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It’s that time again – time for another wonderful, Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!  

It’s also that time of year for the retiring products, so that’s what we’re going to focus on for this hop; the retiring In Colours, plus some of our favourite sets that are saying ‘good-bye’.   We are also doing one of our favourite things, which is to choose 1 project from another hopper’s blog, and CASE (Copy And Share Everything) that project to share with you 🙂

If you haven’t enjoyed one of our blog hops before, you may be wondering who we are, and what this is all about.  Well, we are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who have become friends online through Stampin’ Connection, the demonstrator-only website.  A few of us have been fortunate enough to meet each other in person, but we are all ‘virtual’ friends, and we want to share our love of stamping with you!

Each of our blogs is linked to the one before & after, so to travel through the blog  hop, you just have to keep clicking in one direction – either ‘next’ or ‘previous’ and you’ll see every blog, and not miss a thing!  If you choose to blaze your own trail, you can click on the ‘home’ button, and that will take you to the list of participants, and you can travel from there.

You may have arrived here from my friend Heidi’s blog; weren’t her projects amazing!  Heidi is a constant source of inspiration for me, as well as being the coordinator for our hop 🙂

For my first project, I want to first share with you the card that I chose from Libby Fens to CASE.  This is Libby’s card:

Libby's card to CASE

Isn’t this a great card?  If you’ve been following my posts, you’ll know that I’m the first to admit that Clean & Simple cards are not my strong suit, so I greatly admire the people who do them so well!

Here is my version of Libby’s card:

CASE Everything Eleanor

Perhaps a little less ‘clean and simple’ than Libby’s version, but I quite like it! 🙂  In this card, I used the retiring In Colours Blackberry Bliss ( my favourite!), Mossy Meadow and Hello Honey.  The 2 stamps sets that I used are also retiring; Everything Eleanor (*sob!*) and Fabulous Four.

I started with a card base of Very Vanilla cardstock, and stamped the flourish from Everything Eleanor in Blackberry Bliss from corner to corner.  The flowers were stamped on scrap pieces of Very Vanilla, also in Blackberry Bliss ink, then hand cut using the Paper Snips.  I used the Hello Honey Marker to colour in the stamen, then added the Clear Wink of Stella to each flower.  I then used the retiring Bird Builder Punch and Mossy Meadow cardstock to punch out the leaves.

The sentiment is from the set Fabulous Four; stamped onto Very Vanilla in Mossy Meadow ink.  I layered it on top of a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock, then attached 2 smaller rectangles of Mossy Meadow behind the upper left and bottom right corners.  I then used Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the pieces to the card front.

The flowers and leaves were then layered on again with Stampin’ Dimensionals; in this picture below, you can see a close up of the Wink of Stella:


My next project uses the retiring Beautiful Ride stamp set; I was really hoping that this set would carry over; I’ve hardly had time to use it!

Beautiful Ride

I thought this would make a cute ‘new address’ card to send out; of course if I were to actually use it, I would probably make it just 1 layer, with no popped up pieces, to make it less expensive for mailing lots of them!

For the base, I used one of Stampin’ Up!’s Note Cards, and stamped the ground using the Timeless Textures stamp set in Smoky Slate, and added the dots/rocks in Crumb Cake ink.  The VW car in stamped in retiring Lost Lagoon ink.  (notice how I stamped only the back 2/3rd’s of the car – because it’s moving!), then used Blender Pens and Lost Lagoon, Smoky Slate and Basic Gray ink pads to colour the car.  The little doggie driver was stamped in Basic Gray ink, then coloured in Crumb Cake in with a Blender Pen, and his collar coloured with the Real Red Marker.

I stamped the set of suitcases directly on top of the car, then stamped a second set on scrap paper, coloured them, then cut them out & layered them on top of the car, just for more dimension.  The sentiment is from the same Beautiful Ride set, stamped in Lost Lagoon onto Whisper White.  I used the retiring Bitty Banners Dies to cut the sentiment, and the Lost Lagoon layer behind it.

A quick & cute card to let your friends know of your new address; like I said, if you were to be mailing a lot of these, I would keep everything stamped directly onto the card front.

Finally my last project; a Gatefold card using a set that I know I’ll be keeping, even though it is retiring (insert sad, shocked face):

A Nice Cuppa gatefold

I’ve seen a few cards done in this style, and wanted to make my own, so here it is!  These cards are quite easy to do, it just takes a bit of scoring, then all of the layers. I started with a base of Blushing Bride cardstock measuring 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, then score at 2 1/8″ and 6 3/8″.  Your DSP layers for the front will be 1 7/8″ x 5 1/4″, layered with Whisper White cardstock measuring 1 3/4″ x 5″.

After scoring the base, I layered the retiring Birthday Bouquet DSP on each front panel.  I then stamped the 2 Whisper White pieces with the largest flower from the Birthday Blooms stamp set in Blushing Bride ink, stamped the sentiment in Mint Macaron, then layered them on top of the DSP.

