Hello there, my stamping friend! Welcome to the February edition of the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop, where we are celebrating all occasions!
If you haven’t visited our hop before, you may be wondering ‘what’s the Wacky Watercooler part all about?’ Well, we are a group of demonstrators who have met – some in person, some only virtually in our online demonstrator-only site – who share a love of stamping and sharing; and the sharing isn’t just limited to stamping! We chat about all kinds of things – kinda like around the ol’ office watercooler – whether it’s the weather, health, the state of the world or the latest jokes! This is a group of fabulous ladies, and I’m privileged to know them 🙂
Our blogs are linked in a circular fashion, so as long as you keep heading in one direction, you’ll make it through all the posts, and see all of the amazing projects made just for your delight. In case of technical difficulties (they do happen sometimes), you can either go to the bottom of the post to see the full list of participating blogs, or click on the ‘Home’ button, which will take you to the Watercooler home page, where again, you’ll see the list of participating blogs & links.
If you’ve been traveling forward via the ‘Next’ button, then you’ll have arrived here at my blog from the most awesome Deb Spano’s blog. Weren’t her projects terrific?! Such fun 🙂 If you’re traveling backwards via the ‘Previous’ button, then you’ll just be putting your socks back on, after having them knocked off by the amazing Heidi Weaver’s projects. Heidi is also our coordinator for our group hops; I don’t know how she has the energy to keep us all in line, and come up with the fabulous projects that she does!
Well, enough of the introductions – let’s get on with it! My first card uses one of the Sale-A-Bration sets called Honeycomb Happiness for the image, and Perfect Pairings, also from SAB for the sentiment.
I started out by stamping the sentiment on the bottom of the Whisper White panel in Mossy Meadow ink. I then stamped the chick and the balloon in Archival Black ink onto the panel, and again onto a scrap piece of Whisper White. I coloured the chick on the scrap piece using my Blender Pens and ink pads in Daffodil Delight and So Saffron; the beak and feet are Pumpkin Pie. The balloon was coloured using Pear Pizzazz and the Blender Pen. I hand cut the balloon and the chick, then layered them on top of the stamped panel, using Stampin’ Dimensionals, to give the panel more, well, dimension! The bow was coloured using the Blender Pen and Real Red ink.
I layered the image panel over a piece of the English Garden Designer Series Paper with Dimensionals, then attached the whole thing to the card base of Daffodil Yellow cardstock. I then wrapped some Daffodil Delight ribbon around the left hand side, and tied it off in a bow.
I like the ‘Happy Day’ sentiment, as it makes the card versatile for more occasions – even for Easter, which is what I had in mind when I started the card.
My next project is a birthday card – because we can all use a lot of those!
I used the new Party Pants Sale-A-Bration set for the sentiment, and the Balloon Celebrations stamp set for – you guessed it – the balloons! I started with a card base of Whisper White cardstock, and stamped the confetti background image (from Party Pants) in Mint Macaron and Crushed Curry inks, stamping off once before stamping onto the card. I then stamped the balloon strings and tassels in Melon Mambo directly onto the card front. The balloons were stamped on scrap cardstock pieces of Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron and Crushed Curry, using the same ink colours as the cardstocks; I did the same to add the texture to the balloons.
After using the Balloon Bouquet Punch to punch out the balloons, I attached them to their strings, using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I set to work making the bottom half of the card using a new technique (well, new to me, anyway) called Pleated Skirt Fold.
You start with a piece of DSP – in this case, I used the It’s My Party DSP stack – 7 3/4″ x 3″. On the long side, measure and make a mark at 3″, then on the short side, measure and make a mark at 1 1/2″. Then use your Trimmer to make a diagonal cut from the 3″ mark up to the 1 1/2″ mark. Next, use your Simply Scored and score at 3″, 3 1/2″, 5″ and 6″, then fold in accordion fashion. I used a little bit of adhesive at each fold, to keep the folds from ‘popping’ open.
I then layered my pleated DSP onto a 3″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Melon Mambo cardstock, and attached it to my card front with Dimensionals. You don’t have to layer the DSP onto cardstock; I chose to do so because the other side of the pleats showed a white with black polka dot pattern, which seemed lost against the white card bottom. I finished off the pleated portion by adding a strip of Mint Macaron Washi Tape across where the top & bottom joined.
The sentiment is stamped in Melon Mambo onto Whisper White, and it and the Melon Mambo cardstock beneath it were cut using the Big Shot and the Tags & Labels Framelits Dies. Before adding it to the card front, I attached loops of the Silver Cording Trim behind the sentiment, then it was attached using Dimensionals. I think this would be a fun card for any age, or gender! It made me smile 🙂
For my final project, I treated myself to creating some punch art! St. Patrick’s Day is coming up in March, and I feel that I should acknowledge that, being as Irish is part of my heritage. Visiting Ireland is on my ‘bucket list’; the other half of my ancestors are Scottish; I’ve been there, but am dying to go back!
How do you like this little leprechaun?! I hope he brings me luck – though I think I should have given him a 4 leaf clover, instead of just 3 leaves.
I found this little guy on Pinterest, and figured out how to put him together using our Stampin’ Up! products. I’m going to put up a tutorial showing which punches are used for which pieces of his face; but you’ll need the Bird Builder, Small Oval, Scallop circles and 1″ Circle punches, and cardstock in Garden Green (or Mossy Meadow), Pink Pirouette and Basic Black cardstock. The eyes are 2 Basic Pearl Embellishments, coloured with a black Sharpie.
The hardest part was trying to find a sentiment to go with this leprechaun; I was searching everywhere for a stamp that referred to ‘luck’, and then I found this one in the Going Global set! I stamped it in Hello Honey ink, then punched it out using the 1″ Circle punch.
After piecing him together with Tombow glue and Dimensionals, I attached him to a piece of the Perfectly Artistic DSP from Sale-A-Bration, then wound some of the Gold Cording Trim around the right side, three times. The whole thing was then attached with Dimensionals to a card base of Garden Green cardstock.
That’s it for my projects – I do hope you enjoyed them ! I’d love to read any comments that you’d like to leave for me; I do try to reply to each comment 🙂
Now you’re ready to either head over to see the fabulous projects that Heidi has created for you by clicking on the Next button, or head back for another look at Deb Spano’s projects by clicking the Previous button. Of course, the Home button will take you to our Watercooler blog page, with the list of all participants.
Thanks for spending some time with the Wacky Watercooler ladies today – until next time, Happy stamping!
List of Participating Blogs in Order of Appearance:
Deborah Smart – You are Here!