Wacky Watercooler May Blog Hop!

The Wacky Watercooler Gang is at it again – it's Blog Hop time!

In case this is your first Blog Hop with us, I'll give a quick explanation of who we are, and how it works.  

Stampin' Up! provides us demonstrators with a forum to share our ideas, projects, complaints and compliments; and it's a great place for all of those things, but also to make friends with other demonstrators from around the world!  So that how the Wacky Watercooler blog hops started; a group of us decided that once or twice a month, we'd choose a theme, create projects around that theme, and then share our creations with you!

Our blogs are all linked together, so that no matter where you start, as long as you keep clicking on the link for the next blog, you'll eventually work yourself all the way around, and back to where you started.  Hopefully you'll be inspired by all the amazing projects that you see, and perhaps leave a comment on each of the blogs, so we know you were there, and how you liked the projects.

For this Hop, we chose the theme of 'spring', and 'hello/good-bye' for our retiring and new products.  If you were following the links, you came to my blog from the amazing Terri Antoniw's blog – isn't she amazing?!  I love Terri's work, and her fresh eye for creating.

My first project is a combination of old (current) and new – see if you can spot the 'new'!

The technique used making this card is called 'Triple Time Stamping', where you cut layers of plain and coloured cardstock, then remove the plain cardstock, stamp the image, then re-assemble all of the layers in order.  Pretty cool effect, isn't it?  Have you spotted the new elements in this card?  First off is the colours – the sentiment and the flowers are stamped with one of the NEW In Colours 'Blackberry Bliss'.  I just love this colour – it's so rich and deep!  The leaves are stamped with another NEW In Colour – 'Mellow Moss'.  Such a comfy green 🙂  The cardstocks are the current Very Vanilla, and the new Blackberry Bliss.  The sentiment is also new – from the Work of Art stamp set – a fabulous set, that I know you'll be seeing a lot!

Supplies:

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Blackberry Bliss

Stamp Sets: Work of Art, Papillion Potpourri, Blooming with Happiness

Inks: Blackberry Bliss, Mellow Moss

Tools: Simply Scored, Stampin' Trimmer, Label Bracket Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch

Other: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

My next card is created almost completely with products used from the current Occasions Catalogue, which ends on June 1st.  So, if you like what you see here – order now before it's too late!!

I saw this layout on our demo only forum, and fell in love – so I just had to try it for myself!  I hardly ever (okay, never!) do monochromatic cards, so this was  out of my usual comfort zone.  I am happy with how it turned out though; what do  you think?  

This look is easy to accomplish; start with your basic card base of 4 1/4" x 11", score in the centre at 5 1/2" and fold.  Then cut down 2" on the front panel only.  This allows you to build up your flowers (or other focal point) along the front, and also showcase your sentiment.

Supplies:

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White

Designer Series Paper: Fresh Prints Paper Stack

Stamp Sets: Love You to the Moon; Petite Petals, Flower Shop

Inks: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip

Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored, Petite Petals Punch, Pansy Punch, 

Other: Pearls Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals, Anywhere Gluestick

For my final project, I wanted to use some more new products – can you blame me?! 🙂  This is another mix of new and retiring products – have a look:

I deliberately did not put a sentiment on this card, as I wanted to flower to take centre stage.  This new stamp is called Blended Blossom – and it's perfect for colouring with the new Blendabilities Markers!  I stamped the blossom 3 times, and coloured it with the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities, and the centre with the Old Olive Blendabilities.  These markers are amazing, and quite easy to use; they come in sets of 3, with a dark, medium and light shade of the colour.  This allows you to colour and blend like an artist – without the years of studying and practice!  

After colouring the blossoms, I cut and layered them, using Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up each layer, giving the blossom some more 'bloom'! 🙂  The designer series paper is from the retiring Modern Medley set – I will miss it!  I think that the finishing touch of Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon lends a nice, rich feeling to the overall card.

Supplies:

Cardstock: Basick Black, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler

Designer Series Paper: Modern Medley

Stamp Set: Blended Blossom

Inks: Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Blendablities Markers

Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored, Paper Snips

Other: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

I hope that you've enjoyed the projects that I've shared with you today!  I'd really appreciate it if you have the time to leave a comment, and let me know what you think.  

