Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – In With the New!

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Who doesn’t love a NEW CATALOGUE?!!  If you’re anything like us – YOU DO!  We’ve all been having such playing with our new stamps and products, and we can’t wait to share with  you!

Welcome back to another blog hop with the Wacky Watercooler gang!  Grab your favourite beverage, and a snack if it suits you, then sit back & enjoy the wonderful projects that the team have to share with you today.

A quick reminder; the blog hop runs in a circular fashion, with all of our blogs linked to each other.  So, as long as you keep clicking in one direction – next or previous – you’ll travel through all the blogs, without missing a thing!  If you’re not sure where you need to go next, you can always click on the ‘Home’ button, and you’ll be taken to the Wacky Watercooler blog, where you’ll see the list of all the participating blogs, and you can click on them from there.

Okay – enough talking – let’s get to the stamping! 🙂

For my first card, I just had to use the new Watercolour Wings stamp set (just a note – it totally goes against my sensibilities to spell Watercolour without the ‘u’ – so I will continue to spell it my way – the right way! 😉 )

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I am totally in love with this set, and I’ll be doing a lot more creating with it, that’s for sure!  I love how there are the different sizes of butterflies, but not just that – the fact that it’s a 2 or 3-step stamping process, so that  you can create your own gorgeous colour combinations of butterflies.  Did you know that this stamp set has a coordinating Bold Butterflies Framelit set?   Yup!!  Not only that – but this set coordinates beautifully with our existing Butterfly Basics stamp set, and the coordinating Butterfly Thinlits Dies.

In making this card, I decided not to do an overlay with the Framelits – but both butterflies that I stamped I could’ve done a details die cut overlay for each.  Don’t worry – I’ll be showing you lots more from these sets in the near future!

For this card, I stamped the large butterfly with the following colours:  main background – Pool Party; outside edging – Bermuda Bay; inside detail – Island Indigo.

The smaller butterfly was stamped with these colours: main background – Mint Macron; outside edging – Pacific Point; inside detail – Tempting Turquoise.

I stamped the larger background dots from the Watercolour Wings set in Mint Macron ink; the smaller dots are stamped in Bermuda Bay ink from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  The intersecting lines are also from the Gorgeous Grunge set, and were stamped in Mint Macaron.  The sentiment is in the Watercolour Wings set, and stamped in Bermuda Bay ink. To tie it all together, the card base is made from Bermuda Bay cardstock, with a panel of Mint Macaron, then layered with the stamped Whisper White cardstock.

My next card uses a stamp set that, as soon as I saw it in the catalogue preview, I knew I had to have!  It’s called Awesomely Artistic; have a look, and I think you’ll agree with me.

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Well – do you agree?!  I just love the dragonfly image, and the fern leaves….okay – I love it all 🙂

To make this card, I started with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, and started by stamping the flowers in Crumb Cake ink.  Next I stamped the ferns; the large ones in the new Cucumber Crush ink, and the smaller ones in Pear Pizzazz ink.  The dragonflies were stamped in Tip Top Taupe, as I wanted them to stand out a bit more.  Finally, I added the decorative circle stamp; it reminds me of a seal, that you would use to seal an envelope.

Next, I used my Blender Pens and Pool Party to colour the flowers, and Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.  I wanted to keep the colours muted, so they were more in the background.  I then stamped the dragonflies 2 more times (actually 4, so I could get 2 sets of wings of different colours);  I coloured the wings in Mint Macaron for the top wings, and Tempting Turquoise for the bottom wings, then hand cut them.

Before applying the dragonfly wings, I ran the stamped cardstock through the Big Shot using the new Brick Wall Embossing Folder – another yay! product.  I then used my Sponge Daubers in Crumb Cake and Blushing Bride inks to distress the brick wall; the Very Vanilla was just too ‘clean’ for the look I wanted.   I also added some of the splotches (also from this set) in Tip Top Taupe.

I stamped the burlap image stamp onto more Very Vanilla cardstock in Crumb Cake ink, as well as the frame, and stamped the Friend sentiment in Tempting Turquoise.  All of those pieces I ‘aged’ using the Sponge Dauber and Crumb Cake ink, sponging around the edges, and over top of the sentiment.  Finally, I layered all the pieces onto the Tempting Turquoise cardstock base, and added the coloured dragonfly wings last.

