Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!

Wacky Watercooler New Catalog(ue) Blog Hop

Welcome to another Blog Hop with the inimitable Wacky Watercooler Gang!

Who is the Watercooler Gang?  We are a group of creative, fun-loving Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the globe, who love to collaborate to bring you fantastic creations and creative ideas, featuring Stampin' Up! products.

This Blog Hop will feature items from the new 'Celebrate the Everyday' Occasions Catalogue, the new Sale-a-bration Brochure, as well as product from the Annual Stampin' Up! Catalogue.

We hope that you'll enjoy making the rounds of all the blogs, find some inspiration and a few new goodies that you 'just have to have!'

 

The Blog Hop goes in a 'circular' fashion, so as long as you  click on either the 'Next' or 'Previous' Buttons, you will be taken to the next Blog on the Hop.  If at any time you get lost, or wish to see the full list of all the participants, you can click on the 'Home' button, and that will take you to the Wacky Watercooler Home Page, where all participating blogs will be listed (as well as at the bottom of this post).

I'm just loving the new products that Stampin' Up! has come out with in this new Occasions Catalogue!  Maybe it's because we're all  so ready for Spring, but they just seem so cheery and 'wow', it seems to make creating with them so easy.

Did you come here from Kath's blog?  Isn't she amazing?!  I just love her creativity 🙂 

Here's my first card – and it uses several of my new favourites!

The card base is Whisper White cardstock, layered with a panel of Crisp Cantaloupe.  Notice something new about the Crisp Cantaloupe?  It's embossed with the new Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (item #133520) which you can earn for FREE during Sale-a-bration!  Next is a strip of the new Fancy Foil Designer Vellun in Gold (#133363 pg. 23) in the Occasions Catalogue. Next, I cut out a panel from the gorgeous new Watercolour Wonder Designer Series Paper (#132994 Occasions Catalogue) with the Labels Collection Framelits (#125598 Annual Catalogue).  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set 'Simply Sketched' (#129672 A.C.) with Versamark and embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder, and cut it out using the Apothecary Accents Framelits (#127003 A.C.)  Behind the sentiment is stamped the 'dots' from the versatile 'Gorgeous Grunge' stamp set (#130517 A.C.) in Crisp Cantaloupe.  A couple of gold sequins dot the sentiment, cut from the Gold Sequin Trim (#132983 O.C.), and a strand of Calypso Coral Bakers Twine (#125573) is tied across the front.

I did make a boo-boo on this next card, and used a retired embossing folder 🙁  I hope you'll forgive me!  I think that this card would be just as cute without the use of the embossing folder – what do you think?

The stamp set is called 'See Ya Later', and you can earn it for FREE during Sale-a-bration.  It has 4 great sayings, each with little illustrations across the top that coordinate with the saying. 

I started with a base of Whisper White cardstock, then added a layer of Pistachio Pudding.  The Smoky Slate cardstock panel was embossing with the retired Cloudy Day embossing folder (sorry!), and below that is a panel of 'Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper'  (#133521)- also a FREEBIE from the Sale-a-bration brochure.  The centre of the sun was made from Daffodil Delight cardstock, using the 1 3/4" Circle Punch (#119850 A.C.), and I made the sun 'rays' by cutting 4 of the largest framelits from the 'Itty Bitty Banners' Framelit set (#129267 A.C.) from Pumpkin Pie cardstock.  I sponged the edges of the 'rays' and the 'sun' with Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink.

Next I layered out a few clouds, made from Whisper White cardstock, and punched from the 'Cupcake Builder' punch (#121807 A.C.) – they're the cupcake 'tops'!  The sentiment was stamped in Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink onto Whisper White cardstock, and I cut it and a 2nd layer in Pumpkin Pie cardstock with the 'Chalk Talk' Framelit (#129983 A.C.)

My last project is something that seems to be the newest, hottest 'thing' that everyone is making – it's called a 'Card in a Box'!  I followed the directions for making the box base from a very talented demo in Australia named Tanya Bell – her blog is 'Stampin T'.  This is my version of this popular card:

Can you see why everyone is loving this latest design?!!  And here's the biggest bonus – it folds flat, so you can mail it!  You can make different sizes, too, because with our awesome Envelope Punch Board, you can make your own envelope for the perfect fit!

So you can see I used quite a bit of product in this design; the base box is made from Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock (are you getting the idea that it's one of my favourites?), then layered with panels of Sahara Sand and the wonderful Sweet Sorbet DSP from Sale-a-bration.  Love using FREE paper!!  I stamped the flowers, bird and butterflies from the 'Simply Sketched' stamp set, Papillion Poutpourri, and another of my new favourites from the Occasions Catalogue – 'Happy Watercolour' (#133191).  All the images were coloured using Stampin' Up!'s Classic Inks, Blender Pens (#102845 A.C.) and Stampin' Write Markers.  I then cut them out using my Paper Snips, and punched out the butterflies with the 'Elegant Butterfly' punch (#127526 A.C.)

The sentiment in Crisp Cantaloupe  and design around it, stamped in Pistachio Pudding, are from the 'Chalk Talk' stamp set (#130634 A.C.) and cut out with the coordinating Chalk Talk Framelits (#129983 A.C.)

