The Wacky Watercooler March Blog
I think it's safe to say that in most places in our Stamping world, March has roared in like a lion!  Nothing lamb-like about wind storms, more snow, and rain storms, that's for sure.  What better reason to grab a cuppa, and settle in for another fan-tab-ulous Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!
This time we've set a new record – we are at a Fabulous 15 participating blogs, and the addition of our wonderful Jeanne Kupsh in Germany, we're officially 'world wide'!
In case this is your first Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop, let me give you a brief introduction as to who we are.  We are a group of like-minded demonstrators who have all gotten to know each other (some only virtually, some in person) through the demonstrator-only site called Stampin' Connection.  (It's one of the many perks of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator – you meet so many amazing people, from around the world!)

We've decided that we like getting together (virtually) to create, and by the numbers of viewers from our past Blog Hops, we're guessing that you enjoy it, too!  So we've started doing these Hops monthly, and we hope you'll keep coming back to join in the fun!
The Hop runs in a circular fashion, so no matter where you started, as long as you keep clicking on the "Next" button, you'll go through all the particpating blogs.  If you like to 'hop around', you will find a list of all participating blogs at the end of this post, as well as by clicking on the "Home" button, which will take you to the Wacky Watercooler home site.
Technically, my blog is 'first' on the list of blogs, but you may have come here from the 'Home' page, or from another blog.  Either way, I hope you enjoy the projects I have to offer, and keep on 'hopping'!
Here's my first project – I have to say, I am so excited about this one, that I even sent out a 'sneak peek' on Instagram!!  It's my first time doing this project – which, when you first see it, looks like an pretty chill little box….

….until you open it – then "BOOM"! 


It's an Explosion Box!! 

How cool is this?!  Now you see why I was so thrilled 🙂  The box itself is easy to construct, but filling it in can take a bit of time – especially if you're like me, and agonize over the placement of every flower and butterfly! LOL 

I have to share some close-up pictures of the 4 panels and the centre flowers with you – after all, I did take the time to make them, so I have to show them off! 🙂

These are the 4 panels, which I decorated with butterflies using the Beautiful Wings Embosslits and the Elegant Butterfly Punch.  I used strips of Window Sheets to help the butterflies 'fly'!  The flowers were made using a combination of the Boho Blossoms Punch and the 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch, and made from Creped Filter Paper coloured by spritzing it with reinkers and alcohol mixed in the Stampin' Spritzer

How about these flowers – aren't they gorgeous?!  No, I'm not just lovin' on myself, here – I really do love the new Spiral Flower Die, and when you pair it with new Fringe Scissors , you can see the terrific results.  I'll be posting a tutorial in a the next day or so on how to do the 'full fringe' and the 'partial fringe' with the die, so make sure you come back & check out my Tutorial page!

Supplies Used:

Cardstock: Summer Starfruit, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party, Pistachio Pudding

Designer Series Paper: Soho Subway (#130140), Sweet Sorbet (#133521-FREE during SAB)

Inks: Summer Starfruit, Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Ink Pads; Pool Party and Crisp Cantaloupe Re-inkers

Tools: Big Shot (#113439), Magnetic Platform (#130658), Chalk Talk Framelits (#129983), Beautiful Wings Embosslits (#118138), Elegant Butterfly Punch (#127526), Bird Builder Punch (#117191), Boho Blossoms Punch (#119858), 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch (#127811)

Other: Creped Filter Paper (#129392), Stampin' Spritzer (#126185), Candy Dot Brads (#132293), Window Sheets (#114323), Fringe Scissors (#133325), Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430), Anywhere Glue Sticks (#104045), Sticky Strip (#104294)

Easter is on it's way, and so is the Easter Bunny!  My next project was also such fun, because I put the Fringe Scissors to use again, plus I just love the cute little bunny in the Eggstra Spectacular stamp set! 🙂

What do you think – does it look like the Easter Bunny just hid some eggs, and is now on moving on?  Tee  hee!  I wanted to add some visual interest to this card, so I created 'layers' of grass in which to hide the eggs, and made a little frame for the special bunny 🙂

Here's a side view, so you can see how I made the layers – popped up each one with Dimensionals, so that I could still hide the eggs. 

Supplies Used:

Cardstock: Whisper White

Designer Series Paper: Fresh Prints Paper Stack (#132996), Watercolour Wonder (#132994)

Stamp Set: Eggstra Spectacular (#133071cm, 133068wm)

Inks: Early Espresso Classic Ink Pad

Tools: Fringe Scissors (#133325), Large Oval Punch (#119855), Ovals Collection Framelits (#129381), Labels Collection Framelits (#125598), Big Shot (#113439), Magnetic Platform (#130658)

Other: Daffodil Delight Ribbon (clearance rack), Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)

Finally, what's Easter without some chocolate eggs?  It just wouldn't happen in my house, so I decided to make some special holders for one of my favourite Easter treats – those wonderful, gooey Cadbury Eggs!  Connie Stewart over at Simply Simple Stamping shared this oh-so-cute tutorial, so I just had to try it out.

Can you imagine the smiles when someone receives one of these little cuties?!  You'll notice that they are each just a tiny bit different – not just because I used a different background stamp on each one, but because I mis-judged the placement of the punch (too high!) on the one on the right!  But it still looks okay, right?


Here's a close-up of the cute little chicks – so easy to make, but so cute!  A few punches, a few snips, and you have your egg and chick!