My final project also shows off 3new products – the Baker’s Box Thinlits, the new Tags & Labels Framelits, and the new Cotton Paper:

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This new Baker’s Box is so cute!  It’s the perfect size for giving a ‘little something’ – from chocolates to jewelry! 😉  I  used the Thinlits to create the box; cutting 2 pieces from Delightful Dijon cardstock, and using Sticky Strip (I still have some to use up) to attach the sides together.  I held the top closed by threading a strip of Bohemian Designer Series Paper through the handle created with the Thinlits.  I added a tag onto the front using the Num-Num stamp set, stamping in Delightful Dijon.  I created the tag by using the Big Shot and the new Tags & Labels Thinlits; I  used the medium size of this shape to cut the sentiment in Very Vanilla, and then used the largest size in this shape to cut the next layer from Bermuda Bay cardstock.  I absolutely love how you can layer your tags now without guessing & messing around with cutting & piecing bits together; plus, there are 4 different shaped tags in this set!

To create the flower, I used the fabulous new Cotton Paper (you’ll be familiar with it if you made the Bouquet Builder Project Kit from the Occasions catalogue).  This paper is heavier than tissue paper, more opaque, and it scrunches wonderfully!!  When you scrunch it, the paper holds the scrunch, and doesn’t flop back out of shape.  Seriously – I was grinning like a fool, when I was forming my flower! 🙂  (so maybe I am easily amused!  at least I was happy!).  Using the Big Shot and the Floral Framelits, I cut 3 layers of 3 different sizes, stapled them together in the middle, then had fun ‘scrunching’ the paper to create the perfect flower.

Here’s a side view of the box, so you can see how it has the gussets at the top, to  help it close more easily.

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Well, that’s it for my projects for now!  It was difficult, but I had to stop somewhere 🙂  If you have a moment before heading on to the next blog, I’d really appreciate it if you would leave me a comment; I’d love to hear what  you thought of my projects, and what your new favourite product or stamp set is (if you can narrow it down!)

So now, click on the ‘Next’ button to hop over& see what our fearless leader, Heidi Weaver has created just for you.  I know you’ll love her projects – but I take no responsibility for any socks that are knocked off in the process!  If you’re traveling the other way, or just want to have another look at the all the fabulous-ness that Priscilla Ivler posted for you, just click on the ‘Previous’ button.

And of course, if you want to see the whole list of participating blogs, feel free to click the ‘Home’ button to get to  our Wacky Watercooler home blog page.

Until next time – happy stamping!

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29 Responses to “Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop – In With the New!”

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  1. Gail Allen says:

    OK – this is only my second stop on this hop and both of you have used the butterflies and the brickwall EF. They were on my wish list but may have to be moved up now! Great projects!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      You won’t regret getting the Watercolour Wings & Brick Wall EF sooner rather than later, Gail! They’re such fun to play with 🙂

  2. Laura P. says:

    Hi Deb, Another round of amazing projects! You are so creative, and wow the colors you chose are just gorgeous! Thank you for the detailed instructions, photos, and highlights of the new products! I need the brick wall embossing folder!!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      I’m so glad to read that you enjoyed my projects, Laura! I’m always happy to enable you in buying more products – you will love the Brick Wall embossing folder. Thanks for visiting & your kind comments.

  3. Marie Green says:

    Fabulous projects Deb. I do love the Watercolor Wings stamp set and your creation. It was one of my first must have sets!

    What a fun card you created with the Awesomely Artistic set. The brickwall EF really added to the card – love it.

    I’m a push over for boxes, now I have to get the Baker’s Box thinlits! I’m going to blame you for that! LOL!

    Thanks for sharing your great projects.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Always happy to enable a friend, Marie! 😉 I love how quickly the Baker’s box went together; I can’t wait to see what you create with it. So glad you enjoyed my projects on this hop!

  4. rosemarie c says:

    Beautiful projects!! Laughed at your alternative spelling of the word color. Yes I am a proud California native. Like they say with pronunciation. …just depends what you grew up with!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      I’m so glad you appreciate my humour with spelling, Rosemarie! (See, I did it again!) thanks so much for your time in leaving a comment; I’m so glad that you like my projects! I hope you’ll visit again soon 🙂

  5. Kath says:

    Deb, I always like to see what you create.

