our virtual version of the traditional watercooler in an office, where people would gather and share stories, swap ideas, then get back to work (eventually!).  Some of us have met each other in person – usually at various Stampin’ Up! events – others we know only through our online friendships on the demonstrator only website, Stampin’ Connection.

Our blog hops are very easy to enjoy; each blog is linked to the one before & after it, in a circular fashion.  So as long as you keep clicking in one direction; either ‘next’ or ‘previous’, you’ll be able to  hop through all of the blogs, and not miss a single fabulous project!  If you prefer to hop about at your leisure, simply click the ‘home’ button, where you’ll find the list of all participating blogs and their links.

This month, we’re having another ‘free for all’, meaning that you’ll find any combination of projects, from Hallowe’en, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and anything in between!  We’ll also be using products from both the Annual and the Holiday catalogues.

Now – onto what you came here for – here is my first project:

happy scenes santa sleigh

This is definitely a traditional Christmas scene!  I used 2 of my favourite Christmas stamp sets; Happy Scenes and White Christmas.

I started out with a 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  First I masked off the moon by punching a 1 1/2″ circle and placing it on the card, then I used my Brayer to layer on Soft Sky, Marina Mist and Island Indigo inks, to create the sky background.   After removing the mask, I then stamped the trees from Happy Scenes in Archival Black ink on the snow line, then stamped the Santa sleigh from White Christmas again in Archival Black across the moon.

I used the white uni-bal Signo Gel Pen to add the trail behind Santa’s sleigh, and add the snow to the trees and snow line.  I randomly stamped the snowflakes from White Christmas onto the sky,  using White Craft ink, and added a bit of shading to the moon using Smoky Slate ink on a Sponge Dauber.

The sentiment is from the Wondrous Wreath stamp set, stamped in Island Indigo ink onto Whisper White cardstock.  I used the 1/2″ Circle Punch to snip off each of the corners, then layered it over a strip of Soft Sky cardstock with banner tails made  using the Banner Triple Punch.

The base of the card is Whisper White cardstock, layered with a panel of Island Indigo cardstock, and a layer of Soft Sky cardstock on top of that.  I wrapped a piece of 5/8″ Organza Ribbon along the left side, then the image panel was layered on top, finished off with the sentiment.

My next card is also for Christmas, but is NOT traditional!

gorgeous grunge christmas

I warned you – not traditional at all in style, but the colours are there!  I started by stamping the lines image from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in Real Red ink onto the panel of Whisper White cardstock, leaving gaps in between.  Next I stamped in Cucumber Crush ink, then finally in Versamark.  I covered the Versamark in Gold Embossing Powder, and heat set it with my Heat Tool.

I don’t have this year’s Christmas Greetings Thinlits, so I used last year’s Expressions Thinlits Dies for die cutting the ‘merry’ from Gold Foil paper.  The ‘& bright’ was stamped in Real Red ink, using last year’s bonus hostess set Good Greetings.

I layered 1″ strips of Red and Gold Foil paper at each end of the Cucumber Crush cardstock base, then layered the stamped panel on top of that.  Very quick & easy, and fun, too!

My final project is something I use a lot of for Christmas gifts – a gift card holder!  Now that my boys are older, they like to either choose their own gifts, or have some money to spend on whatever they didn’t get as gifts, so I like to dress up gift card and money holders.  They’re also great for a favourite teacher, or your UPS driver when he delivers your holiday Stampin’ Up! order! 😉

gift card holder

I’m having such fun with this Snow Place stamp set – especially because you can purchase it as a bundle with the coordinating Snow Friends Framelits Dies!  Anything that makes my life easy is a winner, with me!

This gift card holder also works for tucking some cash inside, too.  I’ll be posting the tutorial on my tutorials page – make sure to look for it in the next day or two!