For the top, since I don't yet have the wonderful new Tag Topper punch (it's currently on back-order), I used the Labels Framelit Collection to shape the top of the little egg holder, and used the punches from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack so I could thread my ribbon through to hold it closed. 
Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
Designer Series Paper: Sweet Sorbet, Watercolour Wonder
Inks: Daffodil Delight, Pistachio Pudding
Stamp Sets: Eggstra Spectacular (#133071cm/133068wm), Easter Blossoms (retired)
Tools: Big Shot (#133439), Labels Collection Frameltis (#125598), Designer Frames Embossing Folder (retired), Large Oval Punch (#119855), Blossom Punch (#125603), Boho Blossoms Punch (#119858), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (#118309)
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755), Stampin' Sponges (#101610), Daffodil Delight Seam Binding (#125583), Paper Snips (#103579)

 Well, I hope you've enjoyed seeing my projects as much as I enjoyed making them!  Next on the Blog Hop is the amazingly talented Jackie Susnick – click on the 'Next' link below if you'd like to Hop forward; if you'd like to Hop backwards, you can go to Bev Q.'s blog by clicking the 'Previous' Button, or you can Hop to our Home page by clicking – you guessed it! – the 'Home button!  You can also randomly visit all of the blogs whenever you like;  the full list is at the bottome of this post, as well as on the Home page.

Thanks for visiting – if you have time, I'd appreciate any comment you'd like to leave for me!  Happy Hopping!



List of Participating Blogs: in order of appearance

~Deborah Smart –  (you are here!)
Jackie Susnik –
Susan Horr –
Marsha Reed –
Heidi Weaver –
Jean Fitch –
Jeanne Kupsh –
Christine Giuda –
Kath R. –
Gail Allen –
Stefanie Pletscher –
KatheD –
Buffy Cooper –   
Terri Antoniw –
Bev Q –

Home Page – Wacky Watercooler Stamping –

Until next time – Happy Stamping!


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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

32 thoughts on “March Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!

    1. So glad you liked my projects, Buffy!  I was a bit nervous about the explosion box, as it was my first one – but it was fun!  Thanks for leaving a comment 🙂

  1. I love your projects Deborah!! Well, you know I always have thought you were amazingly talented but you’re just proving me right yet again! I can’t wait to get my fringe scissors. They were backordered (as was the flower punch from the little flowers). And the more I see it the more I wish I also ordered the spiral flower die! Thanks again for sharing your creations (oh how I wish we were neighbors). I’m so happy to be able to join you guys again this time!

    1. Oh, you’re too kind, Terri!  I know you’ll have a blast with your Fringe Scissors – and you really DO need the Spiral Flower Die (teehee!)  Wouldn’t it be great if we were neighbours?  Stampin’ all the time, and sharing our tools! 🙂  Glad you’re back in the Hop, Terri!

    1. Thanks so much for the kind comments, Jackie!  I appreciate you popping by 🙂  I’ll be putting up my own tutorial for the ‘egg holders’ in a few days!

  2. Love the cute little chicks in their half eggs! I too am waiting for the tag topper punch and as soon as I get it, will be trying this project.
    I’m wavering on the fringe scissors – but sure love those flowers!
    All wonderful projects.

    1. Aw, thanks for your lovely comments, Gail!  Aren’t those little chicks fun?!  I am having fun with the Fringe Scissors, especially paired with the Spiral Flower Die! 

  3. Oh I guess Utah is one of the few areas that enjoyed a mild March… the last three weeks or so have been in the mid 50s I have never seen such a warm Feb and March

  4. WOW!!!!!!!!!!! What an amazing start to the Hop!! Your projects are just amazing and gorgeous! Not sure which is my favorite as they are are wonderful, but the explosion box really has that “wow factor”. Thank you for such a warm welcome too – you’re just too sweet!

    1. Such wonderful comments, Jeanne!!  Thanks for bringing the ‘international glam’ to the Hop this month – hope you’re in again for next month 🙂

  5. You have outdone yourself. These projects are fantastic. I feel some casing coming on.

    1. Thank you for the lovely comments, Debbie!  This Hop was such fun 🙂  I’m glad you’ll be joining us for April’s Hop!

    1. I’m so glad you like my projects, Patti!  Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment – always appreciated! 🙂

  6. Just amazing projects! Extrememly creative work. Thanks for sharing your love of crafting.

  7. Deborah, your explosion box is excellent, I expected it to be the only project since it was so beautifully detailed, but it was followed by more & great use of those fringe scissors – now if only I had a pair!

    1. How nice of you to say that, Kathe!  I’m so glad you liked my explosion box; it was a labour of love! 🙂  You’ll have to order yourself the fringe scissors – they’re too much fun!

  8. Absolutely wonderful post!! I love the explosion box…must try one for myself. Can’t wait for your flower tutorial…mixing the spiral flower die and fringe scissors makes for fabulous flowers!! Thanks for sharing these cute projects!

    1. Doris, thank you so much for your lovely comments – you’ve made my day 🙂  I’m so glad you enjoyed the Hop (perhaps if you have time, you’ll join in with us one month?!)

  9. Fabulous lead off entry to the hop Miss Deb. Quite an eclectic and wonderful set of projects and I like them all though I have to say I think the bunny card is my fav. The fringed look gets me every time. 😀

    1. Thanks so much, Jean!  It’s always such fun taking part in these Hops; everyonen is amazing 🙂

  10. What a terrific leader you make for the blog hop, Deb! I love your projects! They’re all simply terrific. I have never made an explosion box before but am going to be making one now. What a great surprise for the recipient! My brain’s already whirling with ideas! I’m also going to be making some of those Cadbury egg holders. My sister loves those gooey things. The fringe scissors made the “hair” for your chickies absolutely edgy! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful creations.

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