  6. jlfstudio says:

    Wow…that must have been one mammoth box filled with new products that arrived at your door Miss Deb. Wonderful and inspiring projects. That Baker’s Box has been drawing my eye since the catalog went live. Nice to see a cool use for the new cotton paper too. Thanks Deb for sharing the inspiration on many fronts and so many cool new products. My CASE file is bulging now with such a wonderful hop. I’m also thinking that Watercolor Wings (no matter how you spell it) should be elected MVP of the hop. Very surprising that Stampin’ Up didn’t alter the spelling for the various catalogs since Canada, UK and the South Pacific agree with you on the spelling.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      It has been an amazing hop, hasn’t it, Jean? I’m blown away, as always, with everyone’s creativity. Like you, I now want to own everything (well, I did before, anyway), and make everything! Glad I could add to your ‘case’ file 🙂

  7. Oh Deb, I really like the colo(u)r combination of your butterflies, but your Awesomely Artistic card is, well…awesomely artistic! Beautiful!

  8. You had me at the Watercolour Wings card Deb. Simply beautiful. I love how you married it up with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to create an interesting backdrop. It was also great to see the butterflies stamped and shown in their entirety…………they’re beautiful. I hadn’t really notice the Awesomely Artistic stamp set in the catalogue, even though I’m a huge dragonfly fan. Your card made me go back and take a second look and then pull out my wish list. Thanks for the inspiration as always Deb, simply wonderful projects.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Thanks for such a lovely comment, Penny! Coming from someone as wonderfully creative as you are, it means a lot. I can’t wait to see what you make with the Awesomely Artistic set – I think it has so many wonderful elements that can be used in many different ways. I’m sure you’ll come up with at least a few I’ll want to ‘case’! Thanks again, Penny 🙂

  9. Christine Giuda says:

    Deb, can I come and live at your house? I just love your projects. I don’t know why I didn’t think about cutting out those dragonfly wings. Maybe I was afraid to hurt the dragonflies as I knew kids when I was young who would take off their wings for sport. I hated those kids. Wouldn’t it be nice to have dragonfly thinlits?
    OK, OK, I relent…now I need that box, not just want it, but need it. The flower is gorgeous and I have been anxious to try it out with flowers.
    You continue to do such amazing things…….

    • Deborah Smart says:

      You’re welcome to come here any time, Christine!! Think of the fun we would have getting inky & stamping up a storm 🙂 Funny you should mention that about having a dragonfly thinlit – it was the first thing I said when using this set! Great minds…. Thanks so much for your wonderful comments; you’ve given me such a boost!

  10. Jackie says:

    Deborah, wonderful projects. The butterflies with grunge are great fun and the box is delightful. I haven’t opened my cotton paper yet so love your inspiration

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Let me know if you get as excited as I did when scrunching the Cotton Paper, Jackie!! (I’m sure no one’s as weird as me when it comes to scrunching paper – but I could hope!)

  11. buffycooper says:

    You crack me up! Love the “Watercolour” Wings and Awesomely Artistic cards, and the box is adorable. I need to break into my cotton paper! And, apparently, my laptop is a US one, because it doesn’t like “watercolour.” Go figure.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      I knew you’d get the ‘watercolour’ joke, Buffy! 😉 I have to set my computer to ‘English – Canada’ or ‘English – UK’ for it to not balk at my *correct* spellings! Have fun with your Cotton Paper!

  12. Susan says:

    Deb, love the cards. As always… They are beautiful.

  13. Marsha Reed says:

    Wonderful projects, Deborah! Know what you mean about the spelling. I find it goes against the gain when I have to spell it according to how the other person is using it. A couple of the challenges I frequently enter are ones I’m very careful about spelling their name “right” for them. 🙂

  14. Ter says:

    love your projects. Thank you for sharing!!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Hi Ter!! Thanks so much for stopping by & leaving a comment. Have you thought about coming back and ‘guesting’ with us on the next Hop??

  15. Heidi Weaver says:

    Hi Deb, thanks for continuing to be part of our fun Blog Hop. Your projects are, as usual, a delight. I have the Watercolour Wings bundle but so far haven’t used it. For me several other sets took precedence. I am itching to use the pieces now, however, since so many participants have shown me mouth-watering samples. You make me want to get the Baker’s Box just to have some fun playing with it.

I love to read what you have to say! Thanks for commenting ;)