Thursday, December 11, 2014

Another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop

Wacky Watercooler 2014 Best of Blog Hop

This month the Wacky Watercooler gang is hosting a "Best Of" blog hop.  You may have just arrived from Deborah's blog--isn't she a genius?  We've each created three samples highlighting the Best of new products, the Best of retired products and the Best CASE (we were all assigned another Wacky Watercooler member and asked to copy one of their previous projects--what fun!).  As always, our "hop" is a circle; click on the links below to take you to the next or the previous blog.  Thanks for peeking in on my site, and enjoy the hop!

I'll start with my Best CASE.  I was lucky to pull Jean Fitch's name.  For those of you who don't know Jean, she is a much-loved Stampin' UP demonstrator (even winning the Heart of Stampin' UP! award) who spends countless hours helping other demonstrators.  So it was my honor to CASE her.  Researching her previous projects I found one I really liked for this time of year:

Little Letters Tree Card - watermarked

And here's my version:
I loved how she used the Little Letters framelits dies to spell words, and shaped it like a Christmas tree.  So I made an actual "tree" (which is popped up over my Night of Navy background).  I used the beautiful All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper for both the tree and the background.  Lining up the letters is easy using the Magnetic Platform for my Big Shot.  And I finished it off with Silver Foil and Silver and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper stars.  Thanks, Jean!  I enjoyed the challenge!

Next up:  Best of New Stampin' UP! products.

Who doesn't love stars for Christmas?  The new Bright and Beautiful set just begs for heat embossing!  I used Early Espresso Stampin' Emboss Powder on Very Vanilla, and Gold Embossing Powder on Early Espresso (small star) and for the banner greeting.  I love the look!  And the matching Star Framelits make this so easy!

Here's the full card:
Who would think to use brown and red for Christmas?  But isn't it just perfect? The Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Cherry Cobbler 1" Sheer Linen Ribbon and Gold Sequin Trim help finish my card.

Now for my retired products.  Oh my...I had trouble choosing what to use!  So I used it all (well, hardly, but there are a LOT of retired products on--and in--my project):
The Fancy Favor Box die was first; I made a Real Red box.  Then I added the white scalloped trim, using my Tasteful Trims die.  On this side, I used the Ornament Punch, for Santa's beard, Blush Blossom cardstock for his face, and an old Real Red Polka Dot brad.

One side holds a tag, with the retired Merry Mini's punch pack, and some really old red/white checked ribbon.  The Silver Glimmer star on the back is from a retired Star punch, and the Garden Green star uses old DSP.  The red/white polka dot panels are also from retired paper packs, and the red brad is no longer available.
OK, gimme a break--I broke down and used the Festival of Trees and Tree punch for the last side, but then I stuffed my box with old Stampin' UP! fabric.

A true "oldy but goody" don't you think? 
What do you do with your old products?  Won't you leave me a comment and let me know?  (I have tons more to use, and really need some suggestions!)

I hope you enjoyed my projects and have a wonderful holiday season.  Now it's time to move on; go visit Marie and see what she has created.  Thanks for stopping by! photo nextwatercoolercrockbutton.jpg


Terri said...

I just love your projects Priscilla! I'm sure there will be a few people CASING you! :)

Created by Kath said...

I love your fancy favor box!

Gail said...

These are all WOW projects! I can believe it wasn't easy picking one of Jean's projects to CASE. And I think brown and red make great Christmas colours. Your Fancy Favour box pulls out all the stops. It sure has a lot going for it.

That Little Nut said...

Love the non-trad Christmas colors!

Unknown said...

Oh my. Love your projects. I agree with Gail about your Fancy Favor Box, it is spectacular! I love details and you out did yourself!

Deborah Smart said...

Fabulous projects - every one of them! Now I have more projects to case - thanks, Priscilla :)

Heidi Weaver said...

Thank you for being part of this wonderful blog hop. I think it's our best so far. I love the way you stayed true to Jean's card and yet made it totally your own. Both cards are very different and yet you can see the links between them. I agree that the Stars framelits and the Bright and Beautiful stamp set are a fitting "best of" for the current products. You've done a wonderful job with them. I don't believe any colours are necessarily Christmas colours----it's what you do with them.

Your "best of" retired products project is stunning. I am keeping that Fancy Favour Box, too, and may just borrow your idea. What a cheerful, colourful treat box you've created! Thank you for sharing.

Queenie Jeannie said...

GORGEOUS!!!! Truly stunning projects! That punch art Santa and star card are particularly wonderful and have been saved in my folders!!! Have yourself a very Merry Christmas!

Christine said...

Oh Priscilla, I love them all. They are all wonderful. The fancy favor die is one of my favorites.

Marsha Reed said...

Fantastic projects, Priscilla! Love your take on Jean's card. Love the star card and love those little boxes!

Stampin' Kat said...

Love them all! The Stars is my Favorite.

Crafty Medic said...

Love all your dotty projects! The stars are probably my favourite too, but they're all fantastic.