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!)
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
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