I used the retiring Cups & Kettle Framelits to die cut the kettle from Mint Macaron cardstock, the inlaid pattern, teacup and tea bag from another pattern of the Birthday Bouquet DSP, and the spoon from the retired Silver Brushed cardstock.   I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to attach the loopy inlaid pattern to the front of the teapot, then attached it, the cup and the tea bag to the front left panel of the card.  I cut a piece of a retiring Paper Doily, and layered the spoon on top of it, and attached them using Glue Dots to the front right panel.  A Pearl embellishment on the teapot lid finished off the front.

The picture below shows how the card opens:

A Nice CUppa inside gatefold

For the inside of the card, I again stamped the largest blossom from the Birthday Blooms set in Blushing Bride, in the upper right and lower left hand corners of the Whisper White cardstock panel, then stamped the sentiment in Mint Macaron in the middle.  I attached it to a panel of the same pattern DSP that I used on the front of the card, and glued it inside.  I think this finished off the card nicely 🙂  Of course, the envelope will have to be stamped, as well, before the card is sent!

Well, I  hope  you’ve enjoyed seeing my projects – please leave a comment for me, if you have time, before you head off to see what fabulous projects that Gail Allen has put together for your delight!  I know you won’t be disappointed, that’s for sure.

To head to Gail’s blog, simply click on the ‘Next’ button below; to go back to Heidi’s blog, click the ‘Previous’ button, and if you want to see the whole list of participants, you can see that by clicking on the ‘Home’ button.

Thanks for spending some time with me – enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop!

Until next time -happy stamping!

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List of Participants:

Libby Fens – https://libbystamps.wordpress.com/

Penny Hanuszak – http://pennytokensstampinspot.blogspot.ca/

 Buffy Cooper – http://buffycooper.com/

Marie Green – http://mytanglewoodcottage.blogspot.com/

Jean Fitch – https://jlfstudio.wordpress.com/

Priscilla Ivler – http://priscillastamps.blogspot.com/

Bev – http://stampwithbev.blogspot.com/

Heidi Weaver –  http://heidistampinalong.blogspot.com/

Deborah Smart – http://stampandcreate.net/  – YOU ARE HERE!

Gail Allen – http://stampingandotherstuff.blogspot.ca/

Marsha Reed – http://coffeepotstampingcafe.com/

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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! :)

13 thoughts on “Wacky Watercooler April Blog Hop

  1. Great projects Deborah! Your CASE of Libby’s card is wonderful. The sentiment you chose is just perfect – too bad that set is retiring. And I’m with you on keeping the teacup bundle. You used such nice, soft colours on that card.

    1. Thank you, Gail, for the wonderful comment 🙂 Maybe if we all put a note in the ‘sandbox’, SU! will keep the Cups & Kettle bundle! (we could hope)

  2. Hi Deb, your CASE of Libby’s card makes me think of how they always had a sample in the Stampin’ Success and then a similar one that they called “Step it Up!” Nice work. I’m devastated to see the Beautiful Ride and the teacups bundle retire. I really don’t feel they’ve been around long enough. Wonderful work on those cards, especially the second with the gatefold opening. You’ve made a stunning card. Thanks for being part of our crazy April Blog Hop.

    1. Well, Heidi, if we don’t have the occasional technical glitch, we’d be always waiting for the other shoe to drop, right?! All is well, anyway 🙂 Thanks for your kind comments on my cards; I always enjoy creating for our blog hops.

  3. Deb I’m really impressed with your CASE of Libby’s clean and simple card. A very classy card. I also really enjoyed both the Beautiful Ride and the teacup gatefold cards. You’re absolutely right in that both these sets have been around for too short a time period and should have extended into the next catalogue. You’ve made me re-think about getting the Cups & Kettle Framelits on my next order before they’re all gone. Thanks for sharing your extraordinary talents Deb. Such a pleasure to visit your site.

    1. I just think that teacups, coffee cups, kettles etc. are just ‘naturals’ for everyone to have, Penny! I’m still holding on to my Perfect Blend set, too 🙂 Thanks so much for your lovely comments; I really appreciate them, and you!

  4. Lovely projects, Deborah! The CASE is so pretty, and your moving card is very cute. I LOVE that gatefold card! I’m going to miss that set as well. (Yeah – I’m keeping mine, too.)

    1. Yes, we may prefer coffee over tea, but this set is just too cute, right Buffy?! (and it does have a bigger ‘mug’ in the framelits!) Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment 🙂

  5. Deb, great take on Libby’s card, and I love you used the flourish from Everything Eleanor. Sad to see it retire. Love the touch of Wink of Stella. Cute, cute “we’ve moved” card! Sorry to see that set going also. I purchased the Cups & Kettle Framelits on my first order because my granddaughter loves tea…and now it’s retiring too! Short lived were some good stamps and accessories! (Phooey!) TFS

  6. Love your CASE card, Deb–such pretty use of the retiring colors to make a sophisticated card! I like the extra touch of the leaves peeking out from behind the flowers…
    And your car card is so cute! Great idea to have it driving off the page–I’m going to use that idea (yes, I’m keeping this set–my first car was a VW bug and I love this stamp set!). Ditto on the cups & kettles…
    Super ideas–thanks!

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