Wacky Watercooler January Blog Hop

Hello stamping friend – welcome to the January Mini Blog Hop (#2) with the Wacky Watercooler stampers!

I’m excited to be here participating in this hop; it’s called (#2) because the start of January is so busy for a lot of people, me included, and as I was busy prepping for my Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Open House, I wasn’t able to participate in the (#1) mini January hop!  So, we’re back again to share with you projects from the new Occasions catalogue and the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

If this is your first time hearing about the ‘Wacky Watercooler’, you might be wondering what it’s all about!  Well, we are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who ‘met’ in the online forum provided by Stampin’ Up! for demonstrators to chat, ask questions, share ideas and projects with each other.  The ‘watercooler’ part came about by the originator, Darrah Hopper, who likened our chatting about anything and everything to the ‘old fashioned’ workplace, where people used to gather around the watercooler to chat.  Well, our watercooler just happens to be virtual! 🙂

The hop is very easy for you to enjoy; each of the participating blogs are linked to the one previous, and the one next in line.  All you have to do is click on either the ‘Previous’ or ‘Next’ buttons at the bottom of each post, and you’ll be taken to that blog.  If the technical gremlins cause any problems with the links, you can always click on the ‘Home’ button, which will take you to the Watercooler blog page, where you’ll find the complete list of participants, with links, and you can carry on from there.

Before I get started, I would like to ask you to share us in sending healing thoughts to one of our Watercooler stampers, Christine Giuda.  Yesterday, she has posted to let us know that she wasn’t feeling well, and wouldn’t be participating in this hop.  Today, we learned that Christine is in critical condition in the hospital, after suffering from a brain aneurism.   Please keep Christine and her family in your thoughts – we are certainly hoping for a positive outcome!

If you’re following the hop using the ‘Next’ button, you should have arrived here from the marvelous Kath Rick’s blog – weren’t her projects terrific!?   My first project features the new High Tide stamp set, from the Occasions catalogue:

This is one of those sets that, as soon as I saw it at our convention last November, I knew I had to have!  The image stamps and the sentiments are absolutely stunning, and can be used for many different occasions.

The lighthouse image is a 2-step stamp; I started by stamping the lighthouse first with Tempting Turquoise, then stamped the 2nd layer using Pacific Point ink, giving it the shadowing on one side.  The sand and grasses were stamped in Crumb Cake ink, and the water in Pacific Point ink.  The ray of light coming from the lighthouse was stamped using So Saffron ink; my ‘scene’ is in daylight, so you wouldn’t be able to see the light as brightly as if it were a night scene.

The sentiment is stamped in Pacific Point ink; the whole scene was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock.  After stamping, I layered the image panel onto a panel of Pacific Point cardstock.

I created the card base from Crumb Cake cardstock, and layered a panel of patterned paper from the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper.  I know that paper is primarily floral, but the reverse side has great patterns; I felt like this pattern mimicked the water feel.  Then I layered the stamped panel on top, using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the inside of the card, I glued a piece of Whisper White cardstock, and stamped this sentiment, also from the High Tide stamp set:

For my next card, I used a fun set that I got for FREE from the Sale-A-Bration brochure, called Tasty Trucks:

First – I want to apologize for the poor lighting – we’re in the midst of a week of rain and dull, grey skies, and try as I might, I  can’t get the colouring on the truck to show properly!  I used the Calypso Coral Watercolour Pencil – but it looks more like a peach colour! 🙁

I like the fun nature of this stamp set, and if you know Vancouver B.C., where I live, you’ll know that Food Trucks are EVERYWHERE – and most of them serve really good food!!  Seriously – whole events are built around bringing in food trucks – and that’s what brings in the people!  They serve everything from gourmet mac & cheese, to grilled salmon, to pulled pork, to every ethnic dish you can imagine!  It’s foodie heaven around here, especially in the summer time 🙂

But – I digress!  I wanted to add even more fun to my food truck card by making it a spinner card!  I love how the Sliding Star Framelits make it so easy to create a spinner card; I originally wanted to make a taco spin all the way around the truck (I know – that would’ve been awesome, right?!) but the circle framelit was too small to go around the truck 🙁  So, I settled for making the spinner go over the truck 🙂

First, I cut a panel of Whisper White cardstock, and stamped the truck and flags in Archival Black ink.  Then, I coloured with the Watercolour Pencils, using Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Yellow and Basic Black.  I used the Blender Pens after colouring.

