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!
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.
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.
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:
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/