Thursday, February 26, 2015

It's Another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop

Wacky Watercooler Spring Fever Blog Hop

It's time for another Blog Hop by the Wacky Watercooler Gang.  This month we are celebrating spring and trying to forget the cold and snow!  You may have arrived from the blog of the very talented Marsha Reed, or you may have just "hopped on"  here.  Our Hop is like a circle; click on the links below to visit the next or previous blogs and if you continue around, you'll eventually end up where you started.

For my first project I pulled out an oldy but goody template:  the flowerpot card!  What else says spring like a pot of flowers?  My old template was much smaller, so I resized it and came up with this:

Do you recognize that polka dot paper for the flower pot?  No?  Look closely--it's the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper, a FREE Sale-a-Bration offering with a $50 purchase.  I used a brayer to add Cajun Craze ink, then swiped it with a paper towel, leaving an adorable polka dot pattern.  This piece was cut 4" x 10", and scored at 2" and 6".  I kept the extra 2"; this was adhered over the lip so there is still a polka dot pattern.  The edge was punched with the Scallop Edge Punch, and it was tied with a length of 5/8" Organza Ribbon.

I cut "happy" two times using the Hello You Thinlits and Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie cardstock:
The "spring" sentiment is from Crazy about You.

Those flowers and leaves are all from the Flower Patch set.  This great set has matching framelits--easy to cut out all the pieces!

I went a little overboard and stamped my large Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight flowers several times, cutting each layer by hand and putting them together with Dimensionals to add a little pop!
The Papillon Potpourri butterfly was colored with Blendabilities and punched with the Butterfly punch.  This was added using Dimensionals stacked on each other in order to give the appearance of alighting on the flowers. 

A piece of 6" x 3" Pumpkin Pie card stock with a layer of 5-3/4" x 2-3/4" Whisper White is the base for the flowers.  This is inserted into the flower pot and the flowers are carefully adhered using SNAIL adhesive and Dimensionals so they overlap the lip of the flowerpot.

Are you feeling a little warmer yet?

Our Blog Hops often contain a CASE of another Watercooler artist.  This month I was given the fabulous Christine Guida to copy.  I had such a good time going through her samples, and had a hard time coming up with a favorite, so I chose three!

I love how Christine cut out and layered her flowers, and the vintage look and coloring on  the third card was so appealing!  So this is my CASE:
The flowers from Butterfly Basics were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, then colored with Rich Razzleberry and Wild Wasabi Blendabilities.  I used Oval Framelits to cut the hole in Mossy Meadow cardstock, then carefully adhered a piece of Typeset DSP with the larger oval over the top.  This layer was placed over the image with Dimensionals.

I stamped and colored the flowers again, and fussy-cut them.

These are adhered with Dimensionals, overlapping the oval frame. 
I tried to reflect what I loved about Christine's cards--did I do it?

I wanted a third project and was in the middle of decorating one of the Large Kraft Journals when I took a tumble at work and broke my hand.  So two cards will have to suffice until I can do more stamping, hopefully soon.  It's hard to stamp (and to type!) with your left hand when you are right-handed!

I hope you enjoyed my cards; now hop on over to see what Gail Allen has for you--she always makes me smile!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wekly Deals

Another round of bargains galore!  Check out these specials:


Simply Created Banner Item # 132699
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Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker'S Twine Item # 135636
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2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment Item # 133631
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Whisper White 5/8" Satin Ribbon Item # 134549
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Basic Black Baker'S Twine Item # 134576
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Night Of Navy 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon Item # 134571
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Tangerine Tango Baker'S Twine Item # 134578
Regular Price: $2.95 US/$3.95 CAN
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Celebrate Easter Ensemble - Digital Download Item # 133474
Regular Price: $12.95 US/$13.95 CAN
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All products can be ordered here.

What have you created today?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Customer Thank You

I like to send thank you cards to those who place orders with me, and whenever possible I like to customize the card using the stamp set or accessory that they have purchased.  This gives them an idea of how to use the product as soon as they have it--how often do you purchase something you love and then suddenly lose your mojo and be unable to create with it?  It happens to me!

So when a customer recently placed an order and got to choose a FREE Sale-a-Bration item, this was her thank you:
Can you guess what she picked for her FREE set?  Yup--the wonderful Lotus Blossom.

I stamped this flower using Daffodil Delight full strength for the first stamp, followed by Daffodil Delight (stamped off once) for the second layer, and finishing with So Saffron (also stamped off once).  It made such a lovely flower, especially with the pretty Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (the Daffodil Delight striped paper).  My complementary color was Blackberry Bliss.

I even colored three Pearls Basic Jewels with my Blendabilities markers (in Daffodil Delight!).  Such a fun embellishment that, with the Blendies, can become any color!

If you'd like me to create a special thank you card for you, you can order all supplies here.

What have you created today?

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Happy Card

A quick post today.
I want to share another of my Card Club cards, a sample we made last month.

A fairly simple card, but with a few fun surprises.

The Bermuda Bay base was stamped in the center with a stamp from last month's Paper Pumpkin.  The stamp has 5 rows of "Happy Birthday", and with a Stamp-a-ma-Jig, I was able to repeat it over and over through the middle of the card base.

The striped Designer Series Paper from Birthday Bash, had a star cut with my Star Framelits, in the center.  This layer is popped up on Dimensionals over the centered "Happy Birthdays".

"Happy" was cut from Crushed Curry card stock using the fabulous Hello You Thinlits Dies, and is adhered over the cut-out star using some Two Way Glue on either end.

A few Crushed Curry stars and a little birthday banner finishes it off.  A fun and simple card for a happy occasion!

All items can be purchased here.
What have you created today?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Butterfly Basics and a New Template

I hold a monthly card club (actually three sessions) where participants make four cards.  Today I'll show you one of the cards from our February Card Club (I was told I couldn't share until we are finished with our classes, because the attendees like to be surprised!).  Since we finished for the month last evening, here is one of the cards we made:

This uses the new Butterfly Basics stamp set.  Although not on my must have list at first, I broke down and ordered it after seeing so many wonderful samples.  I'm now finding it's becoming one of my go-to sets, as it is very versatile.

The neat part of this card is the template--a typical 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2", but with 1-1/4" lopped off the front end.  This creates a perfect square for the card front, and opens up new possibilities for decorating.  I kept the 1-1/4" piece, trimming it from 4-1/4" to 4" so it layers just right on the inside piece of Very Vanilla.

To make this card, stamp the flowers using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto a 3-1/4" x 3-1/4" square of Typeset Designer Series Paper.  This fabbie paper is very thin, and you get 24 sheets, double sided, in each package for only $12.95!  It makes the perfect layer, and doesn't add bulk or weight.

After stamping, color the flowers with the lightest shade of Pink Pirouette Blendabilities, then shade with the darkest shade.
I deliberately left the leaves and stems uncolored, as I wanted to keep it very subtle.

Stamp the fern image (also with Tuxedo Black ink) on a small strip (1-1/8" x 3-7/8") of the Typeset DSP for the inside:

Then just layer away!
I colored a Pearl Basic Jewel with the darker Blendability for the sentiment accent, and stamped a butterfly with Blushing Bride ink, punching it out with the Bitty Butterfly punch.

This card was a hit with my stampers, who loved the simplicity and the template--easily duplicatable.

Is this a card you would make at home?  Won't you leave me a comment and let me know?
All supplies can be purchased here.

What have you created today?