When I finished colouring, I used the Sliding Star Framelits and my Big Shot to die cut the opening for the spinner, and stamped the sentiment onto a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock.  I used the framelit from the set that actually coordinates with the paper airplane image from the Shooting Star stamp set – I think the shape is kind of like the retro shape you see from diners in the ’50’s.  And of course, I just love the ‘punny’ sentiment 😉

To make the spinner, I attached a Stampin’ Dimensional to the back of the sentiment shape, and attached it to a penny.  Then, I attached another Dimensional to the back of that penny, and attached it to another penny.  I slid the back penny through the slider opening, and voila!  The sentiment shape spins as you tilt the card back & forth 🙂

To make sure that the spinner will spin when attached to the card base, I used the Foam Adhesives Strips along each side of the slider die cut – making sure to leave enough room on each side so that it doesn’t interfere with the penny sliding.   Then I attached a piece of the Foam Adhesives Strips on each corner of the panel, so that it was all the same height, before attaching it to the card.

I used Calypso Coral cardstock for my card base, and added a panel of paper from the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack.

For the inside of the card, I stamped the cute little banner image repeatedly across the top, and coloured them in using the Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay Watercolour Pencils.  The sentiment is also from the Tasty Trucks stamp set, stamped in Calypso Coral ink.

You can see that I’m not perfect – I guess I got some Bermuda Bay ink or pencil on my hand, and I smudged it just above the sentiment without knowing it – until I took this picture, of course!  See – even demonstrators goof up!

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my projects – I’d appreciate it if you’d leave a comment, before you go!

To head over to Marie Green’s post, just click the ‘Next’ button – you won’t want to miss her awesome projects!  Thanks for spending some time with me today – enjoy the rest of the Hop!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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  1. Kathryn Ricks says:

    I love all the sentaments in High Tide, what a great card. Your taco truck is so fun.

  2. I’m loving your High Tide card Deborah. The colour mix is so bold and beautiful. Like you I knew I simply had to add this to my stamp collection when I first saw it. Your Tasty Truck slider card brought a smile to my face the moment I saw it. What fun. Love it inside and out! Thanks for sharing your many talents Deborah.

  3. Delightful cards Deb. Love the spinner over the taco truck!

  4. Lisa Kmiec says:

    Very nice cards Deborah. I love them both, but the Sliding Star / Food Truck card is great! So creative!

  5. Heidi Weaver says:

    Love that lighthouse, Deb. I so want to buy it and it is at the top of my list for the next order. Wish they had made framelits for it but otherwise the images and sentiments are so perfect. That little food truck is adorable. Like you, I got it as one of my SAB gifts but haven’t used it yet. You’ve definitely inspired me and I have plans for it this weekend.

  6. Great cards Deb. The spinner card is so cute. Lots of inspiration from your cards.

  7. Marie Green says:

    I’m glad you digressed and shared something about your community. It sounds like a fun way to feed your guests! I have to say I love your food truck card with the added spinner element! You used some of my favorite colors in the High Tide card! Fantastic card!

  8. jlfstudio says:

    Blue and Crumb Cake is a perfect color combo…just like food trucks and tacos! You’ve given me some wonderful ideas Miss Deb. I never thought of combining sliders with food…though really, given the name, I should have. Hope your weather improves. Thanks for joining the hop with your lovely projects and hope your event went well. Joining you in prayers for Christine. The news was such a shock.

  9. Beautiful High Tide card, Deb – I love that set! And I just made a taco truck for a birthday boy–sure wish I had thought of a spinner card–too fun!

  10. Donna says:

    Debbie, your lighthouse card is beautiful; absolutely beautiful! Your taco truck is so darned cute, too! Thank you for sharing!! 🙂 (Donna from SU!/SC)

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