Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – Celebrating the New Catalogue!

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Woohoo!!   Can you tell that we at the Wacky Watercooler are a *little* excited about the new Annual Catalogue, and all the wonderful things in it?! 🙂

Welcome back, my friend, to our June blog hop!  This month, as you can see, we are all about the new – new stamps, new colours, new papers – new everything!  Each of our posts will feature our favourites; well, as best as we can narrow them down, to just a few projects!

If you haven’t joined one of our blog hops before, it’s very easy to enjoy all of the projects created for you.  Each of our blogs is linked by ‘Next’ and ‘Previous’ buttons to the blog after and before; all you have to do is click the buttons in one direction, and you’ll be taken through each participating blog.  If the technical gremlins get involved, and there’s problems with the buttons, you can simply click on the ‘Home’ button, which will take you to the complete list of all participating blogs, and you can go from there.

My post is last on the list, so you’ve probably arrived from Heidi Weaver’s blog – Heidi not only creates amazing projects, but is also our coordinator for these hops!  I  know that you’ve enjoyed Heidi’s projects; she is so creative!

For my first project, I’ve combined a couple of my new favourites; the new In Colour Peekaboo Peach, and the Jar of Love stamp set and coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits:

Jar of Love

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love puns and a play on words, so I just had to use this sentiment! 🙂  Of course, I had to purchase both the stamp set and framelits – why not, when you can avoid fussy-cutting, and save 10%?!

I started by stamping the jar image in Smoky Slate ink onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, then stamped the water in Pool Party ink, stamped off once, to keep it light.  On another piece of white, I stamped the goldfish in Peekaboo Peach ink, then used the Everyday Jars Framelits to die cut them using the Big Shot.  To give the fish a bit more of a 3D look, I used my Stylus from the Simply Scored, and rubbed all along the middle of the fish, so that it stands out a bit more, then popped it into the water, using a Stampin’ Dimensional.  The sentiment was stamped in Dapper Denim ink.

For the Whisper White panel, I used my Work of Art stamp set, and stamped the background using the square-ish brushstroke in Peekaboo Peach ink, stamping off once each of the 4 times I stamped it.  I then added the little spots from the Painter’s Palette stamp set above and below, again stamping off once.

I wanted to add some interest to the focal area, so I took my Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies and a piece of Silver Foil Sheet, and die cut the ‘wave’ shape.  Using the Precision Base Plate with this type of detailed thinlit makes it so much easier to release the die cut piece after cutting!  I attached this, using Glue Dots, over the middle of the panel, then added the jar on top, using Dimensionals.  A few scattered sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment, and this quick and cute card was finished!

My next card uses another of my favourite new Bundles; the Floral Phrases stamp set, and Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies.

Floral Phrases

I also used the coordinating Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper on this card; I just love the whole suite, but I don’t have everything – yet!

I was so excited to receive my order with this bundle, and was ready to play – when I realized that I have run out of the coordinating cardstock – which is Night of Navy!  Can you believe it?!  Well, I decided that I’m crafty, I can figure this out – so I used the Not Quite Navy cardstock and ink, which actually looks like the light flower in the DSP, don’t you think?  Kinda like Night of Navy, but stamped off once!  Work with me here, okay!?

I started with my card base of Not Quite Navy cardstock, and layered a panel of Whisper White on top of that, using Tombow Liquid Glue.  I then used the Detailed Floral Thinlits and Big Shot to die cut the smaller of the two floral pieces, and used the edgelit that comes with the set to create the smooth edging of the flowers on the die cut.  I attached that to the top of the Whisper White panel, again using Tombow liquid glue, and then glued the piece of DSP to the bottom portion.  Using the Not Quite Navy ink, I stamped the sentiment across the middle of the card, and added 2 small Pearl Basic Jewels to each side of the sentiment.

Of course I had to finish off the inside of the card as well; I used the large sentiment for the inside that is suitable for a wedding, or anniversary:

floral phrases inside

I also stamped the border image along the right side, so I could leave a lot of room for writing on the bottom of the card.

My last project was so incredibly easy to make, I almost feel guilty!

Serene Scenery

Usually, I would create a background like this by either watercolouring, or sponging, or doing a direct-to-paper inking, and it would take some time to complete.  But guess what – I didn’t do any of that – I simply stamped the images on top of the beautiful Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper.  That’s right – the background was already there, on the DSP – all I had to do was stamp on top of it.  If you haven’t seen this paper stack, you have to look at it, now.  Go on – I’ll wait!  It’s on page 174 of the catalogue, and if you want a close up look, you can go online to see it.  One side of each sheet has photorealistic images, and the other side have awesome graphic designs.  Did you go look at it?  Okay – I’ll carry on, then.

