Wacky Watercooler Blog Tour – Holiday Sneak Peek!

Welcome to the newest edition of the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!

I'm super-excited for you to be here, because today we're giving you a Sneak Peek at the Holiday Catalogue – from which you'll be able to order in only 7 days!!  Woot!!

I hope you've been saving up for this one, because I'm telling you – after you see what we've created,  you're going to want it ALL!  I know I did, when I saw the catalogue ๐Ÿ™‚  

Before we get to the good part ๐Ÿ™‚ here's how the Blog Hop works, if this is your first time joining us (if not – go ahead – skip to the projects! ๐Ÿ™‚ )   The Hop runs in a circular fashion, meaning that all of us 8 participants have linked our blog to the person ahead & behind us; all you have to do is click on the 'Next' or 'Previous' button to go forward or backwards, and if you like to start at the very beginning or simply want to see the whole list, click on the 'Home' button.  Easy-peasy!  'Cause that's the way we roll ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

If you're going forward, you would've come to my blog from the oh-so-talented Kath Ricks; isn't she amazing?!  Gosh, that gal's got talent ๐Ÿ™‚  If you're traveling backwards (no judgment here!), then you're probably putting your socks back on after having them knocked off by our fabulously talented coordinator, Heidi Weaver!

Now, without further ado – here is my first card!

Okay – don't say I didn't warn you!  You're going to have to have the 2 sets that I used for this card! ๐Ÿ™‚

The houses, lamp posts and wreaths come from the adorable Holiday Home set; and guess what?  No fussing cutting!  That's right – I used the matching Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies for cutting out the houses!  Even better news – you can Bundle & Save the stamp set and Framelits, for 15% OFF!  How's that for starting your holidays early? ๐Ÿ™‚

The cute little car & tree it's carrying is from the White Christmas stamp set; truly the 1st set I said to myself that I just MUST GET from this new catalogue!  You'll see more of it in my next card.

The card base is in Lost Lagoon cardstock, with a panel of All is Calm Specialty Series Designer Paper. I just love the soft snowflake images on this piece!  The images are stamped in Memento Black Ink, and coloured with the fabulous Blendabilites Markers.  It was so easy, and so much fun colouring these images; I just love my Blendies! ๐Ÿ™‚

As promised, my next card shows off more of the White Christmas stamp set:

Is this just too stinkin' cute, or what??!!  

With a Soft Sky cardstock base, the panel of Whisper White is the perfect background for snow!  To make the starry night background, I used the new Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on just the top 1/2 of the Whisper White, then using a the Soft Sky ink pad and a Sponge Dauber, lightly sponged over & around the stars.  The embossed stars picked up the ink nicely, allowing you to see the stars.  This super-cute photopolymer set makes it so easy to do 2-step stamping, which I did to add additional snow drifts and add the birds on the trees.  Shading the snow with my Coastal Cabana Blendabilities Markers give it a nice little 'chill', don't you think?  All images were stamped with the Memento Black Ink pad, and coloured using the Blendabilities.  

My final card uses a stamp set that was made available before the Holiday Catalogue pre-order period; so maybe you've already used yours, too.  It's called 'Beauty of the Season', and it is such a classic winter image, I just love it.

I think this gorgeous cardinal could be used year-round, don't you?

I started with a Crumb Cake cardstock base, and layered a panel of Cherry Cobbler cardstock embossed with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.  I stamped the images onto Whisper White with the Memento Black Ink, and again used my Blendabilities, this time in Cherry Cobbler, to colour the Cardinal and berries.  The branch was coloured using the Baked Brown Sugar Stampin' Write Marker.

I then cut out the image using the Labels Collection Framelits, and gently sponged a bit of Pool Party in the background.  I layered this over a strip of Burlap Ribbon, and added a (retired) wood button tied with Linen Thread.  I think these details kept the card looking very natural and true to the image of a bird in the wild.

Well, that's it for me for now!  It was very difficult deciding which stamp sets to showcase this time around – don't worry, you'll be seeing lots more in the days & weeks to come!  

For now, if you've enjoyed my posting please leave a comment to let me know you were here – I love reading your messages!  Thanks so much for visiting, and if you're heading off to Heidi's blog – hang onto your socks, and click on the 'Next' button!  If you'd like to go back to Kath's wonderful creations, simply click the 'Previous' button; or head on 'Home' to the list of participating blogs.

Thanks so much for stopping by – I hope you had fun!  I know I did! ๐Ÿ™‚  

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  1. craftymedic says:

    Great cards! I love the little car on the first one. Super cute!

  2. ter says:

    I love your cards, Deborah. I also immediately wanted the White Christmas (the bear! come on!) I also got the Bearing Gifts but it was back ordered and put a damper on a plan I had for this blog hop. Oh well I will make it when it comes!! You have made me want the house stamp set…. really I want everything but some things more than others, and now that card you made is something I want to CASE!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Gail Allen says:

    Very cute cards. And I love the cardinal card. Crumb Cake and any shade of red is my favourite colour combo!

  4. kath says:

    CASE worthy projects ๐Ÿ˜‰ I might have to puchase some more stamp sets.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Such a nice compliment, Kath! ย I’d be thrilled to be ‘cased’ ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Super star-filled sky on an adorable card! Thanks for the wonderful idea!

  6. Heidi Weaver says:

    Hi Deb, thanks for being part of our Blog Hop. You certainly knocked MY socks off (looking down and seeing bare feet here). I only have the Holiday Home and can see that I made a massive mistake not getting the White Christmas stamp set. I love how you’ve used the two together. Great job (you enabler, you). I love the way you’ve used Beauty of the Season, too. The cardinal almost (but not quite) makes up for the imminent loss of our carried-over Pointsettia. TFS

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Ha ha!! ย I hope your toes didn’ t get cold, Heidi! LOL ย  Thanks for the lovely compliments; and thanks again for keeping the Hop going each month; it’s such a joy to be part of this wonderful group ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Marsha Reed says:

    Lovely projects, Deb! White Christmas is in my order that will be here Monday but I took Holiday Home off my list. Sigh… now I have to get for sure!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Marsha, you’ll love your White Christmas set – but you won’t regret it if you also get the Holiday Home set – it can be used year ’round, too! ย Happy stamping! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. KatheD says:

    Oh, my, I’m going to have to *stop* hopping with you ladies, you’re making me spend so much more money – I talked myself out of ordering both Holiday Home and White Christmas, but oh the fun I’ve missed! You’re so right about using Beauty of the Season for more than just Christmas, too.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Hey Kathe – so happy to be your ‘enabler’! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Serioulsy though – you will love these sets – so much fun!! Thanks for stopping by for a look.

  9. darskee says:

    Your starry background is great. I love that card.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Thanks so much for your comment, Darrah! ย I’m so glad you like the card ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Glad you stopped by & I hope you enjoyed the ‘hop’!

  10. stampwithbev says:

    What a lovely start to Christmas — artistically done.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Such a lovely compliment – thank you so much, Bev! ย I’m glad that you enjoyed my projects ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Thank you for sharing these cards. Homemade Holiday has been my go to stamp set this holiday. I never thought to use the All is Calm DSP as the background. I also am pulling out by sponge
    daubers to try that technique on the White Christmas card. Thank you for sharing.
    ~Anne

    • Deborah Smart says:

      I’m so glad that you liked my cards, Anne, and that you got some extra ideas for creating! ย I appreciate you taking the time to leave me a comment ๐Ÿ™‚

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