Next you'll be heading over to see the mega talents of Heidi Weaver – I know you'll love her projects, for sure!  I hope you'll come back and join us again next month; until then, Happy Stamping! 🙂

 

 

 

List of Participating Blogs:

KatheD – http://www.kathesadventure.blogspot.ca/  

Stefanie Pletscher – http://www.craftymedic.blogspot.ca/ – 

Buffy Cooper – http://buffycooper.com/ – 

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

Terri Antoniw – http://stampwithter.blogspot.ca/ – 

Deborah Smart – www.stampandcreate.net – YOU ARE HERE! 🙂

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

 

 

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22 Responses to “Wacky Watercooler May Blog Hop!”

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  1. ter says:

    as always, great projects! I was disappointed that the stamp I pre-ordered was back ordered, so I just featured the new in-colors! I can’t wait to play with some more new products (oh money tree, grow near me)

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Aw, backorders can be such a pain; sorry you’re having to wait for your stamp, Terri!  If you figure out how to get a money tree to grow – let me know, okay?! 🙂 

  2. Gail Allen says:

    Wonderful projects Deborah. Really nice monochramatic card. And I love your triple-time card. One of my favourite techniques!

  3. buffycooper says:

    These are so pretty, Deborah! I love all of them – but especially the music card. Nice “mix” of old and new! (I’m going to miss all the “old.”)

  4. jlfstudio says:

    Beautiful work Miss Deb! Its entirely possible that your rich and elegant Blended Bloom card may have stolen the show. I love its rich color and style and the musical paper adds the perfect touch too. Sigh…can’t wait to play one of these days with the new fun Blendies. Love the cut fold card too. Such a fun card style that really showcases punches and images beautifully. Neat mix of colors too on the triple time stamping project. I’m so glad Blooming with Kindness is continuing in the new catalog. I love the flower and the sentiments in that set. Cute trick you pulled on us with the Work of Art sneak peek too! That set is really growing on me. I’m so glad you won a copy at the premiere and are showcasing it for us. Hugs and thanks for hopping. – J.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Such nice comments, Jean – thanks so much!  Come back on Sunday for another blog hop – featuring the entire Work of Art stamp set 🙂 

  5. Heidi Weaver says:

    Hi Deb, thanks so much for being part of the May blog hop. If your mono-chromatic card is out of your comfort range, you should force yourself to venture there more often. What a striking card it is and yet it comes across as so simple. Love it! And the triple stamp technique—one of my favourites—used to perfection to show off that luscious Blackberry Bliss.

    You certainly put a lot of work into that Blended Blossom flower by stamping it three times and cutting it three times. But the results make the flower even more beautiful and show of the Blendabilities even better.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      I’m so glad you like the projects, Heidi.  I’m breathing a sigh of relief about the mono-chromatic card 🙂  Thanks for pulling us all together again this month; I really enjoy these blog hops!

  6. craftymedic says:

    Great work! You did a fantastic job bringing old and new together in all your projects!

  7. Christine Giuda says:

    Love, love the music card and the other two are stunning.

  8. kath says:

    I think I will need to CASE your monochromatic card!

  9. Wow Deb, all three of your cards for the May blog hop were simply awesome. Thanks for sharing.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and your kind comments, Penny!  It means a lot to me 🙂

  10. Marsha Reed says:

    Wonderful cards, Deb. Love that Blended Bloom!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Thanks so much for visiting the Hop, Marsha!  I’m glad you like the Blended Bloom – I had fun using the Blendabilities markers to colour it.

  11. kaeleed says:

    Deb, all three of your cards are beautiful, but your monochromatic card is totally stunning!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Thanks so much for your comment, Kathe!  I’m glad you liked the cards 🙂  I’ll have to ‘do’ monochromatic more often!

  12. Love the layers on the new flower, going to have to try that, great coloring job!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      I”m glad you liked the blossom card, Debbie!  It’s surprisingly easy to fussy-cut; have fun!

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