Are you tired of the snow and cold weather, and ready for Spring?! I know I am 🙂 Welcome, stamping friend, to the Spring Fever edition of the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!
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Who We Are:
Wondering just who the ‘Wacky Watercooler’ is? Well, we’re a group of like-minded demonstrators who met in the online discussion forum, set up by Stampin’ Up! for demonstrators only. We love to share our love of stamping, so what better way than to get together once a month, and share with you!
This month’s hop features all things ‘Spring’, with products from the Annual and Occasions catalogues, as well as the Sale-A-Bration brochure. I’m sure you’ll see a sneak peek of the upcoming new Sale-A-Bration products, too! You’ll be able to earn them on February 21st.
You’ve probably come to my post from my talented friend Libby Fens – aren’t her projects great?! Jean always surprises me with her unique ways of using our products.
My first project is definitely spring like in colour! It features one of the new Sale-A-Bration products that you can earn for free starting on Feb. 21st; it’s the new Glimmer Sheets!
This card features the Special Reason stamp set and the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies, both in the Occasions catalogue. It also features 2 Sale-A-Bration products; the Delicate Details stamp set (available now) and the 6″x6″ Glimmer Paper in Sweet Sugarplum. You’re going to love the Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack; you get 6 each of 3 colours – Mint Macaron, Bermuda Bay and Sweet Sugarplum.
First I took a panel of Shimmery White cardstock, and die cut the flower into the bottom left corner. Then I inked up the Delicate Details stamp with Sweet Sugarplum ink, and stamped the design along the bottom of the panel. One of the great things about this Framelits set is that it has the detailed cut-out, which you can see on the panel, and it also has an outline die of the flower shape. So I used that outline die to cut the piece of Glimmer Paper. That way, it’s the perfect size, without any waste! I then attached it behind the cut-out, and layered the panel onto a card base of Whisper White cardstock.
The sentiment is inked in Sweet Sugarplum, and stamped onto a smaller piece of Shimmery White cardstock. The Stylish Stems Framelits Dies and Big Shot were used to die cut the sentiment. I used the Tags & Labels Framelits to die cut the tag shape underneath the sentiment from Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer Paper.
Isn’t this Glimmer Paper just yummy?!
Spring Birthday Wishes:
My next card has a definite Spring feeling about it, with pretty flowers and bright colours.
This card also features 2 Sale-A-Bration products, both of which are available now; the Avant Garden stamp set, and the 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon.
I wanted to make this a Z-Fold card, so I started with a Calypso Coral cardstock base of 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, and scored at 2 1/8″ and 4 1/4″. The panels of patterned paper are from the Succulent Gardens Designer Series Paper; 2 pieces cut at 2″ x 5 1/4″, and 1 at 4″ x 5 1/4″. The panel of Mint Macaron cardstock measures 3 3/4″ x 5″.
I stamped the watercolour look flowers from the Avant Garden set in Mint Macaron ink. The sentiment is stamped in Calypso Coral ink on both the front oval and inside oval, and the dots are from the same set, stamped in Mint Macaron and Calypso Coral ink. The Designer Paper really matches up with the stamped dots, doesn’t it! 🙂
The Oval Framelits and Big Shot were used to die cut both the Mint Macaron oval behind the sentiment, and the oval with the inside sentiment. The Stitched Shapes Framelits die cut the front sentiment oval. I like how the stitching adds a certain ‘finish’ to the shape.
After attaching the layers, I added a length of 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon in Silver to the front and back panels, as well as a bow to the front sentiment oval. I like how the ribbon adds a nice finish to the card, and the whole colour scheme certainly is bright and spring-like! (at least it is, to these winter weary eyes!).
A Birthday Gift:
Since I was making birthday cards, I thought that a nice little gift to go along with one of them would be a good idea!
I guess as this is made with Sweet Sugarplum cardstock, it would go best with the first card. This beautiful tealight holder is made using the Window Box Thinlits Dies. And you definitely want to use your Precision Plate with the Big Shot for this one! I have to say a big ‘thank you’ to my team member Lynn K., who lent me these dies, as I don’t have my own yet 🙂
Using these dies is quite easy; you die cut 2 of the main box pieces, then use the separate smaller dies for die cutting the large front/back panels and each side panel. Here’s a picture of what it looks like from the side:
You can see that I’ve die cut the little holes in each of the side panels, and left the back panel open (unglued), so that it opens at the hinged end. This allows you to put in/take out the tea light, or little gift, if you choose to use it as a gift box.
To decorate the box, I wrapped it with the 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon in Gold, and tied a bow at the top. The sentiment on the tag form (which comes with this thinlits set) is in Sweet Sugarplum ink. The tag was edged with the same ink, to give it a bit more dimension.
To dress up the tag, I used the same Stylish Stems Framelits Dies as in the 1st card, but I chose the smaller flower. First, I used the detailed cut out thinlit to die cut the flower into the Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer Paper, then I used the outline die to cut out the flower – to release it from the piece of paper. It’s awesome – you can either just have the detail of the flower die cut into your paper, or you can have the detail AND the full die cut flower! You can do it with both the large and the small flowers. Then I die cut the leaves from Mint Macaron cardstock, and attached the flower, leaves and tag to the ribbon using a piece of retired Gold Cording Trim.
Finally, here’s a picture with the lights off, and tealight lit inside the box:
That’s it for my projects! I really hope you enjoyed seeing them; please leave me a comment, if you have the time. Click on the ‘Next’ button below, to head over and see the amazing projects made by my talented friend Gail Allen. You’ll be glad you did! 🙂
Thanks for spending some time with me – enjoy the rest of the hop!