I used the lovely Wetlands stamp set, and stamped the little Pipers in Soft Suede ink across the sand.  I then stamped the sentiment, also from Wetlands across the top right, also in Soft Suede ink, then attached the trimmed piece of DSP to a panel of Island Indigo cardstock.  I then wrapped some Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim around the right side of the panels, and tied it off in a bow.  I then attached the whole front to the Crumb Cake cardstock card base.  Do you get why I was feeling kinda guilty?  This was such a quick & easy card, and yet that DSP makes it look like a million bucks!

So that’s it for my projects; trust me, it was really difficult to limit it to 3, and if I had endless time, I would have kept going!  But, you have lots more projects to see, if you didn’t start at the beginning of the list, you’ll be going there now – simply click on the ‘Next’ button to be taken to Kath Ricks’ blog – I know you’re going to love her designs!

I’d love to read any comment you’d care to leave, before you head off.  Thanks for spending some time with me, and with the Wacky Watercooler gang for this month’s blog  hop!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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  1. Jackie says:

    Deb, I love your projects. The jar card simply knocks me out, it’s so cute. So many delightful details.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Thanks very much, Jackie, for your comment! This jar set isn’t my ‘usual’ style, but I’m finding so many fun things to do with it! I appreciate you taking the time to comment 🙂

  2. Ha ha ha ha…you and I must be sisters from another mother! Our projects are nearly identical (same In Color, same Floral Phrases, and same DSP), and if truth be told, I had that exact idea for the Scenic Scenes/Wetlands card but shifted to Pun Intended with the Bokeh effect paper. Of course I LOVE your ideas (since I had nearly the same ones) and enjoyed everything you’ve shared! Welcome to the family…sista!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Great minds think alike, right sista Priscilla?! 🙂 And we can’t even say it’s because these were preorder items, because they weren’t; we just have the same great taste! No wonder we get along so well (unlike some other ‘real’ siblings 😉 )

  3. Libby says:

    What a great set of cards! I don’t have any of these sets. You’re tempting me! I love the Best Fishes – too cute!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Thanks, Libby! Isn’t that what’s great about the blog hop; so many ideas with sets you don’t have – we’re always so obligingly enabling!

  4. Kath says:

    This hop has sold me on the need for that DSP!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Kath, when I first saw it on one of Buffy’s posts, I swore that she had inked the background! This Serene Scenery DSP is awesome -and it’s got great graphic designs on the other side.

  5. Marie Green says:

    That first card of yours is kinda fishy and so cute! (couldn’t resist!) Love the silver waves behind the card. I haven’t gotten the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper yet and after seeing your beautiful card and Priscilla’s I now have to get it! TFS

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Very punny, Marie! 🙂 A gal after my own heart! Thanks for your kind comments, and visiting!

  6. Hi Deborah, Your cards are beautiful! Thanks for sharing the DSP Serene Scenes. What a great idea! Your card turned out beautiful. It is so nice to see how the new products are used. You are very inspiring!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Hi Heather! Thanks so much for visiting, and taking the time to leave a comment. I’m glad that you enjoyed my projects, and found some inspiration for future projects of your own – I can’t wait to see what you share!

  7. Carolyn Bennett says:

    I Love love love the Wetlands card! Thank you for enabling me to get that DSP!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Always happy to enable – er, inspire! – a new purchase, Carolyn! 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed my projects -thanks for your comment.

  8. You’ve done great things with the Jar set Deb and you’re right when you get the 10% and thing about all the fussy cutting you’d have to do it’s really worth while. I like how you used the Scribbles Thinlet on foil to create the wave. While I love all three cards I particularly liked your last card. The Wetlands set has always been one of my favourites, but to see it used on the Serene Scenery paper in this way, is simple awesome! Thanks for sharing your talents as always.

  9. Gail Allen says:

    Deborah, so creative! Love the Jars of Love with the Peekaboo Peach fish. And the Wetlands stamp set and that design from Serene Scenery are just made for each other.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Hi Gail! Thanks very much for stopping by, and leaving such a lovely comment! I’m so glad that you enjoyed my projects; you’re right – the Serene Scenery & Wetlands were made for each other!

  10. Heidi Weaver says:

    Deb, the Peekaboo Peach wash behind your jar really gives the card a lovely glow. That colour really has a presence, doesn’t it? The elegant Floral Boutique card really shows off the beauty of deep blue and white. But for a real surprise (for me), the Serene Scenery DSP really blew me out of the water. What a stunning background for the Wetlands images and how easy. You’ve definitely put that paper on my wish list.

  11. Marsha Reed says:

    Love your projects, Deb! I can see some CASEing in my future.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      I’m glad that you liked my cards, Marsha! 🙂 Thanks for your lovely comment – I’d be thrilled if you CASE my cards!

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