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my creations!  Thanks for visiting my blog – now you'll want to go to the talented Bev and see what she has waiting for you!   I just know it'll be fabulous!

My apologies, folks!  For some reason, technology is not my friend right now, and I can not get the link to Bev's blog to work!  So – please click on her blog name – www.stampwithbev.blogspot.ca – to go see her wonderful work!  (as soon as I get the links to work, I will update them! thanks for your patience!)

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The 'home' Watercooler blog site is http://wackywatercoolerstamping.blogspot.com (until I can get the buttons to work!)

 

To go back to Kath's site, please click on her blog address – http://kath-allthatscrap.blogspot.com

 

List of Wacky Watercooler Participants and their Blogs:

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

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

Buffy Cooper – http://buffycooper.com

Kath R – http://kath-allthatscrap.blogspot.com

Deborah Smart – http://stampandcreate.net

Bev Q – http://stampwithbev.blogspot.ca

Christine Giuda – http://dancinstamps.blogspot.com

Marsha Reed – http://coffeepotstampingcafe.com

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Susan Horr says:

    Beautiful projects!

  2. buffycooper says:

    Lovely projects, Deborah! TFS!

  3. Marsha Reed says:

    Love the Decorative Dots folder. Now I want to make a “card in a box.” That is very pretty Deborah.

  4. Gail Allen says:

    Wow, the Card in a Box is stunning! I haven’t really looked into how they are made. Thanks for the nudge!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      So glad you like the card in a box, Gail!  You’ll love making one – they’re easier than they look!  Thanks for stopping in 🙂

  5. Heidi Weaver says:

    Deb, thanks so much for being part of the hop. As usual your projects just make me itch to try out new things.

    I love that Decorative Dots embossing folder, too. The random dots are so much more carefree and fun than the regimented dots on the Perfect Polka Dot folder, aren’t they. The colours you’ve used, too, add to the fun.

    Yes, I do agree that the card would look just as good without the embossing folder you used in error. You made up for the slip with that adorable sun. What a great use for the banners!

    You already know I love the card-in-a-box because I made one, too. Aren’t they fun? And I especially love all the elements in yours. What a delight! Someone is going to be very happy to receive it.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Thanks for the lovely comments, Heidi!  We’re lucky to have you as organizer of the Hop 🙂  I’m already looking forward to the next one.  Great minds think alike, with the Card in a Box!  Yours is fabulous! 

  6. Bev says:

    Your first card captures a soft and sweet feeling – so pretty. Nice to know card in a box lies flat for mailing. I’ve enjoyed being in the Hop Deb. See you at the cooler.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Hi Bev!  Thanks so much for coming back and leaving a comment – it makes my day! I’m so glad we’re part of this Hop together ♥  See you at the ‘cooler!

  7. Kathy L says:

    These are beautiful projects! The card in a box is just stunning…it looks like a flower garden in the summer. And your other ones are just as cheerful. Love the colors you’ve used.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      I’m so glad to hear that you’ve enjoyed my projects, Kathy!  Thanks so much for taking the time to leave such a nice message.  I hope you also enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop – so many talented ladies!! 🙂

  8. Christine Giuda says:

    Now I know I have to try one of the cards in a box. I love your projects, that is my favorite though.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Thanks so much, Christine!  I’m glad you like the projects – I know you’ll love making a card in a box.  Please share it when you do! 🙂

  9. jlfstudio says:

    Fabulous and inventive projects Miss Deb. All of them. You totally fooled me with the Itty Bitty Banner die cuts. I was sure that was the new punch from SAB! Either way the sun is shining wonderfully. The card box definitely steals the show though. That’s a labor of love my friend with all that colouring and cutting. Cantaloupe is definitely your colour! Hugs and thanks for hopping even with the tech glitches. I’m betting on you to triumph over the computer and the ‘net!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Such wonderful compliments – thank you, Jean!  I would’ve used the new little banner punch, but I didn’t have it then! (I do now, though!)  The score is still 0-1 in favour of the computer…hopefully that’ll change soon; technology can be wonderful, but there are times when it is NOT! 🙂  I’m honoured to be part of the Hop will all the rest of you incredible ladies!  ♥

  10. karen huber says:

    hi deb, wow! your contributions to the hop are wonderful. i just did a similar ‘sunshine’ card using the new banner punch for the ‘rays’. by far, my favorite is your box! i love all the variations i have seen & am working on a valentine design for my granddaughter. i can just imagine her surprise when she opens that. thanks for sharing your awesome designs & creativity ~ smiles, karen 😉

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Karen, thank you for your generous compliments!  I’m so glad you enjoyed the Hop.  I’d love to see your ‘sunshine’ card – I hope you’ll post it! 

  11. Your “card in a box” is amazing. I love the colors you’ve used throughout your creations!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Thank you for your kind comments, Elizabeth!  I hope you’ve been inspired to create 🙂  Have fun stamping!

  12. WOW!!!! Can’t pick a favorite because I like them all! Love the punch art sun and the card in a box is adorable! Can’t wait to make one, thanks for the inspiration.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      So nice of you to pop in, and leave such a lovely comment, Kathya!  I really appreciate you taking the time.  Can’t wait to see your creations, now!

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