Quick notes on making this one – you use the Envelope Punch board to create the notches/flap for tucking in the front.  I decorated the front by stamping the small & large snowmen in Archival Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock; then I stamped the bow tie in Real Red, the necktie in Island Indigo and the arms in Crumb Cake and Tip Top Taupe.  All were die cut using the Big Shot and Snow Friends Framelits Dies.  I ran a piece of Whisper White cardstock through the Big Shot with the Woodland Embossing Folder, then attached my snow people on top after sponging some Smoky Slate onto the trees, and stamping some snowflakes in Soft Sky ink.

I attached the embossed  panel onto a piece of Merry Moments Designer Series Paper, then onto a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock.  The gift card base is made of Soft Sky cardstock.  The sentiment is added to the bottom by stamping in Real Red ink onto Whisper White, then using the same layers as for the top panel.

Here is how the holder looks when opened:

snow place gift card holder inside

By lifting the front flap, the inside card holder, which is attached to the front flap, lifts up, revealing the gift card and the Merry Christmas sentiment stamped onto the pocket.

That’s it for my projects; I hope you enjoyed them, and have been inspired for your own creations!  If you have time, I’d love to read any comment you’d like to leave for me.

Now you can move ahead to the creative genius of Kath Ricks – she always has fabulous projects to share!  Or you can go back and have another look at my talented friend Buffy Cooper’s amazing projects – no one would blame you for wanting another look!

Thanks for spending some time with me today – enjoy the rest of the hop!

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  1. Susan Horr says:

    Beautiful cards, Deborah. I especially love the trail behind the sled.

  2. Gail Allen says:

    What a fun non-traditional Christmas card using Gorgeous Grunge. Definitely CASE-ing that one!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      I’m glad you liked the Gorgeous Grunge card, Gail – I was worried that it might a bit ‘too’ different!

  3. buffycooper says:

    Love the Santa trail! And Gorgeous Grunge for Christmas? Genius!!! Great cards, Deborah – as always!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      I’m so glad that you liked the Gorgeous Grunge Christmas, Buffy! *phew!* I thought I went out on a limb with that one 😉

  4. Marie says:

    My mouth is hanging open…OK, maybe not literally….Wow! Love, love, love your projects! Your White Christmas and Happy Scenes is fabulous, your non-traditional Christmas card is beautiful, and your gift card holder is cute!

  5. Heidi Weaver says:

    Hi Deb, as usual you’ve created a great mix of projects. The non-traditional card is definitely unusual but reminds me, somehow, of the Northern Lights—or a neon version of them. The gift card holder is such a handy creation and looks wonderful with those snow-people from the Snow Place set.

    My favourite has to be the traditional Christmas scene using the White Christmas and the Happy Scenes sets. I love that trail behind the sleigh. What a perfect bit of magic to add to the card! Thanks so much for sharing your creations for yet another terrific Watercooler Blog Hop.

  6. I love your change-up between traditional and non-traditional cards. My favourite is the traditional, but I also really love how you used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp in the second card. That’s got to be one of the best stamp sets Stampin’ Up! ever made in terms of versatility. Your gift card holder is so cute. I love that you used the Woodland embossing folder in the background. Those little snowmen look right at home in that great setting. Thanks for sharing your awesome projects and will look forward to your tutorial!

  7. Christine Giuda says:

    Deb, so creative. Who would have thought of using Gorgeous Grunge on a Christmas Card? Love them all.

  8. Lisa Kmiec says:

    I love your cards and gift card holder Deborah! Your non-traditional Christmas card is so creative. Great idea! I also like how you used the Happy Scenes stamp set without the framelits. It makes a great Christmas scene!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Thanks for your kind comment, Lisa! I’m glad you enjoyed seeing my projects. It’s great to have you as part of our Watercooler ‘hoppers’!

  9. Marsha Reed says:

    Beautiful cards,Deb! You always have such wonderful ideas.

  10. Kath says:

    I love the first card! All are wonderful.

  11. Heather says:

    All your projects are awesome, but I loved your traditional card the most.. Your projects and creations are inspiring. Looking forward to your tutorial.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Thank you Heather! I’m glad you liked my traditional scene card; it was fun to make. I hope you enjoyed the entire blog hop 🙂

  12. Debbie Spano says:

    Great cards Deb! I love that fold on the snowman card!

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